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Gene Glynn Names Red Wings Manager

28 Nov

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Welcome back to the work week following the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. On Twitter, I think I was asked every day if there was any Twins news. It was a pretty quiet news weekend for the Twins and really for all of baseball. That is no surprise whatsoever as this is generally the quiet period. The Winter Meetings will start next week and a few things will happen, and there will be a ton of rumors. There will be plenty to talk about. It’s probably a good thing. Last night, my five-year-old daughter lost her first tooth. Seriously, it was a pretty incredible experience for a dad.

Red Wings Have a New Manager

On Friday, the Twins and Red Wings announced that Gene Glynn will be the next manager of the Rochester Red Wings. He will replace Tom Nieto, who was let go back in September. He will be joined by new hitting coach Tom Brunansky who was promoted from New Britain, and pitching coach Bobby Cuellar.

I have to admit when I saw the announcement, it was surprising and somewhat disappointing. For no reason, of course, When we first heard the list of managers that Jim Rantz was considering, it was exciting. I think we all were on board with going outside the organization. Names like Ken Oberkfell, Randy Ready, Ron Johnson and Jeff Cox were said to be in the running. There are mixed reports on which managers applied and interviewed, but those are good names. I always found it strange that Mike Quade was mentioned as a possibility. I think he was technically still the manager of the Chicago Cubs when those rumors started (although everyone knew that Theo Epstein would let him go). It came out later that he really wasn’t interested. No surprise there.

I know about minor league players, so the name Gene Glynn meant nothing to me. I read that he had not managed since 1992, and that was at the short-season, rookie ball level. He has coached in the big leagues for 13 years, with the Rockies, Expos, Cubs and Giants. He’s 55 years old. I also kept hearing how wonderful he was with fans and the media. Of course, this ‘news’ was coming from people in the media. And yes, I like the idea of a manager that is great with fans and will be very cooperative with the media. I don’t know if that makes the players better, and that’s what matters.

He was most recently scouting with the Tampa Bay Rays organization. He is touted as a great talent evaluator. Now that is what I want to hear. That is what I want to know. I’m fully behind this selection as Red Wings manager. Terry Ryan, Mike Radcliff, Wayne Krivsky. These guys are all talent evaluators, and in my opinion, that’s what it’s all about in the minor leagues. Players touted Brunansky as a terrific hitting coach last year in New Britain. Bobby Cuellar is very well respected in the game.

As we have seen, health and talent is what wins at every level. Glynn is a Minnesota native, from Waseca. Apparently he and Rantz have known each other for a long time. It appears to be a nice pick up for the Twins organization.

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Minor League Game Updates

8 Aug

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It was a busy weekend, so I wanted to provide a quick review of the minor league scoreboards throughout the weekend and on Monday. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail or comment.

Before we start, be sure to tune in to Twins Minor League Weekly at 10:00 tonight (Monday)!!!

ROCHESTER RED WINGS

On Friday night, the Red Wings fell 4-1 at Norfolk. Kevin Slowey started and gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out six. Chuck James gave up one run on one hit in 1.1 innings. Kyle Waldrop came in and gave up a run on two hits in 0.2 innings. Jake Stevens walked one in a scoreless inning. Aaron Bates went 2-4 with the lone RBI. Justin Morneau went 0-4.

Saturday, the team lost 9-1. Liam Hendriks gave up eight runs (7 earned) on eight hits and a walk in two innings. Jake Stevens then gave up one run on four hits in three innings. Dusty Hughes, Carlos Gutierrez and Jim Hoey each threw a scoreless inning. Chase Lambin went 2-4. Justin Morneau was 1-4 with a bloop single.

On Sunday, the Red Wings beat Norfolk 8-0. Andy Baldwin threw seven shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out one. Cole DeVries then gave up just one hit in two scoreless innings. Justin Morneau went 3-5 with a double and four RBI. Michael Hollimon went 2-4 with a walk, his sixth double and third home run. Luke Hughes went 2-5. Dustin Martin hit his 11th home run.

On Monday night, the Red Wings were in Durham and lost 6-5. Eric Hacker started and gave up six runs (3 earned) on ten hits. In four innings, he walked one and struck out six. Chuck James struck out three in two scoreless innings. Carlos Gutierrez gave up two hits and no runs in 1.2 innings. Dusty Hughes got the final out. (Note – from @RocRedWings via Twitter: “As an aside…Dusty Hughes has been nasty lately. Last 9 inn, 4 hits, 0 runs 12 so” )

NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS

Friday night, the Rock Cats lost 6-0 to Akron. Dennis Suarez gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks in seven innings. Dakota Watts pitched a scoreless inning. The offense managed just five hits. Joe Benson hit his 25th double, and Nate Hanson hit his 12th double.

On Saturday, the Rock Cats pulled out a 4-3 win. Andrew Albers started and gave up two runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out four. Deolis Guerra struck out two in two scoreless innings. Tyler Roberts recorded his 12th save .He gave up a run on two hits in two innings. Joe Benson went 3-4 with his 10th homer. Yangervis Solarte went 2-3 with a walk. Brian Dozier went 2-3 with a walk and his tenth stolen base. Chris Herrmann was 1-3 with two walks and his tenth double.

On Sunday, the team fell to Akron 10-0. Brian Dozier was 3-4 with his 14th and 15th doubles. Chris Herrmann went 1-3 with a walk, his 11th double, and his eighth stolen base. Bobby Lanigan gave up seven runs on nine hits and two walks in five innings. Matt Schuld gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in his inning. Steve Hirschfeld and Brett Jacobsen each threw a shutout inning.

The Rock Cats had a much-needed day off on Monday.

FT MYERS MIRACLE

On Friday, the Miracle lost a hitter’s duel 10-12 to Bradenton. Aaron Hicks ended a 2-48 slump with a 3-5 game with his 26th double, fifth home run and four RBI. (so yes, at game’s end, he was still in a 5-53 slump) Angel Morales went 2-4 with his fourth and fifth doubles. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-3 with a walk. Steve Liddle was 2-5 with his 15th double. Josmil Pinto was 2-5. Logan Darnell started and gave up ten runs (9 earned) on 12 hits in four innings. He walked one and struck out four. Ricky Bowen gave up two runs (1 earned) on four hits in three innings. He struck out six. Matt Tone with a scoreless inning.

On Saturday, the Miracle beat Palm Beach 6-0. Edgar Ibarra started and threw five shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked three and struck out two. Alex Wimmers recorded his first save. He threw four scoreless frames and gave up just two hits, walked one and struck out six. Steve Liddle went 2-4 with his second homer. Oswaldo Arcia went 2-5 with his eight double. Estarlin de Los Santos went 2-4 with his third double. James Beresford, Jhonatan Goncalves, and Dan Rohlfing each had two hits.

The Miracle/Palm Beach game on Sunday was postponed by rain. The team’s played a double header on Monday.

The Miracle got some big hits and won Game 1 7-2. Matthew Tomshaw came up and threw three shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked none and struck out one. Clinton Dempster gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits in two innings. He struck out three. Matt Hauser got the Win. He threw two scoreless innings. Dan Rohlfing went 2-4. Estarlin de Los Santos hit his first home run. The biggest hit came off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia. He hit a grand slam, his fourth homer with the Miracle.

The Miracle got big hits in Game 1, but they got no-hit in Game 2. Tyler Lyons, the Cardinals’ ninth round pick in 2010 from Oklahoma State, went all seven innings. Obviously he gave up no runs and no hits. He walked one and struck out eight. Pat Dean started for the Miracle. He went just 2.2 innings and gave up ten runs (6 earned) on nine hits, three of which were homers. He walked two and struck out four. Matt Tone then struck out three in 3.1 hitless innings.

BELOIT SNAPPERS

On Friday, the Snappers won 4-3 over Kane County. BJ Hermsen made, what he hopes to be, his final Snappers start. He gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk in 7.2 innings. He struck out six. Bart Carter came in and gave up just one hit over 3.1 scoreless innings. He struck out six and walked none. Nelvin Fuentes pitched a scoreless inning. Danny Santana was 3-5 with his 15th double and 24th stolen base. Lance Ray went 2-6 with his 12th home run. Michael Gonzales went 2-5 with his 22nd double.

Saturday, the Snappers fell 6-3 to Quad Cities. Jairo Perez was 2-4 with his 14th double. Tyler Grimes was 2-4. Ryan O’Rourke gave up six runs on 12 hits and a walk in six innings .He struck out eight. Blayne Weller threw two scoreless, one-hit innings, and Jose Gonzalez pitched a 1-2-3 frame.

Sunday, the Snappers topped Quad Cities 8-2. Danny Ortiz went 3-4 with hit 29th double and tenth home run. Tyler Grimes was 2-4 with his second double. Michael Gonzales and Lance Ray each went 2-4. Manuel Soliman gave up two runs on six hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out four. Nelvin Fuentes struck out three in two hitless innings. Adrian Salcedo gave up a hit in one scoreless inning. Madison Boer made his first Snappers appearance and threw a 1-2-3 inning.

The Snappers and Quad Cities game was postponed by rain.

ELIZABETHTON TWINS

On Friday, E-Town lost 7-4 to Kingsport. Tim Shibuya started and gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk in 5.1 innings. Cole Johnson gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. He struck out three. Tim Atherton pitched a scoreless inning in his first Appy League appearance. JD Williams went 2-3 with two walks and his seventh double.

AJ Pettersen returned to the E-Twins on Saturday and the team won 7-0 over Pulaski. Derek Christensen threw five shutout innings. He gave up five hits, walked two and struck out three. Steven Gruver struck out two in two scoreless innings. Steven Evans struck out two in a scoreless inning. Matt Summers struck out the side in the ninth. Matt Parker went 3-4. Roy Larson was 2-5 with his first homer. Max Kepler went 2-4 with a walk. Miguel Sano was 2-4, and JD Williams hit his first home run.

On Sunday, the E-Twins got a big 11-3 win over Pulaski. Todd Van Steensel improved to 4-2. He gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings .He struck out five. 3rd round pick Corey Williams made his professional debut and gave up one run on three hits and a hit batter in two innings. He struck out two. Tim Atherton struck out three in two scoreless innings. Kennys Vargas went 3-5. Niko Goodrum went 2-4 with his sixth double. Matt Parker hit his first home run. Tyler Koelling hit his fifth long ball, and Miguel Sano hit his tenth homer.

Monday night, the E-Twins lost 6-3 to Pulaski. Marcus Limon started and gave up only an unearned run on four hits in four innings. He walked none and struck out four. Cesar Ciurcina gave up five runs (3 earned) on six hits and a walk in just 1.1 innings. Nick Alloway then struck out four in 2.2 scoreless innings. Rory Rhodes went 3-4 with his sixth and seventh doubles. AJ Pettersen and Matej Hejma were 2-4. Eddie Rosario went 2-5. Kennys Vargas and Niko Goodrum each doubled.

GCL TWINS

On Friday, the GCL Twins lost 8-6 to the GCL Red Sox. Hung-yi Chen gave up four runs on eight hits in four innings. Mark Trau walked two in a scoreless inning. Tyler Herr gave up three runs on five hits and two walks in his two innings. Josue Montanez gave up a run on three hits in two innings. He struck out four. Kelvin Ortiz went 3-5 with his fifth double. Steven Wickens went 2-4 with his fifth double. Josh Hendricks and Jorge Polanco each had two hits.

On Saturday, the GCL Twins lost 4-3 to the Red Sox. Angel Mata gave up no runs in 3.1 innings. However, he gave up five hits and five walks and struck out three. Gerardo Ramirez then gave up an unearned run on one hit in 2.2 innings. He walked none and struck out four. Markus Solbach gavef up three runs on two hits and a walk in two innings. Kelvin Silvania went 2-4. Jorge Polanco hit his first home run. Candido Pimentel went 1-1 with two walks.

The GCL Twins typically do not play games on Sundays.

On Monday, the GCL Twins lost 3-1 to the Rays. Nathan Fawbush gave up two runs on two hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out four. Kyle Wahl gave up a run on three hits in two innings. Luis Nunez struck out two in two scoreless innings. The Twins managed just five hits. Kelvin Silvania then went 2-3.

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Red Wings Combine on No-Hitter!

6 Jul

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Yesterday the talk was about getting Trevor Plouffe back to the Twins from Rochester. Tonight, there was another great story in the Red Wings 7-0 win over the division-leading Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Not only did four pitchers combine for a shutout, four pitchers combined for a no-hitter.

Jeff Manship made his first appearance May 15. He started and threw four no-hit innings. He walked two and struck out four. Jake Stevens, who was just called up today from New Britain when Anthony Slama was put on the Disabled List, threw the next three no-hit innings. Kyle Waldrop pitched the 8th, and Jim Hoey pitched the 9th frame to complete the no-hitter. With an out in the 9th, Toby Gardenhire ranged far to his right, dove, and came up firing to get Pete Orr at first base.

It was the 21st no-hitter in Red Wings history. The first, according to play-by-play man Josh Whetzel came exactly 123 years ago today, July 6, 1888.

Offensively, Dustin Martin led the way by going 2-3 with his 14th and 15th doubles. Brandon Roberts was 2-4. Delmon Young was 1-4 with a double.

Trevor Plouffe, after Ron Gardenhire called manager Tom Nieto to make it happen, started at 1B where he played the first eight innings. In the ninth inning, Plouffe went out to right field, switching spots with Jeff Bailey.

It’s been another frustrating year for the Red Wings and their fans, but this is a pretty exciting event. Congratulations to all involved, but especially to Jeff Manship on his return and to all of those pitchers!

Twins Minor League Update

25 Jun

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I was driving on Thursday night, so here is a quick minor league update for you of the last couple of days in the Twins minor leagues, starting with an injury update:

  • Jeff Manship is expected to begin a rehab assignment soon in the GCL after missing the last month with a shoulder injury.
  • Ray Chang continues to improve, but is still at least a month out after suffering his broken fibula.
  • There is no time table yet for a return for Jeremy Reed from a lower back injury.
  • Brandon Roberts started his rehab assignment on Thursday in the GCL and played on Friday as well. See how well he did down below.
  • David Bromberg is feeling very well but is likely still about a month from returning from breaking his ulna.
  • Spencer Steedley’s elbow has again kept him out of action and there is no time table yet for his return.
  • Allan de San Miguel also was having elbow issues. He is in Ft. Myers rehabbing and is still a few weeks out.
  • Joe Benson had his knee scoped earlier this month and is probably a week to ten days away from a return.
  • Paul Bargas is at his home undergoing treatments for his cancer. He continues to make progress. This ‘injury’ is obviously much, much different than any of the others.
  • Miguel Munoz continues to rehab his elbow and is at least a month from a return.
  • Dan Osterbrock’s shoulder continues to be an issue with no time table for return at this time.
  • Still no time table on Paul Kelly’s return after surgery in April to remove a blood clot from his shoulder area.
  • Oswaldo Arcia started his rehab and played right field after having arthroscopic surgery on his elbow in early May.
  • Angel Morales had the same elbow procedure done in early June, so he is several weeks away from a return.

Twins 33rd round pick Stephen Wickens is signed and ready to play, but visa issues currently have him waiting up in Canada. The shortstop went to school at Florida Gulf Coast University.

And another exciting piece of news for Twins fans is that 2009 supplemental first round pick Matt Bashore is on the Elizabethton roster. He has been working throughout spring training to return from two arm surgeries, including Tommy John surgery over the past 22 months. He has made two appearances for Elizabethton. He is touching 90 mph again, which is certainly a positive. The Twins will definitely be monitoring his every step and his innings throughout the season.

Now that North Carolina and Vanderbilt have been eliminated from the College World Series, the Twins are free to negotiate with 1st round pick Levi Michael and 3rd round pick Corey Williams, just like any other draft picks.

If you have other Twins minor league questions, please feel free to ask, or discuss in the comments section.

Rochester Red Wings

The Red Wings lost a 7-2 decision on Thursday to Charlotte. Eric Hacker started and gave up two runs on eight hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out six. Carlos Gutierrez and Kyle Waldrop each threw a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Anthony Slama then struck out two in his perfect ninth. Dustin Martin led off and went 2-4 with a walk and his sixth homer. Jeff Bailey went 2-4 with his second triple. Aaron Bates and Toby Gardenhire each went 2-4.

On Friday night, the Red Wings and Syracuse played just three innings before the game was suspended. The Red Wings were already down 8-1. Ryan Mullins went just 2.1 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits and a walk.

Following the Twins 4-3 loss on Friday night to the Brewers, the Twins activated Jim Thome and sent Rene Tosoni back to the Red Wings.

New Britain Rock Cats

The Rock Cats game against Bowie was postponed by rain for the second straight day on Thursday. On Friday, the team played against Trenton. Bobby Lanigan started and gave up just one run on five hits. In eight innings, he walked two and struckout nine. Deibinson Romero was 2-4. Mark Dolenc and Dan Rohlfing each knocked a double. And the Rock Cats won 3-2. 

Ft. Myers Miracle

On Thursday night, the Miracle lost 6-5 to Bradenton in 14 innings to start the second half of their season. Logan Darnell started and gave up two runs on four hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out two. Shooter Hunt came in and faced five batters. He gave up two runs on a home run and four walks without recording an out. Matt Hauser came in and gave up one run on two hits. He walked none and struck out four. Matt Tone walked two and struck out three in two scoreless frames. Edgar Ibarra threw two shutout innings before allowing a run in the 14th. Nick Romero went 2-6 with his 12th double. Six other Miracle hitters had one hit in the long game.

On Friday, the Miracle fell 16-5 to Bradenton. Aaron Hicks went 2-4 with a walk and his 18th and 19th home runs. Anderson Hidalgo went 2-5 with his 16th double. Ricky Bowen started and gave up nine runs on nine hits and a walk before being ejected after hitting his second batter of the third inning. Andrew Albers replaced him and  gave up two unearned runs on four hits in 3.1 innings. Shooter Hunt came in and gave up five earned runs on one hit and seven walks in 0.2 innings. Steve Liddle came to the mound and went the final 1.1 innings. He gave up no runs on one hit and one walk. He even struck one out.

Beloit Snappers

The second half of the Snappers season started on Friday night with a 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids on a walk-off squeeze bunt. Ryan O’Rourke started and was terrific again. The left-hander gave up one run on four hits in five innings. He walked none and struck out nine. Manuel Soliman then struck out three in two one-hit innings. Clinton Dempster worked a scoreless innings. Jose Gonzalez gave up a game-tying solo homer in the top of the ninth. After singles by Lance Ray and Tobias Streich, Ray scored on a bunt by Daniel Santana to win the game. Nate Roberts went 2-3 with his first home run of the season. He was also hit by a pitch for the 22nd time this year.

Again, the Snappers are hosting a Twins-related weekend in Beloit with lots of activities involving the Twins who are just down the road in Milwaukee. If you have a chance, head on over and catch a Snappers game and enjoy some of the festivities.   

Elizabethton Twins

On Thursday night, the E-Twins scored three runs in the bottom of the 9th to capture a 6-5 win over Bluefield. Nick Lockwood hit a game-tying single before Kennys Vargas drove in the game winner. Jhonatan Arias went 2-3 with his first homer. Roy Larson went 2-4. Kennys Vargas and Eddie Rosario each went 2-5. Rosario also recorded outfield assists, throwing out runners at third base and home. Cesar Ciurcina started and gave up five runs on seven hits and three walks in 3.2 innings. He struck out five. Sam Spangler threw 2.1 scoreless innings. Nick Alloway then walked two and gave up one hit but no runs in 0.2 innings. Corey Kimes gave up two walks and a hit in 1.1 innings. Madison Boer made his season-debut with a scoreless, two strikeout ninth.

On Friday night, the E-Twins topped Burlington 8-7. David Hurlbut gave up three runs on three hits in four innings. He walked two and struckout four. Garrett Jewell worked a perfect fifth. Matt Bashore gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in his inning. Bart Carter struckout five in two innings. He gave up one run on three hits. Steven Evans gave up an unearned run on two walks in his two innings. Matej Hejma went 3-4 with a walk. Kennys Vargas was 2-4 with a walk. Miguel Sano and Tyler Koelling each had two hits. AJ Pettersen went 0-2 with three walks and a stolen base.

GCL Twins

The GCL Twins lost 9-2 on Thursday to the Rays. Brandon Roberts made his first rehab appearance and went 2-2. Aderlin Mejia was 2-4. Bobby O’Neill went the first 3.2 innings and gave up three runs (2 earned) on three hits. He walked two and struck out three. Nick Cicio also gave up three runs (2 earned) on three hits, but in just 1.1 innings. Tyler Herr then struck out two in two scoreless innings. Luis Nunez gave up three runs on five hits in two innings.

Hung-Yi Chen, an 18 year old from Taiwan, made his debut and threw four shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struckout six. Cole Johnson threw two scoreless innings. Marcus Limon then gave up a solo home run over his two innings. Matthew Tomshaw struck out two in a perfect ninth of the GCL Twins’ 10-1 win over the GCL Red Sox. Along with Chen’s performance, the big news in this game was the first rehab appearance for Oswaldo Arcia. He batted third and played right field. He was 3-4 with a triple. Aderlin Mejia went 2-3 with a walk. Wander Guillen went 2-4. Brandon Roberts was 1-3 with a walk.     

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Twins Minor League Weekend

20 Jun

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Here are some notes from the Twins Minor League Weekend. Be sure to join Travis Aune and myself at 10:00 tonight for a new Twins Minor League Weekly. On Monday, the GCL Twins started. On Tuesday, the Elizabethton Twins will play their first game of the season. Here are notes from all four full-season affiliates and short-season notes and rosters.

Rochester Red Wings

On Friday, the Wings won 7-4 over Indianapolis. Andy Baldwin gave up one run on five hits and two walks in six innings. Carlos Gutierrez struck out three in two scoreless innings. Dusty Hughes gave up three runs on four hits in 0.2 innings. Anthony Slama got the final four outs. Aaron Bates went 3-4 with his eighth double. Chase Lambin was 2-2.

On Saturday, the two teams played two games. In the first, the Red Wings lots 7-5. Chase Lambin went 3-4. Steve Holm went 2-3 with a walk and his third and fourth doubles. Dustin Martin went 2-5 with his ninth double. Michael Holliman went 2-4. Trevor Plouffe went 2-4 with a walk, his fifth double and his seventh home run. Eric Hacker gave up five runs (1 earned) on four hits and two walks in five innings. Kyle Waldrop gave up two unearned runs on three hits. Chuck James went two scoreless innings.

In the second game, Plouffe again led the offense. He went 3-5 with his sixth doubles, second triple and eighth home run. Steve Holm went 2-4 with his first home. Brian Dinkelman went 2-3 with two walks. Steve Singleton went 2-5. Jeff Bailey hit his fifth home run. Jake Stevens gave up three runs on six hits in 2.2 innings. Cole DeVries gave up one run on five hits in 3.1 innings. Joe Nathan struck out two in a scoreless inning. Carlos Gutierrez then gave up three runs (1 earned) on one hit and a walk in 0.1 innings. Anthony Slama went 1.2 scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk.

And on Sunday the Red Wings lots 8-3. Trevor Plouffe continued a torrid stretch, going 3-4. Toby Gardenhire went 2-4. Ryan Mullins gave up six runs on 11 hits and two walks in four innings. Dusty Hughes struck out two in two scoreless innings. Kyle Waldrop threw two scoreless frames, allowing two hits. Chuck James then gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in his inning.

Again, be sure to bid on the game-used Red Wings uniforms from this weekend. All proceeds from the auctions will go to terrific causes.

New Britain Rock Cats

Brett  Jacobson was the story for the Rock Cats on Friday night. New Britain beat Reading 6-0 behind the right arm of Jacobson. He threw nine shutout innings, allowing just three hits, walking one and striking out eight to improve to 3-0 with a 1.92 ERA. Mark Dolenc went 3-4 with a walk and his 11th stolen base. Deibinson Romero went 2-4 with a walk and his 11th double. Nate Hanson was 2-5 with his second double.  

On Saturday, the Rock Cats topped Reading 2-1. Dennis Suarez started and was terrific again. He went six shutout innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out four. Deolis Guerra came in and struck out five in two scoreless innings. Tyler Robertson gave up one run on two hits in 0.2 innings. Bruce Pugh came in to get the final out, a strikeout, for his third save. Deibinson Romero went 2-4 with his 12th and 13th doubles. Chris Parmelee and Yangervis Solarte were each 2-4. Evan Bigley knocked his fifth home run.

On Sunday, the Rock Cats completed the sweep of Reading with a 5-3 win. Steve Hirschfeld went 5.2 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. He walked none and struck out seven. Mike Tarsi gave up two hits in 1.1 scoreless innings. Bruce Pugh gave up one run on two hits and a walk in two innings, but he recorded his fourth save. Chris Parmelee went 2-5 with his fifth home run. Chris Herrmann went 1-2 with three walks. Yangervis Solarte went 2-4. Mark Dolenc tripled, his third. Chris Cates and Dan Rohlfing each hit a double.

Be sure to check out Travis’s blog on Twins pitching prospect Liam Hendriks.

Ft. Myers Miracle

The Florida State League hosted its All Star game in Clearwater on Saturday night. Danny Rams caught a couple of innings and went 0-1. Dakota Watts came in and faced two batters. He got both out, one of them on a strikeout. The Miracle play three more games, starting tonight, before the start of the 2nd half of the season.

Beloit Snappers

The Snappers are finishing out their first half. On Friday night, they lost 5-4 in 11 innings to Burlington. Pat Dean started and gave up two runs on five hits in six innings. He walked none and struck out six. Nelvin Fuentes gave up a run in his inning, although he struck out two. Jose Gonzalez gave up only an unearned run in his three innings. Blayne Weller started the bottom of the 11th and gave up a leadoff, walk off home run. Kyle Knudson went 2-4 with his third double. Wang Wei Lin and Jairo Perez each went 2-5. Perez stole two bases.

On Saturday, the Snappers beat Burlington 7-4. Michael Gonzales (who really should be promoted to the Miracle following the Midwest League All-Star game) went 4-5 with a stolen base. Jairo Perez went 2-5 with his third and fourth steals. Wang-Wei Lin went 2-5. Danny Ortiz knocked his 24th double. AJ Achter got the win. He gave up just one run on four hits in seven innings. He walked two and struck out five. Andrei Lobanov gave up three runs on four hits in his inning. Michael Tonkin recorded his second save with a scoreless ninth.

On Sunday, the Snappers got the series win with a 5-1 decision over Burlington. Manuel Soliman gave up one run on four hits and three walks in six innings. He was followed by scoreless frames from Ryan O’Rourke, Ben Tootle and Nelvin Fuentes. Daniel Santana went 3-4. Nate Roberts went 2-4 with his second triple. Danny Ortiz was 2-3 with a walk. Jairo Perez went 2-4.

The Snappers are off tonight. The All Star game is on Tuesday night.

Elizabethton Twins

The Appalachian League gets started on Tuesday night. On Sunday evening, the team and their bus finally arrived in Elizabethton despite some issues well chronicled by Todd Van Steensel.

ROSTER:

  • Pitchers: Nick Alloway, Matt Bashore, Madisor Boer, Bart Carter, Derek Christensen, Cesar Ciurcina, Steven Evans, Steven Gruver, Pedro Guerra, David Hurlbut, Garrett Jewell, Corey Kimes, Justin Parker, Tim Shibuya, Sam Spangler, Todd Van Steensel.
  • Catchers: Jhonatan Arias, Matt Parker
  • Infielders: Niko Goodrum, Roy Larson, Nick Lockwood, AJ Pettersen, Rory Rhodes, Miguel Sano, Kennys Vargas
  • Outfielders: Matej Hejma, Brandon Henderson, Max Kepler, Tyler Koelling, Eddie Rosario, JaDamion Williams

GCL Twins

The Gulf Coast League got started on Monday afternoon. The GCL Twins started with a 2-1 win over the GCL Orioles. Nothing like starting the season with a walk-off. Tied 1-1 going to the bottom of the 9th, Kelvin Silvania doubled. With two outs, 37th round draft pick Drew Leachman singled him in with the winning run. Ricardo Arevalo got the start. He went five innings and gave up an unearned run on three hits, walked three and struck out five. Tyler Herr followed with two scoreless innings. Luis Nunez gets the win. He threw two scoreless innings as well.

ROSTER:

  • Pitchers: Ricardo Arevalo, Tim Atherton, Hung Yi Chen, Nick Cicio, Nathan Fawbush, Tyler Herr, Cole Johnson, John Krogstad, Marcus Limon, Angel Mata, Luis Nunez, Bobby O’Neill, Hein Robb, Markus Solbach, Matthew Tomshaw, Mark Trau, Kyle Wahl.
  • Catchers: Phillip Chapman, Kelly Cross, Michael Quesada, Jairo Rodriguez
  • Infielders: Wander Guillen, Josh Hendricks, Aderlin Mejia, Jorge Polanco, Kelvin Silvania, Stephen Wickens, Jacob Younis
  • Outfielders: Drew Leachman, Kelvin Mention (DL), Kelvin Ortiz, Candido Pimentel.

Any other thoughts or questions on the Twins minor leaguers? Feel free to comment here.

Red Wings Game-Worn Jersey Auctions

17 Jun

Twins Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings will be using special jerseys throughout this weekend. The game-used jerseys will then be available in an auction for fans in Rochester and over the internet. I was asked if the readers of SethSpeaks.net might be interested, and I definitely thought so. The fact that proceeds will be going to very important causes makes it obvious for me to post it here. Check out the links and consider bidding! There will be jerseys of all 24 players on the roster and the coaches. Paul Molitor will be there, in uniform all weekend. And don’t forget that Joe Nathan will be there starting on Saturday! Here is much more information from their press release:

The Red Wings and GoBuyRochester.com have partnered to make this season’s game-worn specialty jerseys available to Wings and Twins fans all over the world by auction, beginning with this weekend’s triple play of custom jerseys.

* On Friday, June 17, the Wings will wear throwback Minnesota Twins blue jerseys as part of The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired’s “See Great Things Night” at Frontier Field. Game time is 7:05 p.m. EDT.

* On Saturday, June 18, the Wings will wear futuristic jerseys on Star Wars Night – with auction proceeds benefitting the Hillside Family of Agencies. Game time is 7:05 p.m. EDT.

* On Sunday, June 19, Father’s Day – the team will wear mens’ health blue jerseys, with auction proceeds raising funds for the Lipson Cancer Center at Rochester General Hospital and ZERO: The Project to End Prostate Cancer. Game time is 1:05 p.m. EDT.

For the first time, fans both in the ballpark on game day, and anywhere in the world with internet access, can bid on these game-worn Wings jerseys. Each auction begins after the first pitch, and continues until 8:00 p.m. five days following each game event.

To participate, click here to go to the official Red Wings game-worn jersey auction page at GoBuyRochester.com. You’ll find more information about each jersey, and information and links for the important causes that will benefit from each auction.

Please call (585) 454-1001, ext. 3021 if you have any questions about the Red Wings game-worn jersey auctions.

Happy Minor League Opening Day!

7 Apr

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  • I am happy to say that I will be returning to the Paul Allen Nine to Noon show family for the 2011 season. This morning at 10:55, PA and I will talk Twins topics. So, be sure to tune in to KFAN (am1130), one of its affiliates or www.KFAN.com.
  • I was a guest on last night’s Fanatic Jack Twins Talk podcast along with Brandon Warne.  
  • Speaking of the KFAN affiliates, you recall that I was a frequent guest on The Dan Hammer Show on 740 The Fan in Fargo. A couple of months ago, Hammer became the sports guy for Valley News Live, taking him back to his TV routes. On Tuesday, it was announced that ol’ friend Jack Michaels would be taking over for Hammer as the Sports Director for Radio Fargo Moorhead. He will also host The Jack Michaels Show from noon to 1 p.m. week days on 740 The Fan. As you recall, I was also an occasional guest on The Jack Michaels Show on ESPN710 in Bismarck the last several years. Jack was really the first person to give me an opportunity on sports radio. I have been a big Jack Michaels fans since listening to him as the voice of the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. The current voice of the Redhawks is Scott Miller who is also the host of Front Row Sports show week nights on KFGO in Fargo (sister station of 740 The Fan), and I’ve been on his show several times as well.

Happy Minor League Opening Day everyone!! I know, I’m weird, but I am much more excited about the minor league Opening Day than I was about Major League’s Opening Day. Of course, some of that may have been that the MLB Opening Day was moved to a Thursday (instead of a Monday) ,and the Twins didn’t play until Friday.

As you know, I follow the Twins minor league system pretty closely. I write about Twins minor leaguers a little bit. We all jot down our Top 50 Twins prospects lists before the season. But now it is time for those guys to get their seasons started. It will be fun to watch box scores and stat lines. It will be fun to see if some of the Top 10 prospects can take another step forward in their development. Probably five to ten guys that are not in people’s top 40 or top 50 lists will take major strides forward and put their names higher on next year’s lists. Of course, there will be injuries and some players will not adapt well to playing one level higher than a year ago.

I’ve been amazed over the past six or seven years with fans’ increased enthusiasm and excitement about the Twins minor league system. When I first started writing about the Twins minor leaguers, I would get some ho-hum feedback. It has gradually increased over time to the point where I get more comments on minor league articles than Twins articles. And I think that’s OK.

I am a Twins die-hard, and in my mind, to be as such, I need to know what the future of the Twins could be as well. The Twins have built from within over the past decade and it has been a good thing. The Twins have spent a lot of money on top prospects from around the globe over the last two years. Increased revenues have led to increased payroll, but I hope that never stops player development and scouting from being the cornerstone of the organization.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve posted a few Twins bloggers and my choices for Breakout Minor League Hitters and Pitchers for 2011. Later today, I will be posting our predictions for Twins Minor League Hitter and Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Last Friday, I posted the Twins Opening Day minor league rosters here. That’s where they will start. Which players will play well? Which players will move up a level throughout the year? Will any move up twice this year as Kyle Gibson did last year? Unfortunately, there will also be some who will no longer be with the organization at the end of the year.

It will be fun to see the starting lineups for Opening Night for the Twins four full-season affiliates, but it always starts with pitching and here are the four Opening Night starters:

  • Anthony Swarzak – Rochester Red Wings –  Two years ago, he came up to the Twins and pitched well in his debut. 2010 was a frustrating year for the Twins former 2nd round pick. He missed time early because of a liner off the foot that broke a bone, and when he came back, he didn’t pitch well. Reports from Ft. Myers indicate that he has regained some velocity and is now touching 94. It’s a big year for Swarzak, and getting the opening night nod says that the organization still believes in him. Kyle Gibson will start the Red Wings’ home opener on Saturday night. Scott Diamond, Erik Hacker and Minnesota-native Andy Baldwin are the other Red Wings starters.
  • David Bromberg – New Britain Rockcats – It was somewhat surprising that Bromberg was sent back to New Britain after he made nine starts for Rochester late last season. He was an easy choice to add to the Twins 40 man roster after last season. He played in the Arizona Fall League. He got time in the Twins big league spring training with the big league coaches and pitchers and likely learned a lot. It will be good for him to get another half-season in New Britain to work on those things. Since signing with the Twins, the former 32nd round pick had led his league in strikeouts three times. He was the Florida State League Pitcher of the Year in 2009 as well as the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The Rock Cats rotation will also include Deolis Guerra, Bobby Lanigan, Steve Hirschfeld and Liam Hendriks.
  • Kane Holbrooks – Ft. Myers Miracle – Holbrooks was the Twins 21st round pick in 2009 out of Texas State where he went 10-1 and was an All-America selection. He began last season in the Snappers bullpen, making 31 appearances before getting to starts. He then was terrific (2.27 ERA) in eight appearances with the Miracle. He ended last year with a start in New Britain. When drafted, he told me that he really only had a fastball. Last year, he was working with a solid changeup and a very good slider. If he continues to improve those secondary pitches, the 23 year old could again pitch at three levels. The Miracle rotation will be rounded out by Tom Stuifbergen, Miguel Munoz, Brad Stillings and 2010 top pick Alex Wimmers.
  • BJ Hermsen – The Iowa native gave up a full scholarship to play at Oregon State to sign with the Twins at the last minute. The 6th round pick in 2008 pick has shown some strong glimpses of potential in his short time with the organization. He is a typical Twins pitcher, pitch-to-contact, but he has a lot of pitches. He was scheduled to spend the entire 2010 season in Elizabethton, but he was needed in Beloit. While there, he pitched a game in Cedar Rapids, about an hour from him home, and he threw a complete game shutout in which he lost a no-hitter in the 9th inning. He struggled a little before going back to Elizabethton when their season started and being one of their top pitchers. Other starters for the Snappers will be Adrian Salcedo, Manuel Soliman, Logan Darnell and Andrei Lobanov.

What can you expect from SethSpeaks.net throughout the Twins minor league season? As I have in the past, I hope to kind of be a one-spot stop for Twins minor league information. I will post brief game reports from each minor league game. I will highlight the hitting stars and let you know how pitchers performed. I will update prospect lists, and I will try to do some Q&As and get some quotes from players. And I definitely encourage you to come to me with ideas for stories or features that you would like to read. I’m always looking for your feedback.

Finally, last week was the first week of Twins Minor League Weekly. Travis Aune and myself co-host the show each Thursday night at 10:00 central time. Tonight, we will discuss the Opening Night games, performances, lineups, etc. We will also continue to preview the rosters, spending more time discussing the Ft. Myers Miracle and the Beloit Snappers. It’s always fun, so tune in and join the chat room.  

Feel free to leave your pitcher choices in the comments today.