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Twins Minor League Report (7/6): Diaz Powers Miracle Win

On Friday, the Futures Game rosters were announced. We learned a couple of weeks ago that Torii Hunter would manage the USA team while David Ortiz will manage the World Team. Also on Hunter’s coaching staff will be Matthew LeCroy (bench coach), LaTroy Hawkins (pitching coach), and Miracle hitting coach Steve Singleton (hitting coach).

Representing the Twins on Team USA will be Miracle outfielder Alex Kirilloff. Representing the Twins and Australia on the World Team will be LHP Lewis Thorpe.

Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Lewin Diaz)
Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Friday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions.

  • The Twins acquired minor league outfielder Jon Kemmer from the Astros. The 27-year-old has played in AAA the last three seasons. He is a left-handed hitting corner outfielder.
  • The Twins activated utility man Taylor Motter and optioned him to AA Chattanooga. The decision to send him to Chattanooga rather than Rochester is because the Red Wings start their All-Star break on Monday and they want Motter to play.
  • Gabriel Moya reported back to Rochester. Luke Bard was placed on the disabled list (calf).
  • Ft. Myers activated OF Shane Carrier on Friday.
And before we go further, a quick fireworks show for Tom Froemming, a huge fireworks enthusiast (or not really).

Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 7 (10 innings)
Box Score

The Red Wings got the offense, but not quite enough pitching or defense in this game. Kohl Stewart made his second Red Wings start of the season. He gave up five runs on seven hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out five. Two of the hits left the ballpark, including one from former Red Wings outfielder Danny Ortiz. Trevor May walked one in an otherwise uneventful outing. Gabriel Moya struck out two batters over two scoreless innings. Alan Busenitz pitched a scoreless ninth inning, but he gave up two runs (both deemed unearned) in the 10th inning to take the loss.

LaMonte Wade led the offense. He went 2-for-3 with two walks and his third home run of the season. Nick Gordon went 2-for-5 with his eighth double and his second Red Wing home run. Kennys Vargas went 2-for-5 with his tenth double.

Chattanooga 1, Birmingham 3
Box Score

While the Lookouts were unable to garner much offense in this game, there were some interesting notes from the game. Luis Arraez made his first start for Chattanooga and recorded his first hit. Zander Wiel went 2-for-4. Jaylin Davis went 1-for-3 with a walk and drove in the lone run for the Lookouts.

Lefty Anthony Marzi fell to 0-6 for Chattanooga, but he pitched better than he has of late. He was charged with three runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. However, he also had 11 strikeouts. In his previous start, he went five innings without recording any strikeouts, and his 11 strikeouts on Friday night equaled his strikeout total over his previous four starts. Another lefty, Andrew Vasquez came on in relief. He walked one and struck out three over two hitless, scoreless innings. He has yet to give up an earned run over his first ten innings with the Lookouts this season, including 8 1/3 innings over his four appearance since returning following the Florida State League All Star game. A third lefty, Ryne Harper, struck out four batters over the final two innings.

Ft. Myers 5, Bradenton 4
Box Score

Things got a little feisty when the Miracle and Bradenton played on Friday night. Three members of the Miracle were ejected in the eighth inning. The Miracle took a 5-4 lead in the eighth frame when Lewin Diaz hit the go-ahead home run. The next batter was the red-hot Caleb Hamilton who was called out on strikes and was ejected. Soon after, his manager Ramon Borrego was tossed.

Tom Hackimer was in the game for the bottom of the eighth inning. After getting the first out, he proceeded to hit the next three batters. After a force out at home and a fly out, the inning ended without the tying run scoring, Hackimer was ejected as he left the field.

Tyler Wells was the story early in the game. He retired the first 16 batters that he faced. In total, he gave up two runs on three hits over six innings. He struck out eight without a walk. Colton Davis came on and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk before Hackimer was brought in. He got the final two outs of the seventh before his eighth inning. Alex Robinson came on for the ninth inning and pitched a perfect inning for the save.

Lewin Diaz was the offensive hero. He went 3-for-4 with his 11th double and his sixth home run, which proved to be the game-winner. Caleb Hamilton was 2-for-4 in the game. Alex Kirilloff batted in the leadoff spot for the first time and went 1-for-5. Miguel Sano was 1-for-4 in the game.

Cedar Rapids 0, Kane County 1
Box Score

Not much scoring in this game. In fact, the lone run in the game was unearned. Blayne Enlow worked a career-high six shutout innings. He worked out of some jams as he gave up six hits, walked three and hit one. He struck out three. Melvi Acosta worked the final two innings. He was charged with the unearned run on three hits. He struck out two.

The Kernels managed just five hits in the game. Jacob Pearson moved into the leadoff spot when Akil Baddoo was a late scratch from the lineup. Pearson went 2-for-3 with a walk. Andrew Bechtold hit his 13th double. Trey Cabbage had a single and walked once.

Elizabethton, Kingsport
Box Score

This game was been postponed by rain as the weather affected several games in the Appalachian League on Friday night.

GCL Twins 4, GCL Red Sox 2
Box Score

The GCL Twins got a little hitting and a little pitching, enough to come out of this game with a little win.
Landon Leach started for the Twins. The 2017 draft pick went two scoreless innings. He didn’t give up a hit, but he did walk three and struck out two. Donny Breek came on and also threw two scoreless innings. He walked two, hit one and struck out two. Frandy Torres gave up one run on two hits, a walk and a hit batter over 1 2/3 innings. He struck out three. Amilcar Cruz gave up one run on one hit, one walk and two hit batters. He struck out one. Tanner Howell came in and got the final seven outs to record the save. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two.

Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Lewin Diaz, Ft. Myers Miracle (3-4, 2B(11), HR(6), R, 2 RBI)
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Blayne Enlow, Cedar Rapids Kernels (6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K)

Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed. Please note that we will be updating our Top Prospect rankings so this list will be updated soon.

#1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4
#2 - Fernando Romero (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#3 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) -2-5, 2B(8), HR(2), 2 R, RBI, K
#4 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#5 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - 1-5, 2K
#6 - Wander Javier - out of for the season
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 0-3, BB, 2 K
#8 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, 3 K
#9 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - Did not play
#11 - Zack Littell (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
#12 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch
#13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - 3-4, 2B(11), HR(6), R, 2 RBI
#14 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 2-3, 2 BB, HR(3), 2 R, RBI
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 0-0
#17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 0-4, 3K
#18 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton Twins) - Did not play
#19 - Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch
#20 - Felix Jorge (Chattanooga) - DFAd and Released (though he did become a father on Friday, so congratulations to him.

Rochester @ Lehigh Valley(5:35 CST) - RHP Zack Littell (1-3, 3.00 ERA)
Birmingham @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe (4-4, 4.04 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ Bradenton (5:30 CST) - RHP Griffin Jax (1-0, 3.26 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30 CST) - RHP Jordan Balazovic (3-1, 2.36 ERA)
Danville @ Elizabethton (5:00 CST) - RHP Josh Winder (0-0, -.00 ERA)
GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox(9:00 am CST) - TBD

Please feel free to ask any questions about Friday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.

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That's been my listed measurements since I was 17! :)


(I'm double that now...)

You're 12'6"? Wow!

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@caninatl04 Wells has 4 solid pitches , in fact he already has 3 very good pitches- a fast ball they can’t seem to square up on very well at all, ridiculous curve, very good slider, and just “good” change up. You obviously haven’t seen him play much.

If those descriptions were objective, he'd be a top 30 prospect in all of baseball.
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You're 12'6"? Wow!


Right after I posted that I knew someone would point that out even though the context is there  :)

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Right after I posted that I knew someone would point that out even though the context is there :)

You may be 12'6" but at least we can see eye to eye on this.

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