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    All the Minnesota Twinsí affiliates played afternoon games on Sunday, as did the big league club. As we mentioned yesterday the Twins had some interesting pitchers taking the mound today and they had mixed results. Sam Deduno and Cole De Vries both made their first rehab starts of the year. Top Twins Prospects JO Berrios and Alex Meyer also made starts. There were several very good offensive and pitching performances. There were also a few errors that proved costly.
    The Ft. Myers Miracle placed Minnesota native Kyle Knudson on the Disabled List. They promoted 2012 draft picks, catcher Bryan Santy and outfielder Jon Murphy, from Extended Spring Training. On Saturday night, after getting just one out, righty Tyler Jones left the game with an elbow injury. He was put on the disabled list on Sunday morning. Another 2012 draft pick, 12th rounder Alex Muren, will be promoted to take his spot on the roster.

    The Twins got a terrific start from Mike Pelfrey on Sunday and great bullpen work by Josh Roenicke and Jared Burton to avoid a sweep in Cleveland this weekend.

    Rochester Red Wings 2, Columbus Clippers 3

    Box Score

    Sam Deduno made his first start of the season for the Red Wings on Sunday. He was activated before the game and started well. However, as the game went along, he fought his control. Overall, his line looked Deduno-like: in five innings, he gave up only an unearned run. He gave up five hits, walked four and struck out four. Virgil Vasquez came on and gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits in 1.1 innings. Tyler Robertson came on and gave up a hit and a walk, but got the final two outs in the seventh. Daniel Turpen came on for the eighth frame and got two outs. He then gave up two hits and walked one to load the bases. Michael OíConnor came on and got the final out of the inning.

    Jeff Clement has finally started to hit. After two home runs on Saturday, he went 2-3 with a walk and two runs driven in on Sunday. Chris Colabello went 1-3 with a walk and his eighth double.

    To make room for Deduno outfielder Brandon Boggs was released.

    New Britain Rock Cats 6, Portland Sea Dogs 5

    Box Score

    The Rock Cats were able to avoid being swept in the series in Maine with a one-run win on Sunday afternoon. Alex Meyer started for the Rock Cats. Through four innings he did not allow a run. However, he was unable to get through the fifth. He gave up the first run and had the bases loaded. He induced an infield pop fly and a strikeout to get to two outs. The next batter lined a single to right and when it was bobbled all three runners scored. The next batter doubled in the fifth run and ended Meyerís day. In total, Meyer went 4.2 innings. He gave up five runs (4 earned) on five hits, three walks and six strikeouts.

    Bobby Lanigan was able to get out of the fifth inning and worked a scoreless sixth inning. Blake Martin went the next two innings. He gave up two hits, no runs and had three strikeouts. He got the win to improve to 2-1. Aaron Thompson came on and recorded the save with a perfect ninth.

    It was a big day for Antoan Richardson. He was 1-2, was twice hit by a pitch, stole his 13th base and it was his two-run double in the eighth inning that gave the Rock Cats a 6-5 lead. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-5 with his ninth double and third home run. Mark Sobolewski was 2-4 with his second double. Josmil Pinto went 2-4 with a walk. AJ Pettersen hit a double high off the left field wall in the 1st inning for his first Eastern League hit.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 2, Tampa Yankees 8

    Box Score

    The Miracle were due for a game like this. They have played very well for nearly 30 games, so they were due a clunker. This one was actually a very good game through six innings, but at that point the defense gave the Yankees too many outs. In all, the Miracle had five errors in the game. Miguel Sano had two, Levi Michael had one and Eddie Rosario committed his first two errors of the season.

    Cole De Vries made the start for the Miracle, his first rehab appearance. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on six hits in four innings. He struck out two and did not walk a batter. He was replaced by Taylor Rogers. The lefty was charged with three unearned runs. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out three. Dakota Watts came in to start the eighth inning and got just two outs. He yielded three runs (2 earned) on one hit and three walks. Cole Johnson came on and got the final four outs, two via strikeout.

    Sano and Rosario each had a rough day in the field, yet they still hit. Sano was 2-3 with a walk and his ninth double. Rosario went 2-4 with his third double.


    Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, South Bend Silver Hawks 4

    Box Score

    J.O. Berrios was back on the mound for the Kernels on Sunday and he was terrific again. The young right-hander was tremendous, dominating through five innings. He gave up two runs in the sixth inning. Overall, he gave up two runs on six hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out eight. He now has two walks and 21 strikeouts in 17.2 innings on the year. Steve Gruver came on and worked the final three innings for his second save. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits and a walk and struck out seven.

    Travis Harrison was 2-5 with a big two-run homer, his fourth of the season, and an RBI single. Adam Walker was 2-5. Niko Goodrum went 1-3 with two walks and his sixth double. Byron Buxton had a single and a sacrifice fly.

    A LOOK AHEAD to Monday

    Aprilís Starting Pitcher of the Month and three left-handers will be starting for the Twins' minor league affiliates on Monday. Andrew Albers will start for Rochester in Toledo. Logan Darnell will get the nod against New Hampshire. DJ Baxendale will face Tampa and Matt Tomshaw will be starting in South Bend.

    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/5): Berrios Baffles Bats started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      So Buxton's streak swells to 28 now.
    1. silverslugger's Avatar
      silverslugger -
      Seth, shouldn't the score of the CR game show CR 8, South Bend 4 in 9 innings?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by silverslugger View Post
      Seth, shouldn't the score of the CR game show CR 8, South Bend 4 in 9 innings?
      Corrected. thank you!
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Great article. Lots of good news. Thanks, Seth.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      How good does Sano's production have to be, in order to move on to AA?
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      How good does Buxton's production have to be, in order to move on to A+?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I don't think their production has to be better, I think it has to last another month.......

      Seth, is Berrios dominating with a FB, that younger players can't hit, or is there more to it? In other words, is he the Delmon Young of minor league pitchers? I really have no idea, if his stuff is really good, or if he's just a better athlete than the guys he is facing right now.
    1. pioneers3's Avatar
      pioneers3 -
      Mike-Berrios has a plus plus fastball and flashes A plus to plus plus slider and has started to develop a quality change up. He is the real deal. You got to remember, he is very young for this league, most guys are 20-22 year old with college experience.
    1. amjgt's Avatar
      amjgt -
      Whenever they start moving Buxton and Sano up, I hope that they move Buxton up before Sano, even if it's just a week. Give those guys a week together to connect, push each other, generate a friendly little rivalry, and push for the big leagues.

      That would be a fun week in Ft Meyers.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      Its not about production for Sano and Buxton. The Twins want to see how they adjust to adjustments. They will be moved in another month.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I really do like that the Twins typically promote their top prospects after the Midwest League and Florida State League all star games. That's mid-June. That way, instead of just having a nice month, they've had two months. Generally, the league is going to make some adjustments and that second month will allow the player to make some adjustments too.

      There will be exceptions. There will be older players moved up because, well, they have to push those guys to see what they have. But they're not going to do anything that they think will hurt a top prospect in any way. Waiting an extra 4-6 weeks isn't going to hurt anyone.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Re: Berrios - pioneers is right. He has shown a plus breaking ball already. Listening to his last couple of innings yesterday, he got a couple of strikeouts on it. Fastball was sitting 92-93 in his 5th and 6th innings. He's pretty legit. I don't think that the changeup is too far off either.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Thanks for the update, encouraging news.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Does any other organization allow players to totally dominate at the lower levels for years and years?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by mnfanforlife View Post
      Does any other organization allow players to totally dominate at the lower levels for years and years?
      It appears to be an institutional economic decision- ie, generally, with some few exceptions, regardless of your Minor League performance, you follow a career path of 5-6 years in the minors, 3 years to Arb-eligibility, 6 years in the majors before reaching Free Agency. Perhaps there are other mid-market teams that do it the same way, but it shouldn't be this way in Minnesota- based on the rationale the Twins put forward once they got their new stadium- and particularly now that there appear to be multiple fast-track candidates in the system.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      I'm perfectly fine letting them shine in the minors before giving them a job in the majors. Stadium or not, it is generally good business sense to make sure your guys are going to be good contributors before you call them up. No reason to waste years that could have been spent in development.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      No reason to waste years that could have been spent in development.
      The thinking and logic on this can easily go both ways. No reason to waste years playing above your skill level that could have been spent helping the major league club.
    1. mnfanforlife's Avatar
      mnfanforlife -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      The thinking and logic on this can easily go both ways. No reason to waste years playing above your skill level that could have been spent helping the major league club.
      Yeah, its getting ridiculous with Sano and Buxton. They are not ready for MLB yet, but both are ready for AA right now. Just look at how long Harper "shined" in the Nats system. They were not f-ing around with him. Harper's minor league struggles probably helped him more than the Twins' coddling approach
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