Twins Minor League Report (5/25) Bring in the Ambulance for All but Those Who Wander
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily (photo of Wander Javier)TRANSACTIONS
-RHP Melvi Acosta promoted from A+ Fort Myers to AA Pensacola
-RHP Randy Dobnak promoted from AA Pensacola to AAA Rochester
-INF Wander Javier activated for A Cedar Rapids
RED WINGS REPORT
Suspended vs Pawtucket
The Red Wings got out to a quick 6-1 lead vs Pawtucket in support of Randy Dobnak’s first AAA start before the rain came in and forced a suspension in the bottom of the second. The game will be made up as a doubleheader tomorrow and the first game will continue as normal as a nine inning game while the second game will be a seven inning affair.
The Red Wings were wearing Hustlers jerseys which became a feature on ESPN and the clip can be found here:
BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 1, Tennessee 5
Melvi Acosta: 4 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 70.8% strikes (46 of 65 pitches)
HR: Travis Blankenhorn (7)
Multi-hit games: Alex Kirilloff (2-for-4), Ernie De La Trinidad (2-for-3)
The Blue Wahoos could not get much going offensively outside of a leadoff home run from Travis Blankenhorn and fell to the Tennessee Smokies. The only other extra-base hit was a double from Jaylin Davis.
After Melvi Acosta made his AA debut by throwing four innings to start the game, Adam Bray came in and continued his excellent season by firing off four scoreless innings that came with three punch outs and just one hit.
Alex Kirilloff had a multi-hit game which was good to see, hopefully he’ll be back doing Alex Kirilloff things very soon.
Ft. Myers 2, Daytona 0
Jordan Balazovic: 7 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 66.3 % strikes (59 of 89 pitches)
HR: Lewin Diaz (9)
Multi-hit games: Lewin Diaz (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI), Aaron Whitefield (2-for-3, R, BB)
Two weeks ago when I last wrote one of these, I typed in that Lewin Diaz had hit his third homer of the season, today he hit his ninth, that is quite the progression and it is great to see. In fact, Diaz tied the Miracle record for home runs hit in a single month.
Jordan Balazovic took the mound for his fourth A+ start and the Daytona hitters most likely did not sleep the night before in terror of who was waiting for them on the mound today. The good news for Daytona is that they only struck out three times against him but the bad news is that they forgot to score and so Balazovic ended with seven shutout innings.
Anthony Vizcaya took over after Balazovic and finished off the game with a pair of scoreless and hitless innings that came with two punch outs and it put a nice bow tie on the shutout for the Miracle pitching.
Earlier on Saturday, the FSL All-Star rosters were announced and the Miracle had eight selections-the highest for any team in the FSL. Those players can be found here:
Cedar Rapids 9, Peoria 8
Cole Sands: 5 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K, 64.8% strikes (59 of 91 pitches)
HR: Gilberto Celestino (2), Ben Rodriguez (3)
Multi-hit games: Jared Akins (2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R), Gilberto Celestino (3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI), Andrew Bechtold (3-for-3, R, RBI, BB), Gabe Snyder (2-for-3, 2 RBI, BB)
Wander Javier made his 2019 professional debut along with his first game above of rookie ball today in the Kernels game vs the Chiefs. He started his day out with a HBP (stop hitting him please) and finished his day without a hit.
The Kernels offense was popping all day as only three innings ended without the Kernels offense scoring a run and six different players collected at least one RBI in the game.
The Kernels headed into the bottom of the eighth down a run but knotted the game at eight thanks to a Gilberto Celestino single before Ben Rodriguez launched the walk-off homer in the ninth to give the Kernels the win.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Jordan Balazovic
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Gilberto Celestino
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-4, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 2-for-4, K
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured list
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-4, 3 K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-4, R, 2 K
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 0-for-3, 3 K
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Suspended game
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Tommy John surgery
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Suspended game
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - No IL yet but needs rest
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-4, 2K
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did not play
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured list
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - 3-for-5, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, K
#17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - With the Twins-did not pitch
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - Did not play
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-4, K
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Pawtucket @ Rochester Game 1: (4:05 P.M. Game 2 will start 30 minutes after the conclusion of game 1)
Pensacola @ Tennessee (1:00 P.M.)
Fort Myers @ Daytona (5: 35 P.M.) - RHP Jhoan Duran
Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 P.M.) - RHP Josh Winder
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games.
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