Twins Minor League Report (6/2): Yabba Da-Baddoo!
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Akil Baddoo)Transactions & Other Notes
Moises Gomez was added to Fort Myers with Kevin Marnon being transferred from the Miracle to Elizabethton.
Cedar Rapids activated Bryan Sammons and placed Brusdar Graterol on the DL due to a right hand contusion.
Also, I just wanted to mention real quickly that the DSL Twins had their Opening Day. Unfortunately, they lost 15-5.
RED WINGS REPORT
Norfolk 7, Rochester 3
SP: Gabriel Moya (2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)
Multi-hit games: Jake Cave
I guess Nick Anderson is human after all. He’d given up three earned runs in 23 1/3 innings entering this game (1.16 ERA) but gave up twice that many runs while recording just two outs tonight.
The Red Wings were trying to bullpen their way through this one, and other than Anderson it worked out pretty well. Gabriel Moya made his first start since 2014 and gave up one run over 2 2/3 innings. Jake Reed (1 1/3 innings), Alan Busenitz (2 1/3 innings) and John Curtis (one inning) all had scoreless outings.
Jake Cave was 2-for-3 with a walk. He’s been on a tear since his brief cup of coffee with the Twins, going 13-for-39 (.333) with four homers in 11 games. Nick Gordon had a double and Chris Carter had a double of his own to go with a couple of RBIs.
Chattanooga 7, Birmingham 5
W: Paco Rodriguez (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K)
SP: Cody Stashak (3.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)
HR: Chris Paul (3)
Multi-hit games: LaMonte Wade, Brent Rooker, Zander Wiel
LaMonte Wade has been one of the better performing prospects in the entire Twins system, so much so that a lot of fans have been calling for him to be promoted all the way up to the majors. He’s been getting on base (of course) and hitting for some more power, but coming into tonight there was one thing he hadn’t done.
Hit a double.
That’s right, Wade had six home runs and even a triple in 38 games played, but zero doubles. How weird is that!?
Wade finally hit a double in what was a two-hit night. Brent Rooker continued to roll, hitting both a double and a triple. Zander Wiel also had a double in a multi-hit effort. Chris Paul homered in what was a three-RBI night.
The Lookouts scored all seven of their runs in the first three innings. Todd Van Steensel pitched two more scoreless, no-hit innings to go with a pair of strikeouts. He’s given up just one run on three hits over his last 16 innings pitched.
Hey, remember that one time Michael Jordan played for the Birmingham Barons? How crazy is it that he was a like "I wanna play baseball” and the White Sox were just like “OK, go to Double-A, I guess.”
Hmmm ... how do you think LeBron James would do on the Lookouts right now?
Game 1: Fort Myers 3, St. Lucie 1 (7 innings)
W: Andro Cutura (7 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K)
Multi-hit games: Lewin Diaz
This was a makeup game that was originally postponed on May 20. Andro Cutura, a seventh-rounder from the 2014 draft, picked up his first career complete game, though being part of a doubleheader it was only scheduled for seven innings. Still counts.
Cutura threw 54 of his 87 pitches for strikes (62.1 percent). This was the second-consecutive start in which he went seven innings. He’s given up just six hits and one earned run over his last 14 innings pitched.
This game was tied at 1-1 heading into the seventh inning, but the Miracle got their only extra-base hits of this game all in a row in the top of the seventh. Jimmy Kerrigan hit a one-out double, Lewin Diaz brought him around to score on another double, then Caleb Hamilton doubled in Diaz for a nice insurance run.
Game 2: Fort Myers 5, St. Lucie 1
W: Ryan Mason (2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K)
SP: Charlie Barnes (6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K)
HR: Mark Contreras (3)
Multi-hit games: Luis Arraez
This game was also tied at 1-1, but instead of Fort Myers breaking through in the seventh, this game went into extra innings. There, the Miracle offense awoke.
Luis Arraez led off the inning with a single, then Travis Blankenhorn, who was the “free” runner that started the inning at second base, scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. St. Lucie unraveled from there, as Mitchell Kranson walked, Taylor Grzelakowski hit an RBI single and Lewin Diaz followed with a run-scoring single of his own.
Charlie Barnes struck out six batters over six innings of one-run ball. He got off to a slow start, but has pitched to a 3.04 ERA over his last four starts (23 2/3 innings). Ryan Mason finished the game with two scoreless innings. This was his 14th appearance with Fort Myers and already his seventh decision. He’s 5-2.
Cedar Rapids 7, Burlington 5
W: Bryan Sammons (6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K)
SV: Jovani Moran (2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)
HR: Trey Cabbage (4)
Multi-hit games: Akil Baddoo, Alex Kirilloff, Ben Rortvedt, Trey Cabbage
What a night for Akil Baddoo. He led off this game with a double, added a bunt single in the second inning and tripled in the fourth inning. That’s right, he was already a home run shy of the cycle after just four frames. Baddoo struck out in the seventh, then cracked yet another tripe in the eighth inning, giving him nine total bases on the night.
Bryan Sammons struck out eight batters over six innings of two-run ball. In his first full season as a pro, Sammons now has a 2.74 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over nine starts. Jovani Moran’s line tonight syncs up pretty well with the rest of his season so far. He was nasty, striking out five batters in 2 1/3 innings while surrendering just one hit, but he also walked three batters.
Andrew Bechtold played second base for the first time in his professional career.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Bryan Sammons, Cedar Rapids
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Akil Baddoo, Cedar Rapids
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed:
1. Royce Lewis, CR: 0-for-4, BB
2. Fernando Romero, MIN
3. Nick Gordon, ROC: 1-for-4, 2B
4. Stephen Gonsalves, ROC: Did not pitch.
5. Alex Kirilloff, CR: 2-for-4, BB, RBI, 2 Rs
6. Wander Javier: Out for the season with a shoulder injury.
7. Brent Rooker, CHAT: 2-for-5, 2B 3B, RBI, R
8. Blayne Enlow, CR: Did not pitch.
9. Brusdar Graterol, CR: Out with a right hand contusion.
10. Akil Baddoo, CR: 4-for-5, 2B, 2 3Bs, R
11. Zack Littell, ROC: Did not pitch.
12. Lewis Thorpe, CHAT: Did not pitch.
13. Lewin Diaz, FM: 3-for-7, 2B, R, 3 RBI
14. LaMonte Wade, CHAT: 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, R
15. Mitch Garver, MIN
16. Ben Rortvedt, CR: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBIs
17. Travis Blankenhorn, FM: 1-for-4, R
18. Yunior Severino: Inactive, expected to join E-Town later this month.
19. Tyler Jay, CHAT: Did not pitch.
20. Felix Jorge: Out with knee injury.
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Norfolk, 12:05 pm CT (Stephen Gonsalves)
Chattanooga vs. Mobile, 4:15 pm CT (Lewis Thorpe)
Fort Myers at St. Lucie, 11:00 am CT (Tyler Wells)
Cedar Rapids at Burlington, 2:00 pm CT (Edwar Colina)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
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