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Twins Minor League Report (7/16): Davis Continues Tear, Garry’s Got Wheels, Plus Pitching Everywhere

There were plenty of exciting performances on the farm today in the Twins organization. Jaylin Davis has been a man on a mission since reaching Triple-A and his torrid pace didn’t end tonight. Willie Joe Garry Jr. was perfect at the dish for Elizabehton, and more than a couple of starters put up good efforts to lift their clubs. Read more about it below.
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TRANSACTIONS
Rochester Red Wings
ADD OF Alejandro De Aza signed by Minnesota

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 5, Norfolk 4
Box Score

Lewis Thorpe was the scheduled starter for Rochester and he posted a pretty pedestrian stat line in this one. Going five innings, he gave up just a single earned run on four hits. Issuing four free passes and tallying three strikeouts highlights the kind of command night it was for the Aussie.

All Jaylin Davis has done since getting to Triple-A is mash the baseball. He started tonight’s scoring with his 12th homer, going yard for the fourth straight game. Now 29 games in to his Rochester career he’s got a .340 average with a 1.162 OPS.

Recently inked Alejandro De Aza singled in two runs during the fifth, Davis plated another, and Wynston Sawyer recorded his 16th double to drive in a fourth. The Tides pushed runs across in the fifth, sixth, and ninth innings but ultimately came up just short.

BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Scheduled Day Off
MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 2, Tampa 0
Box Score

After being doubled up on in the runs column yesterday the Miracle returned the favor this afternoon. Jhoan Duran took the ball and didn’t give it up for six innings. He was great allowing just five hits and walking two while striking out four.

Fort Myers scored the game’s first run with Royce Lewis crossing the plate on a Ryan Costello fourth inning fielder’s choice. In the eighth inning Jacob Pearson nabbed his first Triple-A triple for the Miracle and then scored on a Michael Helman sacrifice bunt.

Although the Tarpons collected six hits, as opposed to just three for Fort Myers, it was the home team walking away with the victory.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 5, Lake County 4,
Box Score

The Kernels sent Tyler Palm to the hill tonight and he rewarded them with six innings of exceptional work. Allowing just a lone unearned run on four hits, he gave up a single free pass and recorded six punchouts.

Cedar Rapids opened the scoring in the first inning on a wild pitch ball four to Jared Akins. In the second they doubled their tally as Spencer Steer picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice. With their lead halved going into the seventh, Akins stepped in to make a difference again. His 10th homer of the year was a three-run blast and put the Kernels up by a grand slam.

Things got a bit hairy in the ninth as Lake County had the bases loaded with two outs, but ultimately just three runners came across the dish and the lead held.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 13, Greeneville 1
Box Score

Ben Gross took the mound for the E-Twins tonight and he was spotted plenty of breathing room as Elizabethton broke out for 13 runs on 14 hits. Going five innings allowing just an unearned run, Gross fanned three and walked one.

Willie Joe Garry Jr. put the visitors on the board in the second inning with his first triple of the season. Plating both Matt Wallner and Charles Mack we were off to the races. Five more runs scored in the fourth inning on four base hits.

Seth Gray picked up his fifth double of the season driving in two fifth-inning runs and the Reds trailed 9-0 before they knew what hit them. Answering back with a lone run in the bottom half of that inning, Elizabethton pulled further away late. A four-run seventh was capped off by a throwing error that allowed Anthony Prato to trot home for the game’s final run.

Eight of the nine starting batters picked up hits for Elizabethton and three guys recorded three-hit nights.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Braves 5, GCL Twins 2
Box Score

Niklas Rimmel was on the bump and continued his strong 2019 season with six innings of three run ball (two earned). He picked up six strikeouts and didn’t issue a free pass. After the outing his ERA sits at 2.61.

The Braves plated three runs in the second frame to jump out ahead. Adding a fourth in the seventh it wasn’t until the bottom half of the stretch inning that the Twins answered. Both runners, Kyle Schmidt and Jesus Feliz scored on a single wild pitch.

Tallying just four hits in the contest, the GCL Twins weren’t able to get anything strung together.

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Palm (Cedar Rapids) 6.0 IP, 4 H 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Hitter of the Day – Jaylin Davis (Rochester) 2-5, HR(12), R, 2 RBI

PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Fort Myers) –0-1, R, 2 BB, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – No game
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) – No game
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, BB, 3 K
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL) – Did not play
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – Injured list
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Fort Myers) – 6.0 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 0 ER 2 BB, 4 K
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 0-for-5, 2 K
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Fort Myers) – Did not play
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) – 1-4
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) – 1-4, R, RBI, BB, K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – No game
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Fort Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – No game
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL) – 1-4
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) – Injured list

THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Norfolk (11:05AM CST) – RHP Kohl Stewart (5-5, 6.28 ERA)
Pensacola @ Mississippi (6:35PM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (4-1, 2.76 ERA)
Tampa @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) - RHP Jordan Balazovic (5-2, 2.76 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Lake County (10:00AM CST) - RHP Luis Rijo (2-6, 2.37 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Greeneville (5:30PM CST) - TBD
GCL Twins- Scheduled day off

Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

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Another day, another DNP for Kavaco. What’s up with him. Too early to call him a bust? Kidding! (Mostly)

 

Another day, another DNP for Kavaco. What’s up with him. Too early to call him a bust? Kidding! (Mostly)

 

He had played in four straight GCL games before today... 

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Lots of good days on the hill today, Thorpe, Duran, Palm and Gross.

 

When Garry was drafted last year, he was very raw.He was an interesting pick who with his play this year is beginning to look like an interesting prospect.Don't know what to think about Davis.Is he for real?If so, how does he fit into the Twins future?  

 

Speaking of that future, don't know what they are going to do over the next 13 days.Will there be a couple smaller rentals?Or will there be a big blockbuster trade that will shock all of us?The strength of the organization, especially in the high minors, is in the outfield.That is also the strength of the Twins.Will they shock us with a blockbuster trade including one of the three young starters? 

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It was Davis' fourth home run in his last 5 games :) He was 0-for-2 on Tuesday. 

 

He had played in four straight GCL games before today... 

Still, he's now played in 10 of 19 games...and he didn't really have a late start. It's noteworthy. He's either been nursing an injury, or this is a deliberate approach for his development. Would be interesting to know which.

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Not mentioned, E-Twins outfielder Max Smith tossed a perfect ninth inning last night.

 

Still, he's now played in 10 of 19 games...and he didn't really have a late start. It's noteworthy. He's either been nursing an injury, or this is a deliberate approach for his development. Would be interesting to know which.

 

I think the big thing is that he missed just over a week...I'm told he's not hurt. Could just be developmental work. Could be something else.

 

Don't be surprised if it continues next year. Remember Royce Lewis didn't play on Wednesdays or Sundays for most of the season. On those Wednesdays,, I have heard that he was doing some intense lifting and weight training program.

 

High School kids typically play 2-3 games per week. This transitionary year had Lewis playing 4 games most weeks last year. Now this year he is playing every day (almost). You only really see it with first full season guys coming right out of high school. The college guys are typically playing 4-5 games a week, so their progression is to 5-6 games per week, or more.

 

So, I don't worry about it...I'm certain he's getting his work in.

    • jkcarew likes this

Not mentioned, E-Twins outfielder Max Smith tossed a perfect ninth inning last night.

We could have used him in Minneapolis yesterday. :)


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