Twins Minor League Report (8/26): Laweryson Strikes Out 15!
Image courtesy of Nicolas Badders, Elizabethton Twins (photo of Cody Laweryson)Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with some awards and the transactions of the day.
- The Red Wings announced that LHP Stephen Gonsalves ended his rehab and was transferred to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
- Also, OF Brent Rooker began a rehab appearance with the GCL Twins.
- OF Nelson Roberto was promoted from the DSL to the GCL.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Buffalo 5
Charlie Barnes made the start for the Red Wings. He gave up five runs on nine hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out two. Fernando Romero, Jake Reed and Sam Clay each threw a scoreless inning.
Drew Maggi went 2-for-4 with a walk. Mike Miller was 2-for-4. Zander Wiel was also 2-for-4 and added his 38th double of the year.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Pensacola 4, Jackson 2
The Wahoos used a three-run bottom of the eighth inning to take the 4-2 win. Travis Blankenhorn, LaMonte Wade and Mark Contreras each knocked in a run in the inning.
It was a bullpen game for Pensacola on Monday. Adam Bray started and gave up two runs on two hits over 2 2/3 innings. He walked three and struck out three batters. Anthony Vizcaya tossed scoreless 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just two hits, hit a batter and struck out two. Jovani Moran struck out three batters over the next 1 2/3 innings, and Jonathan Cheshire got the final four outs, two on strikeouts.
Wade went 1-for-3 with a walk and the ninth-inning ground rule double. Ryan Jeffers added his fifth double.
Ft. Myers, Dunedin
A scheduled doubleheader with the Blue Jays was again rained out. They are hoping to play doubleheaders each of the next two days.
Cedar Rapids 5, Peoria 6 (11 innings)
The Kernels fell behind late, tied it in the bottom of the ninth, then tied it again in the bottom of the tenth. Unfortunately, they did not have an answer in the 11th inning to take the loss.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and down by a run, Spencer Steer doubled in a run, but a runner was thrown out at home to send the game to extra innings. Steer then scored on a ground out in the 10th inning to tie the game and send it to the 11th.
Steer led the offense. He went 2-for-5 with his 10th and 11th doubles. Wander Javier went 2-for-3 with two walks and his ninth double. Gabe Snyder also had two hits.
Kody Funderburk started. The southpay gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five batters. Nate Hadley came on and gave up just one hit over 2 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out two. Ricky Ramirez worked one inning and gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Alex Schick worked three innings. He gave up an unearned run in the 10th and another in the 11th. (As you know, that means that the runners that started the inning on second base scored.)
UPDATE - I apologize for not providing the Byron Buxton update initially. Here it is. He did not play last night due to wet playing conditions. He is expected to start, and play CF, for the Kernels tonight (Tuesday).
E-Twins 1, Greeneville 0
Right-handed pitcher Cody Laweryson was the Twins 14th-round pick in June out of the University of Maine. On Monday night, he tossed six shutout innings. He gave up just three hits and didn’t issue a walk. He also struck out 15 batters in the game.
Owen Griffith came on and worked the final three innings, keeping the shutout, and recording his first pro save. He gave up just one hit and struck out five batters.
The Twins got their lone run when Janigson Villalobos hit his sixth double of the season to drive in Anthony Prato with the game’s only run. Will Holland went 2-for-3 and stole his eighth base.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins, GCL Rays
The game was suspended in the bottom of the fourth inning with the Twins leading 2-0. The full story will come in Tuesday’s minor league report. However, a couple of quick notes from the early innings. First, non-drafted free agent Evan Gillespie tossed four scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out four batters. Luke Raley was 1-for-2 as he continued his rehab. He played center field. Brent Rooker made his first rehab appearance. He was 1-for-2 before the rains came. He played left field.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Cody Laweryson, Elizabethton Twins
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Wander Javier, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 0-3, R, 2 K, SB(5)
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 0-3, BB
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 1-4, 2 K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 2-3, 2 BB, 2B(9)
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - Rained Out
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - Game suspended
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Rained Out
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List (lower leg contusion)
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - 1-3, R, 2B(5)
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - No Game Scheduled
#15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-6, 2 K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Injured List
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - Season Complete
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 0-4, R, K
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Buffalo (6:35 CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart (8-5, 5.23)
Jackson @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - RHP Bailey (2-0, 0.64 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ Palm Beach (DH @ 1:00 CST) - LHP Lachlan Wells (2-4, 4.15 ERA), TBD
Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Luis Rijo (7-2, 2.82 ERA)
Greeneville @ Elizabethton (5:30 CST) - TBD
GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00 CST) - TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Monday games or any other minor league topics you would like.
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