Minor League Notes

3 Sep

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Hey everyone, I apologize for my lack of normal Twins minor league game reports of late. Between being ill, being out of town and inconsistent internet access, it has been rather frustrating. But here, I’ll give the Twins minor league game report its due, posting only minor league stuff here today!

Although not yet confirmed, be sure to tune in to WCCO Radio (am830) at midnight tonight. I will be joining host Steve Thomson and talking Twins!

As you know, the GCL Twins season completed on Tuesday with their loss to the GCL Nationals. Reliever Zach See joined the Ft. Myers Miracle after the game.

The Elizabethton Twins and Danville Braves resumed their annual end-of-season match they like to call the Appalachian League Championship series. Last night, it was Tom Stuifbergen who got the call for the Twins in Game 1. The burly right-hander gave up four runs on eight hits in 7.1 innings. He walked one and struck out seven. The hits were not crisp, but they count nonetheless. Tony Davis came in and gave up three runs on five hits in 1.2 innings. The bats didn’t help out much. Chris Herrmann went 2-4 with a double. Derek McCallum added a double. Tobias Streich went 1-3 with a walk. Josmil Pinto added a single. That’s it. The E-Twins lost 7-1. Tonight the two teams will play Game 2 in Danville. If necessary, the teams will again play in Danville.

The Beloit Snappers played the long game of the night. They lost 2-1 to Quad Cities in 12 innings. Dan Osterbrock started and gave up one run on four hits and three walks in six innings. He struck out 11. Steve Blevins and Billy Bullock each worked two scoreless innings. Bullock struck out five. Thomas Wright gave worked a scoreless 11th before giving up a run with two outs in the bottom of the 12th. The pitching in this game was very good, the hitting, not so much. In 12 innings, the Snappers managed just five hits. Nathan Hansen was 2-5 with his 21st double. 

The Ft. Myers Miracle had to play two games against St. Lucie. Tyler Robertson got his 8th win in the first game. He gave up three runs on six hits and four walks in five innings. Two of the hits were home runs. Bobby Lanigan struck out two in a scoreless sixth. Blair Erickson gave up a run on two hits and a walk in the 7th.  Mark Dolenc went 2-4 with his 19th double and three RBI. Ben Revere was 2-4. Deibinson Romero hit his fifth home run.

In the second game, the Miracle held a 1-0 lead until the bottom of the 7th. Steve Hirschfeld threw six shutout innings. He went back out for the 7th and gave up a run. Joe Testa came in with two one and one out and got the groundball that was needed to extend the game, but an error meant no double play and a Miracle loss. Ben Revere was 2-3 with a walk. Evan Bigley and Rene Leveret were each 2-4. Chris Parmelee hit his 27th double.

The New Britain Rockcats took a two game lead in the Wild Card race with five games to go with their 11-6 win over Reading. Ryan Mullins gave up four runs on six hits and two walks in 6.2 innings to record his 11th win. He struck out seven. Kyle Waldrop then gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits and a walk in one inning. Loek Van Mil got the one batter out that he was asked to, to end the 8th inning. Spencer Steedley struck out two in his inning of work. Erik Lis continues his second half hitting. He went 3-4 with his 26th double and 17th home run. Whit Robbins went 3-4 with his 22nd double and four RBI. Wilson Ramos and Juan Portes were each 2-4 with a double. It was Portes’s 21st double and Ramos’s 15th. Brian Dinkelman also had two hits.

Rochester lost 7-6 to Pawtucket with a pretty bare roster. Jeff Christy was promoted back to Rochester to give the team a second catcher after Jose Morales moved back to the Twins. However, the bench was light. Brock Peterson is now hitting .301 on the season after this game. He went 3-4 with his 17th double and second triple. Anyone else want to see the former 49th round draft pick get a September cup of coffee with the Twins? What a great story! Matt Macri was 2-4 with his 11th home run. Jason Jones started and gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings. Juan Morillo gave up a run on two walks in the sixth. Jose Lugo pitched two innings and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks.

There have been several roster moves to account, in some cases, for players participating in the World Cup. Yangervis Solarte was moved up to New Britain after missing the entire season with injury and recently rehabbing in the GCL. Ramon Santana was moved from Beloit to New Britain. Also, don’t be surprised if you see a starting pitcher move from Elizabethton after their playoff series to make a start for Beloit on Monday as the Snappers will lose both Brad Tippett and Liam Hendriks to the World Cup.

Also, two Twins prospects playing in the Dominican Summer League were suspended 50 games for testing positive for Performance Enhancing Drugs. SS Jose Murillo and P Francisco Nunez  are 16 and 17 years old, respectively.

If I’m missing something, or you would like to add anything else, please leave them in the Comments section. Also, please feel free to send you questions, and I will attempt to give or find answers.

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2 Responses to “Minor League Notes”

  1. thrylos98 September 3, 2009 at 10:18 am #

    Murillo and Nunez tested positive for a steroid used to treat horses (Boldenone). This thing can stay in someone’s body for up to 2 years. Since these guys were singed this season, it is likely that they did it before the July 2 IFA signings… Kind of scary if you think that they could have been as young as 14 and 15 (or even younger) when they started that junk… I think that the MLB instead of looking only at whether someone is 16 or 17, more importantly, should have mandatory PED testing for IFA signees to stop that child abuse… These kids are seen as bank accounts by agents/trainers and even parents and it is just not ethical more MLB to contribute to this (in my book).

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