• Thursday's Minor League Round-up

    It was a quiet day in Twins World. No roster moves. Minimal injury (recover) news. But, as it is, no news is better than bad news.

    The Red Wings activated Anthony Slama before their game and intentionally didn’t pitch him, just to irritate the #FreeAnthonySlama crowd.

    If you're interested in checking out the organizational rosters and contracts, Brock and I have been working on a place where you can view it all. He calls it a "monster", for me it's more of an obsession... hopefully we can continue to tweak it for your viewing pleasure.

    And now, the news from a pretty successful Thursday:
    ROCHESTER 5, EMPIRE STATE 2
    Box score

    The Red Wings ended their 3-game losing streak to get back to over .500. (60-59)

    The rehab start of P.J. Walters didn’t go real well. He lasted only 2/3 of an inning and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk. He did strike out one. He left with the bases loaded.

    Esmerling Vasquez came in and recorded the third out before recording the next 22 outs! He was a little wild - walking four - but only allowed two hits and struck out seven. Vasquez would have been the scheduled starter, so he will stay on typical rest… and gave the Red Wings bullpen a much-needed rest.

    Daniel Turpen came in to record the save by getting the last two outs. He gave up a hit and struck out one.

    Eduardo Escobar led the offense with three hits, including a double. He scored twice and drove in a run.

    Rene Rivera had a double. Brian Dinkelman, Clete Thomas, Evan Bigley, Ray Chang and Pedro Florimon chipped in singles. Florimon, who missed the last seven games with a wrist injury, also drove in two runs. Earlier in the week, Florimon was named by Baseball America as having the best infield arm in the International League.

    Chris Parmelee went 0-for-4. Over the last four games, he is 2-for-14.


    NEW BRITAIN 4 , BINGHAMTON 6
    Box score

    Logan Darnell had his longest outing in a month. That’s the positive. His 5 2/3 innings, though, weren’t spectacular. He allowed 11 hits and five runs. He walked three and only struck out one. Since his 8K performance on July 21st, he’s only struck out three in three starts (13 2/3 innings).

    Jose Gonzalez allowed a run in an inning and Dakota Watts pitched a scoreless 1 1/3 inning. Both struck out two.

    The Rock Cats offense collected ten hits. Unfortunately, nine of those were singles. Estarlin De Los Santos led the way with three. Rene Tosoni had two. Aaron Hicks, Chris Herrmann, Dan Rohlfing and Nate Hanson each had one single. Oswaldo Arcia had the lone double, but after taking a walk and have having a sac fly, raised his average to .320 by going 1-for-2.

    FT. MYERS 4, JUPITER 1
    Box score

    Daniel Santana had three singles and a stolen base to lead the Miracle.

    Andy Leer and Angel Morales added two singles each. Danny Ortiz had a double. Danny Rams drove in two.

    Levi Michael was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the second inning. He had a hit and a stolen base in the first.

    Matt Summers cruised through Beloit, but has struggled a little bit since his promotion. His first three starts were pretty good, before struggling in his fourth start. His fifth start, today, he last 4 2/3 innings. He allowed seven hits and only one run. His peripherals were not as good: four walks (a high since his promotion) and one strikeout (tied his low since his promotion).

    A.J. Achter went 2 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out three.

    Michael Tonkin earned the save by recording the final five outs. He struck out three and gave up one hit.

    BELOIT 8, QUAD CITIES 3
    Box score

    The Snappers scored eight runs on eight hits (all singles), thanks mostly to Quad Cities starter Dail Villenueva, who didn’t make it out of the first, walking four batters.

    Eddie Rosario can flat out hit. Though he hit 21 home runs last year, he doesn’t have great power. What he does have is extremely quick and powerful wrists. He’ll let the ball get deep into the zone (a la Denard Span) before swinging. Tonight, he added two more hits to his season total.

    Drew Leachman had two hits. Kennys Vargas and Stephen Wickens both drove in two runs.

    Miguel Sano was 1-for-3 with two walks.

    Jason Wheeler continues to impress. He completed five innings, allowing one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out two.

    He turned the game over to Tim Atherton, who pitched two innings. He gave up three walks and struck out two.

    Mason Melotakis only got two outs. He allowed a home run (two hits total) and walk. He struck out one.

    D.J. Baxendale came in with two on and two out and retired the batter he faced. He came back out in the ninth and allowed a run on two hits. He struck out one.

    ELIZABETHTON 4, JOHNSON CITY 3
    Box score

    The E-Twins held on to win their second straight after dropping three consecutive (over six games).

    Byron Buxton’s second night under the lights wasn’t nearing as good as his first. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

    Bo Altobelli was 4-for-4 with a run. Travis Harrison had two hits (one triple). Adam Walker hit his 12th home run. Candido Pimentel and Max Kepler also added two hits each. Harrison committed his 20th error.

    Elizabethton got strong outings from their pitchers. Hudson Boyd went four strong, allowing four hits and an unearned run. He struck out two. Josh Burris pitched two perfect innings in relief. Andrew Ferreira allowed a walk and struck out two in two innings.

    Tyler Herr picked up the save, but not before allowing three hits and a walk in an inning. He entered with a three-run lead and needed every one of them.

    GCL TWINS 4, GCL ORIOLES 6
    Box score

    The Twins got one early, but even with a 7th-inning rally, one bad inning was too much to come back from.

    Joel Licon has had a very solid pro debut. Batting leadoff, he had two hits.

    Will Hurt has slowly started to rebound from a very slow start. He added two hits today, but is still looking for his first extra-base hit.

    Dereck Rodriguez, Logan Wade and B.K. Santy all added singles.

    Andre Martinez walked five and allowed five hits over six innings. The six runs earned him his first decision – a loss. He struck out two.

    Markus Solbach pitched a scoreless final two frames. He allowed three hits and struck out two.


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    Players of the Day for Thursday, August 9, 2012

    Hitters of the Day – Eduardo Escobar

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    Pitcher of the Day – Esmerling Vasquez

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    A Look Ahead – Friday, August 10, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester vs Pawtucket – RHP Eric Hurley (0-0, 11.25)

    New Britain vs Reading – LHP Blake Martin (3-5, 4.68)

    St. Lucie at Fort Myers – LHP Cole Nelson (5-4, 5.43)

    Beloit at Quad Cities – LHP David Hurlbut (5-5, 2.69)

    Elizabethton at Bristol – RHP Angel Mata (3-2, 2.70)

    GCL Twins vs GCL Red Sox – TBA

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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. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      1) Great article as always
      2) Go Twins!
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      I'm starting to think Adam Walker has more power potential than Sano does. 12 is flat out ridiculous at this point in a short rookie season. He's a little older than the #1 prospect so that may be why. Excellent job Jeremy. I love the box score links.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Another excellent round up and it is good to hear that Slama is back.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Free Slama!!!
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      The org roster and contracts is very nice! Thank you.
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Quote Originally Posted by J-Dog Dungan View Post
      1) Great article as always
      2) Go Twins!
      I agree with everything you said here.

      Adam Walker does seem to be killing the ball. He'll be exciting to watch for a while. I could see him moving up quickly if cuts down on the strikeouts (small sample size, but 53K's in 182 PA).
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      I always think back to my youth when I read descriptions of Rosario such as you posted today. Reminds me of a player who came up for the Braves when I was a kid. Came up as a second baseman with good speed who would go on to play outfield. He wasn't real tall with a slight build. His strength was his quick swing with incredible wrists. Sounds exactly like Rosario, doesn't it? The player I saw as a kid would go on to hit over 700 home runs. We can't expect Rosario to be that player, can we?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      The player I saw as a kid would go on to hit over 700 home runs. We can't expect Rosario to be that player, can we?
      That might be some lofty and probably a little unrealistic expectations... I wouldn't 'expect' more than 600 HR for Rosario in his big league career!
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      That might be some lofty and probably a little unrealistic expectations... I wouldn't 'expect' more than 600 HR for Rosario in his big league career!
      Yes, it is unrealistic to expect Rosario to become that player. But we can dream, can't we? And someday, some kid is going to become that player who will hit more home runs than Henry. Why can't it be Rosario?

      Now it is time to put the computer away, take a shower and go out and drink some wine!
    1. drivlikejehu's Avatar
      drivlikejehu -
      Walker has a .311 OBP in the Appy League. That is horrible for a college player. It's a pretty disappointing debut and he has a ton of work to do if he's going to hold his own in low-A next year.
    1. Steve Lein's Avatar
      Steve Lein -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      I'm starting to think Adam Walker has more power potential than Sano does. 12 is flat out ridiculous at this point in a short rookie season. He's a little older than the #1 prospect so that may be why. Excellent job Jeremy. I love the box score links.
      Walker is basically 2 years older than Sano, and actually his HR pace is still slightly behind what Sano's was at E-Town last year, as are his avg./obp/ops (Walker's only hitting around .250). Walker does have the power, but most everyone says Sano is the best power-hitting prospect in all the minors right now. Hard to make a case for him having more potential, but it is fun to see the high HR totals.
    1. Sssuperdave's Avatar
      Sssuperdave -
      I love the round-up and the rosters/salaries. It's great to see all that roster information in one place. I particularly like the ages compared to the league average, the rule V eligibility info, and when/how each player was acquired. One question though - can an indicator or something be added for players currently on the 40 man roster? On your list, is everyone ineligible for rule V on the 40 man? If so, that would probably do it.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Sssuperdave View Post
      One question though - can an indicator or something be added for players currently on the 40 man roster? On your list, is everyone ineligible for rule V on the 40 man? If so, that would probably do it.
      Guys on 40-man are listed as ineligible.
    1. TRex's Avatar
      TRex -
      Thanks Jeremy, your 'Big Board' is the coolest thing EVER!

      One question I have is, what did you use for your cut-off on 'old' or 'young' for the league? Did you consider having somewhat of a sliding scale to represent that 1.5 yrs younger at lo-A is much more important than 1.5 yrs at AAA?

      Really small point, but for the Beloit roster, you list: The average age of players in the MWL is 21.5 (late 1989) for batters and 21.9 (early 1990) for pitchers. Since the pitchers were older than the hitters, did you mean early 1989?

      Thanks again!
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by TRex View Post
      Thanks Jeremy, your 'Big Board' is the coolest thing EVER!

      One question I have is, what did you use for your cut-off on 'old' or 'young' for the league? Did you consider having somewhat of a sliding scale to represent that 1.5 yrs younger at lo-A is much more important than 1.5 yrs at AAA?

      Really small point, but for the Beloit roster, you list: The average age of players in the MWL is 21.5 (late 1989) for batters and 21.9 (early 1990) for pitchers. Since the pitchers were older than the hitters, did you mean early 1989?

      Thanks again!
      Thanks, I went +/- a year for old/young. There's probably some that you add either way, but I wanted people to be able to get a snapshot idea.

      I'll have to look at the Beloit tidbit. I credit computer guys, my brain goes crazy when looking at code for an extended period of time.
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