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  • Twins Minor League Report (5/20): Pitching - FAIL.

    A couple of feel-good notes from earlier today:

    Minnesota native and former St. Paul Saint, LRP Caleb Thielbar was recalled and will take the roster spot of LP Pedro Hernandez. He was impressive in his big-league debut as well. (The TwinsDaily Roster & Payroll page has been updated to reflect this move as well as all the others that have occurred.)

    Chris Colabello was named IL Player of the Week for last week when he batted .586 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI. Rob Antony said over the weekend that he is under consideration to be called up to help the Twins. He also played some corner outfield over the weekend. (You hearing this, Parms?)

    The Twins also signed minor-league free agent OF Jordan Parraz and sent him to New Britain. It also appears that OF Chris Pettit is on his way to New Britain. Pettit is currently playing in Mexico and is being loaned to the Twins.

    Letís check the results of todayís farm action:

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Lehigh Valley IronPigs 14
    Box Score

    It was a pretty brutal night for the Red Wings pitchers and that might be putting it lightly.

    Cole De Vries made his second start for Rochester, but only his first since officially being added to the roster. When De Vries was activated and optioned over the weekend the reason was that he ďwasnít readyĒ to help the Twins. Well, you can say that again. In three innings (and 61 pitches) of work, De Vries allowed nine runs (eight earned) on six hits and three walks. He only struck out one.

    He was replaced by Shairon Martis, who didnít fare much better. Martis allowed five runs on five hits in only two innings.

    Aaron Thompson made his first appearance in AAA this season. He retired the side 1-2-3 in his first inning and finished two innings with one hit allowed and three strikeouts.

    Tyler Robertson gave a hit in his lone inning of work.

    The bats Ė who werenít going to keep them in the game anyway Ė didnít do much better.

    The only excitement, really, came with one swing of Chris Colabelloís bat, producing a fifth inning grand slam. The opposite-field poke was Colabelloís 12th of the season. Itís to the point where it would be an upset for Colabello to not make his big-league debut in the near future.

    Joe Benson collected two singles and improved his batting average to .190.


    New Britain Rock Cats 3, Binghamton Mets 6
    Box Score

    Pat Dean, coming off of one his worst starts as a professional, appeared headed to the showers early again tonight after giving up four runs in his first inning and a third. He calmed down, though, and was able to complete five innings allowing six runs on eight hits and a walk. He struck out one and threw only 76 pitches; he clearly was not throwing his best stuff.

    The bullpen combination of A.J. Achter, Edgar Ibarra and Michael Tonkin pitched four innings of scoreless baseball. That included Tonkin striking out the side in the 9th.

    Offensively, Deibinson Romero was the star. Romero homered, doubled and finished 3-for-4. Heís now batting .370. Josmil Pinto (.325) added his 10th double. Danny Santana (.280) and James Beresford (.340) both had two hits.


    (photo courtesy of Jim Crikket/SD Buhr of Knuckleballs and TwinsDaily.com.)

    Ft. Myers Miracle vs Lakeland Flying Tigers

    Tonightís game was postponed due to ďunplayable field conditionsĒ and will be made up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader. The Miracle (31-11) will begin the two-game set at 10:35 am ET. Both games will be of the seven-inning variety.

    Kyle Davies (0-1, 5.40) was tonightís scheduled starter.


    Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, Kane County Cougars 7
    Box Score

    For the second consecutive day, the Kernels defeated the Cougars by the score of 8-7, improving to 30-13.

    The Cougars jumped on Brett Lee early and pushed six runs across the plate by the time Lee had completed the fourth. He made it through five, but not before allowing those six runs on eight hits and four walks. He also hit a batter and balked. He struck out five.

    Tim Atherton earned the win by pitching two innings of no-run, one-hit ball. He struck out one.

    Steven Gruver, who has done a lot of everything this year, recorded his third save. He allowed a run on two hits, striking out two. Even after struggling through a spot-start late last week, Gruver has been a very valuable asset in the Kernel bullpen and a mid-season move to Fort Myers isnít only possible, but expected.

    Travis Harrison was the offensive catalyst today, going 3-for-4 with a HR and two runs scored. Niko Goodrum, playing first base and hitting in the 3-hole, had a triple and four RBI. Candido Pimentel and Tyler Grimes both had two hits.

    Byron Buxton went 1-for-5 and had his batting average drop to (a season-low as far as I can tell) .317. But he also hit his 7th home run and stole his 19th base. He struck out twice. After his scorching start, heís obviously cooled off a little. But if you extrapolate his current stats over a 162-game season, Buxton would put up a line something like this:

    .317/.420/.559, 39 2B, 15 3B, 27 HR, 131 RBI, 112 BB and 73 SB.

    And, that my friends, ďainít badĒ. (I did the math and thatís actually the exact same stat-line that the entire Twins team is on pace to put up this year. OK, Iím joking. Cool it.)

    Please feel free to comment or ask questions below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (5/20): Pitching - FAIL. started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      ".317/.420/.559, 39 2B, 15 3B, 27 HR, 131 RBI, 112 BB and 73 SB.

      And, that my friends, ďainít badĒ. (I did the math, thatís actually the exact same stat-line that the entire Twins team is on pace to put up this year. Ok, Iím joking. Cool it.)"

      Would have been believable save for the slash line.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      The slash line is what he's currently batting. They've played just over a quarter of their games, so they're multiplied by 3.9ish.
    1. adjacent's Avatar
      adjacent -
      You know you are having a good year when your batting average drops to.317. On the other hand, you know you are not having a good year, when your average improves to .190.
      On other topic, when will we are going to learn that Cole De Vries is not really healthy? One, two weeks from now? A month?
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      8 losses in a row for New Britain
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      Quote Originally Posted by adjacent View Post
      You know you are having a good year when your batting average drops to.317. On the other hand, you know you are not having a good year, when your average improves to .190.
      On other topic, when will we are going to learn that Cole De Vries is not really healthy? One, two weeks from now? A month?
      Twins training staff has to be the worst. So many odd and misdiagnosed injuries over the past few years...
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      The Twins for years have been stuffing Rochester chock full with filler career AAAA guys, understandable to some degree to maintain a good relationship with the community owners; but has that trend now been picked up at New Britain, as well? Antoan Richardson (since moved to Roc.), Curt Smith, now Parraz and Petit? I thought the organization was awash in OF prospects???
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by troyhobbs View Post
      Twins training staff has to be the worst. So many odd and misdiagnosed injuries over the past few years...
      Was De Vries injury misdiagnosed? Once they checked on it, they were right and shut him down, then sent him to Ft. Myers, then he made 3 rehab starts and now he's in Rochester. He's still working his way back, but I don't think this has anything to do with the medical staff. That's just an easy excuse.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Buxton's stats for full season: ".317/.420/.559, 39 2B, 15 3B, 27 HR, 131 RBI, 112 BB and 73 SB.
      And, that my friends, “ain’t bad”.
      That being said: The Kernels would have 5 guys with over 100+ RBI and 20+ HRs with the above rationale:
      Harrison 27 HRs & 101 RBI
      Polanco 40 Doubles & 131 RBI
      Buxton (See above)
      Hicks 20 HRs / 48 Doubles / 131 RBI
      Walker
      37 HRs / 39 Doubles / 15 Triples / 170 RBI

      They also have 6 guys targeting the 100+ Runs scored marker!!

      Most people probably believe that something has to give. But - even if the Kernels statistically start to level off - These above guys are each looking at one special season.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      It feels significant to me that colabello played his 2nd game in a row in the outfield. Writing on the wall?
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Meant to post this last night and just didn't get around to it, but I put up a little bit of video, including Goodrum's bases-clearing triple, over at Knuckleballs last night. Click below.

      Knuckleballs Kernels Video: Goodrum and Buxton
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by righty8383 View Post
      It feels significant to me that colabello played his 2nd game in a row in the outfield. Writing on the wall?
      Clearly trying to see if he can come up and play RF/DH/1B, and not just sit on the bench.
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Was De Vries injury misdiagnosed? Once they checked on it, they were right and shut him down, then sent him to Ft. Myers, then he made 3 rehab starts and now he's in Rochester. He's still working his way back, but I don't think this has anything to do with the medical staff. That's just an easy excuse.
      Maybe misdiagnosed isn't the right word but it seems like guys are always suffering seemingly minor injuries that linger and instead of going straight to the DL theyll sometimes occupy roster spots for a week or 2 then go on. I thought the initial word on Devries was just forearm tightness and they were shutting him down as a precaution and they didn't think he'd be out long?
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Where did Antony say that Colabello is under consideration for a call-up?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Jeremey, you say the bats in Rochester "did not do much better" than the pitching. They scored 5 runs, that's A LOT better than the pitching.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Quote Originally Posted by SD Buhr View Post
      Meant to post this last night and just didn't get around to it, but I put up a little bit of video, including Goodrum's bases-clearing triple, over at Knuckleballs last night. Click below.

      Knuckleballs Kernels Video: Goodrum and Buxton
      Thanks
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Jeremey, you say the bats in Rochester "did not do much better" than the pitching. They scored 5 runs, that's A LOT better than the pitching.
      Colabello had a home run. They had five hits total, I believe. Pitching was brutal, offense (minus Colabello) almost as horrible.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by jay View Post
      Where did Antony say that Colabello is under consideration for a call-up?
      Saturday morning on the Inside Twins program on 1500.
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