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Twins Minor League Report (4/23): Pitching Prowess

Alex Meyer had one of the best starts of his minor league career on Wednesday night. He set a career-high in strikeouts and went into the 7th inning for the first time this season. On this night, one could make the argument that his performance was the third best by a starting pitcher in the organization (though you could also make a case for best or second-best very easily, as well). Ft. Myers' Tyler Duffey and Cedar Rapids' Ethan Mildren each made a strong case as well.

Also, Chris Parmelee remains on fire!!

Attached Image: Alex Meyer Pensive.jpg

photo by Mark Rebilas


Looking for an update on Nate Roberts? Zack Jones? Get those updates and much more Twins and minor league talk, like what is Miguel Sano up to on Tuesday night’s Twins Hangouts podcast here or download the podcast (or previous podcasts) on iTunes.

Also, on last night’s Talk to Contact podcast, the guys chatted with former Twin and current Cedar Rapids hitting coach Tommy Watkins. Listen here.

Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Wednesday.

Rochester 1, Pawtucket 3
Box Score

For the fourth time in four starts with the Red Wings, Alex Meyer received a no- decision. His most recent start was a bit of a clunker, but he was tremendous in this start. The right-hander went 6.2 innings without allowing a run. He gave up just three hits, walked three and struck out a season-high 11 batters. Reports stated that he was consistently hitting 96-97 MPH and hit 99 on a couple of pitches.

Ryan Pressly came on and got the final out of the seventh inning. He came out for the eight and walked the first two batters. He was replaced by lefty Edgar Ibarra who immediately gave up a two-run double and an RBI single. Matt Guerrier came up and surrendered a single and a walk before getting the final two outs.

Chris Parmelee remained on fire. He went 2-4 with two doubles. He’s now hitting .343. In his last seven games, he is 15-29 with three doubles and two home runs with four walks and just two strikeouts. Doug Bernier was also 2-4 on the night and is now hitting .385 on the season. Eduardo Nunez missed his fourth straight game with the oblique strain.

New Britain 5, New Hampshire 7
Box Score

The Rock Cats had a 4-1 lead after two innings, but then the defense faltered, lost the lead and eventually the game.

Tony Thomas had a nice night at the plate. Leading off, he went 2-4 with a walk, his fifth double and his first home run of the season. He drove in two runs. Danny Ortiz drove in the other two runs with his fourth double.

DJ Baxendale gave up six runs on five hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. However, due to four errors, just two of those runs were earned. Dan Turpen came on and gave up only one hit over 2.1 scoreless innings. Ryan O’Rourke went the final two innings. He gave up only an unearned run.

Ft. Myers 4, Jupiter 2
Box Score

The Miracle got some big hits but it was the performance of Tyler Duffey that was most instrumental in this win. He improves to 3-0 and drops his ERA to 2.82 after throwing six shutout innings on this night. He gave up just one hit, walked one and struck out five. Tim Shibuya came on and gave up two hits over two scoreless innings. Brian Gilbert came in for the ninth inning and gave up two runs on three hits, but he ended the game with the Miracle in the lead.

Travis Harrison and his hot bat were moved to the second spot in the lineup. After a Levi Michael leadoff single in the first inning, Harrison doubled him to third. Michael scored on a Jorge Polanco single while Harrison scored on an error. In the fifth inning, Stuart Turner singled with one out and advanced to third on an AJ Pettersen double. With two outs, Harrison singled in both runners. The Miracle had just six hits, and Harrison had two of them.

Cedar Rapids 0, Peoria 2
Box Score

The Kernels gave up no hits into the 7th inning and found a way to lose this game 2-0. Ethan Mildren made the start and threw five no-hit innings. He walked one and struck out six batters. Alex Muren came on and didn’t give up a hit in the sixth. In the seventh, he allowed a one-out double. After an error and a ground out, Peoria had an unearned run and a 1-0 lead. Hudson Boyd came in for the 8th inning. He gave up a leadoff double, but the next two batters popped out. Unfortunately a passed ball and a wild pitch gave Peoria their second run.

Cedar Rapids managed just five hits in the game. Logan Wade had two of them. Joel Licon walked twice.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Duffey, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Tony Thomas, New Britain Rock Cats

Rochester @ Pawtucket (11:05 a.m. CST) – Kris Johnson (Listen)
New Hampshire @ New Britain (9:35 a.m. CST) – Taylor Rogers (Listen)
Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Brett Lee (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35 CST) – Kohl Stewart (Listen)

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

Also, since the Twins beat the Rays 6-4, today (Thursday) you can get 50% off a L or XL pizza from PapaJohns.com if you use the 'TWINSWIN' promo code.

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