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Twins Minor League Report (4/29): The Bats are ALIVE!

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The Twins blew a three-run lead thanks to one swing of Prince Fielder's bat and lost another one-run game. (The third time that's happened in the past five days.)

Congratulations to Adam Walker, who was named MWL Player of the Week. The Milwaukee native went 8-for-21 (.381) with five home runs and 16 RBI. His OPS for the week was 1.238.

It was quite an adventurous day on the farm today. You should continue reading, but not before I warn you: The Twins are a few years away from being a monster.

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ROCHESTER RED WINGS 4, BUFFALO BISONS 3
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After seeing their four-game winning streak snapped yesterday, the Red Wings got a new streak started today.

The bats were alive, as all nine starters contributed hits. Doug Bernier, Ray Olmedo and Chris Herrmann, the 8-9-1 batters, all had two-hit games. Evan Bigley, Nate Hanson and Joe Benson all had two-base knocks. Benson stole his 4th base of the season and extended his hit streak to six games.

After Hanson's 8th-inning double, Eric Farris pinch-ran and scored the game's winning run on a Brandon Boggs single.

Virgil Vasquez had a strong start, pitching seven innings, allowing only seven baserunners (six hits, one walk). He struck out five and allowed three runs.

Luis Perdomo was credited with the win, striking out one in 1.1 innings.

Caleb Thielbar recorded the final two outs for the save. Thielbar now has 23 Ks in 17 IP (12.2 K/9).

The Red Wings have now improved to 10-15. They play tomorrow at 11:35 AM on MLB Network. Andrew Albers (0-0, 4.58) gets the start in the final game of this four-game wraparound Buffalo series.

NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS 16, HARRISBURG SENATORS 8
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Trevor May got the starting nod and had his most disappointing start of the young season. The knock on May has been his lack of control. That was on full display tonight. May lasted only four innings. He gave up eight runs on nine hits and three walks. Despite being one of the only "strikeout pitchers" in the organization, May only struck out one batter in tonight's contest.

The bullpen trio of Black Martin, Bruce Pugh and Edgar Ibarra pitched five innings of shutout, three-hit baseball.

The bats were the story tonight. (I won't be able to cover it all, so please check out the box score.)

After May had spotted the Senators five runs, the Rock Cats came out assaulting the baseball in the fourth. Fifteen batters came to the plate, ten crossed the plate. The seventh was more of the same. Ten batters batted and six runs scored.

Danny Ortiz went 4-for-5 including a double and three RBI. Both Antoan Richardson and Josmil Pinto had two doubles and two RBI. James Beresford drove in four.

The top pitching prospect in the organization, Alex Meyer (2-0, 1.64) takes the hill tomorrow at 6:35 ET.

FT MYERS MIRACLE 5, CLEARWATER THRASHERS 4
Box Score

It took three runs in the top of the ninth for the Miracle to come back and win their 20th game of the season. They are the first team in affiliated baseball to reach that milestone. Kudos to Doug Mientkiewicz and everyone else involved.

After Levi Michael's two-run 6th-inning home run, the Miracle still needed a little bit of luck to pull out the come-from-behind victory.

Down to their last out - and with the tying runner on second - Matt Koch reached on an error. This allowed Stephen Wickens the opportunity to triple in the tying and winning runs.

Miguel Sano went 2-for-4 with two doubles and is now batting .366.

Tom Stuifbergen, whose start was pushed back due to illness, pitched 2.2 innings and struck out one. He allowed a hit. He was removed due to cramping which he attributed to the dehydration he suffered from being sick earlier in the week.

Nelvin Fuentes, did a fantastic job pitching 3.1 innings of no-hit ball and striking out five. Dakota Watts blew a save opportunity by giving up three runs on four hits in an inning.

Zack Jones pitched two innings and gave up a home run, but got the win.

D.J. Baxendale (3-0, 1.54) takes on Clearwater tomorrow night at 7 ET.

CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 9, LANSING LUGNUTS 1
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The Kernels, trying not to be outdone by their big brother in Fort Myers, won their 8th straight game today.

Jose Berrios had another very good game to earn his second win in two starts. He went 6.2 innings and allowed two hits and a run. He struck out eight and walked zero. His fastball sat at 92-94, peaking at 95.

Josh Burris struck out three in his 2.1 inning debut.

Overshadowed as just "another international signee" in 2009 (when Sano signed) and currently in the shadow of Buxton in Cedar Rapids, we've got a breakout candidate in Cedar Rapids' Jorge Polanco. Polanco, who has mainly been playing second base this season, was tonight's designated hitter and went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI. He's now batting .353, with an OPS of .890.

Both Buxton and Walker added triples. Travis Harrison hit his 3rd (but really his 4th- see my report on Saturday's game) home run of the season. DJ Hicks added a two-run double, his eighth. Buxton stole his 9th base of the season.

Matt Tomshaw (0-0, 9.00) returns to the mound at 12:05 pm tomorrow.

As always, if you have questions/comments, please let me know. Thanks!

Comments

  1. jorgenswest's Avatar
    Any insight on Polanco? Why 2B? Didn't he have a good reputation as a SS? Has he outgrown the position? Have they already decided he doesn't have the arm?

    I am concerned because it is rare for a Low A ball second baseman to progress to the majors. Romero's case might be a little different as the Twins move him the other way on the defensive spectrum.

    If the Twins project him as a major league utility player or starting middle infielder, he needs to be getting significant time at SS. At 19, he is too young to be exclusively a 2B.

    I know the Twins have Goodrum, Michael and Santana in front of him. Perhaps the hope was all three will take a step up during the year opening the spot in Cedar Rapids. Perhaps he is a poor defender and no longer seen as a major league middle infielder.
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