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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/12): Royce Rolls Into Cedar Rapids

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:47 PM

Yes, the big news of the day was the promotion of #1 overall pick from June, Royce Lewis, to the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I’ll leave just a teaser here. He had an impressive Kernels debut. But there was a lot more happening throughout a busy Saturday in the Twins system.

First, you’ll want to see how Dereck Rodriguez performed on a night his Dad’s jersey was retired by the Rangers. He opposed Michael Kopech and matched zeroes with him. Read his thoughts on probably his best performance of the year.

Brent Rooker stayed hot, coming up with yet another big hit for the Miracle. Shane Carrier had a huge hit for the Kernels and has been raking for over a month now. And Aaron Slegers was terrific again for the Red Wings, keeping a streak alive. He was helped by another big game from Mitch (#CallHimUp) Garver.Find out everything and more that happened happened in the Twins system on Saturday.

Let’s start with the transactions of the day:
  • You might have heard. Royce Lewis, the first overall pick this June, was promoted to Cedar Rapids from the GCL.
  • Aaron Whitefield was also removed from the disabled list for the Kernels. To make room for his return, Hank Morrison was released.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 3, Norfolk 2
Box Score

Rochester got yet another strong start from Aaron Slegers, and used some power to take this win.

Slegers won his ninth straight decision (10 starts). He gave up just two runs on eight hits over 7.1 innings. He struck out six. Mason Melotakis recorded his first Red Wings save by getting the final five outs, two on strikeouts.

Byungho Park put the Red Wings on the scoreboard in the fifth inning with a two-run homer, his 10th of the season. In the sixth, Mitch Garver added his 17th home run to give the team a lead they’d hold on to. Garver added his 27th double later and walked once. Kennys Vargas was 2-4. Zack Granite added a single and a walk.


CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 1, Birmingham 0
Box Score

The Lookouts faced White Sox pitching prospect Michael Kopech for the fourth time on Saturday night. In his three previous starts, he had struck out nine, ten and twelve batters. In this game, the flame-throwing righty struck out ten again. Fortunately, Dereck Rodriguez was up to the challenge.

On a night when his dad was honored by the Texas Rangers, who retired his number, Dereck Rodriguez was fantastic. He outpitched Kopech, just without the same number of strikeouts. Rodriguez threw seven shutout innings. He gave up just two hits, walked none and struck out five. He improved to 5-2 on the season with the Lookouts.

Rodriguez said that he just had things working tonight. “I was getting ahead of hitters and throwing my pitches for strikes.”

That it was opposite a talent like Michael Kopech didn’t faze Rodriguez. “It could have been Nolan Ryan on the mound. Rodriguez continued with a chuckle, “It didn't matter to me... I don't have to face him.”

Todd Van Steensel worked out of trouble in the eighth inning. He gave up a hit, walked one and hit a batter, but somehow did not give up a run. Nick Anderson picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth frame.

The Lookouts scored their run in the seventh inning. Ryan Walker hit his 12th double. Nick Gordon singled, and Walker scored on an error on the play. Jonathan Rodriguez added his 26th double.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 9, Dunedin 6
Box Score

Brent Rooker stayed hot and gave the Miracle a big lead in the first inning again on Saturday night. He hit a three-run homer, his sixth with the Miracle. And when he’s hit them of late, he’s picked some big moments.



Eduardo Del Rosario was given run support, but he wasn’t able to fully take advantage. He gave up four runs on five hits and four walks in four innings. He struck out three before being removed. Williams Ramirez struck out four over two scoreless innings. Alex Robinson gave up a run in his inning. Michael Theofanopoulos gave up nothing over the final two innings to finish it off.

Jaylin Davis went 2-4 with two RBI. Sean Miller had a single and a walk and scored twice.


KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 9, Quad Cities 1
Box Score

Royce Lewis was the big story in the Twins minor league system on Saturday, and he came as advertised, so let’s start with the rest.

Shane Carrier continues to absolutely rake. He went 2-4 and hit his fourth home run, a two-run shot to put the Kernels on the board. Jimmy Kerrigan went 2-3 including his third home run and two RBI. Jordan Gore went 1-2 with two walks.



And how good has Carrier been of late?



Lefty Anthony Marzi started and gave up just one run on four hits over six innings. He walked three and hit two, but limited damage. Max Cordy bent but didn’t break.He gave up a hit and walked five, but somehow didn’t give up a run over his two innings. He struck out three. Hector Lujan struck out two in the final inning.

OK, on to the Royce Lewis portion. Lewis led off and played shortstop for the Kernels. In his first at-bat, he lined a single to left field. Soon after, he stole second base. We won’t mention though that he was then picked off. In his second at-bat, he lined a single to right field after fouling off several tough pitches. In his third at-bat, he drove in a run with another single to right field. His fourth at-bat, he had a line-drive-in-the-book, even if it really was a pop up that landed right between the right fielder, the second baseman and the first baseman. OK, he proved human in his fifth at-bat, striking out. But 4-5 with a run, an RBI, a stolen base and no errors is pretty good, I’d say!

First hit:


Third hit:


Fourth hit:


Oh, and the Kernels had one of their theme nights. It was Beach Night and the Kernels wore special jerseys that get auctioned off by silent bid through the sixth inning. Royce Lewis’s jersey went for $900.

Here’s a fun look at that jersey:




E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 5, Johnson City 12
Box Score

It was a rough night all around for the E-Twins on Saturday. Offensively, they managed just five hits. Jose Miranda hit his first triple. Ariel Montesino added his third double. JJ Robinson drove in two of the team’s runs.

Ryley Widell started for the Twins. In 3.1 innings, the left-hander gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits. He walked two, hit two and struck out five. Moises Gomez gave up six runs on three hits and three walks in just one innings. Blair Lakso went two innings. He gave up two runs on three hits and three walks. Jose Martinez got the final five outs (two on strikeouts) and gave up just one hit.


GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins 4, GCL Red Sox 5
Box Score

Henry Centeno made another rehab start in the GCL. The right-hander walked one over three, no-hit innings. He struck out three. Matt Jones was next up. The left-hander gave up two unearned runs on three hits and two walks in three innings. He struck out three. Kevin Marnon gave up one run on two hits over two innings. He struck out three.Derek Molina gave up one run on one hit and one walk in his inning. Zach Featherstone came in and got two outs, but gave up an unearned run to take the loss.

Victor Tademo led the offense. He went 2-4 with his fourth double. Ricky De La Torre was also 2-4 and drove in two runs. Alex Robles went 2-3. Chris Paul had a double in five at-bats.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Dereck Rodriguez, Chattanooga Lookouts
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Royce Lewis, Cedar Rapids Kernels

SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Norfolk @ Rochester (12:35 CST) - RHP Tim Melville
Chattanooga @ Birmingham (3:00 CST) - RHP Fernando Romero
Dunedin @ Ft. Myers (5:05 CST) - RHP Brady Anderson
Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - LHP Charlie Barnes
Elizabethton @ Johnson City (6:00 CST) - RHP Melvi Acosta
GCL Twins - No Game Scheduled

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

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#2 nater79a

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:04 PM

That top photo by Steve B.... think you found the cover for the next Twins Prospect Handbook.

 

Great shot of Royce!

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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:09 PM

I think I used to have baseball cards of three of the Dunedin Blue Jays players...dads.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 10:12 PM

I guess Lewis is not struggling with the promotion. 

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#5 Seth Stohs

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:06 AM

 

That top photo by Steve B.... think you found the cover for the next Twins Prospect Handbook.

 

Great shot of Royce!

 

That's a good point... It certainly could be a candidate!!

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:08 AM

 

I think I used to have baseball cards of three of the Dunedin Blue Jays players...dads.

 

Isn't that crazy? All on one team! Bo Bichette, Vlad Guerrero, Jr., and Cavan Biggio. When I went to Cedar Rapids in early May, I got to see Fernando Tatis, Jr. It's fun seeing younger versions of our baseball cards like this... Of course, it also makes me feel old! Ha!

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:09 AM

 

I guess Lewis is not struggling with the promotion. 

 

Yup, same number of hits in his first four at bats as he had in 33 at bats in August in the GCL. But as I talked to someone in the Twins front office earlier today and was told that the quality of his at bats was terrific. 

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 12:26 AM

I have a feeling Royce Lewis isn't going to spend a lot of time in the minor leagues. 

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Baseball is easy. Just watch!


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 05:53 AM

I like that Lewis was promoted. I wish other guys followed him. Guys likeJose Miranda, Jean Carlos Arias or Akil Baddoo. Cedar Rapids has a pretty bad lineup and it would've been fun to see a team full of high talent teenagers.
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:24 AM

Any thoughts on on De La Torre? Seems to swing a decent stick. Also, Badoo and Miranda keep killing it. Excited about those two. This could wind up being a good couple of drafts
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 06:43 AM

 

I like that Lewis was promoted. I wish other guys followed him. Guys likeJose Miranda, Jean Carlos Arias or Akil Baddoo. Cedar Rapids has a pretty bad lineup and it would've been fun to see a team full of high talent teenagers.

 

Don't forget Bechtold.  He has cooled recently but I think he is only 20 years old as well.  Seems to have a good eye makes contact.  Add Kirolof to your grouping and you have a darn tough lineup.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 07:01 AM

Sure can tell he is fast. Wonder how much that Jersey would be worth one day. I sure wouldn't have the guts to spend $900 on it. $250 maybe. Even so, could be a big pay off one day
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 07:31 AM

Wasn't Perkins supposed to pitch back-to-back games last night and today? Is this a setback?

It looks like Rooker is on track to lead the Miracle with the most home runs. Not bad considering he will be with them only a little over a month. Don't know what that tells us about the rest of the Miracle lineup?
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 07:42 AM

Isn't that crazy? All on one team! Bo Bichette, Vlad Guerrero, Jr., and Cavan Biggio. When I went to Cedar Rapids in early May, I got to see Fernando Tatis, Jr. It's fun seeing younger versions of our baseball cards like this... Of course, it also makes me feel old! Ha!


How do think I felt when the Twins drafted Joe Maurer in 2001 and I realized I played hockey in high school with his Grand Uncle. I went to bed for about a week.
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Posted 13 August 2017 - 08:12 AM

I have wanted to know more about the Twins draftees and this report really gave me insight in to the top two.  Very nice to see.  I would love to see them really fast track to the majors.  Now I am curious about the other draftees.  

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 08:26 AM

 

Any thoughts on on De La Torre? Seems to swing a decent stick. Also, Badoo and Miranda keep killing it. Excited about those two. This could wind up being a good couple of drafts

 

When he was drafted, (I think it was) Jonathan Mayo said that before spring, some considered him a 1st-round talent. He's hit a little bit in the GCL. He's said to have the potential to stick as a shortstop, so I think he's quite intriguing.

 

I'm not sure that Baddoo and Miranda have controlled the strike zone as well as Lewis, so that could play into it. They're where they need to be. I think people need to just appreciate the talent that Lewis is. He's a very, very rare talent. And how's he's promoted will likely be far different from anything we've seen.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 08:31 AM

 

Wasn't Perkins supposed to pitch back-to-back games last night and today? Is this a setback?

It looks like Rooker is on track to lead the Miracle with the most home runs. Not bad considering he will be with them only a little over a month. Don't know what that tells us about the rest of the Miracle lineup?

 

I thought he was going to go one... get a day or two, and then do the back-to-back thing. No word on any sort of set back.

 

Without digging too much, I think Zander Wiel is at 9 HR, and Tanner English has 7. So yeah, Rooker could definitely lead the way. I think Trey Vavra led the Miracle with 7 or something last year. 


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Posted 13 August 2017 - 10:39 AM

First: The Twins look good in the infield with an abundance of shortstops in the system led by Nick Gordon and Royce White.Have to believe Polanco will either be traded or moved to 2nd Base if Dozier is traded.  

 

Second: The Cedar Rapids Kernals need to bring back the last version of Mr. Shucks (basically Mr. Peanut but he's an ear of corn instead of a peanut shell) . Merely having Mr. Met put straw under his shirt ain't cutting it!

 

Third: Kent Hrbek is worrying big about his HVAC Endorsement deal, which will be gone if Shane Carrier ever makes it to the MLB Club!!!

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:26 AM

 

 

SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - LHP Charlie Barnes


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saw this and thought, I should drive down.  Went to buy tickets and caught that its a 2pm game.

 

bummer.

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 02:00 PM

I'm not sure that Baddoo and Miranda have controlled the strike zone as well as Lewis, so that could play into it. They're where they need to be. .


That's an odd comment regarding Baddoo. Care to expand? From my reading of his stat line, I would think that strike zone control is one thing he excels at. But I have never seen him play so I am wondering why you would say that?
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