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Twins playing Moneyball?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:32 PM
Recent moves suggest the Twins are prioritizing power in their hitters, sometimes at the expense of defense (especially at the corners)....

Berandino: Byung-ho Park Reportedly Headed to the Twin Ci...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:32 PM
According to Mike Berandino, a South Korean news agency reports that Byung-ho Park departs on Sunday for the Twins Cities.He is scheduled...

What is happening with Park?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:32 PM
What is the status on the negotiation with Park, anyone know?  It seems like a long time since we have heard anything about him, sta...

Kenta Maeda versus Kris Johnson

Other Baseball Yesterday, 08:34 PM
With the news that Kenta Maeda has asked to be posted, and with Fangraphs speculating teams could spend anywhere between 65 million and 1...


Minor League Report (7/31): Minor Leagues With A Major Deadline

Posted by Eric R Pleiss , 31 July 2014 · 625 views

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Minor League Report (7/31): Minor Leagues With A Major Deadline The Twins had a busy day, but not as busy as some fans had hoped. They moved Sam Fuld back to Oakland in return for the soft-tossing lefty Tommy Milone. Milone will report to AAA for now, but should be up with the Twins before the end of next week. The Twins tried hard to find a buyer for Kurt Suzuki, but finding no suitors, the Twins bought high on Suzuki themselves, signing him to a two-year $12 million dollar extension, with a vesting option for a third year. To replace Sam Fuld on the 25-man roster, the Twins have promoted monstrous switch hitter Kennys Vargas from Double-A.

Red Wings Report
Rochester 2, Lehigh Valley 5

Sean Gilmartin did not have his best stuff, surrendering five runs on five hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out four. His ERA in AAA is still just 3.98. Deolis Guerra pitched the final two innings and gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out one.

The Red Wings had plenty of base runners, the collected nine hits and a walk, but could not string things together to score more than a pair of runs. Six of the Wings' nine hits came from Pedro Florimon, Eric Farris, and Chris Rahl, each of them was 2-4, hitting in the seven-eight-nine spots. Josmil Pinto, who probably wasn't having a great evening after hearing about the Suzuki extension, was 1-4, but hey, no strike outs!

Rock Cats Review
Erie 4, New Britain 5

Tyler Duffey pitched eight innings, but didn't have the lead while he was on the mound, as the Rock Cats rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth to give Duffey the win. Duffey gave up seven hits, four earned runs, a walk and two strike outs. Alex Wimmers, recently promoted to AA, picked up his first save with he Rock Cats, pitching a scoreless ninth inning.

Aaron Hicks had a big day at the plate for New Britain, he was 3-4 with two runs scored, a double, a home run, and an RBI. Hicks is now hitting .301/.392/.439 over 40 games in New Britain. Stephen Wickens was 2-4 with a double and an RBI, and Mike Kvasnicka was 1-4 with a three run homer that gave the Rock Cats the win in the eighth.

Miracle Matters
Clearwater 9, Fort Myers 3

Matt Tomshaw was bad on Thursday night. He faced 20 batters in three innings. He gave up 11 hits, nine runs (all earned), walked one, and struck out four. Two of the 11 hits he gave up were home runs. The bullpen pieced together six scoreless innings, but the damage was already done. Brandon Peterson pitched 2.2 and struck out three and walked one, Todd Van Steensel went 2.1 and also struck out three, he walked two. And D.J. Johnson ended things pitching in the ninth, he struck out one and walked one.

Nothing much doing for the Miracle with the bats, they collected just six hits, but worked their way into five walks. They also struck out 11 times. No Miracle batter had more than one hit. Levi Michael, who is back on the field after dealing with a foot injury, was 1-3 with a walk, a run scored, and a strike out. Byron Buxton was 1-3 with two runs scored, a triple and a walk.

Kernels Nuggets
Burlington 1, Cedar Rapids 4

Chih-Wei Hu picked up his fourth win for the Kernels and is now 4-0 with a 1.50 ERA at Low-A. He went six innings, gave up just one run, struck out four and walked one. Brandon Bixler pitched the seventh and the eighth without allowing any runs, and Jared Wilson pitched a scoreless ninth.

Max Murphy was 2-3 with a home run and two RBIs, and Mitch Garver had a home run of his own, a two run dinger on a 1-3 night. Logan Wade had two hits of his own, and a run scored, going 2-4 on the evening.

E-Town E-Notes
Elizabethton @ Kingsport - Postponed (rain)

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 5

Onesimo Hernandez went five innings, walked five, struck out three, and gave up two earned runs on four hits, including a home run. Seth Wagner earned a hold with 1.2 scoreless innings, even though he walked three batters. Trevor Hildenberger was tagged with a blown save and the loss (0-3) with two innings of three run ball that included four strike outs and no walks.

The GCL Twins used 12 position players, and collected twelve hits and two walks. Corey Wimberly was 2-4 with a run scored and a double, Nelson Molina was also 2-4 with a run scored and Jack Barrie was 2-4, without a run scored. Jarrard Poteete had a double on a 1-4 night, and Manul Guzman had a triple, accounting for the Twins' remaining extra base hit.

Twins Daily Minor League Hitter/Pitcher of the Day
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day - Aaron Hicks, New Britain Rock Cats
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Matt Tomshaw, Fort Myers Miracle

Friday's Probables
Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) – Kris Johnson
Erie @ New Britain (6:05 CST) – Virgil Vasquez
Ft. Myers @ Lakeland (6:11 CST) – Ethan Mildren
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (7:00 CST) – TBD
Elizabethton @ Kingsport (4:00 CST), Double header – TBD
DSL Twins @ DSL White Sox (10:30AM CST) - TBD
GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (11:00AM CST) – TBD