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    It was another fantastic day in Twins Territory.

    I’m obviously talking about today’s weather in comparison to the weather we had over the past six months. Oh, you came to read about baseball? Well, in that case, just be happy that you have a job that required you to work this afternoon. If you happened to watch the game, I’m sorry. The A’s completed their three-game sweep in convincing fashion. And Mike Pelfrey needed 104 pitches to get through five innings. No, you’re not coming down with the flu. We all taste vomit in the backs of our mouths right now.

    On the other hand, the season is still early and – as I said on Tuesday night’s Twins Hangout – it literally can’t get worse. I mean, technically, it could get a little worse. But that’s just not likely to happen. So we’ll all watch tomorrow night. And we’ll all pretend that we didn’t feel a little bit excited when the Twins were tied for an AL Wild Card spot only four days ago.

    But let’s think about happier times. Like the future! And let’s talk about those Future Twins.

    "How do you feel about winters in Minnesota, Ryan?" "You're joking right?"

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 4, Lehigh Valley 2
    Box Score

    After losing their first two games at Buffalo, the Red Wings have now extended their winning streak to four games.

    Ah, the much-anticipated debut of Eduardo Nunez. Nunez started at third base and batted sixth. While he did go 2-for-3, he did commit a fielding error and was removed in what appeared to be a defensive replacement-type move later in the game. If you’re scoring at home, most future starting shortstops aren’t replaced for defensive purposes late in AAA games. (Which is why Nunez doesn’t fit into that category in the first place.)

    Offensively, the Red Wings were paced by Deibinson Romero (3-for-4, BB, 2B, RBI) and Wilkin Ramirez (2-for-2, R, 2 BB, 2 2B). Eric Fryer also had two hits, including a double, while driving in two runs.

    Logan Darnell pitched a gem, but exited too early to get credit for the win. In four innings (and 70 pitches), Darnell allowed only one hit and one unearned run. He walked three and struck out five. Because it was his season debut after a long layoff, he was on a strict pitch limit.

    Edgar Ibarra struck out three in two scoreless innings to earn the win. Brooks Raley gave up a run on two hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. He also struck out three. Michael Tonkin closed it down with a four-out save.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 4, Portland 6
    Box Score

    New Britain drops to 3-4 after their comeback fell short. Daniel Ortiz grounded out to end the game with runners on the corners.

    Kennys Vargas had his second consecutive multi-hit game and second consecutive game with an extra base hit. Tonight, it was a double. He added an RBI, but also struck out twice.

    Nate Hanson and Aderling Mejia (who committed his fourth error) both added two-hit games as well. Corey Wimberly stole two bases.

    D.J. Baxendale battled through six innings and 93 pitches. His final line included five earned runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out four.

    Virgil Vasquez, who earlier in the day was activated off Rochester’s DL, pitched an inning in relief and gave up a run. Adrian Salcedo pitched the final scoreless frame, striking out one.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 6, Charlotte 1
    Box Score

    The Miracle improved to 6-1 on the season and all Dougie Baseball does is win, win, win, no matter what.

    There was something that jumped out of the box score. It’s probably unique to tonight’s writer, but it’s a crazy stat that has to be talked about. I’m talking about Adam Walker getting caught stealing. Yes, you’re not reading about the home run that Walker hit tonight. You’re reading about him stealing. Or more accurately not stealing.

    Here’s what’s crazy about it. As a collegiate, Adam “Forrest” Walker was successful 40 times in 41 tries. So far as a pro, he was 14-for-14. So tonight’s “CS” was only the second time he’s been caught in 56 attempts since leaving the state of Wisconsin after high school. Maybe he just thought he'd run until he stopped feeling like running. And tonight, he didn't feel like running.

    But enough of that, Walker did hit another home run (his 3rd). Levi Michael, Dalton Hicks and Stuart Turner all doubled. Jorge Polanco had two singles. Max Kepler… well, he went 0-for-3. Niko Goodrum continues his hot start (1-for-3, RBI), but also committed a fielding error at 3rd, his second of the year.

    Tyler Duffey improved to 2-0. He went six innings, allowing an unearned run on four hits and two walks. He struck out four and lowered his ERA to 2.25. David Hurlbut pitched two scoreless frames. Madison Boer pitched around a walk to pick up his first save of the season.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 11, Great Lakes 2
    Box Score

    The Kernels jumped out to a quick start (3 runs in the first two innings) and continued to score runs (including 4 in the fourth and 3 in the ninth inning) to cruise to an 11-2 victory and put together their first multi-game winning streak of the season.

    The lineup – which included three players playing a position for the first time this year – collected 11 hits, including five extra-base hits and was led by Jason Kanzler, who was making his first appearance of the season. Batting leadoff, Kanzler, who joined the Kernels from EST after starting CF Zack Granite was placed on the 7-day DL with a left rotator cuff strain, went 3-for-5 with a double and a walk, scoring two runs and driving in three. He also stole his first base of the season.

    In a balanced lineup, where only Bo Altobelli failed to get a hit, Logan Wade (single, triple, two RBI) was the only player besides Kanzler to produce a multi-hit game. Mitch Garver, Chad Christensen and Tanner Vavra added doubles. Engelb Vielma stole his first base of the young season.

    While the offense certainly came to play today, so did starting pitcher Ryan Eades. A 2nd rounder from LSU, Eades made his second appearance of the year. (He took a loss in his first start.) Today, he was very impressive. Throwing seven(!) innings, Eades only allowed six hits. He struck out five, walking none. And the lone run he allowed, well, that was unearned. An ERA that entered the day at 5.79, exited at 2.31. (Call him up! Right?)

    “Life Ain’t Easy for a Boy Named” Josue Montanez pitched a perfect eighth inning before giving way to Brandon Peterson. Peterson allowed his first three batters to reach base (giving up a run), but finished off the game by striking out the last two batters.

    While MiLB.com lists Ethan Mildren as tomorrow’s starter (so that’s what you see below), the Kernels post-game release had tomorrow’s starter listed as “Do I Make You" Randy Rosario (0-1, 7.36) the probable pitcher. Either way, somebody will pitch. And that somebody might be able to do back flips from a standing position.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Ryan Eades, Cedar Rapids
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Deibinson Romero, Rochester

    FRIDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS

    New Britain @ Portland (5:00 CST) – Taylor Rogers (0-1, 15.75)
    Fort Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) – Brett Lee (1-0, 3.18)
    Cedar Rapids @ Lansing (6:05 CST) – Ethan Mildren (1st appearance)
    Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) – Alex “There’s Hope for the Future” Meyer (0-0, 3.60)
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      If you’re scoring at home, most future starting shortstops aren’t replaced for defensive purposes late in AAA games. (Which is why Nunez doesn’t fit into that category in the first place.)
      It looks like Nunez is exactly what the Twins wanted and expected. If Florimon isn't sent down or traded, I could easily see him coming in for defensive purposes after Nunez goes 2-3 with an error. (BTW, Santana is batting .222 with a .500 OPS and already has 3 errors and only an .842 FLD%, so he hasn't exactly set a high bar to surpass- as Gardy said, it's about the offense).
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      The Twins/Red Wings said all along they were going to ease Nunez back in. He hadn't played at all in the 10 days that he was in DFA Limbo. So, they didn't play him the first game, and then said they were planning on playing him 6 innings today. Maybe more tomorrow.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Twins have a 21 year old Switching hitting SS at AA (Aderlin Mejia) who is sporting a .967 OPS
      Not bad first week
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Love the Miracle Line up 1-9
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      DOWN GOES WALKER
      DOWN GOES WALKER

      IT HAPPENS TO THE BEST OF THEM BIG GUY
      "Yes Run Forrest Run"
      96% Stolen Base success rate - (54 for 56) since 2010

      Great catch Jeremy - Not many take notice
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Twins have a 21 year old Switching hitting SS at AA (Aderlin Mejia) who is sporting a .967 OPS
      Not bad first week
      For Mejia, it's all about the OBP, as he just has singles for hits. And he's completely unheralded on any prospect rankings list. Even the Twins had no illusions- he's batting 9th in the Rock Cats order, and putting him at Ft Myers last year was quite by accident. Although he does have 4 early errors, he's obviously yet agian, trying to prove the doubters wrong.

      Seth, have you heard anything within the organization that suggests he's a legitimate prospect as a utility man, let alone a starting SS some day?
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      It is so exciting watching the young pitchers at all levels. The new "M&M" boys, Meyer and May at AAA are off to great starts, OK 1 outing each, but I need some starting pitchers to get excited about.
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      I don't know how, but I was completely unaware that Walker was so excellent at stealing bases. I assumed with so much power, he wasn't.
    1. orangevening's Avatar
      orangevening -
      I thought Seth was the corny one - "Do I make you"?!? "Life is hard"!?! Wow...
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by SgtSchmidt11 View Post
      I don't know how, but I was completely unaware that Walker was so excellent at stealing bases. I assumed with so much power, he wasn't.
      Walker is that rare athlete that has 30-30-30%K potential.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      For Mejia, it's all about the OBP, as he just has singles for hits. And he's completely unheralded on any prospect rankings list. Even the Twins had no illusions- he's batting 9th in the Rock Cats order, and putting him at Ft Myers last year was quite by accident. Although he does have 4 early errors, he's obviously yet agian, trying to prove the doubters wrong.

      Seth, have you heard anything within the organization that suggests he's a legitimate prospect as a utility man, let alone a starting SS some day?
      They wouldn't say he is a prospect or not, but I think it's telling that they have him starting most every day at SS in AA. Yesterday, we were all surprised that he did so well in FM, and I'm sure they weren't expecting it either. However, for them to keep him moving up as they have shows a lot about what they think. He's young. He's pretty fast. He is a singles-only hitter, and he'll have to prove himself at SS before anyone's going to anoint him as a possible SS of the future, but there are certainly signs that they are now willing to find out.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by SgtSchmidt11 View Post
      I don't know how, but I was completely unaware that Walker was so excellent at stealing bases. I assumed with so much power, he wasn't.
      He is a terrific athlete. He's a big guy, and he's got average speed. He gets his steals by being smart and, at least in part, surprising the defense. Kind of like Corey Koskie. Koskie stole 27 bases one year because they weren't expecting it. Never stole more than 11 in a season after that.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      They wouldn't say he is a prospect or not, but I think it's telling that they have him starting most every day at SS in AA. Yesterday, we were all surprised that he did so well in FM, and I'm sure they weren't expecting it either. However, for them to keep him moving up as they have shows a lot about what they think. He's young. He's pretty fast. He is a singles-only hitter, and he'll have to prove himself at SS before anyone's going to anoint him as a possible SS of the future, but there are certainly signs that they are now willing to find out.
      Thanks, Seth. What would it take for him to appear on your midseason Top 50 prospect list?

      Also, Stuart Turner is having a strong start at the plate. Isn't he one that can go through 2 levels this year and ultimately zoom up your prospect list pretty quickly, as well?
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by orangevening View Post
      I thought Seth was the corny one - "Do I make you"?!? "Life is hard"!?! Wow...
      Seth is the corny one. I was pretty proud of both the Austin Powers and the Johnny Cash references. Even though "Josue" isn't pronounced at all like Sue - as Seth would point out - I'll still stand behind both of those lines.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      So is Yormen Landa done starting, or is he going to get his opportunity later? I thought it was supposed to be a 6 man rotation, but we're now on the second go around and only five have started.

      I'm glad Eades pitched well, but if he doesn't figure out how to miss more bats he's never going to make a difference on the big club. Small sample size, but he's having issues striking out Appy and Midwest League guys; these batters swing at everything. Obviously it's only going to get more difficult at the higher levels.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      The Miracle are easily the most interesting team (for me) to watch this year. Albeit, if they continue as they are...come middle June New Britain will be the most interesting team to watch.

      Also, speaking of New Britain, any new word on when is Byron Buxton coming back?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Another thread indicates Byron is out until May.....
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Another thread indicates Byron is out until May.....
      As was assumed in late March when they announced the name of the injury. They said it was a "slow-healing" injury. Initially they said sprained wrist, but once the doctors had a chance to talk to him, they've been upfront that it would be awhile before he would be playing.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Thanks, Seth. What would it take for him to appear on your midseason Top 50 prospect list?

      Also, Stuart Turner is having a strong start at the plate. Isn't he one that can go through 2 levels this year and ultimately zoom up your prospect list pretty quickly, as well?
      Mejia would certainly be in the Top 50 now, but let's see how AA treats him for the next 6 weeks.

      Stuart Turner was my choice for sleeper pick for hitters. I think he'll hit more than some seem to. I do think he could move, though, I don't know that he will. I'm not as worried about his bat as many seem to be.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
      So is Yormen Landa done starting, or is he going to get his opportunity later? I thought it was supposed to be a 6 man rotation, but we're now on the second go around and only five have started.

      I'm glad Eades pitched well, but if he doesn't figure out how to miss more bats he's never going to make a difference on the big club. Small sample size, but he's having issues striking out Appy and Midwest League guys; these batters swing at everything. Obviously it's only going to get more difficult at the higher levels.
      Landa throws gas! Not great control. He's in the bullpen now, but that's certainly something that can change.

      They do have a 6-man rotation, but Sulbaran was supposed to start the day after he got traded. they've also had a couple of days off (scheduled or weather) so they've piggybacked a couple as well. As things get going, they'll get to the 6-man rotation.
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