• Twins Minor League Report (4/29): The Bats are ALIVE!

    The Twins blew a three-run lead thanks to one swing of Prince Fielder's bat and lost another one-run game. (The third time that's happened in the past five days.)

    Congratulations to Adam Walker, who was named MWL Player of the Week. The Milwaukee native went 8-for-21 (.381) with five home runs and 16 RBI. His OPS for the week was 1.238.

    It was quite an adventurous day on the farm today. You should continue reading, but not before I warn you: The Twins are a few years away from being a monster.



    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 4, BUFFALO BISONS 3
    Box Score

    After seeing their four-game winning streak snapped yesterday, the Red Wings got a new streak started today.

    The bats were alive, as all nine starters contributed hits. Doug Bernier, Ray Olmedo and Chris Herrmann, the 8-9-1 batters, all had two-hit games. Evan Bigley, Nate Hanson and Joe Benson all had two-base knocks. Benson stole his 4th base of the season and extended his hit streak to six games.

    After Hanson's 8th-inning double, Eric Farris pinch-ran and scored the game's winning run on a Brandon Boggs single.

    Virgil Vasquez had a strong start, pitching seven innings allowing only seven baserunners (six hits, one walk). He struck out five and allowed three runs.

    Luis Perdomo was credited with the win, striking out one in 1.1 innings.

    Caleb Thielbar recorded the final two outs for the save. Thielbar now has 23 Ks in 17 IP (12.2 K/9).

    The Red Wings have now improved to 10-15. They play tomorrow at 11:35 am on MLB Network. Andrew Albers (0-0, 4.58) gets the start in the final game of this four-game wraparound Buffalo series.

    NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS 16, HARRISBURG SENATORS 8
    Box Score

    Trevor May got the starting nod and had his most disappointing start of the young season. The knock on May has been his lack of control. That was on full display tonight. May lasted only four innings. He gave up eight runs on nine hits and three walks. Despite being one of the only "strikeout pitchers" in the organization, May only struck out one in tonight's contest.

    The bullpen trio of Black Martin, Bruce Pugh and Edgar Ibarra pitched five innings of shutout, three-hit baseball.

    The bats were the story tonight. (I won't be able to cover it all, so please check out the box score.)

    After May had spotted the Senators five runs, the Rock Cats came out assaulting the baseball in the fourth. Fifteen batters came to the plate, ten crossed the plate. The seventh was more of the same. Ten batters came to the plate and six runs scored.

    Danny Ortiz went 4-for-5 including a double and three RBI. Both Antoan Richardson and Josmil Pinto had two doubles and two RBI. James Beresford drove in four.

    The top pitching prospect in the organization, Alex Meyer (2-0, 1.64) takes the hill tomorrow at 6:35 ET.

    FT MYERS MIRACLE 5, CLEARWATER THRASHERS 4
    Box Score

    It took three runs in the top of the ninth for the Miracle to come back and win their 20th game of the season. They are the first team in affiliated baseball to reach that milestone. Kudos to Doug Mientkiewicz and everyone else involved.

    After Levi Michael's two-run 6th-inning home run, the Miracle still needed a bit of luck to pull out the come-from-behind victory.

    Down to their last out - and with the tying runner on second - Matt Koch reached on an error. This allowed Stephen Wickens the opportunity to triple in the tying and winning runs.

    Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with two doubles and is now batting .366.

    Tom Stuifbergen, who's start was pushed back due to illness, pitched 2.2 innings and struck out one. He allowed a hit. He was removed due to cramping which he attributed to the dehydration he suffered from earlier in the week.

    Nelvin Fuentes, did a fantastic job pitching 3.1 innings of no-hit ball and struck out five. Dakota Watts blew a save opportunity by giving up three runs on four hits in an inning.

    Zack Jones pitched two innings and gave up a home run, but got the win.

    D.J. Baxendale (3-0, 1.54) takes on Clearwater tomorrow night at 7 ET.

    CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 9, LANSING LUGNUTS 1
    Box Score

    The Kernels, trying not to be outdone by their big brother in Fort Myers, won their 8th straight game today.

    Jose Berrios had another very good game to earn his second win in two starts. He went 6.2 innings and allowed two hits and a run. He struck out eight and walked zero. His fastball sat at 92-94, peaking at 95.

    Josh Burris struck out three in his 2.1 inning debut.

    Overshadowed as just "another international signee" in 2009 (when Sano signed) and currently in the shadow of Buxton in Cedar Rapids, we've got a breakout candidate in Cedar Rapids' Jorge Polanco. Polanco, who has mainly been playing second base this season, was tonight's designated hitter and went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI. He's now batting .353 with an OPS of .890.

    Both Buxton and Walker added triples. Travis Harrison hit his 3rd (but really his 4th-see my review of last Saturday's game) home run of the season. DJ Hicks added a two-run double, his eighth. Buxton stole his 9th base of the season.

    Matt Tomshaw (0-0, 9.00) returns to the mound at 12:05 pm tomorrow.

    As always, if you have questions/comments, please let me know. Thanks!
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (4/29): The Bats are ALIVE! started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 21 Comments
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Can we refrain from putting Twins spoilers on the very front page, please? The first thing that came up when I went to the home page was exactly what happened in the game I haven't watched yet. I realize most of us watch the games as they happen, but some of us can't and would like to retain some measure of suspense.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      This is what I'm talking about. If we could avoid this, I'd appreciate it. I know not to click on these threads until I'm ready, but it'd be nice if it weren't in block letters on the front page.

    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      Yeah, Polanco is dominant and this is a great development. People forget that he is what, 5 months older than Buxton? That's extremely noteworthy given his performance and position. I would like to see him play SS more to see if that will work out.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      So the summary with the article is ok? I can make sure from now on to keep it out of the first 10 words so it doesn't pop up on the slider. Can't guarantee that I can hide it from the summary. I think the culprit was the catchy picture. You saw it and had to read what it was about.
    1. MarcusE's Avatar
      MarcusE -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      This is what I'm talking about. If we could avoid this, I'd appreciate it. I know not to click on these threads until I'm ready, but it'd be nice if it weren't in block letters on the front page.

      The world doesn't start and stop at your convenience, Donnie!
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      I agree. I'm curious to see what becomes of their middle infield.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      The two big questions that concern me about Polanco are if he'll ever walk more than 5% of the time and if he will hit for any power. He's a little bit Revere-esque in his high contact approach. He's obviously not as fast but he should (almost definitely) have more power.

      The concern - His upside becomes pretty limited with low walks and low power even if he is hitting .285+. He's starter but not a very good one.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
      The two big questions that concern me about Polanco are if he'll ever walk more than 5% of the time and if he will hit for any power. He's a little bit Revere-esque in his high contact approach. He's obviously not as fast but he should (almost definitely) have more power.

      The concern - His upside becomes pretty limited with low walks and low power even if he is hitting .285+. He's starter but not a very good one.
      Fair concerns, but I don't know what you're expecting from a smooth-fielding middle infielder. The walks certainly are a fair concern. He's agressive, but not Danny Santana aggressive. From what I've seen, he has a pretty strong grasp of the strike zone. As for power, I mean, he's like 175 pounds, and a speed-type guy, so I think his power potential may be in that 10-15 home run range at best.

      But your point is fair, he could become a .285/.325/.355 type. Though a .680 OPS SS or 2B isn't exactly bad. That's the kind of guy you want around for 4-6 years.
    1. Lonestar's Avatar
      Lonestar -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      Can we refrain from putting Twins spoilers on the very front page, please? The first thing that came up when I went to the home page was exactly what happened in the game I haven't watched yet. I realize most of us watch the games as they happen, but some of us can't and would like to retain some measure of suspense.
      I agree. Why bother with a Twins game report in an article called Twins Minor League Report? They are usually the weak point of the article anyway.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Man, Lonestar, that question begs for a smart alecky response........
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Um, the reason I come to this site is to get the latest info on the Twins organization, often before the papers. I don't want them witholding information so that someone can watch Tivo without knowing the outcome of the game.
    1. kab21's Avatar
      kab21 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Fair concerns, but I don't know what you're expecting from a smooth-fielding middle infielder. The walks certainly are a fair concern. He's agressive, but not Danny Santana aggressive. From what I've seen, he has a pretty strong grasp of the strike zone. As for power, I mean, he's like 175 pounds, and a speed-type guy, so I think his power potential may be in that 10-15 home run range at best.

      But your point is fair, he could become a .285/.325/.355 type. Though a .680 OPS SS or 2B isn't exactly bad. That's the kind of guy you want around for 4-6 years.
      I guess it also depends on how well his defense develops. If he becomes the .680 hitter with sloppy defense then he is Luis rivas. If he does hit 10-15 HR's and picks up a few walks he can push that OPS over .750 and he's an actual asset in the lineup instead of that weak hitter that you bury at the bottom and wish you could replace every year.

      Just to be clear I said he might not walk a lot but I didn't say he had plate discipline. His problem (like Revere) is that he puts swings in play and the count simply doesn't get to ball four very often.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by kab21 View Post
      Just to be clear I said he might not walk a lot but I didn't say he had plate discipline. His problem (like Revere) is that he puts swings in play and the count simply doesn't get to ball four very often.
      Yup, I understand the distinction. I should have been more clear. I just think that if a guy that young puts together good plate appearances and appears to have a pretty decent idea of the strike zone, hopefully that'll show up in some walks down the line.
    1. beehles's Avatar
      beehles -
      Man these young guys are fun to read about. Can't help but check these minor league reports every day, my favorite part of the site by far. Keep up the good work and hope the season stays as promising as its been thus far!
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      So the summary with the article is ok? I can make sure from now on to keep it out of the first 10 words so it doesn't pop up on the slider. Can't guarantee that I can hide it from the summary. I think the culprit was the catchy picture. You saw it and had to read what it was about.
      The summary is absolutely fine by me, and I wouldn't ask you to completely rejigger your article just for me. But you're right about the first ten words. If it's not in the first ten words, I can't see it on the front page. (And you may be right about the catchy picture.)

      I also don't want to come off as whiny or unreasonable. I would simply appreciate it if we could push the critical Twins information to the second sentence or later.

      As for this:

      Um, the reason I come to this site is to get the latest info on the Twins organization, often before the papers. I don't want them witholding information so that someone can watch Tivo without knowing the outcome of the game.
      I'm not asking for the withholding of information. Keep it in the article, just move it back a bit in the article. That's all.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Oh, and I might as well add this here - I really do appreciate these articles, and I read every one. Of course, I do read some of them a day late. Nevertheless, a real highlight of Twins Daily, whether I'm on time or not.
    1. AScheib50's Avatar
      AScheib50 -
      What are the odds a guy like Adam Walker gets bumped to Ft Myers before Buxton? He's a few years older after all. Might be worth seeing if he can keep hitting at higher levels. I remember being down at Spring Training this year watching the group of Walker, Buxton, Goodrum and Kepler take BP. Walker looked more impressive than Buxton...granted it was just one BP session and I am in no way saying he's the better player just that I was impressed watching him that day.

      Definitely want to get to CR at some point this year. I live just down the road from Kane County so I will be going there end of May to catch a game. I told myself every month last summer I was gonna go to Beloit to see Sano and Rosario but never did...that won't happen this year.
    1. Twins Twerp's Avatar
      Twins Twerp -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      Can we refrain from putting Twins spoilers on the very front page, please? The first thing that came up when I went to the home page was exactly what happened in the game I haven't watched yet. I realize most of us watch the games as they happen, but some of us can't and would like to retain some measure of suspense.
      Or you could wait until after you watch the game before you go Twinsdaily.com. Just a thought. I tried this with ESPN.com (because I record my Lynx games because they usually play at 10 AM), and they said no. So now I watch my Lynx...THEN to go to espn.com: Genius!
    1. 108 Double Stitches's Avatar
      108 Double Stitches -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      Can we refrain from putting Twins spoilers on the very front page, please? The first thing that came up when I went to the home page was exactly what happened in the game I haven't watched yet.
      I agree with the post (for a different reason) and thought it was constructive criticism, not a snarky comment. The overall article is very good, this is just reader feedback.

      My reason for not wanting the Major league content mixed in distracts from the focus of the article itself. Plus, the information itself is repeated 100 other places, so it is a rather odd fit in article which provides a lot lesser known information that is mostly unique to the readers. After years of reading
      Seth Stoh's minor league reports without mention of the Twins results, seems like a step backward to stick in a Twins headline in, and why? Because the readers need to be reminded of the big league team?


      Anyway, its just a minor feedback point about a single sentence from one readers opinion on it, so hardly worth over-reacting to it. I won't stop reading
      the minor league reports for it, just seems like wasted space.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      I usually include the Twins update just because that's what I'm watching when I'm writing the report. I would have no issue keeping the minor league report Twins-less, its just always been what I start with. Maybe I'll kick it off with a bad joke next Monday... but still a catchy picture.

      Appreciate the feedback.
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