Meyer, Berrios post zeros in 'B' game

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins pitching prospects Alex Meyer and Jose Berrios continued to impress by combining to throw four scoreless innings in a "B" game against the Red Sox on Thursday at JetBlue Park.

Meyer, ranked as the No. 40 overall prospect according to, struck out three and gave up one hit in two scoreless frames. And Berrios, who is ranked as Minnesota's No. 9 prospect, threw two perfect innings in the Twins' 4-0 loss in seven innings.

"Meyer was really impressive," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It was the best performance for him down here. So we got our work in and the pitchers got some innings in."

They fared better than right-handers Samuel Deduno and B.J. Hermsen, who both struggled. Deduno, who is leaving the club this weekend to join Team Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, gave up three runs on four hits in 1 2/3 innings.

Hermsen, the organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year, surrendered a run in the final inning.

Prospects Aaron Hicks and Eddie Rosario each had a hit for the Twins, who didn't do much offensively against the Red Sox.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.