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Twins Minor League Report (6/22): RUNS, RUNS, RUNS! Affiliates Score in Bunches

Byron Buxton went deep in Rochester and Miguel Sano went hitless for Fort Myers. Fort Myers and Elizabethton both put up football scores on their opponents and almost all of the affiliates were victorious on Friday night. More below.
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RED WINGS REPORT
Scranton/WB 1 @ Rochester 3
Box Score

Byron Buxton was 1-for-4 with a three-run home run that was the entire Red Wings offense on Friday night. Buxton also struck out two times, and the rest of the Wings added another nine strikeouts and just five other hits. Nick Gordon was 1-for-3 with a walk. On the bump, Stephen Gonsalves turned in five innings of two-hit scoreless baseball. He was uncharacteristically wild, walking five and he struck out just one. Jake Reed came in for 1 2/3 innings and kept Scranton/WB off the board. John Curtiss earned a seven-out save with 2 1/3 innings of one-run baseball preserving the Red Wings victory.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Biloxi 7 @ Chattanooga 2
Box Score

Friday’s game started with a 2 hour and 30 minute rain delay, what a treat for the 4,009 in attendance at AT&T field. Lookouts starter Omar Bencomo did not come out of the gate well, giving up four runs on five hits and didn’t make it to the second inning, pitching just the first, and the Lookouts never really got back into the game.

The Lookouts burned through a number of bullpen arms to get through the next eight innings. Andrew Vasquez had two scoreless innings, another two scoreless from Cody Stashak and Sam Clay. Tyler Jay gave up three runs on four hits in the eighth and then Todd Van Steensel finished the game with a scoreless ninth.

The Lookouts had eight hits and three doubles, but couldn’t really get any rallies going, failing to put up any crooked numbers. Brent Rooker led the team going 2-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. The Lookouts really struggled with the bats, racking up FOURTEEN strikeouts against just two walks.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 14 @ Bradenton 7
Box Score

Everyone in the Miracle lineup was punishing Bradenton pitching except Miguel Sano and Shane Carrier, each going hitless while the rest of the squad racked up 20 hits and 14 runs. Luis Arraez led all Miracle batters going 5-for-6 with four runs scored, a double, a home run, an RBI and he did make an out via strikeout. Pretty solid. Mark Contreras also had a big night, 4-for-5 with three runs scored, a double and four RBIs. And Alex Kirilloff had FIVE RBIs on a 4-for-6 night with a run scored and a three-run homer. Lewin Diaz was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and a walk. So many hits!

With the batters putting up plenty of run support, the pitching didn’t need to be super sharp, and it wasn’t. Starter Tyler Wells gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning but still picked up a win thanks to all of the hits and runs. Wells gave up six hits, just those three runs, he walked one and struck out four over six innings. He was replaced by Alex Robinson who pitched two innings and gave up another four runs before Hector Lujan came in and pitched one inning to finish the game.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Wisconsin 2 @ Cedar Rapids 3
Box Score

The Kernels took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning and hung on to defeat Wisconsin 3-2. Bailey Ober started for the Kernels and struck out NINE over five innings. He gave up just three hits and one run (earned) to go along with just one walk. Melvi Acosta pitched the sixth inning and gave up the lead, giving up a run on three hits. Calvin Faucher turned in a solid relief outing to take the Kernels the rest of the way, going three innings, keeping Wisconsin off the board and earning a win thanks to some late run support.

That late run support came in the form of a Trey Cabbage triple, with Cabbage scoring when the next batter, David Banuelos, singled him in to put Cedar Rapids ahead for good. Cabbage was 1-for-2 with two runs scored, that triple, a walk and a strike out. Jean Carlos Arias was the only Cedar Rapids player with multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with a run scored, and a double. Royce Lewis was 1-for-4 with a strike out.

ELIZABETHTON TWINS TALK
Elizabethton 19 @ Bristol 5
Box Score

Just like the Fort Myers Miracle, the E-Town Twins scored runs in bunches. Elizabethton scored 19 runs on 19 hits and 10 walks. They had nine extra base hits – six doubles, a triple, and two home runs. Ryan Jeffers led the way going 4-for-4 with three runs scored, two doubles, an RBI and two walks to reach safely all six times he came to the plate. Alex Robles, Chris Williams, and Rickey De La Torre all had three RBIs, and Andrew Cosgrove had FOUR. RBIs for almost everyone on the roster.


On the mound, the Elizabethton Twins got enough pitching to win, though no pitcher logged even 3.0 innings. Starter Austin Schulfer gave up a pair of runs over 2 2/3 innings. Then Christian Broussard gave up two more runs over 2 1/3 innings. Seth Pinkerton gave up another run over two innings and Ricky Ramirez was credited with a win for two scoreless innings to end the game.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Red Sox 0 @ GCL Twins 2
Box Score

It is always nice to shut out an opponent and both the Twins and the Red Sox held one another scoreless through seven innings before the Twins broke out for a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn the victory. Starter Prelander Berroa struck out seven over four innings, giving up just one hit and no walks but he didn’t go five innings and the Twins didn’t score any runs so he left with a no-decision. Donny Breek pitched three innings and gave up a walk, struck out two and did not give up a run or a hit. Still, with no runs, he did not earn a decision. Felix Jorge, on a rehab assignment, came in and struck out two in two innings, he gave up a hit and no runs and thanks to some timely hitting earned the W.

The Twins didn’t do much with the bats, but they picked up a couple of runs on a Gabe Snyder double. The double was the Twins’ only extra base hit of the game. The Twins had opportunities to put more runs on the board but were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Prelander Berroa, GCL Twins
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day –Luis Arraez, Fort Myers

TOP 20 PROSPECT PERFORMANCE
1. Royce Lewis, Cedar Rapids – 1-4, 1 K
3. Nick Gordon, Rochester – 1-3, 1 BB
4. Stephen Gonsalves, Rochester – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 1 K
5. Alex Kirilloff, Fort Myers – 4-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 5 RBI
7. Brent Rooker, Chattanooga – 2-4, 1 2B, 1 R, 1 RB, 2 K
10. Akil Baddoo, Cedar Rapids – 1-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
13. Lewin Diaz, Fort Myers – 3-4, 2 R, 1 BB
16. Ben Rortvedt, Fort Myers – 2-3, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI 1 BB, 1 K
17. Travis Blankenhorn, Fort Myers – 1-5, 2 K
19. Tyler Jay, Chattanooga – 1.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
20. Felix Jorge, GCL Twins – 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester (6:05pm) – Aaron Slegers (5-4, 3.28)
Chattanooga (7:15pm) – Sean Poppen (1-3, 7.58)
Fort Myers (5:30pm) – TBD
Cedar Rapids (6:35pm) – Jordan Balazovic (1-1, 2.30)
Elizabethton (6:00pm) – Brian Rapp (0-0, -.--)
GCL Twins (12:00pm) - TBD

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Friday's games

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Good to see gonzo struggle and fight threw it.  Is it me or is our AAA team almost as bat at hitting as the big club?

Tyler Jay - a totally failed top 10 draft pick. A college conversion to starter then not conversion to starter and still getting torched in AA ball after 3 years. Add him to the list.

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Wow! All but one other in Fort Myers hit ferociously except Sano. In High A ball! Talk about devaluing an asset. Nooooo. Don't trade him. I mean, could you even trade him now? For high value? The only thing you can do is hope he starts hitting. Now 25..... it is not like he is a kid anymore. At least he walked 2 times to go with 2 Ks in the 0-4.

 

We’ll find out now what he’s made of. A metal rod in his leg and 300 lbs. He’s in Ft Myers with trainers and everything he needs to get in shape. My guess is he takes advantage, but who knows what his heart is made of. In two years he could sign a $30 million deal or be back on the island...up to him!
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 from Ncgo4: In two years he could sign a $30 million deal or be back on the island...up to him!

from Leon Russell (hope it doesn't turn out this way): 

"And watch the sun go down (sit and watch the sun go down)
Hear the sea roll in (listen to the sea roll in)
But I'll be thinking of you (yes, and I'll be thinking of you)
And how it might have been (thinking how it might have been)
Hear the night birds cry (listen to the night birds cry)
Watch the sunset die (sit and watch the sunset die)
Well I hope you understand I just had to go back to the island.
"

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I know Sano gets the ink, but Buxton had 2 Ks to go with his HR.With his speed, contact means hits.The Ks still bother me.

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How good were the Fort Myers hitters? Rortvedt has a 2HR/4RBI night and doesn't get a mention in the highlights. 

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ashburyjohn
Jun 23 2018 08:23 AM
I'll have to check the exact math later but it looks like Jeffers BABIP actually went up yesterday. Unreal.

What did Seth say the other day about never having seen this many runs or something like that?Well, that's no longer current.What is it, 49 runs in 4 games for Elizabethton?

 

And let me second your comments, dbminn, about Rortvedt.The kid moves up a level and hits better than in the MWL, although still a small sample.And isn't the FSL supposed to be a pitchers league with the bigger ballparks and heavy air?

 

See what happens when Arraez goes hitless like a couple days ago.He makes up for it with a 5 hit night...and they all weren't singles.

 

 

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How good were the Fort Myers hitters? Rortvedt has a 2HR/4RBI night and doesn't get a mention in the highlights.


And for Elizabethton, Severino was 3 for 5 with a HR. Just too much ridiculous hitting.
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In 20 plate appearances, Jeffers has made 4 outs.
He was also caught stealing though. Very disappointing.
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Tom Froemming
Jun 23 2018 09:23 AM

 

In 20 plate appearances, Jeffers has made 4 outs.
He was also caught stealing though. Very disappointing.

BUST

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In 20 plate appearances, Jeffers has made 4 outs.
He was also caught stealing though. Very disappointing.

What's a catcher doing stealing?

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terrydactyls1947
Jun 23 2018 10:02 AM

We’ll find out now what he’s made of. A metal rod in his leg and 300 lbs. He’s in Ft Myers with trainers and everything he needs to get in shape. My guess is he takes advantage, but who knows what his heart is made of. In two years he could sign a $30 million deal or be back on the island...up to him!


Does anyone know how much the titanium rod weighs? Maybe that's why he weighs 300 pounds. I know I use that same reasoning when I get weighed at doctor appointments. "My titanium shoulders each weigh 20 pounds."
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diehardtwinsfan
Jun 23 2018 10:17 AM

 

Does anyone know how much the titanium rod weighs? Maybe that's why he weighs 300 pounds. I know I use that same reasoning when I get weighed at doctor appointments. "My titanium shoulders each weigh 20 pounds."

Titanium is light weight material.

Have they been able to keep Sano away from his late night Burger King and Taco Bell runs.

 

Titanium is light weight material.

Buzzkill.Next you'll tell me my shoes don't weigh 5lbs each and my cotton shirt andDockers don't weigh 7 lbs.Try to come up with an alternate theory for why the doctor's scale is so high and please try to avoid the ridiculous theories like that we weigh more.

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Good to see gonzo struggle and fight threw it.  Is it me or is our AAA team almost as bat at hitting as the big club?

 

Worse. Virtually no hitting depth available any time soon.

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I'll have to check the exact math later but it looks like Jeffers BABIP actually went up yesterday. Unreal.

 

Yeah, it did. And you and I were worried about his .700 BABIP yesterday. :)  

Today his batting average is .733 and BABIP is .786.*

 

He's played 1 of 4 games as catcher.

 

 

 

*But, of course, it's singularly important to build up his confidence with a wood bat over anything else. :cry:

 

 

 

And let me second your comments, dbminn, about Rortvedt.The kid moves up a level and hits better than in the MWL, although still a small sample.And isn't the FSL supposed to be a pitchers league with the bigger ballparks and heavy air?

 

 

 

It just goes to show what can happen when you get some kids with serious intent and serious talent together. I think it's no accident that bringing in practically all at once, Arraez, Kiriloff and Sano, has energized and intensified the focus on this squad.

 

With the national attention on Sano, everybody on the Miracle no doubt feels they have a newfound spotlight and something to prove. Pure hitting talents like Arraez and Kiriloff are showing they can easily rise to the occasion... showing the way that anything's possible... for guys like Rortvedt, Contreras, even Lewin Diaz! 

 

(Meanwhile, the case of Sano is in danger of spiraling down from farcically sad to downright tragic. It's still too early in the reclamation process to press the panic button, but Dick Bremer's prediction of a possible Sano return to the Twins lineup after the ASG looks extremely remote as of today).

 

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drivlikejehu
Jun 23 2018 11:41 AM

I get the feeling that E-Town might not have faced particularly good pitching so far, even by Appy League standards.

 

How good were the Fort Myers hitters? Rortvedt has a 2HR/4RBI night and doesn't get a mention in the highlights. 

 

Inexplicable... 

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ashburyjohn
Jun 23 2018 01:34 PM

What's a catcher doing stealing?

Not much, apparently.
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108Stitches
Jun 23 2018 01:55 PM
Sano is truly perplexing. I like Carrier too. A lot of potential but he’s gotta get it figured out. Tyler Wells gets a pass from me on that first inning after only 2 innings in the ASG in two weeks. Probably a bit rusty at first but he settled in very nicely afterwards to his usual self. And yeah no Ben Rortvedt call out? He is a beast this year and waaayyyy better than last season. But the theme here is WTF SANO!?

I get that it looks silly when 5-6 guys in the lineup have big days and Sano doesn't... But, even baseball in the FSL isn't easy. Pitchers probably made their best pitches against him. Even if he's completely locked in, he would have games like this one. So, let's not make a big deal out of this game. Nothing to see here.

 

In addition, his swing was messed up. He's plate discipline and recognition was not good. That doesn't just fix itself overnight. 

 

Nothing to worry about here. 

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