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Twins Minor League Report (8/9): Stephen Gonsalves Strikes Out Nine

A couple of close games and a couple of laughers in the system on Thursday night, including a strong start from Stephen Gonsalves and a combined shutout from Elizabethton. Come check out what else happened across the minors.
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RED WINGS REPORT
Toledo 3 @ Rochester 14
Box Score

The Red Wings scored four in the first, three in the second, and four more in the third, racing off to a 11-1 lead, and then put a few more runs on the board over the next several innings to win the game 14-3. As a team the Red wings had just 11 hits but FIVE of them were home runs. The Red Wings were led by a 3-for-5 night from Tyler Austin. Austin had a triple, a home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored. Taylor Motter, Kennys Vargas, Jon Kemmer and Jeremy Hazelbaker also added long balls of their own. Nick Gordon continues his rough stretch, going 0-for-3 with a pair of walks.

On the bump, Stephen Gonsalves went 6.0 innings, gave up just three hits and three walks, striking out nine. He gave up three runs, all earned, and picked up his eighth victory of the year. Jake Reed pitched 2.0 hitless innings, keeping the Mud Hens off of the board and striking out four of the seven batters he faced. Ryne Harper pitched the ninth, he gave up one hit, no runs, and struck out a batter.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Jackson 2 @ Chattanooga 1
Box Score

Down 2-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning the Lookouts pushed one run across on a Mitchell Kranson double and left the tying run on second base. The Lookouts managed just five hits, two of them doubles, one each from Mitchell Kranson (1-for-4) and Brian Navarreto (1-for-4). Overall the Lookouts were pretty well shut down by Jackson starter Taylor Widener who struck out nine batters and didn’t walk anyone. Lookouts pitching wasn’t bad, giving up just a pair of runs, one each from Tyler Wells (6.0 IP) and one from Ryan Eades (2.0 IP). Devin Smeltzer pitched the ninth, keeping the game within reach with a scoreless frame.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 4 @ Florida 3
Box Score

Fort Myers needed a run in the top of the ninth inning to keep the game alive, down 2-3. Caleb Hamilton singled to start the inning, was pinch-run for by Aaron Whitefield, who took second on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and advanced to third on a wild pitch before eventually scoring on a Royce Lewis triple to tie the game and send things to extra innings. In the top of the 10th, with Taylor Grzlelakowski as the free runner on second base to start the frame, Jose Miranda was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and second. Alex Kirilloff gounded into a double play but Grzlelakowski advanced to third base and eventually scored on a wild pitch, enough to give the Lookouts the win after Ryan Mason kept Florida off the board in the bottom of the frame.

Royce Lewis was 3-for-4, including that game-tying triple, with an RBI, a run scored, a walk, a stolen base and a strikeout. Jose Miranda had a 2-for-4 night and Travis Blankenhorn was 2-for-4 with a double. Brusdar Graterol went 5 2/3 innings and left with a no-decision, giving up two runs on six hits, walking one and striking out four. Anthony Marzi turned in 2 1/3 innings giving up a run on one hit, and Ryan Mason picked up a victory with two innings of scoreless baseball.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 9 @ Clinton 4
Box Score

Cedar Rapids used a five-run fifth inning to put Thursday night’s game away. Michael Helmen was 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a double. Ben Rodriguez was 2-5 with a run scored, a double, two RBIs and two Ks. Lastly, Jacob Pearson was 2-4 with two runs scored, a double, a walk and a strikeout, capping off the list of Kernels with multiple hits. Ryan Jeffers’ only hit was a solo home run.

The Kernels starter Randy Dobnak went 6.0 innings, gave up six hits, three runs, a walk and five strikeouts. He earned a win to move to 8-4 on the year. Derek Molin earned his first save of the year with 3.0 innings of one-run baseball. He gave up two hits and struck out five.

ELIZABETHTON TWINS TALK
Bluefield 0 @ Elizabethton 3
Box Score
Elizabethton pitched a four-hit shutout on Thursday night with Andrew Cabezas kicking things off with 6.0 innings of two-hit baseball. He walked two and struck out four. Jacob Blank earned a hold for his 2.0 scoreless innings and Jach Neff closed off the game with a scoreless ninth.

The Twins picked up just four hits, but Ricky De La Torre had half of them, going 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs. The other Twins run came from a solo home run from Colton Burns, part of a 1-for-1 night that included the home run, two runs scored, and two walks.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 5 @ GCL Rays 2
Box Score
The GCL Twins rode a strong start from Kai-Wei Teng to a 5-2 victory on Thursday afternoon. Teng pitched 5 2/3 innings, gave up a pair of runs and stuck out nine batters while walking none. Frandy Torres went 1 1/3 innings, gave up no hits, walked one and struck out a pair. Erik Cha earned his second save of the year, this one the six-out version, with 2.0 innings of scoreless pitching. He gave up a hit, a walk, and struck out four.

The Twins spread their seven hits around and just Austin Hale (2-for-4) had more than one. All five runs came from the bottom of the Twins order with Alberoni Nunez, Austin Hale, Charles Mack and Samuel Vasquez accounting for all of the runs scored from the 6-7-8-9 spots. Charles Mack was 1-for-2 with two runs scored and a pair of walks.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Stephen Gonsalves, Rochester Red Wings
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Tyler Austin, Rochester Red Wings

TOP 20 PROSPECT PERFORMANCE
1. Royce Lewis (FM): 1. 3-4, 1 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): 1-5, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 K
3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): Did not play
4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 0-3, 1 R, 2 BB
5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
6. Trevor Larnach (CR): 0-5, 1 K
7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 0-4, 1 K
8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
9. Wander Javier: Out of for the season
10. Zack Littell (ROC): Did not play
11. Blayne Enlow (CR): Did not play
12. LaMonte Wade (ROC): Did not play
13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 2-4, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): Did not play
15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): 0-1
16. Yunior Severino (ET): Did not play
17. Lewin Diaz (FM): Did not play
18. Ryan Jeffers (CR): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 1 R, K
19. Jacob Pearson (CR): 2-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
20. Luis Arraez (CHAT): 1-3

FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester (6:05pm) – Kohl Stewart (0-3, 3.98)
Chattanooga (6:15pm) – Dietrich Enns (1-5, 5.45)
Fort Myers (5:31pm) – Andro Cutura (3-6, 4.44)
Cedar Rapids (6:30pm) – Blayne Enlow (2-4, 3.65)
Elizabethton (6:00pm) - TBD

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Thursday's games.

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Rankings sure seem to have a hell of a lot more to do with how much money they have invested in someone rather than actual long term numbers. Bonuses make the media

 

Or scouting, or physical ability, or lots of things.....most of the online publications have guys and gals that see the people in person, and they don't just rely on stats. They also talk to scouts from every organization over and over. I'd guess that there is some bias for original thoughts, but it disappears over time. After all, a month or two of data shouldn't change your opinion on someone, if that opinion is based on several years of data, unless there is a clear process change.

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Or scouting, or physical ability, or lots of things.....most of the online publications have guys and gals that see the people in person, and they don't just rely on stats. They also talk to scouts from every organization over and over. I'd guess that there is some bias for original thoughts, but it disappears over time. After all, a month or two of data shouldn't change your opinion on someone, if that opinion is based on several years of data, unless there is a clear process change.

 

They can get lazy though. Jim Callis literally wrote that Gordon is playing well on August 2nd. When I see stuff like that, I tend to lean more toward the sentiment that draft position or bonus money create bias in the rankings.

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108Stitches
Aug 10 2018 10:58 AM

Or scouting, or physical ability, or lots of things.....most of the online publications have guys and gals that see the people in person, and they don't just rely on stats. They also talk to scouts from every organization over and over. I'd guess that there is some bias for original thoughts, but it disappears over time. After all, a month or two of data shouldn't change your opinion on someone, if that opinion is based on several years of data, unless there is a clear process change.


Sure that plays a huge role, but let’s not be naïve and pretend that media hype and bonus don’t play a role. Guys like Andrew Vasquez are nowhere on the radar, but he’s got better numbers than most relievers. Hell, Tyler Wells got knocked out of the top 30 and he has as good or better numbers than the top three rounds for 2016 except for Dakota Hudson. If he were a top round guy with a 2.90 career era and a 1.09 whip he would easily be top 100. This all stems from the comments above about Arraez vs Gordon. Nobody wants to admit that if they might’ve been wrong about Gordon. While Arraez IS getting some attention, to just brush off the notion that he should be above Gordon is just simply projection and wishful thinking, not actual statistics.

What a shame we might now see Gonsalves this season in the major league rotation.The should have tried to have gotten him some experience this season so he could hit the ground running next year.

Sure that plays a huge role, but let’s not be naïve and pretend that media hype and bonus don’t play a role. Guys like Andrew Vasquez are nowhere on the radar, but he’s got better numbers than most relievers. Hell, Tyler Wells got knocked out of the top 30 and he has as good or better numbers than the top three rounds for 2016 except for Dakota Hudson. If he were a top round guy with a 2.90 career era and a 1.09 whip he would easily be top 100. This all stems from the comments above about Arraez vs Gordon. Nobody wants to admit that if they might’ve been wrong about Gordon. While Arraez IS getting some attention, to just brush off the notion that he should be above Gordon is just simply projection and wishful thinking, not actual statistics.


Well if he had been a top round pick, there would have been a lot of good scouting reports to back that up and his current numbers would suggest those reports were correct. Now maybe, consensus is a bit slow to change its collective mind. But baseball is also a very difficult game to project and development is no easy task.
To his credit, Wells seems to have worked very hard to improve himself and given himself a better chance at success. We tend to look to rankings wanting to confirm our hopes about a player. Not sure if hope really needs confirmation.
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Gonsalves is on the 40 man.

 

http://m.mlb.com/min/roster/40-man/

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108Stitches
Aug 10 2018 11:31 AM

Well if he had been a top round pick, there would have been a lot of good scouting reports to back that up and his current numbers would suggest those reports were correct. Now maybe, consensus is a bit slow to change its collective mind. But baseball is also a very difficult game to project and development is no easy task.
To his credit, Wells seems to have worked very hard to improve himself and given himself a better chance at success. We tend to look to rankings wanting to confirm our hopes about a player. Not sure if hope really needs confirmation.

I agree with everything you said. I’d just like to see more attention in the league given to guys who are DOING the job instead of guys they keep wishing will eventually do it to validate their own predictions. That’s all I’m saying.

 

Why isn't Gonsalves going to MN? Looks like time for a few more movements upward for key players throughout the system.

I feel this but he needs to cut down on walks.His stuff is not good enough to survive if he walks 4.9 ppl per game.  

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strumdatjaguar
Aug 10 2018 11:50 AM

 

Moderator's note: OK, I know no harm was intended, but let's go easy on making fun of Asian names please.

Moderator must make an exception to allow for the Bud and Lou reference that must be made every time a player named Hu is either playing 1B or makes it to !B (single, walk or whatever).

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diehardtwinsfan
Aug 10 2018 01:14 PM

 

I feel this but he needs to cut down on walks.His stuff is not good enough to survive if he walks 4.9 ppl per game.  

 

That number has (I believe) been trending down. He struggled a lot with this when he first got called up. He's been much better in that area over the last month or two. I think he had to learn that AAA hitters are a bit more selective than the ones in AA. 

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FormerMinnasotan
Aug 10 2018 05:56 PM

I feel this but he needs to cut down on walks. His stuff is not good enough to survive if he walks 4.9 ppl per game.

Still we have nothing to play for might as well give as many MLB starts to Gonsalves as possible, especially with Odorizzi struggling to pitch 5 innings per start with a 4.50ish ERA.
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I see Stephen as a lock for a call-up by September 1 and am not going to sweat the details until then.

Not sure I agree so I will continue to sweat for all of us.

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FormerMinnasotan
Aug 10 2018 10:22 PM

I see Stephen as a lock for a call-up by September 1 and am not going to sweat the details until then.

Still I think Gonsalves deserves better than “just” a September call-up. His numbers overall are still good and to have an opponents batting average against lower than .200 in AA and AAA and a 1.15 WHIP warrants him to be up now, plus he’s still around 9 K’s per 9.
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twinstalker
Aug 11 2018 12:10 PM

 

If this is some way of saying that Gonsalves is not on the 40-man roster, your assumption is wrong, and you've found a web site to back up your bias/misconception.Hmmm...where have we seen this before?

 

It's the new reality, I suppose.

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ashburyjohn
Aug 11 2018 12:31 PM

If this is some way of saying that Gonsalves is not on the 40-man roster, your assumption is wrong, and you've found a web site to back up your bias/misconception.Hmmm...where have we seen this before?

 

It's the new reality, I suppose.

There's no reason to cast aspersions on another member like that.

 

But yes, MLB's site has Gonsalves on the 40-man.

http://m.twins.mlb.com/roster/40-man

 

Looks as if ESPN's list is in error, missing lots of names and consisting basically of the 25-man plus a couple of guys in transition to/from AAA - I didn't inspect closely.

 

 

I agree with everything you said. I’d just like to see more attention in the league given to guys who are DOING the job instead of guys they keep wishing will eventually do it to validate their own predictions. That’s all I’m saying.

 

Anthony Slama, Andrew Albers and Samuel Deduno say "thanks".


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