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    The Rochester Red Wings and the Cedar Rapids Kernels each had the day off on Tuesday. The Red Wings made the long trek back up north from Virginia. The Kernels didnít play, but they were still in the news. The Twins found out that they received LHP Miguel Sulbaran from the Dodgers as the Player to be Named Later in the Drew Butera trade. He has pitched for Great Lakes in the Midwest League throughout this year and will report to the Kernels. Sulbaran pitched in 23 games for Great Lakes, making 16 starts. In total, he was 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. In 92.2 innings, he allowed 89 hits, walked 27 and struck out 85. He is just two months older than JO Berrios.



    Speaking of Berrios, he was put on the Disabled List with a right elbow contusion. I talked with three people familiar with the situation. In his most recent start, he was hit by a line drive in the elbow. However, by the next day, he appeared to be much better. The Twins decided to be cautious, as they should with such a talent, and put him on the Disabled List. One other person told me that the plan was actually to shut him down for a week or two in an attempt to manage his innings and help him be strong for the Midwest League playoffs.

    In other transactions, lefty David Hurlbut was promoted to Ft. Myers to take the spot of righty Cole De Vries, who was promoted to New Britain.

    There were actually several games to talk about, and the Twins now have their first 30 home run hitter of the season. See what else happened in the Twins farm system on Tuesday.

    Rochester Red Wings


    No Game Scheduled.

    Game 1 - New Britain Rock Cats 4, New Hampshire 5

    Box Score

    Miguel Sano homered for the 30th time this year (14th with the Rock Cats), but it wasnít enough in Game 1. Danny Santana went 2-4. Reynaldo Rodriguez added his 19th home run and drove in two runs.

    DJ Baxendale went all seven innings. Unfortunately, he was charge with five runs and just one was earned. He gave up eight hits (and three of those went for home runs). He walked one and struck out six.

    Game 2 - New Britain Rock Cats 6, New Hampshire 5

    Box Score

    In the second game, the Rock Cats found themselves down 5-3 going into the bottom of the ninth. Kyle Knudson led off with a double. He scored when the next batter, Angel Morales, doubled. After a sacrifice bunt, Eddie Rosario doubled in the tying run. Understandably, Miguel Sano was intentionally walked. However, a wild pitch advanced Rosario to third, and Sano stole second. New Hampshire decided to walk powerful Reynaldo Rodriguez. However, the fourth pitch was wild and Rosario scored the winning run.

    Knudson was the one Rock Cats hitter with more than one hit. He was 2-3 and the double was his third. Rosario was 1-3 with a walk and his 14th double. Reynaldo Rodriguez added his 26th double.

    Matt Hauser made his first start of the year in this bullpen game. He was able to go four innings. He gave up three runs (1 earned) on four hits and a walk. He struck out four. Daniel Turpen came on and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. Dakota Watts gave up one hit over two innings to get the Win.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 4, St. Lucie 5

    Box Score

    Lefty David Hurlbut was promoted from Cedar Rapids and made his Miracle debut. He made less than a handful of starts this season, pitching primarily out of the Kernels bullpen. But, he made the start tonight for Ft. Myers. He began with three scoreless innings. However, he gave up three runs in the fourth. He gave up eight hits, didnít walk anyone, and struck out four. Nelvin Fuentes came on and struck out three in two scoreless innings. He walked one. Corey Williams got the final two innings. He gave up a big two-run homer in the seventh that proved to be the gameís decider. He gave up the two runs on three hits, no walks and struck out two.

    Byron Buxton is back to .300 for the Miracle after a 3-4 night. He drove in two runs. Dalton Hicks went 2-4 with his third home run. It was a solo shot. The RBI gives him a combined 97 RBI on the season between Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels


    No Game Scheduled.

    Elizabethton Twins 6, Danville Braves 3

    Box Score

    It was a good all-around game for the E-Twins. They got a good start from lefty Hein Robb. He gave up one run on five hits in five innings. He did walk four while striking out five. Andre Martinez came on and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked three and struck out two. Ryan Eades came on and pitched the final two innings. He gave up two runs on two hits and two walks. He struck out three.

    Javier Pimentel was the offensive hero. He was 3-4 with his 11th double and three RBI. Tanner Vavra was 1-2 with a walk and two RBI. Zach Granite extended his hitting streak to eight games.

    GCL Twins 3, GCL Orioles 1

    Box Score

    Righty Alex Meyer returned to the mound for his second rehab appearance. This time, he was able to go three shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked two and struck out two. He was replaced by Jared Wilson who was charged with one run on three hits in three innings. He walked three and struck out two. Chih-Wei Hu came on and struck out one over two scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit. Tyler Stirewalt got the save. He didnít give up a run despite allowing two hits and walking one.

    Alex Swim went 2-4 with an RBI. Adonis Pacheco was 1-2 with two walks.


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    Comments 24 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Danny Santana
      He was recently names as the best defensive SS in the eastern league by opposing managers:
      Double-A 2013 Best Tools - BaseballAmerica.com
      (even though he has a hell of a lot of errors)

      He has a decent BA average, not a lot of power, 23 Stolen Bases and he doesn't strike out too much, nor does he walk much.

      Offensively he looks pretty good, and if his defense is that good, why is he not getting more hype as a prospect? - not just locally but nationally. Usually a SS who can hit and play outstanding defense shoot up the prospect rankings.
    1. Old Twins Cap's Avatar
      Old Twins Cap -
      How many errors does he have?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I've liked Santana since seeing him in Beloit in 2010 and 2011. He was so young, but you could just see the tools and the talent. The guy has tremendous range and a very, very strong arm. He has about 29 errors. I've heard (And Terry Ryan even spoke once of) how the New Britain infield isn't as well kept as Ft. Myers or many other fields. I haven't seen him for a couple of years to know whether the errors are routine balls or throws or if they've been because of trying to do too much.

      Offensively, he's certainly not an ideal leadoff guy as he is very aggressive. He also loves taking really big swings and when you're a little guy, maybe 5-9, 175, with his kind of speed, he should try to get on base more. But, he can hit. He's got some pop.

      He has a chance, but he's a ways off. I've probably got him ranked somewhere in the 15-20 range for Twins prospects.
    1. Otwins's Avatar
      Otwins -
      Did I read this right ?

      The Twins received a pitching prospect that is 2 months younger than Berrios and has similar stats in the same league. For Butera?

      I realize that it is A ball but that looks to me like a very good trade for Terry Ryan.

      Are the Dodgers interested in anyone esle?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Thanks for pointing this out. He's two months older than JO Berrios, but yeah, he's 20...

      "Another edit is necessary... he's 19, not 20."
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Quote Originally Posted by Otwins View Post
      Did I read this right ?
      The Twins received a pitching prospect that is 2 months younger than Berrios and has similar stats in the same league. For Butera?
      He now has the 2nd most SO's for Kernals - 7 behind Berrios.

      its a very low propbability that he ever makes the MLB club, but really its pretty amazing.
    1. B Richard's Avatar
      B Richard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post

      He has a chance, but he's a ways off. I've probably got him ranked somewhere in the 15-20 range for Twins prospects.

      How far is a ways off if he is at AA this year and showing promise? Is this about fielding? Is there a shot he makes the bigs at all in 2014?
    1. SurroundedByTigers's Avatar
      SurroundedByTigers -
      What's the upside on Reynaldo Rodriguez? He's putting up some decent numbers at AA, with like 17 HRs and 26 doubles.
    1. Boone's Avatar
      Boone -
      Great return for Butera. Supposedly Sulbaran is in the low-90s with his FB and spent almost all of last season in the Arizona League (which I think is similar to the GCL), which makes his numbers in the MWL that much more impressive. He's just 5'10", which will hurt his upside in the eyes of most scouts, but he's posted a better K/BB this year than Berrios in about the same amount of IP (3.15:2.2.71). Check out Sulbaran's line since the start of June:
      12GS 59IP 1.83 ERA 1.03WHIP 52K 11BB 7.9K/9 4.7K/BB

      The one area of concern is that Sulbaran has allowed just 3HR despite having a GB/FB ratio under 1. Expect some regression in that respect going forward.

      Now I'm very excited to see who the PTBNL is in the Carroll trade.
    1. Boone's Avatar
      Boone -
      Quote Originally Posted by SurroundedByTigers View Post
      What's the upside on Reynaldo Rodriguez? He's putting up some decent numbers at AA, with like 17 HRs and 26 doubles.
      He's already 27 so not much. He might become a bench player but, especially with the amount of corner infielders in the organization (Plouffe, Parmelee, Colabello, sometimes Mauer, Sano, Vargas, and Harrison), it's doubtful that he ever becomes a starter for the Twins.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by B Richard View Post
      How far is a ways off if he is at AA this year and showing promise? Is this about fielding? Is there a shot he makes the bigs at all in 2014?
      I think he could be a September call up next year. I also don't think it would hurt him to get another half-season at AA New Britain next year. Defense is part of it. Although I can look past the errors for the long-term, his defense will have to be cleaned up. And, offensively, it would be nice for him to control the strike zone a little better. He's all about tools, and I think he's a case where patience will be important.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by SurroundedByTigers View Post
      What's the upside on Reynaldo Rodriguez? He's putting up some decent numbers at AA, with like 17 HRs and 26 doubles.
      As was stated, he is 27 and been in AA for awhile. That said, there's nothing wrong with having guys like this around. As we've seen, the path to the big leagues is not always fast and not always direct. He's earned his playing time. Initially signed to fill a gap, he's also allowed Kennys Vargas to stay at Ft. Myers. As nice as Vargas's numbers are, there's a lot of value to him staying where he's at, working on the plate discipline, developing the all-around offense by working with Jim Dwyer, and getting time with Doug Mientkiewicz at first base. Since he's missed so much time the last two seasons, it doesn't hurt him at all.

      Rodriguez was brought in as a filler, but he's earned his way. That's a good thing.
    1. Jorkal's Avatar
      Jorkal -
      Seth,

      Any chance you could post Sano and Buxton's triple slash lines each day? I read these recaps faithfully and appreciate hearing about all of the Twins' prospects but I can't be the only one who's most-anticipated blurbs are the references to these two.
    1. scottsilvi's Avatar
      scottsilvi -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jorkal View Post
      Seth,

      Any chance you could post Sano and Buxton's triple slash lines each day? I read these recaps faithfully and appreciate hearing about all of the Twins' prospects but I can't be the only one who's most-anticipated blurbs are the references to these two.
      While I love the entire minor league report, I can't help but gloss over some things until I get my daily update on sano & buxton. I know I could certainly look it up (and often do), but it would be great to have that in the same place.

      Seconded
    1. Oldgoat_MN's Avatar
      Oldgoat_MN -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottsilvi View Post
      While I love the entire minor league report, I can't help but gloss over some things until I get my daily update on sano & buxton. I know I could certainly look it up (and often do), but it would be great to have that in the same place.

      Seconded
      You just click on these every day. Then you would have slash line data and lots more.

      Miguel Sano
      Byron Buxton
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      He now has the 2nd most SO's for Kernals - 7 behind Berrios.

      its a very low propbability that he ever makes the MLB club, but really its pretty amazing.
      Not as low of a probablity as Drew Butera had of making the club. I remember seeing the return for Luis Castillo and thinking there was a slim chance Dustin Martin would someday make the club but no way in hell was a guy putting up the terrible numbers Butera did in the low minors ever making it to the majors.
    1. Steve Lein's Avatar
      Steve Lein -
      How does Baxendale give up 3 HR's and only 1 earned run! That's cooking the books when they didn't come after an error on the potential 3rd out!!! q; )

      Sano now slugging over .800 in August. Wonder if TR will reward him in September ala Benson/Parmelee of 2011. Sano certainly has better numbers than they did in AA before the cup of coffee.
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      I read in the comment section of the Butera/Sulbaran trade article on MLBtraderumors that Sulbaran could be hurt, possibly needing TJ surgery. Obviously this could be false info but Im curious if this could be true.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      Mayo updated his Twins team prospect ranking and had Sulbaran #13, which was a lot higher than I would have guessed.

      2013 Prospect Watch | MLB.com: News
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      If he's #13 in the Twins system but #14 in the Dodgers, I guess it means the Dodgers farm is better. Back to the drawing board.
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