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Article: Twins Minor League Report (5/12): Trevor May Returns

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#1 Tom Froemming

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 09:27 PM

Trevor May made his first rehab appearance for the Miracle, Chattanooga stayed hot with a nine-run night and Royce Lewis hit a double for the Kernels. As has too often been the case, Rochester was unable to play due to inclement weather.TRANSACTIONS
May was activated on the Fort Myers Miracle roster to begin his rehab assignment.

Ryan LaMarre was activated for Rochester with James Ramsey heading to the DL with a shoulder contusion.

Nothing is official yet, but Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reported that Ervin Santana is expected to start his rehab assignment on May 26.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester vs. Scranton
Postponed due to rain. This was the seventh postponement already for the Red Wings. They’ll make this one up as part of a doubleheader on June 12.

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 9, Tennessee 6
Box Score

W: Casey Crosby (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 0 K)
SV: Todd Van Steensel ( 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K)
SP: Lewis Thorpe (3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K)
HR: None.
Multi-hit games: Zander Wiel, LaMonte Wade, Nick Gordon, Chris Paul

This was a back-and-forth affair, but the Lookouts outlasted the Smokies. Tennessee got a two-run homer off Lewis Thorpe in the top of the first, but the Chattanooga bats stormed back with four runs in the bottom of the inning. The Looks added another run in the second to go up 5-2.

Thorpe couldn’t make that lead stand up, as Tennessee would eventually tie the game at five in the fourth inning. Thorpe had a rough night, giving up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks. His ERA is now 5.17.

Luckily the Lookouts had another big inning in them. A four-runs seventh frame put Chattanooga up for good. All the usual suspects had big games. Zander Wiel was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and a pair of runs scored. Nick Gordon was 2-for-4, scored twice and had an RBI. LaMonte Wade was 2-for-3 with a couple walks and a run scored. Chris Paul also collected a pair of hits and stole a base.

The bullpen did a great job of buying time for the bats to get back in it. Cody Stashak pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings and Todd Van Steensel earned the save with a pair of perfect innings. He also struck out three batters.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Dunedin 2, Fort Myers 1
Box Score

SP: Trevor May (3.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K)
HR: None.
Multi-hit games: None.

He’s back! Just seeing Trevor May in action is great, but he also had an encouraging debut. Here’s the details via Twins Director of Communications Dustin Morse:

Putting up zeroes, striking guys out and hitting 93 mph; pretty great vibes all around. Back in 2016, May was averaging 94.8 mph on his fastball, so it’s great to see him come anywhere close to that his first time out. This was May’s first competitive action since March 8, 2017.

The Fort Myers pitching staff continued to perform from there, but the bats couldn’t get much of anything going. They combined for just four hits, the only extra-base knock coming as a Travis Blankenhorn double. Jimmy Kerrigan had the team’s lone RBI.

Jaylin Davis drew his 16th walk of the season. He’s reached that mark in 99 plate appearances. That’s an encouraging sign because last year he had just 28 walks in 466 PAs.

Andrew Vasquez pitched two perfect innings with three strikeouts. Clark Beeker gave up a run in the sixth inning, but went 3 1/3 innings for the Miracle. He gave up a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth then was lifted after Lewin Diaz committed an error. Ryan Mason entered the game with runners on first and second and got the first batter he faced to ground out. Unfortunately, the next hitter walked it off on an RBI single.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Bowling Green 4, Cedar Rapids 1
Box Score

SP: Bryan Sammons (51 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K)
HR: None.
Multi-hit games: Shane Carrier, Jean Carlos Arias

The Kernels struck first, scoring in the fourth inning. Royce Lewis hit a double and scored on a Shane Carrier single. Lewis is hitting .347, but that was just his fifth extra-base hit. Unfortunately, that was it for the offense.

Starter Bryan Sammons gave up a run in the fifth inning and Jose Martinez gave up three more in the eighth. Sammons has opened his first full season of pro ball with a 2.76 ERA and 1.23 WHIP over 29 1/3 innings.

STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Trevor May
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Zander Wiel

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

1. Royce Lewis: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, R
3. Nick Gordon: 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI
7: Brent Rooker: 1-for-5, 2B, R, 2 K
10. Akil Baddoo: 0-for-4, K
12. Lewis Thorpe: 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 2 K
13. Lewin Diaz: 1-for-4, K
14. LaMonte Wade: 2-for-3, 2 BB, R
16. Ben Rortvedt: 1-for-3
17: Travis Blankenhorn: 1-for-4, 2B, R

SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester at Scranton, 12:05 pm CT: Myles Jaye
Chattanooga vs. Tennessee, 1:15 pm CT: TBD
Fort Myers: OFF
Cedar Rapids: OFF

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#2 D.C Twins

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 10:44 PM

Worlds greatest mysteries.....

 

Does string theory really prove there are 11 dimensions?.....

 

....and why hasn't Gordon gotten a shot with Palanco out given the other underwhelming options?  

 

(and not necessarily in that order) 

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 10:46 PM

On a more positive note... 

 

Happy MAY-day everyone!

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 10:50 PM

Okay, I'm in. Time for Gordon to make his debut. The Twins need another hitter to extend the lineup. Gordon has almost 700 AA plate appearances. He isn't just hitting singles - he's a SS with a .927 OPS. If he can play defense at all, bring him up. Molitor can always pull him for Adrianze late in the game. 

 

The Twins really miss Polanco and it's his own damn fault. Let's not wait until he gets back to get some juice at the position. 

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Posted 12 May 2018 - 11:48 PM

 

Worlds greatest mysteries.....

 

Does string theory really prove there are 11 dimensions?.....

 

....and why hasn't Gordon gotten a shot with Palanco out given the other underwhelming options?  

 

(and not necessarily in that order) 

 

Gregorio Petit would loudly demur: "Not quite yet, young fella."

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 03:21 AM

 

Worlds greatest mysteries.....

 

Does string theory really prove there are 11 dimensions?.....

 

....and why hasn't Gordon gotten a shot with Palanco out given the other underwhelming options?  

 

(and not necessarily in that order) 

 

Nobody talks much about this as the reason for Gordon being in AA, but he was absolutely horrible defensively in spring training, and I think the Twins are sort of tying his promotions to his defensive play. Of course, at some point with even no improvement, he'd move to AAA, but my opinion is that while he's still early enough for AA to not be a total slap in the face, the Twins will give him incentive to tighten up his play in the field.

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 05:56 AM

I'm sad that the headline was not "It's gonna be May" with a pic of Justin Timberlake.......#missedopportunities

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 07:43 AM

I am a believer that good players continue to improve in MLB - Polanco did - so why not Gordon.There seems to be stubborn pills that are being consumed in the FO. 

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 07:47 AM

Wade on base 4 times and another good game from Gordon.

We will see several teams start moving guys up as extended spring training ends and some of those players fill low A pushing other guys up through the system. The June draft will also fill the system with a few players that need a spot in A ball. I expect both to move in the first half of June.

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 08:16 AM

I am a believer that good players continue to improve in MLB - Polanco did - so why not Gordon. There seems to be stubborn pills that are being consumed in the FO.


Part of it is probably that Gordon is not on the 40 man roster. They already have to clear 2 spots when May and Santana come back, and will likely need to clear another spot or two at the trade deadline.
Of course, if they think he's ready, that shouldn't be an obstacle. But if they have doubts, as I do, then that might play into it.
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Posted 13 May 2018 - 08:21 AM

Berrios, Odorizzi, Gibson, Romero and May not necessarily in that order. Then you've got Mejia and Gonsalves. This is your Minnesota Twins starting pitching depth for '19. This is such a change I like it allot. I predict May as a valuable starter moving forward.
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Posted 13 May 2018 - 08:58 AM

Awesome to see May back and throw that well first time out. I think he will help at some point this year and be a bigger factor next season.

Not arguing promotions, but with all the crappy weather and postponments Rochester has had, I'm beginning to wonder if that's part of the reason for so many guys at AA to begin the season you thought would be in AAA.
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Posted 13 May 2018 - 09:08 AM

 

Berrios, Odorizzi, Gibson, Romero and May not necessarily in that order. Then you've got Mejia and Gonsalves. This is your Minnesota Twins starting pitching depth for '19. This is such a change I like it allot. I predict May as a valuable starter moving forward.

Every one keeps forgetting about Pineda.Expect the Twins have high expectations for him in 2019.Personally, I think we have seen the last of Mejia as a regular starter for the Twins.To many better arms ahead of him.

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 09:12 AM

Just checked Lamont Wade's stats.He has 11 strikeouts in 111 at bats with 19 walks.Result is a .402 OBP.Also saw that Lewis has almost as many stolen bases (10 in 11 attempts) as strikeouts (11) in just under 100 at bats.Maybe those two guys will cut into the number of K's the Twins take in a few years. 

 

Although I don't have a clue where Wade can play other than a 4th outfielder spot as I expect/hope that the Twins outfield of Rosario, Buxton and Kepler is around for a decade or longer.But he could be an upgrade to the 4th outfielder spot, both at the plate and in the field.

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Posted 13 May 2018 - 09:24 AM

Awesome to see May back and throw that well first time out. I think he will help at some point this year and be a bigger factor next season.

Not arguing promotions, but with all the crappy weather and postponments Rochester has had, I'm beginning to wonder if that's part of the reason for so many guys at AA to begin the season you thought would be in AAA.


The front office knew the weather would be worse than normal before the season started? I mean, they have a lot of data...

I just think, actually, I have no idea why Wade is in AA.
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One of the best opening day rosters in years. Now go get 'em.


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 12:52 PM

Not pretending to know for sure that Gordon would stick (but I do think he is a tenacious competitor).....just think that given his performance and the Twins need for a better bat at the position warrant a shot(Also like the idea of Wade as 4th OF....just hate the inflexibility of having Grossman on the roster)


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 01:05 PM

 

Berrios, Odorizzi, Gibson, Romero and May not necessarily in that order. Then you've got Mejia and Gonsalves. This is your Minnesota Twins starting pitching depth for '19. This is such a change I like it allot. I predict May as a valuable starter moving forward.

 

And Santana and Gibson could certainly be back, and they'll have Michael Pineda around... 


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Posted 13 May 2018 - 01:39 PM

Seth can probably chime in on whether my perception seems accurate. In tracking back on a few players who have moved up in season, there appears to be a migration upwards coinciding with the A ball all star games.

The MWL and FSL host their all star games on the June 15-17 weekend. I would expect that some of the better performing high end prospects will be moved up around that time frame this year. It also coincides with EST ending and draft signings filling some slots in A-Ball.

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 06:40 AM

 

Every one keeps forgetting about Pineda.Expect the Twins have high expectations for him in 2019.Personally, I think we have seen the last of Mejia as a regular starter for the Twins.To many better arms ahead of him.

Good reminder. I've forgotten about Pineda's impending return too. And you may be right about Meija too. Barring injuries, too many good arms ahead of him.


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 12:20 PM

 

The front office knew the weather would be worse than normal before the season started? I mean, they have a lot of data...

I just think, actually, I have no idea why Wade is in AA.

Just guessing here, but could it be, they are worried he takes off in AAA and they have to remove somebody off the 40 and if he gets hurt they are short outfielder?




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