Minor league notes: Meyer's start ends early as precaution; Reed hits 3-run homer; Rogers, Burdi earn wins

August 30, 2014 

Minnesota Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer, who starred in college at Kentucky, left his start with Triple-A Rochester after facing six batters for precautionary reasons on Saturday, the team announced. Meyer, the 30th-best prospect according to MLB.com, was making his last start of the season with the Red Wings. He only faced two batters in the second inning because he had trouble getting loose. Meyer's fastball velocity, normally around 95 mph, was reportedly at roughly 90 mph, according to reporters covering the game.

The right-hander was charged with three runs — two earned — on two hits and a walk against Triple-A Buffalo before leaving the game. Meyer finished his first season at Triple-A with a 7-7 record. He had a 3.52 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 1301⁄3 innings.

Meyer was under consideration for a September callup as a reliever, but that is now in doubt.

■ Former Kentucky star AJ Reed was a triple shy of the cycle, including a three-run homer, to lead Class A Quad Cities past Burlington 5-1. Reed was 3-for-5 with to runs scored and boosted his batting average for the Houston Astros affiliate to .274. He has seven home runs and 23 RBI in 32 games.

Reed's team is one game out of the playoffs with two to play.

Taylor Rogers (UK) gave up one run on three hits and no walks in eight innings to earn the win in Double-A New Britain's 3-1 victory at home against New Hampshire. Rogers, a Twins prospect who had nine strikeouts in the game, is 11-6 with a 3.29 ERA in 24 starts. He has 113 strikeouts to go with 37 walks in 145 innings.

Max Kuhn (UK) knocked in the go-ahead run with an RBI groundout in the top of the 11th inning in short-season Class A Vermont's 5-3 win against Staten Island. Kuhn, an Oakland A's prospect, was 2-for-5 with three RBI. He's batting .278 with 22 RBI in 50 games for the Lake Monsters.

■ Former University of Louisville closer Nick Burdi pitched one shutout innings with two strikeouts to get the win in Class A Advanced Fort Myers' 7-3 win against Jupiter. Burdi is 2-0 and hasn't given up a run in seven appearances since being promoted to Fort Myers by the Twins.

■ A pair of players with Kentucky connections led the Greenville Drive to a 4-2 victory against the Lexington Legends on Saturday night. Former Northern Kentucky University star Jordan Procyshen hit a two-run homer and Cole Sturgeon (Owensboro Catholic, U of L) had an RBI groundout.

Kenny Diekroeger hit a solo home run for Lexington.

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