Twins Minor League Report (5/24): 2018 Top Draftees Shine in Rough Night Across the System
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Ryan Jeffers)TRANSACTIONS
-Zack Littell was recalled by the Twins while Austin Adams was designed for assignment.
-Darren Wolfson reported that Randy Dobnak is being promoted to Rochester.
RED WINGS REPORT
Game 1: Pawtucket 6, Rochester 1 (7 innings)
Lewis Thorpe: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 63.6% (49 of 77 pitches)
HR: John Andreoli (5)
Multi-hit games: None
Not a whole lot to report from the first game of Rochester’s doubleheader. Lewis Thorpe had a solid, albeit short, start. His ERA has dropped from 8.19 down to 6.31 over his last three starts. Andrew Vasquez also had an encouraging outing, striking out three batters over 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Wings’ only run scored on John Andreoli’s fifth home run of the season.
Game 2: Pawtucket 6, Rochester 1 (7 innings)
D.J. Baxendale: 2.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 52.2% strikes (24 of 46 pitches)
Multi-hit games: None
Yep, these teams played two games that ended in the exact same score Friday. The Red Wings went with a bullpen game in this one. D.J. Baxendale gave up three runs in his two innings of work and Zack Weiss surrendered three runs in 2 1/3 inning. Ryan Eades followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Trevor Hildenberger pitched a clean seventh inning.
Between the majors and Triple A, Hildenberger hadn’t registered a scoreless appearance in five outings, giving up 14 earned runs over 5 1/3 innings over that stretch. Here’s hoping tonight’s performance results in some positive momentum for him.
The Red Wings mustered just three hits, Drew Maggi’s double being the only one that went for extra bases. Their only run was scored on a Jake Cave bases-loaded double play.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Tennessee 5, Pensacola 1
Jorge Alcala: 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 68.7% (46 of 67 pitches)
Multi-hit games: None
Sam Clay started this game with two shutout innings before Jorge Alcala took over and struggled as the primary pitcher, though only two of the five runs he gave up were earned. On the other hand, the only reason he had unearned runs was because he committed an error. Tom Hackimer did a great job in his two scoreless innings, striking out three batters. He’s give up just one earned run in 21 2/3 innings this season.
Again here, not much to report on the offensive side. The Blue Wahoos combined for just five singles. Their only run scored on an Alex Kirilloff two-out RBI single. Kirilloff also had an outfield assist. Travis Blankenhorn was 1-for-4 and stole his third base of the season.
Daytona 4, Fort Myers 3 (11 innings)
Tyler Watson: 6.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 58.2% strikes (56 of 79 pitches)
HR: Ryan Jeffers (4)
Multi-hit games: Trevor Larnach (2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB), Ryan Jeffers (2-for-4, HR, BB)
The Miracle trailed 3-0 in the top of the eighth inning, but a Lewin Diaz leadoff triple sparked a three-run rally capped by a Ryan Jeffers home run. Unfortunately, Fort Myers couldn’t scratch across another run. The pitching staff did an excellent job keeping Daytona off the board from the sixth through 10th innings, but finally ceded in the bottom of the 11th.
The 2019 MLB Draft is right around the corner, and it was great to see the first two Twins picks of last year’s draft put together great performances. Trevor Larnach hit two doubles and drew a pair of walks. In addition to his fourth home run, Jeffers had a single and drew a walk.
Peoria 4, Cedar Rapids 1
Tyler Palm: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, 66.3% strikes (61 of 92 pitches)
Multi-hit games: Ben Rodriguez (2-for-4, 2B)
My oh my were runs tough to come by Friday night. Tyler Palm had a very nice start, pitching into the seventh inning while only allowing two runs, but the bats were quiet. Five hits total and the only run came on an Andrew Bechtold sacrifice fly. He also doubled in this game.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Palm, Cedar Rapids
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Ryan Jeffers, Fort Myers
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed
1. Royce Lewis (FM): 0-for-5, 4 K
2. Alex Kirilloff (PNS): 1-for-4, RBI, 2 K, OF assist
4. Trevor Larnach (FM): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 BB, R, K
8. Lewis Thorpe (ROC): 4.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 63.6% (49 of 77 pitches)
11. Nick Gordon (ROC): 2-for-6, R
13. Ryan Jeffers (FM): 2-for-4, HR (4), BB, 2 RBI, R, K
14. Ben Rortvedt (PNS): 1-for-3, BB
16. Gilberto Celestino (CR): 0-for-4
18. LaMonte Wade (ROC): 0-for-4, BB, HBP
19. Jorge Alcala (PNS): 4.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 5 BB, 2 K, 68.7% (46 of 67 pitches)
20. Jose Miranda (FM): 0-for-5
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Pawtuckett. 6:05 pm CT (Randy Dobnak)
Pensacola at Tennessee, 6:00 pm CT (Brusdar Graterol)
Fort Myers at Daytona, 6:05 pm CT (Jordan Balazovic)
Cedar Rapids vs. Peoria, 6:35 pm CT (Cole Sands)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
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