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  • Twins Minor League Report (5/15): Alex Meyer Shines Again

    "When you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail." - Benjamin Franklin

    On Wednesday the Twins made sure it was known that they were not happy with Aaron Hicks and his level of preparation at the major league level. On Thursday, the Twins squandered a great start from Phil Hughes (the Talk to Contact Pitcher of the Week). But then Hicks bailed out the Twins with a 10th inning victory, with a walk off double to defeat the Red Sox.

    Down in the minor leagues, things did not go quite as well for the Twins affiliates.



    Red Wings Report
    Rochester 5, Columbus 4
    BOX

    The Red Wings had a big first inning and then held on for the victory thanks to a special outing from Alex Meyer. Meyer picked up his second win of the season, pitching five innings of no-hit baseball before reaching his pitch limit. Meyer struck out seven Clippers hitters, but he also struggled with command and issued four free passes. His ERA now stands at 3.79 and he has 49 strikeouts in 40.1 innings in 2014. Deolis Guerra entered the game in the sixth and stretched the no- hitter into the seventh inning before being tagged for three runs (two earned). Ryan Pressly picked up a hold, but pitched only two-thirds of an inning and gave up two hits and a run. Aaron Thompson picked up his first save of the season, striking out the side to end the game.

    The Red Wings were led to victory by a first inning grand slam from cleanup hitter Deibinson Romero, his only hit of the game. Oswaldo Arcia was the DH last night and went 2-4 with a double, a strike out and two runs scored. His average at AAA is now .298. Chris Herrmann had another big night, 3-4 with a double, and is now 12-26 with a home run, a triple and three doubles since being demoted a week ago. Also of note, the Red Wings' center fielder, Eric Farris, extended his hitting streak to eight games.

    Rock Cats Review
    New Britain 5, Portland 13
    BOX

    The Rock Cats gave up TWENTY hits and committed two errors in the loss to the Sea Dogs, snapping the Rock Cats' four game winning streak. Sean Gilmartin pitched five innings and was charged with only one earned run, but defensive miscues led to two unearned runs. He left the game with the score tied at three. Adrian Salcedo was the second man up for the Rock Cats and was tagged with his fifth loss of the season (0-5). Salcedo pitched just 1.1 innings, giving up five runs, all earned, on six hits, including the go-ahead two run home run from Portland's biggest star, Mookie Betts, who had three hits and extended his reached base safely streak to 65 games. Cole Johnson came in next and gave up just his third run of the season in 1.2 innings of work. Ryan O'Rourke pitched the ninth and gave up four more runs to close out a mostly forgettable day from the New Britain bullpen.

    Reynaldo Rodriguez was 3-4 with a strikeout and a walk, extending his hitting streak to a season-high ten games. Kennys Vargas extended his own hitting streak to five games with a 1-3 performance with two walks, and he has now hit safely in 20 of the last 23 Rock Cats games. Brad Boyer also reached base three times for the Rock Cats with two hits and a walk. Vargas and Daniel Ortiz both had doubles, the Rock Cats' only two extra base hits of the evening.

    Miracle Matters
    Fort Myers and Brevard County
    RAIN OUT

    Heavy rain forced the cancellation of the series finale between the Miracle and the Manatees. The Miracle return home on Friday to begin a four-game series with the Daytona Cubs.

    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 6
    BOX

    Not much happening on either side of the ball last night for the Kernels. Felix Jorge started for the Kernels and picked up the loss (2-4) after 4.1 innings in which he was tagged with five runs (four earned). He walked four batters and struck out just two. His ERA now sits at 8.80. Yorman Landa pitched 2.1 innings of relief, surrendering one run and Jared Wilson closed out the game in the ninth, striking out the side.

    Offensively, the Kernels managed just four hits, all coming in the first four innings. The best performance of the night came from Bo Altobelli, who was 1-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored. After the fourth inning, Burlington reliever Alfonso Alcantara came in and pitched five innings of no-hit baseball to finish off the Kernels.

    TwinsDaily Players of the Day
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day Alex Meyer, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day Reynaldo Rodriguez, New Britain Rock Cats

    Friday's Probable Starters

    Columbus @ Rochester (6:05pm Central) Mike Pelfrey (Listen)
    New Britain @ Harrisburg (6:00pm Central) Pat Dean (Listen)
    Daytona @ Fort Myers (6:05pm Central) Alex Wimmers (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:30pm Central) Aaron Slegers (Listen)

    Since the Twins beat the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon thanks to a walk-off winner from Aaron Hicks, you can get 50% off your online order at PapaJohns.com on Friday using the code "TWINSWIN".
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Pelfrey goes tonight, that should be interesting.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Whats up with Felix Jorge? Any insight to the youngsters struggles? 8 home runs not getting strike outs and is very hittable.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Pedro Florimon-

      25 major league games....1 error

      7 minor league games....5 errors
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halsey Hall View Post
      Pelfrey goes tonight, that should be interesting.
      Said nobody, ever.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      As with the other poster, kinda wondering what's up with Felix.

      If he doesn't figure it out sooner than later, when Lewis Thorpe graduates in a few weeks he'll likely swap places with him at EST.
    1. Eric R Pleiss's Avatar
      Eric R Pleiss -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Whats up with Felix Jorge? Any insight to the youngsters struggles? 8 home runs not getting strike outs and is very hittable.
      I'll reach out to Jim Crikket, he knows all with the Kernels.
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      Is it just me, or does it seem like every demoted Twin instantly does awesome in AAA this year?
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Pedro Florimon-

      25 major league games....1 error

      7 minor league games....5 errors
      I didn't see all the games, of course, but it makes me wonder a bit. I feel that the official scorers in MLB have turned into charity workers when it comes to scoring fielding, with the charity going to the fielder and batter, and not the pitcher, who takes the brunt of the "gifts" to the fielders and batters. I always feel that if a professional baseball player can get his glove on the ball (of should have gotten his glove on the ball), that it is an error. I see so many balls in play that I think are obvious errors scored hits these days.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Quote Originally Posted by SgtSchmidt11 View Post
      Is it just me, or does it seem like every demoted Twin instantly does awesome in AAA this year?
      Not Florimon.
    1. Paul Pleiss's Avatar
      Paul Pleiss -
      Quote Originally Posted by SgtSchmidt11 View Post
      Is it just me, or does it seem like every demoted Twin instantly does awesome in AAA this year?
      I think you're looking at something different than the rest of us. A good day from Arcia and Herrmann does not correlate to everyone who gets sent down doing awesome. Have you heard of Pedro Florimon?
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Eric R Pleiss View Post
      I'll reach out to Jim Crikket, he knows all with the Kernels.
      I don't know all, but I've got faking it down to an art form.

      I've seen Jorge pitch a few times. I see talent there and he's young (a couple years under the league average), so I'm not overly concerned. I can't say for sure without checking a few boxscores, but my recollection is that he tends to give up a big inning in most, if not all, of his starts (as the number of HRs would indicate).

      I get tired of using weather as an excuse for some of these guys' performances so far (and to be clear, nobody in the clubhouse has ever used it as an excuse in my presence), but it's mid May and we're still wearing winter coats to the ballgames.

      I'm still in the mode of giving credit to those guys who seem to be overcoming the elements and performing well, while trying not to hold poor performances against guys like Jorge that have struggled so far. I want to see how he does in normal baseball weather before I get too worked up.
    1. SgtSchmidt11's Avatar
      SgtSchmidt11 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Paul Pleiss View Post
      I think you're looking at something different than the rest of us. A good day from Arcia and Herrmann does not correlate to everyone who gets sent down doing awesome. Have you heard of Pedro Florimon?
      When a guy is sent down for sucking ala Herrmann, Parmelee, Florimon it seems to me they should really struggle for a while before getting better, not instantly raking. Even 1/3 seems excessive to me, and that is now 2/3 Twins doing well in AAA despite struggling in the majors.
    1. Eric R Pleiss's Avatar
      Eric R Pleiss -
      Quote Originally Posted by SgtSchmidt11 View Post
      When a guy is sent down for sucking ala Herrmann, Parmelee, Florimon it seems to me they should really struggle for a while before getting better, not instantly raking. Even 1/3 seems excessive to me, and that is now 2/3 Twins doing well in AAA despite struggling in the majors.
      I don't know that I would buy into that. They were with the Twins because they showed an ability to succeed above the Minor League level. In the case of Parmelee, his career AAA line is very impressive, so nothing to be too excited about here. But with the other two, they were probably stretched and challenged up in the Big leagues, and they made changes and learned and grew. Now they're facing lesser talent, have a few new tricks/approaches, and put that into play.

      With Florimon's D, certainly you have to think there is some lack of focus going on there, and that should be addressed by the coaching staff. The guy has been a MLB regular for the better part of two years, he struggled big time with the stick most of the last two years, especially this year, and he's probably sulking a bit in AAA, taking some plays off, or not being in the right mindset.

      I don't think that's an excuse for Florimon, or the full reason for success at the plate, but I think there is a lot more to going down to AAA than just changing jerseys.
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