Monday, July 13, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (7/13): Arcia, Batts Honored

Credit: Joe Territo,
Oswaldo Arcia began the year as the Twins starting left fielder but things didn't work out exactly as planned. He finds himself down at Triple-A but he's making the most of the opportunity after a slow start. On Monday, Arcia was named the International League Hitter of the Week, the fifth honor for Rochester this season.

Arcia led the International League with four home runs, 10 RBI, six extra-base hits, and 22 total bases. In the month of July, he's knocked a league high seven long balls. Last Monday, he lead Rochester to a dramatic win with a three-run walk-off home run. He's already tied for the team lead with eight home runs.

Miracle left-hander Mat Batts was also honored on Monday with the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week. He made one start during the week and delivered seven scoreless innings in a no decision. Batts scattered five hits with two walks and struck out 10. He currently leads the Miracle with a 1.71 ERA.

Besides the awards being handed out, there was plenty of action down on the farm. Let's check out some of the top performances from Monday.

Rochester (All-Star Break)
Much like their counterparts at the big league level, the Rochester Red Wings are in the midst of their All-Star Break. The Triple-A All-Star Game is scheduled to be played on July 15 in Omaha, NE. Pitchers AJ Achter and Taylor Rogers will join infielder James Beresford and coach Tim Doherty as the Rochester representatives.

Rochester enters the break with a 49-42 record, the top mark in the International League North Division. The team currently sits 1.5 games ahead of Scranton/W-B for first place in the division. The Red Wings won four of their last six game heading into the break.

Chattanooga 4, Mississippi 3
Box Score
Chattanooga jumped out to an early lead in this one and had to hold on for dear life at the end. David Hurlbut twirled seven shutout frames by allowing five hits and two walks. He didn't strikeout a batter but he seemed to need them on this night. Alex Muren made things interesting in the ninth by allowing two runs but he was still able to earn his first save.

Stephen Wickens and Heiker Meneses both picked up a pair of hits. Wickens cracked his 8th double and Meneses drove in his 22nd run. Niko Goodrum collected his first triple since being promoted to Double-A and he stole his 7th base. Travis Harrison drove in a run, his 40th of the season.

The win ended a four game losing skid and helped the Lookouts from being swept by Mississippi. Chattanooga has struggled in the second half with a 4-13 record. They are currently in last place in the Southern League North Division.

Fort Myers 2, Clearwater 3
Box Score
Aaron Slegers pitched into the ninth inning for the second time this season and he had retired 10 in a row before a throwing error by Tanner Vavra cost him a chance at a win. Slegers took his fifth loss after lasting 8.1 innings he struck out one and walked one. It was his fourth straight start pitching at least seven innings and allowing two earned runs or fewer.

Jason Kanzler had one of the biggest hits in the game, a run scoring triple. It was the only extra-base of the game and the club went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Ryan Walker reached based three times along with scoring a run. Mitch Garver finished the night 2-for-4.

Cedar Rapids 2, Kane County 4
Box Score
Luke Westphal made a strong start for the Kernels but it wasn't enough for Cedar Rapids to come out victorious. In six innings pitched, he allowed one run on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk. He left the game with the lead but Rand LeBlanc allowed three runs (two earned) in the last two innings as he earned his second loss of the season.

Tanner English had a strong day at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort including his 13th double and his 27th stolen base. Nick Gordon cracked his 12th double and reached base in two of his four plate appearances. He now has a team best 13 game hitting streak and he has reached base in 16 straight games.

After an off day on Tuesday, the Kernels begin a three-game home series on Wednesday versus the Burlington Bees. The club has lost three of their last four games.

E-Twins E-Notes
E-Twins --, Johnson City -- (Postponed- Rain)
The E-Twins were looking to get back to the .500 mark on Monday but Mother Nature didn't cooperate. Most of the minor league affiliates have a scheduled off day on Tuesday so the make-up of this game is still TBD.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 5, GCL Rays 3
Box Score
The GCL Twins found themselves with a five run lead entering the late innings and the club was able to hang on for a two-run win. Eduardo Del Rosario pitched five shutout frames by scattering five hits. Hecto Lujan allowed all three runs in less than an inning of work. Johan Quezada was asked to get four outs for his third save of the season.

Lewin Diaz and Luis Arraez paced the offense with three hits each. Both players knocked a double while Diaz had a pair of two-out RBI and Arraez scored two runs. Jermaine Palacios went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. It was the second straight win for the GCL Twins.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – David Hurlbut, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Lewin Diaz, GCL Twins

Rochester- Scheduled Off Day for All-Star Break
Chattanooga- Scheduled Off Day
Ft. Myers- Scheduled Off Day
Cedar Rapids- Scheduled Off Day
Elizabethton- Scheduled Off Day
GLC Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00 am CST) – TBA

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