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    Two starting pitchers that began the season in the Minnesota Twins starting rotation pitched very well in the minor leagues on Sunday. Thatís probably a big part of the story of the Twins 2013 season. Scott Diamond pitched one whale of a game for the Red Wings while Cole De Vries pitched five very good innings in Ft. Myers. The Twins traded Jamey Carroll on Sunday, and one of the candidates to replace him on the roster had a big game for the Red Wings as well. Miguel Sano continued to mash. There were several firsts in Elizabethton on this night. Speaking of firsts, congratulations to Cedar Rapidsí Adam Walker who became the first player in minor league baseball to tally 100 RBI this season. See what else happened in the Twins farm system on Sunday.

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Norfolk Tides 0
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    Scott Diamond was sent to AAA, and the hope would be that he would pitch well and quickly return. On Sunday, the lefty threw a complete game shutout. He needed just 106 pitches, and 73 of them were strikes. He gave up just five hits, walked none and struck out four.


    Eduardo Escobar apparently wants to return to the Twins. Theinfielder went 4-5 with his ninth and tenth doubles, and his fourth stolen base. Deibinson Romero went 2-3 with two walks and a triple. Eric Farris went 2-4 with his 21st stolen base. Ray Olmedo went 2-4.

    New Britain Rock Cats 5, Reading Fightin Phils 14
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    The Miguel Sano Show just continues, but on this night, the offense was not enough to overcome some poor defense. Matt Summers made the start and went four innings. He gave up five runs on nine hits. He walked one, hit one and did not strike out any. Jose Gonzalez came on and gave up five runs, but just one was earned, in 0.2 innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and hit one. Matt Hauser came in and gave up a home run before getting the final out. Dan Sattler struck out two in his perfect inning. Blake Martin gave up three runs on five hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out four.

    Sano went 2-5 with his 11th double and 13th home run. It was his 29th combined homer. Dan Rohlfing went 3-5. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his 18th home run. Jordan Parraz hit his 11thhomer.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 3, Jupiter Hammerheads 1
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    The Miracle got two wins on the day. They finished a game started on June 28th. Steve Gruver went three innings, and then Chad Rodgers went the final 3.2 innings. Kennys Vargas led the offense by going 2-4.

    The regularly scheduled game became a seven-inning game.Cole De Vries got the start and went five shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out four. Adrian Salcedo gets the save as he gave up an unearned run over the final two innings. He gave up two hits and walked one.

    Stephen Wickens went 2-4 with his 15th double. Dalton Hicks went 2-3 with his third double and two RBI.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, Kane County Cougars 4
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    If there was a race to 100 RBI in the entire minor leagues, the winner would be the Kernelsí Adam Walker. On Sunday, he went 2-4 with his seventh triple and his 26th home run. The homer went over the batterís eye in centerfield, and drove in three runs. It accounted for his 100th, 101st, and 102nd RBI. Jorge Polanco went 2-4 with his 30thdouble. Travis Harrison went 2-5 with his 28th double. Jonathan Murphy went 2-5.

    Hudson Boyd returned to the starting rotation for the Kernels. He went 2.2 innings. He gave up just one run on two hits. He walked six batters and struck out two. Christian Powell came on and went the next 4.1 innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits. He walked three and struck out four. Alex Muren recorded his second save. He struck out two over two one-hit innings.

    Elizabethton Twins 12,Burlington Royals 5
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    Down 5-4 heading into the 7th inning, the E-Twins scored seven runs in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach. Stuart Turner went 2-4 with two walks, his fifth double and his first home run. Tanner Vavra went 2-4 with a walk. Zach Granite went 2-5 with a walk. Zach Larson went 2-5. Ryan Walker went 1-3 with three walks and his third and fourth stolen base. Rory Rhodes had just one hit, but his grand slam was the biggest hit of the game.

    Yorman Landa started and went the first four innings. He gave up five runs (3 earned) on seven hits and three walks. He struck out two. Tanner Mendonca got his first win. He came in in relief. He threw two scoreless innings and gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two. Aaron Slegers recorded his first save. He struck out three over three perfect innings.

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    Comments 12 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Zach Larson is having an interesting 2013. I never heard of him until the short season started. He strikes out too much but he is 19 years old so I can forgive that. Already promoted to E-Town and he is keeping on hitting. He seems to have good power and Google tells me he was quite the athlete in High School.
      If he can refine his pitch selection he will become a prospect to keep an eye on.
    1. Otwins's Avatar
      Otwins -
      What is keeping Walker in Cedar Rapids? I went to one game there and he DH'd. He appears to be athletic. Is he poor defensively?
    1. AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS's Avatar
      AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS -
      Quote Originally Posted by Otwins View Post
      What is keeping Walker in Cedar Rapids? I went to one game there and he DH'd. He appears to be athletic. Is he poor defensively?
      No one knows. I tried asking this the other day. It makes no sense he is being blocked by 24-25 year old outfielders at Fort Myers.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      I'm purely speculating and not saying that I necessarily agree with it, but perhaps the Twins are keeping Walker in Cedar Rapids to help carry that offense in their playoffs.
      I would like to see Walker pushed up to the next challenge, but I do think they have some concern about keeping a strong team in Cedar Rapids. There aren't really strong options to replace Walker in Cedar Rapids which may be part of the reason for delaying his promotion.

      At this point, it may not be a big deal if Walker sees a few weeks at FtM or stays in Cedar Rapids, so they might as well keep the Kernels team as strong as possible for their playoffs.
      Hopefully he can start strong in FtM next year and spend the second half in AA.
    1. Rick Niedermann's Avatar
      Rick Niedermann -
      Question: Will Deibinson Romero get a Septmeber call up with the struggles of Trevor Plouffe?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS View Post
      No one knows. I tried asking this the other day. It makes no sense he is being blocked by 24-25 year old outfielders at Fort Myers.

      It's a question that's been asked pretty much every day for the last 6 weeks. No one knows for sure. The only thing is his BB:K rate is pretty terrible. Other than that, he's been tremendous in every category. And, his Defense is pretty solid too.
    1. stringer bell's Avatar
      stringer bell -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rick Niedermann View Post
      Question: Will Deibinson Romero get a Septmeber call up with the struggles of Trevor Plouffe?
      Robinson is not on the 40-man roster, so I suspect that unless someone else is moved, that the Twins won't make a 40-man move just to give him a September call-up. I would speculate that one of Wilken Ramirez or Clete Thomas may get the gate clearing a spot or that the Twins can shed some salary with an August move, but I doubt they promote Robinson given his only OK numbers at Rochester.
    1. SpitefulRabbit617's Avatar
      SpitefulRabbit617 -
      GOOD JOB SCOTTY D, Keep up the faith man! Keep throwing those CGSHO!!!!! Remember, its all mental
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rick Niedermann View Post
      Question: Will Deibinson Romero get a Septmeber call up with the struggles of Trevor Plouffe?
      He's not on the 40 man roster so it is not likely.
    1. hansob's Avatar
      hansob -
      Nothing on Buxton? I don't care if he sat with a hang nail. I NEEDS MY BUXTON NEWS! Doing a Twins minor league report without anything on Buxton is like publishing an early 2000's teen magazine without mentioning Justin Timberlake.
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Quote Originally Posted by hansob View Post
      Nothing on Buxton? I don't care if he sat with a hang nail. I NEEDS MY BUXTON NEWS! Doing a Twins minor league report without anything on Buxton is like publishing an early 2000's teen magazine without mentioning Justin Timberlake.

      Haha. You spelled 'Morneau' wrong.
    1. Jim H's Avatar
      Jim H -
      Quote Originally Posted by AllhopeisgoneMNTWINS View Post
      No one knows. I tried asking this the other day. It makes no sense he is being blocked by 24-25 year old outfielders at Fort Myers.
      I believe that this is factually incorrect. The 3 outfielders getting the bulk of the playing time at Fort Myers are Buxton, J. D. Williams and Kvasnicka. Buxton isn't 24 or 25 and neither is Williams. Kvasnicka is perhaps a special case. He was a high rated prospect whose professional career has been wrecked by injuries. The Twins obtained him this spring with the idea that maybe he could regain his status as solid prospect. The other players perhaps blocking Walker are Vargas and Hicks who share DH and 1B.

      Interestingly, Buxton, Williams and Hicks all started the year at Cedar Rapids and were promoted ahead of Walker. That doesn't necessarily mean they are better prospects(well Buxton certainly is) but that they were deemed more ready for the next level. The best way to create an opening for Walker would be to promote either Kvasnicka or Vargas. I would suppose that hasn't happened because either they aren't deemed ready for the next level or the Twins don't want to release someone at the next level.

      I doubt if the non-promotion is a big deal. There isn't much season left, the difference from between Low A and High A isn't that profound, and it is probably more important to have playing time for your best prospects than it is to have them exactly at the right level.
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