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Twins Minor League Report (7/30): Duran Dominates, Stewart Stymies

Everyone wants to make a good impression on their new employer. To say that Jhoan Duran made a strong first impression with his Cedar Rapids teammates and members of the Twins organization might be an understatement. The hard-throwing right-hander acquired over the weekend from Arizona in the Eduardo Escobar trade was at his best on Monday night. His battery mate was 2017 draft pick Ryan Jeffers, and he had a breakout game for the Kernels as well.

But there was strong pitching throughout the Twins system on Monday, from Rochester to Chattanooga and Cedar Rapids.
Image courtesy of Steve Buhr (photo of Ryan Jeffers)
Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Monday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions.

  • At the big league level, the Twins traded LHP Zach Duke to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for two minor leaguers, RHP Chase De Jong and IF Ryan Costello.
  • Addison Reed’s rehab with the Red Wings is complete and he has been reinstated to the Twins roster.
  • Also, the Twins traded RHP Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees in exchange for 1B/OF Tyler Austin and RHP Luis Rijo. Austin was in Rochester with Scranton/Wilkes Barre, though he was scratched from the game.
  • RHP Ryne Harper has been promoted from Chattanooga to Rochester. He spent some time with the Red Wings earlier in the season.
  • Twins Daily has also been able to confirm that RHP Tyler Wells has been promoted to AA Chattanooga, though the move won’t be made official until Tuesday.
  • OF Tyler Webb was returned from Elizabethton to the GCL Twins.

  • Along with being named the Southern League Player of the Week honors, Brent Rooker was also named the Twins Minor League Hitter of the Week for the third time this season. He hit .467 with four doubles,, three homers and nine RBI. Got on base 55.6% of the time in his seven games.
  • Donny Breek was named the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Week. The 18-year-old from The Netherlands made two starts in the GCL and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in nine innings. He gave up just three hits, walked four and struck out 13 batters.

Game 1 - Rochester 3, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 4
Box Score

This game started way back on June 24th, but it rained and was suspended until today. It ended in dramatic fashion at home plate on Monday.

Dietrich Enns started and went four innings back in June. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks. When action started again on Monday, Tyler Duffey took the mound. The right-hander threw four scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. He walked one and struck out three batters. Luke Bard worked the ninth inning and walked one and struck out one.

While Enns is no longer with the Red Wings, neither is Jake Cave who homered in the first inning of this game in June. Also, Wynston Sawyer started behind the plate and was replaced by Cameron Rupp who has since been released. Finally, Zack Granite started in left field, but he is currently on the disabled list. The RailRiders had five of their starters who are no longer with the team as well. The beauty of a suspended game.

On this day, Willians Astudillo hit a solo home run. Down 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, Kennys Vargas walked. Edgar Corcino came to the plate as a pinch-hitter and delivered with an RBI double. Tommy Kahnle came on and Gregorio Petit greeted him with a single to left, but Corcino was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

New Twins 1B/OF was scratched from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre roster, and as you now know, traded. All he had to do was walk over to the other dugout. However, when this game started back in late June, Austin had hit a home run for the RailRiders.

Game 2 - Rochester 1, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 0 (8 innings)
Box Score

Kohl Stewart and Chance Adams put together a pretty impressive pitcher’s duel in this game.

Stewart threw seven shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out four batters. Adams, however, had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning when Gregorio Petit broke it up with a single to start the seventh, but the team was unable to break the scoreless tie.

Nick Anderson struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning. Adams went back out for the bottom of the eighth. With one out in the inning, and the automatic runner (Taylor Motter) at third base after a ground out to first base, two batters were intentionally walked to load the bases. Joel Skinner had Jeremy Hazelbaker pinch hit for Byron Buxton (who was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts), and Hazelbaker singled in Motter with the winning run. It was just the second hit of the game for the Red Wings.

Chattanooga 3, Tennessee 0
Box Score

Four pitchers combined for the Lookouts to shut out Tennessee 3-0. Williams Ramirez went the first two innings. Sean Poppen came on and went the next five innings. Then Tyler Jay and Cody Stashak each threw a scoreless inning to finish the job.

The Lookouts scored all three of their runs in the third inning. Jordan Gore started the inning with a single. He scored on a Tanner English double. English then scored on a single by Zander Wiel. Later in the inning, Chris Paul knocked in the third run with a single to score Brent Rooker, who had walked.

English led the offense with two doubles. He now has 13 doubles on the season. Mitchell Kranson also had two hits in the game.

Ft. Myers
Box Score

No Game Scheduled.

Cedar Rapids 8, Quad Cities 0
Box Score

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. At least that’s what “they” say. Well, if it’s true, then Jhoan Duran made about as strong of a first impression that a 20-year-old starting pitcher can make in a new minor league system.

Duran came to the Twins organization over the weekend from the Diamondbacks in the Eduardo Escobar trade. On this night, he threw seven no-hit, one-walk innings. He struck out eight batters and really didn’t have much struggle on the night. Jared Finkel kept the no-hitter alive through the eighth inning. However, with two outs in the ninth inning, he gave up a solid single between third base and the shortstop. One batter later, the Kernels settled for a one-hit shutout.

Duran needed just 92 pitches to get through seven innings. He improved to 6-4 with a 4.27 ERA. (Included his numbers with Kane County because they are in the same league.)

Duran got plenty of offense in support, but their number three and number four hitters led the way. Jose Miranda batted third. He got the team off to a fast start in the first inning with a three-run homer, his 12th of the season. In his next at-bat, he added an RBI single, and in his third at bat, an RBI double. He went 3-for-5. The double was his 22nd of the year. Beyond catching the one-hitter, cleanup hitting Ryan Jeffers came into the game having just two hits in his first five games (19 at- bats). In this game, he went 4-for-4 with a walk, his first three doubles, his first home run and three RBI. Michael Davis went 2-for-4 with his second Kernels double.

And in case you were wondering, it does appear that Duran and Finkel are still on good terms...

Box Score

No game scheduled.

GCL Twins 1, GCL Orioles 0 (7 innings - rain)
Box Score

The Twins got a terrific start from Prelander Berroa. The right-hander gave up just three hits over the first five innings. He walked one and struck out four to earn his first win. Dylan Stowell was credited with a save. He struck out two batters in a scoreless inning.

The offense wasn't as impressive, but it was just enough. 2017 ninth-round pick Willie Joe Garry, Jr., singled in Kidany Salva with the game’s lone run. Garry also stole his fourth base of the season. Gabe Snyder, a 2017 21st-round pick, had the only other hit, his sixth double.

Also, big Congratulations to GCL Twins manager Dan Ramsay who became a father for the third time over the weekend. He and his wife named the baby Carew.

Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Ryan Jeffers, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-4, BB, 3-2B, HR, 3 RBI).
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Jhoan Duran, Cedar Rapids Kernels (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K)

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 (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 0-4 | 0-3, K
#5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did not pitch.
#6 - Trevor Larnach (Elizabethton) - No Game Scheduled.
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-3, BB, R
#8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, 2BB, 2 R, K
#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) - 1-3, BB, 2B | 0-2, BB
#13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
#14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch
#15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - Rained out.
#16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) - No Game Scheduled
#17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - will have surgery on his wrist soon. Out for season
#18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) - 4-4, BB, 3-2B(3), HR(1), R, 3 RBI
#19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, BB, K
#20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) - 1-4
#21 - Jose Miranda (Cedar Rapids) - 3-5, 2B(22), HR(12), 5 RBI, 2 R, K
*I figured that since Wander Javier is out, I’d add #21 to the list.
Also, here are the new guys:
Jorge Alcala (Chattanooga) - on Disabled List
Ernie De La Trinidad (Ft. Myers) - No game scheduled
Gabriel Maciel (Cedar Rapids) - 1-5, BB, 2 R, 2 K
Jhoan Duran (Cedar Rapids) - 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K (92 pitches, 59 strikes)
Gilberto Celestino (Elizabethton) - No game scheduled

Scranton/Wilkes Barre @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Fernando Romero (2-3, 2.95 ERA)
Chattanooga @ Tennessee (6:00 CST) - LHP Dietrich Enns (0-5, 6.00 ERA)
Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (0-1, 11.57 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (4-3, 3.06 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Johnson City (6:00 CST) - TBD
GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00 am CST) - TBD

Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday games, or ask any questions you may have.

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So, theoretically, could Austin have hit a home run for both teams in the same game? 


That is a good question... I will have to check. 

Jul 31 2018 10:57 AM

The return for Escobar doesn't look underwhelming this AM.

Hey if Jhoan could be one of those in the wave with Kirilloff, Lewis, and Graterol i’d Be happy.


Hey if Jhoan could be one of those in the wave with Kirilloff, Lewis, and Graterol i’d Be happy.


I just want one of the three to be good enough to trade for multiple prospects in a few years, so that Pierzynski can be the gift that keeps on giving.

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I had no issues with pinch hitting at that spot, and I'm a development first guy. I just hope Byron gets healthy again. Then hits some again. For his sake more than ours.

Concur. If he's not healthy shut him down right now. If he's healthy then he's near rock bottom and they should try a different approach like sending him to Ft. Myers.
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