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  • Twins Minor League Report (8/30): Sano Shines Brightly

    Under the lights of Friday night lights, several Twins minor leagues shined brightly. None more so than Miguel Sano, the Dominican third baseman whose tremendous power makes him one of the gameís top prospects. He wasnít the only Twins minor league leaguer to have a strong night. Niko Goodrum returned to the Cedar Rapids lineup with a big game. One of the few prospects in Rochester had a nice game and then got some great news after the game. Elizabethton got a great start and five players got on base at least five times in their final game of the season.

    See what else happened in the Twins farm system on Friday.

    Rochester Red Wings 3, Buffalo Bisons 6

    Box Score

    The Red Wings tailspin continues as they lost for the eighth time in their last ten games. It was also the third time that the team blew a late lead in the last eight games. The big hit in this one was a 3-run homer off the bat of Andy LaRoche.

    Kyle Gibson made the start and worked the first four innings. He did not give up a run. He allowed two hits, walked four and struck out four. Logan Darnell, making his first relief appearances in the regular season since 2010 in Elizabethton, was charged with three runs (2 earned) on one hit and two walks in two innings. AJ Achter came on and gave up two runs on one hit in just 0.1 innings. Edgar Ibarra gave up one hit and struck one out in 0.2 innings. Virgil Vasquez gave up one run over the final two innings. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out one.

    Eric Farris went 2-3 with his 23rd stolen base. Antoan Richardson stole his 25th base for the Red Wings. Josmil Pinto went 2-4 with his eighth and ninth doubles. He was told after the game that he is heading for Minnesota and will be on the roster starting Sunday!

    New Britain Rock Cats 7, Reading Fightin Phils 3

    Box Score

    Miguel Sano has had some big games this year, and this one ranks right up there. He went 3-4 with his 15th double and his 34th and 35 home runs of the season (19 with the Rock Cats). He drove in three runs and now has 102 combined on the season. Nate Hanson went 2-4. Jordan Parraz went 2-4 with his 11th double.



    BJ Hermsen made the start and gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits over five innings. He didnít walk anyone and struck out four. Corey Williams gave up two hits and walked two batters over two shutout innings. He struck out three. He was credited with the Win in his AA debut. Dakota Watts struck out three over two perfect innings.

    Ft. Myers Miracle 4, Bradenton Marauders 3

    Box Score

    Taylor Rogers was just getting in some more work before the playoffs. The left-hander started and gave up just one hit over the first four innings. He struck out five. Tyler Duffey came on and pitched a scoreless fifth inning. Chad Rodgers gave up three runs on four hits over three innings (but he got the Win to improve to 8-2). Zach Jones struck out the side in the ninth.

    Stephen Wickens led the offense by going 3-3 and stole his 20th base. Mike Kvasnicka went 2-4. Matt Koch hit his 20th double.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels 8, Kane County Cougars 2

    Box Score

    The Kernels continue to roll toward the playoffs with a big win to give them an 86-49 record on the season. They used a big six-run fourth inning to do most of their damage.

    Niko Goodrum returned to the lineup after coming off of the Disabled List. He went 3-5 with his 21st double, fourth home run and three RBI. Jonathan Murphy went 2-5. Jorge Polanco hit his fifth homer, and Max Kepler hit his ninth of the season.

    Josue Montanez continued to pitch well. On this night, he gave up two runs on seven hits over seven innings. He didnít issue a walk and struck out five. Dallas Gallant went one scoreless inning. Brian Gilbert gave up two hits, but no runs, in a scoreless ninth inning.

    Elizabethton Twins 8, Pulaski Mariners 7 (12 innings)

    Box Score

    I guess the E-Twins didnít want their season to end, so they worked a little overtime.

    Yorman Landa started and went six shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out two. Tanner Mendonca came on to start the seventh inning and walked two, gave up a single, walked another and gave up another single to load the bases before being relieved by Ryan Eades. Eades gave up a bases-clearing double, and then a triple. Mendonca was charged with five runs allowed without recording an out. Eades was charged with one run on two hits and a walk over two innings. Andre Martinez came in and gave up one run on one hit and one walk in one inning. Austin Malinowski went the final three innings and gave up just one hit. He struck out three so his season ends with an impressive 2.01 ERA.

    Rory Rhodes led the offense. He went 4-6 with his 13th and 14th doubles. Zach Larson went 3-6 with his fourth and fifth doubles. Bryan Haar went 3-5 with a walk. Zach Granite was 2-4 with three walks and his fifth triple. Logan Wade went 3-6.


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    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Report (8/30): Sano Shines Brightly started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Mendonca has been pretty incredibly awful. Hopefully, he can develop some control.

      Eades has also been pretty disappointing for a 2nd round pick out of college pitching in relief in rookie ball. I was thinking he would jump to FtM to start next year ala DJ Baxendale, but now Cedar Rapids seems more likely. Any insights/scouting reports on Eades' performance Seth? Any speculations on his assignment for the start of next year?
    1. Dance with Disco Dan's Avatar
      Dance with Disco Dan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pitz View Post
      Eades has also been pretty disappointing for a 2nd round pick out of college pitching in relief in rookie ball. I was thinking he would jump to FtM to start next year ala DJ Baxendale, but now Cedar Rapids seems more likely. Any insights/scouting reports on Eades' performance Seth? Any speculations on his assignment for the start of next year?
      I too have been closely monitoring Eades' performance in E-town. I watched his college world series start after the Twins drafted him and I've been worried about what the Twins have in him ever since. It was a very underwhelming performance. As a second-rounder, I expected some quality to jump out - whether it be velocity, command, or a strong secondary pitch. He had none of that.

      Admittedly, I saw only one performance late in a season so I was willing to chalk it up to a bad day. But his decidedly mediocre results against mostly younger players in the Appy league has reinforced my concerns.
    1. roger's Avatar
      roger -
      I enjoyed having these reviews all year, coupled with a quick link to box scores. Became an early morning stop as I reviewed what interests me in the world of baseball and BIG football.

      Thanks for doing this Seth, I understand how much work it can be. But it is appreciated!
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      I'm begining to suspect the Twins continually re-up with their Rochester affiliate only to abuse and degrade them.

      In all seriousness though, the Twins seemed to keep Arcia and Hicks at New Britain last year when they clearly deserved a promotion and the implication was it was to help them in their playoff quest. The Twins don't seem to have same respect for the AAA club. Must be because they sell Yankee gear in the proshop.

      This year the Twins take away Pinto (understandable due to a catching need at the MLB leve) but do not appear inclined to promote any of the five best and most exciting players on the New Britain team even though most if not all seem to warrent a promotion. I'd imagine Gene Glynn would be more than pleased to take Sano, Rosario, May, Meyer and Santana.
    1. Corntopper's Avatar
      Corntopper -
      From the number of times Zach Granite's name has shown up in the E-town recaps, you'd think he's hitting well for quite an average (actually .285). Maybe it's his name. Pops off the page.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Eades certainly has not been terribly impressive so far, but I wouldn't make any more about that than I would about a top pick coming in and dominating. I'm think he'll still be a starter next year in Ft. Myers. That would be my guess. I'd assume Slegers will likely start in Cedar Rapids, but he could be at Ft. Myers too.
    1. Chance's Avatar
      Chance -
      It is a rock solid name.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Eades certainly has not been terribly impressive so far, but I wouldn't make any more about that than I would about a top pick coming in and dominating. I'm think he'll still be a starter next year in Ft. Myers. That would be my guess. I'd assume Slegers will likely start in Cedar Rapids, but he could be at Ft. Myers too.
      I don't know. Everything Eades has done thus far for the Twins, simply confirms what I saw in 2 post-season appearances for LSU. His college coach had virtually no confidence in him- almost pulling him in the 2nd inning of one game, and his lack of a smooth delivery and continual inability to throw strikes consistently or force weakly hit batted balls confirmed his concerns. Did the Twins scouts close the book and make their final decision on drafting him early in the spring? He was awful at the end of the season in college, and obviously, he's a mess right now- and all this while going up against less experienced and polished players while doing so- a 2nd round college pick should be dominating at this level. I hope there's not a Wimmers-esque arm issue as yet unidentified.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Seth:

      Now that E-town is done--any chance that Stewart and Gonsalves go to Cedar Rapids for the playoffs?? Berrios seems to have hit a wall and Brett Lee and others have thrown a lot of innings.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by DAM DC Twins Fans View Post
      Seth:

      Now that E-town is done--any chance that Stewart and Gonsalves go to Cedar Rapids for the playoffs?? Berrios seems to have hit a wall and Brett Lee and others have thrown a lot of innings.
      No.

      Longer answer. Nope.

      Stewart hadn't pitched for 9-10 days at E-Town because he had some shoulder soreness in a bullpen, so they will just wait for Instructs for him to pitch again. Gonsalves has done enough. He's definitely impressed.
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