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Twins Minor League Report (4/9): Opening Day!

The Twins gave their fans little to cheer about in their three-game, season-opening series in Detroit. Hopefully that changes this weekend. In the meantime, Thursday was minor league Opening Day, so the Twins four, full-season affiliates played in their first games of the year. Ironically, all four affiliates began their season on the road.

The Twins have a new affiliate this year in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We need a new header for the Lookouts section. I have a couple of options there tonight, but if you would like to vote for one of them or offer up another suggestion, we’ll have one for that section soon.

Until then, be sure to make Twins Daily your daily stop for Twins minor league coverage. Every day throughout the season, we’ll provide our readers with scores and highlights from each game.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs (photos of Tyler Duffey, Brock Peterson)
Remember also that there are plenty of Twins minor leaguers available in this year’s Adopt-A-Prospect. As of Friday morning at 9:00 central time, you can adopt a second prospect, if you haven’t already adopted a first prospect.
Let’s get to today’s report.


RED WINGS REPORT

Rochester 6, Buffalo 3
Box Score

The Rochester Red Wings began their 2015 season by heading west to Buffalo. They saw some familiar faces and came away with a win.

The starter for the Bisons was former Twins pitcher Andrew Albers. The Wings touched up Albers for four runs on eight hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. Bobby Korecky pitched the ninth inning for Buffalo and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk. At the plate, Chris Colabello batted fourth and went 0-3 with a walk.

Much of the offense came from the bats of Aaron Hicks and Brock Peterson. Hicks led off and went 2 for 3 with two walks and a home run. He also made a sprawled-out, diving catch early in the game. Brock Peterson batted cleanup. He went 3 for 4 with a walk, a home run and three RBI. Reynaldo Rodriguez also added two hits. Josmil Pinto added a double.

Alex Meyer got the win for the Red Wings on Opening Day, though he would likely tell you it wasn’t his finest outing. The right-hander went five innings and gave up three earned runs on four hits and six walks. He struck out three batters, but clearly, his control was not where it needs to be. Just 44 of his 87 pitches were strikes. He left the game after the first two batters of the 6th inning reached against him. Logan Darnell came on and allowed both runs to score, but he maintained a 4-3 lead. AJ Achter was perfect for the seventh and eighth innings. Michael Tonkin got the save. He struck out two and walked one in the ninth inning.


LOOKOUTS LOOK-INS or CHATTANOOGA CHATTER

Chattanooga 3, Montgomery 4
Box Score

This was a solid performance for the Lookouts right up until the bottom of the ninth inning. They entered the inning with a 3-0 lead thanks to an insurance, solo home run by Miguel Sano. Nick Burdi came on for the save opportunity. Unfortunately, that’s when things got weird. Burdi walked the first two batters before giving up a single to load the bases. There was hope when Burdi struck out the next two batters. However, he walked the next two men and the lead was cut to 3-2. Cole Johnson was summoned from the bullpen. He gave up a bloop single to center field. Byron Buxton came up throwing, but the winning run scored just ahead of his throw. A 3-0 lead became a 4-3 loss in a hurry.

Pitching wins, right? Well, usually, and if that’s true, then Tyler Duffey did a great job of giving his team a good chance to win on Thursday night. The right-hander, who ended the 2014 season with three starts in Rochester, went the first 6.2 innings for the Lookouts. He gave up no runs on four hits. He walked just one and struck out ten batters. Duffey left the game with a runner on third base and two outs. Lefty Ryan O’Rourke was brought into the game to face a lefty, and as he did time and again in 2014, he struck out that batter. O’Rourke got one out in the 8th inning as well, also on a strikeout. That’s when Jake Reed came on. Stuart Turner threw out a would-be base stealer for the second out, and Reed got the third out himself, a strikeout on a nasty slider. That got the team to the ninth inning, and I don’t need to go through that again, do I?

Of course, people want to talk about the potential of the Lookouts offense, too. Though it wasn’t a great offensive night for the team, Miguel Sano did hit his first home run of the season, a long blast over the wall. It was his first hit of the game. He had three strikeouts coming into that at-bat. There were a lot of strikeouts. Byron Buxton and Adam Brett Walker each struck out three times, and Mike Gonzales took the golden sombrero, with four strikeouts. On the positive side, Jorge Polanco and Dalton Hicks both had two hits. Hicks had a double and an RBI. Polanco had the other RBI.


MIRACLE MATTERS

Ft. Myers 0, Charlotte 2
Box Score

The Miracle made the trek north to Charlotte to open their season against the Stone Crabs. The team faced Rays starter Drew Smyly who is on a rehab assignment. Smyly set down the six Miracle batters he faced, and yet, he wasn’t even the best pitcher for the Stone Crabs in this one. Lefty Blake Snell was the Rays’ supplemental first-round pick in 2011 out of high school. He came on and struck out ten Miracle batters in six shutout, three-hit innings. Brad Schreiber (a one-time Twins draft pick – who didn’t sign) made things interesting in the ninth inning, but held the Miracle scoreless for the save.

Kohl Stewart was awarded the Opening Day start for the Miracle. He came through with a quality start. The strong-armed right-hander worked six innings and gave up just two runs. He gave up five hits, walked four and struck out five. He had just one perfect inning. He was consistently hitting 94 and 95 mph. Luke Westphal made his affiliated baseball debut. The left-hander from LaCrosse who played independent ball the last two seasons before going to Australia to play this winter worked a perfect seventh inning, striking out one. Minnesotan Madison Boer also worked a perfect inning with a strikeout.

Unfortunately, due to some impressive pitching, the Miracle bats were unable to put much together. Niko Goodrum led off. He had two hits in four at-bats. The rest of the lineup added just three more hits.

KERNELS NUGGETS

Cedar Rapids 7, Kane County 2
Box Score

It may be hard to believe when you see that final score, but this was a pitcher’s duel for much of the game. Through four innings, the two teams combined for just one hit. The Kernels took the lead with three runs in the sixth inning and then broke things open with three more in the ninth. Mat Batts was tremendous on the mound, and Nick Gordon had an impressive Midwest League debut.

Batts, the left-hander from UNC-Wilmington, gave up just one run on two hits and two walks in 5.2 innings. He struck out seven. At one point, he went 14 batters between base runners. Jared Wilson came on and got four outs without any further damage. Wilson is scheduled to start on Tuesday. Cameron Booser came on and threw two innings. He walked one and struck out one in the 8th inning. In the ninth, he gave up a run, though he also had to get four outs when a strikeout went to the backstop and the runner got on base. It is his first save. He struck out three in two innings.

Nick Gordon made his Midwest League debut. He got on base his first two plate appearances, a walk and reached on an error. Soon after, he hit a triple down the right field line, and in the ninth, he singled in a run. He was 2-4 with a walk on the day. Zach Larson was 2-4, but he also got hit by a pitch. He stole two bases. Trey Vavra, Jhonatan Hinojosa and Brian Navarreto all went 2-4 as well.


TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Duffey, Chattanooga Lookouts

Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Brock Peterson, Rochester Red Wings


FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Rochester @ Buffalo (1:05 CST) – LHP Taylor Rogers
Chattanooga @ Montgomery (7:05 CST) – RHP JO Berrios
Charlotte @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – RHP Aaron Slegers
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30 CST) – RHP John Curtiss


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

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42 Comments

Thanks Seth. Some nice stories in the minors to make up for a terrible day in Detroit. Was Berrios starting today just speculation or was he scratched?

 

Thanks Seth. Some nice stories in the minors to make up for a terrible day in Detroit. Was Berrios starting today just speculation or was he scratched?

 

Any mention of Berrios starting on Thursday was purely speculation. 

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lightfoot789
Apr 09 2015 10:51 PM

Every righty in the Chattanooga line up chased the same pitch (Down & Away)..  ALL NIGHT.  5 of the 7 hits came from Left handed hitting batters (Hicks / Michael / Polanco).  Team approach needs some work before tomorrow with down and away.  WOW

 

Great reports by the way

 

My Title for tonights game is "3's Company"  

Strikes per AB or Strikeouts per Game - Either way works here

 

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While I don't like how Lookouts Look-ins sounds (say it out loud!), it keeps with the team name for consistency. Lookouts Ledger? 

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Any mention of Berrios starting on Thursday was purely speculation. 

 

Any significance for Duffey being the apparent #1 guy, for now?  (For example, was Duffey moved up in anticipation of him moving up with a corresponding AAA promotion to replace Nolasco?)

I like Lookout Look-ins but I'm voting for Chattanooga Chatter

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Jeremy Nygaard
Apr 10 2015 05:06 AM
Looking at what Duffey did at AA last year (and at his couple of starts at AAA), he deserved to be the Opening Day starter. And he backed it up. If the Twins have to make a move, Duffey goes to AAA.

TR did mention that a guy could come from AAA or AA. That got people thinking "Berrios!". Nah, it's Duffey. He's the man.

#ILoveDuff
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Chattanooga Chatter for sure.

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Buford_T_Justice
Apr 10 2015 05:46 AM
If Sano keeps hitting home runs, it should be Lookouts LOOK OUT!
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lightfoot789
Apr 10 2015 06:32 AM

Chattanooga Chatter

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Eric R Pleiss
Apr 10 2015 07:16 AM

Chattanooga Chatter would be a travesty.  Every other section includes the name of the Twins affiliate.  Lookouts Look In is pretty unexciting, but it fits with the theme.  Next up, finding some alteration for the Kernels section.  

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MileHighTwinsFan
Apr 10 2015 07:26 AM

Love these updates, helps salve the wounds from the big club's first series.

 

Quick question.  I was trying to follow the games on the MILB Gameday Iphone App and it looks like the software needed an update - but there was nothing available online. It still has New Britain listed as the AA affiliate for the Twins and you weren't able to find any of the games last night.  Anyone else have trouble?

Android app seemed to be working well.....it's so bad, I actually paid attention to a minor league game, during the game....

I watched the Rochester game, Seth.I would say that Hicks had one of the better games I have seen him have.On his catch, he was going all out towards his right and the wall.As he approached the warning track he dove and when stretched out with his glove arm extended made the catch.One of the best catches I have seen him make.Josmil Pinto had a good game defensively, throwing a runner out at first after a pitch and playing a tough bunt very well. 

 

But like you, Brock Peterson was my Player of the Game.Another player who took very good at bats was Rosario, who had good at bats against a crafty lefty (Albers) with one shot right at the first baseman and I think another solid single. 

 

Meyer has several hard hit balls in the first couple innings, including Hicks' catch.As for control, or lack thereof, he was all over the place.

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If Sano keeps hitting home runs, it should be Lookouts LOOK OUT!

... and if the team struggles, it could be "Lookout(s) below!"- quee quee quee

Nice day from Aaron Hicks! Hopefully he keeps that up for a couple more weeks.

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Holy cow. Sano's homerun actually didn't land

 

Holy cow. Sano's homerun actually didn't land

How could you tell... I think Zapruder shot this video!

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Ted Schwerzler
Apr 10 2015 08:52 AM

Not a fan of Lookouts Look-ins, but don't have another suggestion either.

 

Alex Meyer being erratic yesterday was definitely unfortunate, but it was great to see Hicks stick it to the Twins. He should have been the big club's centerfielder, and the more games Jordan Schafer plays, the more apparent that will be.

 

Here's to hoping Burdi's blip is a small one just like with Cedar Rapids. Both him and Reed are going to be a lot of fun continuing to pair together.

 

Appreciate the breakdown Seth!

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How could you tell... I think Zapruder shot this video!

 

I was just using the information given to me by the video  :)

 

He really crushed that ball though.

Btw, I love the name Lookout Look-ins. Clever.......

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clutterheart
Apr 10 2015 09:11 AM
Dougie Baseball should have left Burdi in. If he is your closer let him close.
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clutterheart
Apr 10 2015 09:11 AM
Dougie Baseball should have left Burdi in. If he is your closer let him close.

Chattanooga should do some sort of promotion that involves Sano hitting a passing train with a homer.  Call it the Chattanooga ChooChoo.  Maybe Give away Free MLB.TV subscriptions.  


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