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Twins Minor League Report (8/1): Cabbage, Rodriguez Lead to Strong Day in Minors

Trade Deadline Day.

Jose Berrios Day.

Max Kepler Day!

Oh, and some minor league games.

In a bit of recognition-news, Cedar Rapids pitcher Eduardo Del Rosario was named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week. He struck out 11 over six innings on Friday.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs (Dereck Rodriguez and Trey Cabbage)
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester - OFF DAY

Trevor Plouffe’s rehab assignment will start on Tuesday and Adalberto Mejia will make his Red Wings debut on Thursday. It also appears likely that newly-acquired Pat Light will join the Rochester bullpen.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 8, Mobile 3 (completion of suspended game from Sunday)
Box Score

Sunday’s game resumed on Monday and it was a hit parade. Both teams collected 12 hits, but the seven extra-base hits the Lookouts had did more damage than the three Mobile amassed.

Mitch Garver’s lone hit - a three-run third-inning home run - blew the game open. Zach Granite had three more hits - he’s up to .296 - including a double. Leo Reginatto and Engelb Vielma also both had two-hit games. Vielma had a triple and a double, Travis Harrison (two RBIs), Edgar Corcino and Stuart Turner (one RBI) added doubles.

Back to Vielma, who played third base tonight, for a second. He’s battled hamstring issues for most of the season and has been limited to only 69 games, but he’s batting .444 (16-for-36) in his last 11 games with six walks and six strikeouts. He’s up to .295 and might be setting himself up to compete for the shortstop job next season. He hasn’t been piling up the stolen bases of last year when he had 35, but adding him to a bottom of the order that already includes the speedy Byron Buxton would be fun to watch.

Omar Bencomo picked up today (for Aaron Slegers who pitched two innings of shutout ball yesterday) and went four innings, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. Bencomo struck out two. Raul Fernandez allowed a hit in two innings. Mason Melotakis pitched the ninth and gave up two runs on four hits. He also struck out two.

Chattanooga 0, Mobile 2 (7 innings)
Box Score

The Lookouts turned right around and put up a goose-egg in the second half of the doubleheader.

They did get a strong start from Kohl Stewart, who pitched a six-inning complete game. He struck out only three, but also only gave up four hits and two walks. He allowed two runs, but only one was earned. He didn’t have great command, though, throwing only 55 strikes in 87 pitches.

The offense didn’t carry a lot of hits into game two. Granite, Ryan Walker, Garver and Jairo Rodriguez were the only Lookouts to get hits and all were singles. The lineup struck out 10 times in 24 at-bats.

The Lookouts are 56-51 on the season.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 11, Clearwater 6
Box Score

Another game where both teams collected lots of hits. Another game where the Twins affiliate put up more extra-base hits and more runs.

T.J. White collected two singles and a double. He scored three times and drove in a run. Daniel Kihle drove in four runs on 2 hits. Nick Gordon had a single and double to increase his average to .304 and drove in two more runs. Joe Maloney (double), Chris Paul and A.J. Murray all had two-hit games. LaMonte Wade hit his third triple as member of the Miracle.

Keaton Steele pitched six innings and picked up the win (5-9 on the season). He allowed eight hits and two walks which resulted in three runs (two earned). He struck out six. Nick Anderson retired five batters, but allowed one of his two inherited runners to score. He allowed three runs on four hits, striking out one. John Curtiss picked up his second save, picking up the final four outs. He also allowed one of two inherited runners to score. He struck out three and walked one, allowing two hits.

Fort Myers is 54-53 on the season.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 5, Burlington 0
Box Score

Cedar Rapids got a great start from Dereck Rodriguez, who’s improved to 4-11. In seven innings, Rodriguez allowed three hits, a walk and three strikeouts. Anthony McIver pitched the final two innings. He struck out one and gave up a hit.

Jaylin Davis led the offense. He hit a three-run home run, his fifth for the Kernels, in the sixth-inning. Only Davis and Luis Arraez had multi-hit games and Arraez added a doubleas well. He’s batting .326. Chris Ibarra and Kevin Garcia also doubled for the Kernels.
Cedar Rapids improved to 59-47 this year.

E-TOWN E-NOTES
Elizabethton 6, Princeton 1
Box Score

Elizabethton entered the bottom of the sixth in a scoreless game and scored two, three and one run in the last three innings to win 6-1. The runs were all driven by home runs. by home runs.

Trey Cabbage hit his first home run of the year, a solo shot, to start the scoring in the sixth inning. After a strikeout, Mitchell Kranson hit his first home run of the season. In the next frame, Cabbage hit another home run, this time a three-run shot. And finally in the eighth inning, Lewin Diaz hit another solo home run, his sixth of the season.

Tyler Beardsley backed up an excellent performance last Monday with another very good one. He threw seven shutout innings, allowing only five hits and a walk, while striking out six. Domenick Carlini and Patrick McGuff each struck out two in an their inning of work. McGuff allowed a solo home run.

The E-Twins are at .500 at 19-19.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 6, GCL Orioles 2
Box Score

The GCL affiliate used six hits and two walks in a five-run seventh-inning to propel themselves to a win on Monday afternoon.

Aaron Whitefield had three more hits from the leadoff position, pushing his average up to .330. Justin Hazard has been a hitting machine since signing as a NDFA out of Nevada-Reno. He picked up two more hits including a double and has had two-hit games in three of his first four games. Kidany Silva had two singles in his first multi-hit game as a pro. Zach Featherstone added his second double and Tyree Davis tripled for the second time this season.

Miguel DeJesus pitched five innings. He struck out four and gave up a run on two hits and a walk. Bo Hellquist gave up four hits in 3 2/3 innings. He also gave up a run. He struck out three. Daniel Martinez got the final out to end the game.

The GCL Twins are 17-16.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Pitcher of the Day – Dereck Rodriguez, Cedar Rapids
Hitter of the Day – Trey Cabbage, Elizabethton

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Rochester vs Pawtucket (6:05 CST) - TBD
Chattanooga at Mobile (6:15 CST) - LHP David Hurlbut (7-5, 3.50 ERA)
Cedar Rapids at Burlington (6:30 CST) - RHP Sam Gibbons (5-3, 5.22 ERA)
Elizabethton vs Princeton (6:00 CST) - RHP Tyler Wells (1-1, 4.19 ERA)
GCL Twins at GCL Rays (11:00AM CST) - TBD

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


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15 Comments

How about Dereck Rodriguez? In his last 5 games he has gone 6-7 1/3 innings each time allowing a total of 7 runs. He has struck out 20 and only walked 8 for 3 wins and a tough luck loss.
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Its great seeing Vielma hitting so well.His average has moved up again, and he seems to be getting more xtra base hits.Took a look at his errors as I recall he had several when he came back from the DL.About a dozen total, so it would seem he is back to his normal great defense.

Man, if Vielma can hit at all........that would be sweet.

Vielma playing SS and providing some speed and a little hitting at the bottom of the order sounds good to me. (Though I think it's a little early to see him breaking camp with the 20q7 version of the Twins) But I dislike the idea of him hitting there with Buxton. If Buxton progresses enough to just begin reaching his vast potential, he provides a HUGE boost to the Twins at the top of the order.
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Vielma playing SS and providing some speed and a little hitting at the bottom of the order sounds good to me. (Though I think it's a little early to see him breaking camp with the 20q7 version of the Twins) But I dislike the idea of him hitting there with Buxton. If Buxton progresses enough to just begin reaching his vast potential, he provides a HUGE boost to the Twins at the top of the order.

 

Sure, everyone agrees with that......it is just a bit hard to see that from here though......

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ashburyjohn
Aug 02 2016 08:14 AM

Vielma at age 22 and hitting .292 in AA certainly hasn't ruled himself out with the bat. His floor remains below the fabled Pedro Florimon however. Hopefully the batting coaches can help him learn the additional skills necessary to keep major league pitchers from abusing him. If successful, he could arrive in 2018 or sometime after. If unsuccessful, well, we can always get Florimon back. :)

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Ugh. Vielma is bound to be a no hit short stop defensive replacement. That type of player has value, but not when half your infield is this mold. Not a bad guy to have in the system since gardy isn't the manager, but I don't think he will ever be an acceptable mlb regular.

Nice to see Cabbage get some offense going.I thought he'd be our break out guy this year. 

 

Its great seeing Vielma hitting so well.His average has moved up again, and he seems to be getting more xtra base hits.Took a look at his errors as I recall he had several when he came back from the DL.About a dozen total, so it would seem he is back to his normal great defense.

 

He had a lot of errors early in the season. I was told a year ago that if he could hit even .250 in AA this year, he would probably have a chance to be the Twins Opening Day shortstop next year. Well, I believe he is at .295 now. And the defense has been much better again. He would seem to be a cinch to be added to the 40-man roster and go to spring training with a shot (though I'd put the odds of it happening below 50%.

 

Vielma at age 22 and hitting .292 in AA certainly hasn't ruled himself out with the bat. His floor remains below the fabled Pedro Florimon however. Hopefully the batting coaches can help him learn the additional skills necessary to keep major league pitchers from abusing him. If successful, he could arrive in 2018 or sometime after. If unsuccessful, well, we can always get Florimon back. :)

 

Well, and by then Nick Gordon will be strongly in the picture. 

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drivlikejehu
Aug 02 2016 10:25 AM

Vielma is a pure slap hitter - right now he projects to something like a .575 OPS in the Majors. He needs to hit the ball harder to even be a good utility option in the era of 12-man pitching staffs. He's only 22, so he should hang around in the high minors and hopefully at least offer some depth.

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bluechipper
Aug 02 2016 01:29 PM

 

He had a lot of errors early in the season. I was told a year ago that if he could hit even .250 in AA this year, he would probably have a chance to be the Twins Opening Day shortstop next year. Well, I believe he is at .295 now. And the defense has been much better again. He would seem to be a cinch to be added to the 40-man roster and go to spring training with a shot (though I'd put the odds of it happening below 50%.

I'd put Vielma making the opening day roster at about 1%. Polanco and Esocbar are going to be the starting SS/utility guy, and the rest of the roster would be filled by guys better and more experienced than Vielma. I guess that would change if Dozier or another infielder is traded, but I doubt that happens.

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diehardtwinsfan
Aug 02 2016 04:54 PM

yeah, don't have a problem with Vielma as a defensive replacement, but not sure I like him taking too many at bats. 

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Fair to say Vielma is basically Pedro Florimon?
Or is he truly an elite defensive SS, not just good like Florimon was?
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Bob Sacamento
Aug 03 2016 01:47 PM

 

Fair to say Vielma is basically Pedro Florimon?
Or is he truly an elite defensive SS, not just good like Florimon was?

Never saw Florimon play, but Vielma reminds me of Rey Ordonez if that makes anyone feel better.