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    The title of today's article is based on Rihanna's "Diamonds", which I heard on KDWB today and which was written in less than 15 minutes. Not a coincidence, it took longer than 15 minutes to write the following report.

    The Twins had an off day yesterday and return to action this evening against the Tampa Bay Rays. Kyle Gibson will look to continue his early season success.
    All apologies for having this go up later than normal. But now that we're back up and running, the report goes up as usual.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    ROCHESTER 5, SYRACUSE 2

    Box Score

    A couple who were recently dismissed from the 40-man roster helped the Red Wings get back over .500.

    Scott Diamond turned in his best outing of the season (by far!) en route to picking up his first victory this year. His six solid innings, where he allowed seven hits and two walks, were enough for Rochester’s bats to pick up the win. Diamond allowed two runs and struck out three. He threw 90 pitches (61 strikes).

    A.J. Achter picked up a three-inning save. He struck out four batters while allowing one hit. He also hit a batter.

    Chris Parmelee has continued his hot play. Parmelee was 3-for-4 tonight and hit his third home run of the season. He drove in two and also reached base after he was hit by pitch. Over his last four games, he is 10-for-17 with three extra base hits (two home runs), a walk and five runs batted in.

    Danny Santana and Eric Farris both added two hits and a stolen base. Doug Bernier and Wilkin Ramirez doubled.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    NEW BRITAIN 4, NEW HAMPSHIRE 7 (14 innings)

    Box Score

    The Rock Cats have been pretty terrible this year, but were having so much fun today they decided to play 14 innings (or 4 hours, 37 minutes).

    Pat Dean got the team off to a good start, scattering three runs (two earned) over 5.1 innings. He allowed six hits and three walks. He struck out three and gave up two home runs.

    The bullpen did an excellent job. Cole Johnson (two Ks) went 1.2 innings. Matt Guerrier was charged with a blown save, but the run was unearned. Lester Oliveros pitched two scoreless frames. Dan Turpen (5 outs) and Ryan O’Rourke (1 out) contributed hitless outings.

    Adrian Salcedo was asked to pitch a longer outing and struggled. He got six batters out, but walked one, allowed three hits, threw two wild pitches and committed a throwing error. This led to three runs (two earned) and his second loss of the season.

    The defense behind the pitchers was shaky at best. Aderling Mejia and Kennys Vargas both had “missed catch” errors. But the pitchers didn’t help themselves either, with both Salcedo and Turpen committing errors of their own.

    The bats went cold after the 4th inning. The Rockcats scored four in the first four innings, but managed zero runs over the final 10 frames.

    Nate Hanson had two hits, including a home run. Brandon Waring doubled in his multi-hit game. Tony Thomas, Danny Ortiz and Vargas also had two-hit games.

    Of issue was the team going 3-for-16 with RISP and leaving 13 runners on base.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    FORT MYERS 2, JUPITER 3

    Box Score

    Alex Wimmers had another solid start, though this one wasn’t as good as the last one. He pitched five innings, allowing five hits and walking three. He allowed two runs and struck out four in a no-decision.

    Steven Gruver took the loss, giving up a run in two innings. Madison Boer walked one in a scoreless inning.

    Offensively, the Miracle struggled, going 2-for-11 with RISP and left 10 men on base.

    Levi Michael hit his fifth double. Niko Goodrum hit his third triple. Mike Gonzales and Max Kepler both had two hits.

    Jorge Polanco went 0-for-3, but is still batting .333. He hasn’t been without struggles though. Tonight he committed his 10th error, and was picked off/caught stealing. It’s a tribute to him that he’s been able to keep his troubles out of the batter’s box though, and you have to wonder how long he’ll get a shot to continue at shortstop (especially when neither Michael or Goodrum would be any worse).

    Doug Mientkiewicz was ejected in the 8th inning.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    CEDAR RAPIDS 3, PEORIA 5

    Box Score

    The Kernels blew an early lead and then regained it… only to lose it again in the 8th inning. They were unable to battle back in the 9th inning and fell to 9-8 on the season.

    Aaron Slegers went 5.2 innings allowing three runs on five hits and three walks. He struck out five before turning the ball over to Brandon Bixler. Bixler walked two and struck out two, allowing one hit in 1.1 innings. Christian Powell took the loss, surrendering two runs on two hits and a walk. He struck out three in his first decision of the year.

    Jason Kanzler was the lone player to get multiple hits. Kanzler also doubled. Bryan Haar doubled. Chad Christensen tripled and Zack Larson homered.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Scott Diamond, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Chris Parmelee, Rochester Red Wings

    TUESDAY’S PROBABLES:
    Rochester at Pawtucket (5:15 CST): Logan Darnell
    Fort Myers vs Jupiter (5:35 CST): Jason Wheeler
    New Britain at New Hampshire (5:35 CST): Virgil Vasquez
    Cedar Rapids at Peoria (6:30 CST): Ryan Eades
    Comments 27 Comments
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      Does anyone else wonder if Parmelee is just going to end up one of those guys who you see claimed on waivers via mlbtraderumors and are like "holy crap, how did that guy not stick with the team" due to big numbers at AAA? It seems like I see that every year a couple times some 1B/DH type that gets claimed and I see them and think dang, Twins shoulda got him only to realize the guy just couldn't make the jump for some reason.

      Hopefully he can keep it up and at some point get up here if a bat cools down or when someone gets injured. It just seems unlikely at this point with both Arcia and Willingham waiting to get back on the roster again and Kubel and Colabello hitting so well.
    1. Joe A. Preusser's Avatar
      Joe A. Preusser -
      I have a theory that if you can rake at AAA, you have the potential to be a good hitter in MLB. There just isn't a large enough gap in talent between the leagues to allow someone to dominate AAA but not be pretty good in MLB. Given enough time everyone can figure it out, it's just that not everyone is allowed that time.
    1. Siehbiscuit's Avatar
      Siehbiscuit -
      @JoeAP, I understand what you're saying but, I think many players and coaches would disagree with you. Most baseball people would say the jump from AAA to the Majors is the biggest and most difficult jump to make. Second is the A+ to AA jump. True, an adjustment period (like what Hicks is given) would help a ton of hitters and pitchers, but at the MLB level these guys need to win and win soon. The minor league affiliates want to win, but not at the expense of development.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Joe A. Preusser View Post
      I have a theory that if you can rake at AAA, you have the potential to be a good hitter in MLB. There just isn't a large enough gap in talent between the leagues to allow someone to dominate AAA but not be pretty good in MLB.
      Well some would argue the jump from AAA to the majors is easier if you happened to face the 2013 Minnesota Twins rotation. Unfortunately Parmelee never got that chance last year.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      What is up with the offense this year? I know three top prospects aren't playing, but not much else appears to be going super well....or am I just not reading these reports correctly?
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      What is up with the offense this year? I know three top prospects aren't playing, but not much else appears to be going super well....or am I just not reading these reports correctly?
      I don't think anyone expected the Kernels offense to be great. Walker and Kepler are off to slow starts, but the rest of the Miracle offense is doing ok. The Rockcats without Sano, Buxton and Rosario are left with Vargas, who's been slow out of the gates. Rochester has been getting offense from Bernier, Beresford and other non-prospect types.

      Similar to the Twins offense, kinda, no Mauer, Willingham, Arcia, but unlikely contributions from others.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      thanks jeremy.

      edit: not really thrilled that the offense is being carried by guys most don't think are MLB players.....this minor league system needs to produce some good players (more Pinto, less Hicks/Floriman)
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Jorge Polanco went 0-for-3, but is still batting .333. He hasn’t been without struggles though. Tonight he committed his 10th error, and was picked off/caught stealing. It’s a tribute to him that he’s been able to keep his troubles out of the batter’s box though, and you have to wonder how long he’ll get a shot to continue at shortstop (especially when neither Michael or Goodrum would be any worse).
      If he continues to hit does it matter much whether he's committing lots of errors in A ball? I'm reminded of Miguel Sano whose errors at third were just piling up in A ball. Every night it seemed like he got another one. But scouts thought he could stick, so the team kept putting him out at third, growing pains be damned. After all, think of how his bat will play if he sticks at third.

      Same thing with Polanco - think of how his bat will play if he sticks at short. At this point, I don't think either Goodrum or Michael are in the same class of prospect as Polanco; if either of those two make it at all, it will likely be as a backup or utility type. I'm all for giving Polanco a long time to work out the kinks.
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Yesterday in extended the Twins played the Orioles and Manny Machado was at 3rd. He popped out twice and struck out twice, the last one on 3 nasty changeups, swinging. This morning Mark Hamberber threw live bp.
    1. blindeke's Avatar
      blindeke -
      What do the Twins do if Parmalee keeps mashing?
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by blindeke View Post
      What do the Twins do if Parmalee keeps mashing?
      Promote him if there is room. Trade him if there is a good offer. Let him keep mashing until there is room or until there is a good offer. I am all for promotions when earned and he is earning it but there still has to be a spot available and no, Mauer would have to bat .267 all year before that spot should be considered. Parmalee can hardly complain about lack of opportunity.
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Any news on Buxton or Rosario? How about just a status update.
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      this minor league system needs to produce some good players (more Pinto, less Hicks)
      Kind of ironic statement since Pinto was never on a top prospect list and Hicks has the 1st round draft pedigree
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dantes929 View Post
      Any news on Buxton or Rosario? How about just a status update.
      I think Rosario showed up at extended spring.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by blindeke View Post
      What do the Twins do if Parmalee keeps mashing?
      If he mashes all year and there isn't room until September, add him back to the 40-man and make him compete for an OF spot. There could be both Hammer's and Kubel's spots open next year. He'd still be a cheap. Otherwise, yeah, if there's a market for him, listen.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dantes929 View Post
      Any news on Buxton or Rosario? How about just a status update.
      Buxton should be showing up in EST games soon, I would think.

      Rosario has been in FM for over a week and he should also be playing in EST games soon.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJL44 View Post
      Kind of ironic statement since Pinto was never on a top prospect list and Hicks has the 1st round draft pedigree
      Certainly not unusual to the Twins organization... and, I still wouldn't give up on Hicks becoming a solid regular.
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Certainly not unusual to the Twins organization... and, I still wouldn't give up on Hicks becoming a solid regular.
      I would not give up on Hicks either and of course Pinto is no sure thing either. Anyone remember Valencia and Parmalee's start? Problem I had with Hicks is that there didn't seem to be enough upside to his being a switch hitter and also that he never really dominated (much as I dislike that word) at the lower levels. He had the one nice year at AA but was hardly busting out. Same thing happened with Plouffe. He was being given a shot at the twins without really earning the promotion until he busted out a bit in 2011. He is now looking pretty good and Hicks might be capable of the same path but might not have the same extended opportunity with Buxton and other prospects vying for the same spots.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      His six solid innings, where he allowed seven hits and two walks, were enough for Rochester’s bats to pick up the win.
      I would not call a 1.500 WHIP performance "solid" by any means. I would call it below average. The fact that this performance was Diamond's best of the season does not make it "solid"...
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Thrylos View Post
      I would not call a 1.500 WHIP performance "solid" by any means. I would call it below average. The fact that this performance was Diamond's best of the season does not make it "solid"...
      You are probably the most nit-picky person on the face of the planet.

      "Solid" is arbitrary. Between my timeline and the game recap, the working out of trouble, it qualified as a "solid start" for me.

      Your starter goes six and gives up two runs. That's "solid".
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