Twins Minor League Report (5/14): Great Graterol!
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Brusdar Graterol)Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Monday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions.
- Not a transaction, and we reported that it was happening a week ago, but LHP Lachlan Wells had Tommy John surgery on Monday.
- The Kernels announced that Brusdar Graterol has been activated from the DL and will start on Monday.
- The Miracle announced that Brandon Lopez has been reinstated from the disabled list. Also LHP Paco Rodriguez (former big leaguer) has been added to the Miracle roster.
- Infielder Ryan Walker was activated from the DL by Chattanooga. Alex Robles was sent back to extended spring training.
- Per Baseball America, the Twins also released RHP David Gerics who was a non-drafted free agent last year.
No Game Scheduled.
So here is something fun. Check out this Tipsy Tales, by Josh Whetzel (Red Wings play-by-play man and all around good guy) about the Rochester Hop Bitters. On May 26, the Red Wings will play as the Hop Bitters to honor the original professional baseball club in Rochester.
Chattanooga 6, Tennessee 2
If the reason for LaMonte Wade to start back in Chattanooga in 2018 was with the idea of letting him work to develop his power, it’s worked. On this night, Wade went 2-for-3 with a walk and his fifth home run of the year. Edgar Corcino went 2-for-4 with his third home run and two RBI. Brent Rooker had the other two RBI on his seventh double. Nick Gordon was 2-for-4 with his fifth stolen base. He’s hitting .350.
Omar Bencomo made the start for the Lookouts. He gave up two runs on five hits over the first six innings. He struck out six without issuing a walk. Ryan Eades threw the next two innings. He gave up two hits and walked one but gave up no runs. He struck out one. Williams Ramirez walked one and struck out one in his inning.
Ft. Myers , Jupiter
Game postponed. Teams will play two games on Tuesday.
Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 1
Brusdar Graterol was the Twins Daily #9 prospect before this season. I think it’s fair to say that if we did a midseason ranking, he would be ranked significantly higher. Jeff Johnson is the long-time Kernels writer at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids. He had not seen either of the first two Graterol starts, so he was excited to see him. He couldn’t have been disappointed. His first two pitches were 100 mph. He hit 101 mph in the first inning (and that pitch resulted in a single). On the night, Graterol threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits, walked one and struck out ten. And he did so with just 76 pitches because 55 of them were strikes.
Calvin Faucher, in his return from Ft. Myers, got the next four outs. He gave up only a walk. Jared Finkel came on for the final two innings. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk.
Alex Kirilloff extended his hitting streak to 13 games in the first inning with a single. He added his 13th double later in the game. Jean Carlos Arias went 2-for-4 with his second double. Akil Baddoo went 1-for-3 with a walk, and Shane Carrier knocked his first triple.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: LaMonte Wade (2-3, BB, HR(5))
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Brusdar Graterol, Cedar Rapids Kernels (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, K
#3 - Nick Gordon (Chattanooga) - 2-4, SB(5)
#5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 2-4, 2B(13), R, K
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-4, 2B(7), 2 RBI
#9 - Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) - 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K (76 pitches, 55 strikes)
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 1-3, BB, R, 2 K
#14 - LaMonte Wade (Chattanooga) - 2-3, BB, HR(5), 2 RBI
TUESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
Syracuse @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers (3-1, 2.41 ERA)
Tennessee @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - RHP Randy LeBlanc (5-1, 2.23 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ Jupiter (DH @ 4:00) - TBD, TBD
Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (2-1, 1.47 ERA)
Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday’s full schedule of games, or ask any questions you may have.
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