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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 08:25 PM

The Twins and Seattle are playing a makeup game at Target Field and needed to wait nearly two hours to get started, so as you’re watching them, check out what happened on Monday night in the Twins minor league system.

Rochester had a scheduled day off, and Ft. Myers had their game postponed. So it was up to the Lookouts and Kernels to provide the entertainment on this night, and they both played well.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
  • Not a transaction, and we reported that it was happening a week ago, but LHP Lachlan Wells had Tommy John surgery on Monday.
  • The Kernels announced that Brusdar Graterol has been activated from the DL and will start on Monday.
  • The Miracle announced that Brandon Lopez has been reinstated from the disabled list. Also LHP Paco Rodriguez (former big leaguer) has been added to the Miracle roster.
  • Infielder Ryan Walker was activated from the DL by Chattanooga. Alex Robles was sent back to extended spring training.
  • Per Baseball America, the Twins also released RHP David Gerics who was a non-drafted free agent last year.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester
Box Score

No Game Scheduled.

So here is something fun. Check out this Tipsy Tales, by Josh Whetzel (Red Wings play-by-play man and all around good guy) about the Rochester Hop Bitters. On May 26, the Red Wings will play as the Hop Bitters to honor the original professional baseball club in Rochester.



CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 6, Tennessee 2
Box Score

If the reason for LaMonte Wade to start back in Chattanooga in 2018 was with the idea of letting him work to develop his power, it’s worked. On this night, Wade went 2-for-3 with a walk and his fifth home run of the year. Edgar Corcino went 2-for-4 with his third home run and two RBI. Brent Rooker had the other two RBI on his seventh double. Nick Gordon was 2-for-4 with his fifth stolen base. He’s hitting .350.

Omar Bencomo made the start for the Lookouts. He gave up two runs on five hits over the first six innings. He struck out six without issuing a walk. Ryan Eades threw the next two innings. He gave up two hits and walked one but gave up no runs. He struck out one. Williams Ramirez walked one and struck out one in his inning.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers , Jupiter
Box Score

Game postponed. Teams will play two games on Tuesday.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 1
Box Score

Brusdar Graterol was the Twins Daily #9 prospect before this season. I think it’s fair to say that if we did a midseason ranking, he would be ranked significantly higher. Jeff Johnson is the long-time Kernels writer at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids. He had not seen either of the first two Graterol starts, so he was excited to see him. He couldn’t have been disappointed. His first two pitches were 100 mph. He hit 101 mph in the first inning (and that pitch resulted in a single). On the night, Graterol threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits, walked one and struck out ten. And he did so with just 76 pitches because 55 of them were strikes.

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Calvin Faucher, in his return from Ft. Myers, got the next four outs. He gave up only a walk. Jared Finkel came on for the final two innings. He gave up a run on two hits and a walk.

Alex Kirilloff extended his hitting streak to 13 games in the first inning with a single. He added his 13th double later in the game. Jean Carlos Arias went 2-for-4 with his second double. Akil Baddoo went 1-for-3 with a walk, and Shane Carrier knocked his first triple.

STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: LaMonte Wade (2-3, BB, HR(5))
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Brusdar Graterol, Cedar Rapids Kernels (5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K)


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

#1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, K
#3 - Nick Gordon (Chattanooga) - 2-4, SB(5)
#5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 2-4, 2B(13), R, K
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-4, 2B(7), 2 RBI
#9 - Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) - 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K (76 pitches, 55 strikes)
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 1-3, BB, R, 2 K
#14 - LaMonte Wade (Chattanooga) - 2-3, BB, HR(5), 2 RBI


TUESDAY'S PROBABLE STARTERS
Syracuse @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Aaron Slegers (3-1, 2.41 ERA)
Tennessee @ Chattanooga (6:15 CST) - RHP Randy LeBlanc (5-1, 2.23 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ Jupiter (DH @ 4:00) - TBD, TBD
Quad Cities @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (2-1, 1.47 ERA)


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

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#2 jokin

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 08:40 PM

 

Brusdar Graterol was the Twins Daily #9 prospect before this season. I think it’s fair to say that if we did a midseason ranking, he would be ranked significantly higher. Jeff Johnson is the long-time Kernels writer at The Gazette in Cedar Rapids. He had not seen either of the first two Graterol starts, so hew as excited to see him.

He couldn’t have been disappointed.

 

Disappointed? Impossible. Graterol's ridiculous season stats:

 

Velo- 100+MPH routinely

IP- 14.1

K/BB- 21/1

ERA- 0.63

Strikes- 114

Balls- 55

Strike%- 67.5%

Hits allowed- 8

WHIP- 0.63

Whew!

 

(Are his age, height and weight correct? Only 19 years old, 6'1, 180#. A few more similar performances, how does he not move into the top #1-3?

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 09:34 PM

 

 



SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

 

 

No MiLB games until Saturday?

 

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 10:27 PM

 

Disappointed? Impossible. Graterol's ridiculous season stats:

 

Velo- 100+MPH routinely

IP- 14.1

K/BB- 21/1

ERA- 0.63

Strikes- 114

Balls- 55

Strike%- 67.5%

Hits allowed- 8

WHIP- 0.63

Whew!

 

(Are his age, height and weight correct? Only 19 years old, 6'1, 180#. A few more similar performances, how does he not move into the top #1-3?

 

Age is correct. Height is close, maybe 6-2. Weight is not even close. He's a good 240. Phil Miller wrote an article last year about how he gained like 60 pounds while doing his rehab and the twins were saying it was pretty much all good weight. 

 

I tweeted that if people want to tell me he's the Twins #2 prospect, I won't disagree... If someone wants to argue that he is the Twins #1 prospect, I won't put much much of a fight. 

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Posted 14 May 2018 - 10:27 PM

 

No MiLB games until Saturday?

 

Correct, thanks!


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Posted 14 May 2018 - 11:07 PM

 

Age is correct. Height is close, maybe 6-2. Weight is not even close. He's a good 240. Phil Miller wrote an article last year about how he gained like 60 pounds while doing his rehab and the twins were saying it was pretty much all good weight. 

 

I tweeted that if people want to tell me he's the Twins #2 prospect, I won't disagree... If someone wants to argue that he is the Twins #1 prospect, I won't put much much of a fight. 

 

Thanks for the update. He's physically matured to the point of being a beast. My only question now is about Graterol's "good weight". Dual meanings in a 60# weight gain being "good". 

 

1) Lean Muscle Mass gain and current % of body fat.

2) LMM produced without artificial enhancement.

 

Assuming he's clean, he's making an early strong case for #1 Twins prospect and a Top 20 MiLB prospect.

 

 

 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 03:12 AM

 

Age is correct. Height is close, maybe 6-2. Weight is not even close. He's a good 240. Phil Miller wrote an article last year about how he gained like 60 pounds while doing his rehab and the twins were saying it was pretty much all good weight. 

 

I tweeted that if people want to tell me he's the Twins #2 prospect, I won't disagree... If someone wants to argue that he is the Twins #1 prospect, I won't put much much of a fight. 

 

Wow, 6-2 240 is about as good as you can hope for in terms of build for projecting a guy who's gonna be able to pitch a bunch of innings.  

 

I try and keep tabs on prospects, but this guy has seemingly come out of nowhere for me which makes it even better.  

 

If he's able to stay healthy and continue to pitch like he has through the all-star break...does he get a shot at AA as the season closes?Or do the Twins shut him down to limit innings as he only pitched 40 innings in 2017? 

 

Fernando Romero track coming back from injury?A+ if he continues to light it up and after 10 or so more starts/50 innings at A?Innings cap at 100ish? 

 

The Berrios track was 103 innings at A his age 19 season--but he also struggled a little bit at A.His age 20 season he went A+, AA, cup of coffee AAA.Cautious this season?Aggressive next?  

 

Crazy to think that if they so choose and this success continues, he could probably handle a few AA starts to end the year.(And then from there it's majors watch at just 20) But that's just me wanting to see him up with the Twins as early as possible.  

 

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I'm impressed with the control for someone as young as he is and will be watching to see if that continues.How's the movement on his FB, obviously when we're talking 100+ we're talking icing on the cake, but if he throws that hard with any kind of movement--wow.  

 

Or is that kind of thing where it flattens out at when he's touching 99-101 and when he's at 95-98 it's got a little bit more movement to it. 

 

What's his best secondary pitch?Can he control it yet? 

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Maybe the track record isn't quite there to put him #2/#3 or even argue for why he's the best the Twins have yet, but if he stays healthy it's hard to imagine him not.  

 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:05 AM

Another start or two even close to this, and Graterol won't have much left to prove in A ball. All of us Twins fans will need to be patient, since he still isn't that far removed from injury and will need to build his workload year over year.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:36 AM

If he is #2, that would put him ahead of either Lewis or Romero, right?If he is #1, he would be ahead of both.Or don't you consider Romero a prospect any more?

 

Lewis is a potential five tool superstar.Graterol is a potential hard throwing ACE.Who is more valuable to a team and worthy of the top slot, now that's an interesting question? 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:54 AM

His first two pitches were 100 mph.

 

Wow and whoa!!! I can't remember the last time a Twins pitching prospect was throwing with velocity like that. Exciting stuff! Let's just hope he remembers where the strike zone is located.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 06:59 AM

Wow what an outing for Graterol! 10 k’s on 76 pitches? That is an insane amount of efficiency! I had originally thought Graterol would either spend the whole year in A ball (like Berrios), but after this start and a WHIP and ERA around the same it would seem logical that he could soon be promoted to Ft Myers. Just think of a rotation of Graterol, Romero, and Berrios. That’s a great looking 1-3 in the rotation.
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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:08 AM

Kirilloff is filling up the stat sheet too. Took him a few days to get going after missing a season but he's been excellent since then. In May, he's slashing .375/.423/.750. Yow.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 07:24 AM

It may be time for Twins Daily to set up some type of poll or pool...who will be the first Kernels player promoted to Fort Myers?Lots of great candidates!


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:33 AM

 

Kirilloff is filling up the stat sheet too. Took him a few days to get going after missing a season but he's been excellent since then. In May, he's slashing .375/.423/.750. Yow.

 

Insane numbers for Kirilloff season-wide. 

 

Season-wide slash: .303/.344/.915

 

Pace Per 162: 85 runs - 73 2B - 11 3B - 28 HR -150 rbi

 

What an amazing first 29 games for the guy!!Playing at that high of a level for about 20% of a minor league season is seriously impressive!It would be extremely hard to keep that pace up for an entire season, but 20 XBH, 27RBIs, and a +.300 batting average in 29 games is crazy good! 

 

You're right, he started slow too, 1 for his first 12!Since then (26 games), he's hitting:

 

Slash line: .327-.371-.997 

 

Per 162: 94 runs - 81 2Bs - 12 3B - 32 HR - 168 RBI

 

It's extremely hard to be over an RBI a game for an entire month and Kirillof accomplished that (April 9 - May 14).I love how he has natural power too, he's not a huge pull guy or anything like that...his hit chart is a pretty even spread across all fields and he can go deep left-center/going the other way.Should mean tons of positive things for him.  

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He keeps anything close to this up for the rest of the season and Royce Lewis might have to watch out for the best position prospect moniker, positionality value be damned! 

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Really really impressed with the numbers our top guys are putting up universally across the board--Lewis, Romero, Gonsalves, Gordon, Kirillof, Graterol, Badoo are all doing big things across various levels in the Twins system! Not sure I've remembered this many guys with this kind of talent all going this well at once before. 

 

(With apologies to Javier, Rooker, Enlow...but you can't have everything)  

 

 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 08:52 AM

As Twins1095 mentions, LOTS of things to be excited about "Down on the Farm".Gordon continues to hit (hopefully he will keep it up in the second half this season) and it appears that he has only made 4 errors (all at short stop) in 34 games (28 at SS and 6 at 2B).Keep it up Nick!

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:19 AM

 

Kirilloff is filling up the stat sheet too. Took him a few days to get going after missing a season but he's been excellent since then. In May, he's slashing .375/.423/.750. Yow.

 

Would like to see him get that BB% up a bit.His BABIP is riding high right now.The production is great, but he's not a speed demon.If he keeps hitting everything in A-ball on the screws, he'll need to be challenged at a higher level to round out his approach.

 

It is great to see him come back from injury and start lighting it up though.

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:20 AM

On the Lewis vs Graterol question, I have a clear bias towards the position player unless the pitcher clearly has more talent (which could happen after their seasons are fully evaluated). Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel have talked about this multiple times over at Fangraphs, but looking at the realized value from past top prospects, the position players have a clear advantage and the reason is basically just injuries.Fingers crossed on Graterol, but it's just a lot harder for pitchers to stay on the field consistently, leading to less value over time.Given usage trends, the position player will probably tend to get more opportunities to impact the game than the pitcher anyway, even if the pitcher stays healthy.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:25 AM

Some exciting performances right now!
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One of the best opening day rosters in years. Now go get 'em.


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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:26 AM

 

 

Really really impressed with the numbers our top guys are putting up universally across the board--Lewis, Romero, Gonsalves, Gordon, Kirillof, Graterol, Badoo are all doing big things across various levels in the Twins system! Not sure I've remembered this many guys with this kind of talent all going this well at once before. 

 

I don't really remember exactly how good their stats looked, but 2013 had Buxton, Sano, Rosario, Kepler, Polanco, Gibson, Berrios, and May all in the minors (along with Arcia who busted, Stewart who's still a question mark, and Meyer who might have been finally putting things together in Anaheim before getting injured).

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 09:33 AM

Let's say somehow, all these guys keep rapidly developing, and they don't get bit by the injury bug. (I know, unlikely.)

It could make 2020 awfully interesting, especially if the current crop of younger players underperforms.

I can envision this lineup:
C: Garver

1B: FA Vet/Rooker

2B: Gordon

3B: Escobar

SS: Lewis

LF: Kiriloff

CF: Buxton

RF: Kepler

DH: Sano (hopefully)

 

SP: Romero

SP: Berrios

SP: Graterol

SP: Gonsalves

SP: Gibson

 

The questions are:

-I'm assuming the Twins sign Escobar in FA, and let Dozier walk. What happens with Polanco?

-Is Rosario the odd one out in the OF? 

-It may sound crazy, but if Buxton continues to not hit-- is he the odd one out.

 

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