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MINNESOTA TWINS PROSPECT HANDBOOK: What Do You Think?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 03:01 AM
It's been about a week since Seth and Co. closed the book (literally) on our annual production. We were pretty proud of it, thankful to t...
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Article: Cody's Top 30 Twins Prospects: Part 1 (21-30)

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 02:59 AM
One of the highlights of the off-season for a core of Twins fans is the release of the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. Seth Stohs has...
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Chattanooga No TV Deal?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 02:31 AM
It was bad enough that the FSL had no televised games due to attendance issues in the Florida State League.  There was pretty much (...
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SCHREIER: Minnesota Twins GM Terry Ryan: "We Want A P...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:34 PM
An interesting review of where the Twins stand and how they got there.  I don't agree with all of it (I think both Morneau and Cuddy...
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Cuba

MLB Baseball Yesterday, 10:32 PM
The Associated Press ‏@AP  · 15m15 minutes ago  AP sources: US, Cuba seek to normalize diplomatic relations as part of prisoner...
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Twins Minor League Report (6/3): Vote for Pedro

The only Twins news of the days was the purchasing of OF Clete Thomas’s contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, LRP Tyler Robertson was designated for assignment.

LRP Blake Martin was promoted from New Britain to take fill Robertson’s lefty role in Rochester’s bullpen.

INF Joel Licon was summoned from Extended Spring Training to Cedar Rapids to help while SS Niko Goodrum recovers from yesterday’s concussion.

All the moves made today are reflected here.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]

In draft news, Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray tested positive for Adderall, a common ADHD medicine as well as something used for weight loss. Many professional players have prescriptions for the drug, which makes it legal in those cases; Gray did not “go through the right procedures” to be using it. When asked whether it was an issue, a Twins source said he “won’t speculate… (but) obviously (it's) an issue. (We) have to get all the facts.”

At the very least, Jonathan Gray made (or has been making) a poor decision and even though it might not make him tumble down draft boards, it will certainly affect his evaluation. (My two cents: he still doesn’t fall to the Twins.)

On a happier note, if you’re a fan of raspberries and Byron Buxton, read this post by Brad Swanson.

ROCHESTER RED WINGS 9, CHARLOTTE KNIGHTS 1
Box Score

Pedro Hernandez was much better tonight than he was on his last outing (5/29: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R). Hernandez threw 94 pitches tonight. The result was promising: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, BB, 6 K, HR. Though Hernandez has struggled in the major leagues, he’s still young and has a future. That might be taking over Brian Duensing’s role in a couple years, which would be a greater role than anyone anticipated when he was acquired (with Eduardo Escobar) for Francisco Liriano.

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Michael Tonkin recorded six outs, not allowing a hit (or an inherited runner to score). He struck out three. Smart money says we see Tonkin at Target Field in September.

The firepower from Rochester’s early season – Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Colabello – was back together for the first time tonight, but the offensive story of the game was a guy that wasn’t even in the country at the beginning of the season: Deibinson Romero. Tonight, Romero went 3-for-5. He hit two home runs and drove in five runs. Once rated as high as the #13 prospect in the organization by Baseball American (in 2007) and noted for his defense, Romero spent a season on the 40-man before being removed. It’s completely believable to think Romero could be involved in the Twins next roster move. (Since he’s a right-handed bat, he wouldn’t be a great platoon partner with Trevor Plouffe, but could be given a shot if Plouffe’s calf injury doesn’t go away.

Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Colabello and Doug Bernier all had two hits and drove in a run.

Tomorrow night at 6:05pm ET, Kyle Gibson (4-5, 3.38) will be making his last start in Rochester. (I’m kidding, obviously. The Twins are waiting to bring him up until mid-2015.)


NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS – OFF DAY

D.J. Baxendale (0-1, 13.50) makes the start tomorrow. He looks to recover from a poor AA debut. First pitch at Richmond is scheduled for 6:35pm ET.


FORT MYERS MIRACLE 4, BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES 6
Box Score

In Matt Tomshaw’s first high-A start last week, he was very successful, allowing only two hits and one run in six innings. Tonight was less so. Though he still made it through six innings, he allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out five.

Adrian Salcedo and Jose Gonzalez both allowed single runs, but combined to strike out five in three innings.

Angel Morales is doing everything he can to finally escape Fort Myers. Tonight he was 3-for-4. He is 17-for-34 (.500) in his last ten games. He added a double tonight.

Levi Michael went 2-for-3 with a double. Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario both had RBI doubles.

Jason Wheeler will look to continue his undefeated season (5-0, 3.94) tomorrow at 7:05 pm ET against Brevard County.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 10, KANE COUNTY COUGARS 4
Box Score

The Kernels strung together two well-timed innings to come from behind to beat the Cougars.

The 5-run 6th inning came mainly as a result of taking five walks and seeing a wild pitch. Only two hits broke up the parade of walks: a double by Dalton Hicks and a single by J.D. Williams

The 5-run 7th inning was a little more traditional, though the Kernels were aided by a throwing error and two more walks.

All told, the Kernels totaled eight hits and drew 10 walks.

Williams was 1-for-6, but drove in three runs. Candido Pimentel, Travis Harrison and Tyler Grimes all had two hits. Joel Licon, in his low-A debut, went 0-for-2 but walked twice and scored two runs. He also drove in a run and committed two errors at second base. Harrison (11) and Pimentel (8) also had errors.

Mason Melotakis picked up his fifth win on the year. He allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings. He walked five, struck out two and allowed seven hits. Not a great line by any means. Many people continue to believe his future is in the bullpen.

Manuel Soliman (four strikeouts) and Steven Gruver (two strikeouts) each pitched two innings.

Jake Mauer was ejected for arguing a safe/out call at 3rd base. Allegedly, it was the way he said, “Aw, shucks.”

Byron Buxton (thumb) and Niko Goodrum (concussed) both missed today’s game.

The Kernels have an off-day tomorrow.


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