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Twins Minor League Report (5/21): Another Wrist Injury?

The Minnesota Twins are currently two games above .500. I just felt like that would be a good, and fun, way to start today’s report. In his last five starts, Phil Hughes has worked a combined 33.1 innings. He has given up just four earned runs on 30 hits. He’s walked none and struck out 27 batters. I’d say he’s been everything Twins fans could have hoped for. His season ERA is now 3.15. Not bad considering he gave up four earned runs in each of his first three starts of the season. Can you imagine a Minnesota Twins starting pitcher winning the AL Pitcher of the Month award? It’s been a long time!

With that, let’s get to the minor league discussion of the day.

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TRANSACTIONS

On Wednesday morning, Engelb Vielma and Jason Kanzler were activated from the disabled list. However, it came at the expense of Carlos Avila and BK Santy who were both given their unconditional releases.

Let’s look at the goings on in the Twins system:

RED WINGS REPORT

No Game Scheduled.

ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 5, Richmond 7
Box Score

Things started out badly for the Rock Cats in this game before it even started. Kennys Vargas was scratched from the lineup when he hurt his wrist during batting practice. No word on the severity of the injury. However, Twins fans have seen enough wrist issues already in 2014 (Buxton, Arcia, Willingham).

Pat Dean made the start for the Rock Cats. The lefty went 4.1 innings. He was charged with five runs (4 earned) on nine hits and a walk. Jim Fuller came on and gave up two hits over 1.2 scoreless innings. DJ Baxendale returned after a month on the disabled list. He worked one scoreless inning despite giving up two hits and a walk. Matt Summers came on and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in his inning. Ryan O’Rourke pitched a scoreless frame.

Danny Ortiz led the offense. He went 3-4 with his first triple and his fourth home run. Corey Wimberly was 2-5 with his second triple. He also stole his eighth and ninth bases of the year. Nate Hanson was 2-5. Mike Kvasnicka hit his third homer. Matt Koch, Brandon Waring and AJ Pettersen each had a double.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 2, Dunedin 4
Box Score

David Hurlbut has arguably been the Miracle’s top starting pitcher this season, but he had a tough one. That said, through the game’s first five innings, he gave up just one run. Unfortunately, he was charged with three runs in the sixth. His total line? He gave up four runs on six hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out three. Tim Shibuya struck out two in a scoreless inning. Brandon Peterson worked a scoreless inning as well.

There wasn’t much offense for the Miracle. Travis Harrison went 2-4 to extend his hitting streak to 11 games. Aderlin Mejia was 2-4 with his fifth double.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 4, Beloit 9
Box Score

Felix Jorge is a well-regarded pitching prospect, but he has really struggled to this point in the season. On this night, the righty gave up seven runs, all earned, on seven hits and five walks over just 2.2 innings. His ERA is now up to 9.99 on the season. Jake Mauer, Ivan Arteaga, Eric Rasmussen and Brad Steil all have to be scratching their heads trying to come up with a plan for what to do with the talented Dominican.

Brandon Bixler came in and was charged with two runs on five hits and a walk over the next 1.1 innings. Derrick Penilla came on and struck out five in three scoreless innings. Hudson Boyd walked two, hit one and struck out one over two scoreless frames.

The Kernels offense was scoreless and had just one hit going into the sixth inning, when they got a couple base runners on. Mitch Garver singled in a run, and then Jason Kanzler – in his first game back from concussion – hit a three-run homer. Kanzler was 2-4 and the homer was his third. Chad Christensen was also 2-4.


TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Derrick Penilla, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Danny Ortiz, New Britain Rock Cats

THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre (5:35 CT) – Alex Meyer (Listen)
Richmond @ New Britain (5:35 CT) – Virgil Vasquez (Listen)
Ft. Myers @ Dunedin (5:30 CT) – Alex Wimmers (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:35 CT) – Aaron Slegers (Listen)


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

With another Twins win over San Diego on Wednesday night, you can get half-price large or extra-large pizzas at PapaJohn’s.com with the promo code “TWINSWIN.”


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