• Twins Minor League Report (8/12): Gonsalves Deals in Appy Debut

    For those of you that read this regularly - and clamored for Andrew Albers to get his chance - you were probably pretty excited to see him as good as he was tonight for the Twins. Staff Ace? If a guy that doesn't hit 90 and is the definition of "pitching-to-contact" isn't exactly what the Twins are looking for in a Staff Ace, well...

    Today was also a big day for current minor leaguers recognized around baseball.

    Let's take a spin around the minor leagues.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 9, NORFOLK TIDES 4 (14 innings)
    Box Score

    Rochester scored five runs in the 14th inning to put this game away.

    Chris Parmelee only had one hit (a double) but drove in three and walked four times. Jermaine Mitchell was 5-for-7 with a triple and a home run. Eric Fryer and Eduardo Escobar each had four hits.

    Logan Darnell pitched five innings (three runs, seven Ks) before turning it over to the bullpen. Edgar Ibarra pitched 1.1 scoreless innings (that's 11.1 scoreless to start his AAA career). A.J. Achter pitched the final three innings and picked up his first AAA win.

    Earlier in the day, Pat Dean was named International League Pitcher of the Week.

    The Red Wings are currently 3 games up on Buffalo. Wednesday marks the start of a series against Buffalo at 7:05 ET. The starting pitcher is TBD.

    NEW BRITAIN ROCKCATS - Day off

    Though the team had an off day, there was still RockCat news: Miguel Sano was named Eastern League Hitter of the Week.

    The RockCats are currently six games out of the playoffs. DJ Baxendale and BJ Hermsen will start tomorrow's doubleheader. The first game is set to being at 5:05 ET.

    FORT MYERS MIRALCE 3, JUPITER HAMMERHEADS 3
    Box Score

    Despite out-hitting Jupiter (14-5), the Miracle failed to score when it counted (2-for-9 with RISP) and failed to hold onto a lead when it counted (three 8th inning runs allowed).

    Kennys Vargas hit his 18th HR on the year, among three hits. Byron Buxton also had three hits and a stolen base. He was also caught stealing.

    Jason Wheeler struck out 10 in seven innings of two-hit ball. Tyler Duffey was responsible for the three unearned runs scoring. Zack Jones couldn't abandon the inherited runners and ended up blowing his 4th save of the season.

    Tomorrow's starter at St. Lucie at 6:30 ET is TBD.

    CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 3, KANE COUNTY COUGARS 4
    Box Score

    Jorge Polanco had a double and was the only player with a multi-hit game. He also singled.

    Max Kepler and Adam Brett Walker were each credited with an RBI.

    Josue Montanez struck out three over seven innings. Dallas Gallant pitched a scoreless inning before Madison Boer surrendered two runs in 2/3 of an inning to blow his first save.

    The rest of the starting rotation is TBD.

    Jose Berrios was named the Pitcher of the Week in the Midwest League.

    ELIZABETHTON TWINS 7, DANVILLE BRAVES 4
    Box Score

    This was the completion of the game started 7/22.

    Josh Burris allowed one run over the final four innings. He struck out four.

    Romy Jimenez had a three-run double in today's action.

    ELIZABETHTON TWINS 2, DANVILLE BRAVES 1
    Box Score

    In today's regularly scheduled game, the E-Twins escaped with a one-run win.

    Zach Granite, Stuart Turner and Romy Jimenez all had two hits.

    Stephen Gonsalves made his E-town debut tonight and said it best himself:


    Luke Bard pitched one inning. He walked a batter, but didn't allow anyone to score.

    Hein Robb was named the Pitcher of the Week in the Appy League and will pitch at Danville tomorrow night at 7pm ET.

    GCL TWINS 5, GCL ORIOLES 6
    Box Score

    Engelb Vielma had two hits and walked three times. Will Hurt also had two hits. Both players stole a base.

    Nelson Molina was 1-for-1 after entering the game as a pinch runner and has improved his batting average all the way up to .090.

    Amaurys Miner had a double and an error.

    Jorge Fernandez hit a home run.

    Lewis Thorpe wasn't as sharp as he has been lately. He allowed three runs in four innings - two walks, three runs, three strikeouts.

    These two teams will have a re-match tomorrow.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (8/12): Gonsalves Deals in Appy Debut started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 36 Comments
    1. old nurse's Avatar
      old nurse -
      Let us hope that the chip stays on Gonslaves' shoulder for 20 some years.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      That Tweet gets me excited. Love the attitude!

      My mind is blown by what is happening in Rochester. I fully expected them to stink.

      Their manager must be the replacement for Gardy...Right?
    1. Thegrin's Avatar
      Thegrin -
      I wonder why Hicks was sitting ?
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Love the tweet Stephen! And the performance. Hope the Twins don't bench hhim for three starts for showing up the other 29 starts/complimenting the Twins scouts/draft.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thegrin View Post
      I wonder why Hicks was sitting ?
      I think he is injured. I'd rather he be playing over Thomas.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I like this kid. Nice outing. He's 18 too. Hope he continues to dominate the Appy league so we can see him in CR next season.
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      Another nice report, Jeremy. Many thanks to you guys!

      Three Pitchers of the week among the six leagues. Not bad for a system that's been pitching-weak over the last few years. Another sign of improvement.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by old nurse View Post
      Let us hope that the chip stays on Gonslaves' shoulder for 20 some years.
      I concur. Adding another guy like Deduno and Albers- who both fuel their performances with shots of heart-felt and gutty emotional energy- is an exciting proposition. Berrios seems to have a streak of this "shoulder chip", as well [ 1) His ceiling has been widely pooh-poohed by the national experts because of his short stature- 2) additionally, Berrios is reported to be driven to accepting nothing less of himself than perfection]. Gonsalves could easily end up being the steal of the draft.

      Unfortunately, between now and the date when he ultimately reaches the Twins Rotation, I expect multiple rounds of Twins FO "attitude adjustment" measures. Hopefully the FO has learned its lesson with Garza, Slowey and Lohse, and finds a happy medium for "chip"- channeling.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      That Tweet gets me excited. Love the attitude!

      My mind is blown by what is happening in Rochester. I fully expected them to stink.

      Their manager must be the replacement for Gardy...Right?
      That would be Gene Glynn, Waseca's own, and Minnesota's first Mr. Basketball. At only 5'10", he's been an over-achiever his whole life. He seems to be nothing short of a miracle worker the last 2 years at Rochester. All of his top-performing players get promoted to fill the gaping holes on the Twins, while the major league disappointments, filler signees and castoffs could potentially come down to Rochester and infect the clubhouse with a malcontented malady.

      If the Twins make a mistake and don't do something with him in the way of recognition and a promotion, expect other clubs to steal his unique set of talents away from the organization.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I love teh attitude, I'm surprised how many others do...
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      I concur. Adding another guy like Deduno and Albers- who both fuel their performances with shots of heart-felt and gutty emotional energy- is an exciting proposition. Berrios seems to have a streak of this "shoulder chip", as well [ 1) His ceiling has been widely pooh-poohed by the national experts because of his short stature- 2) additionally, Berrios is reported to be driven to accepting nothing less of himself than perfection]. Gonsalves could easily end up being the steal of the draft.

      Unfortunately, between now and the date when he ultimately reaches the Twins Rotation, I expect multiple rounds of Twins FO "attitude adjustment" measures. Hopefully the FO has learned its lesson with Garza, Slowey and Lohse, and finds a happy medium for "chip"- channeling.
      I always thought Slowey's main problem was a lack of talent.
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      That would be Gene Glynn, Waseca's own, and Minnesota's first Mr. Basketball. At only 5'10", he's been an over-achiever his whole life. He seems to be nothing short of a miracle worker the last 2 years at Rochester. All of his top-performing players get promoted to fill the gaping holes on the Twins, while the major league disappointments, filler signees and castoffs could potentially come down to Rochester and infect the clubhouse with a malcontented malady.

      If the Twins make a mistake and don't do something with him in the way of recognition and a promotion, expect other clubs to steal his unique set of talents away from the organization.
      Teams had several years to hire Glynn before 2012 when he was working as a scout. Credit the Twins for pulling the trigger.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      I think he is injured. I'd rather he be playing over Thomas.
      Yeah, he's had a minor leg injury. I'd rather see Hicks playing over Thomas, but the key is to get Hicks some at bats out of the spotlight. His development is way more important than a couple of plays this year.

      Thomas has hit better than Hicks, and he's shown that he can cover some ground in CF. He's not Hicks defensively, but he's solid.

      Only thing I care about is doing what's best for Hicks long-term development.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      I love teh attitude, I'm surprised how many others do...
      Why would anyone have a problem with that?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
      Teams had several years to hire Glynn before 2012 when he was working as a scout. Credit the Twins for pulling the trigger.
      I credit Bob Gebhard for recommending him to the Twins, and the Twins acting on his adivice. Credit Glynn as well, for hanging in there all these years and then making the most of his opportunity entering a pretty thankless job in Rochester.

      Watch the teams line up in the offseason to get Glynn now.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by drjim View Post
      I always thought Slowey's main problem was a lack of talent.
      Yeah, that "lack of talent" was why he was a 2nd round draft pick, had a career Twins minor league ERA of 2.13 and why the the Twins were then confident enough in his ability to grant him Super 2 arb status.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Why would anyone have a problem with that?
      There are entire threads about Garza and Harper and others with attitudes on this site. I'm just surprised, that's all.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Why would anyone have a problem with that?
      Uhh, some in high places do....
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Yeah, that "lack of talent" was why he was a 2nd round draft pick, had a career Twins minor league ERA of 2.13 and why the the Twins were then confident enough in his ability to grant him Super 2 arb status.
      All of which means nothing if it doesn't translate into major league success. Not the first time a high draft pick and hot prospect didn't pan out. Great college pitcher, good minor league career. Not quite good enough for the Show. Happens all the time.
    1. Miles's Avatar
      Miles -
      LOVE the attitude and moxie. Bring it with you every game, Stephen!
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