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  • Twins Minor League Report (7/7): Sano Cleared to Throw

    The Twins started their final road-trip before the All-Star Game on Monday in Seattle. They'll make a stop in Colorado before heading home. As was announced Sunday night, the Twins will be represented by RP Glen Perkins and C Kurt Suzuki in next Tuesday's Mid-Summer Classic.

    Ricky Nolasco is heading back to the Twin Cities to get his "bit of a sore right elbow" checked out.

    Today's Twins All-Star-related news revolves around two of their top pitching prospects: P Alex Meyer will be replacing P Trevor May (calf) in Sunday's Futures Game. May's "feeling good", but his return to the mound doesn't "line up with" pitching in Sunday's game. My belief - and it's 100% just my opinion - is that May still makes his Major League debut this month.

    In other All-Star news, several RockCats were named to the Eastern League All-Star game, which will take place next Wednesday night: 1B Kennys Vargas, 2B Tony Thomas, OF Reynaldo Rodriguez, RP Cole Johnson, P Taylor Rogers. Congrats to that group!

    Also, Kennys Vargas has been placed on the temporarily inactive list to head back to Puerto Rico while his wife has a baby. Let's just say it's going to be a busy next 10 days for Kennys!

    This afternoon, Miguel Sano met with his surgeon and was given the ok to begin light throwing.
    He will begin swinging in early August and there is some hope that he will be able to make up for some lost at-bats in the Arizona Fall League before heading down to the Dominican Winter League to work off the rust. All indications are that Sano will be 100% when spring training opens next spring.

    Other transaction news: The Kernels activated OF Jeremias Pineda and transferred him to Elizabethton. You can view all rosters here.

    Let's move to the action on the farm:

    Red Wings Report
    Rochester 6, Buffalo 7
    Box Score

    Rochester couldn't hold onto a big lead despite getting big games from Doug Bernier (3-for-5) and Eric Farris (2-for-4, 2 2B). James Beresford and Pedro Florimon also added doubles.

    Sean Gilmartin made it to the seventh inning (6 1/3) allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk. He struck out five. Lester Oliveros struggled. He allowed his lone inherited runner to score and gave up two more runs while recording only one out. A.J. Achter picked up four outs while not allowing a hit. Michael Tonkin took the loss on a home run in the top of the ninth.

    It was former Twins P.J. Walters starting for Buffalo and Bobby Korecky getting the save.

    Rock Cats Review
    New Britain 0, New Hampshire 2 (Game 1)
    Box Score

    Jason Wheeler threw a (six-inning) complete game, but took the loss. He walked two, but struck out only one. Of his six hits yielded, one was a home run.

    Eddie Rosario singled. Stephen Wickens doubled. All of the hitters except for Reynaldo Rodriguez managed to strike out.

    New Britain 2, New Hampshire 0 (Game 2) SUSPENDED - SECOND INNING
    Box Score

    This game - a scheduled make-up of a mid-April game - was suspended in the second inning. Too bad too. Adrian Salcedo got the start and had pitched two hitless innings. It's been a rough couple of seasons for Salcedo, who was starting for the first time since 2012.

    Mike Kvasnicka doubled and Lance Ray tripled in a contest that will be completed tomorrow in a seven-inning game.

    Miracle Matters
    Fort Myers has a scheduled day off, so there is no Byron Buxton Monday update.

    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids also has a scheduled day off.

    E-Town E-Notes
    Elizabethton 15, Johnson City 7
    Box Score

    Another offensive outburst from the E-Twins. Max Murphy (now .411) was 3-for-3 with two walks, a double, a home run and four RBI. Newly-demoted Jeremias Pineda went 2-for-6 with four runs scored. Alex Real was 3-for-6 with two doubles and three RBI. Those are just a handful of the offensive highlights of today.

    Everyone wants to know about Nick Gordon: He went 2-for-5, drew a walk, scored three runs and was picked off/caught stealing. He committed his fourth error of the season and is now batting .359.

    Michael Cederoth got his first professional win. He went five innings, allowing seven hits. He struck out two and let four runners score.

    Cameron Booser and Dereck Rodriguez each struck out two in two innings of hitless baseball apiece.

    GCL Twins Takes
    The GCL Twins got another day off, though this one comes as the result of a rainy morning.

    DSL Twins Notes
    DSL Twins 6, DSL Orioles 15
    Box Score

    Junior Amarante isn't a name even the most buff of prospect buffs is familiar with, but he's doing his best to start earning some recognition. Today he went 2-for-5 with a walkoff single in the bottom of the ninth. Amarante, a right fielder, just turned 19, so he's a tad old for the DSL. (Baseball Reference has his age comp at 0.8.) On the season, Amarante has 14 stolen bases with only one caught stealing. He has a 15-to-15 walk-to-strikeout ratio on the year and is batting .354 on the season.

    Jermaine Palacios and Luis Arraez both had three-hit days.

    Twins Daily Players of the Day
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jason Wheeler, New Britain
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day - Max Murphy, Elizabethton

    Tuesday's Probable Starters
    Buffalo @ Rochester (6:05 Central) Alex Meyer (Listen)
    New Britain @ New Hampshire (6:05 Central) Tyler Duffey (Listen)
    New Britain @ New Hampshire TBD (completion of Monday's suspended game)
    Fort Myers @ Palm Beach (5:35 Central) B.J. Hermsen (Listen)
    Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 Central) - Lewis Thorpe (Listen)
    Elizabethton @ Johnson City (6:00 Central) - Stephen Gonsalves (Listen)
    GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (10:00 AM Central) - TBD
    GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (10:00 AM Central) - TBD (make up of Monday's game)
    DSL Twins @ DSL White Sox (9:30 AM Central) - TBD
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      First Buxton plays, now Sano is throwing. Is it half Christmas?
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      First Buxton plays, now Sano is throwing. Is it half Christmas?
      That's the juice we're trying to get you to drink. Focus on all the positives.
    1. DocBauer's Avatar
      DocBauer -
      Buxton and Sano healthy enough to play and/or do ANYTHING productive might not only be the highlights of the Twins milb season, despite some outstanding stories, but maybe the highlights of the entire season overall.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Whats up with Gordon's errors? Are they throwing errors? I know errors can be a strange stat but 4 seems high for a kid who is supposed to be a slick fielder
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      I agree with you, especially with Nolasco "ailing" that May will be in Minnesota this month, along hopefully with some of his other Red Wing cohorts from the rotation
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Whats up with Gordon's errors? Are they throwing errors? I know errors can be a strange stat but 4 seems high for a kid who is supposed to be a slick fielder
      I wouldn't worry about it. He's fine with the glove. I don't really worry too much about errors unless it's an extreme number until it's being done at higher levels. The fields aren't always manicured as nicely as the big league ballparks.

      He's also playing at a level he's never seen before. He may be rushing a little bit. In time, the game will slow down.
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Whats up with Gordon's errors? Are they throwing errors? I know errors can be a strange stat but 4 seems high for a kid who is supposed to be a slick fielder
      I think it's really hard to judge without seeing the error. The whole argument of well if he wouldn't have gotten to it, it would have been a hit. Still 4 errors in like 15 or so games isn't good but just like all his positive stats small sample size so it's hard to take too much from them.

      That said, if the kid keeps hitting like this I would love to see a call up to Cedar Rapids like they did with Buxton just to see if he can hack it there. Sure seems like he can handle the bat so far.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Whats up with Gordon's errors? Are they throwing errors? I know errors can be a strange stat but 4 seems high for a kid who is supposed to be a slick fielder
      Tray Vavra and Tyler Kuresa also have made 4 errors combined at 1B so far which may indicate they are not strong fielding 1B. They may not be able to pick his throws that the average 1B would be able to.

      Anyone know what kind of velocity Cederoth is bringing as a starter? Usually these guys lose some MPH after moving from the pen, but he had high 90's heat when we was in the rotation in 2013.
    1. kdrupp09's Avatar
      kdrupp09 -
      Quote Originally Posted by halfchest View Post
      That said, if the kid keeps hitting like this I would love to see a call up to Cedar Rapids like they did with Buxton just to see if he can hack it there. Sure seems like he can handle the bat so far.
      I was thinking something similar, give him a taste of Cedar Rapids to see how he handles it, so that we know he can go up to Cedar Rapids next year for the full season.
    1. birdwatcher's Avatar
      birdwatcher -
      Gordon hasn't even done his first load of laundry as a minor league ballplayer. He'll likely get everything he can handle in Etown and fall instructionals.
    1. DocBauer's Avatar
      DocBauer -
      I also don't worry about errors for milb prospects at the various infield positions. As Seth pointed out, no matter how nice the facilities may be, or not be, at certain parks, they aren't the quality of a ML park. They are also learning nuances of the game at a higher and faster level. And the 1B they are throwing to are also learning at this stage as well. Even the best 1B have to work on foot positioning and digs and the speed of the game.

      What is most telling to me is not only fewer errors as they climb the ladder, but take Sano the past year or so, or even Polanco this season, you want to see the errors in the early part of the season, and decreasing as the season goes along. It indicates comfort levels, mechanical smoothness, adjustment to the speed of the game, and even more confidence.
    1. Sconnie's Avatar
      Sconnie -
      Hooray!
    1. blindeke's Avatar
      blindeke -
      yeah let's not rush Gordon. He's many many years away from the bigs...
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by halfchest View Post
      I think it's really hard to judge without seeing the error. The whole argument of well if he wouldn't have gotten to it, it would have been a hit. Still 4 errors in like 15 or so games isn't good but just like all his positive stats small sample size so it's hard to take too much from them.

      That said, if the kid keeps hitting like this I would love to see a call up to Cedar Rapids like they did with Buxton just to see if he can hack it there. Sure seems like he can handle the bat so far.
      Buxton never got to Cedar Rapids his first season. In fact, he did terrible for 5-6 weeks in the GCL after signing and went to Elizabethton for the last 3-4 weeks in Elizabethton (where he didn't hit much).

      Like Buxton, Gordon will start his first full season in Cedar Rapids. We shall see if he has a year like Buxton did there last year.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by blindeke View Post
      yeah let's not rush Gordon. He's many many years away from the bigs...

      "rush" is a loaded, self-fulfilling word, isn't it? Other elite SS prospects have come up around 21 or 22, actually, that is when elite prospects generally make the majors for the past 15 or so years. Are we all suggesting he is not elite already?

      He should, imo, be promoted just before he is ready, to challenge him. I understand others have a different philosophy.
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