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Twins Minor League Report (9/1): Playoff Push, September Call-Ups

Welcome to the final Sunday of the minor league season. Granted multiple affiliates of the Twins could be playing postseason. However, there is still work to get done in the regular season and rosters took on a very different feel after September call-ups were made on Sunday. Can the higher levels of the minor league’s survive without some of their key players? You will have to read on to find out.
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AWARDS
The Twins announced their weekly Hitter and Pitcher of the Week
  • Hitter of the Week: Zander Wiel, Rochester
In seven games for the Red Wings, Wiel hit .370 (10-for-27) with four doubles, three home runs, seven RBI, three walks and a 1.271 OPS. Wiel was selected in the 12th round of the 2015 MLB Draft out of Vanderbilt University.
  • Pitcher of the Week: Cody Laweryson, Elizabethton
Laweryson made the start on Monday vs. Greeneville, pitching 6.0 shutout innings with three hits allowed, no walks and 15 strikeouts. He was selected out fo the 14th round of the 2019 MLB Draft out of the University of Main at Orono.

TRANSACTIONS
OF Ian Miller had contracted selected by Minnesota.
RHP Brusdar Graterol had contracted selected by Minnesota.
RHP Zack Littell recalled by Minnesota.
RHP Kohl Stewart recalled by Minnesota
LHP Devin Smeltzer recalled by Minnesota
LHP Lewis Thorpe recalled by Minnesota.
C Willians Astudillo ended MLB rehab assignment and returned to Minnesota.
RHP Sean Poppen returned from rehab assignment, recalled by Minnesota, and placed on the MLB 60-day Injured List.
INF Yeltsin Encarnacion transferred from Ft. Myers to Rochester.
RHP Alex Schick transferred from Cedar Rapids to Rochester.
LHP Denny Bentley transferred from Elizabethton to Rochester.
LHP Jeremy Bleich reinstated from the IL with Rochester.
INF Anthony Prato promoted from Elizabethton to Cedar Rapids
OF Byron Buxton has ended his rehab assignment with the Kernels

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 3, Syracuse 7 (Final- 9 Innings, Rain)
Box Score
Rochester scored three runs in the seventh inning to tie the game before allowing four runs in the eighth inning to relinquish their advantage. In the seventh inning, Rochester plated three runs thanks to a double from Alejandro De Aza. Wilin Rosario would score in the next at-bat thanks to a wild pitch. Rochester tied the game at 3-3, but the bullpen saw that lead evaporate.

With all of the roster shuffling, Preston Guilmet started and was asked to record only nine outs. He allowed three runs on four hits with three strikeouts. Denny Pentley took over and didn’t allow a hit in two innings of work. He struck out two and walked one. Ryan O’Rourke coughed up two of the late-inning runs and Jeremy Bleich also added another two runs allowed as Syracuse stretched their lead to 7-3.

BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 7, Montgomery 11
Box Score
Pensacola’s potent offense tried to mount a late-inning comeback, but it wasn’t enough with the hole the pitching staff had dug. Charlie Barnes struggled through five innings for his fourth loss of the year at Double-A. He surrendered seven runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

The bullpen didn’t exactly help the situation for Barnes. Jonathan Cheshire did fine in his one inning of work. He didn’t allow any runs and he walked one and struck out one. Stephen Gonsalves struggled with three earned runs on two hits with the biggest hit being a home run. Alex Phillips didn’t stop the bleeding as he surrendered one run on two hits to end the eighth inning.

Pensacola has already clinched a playoff spot, but the bullpen is going to need to have better outings if the club wants to find success in the postseason.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 5, Beloit 1
Box Score
Cedar Rapids plated four runs in the third inning and that turned out to be enough against the Beloit lineup that went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Kody Funderburk scattered five hits and allowed one earned run for his first Midwest League win. He struck out eight and walked two to lower his ERA to 4.68. Rickey Ramirez pitched the final three frames and limited the Snappers to two hits. He walked two and struck out one without allowing a run.

Matt Wallner had the only extra-base hit of the night for the Kernels. He collected his third double since being promoted and drove in a run. In the third inning, Trevor Casanova was hit by a pitch before a Daniel Ozoria single moved him into scoring position. Gabe Snyder drove in the first run of the game before Wallner’s important double. A passed ball and a Seth Gray single plated enough runs to put the Kernels in the driver’s seat.

The Midwest League playoffs begin on Wednesday night as Cedar Rapids hosts the Quad Cities River Bandits. First pitch on September 4 begins at 6:35 p.m.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
TD Pitcher of the Day- Kody Funderburk, Cedar Rapids (6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 8 K, 2 BB)
TD Hitter of the Day- Ryan Costello, Pensacola (2-3, 3B, 3 RBI, R, BB)

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

#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) – 0-5, 2 K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – Did not play
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Minnesota) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, K, 0 BB
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) – 2-4, 2 R, K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 2-5, R, K
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) – 1-4
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) – 2-5, 2B, 2 R
#15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 K
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) – 2-5, R, K

MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Syracuse (12:05 CST) – TBD
Pensacola @ Montgomery (12:05 CST) – RHP Bailey Ober (8-0, 0.71 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (2:00 CST) – RHP Luis Rijo (5-8, 2.86 ERA)

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

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I think this is the kiss of death for the players called up to Rochester to end that season. Good news: you are promoted to AAA. Bad news: you're probably getting cut this offseason.

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Aerodeliria
Sep 01 2019 09:03 PM

Larnach just continues to rake. I was thinking he could be good trade bait, but now I am glad that we kept him in the Twins' organization.

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Larnach just continues to rake. I was thinking he could be good trade bait, but now I am glad that we kept him in the Twins' organization.

 

Whenever I think about our AA and AAA outfield first rounders, I just start to thinking, how do we keep them all?Kirilloff, Larnach, Rooker.One of the 3 can move to first, maybe.However, we have Cron & Sano there.With our outfielders in The Show right now, it just wreaks of letting guys sit in AAA.I'm glad we gave Jaylin Davis (24th rounder) an opportunity w/SanFran.Maybe the trade market will favor us a bit more next year.

 

I think this is the kiss of death for the players called up to Rochester to end that season. Good news: you are promoted to AAA. Bad news: you're probably getting cut this offseason.

 

I don't think I would think that at all... They're guys who were from teams not going to the playoffs and they're giving them and extra two days... 

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Also, it's peanuts, and I know pitching isn't really a weakness in Pensacola, but why doesn't Balazovic get a crack at AA?We just gonna say, "great job" and send him back to Canada?He's earned it.At least wear the jersey and get some AA feels.

Poppen gets 60-days of major league money. Gordon gets sent home.

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twinstalker
Sep 01 2019 11:37 PM

 

Poppen gets 60-days of major league money. Gordon gets sent home.

While I personally think very little of Nick Gordon as an MLB prospect, apparently the Twins like him more than Sean Poppen. Or perhaps they're very sure Poppen will not be a service time consideration (ever), and Gordon's trade value doesn't decrease because he's getting service time in September. Marlins or Orioles might want to count on him for the next seven years. :-)

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Poppen gets 60-days of major league money. Gordon gets sent home.


Flipped a coin maybe? Somebody gets it, somebody doesn’t. Or maybe the FO thought, “hey, Gordon had a nice big signing bonus. Let’s give a little more to Poppen.”

Either way, that’s the way it goes sometimes, right? Somebody gets the goods, somebody else doesn’t.

Also either way, I’m going to go have breakfast.

They could (and will) still add players tomorrow... could still see more transactions. Could even be another that would push Gordon up to the 60-Day... or maybe he could just get called up when he's healthy. 

Have the opportunity to watch Rijo pitch today. Think Javier and Wallner will play as well? Bit of a drive

Will be fun seeing how Cedar Rapids does in the playoffs.Can they surpass last year when they came one win short?

 

They should have solid starting pitching, but where will the runs come fromThey need someone, thinking of you Mr. Javier, to step up and be that stud with his bat.Will also be a great opportunity for Wallner to earn a spot in Fort Myers to start next season. 

Did Graterol get put on 40 before September 1?I may be wrong, but believe only those on 40 Man by September 1 are available for playoffs, or does that change with 60 IL changes?  

 

Not to look ahead too much, but think off season will be very interesting.We have a lot of MLB ready guys or will be soon, and not enough spots to put them, on the offense side at least.Who gets moved, and for what? 

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puckstopper1
Sep 02 2019 11:42 AM

Any chance Rooker gets moved to Pensacola to continue his rehab?

 

Will be fun seeing how Cedar Rapids does in the playoffs.Can they surpass last year when they came one win short?

 

They should have solid starting pitching, but where will the runs come fromThey need someone, thinking of you Mr. Javier, to step up and be that stud with his bat.Will also be a great opportunity for Wallner to earn a spot in Fort Myers to start next season. 

 

Don't sleep on Mr Gray stepping up, either.

 

Any chance Rooker gets moved to Pensacola to continue his rehab?

 

That would sure be an awesome outcome. Would have been hard to believe 4 months ago... but Mr Rooker is positively lost among the flurry of promotions, demotions, new hires, outliers, ILers and rehabbers.


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