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  • Twins Minor League Report (7/14): Duffey Deals on Derby Day

    As most eyes of the baseball world turn their focus to the Home Run Derby on Monday night and the All-Star Game on Tuesday, a few minor league affiliates are still playing. Both AA and AAA have their All-Star Game on Wednesday night.

    Red Wings Report
    The Red Wings have a three-day break before returning to the field on Thursday. Rochester already has Trevor May listed as their scheduled starter. This would put him in line to pitch again next Tuesday... or the same day as the Twins would need their #5 starter for the first time after the break. It's definitely something worth monitoring.

    Rock Cats Review
    New Britain 3, Reading 2
    Box Score

    This morning, Ben Badler of Baseball America released an article promoting the prospect status of Tyler Duffey (subscription required). Essentially, Duffey has developed a changeup (in the 79-84 mph range) that Badler calls a "plus pitch". On Monday, Duffey threw 86 pitches and lasted 7 1/3 innings. He allowed only four hits and a walk. The result: two runs, one earned. He struck out eight.

    Ryan O'Rourke struck out one finishing the eighth and Cole Johnson struck out one in the ninth, getting the save.

    Offensively, Mike Kvasnicka, Tony Thomas and Kyle Knudson all had two-hit games. Kvasnicka, Aaron Hicks and Reynaldo Rodriguez all had doubles on Monday. Kvasnicka, Hicks and Eddie Rosario (1-for-4, 2 K) each drove in a run. Hicks was picked off and caught stealing.

    Many players for the 47-47 RockCats will be representing the club in Wednesday's Eastern League All-Star Game.

    Miracle Matters
    Fort Myers 8, Dunedin 2
    Box Score

    Danny Santana made his first rehab start today. He started in centerfield while Byron Buxton made his first professional start in right field. By design, after five innings, Kepler came in for Santana and played right, while Buxton slid over to center. Santana, though, went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

    Byron Buxton continues to shake the rust off. He was 1-for-5 tonight with two strikeouts. He did throw a runner out at second base.

    Dalton Hicks, Travis Harrison, Mike Gonzales and Stuart Turner all had two-hit games. Hicks had a double, walk and drove in a run. Harrison drove in two runs and has quietly taken over the team batting average lead (.287). Gonzales doubled and drove in three runs. Niko Goordum and Aderling Mejia both had RBI doubles.

    Tim Shibuya managed to pitch six innings of one-run ball without striking out a single player. He improves to 6-3. Alex Wimmers had an eventful inning allowing three hits and a walk, but escaped by letting in only one run. He struck out two. Brandon Peterson and Tyler Jones each pitched scoreless innings. Peterson struck out two.

    The Miracle are now 56-36 on the year.

    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 5, Clinton 8
    Box Score

    Ryan Eades had his fourth consecutive rough start Monday night. He gave up seven runs (four earned) in four innings. He struck out three and walked one. Chris Mazza allowed an unearned run in two innings.

    Nick Burdi's out-by-strikeouts streak ended at 10. He struck out the first batter and got the final two outs via ground outs. His 2014 stats will never be pretty on account of the short season and his rough first outing, but I think he's redeemed himself. A move up to Fort Myers in the near future wouldn't surprise me.

    Dallas Gallant allowed a hit in his inning of work.

    Mitch Garver hit a two-run home run, his ninth. Jason Kanzler had a double in a multi-hit night. Ryan Walker doubled and scored. Logan Wade drove in two runs.

    Chad Christensen stole his 22nd base.

    Cedar Rapids dropped to 42-52.

    E-Town E-Notes
    Elizabethton 2, Danville 4
    Box Score

    The E-Twins wasted a good start by Stephen Gonsalves and fell to 16-9.

    Gonsalves pitched the first five innings. He struck out four, allowed four hits and a walk and allowed only one run. Sam Clay relieved Gonsalves and had another terrible outing, his fourth multi-run appearance in seven games. His ERA is up to 14.40. Kuo Hua Lo and Dereck Rodriguez both pitched scoreless innings. Rodriguez, a converted outfielder, has now made seven relief appearances totaling 12 innings, hasn't given up a run and has kept his WHIP under 1.00.

    Nick Gordon and Tyler Kuresa each had two-hit games. Gordon also stole a base. Trey Vavra doubled. Dutch Deol and Pat Kelly, the 8- and 9-hitters, drove in the team's two runs.

    GCL Twins Takes
    GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 7
    Box Score

    The GCL club lost their third straight and fell to 7-14 on the season.

    Rainis Silva was 3-for-5 with a double. Roberto Gonzalez was 2-for-5, but struck out three times. Rafael Valera was 1-for-1 with three walks. Zack Larson was 0-for-3 with two walks in his third rehab game. He is 0-for-7 so far, but should re-join the Kernels shortly.

    Onesimo Hernandez got the start and took the loss. He allowed six runs (three earned) in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five. Seth Wagner pitched two scoreless innings. Callan Pearce bounced back from a rough outing to pitch a scoreless inning.

    DSL Twins Notes
    DSL Twins 7, DSL Padres 1
    Box Score

    The Twins used a 6-run 6th inning to propel their way to victory on Monday.

    Junior Amarante went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. The 19-year-old outfielder is now batting .340 in his third go-around in the DSL. Jorge Andrade was 2-for-5 with a double. Andrade has cooled off and is still hitting .344. Seventeen-year-old SS Emmanuel Morel drove in two runs.

    Jose Ramirez started and struck out four in four innings. Argenis Silva earned the win with two strikeouts in two innings. Daulin Ramirez struck out four in two innings of work, but also walked three. Both runs scored were unearned.

    Twins Daily Minor League Players of the Day
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day - Tyler Duffey, New Britain
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day - Even though he's not eligible to win, Giancarlo Stanton wins all the hitter awards on the account of the home run he hit to the middle of the third deck.

    Tuesday's Probable Pitchers
    Rochester returns to play on Thursday at 6:05 (Listen)
    New Britain returns to play on Thursday at 6:05 Central (Listen)
    Fort Myers returns to play on Wednesday at 6:05 Central (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids returns to play on Wednesday at 6:35 Central (Listen)
    Elizabethton returns to play on Wednesday at 6:05 Central (Listen)
    GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00 AM Central) - TBD
    DSL Diamondbacks @ DSL Twins (9:30 AM Central) - TBD
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      The Twins have drafted several college relievers over the last 4 years. Several the Twins have put in the rotation. Tyler Duffy is among them. Will he be the first to start a major league game?
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Hicks was picked off and caught stealing.

      I've noticed this several times recently (more than usual it seems). Are they working with him to be more aggressive on the base paths?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Was it both, or was he picked off and it counted as a caught stealing? And, I hope they are working with him to make him more aggressive, he's too fast not to run more.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      It's usually one event, not two separate occurrences.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      That was my assumption when I read it.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Was it both, or was he picked off and it counted as a caught stealing? And, I hope they are working with him to make him more aggressive, he's too fast not to run more.
      From the game notes:

      • With Reynaldo Rodriguez batting, Aaron Hicks picked off and caught stealing 2nd base, pitcher Adam Loewen to first baseman Brock Stassi to second baseman Albert Cartwright.

      http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?gid=2014_07_14_reaaax_nbraax_1&t=g_log&s id=t538
    1. strumdatjag's Avatar
      strumdatjag -
      It would be incredibly stupid for the Twins to call up Trevor May for his first start after sitting out with an injury. Who knows? Maybe he'll stay and be the next Cy Young for the next 20 years. However, it would seem best to see how he looks after his injury layoff before calling him up to the big leagues.
    1. twinssouth's Avatar
      twinssouth -
      Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
      The Twins have drafted several college relievers over the last 4 years. Several the Twins have put in the rotation. Tyler Duffy is among them. Will he be the first to start a major league game?

      I saw Duffy in Spring Training working a lot with pitching instructor. I've been intrigued by him as a prospect to watch. His ball moves a lot. I believe he was selected after JT Chargois. Both came from same school. Duffy was the late inning reliever then Chargois closed. It's interesting he gets noticed. On side note, I still have hope for Luke Bard. Remember him? I saw him pitch year before last in Spring Training and came away impressed. He has a smooth delivery. This guy needs to get healthy. My guess is he's in ext. but who knows
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by strumdatjag View Post
      It would be incredibly stupid for the Twins to call up Trevor May for his first start after sitting out with an injury. Who knows? Maybe he'll stay and be the next Cy Young for the next 20 years. However, it would seem best to see how he looks after his injury layoff before calling him up to the big leagues.
      You are ridiculing something that has never been suggested. His first start will be with Rochester on Thursday. The speculation is whether they would call him up for his 2nd start. Maybe just as silly but lets see how he does with Rochester in his 1st start. It wasn't an arm injury and I assume he has been throwing but still would be his first start in about 3 weeks.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinssouth View Post
      I saw Duffy in Spring Training working a lot with pitching instructor. I've been intrigued by him as a prospect to watch. His ball moves a lot. I believe he was selected after JT Chargois. Both came from same school. Duffy was the late inning reliever then Chargois closed. It's interesting he gets noticed. On side note, I still have hope for Luke Bard. Remember him? I saw him pitch year before last in Spring Training and came away impressed. He has a smooth delivery. This guy needs to get healthy. My guess is he's in ext. but who knows
      I know, I know. He had a surgery in mid-May on his shoulder. when they went in again and found out what was wrong, they wondered how he had pitched at all the previous year. Tendons pulled off of bones. Just not good. But, he should be ready by next spring, or soon after.
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