Twins Minor League Report (8/14): Prospects in Pensacola
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photos of Trevor Larnach, Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff)Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Wednesday, starting with the transactions of the day.
- RHP Ryan Eades was DFAd by the Twins and claimed by the Baltimore Orioles.
- RHP DJ Baxendale was activated by the Red Wings, and RHP Cody Stashak returned from the Twins.
- C Ben Rortvedt was placed on the Pensacola injured list. C/1B Taylor Grzelakowski returned to the Blue Wahoos from Ft. Myers.
- RHP Jose Martinez was activated from the IL. RHP Alex Schick went on the IL with a hamstring injury.
Rochester 3, Indianapolis 5
Griffin Jax made his second start for the Red Wings. He gave up five runs (three earned) on seven hits in four innings. He gave up runs in three of the four innings he pitched. He did not walk or strike out anyone.
Preston Guilmet and Ryan O’Rourke each tossed two scoreless innings. Guilmet gave up two hits, walked one and struck out three. O’Rourke gave up one hit and struck out three.
Wynston Sawyer returned and led the offense. He went 4-for-4 in the game. Zander Wiel hit his 21st home run of the season in the ninth inning, but the rally came up short.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Pensacola 9, Chattanooga 7
Pensacola put up big, crooked numbers in two of the innings and held on when the Lookouts had one big inning.
Alex Kirilloff led the way. He went 3-for-5 and hit his eighth home run in the first inning to put the Wahoos on the scoreboard. He also stole his sixth base. Trevor Larnach went 3-for-4. Royce Lewis went 2-for-5 and stole his third base. Jimmy Kerrigan was 2-for-5 and stole his 13th base. Caleb Hamilton was 1-for-2 with two walks.
Lefty Bryan Sammons started and gave up two runs on six hits over the first six innings. He walked two and struck out five batters. Tom Hackimer started the seventh inning. He recorded just one out and was charged with four runs on two hits and two walks. Jorge Alcala came on and gave up one run on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Brusdar Graterol came on and got the final out of the eighth inning. He walked the leadoff batter in the ninth inning, but picked him off. He then walked a second batter before getting the three outs. It was the first save of Graterol’s professional career.
Seth Aside (because I get asked a lot): I have no doubt that Brusdar Graterol will be called up on the last day of August, if not sooner, assuming he remains healthy.
Ft. Myers 2, St. Lucie 1
The Miracle put together a well-pitched game, and a couple of Florida State League “Firsts” helped them to the win.
Tyler Watson started and gave up just one run on six hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out six. Johan Quezada came in and got out outs. Moises Gomez got the final five outs of the game, four on strikeouts.
The Miracle got on the board in the third inning. Jacob Pearson knocked his first home run for the Miracle. He went 3-for-4 in the game and also stole his sixth base. In the seventh inning, Yeltsin Encarnacion crushed his first Miracle home run, and it proved to be the game-winner.
Cedar Rapids 2, Wisconsin 3
The Kernels fell behind early, but runs in the eighth and ninth innings tied the score. However, they fell on an infield hit in the bottom of the ninth.
In the eighth inning, a Wander Javier single scored Daniel Ozoria. Then in the top of the ninth inning, Trevor Casanova lofted a fly ball deep enough to score Spencer Steer with the tying run.
Ozoria led the offense. He went 2-for-2 and was hit by a pitch. He stole his 10th and 11th bases.
Kody Funderburk started for the Kernels. The left-hander started with four scoreless innings before giving up two runs in the fifth frame. In his 4 2/3 innings, he gave up the two runs on four hits and three walks. He struck out five. Jose Martinez gave up two hits but no runs over the next 1 1/3 innings. He struck out two. Dylan Thomas tossed two scoreless innings. Nate Hadley came in for the ninth inning, but with two outs, he gave up an infield single that scored the winning run.
No Game Scheduled.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins, GCL Braves
The GCL Twins were postponed by rain… again. The two teams are scheduled to play two games on Thursday.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Tyler Watson, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Alex Kirilloff, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 2-5, R, K, SB(3)
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 3-5, HR(8), 2 R, 2 RBI, K, SB(6)
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 0 K (13 pitches, 5 strikes)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 3-4, R, RBI, K, SF
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 1-3, BB, RBI, K
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - 0-4, BB, R, 2 K
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (25 pitches, 17 strikes)
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 2-5, 3B(5), R, RBI, K, CS
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Indianapolis (6:05 CST) - LHP Charlie Barnes (0-0, 8.31 ERA)
Chattanooga @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (3-0, 2.52 ERA)
St. Lucie @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - RHP Jordan Balazovic (6-3, 2.76 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (7:05 CST) - RHP Luis Rijo (4-7, 2.84 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Danville (5:30 CST) - RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (0-1, 5.65 ERA)
GCL Twins @ GCL Braves (DH @ 9:00 CST) - TBD, TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Wednesday games or any other minor league topics you would like.
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