Twins Minor League Report (5/10): LeBlanc Tosses Seven Shutout Innings
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Randy LeBlanc)TRANSACTIONS
Zack Granite was on the Red Wings’ lineup card prior to the game being called. Also, Jake Reed was reinstated from the DL.
Casey Crosby was sent from Rochester to Chattanooga.
Jimmy Kerrigan was transferred back to Fort Myers from Rochester.
Robby Rinn was sent from the Miracle to Elizabeton’s roster.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester at Scranton
Chattanooga 3, Jackson 0
W: Randy LeBlanc (7 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K)
SV: Williams Ramirez (1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K)
HR: Brian Navarreto (2)
Multi-hit games: Navarreto, LaMonte Wade, Chris Paul
Randy LeBlanc continued his excellent start by delivering seven shutout innings, striking out eight batters in the process. Drafted in the 10th round back in 2014, LeBlanc had some trouble stepping up to the Southern League last year, seeing his ERA spike from 2.82 during his time with the Miracle to 3.99 with the Lookouts.
It appears LeBlanc is settling in, as he lowered his ERA to 2.23 and improved to 5-1 with tonight’s performance. In 40 1/3 innings, he has 35 strikeouts and 10 walks.
Catcher Brian Navarreto had a nice two-way night. He helped lead the Chattanooga staff to a shutout performance behind the dish and was 3-for-4 with a solo homer. LaMonte Wade and Chris Paul each had two hits while Nick Gordon had a double and drew a pair of walks.
Dunedin 8, Fort Myers 6
SP: Andro Cutura (5.2 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K)
Multi-hit games: Mark Contreras, Jimmy Kerrigan
The Miracle held a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, but a big four-run inning put the Blue Jays up for good. Mark Contreras continued his hot streak by going 2-for-4 with a double and a triple. He’s recorded multiple hits in four of his last seven games.
Jimmy Kerrigan was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Jaylin Davis was 1-for-3 and drew a couple walks.
Bowling Green 4, Cedar Rapids 0
SP: Randy Dobnak (4.1 IP, 10 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K)
Multi-hit games: None
The Kernels faced last year’s No. 4 overall pick Brendan McKay, which was unfortunate because he was dealing. McKay gave up just one hit in the six innings he handled and Cedar Rapids only mustered another base knock against the bullpen.
Alex Kirilloff hit a triple, David Banuelos singled and Shane Carrier drew two walks. That was it for the offense.
The bright spot for the Kernels pitching staff was Moises Gomez, who held the Hot Rods scoreless over the final 2 1/3 innings of the game.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Randy LeBlanc
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Brian Navarreto
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed:
1. Royce Lewis: 0-for-4, K
3. Nick Gordon: 1-for-2, 2B, 2 BBs, R
5. Alex Kirilloff: 1-for-3, 3B, K
7. Brent Rooker: 1-for-4, R
10. Akil Baddoo: 0-for-4, K
13. Lewin Diaz: 0-for-4, RBI
14. LaMonte Wade: 2-for-4, BB
16. Ben Rortvedt: 0-for-3, 2 Ks
17. Travis Blankenhorn: 0-for-4, 3 Ks
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Scranton, 4:35 pm CT - Zack Littell
Rochester at Scranton, Game 2 - Stephen Gonsalves
Chattanooga vs. Jackson, 6:15 pm CT - Anthony Marzi
Fort Myers at Dunedin, 5:30 pm CT - Brady Anderson
Cedar Rapids at Bowling Green, 6:35 pm CT - Blayne Enlow
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.