This week will cover some of the bigger moves the Twins made in their minor league system, and a lot of it will be talking about information that has already been covered here at Twinkie Town, but it's good news, and it's important, so be quiet and keep reading.
The Biggest Moves
-Miguel Sano- You knew this one was coming, right? Well, Sano was moved up this past week from Advanced-A Fort Myers to New Britain, the Twins' AA-affiliate. Sano, as you may recall, had been performing very well so far this season, so this move wasn't too surprising. In 56 games in Fort Myers, Sano was hitting .330/.424/.655 with 16 home runs. He's fast, he's got power, and I'm very excited to see how he will perform against competition that will offer a bigger challenge.
-Eddie Rosario- Another move that wasn't too surprising. Rosario had been playing well in Fort Myers this season, posting a .329/.377/.527 triple slash with his last ten games being even more impressive: a .385/.455/.744 triple slash. Like Jesse mentioned in his post about these moves earlier in the week, it's not unusual for Rosario to go on a hot streak, but it's probably time for him to move up. At 21, he's finally going to be headed to New Britain, where hopefully his attitude improves along with his skills.
**For more about Sano, Rosario, and OFer Angel Morales, read Jesse's post from this week. It's good stuff.
Not a Move, But Still Great News
-Byron Buxton- This week, one of the Cedar Rapids Kernels' games was broadcast on TV, and boy, did Buxton put on a show for the audience. He went 3-for-4 with a single, double, and triple (just a homer shy of the cycle!), and made a pretty spectacular catch out in CF. Oh, you wanted to see the video? Okay!
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Is it just me, or is anyone else really excited to see what this kid will bring to the Twins? Power and speed? Oh man!
-Mason Melotakis- Melotakis pitched in the same game on Monday that Buxton showed off in, and he did very well. He went a solid 7 innings, giving up just 4 hits and three walks. He struck out a couple batters, and most importantly, had zero earned runs. Melotakis didn't move up at all, but if he continues to pitch solid, it's not out of the question.
-Kyle Gibson- Forever stuck in Rochester, Gibson pitched another great game on Sunday, going 7 innings and giving up just one earned run on 4 hits and 5 walks, Gibson also struck out 6 batters. I really don't know what else to say about Gibson at this point. We know what he's capable of, we know what he's done, and I think most of us feel he should have had a shot by now with the club. We'll see what the next couple of weeks bring--after all, Gibson is not getting any younger. He turns 26 this October.
-Trevor May- May is another pitcher that had a great start this week, pitching a solid 6 innings in Thursday's game. He gave up 5 hits but only allowed 1 run and 2 walks. He also struck out 6 batters. It'll be interesting to see what the Twins do with May as the season continues.
-D.J. Baxendale- Just an update on the now-AA pitcher's last start: it was almost as rough as his first New Britain start. In Sunday's game, Baxendale went only five innings and gave up 7 hits and five earned runs (three of those were bombs--he also walked two more batters). He did strike out four batters, but his adjustment to double-A is going pretty rough so far. In his past three starts there, he now has a 7.02 ERA with 13 Ks in 16.2 IP. Hopefully he'll be able to start adjusting to the new batters soon.
Sorry to cut this week's installment short--I'm hitting the road. Come back later tonight for the game thread as the Twins take on the Phillies at Target Field, 7:10 pm CST!