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    Happy Trade Deadline Eve! All is still quiet on the Twins front, though activity around baseball has started to heat up. Division rivals Detroit and Chicago have already been active (with Boston’s help) in a three team trade. Detroit added SS Jose Iglesias, from Boston, to replace Jhonny Peralta (who will be suspended soon) while Chicago traded Jake Peavy to the Red Sox. Detroit also shipped reliever Brayan Villarreal to Boston. In return, the White Sox get OF prospect Avisail Garcia as well as other minor-league prospects from Detroit. Garcia was Detroit's Minor League Player of the Year in 2012.

    If you missed it earlier, Seth tweeted that RockCats P Tom Stuifbergen is set to undergo Tommy John surgery. He will likely miss most, if not all, of the 2014 season.

    Let’s take a look around the farm.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 5, LEHIGH VALLEY IRONPIGS 4
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    The Red Wings will finish this month off tomorrow at 11:35 ET with Andrew Albers on the mound. The current leaders in the International League North, the Red Wings are only three games behind the Indianapolis Indians for the second-best record in the IL.

    Tonight’s game wasn't looking very promising. Heading into the top of the 8th down 4-0, the Red Wings found their horseshoe. This time it came in the form of walks. Specifically walks with the bases loaded. It happened four times. FOUR TIMES! Four times the Red Wings came to bat with the bases loaded and the at-bat ended up with a walk. It’s as unbelievable as it sounds.

    Offensively, there wasn’t much else. Deibinson Romero doubled. The 7-8-9 hitters (Brian Dinkelman, James Beresford and Drew Butera) all had two-hit games and scored four of the five runs.

    Speaking of Butera, when is someone going to connect the Red Wings turn-around to the activation of Drew Butera?

    Liam Hendriks pitched 6.1 innings. He struck out three and gave up four runs on eight hits. Luis Perdomo picked up the win, recording five outs – four by strikeout. Michael Tonkin picked up the save, with two strikeouts, despite giving up two hits.

    NEW BRITAIN ROCKCATS 5, AKRON ZIPS (12 innings)
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    Oh, Miguel Sano. It’s well-known that Sano has had a documentary made about him and a second one currently in production. But this guy is like a soap opera. In his return home after his “benching”, Sano came up with runners on the corners, down one and in extra innings. So what does he do? He doubles in both runners and the team celebrates the win. You can’t make that up. You can’t script it either.


    He finished 2-for-5 with that double and RBIs. He also walked and struck out once. He’s now batting .240 in AA.

    Eddie Rosario, Danny Santana and Dan Rohlfing all also had two hits. Rohlfing added a double. Daniel Ortiz also drove in two runs.

    Santana committed his 27th error of the season.

    Trevor May threw 99 pitches and got through six innings. He only walked two (his most important stat). He struck five out and allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits.

    The bullpen was awesome. Before Dakota Watts allowed the run in the 12th (on a wild pitch) the four guys who bridged the gap from May to Watts – Daniel Turpen (1.2 IP), Ryan O’Rourke (1 IP), Matt Hauser (1.1 IP) and Blake Martin (1 IP) – allowed one hit, one walk and struck out four combined.

    The RockCats are 17.5 games out of first in the Eastern League Eastern Division (and only 2.5 games ahead of the last place team), but they are also only six games out of 2nd place, which earns a wild card berth. It’s possible – not probable – but possible that if the team gets really hot in August, they could be knocking on the playoff door.

    They’ll look to pick up another win tomorrow at home against Akron. Pat Dean makes the start against Akron at 7:05 ET.

    FORT MYERS MIRACLE 5, DAYTONA CUBS 2
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    Super prospect Byron Buxton is getting a couple of days off to rest. (It has nothing to do with how he did or didn’t handle a recent home run or triple.) It’s just soreness and time to recover as far as I understand.

    Without Buxton, the Miracle still managed to improve their record to 66-38. They used a combination of walks (7) and stolen bases (5) to supplement their five hits including a double by Stephen Wickens and a triple by Jhon Goncalves. Both Wickens and Levi Michael stole two bases.

    Matt Summers pitched four strong, shutout innings. He allowed three hits and walked four. He struck out three. His pitch-count got high and was lifted.

    Corey Williams struck out four in two innings. He allowed two runs (one earned).

    Chad Rodgers (win) and Tyler Jones (save) combined to complete the game with three hitless innings. They each struck out two.

    CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 1, BURLINGTON BEES 4
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    Adam Brett Walker had a triple and was the only multi-hit player in the lineup today. Getting to watch Walker take batting practice over the weekend was a treat. He has very easy power, though it doesn't have the same sound as Sano produces.

    Max Kepler had an RBI single and a walk. He also struck out. Kepler was back in the outfield after a very impressive showing at first base over the weekend. Going forward, it makes sense to keep Kepler in the outfield (especially with Vargas and Hicks already at first and other position question marks existing), but I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Kepler eventually finding his home there.

    The lineup managed to strike out 16 times. Yikes!

    Christian Powell struck out six through five innings. He allowed two runs on six hits and two walks. The two walks were to the first two batters in the sixth. Dallas Gallant relieved and allowed one of the inherited baserunners to score before getting out of the inning. In the seventh, he loaded the bases without recording an out. Hudson Boyd came in and allowed two of the runners to score. He returned and retired the side in the eighth inning.

    Despite Boyd’s lack of success this year, I’m not ready to push him off of prospect lists (ok, maybe off a Top 30, but not a Top 50). Boyd has completely remade his body. It might take a while, but at some point I see Boyd becoming a productive pitcher, though probably as a reliever.

    The Kernels are now 65-40 (just behind the Miracle) with Josue Montanez taking the hill in Burlington tomorrow at 6:30 CT.

    ELIZABETHTON TWINS 7, KINGSPORT METS 1
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    The pitching tonight was very good. Josh Burris struck out three, walking three and allowing three hits and five shutout innings. Ethan Mildren struck out three in two innings. He allowed an unearned run. Kuo Hua Lo struck out three in his two innings of work.

    Mitch Garver and Logan Wade doubled. Zach Granite and Kelvin Ortiz tripled. Ortiz drove in three while Granite plated two. Derek Rodriguez stole two bases. Both Bryan Haar and Ortiz also swiped a bag.

    The E-Twins continue to hang around .500 (19-18) and aren’t nearly as dominant as they have been in the recent past. The win tonight brings them within 3.5 games of the team they’re chasing for the Wild Card spot – the Kingsport Mets

    Yorman Landa gets the start tomorrow night at 7 pm ET as they look to close the game again.

    GCL TWINS 2, GCL ORIOLES 3
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    Today’s game was a who’s-who of rehabbing players.

    Darin Mastroianni was 0-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. He played left field before being replaced in the bottom of the 6th, which was by plan.

    Wilkin Ramirez, who DH’d the entire game, went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

    Lester Oliveros is on the Tommy John comeback trail. In his first appearance since the surgery, he pitched one inning and struck out one batter.

    Luke Bard, who technically isn’t rehabbing, but shouldn’t be at this level, was credited with a blown save. In recording two outs, Bard allowed a walk and a hit. Of his two runs allowed, only one was earned.

    As for guys that are playing where they belong, Stephen Gonsalves continued to impress. In three innings, Gonsalves only allowed one hit. He struck out six, but did walk three. His season ERA now sits at 0.63.

    The offense only managed two hits, but Zach Larson still had a good game despite going 0-for-3. He walked, drove in a run and stole two bases.

    The 15-18 GCL Twins continue their season with a Noon Eastern game tomorrow.
    Questions or comments? Please leave them below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/30): Sano Celebrates Victory started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      How much does New Britain not making the playoffs play into a possible Sano September call up? Assuming he is playing well.
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Gotta be happy with Trevor May this season. His FIP is 3.86. He'll probably always have a bit of wildness, though.

      What is the latest on Alex Meyer?
    1. raindog's Avatar
      raindog -
      Answered my own question, he'll throw his first bullpen session late this week.
      Minnesota Twins' Alex Meyer scheduled to throw this week - TwinCities.com
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      I don't think Sano comes up in September, regardless of how NB finishes. I wonder if the Twins would consider exposing Sano to AAA for the stretch and playoffs. They moved Angel Morales from low-A to NB for the playoffs a few years ago.
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by raindog View Post
      Gotta be happy with Trevor May this season. His FIP is 3.86. He'll probably always have a bit of wildness, though.

      What is the latest on Alex Meyer?
      I have been pretty happy with May. If you follow his pitching lines closely he has thrown really well but seems to always have one bad inning (usually caused by a spike in walks). I could see him being an Edward Jackson type pitcher.
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      I don't think Sano comes up in September, regardless of how NB finishes. I wonder if the Twins would consider exposing Sano to AAA for the stretch and playoffs. They moved Angel Morales from low-A to NB for the playoffs a few years ago.
      I was thinking the same thing. I think with the 40-man roster decisions they already have to make, I have a hard time believing that the Twins would really want to expose someone and start Sano's service time, just to see him be overmatched in the MLB for a month or so.

      It would be very interesting to see him in AAA for the Red Wings playoff push though. I would have to think that Rosario might be in a very similar situation.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by tjsyam921 View Post
      How much does New Britain not making the playoffs play into a possible Sano September call up? Assuming he is playing well.

      Very, very minimally.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      I don't think Sano comes up in September, regardless of how NB finishes. I wonder if the Twins would consider exposing Sano to AAA for the stretch and playoffs. They moved Angel Morales from low-A to NB for the playoffs a few years ago.
      That was because a coupel of the Rock Cats left the team right before the playoffs started to play in the World Cup (I think Tosoni, Van Mil, etc.).
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      That was because a coupel of the Rock Cats left the team right before the playoffs started to play in the World Cup (I think Tosoni, Van Mil, etc.).
      Yeah, you're right about that. Sometimes I forgot those "minor" details.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      I have been pretty happy with May. If you follow his pitching lines closely he has thrown really well but seems to always have one bad inning (usually caused by a spike in walks). I could see him being an Edward Jackson type pitcher.
      Everytime I think about May or see his pitching lines, I think of A.J. Burnett. I think Jackson is also a good comp. He's a guy who gets you excited about his stuff, will have a few dominant performances along with some that drive you crazy because of the lack of control. Hopefully the Twins are able to see that his 'consistency' is likely to always be inconsistent, but at the end of the year he'll probably have some pretty respectable overall numbers. It seems there is a lot of value to be had with that, especially if he can provide a substantial innings total every season.

      Edit: It would also be nice to see May get a September call up for a taste of big league action, since he's already on the 40-man. Or at the very least, a promotion to AAA. I think he's spent enough time at AA.
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