Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

The Forums

Article: Potential Twins Bullpen Target: Liam Hendriks, R...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:25 PM
At this point it is starting to sound like a broken record. You take a starting pitcher who is struggling to get hitters out, move him to...
Full topic ›

Article: KC 6, MIN 1: Bad Inning Spoils Awesome Uniforms

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:20 PM
On a day in which both teams paid homage to the Negro Leagues by wearing throwback Negro League uniforms, one bad inning sunk Michael Pin...
Full topic ›

Article: How Miguel Sano Can Fix His Swing

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:14 PM
When Miguel Sano first arrived in Minnesota in 2015, Twins team president Dave St. Peter said that fans “don't want to miss a Miguel Sano...
Full topic ›

Article: 2019 Twins Midseason Top Prospect List: 26-30

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:06 PM
Last week, we began revealing the Twins Daily Midseason Top 40 Prospects rankings with our choices for prospects 31-40 (Part 1, Part 2)....
Full topic ›

Twins Need Sellers

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:19 PM
It's June 23 and it's interesting across the MLB fruited plain.    Looking at the standings... There are only 7 clear sellers a...
Full topic ›

Twins Minor League Report (8/25): Tyler Wells Continues to Impress for Chattanooga

Tyler Wells continued to turn heads for the Lookouts tonight, lowering his Southern League ERA to 1.67. Also, in an E-Town win, Gilberto Celestino hit his first homer since joining the org, Akil Baddoo reached safely four times in a Cedar Rapids victory and Alex Kirilloff hit his 18th home run of the season. Come check out what else happened around the minor leagues Saturday.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Tyler Wells)
TRANSACTIONS
To Fort Myers: RHP Edwar Colina
To Cedar Rapids: LHP Zach Neff, RHP Carlos Suniaga

Also, Jordan Balazovic was placed on the Kernels’ DL and it was reported that Michael Pineda’s rehab assignment has been put on hold due to concerns over some soreness in his knees.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 3, Syracuse 1
Box Score

W: Luke Bard (3.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 0 K)
SV: John Curtiss (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 0 K)
SP: Ryan Eades (3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K)
HR: None
Multi-hit games: None

Rochester scored all three of their runs on a two-out rally in the fifth inning. It all started with catcher Juan Graterol drawing a walk. Alex Perez followed with a single, which chased Syracuse’s starter from the game. Byron Buxton was hit by a pitch to load the bases, then Nick Gordon drew an RBI walk. Gregorio Petit capped it off with a two-run single.

D.J. Baxendale had an impressive night, striking out four of the six batters he faced over 1 2/3 scoreless innings. John Curtiss struggled some with his control, throwing just 17 of his 33 pitches for strikes, but still picked up his ninth save.

Buxton was 1-for-3 with a single, a hit-by-pitch and two strikeouts. He also threw out a runner at home to end the sixth inning.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Jacksonville 5, Chattanooga 4
Box Score

SP: Tyler Wells (6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7 K)
HR: Andy Wilkins (8)
Multi-hit games: Tanner English (2-for-2, 3B)

This game started out as a pitchers duel, with Tyler Wells absolutely dealing for the Lookouts. The first run of the game didn’t come until the top of the eighth inning when Jacksonville took a 1-0 lead. Things got real interesting from there.

Chattanooga responded with four runs in the bottom of the eighth, but their bullpen could not make that lead hold up, as they surrendered four runs right back to Jacksonville in the top of the ninth. Andy Wilkins delivered the big hit for Chattanooga, hitting a go-ahead, three-run homer with two outs in the eighth.

Circling back to Wells, after six innings of shutout ball, his ERA is down to 1.67 since joining the Lookouts. He threw 63 of his 92 pitches for strikes and punched out seven batters. He’s given up just five earned runs in 27 innings for Chattanooga and has struck out 31 batters in the process.

MIRACLE MATTERS
St. Lucie 5, Fort Myers 2
Box Score

SP: Griffin Jax (5.0 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 1 K)
HR: Alex Kirilloff (5)
Multi-hit games: Alex Kirilloff (2-for-4, HR), Robbie Rinn (2-for-4)

Griffin Jax had his worst start of the season and the Miracle could not recover. Jax tied a season high with four earned runs and issued four walks in a start for the first time in 24 professional appearances.

Alex Kirilloff hit a home run, his fifth with the Miracle and 18th overall this season. Adam Bray pitched the final three innings, giving up one run on two hits to go along with three strikeouts. The Minneapolis native and South Dakota State product has a 1.27 ERA in 17 games with Fort Myers.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 6, Kane County 2
Box Score

W: Carlos Suniaga (5.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)
HR: Michael Davis (7)
Multi-hit games: Akil Baddoo (3-for-4, BB), Michael Helman (2-for-5, 2B), Trevor Larnach (2-for-4), Michael Davis 2-for-4, HR)

The Kernels had two runs on the board before they even made an out in the bottom of the first inning and cruised to victory. Leadoff man Akil Baddoo filled up the stat sheet, reaching base four times. He also stole his 22nd base of the season.

A quartet of 2018 draftees had big games as well. First-round pick Trevor Larnach was 2-for-4, pushing his batting average since joining the Kernels to .310, and drove in two runs. Michael Helman, an 11th-round pick, was 2-for-5 with a double and is hitting .368 in 19 games with Cedar Rapids. Michael Davis, selected in the 24th round, hit a two-run homer, his seventh with the Kernels. Finally, 31st-round pick Zach Neff logged 2 2/3 scoreless innings of one-hit ball to go with three strikeouts in his Midwest League debut.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 7, Bristol 5
Box Score

W: Josh Winder (5.0 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)
SV: Erik Cha (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)
HR: Yunior Severino (7), Gilberto Celestino (1)
Multi-hit games: Gilberto Celestino (3-for-4, HR), Yelstin Encarnacion (2-for-4)

E-Town jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and fended off multiple comeback attempts by the Pirates to improve their record to 36-26 this season. Josh Winder put together a solid start and Yunior Severino socked a two-run homer in the second inning. Gilberto Celestino, acquired in the Ryan Pressly deal, hit his first homer since joining the Twins and finished 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Erik Cha, making his Appy League debut, inherited a one-run lead with one out and a runner on in the seventh inning. He gave up one hit and one walk over 2 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the save, striking out five of the 11 batters he faced in the process.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 7, GCL Red Sox 6 (13 innings)
Box Score

W: Michael Montero (3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K)
SP: Kai-Wei Teng (4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)
HR: Shane Carrier (1)
Multi-hit games: Estamy Urena (3-for-5), Shane Carrier (2-for-5, HR)

Michael Montero entered this game with one out in the top of the 10th inning, after the Red Sox had scored the go-ahead run. He got out of a jam, recording the last two outs with runners on first and second base. Charles Mack tied it back up with a sac fly in the bottom of the 10th, and Montero just kept cruising.

Despite having a runner start on second base each inning, Montero posted zeros in the 11th, 12th and 13th innings. Finally, in the bottom of the 13th Hunter Lee hit a walk-off single.

Shane Carrier hit a three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning.

STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Wells, Chattanooga
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Gilberto Celestino, Elizabethton

TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed

1. Royce Lewis (FM): 1-for-5, R, K
2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): 2-for-4, HR, RBi, R
3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): Did not pitch.
4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 1-for-2, 2 BB, RBI
5. Stephen Gonsalves (MIN): Promoted to the Twins.
6. Trevor Larnach (CR): 2-for-4, 2 RBI, K
7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 1-for-4, R, K
8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 3-for-4, BB, 2 R, K, SB

9. Wander Javier: Out of for the season
10. Zack Littell (ROC): Did not pitch.
11. Blayne Enlow (CR): Did not pitch.
12. LaMonte Wade (ROC): Did not play.
13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 0-for-4, K
14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): Did not pitch.
15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): 1-for-4
16. Yunior Severino (ET): 1-for-3, HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 2 R, K)

17. Lewin Diaz (FM): Out for the season.
18. Ryan Jeffers (CR): Did not play.
19. Jacob Pearson (CR): 1-for-4, R, K
20. Luis Arraez (CHAT): 0-for-1, K (as a pinch hitter)


SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Syracuse, 12:05 pm CT: Lewis Thorpe
Chattanooga vs. Jacksonville, 1:15 pm CT: TBD
Fort Myers at St. Lucie, 11:00 am CT: TBD
Cedar Rapids vs. Kane County, 2:05 pm CT: Tyler Watson
Elizabethton at Bristol, 5:00 pm CT: TBD
GCL Twins: Off

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.

  • nclahammer likes this

  • Share:
  • submit to reddit
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

28 Comments

Photo
108Stitches
Aug 25 2018 09:46 PM
Tyler Wells (unless I’m mistaken) has the best pitching numbers in the entire organization. Supreme steal of a draft. I hope he goes to Arizona and big league spring training. Time to push him a little.

Tyler Wells also turns 24 today (Sunday)! Happy birthday to him.

    • birdwatcher and dbminn like this

I feel like we should be talking more about Michael Davis. Later round pick in June, but quickly moved up to Cedar Rapids and has shown power, despite a low-ish batting average, while playing a solid shortstop.

    • nicksaviking, bluechipper, dbminn and 2 others like this

I hate to say it, but Buxton's two Ks really stood out to me.He still does not have control of the strike zone and if he is like this in AAA he is not ready for MLB.Is Buxton really a great fielding AAAA player?

    • Oldgoat_MN likes this

It's easy to get stuck thinking only the "top prospects" are actually prospects, and maybe forget how many players in the big leagues never got that sort of attention as minor leaguers.  A lot of it maybe speaks to the volatility of it all, but it is a little remarkable that Wells isn't a top 20 Twins prospect.  Not a criticism of the evaluators, just that things change fast, and when you don't start as a high draftee it is harder to get taken seriously.

 

Its not going to change, but in some ways it is almost silly that so much perception of who these guys can be comes from before they actually started playing professional baseball.

    • Seth Stohs, DocBauer, The Billy Goat and 2 others like this
Photo
FormerMinnasotan
Aug 26 2018 08:06 AM
I have to say the more success Tyler Wells has here in AA, the more I think he can be a great addition to the Twins rotation as soon as next year. I would have thought he’d struggle as the hitters in AA are much more advanced than A+ ball hitters. But instead Wells is pitching BETTER than he did in Ft Myers (and he has also maintained his great control/command). I think he’ll surprise a lot of people when he gets to the Bigs.
    • Hosken Bombo Disco, 108Stitches and DannySD like this
Photo
108Stitches
Aug 26 2018 08:12 AM
Tyler Wells>Tyler Jay. But Jay is still top 30. The fact that Wells is no longer in the top 30 and Alcala is number 11 is ridiculous. Alcala has been quite bad. Ratings really don’t reflect reality
    • DannySD likes this
Photo
108Stitches
Aug 26 2018 08:12 AM
Just remember, Andy Pettit and John Smoltz were 22nd round picks.

 

Tyler Wells also turns 24 today (Sunday)! Happy birthday to him.

 

Also, happy birthday to Brusdar Graterol. Maybe the Twins need to look at birthdays when they draft pitchers!

    • 108Stitches likes this
Photo
RaymondLuxuryYacht
Aug 26 2018 09:57 AM

Seems to me Wells has not seen much decline in his results as he moves up in levels.In fact, it seems like his results are improving.I am impressed with him.

    • 108Stitches likes this
Photo
drivlikejehu
Aug 26 2018 10:15 AM

 

I feel like we should be talking more about Michael Davis. Later round pick in June, but quickly moved up to Cedar Rapids and has shown power, despite a low-ish batting average, while playing a solid shortstop.

 

Eh, he has a 6/39 K/BB ratio as a 22 year-old in low-A. Doesn't seem like he's done anything to change his prospect status.

 

Any word on why Balazovic was DL'ed?

    • Danchat likes this
Photo
108Stitches
Aug 26 2018 10:41 AM

Seems to me Wells has not seen much decline in his results as he moves up in levels.In fact, it seems like his results are improving.I am impressed with him.

You are correct.https://imgur.com/WU0PSAd WU0PSAd

I’ve noticed that none of the players we received from trade deadline deals are shown as Top Prospects even though they were shown in the MLB Twins Top 30 Prospects for 2018.

Some of them are doing very well, maybe better than some of the players on our normal list.

Im not complaining, just something to consider going forward.

http://m.mlb.com/pro...s/2018?list=min

Luke Raley
Jhoan Duran
Ernie De La Trinidad
Photo
108Stitches
Aug 26 2018 11:57 AM

 

I’ve noticed that none of the players we received from trade deadline deals are shown as Top Prospects even though they were shown in the MLB Twins Top 30 Prospects for 2018.

Some of them are doing very well, maybe better than some of the players on our normal list.

Im not complaining, just something to consider going forward.

http://m.mlb.com/pro...s/2018?list=min

Luke Raley
Jhoan Duran
Ernie De La Trinidad

And the one who is NOT doing well is number 11! Go figure lol

    • MikeW likes this
The guy I’m keeping an eye on his Michael Helman. Michael Helman http://www.milb.com/...itting/2018/ALL

I hate to say it, but Buxton's two Ks really stood out to me. He still does not have control of the strike zone and if he is like this in AAA he is not ready for MLB. Is Buxton really a great fielding AAAA player?


I’ve never understood why Buxton doesn’t mix in drag bunts. With his speed he could add double digits to his BA.

Rod Carew made a living doing it
    • 108Stitches likes this
Photo
howieramone2
Aug 26 2018 01:56 PM

 

And the one who is NOT doing well is number 11! Go figure lol

As I recall he came to us injured. 

Photo
108Stitches
Aug 26 2018 02:54 PM

As I recall he came to us injured.

Alcala has had 4 starts and he’s rocking a 6+ era with 12 walks to 17 k.

Alcala has had 4 starts and he’s rocking a 6+ era with 12 walks to 17 k.

Maybe he needs to be shut down. Season is almost over anyway, though.

Photo
howieramone2
Aug 26 2018 03:28 PM

 

Alcala has had 4 starts and he’s rocking a 6+ era with 12 walks to 17 k.

He was the Astro's #7 prospect, and now ours at #11. He came to us with some kind of injury question and has pitched all of 15 innings. Rumor is he can touch 100 MPH. I don't see any need to panic.

    • PseudoSABR likes this
Photo
108Stitches
Aug 26 2018 03:32 PM

He was the Astro's #7 prospect, and now ours at #11. He came to us with some kind of injury question and has pitched all of 15 innings. Rumor is he can touch 100 MPH. I don't see any need to panic.


Not really panicking lol. I just don’t see what’s there besides speed. He walks a ton, and when he does put it in the zone he gets hit. And that goes back for two seasons. I’m a fan of pitchers, not the radar gun. That’s all I’m saying. That being said, he’s ours now and I hope he is great! In the mean time Tyler Wells deserves the top 30 and he isn’t in it for some reason.

Let's just say Fangraphs isn't as high on him as others.....the rankings aren't universally agreed upon. 

 

Eh, he has a 6/39 K/BB ratio as a 22 year-old in low-A. Doesn't seem like he's done anything to change his prospect status.

 

Any word on why Balazovic was DL'ed?

 

He's been in pro ball for 2 months... 

And, I never said anything about changing his prospect status... 

And, I've quit caring about age to level of competition. It' silly for four-year college guys, especially in their first year of ball.

 

It's easy to get stuck thinking only the "top prospects" are actually prospects, and maybe forget how many players in the big leagues never got that sort of attention as minor leaguers.  A lot of it maybe speaks to the volatility of it all, but it is a little remarkable that Wells isn't a top 20 Twins prospect.  Not a criticism of the evaluators, just that things change fast, and when you don't start as a high draftee it is harder to get taken seriously.

 

Its not going to change, but in some ways it is almost silly that so much perception of who these guys can be comes from before they actually started playing professional baseball.

 

Tyler Wells is a top 20 for me. Was at the midseason. Dude's got a chance.

 

Tyler Wells>Tyler Jay. But Jay is still top 30. The fact that Wells is no longer in the top 30 and Alcala is number 11 is ridiculous. Alcala has been quite bad. Ratings really don’t reflect reality

 

Ratings also don't have a ton to do with statistics and performance, but instead about upside... so rankings are always just for fun and for discussion... it's a projection. I don't think anyone says it's "reality."


Similar Articles


by Seth Stohs , Today, 06:06 PM
Photo


by Cody Christie , 21 Jun 2019
Photo


by Seth Stohs , 05 Jun 2019
Photo


by Steve Lein , 02 Jun 2019
Photo


by Matt Braun , 01 Jun 2019
Photo