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Twins Minor League Report (6/10): Buxton Shines

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(This post will be updated after the completion of tonight's games.)

Since last night’s podcast/minor league review there have been a few more moves.

The Twins placed Aaron Hicks on the DL with a strained hamstring and recalled Oswaldo Arcia.

The Red Wings, who had a full roster following the addition of James Beresford and re-addition of Chris Colabello, placed Danny Lehmann on the 7-day DL with right elbow neuritis. You can Google it like I did and you’ll get to read about a bunch of “elbow terms”, but it basically boils down to “sore elbow” which, in this case, is double-secret code word for “our roster is full”.

Anyway, the Red Wings now have a roster spot available.

New Britain released Mark Sobolewski. Good luck to Mark as he continues his baseball career.

The Miracle added Bryan Haar to their roster. Haar will essentially serve as a place-holder until reinforcement or two come from Cedar Rapids. Haar is expected to be E-town’s primary first baseman.

The Twins also inked their first draft pick of the year: 9th-round pick C Mitchell Garver. Garver signed for $40,000, which is $108,100 less than his designated pick value. He will report to Fort Myers before heading t o Elizabethton for the start of their season.

ROCHESTER RED WINGS x, TOLEDO MUD HENS x
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Game tonight.


NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS – Day off


FORT MYERS MIRACLE x, DAYTONA CUBS x
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Game tonight.


CEDAR RAPIDS KERNELS 6, KANE COUNTY COUGARS 2
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Byron Buxton was the star of this show, featured on FSNorth. Defensively, he made two running catches in the left-center field gap. They looked fairly routine (for him). He also made a diving catch near the wall in the left-center gap that is hard to put in words. It looked like something Ben Revere would do. It would be a SportsCenter Top 10 play if they featured minor league plays (which maybe they will).

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Offensively, Buxton was a home run short of the cycle. He singled up the middle on a two-strike count. He had a three-RBI double on a left-center drive that fell about six feet short of a grand slam. Most impressively, he tripled to the right-center field gap on a ball that didn’t even reach the warning track.

He also proved to be in near-human form when he was caught leaning off of first base and tagged out between first and second. Personally, I was also disappointed he didn’t at least try to steal home after his triple. He’s fast enough to beat the pitch home. Obviously.

Mason Melotakis had an impressive seven-inning start to pick up his team-leading sixth win of the season. The lefty worked very quickly and only allowed four hits and three walks. He was aided with two double-plays behind him and struck out two.

Tomorrow night, Hein Robb will make his 2nd MWL start against the Lance McCullers-led Quad Cities River Bandits at 7pm CT.

If Quad Cities loses tonight and the Kernels beat them tomorrow night, the Kernels will have clinched a playoff spot (if my math serves me correctly). Comparing schedules, I think that Buxton will finish out the first-half with Cedar Rapids. The Miracle don’t play Friday through Sunday, so it wouldn’t make sense to have Buxton take three days off when the Kernels could still potentially use him.

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