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    The Twins top pick in this yearís draft made his Elizabethton debut on Tuesday night and was very impressive. I mean, if you happen to like strikeouts. He likely would have made this debut a couple of weeks earlier if not for his foot injury. He probably would have been promoted along with fellow 2013 pick Stephen Gonsalves. The two young pitchers join Elizabethtonís Big Three of Felix Jorge, Randy Rosario and Yorman Landa. Hein Robb has been pitching very well of late. And, thatís not even counting college starters Ryan Eades and Aaron Slegers who are working out of the E-Twins bullpen. Elizabethton was well out of playoff contention 7-10 days ago, and now they find themselves nearing a wild card position.

    See what else happened in the Twins farm system on Tuesday.

    Rochester Red Wings 1, Louisville Bats 5

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    Former #3 overall pick, Greg Reynolds, was terrific for Louisville, but the Red Wings didnít get good pitching or defense. PJ Walters made the start. He wasnít helped by his defense, which committed three errors, but his control was not good either. One of the errors was a poor throw by Walters, but he also walked four and hit another. He was charged with four runs (2 earned) on just two hits over five innings. He struck out five. Cody Eppley gave up one run on two hits in his inning. Edgar Ibarra worked two more scoreless innings. He gave up one hit and walked one. Ibarra has now gone 31.1 innings, over 26 games, since giving up a run. Virgil Vasquez gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth inning.

    The Red Wings bats didnít do much against Reynolds. They managed just five hits. Jeff Clement hit his 21st double. Josmil Pinto drove in the lone run with a single. Aaron Hicks returned to the lineup and went 0-3.

    New Britain Rock Cats 6, Trenton Thunder 4

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    Trevor May was back on the mound for the Rock Cats on Tuesday night. He gave up two runs on two hits over six innings. He walked four and struck out four. Cole Johnson came on and gave up two runs on five hits in just 1.2 innings. He left with runners on, and lefty Ryan OíRourke came on and struck out the one batter he faced to end the eighth inning. Closer Dakota Watts came on and recorded the save, giving up just one hit in a scoreless ninth inning.

    The Rock Cats got offense from several places. Newcomer Brad Boyer was slotted into the DH role and the #2 spot in the lineup for his first Rock Cats start. He had hits in his first two at bats and ended the game 2-4. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his 21st home run. Miguel Sanoís 13th double drove in two runs. Nate Hanson doubled for the 21st time on the season. Evan Bigley and Angel Morales each hit their sixth Rock Cats double.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 0, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1

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    It was a tough loss for the Miracle, and particularly for lefty Taylor Rogers. He gave up just one run on three hits over eight innings. He walked three and struck out five. However, one of the three hits was the 11th home run of the season for Richie Shaffer that gave the Stone Crabs a 1-0 lead in the 7th, a lead they were able to hold. Zach Jones pitched a scoreless ninth frame.
    The Miracle had just four hits. Dalton Hicks had the only extra base hit, his sixth Miracle double. Byron Buxton went 1-3 with a walk. He also stole his 18th base with the Miracle. It was his 50th overall stolen base this season.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, Peoria Chiefs 3

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    Tim Atherton gave up three runs early, but he was able to provide a Quality Start for the Kernels. He gave up three runs on five hits in six innings. He didnít walk any and struck out four. Brett Lee pitched a perfect inning. Brandon Bixler struck out two in the eighth inning. Dallas Gallant struck out the side in the 9th inning to end the game.

    Max Kepler recorded his 10th and 11th doubles in five at bats. Niko Goodrum was also 2-5. Adam Walker drove in two more runs with a single. Michael Gonzales drove in two runs with his fifth double. Bo Altobelli went 2-4.

    Elizabethton Twins 10, Greeneville Astros 8

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    Twins top pick Kohl Stewart made his first Elizabethton start and impressed. The young right-hander gave up no runs on one hit in four innings. He walked one and struck out eight.



    Tanner Mendonca walked one in a scoreless fifth inning. He then walked the first three batters of the sixth inning. Andre Martinez came in and got a fielderís choice and a strikeout before walking a batter. Josh Burris came on and got the final out but not before giving up a hit, throwing a wild pitch and walking two. In total, the Astros scored six runs in the sixth inning. Austin Malinowski came on in the 7th and threw two scoreless innings. Brandon Peterson got the ninth inning. He walked one and gave up two on a home run, but he struck out two and got the final out to preserve a 10-8 win. Malinowski was credited with the Win.

    Bryan Haar continues to lead the E-Twins offense. He went 3-5 with his 13th double, fifth home run and three RBI. Logan Wade went 3-4 with his third double. Stuart Turner hit his second homer. Mitch Garver went 2-4 with his 11th double.

    GCL Twins 3, GCL Rays 4

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    There was the game, and then there are the rehab appearances that happen in the GCL. In the offseason, the Twins removed Deolis Guerra from their 40 man roster but were able to re-sign him to a minor league contract. After a tremendous showing in the Venezuelan Winter League, Guerra had the opportunity to pitch for his home country in the World Baseball Classic. Unfortunately, he was unable to participate because a blood clot was found in his right shoulder. On March 15, Guerra underwent rib resection surgery, which is essentially the removal of a rib. The rehab started pretty simply with some range-of-motion exercises. Gradually, more was added and in the last month or so, he has started his throwing program. In the 6th inning today, Guerra entered the GCL game and gave up just one hit in one scoreless inning. He struck out one. It was a pretty clean line, but considering where he was just five months ago, itís a nice story.

    Chih-Wei Hu started for the Twins and gave up just three hits in five shutout innings. He didnít issue a walk and struck out seven. Guerra pitched the sixth. Reyson Zoquiel came on for the eighth and got just two outs. He gave up just one hit and walked one batter, but he also hit two batters. All four runs ended up scoring. Tyler Stirewalt allowed the inherited runners to score before getting the final four outs of the game, two via the strikeout.

    Jason Kanzler led the offense. Leading off, he went 2-5 with his fifth double and his second home run. Brian Navarreto went 2-3 with a walk and his eighth double. Engelb Vielma went 1-2 with a walk and his third double. Ivory Thomas doubled for the third time.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (8/20): Dominant Debut for Stew(art) started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. CGNikolic's Avatar
      CGNikolic -
      Awesome reporting Seth! What do you think the Cedar Rapids rotation looks like next year? Do you think Stewart cracks it??
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      BR lists Greg Reynolds as a #2 overall pick in 2006 by the Rockies. I was surprised to hear you write that he was still in organized baseball, as his career as been nothing but one disappointment after another. 3 teams in 3 years, and this year all of a sudden, everything has clicked for him at the AAA level. Since the Reds are ridiculously loaded with top-end SP prospects, could the Twins lure him away in the offseason with a major league contract offer? He's still only just-turned 28 years old.

      His story is somewhat reminiscent to Andrew Albers, morphing into a finesses pitcher after some catastophic injuries:

      Right-hander Reynolds looking forward to callup | reds.com: News
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Seth--Any idea where Alex Meyer pitches next?
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Meyer is on his way to NB this morning.

      CR will have a lot of options and - much like this year - will probably rotate guys in and out of rotation/bullpen to limit their innings.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Good luck to Guerra.....just too bad about the blood clot. Rooting for him.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Seem to be reading less caught stealing for Buxton lately......is that true? I cannot wait to watch him play in MN.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Seem to be reading less caught stealing for Buxton lately......is that true? I cannot wait to watch him play in MN.
      He was actually caught stealing in this game (picked off to be more accurate). His stealing success rate has been better at FtM:74.4% to 78.3%.

      I believe he also successfully stole a base earlier this week in a game that ended up being suspended due to rain. It is not recorded on his milb stat page but I think he will get credit for that steal when that game is completed.

      Buxton has proven to be a pretty quick learner on top of his great athleticism and I think his base running will continue to improve as he learns more about the art of base stealing.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by CGNikolic View Post
      Awesome reporting Seth! What do you think the Cedar Rapids rotation looks like next year? Do you think Stewart cracks it??
      I think they'll certainly go with a 6-man rotation again next year, and all of those guys have a chance. I wouldn't be surprised to see Gonsalves and Stewart start the season in EST and get promoted to Cedar Rapids in May. I wouldn't be surprised if they send them both there right away either as there may not be as many exciting names on that roster in 2014.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I think they'll certainly go with a 6-man rotation again next year, and all of those guys have a chance. I wouldn't be surprised to see Gonsalves and Stewart start the season in EST and get promoted to Cedar Rapids in May. I wouldn't be surprised if they send them both there right away either as there may not be as many exciting names on that roster in 2014.
      Given how those two have handled rookie league, I would fully expect them both to pitch in CR. I'm a bit surprised Lewis Thorpe isn't joining them.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I think they'll certainly go with a 6-man rotation again next year, and all of those guys have a chance. I wouldn't be surprised to see Gonsalves and Stewart start the season in EST and get promoted to Cedar Rapids in May. I wouldn't be surprised if they send them both there right away either as there may not be as many exciting names on that roster in 2014.
      This year's team may be the best group of every day players the Twins will ever send to Cedar Rapids. Next year's team on opening day will be similar to ETon this year...ie, real good pitching with a lot less hitting than this year's version. Certainly the right year to start a new relationship.
    1. Tpups21's Avatar
      Tpups21 -
      Anyone know how high Stewart's fastball topped out at last night?
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      Meyer is on his way to NB this morning.
      I have tickets for Friday night in Bowie. Hopefully Meyer doesnt pitch tomorrow night...
    1. LewFordLives's Avatar
      LewFordLives -
      Quote Originally Posted by AM. View Post
      I have tickets for Friday night in Bowie. Hopefully Meyer doesnt pitch tomorrow night...
      NB hasn't posted their starter for tonight's game yet. Meyer pitched in a GCL game on Monday, so i think it's unlikely he'll be going tonight. I'm going to try and get to one of the Bowie games as well. I thought about going tonight, but they're expecting big crowds to meet Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      This year's team may be the best group of every day players the Twins will ever send to Cedar Rapids. Next year's team on opening day will be similar to ETon this year...ie, real good pitching with a lot less hitting than this year's version. Certainly the right year to start a new relationship.
      You may be right. What will be interesting to see is how many of the Kernels position players that are ending the season in CR return to start 2014. Murphy, Pineda, Licon, Altobelli, etc., could be back depending on what kind of logjam there is at high-A. Those guys are showing some ability to make contact.

      That scenario would also seem similar to what the Astros have fielded at Quad Cities this year. Outside of a guy like Correa, they haven't had a lot of hitting, etiher. But their pitching has been good enough to put them in line for posteason play.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by LewFordLives View Post
      NB hasn't posted their starter for tonight's game yet. Meyer pitched in a GCL game on Monday, so i think it's unlikely he'll be going tonight. I'm going to try and get to one of the Bowie games as well. I thought about going tonight, but they're expecting big crowds to meet Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
      Gotta love minor league ball.
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      I can't believe I am missing Carlton. Those sweaters rocked.
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