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  1. Twins Minor League Report (4/23): Kranson Cranks, Beeker Deals

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester --, Charlotte --
    Rochester and Charlotte were postponed on Sunday due to inclement weather. The game will be made-up as part of a doubleheader when the Knights play a three-game series in Rochester near the middle of July. Rochester has an off-day on Monday before starting a six-game homestand. With Sunday's game not being played, they went 2-3 on their six-game road trip. The Red Wings are tied for second place in the International League North as they trail first place Buffalo by 2.5 games.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga --, Tennessee --
    Chattanooga was scheduled to play a double-header on Sunday to make-up for Saturday night's postponed game. However, the weather didn't cooperate again as inclement weather, unplayable field conditions and the forecast got in the way. The Lookouts will make up these games as part of two double-headers, one on Monday and one on Tuesday. With an 8-7 record, the Lookouts are tied with three other teams for second place in the Southern League North. Each team trails Jackson by two games.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 1, Dunedin 7
    Box Score
    Lachlan Wells ran into he buzz-saw that was the Dunedin offense. In three innings of work, he allowed five hits with four of those hits being home runs. He walked two and struck out three. Williams Ramirez took over in the fourth and pitched two shutout innings. He limited the Blue Jays to two hits. Anthony McIver pitched two frames and struck out two. Brady Anderson pitched the eighth and allowed one run, a solo home run.

    There wasn't much excitement on the offensive side of the ball. Fort Myers went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Chris Paul went 2-for-4 and Casey Scoggins reached base three times including a multi-hit game. Alex Perez scored the team's lone run.

    With the loss, Fort Myers drops two games under .500 on the season (8-10 record). The Miracle had won four straight games before Sunday's loss. They currently sit two games out of first place in the Florida State League South.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 11, Kane County 2
    Box Score
    While the Miracle lacked some offensive pop there was plenty of action in the Kernels line-up. Mitchell Kranson went 4-for-5 including a solo home run and Jermaine Palacios drove in five runs as the Kernels routed the Cougars. Kanson finished a triple shy of the cycle. Cedar Rapids tied their season high with four home runs.

    Besides Kranson and Palacios, Jaylin Davis and Caleb Hamilton each had a homer. Hamilton scored twice and drove in a pair as part of a multi-hit day. Aaron Whitefield went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored. Ariel Montesino and Lewin Diaz were the lone batters not to reach base for the Kernels.

    Not to be outdone by the hitters, Clark Beeker put together a very strong performance on the mound. He pitched seven strong innings by allowing one earned run on eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks. It marks the first time in his career that he has won back-to-back starts and it was his third straight quality start. Hector Lujan didn't allow a runner in the final two frames while striking out three.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day – Clark Beeker, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Hitter of the Day – Mitchell Kranson, Cedar Rapids Kernels

    MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester - Scheduled Off-Day
    Chattanooga vs. Tennessee (4:15 CST) - TBD
    Chattanooga vs. Tennessee (Game 2) - TBD
    Fort Myers - Scheduled Off-Day
    Cedar Rapids vs. Burlington (6:35 CST) - RHP Tyler Beardsley (2-0, 0.82 ERA)
    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Sunday’s games.

    • Apr 23 2017 08:42 PM
    • by Cody Christie
  2. Twins Minor League Report (4/21): Wheeler Deals In Wings Win

    Continue on to find out all the specifics on a busy night in the Twins farm system. Be sure to go to the Minor League forum and check out the Adopt-a-Prospect. We’d love to have you adopt a Twins prospect or three and follow them throughout the season.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 3, Charlotte 2
    Box Score

    Jason Wheeler has never been described as a strikeout pitcher, but seemingly each year he reaches double digits in strikeouts once. He did so once each year from 2012 through 2015. He didn’t have a ten strikeout game in 2016, but on Friday night the left-hander struck out a career-high 11 batters in seven innings to improve to 2-1 on the season. He gave up two runs on five hits and walked two batters.

    Drew Rucinski got the first two outs of the eighth inning on strikeouts. Buddy Boshers recorded the third out of the inning. Alex Wimmers recorded his first save of the season with a scoreless ninth frame.

    The Red Wings tied the game at two in the fifth inning. A wild pitch on a strikeout with the bases loaded allowed the first run to score. Next, Matt Hague grounded out to score the game-tying run. Then in the eighth inning, Kennys Vargas walked for the second time. Bengie Gonzalez pinch ran for him. Daniel Palka doubled him to third base, and Leonardo Reginnato drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

    Reginnato went 2-3. JB Shuck went 2-4 with his third double. Palka and John Ryan Murphy added doubles.

    Former Twins starter Mike Pelfrey was supposed to start for Charlotte. Instead, he was called up and will make a start for the White Sox this weekend.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 6, Biloxi 3
    Box Score

    Chattanooga was able to end their series against the Biloxi Shuckers with a nice win. The Lookouts got the majority of their offense from their top two hitters. Nick Gordon went 3-5 with his second double and three RBIs. In the sixth inning with the game tied at three, he hit a bases loaded single. He tried to stretch it into a double but was thrown out at second. In the meantime, the third runner scored all the way from first giving Gordon three RBI on that single.

    The second-spot hitter was Engelb Vielma. He went 3-5 with two RBIs. He gave the Lookouts the early lead when he hit a two-run single in the third inning. The other Lookouts run scored on an RBI single from Ryan Walker in the fourth inning. LaMonte Wade went 2-3 with a walk. Levi Michael, who made another start in center field, went 0-1 and walked twice.

    Paul Clemens was back on the mound for the Lookouts. The veteran right-hander gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out seven. Todd Van Steensel came on and worked 2.1 scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, but no walks and struck out four. John Curtiss recorded the final two outs to earn his second save of the season.

    May have to do a little digging, but lefty Mason Melotakis was ejected from the game in the first inning. UPDATE:




    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 10, Dunedin 4
    Box Score

    A five-run third inning gave the Miracle a lead. They kept adding to it including three runs in the ninth inning to claim a big win. The bats have continued to hit after a very slow start.

    Ehire Adrianza played in his first game on rehab assignment. He started at shortstop and went 3-5 with a stolen base and three runs scored. Max Murphy was also 3-5. Zander Wiel hit his fourth and fifth doubles and drove in three runs. Nelson Molina went 2-4 with his first triple and two RBI. Chris Paul had just one hit, but his three-run homer was the big blow in that third inning.

    Keaton Steele was back on the mound. The right-hander gave up four runs on ten hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out four on his way to his first win of the season. Michael Theofanopoulos struck out four batters over two scoreless innings. Jonny Drozd came on and got the final three outs.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 4, Kane County 3 (12 innings)
    Box Score

    Travis Blankenhorn led off the bottom of the 12th inning with a walk. Two wild pitches advanced Blankenhorn to third base. After Lewin Diaz was intentionally walks, Jaylin Davis singled in Blankenhorn, ending a long night in Cedar Rapids with a 4-3 Kernels win.

    Blankenhorn had the big hit early in the game when his double scored two runs for the Kernels. Jermaine Palacios went 3-6 with his second double. Brandon Lopez was 3-5 in the game. Davis went 2-6.

    Sean Poppen was back on the mound and provided the Kernels with another quality start. The right-hander from Harvard gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out seven. Logan Lombana struck out four over 2.2 scoreless innings. Thomas Hackimer picked up the win with 3.1 scoreless innings, with three strikeouts.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Jason Wheeler, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Nick Gordon, Chattanooga Lookouts


    SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Rochester @ Charlotte (6:05 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers
    Tennessee @ Chattanooga - (6:15 CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart
    Ft. Myers @ Dunedin (5:30 CST) - RHP Randy LeBlanc
    Kane County @ Cedar Rapids (5:05 CST) - LHP Domenick Carlini
    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Friday night’s games.

    • Apr 21 2017 10:22 PM
    • by Seth Stohs
  3. Deserving Of Discussion

    In today’s article, I’m going to write about one hitter from each of the Twins affiliates who is off to a good start without much fanfare.

    Rochester Red Wings IF Matt Hague

    In spring training, the thought was about how much Byungho Park did to earn an Opening Day job with the Twins. Park is hurt, and now the favorite to be called up if (or when?) the Twins jump back to 12 pitchers has to be Kennys Vargas. If it was me, I would give serious consideration to calling up Mitch Garver since he can play first base and also catch, and he’s hitting well.

    But the unsung guy all along has been Matt Hague. The 31-year-old was the International League MVP two years ago with the Blue Jays organization. Last year, he played in Japan. The Twins signed him to a minor league deal with a spring training invite. He was one of the last players sent down at the end of camp. In 47 plate appearances this spring, Hague hit .349/.429/.558 (.987) with six doubles and a home run.

    He went to Rochester, and through his first 13 games and 58 plate appearances, he is hitting .353/.431/.451 (.882) with two doubles and a homer. He’s been a factor in the middle of the Red Wings lineup. While it remains unlikely he will be called up, he is off to a good start and warrants discussion.


    Chattanooga Lookouts - OF Edgar Corcino

    I’ve been a fan of Edgar Corcino, the player, since first seeing him at spring training in Ft. Myers in 2015. He was one of the better athletes that I saw. Still just 24, Corcino has been in pro ball since the Tigers drafted him in the 26th round of that draft out of Puerto Rico. He spent four seasons in the Tigers organization. In 2013, he played in the independent leagues.

    The Bayamon, Puerto Rico, native works out in the offseason with Jose Berrios. The Twins took a chance on him before the 2014 season and he has been solid since. He split the 2016 season between Ft. Myers and Chattanooga. After hitting .266 (.760) in 74 games in Ft. Myers, he hit .284 (.754) in 50 games in Chattanooga.

    Corcino is capable of playing all three outfield positions well. He has good speed and a strong, accurate arm. Last Friday, he singled in his first at-bat and sprained his ankle. He returned to the lineup on Tuesday. He is currently hitting .308/325/385 (.710) with three doubles.

    While his ceiling is likely not that of an MLB starting outfielder, his skill set and all-around game make him a possibility as a fourth or fifth outfielder.


    Ft. Myers Miracle - IF/OF Alex Perez

    Alex Perez was a four-year starter at shortstop for Virginia Tech. The Twins drafted him in the 23rd round in 2015. He began 2016 in extended spring training. He moved up to Cedar Rapids, where he sporadically played. In his 18 games there, however, he hit .262/.403/.311 (.714). He moved up to Ft. Myers and actually played quite frequently. In 69 games with the Miracle, he hit .242/.345/.273 (.618).

    The slick fielder can play all over the field. He has played second base and third base this season along with left field. While he’s not a big guy, so don’t expect a lot of slugging, he showed an ability to really control the strike zone. That hasn’t turned into walks so far this season, but he has been very good. He started the season with a nine-game hitting streak, and he has multiple hits in six games.

    Despite on 0-5 on Thursday, he is still hitting .322/.365/.407 (.772) with three doubles and a triple this season. There is value in guys who can play good defense at several positions. There is also value in guys who put the ball in play and know the strike zone.


    Cedar Rapids Kernels - SS Jermaine Palacios

    A year ago at this time, Palacios was a highly-touted prospect. In some local and national rankings, he was a Top 10 Twins prospect. He was 19 years old and coming off a 2015 season when he combined to hit .370/.398/.540 (.938) with 23 doubles, four triples and three home runs between the GCL and Elizabethton.

    However, last year, he really struggled early in the season in Cedar Rapids. In 71 games, he hit just .222/.276/.287 (.564) with eight doubles, three triples and a homer. His season came to an early end when he was hit by a pitch and broke his hand.

    Palacios returned to Iowa this spring and his start was much, much better. On Thursday night, Palacios hit a single, double and triple which helped raise his slash line to .388/.444/.490 (.934). For much of this group, the ceiling is that of a role player, but Palacios has the upside to be a MLB shortstop, and he’s certainly one to watch this year and beyond.

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    So there you have it. A quick look at four minor leaguers who are, for whatever reason, not at the forefront of Twins prospect conversation. Who are some of the other Twins minor league hitters that you’re interested in? We’ll do this from time to time, discussing minor leaguers who deserve to be discussed.
    Though I’m looking to you to help me come up with a catchy title for this series… Leave your suggestions or ideas in the comments below.

    • Apr 21 2017 09:24 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  4. Twins Minor League Report (4/20): Wells And Wiel Work Wonders

    Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Thursday.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 0 @ Gwinnett 3
    Box Score

    The Red wings managed just four hits and were unable to push any runs across the plate on Thursday night. Half of the Red wings hits came from Tommy Field, 2-4 with a pair of singles. Daniel Palka was 0-4 but didn’t strike out, which is about as good as an 0-4 night can get for Mr. Palka.

    Despite getting tagged with the loss to fall to 1-1, Nick Tepesch pitched well enough to give the Wings a victory, going five innings and giving up just a single unearned run. He gave up seven hits and a walk, so there were plenty of base runners, but 7 strikeouts helped him pitch out of jams. French flame thrower J.T. Chargois pitched 1.2 innings of scoreless baseball, striking out a pair, giving up no hits, and one walk. D.J Baxendale finished the game for Rochester, and gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth to help Gwinnett pad their 1-0 lead.

    If you’re into big, thick, burly beards – and who isn’t – let’s have a moment of silence for Jason Motte’s beard. Motte, closing for the Gwinnett Braves after being DFAd by the Rockies after posting an 8.31 ERA in the spring, signed a minor league deal with the Braves and is now rocking a baby-smooth face. The beard era of baseball might look as stupid as the big glasses and mustaches of the 70s and 80s in a decade or two, but for now, I’m sad to see the beard go.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Biloxi 0 @ Chattanooga 3
    Box Score

    The Lookouts did not do much with the bats, but thanks to a combined 6-hit shutout from the pitching staff, they didn’t have to. The Lookouts collected hits from six different players, including a solo home run from my Rolf-brother, Dan Rohlfing, which gave the Lookouts a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Chattanooga pushed two more runs across, one each in the fifth and sixth, to put the score at 3-0.

    Felix Jorge moved to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 1.72 with six scoreless innings in Chattanooga. Jorge gave up six hits, walked three and struck out four and stayed out of trouble. Flame thrower Nick Burdi pitched two scoreless innings of relief before turning the ball over to Mason Melotakis who walked one and struck out three to pick up his second save of the year.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Florida 3 @ Fort Myers 8
    Box Score

    If you were not paying close attention this past winter, you might have missed that the Brevard County Manatees are now the Florida Fire Frogs. What is a Fire Frog? – some sort of prehistoric creature that roamed the Earth 278 million years ago. With that in mind, team president Joe Harrington said that the team name, “represents the geographic diversity of our fan base, has a hometown feel and speaks to the fun, vibrant experience our fans will enjoy at games.” Errr… whatever dude. Now on with the baseballing.

    The Miracle gave up 10 hits but gave up just three runs as part of a 8-3 butt kicking handed out to the Fire Frogs. The Miracle led just 2-1 headed into the home half of the sixth inning, but put their first five men on base to start what would turn out to be a five-run inning. Zander Wiel was the story of the game: the designated hitter was 3-3, just a home run short of a cycle, and picked up a pair of RBIs, plus the dude had a walk! Brian Navarreto had three hits (a single and two doubles) and his own pair of RBIs.

    David Fischer pitched well, giving up six hits over six innings, yielding just one run, and he struck out seven while walking none. The lone run he gave up was a solo homer. Anthony McIver struggled a bit, giving up two runs in two innings of relief on four hits. He walked two and struck out three. Nick Anderson came in for mop up duties in the ninth and set down the side in order.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Kane County 5 @ Cedar Rapids 3
    Box Score

    Before the Thursday game against the Cougars, the Kernels announced that RHP Alex Schick was headed to the seven-day disabled list, to be replaced on the active roster by RHP Logan Lombana from extended spring training. Lombana spent parts of last season in the bullpen for both the Kernels and the Fort Myers Miracle.

    The Kernels opened their seven game home stand with a great performance from starter Tyler Wells who notched 11 strikeouts over 7 innings, but it all went for naught as the Kernels coughed up three runs in the top of the ninth to fall to 5-3. Wells started the game by sending the Cougars down in order in the first and second innings, all via strike out! Wells' final line was seven innings, six hits, two runs (both earned), no walks, those 11 wonderful strike outs. Wells was replaced by Colton Davis, who picked up both the loss and a blown save after giving up three runs in the top of the ninth. Davis pitched two innings, gave up four hits, three runs, two walks and struck out three.

    Jermaine Palacios led the way for the Kernels with 3-4 night that left him just a home run short of the cycle. The Kernels had plenty of chances to score runs on the evening but were just 2-11 with men in scoring position.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Wells – Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Zander Wiel – Fort Myers Miracle


    FRIDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Rochester @ Charlotte (6:05pm) – Jason Wheeler (1-1, 6.30)
    Biloxi @ Chattanooga (6:15pm) – Paul Clemens (0-0, 2.89)
    Ft. Myers @ Dunedin (6:30pm) – Keaton Steele (0-2, 6.30)
    Kane County @ Cedar Rapids (6:35pm) – Sean Poppen (0-0, 1.23)

    I made it this far without making any 4/20 jokes, but in addition to asking any questions and discussing Thursday's games, feel free to leave your best pot-related alternate MiLB headline in the comments!

    • Apr 21 2017 07:28 AM
    • by Eric R Pleiss
  5. Twins Minor League Report (7/15): Friday NIght Lights

    For the details of Friday in the Twins minor leagues, please continue reading.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 8, Norfolk 6
    Box Score

    Adam Brett Walker came through in the clutch for the Red Wings again. With the score tied at 6-6 in the bottom of the 8th Byung Ho Park recorded his first AAA double. Walker came up and belted his 17th home run of the season. It gave the Red Wings the lead and made them a winner.

    Walker led the Red Wings offense. He went 2-3 with a walk and his second triple to go with the home run. Darin Mastroianni was in the leadoff spot. He went 2-4 with two doubles and drove in two runs. Wilfredo Tovar went 2-3 with his 16th double. Logan Schafer went 2-4.

    Logan Darnell made his first start of the second half. The lefty gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk over just 3.2 innings. He struck out two as his ERA jumped to 3.53. Nick Greenwood came in and gave up one run on three hits over the next 2.1 innings. Sean Burnett threw an inning. He gave up an unearned run on two hits. Buddy Boshers gave up a hit and walked a batter in 0.2 innings. Alex Wimmers got the final out of the eighth inning and then three outs in the ninth to pick up the win.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 2, Mobile 20
    Box Score

    It happens to every team, and pretty much every year. Even the best teams have an absolute clunker. On Friday night, Chattanooga had one of those.

    Omar Bencomo made the start. He gave up five runs on seven hits and a walk in the first three innings. Ryan Eades came on, and he was charged with eight runs (six earned) on five hits and three walks. Luke Westphal came on and gave up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks. Jake Reed came on and got the final five outs, including two strikeouts. He gave up just one hit.

    The Lookouts didn’t have much offense either. They had just four hits. Dalton Hicks went 1-3 with a walk and his 20th double. Shannon Wilkerson went 1-3 with a walk and his eighth double.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 4, Tampa 3 (7 innings)
    Box Score

    The game was called on account of rain in the seventh inning. Fortunately, the Miracle were winning at the time. Randy LeBlanc had a quality start. He gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out four.

    Offensively, the Miracle had just six hits. AJ Murray hit his sixth double. Joe Maloney drove in two runs with his fourth double. Logan Wade reached base twice without a hit. He walked and was hit by a pitch. He also stole a base. Nick Gordon added a single to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 6, Lake County 1
    Box Score

    Dereck Rodriguez had another solid start, and in this one, he even got the win. He improved to 2-10. He had not been the winning pitcher in a game in two months. He gave up one run on six hits over the first six innings. He walked one and struck out four. Anthony McIver gave up one hit over two scoreless relief innings. Michael Cederoth got the final three outs to preserve the win.

    Zander Wiel led the Kernels offense. He went 2-3 with a walk, his 17th double and his eighth home run. The other three Kernels RBIs came from Luis Arraez who had an RBI in each of his first three plate appearances. Casey Scoggins led off and went 2-4 with a walk and his third double. Jermaine Palacios is now hitting .224 after going 2-3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch in this game. Kevin Garcia went 2-4.


    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 6, Danville 8
    Box Score

    Roberto Gonzalez wasn’t even in the starting lineup on Friday night. For some reason (we’re looking into it), Luis Martinez left the game in the first inning and Gonzalez replaced him. He came into the game hitting just .111, but the powerful outfielder went 4-4 with two doubles and raised his average to .226. That’s the beauty of small sample sizes.

    Bryant Hayman had the big hit. He hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs. Alex Kirilloff went 1-3 with a walk and his fifth double. Shane Carrier went 2-4.

    Tyler Wells made the start. He gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits over 3.2 innings. He walked three and struck out five. Quin Grogan came on and worked 2.1 hitless innings. He walked two and struck out three. Johan Quezada struggled. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on three hits and two walks and recorded just one out. Colton Davis got the final five outs, three of them on strikeouts.


    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins 0, GCL Red Sox 3
    Box Score

    Huascar Ynoa started again for the GCL Twins on Friday. The young right-hander gave up three runs on five hits over four innings. All three runs came in the second inning. Ynoa walked three and struck out four. Moises Gomez came on and threw two scoreless innings. He is yet to give up an earned run (and allowed just one unearned run) in 11.1 innings this season. Callan Pearce ran his scoreless inning streak to 10 with two more scoreless innings. He struck out three. Daniel Martinez pitched a clean ninth inning.

    Lean Marrero went 2-4 in this game. Jhon Alvarez hit his first double. Twins 2016 second-round picks Jose Miranda and Ben Rortvedt each went 1-3 with a walk.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Dereck Rodriguez, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Roberto Gonzalez, Elizabethton Twins


    SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Norfolk @ Rochester (5:05 CST) - LHP Andrew Albers
    Mobile @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - LHP Tyler Jay
    Ft. Myers @ Tampa (5:00 CST) - LHP Sam Clay
    Cedar Rapids @ Ft. Wayne (5:35 CST) – RHP Sam Gibbons
    Elizabethton @ Princeton (6:00 CST) - RHP Ryan Mason
    GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (9:00 am CST) - RHP Brady Anderson
    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Friday's games.

    • Jul 16 2016 08:47 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  6. Twins Minor League Report (7/13): Offense All Around

    If you missed it, here is the Twins minor league leaderboard through Tuesday.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester
    Box Score

    While the majority of the Red Wings team remains on their All-Star break, three members of the roster were on the International League roster for the AAA All-Star Game.

    Lefty Jason Wheeler was given the start against the Pacific Coast League All-Stars. He gave up a double in the first inning but was able to get out of it without allowing a run. In the 2nd, he gave up a single which was soon followed by a home run by Travis Taijeron. He gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in his two innings. He struck out one. Jose Berrios pitched the fourth inning. He gave up a hit and struck out one in a scoreless inning.

    Jorge Polanco was the one hitter in the International League team. He had an infield single in his first at-bat. He doubled in his second at-bat. He ended his evening 2-3.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 11, Tennessee 1
    Box Score

    On Wednesday afternoon, Kohl Stewart was on the mound looking to give the Lookouts a second straight quality start. Stewart was up to the challenge. He gave up one run on seven hits over the first seven innings. He walked three and struck out three. He improved to 3-4 with a 3.74 ERA with the Lookouts. Zack Jones came on and was again very good. He threw two more shutout innings and had one strikeout. He now has thrown eight scoreless innings since his return to the organization. He has given up two hits, walked two and struck out 11.

    The offense came through to help as well. The top three hitters in the lineup each had three hits. Zach Granite was 3-5 with two runs scored. Niko Goodrum also was 3-5 and scored twice. Ryan Walker hit third and was 3-4 with a walk. He added his fifth double, scored three runs and stole his seventh base. The RBI production came from the five through seven spots in the lineup.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 3, Tampa 8
    Box Score

    The Miracle fell behind early and were unable to come back. Keaton Steele made the start. He gave up six runs on ten hits in just three innings. He walked two and struck out two. Michael Theofanopoulos gave up one run on two hits and a walk over the next two innings. He struck out one. Nick Anderson went the next two innings. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out four. John Curtiss struck out one in the final inning.

    Alex Perez went 2-4 with his fifth double. Daniel Kihle was also 2-4. Nick Gordon (17), Chris Paul (13), Trey Vavra (12) and Brian Navarreto (5) each hit a double.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 8, Lake County 4
    Box Score

    Cody Stashak was strong again, and the Kernels offense provided plenty of offense, half of the runs coming on one blast.

    Stashak improved to 6-5 with a 3.16 ERA. In six innings, he gave up two runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out five. Two of the hits he gave up came off the bat of a rehabbing Michael Brantley. Andrew Vasquez pitched the seventh. The left-hander gave up two runs on a hit and a walk. He struck out two. Williams Ramirez picked up his second save. He walked one and struck one out over two scoreless innings.

    Jermaine Palacios went 3-5 with his eighth double. Luis Arraez went 3-5 with his 20th double. Zander Wiel went 2-4 with a walk. Kevin Garcia was 2-4 with his third double. Casey Scoggins added his second double. Jaylin Davis was 2-4 with his second double. However, the big blast came in the fifth went Davis launched his first Midwest League home run, a grand slam that put the Kernels ahead for good.


    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 8, Danville 2
    Box Score

    The E-Twins got off to a quick start with a couple of big home runs early. It was plenty of offense on this night. In the top of the first inning, Lewin Diaz hit a two-run homer, his third of the season. In the top of the 2nd inning, Travis Blankenhorn - who had doubled ahead of the Diaz homer - hit a three-run homer to give Elizabethton a 5-1 lead. Alex Kiriloff also had two hits including his fourth double. Trey Cabbage went 1-2 with two walks. Brandon Lopez was 1-3 with two walks.

    Tyler Beardsley went the first four innings. He gave up no runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out three. Austin Tribby struck out three over the next three innings. He gave up just one hit. Alex Robinson threw the final two innings. He gave up two runs on four hits and a walk. He struck out four.


    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins 3, GCL Orioles 7
    Box Score

    Bo Hellquist was again on the mound for the Twins in this one. The lefty gave up one run on four hits over four innings. He struck out four without issuing a walk. Daniel Martinez worked the next two innings. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out two. Callan Pearce is now up to eight shutout innings on the season after throwing two more scoreless innings on Wednesday. The Twins went into the ninth inning with a one-run lead. Closer Garrett Kelly came on and was charged with five runs on four hits and a walk. Both of the outs he got came on strikeouts. Onas Farfan came on with two on. Both inherited runners scored but he did get the final out.

    Joe Cronin went 2-4. Aaron Whitefield went 1-3 with a walk, his second double, an RBI and his fifth stolen base. Manuel Guzman was also 1-3 with a walk. Kolton Kendrick walked twice.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Kohl Stewart, Chattanooga Lookouts
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jaylin Davis, Cedar Rapids Kernels


    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Norfolk @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - LHP Pat Dean
    Mobile @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - LHP David Hurlbut
    Ft. Myers @ Tampa (6:00 CST) - LHP Randy Rosario
    Cedar Rapids @ Lake County (10:00 am CST) – LHP Lachlan Wells
    Elizabethton @ Greeneville (6:00 CST) - RHP Domenick Carlini
    GCL Twins @ GCL Orioles (11:00 am CST) - No Game Scheduled
    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Wednesday's games.

    • Jul 14 2016 05:50 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  7. Seth's Midseason Twins Top 40 Prospect Rankings: Part 1 (21-40)

    It's always tough to come up with those final prospects not matter if you go with a list of 30, or 40, or 50, or whatever. So, I'm going to go with a tie for #40... I also want to mention a couple of Cedar Rapids Kernels that were very strongly considered for a spot as well.

    1B Zander Wiel is a 23-year-old first baseman out of Vanderbilt. He has heated up since the weather in Iowa warmed up and does a nice job defensively too. Also, catcher AJ Murray has been a very good hitter much of the season. He's still a work-in-progress behind the plate since he caught very little at Georgia Tech. But he's a really hard worker, and Jake Mauer said that he is similar to where Mitch Garver was two years ago. Definitely a couple of Kernels to watch.

    There are many others at each level who fit into the "prospect" category as well, but a Top 40 has to end somewhere. So, here is my Top 40 (or 41, if you will).

    #40 (Tie) - RH RP Williams Ramirez (23 - Cedar Rapids Kernels) and Johan Quezada (21 - Extended Spring Training)

    I didn’t know how to separate them. These are two very hard-throwing right handers who had a lot of success last year in the GCL. Ramirez recently was promoted to Cedar Rapids where he has been terrific, throwing a fastball 94-97 with a really good breaking ball. Quezada is dominating in extended spring training with a fastball 95-99. Quezada has really grown since signing. Literally, he’s added about 8 inches of height and almost 10 mph to his fastball. Ramirez has only been a pitcher for three or four years. In other words, both have plenty of room for improvement.

    #39 - RHP Yorman Landa - 21 - Ft. Myers Miracle

    Landa missed time with shoulder problems in 2014 and 2015, but he showed enough late last year with the Kernels - including a 99 mph fastball - to be added to the 40-man roster for the Twins. He’s had some ups and downs with the Miracle so far this year, but overall, he has pitched well, whether asked to throw one inning or three.

    #38 - 1B Amaurys Minier - 20 - Extended Spring Training

    Minier signed from the Dominican in 2013 and has been moved quite slowly, primarily due to several injuries that cost him time early in seasons. Unfortunately, his bat also has moved along slowly and he will return to the rookie leagues (unless promoted soon) for another year. He’s still very young, and when he works hard, he does have a good swing that could produce a lot of power.

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    #37 - OF Jaylin Davis - 21 - Extended Spring Training

    Davis is a bit of a sleeper, maybe a surprise to even see on this list. He was drafted a year ago out of Appalachian State. He fell in the draft due to injury and did not play a year ago. However, Davis has tremendous power and much more potential. Reports from Ft. Myers indicate that he is crushing home runs all over the field with a powerful swing. He is a solid outfielder, and he is also a guy who could skip Elizabethton and go to Cedar Rapids if there was a need.

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    #36 - OF Tanner English - 23 - Ft. Myers Miracle

    English was the Twins top minor league defensive outfielder in 2015. He began this season in Ft. Myers, but a series of events have slowed things down for him. He was hit in the head with a pitch and missed a couple of days. He had Lasik eye surgery and on the last day of his rehab assignment with the EST squad, someone landed on his foot and hurt his ankle. So he’s been rehabbing that. English is a good top-of-the-order type of hitter who led the minor league system in stolen bases last year. He should be back to the Miracle shortly.

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    #35 - OF Zach Granite - 23 - Chattanooga Lookouts

    Granite had a tough, injury-filled 2014. So he began 2015 with the Kernels. After a strong April in which he was named Minor League Hitter of the Month by the Twins, he was promoted to Ft. Myers where he was solid. This year, he jumped right to Chattanooga and has been their leadoff hitter almost every day since. He takes very professional at-bats and knows his job is to find ways to get on base. He’s doing that, and when he gets on base, he is looking to keep running. He already has 25 stolen bases this season.

    #34 - LH RP Mason Melotakis - 24 - Chattanooga Lookouts

    “Melo” missed all of the 2015 season after having Tommy John surgery the fall before. With reports of him hitting 97 mph in Instructional League last fall, the Twins needed to add him to the 40-man roster or risk losing him in the Rule 5 draft. He went to big league spring training and then reported to the Lookouts. He struggled early, as you would expect, but he has been much better of late.


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    #33 - OF Edgar Corcino - 24 - Ft. Myers Miracle

    One of the best pure athletes in the organization, Corcino signed with the Twins before the 2015 season out of independent baseball. He had been drafted and spent a couple of seasons in the Tigers system. After a strong showing in Cedar Rapids in the second half last year, he moved up to Ft. Myers this year. He started slow, not playing every day in April. In May, the Twins selected him as their Minor League Hitter of the Month. He plays great outfield defense at all three positions. He has good speed. And, he has extra base pop in his bat. Definitely one to watch as he just turned 24 today.

    #32 - LHP Jason Wheeler - 25 - Rochester Red Wings

    In 2014, Wheeler had a solid half-season, repeating in Ft. Myers and carried it into a strong showing in AA. Following that season, he was added to the 40-man roster. He started in Rochester in 2015 for some reason and really struggled. Late last year, he was removed from the 40-man and cleared. He went on to be the MVP of the Southern League championship series. He began this season with the Lookouts and was quickly called up to AAA where he has been lights-out most every outing. At 6-6, he does not throw real hard, but like the other lefties in the Red Wings rotation, he has good control and mixes his pitches well.

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    #31 - OF Travis Harrison - 23 - Chattanooga Lookouts

    Harrison is repeating at AA Chattanooga this year and has been solid in the middle of the Lookouts lineup. His outfield defense has improved and his approach at the plate has improved. He has been productive offensively despite similar numbers to last year. I believe that he is in line for a strong second half. Still just 23, Harrison has time to grow into his potential.

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    #30 - RHP Huascar Ynoa - 18 - Extended Spring Training

    While his brother Michael was signed to a huge free agent bonus (about $4 million) as a 16-year-old, the Twins were able to sign Huscar for around $850K. He pitched in the DSL last year and will be making his stateside debut this year. He has been pitching quite well in EST, flashing a fastball in the 90-95 range with the ability to dominate. He just turned 18 and will likely pitch in the GCL this year.

    #29 - C Stuart Turner - 24 - Chattanooga Lookouts

    Turner was the Twins 3rd-round pick in 2013 out of Mississippi where he was named the top catcher in college baseball. In 2014, he skipped Cedar Rapids and jumped to Ft. Myers. He struggled with the bat. In 2015, he went to Chattanooga where he was good defensively but struggled with the bat. Finally in 2016, he is sticking at the same level, hopefully allowing his bat to catch up. He started out strong with lots of walks and doubles. He’s slowed, but he does have a good approach at the plate. Many still believe he is a top defensive catcher.

    #28 - LHP Lachlan Wells - 19 - Extended Spring Training

    The Australian had a strong debut in 2015 in the GCL, putting up numbers very similar to what Lewis Thorpe put up a couple of years earlier at that level. He even left right before the end of the season to pitch for Team Australia in an international competition, just as Thorpe had. While Wells doesn’t throw as hard as Thorpe can, he does know and understand how to pitch and shows a lot of poise on the mound. He should pitch for Elizabethton.

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    #27 - RH RP Jake Reed - 23 - Chattanooga Lookouts

    The last two offseasons, Reed has dominated in the hitter-friendly Arizona Fall League. However, for the second straight year he has really struggled in the AA Southern League. That said, he has been much better of late. His mid-90s fastball gets a lot of movement, so command has been an issue for him at times. Other times, he can flat-out dominate.


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    #26 - 2B Luis Arraez - 19 - Cedar Rapids Kernels

    One of the biggest surprises, for me, early in the season has been Arraez. I was surprised that he started in Cedar Rapids, and I thought maybe he would just get a little experience before going down to Elizabethton when the short-season started. Though he didn’t play a lot the first week or two, he was given an opportunity and he has fully taken advantage of it. He has been a catalyst at the top of the Kernels’ lineup, hitting over .320 and taking really good, professional at bats.


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    #25 - IF Travis Blankenhorn - 19 - Extended Spring Training

    Blankenhorn was the Twins 3rd-round pick a year ago out of high school. A tremendous athlete, he played for the GCL and Elizabethton teams in 2015. This spring in EST, he has shown some glimpses of his big potential. He has a nice swing and should develop some power over time. Interestingly, drafted as a third baseman, he has spent almost all of his time in EST playing second base.


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    #24 - RH RP Trevor Hildenberger - 25 - Chattanooga Lookouts

    He was our choice for Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year last year with his work in Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers in his first full professional season. He even pitched well in the Arizona Fall League. The side-winding right-hander started with the Miracle this year, but after just a few weeks, he quickly advanced to AA where he has continued to pitch great. Where many have struggled, Hildenberger has put up great numbers and become the team’s reliable closer. A 22nd-round pick just two years ago, he could get to Minnesota yet this year, or certainly put himself into consideration for a spot early in 2017.

    #23 - SS Jermaine Palacios - 19 - Cedar Rapids Kernels

    Palacios burst on the scene last year when he dominated (offensively) in the GCL and Elizabethton in his first year in the United States. The 19-year-old began this season in Cedar Rapids but it has been slow-going for the talented Venezuelan. After hitting a combined .370 last year, he has been hovering around (and mostly below) the Mendoza Line most of this season. Defensively, he’s got a ways to go, but the skills are there. Could he go to Elizabethton when the short-season starts?

    #22 - SS Engelb Vielma - 21 - Ft. Myers Miracle
    Vielma had a solid season in 2015 in Ft. Myers which led to a spring training invite to big league camp. He began the season with the Lookouts, but he has twice been on the disabled list already. In the last week, he was activated and sent back to Ft. Myers just to get more at-bats. He should move up to Chattanooga again soon. The slick-fielding shortstop could hit for average and should play very good defense, though he did struggle early in the season.

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    #21 - C Mitch Garver - 25 - Chattanooga Lookouts

    It has been his bat that has carried Garver through much of his minor league career, but it is his defense behind the plate that is moving him up this list this time around. He has thrown out 64% of would-be base stealers so far this season and is listed among the top catchers in baseball in pitch framing. Pitchers have also enjoyed working with him in the past. His bat has been solid in the Southern League. He’s hitting .265 with 11 doubles and two homers in 40 games. When not catching, he has played some at first base and frequently at DH. He did miss about a week with a concussion.


    So there you have it, a quick glance at my updated prospects 21-40. What are your thoughts? Noticing any trends yet? Tomorrow we’ll dive into prospects 11-20. But for today, consider my list above. Ask questions, and start thinking about how your top 20, 30 or 40 Twins prospect list might look.

    • Jun 07 2016 10:09 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  8. Twins Organizational Depth Chart: The Infielders

    Minnesota Twins - 1B: Joe Mauer, 2B: Brian Dozier, 3B: Trevor Plouffe, SS: Eduardo Escobar, DH: Byung Ho Park, Utility: Eduardo Nunez

    Joe Mauer had a strong April, but then he struggled in May. He has shown more power this year than in the last couple of seasons. Hard to believe that the top performing infielder in the system, and the current favorite to represent the Twins in the All-Star Game in July, has been Eduardo Nunez. Park has expectedly struggled to adjust, while at the same time showing the type of power potential he has. Dozier has struggled since after the 2015 All-Star Game. And, Escobar and Plouffe have each spent time on the disabled list while not performing up to their previous levels.

    Rochester Red Wings - 1B: Kenny Vargas, 2B: Jorge Polanco, 3B: James Beresford, SS: Wilfredo Tovar, Utility: Stephen Wickens, Buck Britton, Tommy Field, Heiker Meneses (DL), Reynaldo Rodriguez (Suspended)

    Polanco is clearly the prospect in this group, though as mentioned above, he has not played shortstop with the Red Wings this year. He has spent plenty of time in the big leagues already, though rarely played when he was up there. Beresford is continuing where he left off in 2015, building off an All-Star season. Vargas got off to a very slow start, and is still not hitting for average, but in recent weeks, he has shown off his power. Tovar has been the everyday shortstop for the Red Wings. He’s always been known for his defense and has helped his pitchers many times already. Wickens, Britton and Field are all veteran minor leaguers who have played around the field, in the infield and outfield.

    Chattanooga Lookouts - 1B: Dalton Hicks, 2B: Ryan Walker, 3B: TJ White, SS: Leonardo Reginnato, Utility: Levi Michael, Engelb Vielma (DL), Niko Goodrum (DL)

    Engelb Vielma began the season with the Lookouts, but he has been on the disabled list twice. He was activated last week and sent to Ft. Myers where he and Nick Gordon are flip-flopping in the middle infield positions. TJ White came up early in the season, and he has certainly struggled at the plate, but he is a terrific athlete and hopefully will take off soon. Hicks is back after missing several months last year. His batting average is low, but he continues to show power and drive in runs. Leonardo Reginnato was a minor league free agent signing and he’s done a nice job offensively and defensively. Ryan Walker came up in early May and has played very well. Always a good glove, he has hit well for the Lookouts. Levi Michael has played well the last couple of seasons in AA when healthy but this year he is losing time to Walker and Reginnato and playing more of a utility role. Goodrum had a stress fracture in his foot.

    Ft. Myers Miracle - 1B: Trey Vavra, 2B: Tanner Witt, 3B: Chris Paul, SS: Nick Gordon, Utility: Logan Wade, Alex Real

    Gordon is one of the organization’s top prospects, and he’s a Top 100 prospect in baseball. He’s had a strong start to his 2016 season as well. Trey Vavra is healthy after missing half of the 2015 season after ankle surgery. TJ White was supposed to spend the season in Ft. Myers, but injury pushed him to Chattanooga. That pushed Chris Paul up to Ft. Myers a little earlier than anticipated, but he’s been solid, hitting a lot of doubles. Alex Real has been the primary DH and played some first base. Tanner Witt was signed a month ago from independent ball and played well. Logan Wade can play all over the infield and in the corners of the outfield.

    Cedar Rapids Kernels - 1B: Zander Wiel, 2B: Luis Arraez, 3B: Nelson Molina, SS: Jermaine Palacios, Utility: Sean Miller, Alex Perez, Manuel Guzman (DL), Rafael Valera (DL)

    19-year-olds Jermaine Palacios and Luis Arraez have been in the lineup most games. Arraez has hit well over .300 and is a catalyst at the top of the Kernels lineup. Palacios hasn’t hit like he did last year in the two rookie leagues. They’re so young but gaining really valuable experience. Wiel played three years at Vanderbilt. After a slow start, he had a real solid, productive May, including an increase in power. Sean Miller has been on-fire since he had a week in Ft. Myers as an injury replacement. Nelson Molina has not hit in his three seasons in the rookie leagues. He began in EST and has since being recalled in early May has hit over .300 and played well at third base. Perez also started in EST, and when he plays, he hits at the top of the order and gets on base at a strong clip. Rafael Valera was off to a strong start but he’ll be out for awhile with a labrum injury.

    Extended Spring Training - 1B: Lewin Diaz, Amaurys Minier, Kolton Kendrick, 2B: Emmanuel Morel, Travis Blankenhorn, Jorge Andrade, 3B: Trey Cabbage, Ruar Verkerk, Roni Tapia, SS: Ariel Montesino, Jorge Munoz.

    We have already seen several infielders moved up from extended spring to Cedar Rapids, but there is still a ton of big talent. Top international signings in recent years, Lewin Diaz and Amaurys Minier have huge power potential. Diaz had a hip injury that cost him most of spring training. I thought Minier would be in Cedar Rapids by now. Travis Blankenhorn (3rd), Trey Cabbage (4th) and Kolton Kendrick (8th) all have big potential as well. While Kendrick’s tool is his power, Blankenhorn and Cabbage are both gifted, well-rounded athletes who will be known for their bats, but who have worked around the field defensively.Speed is the name of the game for Emmanuel Morel, Ariel Montesino and Jorge Munoz. Munoz is a gifted shortstop with the glove. All three fit into the classic mold of a middle infielder; speed, defense, slappy, line drive hitters. Andrade, Verkerk and Tapia are looking to take a step forward in 2016.

    Top Prospects Corner Infielders: 1.) Travis Blankenhorn, 2.) Trey Cabbage, 3.) Lewin Diaz, 4.) Amaurys Minier, 5.) Zander Wiel.

    Top Prospects Middle Infielders: 1.) Nick Gordon, 2.) Jorge Polanco, 3.) Jermaine Palacios, 4.) Luis Arraez, 5.) Jorge Munoz.
    Draft Thoughts: There is a lot of depth and talent here at the various levels.They have a lot of middle infielders who have a chance to stick at shortstop. They also have several big boppers - particularly at the lower levels. However, as it relates to the draft selecting shortstop make a ton of sense. Why? Because generally they are some of the best athletes. As you recall, even Miguel Sano was signed as an athletic shortstop. Obviously it was well known that he wasn’t going to stick at shortstop and was immediately moved to third base. Same thing with Cabbage and Blankenhorn from last year’s draft. They played a lot of shortstop in high school but were drafted as third basemen and played various positions last year in the rookie leagues. Because of their athleticism, it’s easier for them to move to other positions of need. And it is important to draft a couple of guys that you think have the potential to stick at shortstop too.

    • Jun 05 2016 03:19 PM
    • by Seth Stohs
  9. Twins Minor League Report (6/2): Palka Goes Deep Twice - AGAIN!

    Continue reading to find out more detail about Thursday in the Twins farm system:

    Transaction Log: The Twins signed outfielder Logan Schafer to a MiLB deal and assigned him to the Rochester Red Wings.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester @ Indianapolis Indians
    Box Score

    The Red Wings are now six games over .500 and tied with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for first place in the International League North and just a half game behind the Columbus Clippers for the best record in the league. The Red Wings played to a 1-1 tie through the first three innings, but pulled ahead with a three-run fourth, and never looked back.

    Former Yankee catcher John Ryan Murphy (he of the Aaron Hicks trade) had a 1-3 night out of the 9-hole with a double and an RBI, but is hitting just .162 at AAA after a super disappointing start to the year in Minnesota. The Red Wings received multi-hit games from Wilfredo Tovar (2-4, 2 RBI, BB), James Beresford (2-5), and Eddie Rosario (2-5, HR, RBI). Rosario is now hitting .317 in AAA and likely a little pissed off that the Twins brought up Max Kepler to replace the injured Miguel Sano instead of him. Good on him, get to work and we'll see you back in a Twins uniform before too long.

    Tommy Milone (another Twins castoff, along with nearly 1/3 of this Red Wings roster) earned his third AAA win to move to 3-0 and has a 2.08 ERA on the year. He went 6.1 innings giving up 7 hits, one earned run, one walk, and he struck out a trio of Indians. J.T. Chargois came in and gave up a run in 1.2 innings, and his ERA climbed all the way to 0.90. He also struck out 3 of the 7 batters he faced. Alex Wimmers (couldn't hit a barn because he used to have the yips) pitched a perfect ninth, retiring all three batters he faced, recording a strikeout to boot.

    Final: Red Wings 5, Indians 2

    LOOKOUTS LOOK-IN
    Chattanooga Lookouts @ Birmingham Braves
    Box Score

    Despite giving up a run in the bottom of the first to fall behind 0-1, the Lookouts hung tough and took the lead after scoring runs in back-to-back-to-back innings to pull ahead 3-1 after six innings and then hung on for the victory.

    As a team the Lookouts struck out 12 times to go along with just 2 walks, but still managed to push enough runs across to win a game. Only two Chattanooga hitters had multi-hit games, Zach Granite and Daniel Palka who hit a pair of home runs for the second night in a row! Granite was 2-5 with a double and a strikeout from the leadoff position, while Palka provided a 2-4 night with a pair of solo home runs (and a pair of strikeouts). Palka now leads the Southern League with 11 dingers and is sixth in slugging. Palka, if you recall, was the return on the Chris Hermann to the Diamondbacks trade, completed in November of last year.

    David Hurlbut earned his third win of the year to even his record at 3-3 with 6.1 innings of seven hit, one run ball. He walked one and struck out two. He was replaced by Mason Melotakis who earned his fifth hold of the year by finishing the fifth. Luke Westphal earned a hold as well, his first of the year, despite giving up a run in the eighth. Jake Reed earned his second save of the year, closing out the game with a two-strikeout ninth.

    Final: Lookouts 4, Braves 2


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Game 1: St. Lucie Mets @ Fort Myers Miracle
    Box Score

    Luckily the Miracle had an opportunity to play two on Thursday night as they managed just a single hit in the first game of the double-dip, a Brian Olson single in the third inning. The rest of the squad, including first-round draftee Nick Gordon were a combined 0-20 with three strikeouts and no walks.

    Miracle starter Keaton Steele had a forgettable outing, going just 3.0 innings and giving up five runs (all earned) in a disaster start on the front end of a doubleheader. Brian Gilbert pitched 1.2 innings of less-than-stellar baseball, giving up two runs on three hits, three walks, and a home run. John Curtiss gave up a run over a four-out outing, and Luke Bard finished things respectably for the Miracle with a quick, scoreless, ninth inning.

    Final: Mets 8, Miracle 0

    Game 2: St. Lucie Mets @ Fort Myers Miracle
    Box Score

    The Miracle used a Chris Paul walk-off single to win the second game of the double- header to earn a split. With one out and a runner on third, a Chris Paul singled scored Tanner Witt from third to win the game.

    After picking up just a single hit in the first game, the Miracle added eight in the second game, with a pair from Chris Paul, including the game winner, and three from Alex Real (3-3, with a double and 2 RBI).

    Felix Jorge pitched a complete game (seven innings) for the Miracle, saving the bullpen after the short start in Game 1, giving up seven hits, three runs (two earned) while walking no one and striking out four. He also gave up a home run. Jorge has a 1.83 ERA on the year to go along with a 4-3 record.

    Final: Mets 3, Miracle 4


    KERNELS KORNER
    Cedar Rapids Kernels @ Beloit Snappers
    Box Score

    It is really hard to have nine hits and score just one run, while outhitting an opponent that scored seven runs on just eight hits, but the Kernels managed to do just that.

    LaMonte Wade remained hot with a 2-4 night, and A.J. Murray had a nice little night as well, going 2-4, including a double and a strike out. Jermaine Palacios was 3-4 out of the 8-hole with a double and a strike out, raising his average to .205.

    Kernels' starter Dereck Rodriguez gave up all seven Snappers runs over the first four innings, givng up up seven hits, a walk, and a home run while striking out just two. After four, D-Rod was lifted for Anthony McIver who went 2.0 innings and gave up just a single hit while striking out three. Sam Gibbons and Michael Theofanopoulos each pitched a scoreless inning to finish the game. Theofanopoulos now sports a nifty little 1.73 ERA.

    Final: Kernels 1, Snappers 7

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Hitter of the Day - Daniel Palka - Chattanooga Lookouts
    Pitcher of the Day - Felix Jorge - Fort Myers Miracle

    FRIDAY'S PROBABLES

    Rochester @ Louisville Bats (6:05pm) - Andrew Albers (3-1, 3.93) vs. Cody Reed
    Chattanooga @ Birmingham Braves (7:05pm) - Aaron Slegers (2-4, 4.08) vs. David Holmberg
    Daytona Flyers @ Fort Myers (6:05pm) - Tejay Antone vs. Randy Rosario (2-4, 3.53)
    Peoria Chiefs @ Cedar Rapids (6:35pm) - TBD vs. Miles Nordgren (2-1, 2.58)

    Please ask questions and discuss the Thursday games.

    -ERolf

    • Jun 03 2016 04:56 AM
    • by Eric R Pleiss
  10. Twins Minor League Report (5/25): Buxton Leads Wings To Win

    NOTE: Seth will be in attendance at the games in Cedar Rapids on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, so expect reports and stories from there throughout the weekend. Remember, Cedar Rapids is less than five hours south of the Twin Cities. It’s certainly worth the trip, especially if you’re interested in prospects. Also, the Field of Dreams movie site is less than an hour away. Consider making a trip this summer! You’ll enjoy it! Check the Kernels schedule and get tickets here.

    For much more on what happened on Wednesday in the Twins farm system, please continue.

    TRANSACTIONS
    On Wednesday, there were a few transactions in the Twins system:

    • First, the Twins moved LHP Glen Perkins to the 60-Day disabled list. They put OF Darin Mastroianni on the 15-Day disabled list. They purchased the contract of LHP Buddy Boshers and called him up to the big leagues.
    • Mitch Garver was activated from the DL, but RHP Ryan Eades was placed on the DL.
    • RHP Hector Lujan was returned to extended spring training. RHP Nick Anderson was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Ft. Myers. RHP Kuo Hua Lo was brought back to the Kernels from extended spring training.
    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 9, Indianapolis 8
    Box Score

    Byron Buxton has had a tremendous May with the Red Wings which begs the question, how long will (and should) he remain in AAA before coming back to the Twins? It’s a fair question, to be sure. He led off this game with a double. In his second at-bat, he hit his fifth home run, a long blast to the right of center field. He was intentionally walked the next time up. In his final plate appearance, he lined a single up the middle. Altogether, he was 3-4 with his seventh double, fifth homer and two RBI.

    In the first inning, Tommy Field knocked a three-run homer, his third homer in just over a week with the organization. He went 2-3 with a walk and four RBI. Field’s home run was followed by Adam Brett Walker’s tenth home run of the season, a tape-measure shot measured at about 450 feet. Kennys Vargas went 2-4 with a walk. Eddie Rosario went 2-4 with a double. Jorge Polanco added his fifth triple.



    Jason Wheeler was good again. He improved to 3-1 with a 1.86 ERA with six solid innings. He gave up two runs in five hits and a walk. He struck out three. David Martinez came on and gave up one run on one hit and two walks in the seventh. He struck out two. Alex Wimmers gave up a hit in a scoreless eighth.

    The Red Wings went into the ninth inning with a 9-3 lead. Ryan O’Rourke started the inning. He got two outs, but gave up five runs (two earned) on five hits. JT Chargois came in and gave up a hit, but he then got the final out for his third Red Wings save.

    The Red Wings have now won 15 of their last 20 games and are 26-20 on the season.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 6, Tennessee 2
    Box Score

    Good things come in threes, right? The Lookouts scored three runs in the third inning thanks to two triples. TJ White got things going with a two-run triple. Next up was leadoff man Zach Granite who switched places with him with a triple of his own.

    Ryan Walker went 2-4 with his third stolen base. Leonardo Reginnato went 2-3. Daniel Palka added a triple late in the game.

    DJ Baxendale started and worked the first 6.2 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits. He also hit a batter. He struck out one. Mason Melotakis came on and get the final out of the 7th inning, on a strikeout. Trevor Hildenberger picked up his fourth save. He struck out three over two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits. Baxendale improved to 4-5 with a 3.06 ERA.

    With the win, the Lookouts improved to 20-26 on the season.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 4, Palm Beach 10 (10 innings)
    Box Score

    Obviously the tenth inning didn’t go well for the Miracle. Nick Gordon’s third triple tied the score at four in the ninth inning. However, in the tenth, the first eight batters reached for the Cardinals and six of them scored.

    Keaton Steele started. The right-hander gave up one run on six hits and four walks in five innings. He struck out four. Nick Anderson came on for his Florida State League debut. He gave up an unearned run on one hit and one walk in his inning. The unearned run was due to a throwing error by Anderson himself. He struck out two. Raul Fernandez threw two scoreless innings. John Curtiss gave up two runs in the ninth, but when the Miracle scored two to tie it, he returned for the tenth. All three batters he faced reached base. He was replaced by Brian Gilbert who faced five batters and gave up three hits, a walk, and the next batter reached on an error. He was replaced by Todd Van Steensel who gave up a hit but got the final three outs, two on strikeouts.

    Max Murphy and Brian Navarreto each went 3-5 in the game. Tanner Witt went 2-4 with a walk. Edgar Corcino went 2-4 and his fourth home run of the year tied the game at two in the eighth inning. Gordon went 1-3 with two walks and the triple.

    The Miracle fell to 24-23 on the season.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 6, Burlington 7
    Box Score

    Sam Clay had his first rough start of the season. The left-hander gave up seven runs on six hits, five walks and a hit batter in just 2.2 innings. He struck out one. Kuo Hua Lo struck out six over the next 3.1 innings. He gave up two hits and walked two, but no runs. Williams Ramirez then worked two perfect innings, striking out one.

    LaMonte Wade got things going for the Kernels with a home run, his fourth, in the first inning. He didn’t take long to increase his streak of consecutive games getting on base to 25. He went 3-5 in the game. Later, Zander Wiel extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a two-run single. Brad Hartong went 2-4 with his first triple. Jermaine Palacios went 2-4 with his third double and two driven in.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Trevor Hildenberger, Chattanooga Lookouts
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Byron Buxton, Rochester Red Wings


    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Indianapolis @ Rochester (10:05 a.m. CST) - RHP Jose Berrios
    Tennessee @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - LHP Nick Greenwood
    Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) – RHP Felix Jorge
    Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:30 CST) – RHP Fernando Romero
    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Wednesday games.

    • May 26 2016 08:33 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  11. Twins Minor League Report (4/23): Extra, Extra... Extra

    Continue on to read about the pitchers and the hitter highlights from Saturday’s games.


    TRANSACTIONS
    On Saturday afternoon, not terribly long before the Red Wings and Twins afternoon starts, we learned that due to a sore back, Ervin Santana will not make his scheduled Sunday start. Instead, Tyler Duffey, who was supposed to start Saturday in Rochester, will come up and start on Sunday in our nation’s capital. Following the Twins game, the move became official. The corresponding move was Jorge Polanco returning to the Red Wings.

    Also on Saturday, the Detroit Tigers announced that they had claimed catcher John Hicks from the Twins. This would certainly explain the Twins decision a couple of days ago to promote Carlos Paulino to the Red Wings. The Twins 40-man roster is now at 39.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Buffalo 10
    Box Score
    With the Duffey news coming so abruptly this morning, the Red Wings had to scramble. They decided to have RHP Loek Van Mil make the start. The right-hander from The Netherlands went the first two innings and gave up five runs on three hits and three walks. He struck out two. Taylor Rogers then gave up four runs on five hits over the next two innings. He walked one and struck out two. Buddy Boshers calmed things down a bit. The left-hander worked three scoreless innings, striking out four. Dan Runzler gave up two hits and hit another batter, but he gave up just one unearned run (on his own error) over two innings.

    Offensively, there wasn’t much positive either. The team had just five hits. Reynaldo Rodriguez went 1-3 with a walk and a double. Carlos Paulino made his first Red Wings start of the year and went 1-3 with a double.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 0, Birmingham 6
    Box Score

    Through six innings, this was quite the pitcher's duel between DJ Baxendale and White Sox first-round pick from 2015, Carson Fulmer. The two right-handers had matching lines. They both worked six shutout innings and gave up four hits. Neither walked a batter and they each struck out six.

    With a scoreless game going into the seventh, Alex Wimmers came into the game. He gave up two runs on four hits in the 7th inning which proved to be enough to take the loss. Nick Burdi made his 2016 debut with a perfect inning. He needed just 12 pitches, nine of them strikes, to get three ground balls. Jake Reed came on for the ninth inning and got the first two batters out. He then issued a walk and it was followed by a double. After that, there were a couple of Engelb Vielma errors and a triple, so Reed was charged with four runs but just one was earned.

    Offensively the Lookouts had seven hits but were unable to bunch many together. No one had more than one hit, and Dalton Hicks had the only extra base hit, his second double.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 1, Charlotte 0 (11 innings)
    Box Score

    Through 10 innings, the Miracle had just one hit, a 5th inning single by Nick Gordon. With one out in the 11th, Brian Navarreto singled. He advanced to second on a balk, and Austin Diemer came in to replace him. One batter later, Edgar Corcino singled him in with the winning run.

    Just three hits in the game, but a win is a win. The credit goes to the pitchers.

    Felix Jorge was terrific again. He came in to the game with a consecutive scoreless inning streak of 8.2 innings. With seven shutout innings tonight, his streak will continue in his next start at 15.2 innings. He gave up just four hits, walked one and struck out four. Unfortunately, he left without any run support.

    Trevor Hildenberger came in. He gave up two hits but no runs over the next two innings. Yorman Landa pitched the 10th and 11th innings and was perfect to get the win.

    Danny Santana played right field in this game. He led off and got three at-bats. He was 0-3 which means through two rehab games with the Miracle, he is 0-6. He is expected to play third base on Sunday.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Game 1 - Cedar Rapids 1, Clinton 2 (18 innings)
    Box Score

    As a manager or pitching coach preparing for a doubleheader, even knowing the games are seven innings, the worst possible thing is extra innings. It’s not good at all for the pitching staff. In game one, there was little offense and there were double-digit innings. In fact, the two teams were scheduled to play 14 innings combined in the two games, so when Game 1 went into the 14th inning, I would imagine neither manager was real happy about it.

    Lefty Sam Clay got the starting nod in Game 1. He had thrown six innings and five innings of shutout ball in his first two starts. However, in this game, he gave up a sacrifice fly to the third batter of the game to end that scoreless streak. However, he put in another terrific start. Clay went six innings and gave up just the one run on four hits and a walk. He struck out six.

    The Kernels managed to tie the game at one in the top of the seventh when Jermaine Palacios singled to score Manuel Guzman. That was it for scoring for a while. The bullpens took over.

    Kernels closer Nick Anderson struck out four over the next two innings. Logan Lombana came in for the next four innings. He gave up just one hit and struck out six. Kuo Hua Lo got the next four innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two. Zack Tillery pitched a scoreless 17th inning. He got the first two outs of the 18th as well, but a double was followed by a single and the game was over.

    The Kernels had ten hits and seven walks in the 18 innings but just couldn’t get a second run to cross home plate. Jermaine Palacios had three hits and a walk. AJ Murray hit his first three doubles and a walk. Rafael Valera went 2-8 with his fifth double.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Game 2 - Cedar Rapids 0, Clinton 1
    Box Score

    After a five-hour Game 1, the second game started at about 10:45. Dereck Rodriguez started for the Kernels. He went the first five innings and gave up three runs on three hits. He walked three and struck out seven. John Curtiss came in for the sixth. He struck out the side and now has 16 strikeouts in seven innings this year.

    Offensively, the Kernels had just four hits. JJ Fernandez went 3-3 with his first home run of the year.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Felix Jorge, Ft. Myers Miracle
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – AJ Murray, Cedar Rapids Kernels


    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Buffalo @ Rochester (12:35 CST) - LHP Pat Dean
    Birmingham @ Chattanooga (1:15 CST) – LHP David Hurlbut
    Charlotte @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) – LHP Randy Rosario
    Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (2:00 CST) – RHP Cody Stashak

    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Saturday games.

    • Apr 24 2016 05:50 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  12. 2016 Cedar Rapids Kernels Opening Day Roster Revealed

    THE COACHING STAFF

    Jake Mauer returns for this fourth season as the Kernels manager. Over his eight years as a minor-league manager, Mauer has accumulated a record of 434-373 (.538) and made the playoffs five times, including all three seasons he’s managed the Kernels. Mauer, who played minor league ball in the Twins system, will be joined by former Twin Brian Dinkelman and another former farmhand, J.P. Martinez. Both Dinkelman (hitting coach) and Martinez (pitching coach) will be in the first year with Cedar Rapids after spending their first professional coaching season with the GCL Twins.

    THE ROSTER
    *Spent time with Kernels in 2015

    Cedar Rapids will return many players who played with them in last year’s playoffs. They’ll also welcome in a handful of players who had successful years in rookie ball.

    PROJECTED ROTATION (listed alphabetically):

    P Michael Cederoth*
    LP Sam Clay*
    P Andro Cutura
    P Sam Gibbons*
    P Randy LeBlanc*
    P Dereck Rodriguez*

    Michael Cederoth, who Fangraphs ranks at the Twins #22 prospect, returns to the Kernels rotation after missing an extended period of time last season with an undisclosed illness. Cederoth has recently been dealing with a strained oblique, so his status as the season opens is in question. Andro Cutura will join Cedar Rapids after pitching for Elizabethton. Cutura made an impressive spot start for Fort Myers, a game that was wiped out by rain. After making 15 low-A starts last season, Sam Gibbons could be the first option to be promoted if Fort Myers has a need. Randy LeBlanc led the Kernels in wins (9) last season despite pitching primarily out of the bullpen. Dereck Rodriguez, who made two starts for the Kernels, was named Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year in 2015.

    PROJECTED BULLPEN:

    P Nick Anderson*
    P John Curtiss*
    P CK Irby*
    P Kuo-hua Lo
    P Logan Lombana
    LP Mike Theofanopolous*
    P Zach Tillery*

    The Kernels return a lot of low-A experience to their bullpen, with only two new members. Expect some of these arms to get a few starts. Zach Tillery (13) and John Curtiss (7) both made a number of starts for last year’s Kernels.

    PROJECTED LINEUP:

    SS Jermaine Palacios
    2B Luis Arreaz
    CF LaMonte Wade*
    3B Chris Paul*
    1B Zander Wiel
    RF Max Murphy*
    DH Jorge Fernandez*
    C AJ Murray
    LF Chris Cavaness

    PROJECTED BENCH:
    C Bryant Hayman
    C Rafael Valera*
    INF Sean Miller*

    On the heels of a season that saw him hit .370 with an OPS of .939, Jermaine Palacios is the highest-rated position player on the team, checking into the Top 20s of both Fangraphs (#17) and Baseball America (#18) and just missing MLB.com’s (#21). LaMonte Wade missed most Top 30s, but Fangraphs ranked him #12. Chris Paul (#39) made Aaron Gleeman’s Top 40. Zander Wiel, who missed some time after getting hit by a pitch shortly after signing last season, is an advanced hitter who could open some eyes. Max Murphy was the Appalachian League Player of the Year in 2014. At 19, Luis Arreaz will be the youngest player on the roster after skipping Elizabethton. Rafael Valera played around the infield for the Kernels last year, but is transitioning to behind the dish.

    THE PROSPECTS

    Here is a quick look at which Kernels found their names in a variety of Twins Prospect Rankings. No Kernels made any national Top 100s.

    Twins Prospect Rankings
    Twins Daily Top 10: None
    Seth Stohs Top 30: Palacios (21)
    Jeremy Nygaard Top 30: Palacios (10), Wade (27)
    Cody Christie Top 30: None
    Nick Nelson Top 10: None
    Steve Buhr Top 15: None
    Baseball America Top 31: Palacios (19)
    FanGraphs Top 25: Wade (12), Palacios (17), Cederoth (22)
    Keith Law Top 20: Rodriguez (14)
    John Sickels Top 20: Palacios (12), Wade (20)
    Aaron Gleeman Top 40: Palacios (16), Cederoth (19), Wad (29), Paul (39)
    Ted Schwerzler Top 15: None
    MLB.com Top 30: Palacios (21), Wade (28)
    Baseball Essentials Top 20: None

    PREDICTIONS

    First Hitter Promoted to Fort Myers: 1.) Zander Wiel, 2.) LaMonte Wade
    First Starting Pitcher Promoted to Fort Myers: 1.) Dereck Rodriguez, 2.) Sam Gibbons
    First Relief Pitcher Promoted to Fort Myers: 1.) Mike Theofanopolous, 2.) Zach Tillery

    TWITTER FOLLOWS

    Rochester Red Wings: @CRKernels
    Radio Voice: @Morgan_Hawk
    Beat Writer - The Gazette: @jeje66
    Retired Super Fan: @jimcrikket

    • Apr 03 2016 04:05 PM
    • by Jeremy Nygaard
  13. Thursday Minor League Report

    I actually waited to go to the ballpark until about 10. When I got there, there was a full workout going on with the Low A and High A squads, plus any pitchers who did not travel with the AAA and AA teams.

    I watched Ft. Myers Miracle manager Jeff Smith working with the catchers on their footwork on pitchouts to a left-handed or right-handed batter. They also worked on their footwork and timing on intentional walks. It doesn't sound complex, and yet when watching and listening in, it is clearly important. Split-seconds make the difference between a caught stealing and a stolen base. They later set up a pitching machine and had it bounce pitches before the plate so they could work on blocking.

    Before the games began in the afternoon, Smith came over and introduced himself to me. We chatted for about 10 minutes. It's clear that he really gets a lot of joy from coaching catching to catchers. He really understands the minute details.

    The Naples native said he was happy to be back with the Miracle after several years in New Britain. He mentioned to me that New Britain franchise will now be an independent league team and that Stan Cliburn (former Twins coach and brother of Rochester's pitching coach Stu) will be their manager.

    Being home again, Smith said that he has worked a the Twins Instructional League every fall with the exception of the year that he managed in the Arizona Fall League. He also enjoys spending time in the Dominican Republic during the offseason working with players there. He is really looking forward to going down there when the new Twins/Pirates academy will be complete. He said it will be quite similar to the academy here in Ft. Myers.

    It was also fun watching the infielders working on pop ups off the pitching machine on one field. For part of that segment, they had the player turn his back to home plate. When the ball went in the air he could turn around try to find the ball and make the catch. It was more challenging than you would think with such a high sky and sun.

    Nick Gordon was just shagging at home plate in the morning. On Wednesday, he tweaked his hamstring and didn't play on Thursday. He did take some ground balls. Probably nothing to worry about now, but something to keep an eye on.

    Pitchers joined the field and the teams worked on situations. Runner on 1st and 2nd, bunt plays. Runner on 1st, ground ball to the pitcher. Tom Kelly was watching and on a few occasions, he completely stopped the practice to spend time with the first basemen on the details. . There definitely is an understanding that if TK talks, people stop and listen.

    I watched another round of batting practice with the extended spring group. Again, the power was evident. It was also fun to see when someone behind home plate would say left field and the hitter needed to try to hit it to left. Or, they'd say second base, and the hitter would try to hit it to second base. I mentioned yesterday that a guy like Alex Perez was a professional hitter. He was able to do this with ease. But, it was definitely a challenge for some others.

    Talking with hitting coach Steve Singleton, he commented about it being a process. It's a process to understand the mechanics and some subtleties, but it's also a process of patience and believing in yourself and that what you're doing will pay off in time.

    At 1, the games began. As mentioned before, Phil Hughes, Trevor May and Kevin Jepsen pitched in the minor league games. Also, Oswaldo Arcia got four at- bats.

    Phil Hughes worked with Kurt Suzuki in the High-A game. He looked all right. He got hit a little bit as hitters from the Rays were being aggressive, but he was around the plate. He threw quite a few more curve balls than I think he normally does. His velocity sure looked just fine, and his fastball control was good.

    In the Low-A game, Trevor May started. He needed just 11 pitches to get through his inning. His fastball was good, hitting 93-94. His change-up was very impressive sitting 84. He also threw a couple of tight curve balls that came in around 76.

    He was followed by Kevin Jepsen who was greeted by a long triple to right- center field on the first pitch. But after that pitch, he settled in nicely. He too was sitting 93-94 with the fastball and was right around the plate.

    Arcia batted third each inning. The first at-bat, he seemed to just be taking pitches. He took a couple of strikes and then got jammed on a fastball in and weakly grounded to the mound. In his next at-bat, he worked the count. That's when he hit a long, line drive ball that was just to the right of the right field foul line. He walked in that at-bat. He later homered as well. Tom Brunansky watched each plate appearance intently.

    Kurt Suzuki had a single and a couple of walks in the High-A game. Manager Paul Molitor watched from his bird's eye view.

    At 1, the Extended Spring team also played a simulated game on the third full field, giving them some live batting practice and fielding.

    Alex Robinson, the left-hander who was drafted last year out of Maryland, pitched a couple of innings. His mechanics have been calmed down quite a bit.

    Daniel Kihle, an outfielder from Wichita State drafted last year, had a big triple to right-center field in the Cedar Rapids game. He’s got a nice right-handed swing and plays a decent outfield.

    In the Ft. Myers game, Max Murphy had a huge triple to just right of center field. There was a close play a third base, but he crushed that ball. There weren’t any home runs, but there were a lot of balls to the fence in the games.

    You may or may not know that I really enjoy watching good solid, fundamental defensive play, especially up the middle. Shortstop Sean Miller was drafted last year and he is very smooth with the glove. He has the soft hands and quick release. He just plays a very fundamentally sound shortstop .

    Tyree Davis played for the High-A team as they needed an outfielder. He played right field and played a couple of balls really well, showing a strong arm on a couple of throws to the plate. He later played a few innings in center field. I’ve said it many times, but he’s one of the better athletes in the organization. He had a really good round of batting practice in the morning too. If it all comes together, he is certainly one to watch this year, likely in Elizabethton.

    John Curtiss appears to have been moved full time to the bullpen. In his inning of work, he was hitting 95 with regularity on the Rays’ radar gun behind home plate.

    Jermaine Palacios’s defense at shortstop hasn’t looked all that bad since I’ve been here. He has made most of the plays. There was one exception on Thursday. There was a ball that he booted just a little bit and it got away from him. However, he kept his wits and threw a bullet to first base to get an out (could have been a double play). It was good to see his presence of mind as well as a strong arm. Despite all the errors last year in the rookie leagues, it is far too early to say that he can’t play shortstop.

    That’s it for today. The AAA and AA teams are back on the back fields. Sounds like Ricky Nolasco will pitch in a minor league game today as well.
    A quick reminder, I’m still taking lots of pictures. I took just shy of 300 on Wednesday. Please be sure to Follow Twins Daily on Twitter, and “Like” Twins Daily on Facebook to see those and get much more information.

    • Mar 18 2016 07:22 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  14. Twins Daily Top 20 Prospect Countdown: 11-15

    Let’s get to the list.

    15. JT Chargois - RHP
    Age: 25
    2015 Stats (Hi-A/AA): 48.0 IP, 2-1, 15 Saves, 2.62 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 53/25 K/BB
    ETA: 2016

    Chargois (pronounced Shag-waa) was the Twins second-round pick in the 2012 draft out of Rice University. In college, he played first base, DH and was the Owl’s co-closer with current Twins starter Tyler Duffey. He worked 16 innings for Elizabethton that summer and then missed two full seasons with injury including Tommy John surgery.

    He returned to the mound in games in 2015, throwing as hard as ever. “Hard as ever,” for Chargois means frequently hitting 100 on the radar gun. He began the season with the Miracle but spent the second half of the season in Chattanooga where he was the closer for the Southern League champion Lookouts. In November, he was added to the Twins 40-man roster. Blessed with a big fastball, Chargois also throws a slurve and has a change-up. He will occasionally have trouble finding the strike zone, but often is able to work out of trouble with a strikeout. He will compete for a Twins bullpen spot in spring training. Although he is maybe a long shot to be on the Opening Day roster, we can expect to see Chargois pitching for the Twins in the 2016 season.


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    14. Jermaine Palacios - SS
    Age: 19
    2015 Stats (rookie): .370/.398/.540, 3 HR, 37 RBI, 36 R, 9/13 SB
    ETA: 2019

    Signed in July of 2013 out of Venezuela for just $70,000, Palacios was not a highly touted amateur. When he signed Palacios was long, but very thin, weighing in at just 145 pounds. He spent the 2014 season in the DSL where he hit .270/.404/.399 (.802) with 11 doubles and six triples. He had 35 walks to go with 37 strikeouts. The performance allowed him to come to the States in 2015.

    He is stronger now, though still real thin. He was supposed to spend the full short season in the GCL, but through 26 games he was hitting .421 (1.061 OPS) so he was promoted to Elizabethton. In 31 games there, he hit .336. Though he didn’t walk much, he had 18 extra base hits. He committed quite a few errors, but many believe that he can become a solid shortstop, though a move is possible. He should start the 2016 season as a 19-year-old in Cedar Rapids.

    13. Wander Javier - SS
    Age: 17
    2015 Stats: Did Not Play
    ETA: 2021

    In 2009, the Twins signed Miguel Sano, then 16 years old, to a $3.15 million bonus, their largest given to an international player. In July of 2015, the Twins broke that record by handing shortstop Wander Javier a $4 million signing bonus. While Sano was signed as a shortstop too, the general belief is that Javier will be able to stay at shortstop.

    Javier is already 6-0 and 170 pounds. He is described as a plus fielder with a plus arm from shortstop. Though he’s not big now, people talk about his great bat speed which could potentially generate very good power. But he’s very raw and hasn’t played a ton of baseball. Most likely, Javier will spend the entire 2016 season in the Dominican Summer League, but it’s possible he could surface in the GCL late in the year.

    12. Lewis Thorpe - LHP
    Age: 20
    2015 Stats: Did Not Pitch
    ETA: 2019

    Two weeks ago, Lewis Thorpe threw pitches off of a mound. For most pitchers at this time of the year not a big deal, but for Thorpe it was a big deal after having Tommy John surgery last April. His rehab program will continue into the 2016 season. However, he could return to game action by June.

    Thorpe burst onto the prospect scene in 2013 when, as a 17-year-old, he went 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA in the GCL. In 44 innings he walked six and struck out 64. The following season, he was promoted to Cedar Rapids in May and experienced some ups and downs in the Midwest League. However, he struck out 81 batters in 71.2 innings while being almost four years younger than the average player in the league.

    While it’s difficult to know with complete certainty how a player will come back after Tommy John, Thorpe says he is feeling strong and hopefully will be back to what he was. That was really good. He had a fastball that touched 94-95. He has a good curve ball, and his best pitch could be his change-up. In spite of his youth, the southpaw has a very high baseball IQ and knowledge of pitching.


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    11. Adam Brett Walker - OF
    Age: 22
    2015 Stats (AA): .239/.309/.498, 31 HR, 106 RBI, 75 R, 13/17 SB
    ETA: 2016

    The Twins invited Milwaukee native Adam Brett Walker to Target Field days before the 2012 MLB Draft. The Jacksonville University player had posted an OPS of over 1.000 in all three of his college seasons. The Twins selected him in the third round, with the 97th overall pick that year. Since then, the 6-5, 230 pound outfielder has done everything big.

    He has hit with big power. Walker has played at one level in each of the four seasons since signing. He has led that league in home runs and RBI each year. In 2013 in Cedar Rapids, his 109 RBI were one less than Dalton Hicks for most in minor league baseball. Despite his size, Walker is a good base stealer. In college, he was successful in 40 of 41 attempts. In minor league ball, he’s 36 for 45. Walker has also has increased his walk rate each season, from 5.6% to 7.9% to 9.1% in 2015.

    But obviously we have to get to the other thing that Walker does big, strikeouts. While his walk rate has gone up each season, so has his strikeout rate. He struck out 20.8% of the time in Low A. With the Miracle, he struck out 28.2% of the time. In 2014 with Chattanooga, he struck out 34.8% of the time.
    Defense and specifically throwing are also a concern for Walker. Will Walker be able to make an adjustment to cut down on the strikeouts? If so, he can be a solid power producer in the middle of a big league lineup. If not, he will struggle mightily with big league pitching. Most likely, he’ll be somewhere in between.

    • Feb 22 2016 07:41 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  15. Seth's Preliminary Top 50 Twins Prospects: Part 4 (21-25)

    Previous installments of this prospect ranking:

    · Part 1 (41-50)
    · Part 2 (31-40)
    · Part 3 (26-30)


    As a quick reminder, players eligible to be on this list include players who remain eligible for Rookie of the Year voting in 2016. That is to say, hitters with less than 130 at bats and pitchers with less than 50 innings. (The list is preliminary. Following research for the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2016 - which Cody Christie, Jeremy Nygaard and I are working on - I’ll provide my final Top 30 prospects list.)

    Top Prospects 21-25


    #25 – Fernando Romero - 20 – RHP – Did Not Pitch

    Signed out of the Dominican in November of 2011, Romero debuted in the Dominican Summer League in 2012. In 2013, he came to the States and posted a 1.60 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 45 innings. After beginning 2014 in extended pring training, Romero came up to Cedar Rapids where he made three starts before experiencing elbow pain. Soon after, he was shut down and had Tommy John surgery. He missed the entire 2015 season, though he returned for Instructional League. He was again throwing in the mid-to-upper-90s as he had before surgery. He has a couple of different breaking pitches at varying speeds and a changeup, though they are works-in-progress. It will be interesting to see if Romero starts the season in Cedar Rapids, or it they keep him in Florida until the weather warms up.

    Previous Top 30 Rankings: 2015 (25), 2014 (28)


    #24 – Jermaine Palacios - 19 – SS – GCL Twins/Elizabethton Twins

    It seems like every minor league season, there is a player or two who jumps from relative obscurity in the lower levels of the minors to an intriguing prospect that people are talking about. Jermaine Palacios fits that category. Signed by the Twins in 2013, he spent the 2014 season in the Dominican Summer League. He came to the States for spring training and began his season in the GCL. In 26 games, he hit a robust .421/.472/.589 (1.061) with nine doubles, two triples and a homer. He was promoted to Elizabethton where he hit .336/.345/.507 (.852) with 14 doubles, two triples and two home runs in 31 games. Palacios can play all three infield positions though he primarily played shortstop in 2015. After having just four errors in 202 innings at shortstop in the GCL, he had 16 errors in 263 innings at Elizabethton. He’s got a lot of developing to do, but he will go into 2016 – likely heading to Cedar Rapids – as one of the more intriguing prospects to watch.

    Previous Top 30 Rankings: N/A

    #23 – Jake Reed - 23 – RHP – Chattanooga Lookouts/Ft. Myers Miracle

    Reed, the Twins fifth-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Oregon, set the expectation bar really high after his debut season of professional baseball. After signing, he posted a 3-0 record with a 0.29 ERA (1 earned run) in 31 innings. He gave up just 11 hits and three walks while striking out 39 batters. He went to the Arizona Fall League where he was again very good. In 2015, he skipped Ft. Myers entirely, starting the season in AA Chattanooga. However, he really struggled and a week into August, he had a 5.56 ERA and a WHIP of 1.54. He was sent down to Ft. Myers for a month and gave up no earned runs in 12.1 innings. He returned to the Lookouts for a couple of games and their playoff run. Blessed with a mid-90s fastball and a bunch of movement on this pitches, Reed can use the 2015 season as a learning opportunity that will hopefully take him to the next level. He will likely return to Chattanooga to start the 2016 season.

    Previous Top 30 Rankings: 2015 (18)


    #22 – Sam Gibbons – 21 – RHP – Cedar Rapids Kernels

    Signed in 2011 out of Australia, Gibbons went 4-1 with a 2.29 ERA as an 18-year-old in 2012. For some reason, he returned to the GCL in 2013 and went 3-3 with a 1.91 ERA. He moved up to Elizabethton in 2014 and was 4-5 with a 3.88 ERA. After beginning the 2015 in extended spring training, he moved up to Cedar Rapids at the end of May. In his first six starts, he was 3-2 but posted a 5.34 ERA. Then in his final nine starts, he was 4-2 with a 1.54 ERA. The keys were that he dropped his walk rate by nearly a walk per nine innings and increased his strikeouts by about 1.5 per nine innings. He has very good mechanics and touches 93 with his fastball. He also has a curve ball and a changeup.

    Previous Top 30 Rankings: N/A


    #21 – Lewin Diaz – 18 – 1B – GCL Twins/Elizabethton Twins

    Diaz was the Twins' big international signing in July of 2013. He stands 6-3 and is often compared to David Ortiz. He had been an outfielder, but the Twins immediately moved him to first base. He is big and very powerful with the potential to hit a lot of home runs. He spent the 2014 season in the Dominican Summer League and hit .257/.385/.451 (.836) with 13 doubles and five homers. Though he didn’t come to the States for spring training, he did arrive for extended spring training. He began with 33 games in the GCL where he hit .261/.354/.369 (.724) with seven doubles, a triple and a home run. He was promoted to the Elizabethton Twins for their final 14 games. He hit just .167 but three of his eight hits left the park. Diaz is a candidate to start the season in Cedar Rapids, though it’s also very possible that he will report to extended spring training.

    Previous Top 30 Rankings: N/A


    So, what do you think of Part 4, Prospects 21-25? We'll be back tomorrow with Part 5.

    • Oct 21 2015 07:03 PM
    • by Seth Stohs
  16. Twins 2015 Minor League Short-Season Hitter of the Year - Jermaine Palacios

    Palacios hits so well, having his eyes open is only a recommendation.

    Honorable Mention:

    • Manuel Guzman, Elizabethton Twins: 49-178, .275/.377/.337 (.714), 6 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 14, RBI, 19-23 SB.
    • Brian Olson, GCL Twins/Elizabethton Twins: 32-106, .302/.414/.415 (.829), 4 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 11 RBI.
    • Chris Paul, Elizabethton Twins/Cedar Rapids Kernels: 37-131, .282/.343/.443 (.785), 10 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 21 RBI, 2-2 SB .
    • Lewis Diaz, GCL Twins/Elizabethton Twins: 37-159, .233/.322/.371 (.693), 8 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 20 RBI, 2-2 SB.
    Short-Season Hitter of the Year

    Here are the top five places (seven vote-getters) for Twins Minor League Short-Season Hitter of the Year.

    #5 (tie)– Luis Arraez, GCL Twins: 64-207, .309/.377/.391 (.768), 15 2B, 1 3B, 19 RBI, 8-16 SB.

    Arraez, a second baseman, came from Venezuela. After spending the summer of 2014 in the DSL, Arraez made his US debut this season. Arraez got off to a hot start in the short month of June (.333/.407/.458) before having two very similar months in July (.306/.368/.365) and August (.306/.376/.398). The lefty had a higher batting average against RHPs (.311 to .302), but had very similar splits overall (.377 OBP vs RHP; .375 OBP vs LHP; .395 SLG vs LHP; .390 SLG vs RHP).

    Travis Blankenhorn, GCL Twins/Elizabethton Twins: 47-193, .244/.321/.347 (.668), 7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 23 RBI, 3-3 SB.

    This year’s 3rd rounder made his debut in the GCL before earning a promotion to the Appalachian League in Mid-July. Blankenhorn struggled both in the GCL in June and in Elizabethton in August, but sandwiched a very nice July in between. In seven games before his promotion in the GCL, Blankenhorn batted .286/.375/.429 (.804) and then continued hitting in Elizabethton, slashing .321/.387/.482 (.869) in 16 games there.

    A.J. Murray, Elizabethton Twins: 42-159, .264/.366/.409 (.774), 11 2B, 4 HR, 0-1 CS.

    The Twins were very happy to pop Murray in the 14th round out of Georgia Tech in this past June’s draft. He hit his first professional home run in only his second game on June 25. He hit two more in early July before cooling off, hitting only one more before the end of the season. Murray had reverse splits, faring much better against same-sided (right-handed) pitchers, slashing .288/.397/.424 (.821) and struggling against lefties (.195/.267/.366, {.633})

    #4 – Christian Cavaness, GCL Twins/Elizabethton Twins: 21-65, .323/.421/.538 (.960), 6 2B, 4 3B, 10 RBI, 6-9 SB.

    Cavaness joined the organization as an undrafted free agent, which is unique in that Cavaness had eligibility left. He joined the GCL Twins on the last day of July. After a three-hit game on August 14, Cavaness was enjoying the best stat line he’d have all year: .441/.537/.794 (1.331). Despite cooling off, Cavaness definitely put himself in a position to make prospect-watchers take note.

    #3 – Daniel Kihle, Elizabethton Twins: 39-143, .273/.404/.392 (.796), 7 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 21 RBI, 5-6 SB.

    Kihle spent all season as a regular in E-town’s outfield and his presence in the lineup was much needed. After joining the organization as an 18th-round pick in the most recent draft from Wichita State, the former Shocker put up impressive numbers including an OBP of .478 in 16 July games and an OPS over .800 in August (.806).

    #2 – LaMonte Wade, Elizabethton Twins/Cedar Rapids Kernels: 74-245, .302/.418/.486 (.904), 8 2B, 5 3B, 9 HR, 45 RBI, 12-13 SB.

    Wade, who was coming off a broken hamate bone suffered early this spring while at Maryland, hit the ground running as a professional. The lefty hit right-handed pitchers as well as you’d hope, slashing .289/.395/.489 (.884) in 229 at-bats. What’s even more encouraging is that in his 77 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers, Wade put up a .345/.493/.473 (.966) line. All told in the regular season Wade also walked 47 times while only striking out 36 times. These are all signs that point to Wade being a pretty advanced hitter. In the inaugural Twins Draftbook, I noted that Wade had a high floor and that he’s been compared to David DeJesus. Look for frequent recognition of Wade this winter.

    Short-Season Hitter of the Year – Jermaine Palacios, GCL Twins/Elizabethton Twins: 87-235, .370/.398/.540 (.938), 23 2B, 4 3B, 3 HR, 37 RBI, 9-13 SB.

    Nobody did more to propel himself into the prospect spotlight than short-season shortstop Jermaine Palacios. In fact, after spending only one season in the DSL, Palacios came stateside and then made a rare jump to Elizabethton after only playing 26 games in the GCL.

    The 26 games might have been more than was necessary. Palacios absolutely destroyed the GCL. He had 40 hits in 95 at-bats (.421 batting average). He walked almost as many times as he struck out (9 vs. 12) and reached base 47% percent of the time he stepped to the plate. He had 12 extra-base hits and slugged .589. His OPS was a whopping 1.061.

    Examining those numbers even more closely, Palacios started the season 1-for-19. So once the cold streak ended, Palacios batted over .500 for three weeks. This included a stretch of 17 games where Palacios had two or more hits in 14 of them. During that stretch, he went hitless once, but only struck out 5 times. What an amazing run!

    Even after the multi-hit barrage ended, Palacios continued to hit, going 4-for-13 (.308) in his final four games in the GCL. On how many occasions in pro ball do we see a guy bat .308 and have his batting average drop 13 points? I’d guess none after the first week of the season… besides Palacios.

    So how did he do after his promotion? He came out on another tear. He started his E-town career with a 12-game hitting streak. And it wasn’t a cheap streak either: Seven multi-hit games including three three-hit games and a four-hit game. He drove in 13 runs in his first six games.

    Unfortunately, the hot-streak came to an end and Palacios, who was batting .420 with an OPS nearing 1.100 on August 11, finished the year batting 50 points lower with a still-respectable OPS of .938.

    In a system that recently lacked any high-upside shortstop prospects, that system is now flooded with them: Jorge Polanco, Engelb Vielma and Nick Gordon are arguably all Top 15 prospects in the organization.

    “We’ve already got three or four guys we really believe in, and Palacios has been as impressive as the rest,” Twins VP of Player Personnel Mike Radcliff told Baseball America earlier this month.

    The Ballots

    In an attempt to be transparent, here are the votes from our Twins Daily minor league writers:
    • Seth Stohs – 1) LaMonte Wade, 2) Jermaine Palacios, 3) Luis Arraez, 4) Daniel Kihle, 5) Brian Olson
    • Jeremy Nygaard – 1) Jermaine Palacios, 2) LaMonte Wade, 3) Travis Blankenhorn, 4) Christian Cavaness, 5) Chris Paul
    • Cody Christie – 1) Jermaine Palacios, 2) LaMonte Wade, 3) Christian Cavaness, 4) A.J. Murray, 5) Travis Blankenhorn
    • Steve Lein – 1) Jermaine Palacios, 2) LaMonte Wade, 3) Daniel Kihle, 4) A.J. Murray, 5) Luis Arraez
    • Eric Pleiss – 1) Jermaine Palacios, 2) Daniel Kihle, 3) Jean Carlos Arias, 4) Manuel Guzman, 5) Lewin Diaz
    Feel free to discuss. How would your ballot look?

    • Sep 16 2015 06:15 PM
    • by Jeremy Nygaard
  17. Twins Minor League Hitter Of The Month - August 2015

    Before we get to the Top 5 Twins Minor League hitters for May, here are a few hitters who are very worth of mention:

    • Rochester Red Wings OF Reynaldo Rodriguez (24-92) .261/.343/.489 (.832) with eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and 16 RBI.
    • Rochester Red Wings 2B James Beresford (39-115) .339/.368/.365 (733) with three doubles and 13 RBI
    • Rochester Red Wings SS Danny Santana (29-87) .333/.352/.506 (.857) with four doubles, a triple, three homers and ten RBI.
    • Ft. Myers Miracle UT Logan Wade (31-96) .323/.350/.479 (.829) with nine doubles, three triples and 13 RBI.
    • Cedar Rapids Kernels SS Nick Gordon (32-103) .311/.355/.437 (.791) with six doubles, two triples, one homer and 14 RBI.
    • Cedar Rapids Kernels IF Rafael Valera (28-92) .304/.379/.370 (.748) with six doubles and seven RBI.
    • Cedar Rapids Kernels OF Tanner English (17-43) .395/.438/.605 (1.042) with seven doubles, a triple and six RBI.
    • Elizabethton Twins C Brian Olson (17-51) .333/.414/.510 (.924) with three doubles, two homers and eight RBI
    And now, let’s get to the Top 5 Minnesota Twins Minor League Hitters for August:


    Number 5 - Elizabethton – SS Jermaine Palacios - (43-130) .331/.341/.492 (.833) with 14 doubles, two triples, 1 home run and 19 RBI.

    Palacios was our choice for Twins minor league hitter of the month in July, and he had another strong month in August. He’s struggled with the glove at shortstop, but the bat is solid. As you can see, he doesn’t walk. He is not a big kid, but the 19-year-old from Venezuela has a little extra base pop. After hitting .421 with a 1.061 WHIP in 26 games in the GCL, he has now hit .336 with an .852 OPS in 31 E-Town games.


    Number 4 – Chattanooga – 1B/OF Max Kepler - (31-103) .301/.405/.495 (.900) with seven doubles, two triples, three home run and 20 RBI.

    Kepler has had an incredible 2015 season. His .900 OPS in August was a pedestrian number by his 2015 standards. He was the Twins choice for minor league hitter of the month in May, June and July. He was Twins Daily’s choice in May and runner up in June and July. On Thursday, he was named the Southern League’s MVP. He has hit .327/.415/.540 (.955) with 32 doubles, 12 triples, nine homers and 69 RBI. As remarkable, he has walked 60 times and struck out 59 times. In August he walked 19 times with just 16 strikeouts. He will lead the Lookouts into the playoffs next week and could join the Twins as a September call up after that.


    Number 3 – Cedar Rapids – 3B TJ White - (33-97) .340/.431/.526 (.957) with ten doubles, one triple, two home runs and 21 RBI.

    White had the chance to move up to Ft. Myers for almost a month, but he was returned to the Kernels at the start of August. He has been on fire since. He has a lot of multi-hit games and seemingly on base at least twice most games. In his last ten games, he has hit .400. In 102 games with the Kernels this season, White has hit .264/.354/.367 (.721) with 20 doubles, six triples and two home runs. He puts the ball in play. The 23-year-old from UNLV should jump to Ft. Myers full time in 2015.


    Number 2 – Elizabethton Twins – OF LaMonte Wade – (33-101) .327/.474/.495 (.969) with three doubles, one triple, four home runs and 20 RBI.

    The Twins were thrilled when the 21-year-old Wade was still available when the Twins made their ninth round pick. The Maryland product fell in large part due to injury in his junior season. He was a mainstay in the Elizabethton lineup and was named to the Appalachian League’s All-Star team. Overall with the E-Twins, he hit .312/.428/.506 (.934) with eight doubles, five triples and nine homers. He walked 46 times and struck out 34 times. Consider in August alone he walked 30 times with just 12 strikeouts. He also stole 12 bases.



    The May Minnesota Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month is...

    Rochester Red Wings 1B/DH Kennys Vargas (31-100) .310/.453/.580 (1.033) with five doubles, two triples, six home runs and 25 RBI.



    Vargas was a surprise call up a year ago in August. When Josh Willingham was traded, the Twins brought in Vargas who hit .275/.316/.456 (.772) down the stretch with 10 doubles and nine home runs. A nice showing for a 24 year old.


    Vargas began the 2015 season as the team’s Opening Day DH and really struggled. He hit .245/.277/.365 (.642) with four doubles and five homers in 47 games. He was sent to Rochester briefly early in the season. On June 1, he was sent down to AA Chattanooga. The move the next day was to bring up Miguel Sano. Vargas’s future was suddenly in question.


    He struggled early in Chattanooga but ended up at .287/.417/.516 (.934) with 12 extra base hits (including seven homers) in 35 games there. He moved back up to Rochester and was terrific. As you see in August, he posted an OPS over 1.000.


    In his time with the Twins, he struggled to control the strike zone. He had seven walks to go with 48 strikeouts. In August, Vargas struck out 29 times, but he also walked 28 times. It is definitely something to watch.


    What is Vargas’s role with the Twins going forward? With Miguel Sano DHing, and with his hamstring injury right now, that is likely all he will be able to do this year, playing time for Vargas may consist of an occasional start at first base or DH. He may primarily be a strong, switch-hitting pinch hitting option for the team. Going forward, I’m sure that is all to be determined.


    However, it’s important to note that he went down to the minor leagues to work on his approach at the plate and to show power, and he did both of those things. It was a terrific August for Vargas. He earned the September call up by playing well on the field.



    There were several strong performances in August. The top hitters for the month were spread out with no affiliate having more than one representative. It was also good to see so many solid, honorable mention performances from guys in their final full month of the season.

    • Sep 04 2015 02:08 PM
    • by Seth Stohs
  18. Twins Minor League Report (8/9): Palacios, Wickens, Vargas and LeBlanc Shine

    All that and more can be found as you work your way through Sunday’s minor league report.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 6, Charlotte 5
    Box Score

    Michael Bowden made his third start for the Red Wings and got his first win. He gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out six. Alex Meyer walked two but did not allow a run in his inning. Mark Hamburger gave up a solo home run in his inning. Michael Tonkin gave up one hit in a scoreless inning to record his 11th save.

    Xavier Avery went 2-4 with his fourth home run. Argenis Diaz was also 2-4. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his 13th home run. Byron Buxton went 1-4 with a walk.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 14, Mobile 2
    Box Score

    The Lookouts bats showed up for this game as they got contributions from almost everyone in the lineup. Stephen Wickens had a very productive day. The infielder went 3-5 with his 11th double. He also drove in six runs. He had a two-run single and a bases-clearing double. Kennys Vargas went 2-4 with a walk and his seventh Lookouts home run. Heiker Meneses went 2-5. Stuart Turner and Niko Goodrum were each 1-2 with two walks.

    The team scored their 14 runs on 11 hits and seven walks. They were ahead 7-1 after just three innings before scoring seven runs in the fourth frame.

    DJ Baxendale was solid and recorded the win. He gave up two runs on seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out three. Brandon Peterson gave up one hit in a scoreless inning. Alex Wimmers struck out two over two perfect innings.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 2, Palm Beach 3
    Box Score

    Not much offense for the Miracle, but they held a late 2-1 lead. Ryan Eades started. He gave up one run on five hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. He struck out four. Corey Williams got the final out of the sixth and three more outs in the seventh. Holding a 2-1 lead in the eighth, Trevor Hildenberger gave up two runs on three hits to take the loss.

    The Miracle took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when a Marcus Knecht ground out scored Engelb Vielma. In the sixth inning, In the sixth Mitch Garver provided the second run. He doubled in Aderlin Mejia, who had walked. Garver was 2-4 with his 17th double.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 4, Bowling Green 0
    Box Score

    Randy LeBlanc has been one of the top relief pitchers in the Twins system all year. He leads all relievers in Innings pitched. On Sunday, he finally was given the opportunity to start. He came through as hoped. He worked five shutout innings. He gave up just one hit, walked three and struck out two. He recorded ten groundouts to just one fly out. Ethan Mildren and Yorman Landa each pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

    Pat Kelly went 3-4. TJ White hit his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the seventh inning. Tanner English went 2-4 with a walk and his 35th stolen base.

    E-TOWN E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 6, Bluefield 5
    Box Score

    Jermaine Palacios continues his incredible season. He went 4-5 in this game to raise his Twins batting average to .455. AJ Murray went 3-5. LaMonte Wade was 2-3 with two walks. He also stole his fourth base. Brad Hartong was 2-5. Amaurys Minier was 2-2 with a walk.

    However, the E-Twins had four errors which kept the game close. Palacios committed his fifth and sixth errors in his ninth game with the E-Twins. Nelson Molina also had two errors.

    Miles Nordgren got the starting nod for the Twins. He gave up just two unearned runs on three hits over 6.2 innings. He walked one and struck out three. Tyler Stirewalt came on and was charged with three unearned runs on three hits in one inning. Kuo Hua Lo struck out three and walked one in 1.1 scoreless innings.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins
    Box Score
    No GCL games scheduled on Sundays.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Randy LeBlanc, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Stephen Wickens, Chattanooga Lookouts


    MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Rochester @ Buffalo (6:05 CST) – RHP Tyler Duffey
    Mobile @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) – RHP Tim Shibuya
    Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) – LHP Mat Batts
    Cedar Rapids – No Game Scheduled
    Greeneville @ Elizabethton (DH @ 5:00 CST) – RHP Andro Cutura
    GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00 CST) – TBD


    Feel free to leave any questions or comments below

    • Aug 10 2015 05:52 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  19. Twins Minor League Report (8/8): Tiempo Para La Maquina!

    After throwing 139.1 innings totally in 2014, it is likely that he has an innings limit of 160 to 170 innings this year.

    And, there were six other games in the Twins farm system, and plenty of highlights to report in today’s minor league report.

    TRANSACTIONS

    A few quick notes on the transactions of the day:

    • Caleb Thielbar, DFAd last week, was claimed by the San Diego Padres. He’ll report to their AAA affiliate.
    • Eric Fryer, DFAd on Thursday night, cleared waivers and accepted his outright to Rochester.
    • As we mentioned here last night, Jake Reed was sent down to Ft. Myers.
    • In Chattanooga, Brandon Peterson was activated from the disabled list.
    • Chris Paul promoted to Cedar Rapids from E-Town.
    • Lewin Diaz promoted to E-Town from the GCL Twins.
    • Down in the GCL, Roberto Gonzalez was activated from the DL, while MiLB.com reports Aaron Whitehead was activated from the restricted list.
    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 3, Charlotte 0
    Box Score

    The Red Wings scored two runs in the second inning on a long Oswaldo Arcia, two-run homer. That proved to be more than enough for JO Berrios in this game.
    The right-hander was again terrific, making it difficult for the Twins to not call him up. He threw seven shutout innings. He gave up just five hits, walked one and struck out nine batters. He improved to 3-1 with a 3.02 ERA in AAA; Mark Hamburger and Michael Tonkin each threw a scoreless relief inning. Hamburger struck out one. Tonkin struck out two to earn his 10th save.

    Arcia went 2-4 in the game, and the homer was his tenth with the Red Wings. Byron Buxton was back in the leadoff spot. In his second rehab start, he played center field. He went 1-3 with a walk and stole his first base. James Beresford was 2-4.

    The Red Wings improved to 58-56 on the season.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 3, Mobile 9
    Box Score

    Aaron Slegers made his AA debut on Saturday and performed adequately. He gave up two runs in the third inning and that was it until the seventh when he gave up two more. In total, he went seven innings and gave up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk. He struck out three. Adrian Salcedo pitched a quiet eighth inning. He came back out for the ninth and was charged with five runs. DJ Johnson allowed his inherited runners to score before getting the final two outs.

    Travis Harrison was the lone Lookout with more than one hit. Niko Goodrum hit his second triple and stole his 13th base. Max Kepler hit his 11th triple.

    The Lookouts are now 59-49 on the season.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 1, Palm Beach 4
    Box Score

    Newcomer Omar Bencomo made his Florida State League and Twins organization debut on Saturday night. He started with three scoreless innings. However, he and the Miracle were done in by a four-run fourth inning. Bencoo went five innings and gave up four runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks. Tyler Jay struck out three in his inning. He gave up a hit and a walk. Jake Reed made his Miracle debut, giving up one hit but tossing a scoreless inning. Nick Burdi struck out two in a perfect ninth.

    The Miracle managed just six hits. Logan Wade went 2-4 and drove in the team’s lone run. Mitch Garver went 1-3 with a triple. He scored the run.

    The Miracle are now 61-52.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 8, Bowling Green 2
    Box Score

    Sam Gibbons’ scoreless innings streak ended at 28.1 when he gave up two runs in the seventh inning on Saturday night in Cedar Rapids. He gave up two runs (just one earned) on six hits and a walk in seven innings. He struck out four. Nick Anderson came on for his Twins organization and Kernels debut and worked a flawless inning. Luke Bard gave up three hits but no runs in a scoreless ninth.

    Tanner English went 2-4 with his 21st double and eighth triple in this game. TJ White went 2-3 with a walk and his 13th and 14th Kernels doubles. The score was cut to 3-2 in the top of the seventh, but Brian Navarreto’s three run home (his second homer of the year) gave the Kernels some cushion.

    The Kernels are 65-47 overall this season.

    E-TOWN E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 10, Bluefield 4
    Box Score

    It was a good night for the Twins offense. Jermaine Palacios had another three-hit night. He went 3-5 with his fifth double. He also stole his second base. All eight others in the lineup had one hit. LaMonte Wade walked and added his seventh home run, a three-run blast. Chris Paul added his third homer. Brad Hartong and Brian Olson each added a double.

    Onesimo Hernandez started and gave up two runs on five hits over 5.2 innings. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Josh Guyer gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in 1.2 innings. Jose Abreu struck out three and walked one in 1.2 scoreless.

    The E-Twins evened their season record at 22-22.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    Game 1 – GCL Twins 0, GCL Red Sox 3
    Box Score

    The GCL Twins are playing a lot of doubleheaders lately after missing nearly a week with Southwest Florida rains.

    In game one, Lefty Lachlan Wells started. He gave up two runs on four hits over three innings. He walked three and struck out four. Moises Gomez came on and gave up a run on two hits and a walk in two innings. Brandon Poulson went two innings and gave up just one hit. He struck out three.

    Not a lot of offense for the Twins in this one. Lewin Diaz went 2-3. Kolton Kendrick was 1-2 with a walk.


    Game 2 – GCL Twins 3, GCL Red Sox 4
    Box Score

    Game 2 was started by Miguel Gonzalez. He went 4.2 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out four. Johan Quezada went an inning and gave up one run on one hit and one walk. He struck out two. Callan Pearce got the final out.

    Christian Cavaness went 2-2 with a walk. He stole two bases. Luis Arraez went 2-3 with a walk and his 12th double. Ariel Montesino doubled for the second time. Bryant Hayman added a pinch-hit double, his fifth of the year.

    The GCL Twins are now 21-18 on their season.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – JO Berrios, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jermaine Palacios, Elizabethton Twins


    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Rochester @ Charlotte (4:05 CST) – RHP Michael Bowden
    Mobile @ Chattanooga (1:15 CST) – TBD
    Ft. Myers @ Palm Beach (12:05 CST) – RHP Ryan Eades
    Bowling Green @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 CST) – RHP Randy LeBlanc
    Bluefield @ Elizabethton (5:00 CST) – RHP Miles Nordgren
    GCL Twins – No Game Scheduled


    Feel free to leave any questions or comments below.

    • Aug 09 2015 06:42 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  20. Twins Minor League Hitter Of The Month - July 2015

    Let’s start with a few Honorable Mentions:

    • Danny Ortiz – Rochester Red Wings – (24-98), .245/.302/.469 (.771), seven doubles, five home runs and 18 RBI.
    • Reynaldo Rodriguez – Rochester Red Wings – (31-110), .282/.319/.509 (.828), eight doubles, one triple, home runs and 23 RBI.
    • Tanner English – Cedar Rapids Kernels – (28-102), .275/.362/.441 (.803), six doubles, one triple, three home runs and 14 RBI.
    • Nick Gordon – Cedar Rapids Kernels – (30-97), .309/.349/.423 (.772), seven doubles, two triples, 13 RBI.
    Let’s get to the Top 6 Minnesota Twins Minor League Hitters for July:


    Number 6 – GCL Twins/Elizabethton Twins – 3B Travis Blankenhorn - (26-95) .310/.383/.464 (.847) with five doubles, a triple, two home runs and 10 RBI.

    Blankenhorn was the Minnesota Twins third-round draft pick in June, and he makes his debut on the Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the month in July. On Monday, he celebrated his 19th birthday. He signed quickly and began with the GCL Twins. He hit .245/.362/.408 (.770) with four doubles and two triples there. On July 11, he was promoted to Elizabethton where he is hitting .288/.347/.424 (.771) with three doubles and two homers in 18 games. Blankenhorn is a terrific athlete and has played four positions already in his young career. However, since moving up to E-Town, he has only played third base.



    Number 5 – Elizabethton Twins – OF LaMonte Wade - (30-102) .294/.381/.510 (.891) with five doubles, a triple, five home runs and 20 RBI.

    LaMonte Wade was another 2015 Twins draft pick. He was the ninth-round pick out of the University of Maryland. He played first base the first two years and was set to play center field this year, but he broke his hamate bone. Since signing, he has hit very well. Overall, the 21-year-old is hitting .308/.400/.511 (.911) with six doubles, three triples, five home runs and 27 RBI.



    Number 4 – Cedar Rapids Kernels – OF Edgar Corcino - (37-107) .346/.412/.449 (.860) with six doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBI.

    Corcino was the Tigers 26th round pick in 2009 out of high school in Puerto Rico. He stayed in that organization through the 2012 season (spending three games in AAA). He spent the 2013 and 2014 season in independent leagues. Corcino works out in the offseason with Twins prospect JO Berrios. The Twins signed him to a minor league contract. He began the season in extended spring training, but on May 30, he was promoted to the Kernels. Since then, he has been one of the team’s most consistent hitters. In 55 games overall, he has hit .294/.350/.416 (.766) with 11 doubles, three triples and three home runs. He is a tremendous athlete.



    Number 3 – Rochester Red Wings – OF Oswaldo Arcia - (24-92) .261/.352/.576 (.928) with five doubles, eight home runs and 20 RBI.

    Oswaldo Arcia is not supposed to be hitting mammoth home runs in AAA. He’s supposed to be hitting mammoth home runs in Target Field and all around the big leagues. There was hope that the 24-year-old would take the next step to super-stardom. After starting the season with the Twins, he was hurt and then optioned to Rochester. In 54 games with the Red Wings, he has hit just .240/.303/.439 (.742) with 12 doubles and nine home runs. From July 1 through July 16 (13 games), Arcia hit .367/.446/.918 (1.365) with three doubles, eight home runs and 19 RBI. He’s slowed down since, but that is the type of power that he is capable of.



    Number 2 – Chattanooga Lookouts – OF Max Kepler – (22-72) .306/.412/.556 (.967) with five doubles, two triples, three home runs and 15 RBI.

    Kepler was the choice for Twins Daily minor league hitter of the month in May and runner-up in June. The Twins named him hitter of the month in both May and June. Kepler continued to crush the ball in July despite missing a week with a slight shoulder injury. His name was reportedly requested of the Twins in many trade rumors last week. The Twins moved him to near-untouchable. Signed in July of 2009 from Germany, Kepler has slowly worked his way up the system. In 2015, his immense tools have started turning into skills. Expect to see him debut with the Twins in September, if not sooner.



    The July 2015 Minnesota Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month is...

    GCL Twins/Elizabethton Twins IF Jermaine Palacios (39-78) .500/.541/.718 (1.259) with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs and 14 RBI.



    The Twins signed infielder Jermaine Palacios out of Venezuela in September of 2013 for $70,000 (hat tip, Jeremy Nygaard). He is long and lanky and a good athlete. He spent 2014 in the Dominican Summer League where he hit .270/.404/.399 (.802) with 11 doubles and six triples. He also stole 14 bases in 17 attempts. He was invited to Twins minor league spring training and started the season with extended spring training. He began the short season in the GCL and hit .421/.472/.589 (1.061) with nine doubles, two triples and a home run. On the final day of July, he was promoted to Elizabethton where he went 3-5 in each of his first two games. He has homered in two of his three games there.


    One Twins-related person said of Palacios that he is a "hard-working kid. He has the ability to play shortstop and has good quickness."


    Palacios has really good bat speed and the ability to hit to all fields.


    As impressive, the just-turned-19-year-old has a very high baseball IQ.


    Palacios had a huge July and has made himself one to watch as the season continues to move forward and beyond.


    There were several strong performances in July. The short season teams played the whole month, so they had their first chance to make these lists.
    What do you think of the choice of Jermaine Palacios? Should Max Kepler have won it again?

    In coming days, we’ll be sharing our choices for Twins Daily Minor League Pitchers of the Month.

    • Aug 04 2015 06:18 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  21. Twins Minor League Report (8/1): Gibbons' Big Day

    All that and more can be found as you work your way through today’s minor league report.

    First, a little injury update. I ran into Trey Vavra at Target Field tonight. He was in a walking boot. He said that he met with Twins doctors a while ago and then had surgery. He'll be in the boot for another three weeks before heading off to Florida to begin rehab. He was clearly disappointed but remains very positive. Looking forward to just being able to play. However, his 2015 season, at least the minor league season, is done.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 4, Syracuse 10
    Box Score

    The Red Wings scored some runs, but unfortunately, this one got out of hand early. Not too early though. Tyler Duffey started. He gave up one run on three hits and a walk in two innings. He struck out five. However, it is intriguing that he left the game after just two innings and 36 pitches. I’m sure we’ll learn more soon.

    The Twins did not announce anything following their win. In Rochester, manager Mike Quade was "cryptic" to Rochester Democrat and Chronicle beat writer Kevin Oklobzija following the game. Speculation remains that he could be joining the Twins, but there has been nothing to confirm that at this time.

    Logan Darnell came on to replace Duffey. He gave up six runs on eight hits over three innings. Alex Meyer threw two scoreless innings with four strikeouts, but he left after loading the bases to start his third inning, the eighth. He thought he had a strikeout then and argued with the ump. Manager Mike Quade stood up for his pitcher and was ejected. Cole Johnson came on. He gave up two hits in that inning, allowing Meyer's three runners to score, but gave up no runs of his own over the final two innings. He struck out two.

    James Beresford went 3-4. Reynado Rodriguez went 2-4 with his 26th double. Xavier Avery was 1-17 in his first four games with the Red Wings. He was moved from the leadoff spot to sixth in the order. .He went 3-4.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 1, Pensacola 8
    Box Score

    The Lookouts had just one hit through seven innings and by then, they were already down big.

    David Hurlbut started. The lefty gave up five runs (four earned) on 11 hits in 4.2 innings. He walked one and struck out three. Alex Wimmers came on and went the next 1.1 innings. He gave up three runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out two. Adrian Salcedo returned from his 80-game suspension. He walked one in a scoreless inning.

    Jorge Polanco played his first game with the Lookouts since June 9. He drove in the team’s run on a single. He drove in Stephen Wickens who had walked.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers, Daytona
    Box Score

    This game was postponed by rain. The teams will try to play a doubleheader on Sunday.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 7, Kane County 0
    Box Score

    The story in this game was the pitching performance of 21-year-old Australian right-hander Sam Gibbons. He went all nine innings and did not allow a run. You may call that a complete game shutout, if you like! In fact, he gave up just four hits, walked one and struck out a season-high nine batters. The outing increased his consecutive scoreless innings streak to 21.2 innings.

    Alex Real led the way. He went 2-4 with two doubles. He has seven on the year. Rafael Valera went 2-4. Tanner English hit his 16th double. Nick Gordon had a single and walked once.

    E-TOWN E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 12, Burlington 5
    Box Score

    Terry Ryan is on his way to Elizabethton to check out the E-Twins. Hopefully he can see several games like this one.

    Dereck Rodriguez improved to 4-1 on the season. He gave up four runs, albeit just one was earned, though the error was his own, on four hits and two walks in six innings. He struck out seven. CK Irby pitched the final three innings to pick up his second save. He gave up one run on three hits. He struck out four.

    The Twins had 12 runs on 12 hits and five walks. Burlington also committed four errors to help. Jermaine Palacios continues to impress. After going 3-5 in his Appy League debut on Friday night, he went 3-5 again on Saturday. He added his first double. Chris Paul also went 3-5. Daniel Kihle went 2-3 with a walk and his second triple.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins, GCL Red Sox
    Box Score

    Game postponed due to wet grounds.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Sam Gibbons, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jermaine Palacios, Elizabethton Twins


    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Syracuse @ Rochester (12:35 CST) – LHP Pat Dean
    Chattanooga @ Jackson (6:05 CST) – TBD
    Ft. Myers @ Daytona (DH @ 3:05 CST) – RHP Aaron Slegers, TBD
    Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (1:00 CST) – LHP Luke Westphal
    Burlington @ Elizabethton (5:00 CST) – TBD
    GCL Twins – No Game Scheduled

    Feel free to leave any questions or comments below

    • Aug 02 2015 06:57 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  22. Twins Minor League Report (7/31): Palacios Continues To Crush

    All that and more can be found as you work your way through today’s minor league report.

    TRANSACTIONS

    The trade deadline came and passed on Friday afternoon, and the Twins minor league system was affected. The Twins acquired RH RP Kevin Jepsen from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for RHP Chih-Wei Hu and RHP Alexis Tapia.

    With Jepsen joining the Twins on Saturday, along with the return of Trevor Plouffe from the paternity list, the Twins needed to take two players off of the 25-man roster. Danny Santana has been optioned to Rochester and Jorge Polanco has been optioned to Chattanooga.

    Also, hot-hitting GCL shortstop Jermaine Palacios was promoted to Elizabethton. So was catcher Brian Olson. Infielder Ariel Montesino was sent down to the GCL Twins.

    Also, a week ago, the Twins signed outfielder Christian Cavaness. He was an NAIA All-American and Lindenwood University-Belleville player but went undrafted. He was playing for the Bend Elk in the college West Coast League and after a tryout, signed with the Twins. Two years ago, the Twins signed LHP Cameron Booser from the same team as a non-drafted free agent. Cavaness came on as a pinch runner on Saturday, his first pro appearance.

    RED WINGS REPORT

    Rochester 8, Syracuse 3
    Box Score

    Taylor Rogers evened his season record at 8-8 on Friday night. The southpaw gave up three runs on four hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out eight. Mark Hamburger struck out two over two perfect innings. Aaron Thompson walked one in a scoreless ninth.

    The Red Wings got a lot of contributions in this win. James Beresford went 2-5 with his 18th double. Reynaldo Rodriguez was 2-5 with his 25th double and 12th home run. Danny Ortiz had two hits, including his 26th double. Chris Herrmann went 2-3 with his first home run. He also stole his second base. Argenis Diaz was 2-3 with a walk.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 1, Pensacola 4
    Box Score

    Greg Peavey made his first start since returning from Rochester. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on five hits in 6.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four. Jake Reed pitched an inning. He gave up two runs on one hit and three walks. DJ Johnson got the final five outs.

    The Lookouts managed just five hits in the game. Max Kepler’s tenth triple drove in the team’s lone run. Shannon Wilkerson hit his fourth double.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 1, Daytona 8
    Box Score

    Kohl Stewart spent the last several days reading rumors that he might have been traded. His start was pushed back a day to occur after the trade deadline. Finally able to focus on pitching, Stewart had a rough one. He gave up seven runs on seven hits, a walk and two hit batters in 5.1 innings. He struck out one. Zack Jones struck out three of the five batters that he faced. Tyler Jay gave up one run on one hit and a walk in his inning.

    The Miracle mustered just three hits. Engelb Vielma hit his ninth double. Ryan Walker hit his third double.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Kane County 6
    Box Score

    The Kernels had nine hits, but 13 strikeouts ended several threats. Edgar Corcino and Brett Doe each went 2-4. Tanner English hit his 15th double.

    Randy Rosario started and was charged with four runs on six hits. He gave up nine hits, walked one and struck out four. Mike Theofanopoulos gave up one run on two hits in two innings. He struck out two.

    E-TOWN E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 6, Burlington 12
    Box Score

    After hitting .421/.472/.589 (1.061) in 26 GCL games, Jermaine Palacios was promoted to Elizabethton. He started out with a bang. He went 3-5 with a three-run homer and added another RBI. Of course, it wasn’t all great. He had two errors at shortstop in the game.

    Amaurys Minier went 2-4 with his seventh and eight doubles. Travis Blankenhorn went 2-3 with a walk and his third double. Brad Hartong hit his second double.

    Cody Stashak started and gave up three runs on five hits in just three innings. He struck out three. Anthony Mciver came on and gave up four runs on six hits and a walk in just 1.2 innings. He struck out one. Tyler Stirewalt gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits in three innings. He struck out two. Josh Guyer went the final 1.1 innings. He gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk in 1.1 innings.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    Game 1 – GCL Twins 0, GCL Red Sox 1
    Box Score

    Williams Ramirez takes the loss in this one, though he continues to pitch great. He gave up one run on two hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out eight. His falls to 3-1 with a 0.57 ERA in 31.1 innings. Again, he will turn 23 in one week, so I asked about him. Turns out that he is a converted third baseman who had done almost no pitching growing up. He has a strong arm and good feel for his secondary pitches, but he’s still quite raw. He’s certainly making a strong impression. Johan Quezada, another strong-armed right hander, came on and struck out two (and walked one) in two innings.

    Unfortunately in the first game, the GCL Twins – like the big league club – managed just one hit, a Ruar Verkerk single. In some good news, infielder Blake Schmidt returned to the field. He went 0-1 with a walk in his first game since he was hit in the face with a pitch in Cedar Rapids. He required surgery and has been working to come back for a month.

    Game 2 – GCL Twins 10, GCL Red Sox 2
    Box Score

    After getting just one hit in the first game, the Twins put up ten runs. They had eight hits but were also helped by 10 walks. Luis Arraez went 2-4 with two RBI. Kolton Kendrick went 1-2 with three walks. Robert Molina and Ariel Montesino each walked twice as well.

    Jose Martinez started and gave up only an unearned run on two hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out two. John Curtiss continues to rehab. He threw two perfect innings.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Jose Martinez, GCL Twins
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jermaine Palacios, Elizabethton Twins


    SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Syracuse @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – RHP Tyler Duffey
    Pensacola @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) – RHP Alex Wimmers
    Ft. Myers @ Daytona (6:05 CST) – RHP Aaron Slegers
    Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30 CST) – RHP Sam Gibbons
    Burlington @ Elizabethton (5:00 CST) – RHP Dereck Rodriguez
    GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (9:00am CST) – TBD
    Feel free to leave any questions or comments below

    • Aug 02 2015 04:01 PM
    • by Seth Stohs
  23. Twins Minor League Report (7/28): Berrios Makes His Case... Again!

    All that and more can be found as you work your way through today’s minor league report.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 13, Toledo 2
    Box Score

    Coming into the day, the Red Wings had lost 13 straight games in Ohio (Columbus and Toledo). This game remained scoreless through five innings. However, the Red Wings scored four in the sixth, four in the seventh, two in the eighth and three more in the ninth to get the big win.

    JO Berrios was on the mound in this game. The right-hander went the first six innings. He gave up one run on five hits. He walked three and struck out eight. He improved to 2-0 with a 3.52 ERA. In his past three starts, he has given up just three runs in 20 innings. Michael Tonkin struck out one over two shutout innings. AJ Achter, an Ohio native, came in and gave up one run in the ninth.

    The offense definitely came up big in this game and many players contributed. Danny Ortiz led the way. The diminutive outfielder went 3-5 with three doubles and three RBI. He now has 25 doubles on the season. James Beresford went 3-5 with a walk and his 17th double. Carlos Paulino went 3-5 with a triple. Argenis Diaz was 3-4. Doug Bernier went 2-4 with a walk and his second home run. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit a three-run triple. Nate Hanson had an RBI double in his lone at-bat.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 8, Pensacola 3
    Box Score

    Brett Lee made the start and gave up three runs in the second inning. That was it. The southpaw worked five innings. He gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits. He walked three and struck out one. He recorded his first AA win. Jake Reed came on. He threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit, walking one and striking out one. DJ Johnson gave up two hits but no runs in the 8th inning. JT Chargois struck out one in a scoreless ninth.

    Shannon Wilkerson was the lead-off man and center fielder. He went 3-4 with a walk and two doubles. Stuart Turner had his second straight three hit game. He was 3-4 with a walk and his ninth double. Levi Michael went 2-4 with his fourth triple. Kennys Vargas went 2-5 and drove in two runs.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 4, Lakeland 3
    Box Score

    The Miracle were in danger of needing to go to extra innings for the 321st time this season. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Michael Quesada doubled. Tanner Vavra pinch ran for him. With two outs and Vavra still at second, Zach Granite ended the game with a single. However, it was a little more dramatic than that. Granite’s grounder up the middle was fielded by the second baseman who threw late to first. Vavra never slowed down around third and scored from second on an infield hit.

    Granite went 2-4 in the game. Mitch Garver led the way. He went 2-4 with his second homer of the season, a two-run blast. Jason Kanzler went 2-4 with his fourth triple of the year.

    Ryan Eades made the start for the Miracle. He gave up two runs on four hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out three. Dallas Gallant pitched the seventh inning. He gave up one run on two walks. He struck out two. Nick Burdi pitched the final two innings. He gave up two hits, walked none and struck out two.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 4, Clinton 3 (10 innings)
    Box Score

    Through nine innings, the top three hitters in the Kernels lineup (Tanner English, Nick Gordon and Edgar Corcino) walked five times. Unfortunately, the Kernels fourth and fifth hitters (Zach Larson and Tyler Kuresa) went 0-8.

    However, in the tenth, after Tanner English was hit by a pitch and Edgar Corcino walked, Zach Larson came up big with a double. It scored English from second, but Corcino was thrown out at the plate. The team had a 4-3 lead.

    English led the way and he didn’t even have a hit. He was 0-2, but he walked twice and was hit by a pitch. He also stole his 30th base of the year. Brian Navarreto went 1-3 with a walk and his seventh double. Rafael Valera went 2-5.

    Keaton Steele started and gave up no runs in 4.2 innings. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out one. Mike Theofanopoulos went the next 2.1 innings. He gave up one run on four hits. He walked one and struck out two. Randy LeBlanc worked two innings. He gave up just one hit, but he was charged with two unearned runs which tied the game. With the lead in the 10th, Cam Booser came on. He walked the first batter he faced, just to get people nervous. He then struck out the next two before getting the final out and his 10th save.

    E-TOWN E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 4, Johnson City 8
    Box Score

    It’s hard to fathom, but the E-Twins were able to score only four runs despite nine hits and ten walks in this game. They left 13 men on base. Chris Paul went 1-5. He was the only Twins player who reached base less than twice. Travis Blankenhorn went 2-4 with a walk. Kamran Young went 2-4 with a walk and his third double. Manuel Guzman and LaMonte Wade each had two hits. Meanwhile, Dan Kihle, Alex Perez, Amaurys Minier and AJ Murray each walked twice.

    Miles Nordgren started for the Twins. He gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits. He walked one and struck out five. Logan Lombana came on gave up four runs on six hits (including two home runs) over two innings. He walked two and struck out four. Josh Guyer gave up a run in the ninth.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    Game 1 – GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 1
    Box Score

    In this game, the 3-4-5 hitters for the Twins led the way. Those three had all five hits for the team. Brian Olson went 2-2 with a walk. Lewin Diaz hit his fifth double and drove in a run. Jermaine Palacios went 2-3 with his eighth double, first home run and three RBI and is now hitting .422.

    Jose Martinez started and went the first two innings. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out three. Lachlan Wells came on and went the final five innings. He gave up just two hits and didn’t walk a batter. He struck out six.

    Game 2 – GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 0
    Box Score

    The Twins were able to complete the sweep and improve to 16-12 on their season.

    Eduardo del Rosario started and was very good through the first four innings. He hit one, allowed one hit and walked one, but did not allow a run. He struck out nine. John Curtiss struck out three over two perfect innings as he continues his rehab. Johan Quezada picked up his fifth save, striking out one in his perfect inning.

    19-year-old South African Rowan Ebersohn went 2-3 with his first double. Luis Arraez was 2-3. Bryant Hayman went 1-2 with a walk. Trey Cabbage added his second double.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – JO Berrios, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Danny Ortiz, Rochester Red Wings


    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Rochester @ Toledo (11:00 am CST) – RHP Michael Bowden
    Pensacola @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) – RHP DJ Baxendale
    Lakeland @ Ft. Myers (6:05 CST) – LHP Mat Batts
    Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (6:30 CST) – RHP Felix Jorge
    Johnson City @ Elizabethton (6:00 CST) – RHP Andro Cutura
    GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00 CST) – TBD

    Feel free to leave any questions or comments below

    • Jul 29 2015 05:21 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  24. Twins Minor League Report (7/14): A Day Off To Dream

    TRANSACTIONS

    Cedar Rapids announced that right-hander Zach Tillery has been placed on the disabled list. Lefty Brandon Bixler was also released. There will need to be other moves made in the lower levels that will likely be announced on Wednesday.

    Friend of Twins Daily Steve Buhr was doing a little review of the Twins minor league rosters and noticed that Brett Doe was no longer on the Cedar Rapids roster. He checked the Ft. Myers Miracle roster which now shows Doe. Buhr tweeted to Doe and it was confirmed that he has been promoted to the Miracle.


    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins 11, GCL Red Sox 1
    Box Score

    The Twins had an early game on Tuesday. They scored a lot of runs, but it all starts with pitching, right? So, let’s start there.

    Lachlan Wells, an 18-year-old right-hander from Australia made the start. He gave up just two hits and two walks over five shutout innings. He struck out five. Stephen Pryor came on and threw two scoreless innings as he continues his rehab. He has now worked six innings in four appearances. Brandon Poulson gave up one run on one walk and two hit batters in his inning. He also threw two wild pitches. He struck out one. Callan Pearce pitched the ninth. He gave up a hit and a walk, but no runs, in the inning.

    The Twins scored four in the first inning. The big hit came with two outs. Bryant Hayman hit his second homer of the short-season, a grand slam which gave the Twins a 4-0 lead.

    After scoring a single run in the fourth inning on an RBI double from Jermaine Palacios, the Twins put six on the board in the sixth inning. It started with a Hayman walk, followed by walks from Ruar Verkerk and Roberto Gonzalez. A Lean Marrero walk scored Hayman. They added runs on an error and a fielder’s choice, but that brought up fourth-round pick Trey Cabbage. He hit a double to drive in another run. Cabbage scored later on a ground out, and then Palacios drove in one more with a single.

    Shortstop Jermaine Palacios is now hitting .409 after going 3-4 with a walk and his fifth double. Trey Cabbage went 2-3 with a walk and his first professional double. Lean Marrero, the Twins 16th round pick this year out of Puerto Rico, went 2-2 with two walks and his first triple. Roberto Gonzalez went 1-1 with two walks and stole his third base.

    The GCL Twins are now 12-8 on the season.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester
    Box Score

    All-Star break. The International League All-Star game will be played on Wednesday night. The Red Wings are represented by 2B James Beresford and pitchers AJ Achter and Taylor Rogers.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga
    Box Score

    No Game Scheduled.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers
    Box Score

    No Game Scheduled.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids
    Box Score

    No Game Scheduled.


    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Elizabethton
    Box Score

    No Game Scheduled.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Lachlan Wells, GCL Twins
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jermaine Palacios, GCL Twins


    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Rochester – International League All Star Game
    Chattanooga @ Biloxi (7:10 CST) – RHP Alex Wimmers
    Ft. Myers @ Brevard County (5:35 CST) – RHP Chih-Wei Hu
    Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) – RHP Felix Jorge
    Elizabethton @ Danville (6:00 CST) – RHP Alexis Tapia
    GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00 CST) – TBD
    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the transactions and Tuesday game.

    • Jul 14 2015 09:18 PM
    • by Seth Stohs
  25. Twins Minor League Report (7/3): Arraez And Hanson Have Huge Hits

    TRANSACTIONS
    Very early on Friday morning, Darrin Wolfson tweeted that Aaron Hicks was on his way to Kansas City. To make room for him, Shane Robinson was again placed on the Family Emergency List.

    Earlier in the day, the Twins announced the infielder Doug Bernier had been removed from the 40-man roster. He cleared waivers and stayed with Rochester.
    Following the Twins game, Alex Meyer was optioned to Rochester. A corresponding move will be announced on Saturday, but we know that Ervin Santana needs to be activated from the suspended list.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 6, Lehigh Valley 5 (16 innings)
    Box Score

    Fans in Lehigh Valley got a lot of extra, free baseball action on Friday night. They also got to see the 2015 AAA debut of JO Berrios.

    The 21-year-old right-hander was charged with five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk in 5.2 innings. He struck out four. Mark Hamburger came on and gave up a hit in one inning. Ryan O’Rourke got the final out of the seventh inning. Then some bullpen arms got some extended work. Michael Tonkin struck out eight in three perfect innings (read that sentence again). AJ Achter threw two scoreless innings, though he gave up a hit and walked three. He struck out four. Logan Darnell worked four scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked three and struck out six to get the win.

    In the top of the 16th inning, Eric Farris singled, and James Beresford advanced him to second with a bunt. Nate Hanson came up and came through with an RBI with a game-winning single. In 16 innings, the Red Wings had just eight hits. Oswaldo Arcia hit his third home run. Eric Fryer walked and added his first homer. He will leave the team now to join Team USA for the Pan-Am Games. Reynaldo Rodriguez hit his 19th double.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 1, Birmingham 3
    Game 1 - Box Score

    The Lookouts had not played in four days, so they played two games on Friday. The team had a scheduled day off which was followed by two rainouts. The bats cooled off with the delay (and the Miguel Sano promotion possibly, too).

    In Game 1, the team had just five hits. Jorge Polanco went 2-4 and drove in the lone run. Stephen Wickens walked twice. Kennys Vargas batted third and went 1-3.

    David Hurlbut started the first game. The southpaw gave up three runs on six hits and four walks in five innings to take the loss. He struck out three. Alex Muren made his AA debut and threw two perfect innings. He struck out one.


    Chattanooga 1, Birmingham 6
    Game 2 - Box Score

    Game 2 wasn’t any better for the Lookouts. Jorge Polanco went 2-4 in the second game too. He hit his 14th double. Max Kepler struck out three times, but he added his 14th double. Mike Gonzales doubled for the 10th time this year. Kennys Vargas walked twice.

    Alex Wimmers started game two. He gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out three. Jake Reed gave up one run in his innings. JT Chargois gave up a run on a hit in his inning.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 3, Palm Beach 4 (10 innings)
    Box Score

    Yet another extra innings game for the Miracle. Unfortunately, they ended up on the losing side of this one.

    Ryan Eades started and was only able to complete four innings. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five. Corey Williams came on and gave up one run over two innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out one. Matt Summers gave up two hits over three shutout innings. He struck out one. After getting one out, Todd Van Steensel gave up a first-pitch home run to Luke Voit. Voit went 3-5 in the game with two doubles before the walk-off homer.

    Jason Kanzler (The Muscles and Mustache Man) led the offense. He went 2-5 with his sixth double and his sixth home run. Bryan Haar and Aderlin Mejia also had two hits. Mitch Garver went 1-3 with a walk and his 13th double.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Burlington 4
    Box Score

    The Cedar Rapids offense continues to struggle. In this game, they had just five hits. TJ White was 1-3 with a walk. Brett Doe hit his eighth double. Nick Gordon had a single and the lone RBI.

    Jared Wilson had his first rough start of the year. In just 1.2 innings, he gave up three runs on three hits and four walks. Luke Bard gave up three hits over 3.1 scoreless innings. He struck out two without a walk. Cameron Booser was charged with an unearned run over three innings of relief. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three.


    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Greeneville @ Elizabethton
    Box Score

    The game was postponed due to rain..


    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins 4, GCL Red Sox 3 (13 innings)
    Box Score

    Another extra innings game, but a walk-off win for the GCL Twins on Friday. With two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning, Jorge Andrade walked. Lean Marrero singled, and then Luis Arraez singled him in to end the game.

    Arraez went 3-6 in the game. So did Jermaine Palacios. Lewin Diaz went 1-3 with two walks. Travis Blankenhorn added his third double.

    With the extra innings, pretty much everybody got a chance to pitch (slight exaggeration). Luis Hernandez started and gave up three runs on four hits. He walked two without a strikeout. After that, 11 shutout innings from the bullpen. Miguel Gonzalez struck out four batters in three perfect innings. Callan Pearce gave up a hit and a walk and recorded two outs. Max Cordy walked two and hit a batter, but he got two outs before allowing any runs. Hector Lujan struck out one in a scoreless inning. Chris Mazza returned to the mound and threw two shutout innings. He walked one and struck one out. Yorman Landa rehabbed as well. He gave up two hits over two scoreless innings. Brandon Poulson worked the final inning. He gave up a hit and walked two, but he struck out two and gave up no runs.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Michael Tonkin, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jorge Polanco, Chattanooga Lookouts

    SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Lehigh Valley @ Rochester (6:05 CST) – RHP Tyler Duffey
    Chattanooga @ Jacksonville (6:05 CST) – LHP Brett Lee
    St. Lucie @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) – LHP Mat Batts
    Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (5:05 CST) – RHP Zach Tillery
    Elizabethton @ Greeneville (6:00 CST) – LHP Brandon Easton
    GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (9:00 am CST) – TBD
    Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games.

    • Jul 04 2015 08:45 AM
    • by Seth Stohs