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Twins Minor League Report (8/8): Larnach Impresses and Thorpe Spins a Gem

Trevor Larnach made his debut for the Cedar Rapids Kernels tonight, and did so with an impressive game at the dish. Up a level, Lewis Thorpe spun a great game from the mound to position the Lookouts for a victory. In a busy night on the farm, there was plenty to write home about.
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TRANSACTIONS
None to report

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 6, Toledo 4
Box Score

Nick Anderson worked as the opener in this one, and surrendered three runs on four hits while generating one out. Chase De Jong then came on as the starter and turned in five and two-thirds innings of solid work. He allowed just one run on three hits while walking three and striking out five.

After getting into a 3-0 hole in the first inning, the Red Wings were tasked with battling back. Down 4-0 in the fifth, they did just that. Jeremy Hazelbaker drove in Juan Graterol with a single, and Tyler Austin plated Hazelbaker on a single of his own. A sac fly from Willians Astudillo made it 4-3 when the inning came to a close.

Astudillo also successfully pulled off the second Red Wings hidden ball trick of the year.



In the seventh, Kennys Vargas clobbered his 14th homer of the year, a two-run shot that also scored Nick Gordon. In the eighth, Gordon drove in Taylor Motter with an RBI single of his own to make it 6-4.

Alan Busenitz locked down his sixth save of the season by working a flawless ninth inning. The Red Wings will wrap up the series with Toledo tomorrow night.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 5, Jackson 3
Box Score

Lewis Thorpe was on the bump from the get go for this one, and he turned in five solid innings of work. Allowing just one run on three hits, he fanned six and handed out just three free passes en route to his eighth win of the season.

Scoring started in the second inning when leadoff batter Zander Wiel singled to center field. The hit scored Luis Arraez and Jaylin Davis to give the away team a 2-0 lead.

After Jackson drew closer in the fifth, Brent Rooker pushed the Lookouts back to a two-run lead with his 21st homer of the year, making it 3-1. Jimmy Kerrigan followed up with a two-run blast in the sixth making the score 5-1 Chattanooga.

Jackson was able to scratch two runs across in the ninth, but the lead held at 5-3 and the Lookouts remained victorious. Game two of the series will take place tomorrow night.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Lakeland 5, Fort Myers 1
Box Score

Clark Beeker toed the rubber for Fort Myers in this contest, and despite lasting six innings he surrendered five runs (four earned) on ten hits. The offense was able to push just one run across despite tallying nine hits, and the away club fell by a 5-1 tally.

In a 3-0 hole after the first inning, Fort Myers found themselves backed up against a wall early. Robby Rinn tried to help claw back into things with a sac fly in the second that scored Alex Kirilloff, but unfortunately that was the lone Miracle run of the evening.

Fort Myers took the series by a 2-1 tally, and they outscored Lakeland 18-0 in the first two games. Unfortunately, game three didn’t go their way, and they’ll look to rebound against the Fire Frogs tomorrow night.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 6, Clinton 3
Box Score

For the Kernels, Tyler Watson was given the starting nod in this contest. He turned in five innings of solid work, allowing just two runs on two hits. He matched both his strikeout and walk totals with four apiece.

Cedar Rapids jumped out to an earlier lead thanks to a leadoff homer from Akil Baddoo (his 10th), and an RBI single from Michael Helman. The Kernels held that 2-0 lead until the Lumber Kings knotted things up in the bottom of the sixth.

Jacob Pearson then blasted a grand slam, his fifth homer of the season, in the top of the seventh to put the good guys back in front. Clinton tallied a run in the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the four run deficit. In his Kernels debut, Trevor Larnach finished 3-for-4 with a double.


With the win, Cedar Rapids owns a one game lead in the series and the two teams will battle again tomorrow night.

E-TWINS E-TALK
Elizabethton 4, Kingsport 3
Box Score

On the mound for the E-Twins in this one was Tyler Palm, and he turned in five solid innings. Scattering eight hits, just three runners crossed the plate and no free passes were given.

Kingsport led 3-0 through the first two and a half innings, but the E-Twins came storming back. Lean Marrero picked up his fourth double to score Ricky De La Torre and get the good guys on the board. Jean Carlos Arias then followed with a ground out that plated Yeltsin Encarnacion.

Down 3-2 entering the bottom of the 9th inning, De La Torre played hero. A single to left field drove in both Trevor Casanova and Colton Burns allowing the home squad to walk it off for the win.



Elizabethton will host Bluefield tomorrow evening.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 5, GCL Rays 3
Box Score

Tyler Benninghoff got the nod in this one, and he turned in five innings of solid work. Allowing just one earned run (three total), on three hits, he had his team in position for the win.

Agustin Marte hit a solo shot in the first to knot things at one, and the GCL Twins tallied two in the second to get their first lead of the contest. Estamy Urena scored in the sixth, and Marte crossed the plate in the seventh, adding another two runs for the Twins side. Up 5-3, that’s where this one wound up.

The Twins side will be the away squad tomorrow as the same two sides do battle.

STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
Twins Daily Hitter(s) of the Day – Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 3-4, 2 R, RBI

TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 0-4, BB, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, R
#4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 3-4, 2 R, RBI
#6 - Trevor Larnach (Cedar Rapids) – 3-4, R, BB, 2B
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 1-4, R, RBI, BB, HR(21)
#8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – 1-5, 2 R, RBI, HR(10)
#13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) – 1-4
#14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K
#15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – 3-4, 3 2B
#18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, 2 R, BB
#19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) – 2-5, R, 4 RBI, GS HR(5)
#20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) – 2-4, R

THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Toledo @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) – LHP Stephen Gonsalves (7-3, 3.06 ERA)
Jackson @ Chattanooga (6:15PM CST) – RHP Tyler Wells (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Fort Myers @ Florida (5:30PM CST) – RHP Brusdar Graterol (3-2, 4.22 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (6:30PM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (7-4, 3.54 ERA)
Bluefield @ Elizabethton (6:00PM CST) – TBD
GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (10:00AM CST) – TBD

Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

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Looking forward to seeing Andrew Vasquez, the big (6-6, 228) lefty reliever at Chattanooga. Career minor league era of 1.56 in 99 games. Whip of 1.12 and over 13 KO's per 9. Don't know how hard he throws, but he sure has gotten results. Hopefully his stuff plays as he moves up.

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Last night's home run was Rooker's first in about the last 9-10 games.But the things he needs to improve upon, keep improving.Encouraging.His on-base/walks continue to improve, and the K% continues to trend in the right direction.

 

I agree, let's get him to AAA.

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ashburyjohn
Aug 09 2018 11:28 AM

Yeah, he'll start in AA next year. By midseason he may be in a place where he could cover a ten day DL stint. That's if everything goes well of course.

He won't be on the 40 man next year, so I highly doubt he's going to be the guy to cover a DL stint unless they only keep 2 catchers on the 40 man. 

I'm not even convinced he's a lock to start at AA next season. He needs to finish strongly at high-A after the mid-season promotion there.

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Yeah, he'll start in AA next year. By midseason he may be in a place where he could cover a ten day DL stint. That's if everything goes well of course.

 

Is this aboutRortvedt? Because he'll startnext season in Ft. Myers again, I'm pretty sure. He may get to AA. 

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Is there a reason that Rochester continues to employ the "opener" pitcher scenario? 

 

The last two times the "opener" has been lit up for 3 runs and the "starter" has come in and pitcher well.  

Because it'sjust a matter of time before we see the Twins do it in the big leagues. 

 

This is such a Twins thing. Is there any other team in the league that has such a ridiculous development policy? Carlos Correa had three birthdays in one season, if I recall correctly, and yet here are the Twins insisting that their players age one year at a time. Ridiculous.

 

Age has nothingto do withwhy Rortvedt is in Ft. Myers.Development is. And comparing people to the Correa timeline isn't fair... I did it with Royce Lewis the other day...there it can be fair since they are both #1 overall picks. Most others aren't on anywhere near that kind of timeline. Has littleif anything to do with age. Does anyone think it was a bad thing that Rortvedt started the season back in Cedar Rapids?  

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Because it's just a matter of time before we see the Twins do it in the big leagues.

I'm all for this. It seems to make total sense.

Even as young kid, I remember wondering about the current paradigm.

When playing the Angels, for example, in any one given game, how are you most likely to win? Contain Mike Trout. How are you most likely to keep Trout hitless? Throw your 3-4 best pitchers available at him, don't let him face the same guy twice, change the location from which the call leaves the pitchers hand as much as possible.

Same for nearly any other good team. If you hold Francisco Lindor hitless in a series against Cleveland, you'll probably win it (or at least make it much more likely).

They'd definitely need to figure out a way to not slow the game down any more, but I think we'll see this.
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ashburyjohn
Aug 09 2018 03:28 PM

Age has nothingto do withwhy Rortvedt is in Ft. Myers.Development is. And comparing people to the Correa timeline isn't fair... I did it with Royce Lewis the other day...there it can be fair since they are both #1 overall picks. Most others aren't on anywhere near that kind of timeline. Has littleif anything to do with age. Does anyone think it was a bad thing that Rortvedt started the season back in Cedar Rapids?  

Psst, Seth, I think 70charger was just playing along with my joke that Rortvedt can't age any faster than 1 year at a time, and perhaps just barely maybe possibly could be he was satirizing certain opinions while he was at it. I think he's on your side in this. :)

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Looking forward to seeing Andrew Vasquez, the big (6-6, 228) lefty reliever at Chattanooga. Career minor league era of 1.56 in 99 games. Whip of 1.12 and over 13 KO's per 9. Don't know how hard he throws, but he sure has gotten results. Hopefully his stuff plays as he moves up.

 

Fastball touches 90, 91. 

Slider is tremendous... 

 

Psst, Seth, I think 70charger was just playing along with my joke that Rortvedt can't age any faster than 1 year at a time, and perhaps just barely maybe possibly could be he was satirizing certain opinions while he was at it. I think he's on your side in this. :)

 

Yep, satire alert.

 

Seth, I know you have a lot to read and probably skim, so no worries. Thanks for all you do.

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ashburyjohn
Aug 09 2018 06:04 PM

Yep, satire alert.

I have a modest proposal: all satirists should be fricasseed and fed to the wealthy.

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I have a modest proposal: all satirists should be fricasseed and fed to the wealthy.

Too late.

 

That was already on page 428 of the most recent tax law that nobody bothered to read.

 

Except me, of course.

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