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    The only Twins news of the days was the purchasing of OF Clete Thomas’s contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, LRP Tyler Robertson was designated for assignment.

    LRP Blake Martin was promoted from New Britain to take fill Robertson’s lefty role in Rochester’s bullpen.

    INF Joel Licon was summoned from Extended Spring Training to Cedar Rapids to help while SS Niko Goodrum recovers from yesterday’s concussion.

    All the moves made today are reflected here.

    In draft news, Oklahoma’s Jonathan Gray tested positive for Adderall, a common ADHD medicine as well as something used for weight loss. Many professional players have prescriptions for the drug, which makes it legal in those cases; Gray did not “go through the right procedures” to be using it. When asked whether it was an issue, a Twins source said he “won’t speculate… (but) obviously (it's) an issue. (We) have to get all the facts.”

    At the very least, Jonathan Gray made (or has been making) a poor decision and even though it might not make him tumble down draft boards, it will certainly affect his evaluation. (My two cents: he still doesn’t fall to the Twins.)

    On a happier note, if you’re a fan of raspberries and Byron Buxton, read this post by Brad Swanson.

    Box Score

    Pedro Hernandez was much better tonight than he was on his last outing (5/29: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R). Hernandez threw 94 pitches tonight. The result was promising: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, BB, 6 K, HR. Though Hernandez has struggled in the major leagues, he’s still young and has a future. That might be taking over Brian Duensing’s role in a couple years, which would be a greater role than anyone anticipated when he was acquired (with Eduardo Escobar) for Francisco Liriano.

    Michael Tonkin recorded six outs, not allowing a hit (or an inherited runner to score). He struck out three. Smart money says we see Tonkin at Target Field in September.

    The firepower from Rochester’s early season – Oswaldo Arcia and Chris Colabello – was back together for the first time tonight, but the offensive story of the game was a guy that wasn’t even in the country at the beginning of the season: Deibinson Romero. Tonight, Romero went 3-for-5. He hit two home runs and drove in five runs. Once rated as high as the #13 prospect in the organization by Baseball American (in 2007) and noted for his defense, Romero spent a season on the 40-man before being removed. It’s completely believable to think Romero could be involved in the Twins next roster move. (Since he’s a right-handed bat, he wouldn’t be a great platoon partner with Trevor Plouffe, but could be given a shot if Plouffe’s calf injury doesn’t go away.

    Oswaldo Arcia, Chris Colabello and Doug Bernier all had two hits and drove in a run.

    Tomorrow night at 6:05pm ET, Kyle Gibson (4-5, 3.38) will be making his last start in Rochester. (I’m kidding, obviously. The Twins are waiting to bring him up until mid-2015.)


    D.J. Baxendale (0-1, 13.50) makes the start tomorrow. He looks to recover from a poor AA debut. First pitch at Richmond is scheduled for 6:35pm ET.

    Box Score

    In Matt Tomshaw’s first high-A start last week, he was very successful, allowing only two hits and one run in six innings. Tonight was less so. Though he still made it through six innings, he allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out five.

    Adrian Salcedo and Jose Gonzalez both allowed single runs, but combined to strike out five in three innings.

    Angel Morales is doing everything he can to finally escape Fort Myers. Tonight he was 3-for-4. He is 17-for-34 (.500) in his last ten games. He added a double tonight.

    Levi Michael went 2-for-3 with a double. Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario both had RBI doubles.

    Jason Wheeler will look to continue his undefeated season (5-0, 3.94) tomorrow at 7:05 pm ET against Brevard County.

    Box Score

    The Kernels strung together two well-timed innings to come from behind to beat the Cougars.

    The 5-run 6th inning came mainly as a result of taking five walks and seeing a wild pitch. Only two hits broke up the parade of walks: a double by Dalton Hicks and a single by J.D. Williams

    The 5-run 7th inning was a little more traditional, though the Kernels were aided by a throwing error and two more walks.

    All told, the Kernels totaled eight hits and drew 10 walks.

    Williams was 1-for-6, but drove in three runs. Candido Pimentel, Travis Harrison and Tyler Grimes all had two hits. Joel Licon, in his low-A debut, went 0-for-2 but walked twice and scored two runs. He also drove in a run and committed two errors at second base. Harrison (11) and Pimentel (8) also had errors.

    Mason Melotakis picked up his fifth win on the year. He allowed four runs (two earned) in five innings. He walked five, struck out two and allowed seven hits. Not a great line by any means. Many people continue to believe his future is in the bullpen.

    Manuel Soliman (four strikeouts) and Steven Gruver (two strikeouts) each pitched two innings.

    Jake Mauer was ejected for arguing a safe/out call at 3rd base. Allegedly, it was the way he said, “Aw, shucks.”

    Byron Buxton (thumb) and Niko Goodrum (concussed) both missed today’s game.

    The Kernels have an off-day tomorrow.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/3): Vote for Pedro started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Red Bull's Avatar
      Red Bull -
      Hopefully Buxton returns soon.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      For anyone interested, here is the link to the Box score for the DLS Twins game from 6/3. They lost 7 - 6. German Minier did not play and is not currently listed on the Roster.

      Gabriel Ynfante (2B), Jhonathan Alvarez (C) and Joel Ramirez (SS) each had 2 hits with a double. Jet Hernandez (DH) also added 2 singles.
      Elias Villasana started and had a nice pitching line - 4 IP 2 H 2 R (unearned) 3 K 0 BB

      They have 3 catchers on the roster who are all 17 years old. I'm not claiming to know anything about them, but Rainis Silva and Jhonathan Alvarez each had 2 hits in their first games. If I remember correctly (I don't have time to look it up right now) Silva was one of their more notable signs last year after Minier. It would be nice if these guys could develop into some promising catching prospects for the Twins.
    1. Keenan's Avatar
      Keenan -
      I was lucky enough to be sitting in the front row off 3rd base last night in the Kernels game and I have 2 comments on Jake Mauer's ejection:

      1. It was an absolutely horrible call. Grimes made a great throw and a great tag from Harrison and the play was not even close. Having the best vantage point of anyone at the game, I feel I can safely say he was out.

      2. I was the closest fan to the argument and I couldn't hear a single word Jake was saying. It may well have been "aw shucks" that got him thrown out. My question is, what does he do for the next 3 hours waiting for the game to get over? It's not like he can watch the game from the club house in Kane County, IL.

      Also of note, I thought Melotakis pitched way better than his stat line portrays. He was hurt by some VERY shoddy defense and even worse umpiring in my opinion. Not only did the blown call at 3rd cost a run but I thought balls and strikes were all over the place. Whether he goes to the bullpen or not I think he could have a future in MLB.

      Last thing, I know Travis Harrison made an error early but he flashed the leather quite a few times after and showed off a canon of an arm on a throw from deep down the 3rd base line. There was very little defense by either team last night but I thought he was about the only player to be ready to move up defensively.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Keenan, thank you for the great update! I'll be sure to ask Jake what he does after an ejection.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Love the in-person reports, thanks!
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      With Thomas up with the Twins, the Red Wings are playing a second baseman (Dinkelman) in left and a first baseman (Colabello) in right. They need another outfielder badly. Perhaps they will move one of the recently signed veterans at New Britain (Petit or Parraz) up to Rochester. That would open a spot for Morales to move up to AA with a corresponding opening for Buxton at Fort Myers.
    1. Yossarian's Avatar
      Yossarian -
      Morales has a history of very slow starts; hope this recent streak is a harbinger of good things to come.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Morales has a history of very slow seasons
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