Monday, June 15, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (6/15): Sano Wants to Join Buxton

A day after watching Byron Buxton make his big league debut, Miguel Sano wanted to make sure that Twins fans didn't forget about him. Sano is one of baseball's best prospects remaining in the minor leagues after a ton of call-ups at the beginning of this season.

In his last ten games, Sano is hitting .312 with two home runs, two doubles, 10 runs scored, and five RBI. Entering play today, he was hitting .257/.358/.505 with 12 home runs and 12 doubles. It's interesting to see how much higher his OBP is than his batting average but that's been a trend for him throughout the minor leagues.

To see how Sano and the rest of the farm system fared on Monday, keep reading.

Rochester (Schedule Off Day)
After ending a six game losing streak on Sunday, Rochester enjoyed a scheduled off day before starting a six-game home stand. In a weird schedule quirk, the Red Wings, who just finished a four game road series versus Scranton/WB, will play three more games versus the RailRiders. Rochester has gone 5-4 versus Scranton/WB this season.

Over the last 10 games, the Red Wings offense has struggled to score runs. They are averaging 2.7 runs per game and they've been outscored 27 to 50 during that stretch. The team entered play on Monday night trailing Scranton/WB by 3.5 games in the International League North. The team is also 2.5 games out of the Wild Card chase.

Chattanooga 4, Birmingham 1
Chattanooga pounded out 14 hits and that was more than enough for them to finish off Birmingham in the series finale. The Lookouts took four of five games in the series to improve their record to an impressive 15 games over .500. After losing the first four games of June, Chattanooga have won 10 of their last 11.

Miguel Sano cracked his 12th home run of the season and finished the day 1-for-4 with a walk. Adam Brett Walker and Max Kepler both went 4-for-5 and two of Walker's hits were doubles. Stephen Wickens only managed one hit but he collected three steals in the game including a steal of home.

Greg Peavey was impressive over eight innings by allowing one earned run on three hits. He struck out five and walked one to improve to 6-2 on the season. Zach Jones allowed a hit and a walk in the ninth but was still able to collect his ninth save.

Fort Myers 3, Daytona 2
Box Score
In their last eight games, Fort Myers has six wins but they suffered two one run losses to Bradenton over the weekend. The Miracle returned home on Monday night to face Daytona with a chance to get back to the .500 mark and start a new winning streak.

Fort Myers and starter Mat Batts found themselves in an early 2-0 hole after two innings but that's where Daytona's scoring ended. Batts finished with four strikeouts and no walks while lowering his ERA to 1.90. DJ Johnson and Alex Muren kept putting zeros up on the board to finish off the Tortugas. Muren earned his second save after pitching 1.2 innings and striking out four.

Zach Granite helped to get the offense moving a two-out bunt single in the third. A missed pickoff attempt moved Granite to second before a Engelb Vielma single cut the lead in half. Granite scored another two-out run in the bottom of the sixth on an Alex Swim single. Bryan Haar started the seventh with a hit by pitch before a Jason Kanzler single put the winning run in scoring position. Chad Christensen almost hit into a double play but a throwing error on the shortstop allowed the winning run to score.

Cedar Rapids 2, Lansing 8
Box Score
Cedar Rapids entered the day looking to sweep Lansing but the Lugnuts had other ideas. They pounded out 12 hits and capitalized on three Kernels errors for the win. Jared Wilson took his second loss of the season after allowing five earned runs on seven hits. In four innings, he allowed three walks and struck out one.

Jose Velez and Miles Nordgren pitch five innings without allowing an earned run but Lansing plated three unearned runs against Nordgren. Brett Doe had an error at first base on a pickoff throw and Rafael Valera had two throwing errors from second base.

One the offensive side of the ball, Alex Real reached base three times and hit his first home run. Brian Navarreto drew two walks, scored a run, and extended his hitting streak to six games. The team left six runners on base and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Greg Peavey, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Adam Brett Walker, Chattanooga Lookouts

Rochester vs. Scranton/WB (6:05 CST) – LHP Pat Dean
Chattanooga- Scheduled Off Day
Ft. Myers vs. Daytona (6:05 CST) – RHP Ryan Eades
Cedar Rapids vs. Burlington (6:35 CST) - RHP Felix Jorge

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Monday games.


Berdj J. Rassam said...

The Twins are playing solid ball so far this season, and if they have talent in the minors that can help, then bring him up!

NoDak Twins Fan said...

Sano could help if he continues to show consistency. Hopefully he is ready soon because the offense is struggling at this point.