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    On Tuesday afternoon, the rosters for the MLB Future's game were announced and it included two Twins players, Jose Berrios and Kennys Vargas. Word came out on Wednesday that Rochester Red Wings starter Trevor May would be added to US roster to replace Cardinals LHP Marco Gonzalez who had already made his big league debut.

    May is in the middle of a breakout season at Triple-A. Since the beginning of May, he's gone 7-3 with a 2.35 ERA over 10 starts. This could set up a situation similar to last year when the Mets had prospects as the starting pitchers for both the US and the World team. May could start for the US and Berrios could start for the World squad.

    Enough about the Futures Game, let's dive down on the pond.

    RED WINGS REPORT

    Rochester --, Scranton/WB -- (Postponed)
    The game between the Red Wings and the RailRiders was rained out on Wednesday night. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, July 10. First pitch is scheduled to be at 4:35 CST and both games are scheduled to be seven innings.

    Earlier in the day, Rochester made a roster move by adding RHP Lester Oliveros from New Britain. To make room for him on the roster, the team sent RHP Mark Hamburger to Double-A.

    ROCK CATS REVIEW

    New Britain 3, Altoona 1
    Box Score
    The Rock Cats rode a hot start from Taylor Rogers to win the rubber game of a three-game set with the Altoona Curve. Rogers tossed eight frames, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out a career high 11 batters and improved to 7-4 on the season. He hasn't lost a game since June 3rd and he is 6-1 over his last ten outings. Matthew Summers earned his first save of the year, pitching a perfect ninth.

    Earlier in the day, the Twins reinstated Aaron Hicks from the disabled list and optioned him to New Britain. He led-off for the Rock Cats but went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Nate Hanson was the lone batter with multiple hits as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Brandon Waring had a big two-out RBI double that was the difference in the game. Reynaldo Rodriguez added his 21st double of the season.

    Including a make-up game from April 15th, New Britain starts a five-game weekend series in New Hampshire on Thursday.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 8, St. Lucie 6
    Box Score
    The Miracle put themselves in an early 6-0 hole before the team had a chance to bat. B.J. Hermsen was pelted for six runs on six hits in the first inning. After the rough start, he didn't allow another run and he made it through four innings. Alex Wimmers picked up the victory out of the bullpen with four shutout innings. He struck out four and limited the Mets to two hits.

    Fort Myers responded to St. Lucie's big first inning with a strong inning of their own. The Miracle sent 11 men to bat and plated five runs in the frame. Even a 20 minute delay due to a lightning strike in the area couldn't stop the runs from being scored in the first. With the delay, the first inning took over an hour to complete and featured 21 hitters, 11 runs, nine hits, six walks, three different pitchers and an error.

    Lance Ray's first home run of the season was a big one as he put the Miracle on top in the late innings. Nate Roberts went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Niko Goodrum scored two runs and stole his 14th base of the season but his first inning error added to an already bad frame.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    CedarRapids 1, Peoria 2
    Box Score
    Kohl Stewart continues to impress on the mound but the Kernels are having a tough time backing up some of his stronger outings. He went five innings in this game and gave up two runs on six hits. Over his last ten starts, he has a 2.29 ERA and he has allowed more than two earned runs in only one of those outings. Unfortunately for him, the offense hasn't been there and he hasn't won a game since April 25th.

    The Kernels went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position as the team left six men on base. J.D. Williams went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. His doubles were the only extra-base hits for the Kernels. Bryan Haar collected two hits. It was a rough night at the plate for Jason Kanzler as he struck out four times.

    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 8, Burlington 0
    Box Score
    Nick Gordon cracked his first professional home run to help Elizabethton to their fourth win of the season. His three-run shot was part of a two hit night and he also scored two runs. Max Murphy also helped the cause with a two hits including his first home run of the young season. Tyler Kuresa had a double and an RBI.

    In his second start of the season, Stephen Gonsalves was very sharp, picking up his first victory. He struck out nine batters in six shutout innings. Keaton Steele earned a hold after pitching two innings and limiting Burlington to one base runner. Jake Reed closed out the shutout by striking out the side in the ninth.

    GCL TWINS TAKES

    GCL Twins 9, GCL Orioles 7
    Box Score
    The GCL Orioles outhit the GCL Twins fourteen to six but the Orioles pitching staff contributed nine walks. The Twins were timely with their hits and four of the six hits were for extra-bases. It was the second straight day with a win for the Twins after losing their first three contests.

    Four different pitchers helped the Twins come out victorious. Josh Guyer started the game and tossed 3.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked one. Alexis Tapia earned his first victory as he gave up two runs over 2.2 frames. Trevor Hildenberger struck out three batters in his two innings of work.

    Nelson Molina was in the middle of most of the offensive action. He went 2-for-3 with two triples, two runs scored and four RBI. Rafael Valera only collected one hit but he knocked in a couple runs and drew two walks. Dubal Baez and Jarrad Poteete each hit his third double of the season.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Taylor Rogers, New Britain Rock Cats
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Nick Gordon, Elizabethton Twins

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Rochester@ Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
    NewBritain @ New Hampshire (6:05 CST) – Jason Wheeler (Listen)
    St. Lucie@ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Tim Shibuya (Listen)
    CedarRapids @ Peoria (7:00 CST) - Aaron Slegers (Listen)
    Elizabethton@ Burlington (6:00 CST) – Sam Gibbons (Listen)
    GCLOrioles @ GCL Twins (11:00am CST) – TBD
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      JJ Cooper of Baseball America had some interesting tweets about E-town's game
      JJ Cooper (jjcoop36) on Twitter

      Gonsalves - 87-89; dropped to 85-86 in 6th. effectively used good change, slow curve, and good location.

      Royals team they faced is the org's lowest level so their team is made up of a lot more younger guys than the Twins'.

      Gordon's HR on slow curve; Cooper says he'll have video but I haven't seen it yet.
    1. Lakeside's Avatar
      Lakeside -
      Oliveros deserves to be called to the next level. . . Does Hamburger's trip to AA New Britain indicate that he may be put in a starter's role there?? He started over 20 games in independent ball last year.
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      I think the Twins view Hamburger as an "organizational" player and they'll send him wherever he's needed. I agree that Oliveros has earned his promotion to AAA.
    1. halfchest's Avatar
      halfchest -
      I'm pretty sure I called that Oliveros promotion in a thread. Just destroying AA hitters, hoping he turns up good for us didn't we get him for Delmon?
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pitz View Post
      JJ Cooper of Baseball America had some interesting tweets about E-town's game
      JJ Cooper (jjcoop36) on Twitter

      Gonsalves - 87-89; dropped to 85-86 in 6th. effectively used good change, slow curve, and good location.

      Royals team they faced is the org's lowest level so their team is made up of a lot more younger guys than the Twins'.

      Gordon's HR on slow curve; Cooper says he'll have video but I haven't seen it yet.
      Red Flag......Cooper used the phrase, "effective more than dominant". What happened to the velo that Gonsalves came in with at the draft? It supposedly sat in the low-90s and occasionally hit 94? Looks like the Twins are having him drop any power-pitcher aspirations- is there a long-term C & C issue? If so, he's a lot less exciting prospect.
    1. Dman's Avatar
      Dman -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Red Flag......Cooper used the phrase, "effective more than dominant". What happened to the velo that Gonsalves came in with at the draft? It supposedly sat in the low-90s and occasionally hit 94? Looks like the Twins are having him drop any power-pitcher aspirations- is there a long-term C & C issue? If so, he's a lot less exciting prospect.
      I was a little surprised that they let him go 6 innings this early. Isn't this just his second game? I think the Twins had most of there pitchers drop the velocity a notch to start the season or at least several pitchers seemed to be pitching below their usual velocity the first few games. IMO he is just building arm strength but who knows there could be something wrong as I thought he would start in A ball and he was the only dominant pitcher from last year not to get a chance there.
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Gonsalves has been pitching for months in EST. Who knows what is going on. Without context I'm mostly lost. As an aside I'm really glad I didn't have dozens of people scrutinizing my first week on the job.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Why not Trevor May? If Pino fizzles, bring up the kid and keep that coffee pouring. It's not like the Twins are real worried about their playoff position, not with this pitching staff. Let everybody not in a body cast have a cuppa joe in the show. Maybe somebody will shine...maybe Trevor May.
    1. SoCal Twin's Avatar
      SoCal Twin -
      I think he has a 70 pitch count. I heard it was more like 89-91 either way I'm very happy that now everyone can see he can throw a curve and change up pretty effectively. GO TWINS!
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