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  • Twins Minor League Report (7/8):

    Monday morning got out to a quick - and good - start when Baseball America released their mid-season Top 50.

    Byron Buxton was ranked the #1 prospect in all baseball.
    No. 1 talent in last year’s draft is even better than expected with power, speed, defense and an extremely advanced hitting approach

    Miguel Sano, despite being in a little bit of a funk, checked in only two spots later at #3.
    Best power in the minors, one of the best arms. Hitting ability has taken a step forward.
    It was also nice to see the injured Alex Meyer at #32.
    His acquisition helped fill Twins’ most desperate need—nearly big league-ready power pitching.
    Narrowly missing the Top 50 were P Jose Berrios (who pitched for Cedar Rapids today) and New Britain 2B Eddie Rosario. That list is behind the paywall, so no quotes to read.

    Box Score

    Andrew Albers certainly didn't step up and grab a rotation spot (if one's available). Albers used 98 pitches to get through five innings. On nine hits, he allowed five runs. He walked two and struck out five.

    Chris Herrmann hit his first AAA home run. Antoan Richardson had two hits, including a triple. Eric Farris was 3-for-4 with a double. Deibinson Romero had two hits (with a double) and an RBI.

    Pedro Hernandez is tomorrow's scheduled starter, though P.J. Walters is set to join the team tomorrow as well. It will be interesting to see what transpires.

    Box Score

    It was quite a performance for Rock Cats' starter Virgil Vasquez. Vasquez cruised through eight shutout, one-hit innings this afternoon before allowing three singles and a run in the 9th. He walked one, while striking out nine. Vasquez, who has bounced between New Britain and Rochester, got his first AA win and dropped his AA ERA to 3.04. Vasquez threw 112 pitches.

    Danny Ortiz and Jordan Parraz accounted for the Rock Cats runs on two swings of the bat. In addition to their solo home runs, both added singles.

    Nate Hanson and Josmil Pinto doubled. Miguel Sano went 0-for-4 with a K. Manager Jeff Smith was ejected after arguing Sano's 1st inning strikeout. Sano is now batting .195 in his stint with New Britain.

    The Rock Cats will attempt to get back to .500 on Thursday. The Eastern League All-Star game with be hosted by the Rock Cats Wednesday night.

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    After jumping out to a quick 2-0 lead, the bullpen failed to clean up Jason Wheeler's bases-loaded mess and fell to the Mets.

    Jason Wheeler lasted 6.1 innings, with the Miracle ahead 3-2, but it was the error by third baseman Andy Leer to start the inning and what happened after Wheeler left that was too much for the Miracle to overcome. Wheeler allowed four runs (two earned) on eight hits. He walked three and struck out four and took the loss.

    Wheeler left for Nelvin Fuentes, who allowed two to score on a single. Zack Jones allowed a run in an inning of work.

    Aderlin Mejia and Matt Koch both had two hits. Kennys Vargas drove in two runs. Byron Buxton, batting in the 3-hole, went 0-for-3 with a walk.

    Jhon Goncalves, who spent some time in New Britain before being sent back to Fort Myers, needs to go back up. He's been the hottest hitter in the Twins system over the last handful of weeks (.412/.512/.647 over his last ten games). Tonight he was 1-for-2 with two walks. He stole a base and, though he committed an error in the outfield, also had two assists - one at home and one at second. Goncalves is not a prospect, but a valuable organizational-type guy.

    Congratulations to P Matt Summers and OF Mike Kvasnicka, who earlier in the day were named FSL Pitcher and Hitter of the Week.

    Box Score

    The Kernels came from behind to win this one, and despite getting only four hits, they used nine walks to help earn the victory.

    D.J. Hicks drove in two runs on two hits, including a double. J.D. Williams drew two walks and scored twice.

    Jose Berrios wasn't sharp and lasted only four innings. Tonight, he walked four, hit a batter and allowed seven hits. He had one strikeout and gave up three runs. He did pick two runners off first base though.

    The bullpen combo of Steven Gruver and Tyler Jones was fantastic. Over five innings, they allowed only two hits and combined to strike out seven.
    Gruver got the win and Jones the save.

    Christian Powell makes the 6:35 pm start tomorrow night.

    Game 1 Box Score
    Game 2 Box Score

    Despite being swept in a two-game set, the E-Town pitchers were fairly solid.

    Hein Robb wasn't great in Game 1. He went 4.2 innings giving up four runs. He only struck out one.

    Brandon Bixler struck out three to get four outs and Dallas Gallant pitched a hitless final frame.

    In Game 2, the starting pitcher was Randy Rosario,who is making his case to move up prospect lists. He struck out five in five innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks.

    C.K. Irby made his pro debut and struck out two in an inning.

    Andrew Ferreira struck out the side in the 7th.

    Offensively, in the two games, there isn't much to speak of. There were eight hits TOTAL, including the sole extra-base hit, a double by Romy Jimenez, which led to the only run of the day.

    It's really not worth talking about, writing about or reading about. It wasn't pretty.

    Box Score

    The GCL Twins used a 16-hit, 11-run attack to improve to 9-6 on the year. The offensive charge was led by Zach Larson (3-for-4, 2B, R, SB, 4 RBI), Jonatan Hinojosa (3-for-4, 2 3B, 3 R, 4 RBI) and Jorge Hernandez (3-for-5, 2 R).

    Amaurys Minier, who has been up-and-down all season, was up today. He hit two solo home runs and drew a walk. He did commit his 3rd error today though.

    Fan favorite Nick Blackburn made another rehab start today. He lasted five innings, striking out five. He allowed two runs on six hits.

    Jared Wilson struck out five in two innings, but also allowed two runs. He's credited with a blown save and a win.

    Chih-Wei Hu allowed two hits with a strikeout in two innings.

    Any questions or comments? Please leave below.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/8): started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Cap'n Piranha's Avatar
      Cap'n Piranha -
      How much longer will "Blackie" continue to take up starts? If he's giving up more than a hit an inning against 18 and 19 year olds in their first taste of Pro Ball, I shudder to think what would happen in the Bigs, which is the only place he could be of any value.
    1. Steve Lein's Avatar
      Steve Lein -
      Where is this behind the paywall expanded list on Baseball America you speak of? I don't see one.

      -Edit: Ahh, I'm guessing you meant the list of 10 Breakthrough prospects.
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      Quote Originally Posted by Steve Lein View Post
      Where is this behind the paywall expanded list on Baseball America you speak of? I don't see one.
      Midseason Prospect Update: 10 Breakthrough Prospects For 2013 - BaseballAmerica.com
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Fan favorite Nick Blackburn? Give me a break.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jun View Post
      Fan favorite Nick Blackburn? Give me a break.
      I think it's fairly safe to assume that Jeremy wrote that with his tongue pretty securely in his cheek.
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Quote Originally Posted by jun View Post
      Fan favorite Nick Blackburn? Give me a break.

    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      I didn't see any pay wall either. I was able to read the ten break through by just signing in. Didn't have to pay for access.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Kernels pitcher Merck released | TheGazette

      Didn't see it but see in transactions Jhonathan Arias also released from CR.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Edgar Ibarra added to the ELeague All-Star game.

      Ibarra and Walden Added To Eastern Roster | Eastern League News
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      The "Breakthrough Prospects" list is premium content. I'm not sure what you can see if you're not a subscriber. It appeared to me that it was premium.

      Though it doesn't call those ten the "next ten" it does talk about how a number of last year's "breakthrough prospects" went on to make their Top 100 (or Top 50) Winter List.

      Unless they have brutal second halves, I would assume that Rosario and Berrios will be cracking the Top 100 and possibly higher.

      As far as the Blackburn thing goes... I think it goes without saying...
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