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Twins Minor League Report (7/31): Organizational Newcomers Shine

It hasn’t been an enjoyable few days for Twins fans as the trading deadline came and went with several players being sent to new organizations. While there wasn’t a huge splash of a prospect who was brought back in any of those deals, several intriguing players were added to the pipeline. One of them made a nice first impression yesterday with seven innings of no-hit ball, and on Tuesday more of the new guys made their first marks with the organization. Three games were also affected by rain, with two of them ending up postponed or suspended.

To find out how all the new guys and the rest of your favorite Twins prospects fared on Tuesday, keep reading and be sure to ask questions or discuss in the comments!
Image courtesy of © Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports (photo of Trevor Larnach)
TRANSACTIONS

With all the trade activity, it was a busy day for transactions:
  • Rochester (AAA): Trevor May was recalled by the Twins and would make his first MLB appearance since Tommy John surgery. Welcome back, Trevor! Chase De Jong and Tyler Austin were assigned to the Red Wings after their trades were made official.
  • Chattanooga (AA): Assigned to the Lookouts after swapping organizations, were Devin Smeltzer and Luke Raley. Starter Tyler Wells was also promoted to the Lookouts from Fort Myers.
  • Fort Myers (A+): Tom Hackimer was reinstated from the disabled list to take Wells' roster spot.
  • Elizabethton (Rk+): Luis Rijo was assigned to the E-Twins after coming over from the Yankees for Lance Lynn. Pitcher Cole Sands was also moved from the 7-day DL to the 60-day.
  • Gulf Coast Twins (Rk-): Zach Featherstone was placed on the 60-day DL.
RED WINGS REPORT
Scranton/WB 3, Rochester 8
Box Score

The Red Wings jumped on RailRiders bullpen contingent for this game, taking a 5-1 lead after three innings.

Four of those runs came in the third inning, where newcomer Tyler Austin homered to lead it off in his second at-bat in the organization, his seventh home run in Triple-A this year and 15th overall (with eight in MLB). Oh, and it was a BOMB:


Later in the frame the other three runs came across on a homer from Jon Kemmer, who was traded to the Twins in early July for cash. It also was his first in the organization.

Fernando Romero made the start for Rochester and was his usual self for the first six frames, allowing just one run (a HR) on two hits while striking out four. In the seventh he ran into trouble, surrendering two runs on three hits and two walks around a double-play ball to finish 6 2/3 solid innings. Reliever Jake Reed finished off the seventh and added two more scoreless frames. He did not allow a hit, walked two, and struck out two in picking up his second save of the year.

The offense added some insurance in the bottom of the seventh, courtesy of a Taylor Motter three-run home run. Motter (2-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI, K), Willians Astudillo (2-for-5, R, RBI), LaMonte Wade (2-for-5, 2 K), and Kemmer (3-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 3 RBI) each collected multiple hits in the victory.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga @ Tennessee (Postponed due to rain)

The Lookouts were unable to even their series with the Tennessee Smokies due to rain on Tuesday. They will play a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 4:00PM CST. LHP Dietrich Enns was the scheduled starter today, with LHP Lewis Thorpe probable for your regularly scheduled tilt tomorrow.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Jupiter 2, Fort Myers 3
Box Score

With the score tied at one in the fourth inning, the rains throughout the area on Tuesday came into play, causing a delay and subsequently ending Charlie Barnes' start.

To that point Barnes had allowed just one run while scattering four hits and two walks in his 3 1/3 innings. He struck out one and was at 61 pitches before the interruption.

Adam Bray was summoned from the bullpen when play resumed and went 2 2/3 innings to get the Miracle to the seventh. He allowed one run (solo-HR) on three hits and struck out four. Hector Lujan then came on and finished the game with three scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out four to pick up his fourth win.

He got the W as his offense was able to scratch across single runs in the first, fifth, and eighth innings. Royce Lewis led off the game for the Miracle with his fifth double in the Florida State League and would score the games first run on a sac fly from Alex Kirilloff. In the fifth it was an RBI double from Taylor Grzelakowski, and another sac fly from Brandon Lopez in the eighth. Grzelakowski finished the game 3-for-4 to lead his team and despite going 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position on the game, the Fort Myers offense was able to do just enough.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 8, Quad Cities 1
Box Score

The Kernels offense broke open a scoreless game in the fourth inning, sending ten men to the plate and scoring six of them. Akil Baddoo got it started by leading off with his 19th double and Jose Miranda brought him in with a single for the first run of the game. They were followed by two-RBI doubles from both Jacob Pearson and Michael Davis. Gabriel Maciel drove in his first run for his new organization with a single to cap the scoring.

In the fifth, Cedar Rapids added two more runs as Miranda and Ryan Jeffers hit back-to-back home runs to start it. It was Miranda’s 14th on the season, and Jeffers' second with the Kernels since being promoted a week ago.

On the bump for the visiting team, was right-hander Edwar Colina. He allowed just one run on five hits and two walks in six innings, notching a quality start. He also struck out seven and lowered his ERA to under 3.00 on the year. That lone run came on a solo homer in the fourth.

Jose Martinez picked up a three-inning save, his fourth of the year with three hitless innings in relief. He walked one and struck out two while needing just 27 pitches. Martinez also got an at-bat in this one (a K) as Cedar Rapids had lost their designated hitter after an injury to catcher David Banuelos (Jeffers took his spot behind the dish).

Jeffers led the lineup with a three-hit night in five trips and his double was his fifth in seven games with the Kernels, while Miranda and Davis each added two hits to the effort.

E-TWINS E-TALK
Elizabethton 8, Johnson City 5
Box Score

Another two of the Twins newest prospects had big games in this one. The first was outfielder Gilberto Celestino, who came in the Ryan Pressly deal with the Astros, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances. Those included three singles, a double, and a walk that also led to two runs scored and two RBIs. (I don’t know about you, but I like these new guys so far). He also stole his first base and was caught stealing once.

The second was 2018 first-round pick, Trevor Larnach. He launched his first two home runs of his professional career, both solo shots. He led off the second inning with his first, and added his second to lead off the ninth. He also drew a walk. His first of the night was captured on video, so enjoy:


The E-Twins also got multi-hit efforts Trevor Casanova (2-for-3, R, RBI, 2 BB), Alex Robles (2-for-3, R, 2 RBI, BB), and Lean Marrero (2-for-4).

Given a 2-0 lead before he took the mound, starter Kody Funderburk ran into too much trouble in the second inning, and he was not able to finish it. In 1 2/3 innings he allowed four runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out one. Tanner Howell came on to limit the damage in that inning and did so along with three more scoreless frames. He allowed three hits and a walk while striking out four. As Elizabethton took the lead back while he was on the mound, he also picked up his first professional win.

Johan Quezada was up next and was effectively wild, allowing only an unearned run on two hits and three walks in two innings, striking out one. Zach Neff picked up his third save with two scoreless innings to end it, allowing one hit and striking out four.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Orioles 3, GCL Twins 1 (Game Suspended in fifth inning)
Box Score

This one was suspended after a leadoff walk from Christian Cavaness in the bottom of the fifth with the score 3-1 in favor of the Orioles.

The Twins lone run to that point came on an RBI single from Erick Rivera in the fourth. The Orioles pushed three across in the second against Twins starter Tyler Benninghoff. In his four innings Benninghoff gave up those runs on two hits and three walks while striking out two. Erik Cha had come in for a one-two-three fifth, striking out two before the rain became too much to continue.

It’s likely this game will be completed tomorrow after the Orioles and Twins meet again for their regularly scheduled game.

STARS OF THE DAY

Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Edwar Colina, Cedar Rapids Kernels (W, 6IP, ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K)
Twins Daily Hitter(s) of the Day – Trevor Larnach, Elizabethton Twins (2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR (2), 2 RBI, BB, K)

TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY

#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-3, 2B (5), BB, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) – 0-for-2, BB, RBI (13-game hitting streak snapped)
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch.
#4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 1-for-5, K, 2 SB (8)
#5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Did not pitch.
#6 - Trevor Larnach (Elizabethton) – 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 HR (2), 2 RBI, BB, K
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – Game rained out.
#8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-5, R, 2B (19)
#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) – 2-for-5, 2 K
#13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-3, BB, K, SB (6)
#14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – Game rained out.
#15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – 0-for-3, BB, K
#16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) – 0-for-4, R, BB, 2 K
#17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) – Will have surgery on his wrist soon. Out for season.
#18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) – 3-for-5, R, 2B (5), HR (2), RBI, K
#19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-4, 2B (9), 2 RBI
#20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) – Game rained out.

WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) – RHP Zack Littell (2-4, 3.63 ERA)
Chattanooga @ Tennessee, Game 1 (4:00PM CST) – LHP Dietrich Enns (0-5, 6.00 ERA)
Chattanooga @ Tennessee, Game 2 – LHP Lewis Thorpe (6-4, 3.61 ERA)
Jupiter @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – TBD
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (7:00PM CST) – LHP Tyler Watson (4-4, 4.37 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Johnson City (6:00PM CST) – TBD
GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (11:00AM CST) – TBD (May also finish Tuesday’s suspended game)

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

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17 Comments

The new guys couldn't be doing any better in their first few days... The hitters have hit .359/.468/.539 (1.007 OPS) in 49 PA's... And the one pitcher, who pitched, threw 7 no hit innings. Lets just hope a couple of the 11 new guys can pan out.

    • Steve Lein, glunn, Tuba and 8 others like this

Alex Kirilloff.... 0 for 2... I'd release him.Have enough other newly acquired prospects that can take his place.

 

/sarc

    • ashburyjohn, glunn, Dman and 4 others like this

Zach Neff... a relief guy down in E-Town who's starting to grow on me.

Yeah, he's 22 years old as a 31st rounder out of Mississippi State but maybe he can advance fairly quickly,

 

A left-hander too, which can't hurt.

 

 

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Twinsoholic
Aug 01 2018 04:40 AM
What is the injury to Sands (the Twins over slot 5th round draft pick from Florida State)? The 60 day DL sounds serious. Also, what is the injury to the catcher Buenelos?
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ashburyjohn
Aug 01 2018 06:41 AM

Alex Kirilloff.... 0 for 2... I'd release him.Have enough other newly acquired prospects that can take his place.

 

/sarc

Jerk.

 

j/k

    • nater79a and MN_ExPat like this

I agree, Steve.I like these new guys.

 

One thought I had this morning is that the recent acquisition of two 1st basemen spells the end of Kennys Vargas run with the organization.Always liked him and would have liked to see what he could have been had he gotten 450-500 at bats for the Twins.And is Austin a better fit with Mauer next year than Morrison?[I am assuming Joe signs for another year or two]

 

One player from this year's draft that keeps catching my eye is Michael Davis.How did he last to the 24th round of this year's draft?

 

I am not concerned with how Benninghoff does this year, just glad to see him taking the ball every five days.

 

    • glunn, blindeke, nater79a and 3 others like this

 



I agree, Steve.I like these new guys.

 

One thought I had this morning is that the recent acquisition of two 1st basemen spells the end of Kennys Vargas run with the organization.Always liked him and would have liked to see what he could have been had he gotten 450-500 at bats for the Twins.And is Austin a better fit with Mauer next year than Morrison?[I am assuming Joe signs for another year or two]

 

One player from this year's draft that keeps catching my eye is Michael Davis.How did he last to the 24th round of this year's draft?

 

I am not concerned with how Benninghoff does this year, just glad to see him taking the ball every five days.

 

Roger, I might be a better fit with Mauer for next year. I cant imagine Morrison sticking around much longer. Austin should get up very soon since he's (I believe) out of options next year. He should get a two-month tryout and maybe spring training next year, but I think we all think/hope Rooker is the one playing 1B/DH for the Twins next year at some point. 

    • glunn, mikelink45, gagu and 3 others like this

 

Roger, might be a better fit with Mauer for next year. I cant imagine Morrison sticking around much longer. Austin should get up very soon since he's (I believe) out of options next year. He should get a two-month tryout and maybe spring training next year, but I think we all think/hope Rooker is the one playing 1B/DH for the Twins next year at some point. 

I would assume the FO thinks that Austin will be at least a bench bat next year, right? 

    • glunn likes this

Remember...Austin was acquired for Lance Lynn any return at the Major League level is a plus

 

Lynn was not a terrible acquisition...things just didn't go as planned and he was flipped...if Austin contributes in 7 wins the rest of the year it's a success

    • MN_ExPat likes this

Austin just crushed that ball. I'd like to see him a Twins uniform, pronto.

    • glunn likes this

Miranda finishes with a .935 OPS in July, I think he's the real deal. 

 

Ryan Jeffers is starting to give me some Kyle Schwarber vibes. 

    • glunn, birdwatcher, gunnarthor and 2 others like this
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RaymondLuxuryYacht
Aug 01 2018 09:14 AM

if Quezada can get the walks under control, I think he has a future.

 



I agree, Steve.I like these new guys.

 

One thought I had this morning is that the recent acquisition of two 1st basemen spells the end of Kennys Vargas run with the organization.Always liked him and would have liked to see what he could have been had he gotten 450-500 at bats for the Twins.And is Austin a better fit with Mauer next year than Morrison?[I am assuming Joe signs for another year or two]

 

One player from this year's draft that keeps catching my eye is Michael Davis.How did he last to the 24th round of this year's draft?

 

I am not concerned with how Benninghoff does this year, just glad to see him taking the ball every five days.

 

I've felt the same about Vargas, always wanted him to get an extended run and never did.

 

As far as I can tell Davis was a good hitter at Texas Tech, but not a great one (didn't hit over .300). Not sure about his Shortstop abilities.

 

And I'm with you on Benninghoff!

    • mikelink45 likes this

 

I would assume the FO thinks that Austin will be at least a bench bat next year, right? 

 

I think he will be given the opportunity to be that. I assume Mauer will be back, and at 36, he'll need more time off, so Austin can do some of that. Bench bat maybe when Rooker gets there.

    • glunn likes this

 

What is the injury to Sands (the Twins over slot 5th round draft pick from Florida State)? The 60 day DL sounds serious. Also, what is the injury to the catcher Buenelos?

 

Not really sure on Sands.

Sounds like a concussion for Banuelos.

 

I think he will be given the opportunity to be that. I assume Mauer will be back, and at 36, he'll need more time off, so Austin can do some of that. Bench bat maybe when Rooker gets there.

 

If he's in the plans, shouldn't they DFA Morrison, and get him up to MN and working on MLB pitching?

    • gunnarthor and gil4 like this

Hopefully somebody claims Morrison on waivers. The trade could be for just about anything, and I'd be happy. Couple buckets of gum, maybe a half eaten bag of Skittles....really, the options are unlimited.


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