Minor League Report...June 6, 2009

I am in Denver on vacation, so this week's report will be brief.  The organization finished the week as their third straight week under .500 with 12 wins and 15 losses.  Ft. Myers had a winning week at 4-3 with New Britain leading the way with a 5-2 week.  Beloit was winless in six games.

Last Sunday Jim Rantz named Ft. Myers centerfielder Ben Revere as the organization's Player of the week.  The Rock Cats activated catcher Wilson Ramos with Dan Lehmann moving back to Ft. Myers.  Rochester third baseman Luke Hughes hasn't played in over a week, however, has not been placed on the disabled list.  The Twins promoted short reliever Rob Delaney to Rochester after Mike Gosling exercised an out clause in his contract.  Alex Burnett, who is being groomed in a short relief/closer role, moved up to New Britain along with starter Carlos GutierrezNick Papason, who was in EST with an injury, incurred another injury and has called it quits.  That is very unfortunate because he was a young man with a lot of talent.  The only Beloit Snapper on the MidWest All-Star team is left handed reliever Joe Testa.  The Florida State League All-Star game will be hosted by the division leading Miracle who will be represented by Manager Jeff Smith, his entire coaching staff and eight players (Danny Lehmann, Steve Singleton, Chris Cates, Chris Parmalee, Ben Revere, David Bromberg, Spencer Steedley and Carlos Gutierrez who will not play because he was promoted to New Britain).

Rochester Red Wings (AAA) (3-4, 26-27, 4th place, -6.0 games out)

Although the Wings dropped a spot in the standings, they actually picked up a game on the division leading Scranton/WB Yankees.

Justin Jones had a solid start in last Saturday's 6-3 win, pitching 5.2 innings with 6 hits, 4 runs (1 earned) and 4K/1BB to get his first win..........Jones wasn't good in Thursday's 12-5 loss, lasting only 3.0 innings with 11 hits, 8 runs (7 earned) and 0K/2BB to pick up his fifth loss.  Rob Delaney made his first appearance in AAA, pitching 1.0 shutout inning with no hits and 0K/1BB.......Kevin Mulvey was the loser on Sunday, 5-1, pitching 7.0 innings with 9 hits, 5 runs and 6K/1BB.........Mulvey pitched 6.0 innings tonight with 5 hits, 4 runs (3 earned) and 6K/6BB in the Wings 9-6 loss.  Rob Delaney picked up a blown save and his first AAA loss, pitching 2.0 innings iwth 4 hits, 4 runs and 2K/0BB.........Philip Humber pitched what may have been his best game of the year in Tuesday's 5-4 win, pitching 7.0 innings iwth 5 hits, 2 runs and 3K/0BB.  Armando Gabino pitched 1.0 shutout inning with 1 hit and 0K/0BB to pick up his third win in four decisions.

Steve Tolleson is hitting .316/.435/.579 with 2 doubles and a home run in his first six games, 19 at bats.  David Winfree is hitting .306 Average with 3 home runs in his last 10 games.  Winfree is hitting .264/.277/.500 with 9 home runs this spring.      

New Britain Rock Cats (AA) (5-2, 28-26, 3rd place, -2.5 games out)

The Rock Cats picked up 1.5 games on division leading Trenton this week and are treating New Britain fans to the best baseball they have seen in several years.  After a rough start this spring, the Rock Cat starters are pitching good baseball with a lineup that includes several of the best hitting prospects in the organization.

Jay Rainville pitched 5.2 innings with 7 hits, 5 runs and 1K/2BB to even his record at 2-2 in last Saturday's 6-5 win.  Anthony Slama picked up his tenth save with 1.0 shutout inning with 1 hits and 1K/0BB.........Rainville didn't get a decision in Thursday's 8-4 loss when he pitched 4.2 innings with 7 hits, 4 runs and 3K/1BB.  Zach Ward allowed 3 hits and 2 runs in 1.1 inning to get his second loss in four decisions.......Ryan Mullins wasn't as sharp as he has been on Sunday, but he didn't have to be as the Cats scored 15 runs.  Mullins allowed 5 runs and 7 hits in 6.0 innings with 5K/3BB to get his third win.........Mullins was better in tonight's 3-2 loss, pitching 5.2 innings with 4 hits, 2 runs and 8K/3BB.  Anthony Slama pitched 1.1 innings with 3 hits, 1 run and 3K/3BB to get his first loss of the season against three wins.........Matt Fox had another very good start on Tuesday as the Cats beat Connecticut 2-1.  Fox pitched 6.2 innings with 4 hits, 1 run and 3K/1BB to get his fifth win against two losses.  Slama picked up his eleventh save by pitching 1.2 shutout innings with 3 hits and 2K/0BB.........Jeff Manship pitched what may have been his best game of the year on Wednesday with the Cats winning 2-1.  Manship pitched 6.1 innings iwth 5 hits, 1 run and 4K/1BB.  Jose Lugo got his third win by pitching a perfect inning with 2K/0BB.  Slama was also perfect with 1K/0BB in 1.0 inning to pick up his twelfth save.

Wilson Ramos returned to the potent Rock Cat lineup this week, going 6-18 and is hitting .279/.296/.351. Rene Tosoni continues to reward the Twins for pushing him to New Britain by hitting his team leading seventh and eighth home runs last weekend as he has his average up to the .260's after a brutal first month in AA.  

Ft. Myers Miracle (Hi-A) (4-3, 34-19, 1st place, +6.5 games)


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