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    I think the theme of the Minnesota Twins draft day two is, “You can never have enough pitching.” The team made eight picks and seven of them were college pitchers. On the field, the Minnesota Twins and Houston Astros began a three-game series with a rain delay. The young, talented Astros showed some power against Phil Hughes and the Twins. But hey, on Saturday, Lewis Thorpe will make his full-season debut for the Cedar Rapids Kernels while Alex Meyer pitches for the Red Wings.

    Eddie Rosario was promoted to New Britain after his stint in Ft. Myers. He showed that he was ready. Speaking of getting ready, check out the big hit in the top of the first inning for the Rochester Red Wings. And which farmhand launched two home runs tonight? And, which prospect added to his organizational lead in home runs? And, which prospect carried his team to victory by knocking in all of his team’s runs.

    Malcolm MacMillan, founder of TheBallparkGuide.com

    Without further ado, here is what happened in the Twins' farm system on Friday night:

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 13, Charlotte 4
    Box Score

    It’s always fun beating the White Sox, even when it is at the AAA level. Charlotte is the AAA affiliate of the South Siders. The Red Wings got off to a quick start and didn’t look back. In the first inning, Chris Colabello came up with the bases loaded and chose the perfect time to knock his first Red Wings home run. Wilkin Ramirez hit his first and second home runs of the season and drove in three. James Beresford was 2-5 and walked once. Chris Rahl was 2-4. Brad Nelson was 2-4 with a walk. Pedro Florimon was 2-5. Dan Rohlfing was 1-3 with two walks. It was a good game for the offense.

    Yohan Pino had arguably his worst outing of the season, and yet his offense helped him to the win. In five innings, he gave up four runs on eight hits, three of which were home runs. He walked one and struck out five. Edgar Ibarra and Deolis Guerra each threw two scoreless innings.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 6, Binghamton 3
    Box Score

    Eddie Rosario returned to the New Britain Rock Cats after a short stint with the Ft. Myers Miracle following his 50-game suspension. He had a good game. He batted second and played center field. He went 2-5 with a double.

    However, on this night, his story falls to the performance of his countryman Kennys Vargas. Down 4-2 in the fifth, Vargas came up with the bases load. He cleared them with his ninth home run of the season. An inning later, he drove in two more runs with his 12th double. He had a single as well and finished a triple short of the cycle.

    Tony Thomas went 3-5. Mike Kvasnicka was 3-4 in the game. Nate Hanson added a single and walked twice.

    Virgil Vasquez started for the Rock Cats and improved to 4-2. He went six innings and gave up three runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out seven. Dan Turpen struck out one in a scoreless seventh inning. In the eighth, Matt Summers struck out two without allowing a run. Lester Oliveros recorded his eighth save with two strikeouts in the ninth inning.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 3, Lakeland 4 (11 innings)
    Box Score

    The Miracle got another great start from their ace, and a big jolt from their power supplier, but they fell in extra frames. JO Berrios started and gave up three runs (two earned) on eight hits in eight innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out nine. Two of the runs, including the unearned run, scored in that eighth inning. Mason Melotakis worked two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out one. In the 11th, Madison Boer gave up an unearned run on two hits to take the loss.

    The Miracle had eight hits in the game. Adam Walker went 2-5 and hit his 13th home run of the season. It was a three-run blast that gave the Miracle all three of their runs. Stephen Wickens was the only other Miracle hitter to get on base more than once. He had a single and a walk.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 8, Wisconsin 12
    Box Score

    The funny thing about the MLB draft is its uncertainty. Sure things are not sure things. In 2013, the Twins took Ryan Eades in the second round with the industry-wide belief that he could be a fast mover. He may figure some things out in time, but fast-moving is probably out of the question. He is now 3-7 with a 7.07 ERA after another rough start. On this night, he gave up nine runs on eight hits in just two innings. He walked two, hit one and struck out two.

    Jared Wilson came on and was charged with three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk in three innings. Chris Mazza worked two scoreless innings and struck out two. Todd Van Steensel worked a quiet, scoreless inning.

    The Kernels got plenty of offense. They had seven hits and walked seven times. Chad Christensen led the way. He went 4-5 his tenth double and three RBI. He also stole his 15th base. Ryan Walker went 2-4 with a walk and scored three runs.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – JO Berrios, Ft. Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Kennys Vargas, New Britain Rock Cats

    SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Gwinnett (6:05 CST) – Alex Meyer (Listen)
    New Britain @ Binghamton (6:05 CST) – Pat Dean (Listen)
    Lakeland @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) – Matt Tomshaw (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30 CST) – Lewis Thorpe (Listen)


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games.
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      I think Kennys was showing his pleasure at getting his boy, Rosario, back in the lineup ahead of him. (He'll be even more pleased if Adam Brett Walker ever gets the call to have his back in the 5 spot and Buxton gets healed and hits just in front of him in the 3 spot).
    1. shimrod's Avatar
      shimrod -
      Is there any story behind the Eades performances? Have the Twins drastically changed his mechanics, or asked him to keep throwing a new pitch he hasn't mastered? Is he having physical problems? Or did our scouts just whiff on that pick?
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Walker has been on fire of late.... still needs to work on the K/BB thing, but goodness, when he's hot, he just destroys anything.
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Which prospects have to be placed on the 40-man next season?
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by TKGuy View Post
      Which prospects have to be placed on the 40-man next season?
      Not sure offhand. I think Meyer is one... It will be guys from the 2010/11 draft class
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Not sure offhand. I think Meyer is one... It will be guys from the 2010/11 draft class
      Yes, it is the 2011 (and prior) draft classes. That's a lot of guys including most of the pitchers at New Britain and Ft. Myers and Rosario and Meyer. The front office will have to make a lot of decisions this fall on guys like Collabello and Parmalee and the current bullpen (and maybe Pelfrey and Correia) to open up spots.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      The FSL is the hardest league to hit HRs in from "A" ball thru the Majors. Walker has impressed so far, at least in that category. He produces when statistics say he shouldn't.

      Florida State League: At a Glance


      Stadium Team R HR H
      Tradition Field St. Lucie Mets 1.164 1.252 1.080
      McKechnie Field Bradenton Marauders 1.143 1.421 1.048
      Florida Auto Exchange Stadium Dunedin Blue Jays 1.113 1.305 1.022
      Bright House Field Clearwater Threshers 1.037 1.397 0.997
      Jackie Robinson Ballpark Daytona Cubs 1.022 1.213 0.985
      Charlotte Sports Park Charlotte Stone Crabs 1.004 1.180 0.989
      George M. Steinbrenner Field Tampa Yankees 1.000 0.721 1.031
      Joker Marchant Stadium Lakeland Flying Tigers 0.962 0.913 0.987
      Hammond Stadium Fort Myers Miracle 0.961 0.865 1.000
      Roger Dean Stadium Jupiter Hammerheads 0.926 0.615 0.998
      Roger Dean Stadium Palm Beach Cardinals 0.876 0.757 0.949
      Space Coast Stadium Brevard County Manatees 0.868 0.768 0.934


      Offensive stats by league, 2008-2013

      League Class R/G AVG OBP SLG OPS HR% BB% FLD%
      American Majors 4.5 .260 .327 .413 .740 2.7 8.3 .984
      National Majors 4.3 .255 .323 .400 .723 2.4 8.4 .984
      International Triple-A 4.4 .260 .329 .397 .726 2.1 8.6 .979
      Mexican Triple-A 5.3 .295 .365 .435 .800 2.3 9.0 .977
      Pacific Coast Triple-A 5.1 .277 .347 .431 .778 2.5 9.0 .978
      Eastern Double-A 4.5 .259 .332 .393 .725 2.0 8.8 .976
      Southern Double-A 4.4 .257 .334 .385 .719 1.8 9.4 .975
      Texas Double-A 4.6 .262 .334 .396 .730 2.1 8.7 .975
      California Class A Adv 5.3 .272 .342 .422 .764 2.3 8.6 .971
      Carolina Class A Adv 4.5 .256 .329 .386 .714 1.8 8.6 .972
      Florida State Class A Adv 4.2 .256 .326 .372 .698 1.5 8.4 .973

      http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp..._milb&sid=l123
    1. JP3700's Avatar
      JP3700 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TKGuy View Post
      Which prospects have to be placed on the 40-man next season?
      Sano, Rosario and Meyer are the locks. Several relievers like Achter(again), Cole Johnson and Tyler Jones are possible. Lester Oliveros is someone to look at since he still has an option. Sean Gilmartin is pitching well so he will likely be added. Also Levi Michael, Alex Wimmers and Niko Goodrum are possibilities depending how they finish the year.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789 View Post
      The FSL is the hardest league to hit HRs in from "A" ball thru the Majors. Walker has impressed so far, at least in that category. He produces when statistics say he shouldn't.

      Florida State League: At a Glance


      Stadium Team R HR H
      Tradition Field St. Lucie Mets 1.164 1.252 1.080
      McKechnie Field Bradenton Marauders 1.143 1.421 1.048
      Florida Auto Exchange Stadium Dunedin Blue Jays 1.113 1.305 1.022
      Bright House Field Clearwater Threshers 1.037 1.397 0.997
      Jackie Robinson Ballpark Daytona Cubs 1.022 1.213 0.985
      Charlotte Sports Park Charlotte Stone Crabs 1.004 1.180 0.989
      George M. Steinbrenner Field Tampa Yankees 1.000 0.721 1.031
      Joker Marchant Stadium Lakeland Flying Tigers 0.962 0.913 0.987
      Hammond Stadium Fort Myers Miracle 0.961 0.865 1.000
      Roger Dean Stadium Jupiter Hammerheads 0.926 0.615 0.998
      Roger Dean Stadium Palm Beach Cardinals 0.876 0.757 0.949
      Space Coast Stadium Brevard County Manatees 0.868 0.768 0.934


      Offensive stats by league, 2008-2013

      League Class R/G AVG OBP SLG OPS HR% BB% FLD%
      American Majors 4.5 .260 .327 .413 .740 2.7 8.3 .984
      National Majors 4.3 .255 .323 .400 .723 2.4 8.4 .984
      International Triple-A 4.4 .260 .329 .397 .726 2.1 8.6 .979
      Mexican Triple-A 5.3 .295 .365 .435 .800 2.3 9.0 .977
      Pacific Coast Triple-A 5.1 .277 .347 .431 .778 2.5 9.0 .978
      Eastern Double-A 4.5 .259 .332 .393 .725 2.0 8.8 .976
      Southern Double-A 4.4 .257 .334 .385 .719 1.8 9.4 .975
      Texas Double-A 4.6 .262 .334 .396 .730 2.1 8.7 .975
      California Class A Adv 5.3 .272 .342 .422 .764 2.3 8.6 .971
      Carolina Class A Adv 4.5 .256 .329 .386 .714 1.8 8.6 .972
      Florida State Class A Adv 4.2 .256 .326 .372 .698 1.5 8.4 .973

      http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp..._milb&sid=l123
      Great post, thanks for sharing this Lightfoot.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by TKGuy View Post
      Which prospects have to be placed on the 40-man next season?
      It can be found in the Rule 5 column of the minor league rosters found here: http://www.twinsdaily.com/content.ph...r-Payroll-2014

      Sano, Rosario, and Meyer would be the headliners.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      A lineup with Walker and Vargas would really mash, but there would be a lot of strikeouts. Add in Sano and, oh my! The would miss a lot of baseballs at the plate, but when they hit 'em!
    1. Jaykay's Avatar
      Jaykay -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      I think Kennys was showing his pleasure at getting his boy, Rosario, back in the lineup ahead of him. (He'll be even more pleased if Adam Brett Walker ever gets the call to have his back in the 5 spot and Buxton gets healed and hits just in front of him in the 3 spot).
      Yes, that would be a great lineup in New Britain but if anyone gets a call-up it should be Vargas.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by stringer bell View Post
      A lineup with Walker and Vargas would really mash, but there would be a lot of strikeouts. Add in Sano and, oh my! The would miss a lot of baseballs at the plate, but when they hit 'em!
      Kennys is displaying his new and improved plate discipline and defeating the stereotypes about him-- Around a 13% K-rate since May 1, with nearly a 12% BB rate.

      http://twinsdaily.com/showthread.php...the-dream-quot
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jaykay View Post
      Yes, that would be a great lineup in New Britain but if anyone gets a call-up it should be Vargas.
      Vargas is on the 40-man, but it appears that need in the OF might mean Rosario gets to the Show earlier. Until the situations for Parmelee, Kubel and Willingham are settled, there's really no room for Vargas.
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Kendrys is now blocking Kennys from seeing the majors this year.
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