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Twins Minor League Report (8/31): A Semi-Full Sweep

Just two games in the system tonight as Pensacola prepares for their playoff push and the two Florida-based leagues were cancelled. Still, there was some action in the system and some potential theories regarding who will be called up to the majors with the expanded rosters. All that and more in this edition of the Minor League Report.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Josh Winder)

RHP D.J. Baxendale activated from the 7 day IL at AAA Rochester

RHP Edwar Colina transferred to AA Pensacola

RHP Adam Bray placed on the 7 day IL at AA Pensacola

1B Chris Williams assigned to A Cedar Rapids from A+ Fort Myers

C Kyle Schmidt placed on the 7 day IL at A Cedar Rapids

OF Ian Miller will reportedly be called up by the Twins

RHP Brusdar Graterol will reportedly be called up by the Twins sometime in September

Rochester 5, Syracuse 3
Box Score

D.J. Baxendale: 3 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
HR: None
Multi-hit games: Ramón Flores (2-for-3, 2B, R, 2 RBI), Tomás Telis (4-for-5, 2B, R), Wilin Rosario (2-for-5, R), Alejandro De Aza (2-for-5, 2B, RBI), Ronald Torreyes (2-for-3, R), Mike Miller (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI)

The Red Wings ran a bullpen game against the Syracuse Mets who also ran a bullpen game. I’m sure every reliever got their steps in with all the pitching changes made in the game.

Baxendale started the game and was able to go three innings for his first outing off the IL. Jake Reed picked up after him and was able to net seven outs with just one earned run. After Reed, potential call-ups Jorge Alcala and Fernando Romero combined for 11 outs and no earned runs to put the finishing touches on a well- pitched game.

While the offense only scored five runs, there were many opportunities to expand that for the Red Wings as they had 16 hits total in the game. Telis was the big winner at the plate with his four hits but there were five other hitters with multi-hit games and every hitter except one had a hit.

In total, the only thing that could stop the Red Wings from scoring was themselves as they had a runner on base in every inning except for the ninth. Naturally, there was no ninth because they were the home team and had the lead following the top of the ninth so the bottom of the ninth did not exist, a shame.


No game


Season cancelled

Cedar Rapids 3, Beloit 1
Box Score

Josh Winder: 4 ⅔ IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
HR: None
Multi-hit games: Matt Wallner (2-for-4, 3B, 2 R)

In the only other game that was played in the Twins’ system, their affiliate won again. How’s that for a clean sweep?

Josh Winder started the game and continued his excellent season with just one lone earned run given up. His ERA on the year now stands at an excellent 2.65 and he should get a fair amount of consideration for the Twins Daily minor league pitcher of the year.

The offense was not loud for the Kernels but it got the job done. A DaShawn Kiersey ground out in the fourth plated their first run of the game and a passed ball in the sixth scored Matt Wallner following his triple earlier in the inning. The lone run scoring base hit came from a seventh inning Spencer Steer single which gave the Kernels an insurance run that was not needed.

Not to be out-shined by Winder’s start, Dylan Thomas and Jose Martinez worked in relief and nailed down the game with 4 1/3 scoreless innings combined. As a whole, Winder, Thomas, and Martinez combined for just one earned run and 13 strikeouts on the night.


Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Josh Winder
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Tomás Telis

Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - No game
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - No Game
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - No game
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, K
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - Cancelled season
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - Cancelled season
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured list
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Pensacola) - No game
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Cancelled season
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured list
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - No game
#14 - Luis Arraez (Twins) - 0-for-1, K
#15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-4, 3B, 2 R, 2 K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - No game
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Out for year with Tommy John surgery
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Rochester) - 1 ⅔ IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - Season over
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - No game

Syracuse @ Rochester (5:05 P.M.) - TBD
Pensacola @ Montgomery (5:05 P.M.) - LHP Charlie Barnes
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (2:00 P.M.) - LHP Kody Funderburk

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games.

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Pro-tip: Don't have your laptop update itself 2 hours before you're supposed to write the minor league report because it'll take a decade to finish updating and make the whole thing more annoying than it should be.

    • ashbury, glunn, Oldgoat_MN and 2 others like this

Tomas Telis seems the definition of the AAAA player. He's absolutely crushed AAA pitching for the last six seasons. Still only 28.


Any chance the Twins re-sign him with the intention as a major league depth piece and placeholder- assuming Castro's out- while waiting for Jeffers and/or Rortvedt to successfully complete their last refinements at Rochester next year?



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Florida Loggerman
Sep 01 2019 04:17 PM

really solid input/update jokin!Telis would be a interesting update for Castro for sure, especially if he does continue to tear the cover off of AA A pitching.younger, way more offense, plus if he is solid defensively, win win opotion

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