• Saturday's Twins Minor League Daily

    The Twins are currently throttling the Indians. It's nice to see. Josh Willingham continues to demonstrate that he was an excellent off-season signing, and Alexi Casilla even got in on the action. Let's take a look at the action down on the farm.

    ROCHESTER 5, COLUMBUS 8
    Liam Hendriks had a bad start. In 5 innings of work, he allowed 12 hits, 7 runs (6 earned), walked 3, struckout 1, and allowed a homer. Daniel Turpen allowed an unearned run in 1 and 1/3 innings on 3 walks and a strikeout, and Caleb Thielbar threw 1 and 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit and 1 walk, striking out 3.


    Right fielder Matt Carson led the way on offense, hitting 2 home runs and a single, and driving in 4. Sean Burroughs had 2 doubles, Brian Dinkelman had 2 hits, including a double, and Chris Parmelee and Clete Thomas each singled.

    Here's the link to the box score.

    NEW BRITAIN 4, READING 5 (GAME 1 -- 7 innings)
    Steven Hirshfeld took the loss for the Rock Cats tonight. He went 5 and 1/3 innings, gave up 5 runs on 9 hits, and struck out 3 while walking 1. Thereafter, Jose Gonzalez walked the only batter he faced, and Marty Popham tossed 2/3 of an inning, allowing 1 hit.

    Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Colabello and Joe Benson each had 2 hits, Benson with a double and Colabello with his 14th home run of the season. Deibinson Romero was 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs, and James Beresford had a single in 2 at-bats.

    Here's the link to the box score.

    NEW BRITAIN 0, READING 6 (GAME 2 -- 7 innings)
    Aaron Thompson had a solid start, up until the 6th inning, anyway, but the offense didn't come through. In 5 and 1/3 innings, Thompson gave up 6 runs on 8 hits, striking out 6 and walking 2. Thompson had allowed 2 runs through 5 innings, but ran into trouble in the 6th inning, allowing a triple, sacrifice fly, a walk, a home run and a double before being replaced in favor of David Bromberg. Bromberg allowed 2 hits (and 1 inherited runner to score) in 2/3 of an inning, striking out 1.

    There were only 5 hits in this second game, a double by Daniel Rohlfing, and singles by Joe Benson, Rene Tosoni and Shawn Roof (2 for Roof). Benson, by the way, has now hit safely in his past 5 games.

    Here's the link to the box score.


    FT. MYERS 0, BREVARD COUNTY 3
    Pat Dean went 4 innings in his start today, giving up 2 runs on 8 hits. He struck out 2 and walked 2. Ryan O'Rourke allowed an unearned run in 2 innings of work, allowing 2 hits and striking out 3. Ricky Bowen was very good today, throwing 3 innings and allowing only 1 hit.

    There wasn't very much Miracle offense to speak of tonight -- only 4 total hits. Daniel Ortiz doubled in 3 at-bats, and Kyle Knudson, Lance Ray and Michael Gonzales all singled.

    Here's the link to the box score.

    BELOIT 10, PEORIA 4
    Tyler Jones was on the rubber for the Snappers tonight. He went 6 and 1/3 innings, allowing 4 runs (only 2 earned) on 5 hits. He struck out 11 and walked 2. Tim Atherton threw 1 and 2/3 innings, striking out 1 and walking 1. Zack Jones threw a scoreless 9th, walking 1 and striking out 1.

    First baseman Kenny Vargas had a great game. He was 2-for-4 with a home run and a triple. He drove in 4 runs, and also walked once. Wang-Wei Lin was 2-for-5 with a double, Stephen Wickens doubled in 3 at-bats, and Nate Roberts, Drew Leachman, Miguel Sano, Matthew Koch and Jairo Rodriguez all singled. Sano, 1-for-2 on the day, walked 3 times and had 2 RBIs late in the game.

    Here's the link to the box score.


    ELIZABETHTON 5, GREENVILLE 0
    Angel Mata had a solid start today. In 5 innings of work, he only allowed 2 hits, striking out 8 and walking none. Kaleb Merck threw 2 scoreless innings in relief, giving up 2 hits and striking out 2. J.T. Chargois closed out the game, also throwing 2 innings, striking out 1.

    E-Town had 8 hits today, 3 coming off the bat of Candido Pimentel, who was just a home run shy of the cycle, and had 2 RBIs. Joshua Hendricks had 2 hits, including a double, and an RBI. Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco doubled, and Niko Goodrum singled in 4 at-bats.

    Here's the link to the box score.

    GCL TWINS 4, GCL RED SOX 1
    32nd overall pick Jose Berrios started for the Twins today, and was good. He threw 4 innings, allowed only 2 hits, and struck out 6. Austin Malinowski threw 3 and 2/3 innings, giving up 1 run on 3 hits, striking out 6 and walking 1. Trent Higginbotham tossed 1 and 1/3 innings, allowing no hits and issuing 1 walk.

    Top prospect Eddie Rosario was 3-for-5 with 3 doubles and an RBI. Joel Licon had 2 singles in 5 at-bats. Byron Buxton and Aderlin Mejia each doubled. Buxton is batting .197 on the season, but is hitting .290/.389/.742 in his last 10 games.

    Here's the link to the box score.
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    Players of the Day for Saturday, July 28
    Hitter of the Day: Eddie Rosario


    Pitcher of the Day: Angel Mata

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    Schedule for Sunday, July 29

    Rochester @ Columbus --- RHP Shairon Martis
    New Britain @ Reading --- LHP Blake Martin
    Ft. Myers vs. Breavard County --- RHP Matthew Summers
    Beloit @ Peoria --- LHP Matt Tomshaw
    Elizabethton @ Bristol --- LHP Hein Robb
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    This article was originally published in blog: Saturday's Twins Minor League Daily started by Twins Fan From Afar
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Another great report, and I always love those links to the box scores. Thanks for doing this.
    1. James Rivah Twins Fan's Avatar
      James Rivah Twins Fan -
      This is high-priority reading for me every day. You are doing a great job with it and it is much appreciated. From another Twins fan living too far away, which reminds me that my sister called me to rub it in that she was at Target Field last night. My sister who, Odin bless her, couldn't tell you the difference between a Texas leaguer and a can of corn (20-30 feet)--Ouch!
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Looking forward to Rosario going back to Beloit soon. Guy can hit.

      Benson has maintained his hot hitting, do most think he'll stick at AA this year, or move up to AAA (or maybe the Twins)? I think they'll leave him in AA for the year, but that's a total guess. That's a real nice outfield in AA, all three guys will see time in the majors, and I think at least two will be regular starters.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      I think the Twins will keep Benson at AA because New Britain is in the playoff hunt. Any of the three could be recalled after the Rock Cats season is over. I'd actually like to see Benson promoted to Rochester, but I think he stays in New Britain.
    1. Clyde123's Avatar
      Clyde123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Looking forward to Rosario going back to Beloit soon. Guy can hit.

      Benson has maintained his hot hitting, do most think he'll stick at AA this year, or move up to AAA (or maybe the Twins)? I think they'll leave him in AA for the year, but that's a total guess. That's a real nice outfield in AA, all three guys will see time in the majors, and I think at least two will be regular starters.
      Ryan mentioned on his weekly radio show last week that he'd like to see both Benson and Tosoni back in AAA this year (while discussing the outfield at NB). They have to earn it, however.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      RE: The New Britain outfield situation -- there are too many outfielders now to get at-bats. I'd be surprised if Benson or Tosoni wasn't moved up. Arcia and Hicks need to be playing every day, and even Herrmann has been seeing time in LF, which I think is a good thing for his development.

      Thanks also for the comments, guys. Nice to know that people enjoy reading this stuff.
    1. DJSim22's Avatar
      DJSim22 -
      I also greatly enjoy reading the minor league reports. Thanks for all the work guys!
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Do believe Twins want Benson/Tosoni back in ROC, but only Benson has played well enough to get the promotion.
      Problem is, the organization will not release a guy to open up a spot for someon.....they've never operated this way. With Carson, Thomas & Ramirez there (none to be with team next year), none are playing bad enought to be released, so MN is probably hopin one of em gets hurt to open up a spot.
    1. rickyhawaii's Avatar
      rickyhawaii -
      Tyler Jones is one of my favorite pitching prospects right now. 11 k's in a game is a pretty good performance for anybody. Read that he's just a fastball slider guy who may end up as a reliever but is a sleeper type who could be more. i'd like to see some other guys promoted before him ,but he could use some more challenge.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Quote Originally Posted by rickyhawaii View Post
      Tyler Jones is one of my favorite pitching prospects right now. 11 k's in a game is a pretty good performance for anybody. Read that he's just a fastball slider guy who may end up as a reliever but is a sleeper type who could be more. i'd like to see some other guys promoted before him ,but he could use some more challenge.
      Definately one of the top strikeout pitchers in the organizaton right now & someone to keep an eye on
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Encouraging to see Benson hitting well again.
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