Twins Minor League Report (4/27) April Showers Bring … Postponed Games
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Luis Arraez)TRANSACTIONS
-RHP Tanner Howell promoted from Rookie Ball Elizabethton to A+ Fort Myers
-RHP Kohl Stewart activated at AAA after being optioned on 4/25
-RHP D.J. Baxendale placed on the injured list at AAA with a left ankle sprain
RED WINGS REPORT
Postponed, game to be made up as a doubleheader on May 24th.
There is more regarding the Red Wings, however. They were recently featured on ESPN for their upcoming “Deaf Culture Day” at the ballpark. The video clip of the segment can be found below:
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 4, Jackson 3
Brusdar Graterol: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 64% strikes (57 of 89 pitches)
HR: Caleb Hamilton (2)
Multi-hit games: Luis Arraez (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI), Caleb Hamilton (2-for-3, 2 R, RBI)
The Twins top pitching prospect, Brusdar Graterol, had a solid start for the Blue Wahoos as he went 5 innings with just two runs given up. Although knowing how well the Blue Wahoos starters have done so far this year, this may have actually raised their average starting ERA, which is no slight toward Graterol. Actually, let me self-promote some of the numbers I dug up the other day regarding a few of their starters:
Anyway, the Blue Wahoos wasted no time getting the game going as Ernie De La Trinidad singled home Luis Arraez in the first inning to take a quick lead. Caleb Hamilton wasn’t a fan of only winning by one so he launched a solo shot in the third to double the lead.
The Generals answered in the fourth with a few doubles that knotted the game at two.
Luis Arraez broke through in the seventh as his clutch two-run double gave the Blue Wahoos a lead which the Generals could not overcome.
Dusten Knight recorded the old school three-inning save that most likely was concluded with a backflip (video unfortunately not included).
Ft. Myers 8, Palm Beach 4
Charlie Barnes: 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 64% strikes (57 of 89 pitches, literally the exact same as Graterol, freaky)
HR: Rortvedt (2)
Multi-hit games: Akil Baddoo (2-for-5, R), Royce Lewis (2-for-5, RBI), Jose Miranda (2-for-5, R, RBI), Ryan Jeffers (2-for-4, R), Ryan Costello (2-for-4, R, RBI)
After a rough last outing, Charlie Barnes probably would have loved nothing more than a great start to wash out the taste of his outing last week. Luckily, he got just that, as he fired off 5 2/3 excellent shutout innings against the Cardinals.
A third inning Royce Lewis single kicked off the scoring and a fourth inning Ryan Costello single added another run to said lead. The score stayed 2-0 until the big bat* of Ben Rortvedt stepped up to the plate in the sixth with two men on and when his at-bat was over, the lead turned into five thanks to his three-run bomb.
*Ben Rortvedt’s bat is most likely a normal sized one as he would be cheating if he used a larger than allowed bat.
The Miracle were able to plate a few more runs in that inning due to an assortment of hits and finally, the inning ended with an 8-0 advantage favoring the Miracle. The ending havoc resulted in each Miracle batter either having a run scored or an RBI.
The Cardinals answered with four runs in the eighth inning, but it was not enough to top the Miracle as Melvi Acosta slammed the door shut with 1 2/3 shutout innings to end the game
Now, be blessed by the Miracle gif game:
Postponed, game to be made up as a doubleheader tomorrow.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Charlie Barnes
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Luis Arraez
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-5, RBI
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured list
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-5, RBI, 2 K
#5 - Wander Javier (EST) - Season has not started
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Postponed
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Postponed
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Postponed
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, R, 3 K
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured list
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured list
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-4, R, 2 K
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured list
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - Postponed
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Postponed
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - Postponed
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-5, R, RBI
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Pawtucket @ Rochester (12:05 P.M.) - LHP Justin Nicolino
Pensacola @ Jackson (2:05 P.M.) - LHP Devin Smeltzer
Palm Beach @ Fort Myers (12:00 P.M.) - RHP Randy Dobnak
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (G1) (1:00 P.M.) - RHP Cole Sands
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (G2) (~30 minutes after G1) - RHP Josh Winder
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games.
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