Minor League Game Notes

22 Jun

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The Twins signed former big league infielder D’Angelo Jimenez to a minor league contract and he will report to the Rochester Red Wings today. The 32 year old had 2,480 Major League at bats for six big league clubs between 1999 and 2007. He was playing for Yucatan in the Mexican League this season.

With Wilson Ramos out for a week or so with the oblique strain, Allan de San Miguel’s frequent flyer miles continue to rack up. Yancarlos Ortiz was shipped back to AA New Britain.

The Elizabethton Twins 2010 season will start tonight in Bristol. It will be fun to see how much they dominate the 2010 Appalachian League again. The GCL Twins got started today, and I will definitely have to spend some time getting to know the players on these rosters. Several players have come over from the Dominican Republic from last year’s DSL Twins team, but one thing of note is that both Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco will continue to play in the DSL this summer, at least for the time being. Max Kepler sure made a strong debut.

  • My StarTribune.com article this week involves all of these Cliff Lee trade rumors and how ridiculous it is that the names of Kevin Slowey and especially Scott Baker are included in these rumors. How much is too much?
  • Travis started counting down his Top 50 Twins prospects yesterday. Be sure to follow his list as he moves up the ladder.
  • Travis and I will be hosting Twins Minor League Weekly tonight at 10:00. There will be a lot to talk about, so check it out.

Here is a quick glance at what happened on Monday in the Twins minor league system:

SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Max Kepler – GCL Twins

SethSpeaks Monday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Ryan Mullins – Rochester Red Wings, Liam Hendriks – Ft. Myers Miracle

Red Wings Report   

Monday – Rochester 2, Columbus 1 (10 innings) The Red Wings got great pitching and just enough hitting to win in extra innings. Ryan Mullins started and gave up one run on five hits over seven innings. He walked two and struck out four. Anthony Slama struck out two (and walked one) in two scoreless innings. Kyle Waldrop pitched a scoreless tenth inning for the win. Dustin Martin led the offense. He went 2-4 with his 16th double and seventh home run. Brian Dinkelman went 2-3 with a walk. Jose Morales went 2-4.  

New Britain Notes

Monday – New Britain – No Game Scheduled.

Miracle Matters

Monday – Game 1 – Ft. Myers 0, Palm Beach 1 – Liam Hendriks fell to 4-2, but his ERA dropped to 1.42 after this complete game loss. He went 6.1 innings and gave up one unearned run on eight hits. He walked none and struck out seven. The Miracle managed just two hits.  

Monday – Game 1 – Ft. Myers 1, Palm Beach 12 – Bruce Pugh came back from the DL and made his first start. In 1.1 innings, he gave up seven runs (3 earned) on five hits and three hit batters. He struck out three. Steve Blevins got the final two outs of the 2nd inning, but not before giving up a run on two hits and a walk. Bobby Lanigan also made his first appearance after a long DL stint. He gave up two unearned runs in two innings. Jose Gonzalez gave up two runs on three hits in two innings. The Miracle had seven hits. Nick Romero went 3-3.

Snappers Snippets

Monday – Beloit – No Game Scheduled. Midwest League All-Star game is on Tuesday.  

E-Twins Talkers

Monday – Elizabethton – No Game Scheduled. The Appalachian League schedule starts on Tuesday.

GCL Twins Topics

Monday – GCL Twins 8, GCL Orioles 4 – Max Kepler made his US-debut, and he was very good. He went 3-5 with a double and three RBI. Kennys Vargas was also 3-5 with a double. Wander Guillen’s US-debut was successful as the 3B went 2-4. Pedro Guerra made his first start in the States, and he threw five shutout innings, allowing just one hit. He walked two and struck out three. Bart Carter came in and gave up two runs (1 earned) on one hit and one walk. Brett Carroll came in and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks, but he gets the win. Eddie Ahorrio worked a scoreless inning.

Any thoughts of the Twins or the minor league system? Feel free to leave your questions and comments here.

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3 Responses to “Minor League Game Notes”

  1. JA June 22, 2010 at 9:46 am #

    Is Max Kepler the top prospect in the Twins system? If not now, long until he is reconized this way? Terry Ryan seems to think he is a very special player

  2. buckshotmike June 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm #

    Seth, can you do a little write-up about some of the lesser known guys on the GC Twins and maybe even a couple to watch on the E-town squad? I am not familiar with too many guys on that team outside of Kepler. Who should we know? Thanks in advance!

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