Twins Minor League Report (7/12): Jordan Balazovic Slams the Door
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Jordan Balazovic)TRANSACTIONS
Rochester activated Fernando Romero from the IL and released Chase De Jong.
Williams Ramirez started a rehab assignment with the GCL Twins.
Fort Myers sent Derek Molina to the 7-day IL due to shoulder bicipital tendinitis and activated Bailey Ober from the IL.
Elizabethton placed Tanner Brubaker, Casey Legumina, Luis Varland and Brent Headrick on the 7-day IL.
RED WINGS REPORT
Lehigh Valley 7, Rochester 6
Lewis Thorpe: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 68.5% strikes (50 of 73 pitches)
HR: Wilin Rosario (10), Nick Gordon (3)
Multi-hit games: Wilin Rosario (2-for-3, 2B, HR, BB), Nick Gordon (2-for-4, HR, BB)
Fernando Romero pitched for the first time since June 19, serving as the opener. He retired the first two batters on ground balls before a Nick Gordon fielding error extended the inning. From there, Romero surrendered a single and a three-run homer.
Lewis Thorpe took over in the second inning and was solid in his four innings. The Red Wings chipped away at the lead, with Wilin Rosario hitting a two-run homer and Gordon providing a solo blast.
Cody Allen made his Rochester debut. He struck out the first batter he faced, then gave up a home run. He walked the next batter (old friend Shane Robinson) before ending the inning on a double play.
Next out of the pen was Cody Stashak. He struck out two batters over a pair of no-hit innings. The right-hander now has a 1.40 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and has 29 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings for Rochester.
Rosario hit a two-run double in the bottom of the eighth to tie this game, but Gabriel Moya gave those runs right back in the top of the ninth. The Red Wings got a run across thanks to a bases-loaded walk from Gordon, but could not plate the tying run.
Drew Maggi was hit in the leg by a pitch, which would have driven in the game-tying run, but the home plate umpire declared that Maggi turned into the pitch and did not award him first base. Wings manager Joel Skinner came out to argue and was eventually ejected. Brent Rooker was also ejected earlier in the game after a very tame episode in which he argued a called third strike.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Montgomery 4, Pensacola 2
Randy Dobnak: 6.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 69.1% strikes (65 of 94 pitches)
Multi-hit games: None
It was a tough night for the Blue Wahoos lineup, as they didn’t record a hit until the eighth inning. Randy Dobnak had a quality start, lowering his ERA with Pensacola to 2.76 on the year. Just checking in on this game between a few others, it appeared the weather was less than ideal. It was a windy night in the bayside Blue Wahoo Stadium and it also sounded like there may have been some rain.
Fort Myers 8, Bradenton 4
Blayne Enlow: 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 60.9% strikes (42 of 69 pitches)
Jordan Balazovic: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 70.9% strikes (39 of 55 pitches)
HR: Trevor Larnach (6), Ryan Costello (7)
Multi-hit games: Michael Helman (3-for-3, 2B, BB), Trevor Larnach (2-for-4, HR, BB), Gabriel Maciel (2-for-5)
Bradenton jumped all over Blayne Enlow in the first inning, scoring four runs. The Miracle bounced back and scored the next eight runs unanswered to win.
Melvi Acosta struck out three over two shutout innings before Jordan Balazovic took over to close out the final four innings. His schedule was thrown off a bit by participating in the Futures Game. Balazovic allowed just one baserunner and struck out six.
Trevor Larnach hit a two-run homer, his sixth of the season, an RBI single and drew a walk. He’s now hitting .310 with an .835 OPS for Fort Myers. Michael Helman was 3-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Remember that whole thing where Royce Lewis did pushups at second base kind of as a self-own and then got thrown at later? That was against Bradenton a ways back. Here’s the first pitch Royce saw in the ninth inning of an 8-4 game tonight:
Great Lakes 7, Cedar Rapids 0
Josh Winder: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 67.8% strikes (61 of 90 pitches)
Multi-hit games: None
The Kernels lineup mustered just four hits, the only extra-base hit being a double for Gabe Snyder. Several of Cedar Rapids’ top prospects continue to struggle at the plate, including Wander Javier, who went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts tonight. Jeff Johnson of the Cedar Rapids Gazette wrote about some of Javier’s struggles and spoke at length about him with Kernels manager Brian Dinkelman. Here’s a link to that piece.
Josh Winder had an uncharacteristically poor start, as he surrendered three home runs, and Nate Hadley, 2019 25th-round pick, made his Kernels debut, striking out two batters over a pair of perfect innings.
Elizabethton 16, Burlington 6
Andriu Marin: 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 54.4% strikes (43 of 79 pitches)
Osiris German: 3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 76.9% strikes (30 of 39 pitches)
HR: Albee Weiss 2 (8), Seth Gray (3), Janigson Villalobos 2 (2)
Multi-hit games: Spencer Steer (5-for-5, 2 2B, BB), Albee Weiss (4-for-5, 2B, 2 HR), Janigson Villalobos (3-for-5, 2 HR), Seth Gray (3-for-4, HR, BB), Max Smith (2-for-6)
Sweet 16! The E-Town offense was en fuego Friday night. Albee Weiss racked up 10 total bases and drove in six runs. He and Janigson Villalobos each hit two home runs. Spencer Steer reached base safely in all six of his plate appearances.
Osiris German starred on the mound for Elizabethton. After striking out six in three shutout inning tonight, he now has a 0.60 ERA and 25 strikeouts over 15 innings this season.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 8, GCL Red Sox 3
HR: Wander Valdez (1), Jeferson Morales (2)
Multi-hit games: Erick Rivera (3-for-5, 2B), Wander Valdez (2-for-5, 2B, HR), Francisco Martinez (2-for-5)
Wander Valdez got things rolling with a home run in the first inning, and by the end of the third the Twins had already built up a 6-0 lead. Matthew Swain, the Twins’ 23rd-round pick from this year’s draft, held the Red Sox scoreless over the first two innings. He’s now opened his professional career with 7 1/3 scoreless frames.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Jordan Balazovic, Fort Myers
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Albee Weiss, Elizabethton
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed:
1. Royce Lewis (FM): 1-for-5, 2 K
2. Alex Kirilloff (PNS): 0-for-4, 2 K
4. Trevor Larnach (FM): 2-for-4, HR (6), BB, 3 RBI, R, K
5. Wander Javier (CR): 0-for-4, 3 K
6. Jordan Balazovic (FM): 4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K, 70.9% strikes (39 of 55 pitches)
7: Keoni Cavaco (GCL): 0-for-4, 3 K
8. Brent Rooker (ROC): 0-for-3, 2 K (ejected in the sixth inning)
10. Blayne Enlow (FM): 3.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 60.9% strikes (42 of 69 pitches)
11. Lewis Thorpe (ROC): 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 68.5% strikes (50 of 73 pitches)
12. Nick Gordon (ROC): 2-for-4, HR (3), BB, 2 RBI, 2 R, K, 2 E
13. Ryan Jeffers (FM): 0-for-4, BB, K
15. Matt Wallner (ELZ): 1-for-6, RBI, 2 K
16. Ben Rortvedt (PNS): 0-for-4 K
19. Misael Urbina (DSL): 0-for-2, 2 BB, R, 2 SB (15)
20. Travis Blankenhorn (PNS): 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Lehigh Valley, 5:05 pm CT (Kohl Stewart)
Pensacola vs. Montgomery, 6:05 pm CT (Charlie Barnes)
Fort Myers at Bradenton, 5:30 pm CT (Lachlan Wells)
Cedar Rapids vs. Lansing, 6:35 pm CT (Andrew Cabezas)
Elizabethton vs. Johnson City, 5:30 pm CT (Ryan Shreve)
GCL Twins vs. GCL Red Sox, 9:00 am CT (TBD)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
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