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Twins Minor League Report (6/3): Vote for Pedro

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The only Twins news of the days was the purchasing of OF Clete Thomas’s contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, LRP Tyler Robertson was designated for assignment.

LRP Blake Martin was promoted from New Britain to take fill Robertson’s lefty role in Rochester’s bullpen.

INF Joel Licon was summoned from Extended Spring Training to Cedar Rapids to help while SS Niko Goodrum recovers from yesterday’s concussion.

All the moves made today are reflected here.

In draft news, Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray tested positive for Adderall, a common ADHD medicine as well as something used for weight loss. Many professional players have prescriptions for the drug, which makes it legal; Gray did not “go through the right procedures” to be using it. When asked whether it was an issue, a Twins source said he “won’t speculate… (but) obviously (its) an issue. (We) have to get all the facts.”

At the very least, Jonathan Gray made (or has been making) a poor decision and even though it might not make him tumble down draft boards, it will certainly affect his bottom line. (My two cents: he still doesn’t fall to the Twins.)

On a happier note, if you’re a fan of raspberries and Byron Buxton, read this post by Brad Swanson.

Box Score

Pedro Hernandez was much better tonight than he was on his last outing (5/29: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R). Hernandez threw 94 pitches tonight. The result was promising: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, BB, 6 K, HR. Though Hernandez has struggled in the major leagues, he’s still young and has a future. That might be taking over Brian Duensing’s role in a couple of years, but a greater role than anyone anticipated when he was acquired (with Eduardo Escobar) for Francisco Liriano.

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Michael Tonkin recorded six outs, without allowing a hit (or an inherited runner to score). He struck out three. Smart money says we see Tonkin at Target Field in September.

The firepower from Rochester’s early season – Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Colabello – was back together for the first time tonight, but the offensive story of the game was a guy that wasn’t even in the country at the beginning of the season: Deibinson Romero. Tonight, Romero went 3-for-5. He hit two home runs and drove in five runs. Once rated as high as the #13 prospect in the organization by Baseball American (in 2007) and noted for his defense, Romero spent a season on the 40-man before being removed. It’s completely believable to think Romero could be involved in the Twins next roster move. (Though he’s a right-handed bat, he wouldn’t be a great platoon partner with Trevor Plouffe, but could be given a shot if Plouffe’s calf injury doesn’t go away.

Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Colabello and Doug Bernier all had two hits and drove in a run.

Tomorrow night at 6:05pm ET, Kyle Gibson (4-5, 3.38) will be making his last start in Rochester. (I’m kidding, obviously. The Twins are waiting to bring him up until mid-2015.)


D.J. Baxendale (0-1, 13.50) makes the start tomorrow. He looks to recover from a poor AA debut. First pitch at Richmond is scheduled for 6:35pm ET.

Box Score

In Matt Tomshaw’s first high-A start last week, he was very successful. He allowed only two hits and one run in six innings. Tonight was not as successful. Though he still made it six innings, he allowed four runs on eight hits. He struck out five.

Adrian Salcedo and Jose Gonzalez both allowed runs too, but combined to strike out five in three innings.

Angel Morales is doing everything he can to finally escape Fort Myers. Tonight he was 3-for-4. He is 17-for-34 (.500) in his last ten games. He added a double tonight.

Levi Michael went 2-for-3 with a double. Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario both had RBI doubles.

Jason Wheeler will look to continue his undefeated season (5-0, 3.94) tomorrow at 7:05 pm ET against Brevard County.

Box Score

The Kernels strung together two well-timed innings to come-from-behind and beat the Cougars.

The 5-run 6th inning came mainly as a result of taking five walks and seeing a wild pitch. Only two hits occurred: a double by Dalton Hicks and a single by J.D. Williams

The 5-run 7th inning was a little more traditional, though the Kernels were aided by a throwing error and two more walks.

All told, the Kernels only totaled eight hits, but drew 10 walks.

Williams was 1-for-6, but drove in three runs. Candido Pimentel, Travis Harrison and Tyler Grimes all had two hits. Joel Licon, in his low-A debut, went 0-for-2 but walked twice and scored two runs. He also drove in a run and committed two errors at second base. Harrison (11) and Pimentel (8) also had errors.

Mason Melotakis picked up his fifth win on the year. He allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings. He walked five, struck out two and allowed seven hits. Not a great line by any means. Many people continue to believe his future is in the bullpen.

Manuel Soliman (four strikeouts) and Steven Gruver (two strikeouts) each pitched two innings.

Jake Mauer was ejected for arguing a safe/out call at 3rd base. Allegedly, it was the way he said, “Aw, shucks.”

Byron Buxton (thumb) and Niko Goodrum (concussed) both missed today’s game.

The Kernels have an off-day tomorrow.


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