Minor League Update

4 May

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There has been a lot going on with the Twins minor league system of late. David Bromberg had successful surgery yesterday. Dan Osterbrock was promoted to New Britain. Brad Tippett returns to Ft. Myers after missing so much time in the last year with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Tom Stuifbergen came off the Disabled List yesterday and Ryan Mullins was put on the DL. This is the time of year when promotions start happening. The Twins have called on guys from Rochester all spring already. But over the next few weeks, we may see some movement in the lower levels too.

Last winter, the Twins traded catcher Jose Morales to the Colorado Rockies, and in return they got a left-handed reliever named Paul Bargas. As you recall, he collapsed on the ground during spring training in Ft. Myers and was taken to the hospital. In some sad news yesterday that gives us yet another reminder that we need to put baseball into perspective. It was announced that Paul Bargas has been diagnosed with brain cancer at UCLA Medical Center.

As I mention on Twins Minor League Weekly on Monday night, Oswaldo Arcia did have an appointment on his elbow in Minneapolis yesterday. He still insists he will be ready to play on Sunday for the Snappers. We shall see.

Tuesday Game Notes:

Rochester and Syracuse were postponed by weather.

New Britain beat Richmond 4-2. Bobby Lanigan gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings. He walked none and struck out six. Cole DeVries picked up another save with two more scoreless innings. He walked one and struck out two.  Evan Bigley went 3-4 with his fourth double. Ray Chang went 2-4 with his ninth double. Yangervis Solarte went 2-4 with his fourth steal. Chris Cates went 2-3. Joe Benson went 0-4 and now has three hits in his last 35 at bats.

Ft. Myers beat Palm Beach 8-6. All nine Miracle starters had at least one hit. Danny Rams went 2-4 with his fifth double. Brian Dozier went 2-3 with a walk, his fifth double and his third triple. Nick Romero was 2-5 with his fifth double. Nate Hanson went 2-5. Jhonathan Goncalves hit a two-run triple. Aaron Hicks hit his first home run of the year. Matt Schuld recorded the win. He gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in five innings. Tom Stuifbergen returned from the DL with two scoreless, one-hit innings. Shooter Hunt gave up two runs on two this and two walks in 11 innings. Bruce Pugh got the final two outs for his fifth save.

Beloit beat Clinton 6-3. Logan Darnell got the win. He gave up three runs on six hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out five. Ryan O’Rourke threw two scoreless frames. Matt Hauser recorded his fourth save and struck out two in a scoreless ninth. Danny Ortiz went 2-3 with his eighth double. Kyle Knudson was 3-4 with two RBI and is now hitting .367.

Any thoughts, questions or comments on the Twins minor league system? Feel free to Comment.

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9 Responses to “Minor League Update”

  1. TT May 4, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    Joe Benson is really stuggling. He has hit .128 over the last 10 games while striking out 16 times in 39 at bats. He has one hit in 28 at bats with 12 strikeouts, in the last seven games. He is now hitting .267 for the season.

    I point this out because I saw someone recently suggested they should call him up. He isn’t even remotely ready.

    • Seth May 4, 2011 at 8:35 am #

      When he was hitting .385 and I thought that Delmon Young would be out for 5 days, yeah, I said that Benson was an option. But I think I’ve been pretty consistent in saying the best thing for him (and Parmelee) would be to stay in New Britain all year.

      At that time, Revere was hitting about .210, tosoni was coming back down to earth. Obviously I knew Benson would come back down to earth as well. The thing I was touting most was his K rate when things were good, and I know I’ve blogged and podcast each day lately his struggles and his strikeouts.

      • TT May 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

        Seth -

        Just to be clear, I wasn’t referring to you. I think you over-estimate Benson’s likely upside, but I missed if it you actually suggested he should be promoted at this point.

        If Benson can cut down hit strikeouts, we may see him in the fall. But, as I have said before, there aren’t many, if any, players who strike out this much at AA who end up in the big leagues.

    • mike wants wins May 4, 2011 at 9:33 am #

      Agreed. I do think he should be in AAA, but not called up.

  2. mike wants wins May 4, 2011 at 9:35 am #

    It always makes me happier when Hicks’ name is mentioned than when it isn’t.

  3. roger May 4, 2011 at 10:33 am #

    Seth, I think the corresponding move to Repko going on the DL will be Young coming off the DL. I believe he can come off on Thursday (off day). If he is ready, don’t see Revere coming up unless they exchange him with Tosoni.

    • Seth May 4, 2011 at 10:40 am #

      Revere could be in the lineup today. Twins made the move official a little bit ago.

      Also, Chris Herrmann promoted to New Britain. Josmil Pinto moving up Ft. Myers.

  4. Jack Steal May 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm #

    LH Paul Bargas for catcher Jose Morales is yet just another bad trade by GM Bill Smith who left the team with no backup plan if Joe Mauer was hurt. Just add it to the long list of terrible moves by Smith since taking over as GM in October 2007. He is responsible for the big mess the Twins are in right now. He needs to get the boot. He is also the reason why our farm system is so depleted. Way to go Billy your the best car salesman in town.

    • Seth May 5, 2011 at 6:27 am #

      I don’t even want to respond to this one, Jack, but there are no words… Unreal!

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