The system had another good week, with a record of 14-13.
Ft. Myers placed Kyle Aselton on the DL, replacing him with Brian Duensing who was promoted from Beloit. Beloit activated Jose Cordero who had been in EST. Steve Tolleson was placed on the DL at Beloit after being hit in the face and breaking his cheekbone. He was replaced by Danny Berg, also from EST. Kyle Lohse returned to the Twins, replacing Matt Guerrier who broke a finger and went on the DL. Kevin Cameron was activated from the DL to replace him at Rochester. With the Twins drafting several young outfielders this week, they cut three outfielders from EST...Larry Jones, Simon Fletcher and Ricky Prady. Reliever David Shinskie was the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. J.D. Durbin was the International League Pitcher of the Week.
The Twins have signed six players from this weeks draft, including outfielder Joe Benson (Round 2), pitcher Tyler Robertson (Rd 3), catcher Jeff Christy (Rd 6), second baseman Brian Dinkelman (Rd 8), pitcher Chris Anderson (Rd 18) and catcher Gil Buenrostro (Rd 20). The Midwest League selected 10 players from Beloit for their all-star team, although Brian Duensing won't be playing as he was promoted to Ft. Myers, nor will Steve Tolleson as he is on the DL. The eight that will play include pitchers Eduardo Morlan, Oswaldo Sosa and Yohan Pino, shortstop Paul Kelly, first baseman Eric Lis, catcher Caleb Moore, second baseman Andrew Thompson and outfielder Tarrence Patterson.
Play of the Week
After Durham got their first two batters on Thursday against Jason Miller, B.J. Upton hit a line drive to second baseman Gil Velazquez, who caught it, stepped on second and threw to first for a triple play...Rochester went on to a 9-8 win in 10 innings.
Quote of the Week
Jim Mandelaro is a reporter for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. He writes an excellent blog that can be found by going to the paper website. This week he reported on his interview with Kyle Lohse...which I have reprinted from his blog.
I likely will never see Kyle Lohse again, but I'll always remember the six minutes, 7 seconds he gave me on Friday, June 2. Thats how long our interview lasted. Earlier that day, he told Wings PR man Chuck Hinkel that he would talk to me (yeah for me!) but, "tell him not to ask any dumb questions." Well, after doing this for 20 years, you can imagine how nervous I was. My first question was "Did this demotion come out of the blue or did you have an idea about it?" He acted as if I had asked for a date with his mom, shaking his head in disgust. "Dumb question?" I asked. "Yes," he said. "OK," I said, losing patience by the second. "How does it feel to be in the minors?" "Try again," he said. Hmmm..."Why don't you tell me what you will answer?" I said. "Keep asking," he said. Since Lohse makes $21,944 per day, I figured out he made $91 for his six-minute chat with me. Nice work if you can get it.
Read Jim's website, there is a lot of great information on it about the Red Wings.
Rochester Red Wings (AAA) (6-1, 38-23, 1st/+4.0)
The Red Wings maintained their hold on first place, 4 games ahead of Scranton. They had an excellent week, including a great performance by Pete Munro in Wednesday's 1-0 win.
Gil Velazquez had an exciting week, including his part in the triple play and scoring 3 runs. Catcher Chris Heintz is hitting .319Ave after going 5 for 10 including 2 doubles and 4 rbi. Jason Bartlett continued to play well this week, going 7 for 23 with 2 doubles (leads league with 23), 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. Kevin West has returned from his rehab assignment following his injury from winter ball in Venezuela. Kevin was 8 for 25 with a double, home run and 7 rbi. Garrett Jones was only 6 for 24, but it included 2 home runs and 6 rbi.
Pete Munro got the win in a 9 inning complete game shutout on Wednesday, allowing 8 hits with 3K/0BB. J.D. Durbin was 1-1 in 2 starts, pitching 12.0 innings with 9 hits, 3 er and 10K/9BB. Scott Baker went 8.0 innings in his first start, allowing 8 hits, 4 er with 6K/2BB. Closer Pat Neshek had an off night on Thursday. For the week had 2 saves in 3 games, allowing 6 hits, 2 er with 8K/2BB in 4.2ip.
New Britain Rock Cats (AA) (2-4, 26-30, 4th/-7.5)
The Cats had another tough week, winning only two games as their heralded pitching staff pitched well, but the bats remained silent scoring only 11 runs in 6 games.
Alex Romero continues to lead the team with a .295Ave. Alex was 4 for 17 with a double, home run, 1 rbi, 4 walks and 1 strikeout. Doug Deeds, who like Romero is likely disappointed at not being in AAA, had a better week raising his average to .262. Deeds had 8 hits in 17 at bats with a double.
Glen Perkins won his only start in a seven inning shutout, allowing 2 hits with 10K/1BB. Matt Garza was 1-1 in two starts, allowing 7 hits and 4 runs (1 earned) in 12.0 innings with 12K/4BB.
Ft. Myers Miracle (Hi A) (2-5, 34-27, T1st/+1.5)
The Miracle struggled again this week, dropping back to a first place tie with Dunedin.
Leading hitter (.305Ave) Alexi Casilla was 8 for 26 with 4 rbi, 5 walks and 2 strikeouts. Alexi had 4 stolen bases in 4 attempts, increasing his system leading total to 21. Brock Peterson also had an excellent week, going 12 for 30 with 3 doubles, a triple, 4 rbi with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Garrett Guzman was only 4 for 26, however, had 4 rbi and leads the system with 44.
Kevin Slowey had another excellent start. He picked up the win, pitching 8.0 innings while allowing 4 hits and 0 runs with 5K/0BB. He now has 87K/5BB in 75.2 innings...or about 1 walk every two games. Slowey now has a 1.19era and 0.66WHIP. PLEASE, will someone get Kevin a bus ticket to Connecticut? Anthony Swarzak also continues to pitch more like the last half of last year. In one start, Anthony pitched 6.0 innings allowing 5 hits and 1 run with 8K/1BB. Jose Mijares struggled as a starter, however, is pitching much better out of the pen. This week he appeared in 2 games, pitching 7.1 innings while allowing 2 hits, 0 runs with 11K/0BB. Danny Powers made his first start, pitching 4.0 innings with 7 hits and 4 runs. Brian Duensing arrived from Beloit and also made his first start. He got a loss last night while pitching 7.0 innings, allowing 6 hits, 4 runs with 7K/1BB.
Beloit Snappers (A) (3-4, 30-30, 3rd/-7.5)
The Snappers were 3-4 this week and trail league leading Kane County by 7.5 games.
The leading hitter in the system with a .327Ave, Erik Lis, was 7 for 26 this week with 2 doubles and only 1 rbi. He also had 5 walks and 7 strikeouts. Caleb Moore was 7 for 19 and is now hitting .287Ave. Shortstop Paul Kelly continues to perform like he wants to be the Twins shortstop of the future. Paul was 9 for 30 this week with 2 doubles and 6 rbi. Considering he has played short in 59 of Beloit's 60 games with only 5 errors, there are a lot of reasons to follow this young 19 year old. Slugger Henry Sanchez had 2 home runs this week, and now has 4 for the season while hitting .196Ave. Will this young first baseman go to Elizabethton when their season opens?
Kyle Waldrop won his only start, pitching 6.0 innings allowing 8 hits and 1 run with 4K/0BB. Waldrop also has a history of excellent control as demonstrated by his allowing only 11BB in 73.1 innings this season. Oswaldo Sosa won his start, pitching 6.0 innings with 4 hits, 1 unearned run and 5K/2BB. David Shinskie appeared in 2 games, pitching 6.1 innings with 4 hits, 1 run and 4K/0BB. Fellow reliever Yohan Pino appeared in 2 games, pitching 3.1 innings with 2 hits, 1 run and 3K/0BB.
Question of the Week
At this point of the season, the question everyone needs to ask is: When will Kevin Slowey be promoted to New Britain?
Watch for my Pitcher and Player of the Week on Seths site this coming Monday.