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    Alex Meyer had one of the best starts of his minor league career on Wednesday night. He set a career-high in strikeouts and went into the 7th inning for the first time this season. On this night, one could make the argument that his performance was the third best by a starting pitcher in the organization (though you could also make a case for best or second-best very easily, as well). Ft. Myers' Tyler Duffey and Cedar Rapids' Ethan Mildren each made a strong case as well.

    Also, Chris Parmelee remains on fire!!

    photo by Mark Rebilas

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    Here is a look at what happened in the Twins farm system on Wednesday.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 1, Pawtucket 3
    Box Score

    For the fourth time in four starts with the Red Wings, Alex Meyer received a no- decision. His most recent start was a bit of a clunker, but he was tremendous in this start. The right-hander went 6.2 innings without allowing a run. He gave up just three hits, walked three and struck out a season-high 11 batters. Reports stated that he was consistently hitting 96-97 MPH and hit 99 on a couple of pitches.

    Ryan Pressly came on and got the final out of the seventh inning. He came out for the eight and walked the first two batters. He was replaced by lefty Edgar Ibarra who immediately gave up a two-run double and an RBI single. Matt Guerrier came up and surrendered a single and a walk before getting the final two outs.

    Chris Parmelee remained on fire. He went 2-4 with two doubles. He’s now hitting .343. In his last seven games, he is 15-29 with three doubles and two home runs with four walks and just two strikeouts. Doug Bernier was also 2-4 on the night and is now hitting .385 on the season. Eduardo Nunez missed his fourth straight game with the oblique strain.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 5, New Hampshire 7
    Box Score

    The Rock Cats had a 4-1 lead after two innings, but then the defense faltered, lost the lead and eventually the game.

    Tony Thomas had a nice night at the plate. Leading off, he went 2-4 with a walk, his fifth double and his first home run of the season. He drove in two runs. Danny Ortiz drove in the other two runs with his fourth double.

    DJ Baxendale gave up six runs on five hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. However, due to four errors, just two of those runs were earned. Dan Turpen came on and gave up only one hit over 2.1 scoreless innings. Ryan O’Rourke went the final two innings. He gave up only an unearned run.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 4, Jupiter 2
    Box Score

    The Miracle got some big hits but it was the performance of Tyler Duffey that was most instrumental in this win. He improves to 3-0 and drops his ERA to 2.82 after throwing six shutout innings on this night. He gave up just one hit, walked one and struck out five. Tim Shibuya came on and gave up two hits over two scoreless innings. Brian Gilbert came in for the ninth inning and gave up two runs on three hits, but he ended the game with the Miracle in the lead.

    Travis Harrison and his hot bat were moved to the second spot in the lineup. After a Levi Michael leadoff single in the first inning, Harrison doubled him to third. Michael scored on a Jorge Polanco single while Harrison scored on an error. In the fifth inning, Stuart Turner singled with one out and advanced to third on an AJ Pettersen double. With two outs, Harrison singled in both runners. The Miracle had just six hits, and Harrison had two of them.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 0, Peoria 2
    Box Score

    The Kernels gave up no hits into the 7th inning and found a way to lose this game 2-0. Ethan Mildren made the start and threw five no-hit innings. He walked one and struck out six batters. Alex Muren came on and didn’t give up a hit in the sixth. In the seventh, he allowed a one-out double. After an error and a ground out, Peoria had an unearned run and a 1-0 lead. Hudson Boyd came in for the 8th inning. He gave up a leadoff double, but the next two batters popped out. Unfortunately a passed ball and a wild pitch gave Peoria their second run.

    Cedar Rapids managed just five hits in the game. Logan Wade had two of them. Joel Licon walked twice.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Duffey, Ft. Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Tony Thomas, New Britain Rock Cats

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Pawtucket (11:05 a.m. CST) – Kris Johnson (Listen)
    New Hampshire @ New Britain (9:35 a.m. CST) – Taylor Rogers (Listen)
    Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Brett Lee (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35 CST) – Kohl Stewart (Listen)


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

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    Comments 68 Comments
    1. pierre75275's Avatar
      pierre75275 -
      I can't believe Meyer didn't get pitcher of the day. Holy Smokes! 99mph and 11k's! When do him and Pelfrey trade places?? Nice to Parmelee hitting like he wants the Twins to trade Kubel or Willingham.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Pelfrey was unimpressive again today.

      And yet, the Twins bats pulled another one out today. Fun to watch.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Also...this GREAT quote from Red Sox's 3B Will Middlebrooks, who was making a rehab start against Rochester tonight...


      "I asked a coach, 'Who'd he make mad? Why is he here? Are there five guys better than him in Minnesota," Middlebrooks told Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.

      http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp..._milb&sid=milb

    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfan34 View Post
      Also...this GREAT quote from Red Sox's 3B Will Middlebrooks, who was making a rehab start against Rochester tonight...


      "I asked a coach, 'Who'd he make mad? Why is he here? Are there five guys better than him in Minnesota
      ," Middlebrooks told Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.

      http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp..._milb&sid=milb

      Excellent find, Twinsfan! What an awesomely great line by Middlebrooks! In addition to his 3 Ks on Middlebrooks, he also struck out just-demoted major leaguer, Ryan Roberts, twice. And the PawSox have other good prospects in their lineup, as well. Sorry, this was not the 3rd best performance in the Twins organization on Wednesday, this was the best, hands down- and we only need take Will Middlebrooks' word for it.

      Next up?.....most assuredly will now come "The Great Debate" on Meyer's current lack of, and need for, more "Consistency" before he possibly can be considered for promotion to the Twins. It is ridiculous to hold Meyer back beyond the arb cutoff date.
    1. tjsyam921's Avatar
      tjsyam921 -
      If there were 5 pitchers better than Meyer in Minnesota we'd be headed to the world series. What does a team like the twins do when they have a guy, for example like Pelfrey, struggling but has a two year contract? Put him in the pen? Yikes! Send him down and hope no one claims him? Trade him for nothing?
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfan34 View Post
      Also...this GREAT quote from Red Sox's 3B Will Middlebrooks, who was making a rehab start against Rochester tonight...


      "I asked a coach, 'Who'd he make mad? Why is he here? Are there five guys better than him in Minnesota," Middlebrooks told Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal.

      http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp..._milb&sid=milb

      He must have forgot we have Pelfrey in our rotation. You know, the guy with the 7.32 ERA who has 3 fewer K's all year than Meyer had last night.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Miami found a way to promote their young, great pitchers, fast. Now, just a couple of years after being ridiculed for trading their vets and reloading, they are playing well. It would be great if the Twins got Meyer up here, and put Pelfrey in the pen.
    1. jwb1226's Avatar
      jwb1226 -
      Quote Originally Posted by tjsyam921 View Post
      If there were 5 pitchers better than Meyer in Minnesota we'd be headed to the world series. What does a team like the twins do when they have a guy, for example like Pelfrey, struggling but has a two year contract? Put him in the pen? Yikes! Send him down and hope no one claims him? Trade him for nothing?

      Don't we hope someone DOES claim him?
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jwb1226 View Post
      Don't we hope someone DOES claim him?
      That would be ideal, but the market for him over two years for $11M will be non existent. They say anytime you sign a Boras client you are the sucker. I have to believe we were bidding against ourselves and we were the only two year deal on the table last offseason.
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Excellent find, Twinsfan! What an awesomely great line by Middlebrooks! In addition to his 3 Ks on Middlebrooks, he also struck out just-demoted major leaguer, Ryan Roberts, twice. And the PawSox have other good prospects in their lineup, as well. Sorry, this was not the 3rd best performance in the Twins organization on Wednesday, this was the best, hands down- and we only need take Will Middlebrooks' word for it.

      Next up?.....most assuredly will now come "The Great Debate" on Meyer's current lack of, and need for, more "Consistency" before he possibly can be considered for promotion to the Twins. It is ridiculous to hold Meyer back beyond the arb cutoff date.
      He has 8 BB in 20 IP, they will cite that until June and bring him up.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      It is going to be quite exciting once Meyer gets to the majors.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Excellent find, Twinsfan! What an awesomely great line by Middlebrooks! In addition to his 3 Ks on Middlebrooks, he also struck out just-demoted major leaguer, Ryan Roberts, twice. And the PawSox have other good prospects in their lineup, as well. Sorry, this was not the 3rd best performance in the Twins organization on Wednesday, this was the best, hands down- and we only need take Will Middlebrooks' word for it.

      Next up?.....most assuredly will now come "The Great Debate" on Meyer's current lack of, and need for, more "Consistency" before he possibly can be considered for promotion to the Twins. It is ridiculous to hold Meyer back beyond the arb cutoff date.
      I guess I'll be the one to urge a little restraint on Meyer. Though my concern has nothing to do with Super 2 or adding him to the 40 man roster.

      Meyer was injured the majority of last season. I think he threw like 60 innings at AA. Yes, he sure appears to be 100% healthy, but he's an asset the Twins need to be careful with. I have no problem with him getting a couple months worth of AAA starts. Keep in mind, he couldn't complete the third inning in his start prior to last night's gem. That short, bad start prompted some questions about his health (which were answered in the negative).

      So yes, I'm excited by Meyer. Yes, I don't want him to languish in AAA simply because the Twins have Pelf and Correia under contract. But is there anything wrong with wanting to see a few good (not necessarily great like last night) starts in a row before calling him up?
    1. jay's Avatar
      jay -
      Quote Originally Posted by tobi0040 View Post
      They say anytime you sign a Boras client you are the sucker. I have to believe we were bidding against ourselves and we were the only two year deal on the table last offseason.
      If look at who signed 2 year deals -- Arroyo, Colon, Hudson, Kazmir -- and some of who signed 1 year deals for > ML min -- Haren, Johnson, Hammel, Chen, Floyd, Vogelsong, Volquez -- it's pretty easy to say he's the outlier in the first group and a much better fit in the second group.

      I have to agree with your sentiment.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      If he is on an innings limit.....you want those burned in AAA, or the majors?
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      If indeed this new changeup grip is going to be effective, this kid has #1 starter written all over him. May seems to have found some control also, so this is getting pretty exciting.
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      While I'm excited about Meyer as well, I don't have a problem letting him get a 10-12 AAA starts first. I think being smart about arbitration clocks is the right move most of the time and in this case he's not being wronged. It's not like he's been down there for 3 months just dominating, he only has 4 AAA starts to his name and about half a season at AA. Now if his May looks similar to his April then yes, it's probably time. Speaking of May, Trevor May's numbers are just as exciting through three starts. Over a K per inning and crazy low WHIP of .783. Considering May had a full year at AA it will be interesting if they both continue this well to see who gets the first call up when we have an injury or they decide a guy needs to be sent to the pen.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Meyer is likely on an innings limit.....you want 80% of his starts in AAA, or up here? I guess if all they care about is the future, and not this year, you can hold him down for another year of control.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Guess I would respond to Mr Middlebrooks by saying the Twins don't have 5 guys better than what Meyer was last night. They may have some better than he was in his prior start. I don't think he needs several outstanding starts to get called up, but I'm ok with waiting for a couple more pretty decent starts (or at least not another clunker next time out).
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      While I'm excited about Meyer as well, I don't have a problem letting him get a 10-12 AAA starts first. I think being smart about arbitration clocks is the right move most of the time and in this case he's not being wronged. It's not like he's been down there for 3 months just dominating, he only has 4 AAA starts to his name and about half a season at AA. Now if his May looks similar to his April then yes, it's probably time. Speaking of May, Trevor May's numbers are just as exciting through three starts. Over a K per inning and crazy low WHIP of .783. Considering May had a full year at AA it will be interesting if they both continue this well to see who gets the first call up when we have an injury or they decide a guy needs to be sent to the pen.

      Exciting problem to have a couple of guys at AAA that look deserving of callus but no open spots yet on the MLB roster. Of course Pelf has looked pretty bad so far but still to only have one guy at the MLB level that we're fed up with instead of 5 is a great improvement, HA
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by halfchest View Post
      While I'm excited about Meyer as well, I don't have a problem letting him get a 10-12 AAA starts first. I think being smart about arbitration clocks is the right move most of the time and in this case he's not being wronged. It's not like he's been down there for 3 months just dominating, he only has 4 AAA starts to his name and about half a season at AA. Now if his May looks similar to his April then yes, it's probably time. Speaking of May, Trevor May's numbers are just as exciting through three starts. Over a K per inning and crazy low WHIP of .783. Considering May had a full year at AA it will be interesting if they both continue this well to see who gets the first call up when we have an injury or they decide a guy needs to be sent to the pen.

      Exciting problem to have a couple of guys at AAA that look deserving of callus but no open spots yet on the MLB roster. Of course Pelf has looked pretty bad so far but still to only have one guy at the MLB level that we're fed up with instead of 5 is a great improvement, HA
      I think the move is to swap Deduno and Pelfrey now and bring up Meyer or May in June (after the arbitration deadline). The other should be up if someone gets hurt or is inneffective.
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