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Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Big Inning Pushes Red Wings Win

Happy Memorial Day, Twins fans! Unfortunately it was a quiet day on the minor league diamonds in the Twins organization on Monday. The Rochester Red Wings played. The Cedar Rapids Kernels got rained out. Ft. Myers and Pensacola had scheduled off-days as they prepare to begin new series. But there were quite a few transactions and the announcement of a couple new minor league coaches.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Kohl Stewart)
Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with the transactions of the day.

TRANSACTIONS

The Twins announced that catcher Mitch Garver will begin a rehab with AA Pensacola and could be activated by the weekend if things go well.

CEDAR RAPIDS
  • Cedar Rapids officially announced what we heard last night, that Blayne Enlow has been promoted to the Ft. Myers Miracle.
  • Also, RHP Alex Schick has been activated by the Kernels after completion of his 50-game suspension.
  • RHP Luis Rijo has been placed on the Kernels injured list (hamstring).
  • LHP Kody Funderburk has been promoted from extended spring training.
PENSACOLA
  • Pensacola sent Melvi Acosta back to the Miracle after making a spot start for them on Sunday.
  • LHPs Charlie Barnes and Bryan Sammons were promoted from Ft. Myers to Pensacola.
  • LHP Jovani Moran was placed on the injured list.
  • OF Jimmy Kerrigan was activated by the Blue Wahoos.
This week’s Inside Twins episodeincludes an interview with Twins minor league director Jeremy Zoll. The Twins are adding a couple more coaches at the minor league level, one to take the spot vacated earlier this year by Frank Jagoda. Both of these new coaches are finishing up their seasons at their respective colleges and should join their new teams around June 1st.
  • Nat Ballenberg - Will be the fourth coach at Ft. Myers. He has been the pitching coach at Haverford (alma mater of Thad Levine and Jeremy Zoll).
  • Jared Gaynor - will be added to the Cedar Rapids staff. Comes from Virginia Commonwealth University.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 7, Pawtucket 3
Box Score

The Red Wings ended up as the only Minnesota Twins affiliate to play on Memorial Day. Kohl Stewart pitched well and the offense put together a huge inning to give the Red Wings the win.

Stewart worked six innings. He gave up three runs (just one earned) on three hits. He walked one and struck out three. He improves to 4-2 with a 3.19 ERA. DJ Baxendale threw two scoreless innings, and Preston Guilmet worked a scoreless ninth frame.

Down 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Red Wings tacked on six runs that inning. Following a John Andreoli sacrifice fly, Nick Gordon drove in another run with a triple. Zander Wiel singled in Gordon. Jake Cave drove in a run with a double. Finally, Randy Cesar drove in two more runs with a single.



Cave went 3-for-4 and the double was his second. Wilin Rosario was 3-for-4 with his fifth double.

The Red Wings are now 18-29 on the season.

BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola
Box Score

No Game Scheduled.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers
Box Score

No Game Scheduled.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids, Peoria
Box Score

Rain caused this game to be postponed. Since Peoria is not scheduled to play in Cedar Rapids again in the first half, they will make up this game in Peoria on June 9th.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Kohl Stewart, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jake Cave, Rochester Red Wings

PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - No Game Scheduled
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled.
#5 - Wander Javier (CR) - Rained Out.
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured (wrist)
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - promoted to Ft. Myers.
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 1-5, 3B(1), R, RBI
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List (elbow)
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - No Game Scheduled
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (thumb)
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - Rained Out
#17 - Zack Littell (Minnesota) - Night Game
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 0-2, 2 BB, R
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - No Game Scheduled.
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled.

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre (5:35 CST) - RHP Randy Dobnak (0-0, 4.50 ERA)
Mississippi @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (1st AA start of season)
Ft. Myers @ Florida (5:00 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (2-1, 3.78 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:30 CST) - RHP Austin Schulfer (4-2, 2.41 ERA)

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Memorial Day game or any other minor league topics you would like.


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3 Comments

Would be nice to see Cave catch fire.Maybe yesterday was the start.The Twins need him to be playing well should the need arise.  

 

The first thing I do every evening when checking on the minors is go to Cedar Rapids to see how Javier did.Since returning he has played in only one game, sitting on Sunday and then the rain out.Maybe today he will see some action.

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Alex Schieferdecker
May 28 2019 07:02 AM

Let's hope that Kody Funderburk makes it to the majors, because what a name!

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Is there any change in Stewart in terms of new pitch, increased velo, anything like that?He seems to be pitching better this year, than in recent years.Not expecting he will ever live up to his high draft number, but hey if he can fall into serviceable number 5 for a few years, or get flipped in a trade, unless Tampa comes asking never give Tampa who they ask for, I will be happy. 

 

If I was a front office, I would reach out ask for any player and ask who they would want, then tell them no deal and look into who they wanted and see what you may be missing. 

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