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    On Monday night, Twins fans with Fox Sports North had the opportunity to watch the New Britain Rock Cats on television. In the game, fans were able to see good and bad, and most important, that even at the Double-A level, there is still a lot of development left, even for the best prospects. On Wednesday night, Twins fans saw a terrific pitcherís duel in Detroit between Kevin Correia and Anibal Sanchez. However, in the 7th inning, we saw that even the big leaguers make the types of mistakes you expect to see in the minor leagues.

    Thatís why I encourage Twins fans to go to minor league games if you have a chance. Itís enjoyable to see the play improve as players move up the system. Yes, there will be errors. Physical errors are a part of the game, and although players should be expected to improve and minimize the errors over time. What you hope to see improve as players move up through the farm system is a decrease in the number of mental errors. There should be less situations where a player throws to the wrong base or forgets the number of outs.

    The seasons are winding down. Labor Day is the final day of the minor league regular seasons. Cedar Rapids will be at home from August 24-30. They will then begin a Best of Three playoff series the following week. The Ft. Myers Miracle will be home from August 23 through September 1 with the exception of games in Bradenton on the 29th and 31st. They too will be in the playoffs that next week. New Britain has four more games at home, August 30 through September 2. Rochester will have some home cooking the rest of the season. Starting August 22, the Red Wings will play at home through their season finale on Labor Day with the exception of two games in Buffalo. Elizabethton goes on a six-game road trip before ending their season with three home games August 28-30. The GCL Twins are at home on the 22nd, 24th, 27th and 29th. Get out to a game if you have a chance.

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

    Rochester Red Wings

    No Game Scheduled.

    New Britain Rock Cats 1, Trenton Thunder 3

    Box Score

    Cole De Vries made another start for the Rock Cats and was very good. In six innings, he gave up only an unearned run. He allowed five hits, didnít walk a batter and struck out two. Ryan OíRourke pitched a scoreless seventh inning, but he gave up a base runner to lead off the eighth. He was replaced by Dan Sattler who gave up the inherited run and one of his own. Matt Hauser pitched a scoreless ninth frame.

    Danny Santana led off the first inning with his 10th triple and was driven in by Brad Boyer (who was playing 3B and giving Miguel Sano a night off). Eddie Rosario and Dan Rohlfing were each 2-4.

    Game 1 - Ft. Myers Miracle 1, Charlotte Stone Crabs 2

    Box Score

    It was a quiet day for the Miracle bats, and it started in game one when they managed just four hits. Byron Buxton went 2-3 with a walk. He also stole two bases.

    Matt Tomshaw was terrific on the mound. The lefty gave up one run on six hits in eight innings. He walked one and struck out five. Chad Rodgers came into a tie game in the 9th. He got two outs, but gave up two hits and an unearned run to end the game.

    Game 2 - Ft. Myers Miracle 0, Charlotte Stone Crabs 6

    Box Score

    The bats did even less in game two. They managed just two hits off of Jared Mortenson. The two hits were doubles. Dalton Hicks hit his seventh Miracle double and Jairo Rodriguez hit his third.

    Manuel Soliman got another start. He was charged with four runs (3 earned) on seven this. He walked one and struck out two in five innings. Corey Williams pitched one inning and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk, while striking out two.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Quad Cities River Bandits 1

    Box Score

    Miguel Sulbaran made his second Kernelsí start, and it was a good one. He gave up only an unearned run (on a passed ball) in five innings. He gave up five hits, walked none and struck out six. Alex Muren threw three shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out two. Mason Melotakis finished the game off with a scoreless ninth inning.

    The Kernels got plenty of offense to back Sulbaran. Bo Altobelli was 2-4 with his first double and two RBI. Michael Gonzales went 2-4 and added a two-run double. Joel Liconís second homer of the season drove in two more. Adam Walker went 2-5.

    The win was the Kernels eighth in a row, and their 80th of the season. That is nine wins better than the Miracle.

    Elizabethton Twins

    No Game Scheduled.

    GCL Twins 3, GCL Orioles 0

    Box Score

    It took five pitchers, but the GCL Twins threw a shutout against the Oís. Fernando Romero started and threw five shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked none and struck out five. Zach Hayden came on and gave up one hit and one walk and recorded two outs. Miguel Gonzalez came on and gave up one hit, but got four outs. Leonel Zazueta walked two in a scoreless eighth inning. Derrick Penilla recorded his third save. He struck out two in the ninth, though he also gave up one hit and one walk.

    If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (8/21): Seasons drawing to a close started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      It is widely reported that the Twins FO looks to promote primarily only after they feel comfortable that a legit prospect has "mastered" a level. Certainly not a "claim" by any means.
      I understand that the Twins have a reputation for being deliberate with promotions and all of that. I wasn't trying to say otherwise. When I said "claim," I was referring to the lack of any statements in the article or comments about promotions. I was simply trying to understand where mike wants wins comment was coming from. I was trying to figure out if he was referring to something or someone specific. i.e. Was he suggesting that Buxton wasn't being promoted to AA because he needed to work on base stealing?

      Or was he was just making a general comment about the Twins promotion philosophy?

      At any rate, it started a pretty nice discussion about the Twins minor league promotions and some potential small changes that may be occurring.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      Yes, many of the promotions have seemed like a welcome change this year, but the last statement is what always puzzles me. Ft. Myers is the Twins home base outside of Target Field. They seem to put the better coaches and instructors are always there. They also have the best facilities. So why does the team almost always insist on keeping the youngsters in the Midwest League for an entire season? I would think if there was one stop they would try to keep players for an extended period of time it would be Ft. Myers.
      In a perfect world, I would bet the Twins (and any other organization that has a Florida spring training facility and a high-A team in the FSL) would prefer if the FSL was a "low-A" league and the Midwest League was for "high A" teams. It's not that easy, of course, since not every MWL affiliation is with teams that train in Florida.

      Just one of many things that might be done differently if the baseball powers ever tore up the status quo and started over with the whole minor league system.

      Oh, and as for the team keeping players in the MWL an entire season... I think nine players on the current Kernels roster started the season on the original 25 man roster.
    1. Jim H's Avatar
      Jim H -
      I suspect that there are so many things to consider about promotions that it makes the proccess a bit tougher than it appears from the outside. For example Fort Myers is "owned" by the Twins while the other long season afflilates are owned privately. Some consideration to keeping the fans and owners of those affliates happy has to figure in. Putting the "prime" prospects exactly where the organization thinks they need to be at any given time, is or should be very important. You also can't neglect those who might contribute to the big league club either. It is also well to remember that none of this is an exact science. Plenty of lower level prospects contribute greatly to the major league club, and some become stars. For all the talk about "generational talent", when you are talking about guys who haven't played in the majors, that kind of talk is premature.

      Hrbek appeared to be that kind of talent, and was pretty darn impressive as a rookie. Puckett looked like Ben Revere with a better arm his first 2 years in the majors. Hrbek went on to be good, but not great. Puckett, of course, turned out to be pretty special.

      What I think is that whether a guy is promoted quickly or not is usually not all that important. An extra few weeks in in low A or not promoting a guy to AA exactly when it looks like he might be ready for it, won't really matter much in the long run. Even if a guy spends a little extra time in AAA when every internet expert thinks he should be promoted isn't the end of the world.

      It seems most fans would like to see good prospects in the majors as quickly as possible. There is very little evidence that learning in the majors is better than learning in the minors. It clearly depends on the individual, but I would rather see the Twins be a little conservative on promotions, especially with very young guys, than push them up too quickly.
    1. amjgt's Avatar
      amjgt -
      I can't be the only one that thinks Jake Mauer looks like Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber, in this picture.
    1. Sarah's Avatar
      Sarah -
      I definitely agree with you on this Seth- the minor leagues are really fun and now Cedar Rapids is tantalizingly close with a nice ballpark! Here's the article I wrote about a recent Ballpark Tours trip earlier this month highlighting three minor league games we attended in Iowa. So many ballparks, so little time!

      Ballpark Tours of St. Paul offers major fun touring minor league venues - TwinCities.com
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