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    May was a great month for right-hander JO Berrios. Mid-month, he became a first-time father. Late last week, he lost his status as a teenager. However, keep reading to see how his June started! Kohl Stewart was also on the mound in Cedar Rapids and pitched well. Also, check out how a home town player played hero on Sunday afternoon.

    The Twins won their second straight series in New York against the Yankees with an improbable win in Yankees Stadium. Phil Hughes was tremendous again, working all eight innings against his former teammates. Josh Willingham provided the power, tying the game with a homer to lead off the ninth. Then the Twins added five more runs and won 7-2.



    TRANSACTIONS

    The Twins had several transactions on Sunday.

    Stephen Wickens came off the disabled list and will begin back with the Ft. Myers Miracle. DJ Baxendale has been sent back to Ft. Myers where he will look to return to the form he displayed a year ago for the Miracle. He has been working out of the Rock Cats bullpen the last week as he recovers from his DL stint. He will be starting with the Miracle. Brett Lee is going on the disabled list. Jonathan Murphy was sent back to Cedar Rapids from Ft. Myers. JD Williams was put on the Kernels’ 7-Day disabled list with right patellar tendinitis.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Gwinnett 1
    Box Score

    While Trevor May and Kris Johnson pitched great in May, Yohan Pino just kept doing what he’s done all year: whatever is asked of him. On this day, Pinto went 7.1 innings and gave up just one run on three hits. He walked none and struck out four. 57 of his 87 pitches were strikes. He was replaced by lefty Aaron Thompson in the 8th and he got the next two batters out. Ryan Pressly came in for the ninth. He gave up two hits but no runs to close the door.

    The Red Wings offense did very little. They had just six hits in the game. The two fifth-inning runs were both scored on grounders. One went to third base where there was an error. The other was just a ground ball to shortstop. James Beresford went 2-3 with a walk and his eighth double. He also stole his fourth base.


    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain 6, Binghamton 1
    Box Score

    The Rock Cats put up a five-spot in the fifth inning and held on the rest of the way for a win. The big hit again came off of the bat of Mike Kvasnicka who hit a bases-clearing double. The former Gopher was 2-4 with his eighth double. He also played centerfield and threw out a runner at home. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 2-4 with a triple. Tony Thomas was 2-5. He stole his seventh base. Danny Ortiz had two more hits.

    Pat Dean had a start that he really needed. The lefty gave up only an unearned run in 5.2 innings. He gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out four. Dan Turpen retired the next four batters. Jim Fuller struck out two in a perfect inning. Adrian Salcedo gave up a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Game 1 – Ft. Myers 3, Clearwater 0
    Box Score

    JO Berrios had a terrific May. He pitched well, had his first child and he left his teenage status behind. However, he started out June with one of the best starts you’ll see from a minor league pitcher anywhere. The hard-throwing right-hander was at his best. He went all seven innings of Game 1 and gave up no runs. He yielded just one hit. He walked none. And after striking out the side in the seventh inning he had 13 strikeouts in the game. He is now 5-2 with a 2.24 ERA.

    Travis Harrison led the offense. He went 2-3 with his 16th double. Michael Gonzales was also 2-3. Aderlin Mejia hit his sixth double. For the record, Eddie Rosario was 0-3 with two strikeouts. He has batted third and played centerfield in all three games that he has played for the Miracle.

    Game 2 – Ft. Myers 8, Tampa 4
    Box Score

    Matt Tomshaw was making his first June start after an incredible May. He began this game with four scoreless innings while yielding one hit. In the fifth, two runs scored, but they were unearned due to a fielding error. He went out for the sixth inning and was charged with two earned run. In total, the left-hander went 5.1 innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked none and struck out six. Tyler Jones came in and got the last two outs in the sixth (although he allowed both inherited runners to score). He worked a scoreless seventh inning to earn his fifth save of the year.

    The offense was led by the top four in the lineup. They combined to go 7-13 with a walk, six runs and four RBI. Aderlin Mejia went 2-3 with his seventh double. Stephen Wickens was 2-4. Eddie Rosario went 2-3 with a walk. (Yes, Eddie Rosario played in centerfield and batted third again) Those first three each scored two runs. Adam Walker drove in two runs and now has 41 RBI on the season. The big hit in the four-run second was a bases-clearing double from Dalton Hicks.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 4, Burlington 3
    Box Score

    Chad Christensen was the Twins 25th round pick last year out of Nebraska. However, he was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, so he has been able to enjoy his first full season in professional baseball at home. On Sunday afternoon, he was able to play hero in front of the home crowd. With the game tied at three in the bottom of the eighth inning, Christensen hit a long home run, his fourth of the year, which gave the Kernels a lead they held on to.

    Mitch Garver’s seventh home run of the season tied the game at three in the fourth inning. He was 3-4. Bryan Haar went 2-3.

    Kohl Stewart made the start. He gave up three runs, but just one was earned. He gave up five hits, walked none and struck out four. Jared Wilson came in and gave up only a walk over two hitless innings. He struck out two. With the lead, Todd Van Steensel worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his fourth save.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – JO Berrios, Ft. Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Mike Kvasnicka, New Britain Rock Cats

    MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Gwinnett @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Alex Meyer (Listen)
    New Britain – No Game Scheduled (Listen)
    Tampa @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – DJ Baxendale (Listen)
    Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (12:05 CST) – Derrick Penilla (Listen)


    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Sunday games.


    A quick reminder:

    Thanks to the Twins afternoon win over the Yankees in New York on Sunday afternoon, it means that on Monday you can get 50% off a Large of Extra Large pizza when you use the “TWINSWIN” promotion code at PapaJohns.com.
    Comments 16 Comments
    1. benji21's Avatar
      benji21 -
      Whoa J.O!! This newly minted twenty-something is killing it. I seem to remember that only a start or two ago whoever wrote the report stated that it was arguably his best start at that time. It looks like he's outdone himself. This kid should be proud of himself.
    1. pierre75275's Avatar
      pierre75275 -
      So....does JO stay at FT Myers all year no matter what or does this kid get moved to AA? Same question for Stewart..any question that he plays at Ft Myers this yr?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by pierre75275 View Post
      So....does JO stay at FT Myers all year no matter what or does this kid get moved to AA? Same question for Stewart..any question that he plays at Ft Myers this yr?
      My assumption was that both would stay at their level all year. After JO's May, and now first start in June, I'm starting to think he could be a promotion candidate. I still expect Stewart to stick in CR.
    1. pierre75275's Avatar
      pierre75275 -
      Thanks
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      My assumption was that both would stay at their level all year. After JO's May, and now first start in June, I'm starting to think he could be a promotion candidate. I still expect Stewart to stick in CR.
      That sounds like the wisest course of action, for both players.

      Seth, I am wondering if Mitch Garver's status has changed among the Twins braintrust? Is he getting closer to having the chops behind home plate? He's 1.5 years above average for Low A, and it appears that he's too good for Midwest League pitchers. After a blazing start in April, he went on a 3-week slump to start May, but in his last 14 games, counting today, his slash indicates he is back on fire again, with a very improved K/BB ratio: .340/.450/.491/.941.

      For the year, he currently sits at .304/.388/.492/,880

      Given his 4-year college player status and his success in Cedar Rapids, is he ready for promotion? And has he moved up the prospect ranks yet to be considered a possible future Twin? As has been reported, he caught or played every game his last 3 years at New Mexico, I would think that durability at the position goes a long way for the purposes of fast-tracking these days.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      FYI. Eddie Rosario is a "she"...at this point. (fixed--ed.)

      Some positive things though. Pretty stoked to see Berrios continue to dominate and Kohl to bounce back after a poor start.
    1. twinsfan34's Avatar
      twinsfan34 -
      Quick Question...the Super 2 is that 'date' based on last year's rookies or this year's?

      I know it's based on an aggregate of some sorts. With Oscar Taveras up as well as Garin Cecchini (Bos) and other rookies...does that 'move up the date' to earlier than the usual mid-to-late June date?

      I ask, as in application to the possible promotion of May an/or Meyer.
    1. Madre Dos's Avatar
      Madre Dos -
      OK - will the nay-sayers get off Jose's back? He's hard working and obviously talented.
    1. drschmidt11's Avatar
      drschmidt11 -
      Great stuff. What's the status of Lewis Thorpe and Stephen Gonsalves?
    1. gbg's Avatar
      gbg -
      Quote Originally Posted by Madre Dos View Post
      OK - will the nay-sayers get off Jose's back? He's hard working and obviously talented.
      Earlier this week, some commentor on the Strib site listed him as one of the "Twins draft picks that were busts." Wow.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by drschmidt11 View Post
      Great stuff. What's the status of Lewis Thorpe and Stephen Gonsalves?
      extended spring training.
    1. Brandon's Avatar
      Brandon -
      Does anyone know what happened to Zach Jones? I see he has been on the DL all season. He was the reliever with the 100MPH fast ball.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brandon View Post
      Does anyone know what happened to Zach Jones? I see he has been on the DL all season. He was the reliever with the 100MPH fast ball.
      In the offseason, he had an aneurysm found in his right shoulder, so he had surgery. Later, they found a blood clot in his leg which delayed him further. He is now in Ft. Myers, slowly working back. He'll be fine, but he probably won't pitch too much this year.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      That sounds like the wisest course of action, for both players.

      Seth, I am wondering if Mitch Garver's status has changed among the Twins braintrust? Is he getting closer to having the chops behind home plate? He's 1.5 years above average for Low A, and it appears that he's too good for Midwest League pitchers. After a blazing start in April, he went on a 3-week slump to start May, but in his last 14 games, counting today, his slash indicates he is back on fire again, with a very improved K/BB ratio: .340/.450/.491/.941.

      For the year, he currently sits at .304/.388/.492/,880

      Given his 4-year college player status and his success in Cedar Rapids, is he ready for promotion? And has he moved up the prospect ranks yet to be considered a possible future Twin? As has been reported, he caught or played every game his last 3 years at New Mexico, I would think that durability at the position goes a long way for the purposes of fast-tracking these days.
      Obviously, we know that the numbers mean less the further a player is from the big leagues. Obviously a guy that's older than the league average should, in theory, be able to perform. That said, I always say that a player can't control what level the organization puts him at. All he can control is how he handles it, and to some degree, how he can perform. Could he move up to Ft. Myers? Sure, however, note that a higher draft pick, Stuart Turner, is struggling with the Miracle.

      Turner's ceiling is OK starter, solid backup. Mitch Garver's ceiling is probably a backup catcher/utility infielder, so his speed to the big leagues isn't as important.
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      Like to point out every once in a while that Dozier was an 8th round choice and the #30 Twins prospect in 2010. Just to show that while a lot of attention is on the high prospects and we have a lot of them, they don't always pan out. On the other hand there are those lower rated prospects that do pan out. Its why I don't mind seeing projections but try to ignore ceiling comments especially for position players.
    1. Madre Dos's Avatar
      Madre Dos -
      Quote Originally Posted by gbg View Post
      Earlier this week, some commentor on the Strib site listed him as one of the "Twins draft picks that were busts." Wow.
      I guess he was wrong and BTW - Valentina his daughter is absolutely beautiful!
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