Twins Minor League Report (8/29): FSL Season Cancelled, Trevor Larnach Named Player of the Year
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Trevor Larnach)TRANSACTIONS
Cedar Rapids activated LHP J.T. Perez from the seven-day IL.
IF Jake Hirabayashi assigned to the GCL roster from Cedar Rapids.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 7, Buffalo 6
Lewis Thorpe: 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 70.5% strikes (31 of 44 pitches)
HR: Willians Astudillo (5), Zander Wiel (23)
Multi-hit games: Alejandro De Aza (3-for-4, 3B, BB), Tomas Telis (3-for-5), Astudillo (2-for-4, HR, HBP), Ian Miller (2-for-5), Ronald Torreyes (2-for-5)
The Red Wings pulled out a victory to even their season record to 68-68 in a game in which many hopeful September callups shined.
Lewis Thorpe was excellent in a brief start, striking out six batters while giving up one run over three innings. Willians Astudillo hit his fourth home run in just the 13th game of his rehab assignment. Fernando Romero was perfect over the final two innings, protecting a one-run lead to earn the save.
Rochester entered the top of the eighth trailing, but Zander Wiel blasted his 23rd home run of the season, a two-run shot, to put the Wings up for good. Alejandro De Aza was 3-for-4 with a triple and a walk, boosting his OPS to 1.059 since signing with the Twins.
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Montgomery 5, Pensacola 2
Jhoan Duran: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 70.8% strikes (51 of 72 pitches)
HR: Trevor Larnach (7)
Multi-hit games: Larnach (3-for-5, HR), Alex Kirilloff (2-for-4, 2B, BB), Ryan Costello (2-for-3, 2B, BB), Travis Blankenhorn (2-for-5, 2B)
How’s that for a day at the office? Trevor Larnach was named the Florida State League Player of the Year, then went 3-for-5 with his seventh home run since being promoted up to Pensacola. In just 39 games, Larnach has already posted more homers in the Southern League than he had in 84 games in the FSL. That homer put the Blue Wahoos up 2-1, but it was all Biscuits from there.
Jhoan Duran turned in another encouraging start for Pensacola, striking out six batters over five innings of one-run ball. He’s managed to lower his Southern League ERA from 7.13 to 4.86 over his last two outings. Marcos Diplan surrendered the game-tying run in the sixth inning before Andrew Vasquez gave up the lead in the eighth.
Dunedin 3, Fort Myers 0
Blayne Enlow: 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 60.5% strikes (46 of 76 pitches)
Multi-hit games: None
Blayne Enlow was cruising along, pitching a shutout through the first four innings, but was unable to pitch around a leadoff triple in the fifth inning. That runner eventually came around to score, Enlow was lifted in that inning and two of his runners who were inherited also scored.
That was it for the scoring in this one. The Miracle were only able to muster three hits in this game, a triple from Jacob Pearson and singles from Trey Cabbage and Yeltsin Encarnacion.
Quad Cities 3, Cedar Rapids 2
Tyler Palm: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 0 K, 55.3% strikes (47 of 85 pitches)
HR: Gabe Snyder 2 (18)
Multi-hit games: Snyder (2-for-3, 2 HR, BB)
Gabe Snyder was a one-man wrecking crew, but unfortunately the rest of the Kernels struggled to provide any additional support. Snyder hit his 17th and 18th home runs of the season and also drew a walk.
Tyler Palm gave up three runs over the first five innings, but the Cedar Rapids bullpen was lights out from there. Austin Schulfer struck out three batters over two shutout innings before Rickey Ramirez finished things out with a pair of clean innings of his own.
The Kernels got a leadoff walk from Albee Weiss to open the eight inning, ended up loading the bases with two outs, but Wander Javier struck out swinging to end the threat. Matt Wallner then led off the ninth inning with a walk of his own, but was immediately erased by a double play.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Jhoan Duran, Pensacola
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Gabe Snyder, Cedar Rapids
TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed:
1. Royce Lewis (PNS): 0-for-5, K, E (fielding)
2. Alex Kirilloff (PNS): 2-for-4, 2B, BB, E (throw)
4. Trevor Larnach (PNS): 3-for-5, HR, OF assist
5. Wander Javier (CR): 0-for-4, K
9. Jhoan Duran (PNS): 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K, 70.8% strikes (51 of 72 pitches)
10. Blayne Enlow (FM): 4.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 60.5% strikes (46 of 76 pitches)
11. Lewis Thorpe (ROC): 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K, 70.5% strikes (31 of 44 pitches)
13. Ryan Jeffers (PNS): 0-for-5, 2 K
15. Matt Wallner (CR): 0-for-3, BB, 2 K
20. Travis Blankenhorn (PNS): 2-for-5, 2B
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Syracuse, 6:05 pm CT (Devin Smeltzer)
Pensacola at Montgomery, 6:35 pm CT (Bryan Sammons)
Cedar Rapids vs. Quad Cities, 6:35 pm CT (Andrew Cabezas)
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
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