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    It was a big day for Minnesota Twinsí second-round draft pick Ryan Eades. He agreed to terms with the Twins and will report to Elizabethton. The E-Twins have played the past two days without two of their catchers. Third-round pick Stuart Turner and ninth-round pick Mitch Garver flew to Wichita because they were two of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award for the nationís top collegiate catcher. In a ceremony on Thursday night, Turner was named the winner of the award.

    Check out what happened in the Twins farm system Thursday:



    Rochester Red Wings 8, Indianapolis Indians 4

    Box Score

    Vance Worley has appeared to be back on track. In his previous three starts, he had given up just one earned run in 23 innings. On this night, he improved to 4-3 but he gave up four runs on ten hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out six. Luis Perdomo got a three-inning save. He gave up just one hit and walked one while striking out three.

    Jeff Clement went 2-4 with his eighth double and his 13th home run. Antoan Richardson went 2-5. Aaron Hicks played seven innings, going 0-3 with a walk and two strikeouts.

    New Britain Rock Cats 2, Reading Phillies 9

    Box Score

    The Rock Cats fell behind early and were unable to catch up. Virgil Vasquez started and gave up seven runs (3 earned) on ten hits in six innings. He walked one and strck out five. Cole Johnson struck out two in one perfect inning. Matt Summers gave up two runs on three hits in an inning. BJ Hermsen worked a perfect ninth.

    Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-4 with his 21st double. Jordan Parraz went 2-4 with his fifth double. Miguel Sano hit his fourth homer for the Rock Cats. It was his 20th overall of the season.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 2, Jupiter 11

    Box Score

    Taylor Rogers has been one of the most consistent starters in the Twins organization this spring, but he was due for a clunker. The left-hander gave up seven runs (4 earned) on seven hits in just four innings. He walked two and struck out one. Chad Rodgers went the next 2.2 innings. He gave up three runs on two hits and a walk, striking out two. Adrian Salcedo got the final four outs; he gave up one run on two hits.

    Jhon Goncales hit his 10th and 11th doubles in his four at bats. Jonathan Murphy went 2-3 with a walk.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 9, Burlington Bees 0

    Box Score

    The Kernels have come out of the All-Star break on fire. With the 9-0 win, the Kernels are now 7-0 since returning to action. Christian Powell was very good. He threw six shutout innings and gave up just one hit. He walked too many (five) and struck out four. Tyler Jones came on and recorded his fifth save. He gave up no runs on no hits and no walks.

    Jorge Polanco went 3-4 with his third home run. JD Williams was 3-5 with his fourth and fifth triples. Dalton Hicks went 2-5 with his 25th double. Niko Goodrum was 1-1 with four walks, scoring three times.

    Elizabethton Twins 6, Princeton 3

    Box Score

    The E-Twins were able to pick up a win tonight. Josh Burris made another start. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on two hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out four. Andrew Ferreira struck out four in two scoreless innings, while giving up two hits. Ethan Mildren gave up one hit in a scoreless inning. Luis Nunez picked up his third save. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out three in two shutout innings.

    Zach Granite led off and went 2-3. Javier Pimentel went 2-4 with his second double. Dereck Rodriguez went 2-4 and stole his third base.

    GCL Twins 4, GCL Orioles 7

    Box Score

    Australian lefty Lewis Thorpe made his second start. In four innings, he gave up no runs on just one hit. He walked one and struck out eight. Sam Gibbons threw two shutout innings. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out two. Josh Guyer had a really rough one: he recorded just one out, but was charged with seven runs (6 earned) on four hits and a walk. Jose Abreu went the final 2.2 innings. He gave up one hit, walked none and struck out three.

    Alex Swim went 2-4 with a double. Zach Larson was 2-4 with his second home run.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (6/27): Stuart Turner wins Johnny Bench Award started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Lewis Thorpe is an interesting prospect. He doesn't turn 18 until the end of November! Twins signed him as 16 year old last year for .5 MM USD.
      Big fastball for a young kid, and is supposed to be advanced for his age.

      Looking at the GCL Orioles line-up and they seem to have be old for the league with several college age guys and Latin American academy type of guys.

      Thorpe eat those guys up with 8 SO. I'm interested to track his progress.
    1. 108 Double Stitches's Avatar
      108 Double Stitches -
      I made my first live Kernels game. I want to add a couple of notes from what I saw:

      Powell's only allowed hit came with 2 outs in the 6th. Through 5 2/3 he had a no-hitter giong. And the defense looked very sharp behind him. Licon made a number of nice plays at 3rd and Polanco doubled off a batter who had walked on a sharp line drive.

      In the 3rd inning, there is a runner at 3rd. The visiting pitcher (DeLoach) walks Goodrum, the catcher goes to the mound. In the first inning, there was a runner at 3rd and nobody out and DeLoach walked 3 hitters (okay, 1 was a HBP), struck out 3 hitters -- so he had given free passes to 4 batters with a runner at 3rd and its only the 3rd inning. The catcher goes to the mound, what do you think he tells DeLoach? Well, first pitch, Palonca sends one 5 rows deep in the left field bleachers. Left fielder barely moved.
    1. 108 Double Stitches's Avatar
      108 Double Stitches -
      Attachment 4596

      Two things in this pitcher: Powell in his wind up (this is after he gave up his
      only hit). Also, you can see the bleachers in left where Polanco hit his 3 run homer. It landed in the last row of the bleachers, about 20 feet to the right of the foul pole.
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Where is Vargas?? Is he still with the Miracles?
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Lewis Thorpe is an interesting prospect. He doesn't turn 18 until the end of November! Twins signed him as 16 year old last year for .5 MM USD.
      Big fastball for a young kid, and is supposed to be advanced for his age.

      I remember when he was signed. It seemed like they were talking about a high 80's fastball at the time but people were pretty impressed with it considering his age. Anyone know what kind of velocity it's sitting at now? High K numbers are pretty common in the GCL, so many of the Twins draft picks from last year have come back to earth in that catagory, but hopefully the success sticks with Thorpe.

      I have to say I'm a little disappointed Eades went to E'ton. He was a 2nd round pick and most people said he was fairly polished. He played in a big time baseball conference where the competition is likely pretty equal to where he is now.

      I would understand a batter not advancing right away while they adjust to wood bats, but I don't like a college pitcher picked that high facing so many HS kids.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by 108 Double Stitches View Post
      Attachment 4596

      Two things in this pitcher: Powell in his wind up (this is after he gave up his
      only hit). Also, you can see the bleachers in left where Polanco hit his 3 run homer. It landed in the last row of the bleachers, about 20 feet to the right of the foul pole.
      I'm no pitching expert (or any kind of expert really), but from that picture, he looks to stay really tall in his delivery but he looks to have a pretty strong lower body. From a leyman's totally uneducated perspective from one still shot, it seems like he could be using his apparent strong legs to generate more force in his delivery.
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jun View Post
      Where is Vargas?? Is he still with the Miracles?
      As the adopt-a-prospect guy for him it's my job to know and I don't. I haven't seen any transactions or any reports of an injury, but he has been out of the line-up the past two games. Seth - have you heard anything?
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by gil4 View Post
      As the adopt-a-prospect guy for him it's my job to know and I don't. I haven't seen any transactions or any reports of an injury, but he has been out of the line-up the past two games. Seth - have you heard anything?
      Maybe he's on strike because he felt he deserved a promotion with Sano, Rosario and Morales.
    1. TwinsFanInPhilly's Avatar
      TwinsFanInPhilly -
      Quote Originally Posted by jun View Post
      Where is Vargas?? Is he still with the Miracles?
      You mean Smokey Robinson?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by gil4 View Post
      As the adopt-a-prospect guy for him it's my job to know and I don't. I haven't seen any transactions or any reports of an injury, but he has been out of the line-up the past two games. Seth - have you heard anything?
      Yup, Vargas is still in Ft. Myers.
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