With just over a week to go, it looks like three of the Twins top five affiliates will be making the post-season.Fort Myers has clinched by virtue of winning their division in the first half of the Florida State League season.New Britain has been eliminated although the Rock Cats do have a .500 record with eight days to go.
Still in doubt are playoff spots for Rochester, Elizabethtown and Cedar Rapids.The AAA Red Wings have a lot of work to do in a short time.They trail by six games in their division, and by two and a half in the wild card race.It seem unlikely that Rochester can make up six games on division-leading Syracuse. The Red Wings would have to pass both third-place Buffalo and second-place Pawtucket to secure the wild card.They trail Buffalo by a game and a half and Pawtucket by two and a half games.
Elizabethtown is a perennial power in the Appalachian League.The E-Twins lead their division by a game and a half and the third place team is two and a half back.The top two teams in each division advance, so the E-Twins are a good bet to be playing beyond Labor Day.
Cedar Rapids is a near lock to make the playoffs based on a strong second half.The Kernels are in second place in the second half of their season and their magic number is 1 to advance.They can advance as second half division champions if they finish ahead of Wisconsin and they lead them by seven games.
It has been a pretty good year for Twins farm teams, despite injuries to top prospects.