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    The New Britain Rock Cats didn't have a game on Wednesday evening but multiple players from their team participated in the Eastern League All-Star Game. New Britain was also the host city for the event and there were plenty of ESPN personalities at the event since it is so close to the headquarters of the four letter network. The Rock Cats' division, the East, lost the game 5-0.

    Danny Santana started the game at shortstop and was the lead-off hitter for the Eastern Divison. He went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Josmil Pinto was the only player on his team with multiple hits. He played the entire game at DH and he went 2-for-4 with a double. Daniel Ortiz started the game in center field; he was held hitless in two plate appearances.

    Trevor May was asked to pitch the second inning in front of the hometown crowd. He faced the eight-nine-one hitters for the West squad so it wasn't exactly the meat of the order. He retired three batters in order with a fly out, a line out, and a strike out looking.

 Lefty reliever Edgar Ibarra pitched a scoreless seventh inning. He walked one and struck out one.

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Scranton/WB RailRiders 1
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    Chris Colabello continued his tremendous season with his 23rd home run of the season. His three-run shot put the Red Wings on top in the first inning and the club didn't look back. It was his second home run in as many nights. He finished the day 2-for-5 and he was the only Rochester hitter with multiple hits.

    On the mound, Liam Hendriks looked like vintage Triple-A Hendriks seen in previous seasons. He threw eight shutout innings, striking out six and walking two. In his last three starts, he has averaged 7.1 innings and he has a 0.81 ERA. There have been some rough moments this season but Hendriks seems to be finding a better groove.

    Derek Jeter was on a rehab assignment, hitting lead-off and playing shortstop for the RailRiders; he was 0-3 on the night. Hendriks struck out Jeter looking in the sixth inning. Jeter also had some tough defensive moments at shortstop.



    Fort Myers Miracle 0, Jupiter Hammerheads 3 (Suspended- 5th Inning)
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    Inclement weather forced the game between the Miracle and the Hammerheads to be suspended. The game was stopped in the bottom of the fifth inning with a runner at first and Andy Leer batting. The plan is to complete the game on Thursday starting at 5:05 pm and this will be followed by Thursday's regularly scheduled game. Look for a full report on both games at Twins Daily tomorrow.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Dayton Dragons 12
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    It was a rough night for Kernels pitchers. Christian Powell started the game and got knocked around over three innings. He surrendered six earned runs on nine hits. Caleb Brewer also had a tough night as he gave up five runs on four hits in two innings of relief.

    Dalton Hicks hit his 28th double of the year and he knocked in two runs. JD Williams did a good job out of the leadoff spot, going 3-for-5 and scoring two runs. Travis Harrison added two hits. Max Kepler had a rough night as he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. It was the first time since June 29 that he struck out more than once in a game.

    Elizabethton Twins --, Bristol White Sox -- (Postponed)
    Rain got in the way of this game between the Twins and the White Sox. The game will be made up on Thursday as part of a doubleheader. After getting out to a fast start, the E-Twins have struggled this week. The club has lost three in a row but still has a 12-6 record and sits at the top of the Appalachian League's West Division.

    GCL Twins 1, GCL Orioles 2 (10 Innings)
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    The GCL Twins couldn't find enough offense to pull out the victory but there were some positives. First round pick Kohl Stewart made his second professional appearance. He tossed three shutout innings with only one hit allowed. Four Orioles were victims of a Stewart strikeout and he didn't walk a batter.

    Stewart didn't start the game because Brandon Easton was called to begin the day on the hill. He pitched the first three innings and scattered two hits. One seemed to be his magic number today as he allowed one run, gave up one walk and struck out one. Jose Abreu took the loss.

    There wasn't a ton of offense. The team managed four hits in ten innings. Zach Larson had his fourth double of the season. Brian Navarreto was responsible for the lone run with a solo home run in the second inning.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/10): Stewart Impresses started by Cody Christie
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      The most important part of Jeter's rehab was that he butt-tapped James Beresford. According to James, anyway.

      twitter.com/JamesBeresford2
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Danny Santana -
      If anyone has seem him play a few games, I would love a report on his defense. I have heard that his glove is supposed to be good but he has had a lot of errors this year.

      For a SS his bat looks passable. Not much power, not much walks but doesn't strike out much. He seems to be a decent at putting the ball in play.

      If his defense at SS is average, he could be a good player for the Twins, but his bat is not strong enough to have too much value at 3B or 2B. Will he play there most of his minor league career at SS but then get the majors and fail defensively like the current guy at 3B?
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Cody, I seem to recall that Hendriks had a minor 'clean up' preocedure on his elbow last winter. Is that correct? If so, like Diamond and Worley, he may not have been 100% at the start of the season. That was confirmed when he wasn't pitching well and went on the DL with an arm problem. If that enabled him to get fully healthy and he is now back to the pitcher we all expect, throw his hat back in the ring and a September callup is likely. Is he the pitcher who comes up when Gibson is shut down at whatever innnings limit he has?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      Cody, I seem to recall that Hendriks had a minor 'clean up' preocedure on his elbow last winter. Is that correct? If so, like Diamond and Worley, he may not have been 100% at the start of the season. That was confirmed when he wasn't pitching well and went on the DL with an arm problem. If that enabled him to get fully healthy and he is now back to the pitcher we all expect, throw his hat back in the ring and a September callup is likely. Is he the pitcher who comes up when Gibson is shut down at whatever innnings limit he has?
      Hendriks had his elbow cleaned up, just like Worley, Diamond, etc. It's amazing to m how so many seem to have given up on him when he's still just 24 years old. With how well he's pitching, he should be the next one to come up when needed.
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      Another route for Hendriks could be the bullpen, perhaps the Sawrzak role. His biggest issue is he struggles to turn a lineup over multiple times.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Hendriks had his elbow cleaned up, just like Worley, Diamond, etc. It's amazing to m how so many seem to have given up on him when he's still just 24 years old. With how well he's pitching, he should be the next one to come up when needed.
      I'm not so sure it's given up, but just skeptical. He had great Triple-A results last year, and it didn't translate into MLB success. And his Triple-A numbers this year are not as good as last year. Right now he seems to be right about where Worley and Hernandez are statistically, and all are behind Albers.

      I guess I'd like to seem him float to the top at Rochester before giving him another shot, although if another sudden injury situation calls for a spot-start and he has the most rest I can see him going.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      Quote Originally Posted by IdahoPilgrim View Post
      I'm not so sure it's given up, but just skeptical. He had great Triple-A results last year, and it didn't translate into MLB success. And his Triple-A numbers this year are not as good as last year. Right now he seems to be right about where Worley and Hernandez are statistically, and all are behind Albers.

      I guess I'd like to seem him float to the top at Rochester before giving him another shot, although if another sudden injury situation calls for a spot-start and he has the most rest I can see him going.
      Everyone needs to stop looking at Hendriks' numbers this year and understand why they are what they are. He was pitching with an injured arm early in the season, thus, disregard those stats. Since his first start back from the DL, we are seeing the pitcher he was in 2012. Did the experiences he lived through last year help him become better in his next big league trial? If so, he could be a solid starter for a long time.
    1. Collin Kottke's Avatar
      Collin Kottke -
      Soooo... there has to be a way to get Chris Colabello on the big league squad, right? We all are painfully aware of how the Twins are doing.
    1. 3up3down's Avatar
      3up3down -
      seth, its not giving up on hendriks , but you have to look at there pitches , hendriks , worley or diamond & especially albers does not have any plus pitches..they all rely on location & a large strike zone from the umpire, thats why they can look good at times & then like garbage at times & its not going to change..a guy like gibson will succeed long term because he has big league stuff, if you watch gibson pitch you see the pitches, the movement & you say wow, you watch any of the listed above & there is absolutely nothing that jumps at you....the twins better hope they got something in the lower levels coming in the next couple years because there is nothing in AAA absolutely nothing..
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Hendriks had his elbow cleaned up, just like Worley, Diamond, etc. It's amazing to m how so many seem to have given up on him when he's still just 24 years old. With how well he's pitching, he should be the next one to come up when needed.
      Albers should be the next though.
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      Cody, I seem to recall that Hendriks had a minor 'clean up' preocedure on his elbow last winter. Is that correct? If so, like Diamond and Worley, he may not have been 100% at the start of the season. That was confirmed when he wasn't pitching well and went on the DL with an arm problem. If that enabled him to get fully healthy and he is now back to the pitcher we all expect, throw his hat back in the ring and a September callup is likely. Is he the pitcher who comes up when Gibson is shut down at whatever innnings limit he has?
      No, Albers is the next one up.
    1. jun's Avatar
      jun -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      Everyone needs to stop looking at Hendriks' numbers this year and understand why they are what they are. He was pitching with an injured arm early in the season, thus, disregard those stats. Since his first start back from the DL, we are seeing the pitcher he was in 2012. Did the experiences he lived through last year help him become better in his next big league trial? If so, he could be a solid starter for a long time.
      Hendriks had not had any success in the major league even when he had no arm problem and was lights out in the minor league. 1 win out of 20+ starts in the major league? That's just amazing. He's been given a lot of opportunities in the past. He is still young, age is on his side.
    1. drjim's Avatar
      drjim -
      Quote Originally Posted by jun View Post
      No, Albers is the next one up.
      Doubtful. Unfortunately front offices look at more than stat lines.
    1. robbie111's Avatar
      robbie111 -
      Albers and Collabello were named to the AAA allstar game. Albers last game was his first bad start in his past 9. He deserves the next callup. Terry Ryan has praised him as Rochesters best starter this year, so we'll see if he's added to the 40 man. If he is I wonder who is dropped from it or if there will be a trade.
    1. johnnydakota's Avatar
      johnnydakota -
      Quote Originally Posted by Collin Kottke View Post
      Soooo... there has to be a way to get Chris Colabello on the big league squad, right? We all are painfully aware of how the Twins are doing.
      Remember this date, July 19th
      Thats double bobble head night,
      The joe and Justin bobble head
      We wont ruin a promotion ,
      that we have already ordered and paid for,
      Just to promote some guy from AAAA to win a couple games

      So look for him to be up by the end of july....

      Free Chris
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