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  • Twins Minor League Report (6/16): May Annexes June 16th

    The Twins opened up their annual Fenway Series on Monday night with Kevin Correia looking to defend his spot in the rotation.

    Saturday's injuries to Trevor Plouffe (who went on the disabled list with a rib cage muscle injury) and Eduardo Nunez (who's day-to-day with a hamstring issue) led to Sunday's recall of Pedro Florimon. The Deduno Rotation Watch continues but, as you'll read later, we can eliminate one possibility.

    The Twins also announced the signing of 17 additional draft picks (which brings the total to 24). One of the 16 unsigned players is 2nd round pick Nick Burdi, whose college career (hopefully) came to an end today. He allowed an unearned run in one inning pitched. Louisville lost to Texas 4-1. Burdi can now negotiate with the Twins. Texas closer/draftee John Curtiss will see his career continue.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 6, Pawtucket 1
    Box Score

    The day belonged to Trevor May. Most Twins fans hoped that May would be making only a brief tune-up on his way to joining the parent club; instead, he exited with one out in the ninth after losing his shutout. Entering the ninth, May had only allowed two hits on 11 strikeouts. He issued his only two walks of the game in the ninth and also allowed a hit before giving way to the bullpen. He threw 120 pitches on the way to picking up his 7th win of the season.

    The offense was led by the combo of Deibinson Romero and Josmil Pinto. Pinto paced the lineup with three hits, including a double. Romero had two extra-base hits: a double and a home run. The 8- and 9-hitters, Doug Bernier and Chris Rahl, each had two RBI.

    The Red Wings improve their record to 40-30, which has them in a tie with Syracuse for the IL North lead.

    UPDATE: Per our Rochester reporter, C.J. Fee, Sean Gilmartin will be promoted from New Britain to Rochester and make the start tomorrow night. The rest of the rotation will be pushed back. The action around Thursday's original starter, Logan Darnell, and Thursday's new starter, Alex Meyer, should get the speculation wheels turning.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW
    New Britain had a scheduled day off. They start a series in Harrisburg tomorrow with Tyler Duffey on the bump.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 6, Bradenton 2
    Box Score

    Very quietly, Jason Wheeler is having a heckuva season. He struck out 10 in six innings tonight, allowing only two runs on five hits and two walks. His ERA sits at 2.51 and no one will be mad (besides his manager and teammates) if this was his last start for the Miracle.

    Brandon Peterson pitched a scoreless seventh, striking out two and Tim Shibuya picked up a two-inning save, striking out three.

    Of course, after lighting the FSL All-Star Game on fire, Adam Walke returned to his team and was the only hitter in the lineup who failed to get a hit.

    Jorge Polanco had two hits, including a triple and a walk. Stephen Wickens drove in two. Dalton Hicks had a two-run home run.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids is enjoying their All-Star break before starting their second half on Thursday. The Midwest League All-Star Game is on Tuesday night.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Trevor May, Rochester
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Josmil Pinto, Rochester

    TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Pawtucket @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – Sean Gilmartin (Listen)
    New Britain @ Harrisburg (6:00 CST) – Tyler Duffey (Listen)
    Bradenton @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Matt Tomshaw (Listen)
    Cedar Rapids – All Star Break (Listen) - Kohl Stewart should make an appearance.

    Please leave questions/comments below.
    Comments 29 Comments
    1. twinsfaninsaudi's Avatar
      twinsfaninsaudi -
      Who is pitching for Rochester on Wednesday and Thursday? I'm in the area and may go to one of the games.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      It was originally Pino (Tues), Meyer (Wed) and Darnell (Thur). Now Gilmartin is pitching Tuesday and the feeling is that everyone is being bumped back a day... and that its possible that Darnell pitches Thursday for the Twins.
    1. Larsbars08's Avatar
      Larsbars08 -
      Is it possible that Berrios goes up to AA to take Gilmartin's spot in the rotation?
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      How does Logan Darnell profile in the majors?

      His minor league strike out, walk and ground ball rates suggest that he might be able to develop into a Brian Duensing type career.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
      How does Logan Darnell profile in the majors?

      His minor league strike out, walk and ground ball rates suggest that he might be able to develop into a Brian Duensing type career.
      That would be a good comp.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Larsbars08 View Post
      Is it possible that Berrios goes up to AA to take Gilmartin's spot in the rotation?
      Gotta think so, although on the broadcast of Berrios' last Miracle game, the thought from the announcer was that management supposedly would keep Jose with the Miracle in a possible first-half pennant-clinching situation (First half ends on Wednesday) at the very least, before he would move up to New Britain.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Larsbars08 View Post
      Is it possible that Berrios goes up to AA to take Gilmartin's spot in the rotation?
      I think Wheeler would be ahead of Berrios in the promotion line, but that's just my opinion.
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      Sounds like Darnell is replacing Deduno.

      I'm a bit higher on Darnell than most in that I think he can be a pretty solid number 3. His K rate has been climbing as he's reached tougher competition, so I'm not sure that using his minor league numbers are appropriate here. The guy can miss some bats. Looking forward to seeing him pitch in MN.
    1. kdrupp09's Avatar
      kdrupp09 -
      Quote Originally Posted by diehardtwinsfan View Post
      Sounds like Darnell is replacing Deduno.

      I'm a bit higher on Darnell than most in that I think he can be a pretty solid number 3. His K rate has been climbing as he's reached tougher competition, so I'm not sure that using his minor league numbers are appropriate here. The guy can miss some bats. Looking forward to seeing him pitch in MN.
      Have we gotten any indications on the potential corresponding roster move? I don't think the Twins will try to sneak Deduno through waivers, is there another pitcher who can go down to make sure the Twins can keep Deduno?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Gotta think so, although on the broadcast of Berrios' last Miracle game, the thought from the announcer was that management supposedly would keep Jose with the Miracle in a possible first-half pennant-clinching situation (First half ends on Wednesday) at the very least, before he would move up to New Britain.
      And I think that's only fair. The team works so hard to try to get to the playoffs. What's one more start. I also agree that Wheeler is likely the next in line for promotion.
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy Nygaard View Post
      I think Wheeler would be ahead of Berrios in the promotion line, but that's just my opinion.
      Only because this team more often than not promotes based on seniority rather than results. Wheeler is definately deserving of a promotion, but Berrios has been better.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Wheeler is also 3 years older, pitching well and was in Ft. Myers all of last season too. He should move up.
    1. Lonestar's Avatar
      Lonestar -
      Why is no one complaining about May throwing 120 pitches. That would be a lot for an established pitcher in the MLB. It makes no sense in AAA.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      Just guessing here, but I imagine they'll be able to find room in New Britain's rotation for both guys before too awful long.
    1. gunnarthor's Avatar
      gunnarthor -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lonestar View Post
      Why is no one complaining about May throwing 120 pitches. That would be a lot for an established pitcher in the MLB. It makes no sense in AAA.
      He's a different kind of prospect - he's thrown 150 innings or more the last three seasons. Durability is a big part of his make up. He should be throwing 110 or more pitches at this point. 120 is nothing to get worried about.

      Also, he should be called up before Darnell.
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Thielbar still has options if they want to bump someone from the bullpen. Otherwise they could just release Jared Burton and keep Deduno.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lonestar View Post
      Why is no one complaining about May throwing 120 pitches. That would be a lot for an established pitcher in the MLB. It makes no sense in AAA.
      Oh, there's hubbub about it. You're just not looking in the right places.
    1. 2wins87's Avatar
      2wins87 -
      Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
      How does Logan Darnell profile in the majors?

      His minor league strike out, walk and ground ball rates suggest that he might be able to develop into a Brian Duensing type career.
      I think he's a potential innings eating #4 or #5 type, and he could of course move into a long relief LOOGY role if that doesn't stick.

      I got a chance to catch his last start. I was along the third base which was not the best view, but he seemed to be going mostly fastball/changeup. His fastball was sitting between 86 and 89 according to the ballpark pitch speed (not sure if there's a bias on it), and I saw him hit as high as 91 a couple times. His changeup seemed to be a bit off that night; it sat around 80 or 81 but he was missing with it a lot and I don't remember seeing a lot of swings and misses on it. I also noticed him mixing in a curveball around 78 mph which was probably his better secondary offering that night. I remember at least one swinging K on the curve (which earned everyone in the stadium a free taco), and the opposing batters didn't seem to be able to get real solid contact on it. He's got a pretty compact delivery and it looks like he hides the ball behind his head until the last moment which could add a little deception.

      I personally think he's got the stuff to make a career in the majors, providing decent value filling out the back of a rotation.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by DJL44 View Post
      Thielbar still has options if they want to bump someone from the bullpen. Otherwise they could just release Jared Burton and keep Deduno.
      Just in reading the postgame tea leaves, when a reporter was fishing for compliments for Thielbar for striking out the side last night (sandwiches around some control issues and hittability), Gardy didn't offer any sign of recognition for Thielber for "getting after it" or "battiling his tail off", while he made certain to praise Burton for his effort (as rare as it has come this season). But the Twins do need another lefty in the pen.
    1. NealcpLA's Avatar
      NealcpLA -
      Quote Originally Posted by Lonestar View Post
      Why is no one complaining about May throwing 120 pitches. That would be a lot for an established pitcher in the MLB. It makes no sense in AAA.
      Exactly! Whoever allowed him to stay in and throw 120 pitches...THIS guy, the #1 pitching prospect for the team...the future, should be fired immediately...and no nonsense about "old school" and "sucking it up". If this season in MLB should be teaching us, with it's nearly unheard of rash of TJ surgeries is what the abuse of young pitcher's arms is costing...
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