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  • Twins Minor League Report (6/21): And Then There Were Six

    Friday marked the start of our daily Minor League Reports covering six teams. The GCL Twins began their season with a matinee against the Red Sox in Ft. Myers. It wasnít a great night for the affiliates, but there were still plenty of good performances worthy of note. Kennys Vargas has been terrific all year, and hasnít slowed down since Miguel Sano moved to New Britain. Sano added to his home run total. Chris Colabello continues to rake.

    What else happened? Keep reading to find out what happened in the Twins' farm system on Friday:

    Rochester Red Wings 0, Louisville Bats 3

    Box Score

    The Red Wings were beaten by former #3 overall draft pick Greg Reynolds. The team managed just two hits. That said, Chris Colabello went 1-2 with two walks.

    Cole De Vries gave up three runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out seven, lowering his ERA to 8.82. Luis Perdomo came on and struck out three and walked one in three scoreless, hitless innings.

    New Britain Rock Cats 4, Akron Aeros 13

    Box Score

    It was a rough night for a couple Rock Cats pitchers. Tom Stuifbergen started and gave up eight runs on eight hits and two walks in just 3.1 innings. BJ Hermsen entered and gave up four runs on five hits and two walks in 1.2 innings. AJ Achter struck out two in his time on the mound. Dakota Watts made his second appearance of the season and gave up an unearned run on two hits in his inning. Bobby Lanigan gave up one hit in getting his three outs.

    Danny Ortiz went 3-4 with his 19th double. Nate Hanson was 3-5. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-4 with his third triple and his 10th home run. Miguel Sano was 1-3 with his second Rock Cats home run. Danny Santana went 2-4.



    Ft. Myers Miracle 3, Jupiter Hammerheads 8

    Box Score

    The Miracle got neither good pitching nor good defense. Tyler Duffey went the first 5.1 innings. He gave up six runs (5 earned) on nine hits and two walks. He struck out five. Chad Rodgers entered and gave up two unearned runs in 3.2 innings, yielding four hits, one walk and two strikeouts. The teams's three errors were by Steve Wickens, Kennys Vargas and Candido Pimentel.

    Kennys Vargas' hot streak continued as he went 2-3 with a walk. Matt Koch was 2-4 with his 12th double. Jon Murphy hit his sixth double. Mike Kvasnicka hit his first triple.


    Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3

    Box Score

    The Kernels replaced lefty Hein Robb in their six-man rotation with lefty Josue (pronounces Ho-sway) Montanez. He started Friday night and gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in three innings. Tim Atherton came on and threw four shutout innings. He gave up two hits and struck out three. Kaleb Merck got the save. He gave up three hits in two scoreless innings.

    Byron Buxton was 1-3 with two walks and two stolen bases, giving him 31 on the year. Dalton Hicks went 2-5 with his 22nd double. Max Kepler went 1-4 with a walk. His hit was his first double. Tyler Grimes hit his fifth home run. Travis Harrison walked twice and was hit by a pitch.

    Elizabethton Twins 2, Bristol White Sox 4

    Box Score

    In Game 2 of their season, the E-Twins managed just three hits. Jake Proctor had a triple. Kelvin Ortiz went 1-2 and was hit by a pitch twice. He also stole a base.

    Josh Burris started. After going 7-0 last year out of the Elizabethton bullpen, he took a loss in his first start of the 2013 season. He gave up three runs, one was earned. The only team miscue was his own throwing error. Kuo Hua Lo gave up four hits, but no runs, in three innings. Miguel Gonzalez gave up a hit and walked one in a scoreless inning. He struck out two. Carson Goldsmith came on and gave up one run on two hits and two walks in his inning. Andre Martinez pitched a perfect inning, striking out one.

    GCL Twins 6, GCL Red Sox 4

    Box Score

    A five-run inning helped the GCL Twins to a win in their season opener. The big hit came off the bat of 17-year-old Amaurys Minier. The bonus baby came through with a big three-run homer in his third at-bat. He had already hit a double in his second at-bat. He was 2-4 on the day- not a bad debut. Jorge Fernandez hit a triple. Engelb Vielma and Jonatan Hinojosa each walked twice and stole two bases.

    Australian Lewis Thorpe started and gave up two runs on five hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out four. Chih-Wei Hu came on and walked one and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Miguel Gonzalez gave up a hit and walked one in a scoreless inning; he struck out three. Markus Solbach gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits in one inning. He struck out two.

    Two players got into the game on rehab assignments. Madison Boer picked up the save. He gave up two hits, but he struck out two, in the ninth inning. Also, Lance Ray went 0-3 with a walk.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/21): And Then There Were Six started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 34 Comments
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      I watched much of the Cedar Rapids game again on MiLB. The broadcasters talked about Terry Ryan being there. He told them that he had never seen Buxton play (in a regular season league game) since he was drafted and with the Twins organization. Ryan seeing him play three games this weekend may be the final step before his getting promoted. Or not getting promoted just yet!

      Looks like our expectations at ETon are coming true, ie, not a lot of runs. At least thru two games. And what a first game for Mr. Minier, eh? To be 17 and have that talent!

      With the addition of Stewart and Minier the Twins organization has to be threatening to be the top organization in baseball.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      I watched much of the Cedar Rapids game again on MiLB. The broadcasters talked about Terry Ryan being there. He told them that he had never seen Buxton play (in a regular season league game) since he was drafted and with the Twins organization. .
      And Buxton has been the Twins number 1 and 2 prospect the last 2 seasons...
      Just for this, Ryan should be fired. It is inexcusable for a GM (esp. one who is on the scouting side) to not have a personal view of his prospects, especially his top prospects.

      Not seeing Buxton in 2 seasons means that he has not seen any E-town or CR games, which means he has not seen anybody in these teams.
      If he does not know what he has in the lower leagues of his system, how is doing trades then? Ridiculous.
    1. howieramone's Avatar
      howieramone -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
      And Buxton has been the Twins number 1 and 2 prospect the last 2 seasons...
      Just for this, Ryan should be fired. It is inexcusable for a GM (esp. one who is on the scouting side) to not have a personal view of his prospects, especially his top prospects.

      Not seeing Buxton in 2 seasons means that he has not seen any E-town or CR games, which means he has not seen anybody in these teams.
      If he does not know what he has in the lower leagues of his system, how is doing trades then? Ridiculous.
      Much more likely to be named Baseball Executive of the Year.
    1. Joe's Avatar
      Joe -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
      And Buxton has been the Twins number 1 and 2 prospect the last 2 seasons...
      Just for this, Ryan should be fired. It is inexcusable for a GM (esp. one who is on the scouting side) to not have a personal view of his prospects, especially his top prospects.

      Not seeing Buxton in 2 seasons means that he has not seen any E-town or CR games, which means he has not seen anybody in these teams.
      If he does not know what he has in the lower leagues of his system, how is doing trades then? Ridiculous.

      Lighten up Francis.
    1. mnwildfan78's Avatar
      mnwildfan78 -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      I watched much of the Cedar Rapids game again on MiLB. The broadcasters talked about Terry Ryan being there. He told them that he had never seen Buxton play (in a regular season league game) since he was drafted and with the Twins organization. Ryan seeing him play three games this weekend may be the final step before his getting promoted. Or not getting promoted just yet!

      Looks like our expectations at ETon are coming true, ie, not a lot of runs. At least thru two games. And what a first game for Mr. Minier, eh? To be 17 and have that talent!

      With the addition of Stewart and Minier the Twins organization has to be threatening to be the top organization in baseball.

      I will defer to the experts of Twins Daily on this...but I find this hard to believe. I'm sure there have been many Terry Ryan sightings in Ceder Rapids...
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post

      Not seeing Buxton in 2 seasons means that he has not seen any E-town or CR games, which means he has not seen anybody in these teams.
      If he does not know what he has in the lower leagues of his system, how is doing trades then? Ridiculous.
      How many games has Buxton played with the organization? Last year he played 27 in the GCL, then 21 in ETon. Is it possible Buxton wasn't on either squad when he made his regular trip to those cities? This year he has been in Cedar Rapids for a bit over two months.

      So the man many believe is the best in the game should be fired because he hasn't followed their top pick around America? That comment is a joke, at least I hope it was meant to be. And yes, Mr. Ryan has seen him play in spring training...just never in a league game.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      So the man many believe is the best in the game should be fired because he hasn't followed their top pick around America? That comment is a joke, at least I hope it was meant to be. And yes, Mr. Ryan has seen him play in spring training...just never in a league game.
      Roger, Thrylos is not joking. Any little thing to fire Mr. Ryan or Mr. Gardenhire, or anyone.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      This is the first year I've really followed the farm system passed AAA. I've seen Madison Boer mentioned around here before. What's the story on him?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      How many games has Buxton played with the organization? Last year he played 27 in the GCL, then 21 in ETon. Is it possible Buxton wasn't on either squad when he made his regular trip to those cities? This year he has been in Cedar Rapids for a bit over two months.

      So the man many believe is the best in the game should be fired because he hasn't followed their top pick around America? That comment is a joke, at least I hope it was meant to be. And yes, Mr. Ryan has seen him play in spring training...just never in a league game.
      Who are these "many" that supposedly "believe" this? Great claims require greater evidence. Links please.

      I find it curious that you don't find it odd that such a rare commodity- an actual, real-life, truly game-changing impact-talent phenom, ala Harper, Trout, Machado ( I would wager that all 3 were monitored closely and in-person by their GMs during their developmental phases)- hasn't yet been seen in person by the GM in a regular season game. It does explain a lot about the Twins promotion process and about the uncritical defenders who quickly produce their autonomic defensive responses (Your ally, howie has now invoked "Executive of the Year" twice in 2 days). While Thrylos went a little overboard, as this clearly is not a fireable offense, it does confirm what many professionals have observed, the Twins don't really know what they have in Sano and Buxton or how to most effectively fast-track their careers to best help the franchise sooner rather than later.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Roger, Thrylos is not joking. Any little thing to fire Mr. Ryan or Mr. Gardenhire, or anyone.
      While I don't agree that TR should be fired over this, if true, this is not any little thing.
    1. The Wise One's Avatar
      The Wise One -
      You hir epeople to scout them before you draft them. You hire people to coach them. You can read the progress reports. What difference does it make in the development of a player who is clearly developing if the GM sees them play in person? If the players are not developing I can see the complaint, but not when progress is going as it should.
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by Tibs View Post
      This is the first year I've really followed the farm system passed AAA. I've seen Madison Boer mentioned around here before. What's the story on him?
      If you're getting into following the whole farm, I'd highly recommend this great resource:
      Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2013 by Seth Stohs (Paperback) - Lulu
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Roger, Thrylos is not joking. Any little thing to fire Mr. Ryan or Mr. Gardenhire, or anyone.
      And I guess that some people would go out of their way to excuse anything they do...

      BTW Mr Gardenhire and Mr Ryan fired Stelly and Jerry (two people who I never thought they will be -or asked to get- fired) blaming the 99 + 96 on them.

      Excuse that...
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Walters has walked in 4 runs. In the meantime let's keep Gibson down on the farm.
    1. The Wise One's Avatar
      The Wise One -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
      And I guess that some people would go out of their way to excuse anything they do...

      BTW Mr Gardenhire and Mr Ryan fired Stelly and Jerry (two people who I never thought they will be -or asked to get- fired) blaming the 99 + 96 on them.

      Excuse that...
      And people make mountains out of a grain of sand in an effort to say someone should be fired.
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Buxton single, stolen base & run in first inning. Base so easily stole didn't even get a throw.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Wise One View Post
      And people make mountains out of a grain of sand in an effort to say someone should be fired.
      grains of sand add to mountains.

      The most important stats: 99 + 96 + ? and no rings since 1991. The other is just gravy.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by The Wise One View Post
      You hir epeople to scout them before you draft them. You hire people to coach them. You can read the progress reports. What difference does it make in the development of a player who is clearly developing if the GM sees them play in person? If the players are not developing I can see the complaint, but not when progress is going as it should.
      If it is not essential that the GM sees the A-list prospects play, why would he need to bother with a first hand evaluation before these young men can qualify for a promotion?
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Buxton 2 out 2 run triple.
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Terrific night for Buxton in front of Ryan. Single, walk, stolen base (and run), K and a triple. The triple was in the gap but quickly back into the infield. He slid into third about six feet ahead of the throw. This kid can flat out motor.
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