Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Twins Minor League Report (6/5): Explosive Kernels

We are only a couple days away from getting a new influx of talent into the Twins minor league system. The MLB First Year Player Draft will start on Friday night and the Twins have the fourth overall selection. It will be the second year in a row that the Twins are picking in the top five picks.

Last year's first round selection, Byron Buxton, has been a great addition to the organization. By the end of this year, he could be the top ranked prospect in all of baseball. Last week, Seth Stohs moved him ahead of Miguel Sano as the Twins number one prospect. 

Let's take a look at how the current crop of minor league players fared on Wednesday before some new players join their ranks in the coming weeks.

Rochester Red Wings 4, Gwinnett Braves 2 (Rain Shortened- 8 innings)
Box Score
Through the first eight innings, the Red Wings got out hit by the Braves but they still held a 4-2 advantage on the scoreboard. With one out in the bottom of the eighth, the skies opened up and a rain delay ensued.

Before the rains fell, Cole De Vries put together a very good start. He tossed seven strong innings by scattering nine hits and allowing two runs. He struck out two and walked one. This was the best start of the season for De Vries after some rough starts as he was coming back from injury.

Oswaldo Arcia had two hits for the second time in the last three games. His fourth double of the season scored the team's third run of the game. Chris Colabello knocked in his team leading 41st RBI of the year. The Red Wings left 11 men on base but that didn't matter on this night.

The Red Wings have two more games in Gwinnett before heading back home for an eight-game home stand. With the win, Rochester moves to within four games of the .500 mark. An 8-2 record in their last ten games has moved the Red Wings back into contention.

New Britain Rock Cats 2, Richmond Flying Squirrels 3
Box Score
Pat Dean did his best to keep the Rock Cats in the game but in the end it still wasn't enough. An error by third baseman Mark Sobolewski cost the team an unearned run and that would be the difference in the game.

Over 6.2 innings, Dean only allowed two earned runs on seven hits. It was his third straight strong start in a row but it was his first loss during that stretch. With this start, his ERA dropped below 5.00 for the first time since some awful starts in the middle of May

Josmil Pinto continued his hot hitting by going 2-for-3 with his tenth home run of the year. In his last 10 games, he is hitting .355/.459/.581 with two home runs and a double. Reynaldo Rodriguez wasn't in the original line-up but he replaced Daniel Ortiz in the defense half of the second inning. Rodriguez would proceed to go 2-for-2 with his 16th double of the year.

The loss put the Rock Cats three games under .500 for the season. Tonight's game was the first game of a six-game road trip that will see the team play three games in Richmond and three games in Bowie. New Britain has played to a .500 record on the road so the club will look to get back over .500 with a win tomorrow night.

Fort Myers Miracle --, Brevard County Manatees -- (Postponed)
The game between Fort Myers and Brevard County was postponed on Wednesday due to rain. The teams will make-up the game as part of a double header on Thursday evening. Game one is scheduled to begin at 5:05 eastern with the second game starting 30 minutes after the completion of the first.

The Miracle lost the first two games of this series with the Manatees so the club will be looking to bounce back. If the club is able to sweep Thursday's double header, Fort Myers would gain a split of the four game series. The team hasn't lost a series since the middle of May so they have a lot of work to do tomorrow.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 14, Quad City River Bandits 5
Box Score
One inning explained a lot for the Kernels on Wednesday night. In their half of the fourth frame, the Kernels exploded on the offensive side of the ball. They put 10 runs on the board with the power of 12 hits. 15 hitters came to bat and the club had nine straight hits to open the frame.

Byron Buxton returned to action after not playing in a game so far in June. He looked like he hadn't missed a beat as he got hits in his first five at-bats before being retired for the first time. On the night, he was 5-for-6 with two triples, a double, and three runs scored.

Buxton wasn't the only offensive star for the Kernels. Jorge Polanco had four hits including two doubles and Dalton Hicks knocked in four runs with his two doubles on the night. Michael Quesada also added three hits of his own.

Hein Robb made his second start of the season and he pitching into the fourth inning. He gave up five runs on four hits with four walks and five strikeouts. Alex Muren did a very good job in relief. He threw 3.2 innings of scoreless baseball and only gave up two hits.

The Kernels continue their series versus Quad Cities on Thursday night. The club will be looking to win their second series in the month of June before playing a three-game set against Kane County over the weekend.

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