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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/7)

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#1 Eric R Pleiss

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:21 AM

The Twins managed just three hits against the Oakland Athletics and Jon Lester and lost the game by a score of 3-0. It will not be much easier for the Twins on Friday night as they face Scott Kazmir and his 2.53 ERA.

Down in the Minor Leagues, things went a little better for the organization.

Red Wings Report
Rochester 7, Indianapolis 0
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Sean Gilmartin picked up his second win at AAA to move his record to 2-3 with six scoreless innings against the Indianapolis Indians. Gilmartin gave up only three hits while he walked two and struck out five. His ERA is now 3.57. Lester Oliveros pitched the seventh and eighth without giving up a hit or a walk and stuck out three. Deolis Guerra finished the game and stuck out two in the ninth. The Red Wings held the Indians to just 3-30 hitting with two walks and 10 strike outs.The Red Wings pulled out to an early 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning and cruised to victory. James Beresford was a big catalyst for the Red Wings, finishing the night 3-5 with a double and two runs scored. Daniel Ortiz was 2-3 with two runs scored, a home run, three RBI and a walk. Josmil Pinto was 1-2 with a walk, a double and an RBI.

Rock Cats Review
New Britain 1, Akron 3
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Tyler Duffey pitched 7.1 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked one. Unfortunately, the Rock Cats could manage only one run and Duffey took the loss. He's now 8-3 with a 3.80 ERA. Edgar Ibarra pitched two-thirds of an inning and walked two.

The Rock Cats actually out-hit the Akron RubberDucks 6-4, but the Rock Cats didn't receive any support from the bottom of the lineup as the 7-8-9 hitters went 0-9. Jorge Polanco was 2-4 with a strikeout, the only Rock Cats player with multiple hits. Brandon Waring was 1-3 with the Cats' only extra base hit of the night, a double.

Miracle Matters
Fort Myers 6, St. Lucie 2
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The Ethan Mildren Fan Club has reason to be excited as Mildren picked up his second win at High-A with six innings of two run baseball. Mildren gave up just four hits, but two of them were solo home runs. Alex Muren earned a hold with a scoreless seventh inning. He walked two and stuck out one, so it was a little bit of a bumpy ride. Tyler Jones pitched a scoreless eighth and D.J. Johnson did the same in the ninth.

Levi Michael continues to play well. He was 2-4 with a run scored, a walk and two RBI leading off for the Miracle. Byron Buxton was 1-5 (infield single) with a run scored and two strikeouts. He's hitting just .236 for the Miracle. Adam Brett Walker II hit his Florida State League leading 23rd home run of the year, a solo shot in the eighth. Aderlin Mejia and Niko Goodrum each added two hits with 2-4 performances.

Kernels Nuggets
Kane County 3, Cedar Rapids 4 (11 innings)
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The Kernels took an early lead in the bottom of the second, but Mat Batts ran into some trouble and left after six down 3-2. Batts gave up five hits, three runs (two earned), walked no one and struck out eight. His ERA is 2.45. Jared Wilson pitched the seventh and eighth without giving up a hit or a walk and he recorded a strikeout. Jake Reed pitched two scoreless innings as well, to take the Kernels through the tenth. Reed gave up just one hit and struck out four. Dallas Gallant pitched a scoreless eleventh and picked up the win when the Kernels scored in the bottom of the inning.

Mitch Garver and Engelb Vielma both had 3-4 nights and they each hit a double. Engelb Vielma led off the 10th with a double, but could not come around to score. Garver's double also came in extra innings, leading off the 11th inning. He was lifted for pitch runner Jon Murphy who raced around to score when Bryan Haar doubled to left field, winning the game for the Kernels.

E-Town E-Notes
Danville 0, Elizabethton 12
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The Elizabethton Twins had their bats working early and had a 9-0 lead by the end of the fifth inning, adding three more in the bottom of the seventh. Every E-Twin hitter except leadoff man Jeremias Pineda had two hits, and Nick Gordon (3-6), Tanner English (3-5) and Jorge Fernandez (4-5) did even better than that. Gordon added a triple and three RBIs to his three hits. English had a double and two RBIs and Fernandez had a triple and three RBIs of his own.

The pitching staff held their own as well, giving up just five hits and two walks while they stuck out 13 Danville Braves hitters. John Curtiss started, struck out eight in his five innings, and then turned the game over to the bullpen. Kuo Hua Lo pitched two hitless innings, striking out three and walked none. Samuel Clay mopped up the final two innings of the night, giving up a lone hit and stuck out a pair.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 5, GCL Orioles 6
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Despite two runs in the top of the ninth, and four errors from the GCL Orioles, the GCL Twins fell to the GCL Orioles 5-6. The Twins received a nice performance from their starter Brandon Easter who went five innings, gave up two runs (one earned), struck out six and walked two. Callan Pearce gave up four earned runs in the bottom of the sixth and picked up the loss. He also pitched a scoreless seventh. Zack Jones pitched the eight inning, striking out the side and scattered a hit and a walk.

Rainis Silva was 2-4, the only Twins player with two or more hits. Amaurys Minier was just 1-5 but he made it count with a two-run home run. No other player had an extra base hit for the Twins on a pretty quiet night in the batters box.

DSL Twins Takes
DSL Padres 3, DSL Twins 4
Jose Ramirez gave up two earned runs over five innings, scattering three hits to go along with a walk and six strike outs. He turned the game over to Jose Martinez with a 3-2 lead. Martinez lost the lead in the top of the seventh, but the DSL Twins retook the lead in the bottom of the seventh, so Martinez earns the win and a blown save. Martinez pitched the final four innings, he gave up two hits, a run and struck out one batter.

The DSL Twins and the DSL Orioles combined for seven runs on just six hits, three hits for each team. The only Twins players with hits last night were Jorge Andrade (1-2 with a walk and two runs scored), Luis Martinez (1-3 with a walk and an RBI) and Lewin Diaz (1-3 with a double and two RBI).

Twins Daily Minor League Hitter and Pitcher of the Day
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day - Nick Gordon, Elizabethton Twins
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Ethan Mildren, Fort Myers Miracle

Friday's Probables
Rochester @ Indianapolis (6:15 C) - Mark Hamburger (Listen)
New Britain @ Erie (6:05 C) – Pat Dean (Listen)
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 C)– Brett Lee (Listen)
Kane County @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 C) - Stephen Gonsalves (Listen)
Danville @ Elizabethton (6:00 C) - TBD
GCL Orioles @ GCL Twis (11:00am C) – TBD
DSL Twins @ DSL Padres (9:30am C) – TBD

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#2 Pitz

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:39 AM

I know he's a higher profile prospect, but I have to disagree with Gordon as hitter of the day over Fernandez.


#3 clutterheart

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 06:54 AM

A caption on that photo would be nice


#4 alskntwnsfn

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 08:28 AM

Great recap. Thanks Eric!!


#5 lightfoot789

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:26 AM

I know he's a higher profile prospect, but I have to disagree with Gordon as hitter of the day over Fernandez.

Agreed


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 09:30 AM

You know things are going well in Fort Myers when the Miracle strike out 12 times as a team and Adam Brett Walker (2-4 w/HR & RBI) is the only player not to strike out in the game.  Great win Miracle and solid pitching by Mildren.  Levi is having a very nice season BTW.


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:32 AM

With the Rock Cats struggling to score runs lately how much longer before Adam Brett Walker III gets the promotion to New Britian or are they going to keep him in Fort Meyers for the playoffs?


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Posted 08 August 2014 - 10:43 AM

With the Rock Cats struggling to score runs lately how much longer before Adam Brett Walker III gets the promotion to New Britian or are they going to keep him in Fort Meyers for the playoffs?


I'm not sure why people are clamoring to promote Walker... He may hit a few home runs, but other than that, he's really not doing that well. His contact rate is horrible, and he's striking out way too much. Those aren't going to get better against tougher pitchers in AA. He's going to play out his season in A+. I wouldn't be shocked if he started there next season too. I like the guy as a prospect, but he's not ready for a bump.

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 02:28 PM

With the Rock Cats struggling to score runs lately how much longer before Adam Brett Walker III gets the promotion to New Britian or are they going to keep him in Fort Meyers for the playoffs?

 

Buxton and Michael are the Miracle hitters most likely to be promoted, I would guess.  


#10 Seth Stohs

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Posted 08 August 2014 - 03:12 PM

Buxton and Michael are the Miracle hitters most likely to be promoted, I would guess.  

 

I'd agree with this.


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Posted 09 August 2014 - 09:23 AM

I'm not sure why people are clamoring to promote Walker... He may hit a few home runs, but other than that, he's really not doing that well.

I'm not sure what you call a few home runs.  His 23 HRs are 9 more HRs than anyone in his league and 13 more than anyone on his team.  Oh yeah 83 RBI are 22 more than his closest teammate as well.    All those numbers lead every prospect in the Twins organzation as well as the MLB level.  To your point - he's not having a great year, but I would not frown on those accomplishments either.  That's why people are clamoring to promote him - PRODUCTION!!!

 

I agree that he will stay in Ft. Myers this year and be forced to learn a new level from stratch again next year.  I would think that seeing a level for even a short portion of the season would better prepare you for the start of that level again the next season.  Sano should have been better prepared for New Brittian this year because of his promotion last year IMO.  That's what I think a promotion does for a prospect.  Gives them direction for the next season.

 

"He won't be able to hit those HRs and RBIs at the next level" - This will be the 4th level in a row that people are saying the same thing.  Why he dropped in the draft - What they said after rookie ball - What they said after A ball and What they are saying after High A ball.  They may eventually be right?




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