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Article: Twins Minor League Report (5/2): Diaz Pops, Navarreto Walks-Off

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#1 Steve Lein

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Posted 02 May 2017 - 09:02 PM

There wasn’t much action on Tuesday night in the Twins system as Chattanooga enjoyed a day off and Rochester was rained out an hour-and-a-half west of home in New York. But in the games that were played, there were fireworks. One version was of the walk-off variety in Fort Myers, while in Cedar Rapids a slugger recorded his first multi-home run game of his young career to propel his team to victory.To find out how it all went down on Tuesday night in the minors, keep reading!

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester @ Buffalo (Postponed – Rain)

Tuesday’s series opener against the Buffalo Bisons was rained out and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. David Hurlbut will likely take his normal spot while early season standout Nik Turley, freshly promoted to AAA is scheduled for game two.

In award news, Jose Berrios was named the International League player of the week for his two most recent, dominating efforts.


CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Scheduled day off.

The Lookouts were on their way back home on Tuesday after winning three of five against the Generals of Jackson, TN. They start a five game series at home vs. the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Chattanooga is looking to get back to .500 on the season in the opening game, as they are 3.5 games back of Jackson in the North Division at 12-13.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Daytona 1, Fort Myers 2 (10 innings)
Box score

Fort Myers got on the board in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of Zack Granite, who led off their half with an infield single. He then stole second base, moved to third on a groundout, and raced home on a passed ball to put them up 1-0.

It got pretty boring after that as pitching took over on both sides.

Starter Cody Stashak scattered six hits over six innings, allowing just one run while striking out seven in a quality start effort. His one run came in the sixth as three consecutive singles loaded the bases with one out, before a sacrifice fly tied the game at one.

Tortugas pitcher Jose Lopez matched Stashak through the sixth as the Lookouts couldn’t capitalize on a double-steal attempt of home in the third after Brian Navaretto led off the inning with a double, his fifth of the season.

Michael Theofanopoulos took over for the Miracle in the seventh, and struck out the side in a scoreless inning. He went on to pitch two more scoreless frames, getting Fort Myers to extra innings. He allowed two hits and struck out five.

In the bottom of the tenth, Navaretto stepped into the batter’s box with two outs, and walked his team off instead of playing another inning. His solo shot was his second homer of the season and capped a 2-4 day at the plate for the 2013 sixth rounder from Florida.

Jonny Drozd picked up the win by pitching a scoreless top of the tenth. He struck out one while setting the opposition down in order.

Granite was 3-3 on the night with a walk and his first three stolen bases of the year. Chris Paul added his sixth double in a two-hit game.


KERNELS NUGGETS
Lake County 3, Cedar Rapids 7
Box Score

Lewin Diaz put the Kernels up early when he popped one out to right field for his second home run of the season in the bottom of the first inning. He made it 2-0 in the fourth when he hit his third, marking the first multi-home run game of his young career.

On the mound for Cedar Rapids was Eduardo Del Rosario, coming off a seven inning shut-out effort in his last turn where he struck out ten. He wasn’t as good in this one although he didn’t run into major trouble until the fifth. That was when he loaded the bases and walked one run in before a Diaz throwing error led to another and ended his night at 4+ innings. He allowed five hits, three walks, and struck out four on the night.

Right-hander Hector Lujan came on in relief and allowed an inherited runner to score and give the Captains the lead 3-2, but escaped further damage with a double-play ball and a caught stealing attempt to end the inning.

The home team tied the game back in the bottom of the fifth when Aaron Whitefield slugged his fifth home run of the year. Lujan finished two more scoreless innings to keep the game tied and struck out two along the way.

As if Diaz hadn’t done enough already to make up for his earlier miscue, he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh and cleared them with a double to break the game open and give him five RBIs on a 3-4 night at the plate.

Catcher Caleb Hamilton tripled in the eighth and was driven in by a Brandon Lopez single to add an insurance run before Colton Davis picked up his first hold with a scoreless inning. Tom Hackimer closed the door in the ninth, striking out the side to put an exclamation point on the victory.

Lopez (2-4, R, RBI) and Jermaine Palacios (2-4, R, 2B) added multi-hit efforts for the Kernels offense.


TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Cody Stashak, Fort Myers Miracle (6.0 IP, 1 ER, 6 H’s, 7 K’s)
Hitter of the Day – Lewin Diaz, Cedar Rapids Kernels (3-4, 2 R’s, 2B, HR, 5 RBI)


WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Rochester @ Buffalo, Game 1 (3:15PM CST) – LHP David Hurlbut (1-2, 1.04 ERA)
Rochester @ Buffalo, Game 2 – LHP Nik Turley (0-1, 0.44 ERA, 20.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 6 BB, 36 K’s at AA)
Pensacola @ Chattanooga (6:15PM CST) – TBD
Daytona @ Fort Myers (5:35PM CST) – RHP David Fischer (2-0, 0.95 ERA)
Lake County @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Tyler Beardsley (2-1, 3.94 ERA)

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

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Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)


#2 High heat

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 01:24 AM

Here to hoping Brian Navareto can learn how to hit. By all accounts he is big league ready defensively but if you can't hit .200 in single A. You might as well bring a purse with you to the plate in the bigs.

Looks like he is doing better the first month this season hoping more at bats like today!

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 05:44 AM

funny thing is that if I remember right, he was a bat first catcher when drafted.

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 06:18 AM

Great seeing Granite back on the field.  Assume he will return to Rochester in a week or so.  Still plenty of time for him to have a great year, a year that can earn him a September call up.

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 07:12 AM

 

Great seeing Granite back on the field.  Assume he will return to Rochester in a week or so.  Still plenty of time for him to have a great year, a year that can earn him a September call up.

 

Yeah, I think last night was Granite's third game back, and he seems to be locked in. I wonder if they might send him to Chattanooga briefly too before getting him to Rochester.  But yeah, still a lot of season left. 

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 08:00 AM

 

funny thing is that if I remember right, he was a bat first catcher when drafted.

 

Was said to have some pop, and always has had a big arm. Definitely showing good signs lately with his bat!

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Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 08:46 AM

The box score says 2-1 on the Ft. Myers game, which matches the text, but the scoreline on the article is 7-3...

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It's great to get out of the cellar ... as long as you bring something with you.


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 08:59 AM

Ack! Yes, I think I totally forgot to update that line from last week.

 

Daytona 1, Fort Myers 2!!!

 

Man, I even went through this a couple times for edits...haha :)

Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 09:13 AM

Chris Paul
He is having a good start at the plate but his fielding % isn't so great.
However hopefully we all know that error rate is a bad way to evaluate guys in the low minors.
Wondering if anyone has seen him play 3B in the field?

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 09:15 AM

Great seeing Granite back on the field.  Assume he will return to Rochester in a week or so.  Still plenty of time for him to have a great year, a year that can earn him a September call up.


If my understanding of the rehab rules are correct, Adrianza has to be with the Twins by May 10 or be DFA'd. I would expect Granite to be in Rochester by that date.
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 10:01 AM

 

The box score says 2-1 on the Ft. Myers game, which matches the text, but the scoreline on the article is 7-3...

 

Updated... thank you!


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 10:14 AM

Would like to see more recognition given to relief pitchers in your "Players of the Day" segment.Theofanopoulos pitched 3 innings with 5 K's and 2 hits.Maybe you could add a third category which would be only for relief pitchers.After all, there are 3 categories for players of the month.

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Posted 03 May 2017 - 11:05 AM

 

Would like to see more recognition given to relief pitchers in your "Players of the Day" segment.Theofanopoulos pitched 3 innings with 5 K's and 2 hits.Maybe you could add a third category which would be only for relief pitchers.After all, there are 3 categories for players of the month.

 

I almost gave it to Theo, and I have given it to relievers several times in the past :)

 

But I'll take the 1 run allowed and over a K per inning in a 6 inning start every day of the week.

 

 

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Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 11:17 AM

 

Was said to have some pop, and always has had a big arm. Definitely showing good signs lately with his bat!

 

This is the report on Navaretto that I remember from when he was drafted. Has anyone seen him catch in person? He's got a pretty big frame, wondering how he moves behind the plate or if his defensive rep is all based on his arm...


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 11:33 AM

Hoping zack Granite is in Rochester by the end of the week. Another good month in Rochester he could be dawning a twins uniform. Injuries are bound to happen and premium defense in the outfield has been key to our success this far. Robbie just won't cut it filling in long term in the outfield from what I see.
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 01:14 PM

How can a 2-1 10 inning game be "boring"?


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 01:16 PM

 

How can a 2-1 10 inning game be "boring"?

 

 

Chicks dig the long ball.  Remember?...


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Posted 03 May 2017 - 02:45 PM

 

How can a 2-1 10 inning game be "boring"?

 

Not much happened from an offensive side the whole game and adding something like "until extra innings" at the end of that sentence didn't work as a transition there. :)

 

To understand the boredom I and others may have felt: the only half-inning that had more than four hitters step in the box was when Daytona scored their run in the sixth.  

Edited by Steve Lein, 03 May 2017 - 02:46 PM.

Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)




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