• Twins Minor League Report (7/19): Friday Night Lights

    Eddie Rosario has been on fire since his promotion to New Britain. In 33 games, he is hitting .318/380/.473 (.853) with ten doubles, two triples and two home runs. Meanwhile, the offensive adjustment to AA has been more of a challenge for Miguel Sano. In 32 games, he is hitting just .204 with 32 strikeouts. He is walking 10% of the time, and he has 13 extra base hits. Last night, the two of them led the Rock Cats to a 8-7 win. Meanwhile, the Cedar Rapids Kernels got a great start, and some major power production from a guy who has been overlooked much of the season.

    For all that, and much more, check out what happened in the Twins' farm system on Friday:

    Rochester 5, Syracuse 4 (5 innings)

    Box Score

    It was a rain-shortened game, but the Red Wings got another win. PJ Walters started and went just 2.2 innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk. He struck out four. Cody Eppley walked two over the next 1.1 innings, but no hits and no runs. Aaron Thompson gave up one run on three hits in his inning but gets credited with the save.

    Brian Dinkelman led the offense. He was 2-2 with his second triple. Jeff Clement drove in two runs.

    New Britain 8, Binghampton 7

    Box Score

    The Rock Cats got a lot of runs and they needed each one. Miguel Sano provided the big hit. He was 2-3 with two walks in the game and he drilled a grand slam, his seventh homer with the team. Eddie Rosario went 2-4 with a walk and his 10th double. Danny Santana went 2-4 with a walk. He also stole his 17th and 18th bases. Evan Bigley went 3-4 with a walk and his second and third doubles.

    Following his complete game, one-hitter, Virgil Vasquez gave up five runs on six hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out one. Dan Turpen gave up two hits and a walk in one inning. He struck out two. Dakota Watts gave up one run on three hits in his two innings, while he struck out four. Cole Johnson gave up one run on two hits and a walk in one inning.

    Ft. Myers 3, Dunedin 6

    Box Score

    Manuel Soliman had a rough start. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on four hits and five walks in four innings. He struck out two. Matt Tomshaw was perfect over the next two innings, striking out one. Steven Gruver came on and gave up three runs on three hits and three walks and recorded just two outs. Tyler Jones gave up two hits but no runs over the next 1.1 innings. He struck out two.

    Aderlin Mejia went 3-4 with his 14th stolen base. JD Williams is now hitting .455 in his first three games at Ft. Myers after going 2-4 with an RBI in this game. Matt Koch hit his 16th double.

    Cedar Rapids 4, Lake County 1

    Box Score

    Great pitching and big hits help win ball games, right? Thatís the formula that worked for the Kernels on this night.

    It all starts with pitching though, and Brett Lee provided another spectacular start. Lee went nine innings and gave up one run on six hits; he walked one and struck out ten. It was his second straight complete game! He is now 7-4 with a 3.30 ERA.

    Adam Walker provided the power. He went 2-5 with his 19th and 20th home runs and drove in three runs. Max Kepler went 3-4 with his second steal. Jonathan Murphy was 2-5 with his second stolen base. Niko Goodrum stole his 10th and 11th bases.

    Photo by Cedar Rapids Kernels

    Elizabethton 6, Bristol 0 (8 innings)

    Box Score

    Another rain-shortened game, but the E-Twins are happy to get any games in lately. Yorman Landa was on the mound and he was good again. He threw five shutout innings and gave up just two hits. He did walk three and hit two other batters. He struck out three. Kuo Hua Lo gave up just a walk over the next two innings.

    Ryan Walker was 3-4. Rory Rhodes went 2-3 with a walk. Mitch Garver was 2-4.

    GCL Twins 2, GCL Red Sox 4

    Box Score

    Alex Swim led the offense by going 3-4 with his third double. Jorge Fernandez hit his fourth double.

    Jared Wilson started. The fifth-year senior went just two innings and gave up three runs on one hit, two walks and two hit batters; he struck out three. Chih-Wei Hu gave up one run on three hits and a walk over the next three innings. Jose Abreu gave up just one hit over the final three innings. He struck out two.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/19): Friday Night Lights started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 17 Comments
    1. howieramone's Avatar
      howieramone -
      Seth, let's make some assumptions. Buxton, Sano, Rosario, Meyer and May make it to Target Field sometime in 2014 and are no longer eligible for prospect status. The 2014 draft is roughly equal to the 2013 draft. Taking a WAG, do you feel our farm system would still rank in the 5-10 area?
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Virgil Vasquez can't even cut it as a AA filler. Get him out of the Twins organization for pete's sake.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      Response to Howie:

      That drops us to 10 at least. But on the plus side, out MLB club makes the playoffs in 2015.
    1. adjacent's Avatar
      adjacent -
      Thanks for the report. I have a question. What is the opinion with Aderlin Mejia?. I don't see him in any prospect lists, but I see he is a SS and since he joined the Miracle several months ago, he keeps hitting above .300, and providing a lot of offense. I am just looking at numbers, and I know they don't tell the whole story, but he looks good to me.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by howieramone View Post
      Seth, let's make some assumptions. Buxton, Sano, Rosario, Meyer and May make it to Target Field sometime in 2014 and are no longer eligible for prospect status. The 2014 draft is roughly equal to the 2013 draft. Taking a WAG, do you feel our farm system would still rank in the 5-10 area?
      Tough question because you're taking out your #1 and 2 and 3 and 5 prospects, plus another top 10-12 type. Not only that, but four of them are in the top 50 in all of baseball with 2 in the top 5. It's hard to envision them being at the top still, but could still be in the upper half. Will depend on Stewart, Kepler, Polanco, and some others continuing to improve.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Virgil Vasquez can't even cut it as a AA filler. Get him out of the Twins organization for pete's sake.
      He threw a complete game one-hitter in his last start... he was OK in his time with the Red Wings. He's filler, and that's all. He's keeping some of those Miracle starters from needing to be pushed beyond where they should be. I don't have a problem with having a couple of those guys around.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by adjacent View Post
      Thanks for the report. I have a question. What is the opinion with Aderlin Mejia?. I don't see him in any prospect lists, but I see he is a SS and since he joined the Miracle several months ago, he keeps hitting above .300, and providing a lot of offense. I am just looking at numbers, and I know they don't tell the whole story, but he looks good to me.
      He's a guy I gets asked about here in the forums quite a bit. He's certainly opened eyes. I mean, when you start the season at EST and you're scheduled to go to the Appy League and you spend 2+ months "helping" the Miracle by hitting well over .300, you get noticed. He can play both middle infield positions. He can play all over. He's got speed. I'm told her can play SS and has enough range/arm.
    1. orangevening's Avatar
      orangevening -
      I know there was talk of promoting Sano before his struggles in AA. Any chance that Rosario gets September call up?
    1. strumdatjag's Avatar
      strumdatjag -
      If Rosario is the 2nd baseman of the future (I know too early). Consider that Dozier has played both 2nd Base and SS - Is Dozier then Utility Guy of the Future? Going further - If Miguel Sano is 3rd Baseman of the Future, then Is Trevor Plouffe the DH of the future, and a backup at third? Questions Questions Questions
    1. cmb0252's Avatar
      cmb0252 -
      I can't figure out for the life of me why they haven't promoted Walker. The story on him when he was drafted was he had huge raw power, which he has made it obvious the last 2 weeks, but might strike out too much. His strike outs look fine to me.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by orangevening View Post
      I know there was talk of promoting Sano before his struggles in AA. Any chance that Rosario gets September call up?
      On Inside Twins with Phil Mackey on 1500espn this morning, Terry Ryan basically said that it was very unlikely. He doesn't need to be added to the 40 man roster and there are already enough tough decisions to make. He could move up to AAA by the end of the season though.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by strumdatjag View Post
      If Rosario is the 2nd baseman of the future (I know too early). Consider that Dozier has played both 2nd Base and SS - Is Dozier then Utility Guy of the Future? Going further - If Miguel Sano is 3rd Baseman of the Future, then Is Trevor Plouffe the DH of the future, and a backup at third? Questions Questions Questions
      Only time will determine those answers. Dozier could be a utility guy since he can play all three spots. Plouffe could move over to 1B is needed. Either could be traded. The prospects may not make it, or stay at those positions. We'll see.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by cmb0252 View Post
      I can't figure out for the life of me why they haven't promoted Walker. The story on him when he was drafted was he had huge raw power, which he has made it obvious the last 2 weeks, but might strike out too much. His strike outs look fine to me.
      Yeah, I can't really explain it either. He does need to control the strike zone better. His strikeouts aren't excessive, but he also rarely walks. He's solid defensively and has the huge power.

      That said, Buxton needed to move, and I think JD Williams needed to be ahead of Walker on the pecking order as well. And then it's about a roster spot and letting people play.
    1. Jim H's Avatar
      Jim H -
      Quote from SETH
      Yeah, I can't really explain it either. He does need to control the strike zone better. His strikeouts aren't excessive, but he also rarely walks. He's solid defensively and has the huge power.

      That said, Buxton needed to move, and I think JD Williams needed to be ahead of Walker on the pecking order as well. And then it's about a roster spot and letting people play.

      When people talk about why someone isn't promoted, well often you need to look at the bigger picture. Seth probably captured the reason here. Walker is doing well, but it isn't like he is dominating that much. Plus moving him up probably means moving someone else, probably a couple of someone elses. Occasionally, you can't get everyone exactly where they should be, ideally. Someone is a level too high or too low.


      In many cases, just making sure the top prospects are playing everday is perhaps more important than getting everyone to exactly the right level. In this particular case, the difference between A- and A+ is probably not so great that it is imperative to move Walker up.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Seth probably captured the reason here. Walker is doing well, but it isn't like he is dominating that much.
      I do understand that promotions sometimes call for untimely movement. That beings said:
      Walker leads the MW League or is in Top 3 of the league in:
      *Home Runs 1st (20) - leads by 5 HRs
      *RBI's 1st (83) - leads by 12 (with Hicks gone)
      *Slug% 1st (.543)
      *Total Bases 2nd
      *OPS% 3rd (with players still in league)
      *Runs 3rd (with players still in league)

      What does Walker have to do to "dominate that much" in your mind? I agree he has things to work on as do all prospects, but the above stat line is more than impressive in my mind and justifies some possible re shuffling. He is on pace for 25+ HRs and 100+ RBI. How many prospects in the entire minor leagues will have those stats by years end?
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Oh yeah - I read that Walker was 40 for 41 in stolen bases in College and is 100% as a professional. He can always repeat High A again next year.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Seth, do a list and look at the guys the Twins have to consider adding to the 40-man roster. Who should get a September add, compared to a November, which restricts removal for free agents and such (you always like a few guys like Clete Thomas and Drew Butera that you can resign as MLFA on the roster).
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