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  • Twins Minor League Report (4/15): Kernels Streak Ends

    For the second Tuesday in a row, weather played havoc on the Twins farm system. Only half of the teams were able to get on the field and both of those teams didn't exactly like the results on the night. Some hitters continued their hot starts to the year, but the pitching seemed to be the biggest problem on this night

    Fans who braved the weather at Target Field got to see Phil Hughes get off to a great start before giving up a chunk of runs in the sixth inning. The Blue Jays have held the Twins number in recent years. Since 2010, Toronto has a 21-7 record versus Minnesota and things haven't been pretty during that stretch.
    Levi Michael

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester --, Pawtucket -- (Postponed)

    Today's game between Rochester and Pawtucket was postponed due to inclement weather. The teams will play one game tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2:35 CST and they will make up today's game as part of a doubleheader on Thursday. The first game of the doubleheader is scheduled for 12:05 CST and game two will start approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of game one. Scott Diamond was scheduled to make his third start of the year before the weather acted up. He is off to a rough start after allowing eight earned runs in five innings of work through two starts.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain --, New Hampshire -- (Postponed)

    The weather in the Northeast part of the US was not cooperating when it came to baseball action. Much like Rochester, New Britain wasn't able to play their game on Tuesday evening. It will be made up at some point later this season. DJ Baxendale was scheduled to make his third start of the year. He currently has a 5.91 ERA after giving up seven runs over 10.2 innings on the mound.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 4, Charlotte 6
    Box Score

    Fort Myers held 2-run leads at two different points in this game but it still wasn't enough. Tim Shibuya surrendered four runs including a three-run home run in the eighth inning to see the victory slip away. Jason Wheel started the game and gave up two runs on eight hits. He struck out three and walked two. It was the first time this season he allowed more than one earned run in a start.

    Levi Michael continued his hot hitting streak by going 3-for-4 with a run scored. He has gone 7 for his last nine and he has been on base in 9-of-11 plate appearances. Dalton Hicks collected the only extra-base hit for the Miracle, his third double of the young season. Max Kepler had two hits for the second time this season and he ended a six-game hitless streak.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 5, South Bend 7
    Box Score

    The Kernels were off to a scorching start with victories in six straight games. Cedar Rapids starter Ryan Eades got beat-up as he allowed five earned runs in three innings. On the positive side, he did record five strike outs but South Bend pounded out eight hits. Josue Montanez came on in relief and struck out six of the eight outs he recorded while limiting the Silver Hawks to one run.

    Mitch Garver has started 12 games for the Kernels and he has five home runs so far. His fifth home run of the season put him in first place in the Midwest League in home runs and total bases. Tanner Vavra collected a hit to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Bryan Haar hit a two-run homer, his second in three games.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Josue Montanez, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Levi Michael, Fort Myers Miracle

    WEDNESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Pawtucket @ Rochester (2:35 CST)- Scott Diamond
    New Britain @ New Hampshire (9:35 CST)- Taylor Rogers*
    Fort Myers @ Charlotte (9:00 CST)- Tyler Duffey
    South Bend @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST)- Ethan Mildren
    *Subject to change because of today's weather delay
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Kernels pitchers racked up 16 stirkeouts, but gave up 13 hits, in their 7-5 loss. Weird game.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Eades had 8 hits, 2 BB and 0 ground outs. I expected better from a High 2nd Round College pitcher.
      Past 2nd Rnd Twins Pitchers:
      2009 - Bill Bullock
      2011 - Madison Boer
      2012 - Mason Melotakis & JT Chargois
      2013 - Eades

      So...maybe I am wrong and I should expect him to struggle.
    1. drock2190's Avatar
      drock2190 -
      ^^^ The Twins sure do miss on their 2nd round picks. Goes to show signing a free agent who would cost them a 2nd round pick isn't the end of the world.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Probably premature to knock on Eades too much. He was coming off a pretty good start last time out and game time temp in CR last night was at or just below 40 degrees. Yes, these guys need to learn to pitch in the cold at times, but it still was a factor.
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      It can be with some of the crappy free agents we sign.
    1. Larsbars08's Avatar
      Larsbars08 -
      I think it's a little early to say they missed on Eades. Lets see where he is in a month. It would be nice if he could dominate right away, but there's a reason he fell to the second round. I generally prefer them taking the high upside guys in the first few rounds, but considering they took Stewart 4th overall last year, I'm willing to give them a little leeway on drafting someone who is considered to be more of a "sure thing". I think he's a guy who once he gets a little bit more familiarity with CR will improve tremendously. He's never been a high K/9 guy so hopefully once the weather warms up he, his numbers will as well.

      Also, is this finally the year that Levi Michael makes out of Ft. Myers?
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      I'm didn't like the Eades pick and don't think he will pan out, but it's way too early to play the "I told you so" game. I wouldn't think he's beyond figuring things out.
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Michael would make another good story about not giving up on guys too early. Is he still at shortstop and what is his defensive capability?
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