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  • Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Sano's Big Day

    MLB made it official on Wednesday afternoon.

    Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton are the "future" and they will both be participants in this year's MLB Futures Game. This game features some of the best talent in the minor leagues from each organization. The teams are broken up into a World Team and a US Team so Sano and Buxton will be on opposite squads.

    Because of some rainouts on Tuesday, there were a ton of games in the Twins system on Wednesday. Let's see who else is part of the Twins future
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    Rochester Red Wings 9, Indianapolis Indians 7
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    It took a whole lot of offense and some nail-biting in the late innings but the Red Wings were still able to pick up their 40th win of the season. The win also assured the team of their first winning month of the year and their first winning month since last July.

    Chris Colabello continues to destroy the International League. He went 2-for-4 with his team-leading 18th home run. So far this season in Rochester, he is hitting .369/.437/.663. Jeff Clement added two hits and his seventh double. Doug Bernier and James Beresford had two hits apiece. Colabello, Clement, and Beresford each had two RBI.

    After going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in his first Triple-A game, Aaron Hicks wasn't as productive in his game two. He played center field for the first time on his rehab assignment. He went 0-for-2 with an RBI and a walk; he was pulled early from the game.

    Rochester's starter Cole De Vries pitched five innings and kept the team in the game. He allowed four runs on eight hits including a home run. Cody Eppley ran into some trouble in the late innings as he gave up three earned runs in a little over an inning of work. Shairon Martis had to pitch the last 1.2 innings for his fourth save.

    New Britain Rock Cats 9, Altoona Curve 2 (Completion of 6/25)
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    The transition to Double-A hasn't been the easiest for Miguel Sano and the hits have been few and far between. In this game, going 1-for-3 with a home run may have been a sign of good things to come. He has been hitting the ball hard but pitchers have been careful with him.

    Curt Smith had a fantastic day at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBI. Nate Hanson only had one hit but he made it count: a triple and two RBI. Josmil Pinto punched his 17th double and he came around to score.

    Matthew Summers had been the starter on Tuesday before the rains came. Bobby Lanigan picked up the game on Wednesday and he earned his third win, throwing three innings and giving up three hits and one unearned run. Dakota Watts and Matt Hauser didn't allow an earned run in the last four innings.



    New Britain Rock Cats 6, Altoona Curve 3 (7 innings)
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    With his home run earlier in the day, something must have clicked for Sano. He went 2-for-4 in the second game with a double and a triple. Of his nine hits at Double-A, six have been for extra bases. In the two games today he went 3-for-7 with three extra-base hits.

    Tom Stuifbergen earned his second win with the Rock Cats. Over five innings, he spread eight hits and limited Altoona to three earned runs. He struck out two and walked one. Edgar Ibarra finished off the last two innings, allowing one hit and securing his second save.

    Daniel Ortiz went 2-for-4 with his third triple. Jordan Parraz hit a two-run home run to cap off a six-run first inning for New Britain. This huge first inning supplied all the runs the Rock Cats needed. The club went 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position and the win brought the team back to within two games of the .500 mark.

    Fort Myers Miracle 3, Jupiter Hammerheads 5
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    The Byron Buxton era in Fort Myers isn't off to the best start. The club hadn't won in his first two games. He got his first RBI at the High-A level in this contest. Buxton went 1-for-4 and he's had at least one hit in each game.

    Tyler Duffy made his fourth start since being called up from Cedar Rapids. He made it through six innings but he got knocked around for 12 hits and five earned runs. He struck out two and he didn't issue any walks. It was his third loss and he's given up five earned runs in each of his last two starts. Corey Williams threw two innings in relief and struck out four.

    Candido Pimentel was the lone Fort Myers hitter with more than one hit. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Mike Kvasnicka hit his fourth home run and it was only his 14th game. The Miracle will finish up their road trip with a three-game series against Jupiter.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 5, Burlington Bees 2
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    Through May and June, Jose Berrios had yet to earn a victory, but that streak came to an end Wednesday. Last year's supplemental first round pick tossed seven outstanding innings. He struck out nine batters and didn't allow a walk. The Bees scored two runs off of him on five hits. In his last ten starts, it was the first time Berrios made it through seven innings.

    Max Kepler continues to do his best to replace the offense lost with Buxton's promotion. Kepler hit his second home run in as many nights. Dalton Hicks went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Niko Goodrum and Jorge Polanco each added a double to their impressive numbers this season.

    The Kernels improved to 46-28 with the win. Since the All-Star break at the beginning of last week, the club is a perfect 5-0. They look to continue that streak in the second game of the series against Burlington.

    Elizabethton Twins 5, Princeton Rays 4
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    The E-Twins pounded out 15 hits and the club needed every one of them to improve their record to 6-1. Bryan Haar went 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season. With three hits in the game, Bryan Santy had his first multi-hit game. Dereck Rodriguez, Javier Pimentel, and Ryan Walker all had two hits.

    Felix Jorge pitched 5.2 strong innings, allowing one hit. He struck out six, walked three and earned his first win. Austin Malinowski had a tough time finding the plate with three walks and his three runs allowed helped keep the Rays in the game.

    Dallas Gallant and Brandon Peterson finished off the last 2.1 innings. They limited the Rays to three hits and no runs. Each of these players struck out a batter and the pair has yet to allow a run this season.

    GCL Twins 5, GCL Orioles 4
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    Scoring two runs in each of the first two innings put the GCL Twins ahead but the GCL Orioles clawed their way back with a three-run eighth inning. The Twins had just enough offense to win their third game of the year and are now one game over .500.

    Mexican pitcher Leonel Zazueta made his second appearance of the year and his first start. He threw four shutout innings, scattering three hits and striking out two. He didn't issue any walks and he didn't figure in the decision.

    Bruce Pugh got hit around in his inning of work. He was charged with all three runs but he did strike out three batters. German born pitcher Markus Solbach earned his first professional victory with two scoreless innings of relief.

    Zach Larson hit a two-run homer to help the Twins to their early lead. Adonis Pacheco went 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. Alex Swim added two hits of his own. Overall, the team left six runners on base and they went 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Sano's Big Day started by Cody Christie
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. AM.'s Avatar
      AM. -
      Free Colabello! Feel like he has earned an extended stint with the big club. Hope they trade away one or two of the veteran hitters and bring him up.

      Nice outing by Berrios.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Actually the Kernels are 6-0, rather than 5-0, in the second half of the season since the MWL All-Star break, but undefeated is undefeated, right?

      Berrios was very impressive. Must have been his lucky socks metrosportsreport.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13755 &catid=184#.Ucu1aZI3Jzk.twitter …
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Buxton had an RBI in his first game as well.
    1. Cap'n Piranha's Avatar
      Cap'n Piranha -
      Odds that every single Twins affiliate finish .500 or better this year? I have to think its pretty good.
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Where is Vargas and Koch?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I see Sano heating up, and being somewhere between good and awesome the rest of the year.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Leonel Zazueta has to make it to the majors, what an awesome name.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jun View Post
      Where is Vargas and Koch?
      Ft. Myers
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      I see Sano heating up, and being somewhere between good and awesome the rest of the year.
      Hopefully. No surprise at all that he's striking out a ton... His BA is low, but even in the "poor" hitting, he's taking a few walks and getting extra base hits. No questioning his power, the question for him as he moves up is how much contact he'll make, and obviously the more contact he makes, the better, more dominant he'll become.
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Ft. Myers
      They were not in the lineup on 6/26, why is that? Well they deserve to be promoted NOW
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