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    Monday night was a full night in the Twins minor league system, and each team provided impressive highlights. For Rochester, it was LHP Logan Darnell. For New Britain, pick between Miguel Sano and Danny Ortiz. For Ft. Myers, how about Dalton Hicks? Maybe Tyler Duffey? For Cedar Rapids, of course it was Adam Walker. Zach Granite gets the nod for Elizabethton. You can pick between Zach Larson, Chad Christensen and Amaurys Minier for the GCL picks, but you won’t pick their defense.

    Find out what those players did and how the minor league games went Monday night:

    Rochester 3, Lehigh Valley 1

    Box Score

    Logan Darnell has certainly experienced good and bad in his short time with the Red Wings. On this night, he was very good. The lefty went six shutout innings and gave up just four hits. He walked none and struck out two, needing only 65 pitches. Aaron Thompson came in and gave up one run on three hits in his two innings. Shairon Martis came on and pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save of the season. It was also Darnell’s first AAA win.

    Oswaldo Arcia remained hot in his return to the Red Wings. He went 2-3 with a walk and his fifth double. Chris Parmelee went 2-4.

    Game 1 – New Britain 4, Portland 5

    Box Score

    Danny Ortiz continues to be overlooked as a prospect, but he was very good in this game. He went 3-3 with his 23rd double and his ninth home run. AJ Pettersen went 2-3 with his fourth double. Jordan Parraz hit his eighth home run. Miguel Sano was 1-2 with two walks.

    BJ Hermsen got a spot start in the front end of the double-header. He falls to 1-7 after giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks in 3.2 innings. Matt Hauser came on and gave up one run on two hits over 3.1 innings. He didn’t issue a walk and struck out five.



    Game 2 – New Britain 3, Portland 8 (9 innings)

    Box Score

    They needed a couple extra innings to decide the second game of the double- header. In the end, after five runs in the top of the ninth, there was no miracle comeback for the home team. DJ Baxendale made the start and threw well. In six innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out four. Jose Gonzalez got the first two outs of the seventh. Cole Johnson got the final out of the seventh and worked a scoreless eighth frame. However, both batters he faced in the ninth hit solo home runs. He was replaced by Ryan O’Rourke who gave up three runs on three hits and a walk before getting out of the inning.

    Angel Morales went 2-3 with his third home run. Miguel Sano was 1-4, as he hit his ninth Rock Cats home run (and 25th overall, taking over the organizational lead from Chris Colabello).

    Ft. Myers 10, Brevard County 3

    Box Score

    The Miracle offense exploded in this game. Dalton Hicks led the way. He went 3-4 with the second home run since his promotion, three RBI and two walks. Stephen Wickens went 3-4 with a walk and three RBI. Matt Koch was 2-5 with a walk and three RBI. Jhon Goncalves was 2-4 with a walk. Aderlin Mejia and former Gopher Mike Kvasnicka each added two hits.

    Tyler Duffey put together another quality start. He went the first seven innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out a season-high ten batters. Nelvin Fuentes came on and threw two scoreless innings; he walked one and struck out one.

    Cedar Rapids 11, Ft. Wayne 4

    Box Score

    The Kernels also put up big offensive numbers, though that happens on a nearly nightly basis. Speaking of things that happen on nearly a nightly basis, Adam Walker had another big game and hit another home run. The outfielder went 3-5 with his 22nd double and his 22nd home run. He drove in three runs to give him 88 RBI for the season. Michael Gonzales went 3-4 with a walk and his first double. Jorge Polanco went 3-5 with a walk. Max Kepler was 2-5.

    JO Berrios was on the mound and pitched well for the win. In six innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on eight hits and a walk; he struck out four. Tim Shibuya came on and gave up a run on two hits in his inning. Alex Muren walked one in a scoreless inning. Dallas Gallant walked one and struck out one in his inning.

    Elizabethton 3, Danville 3 (Game suspended after five innings)

    Box Score

    This rain-shortened game began poorly. Tanner Mendonca started and recorded just two outs. He gave up three runs on one hit and five walks. The two outs came on strikeouts. Andrew Ferreira went the next 3.1 innings without allowing a run. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out five. Austin Malinowski struck out two in the final inning.
    Zach Granite went 2-3 with his second double and second triple.

    GCL Twins 6, GCL Rays 13

    Box Score

    Pitching and defense win, right? Well, in this game, it was defense that cost the GCL Twins a win. The teams combined for ten errors- unfortunately, eight were by the Twins. Alex Wimmers got the start. He gave up one run on five hits in 3.1 innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four. Brandon Easton got the final two outs of the fourth frame, but not before giving up six runs; three were earned. Derrick Penilla pitched the fifth and was charged with three runs (two earned) on three hits. Kohl Stewart came on and pitched the next two innings. He gave up three runs (one earned) on two hits and struck out two. Reyson Zoquiel gave up an unearned run in his inning. Josh Guyer didn’t give up a run in his inning despite a hit and two walks.

    Zach Larson went 3-4 with a walk. Chad Christensen went 3-5 with his fourth double. Amaurys Minier went 2-5 and launched his fifth home run of the season.


    Thanks for checking out today’s Twins minor league report. Please feel free to discuss, comment or ask questions.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Reports (7/22): Monday in the Minors started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 23 Comments
    1. MichiganTwins's Avatar
      MichiganTwins -
      Any word on why Rosario didn't play either game?
    1. rikker49's Avatar
      rikker49 -
      Why did Pimentel get released last week? I thought he was doing well after the promotion.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      3 Words
      "Adam Brett Walker"
      The man is on fire. Can he get 100 RBI before August?
    1. Larsbars08's Avatar
      Larsbars08 -
      I said it after Sano had his two home run game, but it looks like Sano has figured out AA pitching. He's batting .286/.405/.600 the last 10 games. The average has been crawling upward and his OPS is above .850.

      It's good to see Berrios have a bounce back game. I have to imagine that he's getting tired. He's already thrown more than twice as many innings as he threw last year. I have to believe that it's tougher for young pitchers to adjust to full season ball than it is for hitters. I have no idea how many innings he threw in a year during high school, but if it's anything like Kohl Stewart, it wasn't a lot.
    1. Mave's Avatar
      Mave -
      Nelson Molina: 0-4 tonight and has started his career 1-41 over 13 games in the GCL.*

      Any word on the extent of his struggles? 7 K's in 41 ABs (~17%)-- has he just been unlucky? Over-matched? Combination?



      *I'm really resisting the urge to say something along the lines of, "This really 'Will Hurt' his development as a legitimate prospect"...
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by IowaTwins View Post
      Any word on why Rosario didn't play either game?
      Strep throat.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Re: Molina - I had a chance to ask someone inside the org about Molina's struggles...

      "He said he's run into some tough luck, hard hit balls right at guys and all that. He will be fine."
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Yes, Rosario was in the hospital but it is not serious.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Also, learned that reliever Bruce Pugh was released after tonight's games. Too bad.
    1. Wyorev's Avatar
      Wyorev -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Strep throat.
      That's two words.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      The Kernels just keep on rolling. Will some of the Top College draftees move up to CR as they reach playoff time - If E'Town is struggling?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Twins Fan From Afar View Post
      Also, learned that reliever Bruce Pugh was released after tonight's games. Too bad.
      Sad to hear that. He's a good guy, and he throws hard. Struggled with some injury and with throwing strikes on occasion, but generally, I thought he had a chance.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Pretty nice performance from Kohl Stewart, a lot of ground balls but some really poor defense. Nice to see that 3 straight errors when he entered the game did not seem to rattle him. It'd be pretty easy for any pitcher to lose it under those circumstances.

      I'm hoping Rosario is back in action soon, I'm looking forward to seeing him and Sano in Reading this weekend.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Sad to hear that. He's a good guy, and he throws hard. Struggled with some injury and with throwing strikes on occasion, but generally, I thought he had a chance.
      Me too. He was moved to the bullpen pretty quick after some success as a starter in the low minors. He must have really struggleled throwing anything but a FB.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789 View Post
      The Kernels just keep on rolling. Will some of the Top College draftees move up to CR as they reach playoff time - If E'Town is struggling?
      I think there is a high probability that happens. I would think it has more to do with the innings some arms are accumulating. The Twins don't like their pitchers taking huge leaps in IP. And a lot of low level starters are a year removed from being college relievers. Guys like Peterson, Bixler and even Eades and Slegers could find themselves in Cedar Rapids by the end of the season.
    1. VandyTwinsFan's Avatar
      VandyTwinsFan -
      Is it just me, or has Buxton been putting up a lot of 0-fer's recently? The BA is starting to creep downwards in addition to quite a few strikeouts adding up. Is it just a tough stretch or have opposing pitchers found a weakness?
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      Quote Originally Posted by VandyTwinsFan View Post
      Is it just me, or has Buxton been putting up a lot of 0-fer's recently? The BA is starting to creep downwards in addition to quite a few strikeouts adding up. Is it just a tough stretch or have opposing pitchers found a weakness?
      Keep in mind this is his first full year with lots of extra attention and commitments. He could be suffering from some fatigue.
    1. eagle's Avatar
      eagle -
      Buxton is probably hitting the wall. He's never come close to playing this many games in a year and eventually it wears on you. He also jumped up to +A which is a notorious pitchers league, just another level of adjustment similar to what Sano is going through. He is 19 years old, let's not forget that. He isn't a robot.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      In his last ten games, Buxton is 6-44 (.136) with one extra base hits. He has three walks and 15 strikeouts in that time.

      Just a good reminder of how tough the game is and how everyone is going to meet the occasional struggles. The good ones come back. See Sano, Miguel.
    1. cjhawk's Avatar
      cjhawk -
      Honest question: What does Adam Walker have to do to get promoted?
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