• Friday Night Minor League Lights

    The Twins lost 12-6 to the Tampa Bay Rays. It was not a pretty game. Sure, Joe Mauer had three hits, and Ryan Doumit had a home run, but that was not a pretty game. Down 8-1 after an inning and a half makes for a long game. At least we have plenty of positives throughout the Twins farm system, so let’s just jump right into that!

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from the Friday games in the minor leagues.

    ROCHESTER 3, PAWTUCKET 9


    A couple of former Twins were instrumental in a big loss for the Red Wings on Friday night. Eric Hurley started and gave up seven runs on eight hits and three walks while recording just six outs. He did have three strikeouts. David Bromberg came in and provided three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two. Luke French went the next three and gave up two runs. He gave up four hits and one walk. Anthony Slama made his first Red Wings appearance since June 6 when a Miguel Tejada line drive broke his fibula. He didn’t miss a beat. The righty walked one, but struck out three, in a scoreless inning to drop his ERA to 0.38.
    Chris Parmelee hit a 2-run homer, his 13th, in the first inning off of Daisuke Matsuzaka that gave the Red Wings an early lead. He went 2-3 with a walk. Ray Chang was 3-4. Pedro Florimon knocked his 15th double.

    For Pawtucket, Jason Repko hit a double and his seventh home run. Danny Valencia went 3-3 with two walks and two doubles. (Following the game, Valencia was promoted to Boston because 3B Will Middlebrooks has a broken wrist.)

    NEW BRITAIN 5, READING 1


    BJ Hermsen continues to impress. Despite not throwing real hard or recording “enough” strikeouts, Hermsen continues to get people outs and eat innings. He is now 10-5 with a 3.09 ERA in New Britain after yet another terrific start on Friday night. The lanky right-hander pitched a complete game. He gave up one run on ten hits. He walked just one and struck out four. He needed just 94 pitches to complete the game, and 71 of those were strikes.

    Aaron Hicks led the offense. He was 2-4 with a walk and drove in a run. Rene Tosoni went 1-2 with two walks and hit ninth double. Chris Colabello hit his 33rd double and drove in his 85th run for the Rock Cats. Pretty impressive debut in affiliated ball for the 28 year old who was the independent leagues’ MVP last year according to Baseball America.

    FT. MYERS 1, ST. LUCIE 2


    Cole Nelson gave up two runs in the first inning. And that was it. Those were the only two runs scored by the St. Lucie Mets. Unfortunately, the Miracle bats were only able to score one run. The run came on an RBI double off the bat of Anderson Hidalgo which scored Danny Ortiz. The Miracle managed just four hits.

    Nelson gave up those two runs on six hits and two walks over the first four innings. The lefty struck out four. Miguel Munoz went the next two innings, giving up just one hit while striking out three. Ryan O’Rourke pitched the final three innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out three.

    BELOIT 2, QUAD CITIES 1


    It was a very quiet game for the Snappers on Friday night. In fact, both offenses in this game were quite quiet. David Hurlbut was terrific. He gave up just one run on six hits in seven innings. He walked none and struck out five. He left with his team down 1-0.

    However, in the top of the 8th, the Snappers finally got on board and tied the game. Drew Leachman singled to score Wang-Wei Lin.

    Corey Williams pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

    In the top of the ninth, AJ Pettersen, who went 2-3 as a replacement for Miguel Sano who got a rare day off, came up and drilled a single up the middle to score Stephen Wickens. The hit gave the Snappers a 2-1 lead.

    Williams returned to the mound for the 9th. He got one out before being replaced by hard-throwing Zach Jones. Jones gets his fourth save by getting the final two outs.

    Nate Roberts continues to be an on-base machine. He got on via a walk and a single and stole his 19th base. Wickens was 1-2 and was twice hit by a pitch.

    GAME 1 – ELIZABETHTON 3, BRISTOL 2


    Pitching is the name of the game, and in this one the E-Twins got a great start and a nice finish. Angel Mata started and gave up just two hits and one walk in five shutout innings. He struck out five. He gave way to Christian Powell who threw a scoreless sixth frame. In the seventh, he got one out, but a two-run double put the game in jeopardy. With the tying runner on second and one out , Tyler Duffey was brought in. He recorded the final two outs, one on a strikeout, to get the save.

    Byron Buxton continues to show he’s not intimidated by his recent promotion. In this game, he was 2-3 with his first double and an RBI. Adam Walker and Jorge Polanco were each 2-3. Niko Goodrum added his tenth double.

    GAME 2 – ELIZABETHTON 5, BRISTOL 2


    The E-Twins were able to complete the double-header sweep in the second game. Ricardo Arevalo started and gave up only an unearned run on two hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out five. Chris Mazza came in and worked the next two innings. He gave up one run on two hits. He struck out two. Luke Bard came in to start the seventh inning. He faced one batter and walked him. He came out of the game, replaced by Kaleb Merck. Merck gave up one hit, but struck out three, in his inning to record his second save. (Note – I am trying to find out why Bard left the game and will report as soon as I have any information.)

    Travis Harrison led the way in this game. He was 3-3 with his ninth and tenth doubles. Adam Walker hit a two-run double, his sixth. Jorge Polanco hit his 14th double.

    GCL TWINS 4, GCL RED SOX 8


    Randy Rosario started, and the lefty went the first three innings. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on three hits. He walked two and struck out three. Josue Montanez came in next. It was his first appearance since June 11 when he threw five shutout innings. On this day, he struckout five in two perfect innings. Trent Higginbotham came in and gave up four runs on five hits in 2.1 innings. He walked three, hit one and struck out one. Gerardo Ramirez gave up one run on four hits in 1.2 innings. He struckout one.

    Joel Licon went 2-4 with two RBI. Logan Wade drove in the other two runs. Jorge Fernandez and Brian Compton each hit a double.

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    Players of the Day for Friday, August 10, 2012

    Pitcher of the Day – BJ Hermsen



    Hitter of the Day – Travis Harrison



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    A Look Ahead – Saturday, August 11, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester vs Pawtucket – LHP Pedro Hernandez
    New Britain vs Reading – LHP Blake Martin
    Ft. Myers vs St. Lucie – RHP Tom Stuifbergen
    Beloit vs Peoria – LHP Taylor Rogers
    Elizabethton @ Bristol – TBD
    GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox – LHP Austin Malinowski

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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’ll try to answer them!
    This article was originally published in blog: Friday Night Minor League Lights started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      some reports lately that Hermsens velocity has picked up....any verification on that
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Thanks for another excellent report. It's good to see Slama having a great comeback. What does Slama need to do to get propmoted?
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      He needs to be put on the 40 man roster spot for starters. This was a big reason I hated the Liriano trade, 2 more sub-par players taking up 40 man roster spots.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Slama & Benson, IMO, are just 2 prospects that the front office does not care for
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      They love Benson! His ceiling and talent are unbelievable, and they know it. They just want him to be more consistent.

      I don't know enough about Eduardo Escobar or Pedro Hernandez to know if they have value or not.

      And, Slama will be added to the 40 man roster the day that they call him up, and they will at some point. No worries.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Luke Bard is going to be re-evaluated today, but it appears that he's got some tendinitis. Hopefully nothing more than that.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Pawtucket put the hurt on Rochester and Danny Valencia had three hits and two walks. Danny is headed back to Boston because Middlebrooks broke his wrist and is done for the season. Good timing for Danny V--he also timed his best run of baseball for his chance to play every day with the Twins in 2010.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      They love Benson! His ceiling and talent are unbelievable, and they know it. They just want him to be more consistent.

      I don't know enough about Eduardo Escobar or Pedro Hernandez to know if they have value or not.

      And, Slama will be added to the 40 man roster the day that they call him up, and they will at some point. No worries.
      I posted this in another thread about Joe......but while they may love his ceiling, I havent really heard anyone in orgainization (Ryan/Gardy/Molitor/Rantz) compliment/praise him for past 2 yrs but in interviews always seem to continually point out his faults/struggles. Dont know, but maybe he's type of guy who could use some positive reinforcements....heard he easily gets down on himself when he struggles.
      Specific point was Ryans radio show when question was about Joe hitting well since returning from injury (was 15/46 at time in New Brit w/power) & Ryans response was a 'blah' "well he should be hitting AA pitching at his age"......no compliment that he was coming around/turning his season around but a 'so what' comment.
      Slama, they definately dont like him cause he ONLY gets guys out consistently, but they like the 'stuff' Jeff Gray has
    1. Jim H's Avatar
      Jim H -
      Slama & Benson, IMO, are just 2 prospects that the front office does not care for
      I see these kind of comments a lot. People used to say siimilar things about Bartlett, Cuddyer early in his major league career, and many others. I don't think this is true very often and not particularly relevant even if it is.

      The Twins are perhaps a bit fussier than other organizations about personnel behavior and fitting in than other organizations. Even if that is true, it is generally about performance. If you perform, you will get your chance. Slama and Benson have both gotten chances in the majors. Neither did particlarly well in those chances. It is clear both will likely get more chances.

      Still using your example above, a hot couple weeks doesn't really erase a half season of poor play in Benson's case. Consistency is important. In Slama's case 2 things have to happen. His stuff isn't good enough to let him pitch around a lot walks at the major league level. The other thing is he has to be healthy, which he hasn't consistently been, for 2 years.

      I have said in the past that major league clubs will play an ax murderer if he is good enough. While that isn't true, you can be all kinds of jerk, or make all kinds of bad personal discussions and still get more chances. You can find examples of that in the Twins organization.
    1. Celebrity Weddings!'s Avatar
      Celebrity Weddings! -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      some reports lately that Hermsens velocity has picked up....any verification on that
      Since I never get to have first-hand information, I'll re-mention this:

      On the stadium gun in Bowie two starts ago, Hermsen sat 88-91 for most of the game. Seemed like he worked with less velocity in the first and then grew into it as the game wore on. For reference, Bruce Pugh worked three innings that same night. He was 93-95mph in his first and into his second inning and then backed down to 90-91 in his third inning.
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