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  1. 2020 Twins Breakout Candidate: Sean Poppen

    About a week ago, I posted a tweet asking people to tweet me their choice for Twins breakout player in 2020. I defined that as someone who has not yet established himself as a big leaguer. It’s a loose definition intentionally, but the general idea is someone who hasn’t played in the big leagues or has very limited time who becomes a key contributor for the Twins in 2020.

    I received about 50 responses to that tweet, and over 20 players were mentioned. Randy Dobnak, Lewis Thorpe and Ryan Jeffers were mentioned most frequently. Jake Cave was also mentioned a lot, though he’s got two half seasons of solid contribution to the Twins big league club under his belt.

    The funny thing is, at least in my opinion, that the player that I would pick was not mentioned by anyone. Not even once. That tells me that my choice certainly fits the category of being an unexpected contributor to the 2020 Twins. However, I expect that once he gets a shot, he has the ability to be really good.

    My choice is right-handed pitcher Sean Poppen.


    The Background

    Poppen, a Virginia native, was the Twins 19th-round draft pick in 2016 out of Harvard where he was a starter for four years. His majors? Chemistry, Physics and Engineering Studies. In other words, he’s smart.


    The Stats

    2016: Elizabethton/Cedar Rapids: 12 G, 11 GS, 53.1 IP, 3-4, 2.70 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 4.1 BB/9, 9.6 K/9
    2017: Cedar Rapids/Ft. Myers: 25 GS, 139.0 IP, 9-4, 3.17 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9, 7.9 K/9
    2018: Ft. Myers/Chattanooga: 26 G, 20 GS, 127.2 IP, 6-9, 3.45 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 2.7 BB/9, 8.7 K/9
    2019: Pensacola/Rochester: 20 G, 16 GS, 89.2 IP, 7-4, 4.01 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 4.4 BB/9, 10.7 K/9
    2019 Twins: 4 G, 0 GS, 8.1 IP, 0-0, 7.56 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 5.4 BB/9, 9.7 K/9


    The Stuff

    While the MLB stats don’t look that great, he provided the Twins with some innings when they needed them. He became part of that Rochester-to-Minnesota pipeline. In my opinion, Poppen passes the eye test in terms of stuff.

    First, his fastball is electric. When he was drafted, he was touching 91 mph at times. When I saw him in Cedar Rapids in 2017, I saw him hit 92 and 93 at times. With the Twins in 2019, he was 93 to 97 mph. And more important than just the velocity, he gets a ton of movement, arm-side run that darts in on a right-hander.

    In addition, he has a very sharp, mid-80s slider that he threw about 40% of the time. As much as his fastball darts in on a righty, his slider is sharp and darts away from a right-hander. If he is able to tunnel his pitches at all, the combination of those two pitches could be a nightmare for opposing hitters.

    Poppen also throws a changeup. If he is to progress as a starter, that will be a key pitch for him. It is low-to-mid 80s but it has been inconsistent at times.

    One thing that immediately impressed me the first time I saw him pitch was how quickly he was able to adjust within a game.


    The Role?

    That is the question, to be sure. Because of all of the Twins starting pitching depth, I think it would be difficult for Poppen to get an opportunity as a starter.

    (Berrios. Odorizzi. Maeda. Bailey. Chacin. Thorpe. Dobnak. Smeltzer. Pineda. Hill.)

    Right now Poppen likely finds himself behind all of those guys. As a four-year college player who has slowly developed and moved one level per season, he will turn 26 years old in mid-March.

    While I am generally one to advocate using pitchers as starters as long as possible, now might just be the time for Poppen to become a reliever. While he is a quality starting pitching prospect, he is a max effort pitcher who might just be better suited for shorter stints. While I think his dynamic stuff could make him a great one-inning guy, his ability to go three or four innings might be exactly what the 2020 Twins need.


    Concerns

    Poppen has never really worked out of the bullpen in pro ball. I think this is pretty minor in terms of concerns.

    Another concern could certainly be his command. With as much movement as he gets, being able to control, much less command, his pitches has to be a challenge. Big leaguers will make him throw strikes.

    Poppen was placed on the Rochester Injured List on August 13th because of a right elbow contusion. On September 1st, he was promoted to the Twins and placed on the 60-day injured list. The move allowed the Twins to add another player to their 40-man roster.

    However, Poppen appears to be 100% now. In fact, on Saturday, he struck out two batters over two perfect innings.

    Summary

    I don’t expect Sean Poppen to make the Twins Opening Day roster. However, I think he will get a shot at some point during the season to come up and work out of the bullpen. I think he’s got the kind of stuff that could make him a force out of the Twins bullpen.

    And just for fun... here is his bio in the 2020 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. You can get your copies here. It's a great tool for Twins fans, especially during spring training when prospects play in big-league games. Prices have been dropped for both the paperback version and the electronic version (immediate download).

    What do you think of Sean Poppen as a 2020 Twins Breakout candidate?

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    • Feb 22 2020 07:24 PM
    • by Seth Stohs
  2. Twins Game Recap (7/31): Berrios Throws Gem as Bombas Fly

    Box Score
    Berrios: 7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 11 K, 69.1% strikes (56 of 81 pitches)
    Bullpen: 2 IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 K

    Home Runs: Garver (20), Rosario (23), Kepler (29)
    Multi-Hit Games: Garver (2-for-4, HR), Rosario (2-for-4, HR, 2B)
    Top 3 WPA: Garver .241, Berrios .200, Kepler .158

    Berrios Lights Out

    Bert Blyleven said before Berrios’ start that he would give him a high-five and a pat on the back if he threw a complete game shutout. He struck out a season-high 11 batters, had a 1-2-3 inning in six out of seven innings he pitched. Unfortunately, he was pulled after just seven innings throwing only 81 pitches.

    Berrios was perfect through four innings while striking out six of the nine batters he faced. In the fifth, he surrendered two weak-hit balls for singles, but followed it up by getting the next three batters out, one via a strikeout. In the sixth inning, he struck out the side to bring his total up to ten on the night.

    In his last inning, he picked up his season-high 11th strikeout of the night, but fell short of his career high of 12 after being pulled after just 81 pitches. Berrios was unstoppable on the mound tonight but was pulled before he was able to go for a complete game. Berrios is still deserving of a high-five and a pat on the back after he silenced this Marlins’ team.



    Bomba Squad

    After an unorthodox night from the Twins’ offense, they pounced on Sandy Alcantara for three home runs and forced him out of the game before he could even finish the fifth inning.

    Mitch Garver got things going after Jose Berrios battled a leadoff walk which was followed by Max Kepler’s second walk of the day. Garver ended an 0-for-17 streak with a 3-run bomba to capitalize on the leadoff walks. This was just the start of the hitting fun for the Twins tonight.



    Kepler led off the fifth inning with a solo shot for his 29th home run of the year to put him in third in the A.L. lead in home runs.



    The fifth inning wasn’t done for Alcantara, after Garver hit a swinging bunt down the third base line, Eddie Rosario hit the team’s third home run of the game. This was only Eddie’s hit fourth home run since June 5th in 31 games. After a walk and double, Alcantara’s night was done, but another run was surrendered on a Schoop single to add on to his rough night.

    Poppen Blows Shutout

    Sean Poppen came in after a stellar performance by Berrios and worked through the eighth inning with ease. The ninth was completely different as he gave up three straight singles to start the inning followed by a grand slam by Brian Anderson to cut the deficit to only three runs. Poppen picked up a strikeout on the following batter before Taylor Rogers came in to close out the game striking out the two batters he faced.

    Postgame With Baldelli


    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet
    Click here for a review of the number of pitches thrown by each member of the bullpen over the past five days.

    • Jul 31 2019 08:31 PM
    • by AJ Condon
  3. The Rochester Firemen To The Rescue

    Right now, the Red Wings have the third worst ERA in the International League, with 5.34. They are also among the five pitching staffs who have allowed the most hits (900 in 840 2/3 innings) and have the fifth worst WHIP of the league, at 1.49. Most importantly, in several moments of the season in which the Twins needed to call somebody up to maybe put out a fire, the on call pitcher would kind of pour a bit more of gasoline in it, instead.

    During the first weeks of April, a couple of relief pitchers were called up to make their season debut in the majors and they were absolutely awful. I’m talking about Chase De Jong and Andrew Vasquez, who joined the team in New York for the Mets two-game series. They combined for only one inning pitched, with seven earned runs on three hits, five walks and one hit batter. That was a terrible first impression and none of them got called up again. De Jong is not even part of the organization anymore.

    From there, not many pitchers coming up from Rochester actually accomplished a very effective contribution to the Twins. The only exceptions that come to mind are Tyler Duffey, who’s a major presence in the current bullpen, and Matt Magill, who also helped a lot during his 28 games for the team, before allowing six unearned runs on four two-out hits against the Mets July 17. He was designated for assignment and then traded after that outing. Other than these two, the Rochester-to-Minnesota bullpen shuttle has been going back and forth.

    Fernando Romero, Kohl Stewart and Zack Littell are examples of pitchers who have come and gone after some disappointing outings in the majors. Romero, who made the transition between the rotation and the bullpen this year, has been called up three times, but didn’t manage to bring his ERA to lower than 5.63, currently parked at 7.88. Down in Rochester, it’s not looking phenomenal either, as it stands at 4.23 in 21 games.

    Stewart got called up four times and has done a decent job since migrating to the bullpen, holding a 2.45 ERA as a reliever, but he got sent back this week after allowing two earned runs on three hits against the Yankees on Tuesday. Littell also got called up three times and even though he had a great stretch of ten consecutive scoreless outings, he was optioned a couple of days after he blew a lead in the 5-4 loss against Oakland last Saturday.

    After that list of negative examples, one would think that there’s no way the Twins could rely on the arms coming from their New York affiliate. Then, four players came up and had their big chances to pitch out of the Twins bullpen this week, performing brilliantly. After Minnesota got rid of four relief pitchers in less than 10 days (Adalberto Mejía, Mike Morin, Matt Magill and Blake Parker), they saw no other option but to try and find the solution in Rochester. Even though virtually all fans hated that choice, wanting them to actually make trades to reinforce the bullpen, it actually worked.

    Before and during the Yankees series in Target Field, the Twins recalled Lewis Thorpe, Devin Smeltzer and Cody Stashak, the last one making his MLB debut. Sean Poppen got the call to pitch in the opener of the White Sox series on Thursday. The four young bloods performed incredibly, combining for 11 2/3 innings of work, allowing only two earned runs, one walk and striking out twelve batters. More importantly, they helped to take the burden off the seven remaining pitchers on the Twins bullpen, who were being overused in the days before. Other than Smeltzer and Poppen, no other reliever has pitched in the last two games.

    Which makes me wonder. Can the Twins realistically count on one of these arms for this year? Of course, all of us want the Twins front office to go out and acquire at least two new relievers via trade, but even if they did so, there would be two other spots to fill. Can one of those four aforementioned pitchers make the cut? Only four bullpen arms have been there for a long time now: Taylor Rogers, Trevor May, Ryne Harper and Tyler Duffey. It’s reasonable to assume the Twins won’t trade for four relievers, but, instead, will consider giving someone in the house a chance.

    If they acquire a starting pitcher via trade, then you could count one among Michael Pineda and Martín Pérez to transition to the pen, most likely Pérez, who has already done that in the beginning of the season. Still, who gets the last spot? Everything points out to former Indians great Cody Allen, who had an awful stint with the Angels early this year, got designated for assignment, and signed with the Twins on a minor league deal. So far in the minors for the Twins (Fort Myers and Rochester), he’s pitched nine innings and has a 2.00 ERA, with a .226 batting average against and striking out eight batters per nine. He has at least earned himself the right to be looked at before the deadline. If he can go back to his old self (and, so far, Wes Johnson and the coaching staff have done wonders on recovering pitchers), he could be a major lift for the bullpen.

    Last year the Twins pulled five trades after July 27, so we can expect a lot of action this year. But maybe someone from within could be a surprising help. What do you think? Is there anyone in Rochester who would make your team? Comment and let us know.

    • Jul 27 2019 05:34 PM
    • by Thiéres Rabelo
  4. Twins Game Recap (7/25): Bomba Squad Cruz to Win

    Box Score
    Berrios: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K, 75.5% strikes (80 of 106 pitches)
    Bullpen (Poppen): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

    Home Runs: Cruz 3 (25), Kepler (26), Sano (17)
    Multi-Hit Games: Cruz (3-5, 3 HR), Sano (2-4, HR), Buxton (2-4, 2 2B)

    Top 3 WPA: Berrios .111, Kepler .140, Cruz .377
    Bottom 3 WPA: Buxton -.048, Garver -.040, Polanco -.034

    Offense Continues to Thrive

    Nelson Cruz has now homered in the last four games, and has seven home runs in the last six games. He came into tonight’s game with 382 home runs in his career, but did something for the first time in his career tonight. It came against the ace of the Sox as he faced him three times and hit three home runs. Giolito came into this game giving up only 10 home runs, but surrendered five to the league’s best home run hitting team.

    His first home run was a solo shot and went 473 feet that set a record for the longest home run in Guaranteed Rate Stadium in the Statcast era. His second and third home runs traveled 433 and 430 feet, respectively, and came with a runner on. His home run distance added up to 1,336 total feet and all three balls went to three different spots on the field.



    Max Kepler and Miguel Sano each got in on the home run fun by hitting two-run home runs of their own. Byron Buxton brought his energy back to the lineup by extending a single into a double and hitting a stand-up double in the eighth.

    Berrios’ Quality Start

    After seeing some of the worst pitching of the season throughout the last series, Jose Berrios came in and showed why he is the ace of this ball club. Though this long start was a night late, it still came at a good time as most of the bullpen was able to have another night off.

    Though Berrios has been pitching outstanding this year, he hasn’t picked up a win since June 6 solely because of the lack of run support in those games. He had an ERA of 2.65 through seven starts in 44 2/3 innings. Tonight was no different from Berrios, but completely different from the offense.

    Berrios was locked in tonight as he gave up only two earned runs, one unearned, through seven innings. He managed to strikeout eight batters, getting five on his four-seam fastball, two with his changeup, and only one on his dirty slider. He also was able to get 17 swinging strikes.

    Poppen Continues AAA Success

    During a series that no Twins’ pitcher cares to remember, there were three standouts, and all of them were in AAA before the series started. With the bullpen getting worked so much recently, another move happened before today’s game that brought up Sean Poppen for the second time this year.

    After the three call-ups from last series gave up just two runs in 9 2/3 innings, Poppen continued their recent success tonight. In his first inning of work, Jose Abreu helped him out by not retouching second base on his way back to first after a fly ball and Rosario tossed it to Schoop to double him up. He then struck out James McCann to end the eighth.

    He worked through an easy 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish the game and his second appearance of the year. He got a weak ground ball and struck out the final two batters with his slider.

    Poppen’s stuff looked really good, but struggled with his control a little. His fastball has good movement on it and sits around 94-95 MPH and he really likes to use his sinker and sliders. They both have great movement and some White Sox hitters swung at some pitches in the other box.



    Postgame With Baldelli


    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet
    Click here for a review of the number of pitches thrown by each member of the bullpen over the past five days.

    • Jul 25 2019 10:10 PM
    • by AJ Condon
  5. Twins Minor League Report (7/4): Rijo, Poppen Dominate on Mounds

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

    TRANSACTIONS

    • The Twins announced that LHP Andrew Vasquez had been outrirghted from the team’s 40-man roster to the Red Wings.
    • The Kernels announced that OF Tyler Webb had been added to their roster with infielder Estamy Urena released.
    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 11, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 1
    Box Score

    This was a great all-around game for the Red Wings. They got strong pitching and the team scored its 11 runs on 20 hits. All nine Red Wings had at least one hit. Seven of the nine had at least two hits. The top two hitters, Nick Gordon and Drew Maggi each had three hits while the team’s #3 hitter, Jake Cave, had four hits. Gordon, Cave and Zander Wiel each hit a double. Cave added a triple.

    Sean Poppen was the beneficiary of the run support, but he was really good too, to improve to 5-0 with the Red Wings. The right-hander gave up just one run over seven innings of work. Gabriel Moya and Andrew Vasquez each threw a scoreless inning as well.

    BLUE WAHOO BITES
    Pensacola 5, Birmingham 8
    Box Score

    The Blue Wahoos clawed back after falling behind early to force an extra inning, but the game ended in the tenth on a three-run walk off home run.

    Caleb Hamilton led the offense with a single, his 12th double and his second triple of the year. Alex Kirilloff also had two hits in the effort. Joe Cronin was 3-for-4 in the game.

    Griffin Jax started and gave up four runs on eight hits over the game’s first six innings. His ERA jumped to 2.04 on the season. Anthony Vizcaya gave up a run over his two innings to bump his ERA up to 0.86 since joining Pensacola. Zack Weiss worked a scoreless ninth but gave up the home run in the bottom of the 10th.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers , Palm Beach
    Box Score

    The Miracle game was postponed by rain.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 4, Burlington 2
    Box Score

    The Kernels got another great start from Luis Rijo and a huge home run and held on for another win.

    Luis Rijo went the first seven innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out ten. He needed just 71 pitches and 56 of them were strikes. Jose Martinez gave up two runs in the ninth but they held on for a 4-2 win.

    Jared Akins provided the big hit for Kernels. His sixth-inning home run came with two runners on base and gave the Kernels a 3-0 lead. It was his ninth home run of the season. Gilberto Celestino went 2-for-3 with a walk and a triple.

    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    E-Twins 6, Kingsport 2
    Box Score

    The E-Twins powered their way to this victory on Thursday. Alex Isola got things going with his first pro home run, a two-run shot in the second inning. In the seventh frame, Willie Joe Garry hit his first professional homer. Albee Weiss added his fourth of the 2019 season. Those three homers accounted for 60% of the E-Twins hits in this game.

    Ben Gross made the start. The Duke right-hander gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits over the first six innings. He walked one and struck out four batters. Stephen Cruz struck out two batters over his two scoreless innings, and Nathan Hadley struck out two in the ninth inning.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins 4, GCL Braves 5
    Box Score

    The Twins got out to an early lead with a three-run first inning, but were unable to hold the lead.

    Jeferson Morales had the big first-inning hit with a two-run homer. The Twins had just three hits. Keoni Cavaco (3rd) and Jesus Feliz (2nd) each doubled.

    Niklas Rimmel started and gave up just one run on two hits over the first five innings. The German right-hander walked two and struck out four batters. Niall Windeler came on for his pro debut. He gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in his inning. Bradley Hanner gave up one run on four hits over the final three innings.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Luis Rijo, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jake Cave, Rochester Red Wings

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

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - Rained out
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 2-5, RBI
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - Rained out
    #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, BB, 2K
    #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) -Rained out
    #7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - 1-2, 2B(3), R, RBI
    #8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 2-6, RBI
    #9 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Rained out
    #10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Rained out
    #11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
    #12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 3-6, 2B(20) 2 R, 2 RBI, K
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - Rained out
    #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 1-5
    #15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 0-3, K, R
    #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did not play
    #17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John)
    #18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
    #19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 0-0 (just came in as last-inning defensive replacement)
    #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 1-5, 2B(13), RBI

    FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre (DH @ 5:05 CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart (5-4, 5.64 ERA), LHP Lewis Thorpe (3-4, 5.71 ERA)
    Pensacola @ Birmingham (7:05 CST) - TBD
    Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (DH @ 4:30 CST) - RHP Blayne Enlow (3-2, 3.09 ERA), LHP Tyler Watson (1-4, 4.56 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:35 CST) - RHP Josh Winder (6-1, 2.40 ERA)
    Kingsport @ Elizabethton (5:30 CST) - RHP Andriu Marin (1-1, 4.00 ERA)
    GCL Red Sox @ GCL Twins (11:00 CST) - TBD

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

    • Jul 05 2019 05:13 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  6. Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Davis Delivers For Red Wings

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

    TRANSACTIONS

    • RHP Kohl Stewart returned to Rochester.
    • OF Jimmy Kerrigan returned to Pensacola.
    • LHP Andrew Vasquez and LHP Lachlan Wells began rehab assignments with the GCL Twins.
    • Cody Allen will be assigned to Double-A Pensacola to start his minor league assignment. (he appears on the Blue Wahoos roster)
    • In the GCL, Landon Leach and Seth Pinkerton were added to the 7 Day IL. Also, Zach Featherstone, Danny Moreno, Luis Gomez, Michael Montero, Sean Mooney, Jon Olsen and Fredderi Soto were placed on the 60 Day IL.
    • RHP and 2019 draft pick Tyler Beck returned to the GCL Twins after his one appearance with the Ft. Myers Miracle.
    • 11th-round pick Tanner Brubaker has signed. That means that the Twins have signed 16 of their first 17 draft picks so far. Darren Wolfson tweeted that fifth-round pick Will Holland (Auburn) is expected to come to Target Field this week and sign. For more on the Twins draft pick signings, click here.


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 8, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 6
    Box Score

    The score was tied 3-3 after six innings, and then 5-5 after seven innings. Jaylin Davis came to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning with two runners on and knocked his first AAA home run to give the team an 8-5 lead. Ian Krol came on for the ninth inning and gave up a solo homer but recorded his second save since joining the Red Wings.



    Davis also threw out a runner at home.



    Davis wasn’t the only Red Wings player to hit his first AAA home run on Monday night. Brian Schales hit his homer an inning earlier. Earlier in the game, Wilin Rosario hit his eighth home run of the season.

    Zander Wiel went 2-for-4. Schales was 2-for-3 with a walk. Wynston Sawyer went 3-for-4 with his 11th double.

    Sean Poppen made his first start for the Red Wings since his MLB debut last week. He struck out seven batters over 5 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs on six hits and two walks. Adam Bray came on and gave up two runs on four hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. DJ Baxendale struck out two batters in his inning. Krol gave up the solo homer and a walk in the ninth.

    BLUE WAHOO BITES
    Pensacola 2, Jacksonville 4
    Box Score

    Griffin Jax put together arguably his best start of the season, but on this night the bullpen was unable to hold the lead.

    Jax started and threw seven shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out five. He needed just 72 pitches to go seven innings and 56 of them were strikes.

    In the eighth inning, Jeff Ames came on. He faced three batters and gave up two hits and a walk. Still leading 2-1, Sam Clay was brought in with two runners on. Three hits later, the two inherited runners and one more scored.

    The Blue Wahoos were not able to generate much offense. Mark Contreras hit a fifth-inning homer, his third of the year. Travis Blankenhorn led off the game with his 13th home run with the Blue Wahoos, and 14th overall. Blankenhorn now has hits in 18 of his last 19 games.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers
    Box Score

    The Miracle had the day off.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids
    Box Score
    No game scheduled for the Kernels.


    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    E-Twins
    Box Score

    Elizabethton had their first day off since their season began a week ago.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins 3, GCL Pirates 4
    Box Score

    There are a lot of storylines in the GCL Twins opening game to their 2019 season. So let’s start with the game itself. The Twins fell behind 4-0. They attempted a comeback in the top of the ninth inning, but it fell just short.

    One big story is the return of LHP Lachlan wells to a game mound. It was the first time he has pitched in a regular season game since September 2, 2017. He had Tommy John surgery last May. In this game, he started with four scoreless innings, but he was charged with three runs in the fifth inning. He gave up six hits, walked none and struck out nine batters.

    Following the game, the still-22-year-old Wells told Twins Daily, “It felt awesome to be back out there competing again. Can’t wait for the rest of the season.”

    After Wells’ day was done, LHP Andrew Vasquez came on. He has been on the IL since June 4th with a left shoulder strain. He worked two hitless innings. He walked one and struck out six batters.

    German right-hander Niklas Rimmel pitched the eighth inning. He gave up one run on one hit and one walk.

    The other big story of the game was the professional debut of Keoni Cavaco. He played shortstop and batted second in the order. He flew out to center field the first two times to bat. He then grounded out to third base. In his final at bat, he singled to left.

    Bryon Gandy, the Twins 32nd-round pick out of Lurleen B Wallace St JC this year, went 2-for-3 in the game. Parker Phillips (27th round, Austin Peay) had a single and an RBI. Jake Hirabayashi (39th round, UCLA) also had a single and an RBI. For each, the hits were their first in pro baseball.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Griffin Jax, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jaylin Davis, Rochester Red Wings


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

    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 1-4, 3K
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 0-3, BB, K
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 0-5, R, K
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 1-4, 2B(10), R, RBI, K


    TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Scranton/Wilkes Barre @ Rochester (11:35 am CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart (5-3, 4.76 ERA)
    Biloxi @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (1-1, 5.70 ERA)
    Ft. Myers @ Charlotte (5:30 CST) - RHP Jhoan Duran (1-6, 3.15 ERA)
    Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Kai-Wei Teng (2-0, 2.57 ERA)
    Bristol @ Elizabethton (5:30 CST) - TBD
    GCL Pirates @ GCL Twins (11:00 CST) - TBD

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

    • Jun 25 2019 04:11 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  7. Diehard Twins Fan Admits to Self, Cat That He Didn’t Know Who Sean Poppen Was Either

    The resurgent 2019 Twins have been a boon for Bruce Stoffer. The 3M account executive, known around the office for his omnipresent Twins cap and bobblehead collection, has had a field day talking to his newly interested co-workers about the team. Nowhere was this more apparent than on Thursday morning, when the subject of new reliever Sean Poppen came up.

    “Oh yeah, I’ve been following Poppen’s rise through the system for quite awhile now,” Stoffer lied to his assistant. “I think everyone was panicked that he’d falter and the bullpen would really get worked, but I had faith in his stuff.
    Stoffer continued this string of falsehoods over lunch.

    “I’ve always liked Poppen’s velo and figured it could translate in the bigs if he could throw strikes,” fibbed the 39-year-old bachelor to the table of co-workers at Jimmy John’s. “Definitely one of those arms that stands out when you’re breaking down the prospects.”

    The unrelenting wave of BS was capped off at the end of the day at a birthday celebration for Carly, his direct supervisor.

    “When the game finally ended on Tuesday night, I sent a text to my buddy Josh saying I bet they call up Poppen in the morning,” said Stoffer, in a whopper that defied belief and gravity, to his assembled co-workers over a sheet cake from Cub Foods. “When you follow the game, these are the nuances that register for you.”

    Later, alone and toggling between the Twins game and the NBA Draft on his television, he muted the volume and looked around his sparsely appointed living room.

    “I have no idea who that guy is,” he admitted to his cat, Otto. “I looked all that up on Baseball Prospectus when the game was on like everyone else did. I don’t know why I did this.”

    Stoffer promised the cat that he would not do the same thing regarding Timberwolves draft pick Jarrett Culver on Friday, who he had never heard of until he was drafted. He later admitted that the odds of this were 50/50 at best.

    • Jun 21 2019 06:18 AM
    • by RandBalls Stu
  8. 2019 Twins Midseason Top Prospect List: 36-40

    Over the next two weeks, Twins Daily will be revealing the Twins Daily Midseason Top 40 Prospects rankings. Our preseason Top Prospect rankings go 20 deep. Our midseason rankings double that output and give some recognition to twice as many players. Several of our minor league writers provided player rankings. They were consolidated

    Continue reading, and then discussing, the Twins Daily choices for 36th through 40th prospects of the Minnesota Twins below.


    40. Sean Poppen – RHP
    Age: 25
    ETA: 2019
    2019 Stats
    MLB: 4.0 IP, 6.75 ERA, 2.25 WHIP, 4.5 K/9, 9.0 BB/9, 0.50 K/BB
    MILB (AA/AAA): 57.2 IP, 2.97 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 11.4 K/9, 4.5 BB/9, 2.52 K/BB
    2019 Preseason Ranking: NR
    Seth: 23 | Tom: NR | Cody: NR | Ted: NR | Steve: NR

    From a timing standpoint, we couldn’t ask for anything more. If you watched Poppen in his Major League debut on Wednesday night, you saw why he has impressed coaches and decision-makers in the organization over the last couple of months. The fastball is consistently 95 to 97 mph with movement. His mid-80s slider is sharp. He showed a few changeups as well, which is his clear third pitch. He struggled with control, something that he has done the last year or two, but if he can relax and throw more strikes with his stuff, he can be successful. Look at his strikeout numbers. They have increased dramatically the last year or so. The changeup may determine whether his future is in the bullpen or as a starter. Poppen was the Twins 19th-round pick in 2016 out of Harvard.


    39. Zander Wiel - LF
    Age: 26
    ETA: 2019
    2019 Stats (AAA): .252/335/.472 (.807 OPS), 13 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 76 K, 23 BB
    2019 Ranking: NR
    Seth: 42 | Tom: 35 | Cody: 47 | Ted: NR | Steve: NR

    Wiel was the Twins 12th-round draft pick in 2015 out of Vanderbilt University. He has gradually worked his way up the ladder, approximately one year at a time and continuing to be productive. He leads the 2019 Red Wings in home runs this season with ten. Wiel isn’t afraid to work a count, though he does strike out quite a bit. He has mostly played first base in 2019 after splitting his time in left field the past couple of seasons. Wiel is big and strong, but he has made himself a little more athletic in the last year or two and he runs well. He finds himself in a tough spot with CJ Cron as the primary first baseman but with the likes of Marwin Gonzalez and Ehire Adrianza and Willians Astudillo also getting time at first base. The Twins also have strong depth in the corner outfield positions.


    38. Bailey Ober - RHP
    Age: 23
    ETA: 2022
    2019 Stats (High-A): 24.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 9.8 K/9, 1.1 BB/9, 8.67 K/BB
    2019 Ranking: NR
    Seth: 30 | Tom: 39 | Cody: 44 | Ted: NR | Steve: NR

    Ober was the Twins 12th-round draft pick in 2017 out of the College of Charleston. He was the national freshman of the year his first year of college. Unfortunately injuries cost him much of the next two seasons, but the Twins saw enough to draft him. When the 6-9 right-hander has been healthy, he’s been really good. In 2018 in Cedar Rapids, he went 7-1 with a 3.84 ERA in 75 innings. His season began late and then ended early. His numbers (above) are from April when he was the runner-up in Starting Pitcher of the Month voting. But when the month ended, Ober went back on the IL with an elbow injury.


    37. Kohl Stewart - RHP
    Age: 24
    ETA: 2021
    2019 Stats:
    MLB: 12.0 IP, 6.00 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 2.3 K/9, 3.8 BB/9, 0.60 K/BB
    MILB (AAA): 51.1 IP, 4.56 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, 4.6 BB/9, 1.88 K/BB
    2019 Preseason Ranking: HM
    Seth: 44 | Tom: 37 | Cody: 30 | Ted: NR | Steve: NR

    The fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of high school, Stewart worked his way up the ladder. It was a surprise when he was called up last August, he showed some glimpses, and the same can be said with his two MLB starts so far in 2019. In late April, he gave up five runs over six innings at Houston. In mid-May, he earned a win with a quality start (6 IP, 3 ER) against Detroit. Stewart is approaching a career crossroads of sorts now. He could be a back-of-the-rotation MLB starter for some teams, or he could move to the bullpen and see what he can do in shorter stints.


    36. Gabriel Maciel - OF
    ETA: 2018
    Age: 20
    2019 Stats (Low-A): ..309/.395/.377 (.771 OPS), 3 2B, 4 3B, 0 HR, 31 K, 23 BB.
    2019 Ranking: HM
    Seth: 46 | Tom: 40 | Cody: 24 | Ted: 30 | Steve: 27

    The Twins acquired Gabriel Maciel from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Eduardo Escobar trade last July. He joined the Cedar Rapids Kernels and hit .263 (.683) with four doubles, two triples and two homers in 30 games. He began this season on the injured list. He returned to the Kernels and he has taken a step forward. He is not a big guy, but the Brazilian has a real solid approach at the plate and terrific speed. He has primarily played in center field this year but has seen quite a bit of time in right field too.


    That's it for now. Feel free to ask questions and leave comments below. Learn about another five pack of Twins prospects tomorrow.

    • Jun 20 2019 07:26 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  9. BOS 9, MIN 4: The Red Sox Bats Were Poppen Tonight

    Box Score
    Gibson: 4.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 3 K, 52.1% strikes (49 of 94 pitches)
    Home Runs: Astudillo (3), Kepler (19)
    Multi-Hit Games: Astudillo (3 for 4, HR), Rosario (2 for 4)
    WPA of +0.1: Astudillo .141, Arraez .127
    WPA of -0.1: Gibson -.495, Cave -.144, Castro -.116

    [attachment=12720:vs Red Sox 6-19-2019.PNG]

    (Chart via FanGraphs)

    The Twins were able to get on the board with a run in the first inning, but they left you wondering if it could have been a bigger inning. After Max Kepler popped out to start the inning, C.J. Cron flared a single into right field. Then Nelson Cruz followed that up with a towering flyball that hit off the limestone in right field, deflecting the ball back towards the infield, however, Red Sox centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. was able to run the ball down and easily throw out Cron who was heading home, even though he should have definitely been held up. On the play, Cruz was able to advance to third, and scored on the next at-bat when Eddie Rosario beat the shift with a two-out RBI base-hit.

    It didn’t take the Red Sox long to respond, stringing a bunch of singles and walks together in the top of the second, and before you knew it the Twins were in a quick hole, down three to one. This was the first of two bad innings on the night for Kyle Gibson, who did not have his best command. In the fifth, Gibson was touched for three more runs after giving up another string of walks and hits. Gibson’s five walks allowed were his most since his first start of the 2018 season in Baltimore.

    In the bottom of the third, the Twins got another clutch two-out RBI base-hit, this time off the bat of Luis Arraez. Then it was Bomba time in the bottom of the fourth. Willians Astudillo carried over his hot bat from Triple-A Rochester, leading off the inning with a solo shot as part of a three-hit night.



    Max Kepler followed La Tortuga with a home run of his own just a couple of batters later, giving the Twins a four to three lead. This was already Kepler’s 19th home run of the season, just one shy of his previous career high 20 that he hit in 2018.



    The Twins made a couple of roster moves earlier this afternoon. The first was placing Marwin Gonzalez on the 10-day IL with a hamstring injury. Which is the reason why La Tortuga was back up with the MLB club tonight. The other move the Twins made was placing Blake Parker on the family medical emergency list, which forced them into bringing up reliever Sean Poppen to make his MLB debut. Poppen has been pitches lights out for the Rochester Red Wings, with a 1.55 ERA. 10.6 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9.

    Poppen was able to get into the game tonight and gave the Twins bullpen a much-needed night off, throwing four innings to finish the game. Poppen looked pretty sharp for three of the four innings but struggled in the eighth inning allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. It probably wasn’t exactly the debut that Poppen was hoping to have, but he served a big role, and will give the Twins a fresher bullpen heading into a four-game series against the Royals starting on Thursday.

    Postgame with Baldelli



    Bullpen Usage

    Here’s a quick look at the number of pitches thrown by the bullpen over the past five days:

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    Next Three Games
    Thur at KC, 7:15 pm CT (Odorizzi-TBD)
    Fri at KC, 7:15 pm CT (Perez-TBD)
    Sat at KC, 1:15 pm CT (Berrios-TBD)

    Last Game
    MIN 4, BOS 3: Twins Win in 17th Inning, Get First Walk-Off

    • Jun 20 2019 06:29 AM
    • by Andrew Thares
  10. Twins Minor League Report (6/14): Poppen Pitching Well in Rochester

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

    TRANSACTIONS

    • The Twins have signed several of their 2019 draft picks. Keep up with those who signed here.
    • Ryan Eades was optioned to Rochester with Fernando Romero called up to the Twins.
    • Ft. Myers announced the RHP Cole Sands was placed on the Injured List (blister). Taking his spot on the Miracle roster was RHP Dakota Chalmers. He came to the Twins organization last August in exchange for RHP Fernando Rodney. Chalmers had Tommy John surgery last May.
    • Cedar Rapids announced that RHP Luis Rijo was activated from the Injured List. LHP JT Perez was sent to extended spring training.
    • Several players were released from EST as 2019 draft picks sign and the short-season leagues begin. Released on Thursday include RHP Jose Bermudez, Cristian Castro, 2B Hunter Lee, infielder Agustin Marte, and infielder Victor Tademo.
    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 6, Columbus 2
    Box Score

    The Red Wings scored three runs in the first inning and added on all while getting another strong pitching performance from Sean Poppen.

    The right-hander from Harvard has been really good with the Red Wings. On this afternoon, he gave up two runs (one earned) over six innings. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out nine. He improved to 4-0 with a 1.55 ERA. Preston Guilmet got the final three outs. Before him, Jake Reed struck out three over two scoreless innings. You will notice a change in Reed that might surprise you. Tom put Jake Reed under the Prospect Spotlight.



    Wilin Rosario led the offense. He went 4-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Luis Arraez went 3-for-5 with his third double. Jake Cave went 2-for-4. Nick Gordon was 2-for-5. And your Willians Astudillo update… he went 2-or-4 with two RBIs.

    BLUE WAHOO BITES
    Pensacola 3, Tennessee 4 (10 innings)
    Box Score

    Randy Dobnak made his return to the Blue Wahoos rotation. He gave up two runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five batters. Jeff Ames came on and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings. He struck out four.

    The game went to extra innings tied at two. Tyler Palm came on, making his first appearance since being promoted from EST. He gave up two runs (one earned, due to 10th inning starting with a runner on second base). In the bottom of the 10th inning, Jordan Gore singled in a run, but the comeback fell short.

    Gore went 3-for-3 in the game with two RBIs. Ben Rortvedt went 2-for-4 with his second double. Jimmy Kerrigan and Joe Cronin both went 1-for-3 with a walk. Kerrigan hit his fifth double.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers, Tampa
    Box Score

    The game was cancelled due to rain. Ft. Myers begins its All-Star weekend.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 0, Wisconsin 2
    Box Score

    Luis Rijo returned to the mound and pitched very well. The right-hander went five scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. He struck out three and didn’t walk a batter. On-site reports tell us that he hit 96 on the radar gun.

    Alex Schick came on and gave up two runs on two hits and a walk in the sixth inning. Zach Neff followed with two scoreless innings, and Carlos Suniaga pitched a scoreless ninth frame.

    Not much offense for the Kernels. They had just four hits. Gabe Snyder hit his 11th double. Yeltsin Encarnacion hit his third triple.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Luis Rijo, Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Wilin Rosario, Rochester Red Wings

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

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - Rained Out.
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - Rained Out.
    #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, 3 K
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 1-3, R, BB, 2K
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) -.Rained Out.
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch.
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 2-5, R, 2K
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List (elbow)
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - Rained Out.
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - 2-4, 2B(2), K
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (thumb)
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, K
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch.
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - Did Not Play.
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch.
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - Rained Out.

    FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Charlotte (6:05 CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart (5-3, 4.11 ERA)
    Tennessee @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - LHP Charlie Barnes (0-1, 3.86 ERA)
    Ft. Myers - No Game Scheduled (All Star Break)
    Clinton @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Josh Winder (4-1, 2.64 ERA)

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

    • Jun 14 2019 04:08 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  11. Twins Minor League Report (6/9): Ticked Off La Tortuga

    TRANSACTIONS
    RHP Cody Stashak promoted to Rochester from Pensacola.
    RHP Randy Dobnak transferred to Pensacola from Rochester.
    IF Randy Cesar transferred to Pensacola from Rochester.
    IF Ryan Costello transferred to Fort Myers from Pensacola.
    LHP J.T. Perez promoted to Cedar Rapids from Elizabethton.
    RHP Frandy Torres promoted to Cedar Rapids from GCL Twins.
    RHP Brian Rapp placed on the 7-day IL (lower back strain).
    IF Hunter Lee transferred to Elizabethton from Fort Myers.
    RHP Tyler Palm transferred to Elizabethton from Cedar Rapids.

    AWARDS
    The Twins announced their weekly Hitter and Pitcher of the Week:

    • Hitter of the Week: Jake Cave, Rochester
    Cave played in eight games for the Red Wings this week, hitting .417 (15-for-36) with seven doubles, two triples, one home run and nine RBI, which included a four-double game on Thursday at Syracuse. Since being optioned from Minnesota in mid-May, Cave has played in 27 games for the Red Wings, hitting .294 (32-for-109) with 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI and a .861 OPS.
    • Pitcher of the Week: Sean Poppen, Rochester
    Poppen started two games this week for the Red Wings, going 1-0, 0.75 ERA (12.0 IP, 1 ER) with five walks and 13 strikeouts. Poppen, 25, was selected by the Twins in the 19th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Harvard.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 5, Pawtucket 3
    Box Score
    Rochester fell into an early hole as Chase De Jong allowed a first inning run to the Red Sox. He was able to settle in from there as he didn’t allow another run in his five innings pitched. He struck out one and walked one.

    The Red Wings offense took a little time to get going. In the third, Drew Maggi singled and Luis Arraez walked to put a runner in scoring position. Willians Astudillo singled to drive in Maggi and Rochester had tied the game at 1-1. Jake Cave wasn’t going to take his award lightly. He cracked his fourth home run of the season in the top of the sixth to put the Red Wings up 2-1.

    The eighth inning might have been the most important one for the Red Wings and they did all their damage with two outs. Nick Gordon started the damage with a single to right. La Tortuga stepped to the plate and crushed a two-run bomb. Rochester would win by two and this home run was the difference.

    Jake Reed was credited with his second win after he allowed one run, a home run, in two innings. He stuck out one and walked two. In one inning of work, D.J. Baxendale surrendered one run, a solo home run, but he struck out two. Zack Littell earned his first save with a perfect ninth inning where he struck out two.

    BLUE WAHOO BITES
    Pensacola 0, Tennessee 8
    Box Score
    For Jorge Alcala, it was not his day. He allowed four first inning runs as he struggled to make it through three innings of work. Overall, he allowed five runs on five hits with a strikeout and a walk. Anthony Vizcaya took over for Alcala and struggled with his control. He walked three batters in 1 2/3 innings, but he only allowed one hit and he collected a pair of strikeouts.

    Pensacola had little offense to write home about. The team left eight runners on base and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. The team didn’t collect a walk in the entire game and not a single batter was able to register multiple hits. Jimmy Kerrigan had the only extra-base hit, a double.

    Williams Ramirez allowed one run in 2/3 of an inning. He struck out one and walked one. Zack Weiss was charged with pitching the final 2 2/3 inning of the game. He allowed two runs on five hits with four strike outs and two walks.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 0, Jupiter 8
    Box Score
    Fort Myers struggled to find any offense in this one as the club was held to three hits. Michael Helman had the team’s only extra-base hit, a double. Trevor Larnach and Aaron Whitefield both went 1-for-4. With the hit, Larnach extended his hitting streak to eight games. Overall, the club left seven men on base but had only three opportunities to bat with runners in scoring position.

    Edwar Colina took the loss but he pitched well. In seven innings, he allowed three runs on six hits while striking out eight and walking one. He continued to reach triple digits with his fastball. Calvin Faucher ran into some issues later in the game. He allowed five runs in his two innings on the mound.

    Fort Myers currently sits in first place in the Florida State League South Division. The Miracle hold a 1.0 game lead over Bradenton and a 1.5 game lead over Palm Beach.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 7, Peoria 2 (Game 1- 7 Innings)
    Box Score
    Cedar Rapids scored six runs in the game’s final three innings to come out victorious. Yeltsin Encarnacion went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Wander Javier reached base three times while scoring a run and driving in a run. Andrew Bechtold had an interesting day. He scored two runs without recording a hit because he walked in all four plate appearances.

    Andrew Cabezas went five innings and didn’t allow an earned run. He struck out five and walked two. Moises Gomez finished the final two innings. He allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts and a walk.

    Cedar Rapids 1, Peoria 2 (Game 2- 7 Innings)
    Box Score
    The Kernels couldn’t find the big hit in the second game of the double-header. Cedar Rapids went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base. Ricky Del La Torre had the team’s only run, a solo home run in the sixth inning. Peoria quickly answered back with the game-winning run in the bottom of the frame.

    Zach Neff struck out six batters in five innings of work. He limited Peoria to one run on three hits. Frandy Torres took the loss as he allowed the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth. He walked two and struck out one in his inning of work.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    TD Pitcher of the Day- Zach Neff, Cedar Rapids (5.0 IP, ER, 3 H, 6 K, 0 BB)
    TD Hitter of the Day- Willians Astudillo, Rochester (3-for-4, HR, 3 RBI, R)

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

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 0-4
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – Injured list
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Injured list
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 1-3, BB, K
    #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 3-6, RBI, R, BB, 2 K
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – 1-3, BB, K
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – Did not pitch
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – Tommy John surgery, out for the year
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 1-4, R, 2 K
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Injured list
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – Did not play
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – 0-4, K
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, RBI, BB, K
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – 1.0 IP, SV, 2 K
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 1-4, RBI
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – 3.0 IP, 5 ER, 5 H, K, BB
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 0-3, 3 K, BB

    MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester – Scheduled Off-Day
    Pensacola @ Biloxi (6:35 CST) – RHP Andro Cutura (1-2, 4.45 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Tampa (3:30 CST) – TBD
    Fort Myers @ Tampa (Game 2) – TBD
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (11:05 AM CST) – RHP Kai-Wei Teng (0-0, 4.91 ERA)

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

    • Jun 10 2019 04:14 AM
    • by Cody Christie
  12. Twins Minor League Report (6/6): Six Games/Six Wins

    Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Thursday, starting with the transactions of the day... well, after a Misael Urbina update from the DSL.




    TRANSACTIONS
    • Catcher Brian Navarreto was activated from the injured list. Mitchell Kranson was released by the Twins.
    AWARDS

    Trevor Larnach was named the Florida State League Player of the Month for May. Probably no surprise as he was named the hitter of the week twice during the month. Hard to argue, though we at Twins Daily named his teammate Lewin Diaz the Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month, with Larnach finishing a close second.

    Also, we finished our May Minor League Awards by announcing that Hector Lujan was the choice for Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month.


    ALL-STARS
    On Thursday, the Southern League announced their All-Stars. Six members of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos made the South Division team. They are RHP Brusdar Graterol, Griffin Jax, Ryan Mason, C Caleb Hamilton, 2B Travis Blankenhorn and OF Jaylin Davis.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 9, Syracuse 0
    Box Score

    Sean Poppen has moved up and down from Pensacola to Rochester a couple of times this season, but after a start like Thursday night’s, he just might stick. The right-hander from Harvard tossed seven shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked two and struck out eight. Jake Reed got the final six outs, four of them on strikeouts.

    The Red Wings got offense from a bunch of people - all nine starters had at least one hit - but Jake Cave stayed hot. The outfielder went 4-for-5 in this game with four doubles. In his last three games, he has eight hits.

    Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-5 with his fifth home runs. Zander Wiel added his ninth homer. Tomas Telis went 2-for-4 with his eighth double. Brent Rooker went 2-for-5.

    BLUE WAHOO BITES

    Before we get to the double-header, but we're just going to start with Jimmy Kerrigan, who did this:



    Game 1 - Pensacola 2, Jacksonville 0
    Box Score

    Andro Cutura has had a rocky start to his 2019 season, his first at Double-A. But on Thursday, he was fantastic. The right-hander threw six shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out two batters. Sam Clay worked a scoreless seventh inning for his fifth save.

    Michael Davis connected for his first Double-A home run since his promotion from Cedar earlier in the week. It gave the Wahoos a 1-0 lead in the second inning. In the third, Travis Blankenhorn scored on an error. That was all the scoring. Jimmy Kerrigan went 2-or-3.



    Game 2 - Pensacola 11, Jacksonville 4
    Box Score

    The bottom of the Wahoos lineup led them to a big Game 2 win. A four-run fourth inning was followed by a five-run fifth inning. The six through nine hitters combined to go 6-for-11 with seven runs on nine RBI. Sixth-place hitter Caleb Hamilton went 2-for-3 with his 11th double and fifth homer. He drove in three runs. Next up was Michael Davis. After hitting his first homer in Game 1, he hit his first two triples in Double-A. Brian Navarreto drove in two runs with his second home run, and nine-hole hitter Joe Cronin hit a two-run homer. It was his third Double-A homer.

    It was a bullpen game for Pensacola. Anthony Vizcaya got them off to a fast start. He needed just 42 pitches to get through three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out six batters. Williams Ramirez came on and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk in his inning. Cody Stashak gave up two runs over his two innings. Zack Weiss pitched a scoreless final frame and struck out two.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 7, Florida 4
    Box Score

    Jordan Balazovic was really good again on Thursday night and improved to 4-0 since joining the Miracle a month ago. In this one, he started with five scoreless innings. He did give up a run in the sixth frame, so his final line had him giving up one run on five hits over 5 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out seven. Calvin Faucher gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits over two innings. Melvi Acosta pitched in another different role. This time he was the closer and came on for the final four outs to record his first save. He struck out two.

    Royce Lewis led off and led the way for the offense. He went 3-for-5 with his 13th double. Ernie De La Trinidad also had three hits, including a triple. Jose Miranda went 2-for-3 with a walk and his 12th double. Lewin Diaz added his 11th home run.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Clinton 0 (10 innings)
    Box Score

    For the second straight night, there wasn’t much scoring in Clinton, but the Kernels were able to scratch one across in the top of the tenth to take a 1-0 win. Wander Javier came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the top of the tenth and grounded into a fielder’s choice. The out was made at third base while the runner, Ricky De La Torre, crossed home plate.

    Jared Akins went 2-for-4. Gilberto Celestino had a single and a walk.

    The story, of course, was on the mound where Kernels starters struck out 15 batters over 10 shutout innings. Kody Funderburk made the start and worked five scoreless, one-hit innings. He struck out seven without a walk. Alex Schick came on and tossed two scoreless innings. Derek Molina followed with four strikeouts over the next two innings. Zack Neff came on for the bottom of the 10th inning and kept the LumberKings from scoring.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Sean Poppen, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jake Cave, Rochester Red Wings

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

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 3-5, 2B(13), R, RBI
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder)
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-5, 2K
    #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, BB, RBI
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 2-5, RBI, 2K
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch.
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch.
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch.
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 1-5, R, RBI, 2B(8)
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List (elbow)
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 0-3, BB
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Game 1 (0-3, 2K), Game 2 (1-4, R, K)
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (thumb)
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, BB, K
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 1-5, 2B(6), R, 2 RBI, 2K
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 2-3, BB, 2B(12), R, RBI

    FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Pawtucket (DH @ 4:05 CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart (4-3, 3.95 ERA), TBD
    Pensacola @ Biloxi (6:35 CST) - LHP Charlie Barnes (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
    Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - RHP Jhoan Duran (0-5, 3.61 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35 CST) - RHP Tyler Palm (1-4, 4.75 ERA)

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

    • Jun 07 2019 04:19 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  13. Twins Minor League Report (5/6): Kirilloff Cranks, Wrong End of a No-No

    TRANSACTIONS
    INF Ronald Torreyes placed on the temporary inactive list, retroactive to May 4.
    RHP Tom Hackimer promoted from Fort Myers to Pensacola.
    RHP Edwar Colina reinstated from 7-day IL for Fort Myers.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester enjoyed an off-day on Monday. The club currently sits at 12-16 before starting a three-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens. Rochester is currently 6.5 games behind Lehigh Valley. The club has a sub-.500 record at home and on the road. Brent Rooker could be one of the hitters to provide a boost in Rochester. Other than that, there might continue to be some struggles for Minnesota’s Triple-A squad.

    BLUE WAHOO BITES
    Pensacola 6, Mississippi 2
    Box Score
    Pensacola used a five-run seventh inning to separate themselves from the Braves. Alex Kirilloff got things started for the Blue Wahoos with a run-scoring triple in the third frame. Tanner English got the scoring started in the seventh with a two-run double. Jordan Gore follow with a run-scoring single before Kirilloff drove him in with a single of his own. Kirilloff was able to score on fielding error.

    Sean Poppen started and lasted five frames. He scattered two runs on three hits, but he struggled with five walks. He was able to punch out seven batters and he lowered his season ERA to 2.84. Jeff Ames took over for Poppen. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out one and walked one.

    Cody Stashak continued to be tremendous in relief. He pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings by striking out three. He’s allowed only one run in his last five appearances while striking out 14 in 9 1/3 innings of work.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 1, Charlotte 6
    Box Score
    Fort Myers had won five straight games, but the club struggled to find any offense on this night. Especially when their opponent scored six runs in the first four innings. In his first appearance this season, Edwar Colina struggled. Colina allowed six earned runs on eight hits in less than five innings of work. He struck out five and walked three. He was making his first appearance since the Florida State League clinching game last September.

    Rickey Ramirez did a great job in relief as he tossed 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He retired all seven batters he faced, and he struck out six, including the last five batters he saw. Joe Record also picked up the pitching staff with one perfect inning. He didn’t allow a hit and he struck out one. Overall, the pitching staff struck out 12 in eight innings of work.

    Fort Myers nearly matched Charlotte in hits (7 to 8) but the club couldn’t come up with the big one. Jose Miranda tried his best with a 3-for-4 night including his seventh double. He had three of the club’s four hits against the opposing starter. Royce Lewis collected his second triple. Overall, the club was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and the team left eight men on base.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 0, South Bend 2
    Box Score
    Cedar Rapids could literally muster nothing when it came to the offensive side of the ball. The Kernels found themselves on the wrong side of a no-hitter on Monday. Cedar Rapids had one base runner the entire night. Andrew Bechtold was able to break up the perfect game with a walk. Other than that, there was little to discuss on the offensive side of the ball.

    Josh Winder did all he could to keep Cedar Rapids in the game. He pitched a complete game, the first of his career, and limited the Cubs to two runs on three hits. He struck out six and walked two. Winder has pitched a minimum of five innings in every start and he has yet to surrender more than two earned runs.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    TD Pitcher of the Day- Josh Winder, Cedar Rapids (8 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB)
    TD Hitter of the Day- Alex Kirilloff, Pensacola (3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, R)

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

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, 3B
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, R
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Did not pitch
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 0-3, BB, 2 K
    #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No Game
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – 0-5, 4 K
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - No Game Scheduled
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, RBI, R, K
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – 2-4, 2B
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did not pitch
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 3-4, 2B, R, K

    TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester vs. Toledo (5:35 CST) – RHP Kohl Stewart (2-2, 4.50 ERA)
    Pensacola @ Mississippi (6:35 CST) – RHP Jorge Alcala (4-1, 4.71 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Charlotte (5:30 CST) – LHP Bryan Sammons (3-0, 0.40 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ South Bend (6:05 CST) – RHP Luis Rijo (0-3, 3.43 ERA)

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

    • May 07 2019 12:39 PM
    • by Cody Christie
  14. Twins Minor League Report (4/20): Poppen Off With a Lot of Strikeouts

    TRANSACTIONS
    -OF Mark Contreras tranferred from AA Pensacola to A+ Fort Myers
    -RHP Jacob Blank transferred from A+ Fort Myers to Rookie ball Elizabethton

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 8, Lehigh Valley 13
    Box Score

    Chase De Jong: 2.0 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 52.1% strikes (38 of 73 pitches)
    HR: John Andreoli (2)
    Multi-hit games: John Andreoli (2-for-4, R, RBI), LaMonte Wade (2-for-5, 2 R), Luke Raley (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI), Randy César (3-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI)

    Another Saturday, another day where Chase De Jong started against the IronPigs and I got to write about it.

    In relief of De Jong after his two innings of work, Jake Reed fired off three excellent innings with only one earned run and six strikeouts. Now it only seems like a matter of if, not when Reed shows up on the Twins sometime this season.

    The offense was able to put up eight runs thanks in part to a John Andreoli blast and two doubles from Randy César that buffed up his RBI totals.

    While the eight runs were great, it was just not quite enough to match the IronPigs offense and the Red Wings dropped the game in the end.

    BLUE WAHOO BITES
    Pensacola 5, Mobile 0
    Box Score

    Sean Poppen: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 4 BB, 11 K, 64.6% strikes (51 of 79 pitches)
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Jaylin Davis (2-for-3, R), Tanner English (2-for-2, 3 R, 2 RBI), Ernie De La Trinidad (3-for-4, RBI)

    Pensacola yet again got another great start from their starting pitcher, this time from the owner of one of my favorite names in the Twins system, Sean Poppen.

    Poppen was relieved after five innings by Jovani Moran who was relieved after two innings by Cody Stashak who fired off two innings of his own, with the carnage totaling 18 total strikeouts for Blue Wahoos pitching.

    The Blue Wahoos scraped together five assorted runs throughout the game from a myriad of singles (both of the infield and outfield variety) in support of the excellent pitching and it was enough to beat the BayBears pretty handily.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 2, Charlotte 7
    Box Score

    Charlie Barnes: 1 2/3 IP, 7 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 0 K, 55.2% strikes (32 of 58 pitches)
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Royce Lewis (2-for-5), Lewin Diaz (2-for-4, RBI), Travis Blankenhorn (2-for-3, R, BB), Michael Helman (2-for-4)

    Charlie Barnes went 1 2/3 innings and surrendered seven runs with five walks against the Charlotte Stone Crabs.

    Tom Hackimer came in and did fine work by striking out five over 2 1/3 innings without allowing a hit or a walk.

    Relievers Alex Phillips and Anthony Vizcaya followed suit with a combined five innings of work that came with six punchouts and only three hits. The Miracle bullpen in total fired off 7 1/3 innings with 11 punchouts and just three hits.

    The two runs for the Miracle came from a fourth inning Lewin Diaz single and a ninth inning sacrifice fly from Ryan Costello.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 4, Beloit 5
    Box Score

    Josh Winder: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 70.1% strikes (54 of 77 pitches)
    HR: Chris Williams (3)
    Multi-hit games: Andrew Bechtold (2-for-4, R)

    The Kernels went for the series sweep against the Beloit Snappers but came up just a bit short and had to settle for taking two of three instead.

    The scoring started in the bottom of the first when Chris Williams made another deposit into his charity fund that gives home run balls to lucky fans in the outfield stands, his two-run shot was his second homer in as many days.

    The Snappers responded by scoring the next five runs of the game with the earned runs being split between Kernels starter Josh Winder and reliever Tyler Palm.

    The Kernels were able to answer back in the seventh with runs coming from a Michael Davis double and a Gabriel Maciel single but the inning ended with the Kernels trailing by a run and the game would end in the same fashion.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Sean Poppen
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Randy César

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

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-5, K
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured list
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-4, R, K
    #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - Season has not started
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Did not play
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-5, K
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured list
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured list
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-4, 2 K
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-3, BB
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured list
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-2, K
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 2-for-5,
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - Did not play

    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Mobile @ Pensacola (5:05 P.M.) - RHP Jorge Alcala

    (Most other leagues are off for Easter Sunday)

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

    • Apr 21 2019 06:48 AM
    • by Matt Braun
  15. Twins Minor League Report (4/14): Miracle Bats Bust Out

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

    TRANSACTIONS

    • Infielder Drew Maggi promoted from Pensacola to Rochester.
    • Infielder Joe Cronin promoted from Cedar Rapids to Pensacola.
    • Hunter Lee promoted from extended spring training to Cedar Rapids.
    UPDATE on the Transactions:


    AWARDS
    Each Sunday, the Twins announce their minor league hitter and pitcher of the week. This week, the awards went to:

    Pitcher of the Week: Devin Smeltzer
    Hitter of the Week: Travis Blankenhorn

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester, Lehigh Valley
    Box Score

    Rains postponed this game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader in July.

    BLUE WAHOO BITES
    Pensacola 4, Jacksonville 3
    Box Score

    A three-run bottom of the sixth inning gave the Wahoos a lead that they were able to hold on to the rest of the way.

    Tanner English got the team on the scoreboard first. He hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the inning. He added a single later in the game. Luis Arraez went 2-for-3 with a walk. Brian Schales went 2-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch. The big hit of that sixth inning was a double off the bat of Jimmy Kerrigan.

    Andro Cutura started and gave up three runs on eight hits over five innings. He struck out two batters. Sean Poppen came on and struck out four batters over two scoreless innings. Ryan Mason recorded his second save with two scoreless innings that included three strikeouts.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 12, Clearwater 7
    Box Score

    The Ft. Myers offense has generally been struggling early this season. On Sunday, they broke out. All of them broke out. The Miracle had 21 hits, and all nine starters had at least two hits.

    Ben Rortvedt, batting ninth, led the offense. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and his first home run of the year. Trevor Larnach went 3-for-5 with a walk. Akil Baddoo and Royce Lewis were each 2-for-5 with a walk. Travis Blankenhorn extended his hitting streak to nine games as he went 2-for-5 with his third double. Ryan Costello went 2-for-5 and added his first homer of the year. Jose Miranda went 2-for-6. Michael Helman broke out a bit as he went 2-for-4 with a walk.

    Charlie Barnes was the recipient of the great run support. The left-hander gave up five runs on six hits over the first 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four. Hector Lujan came on and gave up two unearned runs on two hits over 2 1/3 innings. Jacob Blank, called up on Saturday from extended spring training, made his first Miracle (and first full-season) appearance. He got one out, but he walked two batters. Alex Phillips came on and got the final two outs.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 6
    Box Score

    It was a rough start for right-hander Andrew Cabezas in his second Midwest League start. The deliberate right-hander found himself in a lot of full counts. Because of it, he threw a lot of pitches. In just four innings, he gave up six runs on three hits. However, he walked five and hit two others. He did strike out five batters as well. Zach Neff came on. The lefty struck out five over three scoreless innings. Jose Martinez worked the final two innings without giving up another run.

    Michael Davis had a bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the ninth to drive in a run. Hunter Lee hit a sacrifice fly to score Jacob Pearson. But that’s where the rally ended.

    The Kernels offense mustered just six hits in the game. Gabe Snyder had two of them. Andrew Bechtold singled to extend his hitting streak to five.

    Jeff Johnson from The Gazette in Cedar Rapids wrote his game story and included quotes from Gabe Snyder about his recent promotion to the Kernels.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Sean Poppen, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Ben Rortvedt, Ft. Myers Miracle

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

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

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, BB, 2 R, 2 K
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
    #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 3-5, BB, R, RBI, K
    #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No Game
    #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Rained Out
    #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch
    #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
    #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, BB, R, 2 RBI, K, SB(2)
    #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List
    #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List
    #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Play
    #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 4-5, 2-2B, HR(1), 2 R, RBI
    #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List
    #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, BB
    #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch
    #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - Rained Out
    #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch
    #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 2-6

    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Syracuse @ Rochester (5:05 CST) - LHP Justin Nicolino (0-0, 9.00 ERA)
    Pensacola @ Biloxi (6:35 CST) - RHP Jorge Alcala (2-0, 1.80 ERA)
    Ft. Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30 CST) - RHP Randy Dobnak (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids* (6:35 CST) - RHP Luis Rijo (0-1, 3.66 ERA)
    • The game is at Cedar Rapids, but Quad Cities will be the home team on the scoreboard. Quad Cities ballpark (Modern Woodmen Park) remains surrounded by floodwaters from the Mississippi River.



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

    • Apr 15 2019 10:34 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  16. Twins Minor League Report (9/3): Regular Season Ends

    Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Monday afternoon, please feel free to discuss and ask questions.

    TRANSACTIONS

    • The Twins announced that RHP Chase De Jong and John Curtiss will also be recalled and in uniform for the Twins on Tuesday.
    • Logan Morrison has been placed on the 60-day disabled list, allowing the Twins to add Gregorio Petit to the roster and promote him as well.



    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 2, Lehigh Valley 4 (10 innings)
    Box Score

    Through nine innings, this was a 1-1 game. Then came extra frames when the Red Wings gave up three runs and were only able to counter with one run in the bottom of the inning. The Red Wings finish their season with a record of 64-76.

    Chase De Jong gave up one run on four hits and a walk through the first five innings. He struck out seven. John Curtiss struck out two in his inning. Ryan Eades struck out three batters over his two scoreless innings. Ryan Harper pitched a scoreless ninth inning, but he gave up three runs (two earned) on four hits in the tenth frame. He struck out two. Luke Bard came on and got the final out.

    Kennys Vargas likely played his final game in the Twins organization as he can become a free agent at season’s end. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and his 22nd and 23rd doubles of the year. A night after his walk off homer, Zander Wiel added his first AAA triple. Victor Tademo made his first Red Wings appearance and had a single.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 4, Jackson 2
    Box Score

    Sean Poppen put together another really solid, quality start, but he gets another no decision because he left the game with the Lookouts down 2-0.

    Down 2-0 going into the eighth inning, Jimmy Kerrigan’s sixth home run got the Lookouts on the scoreboard. In the top of the ninth, Luis Arraez came up with the bases loaded and delivered a two-run single to give the team a lead. Kerrigan came back up and provided a little insurance with a sacrifice fly.

    Mitchell Kranson went 2-for-3 including his ninth double in the ninth inning. Arraez went 2-for-4.

    Poppen gave up two runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck out five. Tyler Jay came on to get the final two outs of the seventh inning and worked a perfect eighth inning as well. Devin Smeltzer gave up a hit, but he struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning for his fourth save.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers
    Box Score

    The Miracle begin their Florida State League playoff series on Tuesday night.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Beloit 3
    Box Score

    This game was scheduled for 2:00 central time. At 8:20 p.m., the game began in Beloit after a far-too-long rain delay that was necessitated by the Snappers needing a win to make the playoffs.



    Tyler Watson started for the Kernels. The southpaw had a Quality Start. Despite giving up nine hits, he gave up just three runs over six innings. He struck out seven batters without a walk. Calvin Faucher threw a scoreless inning as well. Ricky Ramirez struck out two in a perfect eighth inning.

    The Kernels took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Jacob Pearson doubled and then scored on a single from Trey Cabbage. Trevor Larnach went 2-for-4. Following his double, the Twins top 2017 pick scored on a Michael Helman single.

    These two teams will begin a playoff series on Wednesday, also in Beloit.

    E-TWINS E-TALK
    Elizabethton
    Box Score

    The E-Twins begin the Appalachian League championship series on Tuesday.

    STARS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Kennys Vargas, Rochester Red Wings (2-3, BB, 2-2B(23)).
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Chase De Jong, Rochester Red Wings (5 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed.
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
    #4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 0-3, BB, R, K
    #5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #6 - Trevor Larnach (Cedar Rapids) -
    #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 0-4, 2 K
    #8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) -
    #9 -Wander Javier - out of for the season
    #10 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
    #12 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 1-5, 2 K
    #13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
    #14 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
    #16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) - No Game Scheduled
    #17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - Out for the season (wrist)
    #18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) -
    #19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) -
    #20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) - 2-4, 2 RBI
    #21 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
    *Since Wander Javier is out, I’d add #21 to the list.


    TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester - Season Complete
    Chattanooga - Season Complete
    Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (5:30 CST) - RHP Andro Cutura
    Cedar Rapids - Playoff series starts on Wednesday
    Elizabethton @ Princeton (6:00 CST) - RHP Austin Schulfer (Game 1 of Appy League championship series)
    GCL Twins - Season Completed


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

    • Sep 03 2018 09:59 PM
    • by Seth Stohs
  17. Twins Minor League Report (8/18): Saturday In The Minor League Parks

    Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Saturday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions.

    TRANSACTIONS

    • On Friday night, the Kernels announced that right-hander Calvin Faucher had been placed on the DL with elbow tendinitis. On Saturday afternoon, they announced that right-hander Johan Quezada has been promoted from Elizabethton to the Kernels.
    • Following the Twins game, Paul Molitor announced that Johnny Field would be sent back to Rochester. He will be optioned with, most likely, Robbie Grossman returning from the Disabled List.
    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 3, Toledo 2
    Box Score

    The Red Wings got some strong pitching and enough offense to get the win in this game. In the first inning, Byron Buxton doubled and scored on a double by Robbie Grossman. Buxton went 2-for-5 in with his sixth and seventh doubles. Grossman went 2-for-4 and is expected to return to Minneapolis on Sunday. Kennys Vargas went 2-for-4 including his 18th home run.

    Jake Reed was the “opener” for the Red Wings. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk in the first inning. He struck out one. Chase De Jong came on and gave up one run on five hits over seven innings. He walked one and struck out four. DJ Baxendale worked a scoreless ninth inning to secure De Jong’s first win in the Twins organization and his first save of the season for the Red Wings.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Game 1: Chattanooga 0, Mississippi 1
    Box Score

    Sean Poppen gave the Lookouts exactly what they needed in the first game on Saturday, a complete game. The right-hander from Harvard gave up just one run over six innings. The lone run came on the 16th home run of the season for Mississippi’s cleanup hitter Travis Demeritte.

    Unfortunately, he only needed to go six innings because the Lookouts were shut out. The team had just five hits. Luis Arraez and Brian Navarreto each had two singles.

    Game 2: Chattanooga 7, Mississippi 10
    Box Score

    The Lookouts went with an all-lefty bullpen game in Game 2. Andrew Vasquez started and gave up nothing over the first two innings. He struck out three. Sam Clay came on and got just two outs. He gave up four runs on four hits and a walk. Devin Smeltzer came on and got the next four outs, three on strikeouts. However, he was also charged with an unearned run on three hits. Tyler Jay got the final two innings. He gave up five runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks.

    Jaylin Davis led the offense. He went 1-for-3, but he hit his fifth home run, a three-run shot and added a fourth RBI. Brent Rooker was 2-for-5 with his 31st double. Luis Arraez went 3-for-4. It was his third straight multi-hit game. Brian Navarreto was 2-for-3 with a walk. Luke Raley went 1-for-1 with two walks and was also hit by a pitch. Zander Wiel had a single and two walks.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 0, Clearwater 4
    Box Score

    The Miracle bats just were not able to figure out Clearwater’s Mauricio Llovera. Well, except for Taylor Grzelakowski. “Gelly” had three of the team’s four hits. Royce Lewis had a single for the other.

    Charlie Barnes started and gave up four runs on six hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings. He struck out two. Colton Davis got the next five outs, three of them on strikeouts. He walked two. Alex Robinson threw two scoreless innings. Adam Bray threw two zeroes on the board as well.

    Alex Kirilloff went 0-for-3 with a walk. It was his second straight game without a hit. He hadn’t gone back-to-back games without a hit since July 7th and 8th.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, Wisconsin 2
    Box Score

    This was quite the pitcher’s duel. Jhoan Duran threw seven innings and gave up just one run on five hits. He struck out a career-high nine batters while not issuing a walk. Unfortunately, the TimberRattlers’ starter, Dylan File, also threw seven innings of one-run ball.

    Starter Randy Dobnak, whose most recent appearance lasted just one inning before the rains came, worked a scoreless eighth inning. However, an error to lead off the ninth was followed by two strikeouts. Unfortunately, they were followed by two singles which ended the game.

    Strikeouts were a big part of this game. Kernels pitchers combined to strike out 11. Meanwhile, Kernels batters struck out 13 times. Michael Helman led the way by going 3-for-4 including his first triple with the Kernels.


    E-TWINS E-TALK
    Elizabethton 3, Bluefield 4
    Box Score

    Big runs in the ninth, but unfortunately Bluefield ended their ninth with one more run and the win.

    Austin Schulfer started for the Twins and worked five shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked three and struck out four. Jacob Blank came on and gave up two runs on four hits over his two innings. He also struck out four. But then came the rain and there was a delay. When the game returned, Zach Neff worked a scoreless eighth inning.

    Yunior Severino went 2-for-4 with his eighth double. Alex Robles hit his ninth double. But the score was tied 2-2 going into the ninth.

    Chris Williams, who had a sacrifice fly earlier in the game, blasted his 15th home run to give the E-Twins a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth.



    However, Neff returned for the ninth inning. He gave up a solo homer to lead off the inning to re-tie the game, this time at three. He gave up a single, and then on a sacrifice bunt, Neff had an error. He was able to coax a double play, but a two-out single ended the game.


    GCL TWINS TALK
    Game 1 - GCL Twins 2, GCL Red Sox 4
    Box Score

    This game started on Friday and went four innings before the rains came and the game was suspended. Donny Breek had started and went the first 3 1/3 innings. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and two walks. He struck out five. Denny Bentley came on and got the next two outs, one on a strikeout.

    When play resumed on Saturday morning, Landon Leach took the mound. He worked two scoreless, hitless innings. He walked one, hit one and struck out two batters. Petru Balan pitched the final inning. He gave up a hit and a walk, but no runs.

    Rehabbing Shane Carrier went 2-for-3 with both of the Twins RBIs. Tyler Webb added a double. Austin Hale had a walk and his second double.

    Game 2 - GCL Twins 2, GCL Red Sox 4
    Box Score

    Kai-Wei Teng gave up three runs in the first inning, but the right-hander from Taiwan went four innings and gave up four total runs on seven hits. He walked two and struck out four batters. Osiris German struck out the side in the fifth inning, and Junior Navas worked a scoreless inning as well.

    Victor Tademo led the offense with a 3-for-3 game. Agustin Marte went 2-for-4. Alberoni Nunez hit his first triple. Tyler Webb added his third double.


    STARS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Luis Arraez, Chattanooga Lookouts (5-7).
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Jhoan Duran, Cedar Rapids Kernels (7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed.

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 1-4
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - 0-3, BB
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 1-5, RBI, 3K, SB(10)
    #5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #6 - Trevor Larnach (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, RBI, 2 K
    #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 0-3, K | 2-5, 2B(31), 2 R, K
    #8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, 3K
    #9 -Wander Javier - out of for the season
    #10 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
    #12 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 0-4, K
    #13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 0-4, 2 K
    #14 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 0-4
    #16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) - 2-4, 2B(8), R, K
    #17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - Out for the season (wrist)
    #18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, 2K
    #19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) - 1-3
    #20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) - 2-3 | 3-4
    #21 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 0-3, BB
    *Since Wander Javier is out, I’d add #21 to the list.


    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester @ Toledo (5:05 CST) - LHP Stephen Gonsalves (9-3, 2.96 ERA)
    Chattanooga @ Montgomery (5:05 CST) - RHP Jorge Alcala (2-5, 3.99 ERA)
    Clearwater @ Ft. Myers (1:00 CST) - RHP Griffin Jax (3-1, 3.16 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (1:05 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (6-4, 2.55 ERA)
    Johnson City @ Elizabethton (DH @ 5:00 CST) - TBD, TBD
    GCL Twins - No Games Scheduled on Sundays

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

    • Aug 18 2018 10:17 PM
    • by Seth Stohs
  18. Twins Minor League Report (7/30): Duran Dominates, Stewart Stymies

    Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Monday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions.

    TRANSACTIONS

    • At the big league level, the Twins traded LHP Zach Duke to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for two minor leaguers, RHP Chase De Jong and IF Ryan Costello.
    • Addison Reed’s rehab with the Red Wings is complete and he has been reinstated to the Twins roster.
    • Also, the Twins traded RHP Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees in exchange for 1B/OF Tyler Austin and RHP Luis Rijo. Austin was in Rochester with Scranton/Wilkes Barre, though he was scratched from the game.
    • RHP Ryne Harper has been promoted from Chattanooga to Rochester. He spent some time with the Red Wings earlier in the season.
    • Twins Daily has also been able to confirm that RHP Tyler Wells has been promoted to AA Chattanooga, though the move won’t be made official until Tuesday.
    • OF Tyler Webb was returned from Elizabethton to the GCL Twins.

    AWARDS
    • Along with being named the Southern League Player of the Week honors, Brent Rooker was also named the Twins Minor League Hitter of the Week for the third time this season. He hit .467 with four doubles,, three homers and nine RBI. Got on base 55.6% of the time in his seven games.
    • Donny Breek was named the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Week. The 18-year-old from The Netherlands made two starts in the GCL and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in nine innings. He gave up just three hits, walked four and struck out 13 batters.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Game 1 - Rochester 3, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 4
    Box Score

    This game started way back on June 24th, but it rained and was suspended until today. It ended in dramatic fashion at home plate on Monday.

    Dietrich Enns started and went four innings back in June. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks. When action started again on Monday, Tyler Duffey took the mound. The right-hander threw four scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. He walked one and struck out three batters. Luke Bard worked the ninth inning and walked one and struck out one.

    While Enns is no longer with the Red Wings, neither is Jake Cave who homered in the first inning of this game in June. Also, Wynston Sawyer started behind the plate and was replaced by Cameron Rupp who has since been released. Finally, Zack Granite started in left field, but he is currently on the disabled list. The RailRiders had five of their starters who are no longer with the team as well. The beauty of a suspended game.

    On this day, Willians Astudillo hit a solo home run. Down 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, Kennys Vargas walked. Edgar Corcino came to the plate as a pinch-hitter and delivered with an RBI double. Tommy Kahnle came on and Gregorio Petit greeted him with a single to left, but Corcino was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

    New Twins 1B/OF was scratched from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre roster, and as you now know, traded. All he had to do was walk over to the other dugout. However, when this game started back in late June, Austin had hit a home run for the RailRiders.



    Game 2 - Rochester 1, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 0 (8 innings)
    Box Score

    Kohl Stewart and Chance Adams put together a pretty impressive pitcher’s duel in this game.

    Stewart threw seven shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out four batters. Adams, however, had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning when Gregorio Petit broke it up with a single to start the seventh, but the team was unable to break the scoreless tie.

    Nick Anderson struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning. Adams went back out for the bottom of the eighth. With one out in the inning, and the automatic runner (Taylor Motter) at third base after a ground out to first base, two batters were intentionally walked to load the bases. Joel Skinner had Jeremy Hazelbaker pinch hit for Byron Buxton (who was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts), and Hazelbaker singled in Motter with the winning run. It was just the second hit of the game for the Red Wings.




    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 3, Tennessee 0
    Box Score

    Four pitchers combined for the Lookouts to shut out Tennessee 3-0. Williams Ramirez went the first two innings. Sean Poppen came on and went the next five innings. Then Tyler Jay and Cody Stashak each threw a scoreless inning to finish the job.

    The Lookouts scored all three of their runs in the third inning. Jordan Gore started the inning with a single. He scored on a Tanner English double. English then scored on a single by Zander Wiel. Later in the inning, Chris Paul knocked in the third run with a single to score Brent Rooker, who had walked.

    English led the offense with two doubles. He now has 13 doubles on the season. Mitchell Kranson also had two hits in the game.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers
    Box Score

    No Game Scheduled.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 8, Quad Cities 0
    Box Score

    You never get a second chance to make a first impression. At least that’s what “they” say. Well, if it’s true, then Jhoan Duran made about as strong of a first impression that a 20-year-old starting pitcher can make in a new minor league system.

    Duran came to the Twins organization over the weekend from the Diamondbacks in the Eduardo Escobar trade. On this night, he threw seven no-hit, one-walk innings. He struck out eight batters and really didn’t have much struggle on the night. Jared Finkel kept the no-hitter alive through the eighth inning. However, with two outs in the ninth inning, he gave up a solid single between third base and the shortstop. One batter later, the Kernels settled for a one-hit shutout.

    Duran needed just 92 pitches to get through seven innings. He improved to 6-4 with a 4.27 ERA. (Included his numbers with Kane County because they are in the same league.)

    Duran got plenty of offense in support, but their number three and number four hitters led the way. Jose Miranda batted third. He got the team off to a fast start in the first inning with a three-run homer, his 12th of the season. In his next at-bat, he added an RBI single, and in his third at bat, an RBI double. He went 3-for-5. The double was his 22nd of the year. Beyond catching the one-hitter, cleanup hitting Ryan Jeffers came into the game having just two hits in his first five games (19 at- bats). In this game, he went 4-for-4 with a walk, his first three doubles, his first home run and three RBI. Michael Davis went 2-for-4 with his second Kernels double.

    And in case you were wondering, it does appear that Duran and Finkel are still on good terms...




    E-TWINS E-TALK
    Elizabethton
    Box Score

    No game scheduled.


    GCL TWINS TALK
    GCL Twins 1, GCL Orioles 0 (7 innings - rain)
    Box Score

    The Twins got a terrific start from Prelander Berroa. The right-hander gave up just three hits over the first five innings. He walked one and struck out four to earn his first win. Dylan Stowell was credited with a save. He struck out two batters in a scoreless inning.

    The offense wasn't as impressive, but it was just enough. 2017 ninth-round pick Willie Joe Garry, Jr., singled in Kidany Salva with the game’s lone run. Garry also stole his fourth base of the season. Gabe Snyder, a 2017 21st-round pick, had the only other hit, his sixth double.

    Also, big Congratulations to GCL Twins manager Dan Ramsay who became a father for the third time over the weekend. He and his wife named the baby Carew.




    STARS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Ryan Jeffers, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-4, BB, 3-2B, HR, 3 RBI).
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Jhoan Duran, Cedar Rapids Kernels (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K)

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

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
    #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
    #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
    #4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 0-4 | 0-3, K
    #5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did not pitch.
    #6 - Trevor Larnach (Elizabethton) - No Game Scheduled.
    #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-3, BB, R
    #8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, 2BB, 2 R, K
    #9 -Wander Javier - out of for the season
    #10 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch.
    #12 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 1-3, BB, 2B | 0-2, BB
    #13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled
    #14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch
    #15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - Rained out.
    #16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) - No Game Scheduled
    #17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - will have surgery on his wrist soon. Out for season
    #18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) - 4-4, BB, 3-2B(3), HR(1), R, 3 RBI
    #19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, BB, K
    #20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) - 1-4
    #21 - Jose Miranda (Cedar Rapids) - 3-5, 2B(22), HR(12), 5 RBI, 2 R, K
    *I figured that since Wander Javier is out, I’d add #21 to the list.
    Also, here are the new guys:
    Jorge Alcala (Chattanooga) - on Disabled List
    Ernie De La Trinidad (Ft. Myers) - No game scheduled
    Gabriel Maciel (Cedar Rapids) - 1-5, BB, 2 R, 2 K
    Jhoan Duran (Cedar Rapids) - 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K (92 pitches, 59 strikes)
    Gilberto Celestino (Elizabethton) - No game scheduled


    TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Scranton/Wilkes Barre @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Fernando Romero (2-3, 2.95 ERA)
    Chattanooga @ Tennessee (6:00 CST) - LHP Dietrich Enns (0-5, 6.00 ERA)
    Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (0-1, 11.57 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (4-3, 3.06 ERA)
    Elizabethton @ Johnson City (6:00 CST) - TBD
    GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00 am CST) - TBD

    Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday games, or ask any questions you may have.

    • Jul 31 2018 04:21 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  19. Twins Minor League Report (7/9): Poppen, Dobnak Deliver

    Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Monday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions.

    TRANSACTIONS

    • Outfielder Ryan LaMarre was claimed by the Chicago White Sox.
    • The Twins released Felix Jorge last week, but they announced Monday night that they have re-signed him to a minor league deal.
    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester
    Box Score

    The Red Wings are now on their All-Star break. Willians Astudillo was the one Red Wings player to make the International League All-Star team. Since Astudillo was called up to the big league club, Nick Anderson will represent the Red Wings. The International League will take on the Pacific Coast League All-Stars on Wednesday night in Columbus, Ohio.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 2, Jacksonville 3
    Box Score

    Sean Poppen probably deserves better, but part of the development process is getting your work. Through six innings, Poppen had yet to allow a run and had given up just two hits. But he went out for the seventh inning and gave up three runs on two homers. So, over his seven innings, he gave up three runs on five hits. He struck out seven without issuing a walk. It was a quality start, yet it doesn’t highlight just how well he pitched. Cody Stashak worked a scoreless inning in relief.

    The offense provided just two runs. Zander Wiel went 2-for-4 with his 19th double and first triple. Jaylin Davis also had two hits. Taylor Motter added his first double.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 2, Palm Beach 6
    Box Score

    The Miracle got behind early and weren’t able to come back. Andro Cutura started and was charged with five runs on five hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Colton Davis went the next 3 1/3 innings and did not allow a run. He gave up three hits and struck out four. Ryan Mason went the next 3 1/3 innings and also did not allow a run. He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out two. Brady Anderson walked two, but he got the final two outs of the game without allowing a run.

    The Miracle had just five hits. Taylor Grzelakowski went 2-for-3 with a walk and his 11th and 12th doubles. Alex Kirilloff had two singles. Miguel Sano went 0-4 with a strikeout.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 2, Kane County 3
    Box Score

    Royce Lewis had a day off, but he was called on to pinch hit in the ninth inning. He came through with a single to center field which loaded the bases with one out. Unfortunately, the Kernels were not able to score the game-tying run and lost a close one.

    Randy Dobnak again provided the Kernels with exactly what they needed, quality innings. The right-hander gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk over the first seven innings. He struck out four and needed just 89 pitches. Melvi Acosta came in for the eighth inning and gave up a run on four hits.

    Jose Miranda led the offense. He went 3-for-5 with his 18th double. Jean Carlos Arias went 2-for-5 with his eighth triple. David Banuelos went 2-for-5 with his 11th double, and Jared Akins went 2-for-5 with his first Kernels double.



    E-TWINS E-TALK
    Elizabethton 2, Danville 0
    Box Score

    The story of this game was some terrific pitching for the Twins. 2018 draft pick Kody Funderburk gave up four hits and no runs over the first four innings. He walked two and struck one out. Moises Gomez worked the middle three innings. He gave up just one hit and walked one while striking out two. Derek Molina recorded his second save. He struck out four batters over two perfect innings.

    The E-Twins managed just three hits in the game but were able to score two runs. Chris Williams and Alex Robles had back-to-back bases-loaded RBI singles in the sixth inning to provide the run support. Ryan Jeffers went 1-for-2 with two walks in the game.

    On a side note, Zack Seipel, Atlanta’s 27th round pick in June, worked two scoreless innings. . He walked one and struck out two. He was drafted out of the University of Minnesota-Crookston. It was the fourth appearance of his professional career.


    GCL TWINS TALK
    GCL Twins 3, GCL Rays 6
    Box Score

    Steven Cruz started for the Twins. He gave up four runs on two hits in 2 2/3 innings. He walked five and struck out four. Michael Montero came on and gave up one hit over 3 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck one out. Denny Bentley threw two scoreless innings. Erik Cha was charged with two unearned runs on one hit.

    Tyler Webb led the offense by going 4-for-5 in the game. Janigson Villalobos went 2-for-3 with his third double. Samuel Vasquez was 2-for-5.

    Side note: 2017 #4 overall pick Brendan McKay made a rehab appearance for the GCL Rays. He had not played for the last month due to oblique muscle tightness. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Also, Jelfry Marte, who agreed to terms with the Twins a year ago but never signed after the Twins withdrew their offer after his physical. Marte went 1-for-4 and is now hitting .271.


    STARS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Tyler Webb, GCL Twins (4-5)
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Sean Poppen, Chattanooga Lookouts (7 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed. Please note that we will be updating our Top Prospect rankings so this list will be updated soon.

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 1-1 (used as pinch hitter)
    #2 - Fernando Romero (Rochester) - Did not pitch
    #3 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - All Star break
    #4 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - All Star break
    #5 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - 2-4, K
    #6 - Wander Javier - out of for the season
    #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-4, K
    #8 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
    #9 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch
    #10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, BB, R, K, SB(16)
    #11 - Zack Littell (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #12 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch
    #13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - 0-3, RBI, K
    #14 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - All Star break
    #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - Did not play
    #17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 0-3, BB, K, R
    #18 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton Twins) - 0-3, BB, R, K
    #19 - Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Felix Jorge (Chattanooga) - DFAd and Released and Re-signed on Monday.


    TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester - All Star break
    Chattanooga @ Jacksonville (6:05 CST) - TBD
    Palm Beach @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - RHP Clark Beeker (3-6, 3.48 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids - No Game Scheduled
    Elizabethton @ Johnson City (6:00 CST) - TBD
    GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00 am CST) - TBD


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

    • Jul 09 2018 09:04 PM
    • by Seth Stohs
  20. Twins Minor League Report (5/22): Gordon Promoted, Diaz Walks It Off

    To find out how all of your favorite Twins prospects fared on Tuesday, keep reading and be sure to add to the discussion in the comments!

    TRANSACTIONS

    As alluded to, there was one pretty major transaction in the system on Tuesday. With Ryan LaMarre being recalled to the Twins, shortstop Nick Gordon was assigned to the Rochester Red Wings from Chattanooga. Left-handed starter Adalberto Mejia was also reinstated from the disabled list for Rochester and would piggy-back on Trevor May in their game.

    Also, the Twins acquired first baseman Chris Carter for cash considerations. He was slugging .600 for the Angels' Triple A club and had 13 home runs in 38 games. Carter will report to Rochester.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Lehigh Valley 4, Rochester 3
    Box Score

    Trevor May was on the mound for the Red Wings, making his third rehab appearance in the minors as part of his comeback from Tommy John surgery. He went the first four innings and allowed three earned runs on three hits and two walks, while striking out two. He threw 68 pitches, with 39 of them going strikes. All the Iron Pigs damage came in the second inning as they took a 3-0 lead. A two-run home run and an RBI triple accounted for those runs. May settled in from there to deliver a one-two-three third, and only a walk to #OldFriend Trevor Plouffe in the fourth, who also collected an RBI double in the sixth.

    May was relieved by Adalberto Mejia, and the lefty finished the next 3 1/3 innings. He allowed one run on five hits, but also struck out five including all three outs of the seventh with the score 4-1 in favor of Lehigh Valley.

    Rochester got on the scoreboard in the top of the seventh thanks to a sac fly off the bat of Taylor Featherstone to score Brock Stassi, who had led off the inning with a walk. The good guys closed that lead to 4-3 in the top of the eighth after Zack Granite led off with a double and Miguel Sano followed with a two-run homer, the first of his rehab assignment. Sano’s day was then done, but he finished the game 3-for-4.

    The reason Sano’s night was over after that big blast, was because newly promoted top prospect Nick Gordon was brought into the game as a defensive replacement for him in the bottom of the eighth. Gordon slotted at shortstop while Leonardo Reginatto moved over to third base. He got no defensive chances and with the Red Wings going down one-two-three in the ninth, also didn’t get to make a plate appearance.

    Alan Busenitz got the final two outs of the game for Rochester, walking one and striking out one.

    Astudillo joined Sano with multiple hits on the game, finishing 2-for-4. Rochester falls to 21-18 on the season, and now two and a half games behind the Iron Pigs in the International League North division.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Scheduled day off.

    The Lookouts had Tuesday off as they travel back home to Chattanooga from Mississippi. They will take on the Montgomery Biscuits at 6:15PM CST on Wednesday night looking to extend their lead in the Southern League North division.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 3, Bradenton 2
    Box Score

    Despite knocking out eleven hits compared to just six for the Marauders, the Miracle needed the bottom of the ninth inning to pull this one out.

    Luis Arreaz (2-for-3, RBI) and Jaylin Davis 3-for-3, R, 2 2B, BB) each had multi-hit nights to lead the offense. As a team they left twelve men on base but cashed them in when it counted by going 3-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

    Sean Poppen got the start for Fort Myers and was electric for the first seven innings. He allowed just one earned run on five hits and zero walks, while striking out seven. His only blemish was a solo home run in the second inning and he was the first pitcher for the Miracle to complete seven innings so far this year.

    With the score 2-1 in favor of Fort Myers going into the ninth inning, reliever Ryan Mason came on for his second inning of work. He had a one-two-three eighth frame but a one-out walk put the tying run on base. After picking up a K to bring Bradenton down to their last out, they got the big hit in the form of a triple to tie the game. Mason got out of the inning but was charged with the blown save.

    In the bottom of the ninth, a leadoff single from Jared Foster was followed by a sacrifice bunt from Arreaz to put the winning run in scoring position for the Miracle, and after an intentional walk to Jimmy Kerrigan, Lewin Diaz stepped into the box and walked it off for the home team with an RBI single to center field.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Kane County 8, Cedar Rapids 7
    Box Score

    The Kernels scored first in this one thanks to the bat of Trey Cabbage, who slugged his third home run of the season in the second inning. They pushed that lead to 6-0 after the top of the third inning as they sent nine men to the plate in the frame. Triples from Jean Carlos Arias and Jose Miranda were the big knocks in that sequence to drive in three, and Ben Rortvedt (RBI single) and Cabbage (sac fly) knocked in the others.

    But starter Tyler Watson gave those five runs right back in the bottom of the frame thanks to a pair of doubles, a walk, a hit batter, and a three-run home run. Watson was able to finish 4 2/3 innings but was pulled in the fifth after allowing a triple and walking a couple of hitters. Jovani Moran came on and escaped that jam with a strikeout to keep the game tied at six.

    The Kernels went back ahead in the top of the sixth after a double from David Banuelos was followed by an RBI single from Arias.

    Moran set the Cougars down one-two-three in the bottom of the sixth, including two strikeouts but was greeted by consecutive extra-base hits in the seventh that tied the game back up at seven, and then a wild pitch that scored another to give the Cougars the lead. Moran picked up two more K’s and finished with five strikeouts in his two innings, but the two earned runs saddled him with the loss.

    The Cedar Rapids lineup went down without a fight in the final two frames, failing to get a baserunner against the Kane County bullpen. Calvin Faucher finished the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing no hits and striking out two.

    As a team the Kernels finished this one with thirteen hits and three walks, went 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position, and left only four men on base, but couldn’t get the needed hits in the end. Arias (3-5, R, 3B, RBI) and Royce Lewis (2-5, R) each collected multiple hits. Alex Kirilloff finished 1-2 with a run scored, drew two walks, and also stole the first base of his career.

    STARS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Sean Poppen, Fort Myers Miracle (7 IP, ER, 5 H, 7 K)
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day – Jaylin Davis, Fort Myers Miracle (3-for-3, R, 2 2B, BB)

    TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY

    1. Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) – 2-for-5, R, 2 K’s
    3. Nick Gordon (Chattanooga) – Did not bat.
    5. Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-2, R, 2 BB, K
    13. Lewin Diaz (Fort Myers) – 1-for-5, RBI (Walk-off single)
    15. Mitch Garver (Minnesota) – (Twins game in progress as of this writing)
    16. Ben Rortvedt (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-4, R, RBI, K
    17. Travis Blankenhorn (Fort Myers) – 1-for-3, K

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Rochester @ Lehigh Valley (6:05PM CST) – RHP Zack Littell (1-0, 1.69 ERA)
    Montgomery @ Chattanooga (6:15PM CST) – TBD
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers (11:00AM CST) – LHP Charlie Barnes (1-4, 4.41 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (11:00AM CST) – RHP Bailey Ober (0-1, 8.04 ERA)

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

    • May 23 2018 07:33 AM
    • by Steve Lein
  21. Twins Minor League Report (4/10): Kernels Pop Peoria Behind Rortvedt

    After checking out how all of your favorite prospects fared on Tuesday night, start the discussion with any comments and questions in the forum!

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Syracuse 3, Rochester 2
    Box Score

    The story in this one was the starting pitchers for the Red Wings, though not because of their seven innings of solid performance. It’s the fact that two starters appeared in the game, with the first of them on a quick hook after just 24 pitches.

    That first starter was lefty Adalberto Mejia. He allowed one hit (including a throwing error on himself) and one walk in the first before escaping with no damage and had a one-two-three inning in the second when his day was cut short.

    It was then Fernando Romero who came on for his 2018 debut and went the next five innings. Romero was scheduled to make the start on Wednesday, so let the speculation begin.

    Romero left the game with his team down 2-1, but otherwise it was a solid first outing of the year. Both runs against were unearned thanks to an error in the top of the seventh and in all he surrendered five hits and two walks, while striking out three. Of his 72 pitches, 45 went for strikes (62.5%).

    Rochester tied the game at two in the bottom of the seventh on a Gregorio Petit double to score Nick Buss, who had himself doubled to lead off the frame.

    Alan Busenitz then came on for the eighth inning, but two doubles put Syracuse out front 3-2 and they’d close it down from there.

    Nick Anderson worked a scoreless ninth in his AAA debut, recording all three outs via K’s, to give the Red Wings a chance in the bottom half, but a leadoff walk from Buss was followed by three consecutive outs to end the game.

    Zack Granite (2-5), Taylor Featherstone (2-4, 2B), Buss (2-3, R, 2B, BB), and Petit (2-4, R, 2B, RBI) accounted for eight of Rochester’s nine hits on the game.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Scheduled day off.

    After losing their season opening five-game series with the Birmingham Barons 3-2, The Lookouts got an off day to travel to Pensacola, Florida. They take on the Blue Wahoos at 6:35 PM CST Wednesday night, with right-hander Zack Littell on the mound looking to get them to .500 early in the season and pick up his first win after tallying 19 a year ago.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Florida 1, Fort Myers 0
    Box Score

    The Miracle got into a pitching duel with the Fire Frogs on Tuesday night after a brief weather delay at the start of the game, as the teams combined for just 13 hits and went 1-14 with runners in scoring position.

    Sean Poppen got the start for Fort Myers and went the first four innings. He allowed only three hits and struck out seven on just 57 pitches (43 for strikes) in an impressive performance. He struck out two in each of the second and third innings, and all three in the fourth to finish strong. He was relieved by Colton Davis who was stuck with the loss thanks to an error in the fifth inning that led to the only run of the game. Davis went three innings in total, allowing two hits and striking out four. Andrew Vasquez finished the final two innings for the Miracle, giving up one hit and striking out two.

    The Fort Myers offense had runners in scoring position in each of the game's first four innings but were unable to push a run across, then were shut down until the ninth. Jimmy Kerrigan led off the final frame with a single and was bunted into scoring position, but would end the game stranded on third.

    The Miracle offense got two hits from designated hitter Jared Foster, right fielder Jaylin Davis notched his second double of the season, and second baseman Nelson Molina notched his first double of the year in the loss.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 8, Peoria 6
    Box Score

    Cedar Rapids jumped out to an early lead in the second inning when Andrew Bechtold led off with a single that was followed by doubles from Ben Rortvedt and Trey Cabbage to score two. Mark Contreras tacked on a third run with an RBI single later in the inning.

    The score remained 3-0 until the bottom of the fifth, when the Chiefs finally got to Kernels starter Tyler Watson. Before a triple to lead off the inning, Watson had retired 11 in a row after allowing a two-out single in the first. That runner scored on a wild-pitch to make it 3-1.

    The Kernels responded in the sixth inning, putting up another crooked number to take control. Rortvedt led off by drawing a walk, and another double from Cabbage put runners on second and third. David Banuelos loaded the bases with another walk and Cedar Rapids scored the first run of the inning on a double-play ball. Royce Lewis drove in the second with a two-out single, and Alex Kirilloff the final two with a double to put Cedar Rapids up 7-1.

    Watson came on for the 6th inning but after allowing a single, was removed with one out in favor of Moises Gomez. In total Watson went 5.1 innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, while striking out one to pick up his first win of the season.

    Gomez finished the sixth but ran into trouble in the seventh. The leadoff man tripled and was followed by a double to score one, and two hitters later a single to put runners on the corners brought on fireman Jovani Moran. The left-hander picked up a K and a groundout to escape this jam, but like Gomez would find trouble coming back out for the eighth. Two walks and a two-out single would give Peoria their third run of the game before Moran got out of the inning.

    Kirilloff added an insurance run in the eighth with an RBI single that made it it 8-3, and Cedar Rapids almost needed it. Jose Martinez came on to finish the game but was greeted by consecutive singles and throwing error to score a run and a wild-pitch to score another. After issuing a walk he picked up the first two outs on consecutive K’s before surrendering an RBI double to make the final of 8-6. He ended the game with his third strikeout.

    Rortvedt led the Kernels with a 4-4 day at the plate, including two doubles, a walk, and two runs scored. Cabbage, Contreras, Jose Miranda, and Kirilloff each added two hits to the 15-hit effort and they went 5-16 with runners in scoring position.

    STARS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Sean Poppen, Fort Myers Miracle (4.0 IP, 0 R’s, 3 H’s, 7 K’s)
    Twins Daily Hitter of the Day – Ben Rortvedt, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-4, 2 R’s, 2 2B’s, BB)

    TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY

    1. Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) – 1-5, R, RBI, BB
    2. Fernando Romero (Rochester) – 5 IP, 0 ER’s, 5 H’s, 2 BB, 3 K’s
    5. Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) – 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI
    13. Lewin Diaz (Fort Myers) – 0-4, K
    15. Mitch Garver (Minnesota) – 1-3, R, BB, 2 K’s
    16. Ben Rortvedt (Cedar Rapids) – 4-4, 2 R’s, 2 2B’s, BB
    17. Travis Blankenhorn (Fort Myers) – 0-4, K

    WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Syracuse @ Rochester (11:35AM CST) – LHP Dietrich Enns
    Chattanooga @ Pensacola (6:35PM CST) – RHP Zack Littell (0-0, 4.15 ERA)
    Florida @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – LHP Anthony Marzi
    Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:30PM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (0-0, -.—ERA)
    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!

    • Apr 11 2018 07:08 AM
    • by Steve Lein
  22. Twins Minor League Report (7/31): E-town Rolls, Kernels Pitch Shutout, Gordon Saves Chattanooga

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester - OFF DAY

    The 62-45 Red Wings will host Lehigh Valley in a series that begins tomorrow.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 7, Montgomery 6
    Box Score

    It was going to happen again. Despite having a two-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Lookouts were going to play another extra-inning game. A triple followed by a single followed by a sacrifice bunt and it was one out with the tying run at second.

    And then it happened, a rocket shot towards the hole that was definitely going to score the game-tying run. Only it didn't. A diving Nick Gordon fielded the ball to his right and quickly rifled the ball to first base where the runner was called out. (It was very close.) The next batter popped out and the game was over. In nine innings. Shortly after 10 pm central time.

    T.J. White, Max Murphy and Carlos Paulino all had two hits. White hit his ninth home run. LaMonte Wade had only one hit, but it was a triple, and he drove in three runs. Nick Gordon, officially, was 0-1, but he drew three walks.

    Kohl Stewart picked up the win, though it wasn't necessarily pretty. He worked six innings, striking out six, but allowed five runs on seven hits and four walks. He was effective in getting groundball outs (8:1) and improved his record to 5-5.

    Randy LeBlanc struck out three in two scoreless frames before Nick Anderson picked up the one-inning save... which was an adventure.

    At 70-37 overall and 27-9 in the second half, the Lookouts have a five-game lead in their division, and have consistently been the best team in the Southern League all season.

    Let's see how much of this team remains together as the higher levels will surely come looking for help.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 3, Clearwater 6
    Box Score

    All of the Miracle runs came by way of the home run. Brent Rooker hit his second high-A homer (and 9th overall) with a solo shot in the second inning. It gave Fort Myers a 1-0 lead. After allowing the game to be tied in the fourth inning, Mitch Kranson hit a two-run blast in the fifth inning to put the Miracle up 3-1.

    The Fort Myers bullpen - Glen Perkins and David Fischer - allowed a combined five runs in two innings, negating a good rebound start by Sean Poppen. Poppen went six innings, striking out five, allowing only one run on six hits.
    Brandon Lopez paced the offense with two hits.

    At 22-16, the Miracle are two games back in their division.

    KERNELS NUGGETS

    Cedar Rapids 2, Clinton 0
    Box Score

    Charlie Barnes struck out four over four innings in his full-season debut. Only five runners - four hits and a walk - reached base, but none scored. Unfortunately, Barnes exited the scoreless tie and took a no decision.

    Patrick McGuff was credited with the win. He allowed two hits and struck out two in two innings. Ryan Mason struck out three in two innings. Hector Lujan picked up his 11th save of the season.

    The bats were relatively quiet - only seven hits all game - but new Kernel Jimmy Kerrigan drove in all (two) of the game's runs with a home run in the sixth inning. Gorge Munez, who scored the other run, had two hits including a double.

    Now 56-51, but only 17-20 in the second half the Kernels are 5.5 games back in their division.

    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 9, Kingsport 3
    Box Score

    The E-Twins continue to swing very hot bats and that was apparent again on Monday.

    Every member of the lineup recorded at least one hit. Andrew Bechtold led the offense going 2-4 with two doubles and three RBI. Shane Carrier, Kolton Kendrick, Carson Crites and Akil Baddoo all had two hits. Carrier and Baddoo added doubles as did Jordan Gore and Jose Miranda. Crites and Baddoo each stole a base.

    Melvi Acosta picked up the win, tossing 5.2 innings. He gave up two runs on five hits. Acosta struck out three. Rickey Ramirez recored the final 10 outs. He gave up a run on two hits and also struck out three.

    The E-Twins have a five-game winning streak and have pushed their division lead to three games at 25-14.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins vs GCL Rays
    Postponed - Rain

    The GCL Twins are 17-13.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day – Sean Poppen, Fort Myers
    Hitter of the Day – Andrew Bechtold, Elizabethton

    TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester vs Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) - RHP Dillon Gee (3-1, 2.00 ERA)
    Chattanooga at Montgomery (7:05 CST) - RHP Dereck Rodriguez (4-2, 4.04 ERA)
    Fort Myers at Clearwater (6:00 CST) - RHP Eduardo Del Rosario (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids vs Clinton (6:35 CST) - RHP Tyler Beardsley (3-4, 5.81 ERA)
    Elizabethton vs Kingsport (6:00 CST) - RHP Nick Brown (0-1, 5.24 ERA)
    GCL Twins at GCL Orioles (11:00 AM CST) - TBA

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

    • Aug 01 2017 04:31 AM
    • by Jeremy Nygaard
  23. Twins Minor League Report (7/17): Slegers, Ynoa Toss Gems

    Find out everything and more that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday. Let's start with Sean Poppen being named the Florida State League Pitcher of the Week.

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Game 1 - Rochester 5, Charlotte 4
    Box Score

    The Red Wings used a big inning and held on for a one-run win in the first of two games on Monday.

    The Red Wings got RBI singles from JB Shuck and Tommy Field in the third inning. Then with the bases loaded, Matt Hague emptied them with his 16th double of the season.

    David Hurlbut improved to 7-5 on the season. He went five innings and gave up three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck out three. In the sixth inning, he gave up a double and a single before being replaced by Jake Reed. Reed walked the next two batters, the second pushing in a run. However, Reed got a ground ball double play that cut the Red Wings lead to one, but he got two big outs. He got the third out before the tying run scored. Michael Tonkin came in for the seventh inning. He picked up his fourth save thanks to two strikeouts in a perfect inning.



    Game 2 - Rochester 3, Charlotte 0
    Box Score

    Game 2 was a pitcher’s duel. However, in the second inning, Byungho Park went opposite field for his fifth home run of the year.



    The score remained 1-0 Red Wings until Matt Hague singled in two runs in the sixth inning.

    But that was more than enough for Aaron Slegers. The right-hander went all seven innings to complete the shutout. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out five. He improved to 10-4 while dropping his ERA to 3.50.


    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 6, Jacksonville 9
    Box Score

    The Lookouts jumped out to a 6-0 lead after just two innings in this morning game. Felix Jorge was on the mound. Through the first four innings, he’d given up just one run. However, the fifth inning was his and the Lookouts’ downfall in this loss.

    Jorge got one out in the fifth, but he was charged with six runs on nine hits in 4.1 innings. He walked two and struck out four. Randy LeBlanc came on and allowed one inherited runner to score. He went 1.2 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. He walked one and struck one out. Randy Rosario tossed a scoreless inning, and Luke Bard threw two scoreless innings.

    Andy Wilkens provided much of the punch for the Lookouts offense. The veteran went 2-3 with a walk and his fourth home run. It was a grand slam and gave the team their 6-0 lead. LaMonte Wade went 2-4 with a walk and his 16th double. Jonathan Rodriguez went 1-3 with a walk. Travis Harrison walked twice.


    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Ft. Myers 3, St. Lucie 7
    Box Score

    It was a get-away morning game for the Miracle. It was also a bullpen game for the pitching staff. Keaton Steele started and threw three shutout innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three. Williams Ramirez got the next two innings. He gave up just one hit. Michael Theofanopoulos came in for the sixth. He got two outs and was charged with four runs on three hits. He walked two and struck out one. He gave up back-to-back homers in the inning. Andrew Vasquez came on and got the next four outs, striking out one. David Fischer came in and gave up three runs on four hits and three walks over the final two innings.

    The Miracle pushed across three runs in the game. They had seven hits, but they came from just three players. Jermaine Palacios stayed hot. He went 4-5 and is now hitting .341 through 21 games with the Miracle. Nelson Molina went 2-5 and stole his third base. Zander Wiel went 1-2 with two walks and his 21st double. He also stole his seventh base.

    In case you were wondering, Tim Tebow started in centerfield. He went 3-5 with a double.


    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 1, South Bend 2
    Box Score

    After scoring just two total runs over their previous five games, the Kernels busted out for eight runs in South Bend on Monday. On Tuesday afternoon, the Kernels offense was unable to put together sustained rallies and fell by a score of 2-1.

    Eduardo Del Rosario was on the mound. The right-hander went the first six innings. He gave up two runs on five hits and two walks. He struck out five. Ryan Mason and Hector Lujan each threw a scoreless inning.

    Aaron Whitefield led the offense. He went 2-3 with a walk and his 13th double. He also stole his 21st base. He scored the lone Kernels’ run on a sacrifice fly from Lewin Diaz. Hank Morrison went 2-4. The Kernels had runners on second and third with one out in the ninth inning, but they were unable to cash in a run to tie it.


    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Elizabethton 13, Greeneville 0
    Box Score

    If you just looked at the final score, you would assume that this was a blowout. You’d be right. However, through seven innings, there was no score. However, they started pounding the ball late. They scored five runs in the eighth inning, powered by the first professional home run for Matt Albanese, a three-run shot. Jose Miranda added his fifth homer during that inning. That was just the start. In the ninth inning, the E-Twins scored eight times. Andrew Bechtold added his second homer.

    Albanese went 2-5 and drove in five runs. Bechtold was 3-5. So was outfielder Shane Carrier. Wander Javier went 2-4 with a walk. Jose Miranda also had two hits. Colton Waltner added two doubles in the game.

    Huascar Ynoa started for Elizabethton. He went the first innings and gave up just one hit. He walked two and struck out six. He left a 0-0 game. Jose Martinez came on and worked three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked none and struck out two to gain the win.


    GCL TWINS TAKES
    GCL Twins 0, GCL Rays 0 (Suspended in 1st inning)
    Box Score

    Game was suspended after just two batters. Brusdar Graterol got one out and gave up one hit before the game was delayed and subsequently suspended by lightning.


    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Aaron Slegers, Rochester Red Wings
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Matt Hague, Rochester Red Wings


    TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Charlotte @ Rochester (10:05 CST) - RHP Tim Melville
    Chattanooga - No Game Scheduled
    Ft. Myers @ Bradenton (5:30 CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe
    Cedar Rapids - No Game Scheduled
    Bristole @ Elizabethton (6:00 CST) - RHP Moises Gomez
    GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (DH @ 11:00am CST) -

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

    • Jul 18 2017 09:36 AM
    • by Seth Stohs
  24. Twins Minor League Report (7/16): Romero Strong in Short Start, Rooker Homers Again

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

    RED WINGS REPORT
    Lehigh Valley 4, Rochester 3
    Box Score

    J.R Murphy hit a solo homer, but the Red Wings could muster only three other hits and Tim Melville had his worst start for Rochester. Over 4.1 innings, Melville gave up four earned runs on seven hits.

    All that’s a shame, too, because the bullpen was phenomenal. Craig Breslow retired both batters he faced, one on strikes. Mason Melotakis gave up a hit over his 0.2 shutout innings. Alan Busenitz was particularly impressive, striking out four of the five men he faced. John Curtiss finished things off with a perfect inning with two strikeouts.

    The Wings were rallying in the eighth, as Matt Hague reached on an error with one out, and would scored on an Edgar Corcino double. ByungHo Park drew a walk, but the Iron Pigs were able to turn two on a Tommy Field grounder to third to end the threat.

    CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
    Chattanooga 5, Jacksonville 2
    Box Score

    Fernando Romero held the Jumbo Shrimp to two runs over his five innings of work, striking out six in the process. Romero threw 82 pitches, 54 for strikes. It was the third-straight start in which Romero pitched exactly five innings despite not eclipsing even 90 pitches. It would appear he’ll be on a pretty strict innings limit for the rest of the season.

    The Lookouts were trailing 2-0 in the bottom of the second, but a big two-out rally led to Chattanooga tallying three runs in the inning. Travis Harrison had the big hit of that frame, a two-run double. Nick Gordon had a nice night at the plate, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base, but he also made his 19th error of the season.

    Jonathan Rodriguez and Max Murphy also had two hits each. Ryan Eades followed Romero with three shutout innings and Paul Clemens pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.

    MIRACLE MATTERS
    Fort Myers 6, St. Lucie 3
    Box Score

    The Miracle improved to 17-5 in the second half behind another great start from Sean Poppen, who lowered his ERA with Fort Myers to 0.55. Poppen held the Mets to one run over 6.1 innings and racked up five strikeouts while walking just one batter.

    Zander Wiel hit a two-run homer, his eighth of the season, and the following players got two hits a piece: Sean Miller, Mitchell Kranson and Jaylin Davis. Kranson has had a nice first 20 games since being called up from Cedar Rapids, hitting .304/.360/.430 (.791 OPS).

    Tom Hackimer, who has a 0.96 ERA of his own, got the last two outs of the seventh. Alex Robinson gave up two runs over the final two innings, striking out three in the process.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Cedar Rapids 8, South Bend 4
    Box Score

    The Kernels snapped a season-high five-game losing streak with a much-needed offensive explosion. Cedar Rapids had scored just four runs total in their previous six games, but they managed to tally two runs before even recording an out in this one.

    Aaron Whitefield led off the game with a walk and stole his 20th base of the season. Joe Cronin followed with a walk and Travis Blankenhorn delivered a two-run triple. Lewin Diaz plated Blankenhorn on a groundout. Diaz was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. Amaurys Minier hit a three-run homer in the third inning, his second of the year with the Kernels

    Anthony Marzi had a three-run lead before even taking the mound. He improved to 3-0 on the season by holding the Cubs to two runs over six innings. Marzi, who the Twins signed out of the Atlantic League, now has a 1.37 ERA and 0.71 WHIP over his first three appearances in the organization.

    E-TWINS E-NOTES
    Greenville 8, Elizabethton 4
    Box Score

    Brent Rooker hit his seventh home run of the season in just his 21st game played, but it was one of only four hits on the day for the Twins. Shortstop Jordan Gore delivered the other big knock, a three-run double.

    Edwar Colina gave up three runs over 4.1 innings, Rickey Ramirez was rocked for four runs in his 1.2 innings and Jared Finkel gave up a run over two innings. This was a big game in the landscape of the Appalachian League, as the loss dropped E-Town to a half-game back of Greenville in the West division.

    GCL TWINS TAKES
    Scheduled off day.

    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Sean Poppen, Fort Myers (6.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K)
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Amaurys Minier, Cedar Rapids (1-for-4, HR, BB, 3 RBI, 1 R).

    MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Rochester vs. Charlotte, 4:05 pm CT, David Hurlbut (3.44 ERA, 1.40 WHIP)
    Rochester “at” Charlotte (in Rochester), Game 2, Aaron Slegers (3.75 ERA, 1.36 WHIP)
    Chattanooga vs. Jacksonville, 10:15 am CT, Felix Jorge (3.14 ERA, 1.30 WHIP)
    Fort Myers vs. St. Lucie, 10:05 am CT, TBD
    Cedar Rapids at South Bend, 12:05 pm CT, Eduardo Del Rosario (4.48 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)
    Elizabethton at Greenville, 6:00 pm CT, Huascar Ynoa (5.06 ERA, 1.81 WHIP)
    GCL Twins vs. GCL Rays, 11:00 am CT, TBD

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

    • Jul 16 2017 07:38 PM
    • by Tom Froemming
  25. Twins Minor League Pitcher Leader Board (Through July 13, 2017)

    Find out which pitchers have been leading the way for their team(s) to this point in the season. There are about seven weeks left of the minor league seasons.

    THE STARTING PITCHERS
    (Rate number - minimum 61.0 innings)

    Innings Pitched: Sean Poppen (97.0), Dereck Rodriguez (96.2), Aaron Slegers (96.0), Clark Beeker (93.0), Eduardo Del Rosario (92.1), Felix Jorge (91.2).

    ERA: Nik Turley (1.81), Tyler Wells (2.21), Sean Poppen (2.60), Clark Beeker (2.71), Fernando Romero (2.78), Stephen Gonsalves (2.86), Dereck Rodriguez (2.89).

    WHIP: Nik Turley (0.91), Stephen Gonsalves (0.97), Tyler Wells (1.00), Clark Beeker (1.01), Sean Poppen (1.04), Dereck Rodriguez (1.107), Cody Stashak (1.111).

    K/9: Nik Turley (13.2), Tyler Wells (12.1), Stephen Gonsalves (10.6), Fernando Romero (9.0), Eduardo Del Rosario (8.3), Cody Stashak (8.2), Sean Poppen (8.1).

    BB/9: Clark Beeker (1.2), Sean Poppen/Stephen Gonsalves (1.7), Lachlan Wells (1.9), Dereck Rodriguez (2.0), Nick Anderson/Aaron Slegers/Cody Stashak/David Hurlbut (2.2)

    K: Nik Turley (95), Fernando Romero (91), Sean Poppen (87), Eduardo Del Rosario (85), Tyler Wells (82), Dereck Rodriguez (81).

    THE RELIEF PITCHERS
    (Rate numbers - minimum 31.0 innings, and less than 4 starts)

    Innings Pitched: Sam Clay (46.2), DJ Baxendale (44.0), Colton Davis (41.1), Luke Bard/Tom Hackimer (41.0), Logan Lombana/Alex Robinson/Andrew Vasquez (39.0).

    ERA: Andrew Vasquez (0.92), Nick Anderson (1.00), Tom Hackimer (1.32), John Curtiss (1.35), Drew Rucinski/Sam Clay (1.54), Randy Rosario (1.64).

    WHIP: Tom Hackimer (0.76), Drew Rucinski (0.77), Randy Rosario (0.835), Alan Busenitz (0.844), Mason Melotakis (0.85), Nick Anderson (0.86), Hector Lujan (0.90).

    K/9: Luke Bard/Andrew Vasquez (14.3), Alex Robinson (12.5), John Curtiss (12.4), Mason Melotakis/Michael Theofanopoulos (10.5), Trevor Hildenberger (10.3).

    BB/9: Drew Rucinski (0.8), Hector Lujan (1.0), Randy Rosario (1.9), Tom Hackimer (2.2), DJ Baxendale/Nick Anderson/Trevor Hildenberger (2.3).

    K: Luke Bard (65), Andrew Vasquez (62), Alex Robinson (54), Michael Theofanopoulos (48), John Curtiss (46), Sam Clay (45), Tom Hackimer (43).

    Saves: John Curtiss (14), Tom Hackimer/Hector Lujan (8), Sam Clay/Trevor Hildenberger (6)

    Feel free to ask questions about any of the players or teams.

    • Jul 14 2017 07:11 AM
    • by Seth Stohs