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Twins Minor League Report (5/20): Slegers Solid, Kirilloff Crushes

There has been plenty to be excited about this year with the Twins farm system. Top pitching prospect Fernando Romero has been more than holding his own at the big league level. Other pitchers like Stephen Gonsalves and Aaron Slegers look close to ready for the big leagues. Minnesota also has to find room on the roster for the likes of Ervin Santana and Trevor May.

It’s going to be tough for some of these minor league players to break through to baseball’s highest level. However, Slegers made quite the case on Sunday.
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RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 3, Pawtucket 0
Box Score
Aaron Slegers was the story of this game. In seven shutout innings, he struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. He scattered five hits and saw his ERA drop to 1.97. Over his last 10 starts, he has pitched a minimum of six innings and he’s only allowed more than one earned run in two of those contests. Among Rochester players with four or more starts, he ranks first in ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, and he’s allowed the fewest walks. Tyler Duffey completed the shutout for his first save. He pitched the final two innings and only allowed one baserunner while striking out four.

At the plate, three Red Wings players compiled three hits. Zack Granite went 3-for-5 with a run scored but he also added a pair of stolen bases. Kennys Vargas went 3-for-4 and drove in a run. Nick Buss finished off the trio of hitters and he might have had the most important part in the win. He went 3-for-4 and drove in two of the team’s three runs. His home run in the eighth inning was a much needed insurance run.

Miguel Sano is rehabbing with the Red Wings and there might be a little rust still left to work off. He went 0-for-2 at the plate with a walk and a strikeout. Sano also committed a fielding error at third base. He did not play the entire game.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 2, Biloxi 3 (10 Innings)
Box Score
Chattanooga got on the board quickly thanks to a James Ramsey lead-off home run. After Biloxi had tied it up in the third, the Lookouts bounced back in the next frame. Singles by Brent Rooker and Zander Wiel put runners on the corners with one out. Edgar Corcino drove in Rooker with a ground out to second base to take back the lead. Chattanooga went quiet from there. Wiel was the only hitter to have multiple hits as he went 2-for-4. Rooker struck out in three of his four plate appearances. As a team, Chattanooga went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Randy LeBlanc started and went 3 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits. He struck out one and walked two. Of his 64 pitches, 34 were for strikes. Sam Clay finished off the fourth and then got two innings of his own. He didn’t allow a run on two hits with a couple strikeouts. Todd Van Steensel got charged with his fourth blown save as he allowed the tying run to score in the bottom of the eighth.

For the final two innings, Ryne Harper took over on the mound. He made it through the ninth unscathed but the tenth would be another story. Chattanooga couldn’t take advantage of having a runner start on second base in the top of the frame. Biloxi used a sacrifice bunt to move their runner from second to third. Then a walk-off single to the outfield scored the winning run. Because of the new extra-inning rules, it doesn’t count as an earned run for Harper but he still is charged with the loss.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 2, St. Lucie 2 (Suspended in the sixth)
For the second straight day, rain caused the Miracle to be suspended. This game originally started on Saturday and now it won’t be made up until June 1 in St. Lucie. The regularly scheduled game was also postponed. Fort Myers has a runner at first and second in the sixth game. This means the clubs will finish the suspended game on June 1 and then play the postponed game. Then the clubs will play a doubleheader on June 2.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 6, Clinton 1
Box Score
Don’t touch Alex Kirilloff. You might burn your fingers. He smacked his team-leading seventh home run on route to Kernels clobbering Clinton on Sunday afternoon. He leads all Twins minor league players with seven home runs and 34 runs batted in. He finished the day 2-for-4 with three RBI. Every batter in the Kernels lineup reached base. Four batters (Jordan Gore, Jose Miranda, Ben Rertvedt, and Kirilloff) had multiple hits.

Top pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol was also on the mound. Control was a bit of an issue in this one as he walked five batters. However, he pitched five frames and allowed one earned run on four hits. With six strikeouts on Sunday, he is averaging 6.75 strikeouts per start. Carlos Suniaga added three scoreless innings with four strikeouts and no hits allowed. Calvin Faucher finished off the win by allowed a pair of walks in the ninth but he kept the runners off the board.

STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Alex Kirilloff, Cedar Rapids (2-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, R, K)
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Aaron Slegers (7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 K, 0 BB)

TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#3 – Nick Gordon (Chattanooga) – 1-4, K
#5 – Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) – 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, K
#7 – Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 1-4, R, 3 K
#9 – Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) – 5.0 IP, ER, 6 K, 5 BB
#14 – LaMonte Wade (Chattanooga) – 1-6, RBI
#16 – Ben Rortvedt (Cedar Rapids) – 2-4

MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) – LHP Dietrich Enns (2-4, 5.20 ERA)
Chattanooga @ Biloxi (6:35 CST) – LHP Anthony Marzi (0-1, 3.86 ERA)
Fort Myers vs. Bradenton (6:00 CST) – RHP Clark Beeker (1-2, 2.45 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30 CST) – RHP Edwar Colina (2-1, 2.14 ERA)
Please feel free to ask any questions about Sunday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.

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ashburyjohn
May 20 2018 09:14 PM

It’s going to be tough for some of these minor league players to break through to baseball’s highest level. However, Slegers made quite the case on Sunday.

You're preaching to the Adopt-A-Prospect choir, sir. :)

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Chattanooga's website says LeBlanc left the game due to an "unknown injury".Any news about what happened to him?

I hate this crazy rule of putting a runner on second base in extra innings.If there is a concern with the length of games in MiLB, play a couple extra innings and if still tied...book it as a tie.Don't change how the game is played.

 

Graterol is so exciting, but there will be speed bumps along the way to the "show."Hopefully Slegers will get the call for some of these spot 'double header' starts.

    • Twins33, dgwills, DocBauer and 1 other like this

LaMonte Wade update?

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puckstopper1
May 21 2018 07:04 AM

I like seeing starts like Slegers.I know the strikeout happy crowd would disagree, but I'd much rather have a starter go 7 and "only" strikeout 5 than whiff 11 and only go 5.1 innings.Cuts down significantly on the stress on the bullpen.

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birdwatcher
May 21 2018 09:51 AM

Kirilloff is looking to be a more exciting prospect than I had imagined. It will be interesting to see how the prospect gurus view him as the season progresses.

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Kirilloff sure looks like the best hitting prospect (not overall) right now!

 

Kirilloff is looking to be a more exciting prospect than I had imagined. It will be interesting to see how the prospect gurus view him as the season progresses.

Yep, I was hoping for a Cuddyer like player out of him and it looks like he might be able to pull that off.Still would like to see a few more walks but he should be promoted this season. Barring injury, I'd expect he'll be a unanimous top 100 guy next season.

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Kiriloff's offensive profile kind of reminds me of Eddie Rosario. 

I'm intrigued by Jordan Gore.I see he was a 19th round draft in 2017.Another strong addition to our middle infield depth.

 

LaMonte Wade update?

He went on the DL on Friday... I haven't' been able to figure out from anyone yet what the injury is. Not good. 

 

Kirilloff is looking to be a more exciting prospect than I had imagined. It will be interesting to see how the prospect gurus view him as the season progresses.

 

He was a Top 5 Twins prospect at Twins Daily, so it's' not like people didn't expect him to be a really, really good hitter. Before the injury, he was generally a Top 100 guy nationally. I think the surprise is more about how quickly he got it back. Pretty impressive. 

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I'm intrigued by Jordan Gore.I see he was a 19th round draft in 2017.Another strong addition to our middle infield depth.

 

I really enjoy guys like this, and the Twins take a lot of them. Infielders that can play multiple positions, hit a little bit, and play good defense. Going back to AJ Pettersen in about 2010-2011 or so. But in the organization now, you've got guys like Sean Miller, Ryan Walker, Alex Perez, Joe Cronin, Carson Crites... college guys who weren't' hit picks but just solid all-around players. 

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ashburyjohn
May 21 2018 06:36 PM

 you've got guys like Sean Miller, Ryan Walker, Alex Perez, Joe Cronin, Carson Crites... college guys who weren't' hit picks but just solid all-around players. 

Is there anything at all about Sean Miller's offensive game that suggests he has a shot at the majors?

 

My small time observing him in the 2017 AFL left me unimpressed, and disappointed that the Twins invested one of their allotted slots there on him.

Is there anything at all about Sean Miller's offensive game that suggests he has a shot at the majors?

My small time observing him in the 2017 AFL left me unimpressed, and disappointed that the Twins invested one of their allotted slots there on him.


With a career. 598 MiLB OPS, he'd have to make Ozzie Smith look like Delmon Young defensively to have a shot.

 

Is there anything at all about Sean Miller's offensive game that suggests he has a shot at the majors?

 

My small time observing him in the 2017 AFL left me unimpressed, and disappointed that the Twins invested one of their allotted slots there on him.

 

I mean, wasn't that my point... lots of similar players who are defense-first, fundamentally-sound college infielders who are likely AA/AAA/AAAA types and could get a cup of coffee. His AFL performance was actually pretty encouraging. 

 

The fact that he's in AAA tells me there is some shot, even if it's a very small shot. I would suspect that he and Walker will soon switch places so that Miller is back where he should be. 

 

He went on the DL on Friday... I haven't' been able to figure out from anyone yet what the injury is. Not good. 

 

Very disappointing.

Wade is on the DL with a left shoulder injury... sounds like he's progressing well. 


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