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Twins Minor League Report (5/14): Lewis Double Doubles, Graterol Strong

Nick Gordon started the year on the injured list, but he was off to a hot start since returning to Rochester. In eight games, he had gone 12-for-34 with five doubles, five RBI, and three stolen bases. Unfortunately, he ended up back on the injured list with a left adductor strain. It’s an important season for Gordon, so it’s tough to see him back on the IL.

There were lots of other transactions on Tuesday including some prominent players in the organization.
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TRANSACTIONS
INF Nick Gordon placed on 7-day IL with Rochester (left adductor strain).
RHP Chase De Jong placed on 7-day IL with Rochester (left quad strain).
INF Luis Arraez promoted to Rochester.
C Ben Rortvedt promoted to Pensacola.
C David Banuelos promoted to Fort Myers.
OF Akil Baddoo placed on 7-day IL with Fort Myers (left elbow strain).
OF DaShawn Keirsey on 7-day IL with Cedar Rapids (left shoulder strain).
OF Jared Akins promoted to Cedar Rapids.
OF Jean Carlos Arias promoted to Cedar Rapids.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 7, Charlotte 13
Box Score
Rochester found themselves in an early hole as Zack Littell allowed five runs in the third inning. This included three home runs. He was able to reign it in a little from there as he pitched five innings and struck out six while walking one.

Addison Reed continued to struggle out of the Red Wings bullpen. His fastball topped out in the high 80’s and he just doesn’t look like the pitcher Minnesota signed prior to the 2018 campaign. He allowed two runs, both solo home runs, on three hits.

Nick Gordon’s injury allowed Luis Arraez made his Triple-A debut. He batted lead-off and played second base. Miguel Sano was also in the line-up and playing third. Both players ended the night 2-for-5 and Arraez scored a run.

Tomas Telis and LaMonte Wade both cracked solo home runs to keep the game in reach. Drew Maggi had one of the biggest hits of the night, a two-run bomb in the top of the eighth inning to bring Rochester within one at 7-6. Rochester tied it on a Jake Cave single but that’s as close as it got.

Charlotte answered quickly with six runs in the bottom of the eighth. Zack Weiss took the brunt of the attack as he was charged with four earned runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings. Fernando Romero gave up a pair of home runs in 2/3 of an inning.

BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 3, Chattanooga 0
Box Score
Top pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol was on the mound for Pensacola and he had most of his stuff working on this night. He limited the Lookouts to no runs on three hits in five innings. He struck out three and walked two. It was his second straight appearance allowed no runs and he has allowed two runs or fewer in his last four appearances.

The Blue Wahoos offense didn’t wake-up until the fifth inning. Mark Contreras doubled to score Joe Cronin and put Pensacola up 1-0. In the eighth inning, the club loaded the bases with nobody out. Mitchell Kranson drove in a run on a ground out to second. Cronin followed with a sacrifice fly.

Tom Hackimer tossed two scoreless innings for his second hold in as many appearances at Double-A. Cody Stashak earned his third save by pitching two perfect frames. He struck out two and lowered his season ERA to 1.42.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 8, Bradenton 1
Box Score
Fort Myers put up a five spot in the top of the third inning and the pitching staff was able to take over from there. Ryan Costello lead off that inning with his fifth home run. With one out, Michael Helman singled and Royce Lewis drove him in with his seventh double of the season. Jose Miranda drove in Lewis with a two-out RBI single to push the lead to 3-0.

The inning continued with Lewin Diaz matching Lewis with his seventh double of the season. He moved to third on the throw as Miranda scored. Trey Cabbage brought Diaz in with his first triple. The Miracle had a 5-0 lead thanks to four extra-base hits in the inning.

Costello got things started again in the sixth frame. He led off with a walk before moving to second on a single from Helman. Lewis pushed the lead to 6-1 with his second double of the game. Trevor Larnach used a ground out to push across the second run of the inning.

On the mound, Edwar Colina bounced back nicely after struggling in his last appearance. He allowed one run on four hits over six innings. Colina struck out 10 and walked three. He also became the third Miracle pitcher to hit triple digits on the radar gun this season. Hector Lujan and Melvi Acosta combined for three shutout innings to end the game. Lujan piled up four strikeouts in two perfect innings. Acosta walked one in his inning of work.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 11
Box Score
Luis Rijo got knocked around in this one as he allowed a season high seven runs (six earned) on nine hits. He didn’t make it out of the fifth inning for the first time since April 24. He struck out three and walked four. Things didn’t go much better for Brian Rapp. He was charged with three runs on four hits. He pitched 2 1/3 innings and struck out one. Zach Neff pitched two innings and allowed one run on two hits. He struck out two and walked one.

Jacob Pearson drove in the first run of the game for the Kernels. His single in the second brought in Andrew Bechtold. On the same play, Gabriel Maciel was thrown out at the plate. Gabe Snyder had one of the team’s two extra-base hits, a double. Chris Williams added a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth, but it was a little too late for a Kernels comeback.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
TD Pitcher of the Day- Edwar Colina, Fort Myers (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 10 K, 3 BB)
TD Hitter of the Day- Drew Maggi, Rochester (4-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R)

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

#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 2-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI, R
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 0-5, K
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – 5.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 3 K, 2 BB
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 1-5, RBI, K
#5 - Wander Javier (EST) – Injured, early May return
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – Did not play
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – Did not pitch
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – Injured List
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 0-5, 2 K
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – 1-3, BB
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – 5.0 IP, 5 ER, 7 H, 6 K, BB
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 1-5, RBI, R, 3 K
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did not pitch
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 1-5, RBI, R

WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Charlotte (6:04 CST) – TBD
Pensacola @ Chattanooga (10:15 AM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (4-0, 0.84 ERA)
Fort Myers @ Bradenton (5:30 CST) – LHP Bryan Sammons (4-0, 0.66 ERA)
Cedar Rapids vs. Quad Cities (12:05 CST) – RHP Andrew Cabezas (0-3, 4.21 ERA)

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Tuesday’s games.

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Is anyone else wondering why the pitch count and innings pitched for Graterol are so low? I never see him pitch past the 5th inning.

 

not really. And this is a reminder for people already clamoring for him to be the next guy up for the rotation: He missed a full year in 2016. In 2017, he only pitched 40 innings coming off injury. In 2018 (his first year in full-season ball at age 19) he threw 102 innings. He's only made 38 starts in his professional career. That arm is a prize, and if we want him to develop into a top starter let's not get crazy. If he can throw 140-150 innings this year, and stay strong all season, he'll be in a great position for the franchise. at age 21.

 

Shame about Nick Gordon getting hurt again. Hopefully it isn't lengthy, because he'd gotten off to such a nice start when he finally got back into the lineup. He's shown the ability to really hit when repeating a level, so it's been my hope that last year was an adjustment year and his start was a hopeful sign that might be true. 

I watched his inning last night. Per the telecast graphics, fastball was 86-87... mostly 86. Slider looked alright, but just isn't getting the fastball back. Too bad. He was really good until mid-May last year... That's' the thing with relievers... even the most durable ones (like Reed was until last May)... you just never know.


Maybe, but then again, some posters (not me) predicted this when we signed him, due to the high amount of use he'd had prior to that.
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May 15 2019 11:09 AM

 

If they are only going to let Brusdar Graterol pitch around 75 pitches in AA, how is he ever going to be a major league starter, since most are 75 in the 5th?

If they are worried about about his health, why not bring him up to the majors and let him pitch out of the pen?

 

Perhaps it could be that the Twins are hopeful/expectant that Graterol may be able to contribute to the big club this year so they aren't going to have him eat up all of his innings down in the panhandle.

 

The Twins are considered favorites to sign Enmanuel Rodriguez in July. I assume that''s what you saw? 

 

http://twinsdaily.co...nuel-rodriguez/

What I was wondering about, Seth, is whether anyone knows if the Twins spent the International dollar allocation they traded for late last winter?

Jhoan Duran and (I think) Johan Quezada.


If I have another son, his name will be some combination of the letters J, O, H, A, N. I should’ve recognized this sooner.
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not really. And this is a reminder for people already clamoring for him to be the next guy up for the rotation: He missed a full year in 2016. In 2017, he only pitched 40 innings coming off injury. In 2018 (his first year in full-season ball at age 19) he threw 102 innings. He's only made 38 starts in his professional career. That arm is a prize, and if we want him to develop into a top starter let's not get crazy. If he can throw 140-150 innings this year, and stay strong all season, he'll be in a great position for the franchise. at age 21.

Shame about Nick Gordon getting hurt again. Hopefully it isn't lengthy, because he'd gotten off to such a nice start when he finally got back into the lineup. He's shown the ability to really hit when repeating a level, so it's been my hope that last year was an adjustment year and his start was a hopeful sign that might be true.

The arm is a prize. It’s easy to think it about in the exact opposite manner:

He’s throwing the ball as hard as he ever will in his life. Right at this moment. That’s being put to use for something called the Blue Wahoos, while the Twins are legitimate World Series contenders if they can add some dynamic arms.

It’s not a matter of if his arm is going to blow, it’s when. Why not use it before it does? Bring him up in the second half, have him go every 5th day in a tag-team with Pineda, similar to early in the season with Perez. Or, have him as a 6th swing man to spot start based on match-ups and be a long guy. That way, you limit his innings (as well as possibly Berrios/Perez/Gibson), keep him somewhat stretched out, get him accustomed to a playoff race, and get the best arm in the system to the major leagues.

Having him at your disposal in a playoff series would be ideal.

Just taking care of him arm. No worries. Also remember he left his last start with the concern about his trap, so I'm sure they were going to limit him in his first start after that.


He has to be on our playoff roster if it looks like we'll make it, right?

Got a question for Seth, or whomever may know.Are we getting close to Lewis moving up to Pensacola?And could they be waiting for Javier to come out of EST so that he can go directly to Fort Myers?  

 

He has to be on our playoff roster if it looks like we'll make it, right?

 

Maybe... but that would be a good reason to limit his pitches now. 

 

Got a question for Seth, or whomever may know.Are we getting close to Lewis moving up to Pensacola?And could they be waiting for Javier to come out of EST so that he can go directly to Fort Myers?  

 

A lot of people are patiently (?) awaiting the move of Javier to Cedar Rapids. No I don't think he's going to Ft. Myers directly.

 

And, Lewis has been playing better of late, so it could happen at any point. I don't think it's's imminent by any means. 

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A lot of people are patiently (?) awaiting the move of Javier to Cedar Rapids. No I don't think he's going to Ft. Myers directly.

 

And, Lewis has been playing better of late, so it could happen at any point. I don't think it's's imminent by any means. 

I think some of us, Seth, are way beyond patiently waiting!

 

I think some of us, Seth, are way beyond patiently waiting!

 

I think some of them, are beyond patiently waiting too... 

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May 15 2019 08:21 PM

Thanks for being that guy, so I didn't have to. I bite my tongue pretty much every time I see it. :)

Biting one's tongue hurts. Please be careful!

And i'm glad you all are successfully reining the reigning in in a bit.

And thanks generally thanks for these updates! I ain't following anything as close as is my want these days.

Biting one's tongue hurts. Please be careful!

And i'm glad you all are successfully reining the reigning in in a bit.

And thanks generally thanks for these updates! I ain't following anything as close as is my want these days.

Your wont.

 

 

* I'm being that guy again - you're welcome.

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I think some of us, Seth, are way beyond patiently waiting!

I wouldn't say I'm waiting for Lewis to be promoted. I thought I might be, but I'm not. Instead, I'm waiting for Lewis to show some progression offensively. We're approaching the 200 PA he had last year at this level, and he's under-performing his (decent, not great) results from last year...including striking out more and massively struggling in the SLG area. It would be great to get a report on his defense, because that would have a material impact on how we view his overall progress. But, offensively, he does not appear to be anywhere near ready for a promotion.

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sampleSizeOfOne
May 16 2019 10:35 AM

Your wont.


* I'm being that guy again - you're welcome.


Ah, but i will (um... my will?)

Er... i feel i should offer some baseball insight as well, seeing as this is not a game thread. I think i am patiently waiting, but my patience is inordinantly expanded by doing other things while i wait.

* Thanks! I needed that. Is it still wont if it is plural? Like satisfying all one's wonts, once and for all?
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I wouldn't say I'm waiting for Lewis to be promoted. I thought I might be, but I'm not. Instead, I'm waiting for Lewis to show some progression offensively. We're approaching the 200 PA he had last year at this level, and he's under-performing his (decent, not great) results from last year...including striking out more and massively struggling in the SLG area. It would be great to get a report on his defense, because that would have a material impact on how we view his overall progress. But, offensively, he does not appear to be anywhere near ready for a promotion.


I think that was regarding Javier.
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I think that was regarding Javier.

Ah....then, never mind :)Promoted from his 'rehab' in extended spring training, then? Yes, I concur...we're all waiting (and waiting) for that. :)


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