Twins Minor League Report (8/5): Celestino Shines, Holland Provides Power
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Gilberto Celestino)Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with the transactions of the day.
- LHP Lewis Thorpe returned to the Red Wings.
- RHP Drew Hutchison was traded to the LA Angels for cash considerations.
- IF Ivan De Jesus, Jr. has been promoted from Pensacola to Rochester.
- IF Jordany Valdespin is set to start a rehab stint in the GCL.
- Pensacola announced that IF Travis Blankenhorn has been activated from the IL.
- RHP Cole Sands placed on the Ft. Myers injury list with a calf strain.
- OF Malique Ziegler is set to begin a rehab stint in the GCL.
- Cedar Rapids announced that RH RP Jose Martinez has been placed on the IL.
No Game Scheduled.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Pensacola 7, Birmingham 4
Down 4-0 going into the bottom of the fifth tinning, the Blue Wahoos scored five runs to take the lead. The bullpen took over from there.
Charlie Barnes started and gave up four runs (two earned) on seven hits over five innings. He walked three and struck out four batters. Marcos Diplan made his first appearance in the Twins organization since the Twins acquired him in a trade with Milwaukee a week ago after being DFAd. He walked two and struck out one in his inning. Tom Hackimer, Andrew Vasquez and Justin Cheshire followed with scoreless, hitless innings.
It is important to note that the bullpen was helped by some great defense. We rarely show the great plays, but this double play started by Jordan Gore is pretty incredible.
Mark Contreras went 2-for-4 in the game and had a two-run single in the five-run fifth frame. Alex KIrilloff added an RBI single that inning. Ryan Jeffers went 1-for-3 with a walk. Travis Blankenhorn drove in two runs in his return.
Ft. Myers 2, St. Lucie 4
Lachlan Wells made the start for the Miracle. The lefty gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six. Yennier Cano came on gave up an inherited runner plus two runs of his own over two innings. He gave up three hits, walked two and struck out one. Calvin Faucher gave up two hits but no runs in his innings.
The Miracle were unable to muster much offense. Jacob Pearson led the way. He went 1-for-2 with two walks, his sixth double and stole his third base.
Cedar Rapids 3, Burlington 2
Gilberto Celestino has been red hot for over a month, and that continued on Monday night as he played hero for the Kernels. The talented outfielder went 3-for-5 and drove in the game-winning run with an eighth inning single. Albee Weiss went 2-for-3 with a walk. Spencer Steer, Trevor Casanova and Yunior Severino each doubled.
Andrew Cabezas started. The right-hander from Miami gave up one run on one hit over five innings. He walked two and struck out three. Dylan Thomas came on and gave up one run on three hits over two innings. Alex Schick worked the final two innings. He walked one and struck out two.
E-Twins 5, Kingsport 7
It was a back and forth game, and the Twins didn’t give up, scoring two in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough on this night.
Will Holland led the way. He hit his fourth and fifth home runs of the season.
Kidany Salva followed Holland’s second homer of the night with his second homer of the season. Parker Phillips also homered for the second time with the E-Twins. Charles Mack went 2-for-4.
Ben Gross made the start for the Twins. He gave up three runs on five hits over five innings. He struck out three batters without issuing a walk. Denny Bentley gave up two runs on three hits over two innings. Osiris German gave up two runs on two hits in his inning.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins , GCL Pirates
The teams were supposed to play a double header, but it was again rained out.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Andrew Cabezas, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Will Holland, Elizabethton Twins
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 0-5, R, RBI, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 1-4, RBI, 2K
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Rehabbing in GCL
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - Did Not Play
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, 2 BB, 2 K
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - Temporary Inactive List (Silver medal at Pan Am Games)
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - Rained out.
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured (groin)
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch.
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch.
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List (lower leg contusion)
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - Did Not Play.
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 2-4, R, 2 RBI (gave Sano a chance)
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 0-4, K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - DId Not Play
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 1-3, R, RBI, SF
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 1-4, 2 RBI.
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Gwinnett @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Sean Poppen (5-1, 3.77 ERA)
Pensacola - No Game Scheduled
Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) - RHP Dakota Chalmers (0-0, 36.00 ERA)
Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - TBD
Elizabethton @ Kingsport (5:30 CST) - RHP Andiu Marin (1-2, 5.70 ERA)
GCL Pirates @ GCL Twins (DH @ 9:00 CST) - TBD, TBD
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Monday games or any other minor league topics you would like.