After six appearances with the Minnesota Twins Advanced Rookie League team, Maine's Cody Laweryson has been promoted to the Twins Class A team in Iowa.

The former UMaine Black Bear started for the Cedar Rapids Kernels (Midwest League) over the weekend and threw five shutout innings. He allowed just two hits, walked one and struck out four.

It has been quite a season for the former Valley High School (Bingham) star. He was drafted in the 14th round by the Twins after his junior season at UMaine. Laweryson gave up his senior year and turned pro shortly after the draft.

He reported to Elizabethton (TN) for Rookie League play and tossed 22 innings, striking out 29 and walking six. His ERA was 2.05.

The Cedar Rapids team is 64-48 and has already clinched a postseason spot in the Midwest League.

Laweryson will make his next start later this week.

NOTE: Former UMaine shortstop Jeremy Pena, a third round pick of the Astros last June, continues his climb through the minor leagues. He's been promoted to Houston's Class A Advanced team, the Fayetteville Woodpeckers. Pena is hitting .343 in his first 26 games. He currently on the seven-day injured list.

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