• Thursday Minor League Rundown

    The Twins lost 4-3 to Baltimore to split a series with the Orioles. Tonight, they start a weekend series in Kansas City against the Royals. The Territory Train is packed full and heading to KC. I知 certain many other Twins fans will be following the team, watching some baseball, visiting the Negro League Baseball Museum and likely eating some really good BBQ. Yes, I知 jealous and need to get down to KC some day!

    Anyway, it was an interesting night in the Twins farm system. Rochester remains absolutely on fire thanks to a big come-from-behind win. But on Friday, best wishes go out to Red Wings reliever Carlos Gutierrez who is undergoing shoulder surgeryl New Britain and E-Town weren稚 able to finish what they started, so they値 do that today. The Miracle were one hit away from a nice win. And, it was a great day for Beloit where they doubled their pleasure and fans got to witness Miguel Sano. What did he do on this night?


    Well, you値l just have to continue reading to find that out and take a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from the Thursday games in the minor leagues.

    ROCHESTER 14, NORFOLK 8


    Shairon Martis was promoted to Rochester to make this start. He gave up seven runs on eight hits and four walks in 3.2 innings. When he left the game, the Red Wings were behind 7-2. Fair to say, it was all Rochester at that point. Bobby Lanigan relieved Martis and gave up just one run on two hits and a walk over the next 2.2 innings. Dan Sattler gave up just one hit in 1.2 scoreless frames. Brendan Wise then struck out two in a perfect ninth.

    Brian Dinkelman led the offense. He went 3-4 with his fifth double and third triple. Evan Bigley went 3-4 with his second double and three RBI. He also stole his first base. Pedro Florimon was 3-4 with a wakl and his 12th double. Ray Chang was 2-5. Danny Lehmann went 2-3 with two walks and his first two AAA doubles of the season.

    Martis and Lehmann are the 49th and 50th players to play for the Red Wings this season. Martis is the 15th pitcher to make a start. The Red Wings are now 50-49 and above .500 for the first time since they were 9-8 early this season. The team is now 13-4 in July.

    NEW BRITAIN, NEW HAMPSHIRE (suspended in Top 3)


    After two scoreless innings, the Rock Cats scored four runs in the top of the third inning. Oswaldo Arcia hit a double and Joe Benson hit a two-run triple. Blake Martin threw two scoreless innings and dropped his season ERA below 4 (3.98). However, the game was suspended by rain during the third inning.

    FT. MYERS 3, LAKELAND 4


    Matt Summers made his first start for the Miracle. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on eight hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out five. Jose Gonzalez struck out two in two scoreless innings. Michael Tonkin struck out two in his inning.

    Levi Michael went 1-2 with a walk and was also hit by pitch twice. He came to bat in the bottom of the 9th with Danny Santana in scoring position. However, he grounded out to first base to end the game.

    GAME 1 BELOIT 2, LANSING 1


    Jason Wheeler won for the 11th time this season. He gave up just one run on five hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out six. Corey Williams recorded his 14th save of the year by striking out two in a scoreless ninth inning.

    Drew Leachman went 2-2 with a walk. Stephen Wickens went 2-3. He drove in both of the team痴 runs with a two-run single in the 2nd inning.

    GAME 2 BELOIT 7, LANSING 1


    Miguel Sano led the offense in game two. He went 3-4 with his 20th home run of the season and drove in four runs. In his last eight games, he is 9-23 (.391) with a double, a triple, two home runs and eight RBI. He has also walked nine times and struck out just four times.

    Drew Leachman went 2-3 in game two. Steve Liddle went 2-3 with a walk and his 11th and 12th doubles.

    Cole Johnson made his first start for the Snappers. He struckout six (and walked one) in three no-hit innings. Mason Melotakis came in and threw two scoreless innings to record his first MWL win. Dallas Gallant gave up a run on no hits in his inning. He walked three and struck out two. Ryan O坦ourke struckout two in the final inning.

    ELIZABETHTON, JOHNSON CITY (suspended in 2nd innings)


    This game was suspended due to rain in the second inning.

    GCL TWINS 2, GCL RAYS 1


    The Twins didn稚 get much offense, but it was enough for the win. Joel Licon went 1-2 with two walks and his fourth stolen base.
    Sam Gibbons started. The Aussie went the first three innings and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks. Chris Mazza came in and struck out two over three one-hit innings. Melciades de la Cruz walked two and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Gonzalo Sanudo pitched the ninth and didn稚 allow a run.

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    Players of the Day for Thursday, July 19, 2012

    Hitter of the Day Brian Dinkelman



    Pitcher of the Day Jason Wheeler



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    A Look Ahead Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester @ Durham RHP Liam Hendriks
    New Britain @ Harrisburg Two Games
    Ft. Myers @ Lakeland RHP Matt Hauser
    Beloit vs Lansing LHP David Hurlbut
    Elizabethton @ Johnson City TBD
    GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox TBD

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    If you have any questions or comments on the Twins minor league system, players, teams, etc., leave them in the Comments and I値l try to answer them!
    This article was originally published in blog: Thursday Minor League Rundown started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 14 Comments
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      I tweeted this last night, but thought I would put it up here, as well, for those interested in following Oswaldo Arcia:
      Over his first 98 AA at-bats, here are Oswaldo Arcia's stats: .316/.370/.500; 5 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR; 26 RBI; 7 BB; 27 Ks. He turned 22 in May FYI.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Twins Fan From Afar View Post
      I tweeted this last night, but thought I would put it up here, as well, for those interested in following Oswaldo Arcia:
      Over his first 98 AA at-bats, here are Oswaldo Arcia's stats: .316/.370/.500; 5 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR; 26 RBI; 7 BB; 27 Ks. He turned 22 in May FYI.
      I've been really high on Arcia since his 2010 campaign. I believe he's the second best prospect in the system behind Sano.

      A little against the grain of thinking but I think he's going to be a monster in the big leagues.

      Also, he turned 21 in May, not 22. He's one of the youngest prospects in the system with big upside.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      I've been really high on Arcia since his 2010 campaign. I believe he's the second best prospect in the system behind Sano.

      A little against the grain of thinking but I think he's going to be a monster in the big leagues.

      Also, he turned 21 in May, not 22. He's one of the youngest prospects in the system with big upside.
      Hit the wrong key -- thanks for the correction! 21 years and 2 months old, and not at all in over his head at AA.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Twins Fan From Afar View Post
      Hit the wrong key -- thanks for the correction! 21 years and 2 months old, and not at all in over his head at AA.
      Nope, not at all over his head. He's striking out a bit too much but you can't expect too much from the kid. I don't see him staying in the minors for long and I fully expect him to be dominating AA with a 900+ OPS by the end of the season. I think there's a good chance he's going to force his way to Minnesota sooner rather than later, possibly even before Hicks or Benson.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by rocketpig View Post
      I've been really high on Arcia since his 2010 campaign. I believe he's the second best prospect in the system behind Sano.

      A little against the grain of thinking but I think he's going to be a monster in the big leagues.

      Also, he turned 21 in May, not 22. He's one of the youngest prospects in the system with big upside.

      Pretty much spot on, I'm not quite sure how people value Hicks, Benson, Gibson and others over him... Rosario I can get given that he has had some impressive results as well, but Arcia simply continues to produce...

      My big concern about him thus far is his strikeouts... that rate needs to come down a bit more, as I suspect major league pitching will take advantage of it... but none-the-less, this guy looks like a legit middle order bat.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      His strikeouts and historically, he has struggled against left-handers (and dominated righties), not an unusual thing though. I think Sano is 1 still. But between Arcia, Buxton, Hicks and Rosario, a case could be made for each of them at #2... and that's not giving up on Benson and Gibson and Hendriks and others as very good prospects.
    1. CDog's Avatar
      CDog -
      It may be written about elsewhere or "common knowledge" (although my guess is there is differeng common knowledges that are contradictory), but how is Arcia defensively? Looks like he's gone from playing all over the outfield to mostly RF, but I would guess that has as much to do with who his teammates are as it does with his own skills. Anyone have actual knowledge on his fielding?
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Quote Originally Posted by CDog View Post
      It may be written about elsewhere or "common knowledge" (although my guess is there is differeng common knowledges that are contradictory), but how is Arcia defensively? Looks like he's gone from playing all over the outfield to mostly RF, but I would guess that has as much to do with who his teammates are as it does with his own skills. Anyone have actual knowledge on his fielding?
      Here's my impression from a 1-game sample (last Saturday). I thought he was adequate. Not especially fast, but he hustled and got to a couple balls in right center. Arm: decent. He has 4 assists already, so that's not bad.

      I'm sure Seth and others can tell you more accurate information, though.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      The reports I got were always that he could play center field if needed, but he isn't a burner, so much more of a RF. Has a good arm, and it's good to see after all the elbow problems last year. He's a "good" outfielder.
    1. TRex's Avatar
      TRex -
      Regarding Arcia's AA performance, it is also important to remember he stumbled out of the gates to a triple slash of .174/.240/.217 after his first 6 games (4-23 with 1 double, 3 RBI, 2 W and 7 SO). Since then, he has had a .360/.400/.623 (27-75, with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 3 HR and 23 RBI with 5 W and 20 SO).
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      IMVHO here is how I have the Twins stacked up:
      1. Sano
      2. Buxton
      3. Arcia
      4. Hicks
      5. Rosario
      6. Gibson
      7. Goodrum
      That is a pretty solid 1-6 to be honest and a strong case could be made for the top 3 to be in the top 40 prospects overall, with Hicks and Rosario somewhere in the 60-90 range and I still think Gibson is a top 100 guy if he comes back from the injury healthy.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I like that list. I'd probably go 1.) Sano, 2.) Buxton, 3.) Rosario, 4.) Arcia, 5.) Hicks, 6.) Hendriks, 7.) Gibson...

      and, I woudln't give up on Benson yet... Travis Harrison and Hudson Boyd are doing as you would hope in ET, as is Max Kepler. Goodrum's not hitting for average and playing not-so-great D. JO Berrios is certainly intriguing.

      I think the criticism the Twins farm system has received is fair, but I also don't think that it is as bad as many seem to want us to believe.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I like that list. I'd probably go 1.) Sano, 2.) Buxton, 3.) Rosario, 4.) Arcia, 5.) Hicks, 6.) Hendriks, 7.) Gibson...

      and, I woudln't give up on Benson yet... Travis Harrison and Hudson Boyd are doing as you would hope in ET, as is Max Kepler. Goodrum's not hitting for average and playing not-so-great D. JO Berrios is certainly intriguing.

      I think the criticism the Twins farm system has received is fair, but I also don't think that it is as bad as many seem to want us to believe.
      You know what, for some reason I totally blanked on Hendriks as he hasn't reached the 50 IP threshold. I would probably have him replace Goodrum as #7. I really think he can put it together and become a solid #3.(Legit number 3, not Carl Pavano #3)

      I'm curious why you put Rosario ahead of Arcia at this point? Is it strictly positional wise? (not arguing or anything as prospect lists more than most thing in sports can vary quite a bit due to certain peoples preferences and ideas)

      I guess the only reason I put Goodrum that high is because I really like his ceiling. Even though his average isn't the best it is super encouraging to see him taking a ton of walks 20% BB/rate! and hitting for some decent power (3 HR, 6 3B, 5 2B). If he can stick at SS he could be a special player.

      I haven't given up on Benson, I just drop him quite a bit due to his early struggles, if he can come back strong and play like he did pre 2012 I think he slots somewhere right behind Hicks and Gibson. Either way the way it stacked up now the Twins have 10-12 prospects we can be very, very excited about in the minors.

      It seemed to me the largest criticism the Twins received for their farm system was the lack of upper minors talent. 2013 should change that as Hicks, Arcia and Gibson should all be in AAA to start the year (if they don't make the team out of spring training) and Sano and Rosario should be less than 2 years away from the bigs as well. It's not a perfect system by any means and they still have a ways to go, but at this point they should be close to the top 10-12 in all of baseball prior to 2013.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I had Rosario ahead of Arcia bfeore the season, and until his injury, I still had him there... It's tough because of how well Arcia has hit. There are some questions about Arcia yet (defense, hitting vs lefties, etc.) but he's also now two levels ahead of Rosario. So, if I actually had to dig and think a lot about it, I could easily flip-flop those.
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