• Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Pitchers Get It Done... AGAIN!

    We've been dealing with dreadful pitching in the major leagues pretty much everyday since... well... 2011. Today was more of the same. In fact, Kyle Gibson was sent back to Rochester after today's outing.

    There were some other minor league moves as well. A.J. Pettersen was moved from New Britain to Fort Myers along with Matthew Summers. To make room, Fort Myers sent Alex Swim back across the street.

    On a positive note, those in the FSNorth viewership got to see a glimpse into the Twins future as they broadcast the RockCats game this evening. Another positive was how some rehabbing pitchers fared.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 7, LOUISVILLE BATS 0
    Box Score

    If you're looking for meaningful September baseball (and want to cheer for wins), this is one team for you to follow. The Red Wings have been playing very good baseball (and doing it with familiar names).

    Tonight, old friend Liam Hendriks was dialed in. Eight innings, eight strikeouts, no runs, four hits. He's probably earned the right to earn a major league salary again. Aaron Thompson pitched the final frame.

    Mid-season addition Jermaine Mitchell collected three hits out of the nine-hole.

    Chris Parmelee and Josmil Pinto each homered. The team had 12 hits tonight, including six extra-base hits.

    Pawtucket also won to keep the gap at two games.

    PJ Walters is scheduled to take the ball at 1:05 ET.

    NEW BRITAIN ROCKCATS 3, TRENTON THUNDER 10
    Box Score

    The story of this game was that it was the first chance for many fans to see Miguel Sano and/or Eddie Rosario. (Unless you travel to MiLB games or watched the WBC on MLB Network (Rosario) or the couple of Spring Training games that Sano got into.)

    Neither did a lot tonight, but "rehabbing" Pedro Hernandez might have been the best you've seen him. He allowed only five baserunners in four innings and struck out four. He left with the RockCats up 2-0.

    After B.J. Hermsen pitched out of trouble in the 5th, but bullpen imploded. The trio of Blake Martin, Daniel Turpen and Jose Gonzalez allowed 10 runs on 11 hits and five walks. Not pretty. There were also some fielding gaffes that wouldn't make your daddy proud.

    Offensively, Danny Santana showed his wheels on both advancing on a sac fly from first to second and by tripling. Eddie Rosario hit a gapper to the left-center field wall that scored two runners.

    Miguel Sano didn't have any hits but had a loud out in the first and made a nice charging defensive play to nab a runner at first.

    Trevor May is on the bump tomorrow as the RockCats take on Trenton again at 7:05 ET.

    FORT MYERS MIRACLE - Day Off

    CEDAR RAPIDS 2, PEORIA CHIEFS 1
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    While the bats never fully woke up, they did just enough to get the win. The win, however, is credited to Tim Shibuya who pitched a great game. Shibuya went 8-plus innings, allowing only a run on five hits. Though he only struck out two batters, Shibuya only had to throw 76 pitches.

    Madison Boer earned the save by abandoning a runner on the third to end the game.

    Michael Gonzales had a sacrifice fly to score Jonathan Murphy in the first and added a double later.

    Jeremias Pineda singled in Joel Licon in the second inning.

    Niko Goodrum and Tyler Grimes added singles. Goodrum also stole two bases (now has 20) and committed his 25th error on the season.

    ELIZABETHTON TWINS 2, GREENEVILLE ASTROS 0
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    The E-Twins won again and are currently 1.5 games out of second-place and a shot at the Appy League playoffs.

    The pitching was the story of this game too.

    Hein Robb went the first six innings. He struck out six, walked two and allowed five hits. Luke Bard walked one and struck two. Carson Goldsmith secured the save by striking out four batters for four outs.

    The E-Twins bats offered a balanced attack. Seven of the nine starters accounted for a hit. Zach Larson provided the only extra-base hit (double).

    Bryan Haar had two hits while playing third base.

    ...and sit down for this one: Kohl Stewart is making his Appy League debut tomorrow night at 7:05 ET. Seth is currently making calls to see if the FSN crew from New Britain can be re-routed to Elizabethton. It would simply replace the Twins game and no one would even notice.

    GCL TWINS 2, GCL RAYS 2
    Box Score

    And of course, if you're into good Twins "future" news, I've saved the best for last.

    Alex Meyer rehabbed today for the GCL Twins. He pitched the first 3.2 innings. (Eh.) He only allowed two hits. (Good.) Of the 11 outs he recored, nine came by strikeout. (Nine.) Nine! Not a bad afternoon.

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    Lewis Thorpe relieved him and struck out six in 3.1 innings. And not to be outdone, Jared Wilson and Jose Abreu struck out three in the final two innings.

    That's 18 strikeouts. Today. The Twins have struck out 18 batters the whole month of August. (That's exaggerated... I think.)

    Hitting-wise, more of the same. Not a lot of action. Amaurys Minier didn't play again today. He's been nursing injuries on-and-off all season.

    Don't choke on your peanuts when I tell you that Nelson freaking Molina led the squad with two hits today. He was 2-for-2 and is batting .290 over his last 10 games. Not bad after starting the year 1-for-52. (He did get caught stealing twice - once after a pickoff. At least that's what the box score called it. I call it "he was so excited to be on base he forgot what to do next".)

    Chad Christensen homered. Christensen is a Big 10 guy (Nebraska) and local-ish (Cedar Rapids). He's also versatile (can play any corner). I would think there is a chance he could be promoted aggressively in 2014 and get a chance to play the season in his hometown.

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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Pitchers Get It Done... AGAIN! started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Larsbars08's Avatar
      Larsbars08 -
      Maybe time to put Alex Meyer back at AA.
    1. MichiganTwins's Avatar
      MichiganTwins -
      Hopefully the added roster spot in NB is for ALex Meyer.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by IowaTwins View Post
      Hopefully the added roster spot in NB is for ALex Meyer.
      I don't think they have a vacancy right now - Pedro Hernandez was added for his start today and new signee Brad Boyer from the Saints was added to the roster.

      They'll have to make room for Meyer.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Bummer about Nice-Guy AJ Peterson.
      I was hoping he could play his way to a cup of coffee. But now he is going the wrong way.

      Question on Madison Boer. He has been pitching out of CR bullpen and for the most part getting lots of SO. Will he stay as a reliever? When he got drafted they said he had an upper 90's FB with decent offspeed stuff.

      Any of the CR reporters seem him pitch in August?
      I'm wondering what how he is throwing.
    1. twinstalker's Avatar
      twinstalker -
      He'll get a start for Ft. Myers then maybe one for NB. Then the AFL.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Question on Madison Boer. He has been pitching out of CR bullpen and for the most part getting lots of SO. Will he stay as a reliever? When he got drafted they said he had an upper 90's FB with decent offspeed stuff.

      Any of the CR reporters seem him pitch in August?
      I'm wondering what how he is throwing.
      CR reporters are probably not the best sources of information concerning Boer's August. We've only seen him on the mound twice this month in Cedar Rapids and those were far from his best outings. He gave up a run on three hits in each home appearance. He's done much better in his five August road appearances.

      Boer has generally been a very good addition to the back end of the Kernels' bullpen. He and Brian Gilbert have pretty much replaced Steve Gruver and Tyler Jones after the latter pair got promoted. Boer throws hard and throws strikes. He has not, that I recall, been in the "upper 90s" with his fastball, however. Mid 90s might be fair.
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      That's 18 strikeouts. Today. The Twins have struck out 18 batters the whole month of August. (That's exaggerated... I think.)
      Definitely exaggerated. I don't think they are over 10 yet.
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      If Hendricks gets the call to pitch in Gibson's spot maybe Meyer takes his spot in Rochester??? Doubtful, but it would be nice to see how he would fare in a Rochester playoff run.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Bummer about Nice-Guy AJ Peterson.
      I was hoping he could play his way to a cup of coffee. But now he is going the wrong way.
      I look at it a little differently. He wasn't playing behind Sano, Santana and Rosario... they could have kept him not playing there, or they could send him to Ft. Myers to play a lot of shortstop and help them in the playoffs... They're choosing to have him play. My guess, and it's only that, is that Mientkiewicz wanted him.
    1. Yossarian's Avatar
      Yossarian -
      Actually, since the ASG the Twins have been playing .500 ball, and it's been the pitching, not hitting (abysmal) that's got them there....
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