Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Twins Minor League Report (6/25): Mr. Rogers Very Unneighborly

On Tuesday afternoon, the rosters for the MLB Future's game were announced and it included two Twins players, Jose Berrios and Kennys Vargas. Word came out on Wednesday that Rochester Red Wings starter Trevor May would be added to US roster to replace Cardinals LHP Marco Gonzalez who made his big league debut. 

May is in the middle of a breakout season at Triple-A. Since the beginning of May, he's gone 7-3 with a 2.35 ERA over 10 starts. This could set up a situation similar to last year when the Mets had prospects as the starting pitchers for both the US and the World team. May could start for the US and Berrios could start for the World squad. 

Enough about the Futures Game, let's dive down on the pond.

Rochester --, Scranton/WB -- (Postponed)
The game between the Red Wings and the RailRiders was rained out on Wednesday night. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, July 10. First pitch is scheduled to be at 4:35 CST and both games are scheduled to be seven innings. 

Earlier in the day, Rochester made a roster move by adding RHP Lester Oliveros from New Britain. To make room for him on the roster, the team sent RHP Mark Hamburger to Double-A.

New Britain 3, Altoona 1
Box Score
The Rock Cats rode a hot start from Taylor Rogers to win the rubber game of a three-game set with the Altoona Curve. Rogers tossed eight frames by allowing one on six hits. He struck out a career high 11 batters and improved to 7-4 on the season. He hasn't lost a game since June 3rd and he is 6-1 over his last ten outings. Matthew Summers earned his first save of the year by pitching a perfect ninth.

Earlier in the day, the Twins reinstated Aaron Hicks from the disabled list and optioned him to New Britain. He lead-off for the Rock Cats but went 0-for-4 with a strikeout. Nate Hanson was the lone batter with multiple hits as he went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Brandon Waring had a big two-out RBI double that turned out to be the difference in the game. Reynaldo Rodriguez added his 21st double of the season.

New Britain starts a five-game weekend series in New Hampshire on Thursday including a make-up game from April 15th. 

Fort Myers 8, St. Lucie 6
Box Score
The Miracle put themselves in an early 6-0 hole before the team even had a chance to bat. B.J. Hermsen was pelted for six runs on six hits in the first inning. After the rough start, he didn't allow another run and he made it through four innings. Alex Wimmers picked up the victory out of the bullpen with four shutout innings of work. He struck out four and limited the Mets to two hits. 

Fort Myers responded to St. Lucie big first inning with a strong inning of their own. The Miracle sent 11 men to bat and plated five runs in the frame. Even a 20 minute delay due to a lightning strike in the area couldn't stop the runs from being scored in the first. With the delay, the first inning took over an hour to complete and featured 21 hitters, 11 runs, nine hits, six walks, three different pitchers, and an error.

Lance Ray's first home run of the season was a big one as he put the Miracle on top in the late innings. Nate Roberts went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Niko Goodrum scored two runs and stole his 14th base of the season but his first inning error added to an already bad frame.


Cedar Rapids 1, Peoria 2 
Box Score
Kohl Stewart continues to impress on the mound but the Kernels are having a tough time backing up some of his stronger outings. He went five innings in this game and gave up two runs on six hits. Over his last ten starts, he has a 2.29 ERA and he has allowed more than two earned runs in only one of those outings. Unfortunately for him, the offense hasn't been there and he hasn't won a game since April 25th.

The Kernels went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position as the team left six men on base. J.D. Williams went 2-for-4 with two doubles and a run scored. His doubles were the only extra-base hits for the Kernels. Bryan Haar collected two hits. It was a rough night at the plate for Jason Kanzler as he struck out four times. 


Elizabethton 8, Burlington 0
Box Score
Nick Gordon cracked his first professional home run to help the Elizabethton to their fourth win of the season. His three-run shot was part of a two hit night where he also scored two runs. Max Murphy also helped the cause with a two hits including his first home run of the young season. Tyler Kuresa had a double and an RBI.

In his second start of the season, Stephen Gonsalves was very sharp to pick up his first victory. He struck out nine batters in six shutout innings. Keaton Steele earned a hold after pitching two innings and limiting Burlington to one base runner. Jake Reed closed out the shut out by striking out the side in the ninth. 


GCL Twins 9, GCL Orioles 7
Box Score
The GCL Orioles outhit the GCL Twins six to 14 but the Orioles pitching staff allowed nine walks. The Twins were timely with their hits and four of the six hits were for extra-bases. It was the second straight day with a win for the Twins after losing their first three contests of the year.

Four different pitchers helped the Twins to come out victorious. Josh Guyer started the game and tossed 3.1 innings by allowing three runs on five hits. He struck out two and walked one. Alexis Tapia earned his first victory as he gave up two runs over 2.2 frames. Trevor Hildenberger struck out three batters in his two innings of work.

Nelson Molina was in the middle of most of the offensive action. He went 2-for-3 with two triples, two runs scored, and four RBI. Rafael Valera only collected one hit but he knocked in a couple runs and drew two walks. Dubal Baez and Jarrad Poteete both hit their third double of the season.


Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Taylor Rogers, New Britain Rock Cats
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Nick Gordon, Elizabethton Twins


Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) – Trevor May (Listen)
New Britain @ New Hampshire (6:05 CST) – Jason Wheeler (Listen
St. Lucie @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – Tim Shibuya (Listen)
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (7:00 CST) - Aaron Slegers (Listen)
Elizabethton @ Burlington (6:00 CST) – Sam Gibbons (Listen
GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00am CST) – TBD

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