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  • Twins Minor League Report (5/31): Trevor Dominates May

    Kevin Correia did all he could for the Twins against Masahiro Tanaka and the New York Yankees on Saturday, but the bullpen was unable to keep the game tied after an eighth inning rain delay, and the Twins would fall 3-1.

    Rain also prevented one affiliate’s game from being played on Saturday, while the AAA team received another strong effort from a top prospect.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Gwinnett 1, Rochester 6
    Box score

    Rochester put runs on the board in each of the first three innings to take a 4-0 lead, and it was more than enough offense to support starter Trevor May. In seven shutout frames, May allowed only four hits and two walks while striking out four. In his last four starts, the righthander has allowed only one unearned run in twenty-six innings and has lowered his ERA on the season to 2.62. He also lowered his league-leading batting average against to .196.

    Matt Hoffman was charged with the only Gwinnet run in the eighth inning and was replaced by A.J. Achter who shut the door on a bases loaded threat. Achter finished the game with a clean ninth inning to pick up his fourth save.

    The Rochester offense pounded out thirteen hits in the game including one from every hitter in the lineup. Eric Farris, Doug Bernier, Eric Fryer, and Pedro Florimon all had two hits, with Florimon’s second inning solo-HR being their only extra-base hit. Bernier led the team with two RBI and Deibinson Romero drew two walks.

    With the win, the Red Wings took back first place in the International League North division and have now won fourteen of their last eighteen games.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    Binghamton 2, New Britain 3
    Box score

    Virgil Vasquez made the start for New Britain and scattered nine hits and a walk over six innings. He allowed just the two runs and struck out four in a quality start effort. He was relieved by Mark Hamburger, making his first appearance of the year after serving his suspension. In two scoreless innings, Hamburger gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out two. Lester Oliveros picked up his seventh save with a scoreless ninth.

    The offense was led by Danny Ortiz and Kennys Vargas, who each went 2-4. Ortiz and Mike Kvasnicka had the only extra-base hits (doubles) for the Rock Cats, and Vargas and Brad Boyer each collected an RBI. The two-hit game for Ortiz was his sixth multi-hit game in his last ten, and he finished the month of May with a .388 batting average in twenty-seven games.

    MIRACLE MATTERS

    The Fort Myers Miracle game against the Tampa Yankees was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up tomorrow in a double header starting at 2:05PM CST.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Burlington 7, Cedar Rapids 6
    Box score

    The Burlington Bees struck quickly with three runs in the first inning against Kernels starter Josue Montanez, but it was two errors from the Kernels defense that allowed them to score. Montanez then kept the Bees off the board until the fourth inning, when another error led to a fourth unearned run and end to his night. In four innings Montanez allowed four hits, one walk and had seven strikeouts. Alex Muren pitched three innings of relief, surrendering three earned runs on four hits. He struck out four. Felix Jorge finished the game for the Kernels with two scoreless innings.

    Down 7-2 in the eighth inning, the Kernels mounted a strong effort at a comeback. Engelb Vielma led off the inning with a walk, then Chad Christensen singled and Mitch Garver walked to load the bases. Third baseman Bryan Haar then cleared the bases with a triple and scored on a Jason Kanzler single, but that was as close as the Kernels could get. Vielma and Christensen each went 2-4 in the game.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher – Trevor May, Rochester Red Wings (7.0 IP, 4 H’s, 2 BB’s, 4 K’s)
    Hitter – Danny Ortiz, New Britain Rock Cats (2-4, 2B, R)

    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Gwinnett @ Rochester – Yohan Pino (6-1, 1.73 ERA), 12:05PM CST
    Binghamton @ New Britain – Pat Dean (2-2, 5.15 ERA), 12:35PM CST
    Tampa @ Fort Myers (Game 1) – Jose Berrios (4-2, 2.55 ERA), 2:05PM CST
    Tampa @ Fort Myers (Game 2) – Matthew Tomshaw (4-1, 1.88 ERA)
    Burlington @ Cedar Rapids – Kohl Stewart (1-2, 2.93 ERA), 2:05PM CST
    Comments 10 Comments
    1. Halsey Hall's Avatar
      Halsey Hall -
      Nice to see the Red Wings atop the division, and another good game by Mays. And, there's some very nice ERA's starting today's games for the organization.
    1. TKGuy's Avatar
      TKGuy -
      Berrios, Tomshaw and Stewart in Class A, love our system.

      Will Ortiz make it to AAA this year?
    1. mike wants wins's Avatar
      mike wants wins -
      We want Trevor.....we want Trevor.....
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Short term Correia throwing a good game was bad. It will guarantee him at least two more starts. Mid term if Correia can put several good games together he will become attractive as trade bait. I want to see Meyer and May up but the two logical candidates based on performance are Nolasco and Correia ant the organization is going to give them a good size leash and they both threw 1 run ball against the Yankees. At least Pelfrey is out of the equation for the time being.
    1. Old Twins Cap's Avatar
      Old Twins Cap -
      Someone has to say it: what other team, with one of the worst starting staffs in all of MLB, would sit on a top AAA pitcher and keep him from helping improve the big league club?

      Why? What possible reason, once past Super Two, is May not up here?

      That's an unconscionable lack of "feel" for the team, the fans and the future of a franchise. Yet, with the Twins, making poor roster decisions -- this is what they do.

      From Bartlett, to Kubel, to Guerrier, the Twins are not trying to build a team that can compete now and in the future, but are on some weird nostalgia-driven "Lost in Space" mismanagement exercise that is not going well and will not end well.
    1. Beezer07's Avatar
      Beezer07 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Old Twins Cap View Post
      Someone has to say it: what other team, with one of the worst starting staffs in all of MLB, would sit on a top AAA pitcher and keep him from helping improve the big league club?

      Why? What possible reason, once past Super Two, is May not up here?

      That's an unconscionable lack of "feel" for the team, the fans and the future of a franchise. Yet, with the Twins, making poor roster decisions -- this is what they do.

      From Bartlett, to Kubel, to Guerrier, the Twins are not trying to build a team that can compete now and in the future, but are on some weird nostalgia-driven "Lost in Space" mismanagement exercise that is not going well and will not end well.
      Any that care about developing their players? Lest we get another Hicks up here...
    1. Trevor0333's Avatar
      Trevor0333 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Beezer07 View Post
      Any that care about developing their players? Lest we get another Hicks up here...
      Hicks barely played let alone dominated AAA like May has. That's what makes the way they promote players so confounding. They force feed others who show haven't showed they are ready yet coddle and hold back others who dominate at the highest level.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      May hasn't dominated any level in quite some time. I'm perfectly fine letting him stay in AAA for a bit longer. There are still sample size issues here and it would be nice to see that walk rate drop a bit more. I don't think a minor leaguer walking 3.6/9 is going to come into the majors and do exceptionally well.

      He will be up when a position vacates. Unless Nolasco gets hurt or they finally cut bait with KC, it may be another month or two. You don't guarantee millions to a guy so you can cut him after 2 bad months.
    1. Tibs's Avatar
      Tibs -
      Jason Kubel has two more strikeouts today so far. Any chance Vargas replaces him if the Twins let Kubel go? I'm guessing they want to give him more time in the minors.
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Old Twins Cap View Post
      Someone has to say it: what other team, with one of the worst starting staffs in all of MLB, would sit on a top AAA pitcher and keep him from helping improve the big league club?

      Why? What possible reason, once past Super Two, is May not up here?

      .
      Answer is every single other team. No team is going to sign guys for multi year contracts for big money and then not give them at least a half a year barring worse performances than we have seen so far. It is likely if Corriea had bombed his last two outings he would be sent down but that is not the case. I would have been all right with a youth movement but can you imagine the Twins sitting patt and then have Meyer and May bust along with Gibson and Deduno? Deduno replaced Pelfrey and Nolasco and Correia both have their ERA's under 6. Not a great stat until you consider they have spent most of the season over 6. Pitching is trending positive. They allowed 4 fewer runs in May even though they played one more game. Offense shrunk considerable though. June off to a great start for both.
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