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    by 07-10-2014, 06:14 AM
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    Two weeks ago, Adam Walker was one of four Ft. Myers Miracle players named to the Florida State League All-Star team. It proved to be quite the weekend performance by the powerful prospect. First, Walker put on a tremendous show for the crowd with a incredible performance in the home run derby. He followed that up by going 3-4 with a double and a home run in the All-Star Game itself. He was named the MVP.

    While Walker may be an imperfect prospect, he has some traits that make him one of the most intriguing prospects in the Minnesota Twins minor league system.



    However, let's start with the All-Star performance. It meant a lot to Walker to be named an All-Star,
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    by 07-10-2014, 04:51 AM
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    Things were busy in the Twins farm system on Wednesday as all six affiliates played, and the Miracle played two games. Mike Kvasnicka has been on fire of late and continued that. But let's not kid ourselves, the story in the system on Wednesday was the AA Debut of JO Berrios. You'll have to keep reading to see how it went.

    For the second straight night, the Minnesota Twins got a terrific start and nice offensive output. Kyle Gibson threw six shutout innings to improve to 8-7. Brian Dozier hit two doubles and Kendrys Morales drove in three runs. On Thursday, Yohan Pino will take the mound for the Twins against a bullpen-by-committee start from the Mariners in a fourth straight late-night game in Seattle.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Buffalo 6
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    Logan Darnell struggled early in this game, but he regained his form and was able to give his team innings. Darnell gave up five runs in the first
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    by 07-09-2014, 01:05 AM
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    You have now read about the June Starting Pitcher of the Month and the June Hitter of the Month. Today, I'll be posting the June Relief Pitcher of the Month. As has been the case with the previous "awards", there are a lot of good candidates this month.

    Relief pitchers often are taken for granted as they are not really noticed unless they have a bad game. So, it's only fair that we recognize them when they do pitch well. Let's start with the Honorable Mentions.

    HONORABLE MENTION



    • Aaron Thompson - Rochester - 11 G, 10.0 IP, 6 H, 4 BB, 11 K, 0-0, 0.90 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, .171 OBA.
    • Mason Melotakis - Ft. Myers - 8 G, 12.2 IP, 9 H, 5 BB, 14 K, 1-0, 1.42 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, .200
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    by 07-07-2014, 08:27 PM
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    I posted the June Starting Pitcher of the Month last week, and this week JO Berrios was promoted to the New Britain Rock Cats. Tonight, I'll be posting the June Hitter of the Month. There are a lot of very good candidates. It made for a very difficult decision.

    With All-Star games and some promotions, it can be a month with difficult decisions.. Some guys have fewer plate appearances, and that has to factor into the thinking as well. So, we'll start with the Honorable Mentions and then get to the Top 5.

    HONORABLE MENTION


    • Chris Herrmann - Rochester - 14-50 (.280/.339/.460 (.799)) with 5-2B, 2-3B, 6 RBI.
    • Deibinson Romero - Rochester - 29-98
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    by 07-07-2014, 12:52 AM
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    The Twins (meaning, Ricky Nolasco) gave up nine early runs. However, they attempted the comeback and got the score to 9-7 before it ended. Chris Colabello and Trevor Plouffe homered for the Twins. Glen Perkins was named to his second All-Star game, and Kurt Suzuki will play in the mid-summer classic for the first time in his career.

    The biggest news in the Twins farm system is that Byron Buxton returned to game action for the Ft. Myers Miracle. He led off, played centerfield and got a couple of at-bats. We also learned the Twins will soon make a decision on whether Trevor May will pitch in the Futures Game. It's a busy minor league report today, so let's get started with some transactions.




    TRANSACTIONS

    Mark Hamburger was promoted from New Britain to Rochester.
    JO Berrios and Lance Ray were promoted from Ft. Myers to New Britain. (per Bryce Zimmerman, Mason Melotakis was also promoted to AA.)
    Ethan
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    by 07-06-2014, 07:03 PM
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    The Twins beat the Yankees by a score of 2-1 in 11 innings. The winning run scored on a throwing error by the Yanks' catcher, Francisco Cervelli, trying to complete a 1-2-3 double play. Brian Duensing picked up the win.

    The Red Wings offensive machine continued to rack up runs. A couple of Kernels continued hot streaks, and the E-Twins got another terrific start. There were some good games throughout the Twins minor leagues on Friday. Check out more below.




    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 8, Lehigh Valley 9 (16 innings)
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    With a double-header on Sunday, the last thing the Red Wings needed was a 16-inning game on Saturday. However, that's just what they got. Six errors in the field by the Red Wings didn't help the matter.


    Scott Diamond started and gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. Lester Oliveros gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits in
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    by 07-05-2014, 10:00 AM
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    The Twins got a short start from Kyle Gibson (six runs in two innings) but came up just shy in their attempt to come back, losing 6-5 to the Yankees on the 4th of July. Sam Deduno was very good in long relief. Brian Dozier and Chris Colabello homered, but it wasn't enough.

    The Red Wings offensive machine continued to rack up runs. A couple Kernels continued hot streaks, and the E-Twins got another terrific start. There were some good games throughout the Twins minor leagues on Friday. Check out more below.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 12, Lehigh Valley 6
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    The Red Wings bats dominated in this one, their 50th win of the season. Chris Herrmann led the way. He reached base all five times with two singles and three walks. Eric Farris went 3-6 and stole his 14th base. Deibinson Romero went 2-6 with his
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    by 07-04-2014, 08:15 AM
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    Happy Fourth of July to all of you! I am a couple days later than usual in posting the Twins minor league pitchers and hitters of the month thanks to my trip to Cedar Rapids (which was awesome, and the Kernels are home again this weekend, so get down there if you can!). Today, I'll be posting the Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month.

    It's always good when there are several starting pitchers deserving of recognition. It's even better when several of the names you will see below are names seen in previous months because that means they're putting together a long stretch of quality starting performances.

    With that, I'm going to post a couple of honorable mentions
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    by 07-03-2014, 02:32 AM
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    Over this past weekend, I was in Cedar Rapids to watch the Kernels play. On Saturday night, the Kernels and their fans celebrated Twins Night. TC Bear was in attendance, but the headliner was Twins legend and Hall of Famer Rod Carew. After signing autographs for fans and joining the radio broadcast for two innings, Carew talked to the media.

    In Part 1 of that interview, Carew shared his thoughts on his playing career. In Part 2, Carew provided his thoughts on working with today's players. In Part 3 today, Carew talked about various topics from his relationship with Tony Gwynn to his most recent
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    by 07-02-2014, 10:49 PM
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    The Twins lost 4-0 on Wednesday afternoon to the Royals. The Yankees are coming to town for a four game series.

    The Rochester Red Wings pitching staff has been tremendous all season. However, when the Triple-A All-Star game rosters were announced on Wednesday morning, just one player from the Red Wings was named to the roster. In their game on Wednesday, a Red Wings hitter was one hit away from the cycle. Surprisingly, the one hit that he didn't have was a single.

    There were a couple affiliates that had the day off on Wednesday. Continue reading to find out what happened throughout the Twins' farm system:


    photo of Doug Bernier by Steve Mitchell


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 8, Pawtucket 7
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    Doug Bernier has had a terrific season, and on this day, he was very good. He went 3-5 and was just a single away from a cycle. He hit his 13th double, first triple, fifth home run and drove in three runs. Chris Rahl went 3-4 with his 11th double
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    by 07-01-2014, 08:44 PM
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    In Part 1 of the interview with Rod Carew yesterday, the Hall of Famer shared his thoughts on his playing career. He has been a hitting coach in the big leagues with the Angels and also with the Milwaukee Brewers. Now he is a special instructor for the Minnesota Twins during spring training. In his retirement he makes appearances for the Twins throughout the year. In Part 2 today, Carew was asked questions about coaching, minor leaguers and his thoughts on big league ballplayers today.


    He was asked what he tells young players and minor leaguers when he gets the opportunity to address them. He said, "With the young players, I tell them, you work hard at the minor
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    by 07-01-2014, 12:02 AM
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    Saturday night was Minnesota Twins night at Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids. The rains came, but there was an excitement because Twins great Rod Carew made the trek to Iowa. Before the game, he was briefly in the Kernels locker room. He then spent over an hour signing autographs and shaking hands with fans that lined up, around several corners, trying to meet the Hall of Famer. He joined Morgan Hawk, the Kernels radio man who was also on TV locally on that night, for the first two innings.


    At that time, he was made available to the media. He spent 15 minutes talking about all kinds of topics with the small group. Here is Part 1 of that interview, a look at his career. In the next two days, I'll post two more parts of the interview.
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    by 06-29-2014, 02:56 AM
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    Maybe it was because Hall of Famer Rod Carew threw him some batting practice before the game, but third baseman Bryan Haar had one of those special games that players dream about... by the end of the 2nd inning. He went 2-3 with two home runs and seven RBI.

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels won a 9-5, rain-shortened game at Perfect Game Field on Saturday night. The game had a 31-minute rain delay in the early innings, but after another 30-minute delay in the top of the 7th, the game was called. Three hours later, it’s still raining in Cedar Rapids.



    Following the game, Haar said that he hadn’t had a game like this in a long time. “It’s been since high school that
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    by 06-28-2014, 01:36 AM
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    It took a little longer than usual to get to Cedar Rapids, but it was worth the travel because we were treated to a terrific game on Friday night. We saw the best start at this level from one of the Twins top pitching prospects and we saw some offense, followed by a tight game at the end.

    The drive took a little longer because of some scary, torrential rainfall we encountered north of Cedar Rapids. We drove out of it about 20 miles north of Cedar Rapids. When we got to the ballpark, the terrific Kernels grounds crew was putting on the tarp and the rains came. This was at 4:30, and it rained hard for an hour, and yet, due to the work of the grounds crew, the game started on time at 6:35.

    Lewis Thorpe with his mother, Lynette, after the game.

    Minutes before the game, I was approached
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    by 06-26-2014, 07:38 AM
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    Earlier this week, I looked at the first-half leader board for the Minnesota Twins' minor league hitters. It gave good insight into which players had the best first half, and maybe who we should be looking for in the second half.

    Today, I'm going to go over the leader boards in a handful of pitcher statistics to take a look at who has been leading the way in the first half.



    Because with pitchers there are starters and relievers, I had to pick an arbitrary cut-off line for each. Nothing scientific about it, I went with 60 innings pitched for starters and 30 innings pitched for relievers. Just nice, round numbers, but my method cut off a couple of guys who just missed a category. For instance, Red Wings left-hander Aaron Thompson is sitting at 29.2 innings right now. Fair or not, he's not included here.

    Also, several pitchers spent time both starting and relieving. I went with which category they had more of. For instance, Matt Summers made six starts and has now pitched in 13 games as a reliever, so I counted him among the latter. Tim Shibuya recently was put in the Miracle rotation, but spent most of the first half in the bullpen, so I included him in the relievers.

    Let's get started with the arbitrary stats
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    by 06-24-2014, 12:50 AM
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    Last week, the Midwest League (MWL) and the Florida State League (FSL) hosted their league All Star games. The Cedar Rapids Kernels had three players on the MWL roster while the Ft. Myers Miracle had four on the FSL South roster.

    Those All-Star games approximate the halfway point of the minor league season. Two-and-a-half months of season have passed and there is just about two-and-a-half months remaining. I thought it would be a good time to look at some of the top performers in the Twins farm system so far this season by looking at the leader boards in the organization in several statistics. Today, I'll look at the hitters. Later in the week we’ll take a look at the pitchers.

    Mitch Garver

    PLATE APPEARANCES

    1.) Jorge Polanco – Ft. Myers - 313
    2.) Nate Hanson - New Britain - 300
    3.) Adam Walker - Ft. Myers - 299
    4.) James Beresford - Rochester - 298
    5.) Kennys Vargas - New Britain - 291

    This is a list that shows a lot of guys at the top of their team's order who have remained healthy and have performed well enough to remain there.

    BATTING AVERAGE (minimum 200 PA)

    1.) Kennys Vargas - New Britain - .322
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