Twins Minor League Report (8/10) Gilberto Celestino goes 5-for-5 as Gonsalves and Hildenberger start rehab assignments
LHP Ian Krol placed on the restricted list at AAA Rochester
LHP Ryan O’ Rourke signed and assigned to AAA Rochester
CF Ian Miller acquired from the Mariners and assigned to AAA Rochester
RHP Trevor Hildenberger sent to GCL Twins on a rehab assignment
LHP Stephen Gonsalves sent to GCL Twins on a rehab assignment
3B Jake Hirabayashi assigned to GCL Twins
CF DaShawn Kiersey activated from the IL at A Cedar Rapids
SS Ricky De La Torre assigned to Elizabethton from A Cedar Rapids
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 6, Louisville 5 (10 innings)
Charlie Barnes: 4 ⅓ IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 5 K
Multi-hit games: Wilin Rosario (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R), Alejandro De Aza (2-for-4, 3B, 5 RBI)
The Red Wings won a wild extra-innings affair this Saturday.
Charlie Barnes made his AAA debut and had a rough go of it as he gave up four runs while striking out as many as he walked. Hopefully it gets better for Barnes as he continues to pitch at AAA.
Ryan O’ Rourke made his Rochester debut and his first game back for the Twins organization since October 2nd 2016. It was an interesting outing as he got out of a bases-loaded situation with one out in the ninth and then stranded two more runners in the 10th. He walked three and struck out one.
Alejandro De Aza was the backbone of the offense as he had a two-run single in the first, a two-run triple in the sixth, and the bases-loaded walk to walk it off in the 10th, giving him an impressive five RBIs on the night and a terrible “walk-off” joke that I refuse to make.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 8, Mobile 5
Gabriel Moya: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
Multi-hit games: Royce Lewis (2-for-5, 2 2B, R, RBI), Jimmy Kerrigan (2-for-4, 2 R), Mark Contreras (2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
The Blue Wahoos ran a bullpen game this Saturday to the win.
In total, five Blue Wahoos pitchers combined to strike out fifteen without giving up a walk, an impressive feat. After the fourth inning, they only gave up three hits in total while striking out seven.
Royce Lewis had a double double as the Blue Wahoos continue to experiment with Alex Kirilloff hitting leadoff with Lewis second instead of the other way around when Lewis was first promoted. Kirilloff also had the impressive zero hits yet two RBIs performance, whatever works my man.
This was partly because the bottom of the order did a good job setting the table as Ryan Costello, Jimmy Kerrigan, and Mark Contreras all had two runs scored despite being the 6-7-8 hitters respectively.
Ft. Myers 9, Jupiter 2
Blayne Enlow: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
HR: Jose Miranda 2 (8), Trey Cabbage (7)
Multi-hit games: Gabriel Maciel (2-for-5, 2B, R), Jose Miranda (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI), Trey Cabbage (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI), Andrew Bechtold (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R), Ernie De La Trinidad (2-for-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI), David Banuelos (2-for-4, 2 RBI)
The Miracle cared not for this writer having to put in who all had a multi-hit effort as they hit all over the place this Saturday.
Jose Miranda was the leader of the charge as he blasted two home runs for the first multi-homer game of his professional career. Trey Cabbage didn’t want him to feel left out so he also hit a home run so Miranda didn’t feel bad.
Blayne Enlow had a good start as he allowed just one earned run over his six innings of work, showing that offense isn’t the only reason to come and watch the game!
David Banuelos had a multi-hit game but proved that the base paths matter too as he stole his first base of the year but was also picked off... what goes around can come around I suppose.
Cedar Rapids 5, Beloit 4
Tyler Palm: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Multi-hit games: Gilberto Celestino (5-for-5, 2B, R), Daniel Ozoria (2-for-4)
It was quite the exciting win for Cedar Rapids.
Gilberto Celestino continued to flat-out rake as he was a perfect 5-for-5 and became the first Kernel to have a five hit game since Jermaine Palacios in 2017.
Tyler Palm allowed just one earned run over his six innings of work as he attempted to make choosing between him and Enlow for pitcher of the day a difficult decision.
The Kernels were down by a run headed into the bottom of the seventh but a wild pitch, a Yunior Severino single, and an Albee Weiss single plated five and gave the Kernels the lead.
Brian Rapp pitched the last three innings to end the game after Palm went six and despite giving up a pair of runs, the lead stayed and Rapp was credited with the win.
Elizabethton 13, Johnson City 7
Tyler Benninghoff: 4 ⅓ IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 4 K
HR: Parker Phillips (3), Matt Wallner (5)
Multi-hit games: Willie Joe Garry Jr. (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI), Matt Wallner (2-for-5, HR, 3 R, RBI), Parker Phillips (2-for-3, HR, 4 R, 2 RBI), Seth Gray (3-for-3, 2 2B, R), Trevor Jensen (2-for-5, R, RBI)
The offense headed by a few 2019 draft picks took hold for Elizabethton as they put up an organizational-high thirteen runs (for the day that is).
The end total was thirteen hits along with seven walks that allowed seven different batters to collect an RBI. It’s also pretty rare to see someone score three times and not lead the team that game as Matt Wallner was outscored by Parker Phillips who touched home plate on four different occasions.
In a game like this, there isn’t much on the pitching side of things but one of my favorite, Ryan Shreve, pitched in relief and he picked up five strikeouts in his outing. Coming into the game, the 2019 draft pick had a 12.44 K/9, so he is no stranger to punching tickets.
GCL Twins Takes
Game one: GCL Twins 0, GCL Red Sox 2 (7 innings)
Stephen Gonsalves: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Multi-hit games: Alec Craig (2-for-4)
Would you look at that! Stephen Gonsalves started his rehab assignment and pitched for the first time in a few months. He gave up a homer but just the fact that he’s back to throwing in a professional game is a good reason to be excited.
And it didn’t end there for rehabbing pitchers as Trevor Hildenberger relieved Gonsalves and threw a scoreless inning. It really is great to see both pitchers back on the mound after being out for a while.
Unfortunately, the feel-goodness pretty much ends there as the GCL Twins were unable to put much together offensively and were shut out in the loss. They collected just four hits and all of them were singles.
Game two: GCL Twins 11, GCL Red Sox 5 (7 innings)
Steve Theetge: ⅔ IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
HR: Francisco Martinez (3)
Multi-hit games: Jeferson Morales (3-for-5, 3B, R, RBI), Victor Heredia (3-for-4, 3 RBI), Jesus Feliz (2-for-5, R), Francisco Martinez (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI), Bryson Gandy (2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
Well it seems like the offense was feeling much better in this game as game two of the doubleheader saw eleven runs scored over just seven innings of play. This came with fourteen hits and as many extra-base hits as the previous game had hits for the GCL Twins (4).
Steve Theetge started the game and was removed for Anthony Escobar after getting two outs. Escobar got thirteen outs in relief while only giving up a single run and striking out three.
Somewhat notable is that Keoni Cavaco was absent from the lineup in both games but this isn’t uncommon as he could either just be resting or focusing on other aspects of professional baseball on Saturday (i.e. workouts).
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Blayne Enlow
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Gilberto Celestino and Jose Miranda (I couldn’t pick)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 0-for-4, 2 RBI
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 1-for-4, R, BB, K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-5, 2 K
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - Did not play
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured list
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Did not play
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - 1-for-4, BB, K
#14 - Luis Arraez (Twins) - Did not play
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 2-for-5, HR, 3 R, RBI, 2 K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did not play
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Out for year with Tommy John surgery
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 0-for-4
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 0-for-5
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Louisville @ Rochester (12:05 P.M.) - RHP Sean Poppen
Pensacola @ Mobile (2:05 P.M.) - TBD
Jupiter @ Fort Myers (10:00 A.M.) - LHP Lachlan Wells
Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 P.M.) - RHP Andrew Cabezas
Pulaski @ Elizabethton (4:00 P.M.) - RHP Ben Gross
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games.