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    It was an interesting day in the Minnesota Twins system. At the top, the Twins got another horrific starting from Kevin Correia and Michael Tonkin struggled again. David Ortiz took it to his old team for the second straight night and the Red Sox topped the Twins 9-4.

    There were two walk-off wins in the Twins' minor leagues, so that’s always fun. Another team scored its winning run thanks to a big blast in the team’s first inning. Unfortunately, if you’re a Cedar Rapids fan, it was a tough night. For the second straight day, they were swept in a double header against Peoria.

    Let’s look at the goings on in the Twins system:



    TRANSACTIONS

    As mentioned yesterday, Ryan Walker and Carlos Avila were added to the Cedar Rapids Kernels roster on Wednesday morning. They take the roster spots of Engelb Vielma and Jason Kanzler. Dalton Hicks came off the Ft. Myers Miracle DL, and Alex Swim returned to Extended Spring Training.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 5, Columbus 4
    Box Score

    Going into the 9th inning, Pedro Florimon had been 0-13 in his short time with the Red Wings. However, he picked a great time for his first hit, a leadoff double. Two batters later, James Beresford drove him in with a sacrifice fly to give the Red Wings a walk-off win.

    Chris Herrmann went 2-3 with a walk, his second double and his second stolen base. Wilkin Ramirez went 2-4.

    Scott Diamond made the start for the Red Wings. The lefty gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits. In 5.1 innings, he struck out two. Yohan Pino went the next two innings and didn’t allow a run despite giving up a hit and walking two. He struck out three. Matt Hoffman got two outs. He walked two and struck out one. AJ Achter pitched the final inning and was perfect. He struck out two.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 4, Portland 3
    Box Score

    Walk-off home runs are fun! Even walk-off singles are great! Winning walk-off walks? Well, hey, they're certainly better than walk-off (or any) losses!!

    Down 3-1 going into the bottom of the 9th, the Rock Cats got a single and a double from Corey Wimberly and Tony Thomas, respectively. That set up an RBI single for Nate Hanson, followed by the game-tying RBI single off the bat of Kennys Vargas. Still no one out, Reynaldo Rodriguez singled to load the bases. Danny Ortiz grounded into a force out. However, with one out, Brandon Waring worked the game-winning, walk-off walk.

    Waring walked three times in the game. Nate Hanson was the hitting hero, however. He went 3-3 with two walks. Along with his game-tying single, Vargas walked twice as well.

    Tyler Duffey started for New Britain. He went five innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out five. Jim Fuller gave up one run on two hits and two walks over his two innings. Ryan O’Rourke walked one and struck out one in his scoreless inning. Dan Turpen struck out two in a scoreless inning.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 4, Brevard County 3
    Box Score

    David Hurlbut has been terrific since moving into the Miracle rotation. On this night, he improved to 3-1 with a seven-inning effort. He gave up two runs (one earned) on eight hits and a walk. Tim Shibuya pitched a scoreless inning. Tyler Jones came in with a two-run lead and he recorded the save, though he made things interesting by giving up a run on one hit and two walks in the ninth.

    Adam Walker came up to bat in the top of the first inning and gave the Miracle all the runs they would need. His sixth homer run came with the bases loaded. He went 2-4 in the game. Dalton Hicks returned to the Miracle lineup from the DL and went 1-3 with a walk.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Game 1 – Cedar Rapids 3, Peoria 4
    Box Score

    For the second straight day, the Kernels played two games. Kohl Stewart was the starter in the first contest. He gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out three. Brandon Bixler took the loss. He gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits in his three innings. He struck three out without a walk.

    Mitch Garver went 2-2 with two walks. Chad Christensen, Bo Altobelli, Michael Quesada and Joel Licon each went 2-4 in the game. They had base runners. In fact, they were 5-13 with runners in scoring position. However, they still left 11 runners on base.

    Game 2 – Cedar Rapids 3, Peoria 5
    Box Score

    The Kernels gave up five first inning runs and were unable to come back. Derrick Penilla made his first start since his recent call up. He gave up those five runs – though just three were earned – on five hits and a walk in three innings. He struck out five. Todd Van Steensel was again impressive. He gave up just one hit over four shutout innings. He walked none and struck out five.

    Chad Christensen went 2-4 in the second game as well. He hit his seventh double and drove in two runs. Joel Licon went 2-3.



    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Todd Van Steensel, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Nate Hanson, New Britain Rock Cats

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Columbus @ Rochester (2:35 CST) – Alex Meyer (Listen)
    Portland @ New Britain (9:35 a.m.) – Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
    Ft. Myers @ Brevard Country (5:35 CST) – Alex Wimmers (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:30 CST) – Felix Jorge (Listen)


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Wednesday games.
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Goodrum is having a better year than I expected. He is slugging .402 with 0 Home Runs!


      He is leading the team with 7 SB, but I would like to see more of that
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      It was nice to see AB Walker get his hits off one of the Brewers Top prospects (Jed Bradley / 1st Rounder). It was also nice to see his HR was of the Oppo fashion as well. Just need more consisitency. I can actually see him going to AA (midseason) and experiencing the same learning curve struggles. Why make him experience the same struggles at both levels if he can make those adjustments once (hopefully)? What would be the difference in adjustments he would need to make at A+ that were different from AA? Why keep a college kid down in A+ to make the same adjustments twice? Let him make them in AA for 2 years if needed.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Walkers OPS is below .700 and he's maintaing a .212 BA. I'd say he's got plenty of leanring curve struggles as it is and I don't think he's moving to AA any time soon. He's got to K a bit less and start making better contact when he's not putting it out of the park.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Minor correction, the Kernels play at Burlington Thursday night. Peoria series is over (fortunately for the Kernels).
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      Seems like an awful lot of unearned runs (errors) in that report......
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Walkers OPS is below .700 and he's maintaing a .212 BA. I'd say he's got plenty of leanring curve struggles as it is and I don't think he's moving to AA any time soon. He's got to K a bit less and start making better contact when he's not putting it out of the park.
      I'm saying that I agree with all you are saying. My question is: What will he have to learn at AA that is different than A+? He can make the same mistakes at AA and develop a very similar learning curve. Unless you can tell me the particular things he will learn differently at AA as opposed to A+. I'm truly curious.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by mike wants wins View Post
      Seems like an awful lot of unearned runs (errors) in that report......
      That's pretty normal in the minor leagues, especially in the lower levels.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789 View Post
      I'm saying that I agree with all you are saying. My question is: What will he have to learn at AA that is different than A+? He can make the same mistakes at AA and develop a very similar learning curve. Unless you can tell me the particular things he will learn differently at AA as opposed to A+. I'm truly curious.
      It's like saying that you should skip algebra and jump straight to calculus. The AA pitchers are better than the A+ pitchers. He's working hard to catch up to A+ right now (and he will), why throw AA pitchers at him? There's no rush whatsoever.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by SD Buhr View Post
      Minor correction, the Kernels play at Burlington Thursday night. Peoria series is over (fortunately for the Kernels).
      Corrected... thank you!
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      What do pitchers at each level work on? and what would you advise your hitters at each level to work on? What should hitters at the A+ level work on? Plate discipline seems to general of a term. What and how do I make those adjustments? What is the simple gameplan for a hitter?
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by lightfoot789 View Post
      What do pitchers at each level work on? and what would you advise your hitters at each level to work on? What should hitters at the A+ level work on? Plate discipline seems to general of a term. What and how do I make those adjustments? What is the simple gameplan for a hitter?
      A lot of it is just refining skills and progression of them. The jump from A+ to AA is considered one of the hardest jumps to make (next to AAA to MLB). The big difference between pitchers in AA and the ones in A+ is that the AA guys do a much better job locating their breaking pitches, something that is not done well in A+ at all. Walker is already having a tough time making contact. Tossing him into an environment where pitchers can better locate those pitches he already cannot hit isn't going to be good for his development.

      Moving a guy too quickly is a great way to ruin him.
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