- Following the Twins Saturday loss to Texas, the team announced that RHP Fernando Romero had been optioned to Rochester. A corresponding move will be announced on Sunday morning. (Reports are that Alan Busenitz will get the call.)
- Jim Callis tweeted that the Twins have signed fifth-round draft pick, RHP Cole Sands, from Florida State. He got $600,000 (slot $340,000). Callis later updated his tweet to point out that he has “agreed to terms” and not yet signed. But, that will happen.
Rochester 2, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 4
Aaron Slegers put together another quality start, but it wasn’t enough on this night. Slegers gave up three runs on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He struck out four and didn’t walk a batter. Luke Bard gave up one run on two hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two. Gabriel Moya struck out one in a 1-2-3 inning.
Nick Gordon led the offense with a 3-for-4 game. Willians Astudillo went 2-for-4 with his 11th double. Kennys Vargas had a single and a walk.
Chattanooga 2, Biloxi 5
The Lookouts got a quality start from right-hander Sean Poppen. He was charged with three unearned runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out five without issuing a walk. Ryne Harper came on and gave up two runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings. He walked one and struck two out. Paco Rodriguez struck out one in a perfect inning.
Andy WIlkins led the offense. He was 2-for-4 with his second and third doubles. Brent Rooker knocked his 11th home run of the season
Ft. Myers 8, Bradenton 3
Alex Kirilloff kept things going on Saturday night. The 2016 first-round pick went 3-for-5 with his first FSL double. Luis Arraez went 2-for-5 with his 13th double. Travis Blankenhorn and Ben Rortvedt each went 2-for-5 in the game. Brandon Lopez was 2-for-2 with a walk.
Griffin Jax provided the Miracle with a quality start. The right-hander gave up three runs (two earned) on six hits over seven innings. He walked on and struck out one. Ryan Mason finished the final two innings. He gave up three hits, but no runs. He struck out two without issuing a walk.
Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 3
Jean Carlos Arias provided the big hit in this one. Following a Jacob Pearson RBI double, Arias drilled a three-run homer. Arias went 3-for-4 with his fourth double and third triple. Pearson went 2-for-4. The double was his sixth since joining the Kernels in late May. Jordan Gore went 2-for-3.
Jordan Balazovic gave up three runs on ten hits over five innings. He struck out nine without a walk. Blayne Enlow came on and recorded his first career save with four scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four.
Elizabethton 0, Bristol 4
Well, the E-Twins weren’t going to win every game, and they weren’t going to score in double digits every game either. To see them get shut out is a little surprising though.
A night after scoring 19 runs against the Pirates affiliate, the Twins managed just three hits and were shut out. Lean Marrero had two of the team’s hits.
Brian Rapp made his first professional start after a strong career at Boston College. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out five. Moises Gomez came on and gave up three runs on four hits over the next 2 1/3 innings. He struck out four. Juan Gamez struck out four over the final two innings. He gave up no runs on one hit and two walks.
GCL TWINS TALK
GCL Twins 1, GCL Red Sox 3
The GCL Twins lost for the first time this season on Saturday, but there were still a few highlights.
Steven Cruz made his first start and threw four scoreless, hitless innings. He walked one and struck out six. Michael Montero made his season debut and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits over three innings. He struck out two and didn’t walk a batter. Frandy Torres gave up one run on two hits and a walk and recorded just one out (on a strikeout). Tanner Howell came on and got the final two outs without further issues.
The Twins had just three hits in the game. Yeison Perez had the lone extra base hit, a double. Victor Tademo went 1-for-3 with a walk. Agustin Marte walked twice and stole a base.
STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Jean Carlos Arias, Cedar Rapids Kernels (3-4, 3B(4), HR(3), 3 RBI)
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Blayne Enlow,, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, first career save)
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, RBI
#2 - Fernando Romero (Minnesota) - Did not pitch, optioned to Rochester
#3 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 3-4, R
#4 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 3-5, 2B(1), R, RBI, K
#6 - Wander Javier - out of for the season
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-4, R, RBI, HR(11), K
#8 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K (Save #1)
#9 - Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - Did not play
#11 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch
#12 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch
#13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, BB, R
#14 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 0-4, K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, R, RBI, K
#17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 2-5
#18 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton Twins) - 0-3
#19 - Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch
#20 - Felix Jorge (Chattanooga) - Disabled List, began rehab on June 19.
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Scranton/Wilkes Barre @ Rochester (12:05 CST) - LHP Dietrich Enns (5-6, 5.31 ERA)
Biloxi @ Chattanooga (1:15 CST) - LHP Anthony Marzi (0-4, 8.10 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ Bradenton (12:00 CST) - RHP Andro Cutura (3-2, 3.72 ERA)
Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 CST) - RHP Brusdar Graterol (2-2, 2.48 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Bristol (5:00 CST) - TBD
GCL Twins - No Game Scheduled
Please feel free to ask any questions about Saturday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.
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