• Twins Minor League Report (7/31): The Albers Show Continues

    The July trade deadline has passed and the only player transaction on the day was Rochesterís Drew Butera was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. However, I think we can expect there will be a trickle-down effect of that move as Rochester will need another catcher (Josmil Pinto maybe?), and then New Britain will need another catcher (Kyle Knudsonís return, or Matt Koch maybe?). Then Ft. Myers will need a new catcher, so could Jairo Rodriguezís affiliate tour take him back to the Miracle?

    Meanwhile, the Andrew Albers Show continued with the Rochester Red Wings.

    Check out what else happened in the Twins Minor League system on Wednesday:

    Rochester 1, Lehigh Valley 2

    Box Score

    His offense didnít help him much, but Andrew Albers continued to pitch very well for the Red Wings. Albers went all eight innings. He gave up two runs on five hits. He walked one and struck out four. He is now 11-5 with a 2.86 ERA on the season.

    There wasnít much offense. Chris Parmelee went 3-4 with his second double. Deibinson Romero was 2-4 with his 11th double. Eduardo Escobar hit his sixth double in his short time with the Red Wings.

    New Britain 5, Akron 2

    Box Score

    Pat Dean had a very nice night on the mound and the offense came up with some big hits. The left-handed starter went the first 7.2 innings and gave up two runs. He allowed seven hits, walked none and struck out two for his sixth win of the year. Cole Johnson came on and got the final four outs, two on strikeouts, for his third Rock Cats save.
    Danny Ortiz had just one hit, but he drove in four runs. Three of them came on his tenth home run of the season. Danny Santana went 2-3 with a walk, and Josmil Pinto went 2-4.

    Ft. Myers 1, Daytona 2

    Box Score

    It was a well-pitched game, but the Miracle fell on an unearned run in the ninth inning-- a passed ball by catcher Kyle Knudsen. Lefty Jason Wheeler started and gave up one run on seven hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out three. Steven Gruver came on and threw two scoreless innings despite allowing three hits and a walk. Zach Jones gave up the unearned run on two hits and the error in the top of the ninth.

    Mike Kvasnicka went 2-4 with his 10th double. Jhon Goncalves was 2-3 with his 11th stolen base. Kennys Vargas hit his 30th double.

    Cedar Rapids 1, Burlington 3

    Box Score

    The Kernels got the pitching; unfortunately the offense and the defense didnít pull their weights on this night. Cedar Rapids managed just four hits in the game while committing four errors. Josue Montanez went the first five innings and gave up three unearned runs. He allowed four hits, walked two and struck out three. Tim Shibuya came on and threw three scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out two.

    Three of the four Kernels hits were doubles. Adam Walker hit his 25th. Niko Goodrum hit his 19th, and Joel Licon added his eighth double.

    Elizabethton 4, Kingsport 9

    Box Score

    One (really) bad inning just before the rains came really hurt the E-Twins. Yorman Landa started and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks in four innings. He struck out four. Andre Martinez came on to start the fifth inning and was unable to record an out. He gave up six runs (2 earned) on three hits and two walks. Andrew Ferreira came on and struck out the next two batters before the rains came and caused a delay. When they returned to action, Aaron Slegers was on the mound. He went the next 3.1 innings without allowing a run. He gave up four hits and a walk and struck out three. Brandon Peterson struck out one in a scoreless inning.

    Bryan Haar was 3-5 with his eighth double and two RBI. Kelvin Ortiz was 2-3 with a walk and drove in two with his fourth double; he also stole his ninth base. Tanner Vavra went 2-4. Zach Granite had a single and a walk and scored two runs.

    GCL Twins 3, GCL Rays 0

    Box Score

    Last July 2nd, the Twins signed a left-handed pitcher from Australia named Lewis Thorpe. On this day, Thorpe made the start and went five shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked none and struck out four. Sam Gibbons came on and walked one in two scoreless innings. He struck out two. Miguel Gonzalez and Derrick Penilla each gave up two hits in a scoreless inning.



    Jason Kanzler went 2-4 with a walk and his second triple. Wilkin Ramirez hit the first home run on his rehab stint. Will Hurt walked three times.


    Thanks for checking out todayís Twins minor league report. Please feel free to discuss, comment or ask questions.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (7/29): The Albers Show Continues started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. robbie111's Avatar
      robbie111 -
      I was interested in Terry Ryans comments today about Albers, May, Meyer, Tonkin and Hendriks helping the Twins next year. He described Albers as having a deceptive delivery. I'm assuming that's not Luis Tiant or Pat Neshek deceptive, so has anyone actually seen him pitch? How deceptive is his delivery?

      Also interesting that he figures May and Meyer will be ready next year.
      So does that make the rotation at some point next year as Gibson, Meyer, May, Deduno and Albers?
    1. 60ft6in's Avatar
      60ft6in -
      Yes, the Jairo Rodriguez tour continues with a trip back to Ft Myers.....
    1. robbie111's Avatar
      robbie111 -
      “Albers works off of deception. He’s athletic and he throws strikes, he’s certainly not afraid. But most of the stuff he throws up there, on a scale it’d probably be below average. But he does have that deceptive delivery, he has funk, he has the stamina. He is a legitimate starting pitcher. He seems to get into that seventh or eighth inning quite often.”
      Ryan also mentioned a few names as possibilities next year.
      “[Michael] Tonkin is certainly in that area,” said Ryan. “I believe that [Liam] Hendriks [and] Albers possibly could help us. I just left some of those guys at Double-A, but Trevor May has a chance to help us. There are a handful of guys that ultimately are going to help us. I hope that we can get Alex Meyer back here. I’m thinking it might be August 10th or so that he’ll start for New Britain. But he has a chance to be a guy for us.”
      For those interested, the quote today from Terry Ryan is listed above.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Glad to see Meyer slated for a comeback. Let's hope he's well rested and healthy
    1. ThejacKmp's Avatar
      ThejacKmp -
      This is minor but it seems odd to me that they have Wilkin down in the GCL for a rehab start. He's recovering from a concussion but you put him in a league of young guys with lots of power but little control? Seems like you're five times as likely to take one to the ol' bean in the GCL than in AA or AAA. Makes no sense.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThejacKmp View Post
      This is minor but it seems odd to me that they have Wilkin down in the GCL for a rehab start. He's recovering from a concussion but you put him in a league of young guys with lots of power but little control? Seems like you're five times as likely to take one to the ol' bean in the GCL than in AA or AAA. Makes no sense.
      Understand your point, but the Twins almost always do their rehabs in Fort Myers, at the GCL and/or Miracle level. That's where they have their ST complex and training facilities and can better monitor the rehab.
    1. SurroundedByTigers's Avatar
      SurroundedByTigers -
      Got to like it when we get solid starting pitching at AAA (Albers), AA (Pat Dean), High-A (Jason Wheeler) and GCL (Lewis Thorpe - wasn't this guy a swimmer or something in Australia?). And on top of that, all of them are lefties. Any of these guys got a shot of making it in the Majors? Wheeler is 8-4 with 4+ ERA and 1.53 WHIP. Dean 6-11, 4+ ERA, 1.34 WHIP, Thorpe 2-0, 2+ERA, .94 WHIP.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      What are the chances Albers pitches for the Twins this year since no pitchers were traded? And who takes the new spot on the 40 man?
    1. E. Andrew's Avatar
      E. Andrew -
      Quote Originally Posted by robbie111 View Post
      He described Albers as having a deceptive delivery. I'm assuming that's not Luis Tiant or Pat Neshek deceptive, so has anyone actually seen him pitch? How deceptive is his delivery?
      The ball comes out of his hand a bit later than you'd expect, but it doesn't look terribly crazy otherwise. Does anyone see something else?

      Edit: Can't get the time stamp to work -- Start at 40 sec, he throws pick-offs til then...

    1. 3up3down's Avatar
      3up3down -
      Robbie, I have seen him pitch but not this year, I dont see the deception but he is doing something right..I talked with a scout friend yesterday & he said he is just getting by with throwing strikes & hitters are missing them. he was 84-86 yesterday & threw some fat pitches right down the middle & they just missed them..he definately has earned his shot but there is a reason the twins are reluctant to bring him up..

      as far as Hendriks, I have seen him several times & I have never been high on him, no plus pitches , no out pitch , he has to have pinpoint control to have success..

      if TR is looking ahead & sees Albers & Hendriks in the future rotation the twins are going to struggle for a while..

      but Albers has earned a shot , lets see what he can do..
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Quote Originally Posted by E. Andrew View Post
      The ball comes out of his hand a bit later than you'd expect, but it doesn't look terribly crazy otherwise. Does anyone see something else?

      Edit: Can't get the time stamp to work -- Start at 40 sec, he throws pick-offs til then...

      I see two things that could screw up a hitter. First, (visibility) Albers closes his lead shoulder, which masks the ball. Second, (timing) he does an odd loop with his pitching hand, which makes it look like he's going to be late on his release, but somehow he catches up without losing control. The overall impression is herky-jerky, but apparently his motion doesn't result in wildness and it's hard to time.

      I've seen other pitchers use this kind of delivery before. Jared Weaver comes to mind, and somebody else mentioned Neshek, and a few others whose names I don't recall. None of them were hard throwers.
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