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  • Twins Minor League Report (5/17): Streaks and Walkoffs

    One Minnesota Twins' affiliate won 4-3, in 12 innings. Another lost 4-3 on an unearned run in the 9th inning. The Twins' top minor league pitcher this season was back on the mound and didnít disappoint. Chris Colabello and Andrew Albers are two players who came to the Twins organization via the Can-Am League. They both have pretty impressive streaks with the Red Wings right now. So much happened in the Twins farm system on Friday that I haven't even mentioned Miguel Sano hitting another ball a long way!

    See what else happened on Friday night in the Twins minor leagues:

    Rochester Red Wings 11, Durham Bulls 6

    Box Score

    There is no question that the best pitcher this year for the Rochester Red Wings has been Canadian left-hander Andrew Albers. On Friday night, he threw 6.2 scoreless innings. He gave up five hits, walked three and struck out six. He extended his scoreless innings streak to 20.2 innings. He also recorded his first win of the year and reduced his ERA to 2.34.



    Luis Perdomo came on and gave up six runs (5 earned) on five hits and two walks in 1.1 innings. Shairon Martis pitched the final 1.1 innings and gave up two hits, but no more runs while striking out two.

    Catcher Eric Fryer had the big hit to give the Red Wings the early lead. Fryer was 1-2 with two walks; that one hit was a grand slam in the second inning. Antoan Richardson went 3-5 with his first two AAA doubles of the season and is now hitting .381 for the Wings. Chris Colabello was 2-4 with a walk and his 14th and 15th doubles. Doug Bernier was 2-5. Joe Benson walked three times and scored three runs.

    Colabello extended his hitting streak to nine games. In that span, he is hitting .485 with seven doubles and three home runs.

    In other news, Rafael Perez was released.

    New Britain Rock Cats 3, Bowie Baysox 4

    Box Score

    This game went to the 9th inning tied at three. Michael Tonkin came on to pitch. He gave up an unearned run on a Danny Santana error and two hits. He struck out two, but unfortunately, the Rock Cats were unable to score in the ninth.

    Alex Meyer made the start. He gave up two runs on five hits in 5.1 innings. He walked none and struck out four. Edgar Ibarra came on and gave up one run on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. AJ Achter walked and struck out one in a scoreless eighth frame before Tonkin came in for the ninth.

    Josmil Pinto went 3-4 with a walk and his ninth double. Danny Santana went 2-5 with his sixth double. James Beresford came off of the disabled list and went 2-5.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 8, Charlotte Stone Crabs 0

    Box Score

    DJ Baxendale was the minor league pitcher of the month for the Twins in April. He was the Florida State League Pitcher of the week in the first full week of May. On Saturday night, he improved to 6-0 while reducing his ERA to 1.07. The right-hander gave the Miracle seven innings of shutout ball. He yielded three hits, walked two and struck out three. Matt Hauser came in for his first appearance of the 2013 season and worked two perfect innings.

    Angel Morales drove in three runs, going 3-4 with his third and fourth triples. Kennys Vargas was 2-3 with his seventh homer of the year and Miguel Sano launched his 11th.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Kane County Cougars 3 (12 innings)

    Box Score

    It took 12 full innings to decide, but the Kernels got a walk-off win for the second straight night. This time, it was third baseman Travis Harrison who played hero. In the 12th, Jorge Polanco worked a leadoff walk. Clean-up hitter Dalton Hicks laid down a perfect bunt. Harrison came up and on a 0-1 pitch, lined a single down the third base line to score Polanco for the win.
    Polanco and JD Williams accounted for six of the Kernelsí nine hits in the game. Polanco was 3-5 with a walk and his 11th and 12th doubles. Williams went 3-4 with his seventh double and his first two triples of the season. Along with his sacrifice bunt, Dalton Hicks also added his 13th double.

    Tyler Duffey made the start for Cedar Rapids. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits in 7.2 innings. He walked none and struck out five. David Hurlbut came on in the 8th and got the team through the 11th inning. He gave up three hits in his 3.1 scoreless frames. He walked none and struck out one. Manuel Soliman is credited with the W, pitching a scoreless top of the 12th.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/17): Streaks and Walkoffs started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 20 Comments
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Video of Travis Harrison's heroics

      Knuckleballs ? Kernels Video: Harrison Walkoff Single Beats Cougars
    1. robbie111's Avatar
      robbie111 -
      For those wanting to know more about Andrew Albers here's a nice article.


      http://www.calgaryherald.com/sports/...739/story.html
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Fantastic day as always!
    1. robbie111's Avatar
      robbie111 -
      Seth do you think the Twins will bring up both Albers and Gibson? Is Albers even on the 40 man roster? I know Albers K rate is higher than Gibsons this year (both at almost 9 K's per game) but there stats are almost identical. It would be nice to have a couple of starters on the Twins who missed bats.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Honestly, they would most likely bring up Gibson. Albers is not on the 40 man roster, though that isn't a big issue with Tim Wood and Darin Mastroianni being 60 Day DL options. There is a question of "Stuff" but I think it's important to note Albers. We keep hearing about Gibson, Deduno, De Vries and others and no one talks about Albers. We should.
    1. J-Dog Dungan's Avatar
      J-Dog Dungan -
      Did the Twins give a reason for the release of Perez?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      just that the velocity isn't coming back at all.
    1. MichiganTwins's Avatar
      MichiganTwins -
      Who do you think the twins will put on the 40 man roster when/if Darin and Wood go on the 60 day DL?
    1. Jeff A's Avatar
      Jeff A -
      Seems like it's pretty close to time to move Baxendale up. He can't do much better in Fort Myers than what he's doing, and he's been doing it for a month and a half now.
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      I'd like to see them add a replacement for Mastroianni, and my choice would be Richardson. I'd like to see another lefty option if they put Wood on the shelf. Theilbar or Albers.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff A View Post
      Seems like it's pretty close to time to move Baxendale up. He can't do much better in Fort Myers than what he's doing, and he's been doing it for a month and a half now.

      Can't disagree... if he's good for the next month, he'll pitch in the FSL All-Star game and move up.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      I'd like to see them add a replacement for Mastroianni, and my choice would be Richardson. I'd like to see another lefty option if they put Wood on the shelf. Theilbar or Albers.
      I think if Hicks got hurt today, Richardson would come up and mastroianni would go on the 60 Day DL. No need to add someone now or put him on the 60 Day before the spot is needed. Thielbar is already on the 40 man, but Albers would have to be added if they brought him up.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Did Nate Roberts get hurt again for Ft Myers.....havent seen him since his debut.

      When is the last time a pitcher in Twins system averages 7IP per start?? Duffy is 49.1IP thru 7 starts & has gone 7IP in 6 of his 7 games. Seems like he could make up for Luke Bard if his arm doesnt come around.
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Albers has a lower ERA, a lower WHIP and a higher K rate than Gibson.

      No idea at all why the Twins would bring Gibson up before Albers. We have guys on the 40 man roster who would not be claimed or it would be fine if they were claimed or we could put on the 60 day DL.

      Just doesn't make sense to me.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      About moving Mastro to the 60-day DL, you can't without a corresponding roster move. And that move won't happen until it's absolutely necessary.

      The lefty shuffle currently going on in AAA, makes you wonder when the other affiliates or the Twins will feel that effect.
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      I think Hernandez deserves one or 2 more starts. Same with Pelfry and Worely. they all seem to show just enough to keep their spots then throw a clunker then just when you think we should replace them they throw another start that buys time. Eventually we need to give others a chance to see if we can get consistancy out of our rotation and give the others a chance. Dedunno and Devries did a solid job last year. They deserve another chance as well as Albers the way he's been pitching. With the innings limit on Gibson, I am almost ok with the Twins just giving him a few starts/ bullpen time to get acclimated this year and then come up next year and go for 180-200 innings. ( I imagine he will be capped next year in the 180-200 inning range)
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      Did Nate Roberts get hurt again for Ft Myers.....havent seen him since his debut.

      When is the last time a pitcher in Twins system averages 7IP per start?? Duffy is 49.1IP thru 7 starts & has gone 7IP in 6 of his 7 games. Seems like he could make up for Luke Bard if his arm doesnt come around.
      Roberts had some swelling in his knee after playing in the one game, so he's back on the DL.

      Duffey was a 5th rounder just last year out or Rice where he was a reliever. He's got a strong arm though, throws strikes and has pitches. Bard will likely be another month due to the impingement in his shoulder, but he'll be fine.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Very cool video from last night's game... a couple of very nice plays by Niko Goodrum. Big hits from Polanco and Williams, and the walk-off by Harrison.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      In another month, short season begins.....is that were Bard will be headed??
    1. robbie111's Avatar
      robbie111 -
      Does anyone have a recent report as to the velocity of Andrew Albers and what pitches he throws and how effective they are. The newest I can find is from 2011 just after his Tommy John surgery and lists him as a Lefty that throws a Fastball, Cutter and Changeup with the fastball at 90 and his stuff listed as average. You'd figure his fastball must be moving or he has to have a really good change to be striking out about 9 per 9 inning start in AAA.
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