Twins Minor League Report (7/14): Big Games from Miranda, Jeffers on Uneven Evening Across the System
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Jose Miranda)TRANSACTIONS
This was announced last night, but the promotion of Royce Lewis become official today. To take his spot in Cedar Rapids, Michael Davis, the team’s 24th-round pick from this year’s draft, was promoted up from Elizabethton.
Also, Byron Buxton was placed on the seven-day DL in Rochester. The good news on Buxton is that he is suffering from a left wrist strain and not something more serious.
Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) and Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) were placed on the Temporary Inactive Lists of their teams. Both will be participating in the Futures Game on Sunday.
RED WINGS REPORT
Scranton/WB 4, Rochester 0
SP: Kohl Stewart (6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K)
Multi-hit games: None
The Red Wings trailed 1-0 until Tyler Duffey gave up three runs in the eighth inning. Rochester had only four hits: a Jordan Pacheco double and singles from Taylor Motter, Gregorio Petit and Kennys Vargas.
The big news out of this one is that Nick Gordon left early due to an apparent hand injury after fouling off a pitch.
Montgomery 5, Chattanooga 2
SP: Omar Bencomo (4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K)
HR: Mitchell Kranson (1)
Multi-hit games: None
Mitchell Kranson hit his first homer of the season, and that was the only extra-base hit for the Lookouts. Ryan Walker was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. Brent Rooker committed two errors in left field. Andrew Vasquez pitched two perfect innings out of the bullpen and struck out four batters.
Lakeland 3, Fort Myers 1
SP: Brusdar Graterol (5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K)
Multi-hit games: Taylor Grzelakowski
Royce Lewis was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his Florida State League debut. In his four trips to the plate, Miguel Sano struck out in two and walked in the other two. Taylor Grzelakowski was 2-for-4 with the lone Miracle RBI and Aaron Whitefield was 1-for-5 with a stolen base and the lone run scored.
Brusdar Graterol gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk. Over five innings, he had just two strikeouts. Tom Hackimer gave up another run over his two frames before Adam Bray pitched a scoreless eighth.
W: Jordan Balazovic (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K)
HR: Jose Miranda (10)
Multi-hit games: Jose Miranda, Andrew Bechtold, Robby Rinn, Jacob Pearson, Akil Baddoo, Ben Rodriguez
Ben Rortvedt, Alex Kirilloff, Brusdar Graterol and now Royce Lewis are all gone, so that means Cedar Rapids just isn’t worth watching anymore, right? HA!
Jose Mirada was the star of this one, going 4-for-5 with a homer, a double and five RBIs. Miranda has now hit 21 homers in 138 games over the past two seasons.
Andrew Bechtold also collected four hits and Robby Rinn had three hits and a walk. Akil Baddoo was 2-for-4 with a walk and Jacob Pearson filled up the stat sheet with a single, a double, two RBIs and two runs.
Jordan Balazovic, 19, improved to 5-1 and has a 2.37 ERA in 38 innings pitched for the Kernels. Calvin Faucher gave up a run over his two innings, racking up three strikeouts, before Kevin Marnon finished things out with two scoreless frames and three strikeouts of his own.
Elizabethton 15, Kingsport 5
W: Austin Schulfer (5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)
SP: Brian Rapp (4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K)
HR: Ryan Jeffers (3)
Multi-hit games: Chris Williams, Alex Robles, Ryan Jeffers, Trevor Casanova, DaShawn Keirsey, Michael Helman
Ryan Jeffers hit the ground running as a pro, but through his first 18 games he hadn’t hit a homer. Well, Saturday he hit his third homer in the past five games. Jeffers went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and two walks. He drove in a pair and scored three runs.
Both Chris Williams and Alex Robles had three hits, a walk and scored three runs. Robles also had three RBIs. The E-Twins lead the Appy League West division with a 15-8 record.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Red Sox 1, GCL Twins 0
SP: Tyler Benninghoff (4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4K)
Multi-hit games: None
Tyler Benninghoff and six relievers combined to give up just one run, but the Twins could muster only three singles. Their hits came from catcher Kidany Salva, 2018 draftee Charles Mack and Agustin Marte.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Benninghoff, GCL Twins
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Jose Miranda, Cedar Rapids
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed. Please note that this Prospect Summary has been updated.
1. Royce Lewis (FM): 0-for-3, BB, K
2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): Did not play.
3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K
4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 0-for-2, left with an injury
5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): Did not play.
6. Trevor Larnach (ET): Did not play.
7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 1-for-4, 2 K
8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 2-for-4, BB, 2 R
9. Wander Javier: Out of for the season
10. Zack Littell (ROC): Did not play.
11. Blayne Enlow (CR): Did not play.
12. LaMonte Wade (ROC): 0-for-3, BB, K
13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 1-for-3, BB
14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): Did not play.
15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): 1-for-4
16. Yunior Severino (ET): 0-for-5, BB, R, K
17. Lewin Diaz (FM): 0-for-4, K
18. Ryan Jeffers (ET): 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 3 R
19. Jacob Pearson (CR): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
20. Luis Arraez (CHAT): 1-for-4
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Scranton/WB, 12:05 pm CT: Ervin Santana
Chattanooga vs. Montgomery, 1:15 pm CT: Sean Poppen
Fort Myers at Lakeland, 12:00 pm CT: Andro Cutura
Cedar Rapids vs. Lake County, 2:05 pm CT: Bryan Sammons
Elizabethton at Kingsport, 3:00 pm CT: Kody Funderburk
GCL Twins OFF
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