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Twins Minor League Report (4/18): Organization Goes 0-6

I remember asking Kyle Gibson several years ago what it meant to be the Twins #1 prospect. He said that it was an honor, but all being a prospect meant was that you hadn’t done anything yet. It is a great point for all to remember.

Friday was the third time this season when Twins top pitching prospects were all on the mound. Friday was a good reminder that there is a reason these guys are at the levels they are at, that there is still work to be done.

The Twins lost the opening game of their three game set in Kansas City and are back at .500 (8-8). There were also five Twins minor league games on Friday, and the Twins affiliate lost each of them.

Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Friday, but first a look at the Transactions:


The big news was that Jason Bartlett has decided to retire from baseball. According to a Mike Berardino tweet, Ron Gardenhire received a text message from Bartlett saying that “it just wasn’t happening. His body’s not reacting the way right now he wants it to.” The move opens up a spot on the Twins 40 man roster.

Eduardo Nunez returned to the Red Wings after his one-day trip to Minnesota to serve as the team’s 26th man in the second game of their double header on Thursday.

Reliever Tyler Jones was added to the Miracle roster while lefty Matt Tomshaw was sent to Extended Spring Training.

Catcher Bryan Santy was added to the Cedar Rapids Kernels roster to replace Michael Quesada who was placed on the 7-Day Disabled List. He was hit by a pitch in the hand earlier this week. X-rays were negative, so he may not be out for too long.

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Rochester 5, Syracuse 6 (11 innings)
Box Score

I’m pretty certain that the Red Wings coaching staff didn’t want to play 11 innings on their first game of a road trip, but that’s just what happened. Alex Meyer got the starting nod and struggled for the first time. The talented right-hander gave up five runs on five hits (including one home run) in just 3.2 innings. He walked four and struck out just two. Brooks Raley came on and threw 2.2 scoreless. He gave up a hit, walked two and struck out three. Edgar Ibarra struck out two in 2.1 scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and walked one. AJ Achter went 1.2 innings. In the 11th, he got the first out before giving up a double to former Red Wing Brock Peterson. Matt Hoffman came on and issued an intentional walk before giving up a single to Brian Goodwin.

Chris Parmelee led the offense. He went 2-4 with a walk, his second double and his second home run. James Beresford went 2-5 with his fourth double. Eric Fryer and Chris Rahl each went 2-4.

Game 1 - New Britain 4, Portland 6
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Portland had made the long trip down to Connecticut, so they might as well play two. Of course, they also did it because they were rained out on Thursday. DJ Baxendale started the first game and went five innings. He gave up six runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out two. Matt Guerrier came on and struck out three in the final two innings. He gave up no runs, three hits and a walk.

Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-3 with his fifth double. Mike Kvasnicka drove in two with a double. Corey Wimberly went 1-3 with a walk and three doubles. Matt Koch hit a double as well.

Game 2 - New Britain 0, Portland 6
Box Score

Taylor Rogers was on the mound for the second game. He was much improved in his third AA start. He left the game with one out in the fifth inning down just 2-0. However, he was replaced and a couple of batters later, a Blake Swihart home run made the score 6-0. Rogers was charged with four runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out five. Ryan O’Rourke came on and gave up two runs on three hits (including the homer) and recorded two outs. Adrian Salcedo pitched a scoreless inning. Lester Oliveros struck out two in a perfect seventh.

There wasn’t much offense for the Rock Cats in this game. They managed just three hits. Mike Kvasnicka hit his third double of the year. Tony Thomas was 1-2 with a walk. Of the 21 outs in this game, the Rock Cats struck out 16 times.

Ft. Myers 9, St. Lucie 15
Box Score

Fair to say that this game was not a pitchers’ duel. JO Berrios made the start for the Miracle. He went two innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits and a walk. However, just two of the runs were earned thanks to the ninth error of Jorge Polanco’s season. Steven Gruver came on and gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks in 2.2 innings. Tyler Jones returned to the mound for his first appearance of the year. He gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He struck out two. Mason Melotakis came on and threw three shutout innings. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out three.

Travis Harrison went 2-5. In the first inning, he hit a three-run homer. He also stole his first base. Niko Goodrum went 2-4 with his second triple. Adam Walker and Dalton Hicks each had two hits.

Cedar Rapids 2, West Michigan 5
Box Score

Kohl Stewart was back on the mound for the Kernels on Friday night. He gave up just one hit over the first three innings, but he gave up two runs in the fourth. He went five innings and gave up just those two runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out three. Josue Montanez came on and gave up three runs on two hits and two walks in two innings. He struck out two. Christian Powell struck out three batters in two perfect innings.

The Kernels had just five hits in the game. Zack Larson went 2-4.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Christian Powell, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Chris Parmelee, Rochester Red Wings

Rochester @ Syracuse (1:00 CST) – Kris Johnson (Listen)
Portland @ New Britain (5:35 CST) – Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
St. Lucie @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – David Hurlbut (Listen)
West Michigan @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 CST) – Felix Jorge (Listen)

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games.

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