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  • Twins Minor League Report (5/4): Ryan Eades' Dominant Day

    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. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      I must be a contrarian because I wasn't pulling at the bit to get Meyer into the Twins rotation after his two dominant starts but now that he has a bit of a clunker I don't consider that to mean all that much either. I assume that Meyer's two great starts he had enough stuff and control to make them great starts in the majors as well. The idea that he needs to be consistent is somewhat valid but hardly the be all end all. If you told me he will have 2 dominant starts for every 3 games for the rest of his career I would say get him up now and enjoy it especially if you can have off days and still have a fair chance of winning. Pitchers have off days and that will probably not change no matter how much preparation he has in the minors. To illustrate, the names of the guys who had quality starts last year at a rate of approximately 2 out of every three games includes, Verlander, Fister, Felix Hernandex, Darvish, Cain, Lohse, and Lester. Top couple guys were at 80% but it dropped to 67% pretty quickly and there were a lot of past Cy Young types who were sitting around the 50% rate including Sabbathia, JIminez, Peavy, Harren and Lincecum. To illustrate further we are all kind of excited that Hughes had 3 quality starts in a row so that is obviously the exception around here.
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Clearly Polanco is a better prospect but Michael is succeeding at a level that we haven't seen previously. I just think our perception might have been different if Michael had spent 2012 in Elizabethton and 2013 in Cedar Rapids.
    1. chuchadoro's Avatar
      chuchadoro -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      I'm not sure what that means. Someone compared the two players, and I offered why some might like one more than the other.
      I was just piggybacking off your comment regarding Michael's age. It was a joke, not a retort.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Seth,

      Glad to hear about Peterson moving up...he's been nothing short of dominant. I was thinking he and Gilbert could be fast movers up the system this year.

      Any official word on Aderlin Mejia on why he was moved down to A+?

      He wasn't hitting for much power at AA, but .275 doesn't sound too bad.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by chuchadoro View Post
      I was just piggybacking off your comment regarding Michael's age. It was a joke, not a retort.
      Dang, my sarcasm detector is not working at all right now.....
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJL44 View Post
      Clearly Polanco is a better prospect but Michael is succeeding at a level that we haven't seen previously. I just think our perception might have been different if Michael had spent 2012 in Elizabethton and 2013 in Cedar Rapids.
      that does make sense.
    1. gil4's Avatar
      gil4 -
      Quote Originally Posted by crarko View Post
      And of course it was pretty much Brad Radke's career pitch. Changeup, and changierup.
      Mine was close to that, except it was a meatball and a hanging curve. That's why I stopped pitching at age 15.
    1. ashburyjohn's Avatar
      ashburyjohn -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Dang, my sarcasm detector is not working at all right now.....
      Like, we couldn't tell...
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJL44 View Post
      Clearly Polanco is a better prospect but Michael is succeeding at a level that we haven't seen previously. I just think our perception might have been different if Michael had spent 2012 in Elizabethton and 2013 in Cedar Rapids.
      Perhaps, but you can bet there would be plenty of criticism about the Twins not pushing him aggressively enough.

      That said, wasn't Michael in the last draft class under the old rules where he essentially lost his entire first summer after he was drafted because players could hold out until pretty much the whole season was over?

      The question for me is simply whether he would have transitioned easier simply by spending 2012 in Beloit. Of course, we'll never know.
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      I'm thrilled about Michael's year so far. he's one of the bright spots. Looking forward to seeing him in NB after the AS break (I think he'll be ready).
    1. Jaykay's Avatar
      Jaykay -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsfan34 View Post
      Any official word on Aderlin Mejia on why he was moved down to A+?

      He wasn't hitting for much power at AA, but .275 doesn't sound too bad.
      I think it was the 7 errors in 15 games.
    1. Eric R Pleiss's Avatar
      Eric R Pleiss -
      Quote Originally Posted by SD Buhr View Post

      That said, wasn't Michael in the last draft class under the old rules where he essentially lost his entire first summer after he was drafted because players could hold out until pretty much the whole season was over?
      SDB,
      He was in the class, but also was dealing with a lingering injury from the CWS, so he didn't play even after he signed.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Thanks, Eric. I knew I recalled that he didn't play that summer, so he got about half a season later start than top draft picks have had since then.
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