Monday, August 10, 2015

Twins Minor League Report (8/10): Awards, Awards, Everywhere!

Credit: Linwood Ferguson, Captive Photons
Monday means another week's worth of honors handed out by each league in the minors. The Twins were well represented this week as three position players took home top honors.

Minnesota's Opening Day DH isn't exactly where he'd like to be but the Southern League recognized his outstanding play. In seven games, Kennys Vargas went 10-for-23 with a double, two triples, and three home runs. He showed remarkable patience by drawing seven walks and he also drove in 10 runs.

Tanner English has been on a tear through the Midwest League. Over the last six games, he went 13-for-25 with five doubles and a triple. He's hit .315/.383/.490 since the All-Star break. He ranks third overall in the Midwest League with 35 stolen bases and second overall in runs scored.

LaMonte Wade was a ninth-round pick by the Twins back in June and he's already making his mark in the Appalachian League. Across six games this week, he went 8-for-22 with a pair of homers and a double. He coaxed eight walks on the way to scoring eight runs. Only four Apply League players have more than his seven home runs.

Rochester --, Buffalo -- (Postponed)
Rochester gave in Buffalo was postponed on Monday night due to rain. The team was already scheduled for a double-header on Tuesday to makeup a postponed game from 5/31. This means the teams will play another double-header on Thursday. Five games in three days between the two teams tied for second place in the International League North. Sounds like some exciting baseball should be on the docket.

Byron Buxton was also reinstated from the disabled list and officially optioned to Triple-A. He had five hits in 12 at-bats for Rochester on rehab assignment. The move stops his service-time clock and it also uses up one of Buxton's three minor league option years. 

Chattanooga 6, Mobile 5 (16 Innings)
Box Score
The Lookouts played well into the night as both clubs tried to gain the upper hand in this back and forth contest. Chattanooga jumped out to a first inning lead after Jorge Polanco lead off the inning with a triple. It took a two-out infield single from Kennys Vargas but the run scored. The offense would go silent until the seventh inning when the club plated three runs after three singles and a hit by pitch started the inning.

Tim Shibuya would be long gone before a decision was handed out in this one. He went four shutout innings by striking out two. Alex Murne pitched three big shutout innings in the late stages of the game to keep zeros on the board. Alex Wimmers earned his seventh victory after two shutout innings of work even though he had to escape a bases loaded jam.

Over five hours after the game started, Niko Goodrum drove in the winning run. He had been 0-for-5 on the night with a pair of walks before the big hit. Max Kepler was the lone starting player to not pick up a hit in the contest.

Fort Myers 8, St. Lucie 4
Box Score
Fort Myers used a balanced attack to pound out eight runs on 14 hits. Four batters collected multiple hits including a three hit, three RBI night from Aderlin Mejia. Tanner Vavra collected a pair of doubles and scored two runs. Marcus Knecht smacked his fourth triple on his way to reaching base three times.

Mat Batts started and scattered four runs on seven hits. Over five innings, he struck out five and walked three for his six victory. Jake Reed and Nick Burdi combined for four scoreless innings of relief. Burdi was perfect across two frames including three strikeouts.

The Miracle scored six of the eight runs with two outs and eight of the nine batters in the order registered at least one hit. David Wright, on MLB rehab assignment, finished the night 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.

E-Twins 3, Greeneville 5 (7 Innings)
Box Score
Elizabethton saw their two-run lead disappear over the last two innings including two unearned runs in the last frame. Jose Abreu threw a wild pitch and shortstop Manuel Guzman had a throwing error that turned into the final two runs. Andro Cutura got the no-decision after lasting four innings and allowing one earned run.

The E-Twins were limited to two hits on the offensive side of the ball. Jermaine Palacios hit his sixth double and scored a run. Kamran Young drove in two runs with his fifth home run of the season. The team didn't have many other opportunities as they went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring positions.

E-Twins 3, Greeneville 2 (7 Innings)
Box Score
It looked like the E-Twins were on their way to being swept in their double header before the offense decided to wake up in the bottom of the seventh inning. After two walk to start the frame, Nelson Molina used a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners. Jermaine Palacios ground out for the second out but Daniel Kihle saved the day with a single.

Nate Gercken allowed both runs and he was pulled with two outs in the fifth inning. He struck out seven and walked two. Anthony Mciver earned his second win after collecting the last seven outs and only allowing one hit.

GCL Twins Takes
GCL Twins 11, GCL Rays 3
Box Score
The GCL Twins capitalized on some wild pitching in the bottom of the second inning to score eight runs on two hits. There were six walks, two hit by pitches, two fielding errors, and two wild pitches. It sounds like it was quite the circus of an inning.

Both Christian Cavaness and Robert Molina went 2-for-4 including a double, the team's lone extra-base hit, for Cavaness. Every batter in the line-up scored at least one run. Roberto Gonzalez reached base three times and scored two runs.

Eduardo Del Rosario improved to 3-0 on the season after tossing five innings of one-run ball. He struck out four and didn't walk any as his ERA improved to 1.46. Luis Hernandez and Andrew Vasquez each pitched two frames and combined to allow a pair of runs. 

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Eduardo Del Rosario, GCL Twins
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Aderlin Mejia, Fort Myers Miracle

Rochester @ Buffalo (4:35 CST) – LHP Taylor Rogers
Rochester @ Buffalo (Game 2) – RHP Tyler Duffey
Chattanooga vs. Mobile (6:15 CST) – LHP David Hurlbut
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) – LHP Stephen Gonsalves
Cedar Rapids @ Lake County (6:00 CST) – RHP Keaton Steele
Elizabethton @ Greeneville (6:00 CST) – TBA
GLC Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00 am CST) – TBA

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