Twins Minor League Report (8/26): Jose, We Can See.
Image courtesy of Tommy Gilligan/USA Today SportsRED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 6, Syracuse 0
The story - as it is every time he walks up the hill - is The Machine, Jose Berrios.
On Wednesday, Berrios completed seven shutout innings on 98 pitches (65 strikes), striking out a season-high 12 batters (one off of his career-high, done last June as a member of the Miracle) and walking only one. He allowed three hits - consecutive hits to lead off the second inning - but escaped a no-out, runners-on-second-and-third jam with no damage, as seen in this video:
What else is there to say really? He’s arguably the best pitcher in the entire organization right now. He could help the Twins chase a playoff berth. The issue, ultimately, is the innings. Berrios has thrown over 155 innings this season after setting a career-high (140) last year. Without knowing how many innings the Twins will allow him to throw, you have to weigh that versus giving up a full year of service on the back end of his original contract. (My opinion: If the Twins are still within a game or two in ten days, Berrios will make his Twins debut - possibly in the bullpen - on September 5.)
Danny Santana and James Beresford (who deserves to come up in September as well) both led the offense with three-hit games. Kennys Vargas (who hit his 9th home run) and Josmil Pinto each drove in two runs. Oswaldo Arcia, batting 8th, hit his 12th home run.
Rochester improved to 68-64, but is on the brink of elimination.
Chattanooga 4, Tennessee 8
The Lookouts fell to 26-31 in the second half. (But still qualify for the Southern League playoffs due to being first-half champions.)
Jorge Polanco and Heiker Meneses each had two hits. Adam Walker, who leads all of AA in home runs and RBIs, hit his 29th bomb and is the first player in the minor leagues this season to drive in 100 runs. Travis Harrison hit his fifth of the season. Max Kepler, who entered the day leading AA in batting average (.337), went 0-3 and is now hitless in his last three games. (WHAT?!) He’s now batting .334.
Aaron Slegers struggled, allowing six hits, four walks and two home runs - totaling six runs - in four innings. Nick Burdi struck out three in two scoreless innings. D.J. Johnson allowed a run in two innings and Brandon Peterson allowed a run in the ninth inning.
Ft. Myers - OFF DAY
Cedar Rapids 5, Peoria 7
The Kernels jumped to an early lead, but couldn’t hold on and dropped to 72-56.
The offense accounted for 10 hits, paced by three hits from Edgar Corcino, who doubled and drove in a run. Five different Kernels doubled: Corcino, Rafael Valera, T.J. White, Max Murphy and Austin Diemer. Alex Real hit his 3rd triple.
Sam Clay started after being promoted. He struck out two in five innings. He gave up six runs (three earned) on nine hits and a walk. Jared Wilson allowed a run in two innings of work and Michael Theofanopoulos allowed three hits in two scoreless innings of work.
Elizabethton 2, Johnson City 4
In a game of two-run innings, the E-Twins came up short. The loss drops them to 31-30 and into a tie in second place of the Appalachian League West.
LaMonte Wade paced the offense with two hits. Kamran Young drove in his 21st run. Jermaine Palacios got another hit, but also committed his 14th error.
Dereck Rodriguez struck out five but gave up four runs in six innings. All runs occurred on two-run home runs off of the bat of Allen Staton. Anthony Mciver struck out three in two scoreless innings.
GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 2 (Game 1)
GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 6 (Game 2)
In the first game, the GCL Twins used stellar pitching performances by Jose Martinez (4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 K) and Max Cordy (3 IP, H, 2 BB, 4 K) to propel them to victory. The offense strung together timely hits, getting four runs on six hits. Aaron Whitefield drove in his first run and stole the first base of his professional career.
In game two, there were six hits again, but only two runs. Bryant Hayman had two hits, including a double, his 7th. The pitching was subpar. Rich Condeelis struck out four in three innings, allowing only one run before the wheels fell off. Moises Gomez game up three runs and got only two outs. Callen Pearce gave up two runs, and also got only two outs. Vadim Balan was pretty awesome in his pro debut - six batters, five outs, four strikeouts.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Jose Berrios, Rochester
Twins Daily Minor League Hitters of the Day – Edgar Corcino, Cedar Rapids
THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs Syracuse (6:05 CST) - RHP Michael Bowden
Chattanooga vs Tennessee (6:15 CST) – RHP D.J. Baxendale
Ft. Myers vs Bradenton (6:05 CST) – TBD
Cedar Rapids vs Kane County (6:35 CST) – LHP Randy Rosario
Elizabethton vs Kingsport (6:00 CST) - TBD
GCL Twins vs GCL Rays (11:00 CST) - TBD
Feel free to leave any questions or comments below!