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Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/29): Berrios Injured

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#1 John Bonnes

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 07:43 AM

For fans of the Twins minor league system, there were three of the organizations best pitching prospects all on the mound in one night. This is about as exciting as it gets, folks.

Rochester starter Alex Meyer had pitched five straight starts of six innings by allowing two earned runs or less. New Britain starter Jose Berrios was making his fourth start at Double-A and he combined to pitch 13 innings of two-run ball in his last two starts. Lewis Thorpe has been showing signs of improvement even though his season numbers might not show it.

One of these pitchers would have one of his best starts of the year. At the same time another pitcher would unfortunately be pulled early with an apparent injury.RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 1
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For the first time in five starts, Meyer didn't make a quality start but it was still enough to earn his sixth victory of the season. Over five innings, he allowed one run on two hits but he walked a career high five batters. It was his 13th start of allowing one or fewer earned runs this season. Lester Oliveros and Stephen Pryor each pitched two shutout frames to end the game and keep the Red Wings on top.

Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his first Triple-A home run, a three-run shot, in the fifth inning. It was part of a five run fifth inning when the Red Wings sent 10 men to the plate. Doug Bernier extended his hit streak to nine games with a single in the fifth inning.

With the win, the Wings take a 0.5 game lead in the Wild Card over idle Pawtucket. They also guarantee themselves a 4th straight winning month for the first time since 2006. Before the game, LHP Jason Wheeler was transferred to New Britain.


ROCK CATS REVIEW
New Britain 1, Trenton 4
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Jose Berrios didn't make it far into this game and unfortunately it was due to an injury. The training staff and coaches came out to the mound to look at him and he was pulled after just 1.2 innings. His velocity dropped on his fastball leading up to him being pulled.Sources have said that shoulder tightness is the initial diagnosis.

New Britain's pitching staff had to patch together the rest of the game. Jim Fuller and Matthew Summers pitched 4.1 scoreless frames. They combined to strike out seven. Only one Rock Cat player was able to get a hit. Aaron Hicks went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. It was his first triple since being demoted to New Britain.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 3, Clearwater 5
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The Miracle were left without any extra-base hits and the team was a woeful 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Byron Buxton went 0-for-5 and struck out three times. Max Kepler reached base three times and Levi Michael went 2-for-4. Stuart Turner knocked in a couple of runs. The Miracle loaded the bases in the ninth inning but they couldn't plate a run.

Steven Gruver was forced to make a spot start for the Miracle. He lasted three innings and was charged for two earned runs. After pitching two scoreless innings, Alex Muren allowed a couple of runs to score in the sixth as Clearwater took the lead for good. It was the fourth loss in the last six games for the Miracle.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 6, Burlington 2
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Lewis Thorpe had his strikeout mojo working for the Kernels. He struck out a season-high 10 batters over 5.2 frames for his second victory. He surrendered two runs on four hits while walking one batter. The bullpen had to do some work after Thorpe left with runners on the corners. Chris Mazza got out of the jam and limited the Bees to one hit. Jake Reed was perfect over the last two innings for his first save.

Michael Quesada notched a couple of RBI in the fourth while Bryan Haar and Alex Swim each scored two runs in the game. Haar collected his 18th double of the season and Swim added his sixth two-bagger. Mitch Garver went 2-for-4 and stole his sixth base of the year.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 2, Greeneville 4
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The E-Twins struggled to find their offensive stroke in this one. The team combined to go 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and the team left five on base. Dutch Deol had the only extra-base hit of the game a double that plated two runs. It was his third double of the year. Nick Gordon picked up a single to stretch his hitting streak to three games.

Felix Jorge continued his stretch of strong starts since being send from Cedar Rapids to Elizabethton. In this contest, he went six innings and scattered four hits. He struck out four, walked one, and saw his ERA drop to 1.93 over seven starts in the Appalachian League. Keaton Steele was charged with the loss after he gave up two runs, one earned, in the ninth inning

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 6, GCL Rays 7 (7 Innings)
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The GCL Twins got within one run in two different innings in the first game of the double header but they weren't able to overcome the five run second inning by the Rays. Josh Burris took the loss after allowing four earned runs in a third of an inning. After the first three pitchers lasted less than an inning, Josh Guyer threw the last 4.1 innings by allowing two runs on three hits.

It would turn out to be quite the day for Amaurys Minier. In this game, he slugged a grand slam with two outs in the third to bring the Twins within a run. It was the only extra-base hit for the team. Rainis Silva and Joel Polanco each added two hits and Silva had an RBI.

GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 2 (7 Innings)
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Two runs in each of the first two innings were enough to put the GCL Twins on top in this one. Amaurys Minier knocked a two-run bomb to get the scoring started in the first inning. It was his fourth home run this season and his second of the day. In the second inning after some wild pitching by the Rays, Ruar Verkerk collected two RBI on a single passed the first baseman.

Alex Tapia continued his winning ways tossing six innings and limiting the Rays to two runs on three hits. It was his fourth consecutive victory to start the season and it was his first time pitching at least six frames. Trevor Hildenberger allowed two base runners in the ninth but neither would score and he earned his fifth save.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Lewis Thorpe, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Amaurys Minier, GCL Twins

WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Lehigh Valley @ Rochester (10:05am CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
New Britain @ Trenton (11:05am CST) – TBD (Listen)
Clearwater @ Ft. Myers (6:05am CST) – Tim Shibuya (Listen)
Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - Ryan Eades (Listen)
Greeneville @ Elizabethton (6:00 CST) - Derrick Penilla
GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00am CST) – TBD






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#2 mike wants wins

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 07:59 AM

13 starts with 1 or 0 runs given up.....sounds pretty consistent to me.

What I just typed is probably an opinion, not a fact. I mean, I'm usually right, so you should maybe assume it is or will be a fact soon, but that's up to you. :)


#3 Seth Stohs

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 08:24 AM

Jason Wheeler will be making the start today for New Britain.


#4 AScheib50

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:37 AM

For some strange reason while reading this I got to wondering what Luke Bard was up to...anyone know what his status is? Have we given up hope on him at this point?

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:40 AM

NONONONONONO!!! Not Berrios too !!!


#6 Seth Stohs

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 12:00 PM

For some strange reason while reading this I got to wondering what Luke Bard was up to...anyone know what his status is? Have we given up hope on him at this point?

I know I posted it on TD and Twitter a couple of months ago. He had surgery (I can't remember the name, but it was attaching a tendon (or something) to his shoulder.) He's out for the year, but I don't think anyone should give up on him.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 12:01 PM

NONONONONONO!!! Not Berrios too !!!

 

This morning, he's fine. No pain, no tightness. No further medical evaluation planned.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 12:19 PM

I remember reading a couple years ago that Minier had a ton of upside but he never makes it in any of the organizational top prospect ratings.  What is his projection?


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 01:20 PM

I would like to see Jorge get another shot at CR this year.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 02:09 PM

I would like to see Jorge get another shot at CR this year.

I agree...

 

Wouldn't you love to see CR compete for a playoff spot with a rotation of:

Slegers

Stewart

Thorpe

Hu

Jorge


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 02:39 PM

I agree...

 

Wouldn't you love to see CR compete for a playoff spot with a rotation of:

Slegers

Stewart

Thorpe

Hu

Jorge

 How about Gonsalves? No reason to move him.

Papers...business papers.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 02:52 PM

 How about Gonsalves? No reason to move him.

 The Kernels only have one more scheduled off day during the regular season. I suspect they may go back to a 6-man rotation when Stewart comes off the DL.

 

That said, I don't expect Jorge to return to CR this season unless there's an opening caused by promotion/injury to someone currently with the Kernels.

 

Doubt Ryan Eades will be dropped from the rotation during the regular season. His last couple starts have not been too bad and they'll want to give him every opportunity to finish the seaon on a positive note. He's also nowhere near any kind of innings limit for a pitcher in his first full season out of college.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 03:14 PM

 The Kernels only have one more scheduled off day during the regular season. I suspect they may go back to a 6-man rotation when Stewart comes off the DL.

 

That said, I don't expect Jorge to return to CR this season unless there's an opening caused by promotion/injury to someone currently with the Kernels.

 

Doubt Ryan Eades will be dropped from the rotation during the regular season. His last couple starts have not been too bad and they'll want to give him every opportunity to finish the seaon on a positive note. He's also nowhere near any kind of innings limit for a pitcher in his first full season out of college.

 

 

 

Any chance they would move Sleigers to High A?  I thought they were short a pitcher there as they pitched with their bullpen recently I think.  There would be room for Jorge if they did that.  Would be pretty cool to see all the young guns come up together.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 03:24 PM

Not sure Slegers has done enough to get a promotion to High A.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 03:48 PM

Slegers has a 1.96 ERA in 6 July starts. 31/5 K/BB ratio in 36.2 IP for the month and a .224 BAA.

 

If they need a SP in Fort Myers, I can't imagine them promoting anyone else.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 04:21 PM

Slegers has a 1.96 ERA in 6 July starts. 31/5 K/BB ratio in 36.2 IP for the month and a .224 BAA.

If they need a SP in Fort Myers, I can't imagine them promoting anyone else.

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Bingo. You really have to break up the season for guys at this level. Especially 6' 10" college guys who suddenly flip the switch like the Big Unit 3.0 did in July.

It's important to note that he really only pitched significant innings one year in college. He is still only 21 and he is now at 113 innings. It would be great to give him the chance to get up to the 150+ IP range with 5-6 starts in A+ ball. This would set him up with a good opportunity to pitch in 2 levels next year and increase his innings some more and then put himself in consideration for the rotation as early as mid-2016 at the tender age of 23.

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Posted 30 July 2014 - 07:04 PM

Silver lining time....


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Posted 31 July 2014 - 06:58 AM

 How about Gonsalves? No reason to move him.

Thanks, I knew I was missing somebody!

 

SD... This wasn't meant as reality, just a show of young arms! It's amazing that it is even possible after losing 3 young arms (Romero, Rosario and Landa) that were all top-30 prospects. TINSTAAPP is for real!

Edited by TRex, 31 July 2014 - 06:59 AM.


#19 Seth Stohs

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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:38 AM

It is definitely real... just hope to find a few good anomalies!


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Posted 31 July 2014 - 11:44 AM

Thanks, I knew I was missing somebody!

 

SD... This wasn't meant as reality, just a show of young arms! It's amazing that it is even possible after losing 3 young arms (Romero, Rosario and Landa) that were all top-30 prospects. TINSTAAPP is for real!

It really is a pretty good group of starters, but what's really impressive right now is the bullpen. Granted, there are reasons for that, such as a few guys who are older and arguably should be pitching at a higher class already, but the velo of some of these guys is pretty amazing.

 

While talking to media after Wednesday's win, where Burdi and Gallant each K'd 5 guys in 2 innings of relief, Jake Mauer mentioned that he and Tommy Watkins were talking about it and recalled that when they were playing together at this level, they had like 1 pitcher who could throw 95. The rest were upper 80s-low 90s. This group of Kernels has 4-5 guys consistently throwing 95+.

 

That kind of bullpen allows the Twins/Kernels to get away with limiting pitches for these 18-20 year old starters without blowing a bunch of games in the last 3- innings.

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