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Twins Minor League Report (4/14): Friday Night Minor League Lights

Rochester played its home opener on Friday. Could they send their over-11,000 fans home happy? Fernando Romero made his second start of the season for the Lookouts. Was it better than his first outing? The Miracle were able to break a five-game losing streak. Find out how. The Kernels game was delayed by almost two hours… And then they needed an extra inning to decide the winner. Let’s just say the ninth place hitters factored into the game.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Sean Poppen)
All that and more. Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Friday.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 2, Buffalo 3
Box Score

The Red Wings hosted their home opener on Friday afternoon. For the second straight game, the Red Wings got eight innings from their starting pitcher. Jose Berrios gave up an unearned run in eight innings on Thursday afternoon. On Friday, it was Nick Tepesch’s turn. The veteran right-hander gave up two runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out eight batters.

Kennys Vargas got the game’s scoring started when he drove in Tommy Field with a single in the bottom of the first inning. Tepesch gave up two runs on five hits in the third inning. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Tommy Field’s sacrifice fly scored John Ryan Murphy to tie the game.

The game remained tied until the top of the ninth inning. Drew Rucinski came in to replace Tepesch. He gave up a single and a walk before an RBI double. One more walk, and he was replaced by DJ Baxendale who got the final two outs without any further damage.

In the bottom of the ninth, Syracuse called in their closer, Joe Nathan. The 42-year-old former Twins closer recorded a 1-2-3 inning to record his first save of the season.


CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 0, Jacksonville 4
Box Score

Fernando Romero was back on the mound for his second start. His first start was shortened due to lack of control and pitch count. His second start was even shorter, though the reasons were the same. The right-hander gave up one run in each of the first three innings, and left with two outs in the third inning. In 2.2 innings, he gave up three runs on three hits. He struck out five, but he also walked five batters.

Lefty Nik Turley came on and was impressive again. In 4.1 scoreless innings, he gave up two hits, walked one and struck out eight. That gives him one walk and 18 strikeouts in his 8.1 innings so far this season. Mason Melotakis pitched the eighth inning and gave up an unearned run on two hits.

The Lookouts managed just seven hits in being shut out. Engelb Vielma went 2-4 with a walk. Ryan Walker had the lone extra base hit, his second double of the season.

Old friend Omar Bencomo, who spent the last two seasons between the Lookouts and the Red Wings, shut out in the Lookouts for the first six innings.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 6, Daytona 0
Box Score

After getting single runs in the first and second innings, the Miracle had a much needed big inning in the fifth inning of this game. RBI singles by Zander Wiel and Rafael Valera were followed by a two-run double by Sean Miller.

And that was more than right-hander David Fischer needed to record his first win in the Twins organization. He went the first five innings and gave up just two hits. He walked three and struck out eight batters. Williams Ramirez walked two and struck out one over the next two innings. Anthony McIver gave up three hits, but he maintained the shutout with two shutout frames.

Rafael Valera went 3-4 with his first triple. Alex Perez went 2-4 with a walk and his first triple. It boosts his season average to .429. Sean Miller went 2-3 with a walk, his third double and three RBI.

The win broke a five-game losing streak for the Miracle. They are now 2-7.


KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 3 (10 innings)
Box Score

The game was delayed by rain for nearly two hours, and unfortunately for both teams, the bats never really arrived. Besides the late start, the game was scoreless through the first nine innings! Things started happening in the 10th though!

Wisconsin starting pitcher Thomas Jankins was tremendous. He kept the Kernels hitters off balance and threw six shutout innings. The only hit he gave up came in the sixth inning when Lewin Diaz doubled, but he was stranded.

Fortunately Kernels starter Sean Poppen was also very impressive and matched zeroes with Jankins. In fact, he was even better. The right-hander went 7.2 shutout innings, giving up just two hits and a walk to go with eight strikeouts in the no- decision.

Alex Robinson came on and got the final out of the eighth inning and worked a scoreless ninth inning too. Unfortunately in the tenth inning, he gave up an infield single and a second single. He worked to two outs, but a three-run homer by ninth-place hitting Demi Orimoloye gave the TimberRattlers a 3-0 lead. Hector Lujan came on and got the final out of the tenth.

In the bottom of the 10th inning, Caleb Hamilton reached base. With one out, Aaron Whitefield, the Kernels ninth-place hitter, drilled a two-run homer. But that was it for the scoring and the Kernels dropped the 3-2 decision.

Whitefield went 2-4 with his first homer of the season. Lewin Diaz was 2-4 with his third double. Caleb Hamilton went 1-2 with two walks and a double.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Sean Poppen, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Sean Miller, Ft. Myers Miracle


SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Syracuse @ Rochester (12:35 CST) - LHP Jason Wheeler
Chattanooga @ Jacksonville - (5:05 CST) - RHP Felix Jorge
Ft. Myers @ Daytona (6:05 CST) - RHP Keaton Steele
Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (5:05 CST) - RHP Alex Schick


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108Stitches
Apr 14 2017 10:56 PM
Can we just trade the starting rotation for CR with Ft Myers? 23k by the starters in the last 3 games!
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Romero rated number 1 prospect - is this another Twin prospect wilting under the spotlight?  Please no.  Get him straightened out we need more starters.

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tarheeltwinsfan
Apr 15 2017 09:21 AM
Please give us an indepth background report on Nik Turley. His first 2 games have been nothing short of incredible.

 

Romero rated number 1 prospect - is this another Twin prospect wilting under the spotlight?  Please no.  Get him straightened out we need more starters.

 

It's one of those things where we all wanted him pushed to AA to start the season, rather than get his feet wet for the new season at Ft. Myers. I'm not saying he's not ready for AA, but he's certainly off to a slow start, and sometimes starting at that lower level, regaining that confidence and then moving up when you're at peak confidence is a good plan for some guys. Gonsalves has told me that he's kind of liked being able to go back to the level he's spent two months to see how the things he's been working on all off season work into his plan. 

 

It's definitely not  a science. You never know, but there's little reason to worry about Romero yet.

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Please give us an indepth background report on Nik Turley. His first 2 games have been nothing short of incredible.

 

I could probably add more, but here is a pretty good start...

 

http://twinsdaily.co...577-nik-turley/

 

 

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Good seeing Vielma hitting well to start the season.  And it looks like he and Gordon are going to alternate with each playing short a week or so.  I like that.

 

Also good seeing Vargas get a couple hits.  The Twins need a 13th position player and he seems like the logical choice.  What do you think, Seth, another week before he comes up?

 

 

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Tom Froemming
Apr 15 2017 10:32 AM

 

Please give us an indepth background report on Nik Turley. His first 2 games have been nothing short of incredible.

Turley, 27, last pitched for Somerset in the Atlantic League. He was a starter, and set a league record for Ks in a postseason game (14). While he was fantastic there (2.02 ERA, 0.918 WHIP, 5.08 K/BB), he started the season at Double A Portland and struggled (4.29 ERA, 1.514 WHIP, 1.71 K/BB).

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108Stitches
Apr 15 2017 11:42 AM
Rortvedt was expected by most to stay in EST. He's batting .087 (!!) in low A. Is there a scenario where they'd send him back to EST or just wait til E town starts and see if he emerges slightly above arctic cold before sending him down?
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Deduno Abides
Apr 15 2017 11:45 AM
Gonsalves, Jay, Chargois injured and not pitching. Romero and Stewart pitching badly. Burdi not yet getting many appearances. As of this holiday, all the eggs are in the Berrios basket.
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Rhino and Compass
Apr 15 2017 01:08 PM

I think right now the rotation hasn't really given a reason to make a rapid change. If Buxton sees less of the field, or is sent down, I think the flaws in the staff are exposed, and then you might see Berrios 

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Taildragger8791
Apr 15 2017 01:42 PM

Gonsalves, Jay, Chargois injured and not pitching. Romero and Stewart pitching badly. Burdi not yet getting many appearances. As of this holiday, all the eggs are in the Berrios basket.


Don't forget Reed injured and not pitching yet. And as good as Berrios has looked it doesn't mean anything until he translates it to the majors. Sooooo...not a lot going on with the minor league pitching right now. At least Burdi is healthy and throwing strikes.

Where is Zack Jones hiding?

 

 

Rortvedt was expected by most to stay in EST. He's batting .087 (!!) in low A. Is there a scenario where they'd send him back to EST or just wait til E town starts and see if he emerges slightly above arctic cold before sending him down?

 

A year ago at this time, Luis Arraez jumped right from the GCL to Cedar Rapids. I figured he's be there and play occasionally until the ET season started when he'd go down there... He obviously didn't need to go back.

 

My initial thought with Rortvedt was the same, that he'd play occasionally in the first half of Cedar Rapids. He's actually playing quite often, hitting 5th or 6th in the lineup, and struggling so far. It's like 6 games. Probably not much to worry about yet... but ET is certainly an option too if things don't get better.

 

Where is Zack Jones hiding?

 

He's in Ft. Myers, at Extended, working his way back from labrum surgery. When I talked to him, he wasn't sure a schedule yet, still early. But he is really hoping to get some innings late in the year. 

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diehardtwinsfan
Apr 16 2017 07:08 AM

 

Rortvedt was expected by most to stay in EST. He's batting .087 (!!) in low A. Is there a scenario where they'd send him back to EST or just wait til E town starts and see if he emerges slightly above arctic cold before sending him down?

 

Other than first round picks, it's pretty rare to see a HS draftee playing full season ball the year after he's drafted... and given that he wasn't an offensive standout in rookie ball, I'm not surprised. I'm guessing he may get a demotion at some point if he's still not hitting. Hoping he is just in a funk. We need this kid.