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  • Twins Minor League Report (4/16): Diamond Disappointment

    Winter just does not want to go away. Much of the state of Minnesota woke up to cold and even snow on Wednesday. The weather has been difficult around the country. New Britain was weathered out. The Minnesota Twins game on Wednesday night against the Blue Jays was postponed. They will play their regularly scheduled game at 12:10 on Thursday and then the makeup game at 6:10.

    When there is a doubleheader, teams are able to add a 26th player. The Twins will promote the recently acquired Eduardo Nunez. In his week with Rochester, he has played shortstop, third base, right field and DH.

    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Wednesday:

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    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 6, Pawtucket 7
    Box Score

    I think it’s fair to say that things have not gone terribly well for Scott Diamond in 2014. He lost the fifth starter ‘battle’ to Kyle Gibson and was DFA'ed. He went unclaimed. He agreed to pitch for Rochester. And then the season started. His first two starts were bad. In his third start, he went four innings and was charged with seven earned runs on 11 hits. He walked two and struck out four. His ERA in three starts is now 15.00.

    Fortunately, the Red Wings got five shutout innings from their bullpen. Deolis Guerra gave up two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings. Matt Hoffman gave up three hits and got five outs. Ryan Pressly gave up one hit over the final 1.1 innings.

    The Red Wings hitters attempted to come back but ended up just short. Wilkin Ramiez went 3-4 with a walk and a double. Dan Rohlfing went 3-5 with a double and two RBI. Eduardo Nunez went 2-5 and stole a base. Eric Farris also had two hits.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain, New Hampshire

    This game was postponed due to poor weather conditions.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 6, Charlotte 5
    Box Score

    Down 4-2 after seven innings on Wednesday morning, the Miracle put up four runs in the top of the eighth frame and held on for a 6-5 win. Max Kepler led the way, going 2-4 with a triple. Adam Walker had a double and drove in two runs. Travis Harrison is now hitting .310 after going 2-4 and driving in the game-tying run in the 8th. Jonathan Murphy gave the Miracle a 6-4 lead with a two-run single. AJ Pettersen also went 2-4 in the game.

    Tyler Duffey was charged with four runs on nine hits and two walks in 4.1 innings. He struck out two. Steven Gruver settled things down. The lefty gave up two hits and a walk but no runs over 2.2 innings in relief. Brian Gilbert recorded his second save. He gave up a run in the eighth that cut the lead to one, but pitched a scoreless ninth inning.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, South Bend 4
    Box Score

    Ethan Mildren made his first start for the Kernels. The 2013 draft pick gave up two runs on six hits. In five innings, he struck out five without walking a batter. Yorman Landa came on and was charged with two runs on five hits in two innings. He struck out two and also hit a batter. Alex Muren walked one over two scoreless innings.

    The Kernels had just seven hits in the game. Jason Kanzler had a triple. Engelb Vielma and Zack Larson each doubles. It was Larson’s seventh double already.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Steven Gruver, Ft. Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Dan Rohlfing, Rochester Red Wings

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Pawtucket @ Rochester (Doubleheader: 12:05 CST) – Logan Darnell, Yohan Pino (Listen)
    Portland @ New Britain (5:35 CST) – DJ Baxendale (Listen)
    St. Lucie @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Brett Lee (Listen)
    West Michigan @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) – Randy Rosario (Listen)



    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Wednesday games.
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Maybe its time Diamond gets put on the DL, sent to FM and find himself a bit. He is better than he has shown. Gilmartin and Dean are two guys who wouldn't be stretched to be at AAA.

      Kepler is showing life the past two games, good too see.
    1. Resoman's Avatar
      Resoman -
      Seth,
      At the end of your article, you list "Monday's Probable Starters"; do you actually mean Thursday's? I need to go to the ballpark if my "adoptee" Randy Rosario is pitching tonight!
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      He shouldn't be taking starts from either Dean or Gilmartin, IMHO. Give him the BJ Hermsen treatment,
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Yup. Time to cut bait or whatever.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Resoman View Post
      Seth,
      At the end of your article, you list "Monday's Probable Starters"; do you actually mean Thursday's? I need to go to the ballpark if my "adoptee" Randy Rosario is pitching tonight!
      Can't speak for Seth's being calendarically challenged, but, yes, Rosario is the scheduled starting pitcher for CR tonight (Thursday).
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Resoman View Post
      Seth,
      At the end of your article, you list "Monday's Probable Starters"; do you actually mean Thursday's? I need to go to the ballpark if my "adoptee" Randy Rosario is pitching tonight!
      Changed to Thursday. He pitches today.
    1. Resoman's Avatar
      Resoman -
      Thanks, guys - I'll be there!
    1. Winston Smith's Avatar
      Winston Smith -
      One good thing is they didn't rush to give him a Blackburn like extension after the 2012 season.
    1. spycake's Avatar
      spycake -
      Quote Originally Posted by Winston Smith View Post
      One good thing is they didn't rush to give him a Blackburn like extension after the 2012 season.
      That's true. Damning with faint praise, but true.

      They did write him in as the 2013 opening day starter, though (until his surgery recovery pushed his debut back).
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      He shouldn't be taking starts from either Dean or Gilmartin, IMHO. Give him the BJ Hermsen treatment,
      Do I get banned if I make a joke involving the removal the word Hermsen from your quote?
    1. rickyhawaii's Avatar
      rickyhawaii -
      Former Twin Blayne Weller was pitching for South Bend..
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      First review of x-rays on Michael Quesada's hand/wrist today were negative; they're being sent to Minnesota for a look by the doctors there. Still sore, but they're hoping to avoid a trip to the DL.

      Chad Christensen's arm soreness is better. Not in the lineup tonight (Thursday), but wouldn't totally rule out the possibility of him playing, if needed.
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      "He shouldn't be taking starts from either Dean or Gilmartin, IMHO. Give him the BJ Hermsen treatment" Yes, Diamond was penciled in as the Opening Day starter in 2013 and lets not forget that he earned it. Statistically he was one of the best 30 starters in 2012 which in my book made him a #1 starter and also depending on the definition an Ace. If you say there are only about a dozen Aces then no, he was not one of them. Just don't forget that he was really good for a full season and it may have been the injury that derailed him. I am completely ok with giving him chances to earn his way back and I am completely ok with not bringing him back until he has earned it.
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