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  • Twins Minor League Report (6/2): Thorpe, Romero and a bunch of losses

    The Twins and Brewers started a four-game home-and-home set Monday night. Between this series and the upcoming draft, there should be plenty of newsworthy topics.

    But the newsiest news was dropped after the Kernels game when Jake Mauer informed the media that pitchers Derrick Penilla and Felix Jorge were being sent back to extended spring training. He couldn't confirm who would be taking their places, but floated pitchers Lewis Thorpe and Fernando Romero as possibilities.

    TwinsDaily was able to confirm these corresponding moves.

    Before moving on to the farm report, please remember that Seth and I will be joined by Eric Pleiss Tuesday night on our weekly Hangout. We'll also have a special 6-7 pm draft night Hangout on Thursday night that includes the Geek himself, John Bonnes. And then of course, we'll be taking it to KFAN at 9pm Thursday night for a live show from the big stage. There will be plenty of draft talk, but other Twins and minor league talk too, because that's what we do.

    Now down on the farm...

    Rochester 1, Gwinnett 6
    Box Score

    How do you spend your days when Alex Meyer starts? Do you turn the lights down and listen to Kenny G? I only ask cause if you did, that would be really weird.

    His start wasn't great. He threw 78 pitches and only lasted five innings. He gave up four runs on seven hits, a walk and a hit batter. He struck out five. The three-run blast he allowed in the fifth really skewed his stat line.

    Edgar Ibarra and Michael Tonkin had scoreless outings. Deolis Guerra gave up two runs.

    Offensively, it took a Brad Nelson solo home run in the 9th to avoid a shutout. Nelson and Deibinson Romero had two-hit games.

    Chris Colabello continues to struggle. He struck out in all three plate appearances tonight before being ejected in the 6th inning. As great as his first month was, his frustration has now obviously reached a boiling point.

    Chris Herrmann was placed on the 7-day DL with a sprained wrist.

    New Britain - OFF DAY

    C Jairo Rodriguez is being added to the roster.

    There's some other news right now too. Apparently, the Rock Cats are discussing moving to a new stadium in Hartford; of course, team officials are refuting this claim.

    Ft. Myers 2, Tampa 8
    Box Score

    David Hurlbut got roughed up in the fourth inning for five runs (only two earned). Those were all the runs he gave up. He struck out five and didn't return for the fifth inning.

    Brandon Peterson struck out five in two innings. Brian Gilbert struck out two in two scoreless innings.

    The ninth inning, though, was different. Steven Gruver was roughed up for three runs on four hits and two walks.

    The offense was lacking. Aderling Mejia drove in both runs... on no hits. Dalton Hicks scored both runs and had the only multi-hit game on the team. Jorge Polanco (17) and Niko Goodrum (14) both committed errors.

    Stuart Turner was re-activated from the inactive list.

    Cedar Rapids 4, Burlington 6
    Box Score

    Derrick Penilla made his third start - and seventh appearance - in Cedar Rapids and the results weren't encouraging. He held on for five innings, but it wasn't particularly pretty: ten hits and six runs. He struck out only two and allowed three long balls. He was sent back to EST after the game.

    The duo of Chris Mazza and Hudson Boyd provided four innings of two-hit shutout ball.

    Jason Kanzler had three hits, a walk and two RBI to bring his batting average up to .309. Mitch Garver had two hits, including a double, to bring his average to .308. Bryan Haar added two hits. Chad Christensen hit his fifth home run of the season, his third in the last seven games.

    DSL Twins 3, DSL Orioles 5
    Box Score

    Lewin Diaz, the prized International Free Agent signee, played his first game in the field (first base) and committed two errors. He also went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. He's now 1-for-8 with five strikeouts in his first two games.

    Roni Tapia, who played third base, has an identical 1-for-8, 5 K line after two games, but Tapia has a double. Tapia trailed only Diaz in the size of their bonus.

    Williams Ramirez, who was an effective, but wild reliever last year, had a great season debut as a starter, striking out six in four innings. He gave up six hits, but only issued one walk.

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Brandon Peterson, Fort Myers
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jason Kanzler, Cedar Rapids

    Rochester @ Charlotte (6:05 CST) – Logan Darnell (Listen)
    New Britain vs Akron (5:35 CST) - TBD (Listen)
    Fort Myers vs Tampa (6:05 CST) – Jason Wheeler (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (7:05 CST) – Aaron Slegers (Listen)

    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Monday games.
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Glad you got the DSL games in here too Jeremy and highlighted the two biggest international signings of 2013 for the Twins. Twins fans need to watch out for Diaz, just like Amauyrs Minier of the 2012 signings, he projects as a possible 30 HR guy. Diaz was MLB.com's #10 international signing. http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/prospects/watch/y2013/

      "One scout said he would not be surprised if Diaz ended up hitting 40 home runs in the big leagues one day."

      Here's Aaron Gleeman on Diaz and Tapia

      Antonio Tovar, hitting 2nd in that same lineup. Here he is doing batting pratice at age 15. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHt5dmsaf7c
      He's a thick kid.

      Those 3 guys best tools are hit and power.
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Colabello going in this slump is almost like Knoblach not being able to throw to 1st base anymore. Just doesn't make sense. I really hope he turns it around.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      I missed that Max Kepler played 2B last night. Interesting.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      What? Kepler played 2B? He'd be the biggest 2B evar!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      What? Kepler played 2B? He'd be the biggest 2B evar!
      And one of the left-handed-est 2B as well!
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      UPDATE - Kepler played centerfield. Rosario was at second base for the first time this season.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      So you mean the question of "Any report on Thorpe and Gonsalves?" will now be "Any report on Gonsalves?"
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      UPDATE - Kepler played centerfield. Rosario was at second base for the first time this season.
      Yeah. Box score inaccuracies.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      That makes more sense
    1. dgwills's Avatar
      dgwills -
      "How do you spend your days when Alex Meyer starts? Do you turn the lights down and listen to Kenny G? I only ask cause if you did, that would be really weird." That is great! The rest of the report left something to be desired. Not your fault though, everyone just had a bad day.
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