Rochester Red Wings June Report

The month of June was filled with great performances by members of the Rochester Red Wings, as some of their players were named to the International League All-Star Team. Take a look at who was hot, and who was not, during the month of June.

The Rochester Red Wings finished the month of June with a 16-15 record, mostly due to some good pitching from their starting staff. Some prospects really put themselves on the map during the month of June, when the team was struggling offensively. With the loss of guys like Scott Baker, Kevin Slowey, and Matt Garza, the Wings will need the younger prospects to step up and help them to the playoffs.

Who's Hot
Offensively, the team was led by Alexi Casilla, the Twins future at second base. The young speedster batted .330 during the month of June, scoring 20 times in 28 games. He also smacked two doubles, and swiped six bags. Matt Tolbert batted .319 during the month, making the International League All-Star Team while being added to the Future's Game. He scored 15 times, and his 34 hits were second to only Casilla. Denard Span had his best month in AAA, batting .290 after being dropped to ninth in the batting order. In 30 games, Span scored 11 times, and had seven extra-base hits. Newcomer Brian Buscher has shown the pop since being promoted from Double-A New Britain, smacking three home runs in 12 games, while driving in seven.

On the mound, Nick Blackburn was the best starter in all of Minor League Baseball during the month of June, as he did not allow a single earned run during his five starts. In total, Blackburn went 5-0, threw two complete game shutouts, struck out 21, and walked only one. Brian Duensing was also stellar on the bump, making five starts, while compiling a 2.03 earned run average. He won three games, had a complete game shutout, and struck out 23 in 31 innings of work. International League All-Star Bobby Korecky had a nice 2.40 ERA in the month as the team's closer, saving six of his seven save opportunities. He also struck out a batter per inning. Brian Bass was great as a reliever and a starter, making seven appearances, while holding batters to a .224 average.

Who's Not
Before the month was out, top prospect Matthew Moses was back in Triple-A, as his International League season has possibly come to a close. Moses struggled all season long with the Wings, and batted .143 over his last five games with the team. Outfielder Trent Oeltjen also had a terrible month at the plate, batting only .196 in 17 games for Rochester. He mustered only ten hits. Matthew LeCroy has not been the run producer the Twins were hoping he would be for the Red Wings, as he batted only .236 in 20 games in June. The catcher did not hit a single home run.

Only two Wings pitchers struggled during the month of June, and one is not even with the team anymore. Jose Mijares was demoted back to Double-A New Britain, after posting a 14.73 earned run average in June. Reliever Ricky Barrett, who the Twins still believe could be in their bullpen at some point next season, posted a 7.30 earned run average in his ten games. He was hit hard every time out, and batters finished with a .345 clip against him this past month.

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