• Twins Minor League Report (4/26): Walker Powers Kernels

    On Friday night, the Minnesota Twins fell 4-3 to the Texas Rangers. A three-run home run off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia with two out in the bottom of the ninth accounted for all the Twins' scoring. Scott Diamond was immensely hittable and the defense failed to make a couple of plays.

    However, for the second straight night, all four Twins full-season minor league affiliates were winners. One power-hitting prospect homered for the third time in four games. An equally powerful young man drilled two home runs on Friday night and drove in seven runs. One prospect had two extra base hits and is attempting to reclaim his status in the organization. There are hitting streaks worth following and big offensive displays. RHP Josh Burris will be joining the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Saturday as a busy week of transactions continues. Here is Friday night’s update.

    Rochester Red Wings 4, Syracuse Chiefs 2

    Box Score

    PJ Walters was a winner for the second straight start. The right-hander gave up one run on three hits and two walks in 6.2 innings. He struck out four. Michael O’Connor came in and gave up one run on three hits in 1.2 innings. Bobby Lanigan made his 2013 Red Wings debut and got the final two outs for his first save.

    Joe Benson fought his way back to a .200 average. In this game, he was 2-4 with his second triple and his first home run. Eric Farris went 2-5 with his second double. Chris Herrmann was 2-5. Doug Bernier followed his 5-hit game on Thursday night by going 0-1 and walking three times on Friday night.

    New Britain Rock Cats 7, Richmond Flying Squirrels 4

    Box Score

    Logan Darnell was on the mound for the Rock Cats. He earned the win and gave up three runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out five. Bruce Pugh gave up one run despite giving up no hits in 1.2 innings. He walked three. Blake Martin came on and gave up two walks and a hit (which scored an inherited runner), but no runs were charged to him before he got one out to end the inning. AJ Achter came on for the ninth and struck out the side to record his first AA save.

    Josmil Pinto went 3-4. Dan Rohlfing went 2-3 with a walk. James Beresford and Mark Sobolewski each had two hits. Antoan Richardson went 1-3 with two walks; he also scored three run and stole his 8th, 9th and 10th bases of the season. Jhon Goncalves homered for the second time this season.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 10, Charlotte Stone Crabs 4

    Box Score

    On Friday night, the Miracle won for the third straight time. Josh Wheeler was the recipient of all the run support. The lefty went 6.2 innings and gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out two. Nelvin Fuentes came on and got the next four batters out. Miguel Munoz gave up one run on two hits in the ninth.

    AJ Pettersen went 2-5 to extend his hitting streak to ten games. He is hitting .370 during that stretch. Eddie Rosario was 2-5 with a triple. Kennys Vargas was 2-4 with his first triple. He later scored on an RBI single from Drew Leachman, who was 2-4. Andy Leer went 2-4 with his second home run. Miguel Sano launched his ninth home run of the month, his third in four games.
    Photo courtesy Rinaldi Photos

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 13, Great Lakes Loons 8

    Box Score

    We’ll try to ignore the fact that Kernels pitchers have given up 15 runs over the past two games. The reason we might be able to successfully do that is because the Kernels offense has put up 29 runs in those two games.

    On this night, Adam Walker was the star of the show. The powerful right-handed batter hit a three-run homer in the first inning. In the fourth inning, he came up with the bases loaded and hit a grand slam. Two home runs and seven RBI equates to a fairly productive game. His five home runs and 22 RBI lead the Midwest League.

    JD Williams added a home run in the fourth inning, his third. Jorge Polanco went 3-4 with a walk and his fifth double. Travis Harrison and Jhonathan Arias were each 2-5. Candido Pimentel was 2-4 with a walk. Byron Buxton was hitless, walked three times and stole his eighth base. He also had no unsuccessful stolen base attempts.

    Hudson Boyd got the start for the Kernels. The right hander gave up four runs on five hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out just one. Steven Gruver earned the win after coming on to give up one run on three hits in 2.2 innings. He walked one and struck out six. Chris Mazza gave up three runs on three hits in 1.1 inning. He struck out two. David Hurlbut came in and struck out two in a scoreless ninth.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (4/26): Walker Powers Kernels started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Seth, any idea what the FSL record for most Home Runs in any single month and for most HRs in the the month of April? Sano must be knocking on the door, or already busted it down.
    1. thor7254's Avatar
      thor7254 -
      Was just wonder when and how often the Twins move a player up? Any chance we see Buxton, Rosario, or Sano move up before their respective all-star game?
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Adam Brett Walker - Over the last 10 games he has 5 HRs / 16 RBI / and a .386 BA. If not for Sano, he has to be the hotest power prospect in the system during that span. All Jorge Polanco does is hit for .300 and play solid defense. He is a special player as well. Excited to see Josh Burris join the Kernels. He was argueably the best pitcher on the Elizabethton Twins last year (7-0). He has best curve in system.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Could we please have a recap of all minor league moves
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Seth, any idea what the FSL record for most Home Runs in any single month and for most HRs in the the month of April? Sano must be knocking on the door, or already busted it down.
      I'm not sure how to check on the monthly record, but he has to be close. The record for home runs in a season in the FSL is 33 by Jim Fuller, who was a 20 year old in 1971.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I'm not sure how to check on the monthly record, but he has to be close. The record for home runs in a season in the FSL is 33 by Jim Fuller, who was a 20 year old in 1971.
      And should Sano maintain his current pace, which I doubt he will, he would break Fuller's record around the all-star break...hmmmm!
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Really fun to follow these. Thank you Seth.

      Fuller got his 33 HR in 594 plate appearances.
      Miguel Sano has 9 HR in 91 plate appearances.

      Sano would have to completely tank for the Twins to leave him in Fort Myers all year, although it's looking like several of those hitters could compete against more challenging pitching.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by thor7254 View Post
      Was just wonder when and how often the Twins move a player up? Any chance we see Buxton, Rosario, or Sano move up before their respective all-star game?
      Generally the top prospects that start at a new level will stay at least until the all star break. However, injuries, releases and ineffectiveness can cause movement too. However, each year, there are several minor leagues that start a level lower than we all expect, but whenever there is a need, they are the ones that move up. Drew Leachman would be a good exacmple of that.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      I have never heard of this Jim Fuller. Flash in the pan?

      Another great report by Seth.
    1. Steve Lein's Avatar
      Steve Lein -
      Forget the all time FSL HR leader, just compare Sano to the Twins leader the last 5 years in the FSL:

      2013: Miguel Sano - 9 HR in 21 games (91 PA's). Current League (and all of MiLB) Leader
      2012: Lance Ray - 13 HR in 108 games (426 PA's). League Leader: 24
      2011: Oswaldo Arcia - 8 HR in 59 games (227 PA's), Danny Rams - 8 HR in 87 games (342 PA's. League Leader: 26.
      2010: Nate Hanson - 11 HR in 110 games (455 PA's). League Leader: 21.
      2009: Chris Parmelee - 16 HR in 123 games (501 PA's). League Leader: 18.
      2008: Wison Ramos - 13 HR in 126 games (500 PA's). League Leader: 29.

      This is truly special "raw" and "in-game" power as far as the history of Twins prospects are concerned. If you project Sano to 500 PA's based on his numbers now, that equals 49.5 HR's over the full season (probably not likely to happen, but look at those league leader numbers, nobody even close to that). 3 times as many as any other prospect in the FSL the last 5 years. The most since 2005? Brock Peterson with 21.

      If we compare him to some of the current or former Twins stars: Morneau hit 4 with the miracle in 53 games (20 years old), Mauer hit 1 in 62 games (20 years old), Kubel hit 5 in 116 games (21 years old). Sano turns 20 on May 11th.

      The FSL has certainly held down power numbers, but they can't contain Sano!!!

      Just a further sidenote, Eddie Rosario is still hitting great, but I hope those who were comparing him to Sano as HR-hitting prospects, now acknowledge the differences.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Could we please have a recap of all minor league moves
      This thread.
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