Tuesday Night, April 23, 2008
Minor League Notes
The Twins are on TV as I type this, but it's only the 3rd inning and the Twins minor league affiliate's games are complete. So, I thought I would send out a quick update on how those games went and point out a few players who are really playing well right now.
Also, you will notice the new Logo in the top left corner of this page. I know I have been quite negligent of the aesthetics of this site, but when a reader of the site said that they had already designed one, I of course was very happy to see how it looked. I'd love to hear your thoughts!
INJURY UPDATE - First things first, Twins pitching prospect Kyle Waldrop had shoulder surgery this afternoon in Minneapolis. The surgery was very successful. The doctors took care of the issue. They went in ready to clean up as much as necessary but thankfully his labrum, rotator cuff and elbow looked really good. He will be out for the entire season, but big picture, there was a lot of good news. In fact, he will be able to start rehab by the end of the week. Obviously we wish Kyle a speedy and hopefully uneventful recovery from this!
Twins Minor League Updates
Wednesday SethSpeaks Player of the Day – Danny Santiesteban, Ft. Myers Miracle
Wednesday SethSpeaks Pitcher of the Day – Jason Miller, New Britain Rockcats
Wednesday - Red Wings – No Game Scheduled
NEW BRITAIN NEWS
Wednesday - Rockcats 9, Reading 11 – It was a very rough outing for the Rockcats Jay Rainville. The righty started and gave up ten earned runs on 13 hits in just 3.2 innings. He didn't walk any, but he struck out only one. Jason Miller came in and ate up 3.1 innings. He gave up a run on two hits and two walks, and he struck out four. Danny Graves, who was promoted to New Britain earlier in the day with David Shinskie being put on the Disabled List, threw two scoreless innings, allowing just a walk and striking out three. Now, the Rockcats fell behind early but made a great effort to come back. Six players had two hits. Brock Peterson had two doubles in a game for the second straight game. He drove in two runs. Luke Hughes remained hot. He went 2-5 with his fourth homer. Steve Tolleson went 2-4 with his third double. Erik Lis went 2-5 with a double and two RBI. Dustin Martin went 2-3, and Trevor Plouffe went 2-4 and was hit by a pitch.
In his last nine games, Luke Hughes has gone 17-37 (.459). In that time, he also has six walks, and has hit all four of his homers. That also includes an 0-5 game. I really thought that Hughes was just holding 3B until Danny Valencia was ready to move up, but Hughes is really getting the job done so far!
Brock Peterson has a nine game hitting streak during which he is 14-38 (.368). That raised his average to .254 after a very slow start.
FT MYERS MEMOS
Wednesday - Miracle 10, Lakeland 9 – Juan Portes's two run homer in the bottom of the 9th gave the Miracle a nice come from behind win. Portes went 2-4 in the game, with a walk, his second homer and three RBI. Danny Santiesteban went 3-4 with his fourth double, second home run and four RBI. He is now hitting .298! Johnny Woodard was also 3-4 and added his third double. Tyler Robertson got the start. He went 5.1 innings and gave up seven runs. However, just two of those were earned. He allowed six hits, walked three and struck out three. Matt Fox came in and gave up two runs in two innings. Robert Delaney gave up a hit, but struck out the other two batters he faced. Danny Vais improved to 4-0 out of the Miracle bullpen with a two strikeout, perfect inning.
In his last five games, Juan Portes has gone 10-21 (.476). His current seven game hitting streak has improved his batting average to .302.
Wednesday - Snappers 3, West Michigan 5 – Dan Berlind fell to 0-2 after his four inning stint tonight. He gave up four runs (2 earned) on seven hits and three walks. He struck out none. Dominique Rodgers gave up a run on four hits and a walk over the next 2.2 innings. He struck out three. Spencer Steedley went the final 1.1 innings without allowing a run. Mark Dolenc led the offense. He was 2-3 with a walk and two stolen bases. Chris Cates also went 2-3.
With that, I'll be back later with some further thoughts.
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