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    The Twins ended their home stand on a positive note, Phil Hughes picked up the win with a quality start and the Twins picked up the series win over the Orioles.

    Let's see what happened in the minor leagues.

    Red Wings Report
    Louisville 6, Rochester 12
    BOX

    The Red Wings extended their winning streak to three games and now sit four games over .500, tied for their best mark of the season. With the win the Red Wings won the four-game series against Louisville, the fourth consecutive year they've done so.

    Alex Meyer had a rough outing, so maybe the book is out on his new changeup. He went just 4.2 innings, giving up four runs, five hits, three walks and five strike outs. Meyer also gave up a home run in the fourth inning to Louisville's Mike Constanzo, ending Meyer's scorelss innings streak at 15 2/3 innings. Edgar Ibarra picked up the win for the Red Wings, pitching 2.1 innings (two his, one run, two walks and a strike out), and Matt Guerrier finished out the final two innings, serving up a home run along with three hits and a strike out.

    Sunday was a big offensive day for the Red Wings, setting or matching season highs for runs scored in a game, hits in a game, runs scored in an inning, hits in an inning, extra-base hits and total bases. Every Red Wings player picked up at least one hit and six players picked up at least two. Chris Parmelee led the way with a three for five night, scoring three runs, knocking in five RBIs and hitting two home runs and a double. He's now hitting .333 on the year with a .395 OBP and .600 slugging. Eduado Nunez, despite not playing in eleven of the past twelve Rochester games, was also three for five. He is now hitting .313.


    Rock Cats Report
    New Hampshire 2, Rock Cats 5
    BOX

    The Rock Cats have now won three straight and earned their first series sweep of 2014. Virgil Vasquez, making his third start (and fifth appearance) of the year picked up the victory with 7.1 innings of four hit baseball. He only struck out one, but he lowered his ERA to 1.57. Adrian Salcedo, who came into the night with three consecutive strong outings, finished out the final 1.2 innings, giving up two hits and a walk while striking out four batters. His ERA came down a little bit, but it is still at 8.4 for the year, due mostly to an April 12 outing in which he allowed six earned runs in just a third of an inning.

    Despite scoring five runs, the Rock Cats had just seven hits on the night. Four of those runs came in the first inning. Corey Wimberly (1-4) led off the first with his only hit of the night, a triple. Nate Hanson ended the day 2-4 with a run scored and a first inning RBI, driving in Wimberly. Daniel Ortiz had the Rock Cats' only other extra base hit on the game, a first inning double off the left field wall that scored Hanson.


    Miracle Report
    Bradenton 4, Fort Myers 2
    BOX

    The Minnesota Twins organization was dealt their only loss of the day in Fort Myers. The Miracle had just five hits against Bradenton and just two against starter Jason Creasy who struck out six hitters in 5.2 innings. Jason Wheeler pitched 5.2 innings as well, but he served up seven hits, three runs (two earned) a walk and five strikeouts. He now sports a 2.78 ERA.

    With just five hits and two runs (both unearned), there is not a lot to say about the Miracle hitting from Sunday. Five batters, Levi Michael, Byron Buxton (making his return to game action), Travis Harrison, Aderlin Mejia, and Adam Brett Walker II were hitless, and no one recorded more than one hit nor any extra base hits. If not for three Bradenton errors the Miracle might not have scored at all.

    Kernels Repor
    Peoria 0, Cedar Rapids 2
    BOX

    The Kernels won the series in exciting fashion on Sunday night with a 2-0 shutout of the Peoria Chiefs. The Kernels scored early, tallying a run in the second and another in the third and held on for the win. Ryan Eades is now 3-3 after picking up the win, his ERA is down to 2.87 and he looks every bit the polished college pitcher the Twins thought they were drafting last year in the second round. Eades went five innings, struck out five, walked two and surrendered no runs on three hits. Yorman Landa pitched three innings and gave up just a hit to go along with four K's of his own. Hudson Boyd picked up the save with a perfect ninth inning.

    J.D. Williams, playing in just his second game of the year, was the hero of the day at the top of the Kernels lineup, reaching base three times with a 2-3 day and a walk. Ivory Thomas was 0-1 but he picked up three walks, a stolen base and scored a run.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Ryan Eades, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day - Chris Parmelee, Rochester Red Wings

    MONDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Columbus (5:35 PM Central) - Brooks Raley (Listen)
    Trenton @ New Britain (5:35 PM Central) - TBD (Listen)
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers (6:05 PM Central) - Matt Tomshaw (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (7:00 PM Central) - Ethan Mildren (Listen)
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Do Eades and Slegers have a chance to move up to FTM this years since they were college pitchers?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Brandon Peterson, the Minnesota native, has been promoted from Cedar Rapids to Ft. Myers.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Alex Meyer had a rough outing, so maybe the book is out on his new changeup. He went just 4.2 innings, giving up four runs, five hits, three walks and five strike outs.

      And that's why you don't call up a guy after two starts, a guy who is refining a brand-new pitch.

      Meyer will get it sorted but he needs to do it in the minor leagues.
    1. TRex's Avatar
      TRex -
      I know I am the 'excuses' guy, but when reviewing Meyers' start, keep in mind that he was pitching with an 8 run lead in the 3rd and a 10 run lead in the 4th. Who knows… maybe he ONLY threw his changeup!
    1. kdrupp09's Avatar
      kdrupp09 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TRex View Post
      I know I am the 'excuses' guy, but when reviewing Meyers' start, keep in mind that he was pitching with an 8 run lead in the 3rd and a 10 run lead in the 4th. Who knows… maybe he ONLY threw his changeup!
      Jack Morris always got knocked for pitching to the scoreline. And he should be in the hall of fame.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by kdrupp09 View Post
      Jack Morris always got knocked for pitching to the scoreline. And he should be in the hall of fame.
      Except that Morris didn't pitch to the scoreboard. That is a myth that has been shot down multiple times.

      To my knowledge, there is no such thing as a pitcher who pitches to the scoreboard, at least not enough to make a discernible dent in his career line.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      I give Eades credit for battling when he really didn't have his best stuff. He was working behind in the count a lot.

      But the best Kernels pitcher of the day was Landa. Faced the minimum 9 batters in 3 innings (an infield single was erased by a DP) and Peoria had no answer for him. He's been on fire the last week or so out of the bullpen.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post

      And that's why you don't call up a guy after two starts, a guy who is refining a brand-new pitch.

      Meyer will get it sorted but he needs to do it in the minor leagues.
      Absolutely correct... Those two starts SHOULD get people excited about what Meyer can be, but there's still work to do to get him to what he can become!
    1. cmathewson's Avatar
      cmathewson -
      Quote Originally Posted by TRex View Post
      I know I am the 'excuses' guy, but when reviewing Meyers' start, keep in mind that he was pitching with an 8 run lead in the 3rd and a 10 run lead in the 4th. Who knows… maybe he ONLY threw his changeup!
      I don't know if pitching to the scoreboard is encouraged. But working on pitches is, and he might have been throwing it more than he normally would to refine the feel for it. Given all the publicity about it, hitters might have been sitting on it. Still, the fact that he didn't fare well suggests that the pitch needs more refinement, and, as Brock said, that should be done in AAA.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by TRex View Post
      I know I am the 'excuses' guy, but when reviewing Meyers' start, keep in mind that he was pitching with an 8 run lead in the 3rd and a 10 run lead in the 4th. Who knows… maybe he ONLY threw his changeup!
      Quote Originally Posted by cmathewson View Post
      I don't know if pitching to the scoreboard is encouraged. But working on pitches is, and he might have been throwing it more than he normally would to refine the feel for it. Given all the publicity about it, hitters might have been sitting on it. Still, the fact that he didn't fare well suggests that the pitch needs more refinement, and, as Brock said, that should be done in AAA.

      Eric Rasmussen on Meyer's changeup:

      “We always talk about the changeup being like rabbits — they multiply,” Rasmussen said. “You throw 15 in a game, it seems like a lot more. It’s not like you have to throw it a lot. It sure seems to have a lot of effect. If you have the ability to throw three pitches over, hitters can’t eliminate something.”
      I sure would like to see the PitchF/X on this outing......
    1. kdrupp09's Avatar
      kdrupp09 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Except that Morris didn't pitch to the scoreboard. That is a myth that has been shot down multiple times.

      To my knowledge, there is no such thing as a pitcher who pitches to the scoreboard, at least not enough to make a discernible dent in his career line.
      Right, I wasn't intending to say that he did it, I am just saying that he got knocked for it and look at the kind of pitcher that he was.
    1. crarko's Avatar
      crarko -
      I do recall there were times Frank Viola threw the change 10-12 times in a row. And of course it was pretty much Brad Radke's career pitch. Changeup, and changierup.

      Meyer does not need to do that.
    1. Twinsfan46's Avatar
      Twinsfan46 -
      I was at the Meyer's start yesterday. He was very sharp for the first three innings, but seemed to lose touch in the 4th. The off speed stuff showed flashes of being dominant but was a bit inconsistent. His fastball sat 94-96 for the first three innings. He seemed to take a bit off in the 4th to regain a bit of control. He did touch 97 in the fifth though.

      He also had to sit a long time in between innings as the Wings had long scoring rallies in the first and second.

      One thing to know about yesterday was that it was around 55 with a 20-30 MPH wind blowing straight out all game. Everything was carrying a lot further than it first looked off the bat. I think that it would have been hard to stay loose yesterday.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Twinsfan46 View Post
      I was at the Meyer's start yesterday. He was very sharp for the first three innings, but seemed to lose touch in the 4th. The off speed stuff showed flashes of being dominant but was a bit inconsistent. His fastball sat 94-96 for the first three innings. He seemed to take a bit off in the 4th to regain a bit of control. He did touch 97 in the fifth though.

      He also had to sit a long time in between innings as the Wings had long scoring rallies in the first and second.

      One thing to know about yesterday was that it was around 55 with a 20-30 MPH wind blowing straight out all game. Everything was carrying a lot further than it first looked off the bat. I think that it would have been hard to stay loose yesterday.
      Thanks Twinsfan46! Your eyewitness account is much appreciated and adds context to the dry stats. Would you say the wind was the deciding factor in the home run that Meyer surrendered?
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by TKGuy View Post
      Do Eades and Slegers have a chance to move up to FTM this years since they were college pitchers?
      To answer your question. Yes. I'd say a good one... Part of this is having guys like Gonsalves and Thorpe sitting in EST and certainly deserving a shot in CR. Part is that they are college guys and if they dominate at a level where they are expected to dominate, they'll move up. Both have done that well, and I'd imagine that if they continue through May, they will be in the first wave called up in June.
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Don't look now, but Levi Michael's batting line is almost as good as Jorge Polanco. Would we think differently of Michael if he had gone to Betsy out of college and played well instead of jumping all the way to Ft Myers?
    1. Twinsfan46's Avatar
      Twinsfan46 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Thanks Twinsfan46! Your eyewitness account is much appreciated and adds context to the dry stats. Would you say the wind was the deciding factor in the home run that Meyer surrendered?
      That homerun was hit off the scoreboard in right, but it seemed to take off once it got into the jetstream. I think the ball may have had a chance without the wind but it wouldn't have been a no doubter. Arcia and Farris seemed to think that they had a chance and chased it back to wall. Based on their reaction I think it may have stayed in the yard on a calm day.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJL44 View Post
      Don't look now, but Levi Michael's batting line is almost as good as Jorge Polanco. Would we think differently of Michael if he had gone to Betsy out of college and played well instead of jumping all the way to Ft Myers?

      Isn't Polanco two years younger, at the same level? I'm not saying Michael can't be successful some day, but don't you think that is part of it?
    1. chuchadoro's Avatar
      chuchadoro -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Isn't Polanco two years younger, at the same level? I'm not saying Michael can't be successful some day, but don't you think that is part of it?
      Levi is just getting comfortable, he barely has 1000 PA at A+.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by chuchadoro View Post
      Levi is just getting comfortable, he barely has 1000 PA at A+.
      I'm not sure what that means. Someone compared the two players, and I offered why some might like one more than the other.
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