A couple of lefties in the upper levels were very impressive, tossing scoreless innings at will. And one of the top power prospects in the Twins organization displayed his home run prowess. Meanwhile, one of the fastest players had the best game of his career. The Red Wings had lots of multi-hit performers. Find out everything that happened in the Twins farm system as well as an update on some of the injured minor leaguers.
On Thursday, Twins Daily reported that left-handed pitching prospect Randy Rosario had Tommy John surgery. Also, outfielder Jake Proctor had shoulder surgery. Here are some more injury-related notes from the Twins minor league affiliates.
There are several players who have started playing games in Extended Spring Training. That includes outfielders Lance Ray and Nate Robert as well as infielder Stephen Wickens. Pitchers Hein Robb and Chad Rodgers are pitching in Extended Spring Training games.
Zach Granite is down in Ft. Myers, and he is now able to do full workouts. Zach Larson had pulled him hamstring and has now started jogging. Logan Wade is rehabbing his shoulder. Jeremias Pineda is still experiencing some soreness in his hand.
Yorman Landa has a shoulder impingement. It will be a while before we see Levi Michael as he has a broken bone in his foot.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 7, Gwinnett 0
Kris Johnson was the International League ERA leader in 2013 when he helped lead Indianapolis to a championship. This year, he has probably been even better. On Friday night, he worked seven scoreless innings to drop his season ERA to 1.83. He gave up four hits, walked two and struck out five. In his last seven starts, he has given up just four earned runs in 42.1 innings for a 0.85 ERA in this streak.
Ryan Pressly came on and gave up nothing over two perfect innings. He struck out two.
The Red Wings got their offensive support from multiple sources with multiple hits. Eric Farris went 3-4 with a walk and his sixth and seventh doubles. Wilkin Ramirez was 3-4 with his eighth and ninth doubles. Brad Nelson was 3-5 with his fifth double. Eric Fryer and Doug Bernier were both 2-4. Fryer hit his seventh double, and Bernier hit his ninth.
Chris Colabello went 0-4 and is now 1-14 (.071) in the four games since his demotion. Chris Herrmann was out with a sore wrist.
ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 4, Binghamton 0
Sean Gilmartin is another left-hander who is pitching well of late. The lefty improved to 5-3 with six shutout innings on this night. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out nine. DJ Baxendale, who is working back from his shoulder issues in the bullpen, got the next five outs, two on strikeouts. Lefty Ryan O’Rourke was brought in to face one batter and he got a strikeout. Matt Summers, who has been moved to the bullpen, finished the game with two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth.
The Rock Cats did not get a lot of offense. They managed just six hits in the game but one was huge. All four of their runs came in just one inning. With the bases loaded in the fourth, Nate Hanson drove in Danny Ortiz with a sacrifice fly. Three batters later, the bases were full again. Mike Kvasnicka came to bat and drilled his sixth double of the year. It drove in all three runners.
Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-3 with a walk and his 15th double.
Ft. Myers 7, Clearwater 4
Down 4-1 through seven innings, the Miracle bats took over. Adam Walker led off the 8th frame with his 11th home run of the year. Two walks and an error on a sacrifice bunt and Michael Gonzales came through with a big bases-clearing double. Two batters later, Gonzales scored the fifth run of the inning on a Jorge Polanco sacrifice fly. In the 9th inning, Adam Walker led off again and this time crushed his 12th home run of the season. Walker led the way. He went 3-5 with the two home runs and his seventh double.
Brett Lee made the start and gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits over just three innings. He walked none and struck out one. Alex Wimmers came out of the bullpen and gave up one run on three hits in three innings. He didn’t walk anyone and struck out four. Mason Melotakis walked one and struck out one in one scoreless inning. Tim Shibuya recorded his first save of the season (second of his career) with two perfect innings. He struck out three.
In case you were wondering, Eddie Rosario went 1-5 in the game. For the second straight night, he batted third and played in center field.
Cedar Rapids 10, Wisconsin 5
Ethan Mildren was the recipient of a lot of run support to help him to his first Midwest League win. He gave up four runs in the third inning, but then held the Timber Rattlers scoreless through the sixth inning. He was charged with another run in the 7th inning. So his line reads that he gave up five earned run on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out four. Brandon Bixler came on and struck out two in two scoreless innings. Hudson Boyd pitched a scoreless ninth.
Engelb Vielma led the offense with his biggest day as a pro. The second baseman went 4-4 with his sixth double and four RBI. Ryan Walker went 2-5 with his first two doubles of the season. Joel Licon went 2-4 with his fourth double. Michael Quesada hit his second home run of the season, a three-run blast in the fourth.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Kris Johnson, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Adam Walker, Ft. Myers Miracle
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Gwinnett @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
Binghamton @ Virgil Vasquez (5:35 CST) – Virgil Vasquez (Listen)
Tampa @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) – JO Berrios (Listen)
Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (5:05 CST) – Josue Montanez (Listen)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games.
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