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Twins Minor League Report (6/2): Wells, Thorpe Provide Great Starts

The Kernels scored nine. The Lookouts scored 13. Chattanooga and Ft. Myers got terrific starting pitching performances. Alex Kirilloff became the first Twins minor leaguer to reach double-digits in home runs. Find out which minor leaguers were named the organization’s Player and Pitcher of the Week. And, by the way, Eddie Rosario had an incredible game for the big league club.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photos of Tyler Wells and Lewis Thorpe)
Keep reading to find out more on the events in the Twins minor league system on Sunday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions.

AWARDS
The Twins announced that Cedar Rapids infielder Jose Miranda was the organization’s Player of the Week. Lookouts righty Omar Bencomo was named the organization’s Pitcher of the Week.


TRANSACTIONS
  • Almost surprisingly, there were no Twins minor league transactions on Sunday.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester, Norfolk
Box Score

The game was delayed and soon after it was called. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader in Rochester in July.


CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 13, Mobile 5
Box Score

Maybe Lewis Thorpe has figured things out in the Southern League. After posting his best start of the season last time out, he posted a new best start of the year on Sunday. The lefty from Australia threw six shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked two and struck out six.

Sam Clay came on and was charged with five runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two. Zack Jones got the final four outs. He gave up a hit and walked one.

The Lookouts offense was helped by some shaky pitching. They scored their 13 runs on just seven hits, but they also took 12 walks. A nine-run fifth inning started with an error. LaMonte Wade then hit his seventh home run. After an out, Mobile pitchers went on to walk six straight batters. When Wade came back to the plate, he added another run-scoring single.

Wade led the way. He went 2-for-3 with a walk, his seventh homer and four RBIs. He also stole his fifth base. Zander Wiel went 2-for-5 with his 17th double. Chris Paul walked twice while Alex Perez and James Ramsey each walked twice.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 3, St. Lucie 1
Box Score

Right-hander Tyler Wells has had a strong start to his 2018 season for Ft. Myers. Wells put together the best start of his season on Sunday afternoon. In eight innings, Wells gave up just one run on two hits. The only blemish was a solo home run in the seventh inning. He walked one and struck out seven. He improved to 4-3 with a 2.86 ERA.

Well noted following the outing, “I would say that commanding the inside part of the plate with my fastball was the key. Really made my offspeed better, and more effective!”

As impressive, Wells completed eight innings for the first time this season and just the second time since being drafted in the 15th round of the 2016 draft out of college. Not only was it the first time he’d completed eight, it was the first time this season that he had made pitches in the seventh or eighth innings. Wells was at 90 pitches through seven innings and manager Ramon Borrego had him go out for the eighth. He finished with 101 pitches. Was he surprised he got the eighth inning?

“I wouldn’t say surprised is the right word. I’ve had issues this season and many seasons before with pitch counts getting high very fast. So I would say I was pleased to get there and the fact I could finish it off strong!”

Wells threw a one-two-three eighth inning and struck out the final two batters. Lefty Andrew Vasquez picked up his fourth save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning. He walked one and reduced his ERA to 0.64.

With one out in the fifth inning, Taylor Grzelakowski walked. Jimmy Kerrigan was next to the plate and he hit a double to score Grzelakowski to give the Miracle a 1-0 lead. Following the game-tying home run in the seventh inning, the Miracle quickly responded with two runs in the top of the eighth inning. Caleb Hamilton and Luis Arraez walked. Then Brandon Lopez hit a double that scored Hamilton. Arraez scored on a passed ball with two outs to give the Miracle their third run.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 9, Burlington 10
Box Score

The offense showed up in Burlington on Sunday afternoon, but unfortunately, the home team bats scored one more run.

Alex Kirilloff got things going. He went 2-for-5 and hit his 10th home run of the season in the first inning. Jean Carlos Arias went 3-for-4 with his fourth double and also stole his fourth base. Andrew Bechtold went 2-for-4. Ben Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with a walk and a hit, a three-run homer. It was his third homer of the year.

Edwar Colina gave up five runs on five hits. Unfortunately he recorded just five outs. He also walked two and struck out two. Jose Martinez came on and did a nice job. He gave up one run on two hits over 4 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out three. Calvin Faucher gave up two runs on one hit and one walk. He struck out two in 1 2/3 innings. Carlos Suniaga got the final out of the eighth inning, but he got just one out in the ninth before taking the loss. Each of the four Kernels pitchers gave up one home run.


STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: LaMonte Wade, Chattanooga Lookouts (2-3, BB, HR(7), 4 RBI, SB(5))
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Lewis Thorpe, Chattanooga Lookouts (6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K) or Tyler Wells, Fort Myers Miracle (8 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)...

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

#1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 1-5, 2B(11), RBI, K
#2 - Fernando Romero (Minnesota) - Did Not Pitch
#3 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Rained Out.
#4 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Rained Out.
#5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 2-5, HR(10), R, RBI, K
#6 - Wander Javier - out of for the season
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 0-3, BB, 2 K, RBI, SF
#8 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch
#9 - Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) - Disabled List (hand contusion)
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-5, R, K
#11 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch (MLB Debut on Tuesday)
#12 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - 6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K, 89 pitches, 59 strikes)
#13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - Did not play.
#14 - LaMonte Wade (Chattanooga) - 2-3, BB, HR(7), 4 RBI, SB(5)
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Play
#17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 0-3, BB, 2 K
#18 - Yunior Severino (Extended Spring Training) -
#19 - Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) - Did Not Pitch
#20 - Felix Jorge (Chattanooga) - Disabled List, still no official timetable for return.


MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester - No Game Scheduled
Mobile @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart (3-3, 6.60 ERA)
Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - TBD
Cedar Rapids - No Game Scheduled


Please feel free to ask any questions about Sunday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.

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puckstopper1
Jun 04 2018 06:19 AM

I vote for Wells for PotD because he went 8 innings.

Way to go Lewis Thorpe.Have been waiting four years for him to get back in the saddle.Now lets make it back-to-back-to-back great starts.

 

And sure seems like Wade is also back on track after missing some time.  

 

And I know it ain't about the minor leagues, but how about the weekend Eddie Rosario had.Seems the key is that he is now more selective in which pitches he swings at that are out of the strike zone.

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Kirilloff is a hitting stud. When I watched the Kernels in May, he DH'd one game and played RF one game. He didn't appear to have a ton of range or the strongest arm out there, but that was my one SSS viewing. Any more valuable reports on his defense in general?
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FormerMinnasotan
Jun 04 2018 06:55 AM
I am encouraged by Thorpe as he now seems to be progressing in the right direction. Thorpe has had great K numbers and fairly low walk numbers but now is figuring out how to limit hits off of him, as his batting average against is down to .293 (that’s still high but it was as high as in the .350 range in April). Perhaps Thorpe doesn’t make it to Rochester this year, but he could pitch well enough to be moved up to Rochester by opening day next year.

As for Wells, this looks like a “hey don’t forget about me” kind of start. I mean personally I feel Wells is as deserving of a promotion as any, and this start showed that. I know Wells hasn’t been great, but I think Wells has adjusted to the FSL and now will really start to look promotion worthy.

 

Thorpedo is an important prospect for the Twins who flies under the radar a bit. He’s got top-of-the-rotation stuff with the K rates to back it up. He’s not that far away from the majors either. He’s given up a ton of HR this year, hopefully that’s small sample size and not a reflection of more advanced hitters exposing weaknesses.

 

I know Petit is out of options and you might lose him but he’s barely playing. With Polanco back in less than a month and Sano healthy, I’m surprised the Twins haven’t dropped Petit for Granite/Cave/Wade. They’d make a nice platoon with LaMarre while Buxton is out.

 

Gregorio is super replaceable. I guess he allows you to DH Sano and not have to lose the DH if an injury happens but I imagine Rosario could play 2B in a pinch if it really came down to that. Or Garver could play 3B for an inning or two. Seems like a waste of a roster space.

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Kirilloff is a hitting stud. When I watched the Kernels in May, he DH'd one game and played RF one game. He didn't appear to have a ton of range or the strongest arm out there, but that was my one SSS viewing. Any more valuable reports on his defense in general?

 

His range was actually better than expected when I saw him play last weekend. I didn't see his arm enough to have an opinion on that, however. 

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I know Petit is out of options and you might lose him but he’s barely playing. With Polanco back in less than a month and Sano healthy, I’m surprised the Twins haven’t dropped Petit for Granite/Cave/Wade. They’d make a nice platoon with LaMarre while Buxton is out.

 

Gregorio is super replaceable. I guess he allows you to DH Sano and not have to lose the DH if an injury happens but I imagine Rosario could play 2B in a pinch if it really came down to that. Or Garver could play 3B for an inning or two. Seems like a waste of a roster space.

I suspect they will let him go sometime after his OBP dips below .400.

Though as you point out, as much as Molitor plays him that may wind up being his MLB career stat for 2018.

This is a summary for June 3rd and not June 2nd, right?


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