Minor League Season Complete

7 Sep

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With the games played on Monday, the Twins minor league season is over. It has come to an end. As you know, Rochester and New Britain had really bad seasons in terms of wins and losses. Ft. Myers was in contention for a playoff spot in the second half of the Florida State League until about a week before the season ended. Beloit was in contention for a playoff spot until their second-to-last game. Elizabethton was the organization’s one team that did make the playoffs. Last week, they won their first round playoff series 2-0, but over the weekend, they played in the Appalachian League championship series. See below how they did. The Gulf Coast Twins’ season came to an end just over a week ago.

As tough as the season was for the teams, there were still several prospects that maintained and even improved their prospect status. We will dive further into that throughout the offseason and in the 2011 Prospect Handbook.

But here at SethSpeaks.net, I have been providing game scores, notes and highlights from the minor leagues since their season started in April. Today will be the last day of minor league game highlights until next April.  

TWINS MINOR LEAGUE NOTEBOOK

Here is a look at the minor league scores and highlights from the long, Labor Day weekend:

Red Wings Report   

Friday – Rochester 1, Syracuse 4 – Chris Province struck out a career-high 12 batters in 6.2 innings. He gave up three runs on three hits and a walk. Kyle Waldrop came in and gave up one run on three hits in 2.1 innings. He walked on (intentionally) and struck one out. Matt Macri went 2-4 with his 23rd double. Brock Peterson was 1-2 with two walks.

Saturday – Rochester 8, Syracuse 2 – The Red Wings broke their 12 game losing streak thanks to a lot of offense and a quality bullpen game. Brandon Roberts went 3-5 with his sixth and seventh doubles. Brian Dinkelman went 2-5 with his 32nd double, ninth stolen base and three RBI. Danny Lehmann went 2-2 with a walk and two doubles. Dustin Martin hit his 11th home run. Glen Perkins started and gave up one run in three innings. He allowed three hits, walked one and struck out one. Carlos Gutierrez gave up two hits and a walk in three shutout innings in his AAA Debut. Pat Neshek gave up one run on three hits in 1.1 innings. Anthony Slama got the final five outs, two of them on strikeouts.

Sunday – Rochester 4, Buffalo 6 (10 innings) – Steve Hirschfeld made his first AAA start. In six innings, he gave up three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out two. Jose Lugo gave up a run on a hit and a walk and got two outs. Kyle Waldrop got the next four outs, two of them on strikeouts. Anthony Slama pitched a perfect inning. Cole DeVries gave up two runs in the tenth inning and two walks and a hit. Erik Lis went 3-4 with his sixth home run with the Red Wings. He has definitely been much improved since he returned to the Red Wings. Danny Lehmann went 2-3 with a walk and his seventh double. Jacque Jones and Brandon Roberts each had two hits.  

Monday – Rochester 1, Buffalo 16 – Anthony Swarzak fell to 5-12 with a 6.21 ERA after his five innings in this game. He gave up six runs (5 earned) on seven hits and two walks. Chris Province gave up a run on three hits in his inning. Carlos Gutierrez gave up a run on three hits and a walk in his inning. He struck out two. Jose Lugo gave up five runs on four hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. He struck out three. Toby Gardenhire then got the opportunity to pitch. He gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning. He did strike out one batter. The Red Wings bats managed just three hits. Jacque Jones went 2-4 with his fourth home run.

New Britain Notes

Friday – New Britain 6, Trenton 20 – Bruce Pugh made the start and gave up ten runs (6 earned) on seven hits and three walks in just 1.2 innings. Blake Martin came in and gave up four runs (2 earned) on three hits and two walks in three innings. Steve Blevins then gave up six runs (5 earned) on seven hits in 3.1 innings. Matt Williams had to come in and pitch one inning. Steve Singleton went 2-4 with his seventh home run. Ben Revere went 2-4.  

Saturday – New Britain 10, Trenton 7 – Joe Benson replaced Ben Revere in the leadoff spot in the order, and he led off the game with his 21st AA home (25th overall). He went 2-3 with two walks and the home run in the game. Mark Dolenc was 3-4 with a walk, his 16th and 17th doubles and his 15th stolen base. Juan Portes went 3-4 with a walk and his ninth home run. Chris Cates went 3-5. Kane Holbrooks made his first AA start. In five innings, he gave up three runs (2 earned) on six hits and a walk. He struck out three. Dakota Watts went 1.2 innings and gave up four runs on two hits. He walked two and struck out two. Billy Bullock struck out three in 2.1 one-hit, shutout innings.     

Sunday – New Britain 4, Trenton 1 – Matt Williams was back to starting in this game. He gave up one run on six hits and four walks in six innings. Bobby Lanigan got two outs before Steve Blevins struck out three in 2.1 perfect innings. Joe Benson went 3-4 with his 22nd and 23rd home runs. Evan Bigley was 3-4 with his eighth and ninth doubles. Juan Portes was 2-4 with his 17th double.

Monday – New Britain 2, Trenton 5 – Tyler Robertson started and gave up four runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out two. Dakota Watts then gave up a run on two hits in two innings. He struck out three. Blake Martin then pitched a scoreless inning. The Rockcats managed five hits. Steve Singleton connected for his 43rd double. Chris Cates hit his fifth double.  

Miracle Matters

Friday – Ft. Myers 9, St. Lucie 7 – Michael Tarsi returned to the rotation and gave up two runs on four hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five. Shooter Hunt came in and walked three and hit one without recording an out. Matt Schuld came in and gave up three runs on five hits in four innings. He struck out four. Angel Morales, Yangervis Solarte and Deibinson Romero each went 2-5 with a double. Nathan Hanson hit his tenth home run and drove in three runs.

Saturday – Ft. Myers 2, St. Lucie 8 (6 Innings – Rain) – Deibinson Romero continued to rake. He went 3-3 with his 16th double. Brian Dozier knocked his fifth home run. Nick Alloway came up from the GCL to start. He gave up five runs on six hits and three walks in 2.2 innings. Brett Carroll also was up from the GCL. He went three innings and gave up three runs on five hits. He struck out four.

Sunday – Ft. Myers 12, St. Lucie 2  – Alex Wimmers started the final game for the Miracle. He gave up one run on four hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out nine. He recorded the win and ended at 2-0 with a 0.57 ERA. Zach See came in for the final four innings. He gave up a run on three hits. Deibinson Romero went 3-4 with a walk, three RBI and his first stolen base of the season. Drew Thompson went 2-4 with a walk and his fourth stolen base. Brian Dozier was 2-5.  

Snappers Snippets

Game 1 – Friday – Beloit 4, Clinton 5 – This game resumed in the second inning after it was suspended due to rain on Thursday. Brad Stillings had pitched a scoreless inning on Thursday. Clinton Dempster started on Friday and gave up four runs (3 earned) on seven hits in six innings. He walked two and struck out four. Matt Tone gave up one run on two hits in an inning. Aaron Hicks went 2-3 with a walk and his seventh home run. Steve Liddle hit his 14th home run.  

Game 2 – Friday – Beloit 8, Clinton 2 – In the second game, Stillings started again. He gave up one run on two hits in four innings. He walked five and struck out four. Nelvin Fuentes gave up one run on two hits in two innings. He struck out four. Peter Kennelly threw a scoreless inning. James Beresford went 2-3 with a walk. Michael Harrington was 2-4. Steve Liddle went 1-2 with two walks.

Saturday – Beloit 4, Cedar Rapids 5 – Martire Garcia gave up three runs on four hits and three walks in four innings. He struck out four. Pedro Guerra gave up one run on two hits in 1.2 innings. He walked two. Andrei Lobanov threw two shutout innings. Miguel Munoz then gave up one run on three hits and a walk in 1.1 innings. Aaron Hicks went 1-3 with two walks and his eighth home run. Wang-Wei Lin went 2-3. Josmil Pinto and James Beresford each hit a double.

Sunday – Beloit 5, Cedar Rapids 13 – Tom Stuifbergen made the final start of his season. He gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out three. Eliecer Cardenas gave up two runs on two hits over the next two innings. Nelvin Fuentes allowed two unearned runs in two innings. Matt Tone then gave up five runs on five hits and recorded just two outs. Peter Kennelly then walked two before getting the final out. Lance Ray went 2-3 with two walks. Reggie Williams and James Beresford were each 2-6. Josmil Pinto and Wang-Wei Lin were each 2-5. Danny Rams was 2-4 with a walk and his 28th double.

Monday – Beloit 5, Cedar Rapids 6 – Steve Liddle ended the season on a really good note. He went 3-4 with his 16th double, 15th home run and 14th stolen base. Danny Rams added his 16th home run. Wang-Wei Lin and James Beresford each went 2-3. Sam Spangler started and gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits. He walked three and struck out two. Edgar Ibarra gave up two runs on four hits and three walks in 2.1 innings. Pedro Guerra came in and walked a batter and gave up a hit before coming out. Andrei Lobanov went the next 2.1 innings and gave up just one hit. Miguel Munoz came in for the ninth and gave up two runs on two walks and two hits for the loss.  

E-Twins Talkers

Friday – E-Twins 2, Johnson City 7 – Pat Dean pitched great for the E-Twins, but it wasn’t enough on this night. In six innings, the left-hander gave up two runs on seven hits. He struck out eight and did not walk any. Ryan O’Rourke came in and gave up three runs (2 earned) on four hits in an inning. Dallas Gallant gave up two runs on two hits and two walks in two innings. He struck out two. Jamaal Hawkins went 2-4 with a double. Gunner Glad went 2-3.

Saturday – E-Twins 2, Johnson City 6 – Logan Darnell started Game 2, and gave up four runs on seven hits and two walks in 6.2 innings. He walked two and struck out six. Michael Tonkin got the final four outs, allowing two runs (1 earned) on one hit. Jamaal Hawkins went 2-4 with a home run. He had two of the team’s five hits.

With the two losses, the Elizabethton Twins’ season ended. Johnson City won the Appalachian League championship.  

Any thoughts on the Twins or the Twins minor leagues? Feel free to leave your questions and comments here.

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2 Responses to “Minor League Season Complete”

  1. Scott September 7, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    What were Benson’s final stats for the year? Seems like he has been killing the ball to end the season, what did he end up with 27 dingers? His stock has probably risen more than any other Twin’s prospect this year, do you agree Seth?

  2. Jeff P September 7, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    I think we have several guys whose stock is up dramatically compared to this time last year – for instance Hendriks and Arcia.

    I am looking forward to the final rankings in a month or so, even though the overall record in the organization was poor, much of the top 10 finished the season strong. It will also be interesting to see where guys like Hendriks and Arcia end up, as well as Wimmers.

    We have a lot of high upside guys that are working their way through the system and I am far more excited about the prospects than I was a couple of years ago. We need more infielders of course, but the outfield and pitching positions are stacked.

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