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Twins Minor League Report (7/8): Romero, Graterol Post Strong Outings

It wasn’t long ago when Jose Berrios was a regular fixture on the Twins Daily Minor League Report. On Sunday, he found out he had been selected to his first All-Star Game. Top pitching prospects like Fernando Romero and Brusdar Graterol were both on the mound on Sunday and they hope to follow in Berrios’ footsteps in the years to come.

Did either of them have an All-Star performance on Sunday? Read on to find out...
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ROSTER MOVES
  • OF Tanner English placed on the disabled list at Chattanooga with a lower back strain.
  • INF Taylor Motter transferred to Chattanooga from Rochester.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 7 (10 Innings)
Box Score
Rochester pitchers allowed five runs over the last three innings to end up on the wrong side of this one. Fernando Romero was strong for seven innings as he limited the Iron Pigs to two runs on four hits. He struck out six and didn’t walk any. His Triple A ERA is down to 2.04 for the season.

Every relief pitcher saw one run scored against them even if it wasn’t earned. Adalberto Mejia committed a throwing error in the eighth inning that eventually allowed an unearned run to be scored against him. John Curtiss ran into trouble in the ninth with two former Twins prospects, Trevor Plouffe and Danny Ortiz, starting the rally. Curtiss was charged with his second blown save after allowing two earned runs. Tyler Duffey took the loss after allowing the game-tying and winning run to score in extra-innings.

Rochester racked up 13 hits in this one but it wasn’t enough. Byron Buxton went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored. Kennys Vargas drove in a pair of runs as part of a three-hit effort. Nick Gordon also joined the hit parade by going 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 2, Jacksonville 5
Box Score
The Lookouts left nine men on base and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position to take the loss on Sunday. Luis Arraez went 3-for-5 at the plate and Zander Wiel collected his fourth home run as part of a two-hit game. Ryan Walker also reached base three times. Of the team’s 10 hits, Wiel had the lone extra-base hit.

Omar Bencomo took his third loss but he allowed only one earned run over six frames. In the second inning, Taylor Motter committed a throwing error that allowed multiple unearned runs to score. Bencomo uncorked a wild pitch in the fourth inning that eventually lead to another run. He finished with four strikeouts and one walk. Paco Rodriguez pitched two shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts to end the game.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 4, Bradenton 6
Box Score
One big inning was all it took for Fort Myers to see the rubber game of this series slip through its fingers. The Miracle took a 3-0 first inning lead thanks to a two-out double from Taylor Grzelakowski that plated two runs. It was his 10th double of the season and he would eventually score on a Caleb Hamiton single.

Top pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol made it through the first six frames relatively unscathed. He allowed one run in the third but he seemed to be sliding by nicely. The seventh inning was when he ran into a little trouble. Back-to-back one-out singles meant his day was done. Overall, Graterol went 6 1/3 inning, allowing three runs on six hits. He struck out five and walked two while hitting 101 mph multiple times during the game.

Unfortunately, Hector Lujan replaced Graterol and allowed both runners to score along with three other runs. Lujan wasn’t able to record an out. Adam Bray pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to finish the game. His ERA lowered to 1.08 on the season.

Miguel Sano finished 2-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 4, Kane County 5
Box Score
Up one run in the final frame, it looked like Cedar Rapids would take a 2-1 series lead against Kane County. However, the Cougars flipped the script with back-to-back two-out RBI hits and ended up walk-off winners in the one. Bryan Sammons continued his strong pitching performance but he saw his 20-inning scoreless streak come to an end. He pitched into the sixth inning and limited Kane County to one earned run. Overall, he pitched 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and two walks.

Every batter in the Kernels line-up reached base at least once. Akil Baddoo went 3-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. Jose Miranda drove in two runs as part of a two-hit day. Robby Rinn added his 11th double and came around to score a run.

Calvin Faucher suffered his first blown save after allowing two earned runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings. Ricky Ramirez took the loss and the blown save after allowing two runs over the last 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two and didn’t walk any.

E-TWINS E-TALK
Elizabethton 1, Danville 3
Box Score
Hits were few and far between for the E-Twins as the club only had five hits. Trevor Casanova reached base three times including two hits and a run scored. Yunior Severino and Alex Robles both went 1-for-4. Albee Weiss reached base twice.

Austin Schulfer allowed one run on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. He struck out two. Brian Rapp took over for Schulfer and pitched 3 2/3’s scoreless innings with a pair of strikeouts. Juan Gamez allowed a pair of runs over the last two innings for his first loss.

STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Akil Baddoo, Cedar Rapids (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R)
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Fernando Romero, Rochester (7.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 6 K, 0 BB)

TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 – Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3, RBI, 2 BB
#2 – Fernando Romero (Rochester) – 7 IP, 2 ER, 6 K, 0 BB
#3 – Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
#5 – Alex Kirilloff (Fort Myers) – 0-3, BB, K
#7 – Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 0-5, 2 K
#9 – Brusdar Graterol (Fort Myers) – 6.1 IP, 3 ER, 5 K, 2 BB
#10 – Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – 3-5, 2B, 2 R
#14 – LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 1-5, RBI, 2 K
#18 – Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) – 1-4, 2B, 2 K

MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Chattanooga @ Jacksonville (6:05 CST) – RHP Sean Poppen (2-4, 5.05 ERA)
Fort Myers vs. Palm Beach (6:00 CST) – RHP Andro Cutura (3-3, 3.62 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (12:00 CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (6-2, 3.74 ERA)
Elizabethton vs. Danville (6:00 CST) – TBD
GCL Twins vs. GCL Rays (11:00 AM CST) – TBD


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

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Soooo safe to say innings reduction isn't a concern for Romero?

 

Raising the question....what is the plan? I think it is showing Lynn and Odo for trade.....

 

As for "working on things", he can do that in the majors....though maybe psychologically that is hard.

 

If he loves the game and his family is cool with it, why? He's already made enough money (about $20M per Baseball Reference) to live comfortably for the rest of his life (unless he's been dumb with money, which he doesn't strike me as that type).

Agreed. Also, Plouffe and his wife just had their first child this past winter, so they probably still had some flexibility to move around this season. I imagine as the child grows, that will change. This was the first time in 7 years where he had to open the year in the minor leagues, so it's not like he's been barnstorming a lot.

 

FWIW, this article mentions the date that his family moved with him to Lehigh Valley, and Plouffe has hit .273/.414/.598 for a 1.013 OPS in 169 PA since then (after starting the season .187/.287/.293 for a .581 OPS in his first 87 PA):

 

http://www.mcall.com...0523-story.html

 

He might only be a Maikel Franco injury away from joining the Phillies, or maybe they would release him to pursue a similar opportunity elsewhere.

 

Speaking of 19 year olds, there are four young men at Cedar Rapids who are either 19 or just turned 20...Baddoo, Pearson, Lewis and Miranda.Its going to be fun watching this group move up the ladder, hopefully, all the way to the Twins in 2-3 years.

 

Getting Pearson for monopoly money looks to be a savvy move for the FO.  

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Raising the question....what is the plan? I think it is showing Lynn and Odo for trade.....

 

As for "working on things", he can do that in the majors....though maybe psychologically that is hard.

 

And Gibson too, probably... Romero will be back, but I 100% agree that getting him the MLB experience early was a good thing,, but he really struggled in his latest 4-5 outings, so I think letting him work on some things back at AAA is a good thing. Psychologically, mentally, etc. 

 

Then again, I think that NFL teams should do things like... If the starting QB is struggling for a half, put in the backup for one series and let the starter watch from a different angle, then get him right back up there to work on that thing. I think a pitcher can learn a lot from a short demotion and then get him back. Right after the trade deadline makes sense as there may be an opening or two at that time. 

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Agreed. Also, Plouffe and his wife just had their first child this past winter, so they probably still had some flexibility to move around this season. I imagine as the child grows, that will change. This was the first time in 7 years where he had to open the year in the minor leagues, so it's not like he's been barnstorming a lot

 

He might only be a Maikel Franco injury away from joining the Phillies, or maybe they would release him to pursue a similar opportunity elsewhere.

 

That was their second child. Their first child must be around 3 by now.

 

But yes, if he has a confidence from the Phillies organization that he truly would be that one call away if something like a Franco injury happens, then why not keep it up.

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puckstopper1
Jul 09 2018 01:54 PM

Kind of interesting that Adalberto Mejia was used in relief by the Wings.  

 

Is a change to the BP in his future or was this just a one-time thing?

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I read the title and expected to read about a strong start from Graterol. I guess everything’s relative. One one hand, a half season’s worth of starts like that might actually slow his ascent. On the other hand, it was way, way better than his first start at Fort Myers. But the numbers ‘19’ and ‘101’ trump anything that appears in the box score. Understandably so.

That was their second child. Their first child must be around 3 by now.


Good catch! The article didn't mention that one specifically, but I did see it also contained a reference to "children", plural.

 

I read the title and expected to read about a strong start from Graterol. I guess everything’s relative. One one hand, a half season’s worth of starts like that might actually slow his ascent. On the other hand, it was way, way better than his first start at Fort Myers. But the numbers ‘19’ and ‘101’ trump anything that appears in the box score. Understandably so.

 

He gave up one run through the first six innings. I'll take that anytime... What happened in the 7th inning obviously matters but for a prospect, what happened in the first six innings matters a whole lot more to me. 

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He gave up one run through the first six innings. I'll take that anytime... What happened in the 7th inning obviously matters but for a prospect, what happened in the first six innings matters a whole lot more to me.


Yes, it was decent for sure...strikeouts a bit pedestrian for a power arm...a few more pitches. But only his second game at this level...and I suppose a starter will never see the 7th inning by the time Graterol is in his prime.

 

Yes, it was decent for sure...strikeouts a bit pedestrian for a power arm...a few more pitches. But only his second game at this level...and I suppose a starter will never see the 7th inning by the time Graterol is in his prime.

 

6 innings of one-run ball from a 19-year-old in his second start at High-A....

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ashburyjohn
Jul 10 2018 07:10 AM

He gave up one run through the first six innings. I'll take that anytime... What happened in the 7th inning obviously matters but for a prospect, what happened in the first six innings matters a whole lot more to me. 

I second that, wholeheartedly. Sunday I blogged* about watching Yankees prospect Justus Sheffield carve through Pawtucket's lineup like a hot knife through butter, getting guys out with his heater and not necessarily with his off-speed stuff. He weakened in the fifth and was out of the game after one out in the sixth. His pitching line that game looks good but unremarkable. But man, a coaching staff can do something with talent like that - work on pacing himself just a little more, work on building up endurance instead, work on special tactics for when he's tiring, and if all else fails, you may have a stud reliever at very worst. But, if a guy can't get guys out in the first inning? What can you do with him?

 

* waxed eloquent, some will say, others will say droned on and on, still others will say tl'dnr :)

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6 innings of one-run ball from a 19-year-old in his second start at High-A....

I concede.Two of his base runners scoring in his last inning with him in the clubhouse.It was a strong start.

 

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What is Trevor Plouffe (Red Wings report) doing, 32 and still kicking around in the minors? You'd think he'd take the hint, either become a coach or get a real job.


And, as if on cue, the Phillies just brought Plouffe back to the major leagues:

https://www.mlbtrade...oby-milner.html
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