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Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/9): KKKKKKKKKohl Stewart's 2018 Debut

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#21 Seth Stohs

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 11:56 AM


Blankenhorn seems like the minor league version of Steve Pearce.Goes on streaks where he hits everything and his manager has to try to hide him all over the field where he plays poorly.1B/DH would be nice, but he has to get in line.


Way too early to know that. He's not bad at 3B or 2B. He's still working on both and has a ways to go, but I don't think they're hiding him... and you wouldn't hide a guy at either of those two positions. 

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#22 Seth Stohs

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 12:00 PM


Here are pitch counts from all the starters last night:

Slegers 66

Stewart 75

Beeker 66

Enlow 48


No Twins minor leaguer has thrown 80 pitches in a game yet this season. I wonder if this is something new minor league pitching coordinator Pete Maki has implemented across the board, or if it's just a coincidence.


Either way, I like it. It's a long season, and most of these minor league teams have enough multi-inning relievers to help pick up the slack. Might as well let the starters ease their way into the season.


Stewart may be the first guy to go past 70. 


In spring training, they go to 90 pitches in their second-to-last start, and then they drop it down to like 40-50 in their final start so they're ready to go. It's clear there is a strategy. I think the weather could be a factor too. 


Gonsalves was taken out at 66 pitches with a no-hitter, but it was also like 32 degrees. 

#23 Han Joelo

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Posted 10 April 2018 - 12:31 PM

Navarretto caught Stewart last night. I'm just going to tuck that away.

For the next four days, at least, I'm going to dream on what a boon it would be if the light turned on for Stewart.
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Posted 10 April 2018 - 12:56 PM

Yep, I'm really happy for Stewart. Let's hope he can do this all year.

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#25 nicksaviking


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 01:10 PM

Geez, can everyone stop talking about Stewart, you're going to jinx it! Don't even breathe in his direction, let's just pretend we didn't see anything and cross our fingers that this is the new normal.
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#26 TheLeviathan


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Posted 10 April 2018 - 09:19 PM

Well, if this FO can save that wreck it would be huge.Let's hope we see more.

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#27 Doctor Wu

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Posted 15 April 2018 - 08:51 AM

Wow, great play by Gregorio Petit. Thanks for the link to that video!

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