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    It was an off-day on a hot day for the Minnesota Twins. For season ticket holders and others, you may have spent the evening listening to fans grill Trevor Plouffe and Scott Diamond. Some highlights from the 6th Fan Forum:

    Scott Diamond:
    The best thing about being Canadian? It’s being Canadian!
    On differences between Atlanta and Minnesota: “The atmosphere… feeling welcome.”

    Trevor Plouffe:
    On his hair – “I probably will (grow my hair out).”
    On how he stays hydrated: “I’ve been crushing (the coconut water).”
    On other sports: “I definitely could have gone pro in hacky-sac.”
    On who will lead the team in home runs: “I hope we all hit 70 home runs.”

    Be sure to read Cody's blog on the conference call here) It was not a great day for Twins starters on the farm. A spin around a busy Monday:

    ROCHESTER 1, LEHIGH VALLEY 10
    Box score

    According to the Red Wings game notes, Cole De Vries is Saturday’s scheduled starter (though he’s likely to be recalled for the doubleheader). P.J. Walters will be making a rehab start on Sunday.

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Clete Thomas both had multiple hits. Matt Carson and Rene Rivera added doubles as well.

    Thomas scored the lone run for the Red Wings after doubling, advancing on a wild pitch and scoring on an error.

    Steve Hirschfeld had a rough start. He exited with two outs in the third, after allowing nine hits and seven runs. He walked one and struck out one.

    Deolis Guerra’s night started off better, but certainly didn’t end much better. He got through 2 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out one.

    Esmerling Vasquez struck one out in two hitless innings. Bobby Lanigan walked one in an inning.

    NEW BRITAIN 5, TRENTON 4
    Box score

    The Rockcats entered the bottom of the 9th down 4-1 with only two hits to their name. At that point they were given the gift of “opposing pitcher wildness.”

    Deibinson Romero started off the inning with a walk. Nate Hanson followed with a single. Romero advanced to third on an error. Dan Rohlfing, who represented the tying run, was hit and replaced by Estarlin DeLosSantos. Chris Herrmann, pinch-hitting, struck out swinging. After James Beresford and Aaron Hicks both drew walks to make it a 4-3 game, Oswaldo Arcia stepped to the plate.

    Arcia ended the game in walk-off fashion with a two-run line-drive single to right field. He continues to raise his prospect status.

    Blake Martin got his second straight spot-star. In 4 2/3 innings, he gave up four hits and three wins (all earned). He struck out four.

    Dakota Watts relieved Martin with two guys on and allowed them both to score (credited to Martin). Watts ended up going 2 1/3 innings, allowing four hits and a run. He also walked and struck out one.

    Bruce Pugh earned his first AA win this season after giving up three hits in two innings. He also walked two and struck out two.

    FT. MYERS 5, CHARLOTTE 7
    Box score

    This comeback fell short.

    The Miracle started off hot, jumping to a 3-0 lead after half of an inning. And then Cole Nelson got chased early. He made it only 2 1/3 innings allowing eight hits and six runs. He walked two and struck out two.

    Miguel Munoz got the final two outs in the third, stranding an inherited runner. He went two more innings, allowing only one hit and striking out two. Nelvin Fuentes scattered five hits (and an unearned run) over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out three. Ricky Bowen got two outs in the eighth.

    Danny Ortiz had a quiet, awesome night at the plate. He went 1-for-1, a home run in the 9th, with three walks. Lance Ray had double hits (one double) and drove two runs in. Levi Michael stole a base. Daniel Santana accounted for three of the teams 11 strikeouts.

    BELOIT 5, CLINTON 6
    Box score

    This comeback fell short too. The Snappers left the tying runner standing on third to end the eighth inning.

    Miguel Sano got on it early smashing a double to drive in a run in the first inning. Drew Leachman followed it up with a triple to score Sano.

    Later in the game, Sano blasted his 16th home run of the year over the centerfield fence. And though his bat wasn't enough to get the win, getting on base three out of four times (one walk, one strikeout) is an improvement over what we've seen over the past couple of months. (Except for getting picked off first... but at least he was on base, right?)

    Leachman added two hits.

    Tim Shibuya’s second start since re-entering the rotation didn’t go as well as his first one (6 IP, H). He got roughed up, but "battled his tail off" to finish seven innings. He gave up 11 hits, six earned runs, walked one and struck out five. (Correction - Shibuya went 4 innings and gave up five runs on nine hits. Ryan O'Rourke threw the next three innings and gave up one run.)

    Bart Carter gave up a hit in an inning. Clint Dempster struck out one in a hitless ninth.

    ELIZABETHTON 14, PULASKI 1
    Box score

    Much like Plouffe crushes coconut water, the E-Twins were crushing the ball today (14 runs on 18 hits). Rory Rhodes led the charge with four hits, including a double and home run, two runs and four RBI. Romy Jimenez had a similarly great night with three hits – a double and two home runs – three runs and three RBI. Jorge Polanco had three hits (double), three runs and an RBI. Niko Goodrum was a HR short of the cycle (he now has five triples), driving in three and scoring twice. Candido Pimentel had two hits including a triple. Travis Harrison had two hits including a double. Max Kepler 0-for-2, three walks and Jhonathan Arias 0-for-4 were the only starters to not get a hit.

    Jimenez (formerly Trinidad) is going to enter into the prospect discussion much the way Oswaldo Arcia did a couple of years ago. He didn’t play much last year, but in his minor league career he has been getting on base a lot, not striking out and now hitting for a lot of power. Keep en eye on him.

    Taylor Rogers had a very good start on a night where the ball appeared to be flying. He went four innings, striking out seven. He did allow a run on three hits and a walk. He’s made two starts so far as has struck out 14 in nine innings, only allowing one run.

    Josh Burris was really good again, striking out three in three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits.

    Tyler Herr struck out two and walked two in an inning. Dallas Gallant struck out one in a perfect 9th.

    GCL TWINS 3, GCL RAYS 4 (Game 1)
    Box score

    Finally back on the field in the GCL.

    The headline coming into the game was the rehab appearances by Joe Benson (struck out twice) and David Bromberg (4 H, 2 ER, K, 1 IP). It wasn’t a memorable game for either of them.

    The guy that everyone else is wondering about, Byron Buxton, went 0-for-3 with a groundout and two pop outs.

    Kelly Cross and Javier Pimentel both contributed multi-hit games and accounted for all three of the team’s RBI. Dereck Rodriguez added a double.

    The staff besides Bromberg pitched really well. Kuo Hua Lo allowed two hit and struck one out in three innings. Yorman Landa allowed a hit and run, walking three and striking one out in two innings. Trent Higginbotham struck out one in a perfect inning.

    GCL TWINS 2, GCL RAYS 1 (Game 2)
    Box score

    Byron Buxton picked up his first professional hit – a single. He also drew a walk and scored a run. He flew out in his only other at-bat. Fellow draftee Jorge Fernandez, who DH’d, went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

    Josue Montanez walked three and struck out three in three innings. He allowed only two hits and one run. Sam Gibbons picked up a win with two innings of two walk, two strikeout ball. He also had a wild pitch. Melciades DeLaCruz picked up a two-innings save, giving up a walk and two hits. He also struck out one.

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    Players of the Day for Thursday, June 28, 2012

    Hitters of the Day – Romy Jimenez (over a number of other E-Twins hitters), for the 2nd straight day *photo from Thrylos98



    Pitcher of the Day – Taylor Rogers


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    A Look Ahead – Friday, June 29, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester at Lehigh Valley – LHP Luke French (1-3, 5.84)

    New Britain vs Trenton – LHP Logan Darnell (6-6, 4.39)

    Ft. Myers vs Charlotte – RHP Matt Hauser (1-1, 2.57)

    Beloit vs Clinton – LHP Steven Gruver (5-6, 3.46)

    Elizabethton vs Bristol – RHP Hudson Boyd (0-2, 4.32)

    GCL Twins at GCL Orioles – NO STARTER ANNOUNCED

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    If you have any questions on the Twins minor league system, players, teams, etc., leave them in the Comments and we’ll try to answer them! Comments also welcome.
    This article was originally published in blog: Thursday's Minor League Round-up started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Free Josh Burris
      Time for him to make his first big league start tomorrow
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Too bad that ELIZs best hitter (Rory Rhodes) has already shown he cant hit Low A pitching
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Too bad that ELIZs best hitter (Rory Rhodes) has already shown he cant hit Low A pitching
      There is a fairly large increase in talent from the Appy League to the Midwest League... And, he's so young. The new rules that allow Rhodes to stay in short-season for this season are great for players from Australia, Taiwan, etc. Best thing for him. I like Rhodes and his power. He could be solid.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Good job on this report.

      I am glad to see Buxton get his first hit.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Arcia ended the game in walk-off fashion with a two-run line-drive single to right field. He continues to raise his prospect status.


      It's probably just me, but it appears like NBR has been winning more games since Arcia's promotion (fairly brief). Regardless, here at TD we love Ozzie Arcia.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Oh, and this Elizabethton team is spectacular.
    1. CK's Avatar
      CK -
      Promote EVERYONE Kansas City Royals style.
      They've been so succesful with this philosophy.
    1. TRex's Avatar
      TRex -
      Quote Originally Posted by CK View Post
      Promote EVERYONE Kansas City Royals style.
      They've been so succesful with this philosophy.
      Your statement made me think about the Twins of the early 2000's being promoted together, so I looked over the minor league rosters. Not surprisingly, the New Britain Rock Cats went 83-59 and the following players all had over 225 PA:

      Chad Allen (yawn)
      Cristian Guzman
      Torii Hunter
      Jacques Jones
      Doug Mientkiewicz
      Chad Moeller
      A.J. Peirzynski

      I doubt we will ever see a single minor league squad contain so many players good enough to stay in the big leagues for over 6 years (even though they may have not been the most talented).

      The pitching staff also had Mark Redman, Joe Mays, JC Romero, and Mike Lincoln (who has had a lot of success with the Pirates).
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Romy already has more HRs in Eliz's bandbox league than he did in 3 previous seasons.

      Eliz stats inflate too much. Like hitting in the bandboxes out West in AAA.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ed View Post
      Romy already has more HRs in Eliz's bandbox league than he did in 3 previous seasons.

      Eliz stats inflate too much. Like hitting in the bandboxes out West in AAA.
      yeah, he's doing well, but between SSS and the fact that he's 20 years old in that league, I'm not really ready to ride that bandwagon just yet. It would be nice to see him ride this out and head back to Beloit with some success and confidence...
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Good to see Sano get back into the HR column with a nice night. Also nice to see Arcia starting to hit again after a pretty brutal start in AA.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Ed View Post
      Romy already has more HRs in Eliz's bandbox league than he did in 3 previous seasons.

      Eliz stats inflate too much. Like hitting in the bandboxes out West in AAA.
      In that case you should credit the ETwins' pitching staff for only allowing 5 HR's so far. The 1.85 team ERA is pretty good too
    1. Vervehound's Avatar
      Vervehound -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      yeah, he's doing well, but between SSS and the fact that he's 20 years old in that league, I'm not really ready to ride that bandwagon just yet. It would be nice to see him ride this out and head back to Beloit with some success and confidence...
      correct. at this point, he's the next ozzie lewis.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by righty8383 View Post
      In that case you should credit the ETwins' pitching staff for only allowing 5 HR's so far. The 1.85 team ERA is pretty good too
      That's the one thing I've been pretty excited to see.... Too lazy to figure out if these guys are young for the league or not, but every time I look at a box score, one of these guys is striking out far more than 1 guy an inning... Hope that holds up in Beloit.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      20 years old is not at all old for the Appalachian League.
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