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With Elizabethton playing their first game of 2010 last night, all six Twins affiliates are now in full swing. This is a great time of year because all of those guys who have been toiling in Extended Spring Training are now in box scores and we can see how they are doing. There are a lot of very good prospects that are playing with the short season teams, so you will want to pay attention to them as well even though they are five and six promotions from the big leagues. It’s fun to see the organization’s new players, those drafted and signed this month, and how they fit in. Of the Twins 50 draft picks, they have already signed 20 of them.
· Be sure to listen to last night’s edition of Twins Minor League Weekly. Travis Aune and I spent about 75 minutes talking about what’s going on with all six Twins minor league affiliates. I even gave some hints to what to look for in those short season teams, how to tell who the prospects are and much more. Let us know what you think. Provide feedback and let us know what you think of the show. Thanks!
· I went to Valley Fair last night, so I only watched the last few innings of the Twins games. There are many, many great Twins blogs on the left of this screen. Check out a few of them for some more thoughts on the Twins.
Here is a quick glance at what happened on Tuesday in the Twins minor league system:
SethSpeaks Tuesday Minor League Hitter of the Day – Oswaldo Arcia – Elizabethton Twins
SethSpeaks Tuesday Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Adrian Salcedo – Elizabethton Twins
Red Wings Report
Tuesday – Rochester 5, Columbus 10 – The Red Wings lost to former Twins prospect Yohan Pino (who they had beat about a week ago). Pino improved to 7-3 with a 4.65 ERA despite giving up five runs in five innings. Anthony Swarzak started for the Red Wings and gave up seven runs on ten hits in five innings. Brad Hennessey gave up two runs on three hits in his two innings. Pat Neshek allowed an unearned run in his inning. Rob Delaney pitched a perfect ninth. The Wings managed just six hits in the game. Toby Gardenhire went 2-4 with an RBI. Dustin Martin hit his eighth home run and drove in three.
New Britain Notes
Tuesday – New Britain 3, Binghamton 13 – Tyler Robertson got the start and in 6.1 innings, he gave up six runs on 10 hits and a walk. Loek Van Mil got out of the 7th frame, but allowed the first three batters of the 8th to reach base. Michael Allen got an out but gave up four more runs. Steve Singleton went 2-4 with his 18th double. Chris Cates was also 2-4.
Tuesday – Ft. Myers 3, Palm Beach 0 (Completion of Suspended Game) – Liam Hendriks had thrown five shutout innings last week before the rains came and suspended this game in a 0-0 tie. He gave up just three hits, no walks and struck out four. Blake Martin started the re-started game and threw three shutout innings to get the win. He didn’t allow a hit, walked one and struck out three. Billy Bullock recorded his 12th save with a perfect inning. The Miracle had just seven hits including an RBI pinch-hit single by Deibinson Romero.
Tuesday – Ft. Myers 0, Palm Beach 5 (Regularly Scheduled Game) – The Miracle managed just five hits, and their three errors did not help either. Dan Osterbrock continued to pitch well. The lefty gave up two runs (just 1 earned) on six hits in seven innings. Joe Testa came in and gave up three runs on five hits in his inning.
Tuesday – Beloit – The Midwest League All-Star game was played. Three Snappers participated. Anderson Hidaldgo played some 3B and went 0-3. Aaron Hicks played some CF and RF and went 1-3 with a double. Kane Holbrooks faced two batters and got them both out.
Tuesday – Elizabethton 6, Bristol 1 – The E-Twins started their 2010 season doing what they do best. Winning. Adrian Salcedo got the Opening Night nod and recorded the win. He gave up one run on six hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out four. Nelvin Fuentes struck out the side in a perfect eighth inning before Zach See struck out two in a scoreless ninth frame. Gunner Glad (a non-drafted free agent from Kentucky) went 3-5 with two doubles. Oswaldo Arcia went 3-4 with a double, a home run and three RBI. Hyeong-rok Choi.hit a home run.
GCL Twins Topics
Tuesday – GCL Twins 8, GCL Orioles 4 – Max Kepler followed up his 3-5 debut by going 0-4 with three strikeouts in game two. The GCL Twins managed just three hits in the loss. Cesar Ciurcina started and gave up four runs (2 earned) on six hits. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out four. Brad Tippett pitched one inning in rehab. He gave up two unearned runs on one hit. Trayvone Johnson made his pitching debut and gave up two hits in a scoreless inning. He struck out two. Luis Nunez then struck out two in a scoreless inning in which he gave up one hit and one walk.
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