Twins Minor League Report (5/16): Diaz Powers Miracle Win
Image courtesy of Linwood Ferguson (photo of Lewin Diaz)Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Thursday, starting with the transactions of the day.
- RHP Austin Adams was added to the Twins 40-man roster and their 25-man roster and joined the team in Seattle. He signed with the Twins late last season from the Sugar Land Skeeters. He spent parts of 2014-16 with Cleveland. Fair to say that his daughter is pretty proud of her dad.
- Adams takes the spot on the Twins roster vacated by Trevor Hildenberger who was optioned to Rochester.
- To make room on the 40-man roster, Addison Reed was designated for assignment.
- In Rochester, LHP Andrew Vasquez was activated from the injured list.
- Royce Lewis joined The Sports Guys podcast and talked about his journey from the draft to today and many other topics.
- Twins Minor League Catching Coordinator Tanner Swanson joined the Ahead of the Curve with Jonathan Gelnar podcast.
Rochester 2, Charlotte 3
Lefty Andrew Vasquez came off of the injured list and made his return appearance as the team’s opener. He faced three batters and struck each one of them out. Kohl Stewart came and on gave up two runs on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six. DJ Baxendale walked two and struck out one in his 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, hitless relief.
Drew Maggi went 3-for-3 with a walk in the game. In the three games at Charlotte, Maggi went 9-for-11 with a walk and two strikeouts. So, when he put the ball in play, he didn’t get out. Must be something about turning 30!
Luke Raley and Brent Rooker each doubled. Luis Arraez had a single and has hit in all three of his games for the Red Wings, though for the first time it wasn’t a multi-hit game.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 4, Mobile 5 (10 innings)
Travis Blankenhorn got things going right for the Blue Wahoos in this game. He led off the game with his fourth home run. Later, he added his fifth homer in 20 games since his promotion to Pensacola. He had one homer in 15 games for Ft. Myers to start the season. Joe Cronin added his second home run. Jaylin Davis added his fifth double.
Griffin Jax started and gave up three runs on seven hits (and a hit batter) over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four batters. Tyler Jay came on and was charged with one run on one hit in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out four, though he also hit two batters. Alex Phillips was next, and he struck out three batters over two scoreless innings. Tom Hackimer got to pitch the 10th inning, and he gave up an unearned run (the runner that started the inning scored) on one hit. He struck out two.
Ft. Myers 13, Bradenton 7
This game was tied at seven after six innings, but the Miracle scored six runs over the final three innings to ease toward the win.
The hitting hero of the game was Lewin Diaz. He came into the game with three home runs for the year, and he doubled that total in this game. He went 4-for-5 with a single and his fourth, fifth and sixth home runs. He drove in five runs. He became the first player in Miracle history to hit three home runs in a game.
Ryan Jeffers went 3-for-4 with a walk and his sixth and seventh doubles. Jose Miranda added his ninth and tenth doubles of the season. Trevor Larnach added a triple. Aaron Whitefield added his third home run. Royce Lewis added his ninth double. He now has six doubles in his last six games. And there was this... (please click the below link to see Lewis's double, some push ups and some unwritten rules and ejection and a good old argument. I don't know why the twitter page isn't popping up.)
Charlie Barnes started for the Miracle. The lefty gave up six runs on five hits and two walks over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out eight batters. Calvin Faucher came on and worked two innings. He gave up a run on three hits and a walk. He struck out two batters. Anthony Vizcaya came on and got the final eight outs, five of them on strikeouts.
Cedar Rapids 5, Clinton 4
Blayne Enlow’s 2019 season has been filled with ups and downs. Thursday night was definitely in the “up” category. The right-hander from Louisiana tossed seven innings of two-run ball. He gave up six hits, walked one and struck out six batters to improve to 4-3 on the season.
The Kernels offense got started in a hurry. Outfielder Jared Akins came to bat with two runners on and drilled a three-run homer. It was his second homer in three games since being promoted to the Kernels earlier in the week. Ben Rodriguez went 2-for-4 and added his second home run. Gilberto Celestino reached base three times in the game with a single and two walks. He stole his seventh bag of the year.
Carlos Suniaga worked the final two innings. He was charged with two runs on two hits and a walk.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Blayne Enlow, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Lewin Diaz, Ft. Myer Miracle
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 1-5, 2B(9), 2 R, 2 K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 0-5, K
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch.
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-5, 3B(1), R, RBI, 3 K
#5 - Wander Javier (EST) - Injured, return...unknown
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 1-4, 2B(5) R, 3 K
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch.
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch.
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (86 pitches, 58 strikes)
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured List
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List (adductor)
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List, late-May return possible
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 3-4, BB, 2-2B(7), R, RBI
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did Not Play.
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - 1-2, 2 BB, SB(7)
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch.
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - Did Not Play.
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, 2-2B(10), 2 R, RBI
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Durham (6:05 CST) - LHP Devin Smeltzer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Mobile @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - RHP Sean Poppen (2-2, 3.27 ERA)
St. Lucie @ Ft. Myers (5:30 CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (1-4, 5.46 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (6:30 CST) - RHP Tyler Palm (1-3, 4.43 ERA)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Thursday’s games.
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