• Twins Minor League Report (7/15): Back...back...back...back

    I hope you enjoyed watching the HR Derby. And by that I really mean, “I hope you enjoyed imaging what next year’s Home Run Derby is going to be like”. The best part about it being at Target Field next year is that you, well, won't have to hear anyone saying "back...back...back...back".

    The Twins are obviously off for the All-Star Break.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS – off for AAA All-Star Break. Chris Colabello participated in the AAA HR derby on Monday night. He went homerless in the first round.

    NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS 2, HARRISBURG SENATORS 3 (10 INNINGS)
    Box Score

    Miguel Sano returned from the Futures Game and promptly went 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and a walk. He’s batting .196 in the midst of this “humbling experience”.

    Eddie Rosario continues to show he belongs, going 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. He also had a hand in the game’s only double-play.

    Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his 12th home run of the year (and - for now - has delayed Kennys Vargas’ promotion).

    Trevor May started tonight and had mixed results. The positive: seven innings pitched, three hits allowed, six strikeouts. The not-so-positive: 105 pitches/65 strikes, four walks. While the pitch-count is not a big deal, he’d be able to reduce his pitches if he could cut back on his walks. In this system, he will spend much more time in the minors if he continues to issue free passes.

    Cole Johnson struck out two in two innings before Matt Hauser allowed a walk-off home run in the 10th.

    The benches cleared at some point in the game. Details aren’t fully known and no one was ejected; it appears a pitcher and batter were chirping at each other which likely resulted in players coming out of their dugouts and milling about.

    Congratulations to Virgil Vasquez, who was named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week.

    FOR T MYERS MIRACLE 9, LAKELAND FLYING TIGERS 10
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    I think you could classify tonight’s loss as a “heartbreaker”.

    The Miracle jumped out to a quick – and big – lead after scoring twice in the 2nd and six times in the 5th. Unfortunately, giving up enough runs in the last five innings, including five in the 9th, can really bite you in the behind. The Miracle plated one in the bottom of the 9th but Kennys Vargas struck out with the tying run on 2nd base.

    Kyle Davies started and lasted 6.2 innings. He allowed four runs on eight hits. He walked three and struck out two. Adrian Salcedo recorded four outs and gave up a home run.

    Corey Williams came in to the get the save. Instead, he got only two men out and before he left had given up five runs. Chad Rogers relieved him and struck out two for the final outs.

    Byron Buxton was 2-for-6 with a strikeout.

    Mike Kvasnicka (two RBI) and Andy Leer (four RBI) also had two-hit games.

    The star of the show offensively was Evan Bigley who is looking like he’s ready to return to AAA. Tonight he was 4-for-5 with a double.

    Levi Michael was hitless but drove in two and had a stolen base.

    CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 5, BOWLING GREEN HOT RODS 6
    Box Score

    A couple things helped (though not enough to win the game) the Kernels’ today. First, Rays Top 100 pitching prospect Taylor Guerrieri exited the game after only two innings with an apparent arm injury. The Kernels also set a season high for home runs with four.

    Jose Berrios struggled. In five-plus innings of work, he allowed five runs on six hits and three walks. He struck out four, but also had a wild pitch and allowed a home run. He took the loss. If you’re looking for something positive, Berrios induced five groundball outs and only one fly-ball out.

    Caleb Brewer allowed two of Berrios’ runners to score. Hudson Boyd replaced Brewer and allowed one of his runners to score, too. Madison Boer pitched a hitless 9th inning.

    Let’s talk about the bats instead. Dalton Hicks hit his 31st double of the season. Travis Harrison went deep (again) for #15 (but really number 16). Max Kepler hit his fourth home run since joining the team about a month ago.

    The offensive story, though, was Adam Walker. This year, Walker came out of the gate on fire before cooling down in June and early July. Something clicked (or re-clicked) on July 11th. Since that game he is 9-for-17 with five home runs (including the two he hit today). He also has 12 RBI in that span giving him 79 on the year. Yes, he did strike out twice and there likely will always be a lot of swing-and-miss in his game. But if Walker can progress through the system and keep his strike out rate at no more than 25%, his right-handed power will still be a valuable addition to the Twins lineup.

    ELIZABETHTON TWINS 1, GREENEVILLE ASTROS 3
    Box Score

    Scanning the box score, the only thing of note you will find is that 2nd round pick Ryan Eades pitched the final inning of the game and had a 1-2-3 inning (with no strikeouts).

    Offensively, E-town managed only four hits including a double by Mitch Garver and Bryan Haar's fifth triple.

    On the mound, the four pitchers who threw before Eades combined to walk 10. Tanner Mendonca started and had trouble keeping guys off base (two hits, four walks) and once they got on, keeping them at that base (two for three in stolen base attempts, in only 1.2 innings).

    GCL TWINS 0, GCL ORIOLES 3
    Box Score

    The GCL Twins gave up 12 hits, but only 3 unearned first-inning runs to take the loss today.

    Leonel Zazueta got the start and was charged with the loss despite not being on the hook for any earned runs (though he did give up six hits, including a home run, in his three innings of work).

    Fernando Romero struck out three in his three innings of work. Daniel Sattler, working back from Tommy John surgery, struck out one in a two-hit inning.

    The rehabbing Mike Gonzales got two of the five hits today. He also walked once. Engelb Vielma, Jason Kanzler and Zach Larson each had a hit.

    It appears that tomorrow will be Kohl Stewart’s turn in the rotation.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/15): Back...back...back...back started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      What value do the Twins see in Kyle Davies? He is nearly 30, he as had no success in the majors. In 7 major league seasons he has had only 2 years in which he has had an ERA under 5. He doesn't strike out many and walks too many. His best WHIP in the majors was 1.45.

      He seems to be taking starts away from other players who could use the experience. Why is he in our system?
    1. Yossarian's Avatar
      Yossarian -
      Porcelain horse collar for our vaunted system last night. Hmmmmm.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Four walks is too many, but really not that concerning to me considering the progress he's made. Had he only issued three walks it likely would have been considered by all a successful night for him.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Chance View Post
      What value do the Twins see in Kyle Davies? He is nearly 30, he as had no success in the majors. In 7 major league seasons he has had only 2 years in which he has had an ERA under 5. He doesn't strike out many and walks too many. His best WHIP in the majors was 1.45.

      He seems to be taking starts away from other players who could use the experience. Why is he in our system?
      I get the frustration, but it is also important to have players where they should be, development wise. Is Davies really taking away starts from someone who should be in Ft. Myers? I don't think any of the starters in Cedar Rapids are pushing to be promoted right now (though Lee and Melotakis could move up at some point, and if they do, Davies likely goes). He's an organizational filler right now, that's really it. It's nice that they're giving him an opportunity to pitch again and maybe reclaim some status after missing so much time. Not a big deal right now.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I get the frustration, but it is also important to have players where they should be, development wise. Is Davies really taking away starts from someone who should be in Ft. Myers? I don't think any of the starters in Cedar Rapids are pushing to be promoted right now (though Lee and Melotakis could move up at some point, and if they do, Davies likely goes). He's an organizational filler right now, that's really it. It's nice that they're giving him an opportunity to pitch again and maybe reclaim some status after missing so much time. Not a big deal right now.

      My comment was half frustration and half not understanding the purpose. I assumed he would be filler, but what would he be filling? Don't the Miracle have a 7 man rotation now with Davies in it? Wheeler, Summers, Duffey, Tomshaw, Rodgers, Soliman, and Davies. Or is Rodgers back on the DL, or Summers back in NB?

      I'm sure I am mistaking. I am just trying to better understand the process for the minors. I'm still learning, I guess.

      Thanks for helping me understand.
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Big shakeup in CR and FTM. not sure of all the changes for the miracle, but Hicks/JD Williams and 2 pitchers move to FTM.

      Hicks among 4 Kernels promoted to high-Class A Fort Myers | TheGazette
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Why was Adam Walker not promoted???
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by DAM DC Twins Fans View Post
      Why was Adam Walker not promoted???
      Maybe he is too young for the move. Walker is still 21 years old and will be so until way after the season and instructional season are over. The other 4 guys however are:
      Gruever 24
      Jones 23
      Hicks 23
      Williams 22

      Maybe the Twins feel they don't need to rush Walker at 21? Just saying................. and I agree Buxton is Buxton (19). He is the exception and not the rule.

      I thought for sure Walker would go, but then started to think about the Twins as a whole. They prefer safe as opposed to sorry.
    1. SpiritofVodkaDave's Avatar
      SpiritofVodkaDave -
      Actually they have Chris bermans mic and "back back back back" in the stadium as well
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