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Well, it was only about ten days too late, but Trevor Plouffe was finally promoted to the Twins following Thursday night’s Twins and Red Wings game. He had been held of out the Red Wings lineup on Thursday. Unfortunately, his promotion comes at the expense of Jeff Manship who was sent back to Rochester. From the Red Wings site:
The Minnesota Twins announced after tonight’s game that they will recall infielder Trevor Plouffe from Triple-A Rochester in time for Friday night’s game vs. the Milwaukee Brewers at Target Field. In 38 games with the Red Wings this season, Plouffe batted .303 (46-for-152) with 11 doubles, three triples, four home runs and 21 rbi. He was drafted by the Twins in the first round (20th overall) of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft. Plouffe’s first game action will be his Major League debut and he will wear uniform number 24. To make room for Plouffe on the 25-man roster, the Twins have optioned right-handed pitcher Jeff Manship to Triple-A Rochester…
I told Plouffe at Twins Fest that next year, I will pay for his autograph, and now, I will have to do just that. Trevor is a terrific guy with great charisma and he has put it all together this year. He will turn 24 years old in June. One of the Twins first-round picks in 2004, Plouffe has slowly worked his way up the Twins farm system. He was promoted to the Red Wings in the second half of 2008 and spent all of 2009 there as well. When the Twins signed JJ Hardy this offseason, Plouffe used it as motivation and is putting together a great year.
Following the 2009 season, Plouffe participated in the World Cup for Team USA. He was their shortstop and second hitter and a team leader. He helped the team, along with guys like Ike Davis, Justin Smoak and Terry Tiffee, win the gold medal.
So, although it is unfortunate that Jeff Manship is returning to Rochester (instead of say, Jose Mijares, or… maybe a DFA of Jesse Crain?), I am thrilled for Trevor Plouffe.
Here is a quick glance at what happened on Thursday night in the Twins minor league system:
SethSpeaks Thursday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jason Repko – Rochester Red Wings
SethSpeaks Thursday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – BJ Hermsen – Beloit Snappers
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- Speaking of Josh Johnson, he and I are heading to Beloit, Wisconsin, on Friday to watch the Snappers play Cedar Rapids on Friday and Saturday. We should see Edgar Ibarra and Michael Tonkin in the mound. Hopefully we will see Aaron Hicks and Angel Morales both games. I am not certain if I will be posting blog entries over the weekend, but I am sure that I will be tweeting away. Follow me at www.twitter.com/sethtweets.
Red Wings Report
Thursday – Rochester 3, Syracuse 4 – Tyler Robertson was promoted to Rochester, likely just for this one start in place of Manship. The young lefty did alright. In five innings, he gave up three runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out six. Tim Lahey came in and threw two shutout innings. Cole DeVries then gave up an unearned run on three hits in two innings. He struck out three. Jason Repko was most of the offense. He went 4-5 with his fourth homer and three RBI. Jacque Jones went 2-4. Matt Tolbert and Brock Peterson each had doubles.
New Britain Notes
Thursday – New Britain 6, Portland 2 – Kyle Gibson appears to be fairly good at pitching. . I think that is fairly safe to say. On this night, the 2009 top pick gave up two runs on four hits in seven innings. He walked one and struck out six. He had 13 ground balls with two fly outs, continuing his ground ball inducing ways. Michael Allen reduced his AA ERA to just 1.23 with another scoreless inning. Loek Van Mil gave up two hits in a scoreless inning. Erik Lis went 3-5 with his first New Britain homer. Ben Revere went 2-3 with two walks. He stole his 12th and 13th bases. Rene Tosoni went 2-5 with his seventh double. Juan Portes went 2-5 with a triple.
Thursday – Ft. Myers 5, Daytona 7 – Blake Martin made another start, and it didn’t go well. In 3.2 innings, he gave up seven runs on seven hits (two home runs). He walked two and struck out three. Tony Davis went 2.1 scoreless. Billy Bullock struck out two in his inning. Steve Blevins struck out three in two shutout innings. Estarlin de Los Santos went 3-5. Joe Benson went 2-5 with his first Miracle home run (6th of the year). Ramon Santana hit his eighth double and first triple. Chris Parmelee went 0-2, but he walked three times.
Thursday – Beloit 3, Kane County 2 – The Snappers didn’t get much offense generated, but it was still enough for BJ Hermsen. The Twins young pitcher was tremendous in his second Midwest League start. In seven shutout innings, he gave up three hits and no walks. He struck out three for the Win. He is now 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA and 0.75 WHIP. Jhon Garcia gave up two runs (1 earned) in 1.1 innings, his first since joining the Snappers. Kane Holbrooks recorded his fifth save by getting the final two outs via strikeout. The Snappers managed just four hits. Angel Morales had a two run single. He also stole his 12th and 13th bases of the year.
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