Twins Minor League Report (7/15): Javier Breaks Out with Big Day
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Wander Javier)Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Thursday, starting with the transactions of the day.
- Pensacola announced that LHP Jovani Moran was activated from the IL. Also, Tom Hackimer was activated from the suspended list. Veterans Jeff Ames and Zack Weiss were released.
- Cedar Rapids Kernels RHP Kai-Wei Teng was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week.
Rochester 11 Norfolk 4
Zander Wiel continued his impressive power display in 2019. For the third time this season, and the second time in three games, he hit two homers in a game. Wiel last played last Thursday in a doubleheader. In Game 1, he went 4-for-4 with two doubles and two homers. Before Friday’s game, he tweaked his back and missed the Red Wings weekend games. He returned on Monday and went 2-for-4 with his 16th and 17 home runs. The second came in the team’s five-run fifth inning when his two-run homer was later followed by a three-run homer by Drew Maggi. It was Maggi’s eighth homer of the Red Wings season. He went 1-for-3 with two walks.
Jaylin Davis went 3-for-4 with a walk, and he hit his 11th home run (in 27 games) with the Red Wings. Nick Gordon went 2-for-5 with his 23rd double. Wilin Rosario was 2-for-5 with his 14th double.
Devin Smeltzer pitched well again. He started with five shutout innings before giving up a solo homer in the sixth inning. In total, he worked six innings and gave up one run on three hits. He walked two and struck out eight. Carlos Torres came on and gave up two runs in the seventh inning. He followed it with a scoreless eighth inning. Cody Stashak gave up a run on three hits in the ninth.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Pensacola 2, Montgomery 6
Griffin Jax started for the Wahoos. He gave up five runs on nine hits and a walk. He struck out three batters. Anthony Vizcaya came on and gave up a run on a hit and two walks over two innings. He struck out three. Alex Phillips tossed two scoreless innings.
Alex Kirilloff and Jordan Gore each had two hits in the game. Lewin Diaz went Oppo for his third homer with the Blue Wahoos and 16th overall.
Scheduled off day for the Miracle.
- Trevor Larnach held the #1 spot in Baseball America’s Hot Sheet this week.
Cedar Rapids 14, Lansing 7
The Kernels offense broke out on Monday afternoon in Lansing. Yes, even Wander Javier had a huge game. Javier broke out with a big game. Here is a glimpse through the eyes of Jeff Johnson who was covering the game for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids.
In his previous 25 games, Javier was hitting .067/.170/.090 (.260) with two doubles, ten walks and 39 strikeouts in 100 plate appearances. Just six hits. So, yes, a cynic might say that now he has 10 hits in his last 105 plate appearances, but hey, you have to start somewhere and a 4-for-5 game with two crushed home runs and some line drive singles is a good way to start.
But obviously in a 14-run game, the Kernels got offense from many others besides Javier. Spencer Steer (2019 third round, Oregon) went 3-for-4 with a walk and his first MWL homer. Gilberto Celestino had two hits including a bases-clearing double. Gabe Snyder knocked his ninth home run. Tyler Webb hit his first Kernels home run. Alex Isola, another 2019 draft pick (29th round, TCU) who has been with the Kernels for about ten days, went 3-for-5 with his first MWL home run (he did have one with Elizabethton).
Austin Schulfer started and gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out six. Alex Schick got the next four outs. 2019 25th-round pick (from UCLA) Nate Hadley picked up his first Kernels win. He struck out two over a scoreless 1 1/3 innings. Ricky Ramirez got the final six outs and gave up just one run on two hits.
E-Twins 5, Johnson City 9
Things didn’t exactly start out well for the E-Twins hitters. Through six innings, 18 batters came to the plate and 18 batters were gotten out.
In the seventh inning, Ruben Santana singled to break up the perfect game. Anthony Prato was then hit by a pitch. Soon after, Albee Weiss came up and drilled a three-run homer, his ninth of the E-Twins season. In the ninth, Weiss tripled in a run and then scored on a ground out. However, it wasn’t enough and the Twins fell to 15-11.
Lefty Ryley Widell started and was charged with six runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six batters. Erik Cha came on and gave up one run on three hits over 3 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out four. Osiris German gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in the ninth inning.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 1, GCL Rays 3
Dutch right-hander Donny Breek was on the mound to start Monday’s game. He gave up three runs (just one earned) on two hits and three walks over the first four innings. He struck out one. Moldovan lefty Petru Balan walked two and struck out two over two scoreless, hitless innings. Recently-signed Evan Gillespie worked two scoreless frames. The lefty gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two.
Top 2019 draft pick Keoni Cavaco went 2-for-5 and drove in the team’s lone run. Parker Phillips went 2-for-4. Jake Hirabayashi got hit by a pitch twice.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Devin Smeltzer, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Wander Javier, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled.
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 2-4, R, K
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled.
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 4-5, 2 HR(4), 2 R, 6 RBI
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled.
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - 2-5, RBI, K
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Did Not Play.
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled.
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled.
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch.
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 2-5, 2B(23), R, K
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled.
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - All Star Break
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 1-4, K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - 1-3, BB, 2B(3), K
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 2-5, HR(2), 2 R, RBI, K, OF Assist
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - Did Not Play.
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Norfolk (6:05 CST) - RHP Sean Poppen (5-0, 2.39 ERA)
Montgomery @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (2-2, 5.30 ERA)
Tampa @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - RHP Cole Sands (2-2, 2.22 ERA)
Cedar Rapids - No Game Scheduled.
Johnson City @ Elizabethton (5:30 CST) - RHP Tyler Benninghoff (1-1, 9.49 ERA)
GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00 CST) - TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Monday games or any other minor league topics you would like.
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