Minor League Notebook

25 May

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First things first, be sure to tune in at 10:00 CST tonight to Twins Minor League Weekly. Travis Aune and I will be joined by the play-by-play man of the Ft. Myers Miracle, Alex Margulies. The hour-long show will discuss each of the four Twins affiliates, and we will again have a teaser following the live podcast is complete.

Please head over to the TwinsCentric blog at StarTribune.com. Today, I posted a Minor League Notebook in which I discussed some injuries, some players that are playing great and much more.  

Since the STrib blog is quite long, here is a quick glance at what happened on Monday in the Twins minor league system:

SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Joe Benson – Ft. Myers Miracle, Steve Singleton – New Britain Rockcats

SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Deolis Guerra – Rochester Red Wings

Red Wings Report   

Monday – Rochester 1, Norfolk 2 Deolis Guerra had his best start of the year. He gave up two runs in the first inning, but that was it. The 21 year old right-hander gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five. Cole DeVries came in and pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Jacque Jones went 3-4. Jason Repko was 2-4 with his sixth double and sixth stolen base. Matt Tolbert was 2-4 with his ninth double and fourth steal. Former Twins pitcher Armando Gabino pitched three shutout innings to record the save for Norfolk.  

New Britain Notes

Monday – New Britain 8, Binghamton 7Steve Singleton has been on fire since May 6th. In this game, he was 3-5 with his 12th double, third home runs and three RBI. Allan de San Miguel went 2-3 with his third double. Ben Revere was 2-5 with his 17th steal. Yangervis Solarte was 2-5. Mike McCardell made the start and went 7.1 innings. He gave up four runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out five. Joe Testa got one out but also issued a walk. Chris Province got two outs but gave up two runs on three hits and a walk. Michael Allen got the final five outs.  

Miracle Matters

Monday – Ft. Myers 12, Bradenton 3 – Joe Benson led the way again. He went 3-4 with two home runs and four RBI. Nick Romero was 3-4 with a walk, his fourth double and three RBI. Chris Parmelee went 2-5 with a walk and a grand slam. Brian Dozier again notched two hits, and added two walks and his first double. Adrian Salcedo picked up the Win. In five innings, he gave up two runs (1 earned) on five hits. He walked three and struck out three. Tony Davis gave up an unearned run on four hits and two walks in three innings. Of the nine outs he recorded in those three innings, eight of them came on strikeouts. Steve Blevins threw a scoreless frame.  

Snappers Snippets

Monday – Beloit 6, Cedar Rapids 8Brad Stillings had a rough one. He gave up eight runs on 11 hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out three. Eliecer Cardenas struck out three in two scoreless. Jhon Garcia threw two shutout frames as well. Angel Morales went 2-5 with his third triple. Anderson Hidalgo was 2-4 with his 11th double. Aaron Hicks hit his fourth home run (and struck out three times).  

If you have any thoughts, please feel free to comment here.

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8 Responses to “Minor League Notebook”

  1. toby May 25, 2010 at 4:01 am #

    Joe Benson: Dear GOD, but somebody really, really didn’t need to be demoted, WHATEVER the reason was.

    • GBG May 25, 2010 at 9:16 am #

      Or, maybe this demotion was just what was needed. I agree, though, he’ll be back up soon, now that he’s back on track.

    • TT May 25, 2010 at 11:43 am #

      I think people need to avoid drawing conclusions from very limited samples. When a team scores 12 runs, its not usually because they all became great hitters. Its usually because the other team wasn’t pitching very well.

      Benson’s problem was that he was over-matched against AA pitching. He needs to make some adjustments and hopefully he can do that. He seems to be handling A ball pitching just fine so far.

      • Dave May 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

        Troll alert. Scroll down to post dated May 18th. TT just doesn’t like Benson – stupid to argue with this moron.

      • toby May 25, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

        It’s not a conclusion based (only) on this sample. I “concluded” he didn’t need to be demoted based on his peripherals and trends at the time of the demotion. He absolutely was not overmatched at AA — he had a 3 week learning curve at the start of the year and needed to cut down on the Ks, but he was recognizing just fine (14.1% BB rate) and absolutely raking in May to the tune of a .431 wOBA. You know, May, the month when they decided to demote him?

        There was a lively discussion on Twinkietown. I thought and stated (along with others) that the demotion was unjustifiably UNLESS it was explicitly to throw the New Britain fans a bone (starts by fan favorite Brandon Roberts) and to cover injuries at Ft. Myers, in which case I could grudgingly accept it as a stopgap. Benson’s deep numbers were fine for a fresh promotee at AA.

  2. mike wants wins May 25, 2010 at 8:58 am #

    Agreed. He should be back up very quickly, I’d hope.

  3. MrHockey May 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Seth,

    Monday – Rochester 1, Norfolk 2 – Deolis Guerra had his best start of the year. He gave up two runs in the first inning, but that was it. The 21 year old right-hander gave up two runs on six hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five. Cole DeVries came in and pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Jacque Jones went 3-4. Jason Repko was 2-4 with his sixth double and sixth stolen base. Matt Tolbert was 2-4 with his ninth double and fourth steal.

    Seth–Rochester only had 5 hits per the box score. He also has Norfolk only getting 4 hits. These numbers don’t add up. I looked at both Rochester and Norfolks websites. what am I missing? Thanks for your updates BTW.

  4. TT May 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm #

    “absolutely raking in May to the tune of a .431 wOBA. You know, May, the month when they decided to demote him?”

    Actually he had one good series in May, where everyone else on the team was hitting and New Britain scored 25 runs. He then went back into the same pattern as before that series. He was sent down, along with Parmelee, because he wasn’t improving.

    “Troll alert. ”

    Dave, you are the troll. You made the same argument as Toby based on two weeks data in May. Apparently, you continue to think its a coincidence that he is hitting A ball pitching.

    You also apparently think the Twins didn’t watch Benson hit before they sent him down. Or rather, you are more willing to believe the Twins are stupid and ignorant than give up your belief in OBP.

    “Benson’s deep numbers were fine for a fresh promotee at AA.”

    I don’t know what you mean by “deep numbers”, but Benson had a lot of walks and a lot of strikeouts and not many hits. That is consistent with a hitter who is not seeing pitches to swing at that he can hit.

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