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    The Twins improved to 5-9 with a 5-4 win over the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Denard Span, Jamey Carroll and Joe Mauer each had two hits, but it was again Josh Willingham who played hero in this game. With the Twins down 4-2 in the 7th, the bases were loaded with two outs and Willingham came to the plate. With two strikes, Willingham drilled a opposite-field doubles to drive in three and give the Twins the lead. It extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Matt Maloney, Jared Burton, Brian Duensing and then Matt Capps finished out the game very well. Liam Hendriks started and gave up just one run through five innings. However, in the 6th inning, he gave up three runs, culminated by an Evan Longoria home run. The Twins are playing some exciting baseball, and the excitement is trickling down to the minor leagues.

    Here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from Friday. Let's just say Miguel Sano had a pretty solid game!

    ROCHESTER 5, LEHIGH VALLEY 2


    The Red Wings got a big win against the International League’s top team on Friday night. PJ Walters improved to 2-1 with a decent start. In 5.1 innings, he gave up two runs on six hits. (He gave up back to back home runs in the 3rd inning to Derrick Mitchell and Tuffy Gosewisch.) He walked two and struck out three. Then the bullpen took over. Tyler Robertson got the two outs of the sixth inning. Jeff Manship pitched two scoreless innings. Casey Fien recorded his third save with a scoreless ninth.

    The Red Wings tied a season-high with 11 hits in this game. Michael Hollimon was 3-4. Drew Butera was 2-3 with a double and two RBI (in the three-run fifth inning). The RBI were his first since Opening Day. Darin Mastroianni was 2-4. Matt Rozzotti was 2-4. It was his third multi-hit game in his past three games.

    The Red Wings win pushes them back to .500, at 8-8.

    NEW BRITAIN 7, NEW HAMPSHIRE 3


    This Friday afternoon ball game was tied 3-3 when the Rock Cats came to bat in the bottom of the eighth. With an out, Evan Bigley and Chris Colabello hit back-to-back doubles that gave the team the lead. One out later, Deibinson Romero walked and Pedro Florimon hit a three-run homer that broke that game open. Earlier in the game, it was Romero that supplied the offense. He also knocked a three-run homer. It was Romero’s third homer of the year while Florimon hit his second in as many games. James Beresford went 2-3.

    Luke French made the start for the Rock Cats. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on three hits in five innings. He struck out three, but he walked an uncharacteristic six batters. Deolis Guerra struck out two in two scoreless innings. Daniel Turpen got the win as he struck out two in two innings.

    The Rock Cats improve to 11-5.

    FT. MYERS MIRACLE 3, BRADENTON 4


    Adrian Salcedo and Gerrit Cole were matched up against each other in consecutive starts. Josmil Pinto hit a home run against Cole, and the Miracle scored all three of their runs against the talented right-hander who went the first five innings. Salcedo also went five innings. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits and three walks. He struck out four. Jhon Garcia gave up one run over the next two innings, a solo home to Drew Maggi. Matt Hauser gave up a hit and two walks but no runs in the 8th inning.

    The Miracle bats continue to struggle. In this game, they had just six hits. Pinto hit his first homer. Jairo Perez and Anderson Hidalgo each hit a double. Lance Ray was 1-2 with a walk and a stolen base.

    The loss is the fourth in a row for the Miracle, who drop to 6-8.

    BELOIT 13, SOUTH BEND 3


    Big innings are always helpful for a baseball team. The Snappers scored four runs in the 4th
    inning, the 7th inning and the 9th inning and pulled away in this game. The Snappers scored their 13 runs on 15 hits and eight walks, but let’s start with the pitching. Lefty Jason Wheeler got the start. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits and three walks. He struck out four. AJ Achter was good again, throwing two scoreless innings. Clinton Dempster threw the ninth. He gave up a run on one hit and three walks in the inning.

    OK, to the offense. Miguel Sano came into the game with six homers and a triple, but no doubles. In this game, he went 4-5 with a walk and his first three doubles of the season. JD Williams was 3-6. Eddie Rosario went 2-5 with a walk. (Side Note – He also committed his fifth error.) Danny Ortiz had two hits. AJ Pettersen and Rory Rhodes each hit a double. Jhonathan Goncalves hit a triple.

    The Snappers jump back over .500 at 8-7.

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    Players of the Day for Friday, April 20, 2012

    Hitter of the Day – Miguel Sano


    Pitcher of the Day – Jason Wheeler


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    A Look Ahead – Saturday, April 21, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester vs. Lehigh Valley – LHP Scott Diamond
    New Britain vs New Hampshire – LHP Andrew Albers
    Ft. Myers @ Bradenton – RHP Marty Popham
    Beloit @ South Bend – RHP Matt Summers

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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: Friday Night Game Notes (Twins Win and Sano Shines!) started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Good stuff.

      I think that the Twins might have a change this year if they finish this month close to .500, but they cannot afford any sweeps like in Baltimore and vs. Texas.

      Got to mention that Nishi had a triple tonight too, which is his first triple in US Pro ball.

      And Wheeler looks about 15 in that picture
    1. scottz's Avatar
      scottz -
      love these write-ups...thank you!

      is it too early to talk about moving Sano up a level? it is, isn't it? yeah, yeah it is. but is it? ahhh...let's just do it. let's move him up. ok then, we agree. Sano moves up a level to see what he can do. ok? ok. good talk.
    1. shs_59's Avatar
      shs_59 -
      Great read.

      Sano's night was awesome, but also Reliever A.J. Achter from Michigan State had ANOTHER solid relief outing, i think he could be a good candidate to rise quickly in this system.

      ISN"T IT GREAT THAT ALL OUR MINOR LG. Orgs. are basically .500 or better? Can't remember the last time they got off to such great starts, GO ROCK CATS !
    1. shs_59's Avatar
      shs_59 -
      Ohh and Seth if you hear anything on Wimmers plz note here....

      Thanks!
    1. Obie's Avatar
      Obie -
      Though one of the youngest players in the league, Sano finds himself atop the leader board in homers, rbi, slugging pct, and ops.
    1. Han Joelo's Avatar
      Han Joelo -
      I hope Sano's glove can keep up with his bat! Reading the game story, he's quoted several times and comes off as a thoughtful, well-spoken young man. Plus it mentions there is a documentary film in post-production, titled "Pelotero," about his and another countryman's signing process. The film was produced by Bobby Valentine, no less.

      Rosario's fifth error--anybody know how he looks at second base? He's yet to show any power at all, although he is stealing lots of bases and has his average up close to .300.

      Arcia seems to be striking out a ton. Revere and Benson not hitting much, though Benson seems to be getting on base.

      Did you notice New Britain's opponent went 6-8 stealing bases of Lehmann/French?

      What a great night for Twins baseball--one late homerun away from a sweep!
    1. nokomismod's Avatar
      nokomismod -
      I'm happy for the fans of our minor league teams who are again seeing competitive teams after a few rough years.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottz View Post
      love these write-ups...thank you!

      is it too early to talk about moving Sano up a level? it is, isn't it? yeah, yeah it is. but is it? ahhh...let's just do it. let's move him up. ok then, we agree. Sano moves up a level to see what he can do. ok? ok. good talk.
      I just think he should stay in Beloit, at least until the 4th of July. Why? Because I have 2 trips planned to Beloit before then. Im going on the Territory Train trip the first week of June (i understand there are still seats available! (http://territorytrain.com/trips/minn...prospect-tour/)). I'm also heading there with Twins Minor League Weekly co-host Travis Aune the final weekend in June.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
      Though one of the youngest players in the league, Sano finds himself atop the leader board in homers, rbi, slugging pct, and ops.
      Also leads the league in walks AND strikeouts.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      I think that whether Sano (and Rosario among others) stay in Beloit for the full season will probably open the Twins' cards on whether they want to keep their A team in Beloit in a contract season. Sano and Rosario bring tickets. Fort Myers is probably the only franchise that the Twins do not have to please (they are not going anywhere for the foreseeable future) so no need to rush them there, if they want bottoms on Beloit ballclub seats this season...
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Han Joelo View Post
      I hope Sano's glove can keep up with his bat! Reading the game story, he's quoted several times and comes off as a thoughtful, well-spoken young man. Plus it mentions there is a documentary film in post-production, titled "Pelotero," about his and another countryman's signing process. The film was produced by Bobby Valentine, no less.
      Here is more about the movie. (http://peloterothemovie.com/) Those around Madison, WI, there is a screening today. The film crew is still there and continues to follow Sano, presumably for a second movie.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Han Joelo View Post
      Rosario's fifth error--anybody know how he looks at second base? He's yet to show any power at all, although he is stealing lots of bases and has his average up close to .300.

      Arcia seems to be striking out a ton.
      I tihnk people may have been thrown off on the type of hitter that Rosario is based on the home runs in Elizabethton. Although he is very strong, has a very quick bat and will hit some home runs. He is a strong all-around hitter. He will likely hit a ton of doubles, hit for average, etc. But when it comes to HR power, it's definitely is Sano. It's kind of like the comparisons that are made about these guys. Sano is compared to Miguel Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez. Rosario is compared to Beltran and Cano. All great players, but different yet.

      Arcia has serious power to all fields, but his problem throughout his minor league career has been the strikeout, and that remains.
    1. Pitz's Avatar
      Pitz -
      Quote Originally Posted by scottz View Post
      love these write-ups...thank you!

      is it too early to talk about moving Sano up a level? it is, isn't it? yeah, yeah it is. but is it? ahhh...let's just do it. let's move him up. ok then, we agree. Sano moves up a level to see what he can do. ok? ok. good talk.

      i hope they don't move him up for awhile. mostly for personal reasons. i live in chicago and i'm planning to see a few beloit games this year, so i'd like to see him before he moves up. i would think that they would leave him in beloit for at least half the season though unless he really forces the issue. tough to say he's forced the issue after only 2 weeks, but exciting to see him off to a good start.
    1. Jack Torse's Avatar
      Jack Torse -
      Why isn't Sano ranked higher than 18th by BA? He seems like the most exciting Twins prospect I can ever remember. Time to give the Twins front office a little credit. Carrol and Willingham have been everything anybody could possibly hope for. Excellent upgrades. Burton seems like he's really settling into a great option too.
    1. Teflon's Avatar
      Teflon -
      Do we think the Twins will make Sano's (.314/.453/.765) stay in Beloit a short one? Fort Myers currently has a committee plan at 3B (Jairo Perez, Andy Leer, Anderson Hidalgo) so a Sano move to the Miracle wouldn't be too disruptive, organizationally.
    1. twinswon1991's Avatar
      twinswon1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jack Torse View Post
      Why isn't Sano ranked higher than 18th by BA? He seems like the most exciting Twins prospect I can ever remember. Time to give the Twins front office a little credit. Carrol and Willingham have been everything anybody could possible hope for. Excellent upgrades. Burton seems like he's really settling into a great option too.
      I attended quite a few games at E-Town last year and sat next to scouts many times. They all raved about Sano but most scouts had major doubts about his REAL age due to his body type and visiting with other sources. It is very possible he is 22 years old and is right where he should be age/level wise. I think there is enough likelihood his age is false that BA and others cannot rank him higher.
    1. Obie's Avatar
      Obie -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinswon1991 View Post
      I attended quite a few games at E-Town last year and sat next to scouts many times. They all raved about Sano but most scouts had major doubts about his REAL age due to his body type and visiting with other sources. It is very possible he is 22 years old and is right where he should be age/level wise. I think there is enough likelihood his age is false that BA and others cannot rank him higher.
      I know that is what kept many away in the beginning. On the other hand, his growth in the last couple of years is more consistent with a teen ager than early twenties.
    1. twinswon1991's Avatar
      twinswon1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Obie View Post
      I know that is what kept many away in the beginning. On the other hand, his growth in the last couple of years is more consistent with a teen ager than early twenties.
      I'm not saying he isn't a good prospect at all. He would be a TOP prospect if it was fairly certain his age is accurate. The way he is trending he will be a big league regular with above average power and high K's which is still a very valuable asset. The scouts did say that many teams were not willing to bid as high as the Twins for Sano because they had reason to believe he was 2 years older than he claimed when he signed. In the end, the Sano lie may benefit the Twins greatly as otherwise they had no shot to sign him if he was truely 16 years old.
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