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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/4): Elementary, My Dear Watson

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#1 Cody Christie

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Posted 04 June 2018 - 08:27 PM

One year from now, you could be reading about Trevor Larnach impacting a minor league lineup. The Twins took Larnach with the 20th overall pick on Monday night. On this night, there were multiple former first round and supplemental first round picks impacting the organization. Kohl Stewart (2013 Draft) started in Chattanooga and was replaced by Tyler Jay (2015 Draft). On the offensive side, Brent Rooker (2017 Draft) batted second in the Lookouts lineup.

Would any of these players impact the final scores on Monday? Read on to find out.NEWS AND NOTES
-Alex Kirilloff, the team’s 2016 first-round pick, was named the Midwest League Player of the Week. He went 13-for-30 with three doubles, three home runs and eight RBIs. He had a .485 slugging percentage and an OPS of .833 while drawing three walks and scoring eight runs.
-LHP Tyler Watson was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Fort Myers.
-LHP Kevin Marnon was promoted from Elizabethton to Fort Myers.
-RHP Moises Gomez was transferred from Fort Myers to Elizabethton
-RHP Brady Anderson was placed on the 7-day disabled list

Chattanooga 4, Mobile 6
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As the 2018 MLB Draft was underway, it’s fitting that former first-round pick Kohl Stewart started the game and he was relieved by former first-round pick Tyler Jay. Stewart scattered nine hits but limited the BayBears to two runs (one earned). He struck out seven, his second highest total of the season, and he walked one. Jay pitched two shutout frames by allowing two hits and striking out a pair.

The Lookouts offense took a while to get moving but things started heating up in the seventh frame. James Ramsey and Brian Navarreto both walked to start the inning. Alex Perez loaded the bases with a single. Chattanooga’s first run was scored on a ground out by Ryan Walker. Sean Miller, LaMonte Wade, and Brent Rooker strung together three straight singles to put the Lookouts up 4-2.

Things got a little out of hand in the ninth inning for Williams Ramirez. He was charged with his second loss after allowing four runs on four hits with one strikeout and no walks. He’s blown three saves so far this year out of nine save opportunities.

Fort Myers 3, Palm Beach 4
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The Miracle used a big fifth inning to take a lead in the middle innings. With one out, Travis Blankenhorn and Brandon Lopez singled to put runners on the corners. Caleb Hamilton laced a double to center field to tie the game 1-1. Jimmy Kerrigan was intentionally walked to load the bases. After a Joe Cronin strikeout, Mitchel Kranson singled to put Fort Myers up 3-1.

Tyler Watson was cruising through eight innings but the top of the ninth inning was when things started to fall apart. After allowing a double to start the frame, he committed a fielding error to allow another runner to reach base. Tom Hackimer replaced Watson but he couldn’t hold the lead. Three runs scored in the inning and the Miracle ended up on the wrong end of this one.

Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Jimmy Kerrigan, Fort Myers (2-for-4, BB, 2 K)
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Watson, Fort Myers (8.0 IP, 1 ER, 4 K, 0 BB)

Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#7 – Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 1-4, 2 RBI, BB, 2 K
#13 – Lewin Diaz (Fort Myers) – 0-4, K
#14 – LaMonte Wade (Chattanooga) – 2-5, K
#17 – Travis Blankenhorn (Fort Myers) – 1-3, R, BB, K

Rochester vs. Indianapolis (6:05 CST) – LHP Stephen Gonsalves (4-1, 4.00 ERA)
Chattanooga vs. Mobile (6:15 CST) – RHP Sean Poppen (0-1, 5.79 ERA)
Fort Myers vs. Palm Beach (6:00 CST) - TBD
Cedar Rapids vs. Beloit (5:35 CST) – RHP Blayne Enlow (0-1, 3.81 ERA)
Cedar Rapids vs. Beloit (Game 2) – RHP Melvi Acosta (1-1, 1.86 ERA)

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

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 12:15 AM

Something in the water with the Tyler W’s!

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 06:25 AM

I’m a bit surprised that the Twins didn’t call up Landon Leach to Cedar Rapids with Tyler Watson being promoted to Ft Myers. I know Leach barely pitched last year, but it seemed as though he’d possibly move right up to Cedar Rapids when the time was right to give him enough minor league innings this year. Is he going to start in E-Town and work his way to Cedar Rapids? Or will they bring him up to Cedar Rapids at the start of when Rookie ball starts?
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Posted 05 June 2018 - 07:49 AM


I’m a bit surprised that the Twins didn’t call up Landon Leach to Cedar Rapids with Tyler Watson being promoted to Ft Myers. I know Leach barely pitched last year, but it seemed as though he’d possibly move right up to Cedar Rapids when the time was right to give him enough minor league innings this year. 


I would guess the plan for Leach all along was to have him in Elizabethton, with the possibility to end the year in Cedar Rapids if he dominates Appalachian League hitters. 


He was never the type I envisioned as a fast mover in the low levels, he just hasn't pitched enough as a professional or amateur. 

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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)

#5 Jeff A

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Posted 05 June 2018 - 08:26 AM

Watson's fielding error was an infield popup that no one took charge of.He tried to catch it at the last second and was charged with the error, but it was really a ball that one of the infielders (pretty much any of them) should have caught.

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