• Twins Minor League Report (8/6): Rock Cat Bats Bash

    When youíve followed the Minnesota Twins farm system for as long as I have, you canít help but root for the underdog. Itís easy to be a fan of Miguel Sano, Byron Buxton and other top prospects, no question about that. But the fun part of following the farm system, for me at least, is that there is no one way to the big leagues. There are many different paths. Andrew Albers is the latest example of a guy who didnít exactly take a direct route through the minors to the big leagues. What a story! He is the third player to debut with the Twins this season after spending time in independent baseball. Itís about the Doug Berniers, a 33-year-old who already had a cup of coffee, but he wants to keep playing. Itís about Tommy Watkins, who spent so many years in the Twins farm system, usually as his teamís 24th or 25th man, and eventually getting to the big leagues. Chris Heintz is another example.

    Thatís what these reports are about. Itís recognizing the players who are working every day in an attempt to get to the big leagues or to get back to the big leagues. Itís about the first round picks, the 40th round picks, the undrafted, the sure-things and the long-shots.

    Before we start with the updates from Tuesdayís game, check out this Get to Know ĎEm video by the Elizabethton Twins:



    Check out what else happened in the Twins' minor league system Tuesday:

    Rochester 6, Durham 4

    Box Score

    Scott Diamond reported to Rochester and made his first appearance since being optioned last week. The lefty gave up just three hits over six innings. However, he gave up four runs, thanks in large part to four walks, and the fact that one of those hits was a grand slam. He struck out three. Aaron Thompson came in and gave up two hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. Cody Eppley came on and got an out. Edgar Ibarra got the final out of the eighth, but not before walking two. He started the ninth inning too, but he walked the first two batters. AJ Achter came on and recorded his first AAA save. He walked one and struck out two.

    Jeff Clement was the teamís player of the week, and his streak continued on Tuesday. He went 3-5 with his 18th double and 15th home run. James Beresford was 2-4 with a double, his third with the Wings. Eduardo Escobar hit his first home run. Deibinson Romero went 2-4. Josh Willingham went 0-3 in his time. He was replaced by Eric Farris who went 2-2.

    New Britain 13, Erie 6

    Box Score

    Itís always a fun day when you score 13 runs, but a lot of players contributed to that offense. Miguel Sano went 3-5 with his eighth double, his 11th AA home run and three RBI. It was his 27th total home run of the season. Danny Santana went 2-5 with a walk, his 20th double and his 23rd stolen base. Eddie Rosario went 2-6 with his third triple. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-5 with his 25th double. Dan Rohlfing was 2-5 with three RBI. Jordan Parraz was 2-5. Wilkin Ramirez went 3-3 with a walk and his first double.



    Matt Summers was the pitcher of the month for July. His work earned him a promotion to the Rock Cats. He started and gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three. Blake Martin came on and was charged with two unearned runs on two hits and a walk. He recorded just two outs before he was replaced by Daniel Turpen. He gave up two runs on two hits over the final 2.1 innings.

    Ft. Myers Miracle


    The Miracle had played 20 straight days before getting on off day on Tuesday.

    Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 7

    Box Score

    The Kernelsí got Mark Appelíed on this night. They got Carlos Correaíed all weekend. Starting with the #1 overall pick of the 2012 draft, Correa went 12-18 in the four game series. Appel started on Tuesday night and grabbed his first professional win. He went five innings. He gave up two earned runs on two hits. He walked one and struck out two. He, and the River Bats bullpen limited the Kernels to just four hits. Joel Licon drove in two runs with a single. Jorge Polanco doubled for the 27th time.

    Josue Montanez drew the short straw to pitch against Appel. The left-hander gave up five runs on five hits. He walked none and struck out five in seven innings. Consider that Quad Cities did not leave a runner on base the whole game. Dallas Gallant got the next five outs, but not before allowing two runs (1 earned) on two hits. Brandon Bixler got the final out, but not before giving up two hits.

    Game 1 - Elizabethton 2, Johnson City 4

    Box Score

    The E-Twins bats have been pretty poor in 2013. In game one, the team recorded just four hits. Tanner Vavra was 1-2 with a walk.
    Josh Burris started. He gave up four runs on three hits in 5.1 innings. He walked five and struck out seven. Aaron Slegers came on and gave up two hits, but no runs, in 1.2 innings. He struck out three.

    Game 2 - Elizabethton 1, Johnson City 4

    Box Score

    It was more of the same in game two. The E-Twins managed just three hits. Zach Granite went 1-2 with a walk.

    Yorman Landa started and went jut four innings. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on four hits and three walks. He struck out three. Andrew Ferreira came on and gave up one run on one hits over two innings. He struck out two. Carson Goldsmith struck out two in a scoreless final inning.

    GCL Twins 8, GCL Rays 2

    Box Score

    Lewis Thorpe has been as good, or better, than advertised. The lefty from Australia, who signed just a year ago, worked the first five innings. He gave up two unearned runs on four hits and a walk in five innings; he struck out eight. Thorpe has been tremendous. In 32.2 innings, he has walked three and struck out 46. He was replaced by Seth Wagner, the Twins 39th round draft pick in June of out high school. He made his professional debut and struck out one in a scoreless inning. Luke Bard came on and gave up one hit and struck one out in his inning. Josh Guyer gave up a hit, but he struck out three in his inning. Reyson Zoquiel walked one and struck out one in his inning.

    Lots of GCL Twins had one hit, but Adonis Pacheco was the only one who had two. The team had just six total hits. Engelb Vielma had the lone extra base hit, his second double. The team was helped by eight walks. Jason Kanzler did his job as leadoff man. He got on with a single and also walked twice. Will Hurt and Brian Navarreto also walked twice. Hurt stole his fifth base while Zach Larson stole his ninth.


    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 (8/6): Rock Cat Bats Bash started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. wagwan's Avatar
      wagwan -
      Great E-town video. It will be a lot more fun to follow those guys after seeing it. They are young, but there seems to be a lot of pitching on that team.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Seth, do you think Thorpe will/should move up to E'town? He's pretty effectively dominated GCL hitters and seems like he's ready for another challenge.
    1. ericchri's Avatar
      ericchri -
      Is that Luke Bard's first action this season? I don't recall seeing his name previous to this. Nice to see, regardless.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pitz View Post
      Seth, do you think Thorpe will/should move up to E'town? He's pretty effectively dominated GCL hitters and seems like he's ready for another challenge.
      I guess he could, but he's still so young. At this point, it would be for maybe three starts, so I don't know that there's a benefit. I might just leave him and let him continue what he's doing.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by ericchri View Post
      Is that Luke Bard's first action this season? I don't recall seeing his name previous to this. Nice to see, regardless.
      No, he's pitched in 4-5 games for the GCL Twins so far. I don't think any have been over 1 inning to this point though.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      I will second your comments about guys like Albers, Watkins, Heintz.

      It will be both interesting and perhaps exciting to see how Albers career plays out. Will he become the next crafty lefty who defies the odds with a nice career? Or will last night be the best game of his career?

      Right now the Twins need someone from this group of over a half dozen pitchers (Albers, Diamond, Worley, Hendriks, Hernandez and Walters) to step up and be good, joining Gibson and Deduno in an improved rotation in 2014.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Love the little guy succeeding.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Love the little guy succeeding.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by roger View Post
      I will second your comments about guys like Albers, Watkins, Heintz.

      It will be both interesting and perhaps exciting to see how Albers career plays out. Will he become the next crafty lefty who defies the odds with a nice career? Or will last night be the best game of his career?

      Right now the Twins need someone from this group of over a half dozen pitchers (Albers, Diamond, Worley, Hendriks, Hernandez and Walters) to step up and be good, joining Gibson and Deduno in an improved rotation in 2014.
      It's possible last night will be the best performance of his career even if he pitches for a decade in the big leagues. That was a tremendous performance.

      It's one of those things... Scouts, velocity, etc., tell us that logically, he's not going to be a long-term solution at all. That's the realist in me.

      However, we saw last night what could make him successful. That is, he had good control. He got ahead. He mixed speed tremendously. There are a lot of pitchers that are successful between 89-91. There are a lot of pitchers who are not successful despite 95-97. But that pitch speed difference gives hope. Three good pitches, ability to throw those three pitches at different speeds, good control, works fast, etc.

      Because he's not going to strike out many, he will have those games where the grounders go through the infield, and the bloopers land and eventually one is squared up.

      The other thing... he's only 27. Is he too old to be considered a prospect? Sure. Does that mean he can't pitch in the big leagues? No. He could pitch 12-15 years. Same with Colabello? What if you get three good seasons from them at league minimum? Tremendous value in that. What about Doug Bernier? His glove is tremendous! What if he's the #2 utility infielder for the Twins for 3 years, providing great defense and enough offense at league minimum.

      Likely? Maybe not. Possible? Sure.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Loved the video. I have followed the minors much more closely the last couple of years possibly cause the Twins are so bad...always good to see guys like Albers and Colobello finally get their chance. Lots of kids in the minors besides the big names (Sano, Buxton, etc.) hopefully they get their chance too.
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