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  • Twins Minor League Report (4/25): Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

    It is apparent that most nights we will be able to follow at least one very good pitching prospect. On this night, Trevor May looked to continue the good work he had done through his first three starts. JO Berrios and Kohl Stewart were looking for their first wins with their 2014 teams. Continue to read below to see how these three did in their efforts Friday night.

    Meanwhile, Jorge Polanco had another big night with the bat. And, of course, it wouldn’t be an April day without one of the Twins affiliates getting rained/snowed/weathered out.



    TRANSACTIONS

    Newly acquired Kenny Wilson made his way to Richmond, Virginia, on Friday to join his new team (and organization). AJ Pettersen was promoted to New Britain while Aderlin Mejia was sent back to the Miracle. The Cedar Rapids Kernels put Randy Rosario on the 7-day disabled list with a left flexor mass sprain. Australian reliever Todd Van Steensel and outfielder Ivory Thomas spent all night traveling and should join the Kernels on Saturday.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Pawtucket 6
    Box Score

    Trevor May was very good in his first three starts for the Red Wings this season. In those, he worked 15.1 innings and had just three walks to go with 16 strikeouts. He also had a sub-3 ERA. Things didn’t go quite so well for May in his fourth start. May went just three innings and was charged with five runs, all earned and all in the 3rd inning. He gave up three hits, walked four and struck out four. Brooks Raley came on and gave up one run on three hits and a walk in three innings. He struck out three. Aaron Thompson walked two and struck out two in two scoreless innings.

    Eric Farris was the lone Red Wings batter with more than one hit. He went 2-4. Dan Rohlfing had the lone extra base hit, his third double of the year.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain, Richmond

    Kenny Wilson made it to Richmond. AJ Pettersen was supposed to make his 2014 Rock Cats debut in this game, batting ninth and playing shortstop but instead he’ll have to wait a day as the teams were rained out. They will play a doubleheader on Saturday.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 5, Palm Beach 1
    Box Score

    JO Berrios really had to work, but he did a great job and earned his first win in the Florida State League. Berrios went six innings and gave up eight hits and two walks, but he yielded only one run. He struck out seven. Mason Melotakis came on and struck out four in two perfect innings. Tyler Jones worked a scoreless ninth inning.

    Thursday, Jorge Polanco hit his first home run of the season. In his first at-bat Friday night, he hit his second. He went 3-4 in the game. Dalton Hicks went 2-4 with his fourth double. Max Kepler was 2-3 with his second double. He drove in two runs.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 6, Clinton 1
    Box Score

    Tonight, Kohl Stewart put together the best start of his season in Clinton. The right-hander gave up only an unearned run over six innings. He gave up one hit, walked one, hit one and struck out six. Like Berrios, he recorded his first win at his new level, evening his record at 1-1. Yorman Landa came on and struck out five in two hitless innings. He did walk one. Brandon Peterson struck out two in his one-hit, no-run inning.

    Mitch Garver went 3-5 and he drove in three runs, one in each of three separate at-bats. He hit his fifth double as well. Engelb Vielma was 3-4 and stole two bases. Jason Kanzler went 2-4 and tripled. He stole two bases including a steal of home on the back end of a double steal. Tanner Vavra was 2-4 with a walk and is now hitting .340.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Kohl Stewart, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jorge Polanco, Ft. Myers Miracle

    SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Charlotte @ Rochester (3:05 CST) – Scott Diamond (Listen)
    New Britain @ Richmond (Doubleheader, 4:05 CST) – Sean Gilmartin, Pat Dean (Listen)
    Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) – David Hurlbut (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (2:00 CST) – Felix Jorge (Listen)


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games.
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Rosario has a left flexor mass sprain? Hope its not a ucl problem.
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      Polanco is so ready to move up and be challenged. The kid is a stud. The middle infield future is bright with Rosario, Meija, Santana, Dozier and Polanco
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Smcginnity View Post
      Polanco is so ready to move up and be challenged. The kid is a stud. The middle infield future is bright with Rosario, Meija, Santana, Dozier and Polanco
      I've seen many players have a terrific offensive month and then it all be downhill from there. That said, I believe in Polanco. I think his future is bright. Due to the move to SS, I'd keep him there at least half the season. That's pretty normal, for the Twins to promote a few guys from FM to New Britain after their All Star break.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I've seen many players have a terrific offensive month and then it all be downhill from there. That said, I believe in Polanco. I think his future is bright. Due to the move to SS, I'd keep him there at least half the season. That's pretty normal, for the Twins to promote a few guys from FM to New Britain after their All Star break.
      I was impressed by Polanco's headiness when I saw him play last season. Here with all the pressure of expectations by going on the 40-man, a new league, newly full-time at SS and struggling defensively at SS, and yet he hasn't missed a beat at the plate in the pitching-heavy FSL. Get him on the fast track to New Britain- they need him.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      Quote Originally Posted by Smcginnity View Post
      Polanco is so ready to move up and be challenged. The kid is a stud. The middle infield future is bright with Rosario, Meija, Santana, Dozier and Polanco
      Adding to Seth's comment...

      The Twins have moved their better prospects in June over the last two years. Arcia (June 14), Sano (June 9) and Buxton (June 23). I wouldn't expect Polanco to move before mid June.

      There are a lot of reasons for that timeline.

      Most importantly, it give the player a long stretch at the level and it takes more than a hot month.

      Additionally, short season leagues begin and drafted players will begin signing so players are naturally getting shuffled.

      Minor league all star games are in June and affiliates appreciate having their stars participate.

      Waiting until mid June on any prospect will not alter their development.
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