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Twins Minor League Report (6/1): Palka Powers Lookouts, Romero Deals Again

Two games in the Minnesota Twins organization were in the afternoon. One involved a Twins affiliate able to muster just two hits. The other involved a Twins prospect hitting two home runs. In night games, the Miracle game was postponed thanks to some intense rains. And Kernels had their top pitching prospect on the mound.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs (photos of Daniel Palka, Fernando Romero)
That was the short story. Continue reading if you would like just a little bit more information from your Minor League Report. In case you missed it, late on Monday night, Miguel Sano went on the DL and Max Kepler was promoted to the Twins.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 0, Indianapolis 2
Box Score

With one out in the 9th, James Beresford cracked a solid single to center field to break up Indianapolis’s no-hit bid. Jorge Polanco singled right after, but the Red Wings were unable to score and fell 2-0.

Pirates top pitching prospect Tyler Glasnow was on the mound for Indy. He worked five no-hit innings, striking out three and walking four. And then the rains came and there was a delay. Cory Luebke came on and struck out five batters in two innings. Trey Haley struck out the side in the eighth. Jorge Rondon pitched the ninth to pick up the save, though he couldn’t hold the no-hitter.

Logan Darnell started and worked the five, pre-rain delay innings for the Red Wings. He gave up one run on two hits. He struck out three without issuing a walk. Marcus Walden came on following the delay. He gave up a run on a hit and a walk over two innings. He struck out two. Dan Runzler worked a perfect ninth.

After going 19-10 in May, the Red Wings begin June with a loss and fall to 29-24 on the season.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 7, Birmingham 4
Box Score

The Lookouts pushed four across in the second inning, added two more in the eighth and held on to a 7-4 win in Birmingham.

In the second inning, Daniel Palka launched a two-run homer to give the team a 2-0 lead. Several batters later, Levi Michael’s first double of the year scored two more to put the Lookouts up 4-0.

Nick Greenwood was in control from there. The left-hander gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings. He struck out four without issuing a walk. Jake Reed came on for the eighth inning and gave up two runs on three hits. Trevor Hildenberger got the ninth inning and pitched a 1-2-3 inning to drop his AA ERA to 1.06 and record his sixth save as a member of the Lookouts.

The Lookouts scored two in the eighth inning, the big hit being Leonardo Reginnato’s second triple of the year. In the ninth, Palka gave the team another insurance run with his second homer of the day and ninth of the season. Zach Granite went 2-5 in the game. Meanwhile, TJ White and Mitch Garver each had a single and a walk. White stole his sixth base.

With the win, the Lookouts improved to 24-28 on the season.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers , St. Lucie
Box Score

This game was postponed due to a massive amount of rain in a hurry. They will play a doubleheader on Thursday.


KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 8, Beloit 2
Box Score

Fernando Romero was back on the mound for the Kernels, making his third start. The powerful right-hander gave up two runs on four hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out five. It was his first quality start since 2013 in the GCL He is now 3-0 after three starts in his return from Tommy John surgery. Michael Cederoth came out of the bullpen and, despite a hit and two walks, threw two shutout innings. Kuo Hua Lo was given the ninth inning and he retired the side in order.

AJ Murray led the offense. He went 3-5. Daniel Kihle was 2-4 with a walk. Brad Hartong went 2-5 in the game with his third double. Jermaine Palacios went 1-3 with two walks. Sean Miller had a single to extend his hitting streak to 14 games.

The win gives the Kernels their 30th win of the year. They are now 30-22.


TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Fernando Romero, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Daniel Palka, Chattanooga Lookouts


THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Rochester @ Indianapolis (6:05 p.m. CST) - LHP Tommy Milone
Chattanooga @ Birmingham (7:05 CST) - LHP David Hurlbut
St. Lucie @ Ft. Myers (DH starting at 3:05 CST) – RHP, Keaton Steele, RHP Felix Jorge
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (7:00 CST) – RHP Dereck Rodriguez
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Wednesday games.


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Taildragger8791
Jun 02 2016 07:44 AM

Is there any word on what Jake Reed's struggles are at AA? He walks a few too many guys but he's very hittable as well. The shine is wearing off him quickly and it doesn't look like he'll be helping the big club anytime in the near future unless there's some yet-unidentified adjustment to be made.

 

It's too bad he and Burdi haven't put it together at AA at all, they were really pushed as surefire MLB relievers that should move quickly. What's the health status on Burdi?

    • ShouldaCouldaWoulda, Vanimal46 and d-mac like this

Good call on Reed. I would have hoped his numbers looked better repeating AA, but through 27 IP of relief, they're pretty underwhelming. 

Have to feel for the Wings. Get to face Glasnow after two of your key cogs get called up to the bigs. Bad timing.
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birdwatcher
Jun 02 2016 10:23 AM

Kind of an aside, but I've often wondered if guys who are more active on social media, like Jake Reed, are giving us some very minor indication that they could stand being a bit more focused. I doubt there's a connection, but...

 

I wonder too if Reed isn't nursing a low-grade physical issue. Maybe Seth can ask Dougie Baseball.

What do you want Jake Reed to do in his downtime, exactly? Play board games? Cook? Golf? Just not be on social media at all?

    • Seth Stohs likes this

Romero's immediate success coming off of a serious injury is very encouraging. 

    • diehardtwinsfan likes this

 

Kind of an aside, but I've often wondered if guys who are more active on social media, like Jake Reed, are giving us some very minor indication that they could stand being a bit more focused. I doubt there's a connection, but...

 

I wonder too if Reed isn't nursing a low-grade physical issue. Maybe Seth can ask Dougie Baseball.

 

Has absolutely nothing to do with it. Reed isn't on social media a lot anyway, but there is no correlation between social media usage and play on the field.

 

Baseball is hard... and when a guy gets behind in counts and struggles with command, they're going to struggle in AA.

    • Mike Sixel likes this
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operation mindcrime
Jun 02 2016 10:46 AM
Between James Beresford & Levi Michael who has the best chance to be a utility infielder for the Twins? My answer would be neither! By the way how many at bats has Levi had at Chattanooga to produce one double?
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diehardtwinsfan
Jun 02 2016 11:48 AM

 

Kind of an aside, but I've often wondered if guys who are more active on social media, like Jake Reed, are giving us some very minor indication that they could stand being a bit more focused. I doubt there's a connection, but...

 

I wonder too if Reed isn't nursing a low-grade physical issue. Maybe Seth can ask Dougie Baseball.

 

I don't think it's fair to expect players to be any more crafted to their jobs than we are to ours.Should we ditch social media and focus solely on our jobs?If so, kiss posting at TD, facebook, twitter, or whatever goodbye.

    • Seth Stohs and James like this

At some point you JUST advance Burdi and Reed and see how they handle AAA. 


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