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    The Twins had an off day, but their minor league affiliates were all playing. There was a game-winning home run… an extra-innings walk off wild pitch, a couple of strong starts, some great bullpen work. And yes, Miguel Sano was very good again today! Find out why Brian Dozier got a day off here (and at the same time be listening to the interview with him on the SethSpeaks Weekly Minnesota Twins Podcast).

    ROCHESTER 5, BUFFALO 3


    PJ Walters picked up his first win as a Red Wing and was helped by a big Brian Dinkelman blast. Walters gave up three runs in the first two innings, but that was it. He gave up eight hits in six innings, walked none and struck out four. Brendan Wise walked two batters and another runner got on via an error, but he did not allow a run. Casey Fien gave up a hit and struck out two before Tyler Robertson came in, got the final out of the 8th inning and three outs in the ninth for his first save.

    Every member of the Red Wings had at least one hit. Ray Chang was 2-3 with a walk. The big hit came off the bat of Brian Dinkleman who came up with two on and two out in the 6th inning, down by a run. He hit a long home run that gave the Red Wings a 5-3 win.

    Brian Dozier was out of the lineup on Tuesday with a sore back.

    NEW BRITAIN 2, HARRISBURG 7


    Luke French was terrific again. The left-hander threw six shutout, one-hit innings to start the game. He came out for the seventh but got just two outs before giving up two runs and being removed from the game. He walked one and struck out four. Luis Perdomo got him out of the 7th, but he gave up a run in the 8th to take the loss. David Bromberg came in for the ninth and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk in 0.2 innings. Blake Martin got the final out.
    For the second straight game, Aaron Hicks hit a home run. He went 2-4 batting left-handed. Nate Hanson was 2-3 and is now hitting .385 on the season. Deibinson Romero (4th) and James Beresford (1st) each hit a double.

    FT. MYERS MIRACLE 3, JUPITER 2 (13 innings)


    It took extra innings to decide this game, but with two outs in the bottom of the 13th, Dan Rohlfing (who had doubled) scored on a wild pitch to give the Miracle the 3-2 win.

    Marty Popham, a minor league Rule 5 pick in December, made his first Miracle start. He gave up two runs on six hits and a walk in five innings. He struckout four. Jose Gonzalez struckout three over three scoreless, hitless innings. He did walk one. Caleb Thielbar threw three, one-hit innings. He struck out four. Matt Hauser threw the final two innings and struckout three.

    Oswaldo Arcia went 2-5 with a walk, a double and a triple. Angel Morales was 2-5 with a triple and a walk. Lance Ray and Jairo Perez each had two hits and a walk.

    BELOIT 3, KANE COUNTY 8


    A five-run fifth inning was the difference in this ball game for the Snappers. Matt Summers made his first start of the year. He gave up six runs (2 earned) on six hits and two walks in 4.2 innings. He struckout the first batter he faced, and that was it. Nelvin Fuentes came in and got the final out of the fifth inning and then threw two more innings. He gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. AJ Achter struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning.

    Miguel Sano came into the day with three hits, all of them home runs. In the fourth inning, he followed an Eddie Rosario single with a single of his own. He later hit a triple that short-hopped the wall in left centerfield. JD Williams was 0-1 with three walks and a stolen base. Danny Ortiz hit his first home run of the year.

    Note – This is a great example of the beauty of Small Sample Size. On Monday afternoon, Miguel Sano got out in his first at bat. That put him at 1-11 (.091). he proceeded to hit two home runs on Monday. On Tuesday, he started by going 2-3 with the single and the triple, and after that 4-5 stretch, he was hitting .316. He got out in his final at bat to end the day 2-4 and with a .294 batting average.

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    Players of the Day for Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Hitter of the Day – Aaron Hicks


    Pitcher of the Day – Miracle Bullpen (Jose Gonzalez, Caleb Thielbar, Matt Hauser)


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    A Look Ahead – Wednesday, April 11, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester vs. Pawtucket – 6:05 (CST) – LHP Scott Diamond
    New Britain vs Harrisburg – 9:35 a.m. (CST) – LHP Andrew Albers
    Ft. Myers vs Jupiter – 6:05 (CST) – RHP Manuel Soliman
    Beloit @ Kane County – 11:00 a.m. (CST) – RHP Madison Boer

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    If you have any questions or comments on the Twins minor league system, players, teams, etc., leave them in the Comments and I’ll try to answer them!
    This article was originally published in blog: Tuesday Twins Minor League Report started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. nicksaviking's Avatar
      nicksaviking -
      That would be such a boost for the organization if Hicks' power is finally coming around. Everyone has been saying he has such a great eye at the plate for his development level. High contact rate plus strong pitch selection plus above average power equals worth the wait.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      I like that Hicks hit a HR from the left side of the plate today.
      I heard from someone that went to the Snappers opening day that Madision Boer was almost all fastballs. I wonder if the cold weather had anything to do with that. Gonna be in the upper 40's/lower 50's by 1st pitch in Geneva, IL tomorrow, so we'll see if he throws many breaking balls.
      Good think for Oswaldo Arcia tonight...a triple and a double. Bad thing...3 strike outs.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      I am really enjoying these reports. Thanks for doing such a great job!
    1. Han Joelo's Avatar
      Han Joelo -
      Nice touch on the Hicks photo. Hope its nothing serious with Dozier.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      According to Dozier, on last night's podcast, he should be in the lineup tonight for the Red Wings. He didn't seem to think it was much. In fact, he tweaked his back on his double on Monday night. He stayed in the game and hit a 2-run homer later that won the game.
    1. MWLFan's Avatar
      MWLFan -
      Righty8383-On opening night Boer, as I think about it now, looked like he was not mixing it up much and that it probably caught up with him the second time into the lineup. But it was cold and you have to wonder how much of a grip he was able to get on the ball. Upper 40's will be about a 10 degree difference. On the other hand the Peoria pitcher was in the same weather and had a much better outing.

      Nice to have something positive to talk about with the Twins, but the pitching still worries me in the minors. One thing I have noticed is this year so far it is the top prospects performing and not a lower prospect overperforming. Sano, Rosario, Hicks, Arcia, Dozier and Morales. Gives you a little hope that what could be in 2014 could become a reality.

      I have to get to Clinton this weekend to catch the Sano/Rosario power trip. This could be a once in a decade team for a minor league fan.

      Thanks to Seth as always.
    1. whydidnt's Avatar
      whydidnt -
      Ouch on the Bromberg performance. I was really expecting a bounce back from him this year. Let's hope it was just and early season aberration.
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