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    Another slow day around baseball.

    The Twins activated RP Matt Capps and optioned Kyle Waldrop back to Rochester. The Wings currently have six pitchers on the disabled list, so getting another arm is probably pretty welcome.

    The Twins reached agreements with 23rd round pick P Travis Huber from Nebraska and 28th round pick P Carson Goldsmith.

    It was also announced that 6th rounder Andre Martinez (P) will not actually sign after it was reported he agreed to a deal that would pay him $60K over slot. Without knowing the details of this particular case, it should be mentioned that in the past – at least to my knowledge – when signed guys get “unsigned” it’s normally is because of a failed physical. We’ll keep you posted if any other details come out in this case.

    Tomorrow afternoon at 4pm CT marks the signing deadline (for all non-college seniors). Expect there to be another 3-5 guys that come to terms. Some names to keep in mind as the deadline approaches:

    L.J. Mazzilli, 2B, Connecticut, Round 9 – Sounds as though the two parties are not close.
    Erich Knab, P, S. Carolina HS, Round 13 – Probably will take over the 100K, but there is money there.
    Jarret Leverett, OF, Ga. Southern, Round 15 – College senior will sign at some point if he wants to play professionally.
    Zach Larson, OF, Florida HS, Round 20 – Considered signable.

    There are other late-round names that dropped due to signability concerns. They may become options if the Twins pony up all their unspent allowance.

    A spin around a quiet Thursday:

    Box score

    The Red Wings have closed to within four games of .500. They are now 44-48 and after today, have had 21 different pitchers pick up a win this season.

    Tonight’s win was credited to Dan Sattler. Sattler gave up two earned runs in two innings allowing a walk and a home run while striking out three. He relieved Jeff Manship, who went five innings allowing eight hits, two walks and an unearned run. He also struck out three.

    Luis Perdomo picked up his sixth save on the year (with four coming for the Red Wings in July). He struck out two in one inning. Since his promotion to Rochester, he has pitched in seven games (10 2/3 innings) and has only allowed five hits (no walks) and struck out 13. That’s a WHIP of 0.47 and a K/9 of 10.97. Granted this is a very small sample size, but it’s a “lights out” sample size.

    The Wings had a hard time getting started against former Twin-draftee Andy Oliver. They didn’t get their first hit of the game until a Nishi single in the bottom of the fifth. Fortunately, when he came back out in the 6th, the Red Wings jumped all over him. They were able to plate four runs. Danny Valencia singled in two runs and Tsuyoshi Nishioka doubled in two later that inning. Matt Carson was the only other player to register a hit.

    According to the team’s post-game press release Danny Valencia has 6 RBI in his last six games. He has 12 in his last 13 games. With Trevor Plouffe firmly entrenched as the Twins third baseman, could Valencia have trade value?

    Box score

    A tough loss for the Rock Cats tonight.

    Oswaldo Arcia continues to swing a hot bat. He had a triple and a home run (off Dellin Betances), scoring two runs and knocking in three. Five other Rockcats contributed singles. Chris Colabello and Nate Hanson both drove in a run.

    Defensively, Evan Bigley threw out two runners at home.

    Aaron Thompson scattered ten hits over five innings. He allowed five runs (four earned), walked two and struck out two. Marty Popham pitched two innings, giving up three hits and two runs (one earned), walking one and striking out two. Edgar Ibarra and Bruce Pugh each pitched one inning, each allowed two hits and each struck out two.

    FT. MYERS 3, CLEARWATER 4 (12 innings)
    Box score

    The Miracle started the night against a rehabbing Roy Halladay for three innings and ended the night allowing a walk-off hit in the twelfth inning.

    Though Madison Boer allowed 10 hits, there is a lot about his recent performances to be encouraged about. He struck out five in 6 1/3 innings and only walked one. He allowed three runs. This is his fourth straight start where he has made it six or more innings. In those four games, he’s pitched 25 1/3 innings. He has allowed 33 hits, but only five walks. He’s struck out 14. Considering he’s only allowed two home runs, you’d hope that as he progresses, the defenses behind him will improve and more of these batted balls will find gloves instead of holes.

    Jose Gonzalez pitched out of trouble twice, getting five outs and allowing only one hit. He inherited two runners and stranded them both.

    A.J. Achter pitched three innings of one-hit, two-strikeout ball.

    Ricky Bowen got two outs before allowing the walk-off hit. He gave up two hits, a walk and struck out one.

    Joe Benson, continuing his rehab, batted clean-up and arguably had his best hitting day of the year. He went 3-for-5, finishing only a triple short of the cycle. He drove in two and scored two. He walked once and stole a base as well.

    Danny Santana and Kyle Knudson each added two hits. Santana had a double and a stolen base.

    Beyond that, there were a lot of 1-for-5s or 1-for-6s.

    Box score

    The Tincaps tried unsuccessfully to pitch around the top of the Snappers order. (Nine walks to the top five batters.) Jonathan Goncalves, batting in the 6-hole, collected three hits (including a double) and drove in two runs. Stephen Wickens and A.J. Pettersen both had doubles.

    Miguel Sano had a sacrifice fly to knock in his 62nd run. He trails Evan Bigley (New Britain) by two for the organizational lead.

    Jason Wheeler pitched eight strong innings. He allowed only two runs on five hits (one home run) and a walk. He struck out five. He improved to 10-4. Only Scott Diamond has more wins on the year. And no one in the organization has as many wins for one team.

    Clint Dempster struck out two in a one-hit ninth.

    Box score

    Before you attribute the offensive success to a hitter-friendly league, let me remind you that Greeneville was held to one run on two hits.

    Hein Robb dominated for four innings. He allowed a walk and struck out four, but left with a no-hitter intact. Tyler Herr improved to 3-0, pitching two innings and allowing a hit and run. Zach Jones (K), Luis Nunez (BB, 3 K) and Mason Melotakis (H, 2 K) each pitched one inning.

    All nine hitters recorded hits and all but Rory Rhodes scored at least one run. Niko Goodrum had two hits (a double) and drove in three runs. Travis Harrison’s lone hit was a triple. Candido Pimentel had three singles.

    Box score

    Rene Tosoni went 2-for-4 with a double in a rehab start. Aderlin Mejia and Joel Licon both added two hits including a double each. John Murphy and Jacob Younis each had two singles. Murphy also stole two bases and now has nine on the young season.

    Sam Gibbons pitched three innings, allowing seven hits, but only three runs (two earned). He struck out three. Gerardo Ramirez allowed a hit and a walk and struck out four in three innings. Melciades DeLaCruz allowed two runs on three hits in two innings. Chris Mazza continues to pitch well, picking up his first save, giving up only a hit in one inning.

    Players of the Day for Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Pitcher of the Day – Hein Robb


    Hitters of the Day – Joe Benson


    A Look Ahead – Friday, July 13, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester vs Toledo – RHP Liam Hendriks (6-0, 1.69)

    New Britain vs Trenton – RHP Shairon Martis (0-1, 8.25)

    Ft. Myers at Clearwater – LHP Pat Dean (6-5, 4.02)

    Beloit at Kane County – RHP Matt Summers (8-4, 3.58)

    Elizabethton at Greeneville – NO STARTER ANNOUNCED


    If you have any questions on the Twins minor league system, players, teams, etc., leave them in the Comments and we’ll try to answer them! Comments also welcome.
    This article was originally published in blog: Thursday's Minor League Round-up started by Jeremy Nygaard
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      Credit goes to the new Manager of the Red Wings. Instead of crying in the corner he has helped keep the team interested and competitive despite a bad start, the upstate NY media who wants to run them out of town and a roster that changes daily.
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      Credit goes to the new Manager of the Red Wings. Instead of crying in the corner he has helped keep the team interested and competitive despite a bad start, the upstate NY media who wants to run them out of town and a roster that changes daily.
      Agreed. And I can't help but think that this keeps the players in better shape to play for the Twins.

      It's good to hear that Joe Benson may be getting back on track.
    1. Jack Torse's Avatar
      Jack Torse -
      Doesn't suprise me that the Twins would sign a Goldsmith. Could be very valuable for the pholads.
    1. Cap'n Piranha's Avatar
      Cap'n Piranha -
      Does Joe Benson still have that hippie hair? If so, he needs to take a page out of Babe Plouffe's playbook and chop it off. Maybe that will get his fortunes turned around.
    1. Twins Fan From Afar's Avatar
      Twins Fan From Afar -
      Nice write-up, Jeremy. Boy, this has been a forgotten year in Joe Benson's career. Hopefully he can have a solid couple months rehabbing and working his way back up the ladder.

      It's funny how all the Twins outfield discussion lately has centered on Span, Revere, Hicks and Arcia, but let us not forget that just a year ago Benson was looking pretty good.
    1. mini_tb's Avatar
      mini_tb -
      Phil Nevin is the manager for the Mud Hens. Yet another warning sign that I may be starting to get old...

      Nevin should have known Oliver was done for the day once he gave up the first hit to Nishioka.
    1. jimbo92107's Avatar
      jimbo92107 -
      Whew, finally some good news on the Joe Benson front. I hope the wrist is healed up and he can start his push back up the ladder.
    1. chopper0080's Avatar
      chopper0080 -
      Agree that it is good to see some signs of Joe Benson turning things around. Hopefully he can work his way back into the discussion of the Twins wealth of outfield talent in the minors.
    1. Jeremy Nygaard's Avatar
      Jeremy Nygaard -
      If you're not following it on the draft signings thread, here's what you missed today.

      LJ Mazzilli didn't sign. Neither did Erich Knab.

      Zach Larson signed for 190K. (90K counts against cap.)

      The soap opera that is Andre Martinez took another turn. He signed for 80K. His physical turned up some shoulder issues. That's why he was signed, then "unsigned".

      Jarrett Leverett may or may not have actually signed, a UCL tear turned up in his physical, so he's not with the organization... whether that's because he was signed/released or just not signed after a failed physical is up to your interpretation.

      It appears that the Twins left $298,500 unspent in their draft pool, meaning they spent a tick under $12 million.

      In all honesty, if you would have told me that Twins were going to spend $12 million on this draft, I would have told you they would acquire more talent than they actually did. I am a big fan of Buxton and Berrios though and if a couple of the bullpen arms can develop and Walker's power develops, this could be a very successful draft.
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