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  1. Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Rochester Roasts the Pigs, Schulfer Shines for Kernels

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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.

    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


    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


    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
  2. Twins Minor League Report (5/29): Debuts on the Bump, and Blast from the Dish

    Rochester Red Wings
    C Wynston Sawyer reinstated from the injured list

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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)

    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

    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
  3. Twins Minor League Report (5/22): Kernels Combine for No-No, Rochester Blanks Wings

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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    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

    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
  4. Twins Minor League Report (4/10): Starting Pitching Shines, Games Get Interesting Late

    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

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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 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

    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

    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
  5. Twins Minor League Report (4/13): Red Wings With Another Win In Extras

    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

    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 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.

    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.

    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.

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


    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

    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