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Sunday's Minor League Round-up

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Last night, word came out that Carl Pavano was going to undergo an MRI and it appears likely that he will end up on the disabled list. All indications are that Jeff Manship will be starting in Pavano’s spot on Wednesday. No word on whether Manship will be rocking a mustache or not.

On Sunday evening, ESPN’s Jim Bowden broke (?) the news that the Astros will indeed be selecting Stanford RHP Mark Appel - confirming what many already believed - with the #1 overall pick tomorrow night. After a sigh of relief (for me personally), we can now wonder what the Twins will do with #2. The latest indications are the Twins are deciding between OF Byron Buxton and SS Carlos Correa, with P Kevin Gausman a wild card. The next 24 hours will be interesting.

With that, let’s take a spin around the farm:

Suspended while tied 1-1.

Today’s game was suspended in the bottom of five due to rain. This came after three rain delays.

What we saw so far: Nick Blackburn pitched two scoreless innings before leaving a run on (who scored) for Kyle Waldrop. Blackburn allowed two hits and a walk. He didn’t strike any out. Waldrop made his 2012 Red Wings debut and allowed two hits and two walks, though he did retire all five of his outs by way of the groundball. Deolis Guerra pitched a scoreless fifth, striking out two.

Rochester has already drawn five walks and Florimon, Burroughs, Parmelee (double) and Valencia all have hits. Valencia drove in Parmelee for their lone run thus far. Burroughs is on first with one out in the bottom of the fifth.

Wilkin Ramirez left the game during the top of the third inning. Details unknown.

Box score

Aaron Thompson, fresh off his 50-game suspension, made his Rockcats debut and struggled. Meanwhile, the rest of the team totaled almost as many errors (2) as hits (3).

Thompson gave up nine hits and three runs in only four innings. Bruce Pugh struck out three in two scoreless innings in his return/2012 debut for the Rockcats. Daniel Turpen also struck out three in two innings, though he allowed three (unearned) runs on three hits. Caleb Thielbar struck out two in a scoreless ninth.

Rene Tosoni and Evan Bigley both had doubles. Nathan Hanson added a single to account for the third of the Rockcats hits. Chris Herrmann’s RBI groundout in the bottom of the first led to the team’s only run.

Box score

The Miracle got off to a quick start thanks to the bat of Oswaldo Arcia who hit his 7th home run in the first inning with Daniel Ortiz on base. Arcia has been on fire over his last ten games (with an OPS of nearly 1.500) and a second half promotion to New Britain is likely (and a September call-up possible). Josmil Pinto added two hits (one double) and an RBI. Levi Michael had a hit and a run scored.

The story of the game, though, was Madison Boer, who appeared to channel his inner-Francisco Liriano, throwing five innings of one-hit ball, walking two and striking out five. It was far-and-away his best outing in Fort Myers, as he was the losing pitcher in all of his first six starts. Nelvin Fuentes and Matthew Hauser held Daytona hitless over the final four innings to preserve the one-hitter.

Box score

The Snappers entered today tied for first in the MWL Western Division. They leave today trailing by a game.

Eddie Rosario was 3-for-4 with his 7th home run and 18th double. Kyle Knudson added two more doubles. Drew Leachman had a triple. Unfortunately, the only run-producing hit was Rosario’s solo shot. Miguel Sano – after taking some hitting advice from Seth – went 0-4 with two strikeouts.

Tyler Jones pitched well. He scattered three hits over six innings, allowing only two runs (one earned), walking one and striking out five. A.J. Achter allowed a run in two innings. Clint Dempster pitched a scoreless ninth.

Players of the Day for Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pitcher of the Day – Madison Boer
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Hitters of the Day – Coverboy Eddie Rosario
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A Look Ahead – Monday, June 4, 2012 (DRAFT DAY!) Schedule

Rochester vs Columbus – RHP Liam Hendriks (3-0, 2.93)

New Britain - IDLE

Ft. Myers vs Daytona – RHP Miguel Munoz (1-3, 4.20)

Beloit vs Wisconsin – RHP Tim Shibuya (2-3, 5.17)

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.


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