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Twins Minor League Report (5/14): Great Graterol!

The Twins and Seattle are playing a makeup game at Target Field and needed to wait nearly two hours to get started, so as you’re watching them, check out what happened on Monday night in the Twins minor league system.

Rochester had a scheduled day off, and Ft. Myers had their game postponed. So it was up to the Lookouts and Kernels to provide the entertainment on this night, and they both played well.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Brusdar Graterol)
Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Monday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions.

TRANSACTIONS
  • Not a transaction, and we reported that it was happening a week ago, but LHP Lachlan Wells had Tommy John surgery on Monday.
  • The Kernels announced that Brusdar Graterol has been activated from the DL and will start on Monday.
  • The Miracle announced that Brandon Lopez has been reinstated from the disabled list. Also LHP Paco Rodriguez (former big leaguer) has been added to the Miracle roster.
  • Infielder Ryan Walker was activated from the DL by Chattanooga. Alex Robles was sent back to extended spring training.
  • Per Baseball America, the Twins also released RHP David Gerics who was a non-drafted free agent last year.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester
Box Score

No Game Scheduled.

So here is something fun. Check out this Tipsy Tales, by Josh Whetzel (Red Wings play-by-play man and all around good guy) about the Rochester Hop Bitters. On May 26, the Red Wings will play as the Hop Bitters to honor the original professional baseball club in Rochester.



CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 6, Tennessee 2
Box Score

If the reason for LaMonte Wade to start back in Chattanooga in 2018 was with the idea of letting him work to develop his power, it’s worked. On this night, Wade went 2-for-3 with a walk and his fifth home run of the year. Edgar Corcino went 2-for-4 with his third home run and two RBI. Brent Rooker had the other two RBI on his seventh double. Nick Gordon was 2-for-4 with his fifth stolen base. He’s hitting .350.

Omar Bencomo made the start for the Lookouts. He gave up two runs on five hits over the first six innings. He struck out six without issuing a walk. Ryan Eades threw the next two innings. He gave up two hits and walked one but gave up no runs. He struck out one. Williams Ramirez walked one and struck out one in his inning.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers , Jupiter
Box Score

Game postponed. Teams will play two games on Tuesday.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 1
Box Score

Brusdar Graterol was the Twins Daily #9 prospect before this season. I think it’s fair to say that if we did a midseason ranking, he would be ranked significantly higher. Jeff Johnson is the long-time Kernels writer at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids. He had not seen either of the first two Graterol starts, so he was excited to see him. He couldn’t have been disappointed. His first two pitches were 100 mph. He hit 101 mph in the first inning (and that pitch resulted in a single). On the night, Graterol threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits, walked one and struck out ten. And he did so with just 76 pitches because 55 of them were strikes.

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Calvin Faucher, in his return from Ft. Myers, got the next four outs. He gave up only a walk. Jared Finkel came on for the final two innings. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk.

Alex Kirilloff extended his hitting streak to 13 games in the first inning with a single. He added his 13th double later in the game. Jean Carlos Arias went 2-for-4 with his second double. Akil Baddoo went 1-for-3 with a walk, and Shane Carrier knocked his first triple.

STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: LaMonte Wade (2-3, BB, HR(5))
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Brusdar Graterol, Cedar Rapids Kernels (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)


PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

#1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, K
#3 - Nick Gordon (Chattanooga) - 2-4, SB(5)
#5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 2-4, 2B(13), R, K
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-4, 2B(7), 2 RBI
#9 - Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) - 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K (76 pitches, 55 strikes)
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 1-3, BB, R, 2 K
#14 - LaMonte Wade (Chattanooga) - 2-3, BB, HR(5), 2 RBI


TUESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
Syracuse @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers (3-1, 2.41 ERA)
Tennessee @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - RHP Randy LeBlanc (5-1, 2.23 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ Jupiter (DH @ 4:00) - TBD, TBD
Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (2-1, 1.47 ERA)


Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday’s full schedule of games, or ask any questions you may have.

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Is it just me or does Graterol remind anyone of a young King Felix?

    • jokin likes this

Kirilloff is becoming a very intriguing prospect!

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Are we talking A+ or AA?Lewis (19 -- 20 in June) and Kirillof (20 -- 21 in Nov) at AA this quickly must be more than the Twins could even expect.Both guys could get 100 games and if the success continues, start at AAA sometime early in the 2019-20 season.

 

Do you see the Twins moving Wade up to AAA when these two are moved up to AA? 

 

Cedar Rapids is Low A, so the move up with be High-A. Lewis and Kirilloff aren't going to AA this year. Wade will get up to AAA this year. 

 

Is it just me or does Graterol remind anyone of a young King Felix?

 

Not just you...

 

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I'm impressed with the control for someone as young as he is and will be watching to see if that continues.How's the movement on his FB, obviously when we're talking 100+ we're talking icing on the cake, but if he throws that hard with any kind of movement--wow.  

 

Or is that kind of thing where it flattens out at when he's touching 99-101 and when he's at 95-98 it's got a little bit more movement to it. 

 

What's his best secondary pitch?Can he control it yet? 

 

From the two videos of parts of his start that I can find: 

https://www.youtube....h?v=A0vU8SYUFR8

https://www.youtube....h?v=PuvyKtNB22Y

 

I don't think my eye for this stuff is that great, but his fastball looks like it has a little run but is overall fairly straight.I can't tell if he's mixing in any two seamers.The slider command looked pretty great though.Got at least two called strikes and two swinging strikes on it in the second video.

 

All while keeping the same crazy good plate discipline numbers.I'm more and more convinced that he can be a good major league hitter despite his lack of a carrying tool.

 

You mentioned his carrying tool right before that last sentence! :)

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I'm usually in favor of quick promotions, but I'm heading to Cedar Rapids to watch the Kernels over Memorial Day weekend. 

 

Hopefully all the big names are around for a few more weeks. 

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Is it just me or does Graterol remind anyone of a young King Felix?

 

Not just you...

 

 

Exactly what I was hinting at, but afraid to say out loud! ( I'm trying like crazy not to put the jinx on, but the guy does seem too good to be true).

 

Are his arm problems fully behind him? One big difference, and a reality check-

King Felix was throwing:

150 IP @ age 18

172 IP @ age 19 (84 IP @ MLB level)

190 IP @ age 20

 

 

. Wade will get up to AAA this year. 

 

As will Gordon and Wiel?

 

 

Cedar Rapids is Low A, so the move up with be High-A. Lewis and Kirilloff aren't going to AA this year.

 

How about both to Chatty for the September playoffs?

 

Who plays regular SS in Chatty when Gordon moves to AAA?

 

As will Gordon and Wiel?

 

Quite possibly. Gordon more likely. I'd think Wiel spends the full year in AA. 

 

How about both to Chatty for the September playoffs?

 

Who plays regular SS in Chatty when Gordon moves to AAA?

 

I'd be surprised if Lewis and/or Kirilloff get to Chattanooga.

 

SS for Chattanooga after Gordon moves up... Sean Miller, Alex Perez, 


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