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    Ricky Nolasco was not at his best, but he still was able to limit the Yankees offense to just one run over six innings. The bullpen finished with three scoreless innings, and the Twins had a 6-1 win over their nemesis from the Bronx. Oswaldo Arcia showed off his power with another home run and he also showed off his very strong arm. He had two outfield assists in the game. Josh Willingham and Trevor Plouffe also homered.

    A couple of lefties in the upper levels were very impressive, tossing scoreless innings at will. And one of the top power prospects in the Twins organization displayed his home run prowess. Meanwhile, one of the fastest players had the best game of his career. The Red Wings had lots of multi-hit performers. Find out everything that happened in the Twins farm system as well as an update on some of the injured minor leaguers.

    Kris Johnson photo by Betsy Bissen

    INJURY UPDATES

    On Thursday, Twins Daily reported that left-handed pitching prospect Randy Rosario had Tommy John surgery. Also, outfielder Jake Proctor had shoulder surgery. Here are some more injury-related notes from the Twins minor league affiliates.

    There are several players who have started playing games in Extended Spring Training. That includes outfielders Lance Ray and Nate Robert as well as infielder Stephen Wickens. Pitchers Hein Robb and Chad Rodgers are pitching in Extended Spring Training games.

    Zach Granite is down in Ft. Myers, and he is now able to do full workouts. Zach Larson had pulled him hamstring and has now started jogging. Logan Wade is rehabbing his shoulder. Jeremias Pineda is still experiencing some soreness in his hand.

    Yorman Landa has a shoulder impingement. It will be a while before we see Levi Michael as he has a broken bone in his foot.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 7, Gwinnett 0
    Box Score

    Kris Johnson was the International League ERA leader in 2013 when he helped lead Indianapolis to a championship. This year, he has probably been even better. On Friday night, he worked seven scoreless innings to drop his season ERA to 1.83. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out five. In his last seven starts, he has given up just four earned runs in 42.1 innings for a 0.85 ERA in this streak.

    Ryan Pressly came on and gave up nothing over two perfect innings. He struck out two.

    The Red Wings got their offensive support from multiple sources with multiple hits. Eric Farris went 3-4 with a walk and his sixth and seventh doubles. Wilkin Ramirez was 3-4 with his eighth and ninth doubles. Brad Nelson was 3-5 with his fifth double. Eric Fryer and Doug Bernier were both 2-4. Fryer hit his seventh double, and Bernier hit his ninth.

    Chris Colabello went 0-4 and is now 1-14 (.071) in the four games since his demotion. Chris Herrmann was out with a sore wrist.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 4, Binghamton 0
    Box Score

    Sean Gilmartin is another left-hander who is pitching well of late. The lefty improved to 5-3 with six shutout innings on this night. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out nine. DJ Baxendale, who is working back from his shoulder issues in the bullpen, got the next five outs, two on strikeouts. Lefty Ryan O’Rourke was brought in to face one batter and he got a strikeout. Matt Summers, who has been moved to the bullpen, finished the game with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.

    The Rock Cats did not get a lot of offense. They managed just six hits in the game but one was huge. All four of their runs came in just one inning. With the bases loaded in the fourth, Nate Hanson drove in Danny Ortiz with a sacrifice fly. Three batters later, the bases were full again. Mike Kvasnicka came to bat and drilled his sixth double of the year. It drove in all three runners.

    Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-3 with a walk and his 15th double.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 7, Clearwater 4
    Box Score

    Down 4-1 through seven innings, the Miracle bats took over. Adam Walker led off the 8th frame with his 11th home run of the year. Two walks and an error on a sacrifice bunt and Michael Gonzales came through with a big bases-clearing double. Two batters later, Gonzales scored the fifth run of the inning on a Jorge Polanco sacrifice fly. In the 9th inning, Adam Walker led off again and this time crushed his 12th home run of the season. Walker led the way. He went 3-5 with the two home runs and his seventh double.

    Brett Lee made the start and gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits over just three innings. He walked none and struck out one. Alex Wimmers came out of the bullpen and gave up one run on three hits in three innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four. Mason Melotakis walked one and struck out one in one scoreless inning. Tim Shibuya recorded his first save of the season (second of his career) with two perfect innings. He struck out three.

    In case you were wondering, Eddie Rosario went 1-5 in the game. For the second straight night, he batted third and played in center field.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 10, Wisconsin 5
    Box Score

    Ethan Mildren was the recipient of a lot of run support to help him to his first Midwest League win. He gave up four runs in the third inning, but then held the Timber Rattlers scoreless through the sixth inning. He was charged with another run in the 7th inning. So his line reads that he gave up five earned run on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out four. Brandon Bixler came on and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Hudson Boyd pitched a scoreless ninth.

    Engelb Vielma led the offense with his biggest day as a pro. The second baseman went 4-4 with his sixth double and four RBI. Ryan Walker went 2-5 with his first two doubles of the season. Joel Licon went 2-4 with his fourth double. Michael Quesada hit his second home run of the season, a three-run blast in the fourth.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Kris Johnson, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Adam Walker, Ft. Myers Miracle

    SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Gwinnett @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
    Binghamton @ Virgil Vasquez (5:35 CST) – Virgil Vasquez (Listen)
    Tampa @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) – JO Berrios (Listen)
    Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (5:05 CST) – Josue Montanez (Listen)


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games.


    A quick reminder:

    Thanks to the Twins win over the Yankees in New York on Friday, it means that on Saturday you can get 50% off a Large of Extra Large pizza when you use the “TWINSWIN” promotion code at PapaJohns.com.
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Did Eddie Rosario play? Any word at all on Buxton?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dantes929 View Post
      Did Eddie Rosario play? Any word at all on Buxton?
      Yes on Rosario, he was 1-5 and still playing CF.

      And what about Mark Hamburger?
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Walker had a great evening as he almost had 3 home runs. He just missed a homerun (inches / a double) during his opening at bat (against MLB Vet Adam Loewen). He lined out against Loewen in his next AB. Walker had 3 HRs three games this series and 2 were against MLB Vets (Shawn Camp & Loewen). He hit in the 4th hole for the first time in over a month.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      So, what are the Twins going to do about Kris Johnson?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tibs View Post
      So, what are the Twins going to do about Kris Johnson?
      Keep pitching him and when they have a need, call him up. He can pitch in the big leagues. It's always good having a guy in AAA who can come up when needed. The Twins have several guys in Rochester who could come up and do alright.
    1. Twinsoholic's Avatar
      Twinsoholic -
      Any word on top draft choices Bard and Chargois? Didn't Chargois have his Tommy John over a year ago?
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Any word on the OBP machine (Nate Roberts) in Extended? Does he look healthy and where will he end up (A+ / AA)?

      Same with Lance Ray in Extended?
      When does J.D. Williams get his much deserved promotion?
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Keep pitching him and when they have a need, call him up. He can pitch in the big leagues. It's always good having a guy in AAA who can come up when needed. The Twins have several guys in Rochester who could come up and do alright.
      Yes, pretty exciting that there are 4 guys with at least 8 starts that deserve a call up and the one with the highest ERA is Alex Meyer. Guessing all 4 could outperform Correia right now. Wonder how short his leash is. Guessing if he does well today it will earn him another 2 starts but what if he gets shelled today? Nolasco stepped up last night. Maybe Correia will as well. I would not root against the Twins and I know the best result would be for him to throw 4 great games in a row in order to build trade value but I just don't think it likely. Likely is that he throws just well enough to avoid being sent down but poorly enough that we want him sent down. What a difference from the last three years when it really didn't matter cuz we had nothing in Rochester that was any better. Now we have 4 of them.
    1. TCisNotaBear's Avatar
      TCisNotaBear -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Keep pitching him and when they have a need, call him up. He can pitch in the big leagues. It's always good having a guy in AAA who can come up when needed. The Twins have several guys in Rochester who could come up and do alright.
      Pino, Johnson, Achter, Darnell, Pressly and Meyers could all help at the Major League level. I say call three of these guys up... if for no other reason than to give the others more opportunity to prove they are ready too. The hard thing is what to do with Correia, Burton and Swarzak?! Or anyone else you send down.

      But, I totally agree we have a lot of good pitchers at AAA right now. I would love to see some of them before the end of the year.
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Tonkin and Achter in place of Burton and Guerrier. Is Meyer the guaranteed first call up for a DL stint or DFA in the current rotation
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by TKGuy View Post
      Tonkin and Achter in place of Burton and Guerrier. Is Meyer the guaranteed first call up for a DL stint or DFA in the current rotation
      Meyer is definitely not the 'guaranteed' first call up if something like that happens. Johnson is pitching the best of the group, and he's on the 40 man roster. May had a very strong May (and starts today), and he's on the 40 man roster. Meyer scuffled in May at times and isn't on the 40 man roster. So, I would say that Meyer is at least third in line. Logan Darnell is probably ahead of him too right now. Of course, some depends on the other situation, is it a one-start thing, or is it 2-3 starts with a DL stint, or is it a long-term thing?
    1. oldguy10's Avatar
      oldguy10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TCisNotaBear View Post
      Pino, Johnson, Achter, Darnell, Pressly and Meyers could all help at the Major League level. I say call three of these guys up... if for no other reason than to give the others more opportunity to prove they are ready too. The hard thing is what to do with Correia, Burton and Swarzak?! Or anyone else you send down.

      But, I totally agree we have a lot of good pitchers at AAA right now. I would love to see some of them before the end of the year.
      "Good" at AAA is a lot different than the same term in the American League and besides the MLB salaries will never be eaten by ownership, the Pohlads simply do not operate that way.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Meyer is definitely not the 'guaranteed' first call up if something like that happens. Johnson is pitching the best of the group, and he's on the 40 man roster. May had a very strong May (and starts today), and he's on the 40 man roster. Meyer scuffled in May at times and isn't on the 40 man roster. So, I would say that Meyer is at least third in line. Logan Darnell is probably ahead of him too right now. Of course, some depends on the other situation, is it a one-start thing, or is it 2-3 starts with a DL stint, or is it a long-term thing?
      Yup, SOP for the Twins, go through the 2 fringe/non-prospects first, and find out what we already know about them and why they are fringe/non-prospects (and we got a preview of what Johnson is likely to do already). And then maybe throw in Pino for a meaningless cup of coffee. And then find out if May is a major league starter or reliever. At this rate, expect Meyer in June of 2015, at the earliest.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Not sure I'd call May and Darnell a fringe prospect. Johnson most definitely given his age, but comparing these guys to guys like Albers and PJ Walters is blatantly unfair.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Not sure I'd call May and Darnell a fringe prospect. Johnson most definitely given his age, but comparing these guys to guys like Albers and PJ Walters is blatantly unfair.
      Just to be clear, I purposely separated out May from the rest of the guys- he definitely has a chance to be a good #3 level major league starter, but he's not a Meyer- and there's still a chance he ends up in the pen. Darnell to me is still a fringe prospect, until he proves differently. And the other two guys are at or above 30, I don't see how there's any other way to classify them than non-prospects- hopefully they both make a contribution to the Twins, but I'm not holding my breath on them having any meaningful impact- not the kind of guys a rebuilding team should be wasting a lot of time on.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      May had a very strong May (and starts today)
      I think you enjoyed typing that

      Correia probably gets traded before end of July, so that will open 1 spot
      Otherwise the club has:
      Nolasco
      Gibson
      Sammy D
      Hughes

      Not sure who from AAA should supplant any of those guys
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Just to be clear, I purposely separated out May from the rest of the guys- he definitely has a chance to be a good #3 level major league starter, but he's not a Meyer- and there's still a chance he ends up in the pen. Darnell to me is still a fringe prospect, until he proves differently. And the other two guys are at or above 30, I don't see how there's any other way to classify them than non-prospects- hopefully they both make a contribution to the Twins, but I'm not holding my breath on them having any meaningful impact- not the kind of guys a rebuilding team should be wasting a lot of time on.
      I'm probably higher on May than you, and I misunderstood you on him as I though were calling him fringe. May is a good prospect. I'll have to respectfully disagree on Darnell, who has slowly gotten better each time he jumps a level. He's 25, not old. He wasn't a big prospect to begin with, but he's putting things together and looks like he can be a pretty solid mid-rotation arm. Given the 40 man situation, I'd think both are ahead of Meyer... They have both out-pitched him, so I'm not sure SOP for the Twins is in play. These guys deserve shots. These are precisely the types of guys the Twins should be using their time on.

      I don't have a problem with either of them being ahead of Meyer right now. Even Johnson might be worth a shot b/c if he succeeds he'll have value to some time this offseason in a trade. Major league ready pitching with service time tends to be valuable. The real problem is that there are 4 guys in the rotation under contract right now (with one on the DL), and only one will come off the books next year.
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