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Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher Of The Month - July 2018

Earlier this week, we announced the Twins Daily Minor League Hitter (Ryan Jeffers) and Starting Pitcher (Bailey Ober) of the Month.Tonight we will write about several Twins minor league relief pitchers, culminating with this month’s choice for Relief Pitcher of the Month. For the first time, we have a repeat winner.

Previous Relief Pitchers of the Month for 2018:
April 2018: Nick Anderson, Rochester Red Wings
May 2018: Todd Van Steensel, Chattanooga Lookouts
June 2018: Jovani Moran, Cedar Rapids Kernels
July 2018: Well, just keep reading (if you happened to not look at the graphic that you clicked on to read this story.)
Image courtesy of Linwood Ferguson (graphics by Finn Pearson)
Before we share our choices for the Twins Minor League Top Five Relievers for July, here are some terrific bullpen performances that just missed the cut.

HONORABLE MENTION
  • Erik Cha- GCL Twins, 7 G, 1.64 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 11.0 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 8 K
  • Ryan Eades - Chattanooga Lookouts, 6 G, 2.19 ERA, 0.73 WHIP, 12.1 IP, 9 H, 0 BB, 12 K
  • Regi Grace - GCL Twins, 3 G, 0.00 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 8.1 IP, 6 H, 2 BB, 7 K
  • Ryne Harper - Chattanooga Lookouts/Rochester Red Wings, 8 G, 1.42 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 12.2 IP, 11 H, 2 BB, 15 K
  • Zach Neff - Elizabethton Twins, 9 G, 2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 13.1 IP, 11 H, 5 BB, 18 K
  • Derek Molina - Elizabethton Twins/Cedar Rapids Kernels, 7 G, 1.42 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 12.2 IP, 3 H, 12 BB, 22 K
  • Andrew Vasquez - Chattanooga Lookouts, 9 G, 2.16 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 16 H, 1 BB, 29 K
THE TOP FIVE RELIEF PITCHERS


#5 - Jose Martinez - Cedar Rapids Kernels - 8 G, 1.20 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 15.0 IP, 9 H, 4 BB, 16 K


You may not have heard of Jose Martinez, but this is his sixth season in the Twins organization. Signed in 2013 out of Venezuela by Jose Leon, Martinez spent the 2014 and 2015 seasons in the Dominican Summer League. He spent the last two seasons in Elizabethton. He has spent this entire season with the Kernels in Cedar Rapids.In 28 total games, he has worked 53 2/3 innings. He’s got a 4.53 ERA. He has 50 strikeouts and 21 walks. He was very good in July and ended the month with six scoreless outings covering 11 1/3 innings. He recorded a save in three of his final four outings during the month.


#4 - Jake Reed - Rochester Red Wings - 8 G, 2.03 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 13.1 IP, 4 H, 5 BB, 11 K


Reed was the Twins fifth-round draft pick in 2014 out of the University of Oregon. He flew up the system, pitching in the Arizona Fall League that year and starting the 2015 season in Chattanooga. However, he has fought some injuries and still has yet to receive the call up. However, if his past two months are any indication, just maybe it will come this year. In July, opponents hit just .095/.224/.143 (.367) against him. Reed has a fastball in the mid-90s that runs in on a right-hander, and he compements it with a mid-80s slider that darts away from a right-hander.


#3 - Adam Bray - Ft. Myers Miracle - 9 G, 0.98 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, 18.1 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 19 K


Adam Bray had a fantastic baseball career if he had just quit playing after a high school state championship and a national championship with his American Legion team. He went to South Dakota State and then was drafted by the Dodgers. This March, he was acquired by the Twins in a trade. He didn’t join the Miracle until the end of June. As you can see from his numbers, he pitched a lot, and he pitched quite well. Opponents hit just .136/.212/.220 (.432) off of him during the month, and he struck out more than a batter per inning. Get to know a little more about Adam Bray from this story.


#2 - Cody Stashak - Chattanooga Lookouts - 9 G, 0.00 ERA, 0.82 WHIP, 13.1 IP, 7 H, 2 BB, 16 K


Stashak was drafted as a starting pitcher out of St. Johns in the 13th round of the 2015 draft. He was a pretty solid, underrated starter. In 2016, he posted a 2.80 ERA between Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers. Last year, he posted a 3.60 ERA between Ft. Myers and Chattanooga. This year, the move was made to the bullpen and it has been successful. In 43 2/3 innings so far this year for the Lookouts, he has a 3.09 ERA and 60 strikeouts to go with just 13 walks. In July, he didn’t give up a run, earned or unearned. Opponents hit just .179/.220/.256 (.476) against him during the month. At 6-2 and thin, Stashak throws in the low 90s with a good pitch mix. He’s got good control and command.



And the Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month is:

Ft. Myers Miracle – LHP Jovani Moran - 8 G, 1.13 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, 16.0 IP, 8 H, 1 BB, 22 K


Moran is the choice for Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month for the second straight month. The difference, of course, is that he was a member of the Cedar Rapids Kernels throughout the month of June. At the end of the month, Moran was promoted to Ft. Myers and hasn’t missed a beat.


The 2015 seventh-round pick from Puerto Rico has pitched in different roles in his short time with the Miracle, averaging two innings per outing. In July, opponents hit just .148/.164/.204 (.367) against him. In large part, the 22:1 strikeout to walk ratio helps with that.

The 21-year-old missed the 2016 season after having surgery to remove bone spurs from his elbow. He returned strong in 2017, and he was the Twins Daily short-season Minor League Pitcher of the Year. For Elizabethton, he gave up just one run in 24 2/3 innings (0.36 ERA), and had just six walks to go with 45 strikeouts.


Moran is not a big guy .He stands 6-foot-1 and weighs in at about 170 pounds. He’s got a good whip action and some deception in his delivery. His fastball reaches into the low-90s, and he’s got a good slider and changeup. He really just needs to keep working and developing, and gaining strength could help him add a little more velocity. He’s a really good athlete who fields the position well.


There were several strong relief pitcher performances in July throughout the Twins minor league system. It was a good month for each of these pitchers mentioned today, but for the second straight month, Congratulations to Jovani Moran. He is the Twins Daily Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month for July 2018.

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Seth- if there was space, would Jake Reed deserve a call up,or would someone else be more deserving?
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Heck of a season by Moran.

 

Vasquez and Moran - a couple of nice lefty relievers to look forward to in the years to come if they can continue to develop and rise through the system.

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Reed was eligible for the Rule 5 draft last year and wasn't selected.If the Twins don't add him to the 40-man, is he a goner this year, Seth?  

 

With no earned runs, what more does Stashak need to do to get a little respect?[not complaining about your choice, Seth, and would insert a smiley face here if I knew how]

 

Moran's numbers this summer remind me a bit of Moya last year.Although Moya has had several stops with the Twins, he hasn't been a shut down reliever...at least not yet.Although there are several more steps to take, maybe Moran can be that special reliever every team needs two or three of.  

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I really enjoy reading these each month. Just a suggestion, it would be interesting to see how they rank in their individual league. That would give us a view in how they are doing in the whole scheme of things and not in a smaller sample size. Maybe it would temper my excitement of them or enhance it.

 

Seth- if there was space, would Jake Reed deserve a call up,or would someone else be more deserving?

 

Reed has been pretty good since early June, but he struggled before that.

 

Busenitz, Anderson, Duffey and Curtiss were all really good the first 2-3 months, but they all struggled in July. 

 

all five are deserving. 

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Heck of a season by Moran.

 

Vasquez and Moran - a couple of nice lefty relievers to look forward to in the years to come if they can continue to develop and rise through the system.

 

It was hard not to put Andrew Vasquez into the Top 5 with that 29 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio... 

 

Reed was eligible for the Rule 5 draft last year and wasn't selected.If the Twins don't add him to the 40-man, is he a goner this year, Seth?  

 

With no earned runs, what more does Stashak need to do to get a little respect?[not complaining about your choice, Seth, and would insert a smiley face here if I knew how]

 

Moran's numbers this summer remind me a bit of Moya last year.Although Moya has had several stops with the Twins, he hasn't been a shut down reliever...at least not yet.Although there are several more steps to take, maybe Moran can be that special reliever every team needs two or three of.  

 

I don't know if Reed wold be taken. It's hard to know. I don't think his stuff as been as good this year (from some reports) but maybe as he's picked up the numbers it's been because of the return of the stuff. And, the Rule 5 can be difficult to figure out at times. 

 

It was hard not to put Stashak in that #1 spot. He was really good. 

 

I really enjoy reading these each month. Just a suggestion, it would be interesting to see how they rank in their individual league. That would give us a view in how they are doing in the whole scheme of things and not in a smaller sample size. Maybe it would temper my excitement of them or enhance it.

 

How they rank for what? Season stats? Age? 

Seth I was thinking how they ranked season stats against others n their league. In giving it more thought, these are monthly awards and tho comparisons I envisioned can be found with various MiLB rankings. So please ignore my suggestion.

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