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Twins Minor League Report (7/17): Barnes and Kirilloff Lead Miracle to Win

With only three Minnesota Twins minor league affiliates in action on Tuesday, this is going to be a relatively quiet report. There’s good news in that, however, as it is also quiet because the pitching staffs of two them delivered shutout efforts, including an excellent game from one of their top picks in the 2017 draft. Alex Kirilloff also came back from his Futures Game appearance and had a multi-extra-base-hit effort as he continues to adjust to the Florida State League.
Image courtesy of SD Buhr (photo of Charlie Barnes)
TRANSACTIONS

Before we get to the games, there was some roster shuffling in the lower levels of the minors:
  • Catcher Robert Molina was activated from the seven-day disabled list with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, and then assigned to the Elizabethton Twins.
  • The GCL Twins activated pitcher Junior Navas from the disabled list and he closed out the game on Tuesday. The Twins also received infielder and 2018 draftee, Hunter Lee from Elizabethton.
RED WINGS REPORT
Louisville 12, Rochester 5
Box Score

The Bats swarmed Red Wings starter Adalberto Mejia from the get-go in this one, with the home team falling behind 7-2 after three innings. Mejia recovered to finish six innings, including retiring the last seven hitters he faced, but it was too little too late. Those seven runs came on eight hits in the first three innings, and Mejia would only allow a walk after that. He also struck out seven.

Louisville turned it into a blowout against the bullpen duo of Luke Bard and Jake Reed, who combined to allow five more runs on four hits and two walks in the final three innings. Bard allowed a home run but also struck out four. Reed struck out one and finished the game.

On offense Rochester got multi-hit nights from Nick Gordon (2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, SB) and Andy Wilkins (2-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB). Wilkins’ home run led off the ninth inning and was his second in as many games since being promoted to the Red Wings. Kennys Vargas contributed an RBI double in the first inning to drive in Gordon, who had clubbed his 11th double earlier in the frame.

Stephen Gonsalves will take the hill for the Red Wings in the series’ rubber match Wednesday night at Frontier Field.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Scheduled Day Off

After playing games for 19 consecutive days, the Lookouts got a much-needed day off. They hit the road to face the Mobile BayBears for five games beginning tomorrow night.


MIRACLE MATTERS
St. Lucie 0, Fort Myers 5
Box Score

Fort Myers took a 1-0 lead after the first inning as the top prospect duo of Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff got them started. Lewis led off the game with his first double in a Miracle uniform. A batter later Kirilloff brought him home with his sixth Florida State League double.

That was all starter Charlie Barnes would need, as he held the Mets scoreless for seven innings to pick up his fourth win. Barnes scattered five, walked none, and struck out two. He also had thrown just 89 pitches, with 57 going for strikes (64%) so maybe he even had some more in him if it was necessary.

It wasn’t as the Fort Myers offense added to their lead with a single run in the fourth, and three more in the sixth. A sac fly from Joe Cronin made it 2-0 in the fourth, and Kirilloff led off the sixth with his second home run with the Miracle. In that same inning Ben Rortvedt drove in one with a sac fly, and a Brandon Lopez double would plate the third.

Kirilloff and Lopez each collected two hits to pace the lineup. Travis Blankenhorn clubbed his 18th double and scored two runs. In addition to his double, Lewis also drew a walk in four trips to the plate.

Colton Davis finished the final two innings for the home team and kept the shutout intact. He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out two.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Scheduled Day Off

Cedar Rapids had Tuesday off as they finished a 4-2 homestand last night. They will travel to Midland, Michigan tomorrow to begin a six-game road trip against the Great Lakes Loons.

E-TWINS E-TALK
Scheduled Day Off

Elizabethton was the third of the organization’s affiliates to have the night off on Tuesday. Leading the Appalachian League West Division with a 19-9 record, they’ll face the bottom-dwelling Greeneville Reds to begin a six-game homestand on Wednesday night.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 1, GCL Orioles 0
Box Score

The teams combined for just nine hits in this one, with none of them going for extra bases, and no earned runs allowed by the pitching staffs in a 1-0 shutout for the Twins.

A catcher interference play in the seventh inning put a runner on for the Twins, and after some small ball that runner scored on a wild pitch for the only run of the game. Leading the offense was Erick Rivera out of the eighth spot in the lineup, who finished 1-for-2 with two walks.

The pitching for the Twins was obviously excellent in this one. Right-hander Donny Breek made the start and went the first four innings. He allowed two hits, walked three, and struck out four. Regi Graci went the next 3 1/3 innings to pick up his second win. He gave up only a hit and a walk while striking out two. Osiris German faced two hitters to end the ninth and retired both, including one on a K, to pick up his first hold in the GCL. In his GCL debut after being activated, righty Junior Navas delivered a one-two-three ninth to pick up his first save. He struck out one.

STARS OF THE DAY

Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Charlie Barnes, Fort Myers Miracle (W, 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 K)
Twins Daily Hitter(s) of the Day – Alex Kirilloff, Fort Myers Miracle (2-for-4, R, 2B (6), HR (2), 2 RBI)

TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY

#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-3, R, 2B (1), BB
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) – 2-for-4, R, 2B (6), HR (2), 2 RBI
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch.
#4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-for-4, R, 2B (11), RBI, BB, SB
#5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Did not pitch.
#6 - Trevor Larnach (Elizabethton) - Could play by Wednesday (per Doogie)
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – Scheduled off day.
#8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – Scheduled off day.
#9 -Wander Javier – Out of for the season
#10 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – Did not pitch.
#11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch.
#12 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 0-for-4, 3 K
#13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-4, 2 R, 2B (18), K
#14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – Scheduled off day.
#15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-2, RBI, BB
#16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) – Scheduled off day.
#17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) – Did not play.
#18 - Ryan Jeffers (Elizabethton) – Scheduled off day.
#19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) – Scheduled off day.
#20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) – Scheduled off day.

WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Louisville @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) – LHP Stephen Gonsalves (6-3, 3.66 ERA
Chattanooga @ Mobile (6:35AM CST) – LHP Paco Rodriguez (3-0, 3.60 ERA)
St. Lucie @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Tyler Wells (7-4, 2.85 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Great Lakes (6:05PM CST) – RHP Edwar Colina (3-3, 3.43 ERA)
Greeneville @ Elizabethton (6:00PM CST) – TBD
GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00AM CST) - TBD

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

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6 Comments

Change-up Charlie! 

He must have had it working to perfection tonight.

Every week or two, Charlie Barnes catches my eye.Fourth round pick out of Clemson says he has a strong background.What do you see as his ceiling, Steve?Is he another AAAA lefty?Or maybe another Tommy Milone?Or should he be better than Milone?

 

Also took a deeper look at all four of the kids pitching for the GCL Twins, whom I knew nothing about.Interesting quartet.Breek has to make Blyleven happy and has been pitching well in the first few games of his professional career.I thought Regi Grace was going to be hard to sign.Glad they got it done.And German is doing well since moving up from the DSL last month.

 

But the pitcher that stood out was Junior Navas.He signed as a 16-year old two years ago, then pitched in the DSL last year.He has now made 12 appearances as a professional (19.2 innings with 2 starts) and has yet to allow an earned run.That's not going to last......but could he be a good one?  

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Every week or two, Charlie Barnes catches my eye.Fourth round pick out of Clemson says he has a strong background.What do you see as his ceiling, Steve?Is he another AAAA lefty?Or maybe another Tommy Milone?Or should he be better than Milone? 

 

Barnes certainly has some intrigue, but I don't think he has an upside of more than a back-end MLB starter. Control and his changeup can take him far enough for that, but without another standout (he will only touch 90 with his fastball as far as I know) pitch I don't see much more. I think he will always have success in the minors.

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oof da, not good pitching up in Rochester.

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AlwaysinModeration
Jul 18 2018 08:41 AM
Thanks for this write up Steve. Could I request that Buxton and Sano lines be added to the summary numbers section?
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oof da, not good pitching up in Rochester.

 And it was Mejia, Bard, and Reed! All who, even with this game, still have a pretty good line, as long as you don't consider it is AAA, and to be a MLB player, one would hope it was better. Especially when you consider that arm chair GMs are always wanting to trade MLB players that are performing for more of these types that never seem to make it to the show, anyway!Reading this and looking at the box, just adds to the despair of the season.

 

Zack Granite sure has turned into a pumpkin. Just can't hit now, after being ablaze at the same level in the recent years.

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