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  1. Twins Minor League Report (5/20): Kernels Cruise

    Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with the transactions of the day.


    • While not officially making the transaction (that will come on Tuesday), Rochester announced that LHP Stephen Gonsalves will make the start for the Red Wings on Tuesday.
    • After his one game for the Red Wings, infielder Victor Tademo was sent back to extended spring training.
    • RHP Griffin Jax was placed on the injured list for Pensacola, and RHP Williams Ramirez was activated.
    • 1B Gabe Snyder was activated from Cedar Rapids’ temporary inactive list with 1B Albee Weiss sent back to EST.
    Box Score

    Stephen Gonsalves will make his first start of the season on Tuesday for the Red Wings.

    Pensacola 4, Mobile 2
    Box Score

    The Blue Wahoos got some nice pitching and some big hits and pulled out a 4-2 win.

    Randy Dobnak started and threw the first five innings. He gave up two runs on five hits. He struck out seven without walking a batter. Tyler Jay got the win. He threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Williams Ramirez, fresh off the IL, struck out three batters in 1 2/3 innings of work. Cody Stashak came on for the ninth and recorded his fourth save. He gave up one hit, but he struck out two batters.

    Mitchell Kranson got Pensacola on the board first. He singled in Travis Blankenhorn in the first inning. Mobile got on the board with a solo homer in the top of the second inning, but Ernie De La Trinidad responded in the bottom of the inning with his second of the season to reclaim the lead. In the fourth inning, another solo homer off of Dobnak tied the score at two.

    In the sixth inning, Joe Cronin gave the team a lead with an RBI single. It was followed directly by another RBI single from De La Trinidad. Cronin and De La Trinidad were each 2-for-3. Kranson went 2-for-4.

    MIRACLE MATTERS (Game suspended in 4th inning)
    Ft. Myers, Bradenton
    Box Score

    This game was suspended in the fourth inning with the Miracle down 3-1. Much more will be written about this game when it concludes on Tuesday morning as part of a doubleheader. Here are two or three quick notes:

    First, Jhoan Duran started and gave up three runs on five hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. When the game was suspended, there were still two runners on base.

    Second, Lewin Diaz stayed hot. He hit a first-inning home run, his eighth of the season.

    Finally, when the game was delayed, rehabbing LHP Lachlan Wells, Miracle outfielder Aaron Whitefield and Bradenton infielder Robbie Glendinning met with an Australian National team playing in the States.

    Cedar Rapids 6, Burlington 0
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    The Kernels scored four runs in the first inning. Gilberto Celestino doubled in a run then scored on a Gabe Snyder single. Gabriel Maciel then drove in two more runs with another single. Celestino drove in another run with a single in the second inning.

    Luis Rijo was the beneficiary of the early offense and did a nice job of holding that lead. Rijo, who came to the Twins from the Yankees in the Lance Lynn deal, threw five scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit, walked three and struck out six. Moises Gomez and Carlos Suniaga each threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. They both struck out four batters.

    Yeltsin Encarnacion went 2-for-5 in the game. He had an RBI triple in the eighth inning to round out the Kernels scoring. Celestino went 2-for-4 with a walk and his fifth double. Gabriel Maciel went 2-for-3 with a walk.


    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Luis Rijo, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Ernie De La Trinidad, Pensacola Blue Wahoos

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

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - Game Suspended in 4th.
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 0-4, 2 K
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch.
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - Game Suspended in 4th.
    #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - Injured (quad), return...unknown
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured (wrist)
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Game Suspended in 4th (his line incomplete, will update tomorrow)
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - No Game Scheduled
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch.
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured List
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List (adductor)
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - making first start on Tuesday
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Play
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - 0-3, BB, R
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - 2-4, BB, 2B(5), R, 2 RBI, 2 K
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - No Game Scheduled
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - No Game Scheduled
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Play

    Buffalo @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - LHP Stephen Gonsalves (season debut)
    Pensacola - No Game Scheduled.
    Bradenton @ Ft. Myers (DH @ 10:00 a.m. CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (1-1, 5.91 ERA)
    Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Andrew Cabezas (1-3, 3.31 ERA)

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

    • May 21 2019 04:33 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  2. Twins Minor League Report (4/21): Pensacola Pounds Out 12 Hits

    Rochester has had a slow start to the season with a 5-11 record. Currently the club is seven games back in the International League North. Rochester starts a four-game series with Scranton/WB on Monday. The RailRiders are 8-6 on the season and sit in third place in the division. If Rochester is going to make a move, this is as good of time as any to start moving up the standings.

    Pensacola 8, Mobile 5
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    Jordan Gore got things started with a lead-off double in the first frame. He moved to second on a wild-pitch. Even without an out at that point, it took a two-out single from Taylor Grzelakowski to bring in Gore for the first run of the game. That wouldn’t be the end of the scoring for the Blue Wahoos.

    Pensacola put up a five-spot in the third inning with help from the middle of the order. Ernie De La Trinidad singled before coming around to score on a Caleb Hamilton double. Jaylin Davis followed with his second home run of the season. Grzelakowski walked and then he moved to third on a Luis Arraez double. Jimmy Kerrigan singled to drive in a run and put runners on the corners. Joe Cronin drove in the final run of the innings with a sacrifice fly.

    Del La Trinidad got things started again in the fourth inning with his first homer of the year. Hamilton followed with a single and Davis added a double to put runners on the corners. Grzelakoski drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to put the score at 8-0.

    Jorge Alcala was cruising through four shutout innings before running into trouble in the fifth. He allowed five runs that inning, but he was able to finish the frame. He struck out eight and walked one. Tyler Jay took over and was fantastic through two shutout innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out four.

    Gabriel Moya made his second rehab appearance. He recorded two outs and both were strikeouts. However, he surrendered two walks and one hit to make things a little dicey. Dusten Knight finished off his fourth save by pitching 1 1/3 innings. He struck out two and went for the back flip.

    Fort Myers enters play on Monday with a 10-7 record. The Miracle are currently in third place in the Florida State League South and trail first place by two games. Fort Myers will start a three-game set against first-place Bradenton on Monday. If the club were to sweep, the Miracle could take over first place in the division.

    Cedar Rapids has started the year 7-9 and they will start Monday 4.5 games out of first place in the Midwest League Western Division. The Kernels start a three-game set on Monday in Wisconsin, which is currently half a game back in the standings. Andrew Cabezas will be looking to pick up his first win of the season.

    TD Pitcher of the Day- Tyler Jay, Pensacola (2.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 K, 3 H)
    TD Hitter of the Day- Caleb Hamilton, Pensacola (3-5, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI, K)

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

    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Did not pitch
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did not play

    Rochester vs. Scranton/WB (5:05 CST) – TBD
    Pensacola vs. Mobile (6:35 CST) – RHP Brusdar Graterol (1-0, 0.52 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Bradenton (5:30 CST) – TBD
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (6:35 CST) – RHP Andrew Cabezas (0-0, 6.00 ERA)

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

    • Apr 21 2019 08:50 PM
    • by Cody Christie
  3. Twins Daily 2019 Top Prospects: #7 Jhoan Duran

    Age: 21 (DOB: 1-8-1998)
    2018 Stats (Low-A): 100.2 IP, 3.75 ERA, 115/38 K/BB, 1.25 WHIP
    ETA: 2021
    2018 Ranking: NR

    National Top 100 Rankings
    BA: NR |MLB: NR | ESPN: NR |BP: NR

    What’s To Like
    There is a lot to like. When Jhoan Duran signed with the Diamondbacks in February of 2015 out of the Dominican Republic, he was tall and lanky. That means that he was often touted as “projectable” as he had room to fill out. When the 2018 season ended, Duran stood 6-5 and weighed in at about 220 pounds.

    With the increased strength, Duran’s fastball has taken off. Duran throws 94-96 and even touched 98 mph. If you watched Tom Froemming’s Prospect Spotlight on Duran, he was hitting 96 in late August despite already being over his previous career high innings. He also gets some sink on his pitches.

    Duran also throws what appears to be two different breaking balls. He has a slider that can dart out of the zone, but he also has more of a curveball that drops. Both can be swing-and-miss pitches. He also is working to improve his changeup. Potentially, he’s got a big fastball with movement, four pitches and the ability to miss bats. Yes, potentially there is a whole lot to like in Jhoan Duran.

    What’s Left To Work On
    For Duran, he needs to work on the things that all young pitchers need to work on.

    While he has shown good control, he will need to continue to improve his command.

    While most believe that he can remain a starter, that will likely depend on continuing to improve and be more consistent with his secondary pitches. Especially, his changeup remains a work-in-progress. Development of that third (and maybe fourth) pitch may determine whether he remains a starter or if he becomes a potentially dominant, triple-digit throwing late-inning reliever.

    Before his six-inning stint to end the 2018 season in Cedar Rapids, his numbers had not yet matched his stuff. He had an ERA of 4.75 a 1.50 WHIP in 64 2/3 innings with Kane County before the trade. He struck out 9.9 batters per nine innings, but he also walked 3.9 per nine innings. After joining the Kernels, he was incredible, posting a 2.00 ERA and a 0.81 WHIP over 36 innings. He increased his K-rate to 11.0 per nine innings, and reduced his walks per nine innings to 2.5. So was it a great, short-sample size six-game stint, which included seven no-hit innings in his Kernels debut, or has Duran actually turned corner in his career?

    What’s Next

    After spending last season in Cedar Rapids, Duran will start the 2019 season in Fort Myers. At this point, it’s all about developing those things (third and fourth pitches, consistent command). Working in the Florida State League should allow him an opportunity to put up some big numbers and potentially continue to rise up the Twins prospect charts. If he gets off to a strong start, he will certainly be a candidate for a midseason promotion to the Twins new Double-A affiliate in Pensacola.

    TD Top Prospects: Honorable Mention
    TD Top Prospects: 16-20
    TD Top Prospects: 11-15
    TD Top Prospects: #10 Akil Baddoo
    TD Top Prospects: #9 Blayne Enlow
    TD Top Prospects: #8 Lewis Thorpe
    TD Top Prospects: #7 Jhoan Duran
    TD Top Prospects: #6 Coming Tomorrow…

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    • Feb 07 2019 05:39 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  4. Twins Minor League Report (7/29): De La Trinidad Makes His Mark, Williams Homers Twice

    Rochester 2, Louisville 3 (10 Innings)
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    Rochester took an early lead in this one but it would quickly fade away. Jeremy Hazelbaker drew a one-out walk in the third inning before Taylor Motter cracked a two-run home run. In the bottom of the third, Stephen Gonsalves quickly surrendered the lead. Three singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly meant the game was tied. Gonsavles pitched six innings with six strikeouts and one walk.

    On rehab, Addison Reed pitched a scoreless inning without allowing a hit. He had one strikeout and walked two batters. John Curtiss struck out three and walked one over two scoreless innings. Luke Bard took the loss but the only run he allowed was the runner who started on second in extra-innings.

    Rochester didn’t have much offense outside of that third frame. The team was limited to three hits and five walks.

    Chattanooga 3, Tennessee 8
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    This game evolved from a pitcher’s duel in the early innings before the Smokies bats woke up. Omar Bencomo pitched into the fifth inning and allowed two runs on five hits. He struck out five and walked two. Sam Clay ran into the most damage. He couldn’t pitch a full inning and he allowed four runs on four hits. Paco Rodriguez and Andrew Vasquez each pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed a run each.

    Zander Wiel lead the offensive charge. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles. Brent Rooker and Luis Arraez both had multi-hit games and Arraez drove in two runs. Jaylin Davis added his 8th double, one of the team’s three extra-base hits.

    Overall, the team went 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.

    Fort Myers 8, Daytona 6
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    The Miracle struck the final couple of blows in this back-and-forth contest. Newly acquired Ernie De La Trinidad went 3-for-4 with a three-run bomb and he scored two runs in the game. Alex Kirilloff continued to stay hot as he finished 2-for-5 and his late inning double extended his hit streak to 13 games. He also scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch and drove in an important run in the seventh inning.

    Travis Blankenhorn went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two RBI. Royce Lewis also had a multi-hit game. Mark Contreras reached base three times and scored two runs.

    On the mound, Bryan Sammons got into some early trouble as he walked five batters in four innings of work. He allowed four earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts but he would be long gone before this one was decided. Colton Davis took over for Sammons but he allowed one run on two hits in his inning of work. Clark Beeker was a savior in this game. He limited Daytona to one hit over the four shutout innings to finish the game. He struck out three and didn’t walk any.

    Fort Myers has won four consecutive series.

    Cedar Rapids 0, Quad Cities 6
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    Cedar Rapids drew a season-high 10 walks but the team was limited to two hits en route to being shutout. In fact, every batter in the Kernels line-up reached base at least once with the exception of David Banuelos. Gabriel Maciel reached base three times out of the lead-off spot. Andrew Bechtold went 1-for-3 and had the team’s lone extra-base hit, a double. Jean Carlos Arias was held hitless but he reached base twice.

    Jordan Balazovic ran into some early trouble as he surrendered four runs in the first innings. He settled in from there and only allowed one more run over the next five frames. He finished by allowing five runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and no walks. Melvi Acosta pitched the final three innings and allowed one run on four hits with four strikeouts.

    Elizabethton 4, Bristol 7
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    Three defensive errors allowed three unearned runs to be scored in this one and that was the difference. Brian Rapp started and lasted four innings. He struck out five and didn’t walk any but allowed four runs on six hits. Austin Schulfer saw two unearned runs score in three frames. He struck out three and walked two. Moises Gomez pitched a shutout inning. Zach Neff walked a batter in the ninth before ran cut this game short.

    Chris Williams, a 2018 8th round pick, continued his hot hitting. The Clemson product cranked a pair of home runs to up his season total to 11. First-round pick Trevor Larnach reached base twice and collected his second double of the season. Michael Helman added his second home run of the year.

    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Ernie De La Trinidad, Fort Myers (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, K)
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Stephen Gonsalves, Rochester (6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 6 K, BB)

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed. Please note that this Prospect Summary has been updated.

    1. Royce Lewis (FM): 2-for-5, RBI, 2 R
    2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): 2-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
    3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): Did not play.
    4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 1-for-3, BB, K
    5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): 6 IP, 2 ER, 6 K, BB
    6. Trevor Larnach (ET): 1-for-3, 2B, R, BB
    7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 2-for-4, RBI, BB, K
    8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 0-for-4, BB, 2 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): 0-for-2, 2 BB, K
    13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 2 K
    14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): Did not play.
    15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): Did not play.
    16. Yunior Severino (ET): Did not play.
    17. Lewin Diaz (FM): Did not play.
    18. Ryan Jeffers (ET): Did not play.
    19. Jacob Pearson (CR): Did not play.
    20. Luis Arraez (CHAT): 2-for-5, 2 RBI

    Rochester vs. Scranton/WB (6:05 CST) – RHP Kohl Stewart (0-3, 4.50 ERA)
    Rochester vs. Scranton/WB (Game 2) – TBD
    Chattanooga @ Tennessee (6:00 CST) – TBD
    Fort Myers – Scheduled Off-Day
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:05 CST) – RHP Jhoan Duran (5-4, 4.73 ERA)
    Elizabethton – Scheduled Off-Day
    GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (11:00 AM CST) – TBD

    Please feel free to ask any questions about Sunday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.

    • Jul 29 2018 09:19 PM
    • by Cody Christie