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    On Tuesday it was announced that New Britain Rock Cats outfield Daniel Ortiz was selected as the Eastern League Player of the Week for the period of May 19th-May 25th. Over six games, he hit .480 with four doubles, a triple and two home runs. He had at least one hit in all six games and he post back-to-back three hit nights earlier in the week. During the last week, Ortiz led the league in slugging percentage (.960), OPS (1.460) and tied for the league lead in extra-base hits (7)

    Would Ortiz's hot hitting continue this week? Read on to find out.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Syracuse 10
    Box Score
    Syracuse must have been sick of losing to Rochester. Coming into the game the Red Wings had beaten the Chiefs in three straight games and outscored them 24-10.

    Scott Diamond is not making it easy for Rochester to win the games he starts. After giving up seven runs in 3.1 innings, his ERA is up to 7.51 and his WHIP is the highest in the International League. He hasn't won a start since May 2 and he's given up five runs or more in four of his nine starts. Yohon Pino, Deolis Guerra and Edgar Ibarra did their best to clean up the mess as they combined to give up three earned runs over the last 5.2 frames.

    There wasn't much to speak of on the offensive side. Chris Herrmann and Chris Colabello made their return to the Rochester line-up after being sent down on Monday. Herrmann went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Colabello went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. Chris Rahl had the lone extra-base hit, a double that scored two runs.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 5, Portland 5 (2 Innings-Suspended for wet grounds)
    Box Score
    The Rock Cats didn't get very far into their game with the Sea Dogs but there was plenty of action. New Britain got on the board early with a big five-run first inning. Daniel Ortiz continued his hot hitting ways with two hits including a triple. Reynaldo Rodriguez cracked a two-run home run, his eighth of the season.

    Pat Dean got beat up in the rainy weather as he allowed five runs on six hits in 1.1 innings. He walked one and struck out one. The game is scheduled to be completed on Wednesday as part of a double-header.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 11, Clearwater 0
    Box Score
    Matt Tomshaw twirled eight shutout innings and he faced just one batter over the minimum. He was able to get around his two walks and three hits because of four double plays turned behind him. It was his fourth straight win in May and he has only allowed two earned runs so far this month. Brandon Peterson had a strikeout as he closed out the ninth inning to preserve the shutout.

    Stuart Turner put together a very impressive night at the plate. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and four RBI. It was his second consecutive multi-hit game and he's hit safely in eight of his last ten games. Five other hitters in the Miracle line-up had two hits or more. Max Kepler scored three runs and Niko Goodrum added a double.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 16, Beloit 5
    Box Score
    The Kernels exploded for seven runs in the fifth inning and 16 runs, a season high, over four innings to pound the Beloit Snappers. Every Kernels starter had a hit besides JD Williams and he still scored three runs and had an RBI without recording a hit. Surprisingly, there was only one extra-base hit out of the 16 hits for Cedar Rapids. Mitch Garver went 3-for-5 with 4 RBI and Ivory Thomas hit a pinch-hit three run homer to cushion the lead.

    Jake Mauer was able to use a variety of pitchers in the late innings since his club scored so many runs. Derrick Penilla started things for Cedar Rapids and he went four shutout frames while walking three and striking out two. It was only his second start of the season and it was the most innings he has pitched this year. Brandon Bixler picked up the win but he was charged with five runs in less than three innings. Jared Wilson and Hudson Boyd combined to shut out the Kernels in the last 2.1 innings.

    The Kernels improved to 4-2 against the Snappers this season. After the series win, the Kernels won't face the Snappers again in the first half. The two teams meet again in August

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Matt Tomshaw, Fort Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Stuart Turner, Fort Myers Miracle

    WEDNESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Syracuse @ Rochester (6:05 CST)- Alex Meyer (Listen)
    New Britain @ Portland- Taylor Rogers (Listen)
    New Britain @ Portland (5:00 CST)- Competition of 5/28 Game
    Fort Myers @ Clearwater (12:00 CST)- David Hulbut (Listen)
    Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST)- Aaron Slegers (Listen)

    Photo of Matt Tomshaw by Linwood Ferguson, Ft. Myers Miracle.
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Scott Diamond............. he may be wise to consider other pursuits sooner than later. The Twins would be wise to just release him and move on.
    1. Smcginnity's Avatar
      Smcginnity -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2oface View Post
      Scott Diamond............. he may be wise to consider other pursuits sooner than later. The Twins would be wise to just release him and move on.
      I wish they would just release Diamond and bring up Rogers or Gilmartin and then slot Berrios in AA and slot Stewart in high A.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Before this start, Diamond was actually pretty OK in his previous 5-6 starts. Certainly not great, like we saw in 2012, but worth keeping around.

      There has been some terrific pitching in the organization this year. Yes, there has been some really bad pitching as well, but some guys have really taken a step forward. Tomshaw and The Thing are a big part of that. Berrios was very good.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      If my math is correct, after the completion of today's make-up game and the regularly scheduled game in New Britain, Eddie Rosario will be eligible to play tomorrow. Is that correct?
    1. LewFordLives's Avatar
      LewFordLives -
      We know Diamond can pitch, because we've seen him do it on a consistent basis. That said, I'm not sure what value there is in keeping him around anymore. With Meyer and Darnell doing ok, his chances of rejoining the Twins appear less and less likely. Maybe it's better for everyone involved if he has a change of scenery.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      Quote Originally Posted by LewFordLives View Post
      We know Diamond can pitch, because we've seen him do it on a consistent basis. That said, I'm not sure what value there is in keeping him around anymore. With Meyer and Darnell doing ok, his chances of rejoining the Twins appear less and less likely. Maybe it's better for everyone involved if he has a change of scenery.
      I don't think it hurts the Twins at all to have him as depth - it might be better for him to go to Korea or Japan or something but that's just him. Maybe the Twins (or Diamond) think he could still have a future as a longman/LOOGY Duensing type. Anyhow, I do think that Gilmartin is above him in the pecking order but with the Twins, it doesn't really matter if you're at AA/AAA.
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      If my math is correct, after the completion of today's make-up game and the regularly scheduled game in New Britain, Eddie Rosario will be eligible to play tomorrow. Is that correct?
      Yes sir.
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Before this start, Diamond was actually pretty OK in his previous 5-6 starts. Certainly not great, like we saw in 2012, but worth keeping around.

      There has been some terrific pitching in the organization this year. Yes, there has been some really bad pitching as well, but some guys have really taken a step forward. Tomshaw and The Thing are a big part of that. Berrios was very good.
      So is Tomshaw even a prospect? I know he's got a shiny ERA but as a 25 year old repeating High A is there anything to get excited about or is he just a nice organizational filler piece? Low K rates as well. Not trying to be negative but it just doesn't seem too encouraging overall.

      In regards to the other comment I just don't see Diamond being a big part of the future as a starter. I would like to see him switched to bullpen and see if he can revive his career there ala Perkins and Duensing. The guy has shown he can do well, wonder if going out for less innings and cranking it up a bit would help him out. I'd also like to see Gilmartin get pushed to AAA and see how he does there. To me, he has more potential to eventually contribute as a starter at some point than Diamond does.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      If my math is correct, after the completion of today's make-up game and the regularly scheduled game in New Britain, Eddie Rosario will be eligible to play tomorrow. Is that correct?
      Yes. And it can't come soon enough. It's amazing how awfully pedestrian these lineups look, in Rochester, New Britain and Cedar Rapids in particular, save for maybe a couple players total. And this on supposedly a top 5 minor league system. If Rosario, Sano and Buxton had joined Vargas at the outset, and then eventually joined in June by Berrios, Polanco, Goodrum and Lee in New Britain, that might have been the most exciting and dynamic team in all of minor league baseball.
    1. kdrupp09's Avatar
      kdrupp09 -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      If my math is correct, after the completion of today's make-up game and the regularly scheduled game in New Britain, Eddie Rosario will be eligible to play tomorrow. Is that correct?
      Didn't I read somewhere that Rosario is going to start back at High A Fort Myers?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by halfchest View Post
      So is Tomshaw even a prospect? I know he's got a shiny ERA but as a 25 year old repeating High A is there anything to get excited about or is he just a nice organizational filler piece? Low K rates as well. Not trying to be negative but it just doesn't seem too encouraging overall.
      Depends on what you're looking for. Again, I don't think I could care any less about age to level of competition for guys who could come up in a role playing option. I don't think anyone is going to say that Tomshaw as a prospect is going to be the next Clayton Kershaw. But, could he be Andrew Albers? Could he become Caleb Thielbar? Keep going with him and moving him up until he reaches the wall, whether that's in AA, AAA or even the big leagues. He's not a Top 40-50 type of prospect, but it's still ok to care about these guys too.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by kdrupp09 View Post
      Didn't I read somewhere that Rosario is going to start back at High A Fort Myers?
      Yeah, he will most likely get a handful of games there before moving up to New Britain.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by halfchest View Post
      So is Tomshaw even a prospect? I know he's got a shiny ERA but as a 25 year old repeating High A is there anything to get excited about or is he just a nice organizational filler piece? Low K rates as well. Not trying to be negative but it just doesn't seem too encouraging overall.

      In regards to the other comment I just don't see Diamond being a big part of the future as a starter. I would like to see him switched to bullpen and see if he can revive his career there ala Perkins and Duensing. The guy has shown he can do well, wonder if going out for less innings and cranking it up a bit would help him out. I'd also like to see Gilmartin get pushed to AAA and see how he does there. To me, he has more potential to eventually contribute as a starter at some point than Diamond does.
      Gilmartin had nothing left to prove in AA, last year. He's spinning his wheels in New Britain and really needs to be in AAA to see he if can become a legitimate Twins depth option. Diamond is in full career implosion, he at least was dominating in 6 starts last year in Rochester. Whatever the cause (probably physical?), there is little case to be made from his less horrible recent starts for leaving him in the rotation, what with better options having earned the opportunity for the spot.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I agree on Gilmartin vs Diamond. But the Twins don't. So I have given up worrying about it.
    1. benji21's Avatar
      benji21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      It's amazing how awfully pedestrian these lineups look, in Rochester, New Britain and Cedar Rapids in particular, save for maybe a couple players total. And this on supposedly a top 5 minor league system.

      I commented something to that affect on another thread. I don't really understand how our system is rated so highly or considered so deep. Sure, when healthy, the Twins have a couple of elite and high-end talent (looking at you Buxton, Sano, Meyer, Stewart, Thorpe, Vargas et al), but also some real big disappointments. The big three young pitching prospects that I was excited to follow have failed. Felix Jorge, Yorman Landa, and Randy Rosario, blech. I know there are some people to be excited about, but I have a hard time getting there without our elite guys. Maybe that's just the way it is with this many minor leaguers and perhaps the supposedly less elite systems have even less to follow. I dunno, but I just have the feeling of being underwhelmed. Am I way off base?
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Before this start, Diamond was actually pretty OK in his previous 5-6 starts. Certainly not great, like we saw in 2012, but worth keeping around.
      Diamond's last 10 starts:
      4 earned in 2 innings,
      4 in 3,
      7 in 4,
      2 in 6,
      6 in 5,
      1 in 6.2,
      5 in 8,
      3 in 5.1,
      3 in 7,

      7 in 3.1

      I see no consistency, game to game, unless it is pitching poor. And this is AAA ball. That is why his ERA is 7.51. He really only found success possibly worth considering promotion in 3 games, while the others were screaming for demotion, with one push. Plus, the average against is .355.... in AAA. 2012 is a long time ago.
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