• Twins Minor League Report (7/26): Albers Does It Again

    The story of Miguel Sano's benching after a slow home run trot has certainly taken on a life of it's own. There have been multiple websites and media outlets that have picked up the tale. He didn't play again on Friday and it will be interesting to see when he will get back on the field. He can be a difference maker for the Rock Cats offense and the team wants to try to get back to the .500 mark: Sano can help make that happen.

    Sano might be getting a lot of the attention for the Twins farm system but the guys actually on the field need acknowledgement as well. There were some great performances through multiple levels of the farm system on Friday night. It starts in Triple-A with the man on the mound...

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Norfolk Tides 2
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    Andrew Albers pitched a two run, three hit, seven strikeout complete game which helped propel the Red Wings into sole possession of the wild card lead. Before a lead off homer by Luis Exposito in the 7th inning, Albers had stretched his scoreless streak to 13.1 innings and his earned run-less streak to 18.1 innings. He is the first Red Wings starter to win 11 games since Brian Duensing in 2007.



    Oswaldo Arcia continued his hot hitting since being sent down. He hit his third home run in eight games and he has hit safely in seven of those contests. He finished the night 2-for-4 and he is batting .478 (11-23) with three home runs, two doubles, and six RBI since his demotion.

    Deibinson Romero is in the middle of quite the run at the plate as well. He had reached base safely in eight straight at-bats until a flyout in his last plate appearance on Friday. During that streak, he went 5-for-5 with a home run, a double, and three walks. He was 3-for-4 on Friday with three singles.

    New Britain Rock Cats 2, Reading Fightin' Phillies 7
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    The Rock Cats out-hit the Phillies on this night but a victory was still well out of reach. New Britain left nine men on base and the team went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position. The Phillies were also able to pound out three home runs against the Rock Cats pitching staff while New Britain had only one extra base hit.

    Miguel Sano was out of the line-up again after he "pimped" a home run earlier this week. This left the offense in the hands of the other men on the team. Danny Santana collected his sixth triple of the season. Eddie Rosario and Adam Pettersen each had two hits.

    Pat Dean took the loss after throwing seven innings and giving up four runs. He struck out eight and walked one but he did give up two home runs. It was the third straight loss for Dean but it was the first time, in his last three starts, he has pitched more than four innings.

    Fort Myers Miracle 7, Clearwater Threshers 3
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    Byron Buxton showed why he is considered by many to be the best prospect in baseball. He belted two triples on the way to 2-for-3 night at the plate. He scored a run and drove in two. Anderlin Mejia also helped the offense and extended his hitting streak to 14 games. The bottom three in the Miracle batting order provided some offensive punch. J.D. Williams, Andy Leer, and Levi Michael each had a double and a run batted in.

    Jason Wheeler picked up his eighth win of the season by tossing five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits. Wheeler got into trouble in the sixth as he hit a batter and gave up three straight hits. The Threshers scored two runs and the bullpen took over from there. Nelvin Fuentes and Tyler Jones pitched four shutout innings to close the door on another Miracle victory.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 6, Peoria Chiefs 2
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    The Kernels used a six-run seventh inning to slip past the Chiefs on Friday night. It took a while for the offense to wake up as the club had one hit through six frames. Niko Goodrum and Jorge Polanco led off the inning with back-to-back doubles. Adam Walker hit a sac fly to tie the game. Eventually, Joel Licon hit a two-out double to plate two more runs. Jonathan Murphy capped the big inning with a two-run single.

    Kernels starter Brett Lee went five innings and allowed one earned run on six hits. He walked one and struck out four. Tim Shibuya earned the victory in relief by throwing two innings and giving up one hit with three strikeouts. It was the first victory for Shibuya since he moving up from Elizabethton. David Hurlbut pitched two hitless innings to finish the game.

    Elizabethton Twins 1, Johnson City 3
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    Hein Robb did his best to keep the E-Twins in it but the offense wasn't there to back him up. He pitched into the eighth inning for the first time this season, scattering eight hits and three earned runs. He struck out eight and walked one but two home runs were tough to overcome. Andre Martinez recorded the other two outs of the game on strikeouts.

    The E-Twins were held to five hits and the team struck out nine times. Rory Rhodes led the offense with a 2-for-4 night after being held hitless in his last four games. Stuart Turner, Romy Jimenez, and Tanner Vavra added the other hits, but they were all singles. Six runners were left on base and the team batted with a runner in scoring position only four times.

    GCL Twins 3, GCL Red Sox 7
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    Jonathan Hinojosa was the lone member of the Twins to collect two hits in this game. He went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Engelb Vielma scored two runs out of the leadoff spot. Alex Swim and Joel Polanco each added their fourth doubles of the season.

    Plenty of pitchers saw action in this game. Leonel Zazueta started and went three innings by allowing one run on three hits. Luke Bard pitched in relief and he was asked to get only the first two outs of the fourth inning. Brandon Easton took his third loss of the season by giving up four runs on five hits in a little over an inning of work. Fernando Romero had some control issues as he walked four men over 2.2 innings.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/26): Albers Does It Again started by Cody Christie
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      First off, I don't think Sano's trot merits a benching, most great athletes carry a bit of swag and it didn't even look that bad to me. Second, I think the twins could get a good prospect, maybe 2, from the Yankees for Plouffe and Romero is playing well enough to be a stop gap until Sano is ready.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Good to see Arcia seems to be finding his swing again.

      Did anybody else notice that the Twins official prospect list now includes 11 pitchers in their top 20? And that doesn't include a lot of guys in their top three levels that are doing very well. A wave of good pitchers is slowly approaching. Let's hope it's a tsunami.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      New Britain Rock Cats 2, Reading Fightin' Phillies 7
      Phils not Phillies Changed their nickname from Reading Phillies to Reading Fighting Phils this off-season. And an ostrich as their maskot. Crazy things.

      I am going to the game tonight so Sano better be there Regardless, Baxendale is pitching so that would be a treat. Will have a write up after the game; also will try to gauge the situation in the Rock Cats' dugout...

      At this point Jeff Smith is cutting his nose to spite his face. 8 Ls in a row, survey says that Smith will go the Nieto way, if the Rock Cats do not improve this season...
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      I'd like to see what the Yanks would give us for Plouffe and let Romero see what he can do at this level. I like Bernier as the Jamey Carroll replacement although Escobar will probably be that going forward. Also hoping that Albers can get a chance if the Twins move a pitcher.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
      Phils not Phillies Changed their nickname from Reading Phillies to Reading Fighting Phils this off-season. And an ostrich as their maskot. Crazy things.

      I am going to the game tonight so Sano better be there Regardless, Baxendale is pitching so that would be a treat. Will have a write up after the game; also will try to gauge the situation in the Rock Cats' dugout...

      At this point Jeff Smith is cutting his nose to spite his face. 8 Ls in a row, survey says that Smith will go the Nieto way, if the Rock Cats do not improve this season...
      I was also looking at going to the game this evening, but saw the forecast isn't looking too great. Here's to hoping the thunderstorms go away and Sano returns and makes some thunder of his own.
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      Quote Originally Posted by TKGuy View Post
      I'd like to see what the Yanks would give us for Plouffe and let Romero see what he can do at this level. I like Bernier as the Jamey Carroll replacement although Escobar will probably be that going forward. Also hoping that Albers can get a chance if the Twins move a pitcher.
      Romero is not a big league player. His defense is horrible and his bat isn't all that great (.776OPS). I backed him earlier in favor when Dozier was struggling, but I was wrong then. If we're giving Plouffe away for the sole purpose of letting Romero play, that's foolish. Plouffe has displayed enough versatility to be moved around the field (mind Sano). The asking price for Plouffe has to be a top 150 prospect and pieces. He hasn't hit arbitration yet and he's only had 1,000PAs in his career. I think he can still improve as a player and be a .800OPS, 25 HR, ,.260 BA player. Plus, we need right handed hitters. You can't just trade away all your assets this year and expect to be good in the next two.
    1. robbie111's Avatar
      robbie111 -
      Who are comparable former or current pitchers to Albers. I have heard the Jimmy Key and Jamie Moyer comparables as ceilings, any others?
    1. twinstalker's Avatar
      twinstalker -
      Romero doesn't have to be a big-league player. He can stop-gap the rest of the year, and the Twins can find someone on a one-year contract next year. Unless you're going to do a straight platoon with Plouffe somewhere (not happening under brilliant Gardy), he's more of a detriment than anything. Perhaps next year is his year, but really nothing in his development says he'll ever hit well enough up here. Yeah, he teased us in AAA, but AAA pitchers are there mostly because they can't hack the majors. Very few Gibsons for very long. Good pitchers don't spend much, if any, time in AAA.
    1. troyhobbs's Avatar
      troyhobbs -
      Quote Originally Posted by YourHouseIsMyHouse View Post
      Romero is not a big league player. His defense is horrible and his bat isn't all that great (.776OPS). I backed him earlier in favor when Dozier was struggling, but I was wrong then. If we're giving Plouffe away for the sole purpose of letting Romero play, that's foolish. Plouffe has displayed enough versatility to be moved around the field (mind Sano). The asking price for Plouffe has to be a top 150 prospect and pieces. He hasn't hit arbitration yet and he's only had 1,000PAs in his career. I think he can still improve as a player and be a .800OPS, 25 HR, ,.260 BA player. Plus, we need right handed hitters. You can't just trade away all your assets this year and expect to be good in the next two.
      Plouffe's defense isn't great either (its kind of bad) and they shouldn't give him away but if they could get something of value he's certainly replaceable
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