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Twins Minor League Report (6/11): Miracle Clinch, Turtle Power

In the years of writing the minor league report, one message has remained true: A winning tradition starts in an organization’s minor leagues. Twins fans are seeing the results of a winning tradition at the big-league level. Multiple players on the big-league roster were parts of winning clubs on their way to Target Field. That winning tradition continued Tuesday night.
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RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Columbus 3
Box Score
On Sunday night, I wrote about Willians Astudillo not wanting to be in Rochester. He has been trying to hit his way back to Minnesota. He’s had 11 at-bats in Rochester so far and he has collected eight hits. I’ll let that sink in a little. Tonight, he clocked the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning. Talk about Turtle Power!

Jake Cave also continued his hot hitting ways. He reached base three times including his 12th double along with scoring a run. Nick Gordon got the scoring started early with a first inning solo home run. Brent Rooker reached base three times including his ninth double.

On the mound, Devin Smeltzer went five strong innings, striking out seven and walking one. He allowed three runs, all of which came off two home runs. Rochester’s bullpen picked up the slack as they allowed one hit in the final four innings. Cody Stashak struck out three in two shutout innings. Gabriel Moya and Fernando Romero combined to strikeout three over the final two innings.

BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 0, Biloxi 6
Box Score
The Blue Wahoos struggled to find any offense in this game. Travis Blankenhorn and Taylor Grzelakowski had the team’s only hits and both players reached base two times. Pensacola struck out 16 time against Shuckers pitchers. Overall, the club went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

Andro Cutura started and pitched five innings. He allowed four runs on four hits with seven strikeouts and two walks. His seven strikeouts were a season high. Adam Bray took over for Cutura and he tried to make it through the rest of the game. He ran into some trouble in the bottom of the eighth as two men crossed the plate. He lasted 2 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking one. Jordan Gore recorded the last out and allowed one hit.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 6, Tampa 1 (Game 1- 7 Innings)
Box Score
With the first-half division title on the line, Ryan Jeffers and Giancarlo Stanton got into a home run battle. Spoiler alert… Jeffers comes out on top. In Game 1 of the double-header, Jeffers cracked a pair of two-run home runs to help the Miracle. Trevor Larnach also helped the cause as he went 3-for-3 and scored two runs. Michael Helman added a two-run double to help stretch the lead.

Tyler Watson pitched into the fifth inning and held Tampa to one earned run, a home run to Stanton. He struck out four and walked one in 4 2/3 innings. Joe Record pitched 2 1/3 scoreless frames to put the Miracle in position to clinch a first-half title. He struck out two and limited the Tarpons to one hit.

Ft. Myers 7, Tampa 2 (Game 2- 7 Innings)
Box Score
Royce Lewis got things started in the first inning as he singled and moved to second on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Lewin Diaz moved him to third on a groundout before a wild pitch allowed Lewis to scamper home.

Fort Myers kept it going in the second as the first four batters reached base. Mark Contreras singled and Trey Cabbage followed with a walk. Ernie De La Trinidad singled to load the bases and then Ryan Costello stepped to the plate. His sixth double of the season scored two runs to put the Miracle up 3-0.

That would be more than enough for Melvi Acosta. He started for the Miracle and tossed five shutout innings. He limited Tampa to four hits while adding three strikeouts. It was his first time making it through five innings since May 5. Alex Phillips allowed two runs during the final two innings, but Fort Myers had more than enough to clinch the first half title.






KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 4, Wisconsin 1
Box Score
Cedar Rapids waited until the fifth inning to get their bats going, but the club was able to push across runs in three consecutive frames to come out on top. Austin Schulfer was in control on the mound. He limited Wisconsin to one hit over six innings. He struck out eight and walked two on the way to his first win since May 22.

Carlos Suniaga earned his first hold as he struck out the side in the seventh inning. Derek Molina picked up his eighth save and like many of his other appearances this year, he was asked to get more than three outs. Over two innings, he didn’t allow a hit, struck out two, and walked one.

Gabe Snyder provided most of the offensive punch. He went 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs. His three RBIs were the difference in the game. Jared Akins added his seventh home run, a solo shot in the sixth inning.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
TD Pitcher of the Day- Austin Schulfer, Cedar Rapids (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 8 K, 3 BB)
TD Hitter of the Day- Ryan Jeffers, Fort Myers (2-for-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI, BB, 2 R, K)

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

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

WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Columbus (6:05 CST) – LHP Lewis Thorpe (3-3, 5.95 ERA)
Pensacola vs. Tennessee (6:35 CST) – LHP Bryan Sammons (4-1, 2.29 ERA)
Fort Myers @ Tampa (5:30 CST) – TBD
Cedar Rapids vs. Wisconsin (12:05 CST) – LHP Kody Funderburk (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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

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Well the Turtle will have to wait. Twins have two strong catchers for this season. Maybe next season he will be the fulltime reserve. Willians best bet is to catch as much as possible!

 

What to do with Nick Gordon in the scheme of things. Is there a place for him in Minnesota?

 

Cave is still a fine prospect (more so than Lamonte Wade?). Rooker is coming into his own. Raley is in the mix. But where do you plug them in.

 

Of course, the Twins still have to address longer term concerns with Berrios, Rosario, Buxton and Sano. When do they do that...and it will mean a lot to the future of the organization and what bodies are available.

 

While we are at it, what ha[[ens with Odorizzi, Gibson and Pineda. All three can walk after this season. Would you be willing to gamble a 3-4 year deal for any of them? How much would you throw at Odorizzi, even though he is a 5-6 inning starter?

 

Excited always about the future Twins. A couple of nice catching prospects. They seem to have some future choices for first base (Sano again). The infield depth is starting to rise. They are strong with outfield candidates. There has to be some arms for the rotation and more for the bullpen. Or do you trade for one/two solid bullpen arms, and also go after that bigtime veteran starter?

 

I think the bigger question is how much is he swinging at stuff outside the zone.MLB pitchers just threw him progressively worse and worse pitches and he never stopped swinging at them.Hopefully he was laying off of pitches outside the zone before those homers, if AAA pitchers are just throwing him more stuff in the zone then I'm not sure how much work he's getting on the thing he needs to improve most.

 

As a third catcher he's still a pretty great asset to have though.

 

Same point, different words, different angle. 

 

So, you're saying the Twins should look to trade Rortvedt?

 

I.. I... I... just... I... 

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Empty stadium to see Miracle win.

 

I'm sure the fine folks up in Tampa weren't as excited about the Miracle clinching a playoff spot. 

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Astudillo wouldn't be in Rochester if he was always 8-11. How many hits were by swinging at balls in the zone? That is probably what will get him another shot. That, or one of the catchers going on the IL.

 

Or 13th pitcher not needed...

Or other corner IF/OF on the IL

 

IOW....

He will be back,,,

 

 

I'm sure the fine folks up in Tampa weren't as excited about the Miracle clinching a playoff spot. 

 

Really good Major Teague team in town doesn't draw flies....

Not realistic to expect the A ball team in town to draw anybody except friends and families.

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terrydactyls1947
Jun 12 2019 03:29 PM

OK, I think the lone thing I don't like about the Twins being potential BUYERS this next month is the fact that any time a minor leaguer has a good game so many seem to want to make them a "trade chip." They're all trade chips... but I just hate the phrase... 
 
Maybe Jeffers is playing great and putting his name in the 2020 Twins catching plans?


I just offered a hypothesis about Rortvordt's lack of catching time. I didn't know if Jeffers had a good game or not. Sorry if I offended anyone.

I just offered a hypothesis about Rortvordt's lack of catching time. I didn't know if Jeffers had a good game or not. Sorry if I offended anyone.


What would Jeffers have to do with how much Rortvedt is catching?
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terrydactyls1947
Jun 12 2019 03:44 PM

What would Jeffers have to do with how much Rortvedt is catching?


Good question.

 

Well the Turtle will have to wait. Twins have two strong catchers for this season. Maybe next season he will be the fulltime reserve. Willians best bet is to catch as much as possible!

 

What to do with Nick Gordon in the scheme of things. Is there a place for him in Minnesota?

 

Cave is still a fine prospect (more so than Lamonte Wade?). Rooker is coming into his own. Raley is in the mix. But where do you plug them in.

 

Of course, the Twins still have to address longer term concerns with Berrios, Rosario, Buxton and Sano. When do they do that...and it will mean a lot to the future of the organization and what bodies are available.

 

While we are at it, what ha[[ens with Odorizzi, Gibson and Pineda. All three can walk after this season. Would you be willing to gamble a 3-4 year deal for any of them? How much would you throw at Odorizzi, even though he is a 5-6 inning starter?

 

Excited always about the future Twins. A couple of nice catching prospects. They seem to have some future choices for first base (Sano again). The infield depth is starting to rise. They are strong with outfield candidates. There has to be some arms for the rotation and more for the bullpen. Or do you trade for one/two solid bullpen arms, and also go after that bigtime veteran starter?

Wade looks like he's settled in his scouting report - great OBP hitter, but with little power and probably a corner OF. The low batting average has to be concerning with AAA becoming a land of rising batting averages. 

 

I would consider an Odorizzi extension, it just depends how much he wants after this career year. Gibson is a no for me, he doesn't seem like a lock to repeat his 2018 season and has disappointed me thus far. Also a no on Pineda.

 

But yeah, the position players in the minors look exciting and even in the low minors, they have some talented guys. Now if we could just get some more [and healthy] pitching prospects going...


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