Twins Minor League Report (8/17) Bullpens Bring The Bull And The Horn
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photos of Jorge Alcala, Brusdar Graterol)TRANSACTIONS
OF Lamonte Wade Jr. sent to A Cedar Rapids on a rehab assignment
RHP Yancarlos Baez assigned to Elizabethton from extended spring training
RHP Brusdar Graterol will reportedly be promoted to AAA Rochester along with RHP Jorge Alcala
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 1, Louisville 2 (10 innings)
Adam Bray: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Multi-hit games: Ian Miller (2-for-4), Tomás Telis (2-for-4)
The Red Wings made everything perfectly balanced as they won a 10 inning game last Saturday and then lost a 10-inning game this Saturday.
The Red Wings ran a bullpen game to much success as Adam Bray, Jeremy Bleich, Preston Guilmet, and Fernando Romero combined for nine and a third innings pitched with just two earned runs. Bray was effective to start as he struck out seven over four innings and Guilmet was the other pitcher who allowed no runs as he threw three shutout innings.
Fernando Romero had an interesting outing as the lead-off batter bunted the starting runner to third (remember the extra innings rule in the minors) and after an intentional walk, an infield single ended up winning the game.
The Red Wings offense was scattered and the only time a run was scored was when Zander Wiel tripled home Brandon Barnes after Barnes hit a double.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 5, Chattanooga 1
Alex Phillips: 3 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
HR: Alex Kirilloff (9)
Multi-hit games: Willians Astudillo (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI), Alex Kirilloff (3-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI), Travis Blankenhorn (2-for-4, 2B)
The Blue Wahoos flirted with a no-hitter during a very successful bullpen game.
Alex Phillips, Brusdar Graterol, Jorge Alcala, Andrew Vasquez, and Tom Hackimer combined to give up just one measly single (an infield single in the 9th) en route to their attempt at pitching a no-hitter. The end result was still just one earned run, one hit, three walks, and 10 strikeouts, a pretty good performance all around.
Willians Astudillo had a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs thanks to a 3rd inning double. He ended up catching seven innings before being replaced behind the plate by Taylor Grzelakowski.
Not to be outdone by the rehabbing major leaguer, Alex Kirilloff had a three RBI game thanks in part to a two run blast in the 5th inning. He is well on his way to getting back to doing Alex Kirilloff things as he had a 149 wRC+ over the week coming into Saturday’s game.
Ft. Myers 3, Jupiter 1
Chris Vallimont: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
Multi-hit games: Jacob Pearson (2-for-4), Ernie De La Trinidad (2-for-4, 2B)
Chris Vallimont had his second straight seven inning performance and the best start of his in the Twins’ system. His nine strikeouts is tied for his third highest amount in a game this year and he has now given up just five hits over his last 14 innings combined.
Melvi Acosta relieved Vallimont and would eventually end the game with no earned runs given up but one unearned run so not shutout would be had for the Miracle on Saturday.
There’s more to the game than pitching, however, and the Miracle received all their scoring in the 8th inning thanks to a bases-clearing double off the bat of Andrew Bechtold.
Gabriel Maciel was hit by a pitch in the 3rd inning and eventually left the game, hopefully the move was more preemptive than anything and Maciel is fine.
Cedar Rapids 1, Quad Cities 4
Tyler Palm: 6 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
HR: Spencer Steer (2)
Multi-hit games: Spencer Steer (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI)
It had seemed like a game that was going to go well for the Kernels as Spencer Steer blasted a home run to lead-off the game for the Kernels but that was all the offense they would get as there would only be three more hits in the game for the Kernels and Steer was the only player with multiple hits.
Tyler Palm fought through six innings but was ruined by a 5th inning three-run home run that stained the ledger and put the Kernels in a deficit that they would not overcome.
Rickey Ramirez relieved Palm and tossed a pair of scoreless innings to lower his Kernels ERA to an incredible 0.90.
Lamonte Wade Jr. played in his first rehab game and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as he played seven innings.
Elizabethton 2, Danville 3
Tyler Benninghoff: 0 IP (left with injury)
Multi-hit games: Kidany Salva (2-for-4, 2B)
Tyler Benninghoff had the first pitch of the game hit back at him off his hand and left the game. Hopefully everything is alright for him.
Frandy Torres took over and was outstanding for pitching on a moment’s notice as he fired off four scoreless innings to keep the Twins’ heads up despite having their starter leave the game early.
The Elizabethton offense left many ducks on the pond as they went just 1-for-14 w/RISP and had a team LOB of 12. The two runs scored were not enough and the chances the Twins had with runners on proved to be their downfall.
In total, Elizabethton’s pitching was impressive as Torres, Denny Bentley, and Benjamin Dum combined for just two earned runs allowed over nine and a third innings pitched. Seems like a number of teams in the Twins’ system received fine performances as they attempted to piece the game together with their bullpen.
GCL Twins Takes
Game one: GCL Twins 5, GCL Red Sox 6 (7 innings)
Stephen Gonsalves: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
HR: Jesus Feliz (4), Francisco Martinez (4)
Multi-hit games: Wander Valdez (3-for-3, 2 2B, R)
Stephen Gonsalves made another rehab start for the GCL Twins. In this start he allowed a homer and a double but also got five of his six outs on strikeouts, a solid sign for the lefty. Trevor Hildenberger relieved Gonsalves and he also went two innings with a pair of strikeouts and only one hit allowed. Strangely enough, only one out came on a ground ball, an unusual feat for Hildenberger.
The GCL Twins’ offense was firing early as Jesus Feliz hit a three-run home run in the 1st inning and Francisco Martinez hit a two-run home run in the 4th which gave the GCL Twins a 5-1 lead.
Unfortunately for the Twins, the lead would not last as some sloppy play allowed a handful of runs to score and the GCL Red Sox would eventually walk them off in the 7th.
It started with a throwing error by catcher Jeferson Morales in the 5th on a steal that allowed a run to score to make it 5-2. Then in the 6th, a balk by Donny Breek scored another run before a bases-loaded walk made it a 5-4 game. Jose Guevara took over for the 7th and with two outs he allowed the game-tying single before a passed ball from Jeferson Morales allowed the winning run to score.
Game two: GCL Twins 7, GCL Red Sox 4 (7 innings)
Anthony Escobar: 2 ⅓ IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
HR: Francisco Martinez (5)
Multi-hit games: Jeferson Morales (2-for-2, 2B, 2 R, RBI), Jake Hirabayashi (2-for-3, 2 RBI)
The GCL Twins again got out to a quick offensive start thanks to a two RBI single from Jake Hirabayashi in the 1st that was followed by a wild pitch which scored another run in the inning.
Much like the game before, the scoring did not stop there for the GCL Twins as a Jeferson Morales double in the next inning scored another run and Francisco Martinez’s second homer of the day plated two more runs to give them seven runs total in the game.
The big difference was that the pitching held firm as just two pitchers gave up runs and even though runs were given up in the 7th again, the lead was much bigger this time around so it didn’t matter. Steeve Theetge pitched two and a third shutout innings to earn the win and Niall Windeler punched out the side in his lone inning of work. Evan Gillespie was the culprit in giving up the runs in the 7th but it didn’t matter as the runs came with two outs and Gillespie was able to get the final out to win it.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Chris Vallimont
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Alex Kirilloff
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 1-for-4, R, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 3-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 0-for-4, K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-3, 3 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) - Did not pitch
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Twins) - Did not pitch
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured list
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - Did not play
#14 - Luis Arraez (Twins) -
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - Did not play
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did not play
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Out for year with Tommy John surgery
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - 1 ⅔ IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 2-for-4
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 2-for-4, 2B, K
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Louisville (1:00 P.M.) - RHP Randy Dobnak
Pensacola @ Mississippi (5:05 P.M.) - TBD
Fort Myers @ Jupiter (12:00 P.M.) - TBD
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (5:15 P.M.) - RHP Andrew Cabezas
Elizabethton @ Princeton (4:00 P.M.) - RHP Ben Gross
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games.