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  1. Twins Minor League Report (7/5): Doubleheaders, Transactions, and More Oh My!

    TRANSACTIONS
    Rochester Red Wings
    RHP Kohl Stewart recalled by Minnesota
    RHP D.J. Baxendale reinstated from IL
    Pensacola Blue Wahoos
    IF Michael Davis transferred to Fort Myers
    LHP Jovani Moran transferred to GCL Twins on MiLB rehab
    LHP Bryan Sammons activated from IL
    RHP Alex Phillips promoted from Fort Myers
    Fort Myers Miracle
    IF Royce Lewis placed on temporary inactive list (Futures Game)
    RHP Ricky Ramirez reinstated from IL
    Cedar Rapids Kernels
    C Ben Rodriguez placed on 7 day IL

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 4, Scranton/WB 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)
    Box Score

    Lewis Thorpe returned to the bump for Rochester after making his big league debut. The Aussie was dominant in six innings of work striking out eight, issuing no free passes, and giving up just two earned runs. Ryan Eades pitched a scoreless 7th, striking out two, to record his second save of the season.

    Brent Rooker has been on fire this season in Rochester and that didn’t change in this one. A first inning double plated Jake Cave and the Wings were on the board. He doubled again in the third to score Ronald Torreyes and double the lead. Hits from Jaylin Davis and Cave pushed Rochester’s tally to four by the sixth inning. Two runs from the home team didn’t factor into the decision.

    Scranton/WB 7, Rochester 6 (Game 2, 8 innings)
    Box Score

    Game two of the doubleheader saw Cody Stashak step in as Kohl Stewart was recalled by the big league club. He turned in three innings of strong work allowing just a single unearned run and fanning five. Ian Krol was blitzed for six runs (five earned) in his one inning of work eventually spelling the Wings demise.

    Ronald Torreyes put his stamp on this one early with a second inning RBI single. He’d put Rochester ahead again with another RBI in the seventh. Leading by a run needing just three outs Rochester allowed the Railriders to force extras.

    Jaylin Davis parked his seventh homer of the year and Nick Gordon drove in a run giving the away squad a two-run cushion looking to close it out. A blowup inning saw four Railrider runs score and the Red Wings found themselves on the wrong side of a walk-off.

    BLUE WAHOO BITES
    Birmingham 7, Pensacola 3
    Box Score

    Bryan Sammons was the Wahoos starter in this one and needing 72 pitches coming up one out shy of five complete, he was chased after allowing three runs.

    Pensacola started the scoring in the fourth inning on Alex Kirilloff’s first homer since June 20th. His third blast of the season was followed by Mark Contreras’ fifth to give the Wahoos a 3-0 lead. From there it was all Barons. Runs in each of the next three half-innings put the home team up by a 7-3 tally, which is where this one ended.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 4, Palm Beach 0 (Game 1, 7 innings)
    Box Score

    Another doubleheader for the Miracle began on the right foot. Blayne Enlow took the hill but lasted just one inning after being hit by a comebacker. Joe Record stepped in and twirled three innings of shutout ball while notching four strikeouts.

    Jose Miranda put Fort Myers ahead early after reaching on a throwing error allowing Ryan Jeffers to touch home plate. A second miscue, this time a wild pitch, gave Michael Davis the opening to score. In the fifth Trey Cabbage drove in Miranda on a single and Michael Helman pushed Cabbage across.

    Fort Myers 7, Palm Beach 3 (Game 2, 7 innings)
    Box Score

    Melvi Acosta was the Miracle starter in game two and he gave the home team one out into the sixth inning en route to his fifth win on the season. Allowing just two runs, he struck out five and lowered his ERA to 2.93 on the year.

    Fort Myers used a six-run second inning to leap out front and put it on cruise control. An Andrew Bechtold double was followed by a Trey Cabbage triple to score the first two. Michael Helman and Gabriel Maciel then plated one each with Jose Miranda driving in two on a single and a throwing error. Miranda then struck again in the sixth to afford the Miracle their seventh run.

    Entering into a long homestand, the doubleheader sweep was a nice foot for Fort Myers to jump out on.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 3, Burlington 2
    Box Score

    Josh Winder made the start for Cedar Rapids and he turned in yet another gem. The 2018 draft pick lasted seven innings and gave up just one run while striking out eight and walking none. He didn’t pick up the win but drops his ERA to 2.32 on the season.

    The Kernels were behind after a Bees third inning run, but Jared Akins delivered a sac fly in the fourth to knot things up. Facing a one run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning Tyler Webb notched his first double of the season to walk off Burlington.

    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    E-Twins 7, Kingsport 1
    Box Score

    Andriu Marin began this one on the bump for the Twins and he fanned six over four scoreless innings. Denny Bentley got the win in relief allowing just one run (unearned).



    Elizabethton got out ahead early and stretched their lead late. Anthony Prato started the scoring with an RBI single, and Seth Gray ripped his second dinger (a two-run shot) to make it a three-run third inning. Max Smith tacked on a run with a sac fly in the sixth, and three more were added in the eighth on a double and wild pitch.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    Today’s game against the GCL Red Sox was suspended in the bottom of the 8th inning. The Twins had just tied it up, and have runners on the corners with two outs.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 2-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – Inactive (Futures Game)
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 1-4, HR(3), R, RBI, 2 K
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Play
    #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – Did Not Play
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) –Did Not Pitch
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) – Game Suspended
    #8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 2-7, 2 2B, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
    #9 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Pitch
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) – 1.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
    #11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – 6.0 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
    #12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-6, 2B, R, RBI, 3 BB
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 1-3, R, BB
    #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - Pending
    #15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) – 1-1, 2B, R, BB
    #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – 0-3, R, K
    #17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John)
    #18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
    #19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) – 1-5, 2B, RBI
    #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 1-4

    SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre (5:35PM CST) - TBD
    Pensacola @ Birmingham (6:30PM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (4-0, 2.54 ERA)
    Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (5:00PM CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (1-4, 4.56 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:35PM CST) – RHP Andrew Cabezas (2-5, 4.04 ERA)
    Kingsport @ Elizabethton (5:30 CST) - RHP Ryan Shreve (0-1, 3.86 ERA)
    GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (9:00AM CST) - TBD

    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games or any other minor league topics you would like.

    • Jul 06 2019 06:19 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  2. Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Rochester Roasts the Pigs, Schulfer Shines for Kernels

    TRANSACTIONS
    Rochester Red Wings
    RHP Carlos Torres signed by Minnesota Twins assigned to AAA
    Cedar Rapids
    LHP Petru Balan placed on temporary inactive list

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 19, Lehigh Valley 6
    Box Score

    Another night, another high scoring affair for the Red Wings. Rochester pounced with 16 runs on 16 hits and really turned this one into a laugher late. Recently signed Drew Hutchison got the start and he went five and two-thirds innings giving up five earned on six hits. That was good enough to leave in position for the win however.

    Seven of the nine Rochester batters recorded base hits in this one, and eight of them reached base. Six batters had multi-hit nights and most of the damage was done without leaving the yard. Brent Rooker and Zander Wiel both clubbed their 12th dingers of the season while Drew Maggi went yard for his seventh. In the 9th Jordanny Valdespin added his sixth, a three-run shot, for good measure.



    Jaylin Davis continues to be a man possessed at Triple-A, and a three-hit night has his OPS sitting at 1.124 through his first nine games. This was one of those evenings where everyone contributes and it felt like no one was capable of making an out. Too bad for the Piggies but great fun for Rochester.

    BLUE WAHOOS BITES
    Biloxi 7, Pensacola 4
    Box Score

    Adalberto Mejia continued to work his rehab assignment and turned in two scoreless in this one. Randy Dobnak put in five innings for the Wahoos and gave up four runs on eight hits. Although the hit totals were nearly even Pensacola came up three runs short in this contest.



    Aaron Whitefield drove in the game’s first run in the second inning. Pensacola held the 1-0 lead until things were knotted up in the fifth. Then a three-run sixth inning had the home team looking for a rally. Caleb Hamilton drove in Alex Kirilloff to drop the deficit to two, and an eighth inning Mark Contreras double evened the score.

    It was a ninth inning offensive output that eventually spelt demise for Pensacola. A base hit and a double put the Shuckers ahead by three and no answer came in the bottom half.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Charlotte 3, Fort Myers 2
    Box Score

    Two of the best teams in the Florida State League played a low scoring affair this morning in Charlotte. Edwar Colina got the start for the Miracle and came up just one out shy of making it through six innings. He gave up two runs, neither earned, and fanned five while walking three.

    Immediately after trailing for the first time in the game Fort Myers responded with two runs to knot it up. A Jose Miranda double and then a Michael Helman sac fly were what pushes base runners across the plate.

    The Stone Crabs were able to score the game winning run in the seventh and that spelled defeat for Fort Myers. Recently promoted Wander Franco had himself a nice game going 3-for-4 and driving in the early runs for the home team.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 0
    Box Score

    Austin Schulfer toed the rubber looking to secure a series victory in this one. Despite going six strong innings with six strikeouts and allowing just two runs (one earned), the bats never came alive and the Kernels fell 4-0.

    Gilberto Celestino was the only Cedar Rapids player to tally multiple hits, and teammates Jacob Pearson and Estamy Urena were the only other players to up their average.

    Tomorrow these two teams will square off for the rubber match.

    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Bristol 11, Elizabethton 6
    Box Score

    Ryley Widell began the game on the mound for the E-Twins but a tough outing had him chased before he was able to record three outs. Leaving the first down 4-0, and then heading into the third with a seven run deficit, Elizabethton found themselves behind the eight ball all night.

    In the middle innings the home team struck. Spencer Steer recorded his first professional double to drive in Willie Joe Garry during the third inning. In the fourth it was Alex Isola and Steer again plating another three runners. An Albee Weiss fifth inning jack job brought the deficit to just two, but that’s where the runs ended.

    Steer is certainly off to a great start in his professional career and the 4-for-5 evening should fuel him for the next few contests.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Orioles 5, GCL Twins 0
    Box Score

    Anthony Escobar made the start and worked three scoreless while striking out four and allowing just one hit. Tallying just four hits on the day however, a goose egg ended up being the final tally for the home team.

    2019 first round draft pick Keoni Cavaco notched his second professional knock and is now 2-for-11 in his young career.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day – Austin Schulfer (Cedar Rapids) 6.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
    Hitter of the Day – Spencer Steer (Elizabethton) 4-5, 3 RBI, 2 2B

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Fort Myers) - 0-5, K
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 1-3, 2 R, K
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured list
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Fort Myers) – 1-1
    #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 0-2, BB
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 1-4, HR(12), 3 R, RBI, 2 BB, 2 K
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Fort Myers) – Did not pitch
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Fort Myers) - Injured list (Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – Did not play
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured list
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Fort Myers) – Did not play
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – 1-3, BB
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured list
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 2-3
    #17 - Zack Littell (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #18 - LaMonte Wade Jr. (Rochester) – 0-4, R, RBI, BB, K
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Fort Myers) – 2-5, R, RBI, 2B

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (6:05PM CST) – LHP Devin Smeltzer (0-2, 2.70 ERA)
    Biloxi @ Pensacola (6:35PM CST) – LHP Charlie Barnes (0-1, 4.18 ERA)
    Charlotte @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) - TBD
    Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) - TBD
    Bristol @ Elizabethton (5:30PM CST) – RHP Tyler Benninghoff (0-0, 13.50 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

    • Jun 27 2019 05:35 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  3. Twins Minor League Report (5/29): Debuts on the Bump, and Blast from the Dish

    TRANSACTIONS
    Rochester Red Wings
    C Wynston Sawyer reinstated from the injured list

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Scranton 3, Rochester 1 (Game 1)
    Box Score

    Scheduled for a doubleheader, these two squads got in just one full game before the second was interrupted by weather. Randy Dobank made the start in the seven-inning affair and he came up one out shy of four full innings. Allowing three earned runs on three hits, it was the five walks that spelled disaster in this one.

    The lone Red Wings run came off a Nick Gordon solo shot to start the game. It was his first blast of the season and got the away team on the board. Despite the command issues, it wasn’t until the fourth inning that Scranton answered. A bases clearing single from Ryan Lavarnway gave the home team a 3-1 lead and that was enough to make the difference.

    These two teams will look for better weather tomorrow.

    BLUE WAHOO BITES
    Mississippi 6, Pensacola 3
    Box Score

    Charlie Barnes made his Double-A debut in this one, and it was nothing short of exceptional. Working five innings, he fanned seven while allowing no free passes and giving up just four hits. The offensive support wasn’t there, but he certainly kept the home team in the contest.

    A solo dinger put the Wahoos behind in the sixth and a five run eighth inning put the game out of reach. With just single digit hits on the night, it was never going to be enough and Barnes watched as his debut gem was spoiled late.



    Pensacola battled, adding three in the bottom of the ninth inning on Mark Contreras’ first homer for the Wahoos, but the three-run deficit ended up being insurmountable. Splitting the first two in this five game set, there’s still plenty of time for the good guys to come out on top.

    Mitch Garver played in his first rehab game during this contest going 0-2 with a strikeout.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 7, Florida 1
    Box Score

    Twins pitching prospect Blayne Enlow was making his High-A debut in this one, and things started out slow offensively. The former LSU commit went six innings allowing just one earned run on four hits and a walk while fanning five. In summary, he put up a dominant debut.

    Enlow earned the win thanks to a Ryan Jeffers RBI double in the first, and a Trevor Larnach sac fly in the fifth. Leading 2-0, the Miracle generated a three spot in the seventh and added two more, complete with Larnach’s fourth homer, for good measure in the ninth.

    Each of the top five batters in the Miracle lineup earned base hits tonight, and three of them recorded multi-hit games. Getting more from some of the higher profile prospects on the farm is a must, and the Miracle crew answered the call this evening.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Burlington 9, Cedar Rapids 4
    Box Score

    Initially scheduled to square off for two contests today, only one would complete all of the action. Andrew Cabezas got the start in game one, and after being touched up for six runs recording just one out, he was lifted from action.

    Jacob Pearson drew a bases-loaded walk, and Andrew Becthold followed in his footsteps. Those two batters gave the Kernels a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom half of the first, but it’d be the last time they sniffed victory for the rest of the day.

    A seven-run first for Burlington gave them the lead for good, and despite Cedar Rapids plating two runs in the third, the Bees answered with two of their own in the fifth. This one was never close and the two squads will look to finish up suspended action tomorrow.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    TD Pitcher of the Day- Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB 5 K
    TD Hitter of the Day- Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 3-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2B, HR(4)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 1-4. R. K
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 0-3, BB, K
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Injured List
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 3-4, 2 R, 5 RBI, 2B, HR(4)
    #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 1-2, R, 2 BB, K
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – Injured List
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Pitch
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – Did Not Pitch
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB 5 K
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – Injured List
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 1-4, R, RBI, HR(1), K
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Injured List
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 2-4, RBI, BB, K, 2 2B
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – 1—3, K
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3, R, BB
    #17 - Zack Littell (Minnesota) – No Game
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 0-1, 2 BB, 1 K
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did Not Pitch
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, RBI, BB, K

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Scranton/WB (5:35PM CST) – RHP Sean Poppen (2-0, 2.45 ERA)
    Pensacola vs. Mississippi (6:35 CST) – TBD
    Fort Myers @ Florida (11:00AM CST) – LHP Tyler Watson (1-4, 4.43 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:30PM CST) – LHP Kody Funderburk (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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

    • May 29 2019 09:02 PM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  4. Twins Minor League Report (5/22): Kernels Combine for No-No, Rochester Blanks Wings

    TRANSACTIONS
    Fort Myers Miracle
    Transferred LHP Kody Funderburk to Elizabethton
    RHP Alex Phillips transferred from Pensacola

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 4, Buffalo 0
    Box Score
    In the ever-enduring battle of the Wings, it was Rochester that prevailed in this one. Kohl Stewart was on the bump for the Red Wings and he turned in five innings of one-hit baseball. Striking out four and walking three, no damage was done on his watch. Fernando Romero worked 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief while fanning four, and that’s a development the big league club would like to see more of.



    Most of the damage came early in this one, and the home squad was able to ride that to victory. A three run first was punctuated by a pair of bases-loaded walks, and a later Drew Maggi RBI single wasn’t necessary in the eventual outcome.

    Nick Gordon recently was inserted back into the lineup following a brief IL stint, and he was able to tally two hits on the evening. Both LaMonte Wade and Maggi joined that club as well.

    BLUE WAHOOS BITES
    Tennessee 9, Pensacola 3
    Box Score

    Back in action after a scheduled day off, an early deficit and a big inning spelled the demise of the Blue Wahoos. Andro Cutura couldn’t make it out of the second inning, and a bullpen game that saw Adam Bray surrender four runs on four hits and three walks without recording an out was more ugly than you’d hope.

    Despite ten hits during the contest, two RBI singles and a sac fly was all Pensacola could muster. Alex Kirilloff did have himself a nice outing picking up a two-hit effort and Ben Rortvedt snagged three hits while driving in a run.

    Despite the relatively lackluster pitching effort as a whole, reliever Tom Hackimer was a bright spot. He struck out the side in the eighth and now has gone six and one-third scoreless innings during his first venture into Double-A action. Combined with his 0.59 ERA across 15 and one-third innings at High-A Fort Myers, there’s a very solid season building here.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Bradenton 2, Fort Myers 1
    Box Score
    After an abbreviated twin bill yesterday it was just one for these two clubs on Wednesday. Combining for a total of seven hits and three runs, this was the epitome of a pitcher’s duel. Bryan Sammons was again fantastic, twirling six shutout innings and fanning eight. His ERA now rests at 0.94 with just shy of 40 innings pitched.

    The recently promoted Trey Cabbage swatted his first dinger for the Miracle in the second inning. The solo shot was all they could must however, with the other two hits coming from Royce Lewis and Ryan Jeffers.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Burlington 5, Cedar Rapids 4 (Game 1)
    Box Score
    A double dip was needed today following a postponement on Wednesday. The afternoon game saw Cedar Rapids fall victim to a run in the seventh which ended up being the deciding factor. Andrew Cabezas battled command most of the day and went just four innings in the effort.

    After trailing by one in the top half of the second, the Kernels did all of their damage in the bottom half of the third inning. Jared Akins opened the scoring with an RBI single, and Jean Carlos Arias plated three with his second homer of the year. Burlington answered with three of their own in the next half inning before getting the tie-breaking run in the final frame.

    Cedar Rapids 9, Burlington 0 (Game 2)
    Box Score
    Easily the highlight of the day, Cedar Rapids watched Austin Schulfer and Jose Martinez combine for a no-hitter. Schulfer turned in five strong, fanning seven and issuing just one free pass. He’s been great all year for the Kernels and tonight’s effort was just another display of that. Martinez has scuffled during his 11 outings, but everything was working in turning in two flawless with a pair of punchouts on his own.



    The no-hitter certainly could have put the bats at ease, but eight hits sparked nine runs and this one was taken care of no matter what way you looked at it. For the most part, runs came as a by-product of guys doing their jobs. Fielder’s choices and groundouts were the early helpers, with a timely balk and some well placed base hits adding to the lead. The big blow came on Chris Williams home run, his eighth of the season, a three-run shot.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day – Austin Schulfer and Jose Martinez (Cedar Rapids) 5.0 IP 0 H 0 R 0 ER 1 BB 9 K
    Hitter of the Day – Jared Akins (Cedar Rapids) 3-7, 2 R, 2 RBI, 3B, HR

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 1-4
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 2-5, R, K, 2B
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Did Not Pitch
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 0-3, BB, K
    #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - Injured (quad)
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured (wrist)
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Pitch
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did Not Pitch
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured List
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-5, R, K
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Did Not Pitch
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 1-3
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – 3-4, RBI, K
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 1-7, R, BB, K (2 games)
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 2-4, R
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did Not Pitch
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 0-4

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Buffalo @ Rochester (10:05AM CST) – LHP Devin Smeltzer (0-1, 1.83 ERA)
    Pensacola @ Tennessee (6:00PM CST) - RHP Sean Poppen (2-3, 3.58 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Daytona (6:05PM CST) – LHP Charlie Barnes (2-2. 8.28 ERA)
    Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) - RHP Blayne Enlow (4-3, 4.95 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games

    • May 23 2019 08:11 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  5. Twins Minor League Report (5/1): Williams Crushes Nightcap, Rijo Smooth Early

    TRANSACTIONS
    Fort Myers Miracle
    RHP Bailey Ober placed on the seven-day IL with a right ulnar nerve subluxation

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Scranton/WB 8, Rochester 6
    Box Score

    Zack Littell got the start for Rochester tonight and turned in seven innings of strong work. Fanning seven while walking two and allowing seven hits, he ceded four earned runs and needed some offensive help once he departed. The runs came, but unfortunately they weren’t unanswered.

    Scranton got on the board first in this one, scoring one run in the bottom of the second. In the third, Randy Cesar drove in John Andreoli with an RBI single to knot things up on the road. The Railriders pulled away in the fourth with a three-run tally.

    Attempting to chip away, Rochester added runs in the sixth, eighth, and ninth innings drawing even on another Cesar RBI. Headed to extras, Luke Raley got things started with his fifth homer of the season, a two-run shot. In the bottom half of the 10th, Scranton pushed across four and ended the game in walkoff fashion.

    BLUE WAHOOS BITES
    Biloxi 7, Pensacola 3
    Box Score

    Taking the ball in this one was Sean Poppen, and needing 51 pitches to get through just two innings, this turned out to be an abbreviated start for the otherwise impressive prospect.

    The Shuckers pushed across seven runs through the first three innings and the Blue Wahoos had an ugly hole to climb out of. A fielder’s choice in the third allowed Pensacola’s first run to score, but it wasn’t followed by bunches. Taylor Grzelakowski grabbed an RBI on a sac fly in the fourth, and generated the same result in the sixth. Down 7—3 at that point, the score stood as the home side fell.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Postponed – Rain

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Game 1- Bowling Green 3, Cedar Rapids 2
    Box Score

    After a rainout yesterday, the Kernels and Hot Rods attempted a shot at two today. In the first half of the doubleheader Luis Rijo was on the bump. Turning in six solid innings of work, he allowed just one earned run (three total) while fanning five and walking none.

    Uber prospect Wander Franco generated the game’s first run on an RBI single, but a passed ball allowed the Kernels to even the score at one in the bottom of the third. David Banuelos homered in the fourth giving the home team the lead, but a 2-run shot in the fifth wiped that away and gave us the final tally.

    Game 2- Cedar Rapids 6, Bowling Green 4
    Box Score

    Working game two on the day, Austin Schulfer turned in four innings allowing just one earned (two total) run. He picked up six strikeouts and walked just two batters. Leaving with the game knotted, a decision remained up in the air.

    Cedar Rapids found themselves looking at a 2-0 deficit when the entered the bottom half of the third inning. A Ben Rodriguez double wiped that out as both Gabriel Maciel and Chris Williams scampered home.

    Once again the Hot Rods would lead by two, but this one would be overcome quickly. In the fifth Rodriguez drove in Williams again, and Jacob Pearson crossed the plate on a double play. Andrew Bechtold cracked his second dinger of the season, and when the inning was over, the Kernels led 5-4 into the 6th.

    Having done damage all night long, Williams added to the lead with his fifth homer of the season, and Cedar Rapids was ahead by the eventual winning score of 6-4. Joe Record was able to pick up his fifth save on the season, which is a Midwest League season high.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Luis Rijo (Cedar Rapids) 6.0 IP 5 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day – Chris Williams (Cedar Rapids) 2-3, 3 R, RBI, BB, K, HR(5)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - No game
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Did not pitch
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – No game
    #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No Game
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Did not play
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - No game
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured list
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured list
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - No game
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - No game
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3, BB, K
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 0-4
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did not pitch
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - No game

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (5:35PM CST) – RHP Chase De Jong (0-2, 21.00 ERA)
    Biloxi @ Pensacola (6:35PM CST) – RHP Jorge Alcala (4-1, 5.70 ERA)
    Clearwater @ Fort Myers, Game 1 (3:00PM CST) – RHP Jhoan Duran (0-3, 3.63 ERA)
    Clearwater @ Fort Myers, Game 2 – LHP Tyler Watson (0-3, 4.98 ERA)
    Bowling Green @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 PM CST) – TBD

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

    • May 02 2019 04:33 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  6. Twins Minor League Report (4/17): Thorpe Finds His Groove

    TRANSACTIONS
    Cedar Rapids
    OF DaShawn Keirsey Jr. placed on 7-day IL with a right hip strain

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 5, Syracuse 4
    Box Score

    Coming into 2019 Lewis Thorpe was among my favorite picks for a Twins prospect to debut at the big leagues sooner than anticipated. He’d put together a strong 2018, and looks the part of a rotation contributor at the highest level. Unfortunately his 2019 didn’t get off to a great start, but that changed today.



    Finishing one out shy of making it through six complete innings, Thorpe allowed just two runs on four hits while issuing a single free pass. The eye-popping number during his start was the 12 Syracuse batters he set down on strikes. He was also very efficient on the day, throwing 64 of 94 pitches for strikes.

    Scoring finally got underway in the middle innings. Randy Cesar drove in both LaMonte Wade and Wilin Rosario on a single to left fielder Tim Tebow. From there, Luke Raley helped to put up another pair of runs on his second homer of the season in the bottom half of the fifth.

    Thorpe ceded his two runs in the sixth, and while the Mets closed the deficit with single runs in the seventh and eighth, Rochester responded. Rosario, the former Rockies catcher, launched his fourth long ball of the year to put the good guys in the lead going into the ninth. Preston Guilmet was able to shut it down for the save.

    BLUE WAHOOS BITES
    Pensacola 5, Biloxi 2
    Box Score

    Rolling through his start looking sharp, as he has all of 2019, Devin Smeltzer turned in four strong innings allowing two runs (one earned) while fanning four and walking one. Disaster struck when he was hit in the head by a comebacker sending him to the floor. He was able to walk off the field under his own power, but it was no doubt a scary scene nonetheless.


    The Blue Wahoos gave their starter a lead early in this one. Jimmy Kerrigan drew a bases-loaded walk to plate the first run in the top of the first inning. Adding two more in the second, singles from Jordan Gore and Brian Schales scored Joe Cronin and Luis Arraez respectively.

    After allowing the Shuckers to draw within one in the bottom half of the second, Pensacola added some distance in the sixth. Tanner English drove in Arraez to score his second run of the night, and a throwing error attempting to nail Schales gave Gore the chance to scamper home. Up by three with three innings to play, that was enough for Adam Bray and Sam Clay to slam the door.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    St. Lucie 7, Fort Myers 2
    Box Score

    Identical organizations squaring off as in the Triple-A action today, this one saw the Mets top the Twins farmhands. Jhoan Duran lasted just one out into the fourth inning, and needed 71 pitches to get there. Five strikeouts was a nice tally, but three runs and three walks while allowing four hits could’ve certainly been better.

    St. Lucie put up all of their damage in the fourth inning. Breaking a 0-0 tie, the Mets plated seven runs and raced out to a big lead. A Ryan Jeffers single in the sixth scored Jose Miranda, but the only other run came on Ryan Costello’s second home run of the year in the top of the ninth inning.

    Generating just five hits as a team, Fort Myers will look to wake up the offense again tomorrow when they host the Stone Crabs back home.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities
    Postponed- Rain
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
    Twins Daily Hitter(s) of the Day – Jordan Gore (Pensacola) 2-3, 2 R, RBI, 3 BB

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 0-5, 2 K
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Did Not Pitch
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 1-5
    #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No Game
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 1-4, K
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – 3.1 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – 5.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 12 K
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did Not Pitch
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – 0-4, BB, 2 K
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, RBI, 2 K
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Play
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – No Game
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - Did not play
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 0-3, R

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (5:30PM CST) – RHP Zack Littell (0-2, 7.71 ERA)
    Pensacola @ Biloxi (6:35PM CST) – RHP Griffin Jax (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    Charlotte @ Fort Myers (5:30PM CST) – LHP Tyler Watson (0-1, 4.09 ERA)
    Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Jordan Balazovic (1-1, 2.79 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

    • Apr 18 2019 04:40 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  7. Twins Minor League Report (4/10): Starting Pitching Shines, Games Get Interesting Late

    TRANSACTIONS
    Minnesota Twins
    Recall LHP Andrew Vasquez
    Option RHP Chase De Jong to Triple-A
    Rochester Red Wings
    Received RHP Sean Poppen from Double-A Pensacola

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 8, Syracuse 2
    Box Score

    Sean Poppen was promoted prior to the game in order to make his Triple-A debut. Although not lights out, he was more than good enough on Wednesday. Turning in five innings of work, Poppen scattered five hits and two runs while walking three and fanning five. In line for the win when he bowed out, the bullpen got the job done and secured his first victory at the new level.

    Rochester jumped out to an early lead in this one against former Twins starter Hector Santiago. Veteran Wilin Rosario smacked a two-run shot in the first that put the good guys in the lead. Damage against Poppen came in the form of a single run each of the next two innings, and the game headed to the third inning deadlocked at two.

    Another former Twins hurler, Ryan O’Rourke, was on the bump for Syracuse in the sixth when he uncorked a wild pitch. Jordany Valdespin made it hurt as he crossed home plate and put the Red Wings back on top.

    Looking for some breathing room, Rochester broke out in a big way to start the ninth inning. Randy Cesar ripped his third double to drive in LaMonte Wade. A Wynston Sawyer single scored both Cesar and Wilin Rosario pushing the tally to 6-2. Valdespin then notched his first double of the season to score Zander Wiel and Sawyer. The 8-2 score went unchanged as Austin Adams locked it down and recorded his first save of the season.

    BLUE WAHOOS BITES
    Pensacola 5, Jacksonville 4
    Box Score

    Twins prospect Jorge Alcala was on the bump for this one, and he improved to 2-0 on the season after another strong outing. Going five innings, he ceded just two runs while issuing no free passes and striking out four. Leaving the game with a 4-2 lead, the bullpen and lineup made sure to preserve the victory.



    Drew Maggi started off the scoring in the second inning with a solo blast, his first dinger in the Twins organization. Jimmy Kerrigan then doubled to score Brian Schales and Pensacola headed to the third up 2-0.

    After a Brian Schales fourth inning homer, also his first of the year and in the organization, the Blue Wahoo stepped out to a 3-0 tally going into the 5th inning.

    The Jumbo Shrimp began to claw back making it 3-2 before the bottom half of the fifth, but a Jaylin Davis solo blast gave Pensacola some breathing room once again. Schales then helped the cause again in the seventh. After Jacksonville drew within one, his second double of the season plated Davis to put the Wahoos back up by two at 5-3.



    Jacksonville got within one before this contest was over, but Ryan Mason worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball to secure the victory and pick up his first save on the season.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 4, Dunedin 0
    Box Score

    After having Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in their lineup the past few days, Dunedin looked to take the field without the uber-prospect today. Fort Myers gave Royce Lewis his first day of rest this season, and the Miracle threw up a shutout in the matinee.

    Bryan Sammons earned his first victory on the year finishing one out shy of six innings pitched. He allowed just two hits on the afternoon and fanned eight batters while walking three.

    Scoring in this one was hard to come by, and after the Miracle jumped out to an early lead, that was enough to be the difference. A three-run second inning was sparked by doubles from Aaron Whitefield and Mark Contreras. The two teams would go scoreless until the 8th when Lewin Diaz, last night’s hero, drove in Jose Miranda on a sac fly.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 5, Kane County 4
    Box Score
    Looking for their second win on the young season the Kernels sent Blayne Enlow to the mound. Hoping to rebound from an ugly 2019 debut, the Twins prospect left after five quality innings. Generating five strikeouts and walking just one while allowing only one run, this is a start the Louisiana product can build off of.

    Cedar Rapids found themselves in a 1-0 hole after the first inning, but they rebounded quickly with a run of their own in the second. Jean Carlos Arias reached first on a throwing error allowing Trey Cabbage to notch the first run for the home team. From there, the Kernels looked to put distance between themselves and the Cougars.

    A four-run fifth inning had the home team up by a 5-1 tally. Yunior Severino singled to right, and Chris Williams grabbed his first double of the season. Up 3-1 after those two at-bats, Williams came across after an error on a Trey Cabbage at bat, and Andrew Bechtold singled to drive in Cabbage.

    With the bases juiced in the eigth inning things got a bit dicey for Cedar Rapids. The Cougars ripped off a bases-clearing double that reduced the deficit to just one run. Joe Record came on in the ninth to slam the door however, and grabbed his first save of the season while striking out the side.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
    Twins Daily Hitter(s) of the Day – Wilin Rosario (Rochester) – 1-4, HR(2), 2 R, 2 RBI

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Play
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Did Not Pitch
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 2-4
    #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No Game
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 0-4, K
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – 0-4
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Play
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – 0-2, R, BB, 2 K
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, RBI
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 0-4, R
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 2-3, 2 R, BB
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 1-3, R

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Syracuse (12:05PM CST) – LHP Lewis Thorpe (0-1, 20.25 ERA)
    Jacksonville @ Pensacola (6:35PM CST) – RHP Brusdar Graterol (0-0, 193 ERA)
    Dunedin @ Fort Myers (12:00PM CST) – RHP Jhoan Duran (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    Kane County @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Jordan Balazovic (1-0, 1.80 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

    • Apr 11 2019 04:38 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  8. Twins Minor League Report (6/13): Lookouts Pace the Action

    TRANSACTIONS
    Fort Myers Miracle
    OF Jimmy Kerrigan promoted to Chattanooga

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3
    Box Score

    Dietrich Enns was on the bump for this one, and he turned in a strong start coming up just short of seven full innings. He left the game with a one run lead, and despite being outhit 11 to 5, the Red Wings had the upper hand in the only category that matters.

    Rochester would get the scoring started in the top of the 2nd inning. Wynston Sawyer would double in Chris Carter, and he'd then come around to score on an errant pickoff throw. The only damage done against Enns would be in the form of a Billy McKinney solo shot in the 4th.

    From there, the two teams would remain quiet on the scoreboad until the 8th inning. With Alan Busenitz on the mound, Scranton would push across the tying run on a Brandon Drury single. Willians Astudillo made sure that the Red Wings would answer however, as he blasted a two run shot in the top half of the 9th inning.

    Trevor May was given the 9th inning and locked down his second save of the year for Rochester. One run would come across, though it was of the unearned variety. May would allows two hits and a walk through his one inning of work. A rehabbing Joe Mauer played all nine innings in the field tonight, going 0-4 with a strikeout at the dish. He's tentatively expected to rejoin the Twins on Friday.

    With the win, the Red Wings were able to able to put an end to the 10 game losing streak they were on. They'll head to Buffalo for a four game set beginning tomorrow night.
    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 14, Montgomery 4
    Box Score

    With Lewis Thorpe on the mound, and giving the Lookouts six very strong innings tonight, Chattanooga did something the parent club could not. Throughout the lineup, this team hit and put runs up in bunches over the course of the game. Thorpe's nine strikeouts and only one walk helped to punctuate a start that was only blemished by some slight trouble in the 7th.

    Right away in the first, Chattanooga jumped out to a lead. First Edgar Corcino drove in Sean Miller, and then Andy Wilkins would ground a single to right driving in Chris Paul. Taking an inning off, more runs were added in the top of the third inning. Paul would drive in Miller on a single of his own, and then Wilkins would notch his first homer of the season on a three run blast.

    Up 6-0 already in the 4th inning, Brent Rooker would get in on the action. A liner would drive in a run, and Paul would continue his nice night at the dish. Tallying his 17th double on the season, Paul would drive in both Rooker and Corcino, putting the good guys up 9-0. Wilkins would then rip his second homer of the night (and season) to center, and Jimmy Kerrigan would go back-to-back grabbing his first longball in his first Double-A game.

    By the 8th, Birmingham had scratched away a bit, and pushed four runs of their own across. Adding a bid of insurance, Corcino would score Ryan Walker on a ground out, and Paul would drive in Miller on a sac fly. Up 14-4 by the 9th, Ryan Eades would come on to grab the final three outs.

    It was a great way for the Lookouts to start their final series of the first half. They'll match up with the Barons again tomorrow evening. With just four games left in the 1st half, Chattanooga will be looking to pile on wins and overtake Jackson (1.0 GB) in the Southern League's North Division.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Palm Beach 7, Fort Myers 6
    Box Score

    The recently reinstated Griffin Jax was on the bump for the Miracle in this one, and he turned in a very nice outing. Going six innings, he allowed just three runs (two earned), on six hits. Jax tallied five strikeouts and walked just two. Leaving the game before the Miracle scoring started, he found himself at the mercy of his offense.

    As noted, the Miracle got off to a slow start in the run column for this one. They found themselves down 3-0 through six innings and needed to get something going. From there though, runs would come in three straight frames.

    Joe Cronin got the party going with a two run homer (his 5th of the year) in the 7th. Caleb Hamilton would then join in with a two run homer of his own, and his first of the season. After seven innings, the Miracle had erased the three run deficit, and found themselves clinging to a one run lead.

    In the 8th, Ryan Mason found himself in trouble, and Palm Beach would push across four runs of their own. Fort Myers was tasked with answering in the 9th, and nearly did enough to grab the W. Travis Blankenhorn drove in Brandon Lopez on a sacrifice fly, and a Jaylin Davis brought in Luis Arraez cutting the lead to one. Unfortunately that's where the rally would end, and they'd come up one run short.

    Fort Myers outhit Palm Beach 12 to 11, but they combined to go 3-13 with runners in scoring position, as well as leaving eight runners on base. The Miracle will look to take the series and end the first half with a win tomorrow.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Kane County 6, Cedar Rapids 2
    Box Score

    Brusdar Graterol was on the bump for this one, and was looking to follow up his great performance from his last time out. While it wasn’t a blow up, the Kernels hurler surrendered three earned runs on five hits across four innings pitched. Despite coming out of the game with Cedar Rapids trailing just by two, the bats couldn’t turn hits into runs on the day.
    Right away in the first inning, the Kernels jumped out on top. Royce Lewis ripped his 14th double of the year, and Jose Miranda drove him in on an RBI single. That lead would hold until Graterol allowed a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. The Cougars would then add another in the 4th, and Cedar Rapids found themselves trailing 3-1 in the top half of the 5th.
    With the bases loaded, Andrew Bechtold would draw a walk and an RBI to bring Cedar Rapids back within one. Despite outhitting Kane County by a tally of 12 to 9, the two runs were all Toby Gardenhire’s squad could push across on the day. The Cougars would answer with a run of their own in the 5th, as well as two more in the 6th. That 6-2 total would hold through the last three innings, and push the two teams to a series split with a rubber match still to come.
    Miranda had a fine day at the plate going 3-4 with the RBI and a double of his own. Both Bechtold and Jean Carlos Arias would also record multi hit games, picking up two each. Seven of the Kernels nine hitters would tally a base hit, and all but one were able to reach base on the day. Jovani Moran did a great job in relief working three innings of no-hit, no-run ball. He struck out six and walked just two.
    The two clubs will meet tomorrow night to decide the series. Cedar Rapids will then head home for a three game set with Peoria to put a bow on the first half of the season.

    STARS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Lewis Thorpe 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day – Andy Wilkins 3-4, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR(1,2)

    TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
    1. Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) – 1-5, R, 2B
    3. Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 0-4, K
    7. Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 1-5, R, RBI
    9. Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
    10. Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – 0-4, BB, K
    12. Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – 6.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 9 K
    13. Lewin Diaz (Fort Myers) – 0-5, K
    14. LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 0-4
    17. Travis Blankenhorn (Fort Myers) – 1-3, RBI

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (6:05PM CST) – LHP Adalberto Mejia (1-2, 3.86 ERA)
    Chattanooga @ Birmingham (7:05PM CST) – TBD
    Fort Myers @ Palm Beach (5:30PM CST) – LHP Charlie Barnes (1-4, 4.14 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30PM CST) – RHP Bailey Ober (2-1, 6.21 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

    • Jun 13 2018 08:44 PM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  9. Twins Minor League Report (6/6): Rooker Starts it Off With a Bang

    TRANSACTIONS AND NEWS
    Rochester Red Wings
    Add RHP Zack Littell
    Release INF Jermaine Curtis

    Fort Myers Miracle
    Taylor Grzelakowski was named to the Florida State League All Star Game today.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Activated C David Banuelos off DL
    Activated RHP Brusdar Graterol off DL
    Placed C Ben Rodriguez on DL
    Brusdar Graterol, Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff, and Jared Finkel were named to the Midwest League All Star Game

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Indianapolis 7, Rochester 2
    Box Score

    In just a three game set with Indianapolis, the Red Wings were looking to take tonight's game in order to knot up the series. Giving up seven runs on 12 hits and mustering just four of their own, the effort fell short.

    Aaron Slegers was on the bump, and he was staked to a 1-0 lead after Rochester's first at-bat. Jake Cave was able to drive a ball deep enough, allowing Zack Granite to score from third. The sac fly was Cave's 25th RBI on the year. After allowing the Indians to draw even, Chris Carter put the home team back on top with his 4th HR of the season.

    Leading 2-1 through the 5th inning, that's where things went downhill for Rochester. Slegers would be removed from the game shortly after allowing a third run to score on a solo shot. In the 6th, another would follow, and runs were posted in both the 8th and 9th innings as well. A final of 7-2 dropped Rochester in a 2-0 series hole, with an ability to get one back during tomorrow's day game.

    Cameron Rupp made his Twins organization debut in this one. He batted seventh and went 0-2 with two strikeouts and two walks. He has a July 15th opt out that can be exercised should he not be placed on the big league roster by that point.
    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Mobile 15, Chattanooga 4
    Box Score

    Coming off an 11-6 loss yesterday, the Lookouts were trying to exact some revenge against Mobile today. Despite getting out to a 1-0 lead early in the first inning, it wouldn’t hold up and the BayBears piled on.

    After a LaMonte Wade walk to start off the home half of the first, Brent Rooker drove in the game’s first run on his 13th double. Starter Anthony Marzi was given a lead, but the third inning would spell danger for the Chattanooga hurler. Mobile answered the Lookouts run with eight of their own, and the deficit only grew from there.

    Not rolling over, the Chattanooga offense responded with two runs in the bottom half of the third inning. A Zander Wiel single drove in LaMonte Wade and put Brent Rooker at third base. Edgar Corcino then scored Rooker on a sac fly during the very next at-bat.

    Rooker, the lone Lookout hitter to have a strong day at the dish, hit his eighth home run of the season in the fifth inning. Unfortunately for Chattanooga, that tally was their last of the game. With Mobile scoring four in the fifth, three in the sixth, and two more in the ninth, the final rested at 17-4. Both Alex Perez and Tanner English worked as position players on in relief to round out the eighth and ninth innings in this one.

    Having taken the middle three games of the series, Mobile will win the five game set. Chattanooga can look to salvage an extra game as they square off one last time tomorrow evening.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Palm Beach 9, Fort Myers 5 (10 innings)
    Box Score

    This game saw 14 runners cross the plate, and there was a total of 22 hits recorded. Unfortunately for the Miracle, the majority in both categories were recorded by Palm Beach. Having dropped the first two in the series, an offensive outburst was the result this club was looking for.

    Early on, things were going well for Fort Myers. Putting up a crooked number in the second inning, Luis Arraez doubled and Mitchell Kranson singled to score three runners. The lead wouldn't hold up however, as all three were given back in the top half of the 4th.

    Palm Beach then took their first lead in the 5th, to the tune of a 4-3 tally. A Shane Carrier single for the Miracle knotted things up in the bottom half, and the roller coaster affair would continue. Fort Myers then jumped back out on top in the bottom of the sixth, this time with Arraez delivering again, on a sac fly.

    As had been the case throughout the entirety of the game, the lead would be short lived. A Palm Beach home run off of Ryan Mason would send the Miracle to bat in the seventh tied at five. Neither team could push anything across in the 8th or 9th, and this one would head to extras.

    The final blow on the evening came against Miracle All-Star Andrew Vasquez. With the bases loaded, Palm Beach's Dylan Carlson lifted a grand slam to right field. Down 9-5, Fort Myers wasn't able to pull even again and they fell to 0-3 in the series. Looking to salvage a game, they'll have one last opportunity tomorrow night.
    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Game 1: Beloit 4, Cedar Rapids 3 (8 innings)
    Box Score

    Brusdar Graterol returned from the disabled list (hand contusion) to start this one for Cedar Rapids. He was on cruise control most of the game, and allowing just two runs over six strong innings, his final line was another good one.

    Beloit got the scoring started in the top half of the fifth inning, tallying one against Graterol. Andrew Bechtold scored on a David Banuelos single in the bottom half, to knot the game up. Unfortunately the lead was short lived with the Snappers striking again in the top of the 6th.

    Down to their last raps in the bottom of the seventh inning, Bechtold led off with his second double of the game. After two quick outs, Jordan Gore found himself at the dish with the game on the line. The Kernels were down to their final strike when Gore ground a single through the infield to right, scoring Bechtold and forcing extras.

    In the extra frame, Calvin Faucher came on for Toby Gardenhire, and was tasked with holding the automatic runner at second. After a Beloit sac bunt, the runner came in to score on a wild pitch. The Snappers added an insurance tally before their half of the inning was over, and Cedar Rapids faced a 4-2 deficit.

    Royce Lewis was tabbed the automatic runner for the Kernels in the bottom of the 8th, and he scored on a Robby Rinn two-out single. Needing to push one more across, the rally fell short as Jacob Pearson was caught stealing with Bechtold at the plate. A split of their second straight doubleheader would again be the goal in game two.
    Game 2: Beloit 3, Cedar Rapids 0 (7 innings)
    Box Score

    Tanner Kiest was making his second start in the Twins organization, and this one would be of the abbreviated sort. Despite allowing just two runs in the first frame, he needed 36 pitches to get through the inning. With the new organizational rule limiting minor leaguers at 35 pitches, he was then removed from the game.

    Randy Dobnak came on in relief, and he gave the Kernels everything they could ask for. Throwing six innings of one-run baseball, the three-run deficit was a score that allowed the offense opportunity to rally. The bats went cold after the seven-hit performance in the first game, and two base knocks were all the squad could muster.

    Having played four games in two days, the Kernels (and Snappers) will welcome a one game affair to close out the series tomorrow night. With the Kernels trailing three games to one in this set, they'll look to draw closer to even as the end the three day homestand.
    STARS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Brent Rooker 2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR(8), 2 BB
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day – Brusdar Graterol 7.0 IP 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

    TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
    1. Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) – 0-4, R
    3. Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 1-4
    5. Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) – (2 Games) 1-5, 2 BB, K
    7. Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 2-2, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2B, HR(8), 2 BB
    9. Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) – 7.0 IP 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
    10. Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – (2 Games) 1-5, 2 BB, 3 K
    13. Lewin Diaz (Fort Myers) – 0-5, 2 K
    14. LaMonte Wade (Chattanooga) – 0-3, 2 R, 2 BB
    15. Mitch Garver (Minnesota) – 2-4, 2B
    16. Ben Rortvedt (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3, K
    17. Travis Blankenhorn (Fort Myers) – 0-4, BB, K

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Indianapolis @ Rochester (11:35AM CST) – LHP Dietrich Enns (4-5, 4.81 ERA)
    Mobile @ Chattanooga (6:15PM CST) – TBD
    Palm Beach @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Griffin Jax (0-0, 5.79 ERA)
    Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Bailey Ober (1-1, 7.86 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

    • Jun 07 2018 04:45 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  10. Twins Minor League Report (5/30): Bencomo Dazzles While Miranda Launches

    TRANSACTIONS
    Minnesota Twins-
    Add RHP Aaron Slegers from Triple A Rochester
    Rochester Red Wings-
    Add RHP Omar Bencomo from Double A Chattanooga

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 5, Durham 2
    Box Score

    For the Red Wings, Aaron Slegers was initially slated to start today’s matinee. With the Minnesota Twins having exhausted their bullpen in an extra-innings affair last night, he was needed to provide length in relief. In his place, Omar Bencomo came up from Double A Chattanooga.

    Bencomo last pitched for Rochester back in 2016. After spending 2017 in the Marlins organization, today represented his 2018 debut with the Twins Triple A affiliate. Suggesting that the outing went well would be an understatement. He shoved for 6 innings allowing just one hit and striking out four while walking none. By the time Rochester’s starter left, they were in command of the game.

    Facing former Minnesota prospect Chih-Wei Hu, Kennys Vargas homered in the top of the second inning. It was his seventh of the year and second in as many days. The Red Wings would then pile on against Hu in the fourth. Jake Cave drove in Nick Gordon (who picked up his first Triple A triple) on a single, while Chris Carter cleared the bases with a two-run shot. Nick Buss then tripled in Wynston Sawyer to put the away club up 5-0.

    Alan Busenitz came in to work two scoreless innings, which has become the expectation when he’s on the bump for Rochester. The reliever now owns a 0.54 ERA and a 24/5 K/BB ratio across 16 2/3 innings at Triple-A in 2018.

    Working the ninth inning, John Curtiss would get himself into a bit of a jam after allowing a walk and hit to give Durham runners on second and third with two outs. A throwing error by Nick Gordon on what would have been the final out allowed both Bulls runners to score. Curtiss would pick up his teammate and record the final out on the next batter however. Tomorrow night, Rochester goes for the three game series sweep.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Birmingham 7, Chattanooga 1
    Box Score
    Kohl Stewart took the mound today for the Lookouts and was attempting to right the ship. After posting strong starts in five of his first six outings, he’d given up six runs in twoed of his last three. Unfortunately for both Stewart and the Lookouts, this one follow the latter pattern.

    From the second through fourth innings, the Barons hopped all over the Chattanooga starter. Yielding seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits and three walks, Kohl was able to fan just four. Headed into the top of the fifth inning against top 100 prospect Dane Dunning, Chattanooga was staring at a seven run deficit.

    Recently activated LaMonte Wade helped to push across the lone Lookouts run of the day. On an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning, Ryan Walker came around to score. With just five hits to their credit across the nine frames, Chattanooga wouldn’t be able to do enough to force a comeback.

    Sam Clay and Paco Rodriguez worked two innings each in relief of Stewart. Both held the Barons scoreless and they struck out three and two batters respectively. With the series knotted at one game apiece, Chattanooga will look to take back the advantage tomorrow evening.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 6, Clearwater 3
    Box Score

    Hometown kid Brady Anderson was on the bump for the Miracle again today, and while he’s had an up and down season for the Miracle, this outing was good enough to keep them in it. Working 5 1/3 innings, Anderson scattered seven hits, allowed three runs, while both walking and striking out four batters. For his efforts, Anderson recorded his first win of 2018.

    Given a lead in the second inning, a Travis Blankenhorn double pushed across Jaylin Davis for the game’s first run. A wild pitch from Anderson in the third would knot the game at one, but that would be the last time Clearwater would draw even.

    Jimmy Kerrigan launched his sixth home run of the season in the top half of the sixth inning, and Taylor Grzelakowski doubled to drive in both Davis and Blankenhorn. Although a 4-3 lead may have held up, insurance was added in the ninth. Mark Contreras singled in Blankenhorn and Kerrigan then drove him in with a sharp single of his own. 6-3 into the final half inning was enough to grab the victory.

    Both Davis and Blankenhorn fueled the offense today for the Miracle, tallying three hits apiece. Blankenhorn busted out of a three game hitless streak in a nice way, while Davis continues to trend towards the .300 mark on the year. Wrapping up the three-game set with Clearwater tomorrow night, the Miracle find themselves positioned for a sweep.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 15, Wisconsin 4
    Box Score

    Early and often was the mantra today for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. With Blayne Enlow on the bump, the home team knew a little run support should get them the victory. Luckily for manager Toby Gardenhire, the run support came in bunches and was highlighted by a massive finish.

    The Kernels jumped out to a quick lead with Royce Lewis driving in Akil Baddoo on an RBI single; he would then come around to score on a Jose Miranda double. In the second inning, already one time through the order, Lewis doubled in Baddoo and score on an Alex Kirilloff two-bagger.

    It was in the third inning that Enlow finally ran into some trouble. Giving back the lead, Cedar Rapids found themselves tied at four heading to the bottom half of the third frame. Ben Rortvedt quickly gave the home team some separation with an RBI double in the bottom half however. In the fourth, Miranda then tacked on another run, pushing the lead to 6-4, on his second RBI double of the game.

    Up by two runs heading into their final hacks, the Kernels decided to turn on the afterburners. In the bottom of the eighth, Miranda started things off with a grand slam, his fourth home run of the year. From there, Jacob Pearson launched his first career homer, and Robby Rinn followed with his first in the Twins organization. Not ready to be done, Jordan Gore doubled in Ben Rortvedt, and Akil Baddoo’s third long ball of the season put a stamp on things. When the dust settled, Cedar Rapids was able to head to the ninth holding a 15-4 lead.

    Jose Martinez came on for the final frame, and the 11 run lead would stay intact. The Kernels have now hung 21 runs on Wisconsin in the past two games to cement a series victory. They can go for the three game sweep tomorrow night.
    STARS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Omar Bencomo, 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day – Jose Miranda 3-5, R, 6 RBI, 2 2B, GS HR(4)

    TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY
    1. Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) – 2-5, 3 R, 2 RBI, 2B
    2. Fernando Romero (Minnesota) –
    3. Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 1-4, R, 3B, 2 K
    5. Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, R, RBI, BB, 2B, 2 K
    7. Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 0-4, 2 K
    8. Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – 3.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
    10. Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – 1-3, 4 R, 2 RBI, 3 BB, HR(3), 2 K
    14. LaMonte Wade (Chattanooga) – 1-4, RBI, K
    15. Mitch Garver (Minnesota) –
    16. Ben Rortvedt (Cedar Rapids) – 3-4, R, RBI, 2 2B, BB, K
    17. Travis Blankenhorn (Fort Myers) – 3-4, 2 R, RBI, 2B
    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Durham (6:05PM CST) – LHP Dietrich Enns (3-5, 5.11 ERA)
    Chattanooga @ Birmingham (7:05PM CST) – TBD
    Fort Myers @ Clearwater (6:00PM CST) – RHP Clark Beeker (1-3, 2.93 ERA)
    Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – TBD

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

    • May 31 2018 04:35 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  11. Twins Minor League Report (4/13): Red Wings With Another Win In Extras

    TRANSACTIONS
    Minnesota Twins OF Ryan LaMarre optioned to Rochester
    Rochester Red Wings OF James Ramsey to Elizabethton
    Chattanooga Lookouts LHP Tyler Jay to DL with a left groin strain
    Chattanooga Lookouts LHP Anthony McIver activated from DL
    Fort Myers Miracle RHP Brady Anderson promoted to Rochester
    Cedar Rapids Kernels RHP Ryan Mason promoted to Fort Myers

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 6, Gwinnett 4 (11 innings)
    Box Score

    On back-to-back nights, the Rochester Red Wings and Gwinnett Braves played in to extras. Following a 14-inning affair on Thursday, the two clubs needed 11 innings to settle the score on Friday. Thankfully for Rochester, the result was a similar one. With Brock Stassi starting as the runner on second base, Nick Buss singled to start off the top of the 11th. A Bobby Wilson double play could've spelled disaster, but Stassi scooted home to put Rochester up 5-4. After a Gregorio Petit single, and then steal of second and free pass to third on a wild pitch, Taylor Featherston was able to provide more damage. Zack Granite was intentionally walked to get to the Red Wings second basemen, and he delivered a single to drive in Petit. A Kennys Vargas groundout would later end the inning, but Rochester headed to the bottom half leading 6-4.

    Working his second inning of relief and looking to make up for the blown save in the 10th, Mason Melotakis went to work. Former Twins utility man Danny Santana struck out to start the inning, and despite a Ronald Acuna single leading to a first and third situation, Melotakis got the ground ball double play to end it.

    Rochester was scheduled to start Adalberto Mejia for this game, but went with a bullpen approach, leading with D.J. Baxendale. It would seem to suggest that Mejia was on tap to start for the Minnesota Twins had their game not being postponed for the evening. Jermaine Curtis led the way with three hits on offense, and the group consisting of Featherston, Vargas, Stassi and Petit each picked up two of their own. The Red Wings got their second win of the season, and will be looking for more of the same while hoping to give their relief corps some rest tomorrow night.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 3, Pensacola 2
    Box Score

    Getting on the board early, the Lookouts were able to jump out to a 3-1 lead and hold on late for the victory. Randy LeBlanc earned the win with five solid innings on the bump, ceding just one run on three hits. Ryan Eades earned a three inning hold, and Williams Ramirez picked up the save in relief. The save was Williams' first of 2018, fifth of his career, and the first since being used briefly as a closer for Cedar Rapids in 2016.

    On offense, the damage was done at the top. Nick Gordon, Zander Wiel and Chris Paul each had a two-hit night for the Lookouts. Gordon scooted to his second triple of the season, and added his fourth RBI. Wiel picked up his second RBI of the year, and Ryan Walker was responsible for the third. Brent Rooker returned to the Chattanooga lineup tonight as the DH and went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Seven of the nine Lookout hitters tallied a base hit and the club went 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Inching closer to .500, Chattanooga will aim for their fourth win tomorrow evening.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Tampa 4, Fort Myers 0
    Box Score

    Hits were at a premium for the Miracle on Friday night as Tarpon pitchers allowed just four to the Fort Myers lineup. Mitchell Kranson tallied the lone extra-base hit for the Miracle, his third double of the season. Charlie Barnes got the start and went 4.1 innings allowing just one run on four base hits. He also walked two while striking out five. Asked to follow up Barnes' effort, Hector Lujan was in the strike zone a ton, getting strikes on 30 of his 40 pitches thrown. Unfortunately the results yielded three more runs on seven hits, although he did strike out three. Andrew Vasquez was the final reliever out of the Miracle pen on the evening, and he turned in two scoreless innings while notching a strikeout.

    Opportunities were simply hard to come by as Fort Myers only went 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position, and only three runners were left on base all evening. They'll look to even the series tomorrow evening at Hammond Stadium. Phil Hughes will be making his second rehab start in that contest.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Clinton 2, Cedar Rapids 0
    Box Score

    Bound to happen eventually, tonight was the night that Toby Gardenhire's squad took their first loss of the season. Despite giving up just two runs, the Kernels could muster only two hits and that wouldn't be enough to get the job done. Top prospect Royce Lewis tallied one of the two, with left-fielder Shane Carrier notching the other. The Kernels left only one runner on base all evening as they mustered just one walk while striking out 12 times.

    On the mound, Bryan Sammons twirled 5.1 innings of good baseball. He allowed just four hits while giving up an earned run and posting the same number of strikeouts and walks with three. Jovani Moran and Derek Molina came on in relief, both pitching well and keeping Cedar Rapids in the ballgame. Molina was hit with an unearned run in the top of the eighth inning to tally the final score. The Kernels will look to exact revenge on Saturday evening from Perfect Game Field.

    STARS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Taylor Featherston, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Randy LeBlanc, Chattanooga Lookouts

    TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 1-3
    #3 - Nick Gordon (Chattanooga) - 2-5, R, RBI, 3B (2)
    #5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, 3 K
    #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-3, R
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, 2 K
    #13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - 1-3
    #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, K
    #17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 0-3, 2 K


    SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Gwinnett (5:05 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers
    Chattanooga @ Pensacola (6:05 CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe
    Tampa @ Ft. Myers (5:00 CST) - RHP Phil Hughes
    Clinton @ Cedar Rapids (5:05 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina

    • Apr 14 2018 05:09 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  12. Twins Minor League Report (4/11): Kirilloff Crushes for the Kernels

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Syracuse 7, Rochester 1
    Box Score

    Dietrich Enns got his first action of the season for the Red Wings, and was unfortunately chased after just 3.2 IP. Leaving with a three run deficit, it was up to Rochester to mount a comeback, and the bats simply didn’t cooperate.

    Recently acquired Jake Cave clobbered his first homer as a member of the Twins organization, but that would be the only Red Wings tally of the night. In relief, D.J. Baxendale gave up an unearned run over 2.1 innings, Mason Melotakis surrendered a pair of runs over two frames but also struck out four batters and Jake Reed pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Pensacola 6, Chattanooga 5
    Box Score

    There was a little bit of everything tonight from the Lookouts. Starter Zack Littell racked up an impressive 10 strikeouts over just four innings pitched, but he also ave up three runs on seven hits and a walk.

    Both Todd Van Steensel (one earned run over 2.0 innings) and Zack Jones (two earned runs over 2.0 innings) allowed runs in relief, but the Lookouts pitching staff combined for 16 strikeouts on the night. The dormant offense awoke as the game wore on. A four-run rally in the ninth inning came up just one run short. Both Zander Wiel and Nick Gordon picked up multi-hit games on the night, and T.J. White launched his first homer of the season.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 9, Florida 0
    Box Score

    Anthony Marzi got the nod for the Miracle tonight, and we has brilliant while getting plenty of support. Throwing 6.1 IP of efficient baseball, he scattered four hits while striking out five and walking none. Marzi threw 49 of his 74 pitches for strikes (66.2 percent). Logan Lombana threw the final 2.2 frames to complete the shutout.

    Jimmy Kerrigan notched his second homer of the season, and also added a double in a two-hit, four-RBI effort on the evening. Mitchell Kranson (3 for 4) and Alex Perez (2 for 4) also recorded multi-hit efforts fort the Miracle tonight.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 12, Peoria 9
    Box Score

    Seven out of the nine batters in the Kernels lineup picked up a base hit tonight, and five of them tallied multi-hit games. Alex Kirilloff was no doubt the star of the game as he launched a pair of long balls en route to a six RBI night, but he wasn't the only bat to bust loose.


    Ben Rodriguez was 3-or-5 and hit his first Midwest League home run. David Banuelos also hit his first homer for the Kernels and had a single. Jordan Gore had a pair of hits and a walk and Ben Rortvedt was 2-for-5.

    Despite getting a short start from Randy Dobnak (3.2 innings), Calvin Faucher and Ryan Mason came on to shut down the Peoria lineup. Faucher pitched 2.1 shutout innings with four strikeouts and Ryan Mason earned his second save of the year after allowing one run over the final three innings. The Kernels have now improved to 5-0 on the 2018 season.

    STARS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Anthony Marzi, Fort Myers Miracle (6.1 IP 4 H 0 R 0 ER 0 BB 5 K)
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Alex Kirilloff, Cedar Rapid Kernels (3-4 2 R 6 RBI 2 HR)

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

    2. Nick Gordon 2-for-5, RBI
    5. Alex Kirilloff 3-for-5, 2 R, 6 RBI, 2 HR
    7. Brent Rooker 0-for-4, 3 K
    10. Akil Baddoo 0-for-3, 2 R, BB
    11. Zack Littell 4.0 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K
    14. LaMonte Wade 0-3, BB
    16. Ben Rortvedt 2-for-5, 2B, R
    17. Travis Blankenhorn 1-for-4, RBI

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Red Wings @ Gwinnett (6:05pm CST) – RHP Myles Jaye (0-0 0.00 ERA)
    Chattanooga @ Pensacola (6:35pm CST) – LHP Stephen Gonsalves (1-0 0.00 ERA)
    Miracle vs Florida (6:00pm CST) – Tyler Wells (0-0 2.25 ERA)
    Kernels @ Peoria (6:30pm CST) – Nick Brown (0-0 0.00 ERA)

    • Apr 12 2018 07:41 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler
  13. Proven Leadership Will Set Tone for 2018 Red Wings

    Joel Skinner takes over as manager after the departure of Mike Quade. Skinner spent time as the Cleveland Indians manager back in 2002, and has had healthy tenures with both the Indians and White Sox managing in their farm systems. After being tabbed by Derek Falvey and Thad Levine to head up the Triple-A level for Minnesota, he is also joined with a fresh face in the form of Mike McCarthy, the new bullpen coach. Both Chad Allen (hitting) and Stu Cliburn (pitching) return to their positions.

    The roster itself is home to more than a few veterans, and there are a handful of guys who’ve been in professional baseball for some time. Arguably the biggest name of the group is also somewhat of a surprise. Twins top pitching prospect Fernando Romero was ticketed for Triple-A after spending the 2017 season exclusively at the Double-A level. He compiled a 3.53 ERA across 125.0 IP a year ago, and is looked at as being among Minnesota’s best chances to develop into a bona fide ace. The strikeout stuff is there, and the velocity comes easy for the 23 year-old right-hander. After dominating during spring training for the Twins, the focus prior to making a permanent leap to the big leagues will be on the development of his changeup.

    While down in Florida, Paul Molitor got a first-hand look at Romero out of the big league pen, and the results were more than favorable. For the time being, Falvey still wants Romero developed as a starter, with the intention that he can give the Twins 200 innings on the mound in the not-so-distant future. If things fall apart for Romero, the Dominican native has a very promising career in relief ahead of him. There’s no doubt both he and the big league club are envisioning an impact starter for years to come however.

    On the offensive side of things, standouts stand in the outfield grass. The duo of Zack Granite and Jake Cave should provide upstate New Yorkers something to get interested in for the early part of the summer. While Granite is a consistent average hitter with significant speed, Cave is more than capable of losing baseballs in the seats.

    Granite was left off the Minnesota Twins 25-man roster to start 2018, and it may have come as somewhat of a surprise. He owned a .338/.392/.475 slash line for Rochester a season ago, and appeared to have all but mastered the level. Seeking every day playing time however, Granite could benefit from raking just a little bit longer in the International League. There’s no doubt his defense will play at the next level, and if the bat can be substantiated, it’ll be hard to dub him solely a fourth outfielder.

    Acquired from the Yankees this spring, Cave is familiar with the International League having played there for half a season in 2017. His .921 OPS was a career high, and the former sixth-round draft pick dropped 15 bombs in just 72 Triple-A games. Cave does strike out too much while walking too little (82/18 K/BB at AAA in 2017), but if he can improve his eye at the plate, Minnesota likely has a corner outfield bopper on their hands.

    Skinner’s pitching staff has plenty of veteran experience both in the rotation and out of the pen. Names like Adalberto Mejia, Jake Reed, Aaron Slegers, and Alan Busenitz are all going to bolster what should be a pretty impressive group. The goal will be in getting the entirety of that group to push for big league playing time early and often, giving the Twins multiple tough decisions to make.

    All in all, the Rochester Red Wings are going to see a handful of prospects filter through as they are promoted from the lower levels this season. As it stands currently though, there’s a very talented group on this roster, and there’re leaders that should put up some impressive performances right out of the gate. Developing a new wave of depth was a must for the Twins after graduations by players like Jose Berrios and Byron Buxton. If Rochester’s roster is any indication, they’ve put their foot in the right direction.

    Roster:

    PITCHERS (14): Nick Anderson, DJ Baxendale, Alan Busenitz, Casey Crosby, John Curtiss, Tyler Duffey, Dietrich Enns, Myles Jaye, Matt Magill, Adalberto Mejia, Mason Melotakis, Jake Reed, Fernando Romero, Aaron Slegers

    CATCHERS (3): Willians Astudillo, Jordan Pacheco, Bobby Wilson

    INFIELDERS (6): Jermaine Curtis, Taylor Featherston, Gregorio Petit, Leonardo Reginatto, Brock Stassi, Kennys Vargas

    OUTFIELDERS (4): Nick Buss, Jake Cave, Zack Granite, James Ramsey

    Opening Rotation:

    4/6 - Aaron Slegers R
    4/7 - Adalberto Mejia L
    4/8 - Fernando Romero R
    4/9 - Dietrich Enns L
    4/10 - Myles Jaye R

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    Cedar Rapids Kernels - Class of 2018 “Should Be Pretty Entertaining” - Steve Buhr
    Ft. Myers Miracle - Miracle Hop Experience Transfers on the Field - Cody Christie
    Kernels Media Night Highlights - Steve Buhr

    • Apr 06 2018 05:11 AM
    • by Ted Schwerzler