• Twins Minor League Report for 8/24: The Return of Alex Meyer

    There have been a lot of great stories and performances in the Twins farm system in 2013. There are the independent league stories of Chris Colabello, Caleb Thielbar, and Andrew Albers. There is Doug Bernier, a 33-year-old shortstop who is back in the big leagues five years after two previous big league games. Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario have been hitting all year. Oswaldo Arcia, Aaron Hicks and Kyle Gibson have now had a glimpse into big league life.
    Ten days ago, JO Berrios went on the 7-Day Disabled List, and Alex Meyer went nearly three months without pitching. Berrios returned to action earlier in the week, and on Saturday, Alex Meyer made his return to the Rock Cats and was impressive. The most encouraging thing going into the offseason would be seeing Berrios and Meyer end the season healthy and successful.

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

    Rochester Red Wings 4, Indianapolis Indians 6

    Box Score

    Logan Darnell started with two scoreless innings. However, he ended up giving up five runs on six hits and three walks in three innings. Virgil Vasquez was able to work the next five innings. He gave up just one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out six. AJ Achter walked three but did not allow a run in the 9th inning.

    The Red Wings managed just seven hits in the game. Jermaine Mitchell had four of them. He also stole his 20th base. Darin Mastroianni went 1-2 with a walk. He stole his third and fourth bases. Aaron Hicks returned to the lineup, batting fifth and serving as the DH. He went 0-2 but walked twice.

    New Britain Rock Cats 2, Bowie Bay Sox 0

    Box Score

    The most encouraging thing that can happen in the final week of the minor league season is for Alex Meyer to show well and prove himself healthy. On Saturday, he returned to the mound for New Britain for the first time since early June. He was quite impressive. He went five innings of shutout baseball. He gave up just one hit, walked two and struck out five. Reports say that he touched 100 mph on a couple of pitches. He also got a couple of strikeouts on an 87-mph knuckle-curveball. Cole Johnson replaced him in the 6th inning. He gave up two hits and a walk, but no runs, in his two innings. He struck out two. Dakota Watts then recorded his eighth save with two scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out four.



    Miguel Sano went 2-4 with his 14th RBI, which drove in the teamís first run. Eddie Rosario went 2-4 and stole his sixth base. Jordan Parraz went 1-3 with a walk and his tenth double.

    Ft. Myers Miracle, St. Lucie Mets


    The game as postponed. The teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 1, Peoria Chiefs 0

    Box Score

    There wasnít much offense on Saturday night in Cedar Rapids. Peoria had four hits. Cedar Rapids had just three hits. Fortunately, one of those hits was a home run off of the bat of Michael Quesada. It was his second homer of the season.

    Josue Montanez made the start for the Kernels and went the first 6.1 innings. He gave up thiree hits and a walk while striking out two to record his sixth win. Brandon Bixler came in and got a strikeout, but he also gave up one hit and walked one. Madison Boer came on and worked the final 2.1 innings to record his seventh save. He walked one and struck out two.

    Elizabethton Twins 6, Pulaski 7

    Box Score

    The E-Twins jumped out to a 4 run lead after the top of the first. Rory Rhodes cleared the bases with a double. He then stole third base and scored on a throwing error by the catcher. Zach Larson went 2-4 with a walk, his second double and two RBI. Romy Jimenez hit his seventh double.

    Yorman Landa started. He gave up three runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out one. Andre Martinez worked two innings and gave up two unearned runs. He gave up just one hit and struck out four. Ryan Eades gave up two hits over two scoreless innings. CK Irby gave up two runs on an eighth inning home run.

    GCL Twins 3, GCL Red Sox 4

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    Lewis Thorpe was one of the Twins biggest international signings in 2012 out of Australia. The lefty started this game, and in four shutout innings, he gave up just one hit, walked one and struck out nine. On the season, he has pitched in 12 games. In 44 innings, he has given up 32 hits, walked just six and struck out 64 batters. Though he had a no decision in this game, he is now 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA.

    Lester Oliveros came in and walked two and struck out one in 0.1 innings. Leonel Zazueta then gave up four runs (3 earned) on three hits. He hit a batter and struck out two. Miguel Gonzalez struck out five, and walked one, in 2.2 scoreless, hitless innings. Tyler Stirewalt struck out one in a perfect inning.

    The Twins had seven hits in the game. Jorge Fernandez went 1-2 with his seventh double and two RBI. Ryan Tufts was 1-3 with his third double. Brian Navarreto went 1-3 with a walk and his third stolen base. He scored two runs.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report for 8/24: The Return of Alex Meyer started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 12 Comments
    1. LewFordLives's Avatar
      LewFordLives -
      I was at the Rock Cats game in Bowie last night. Meyer looked like he could've gone a couple more innings (must've been on a pitch count). He did get helped out by a couple double plays and it seemed he had too many deep counts in the first couple innings, but overall he was very impressive. If he can stay healthy the sky's the limit. His stuff is nasty. His five strikeouts came in the span of six batters.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      I asked/defended this in the August 24 thread, but is there any chance that Lewis Thorpe skips E'town and goes to Cedar Rapids next year. I was thinking maybe he starts in extended spring training, then heads to CR similar to what Berrios did this year. I realize he's young, but his GCL numbers are ridiculous (far better than Jorge, Rosario, Landa, Hua Lo of last year).

      I'm also wondering if there are any recent reports on his stuff.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Thorpe doesn't appear to need anymore time in the GCL. Really, there is no reason to move him to E-Town this late in the year. I hope they give him the challenge of pitching at CR to start next season (or after time in EST). His age is no reason to hold him back when he seems far and beyond the talent level at the rookie league.
    1. markos's Avatar
      markos -
      I was at the New Britain game last night as well. I wrote up my thoughts about Meyer, Sano and Rosario here: Meyer, Sano and Rosario - Twinkie Town

      I'll try to upload some video/pics later, though don't hold your breath. I forgot to adjust the settings on my camera, and the video is rather terrible quality.
    1. CharacterGroove's Avatar
      CharacterGroove -
      Quote Originally Posted by markos View Post
      I was at the New Britain game last night as well. I wrote up my thoughts about Meyer, Sano and Rosario here: Meyer, Sano and Rosario - Twinkie Town

      I'll try to upload some video/pics later, though don't hold your breath. I forgot to adjust the settings on my camera, and the video is rather terrible quality.
      Thanks the write-up, good stuff.
    1. markos's Avatar
      markos -
      Videos are here:

      Rosario bunt.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC5bZ000qv4

      Sano double.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZknRDUlwJo

      Meyer strikeout.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjOw06wyLfQ

      Again, sorry for the terrible quality.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Thanks markos and LewFordLives for the in-person reports. Those are always great.

      As for Lewis Thorpe, he's exciting, but let's not forget that the talent level in the GCL is far, far lower than the Midwest League. I think he's a guy that they will start in EST, and if there is a need at Cedar Rapids for another starter, he'll be considered.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Thanks for the input Seth. I understand that it is a pretty big jump from GCL to MWL, but how much of a difference is there between GCL and Appy?
      To me, it doesn't seem like a huge difference, but I only really started paying attention last year. It seems like the more notable pitching prospects have little/no trouble transitioning from GCL to the Appy league. So it seems like the Appy league would not be much of a challenge for Thorpe. He'd probably mostly be facing the same types of guys he's faced this year with more draft picks from next year. That just doesn't sound like much of a challenge for him with how he has handled the GCL.
      The MWL would be a challenge for him, but I think it would be a good challenge. However, part of that depends on where his pitches are at. His numbers tell us that he's been pretty much dominating, but how is he dominating? If he's simply just overwhelming hitters with his fastball, then he may not be ready for the MWL. But if he's got at least two solid pitches, then I think he could at the very least hold his own.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Pitz, you ask a couple of very good questions...

      First, regarding GCL vs Appy League. I just have to consider who is playing there. The Twins send their high school draft picks and low-round draft picks and 17 year olds coming from international countries. The Appy League is guys that have gone through the GCL and top college picks, just getting a taste of pro ball. That's pretty big.

      Regarding Lewis Thorpe, I can't pretend to know how well he would do in the MWL. He might be OK. I'm told he has three pitches, but I don't know how good or non-good they are right now. I know he's doing very well against GCL hitters. I don't know how well he would do in the Appy League, though we would want him to keep starting, and E-Town already has Gonsalves, Stewart, Robb, Rosario, Landa and Jorge in their rotation.

      How would Thorpe do in the MWL? Could he hold his own? I don't know. Not sure the value of sending him there (or ET, or wherever) to get beaten up.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Thanks again for the feedback Seth. I understand that there may be reasons to have Thorpe pitch in E'town next year. My main hope is just that his age is not the reason. Thats why I was wondering about his stuff. I haven't seen anything recent about how his pitches look. I know his stats only tell part of the story.
      I'll trust that the Twins will do what is right for him. With their reputation for being very conservative, sometimes I just want to see them being a little more aggressive. But I also don't want to see any of their prospects in over their heads.
      I kind of figure he won't be promoted to E'town this year and was just wondering if there was any precedent for skipping the Appy league or how necessary it would be for Thorpe to spend time at that level.
      Thanks again for your input. It would be great if somebody could get a question to one of the national writers in a chat or something to see if they have any info about how Thorpe's pitches are developing.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Just saw on his twitter page that he made his last start for the GCL and is headed to Taiwan to pitch for Australia in the ibaf World Cup.
      That may have something to do with why he was never promoted to E'town this year.
    1. idowhatiwant's Avatar
      idowhatiwant -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pitz View Post
      Just saw on his twitter page that he made his last start for the GCL and is headed to Taiwan to pitch for Australia in the ibaf World Cup. That may have something to do with why he was never promoted to E'town this year.
      That he's hitting a 100 on the radar is what I like to see. Earlier in the year he was topping out at 94 and I was beginning to worry that he'd already seen a permanent loss in velocity.
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