• Twins Minor League Report (8/10): Berrios Dazzles

    The Minnesota Twins continued to hit some home runs inChicago on Saturday. A couple of New Britainís power hitters joined the fun byhitting some long balls as well. The Cedar Rapids Kernels offense showed up,and one of its top pitching prospects put him a great performance. One of thenewcomers to Elizabethton came up with a huge hit. Meanwhile, an unlikelypitcher threw 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings to start his AAA career. Ofcourse, the Red Wings needed to play 12 innings in Norfolk. Will the gameís results make for a good, long trip back to Rochester, or an extra-long trip?

    See what happened and more on Saturday in the Twins minorleague parks:

    Rochester Red Wings 2,Norfolk Tides 3 (12 innings)
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    Pat Dean was terrific in his second AAA start. He went sixinnings without giving up a run. He then gave up his first AAA run with twoouts in the seventh. He gave up one more in the 8th frame. In all,he went 7.2 innings and was charged with two runs on six hits. He walked noneand struck out six. Cody Eppley came in and got the final out of the 8thinning. Aaron Thompson started the 9th inning, but Shairon Martis came on and pitched a scoreless ninth and tenth inning. AJ Achter came on andpitched a scoreless 11th inning. He got the first two outs of the 12thframe. However, the third batter doubled, and Jonathan Schoop singled in thewalk-off run.

    The Red Wings bats just didnít show up on this night. Theywere scoreless going into the ninth inning. Aaron Hicks, who had entered thegame as a pinch runner for Chris Parmelee, came up to bat. He singled in DarinMastroianni to cut the lead to 2-1. Jeff Clement came up and singled in Hickswith the tying run. In the top of the 12th inning, Josmil Pinto ledoff with a double, but did not score. Hicks went 2-2 in his short time in thegame. Deibinson Romero went 1-2 with two walks and his 12th double.

    New Britain Rock Cats7, Reading Fightin Phils
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    Trevor May had a rough outing, but the offense carried himto a win. May gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks in 5.2 innings.He struck out six. Cole Johnson went the next 1.1 innings. He gave up a hit andwalked one, but he did not allow a run. Dakota Watts pitched the final twoinnings to record his fifth save. He gave up one hit and one walk. He struckout two.

    Miguel Sano got the team off to a fast start with a two-runhomer in the first inning. It was his 12th home run with the RockCats and 28th overall. Later, he added his 10th Rock Catsdouble. Reynaldo Rodriguez was tremendous though. He went 3-4 with his 16thand 17th home runs. He scored three runs and drove in three runs.Angel Morales went 2-4 with his first triple and his third stolen base.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 3,Jupiter Hammerheads 5
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    Matt Tomshaw made the start for the Miracle. The left-handergave up five runs (4 earned) on ten hits and a walk in 6.1 innings. He struckout two. Nelvin Fuentes came on and threw 1.2 scoreless frames. He gave up onehit, walked one and struck out one.

    Byron Buxton went 2-5. Dalton Hicks was 2-4. Mike Kvasnickahit a two-run double, his 11th double of the year.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 6,Kane County Cougars 0
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    The story in this game was the performance of JO Berrios. Hehad been struggling of late, but on this night, he was terrific. Theright-hander threw 7.1 shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked oneand struck out seven. Brian Gilbert came in and got the final five outs in order.

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    Jonathan Murphy went 2-4 with a walk and his sixth double.Bo Altobelli went 2-4. Joel Licon was 2-3 with a walk and his tenth double.Jorge Polanco added his 29th double.


    Elizabethton Twins 5,Burlington Royals 3
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    Elizabethton was down 3-2 in the 8th inning whenthey loaded the bases. That brought up newly-promoted Zach Larson to the plate.He drove in all three runs to give the Twins the lead, a lead they were able tohold on to. Larson went 3-4 with a triple and three RBI. Bryan Haar went 2-4with his 11th double. Rory Rhodes and Javier Pimentel each hit theirtenth doubles of the year.

    Felix Jorge started and gave up three runs (2 earned) onfive hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out six. Andre Martinezcame in and walked one and struck out two in his inning. Carson Goldsmithworked the next two innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck outthree. Brandon Peterson recorded his third save with a scoreless ninth. He gaveup one hit and struck out one.

    GCL Twins 2, GCL RedSox 4
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    The GCL Twins managed just five hits on Saturday. NelsonMolina went 2-4 and now has five hits on the season. Ivory Thomas went 1-2 withtwo walks.

    Sam Gibbons made the start. He gave up two runs (1 earned)on four hits and a walk in four innings. He struck out three. His ERA increasedto 1.53. Reyson Zoquiel came on and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits anda walk while striking out one. Zach Hayden then gave up one hit in a scorelessinning. Seth Wagner struck out two in two scoreless innings.


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    Comments 7 Comments
    1. shs_59's Avatar
      shs_59 -
      Buxton continues to roll along nicely. The things he's doing as a 19 Yr. old in advanced A are awfully impressive. No, he's not Mike Trout, and know that that talk as died down some. Hopefully the pressure is off him a bit more and he can continue staying focused and do the neccessery things to keep improving.

      From the sounds of it, a GREAT kid and very humble.

      I like that a LOT in a potential superstar prospect.
    1. Larsbars08's Avatar
      Larsbars08 -
      Quote Originally Posted by shs_59 View Post
      Buxton continues to roll along nicely. The things he's doing as a 19 Yr. old in advanced A are awfully impressive. No, he's not Mike Trout, and know that that talk as died down some. Hopefully the pressure is off him a bit more and he can continue staying focused and do the neccessery things to keep improving.

      From the sounds of it, a GREAT kid and very humble.

      I like that a LOT in a potential superstar prospect.
      Even though Buxton and Trout have a similar career trajectory so far, Trout was a year younger when he was drafted, which just shows how impressive he is. Buxton hasn't done anything to lose his his number one prospect status. He's one of the 3 youngest players in the Florida State League, and he has an OPS around .800. Just because he isn't dominating the Florida State League like the Midwest League doesn't mean it's time to jump off the wagon. Considering it's his first year of full season ball, his results are still incredible.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Agreed, Buxton and Sano have been great. Looking forward to them being in MN some day. We better not hear how they didn't sign any FA pitching because they didn't want to block Meyer (hurt) and May (looking like the guy KLAW said would be a reliever because of his control issues). I think Meyer has a chance to be good, but he's hurt, and they should probably not count on him. May, clearly, has a lot of work to do yet. A Lot.
    1. PseudoSABR's Avatar
      PseudoSABR -
      Only ten or so Florida State League players (of the qualifiers) are OPSing over .800, so Buxton's numbers are among the top in the league.
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      As good as our position players have been it pretty disappointing how May and Meyers seasons have gone. Hopefully Berrios and Stewart can pitch well and be part of the rotation of the future.
    1. orangevening's Avatar
      orangevening -
      There is something I really like about Berrios. The video of him reacting to getting drafted, to his dominance last year, to his Spring Training reports (remember those). He came down to earth this year, yet I would be bummed is he didn't make the big club in 3-4 years. Anything else on the guy?
    1. Monkeypaws's Avatar
      Monkeypaws -
      Please, please give Sano some major league at bats this September.
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