Twins Minor League Report (5/12): Trevor May Returns
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May was activated on the Fort Myers Miracle roster to begin his rehab assignment.
Ryan LaMarre was activated for Rochester with James Ramsey heading to the DL with a shoulder contusion.
Nothing is official yet, but Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reported that Ervin Santana is expected to start his rehab assignment on May 26.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester vs. Scranton
Postponed due to rain. This was the seventh postponement already for the Red Wings. They’ll make this one up as part of a doubleheader on June 12.
Chattanooga 9, Tennessee 6
W: Casey Crosby (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K)
SV: Todd Van Steensel ( 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K)
SP: Lewis Thorpe (3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K)
Multi-hit games: Zander Wiel, LaMonte Wade, Nick Gordon, Chris Paul
This was a back-and-forth affair, but the Lookouts outlasted the Smokies. Tennessee got a two-run homer off Lewis Thorpe in the top of the first, but the Chattanooga bats stormed back with four runs in the bottom of the inning. The Looks added another run in the second to go up 5-2.
Thorpe couldn’t make that lead stand up, as Tennessee would eventually tie the game at five in the fourth inning. Thorpe had a rough night, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks. His ERA is now 5.17.
Luckily the Lookouts had another big inning in them. A four-runs seventh frame put Chattanooga up for good. All the usual suspects had big games. Zander Wiel was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Nick Gordon was 2-for-4, scored twice and had an RBI. LaMonte Wade was 2-for-3 with a couple walks and a run scored. Chris Paul also collected a pair of hits and stole a base.
The bullpen did a great job of buying time for the bats to get back in it. Cody Stashak pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and Todd Van Steensel earned the save with a pair of perfect innings. He also struck out three batters.
Dunedin 2, Fort Myers 1
SP: Trevor May (3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)
Multi-hit games: None.
He’s back! Just seeing Trevor May in action is great, but he also had an encouraging debut. Here’s the details via Twins Director of Communications Dustin Morse:
Putting up zeroes, striking guys out and hitting 93 mph; pretty great vibes all around. Back in 2016, May was averaging 94.8 mph on his fastball, so it’s great to see him come anywhere close to that his first time out. This was May’s first competitive action since March 8, 2017.
The Fort Myers pitching staff continued to perform from there, but the bats couldn’t get much of anything going. They combined for just four hits, the only extra-base knock coming as a Travis Blankenhorn double. Jimmy Kerrigan had the team’s lone RBI.
Jaylin Davis drew his 16th walk of the season. He’s reached that mark in 99 plate appearances. That’s an encouraging sign because last year he had just 28 walks in 466 PAs.
Andrew Vasquez pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Clark Beeker gave up a run in the sixth inning, but went 3 1/3 innings for the Miracle. He gave up a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth then was lifted after Lewin Diaz committed an error. Ryan Mason entered the game with runners on first and second and got the first batter he faced to ground out. Unfortunately, the next hitter walked it off on an RBI single.
Bowling Green 4, Cedar Rapids 1
SP: Bryan Sammons (51 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K)
Multi-hit games: Shane Carrier, Jean Carlos Arias
The Kernels struck first, scoring in the fourth inning. Royce Lewis hit a double and scored on a Shane Carrier single. Lewis is hitting .347, but that was just his fifth extra-base hit. Unfortunately, that was it for the offense.
Starter Bryan Sammons gave up a run in the fifth inning and Jose Martinez gave up three more in the eighth. Sammons has opened his first full season of pro ball with a 2.76 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 29 1/3 innings.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Trevor May
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Zander Wiel
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed:
1. Royce Lewis: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, R
3. Nick Gordon: 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI
7: Brent Rooker: 1-for-5, 2B, R, 2 K
10. Akil Baddoo: 0-for-4, K
12. Lewis Thorpe: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
13. Lewin Diaz: 1-for-4, K
14. LaMonte Wade: 2-for-3, 2 BB, R
16. Ben Rortvedt: 1-for-3
17: Travis Blankenhorn: 1-for-4, 2B, R
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Scranton, 12:05 pm CT: Myles Jaye
Chattanooga vs. Tennessee, 1:15 pm CT: TBD
Fort Myers: OFF
Cedar Rapids: OFF
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