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    Weather was again a factor in the Twins farm system. Of course, it appears that the Red Wings get rained out whenever Alex Meyer is scheduled to pitch. His first start was pushed back twice by weather, and he was supposed to start on Friday night for Rochester but it was rained out as well. As Rochester Democrat and Chronicle writer Jim Mandelaro noted on twitter, “Nine days into the season, the Red Wings have as many wins (4) as games postponed.”

    Of course, that lines up a replay of last Sunday’s pitching matchups highlighting the Twins top pitching prospects. Matt Summers will get the start in New Britain, and in the second Red Wings game Yohan Pino will throw. Top prospect Alex Meyer will start in game one for the Red Wings. JO Berrios will pitch in St. Lucie. Kohl Stewart will make the start in Lansing for the Kernels. In the matchups below, I will include the links where you can listen to these games live.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester, Lehigh Valley

    Alex Meyer is scheduled to pitch, so of course weather has become a factor and his start will move to Saturday after Friday’s game was postponed.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 2, Portland 11
    Box Score

    Taylor Rogers was back on the mound for the Rock Cats in this game. He had another rough first inning but settled down. He gave up five runs in the first, but just one more over the next three innings. In four innings, he gave up six runs (5 earned) on eight hits and a walk. He struck out seven. Cole Johnson and Ryan O’Rourke each threw a scoreless inning. BJ Hermsen pitched the seventh inning and gave up five runs on four hits and a walk. Jim Fuller was perfect in the eighth.

    Tony Thomas led the offense. He was 2-4 with two doubles. Kennys Vargas hit his second home run of the season, a solo homer in the ninth frame. Corey Wimberly walked twice.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 3, St. Lucie 6
    Box Score

    Lefty Brett Lee made his second Miracle start. In his first game, he was one out from a quality start. In this game, he got the final out of the sixth inning and gets the quality start. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on eight hits and two walks. He struck out four. Matt Tomshaw pitched a scoreless seventh inning but was charged with three runs (2 earned) in the eighth to take the loss.

    Niko Goodrum went 2-4 with his fourth double. He also drove in two runs. He now has 10 RBI in eight games. Jorge Polanco was 1-1 with two walks and was also hit by a pitch.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 10, Great Lakes 7
    Box Score

    This game went back and forth through the night. Lansing scored three in the bottom of the 8th inning to take a one-run lead, but Mitch Garver hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game at seven. Zach Larson singled in the go-ahead run and Chad Christensen singled in two insurance runs. Hudson Boyd came on for the ninth and struck out two in a perfect inning for his second save.

    The hitting hero again for the Kernels was Mitch Garver who, besides the game-tying sacrifice fly, hit two solo home runs, his third and fourth of the year. Jeremias Pineda went 2-3 with a walk and a triple. Chad Christensen went 2-4. Jason Kanzler went 2-5 with a triple after going 3-5 in his first Kernels game.

    Lefty Randy Rosario was very good in his second outing. He threw four shutout innings before giving up two in the fifth inning. In total, he gave up four hits, walked one and struck out two. Ethan Mildren made his first appearance with the Kernels since his call up on Monday. He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out three. Yorman Landa pitched the eighth inning, and it didn’t go so well. He gave up three runs on two hits and three walks in the inning. He did strike out one. Again, Boyd got the save with his two-strikeout ninth.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Randy Rosario, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Mitch Garver, Cedar Rapids Kernels

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (4:35 CST) – Alex Meyer, Yohan Pino (Listen)
    New Britain @ Portland (12:00 CST) – Matt Summers (Listen)
    Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) – JO Berrios (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids @ Lansing (1:05 CST) – Kohl Stewart (Listen)



    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games.

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    Comments 13 Comments
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Is Mitch Garver better than we all expected, or is he just beating up on pitchers a grade below both his age and skill level? Can he project to a Ryan Doumit-type player, or something even better, both at the plate and behind the plate?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Is Mitch Garver better than we all expected, or is he just beating up on pitchers a grade below both his age and skill level? Can he project to a Ryan Doumit-type player, or something even better, both at the plate and behind the plate?
      A 9th round pick just last year, he was a senior, so he was able to save the team some money to sign others. That said, he was one of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award for top college catcher (Stuart Turner won it). He's a solid player, a good defensive catcher, and he can hit a bit. He's not young for the level, but so far he's putting up the numbers. THey had him working a lot at 1B in spring training too. I think there's enough to be intrigued about going forward.
    1. Ncgo4's Avatar
      Ncgo4 -
      Another exciting day to watch our pitching prospects, with both Meyer and Stewart starting, weather permitting, of course.

      Speaking of prospects has anything come out of Ft Myers about Lewis Thorpe's spring?
    1. Don't Feed the Greed Guy's Avatar
      Don't Feed the Greed Guy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      I think there's enough to be intrigued about going forward.
      Intrigued? Four homers and three doubles in 25 at bats? Last year he hit two homers & 15 doubles in 202 at bats. I'm intrigued.
    1. Jeff A's Avatar
      Jeff A -
      I'm reading that John Murphy stole home for Fort Myers last night. Was it a straight steal, or did something happen there?
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Gibson with two wins, Meyer and May, Duffey, Berrios, Stewart, Eades and many more. That's why baseball will keep my attention all year
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by TKGuy View Post
      Gibson with two wins, Meyer and May, Duffey, Berrios, Stewart, Eades and many more. That's why baseball will keep my attention all year
      Well put!
    1. Rick Niedermann's Avatar
      Rick Niedermann -
      What has happened to B.J Hermsen? I'd think he is soon to be a release candidate.
    1. biscuit's Avatar
      biscuit -
      I probably missed it somewhere, but is there any news at all on the Eddie Rosario front?
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rick Niedermann View Post
      What has happened to B.J Hermsen? I'd think he is soon to be a release candidate.
      He's in the NB bullpen.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by biscuit View Post
      I probably missed it somewhere, but is there any news at all on the Eddie Rosario front?
      Nope, and there won't be until there is. The Twins certainly aren't going to talk about it until there is something to talk about.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeff A View Post
      I'm reading that John Murphy stole home for Fort Myers last night. Was it a straight steal, or did something happen there?
      Runner on first and third. Lefty pitcher throws to first for pick off and Murphy breaks from third on his initial move to first. Murphy is extremely fast and excellent defender as well in all 3 OF positions.
    1. Jeff A's Avatar
      Jeff A -
      Thanks, lightfoot. Not a traditional straight steal of home, then, but pretty impressive nonetheless.
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