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    The Twins fell behind early and lost to Max Scherzer, Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. On Sunday, it will be Sam Deduno against Robbie Ray.

    YahooSports’ Jeff Passan reported that Byron Buxton will have an MRI on his reinjured wrist. The reports indicate that it is not considered serious, but the Twins are being very cautious.

    It was also a full day of baseball in the Twins minor league system. If you missed it, check out A Mother’s Perspective, by Diane Plouffe, Trevor’s mom, as you celebrate your Mother’s Day.

    Reynaldo Rodriguez


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 3, Toledo 6
    Box Score

    Alex Meyer had a rough start, and the Red Wings bats struggled to score runs. The Red Wings had eight hits, nine walks and one hit batter. However, they were only able to manage three runs and lost for the sixth straight time.

    Chris Herrmann went 3-5 with a double. He now is 6-9 in the two games since his return to the Red Wings. Deibinson Romero walked three times and was hit by a pitch. Pedro Florimon went 0-2 but he did walk two times. Oswaldo Arcia went 1-3 with a walk.

    Meyer went just four innings. He gave up six runs (5 earned) on seven hits and three walks. He struck out two. Edgar Ibarra gave up two hits over two shutout innings. Deolis Guerra struck out two in two perfect innings.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 7, Bowie 6
    Box Score

    The Rock Cats brought out the power bats early and held on late for the win. The offense pounded out 16 hits including three home runs. Kennys Vargas went 3-5 with his seventh home run. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 3-5 with his fifth homer. Brandon Waring went 2-5 with his fourth homer. He drove in four runs. Kyle Knudson went 2-4 with a walk and his fourth double. Danny Ortiz went 2-5 with his seventh double. Tony Thomas also had two hits.

    Virgil Vasquez made the start. He gave up four runs on four hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out seven. Jim Fuller gave up two runs on two hits in four innings. He struck out three without a walk. Cole Johnson came in for the ninth inning and recorded his second save. He gave up just one hit.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Jupiter 3, Ft. Myers 1
    Box Score

    Jason Wheeler took the mound for the Miracle and went 6.2 innings. He gave up three runs on ten hits and two walks. He struck out three. Steven Gruver gave up one hit and struck out one in 1.1 innings. Brett Lee gave up a hit in his inning. It was his first appearance in May.

    The Miracle managed just five hits in this game. Aderlin Mejia and Stuart Turner both went 1-2 with a walk.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 3, Wisconsin 6
    Box Score

    Ryan Eades was back on the mound on Saturday and struggled. In just 2.2 innings, he gave up three runs on five hits and four walks. He also threw two wild pitches. He struck out just one. Derrick Penilla came on and gave up two runs on six hits in 3.2 innings. He struck out three and walked none. Yorman Landa walked one and struck out one in 1.2 scoreless, hitless innings.

    Chad Christensen went 1-2 with two walks. He hit his sixth double and stole his ninth base of the season. Bryan Haar went 2-4 with his fourth double and two RBI. Tanner Vavra returned to the lineup and was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearance. He was 1-3.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Deolis Guerra, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Kennys Vargas, New Britain Rock Cats

    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Toledo (1:00 CST) – Logan Darnell (Listen)
    New Britain @ Bowie (1:05 CST) – Matt Summers (Listen)
    Jupiter – No Game Scheduled
    Cedar Rapids – No Game Scheduled


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Saturday games.
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. drock2190's Avatar
      drock2190 -
      Looks like it will be awhile before Meyer comes up after his recent outings.
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      Ugh. This was a disappointing read. Seriously...Vargas is the only true positive out of this it feels like

      Vargas needs to move up to AAA in my opinion. The guy is ready. Meyer is the epitome of frustration. How can you be so dominant and then so mediocre.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Seth (or Jeremy): Any clue on why Brett Lee went 10 days without an appearance and now came out of the pen?? He certainly didn't pitch his way out of the rotation with his April starts.
    1. benji21's Avatar
      benji21 -
      I feel like this has been a very disappointing minor league season to date. We were hyped on the strength of our minors and it seems that with our two best position prospects yet to play (significantly), it has been a lack luster season. Our low-minors pitching has been deflating. Landa has come out of the pen, Eades is mediocre, Wimmers is getting blown up, and we have not gotten to see Gansalves or Thorpe. Someone talk me off the ledge please! I'll give us this, Slegers is nice, Mildren too, and Berios is hanging in there.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by benji21 View Post
      I feel like this has been a very disappointing minor league season to date. We were hyped on the strength of our minors and it seems that with our two best position prospects yet to play (significantly), it has been a lack luster season. Our low-minors pitching has been deflating. Landa has come out of the pen, Eades is mediocre, Wimmers is getting blown up, and we have not gotten to see Gansalves or Thorpe. Someone talk me off the ledge please! I'll give us this, Slegers is nice, Mildren too, and Berios is hanging in there.
      First off, welcome to TD. Stop by the rookies and lurkers thread in the main forum and introduce yourself.

      I think your pessimism of the farm system is a bit off base. The injury bug certainly hit Buxton and Sano, but it doesn't suddenly mean these guys are not good prospects. Thorpe and Gonsalves will likely both be in Cedar Rapids yet this year but are in EST largely because of a lack of room for them. The fact that we are having these conversations about both of them being in CR is impressive given that highschool draftees typically get 2 years in rookie ball before they make low A. Thorpe graduates from HS this summer. Eades has actually been decent (other than yesterday), and while I don't really hold out hope for Wimmers, he was the victim of 5 errors the other day. On the flip side, Parmelee seems to have gotten back on track. Vargas is showing more and more that he's a legit prospect. Darnell has gotten steadily better over the last couple of seasons and looks like he can be a mid-rotation guy. May is looking like he's going to stick as a starter. Polanco might find himself in the top 50 on most lists in the near future. All isn't lost.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Smcginnity View Post
      Ugh. This was a disappointing read. Seriously...Vargas is the only true positive out of this it feels like

      Vargas needs to move up to AAA in my opinion. The guy is ready. Meyer is the epitome of frustration. How can you be so dominant and then so mediocre.
      Vargas has had two tremendous weeks, let's let him keep it up for awhile. Meyer will be fine, but like every other pitcher, he'll have his ups and downs.
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Sano, Rosario and Buxton have been a huge disappointment so far though partly out of their hands. On the flip side, Santana has been a pleasant surprise as has Pino and Darnell. May isn't far off and if Meyer has a season or two of Liriano like performance it wouldn't be so bad. By that I mean a couple quality starts for every one or two clunkers. Gibson is showing us he can be effective some days and not so effective others. Nothing new here. Hendrik dominated every day in the minors. Meyer hasn't. I would still take Meyer's chances in the bigs. Levi Michael is maybe re- ermerging as a prospect and Polanco is continuing to emerge. Really tired of hearing injuries that are not considered serious because they almost always seem to end up that way.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      I'm with you, benji21. I really feel that regardless of reasoning that can be adhered to for the minor league teams not doing well, that one of the top 3 rated minor league systems should also get wins as a team in a team sport along with the development. I am also surprised that is not happening. Talent is one thing, but the real talent in a team sport....... is winning as a team.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      I don't see benji21 as pessimistic. We were ranked 1st, 2nd, or 3rd best minor league system by pretty much anybody who put together a list.

      It's a pretty big downer when you have no production from #1, #2, and wherever you rank Rosario.

      Meyer has shown a few night games and Vargas is doing well enough he could get a promotion (AAA or MLB) by as early as late July...

      The other top farm system teams?

      Just a few small samples...

      Pirates lost Taillon for the season to TJ, however they have the NL's ROY hitting .395 in AAA.

      The Cardinals are struggling hitting and Tavares and Piscotty are hitting .320-ish with great plate discipline at AAA.

      The Astros brought up Springer after he was killing AAA. Singleton, also at AAA, is leading the ML's in HRs and will be up with the big club by mid June/early July.

      The Cubs would be the other 'top farm system' in the mix. Baez has struggled, however Bryant is killing it at AA as are other top prospects in their system. He gets his K rates down a little and he'll be in the bigs soon.

      So some of it is we'd have guys knocking on promotions. So far the only promotion is Santana. And I hope it isn't short lived.

      I guess I feel that's more of a report than a downer/pessimism. But I suppose it could be taken that way too.
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Thorpe graduates from HS this summer.
      Thanks for this bit of perspective. The Twins are doing the right thing keeping him in EST. Imagine trying to finish high school while traveling all over the midwest living out of a suitcase.
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