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    The Twins played a late game out in Seattle and did not get a very good start. The Twins minor league affiliates all got pretty good starts. Five of the six starters began the game with four scoreless frames. The Twins starters at the top three affiliates each went at least six scoreless innings. Liam Hendriks had a perfect game going through six while Trevor May had given up just one hit through the Rock Cats first six innings. Each gave up runs in the third. Matt Summers has been incredible in July, and he was at his best on Thursday. Check out his July numbers below, and then see how the rest of the minor league affiliates did:

    Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 3
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    Liam Hendriks certainly had people talking for a while with his performance in this game. The Australian right-hander had a perfect game through six innings. However, in the 7th, he gave up three quick runs. In total, he went 7.2 innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out five. Aaron Thompson came in and got the final four outs to record his sixth Red Wings save. All four outs came on strikeouts.

    Deibinson Romero led the offense. He was 2-2 with two walks, his eighth double and his seventh home run. Brian Dinkelman went 2-4 with his tenth double.



    New Britain 1, Reading 3

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    Trevor May was terrific on this day. He gave up three runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out eight. However, through six innings, he had given up just one hit, one walk and no runs. Dan Turpen came in and worked a perfect inning.

    Danny Ortiz provided three of the team’s hits, including his 24th double. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his 23rd double. Nate Hanson, taking over third base duties for the benched Miguel Sano, went 1-2 with two walks and his sixth home run.

    Ft. Myers 8, Clearwater 3

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    Matt Summers has been the story for the Miracle in the month of June. On this night, he was again terrific. He worked seven shutout inning and gave up just five hits and a walk. He struck out seven. After listening to last night’s Twins Minor League Weekly and hearing his July numbers, I had to go look for myself. In four starts this month, he is 2-1 with a 0.28 ERA. In 31.2 innings, he has given up one earned run. He has allowed 17 hits, walked four and struck out 23.

    Summers was replaced by Manuel Soliman who gave up one hit in his innings. Corey Williams came on for a perfect ninth. Each had one strikeout.

    The offense was spread out among four players. Utilty man Andy Leer went 3-4 with his ninth double. Byron Buxton was 2-5 with his third home run with the Miracle. Mike Kvasnicka was 2-4 with his sixth double. And Aderlin Mejia’s improbable run at Ft. Myers continues. He went 2-4 with his tenth double and is now hitting .341!

    Cedar Rapids 3, Peoria 8

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    Josue Montanez started and through four innings, he did not allow a run. However, he went seven innings and was charged with five runs on ten hits and a walk. Dallas Gallant came on and gave up two runs on two hits and three walks and recorded just two outs. Alex Muren came on and gave up an unearned run in 1.1 innings.

    Travis Harrison and Jorge Polanco each went 3-5 in the game. Jeremias Pineda went 2-3 and stole his 11th base. Joel Licon’s sixth double drove in two of the Kernels' runs.

    Elizabethton 1, Kingsport 3

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    Yorman Landa had another decent start, though his control eluded him at times, again. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits. He walked four and struck out five. Austin Malinowski came on and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and walked a batter. Andrew Ferreira gave up one run on one hit and one walk in one inning. He struck out… one!

    Zach Granite went 2-4, and Dereck Rodriguez hit his third home run of the season.

    GCL Twins 4, GCL Orioles 1

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    Chih-Wei Hu started and threw four shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out six. Jared Wilson came on and threw two scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out one. Reyson Zoquiel gave up an unearned run on two hits in his inning. Josh Guyer struck out two in a scoreless inning. Derrick Penilla struck out two in his perfect inning to record the save.

    Alex Swim went 2-3 with a walk as the GCL Twins managed just six hits in the game.


    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 Report (7/25): Summers Lovin' started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      Ok, Matt Summers is throwing up some silly, silly numbers. How legit is Summers as a long-term player? What's his ceiling and floor? I have the same question about Meijia, Seth. Do you think he could be our long-term solution at SS? Or, is Danny Santana the more likely long-term solution?
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Good morning Seth, Saw that Hendriks had a perfect game going about the 4th inning yesterday morning. Watched it from that point, until in the seventh Bonnie needed me to help her with an errand. Came back just in time to see the home run and the score 6-3. So blame it on Bonnie!

      The good news is that it looks like Hendriks is getting stronger on his way back from his stint on the DL. Lets hope that this is his year to turn it around and become what most of us believe he can be.

      Are you at the point that you only mention Mejia when he doesn't have two hits, more or less? Must be tiring to write his name what seems like every day.

      Question about Rosario. With Dozier developing into an excellent defensive second baseman and assuming his bat improves in 2014 and beyond (say .275+/-)...he will have earned a spot in the lineup. What do they do with Rosario? Does he go back to the outfield? Yes, I know that is a year from know and assumes several things happening, but am curious as to your thoughts?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Seth, it seems all us inquiring minds need to know. You have Mejia at #35 on your mid-season prospect list- which definitely makes him more of a suspect. The whole story about his professional career is curious, a 2-year GCL player, who the Twins opted to not sending to E-Town or Cedar Rapids, but straight to Ft Myers on an emergency loan-out? He's hardly missed a beat in the FSL "pitchers' league". A good, but not great, June sandwiched in-between outstanding numbers in May and July. He walks more than he strikes out.

      So, how far does he move up your rankings? And are the Twins believers in his major league potential enough to let him play outside of Florida any time soon?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      Question about Rosario. With Dozier developing into an excellent defensive second baseman and assuming his bat improves in 2014 and beyond (say .275+/-)...he will have earned a spot in the lineup. What do they do with Rosario? Does he go back to the outfield? Yes, I know that is a year from know and assumes several things happening, but am curious as to your thoughts?
      I certainly hope Rosario doesn't go back to the OF. And I hope the Twins don't ever come to the conclusion that Dozier has earned himself a long-term spot in the lineup. You are trying to compare a potential mini-Robbie Cano-ceiling player with a Nick Punto-ceiling player. Right now, Dozier has (deservedly) won the battle of future UTIL IF that I hypothesized was what the Twins were doing with all the MI on the roster in 2013, nothing more.
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      What's with Sano being "Benched"?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by tjsyam921 View Post
      What's with Sano being "Benched"?
      There's an extended thread for that.
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      There's an extended thread for that.
      Note to self..... Quit asking questions on the internet until I read everything first.
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      He showboated after a homerun. They benched him for it. With him being so young, it was probably the right thing to do. However, I would only bench him for one game to make a point. Whatever.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      And Aderlin Mejia’s improbable run at Ft. Myers continues. He went 2-4 with his tenth double and is now hitting .341!
      Look out, Sano. We have a better 3B prospect waiting in the wings. Seriously love this guy though.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Oh No! Sano has the curse of personality. Start killing his spirit early. It is the Twins Way.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2oface View Post
      Oh No! Sano has the curse of personality. Start killing his spirit early. It is the Twins Way.
      As mentioned elsewhere, benching Sano now may save him from getting beaned by an angry pitcher sometime during his very promising career. People that throw baseballs and wave big sticks need to learn a high level of politeness and civility.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Quote Originally Posted by jimbo92107 View Post
      As mentioned elsewhere, benching Sano now may save him from getting beaned by an angry pitcher sometime during his very promising career. People that throw baseballs and wave big sticks need to learn a high level of politeness and civility.
      Purposely hitting a batter under the guise of "having your teammate's back". One of the most childish and cowardly traditions of baseball. I guess that should be allowed and having fun shouldn't. It can be a weird world.
    1. Otwins's Avatar
      Otwins -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      I certainly hope Rosario doesn't go back to the OF. And I hope the Twins don't ever come to the conclusion that Dozier has earned himself a long-term spot in the lineup. You are trying to compare a potential mini-Robbie Cano-ceiling player with a Nick Punto-ceiling player. Right now, Dozier has (deservedly) won the battle of future UTIL IF that I hypothesized was what the Twins were doing with all the MI on the roster in 2013, nothing more.
      How about a platoon for awhile. Dozier has excellent numbers against lefthanded pitching. I don't know Rosario's splits but I he is lefthanded. He has not played a lot of games at 2nd base so Dozier could come in late in the games for defense. Dozier would also be useful off the bench if you pinch hit for Florimon. Dozier could still play an inning or two at shortstop. I agree with not sending Rosario back to the outfield. He is way more valuable at 2B.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Otwins View Post
      How about a platoon for awhile. Dozier has excellent numbers against lefthanded pitching. I don't know Rosario's splits but I he is lefthanded. He has not played a lot of games at 2nd base so Dozier could come in late in the games for defense. Dozier would also be useful off the bench if you pinch hit for Florimon. Dozier could still play an inning or two at shortstop. I agree with not sending Rosario back to the outfield. He is way more valuable at 2B.
      Excellent plan, Otwins. Especially in the transitional phase (that hopefully begins with a September Rosario call-up!). Dozier has impressed me mostly by not having the mental/physical breakdown he suffered last year. He just seems to be destined to a LNP-type career (I say that with respect to LNP, not derision), with a lot more pop than pop-gun in his bat. It's yet to be determined on his potential future status as the regular UTIL IF, as the question needs to be answered if he has a wider Core Competency in the infield than just 2nd base.
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