Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Minor League Recap: June 14th

Despite the Twins having an off-day yesterday, there was still plenty of action being displayed within the organization. Below is a quick breakdown of yesterday's minor league action.

Rochester Red Wings, L 5-7

Despite a nice night of offensive production by the Red Wings, Rochester could not overcome a poor outing from starter Jeff Manship - suffering a 7-5 loss to Toledo. Manship, who has had two brief stints with the big league club so far in 2010, has had an uninspiring month of June following a disappointing month of May. However, his numbers remain respectable as he currently holds a 4.43 ERA in 12 starts - totaling 65 innings, 51 strikeouts, and a 1.33 GB rate.

With that said, Manship has been extremely hittable during the 2010 season. He has surrendered 83 hits in those 65 innings - including 20 in his last 10.2 IP.

As expected, the Rochester bullpen pitched well last night - throwing 3, one-hit innings. Pat Neshek, who is rehabbing a finger injury, threw 2 innings last night allowing 1 unearned run on 1 hit - while walking 1 and striking out 2. 2004 draftee Kyle Waldrop followed that up with, yawn, another scoreless outing. Waldrop threw a perfect inning, dropping his ERA to 1.19 on the season.

On the season - Waldrop has thrown 45.1 IP, allowed just 36 hits, 8 walks, and has struck out 29. While his strikeout numbers are not overwhelming, he does not surrender many fly balls; as shown by his 3:1 GB/FB ratio.

Brian Dinkelman, Jose Morales, Matt Macri, and Brock Peterson all recorded two hits for the Red Wings.

New Britain Rockcats

Off day.

Fort Myers Miracle - L, 5-8. 

It has been a rough season for the Miracle this season - and last night was no exception. Despite holding a one run lead going into the 9th, the Miracle saw that lead quickly evaporate as Palm Beach deposited a grand slam off of Miracle closer Billy Bullock.

Bullock's blown save spoiled a solid outing from Adrian Salcedo, who had one of his better performances for Fort Myers. At just 20 years old pitching in High-A ball, Salcedo has been as what you would expect - inconsistent. He has coupled three poor outings with three good outings - including last night's 6.1 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K performance.

Salcedo's numbers look disappointing from the surface, but when you dig deeper and see what is beneath those numbers, one can understand why he would be experiencing struggles at this point in the season. There is a reason why the Twins have opted to place him in Fort Myers with the Miracle, skipping Beloit, after being in the Gulf Coast League in 2009.

Estarlin De Los Santos went 3-for-4 last night for the Miracle offense, putting his overall slash line at .304/.411/.354 in limited AB's with Fort Myers.

Beloit Snappers

Off day.

DSL Twins (Dominican Summer League) - W, 6-3

As one of the more intriguing minor league teams for Twins fans to follow, one can understand why people are frustrated when box scores are not released on time for the Dominican Summer League. However, when they are, you can see why there is excitement surrounding a number of prospects on the DSL Twins.

The biggest one is last year's international signing period prize Miguel Sano. At just 17 years old, Sano is one of the Twins' most highly regarded prospects - and so far, he has not disappointed. In just 35 AB's, Sano is hitting .314/.405/.600 while walking 5 times to 12 strikeouts. While the strikeout number is a bit high, Sano has already shown why he received over $3 million in bonus money nearly a year ago.

In relief, 19 year old pitching prospect Angel Mata struck out 6 in 3 innings - giving him 7 strikeouts in just 4 innings of work on the season.

2009 International signee Jorge Polanco did not play in today's game.

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