• Friday Night Minor League Nights

    Francisco Liriano struck out 15 batters in eight innings for the Twins on Friday night, and he got a loss. The talented left-hander was pitching with his form from 2006. Unfortunately, he also had the fourth inning. It started with a single by Jemile Weeks. One out later, Denard Span dropped a fly ball. Liriano then issued a walk. With the bases loaded, Liriano served up a pitch that Johnny Gomes knocked for a grand slam. Outside of the one inning, Liriano was dominant. Josh Willingham homered twice and drove in all three runs but it wasn’t enough as the Twins lost 6-3. Willingham now has 21 home runs. Joe Mauer and Denard Span were each 2-4.

    Friday afternoon was the deadline for 2012 draft picks to sign. In the end, the Twins signed 27 of their 43 draft picks, including their first 11 picks.

    With that, here is a look at the Twins minor league scores and highlights from the Friday the 13th games in the system. Kyle Gibson was back on the mound in the GCL. How did he do? Which Twins pitcher carried a no-hitter into the late innings? Did Liam Hendriks continue his IL dominance? Which five hitters had three hits on Friday?


    Liam Hendriks continued his mastery of the International League. In seven innings, he gave up two runs on three hits. He walked none and struck out five. He improved to 7-0 with a 1.79 ERA. Kyle Waldrop got five outs and gave up one run on two hits and two walks. Luis Perdomo picked up his 5th save by recording the final out.

    JR Towles went 2-3 with his first home run of the season. Sean Burroughs was 2-4 with his 11th and 12th doubles. Pedro Florimon and Matt Carson were each 2-5. Danny Valencia had an RBI double.


    The Rock Cat bats came out in this game. All nine hitters had at least one hit. Deibinson Romero went 3-5 with his 12th double. Oswaldo Arcia then went 3-5 with two RBI. He is now hitting .316 in New Britain. He also threw out a base runner at home. Evan Bigley went 2-4 with a walk and his 12th homer. Nate Hanson was 2-4 with his 10th double. James Beresford went 2-4 with his sixth double. Aaron Hicks was 1-3 with two walks.

    Shairon Martis started and gave up one run on six hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out two. Daniel Turpen pitched a scoreless inning, walking one batter. Dakota Watts came in for the 9th and gave up one run on two hits and a walk.


    Pat Dean had one of the best performances in the organization this season. The left-hander from Boston College had a no-hitter through the first six innings. He then gave up two runs on four hits in the seventh inning when he recorded two outs. He walked two and struck out four in the game. Miguel Munoz went got the final four outs. Unfortunately, he gave up a two-run home run in the 8th inning to a rehabbing Laynce Nix that proved to be the game-winner.

    Josmil Pinto went 3-4 with his 15th double. Andy Leer went 3-4. Danny Rams was 2-4 with two RBI including an RBI single in the top of the 8th that gave the Miracle a 3-2 lead.

    Mike Nesseth recorded the save for Clearwater. The 6-5, 225 pound, 24 year old right-hander drafted out of the University of Nebraska hails from Windom, MN.


    The Snappers completed a series in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, with an 8-3 win. Matt Summers won for the 9th time. The right-hander went six innings and gave up two runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out four. Steve Evans came in and gave up a run on two hits in two innings. He walked one and struck out three and walked none. Steve Gruver pitched a scoreless ninth frame.

    Drew Leachman led the offense with a 3-5 day. Wang-Wei Lin walked three times. Stephen Wickens went 2-3 with two RBI. Miguel Sano was 1-3 and walked two times.

    The Snappers are in the western division of the Midwest League and are playing games now in the Eastern Division. Way in the Eastern Division. Following the game, the Snappers took the bus further east. At 3 a.m., they drove through Cleveland and soon arrived at their new destination. They will now play three games against Lake County whose home is in Eastlake, Ohio. Lake County is the smallest of Ohio’s 88 counties, but it ranks 11th in population.

    ELIZABETHTON 2, GREENEVILLE 3 (10 innings)

    Many believe that professional baseball, even in the minor leagues, is a glamorous life. Tell that to the members of the Elizabethton Twins who sat through a long rain delay and got home at about 2:30 a.m. The game was delayed at the start and didn’t start until almost 10:00. Angel Mata started and gave up one run on one hit and four walks in three innings. There was another long delay around midnight. When the game resumed, Josh Burris was on the mound. He dropped his ERA to 0.56 with two innings of work. He gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk. Christian Powell then struck out three in two scoreless innings. DJ Baxendale struck out five in two perfect innings. Kaleb Merck came in to start the bottom of the 10th frame. He got two outs in the inning, but gave up the winning run on two hits.

    Max Kepler got one base four times. He had a single, two walks and was also hit by a pitch. Candido Pimentel was 3-5. He also stole his seventh base.


    Kyle Gibson was back on the mound on Friday morning, pitching in a game for just the second time since late last July. On this day, he gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He hit a batter as well. One of the hits was a Nevin Ashley home run. (Ashley is a AAA catcher for a Rays, a very good prospect in AAA.) He recorded just two outs before being removed from the game due to the predetermined pitch count limitation. Asked how his arm felt after the outing, Gibson responded to Twins Daily by saying he “felt good!” Regarding his performance, he said, “(I) threw some good pitches and bad one, but overall felt good.” That is all part of the process .

    Matthew Tomshaw, who is also rehabbing in Ft. Myers. He had not pitched in a game since May 18th with the Beloit Snappers. The left-hander gave up just two hits over two scoreless innings. Randy Rosario came in and struckout four batters in 4.1 perfect innings. Gonzalo Sanudo recorded his second save with two perfect innings.

    Joel Licon hit his fifth and sixth doubles. John Murphy and Kelly Cross each doubled. Will Hurt finally got his first professional hit. The middle infielder drafted in June started the year 0-25, but he was 1-4 in this game and now at least has a batting average (.034).


    Players of the Day for Friday, July 13, 2012

    Pitcher of the Day – Pat Dean

    Hitter of the Day – Deibinson Romero


    A Look Ahead – Saturday, July 14, 2012 Schedule

    Rochester vs Toledo – RHP Nick Blackburn
    New Britain vs Trenton – LHP Blake Martin
    Ft. Myers @ Clearwater – LHP Cole Nelson
    Beloit @ Lake County – LHP David Hurlbut
    Elizabethton vs Bluefield – TBD
    GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox – TBD


    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 Minor League Nights started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      When both Benson/Tosoni are done with their rehabs...will they just go back to AA & carry 5 OFs or will 1 or 2 finally (Bigley for sure) get a AAA promotion??
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      When both Benson/Tosoni are done with their rehabs...will they just go back to AA & carry 5 OFs or will 1 or 2 finally (Bigley for sure) get a AAA promotion??
      It'll be interesting to see what they do - New Britain only has 1 roster spot available and Rochester is full. No matter what happens, somebody's going to get cut, DLed, or demoted - unless they leave Benson at Fort Myers... If they do promote Bigley, I wonder if Thomas will be cut to make room.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      what does keeping Clete Thomas or Wilkin Ramirez do for the organization. There are OFs goin down to ELIZ that are ready to get promoted that should start the chain reaction.......Keplar/Jimmenez in ELIZ, Roberts in BEL, Ortiz in FtM......decision will have to be made soon on those 2
    1. glunn's Avatar
      glunn -
      Great report. I wonder if Buxton will be back in the lineup soon.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I would assume that they will head back to New Britain, or at least they should. Keeping Thomas and Ramirez in the organization has allowed Rochester to 1.) fill out a lineup every day and 2.) they've played well and helped the Red Wings win. When Benson or Tosoni are ready, necessary moves will be made. Ther are always DL spots. Thomas and Ramirez are Org Depth at this point. (Of course, guys like Burton and Fien and Deduno and Perdomo and Carson were also minor league free agents who have provided quality depth.)

      Kepler is where he should be right now. Jimenez has missed a lot of playing time the last couple of years due to injury, so he's where he should be.

      Roberts is ready to move up to Ft. Myers, I think. Ortiz was just promoted to Ft.Myers like 6 weeks ago. He's been awesome and moved up my rankings, but he should spend the rest of the season there.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Seth, can you give some more info on Rory Jimmenez.....been trying to dig up as much as I can find to start a thread, but you would know more. Even tho he's been hurt alot, doesnt a 21 yr old tearing up the APP Lg need/deserve to be promoted eventually.
    1. LastOnePicked's Avatar
      LastOnePicked -
      Seth, if you don't hear it often enough, you do a fantastic job with these updates. Always a pleasure to read, even when the big league club has a tough stretch. Kudos.
    1. Roncoomerfan's Avatar
      Roncoomerfan -
      Quote Originally Posted by LastOnePicked View Post
      Seth, if you don't hear it often enough, you do a fantastic job with these updates. Always a pleasure to read, even when the big league club has a tough stretch. Kudos.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      As RonCoomerFan posted in a different thread: Esmerling Vasquez is starting for the Red Wings tonight. Hirschfeld was sent back to New Britain when Lester Oliveros was taken off the DL. (I've made the change up above.) And again, thank you for the compliments. Having Cody, Jeremy and Twins Fan From Afar contributing once or so each week really helps.
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