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Article: Twins Minor league Report (7/23): Kranson, Paul Star In Walkoff Win

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 23 July 2018 - 10:18 PM

It was a day full of close games and extra innings in the Twins minor league system. Two games went to extra innings. One game ended with a walk off in the bottom of the ninth inning. Alex Kirilloff and Brent Rooker continued to rake.

And don’t forget you can Get To Know Elizabethton first baseman and 2018 eighth-round pick Chris Williams.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
  • Officially, Adalberto Mejia was called up to the Twins with Alan Busenitz being sent down to Rochester.
  • Infielder Alex Perez has returned to the Chattanooga Lookouts. Also, infielder Chris Paul has been activated from the disabled list. RHP Cody Stashak was activated from the temporary Inactive List. RHP Todd Van Steensel was placed on the disabled list.

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester
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No Game Scheduled.


CHATTANOOGA CHATTER
Chattanooga 4, Pensacola 3
Box Score

Down 3-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, Lookouts baseball found itself with a few heroes. Mitchell Kranson was called upon to pinch hit, and he hit a game-tying home run, his second since joining the Lookouts. Tanner English followed with a triple. After two batters were walked intentionally, Chris Paul provided the walk off single.

Brent Rooker led the offense. The powerful slugger went 2-for-3 with his 18th home run of the season. Paul went 2-for-5 in the game. Jaylin Davis also went 2-for-5 on the night.

It was Sam Clay’s turn to play the role of “Opener” on Monday night. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk in his inning. He struck out one. Anthony Marzi then came on and worked the next five innings. He gave up just one run despite five hits, three walks and a hit batter. He struck out four. Andrew Vasquez got five outs, two on strikeouts, and Ryne Harper struck out the one batter he faced.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 11, Jupiter 12 (11 innings)
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The Miracle began a road trip on Monday, and it was a ‘70s Road Trip…



This game went back and forth starting in the ninth. One run given up by the Miracle in the bottom of the ninth tied it up. The Miracle scored three runs in the top of the tenth inning, but then they gave up three more in the bottom of the inning. The Miracle then scored a run in the top of the 11th, but they gave up two in the bottom of the 11th to take a tough loss.

Bryan Sammons made his Florida State League debut, and it was a struggle. The left-hander gave up six runs (five earned) on eight hits, two walks and a hit batter in just three innings. He struck out two. Colton Davis came on and struck out two over two scoreless, hitless innings. Clark Beeker came on in long relief. He gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out three. Jovani Moran came on for the 11th inning, and he was charged with two runs (one earned) on two hits. He recorded two outs, one via the strikeout.

Yes, the hitting hero for the Miracle was again Alex Kirilloff. He went 3-for-4 with a walk and three more doubles. He now has 11 with the Miracle and 31 on the season. Royce Lewis gave the Miracle an early,second-inning lead with a bases-clearing double.




KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 0, Lansing 2
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The Kernels got another quality start from righty Randy Dobnak. He gave up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four. Melvi Acosta came on and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and walked one.

Unfortunately, the Kernels managed just two hits and two walks in the game. Andrew Bechtold hit his 16th doubles while Ariel Montesino knocked his second two-bagger.


E-TWINS E-TALK
Elizabethton , Princeton
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The doubleheader at Princeton was cancelled. Obviously with a short-season, there are fewer off days to make up games, so instead of postponing, they need to cancel them.


GCL TWINS TALK
GCL Twins 4, GCL Rays 5 (10 innings)
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Another extra innings game for a Twins affiliate in Florida… Same result, unfortunately. The Twins scored two runs in the top of the 10th inning, but then gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning.

Prelander Berroa started and gave up two runs on three hits over four innings. He walked four and struck out four. Niklas Rimmel, a 19-year-old from Germany, made his first pro appearance in the States. He gave up two hits over two scoreless innings. Michael Montero gave up a hit and walked one but did not allow a run over his two innings. JT Perez came on and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits over 1 2/3 innings. He struck out two. Osiris German came on and gave up a home run that ended the game.

Gabe Snyder led the offense. He went 2-for-4 with his fourth double. LaRon Smith and Janigson Villalobos both went 1-for-3 with two walks. Smith added his first double. Hunter Lee added his first GCL double, and Willie Joe Garry, Jr., added his third double.

STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Alex Kirilloff, Ft. Myers Miracle (3-4, BB, 3-2B(11).
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Randy Dobnak, Cedar Rapids Kernels (6 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)

PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed. Please note that this Prospect Summary has been updated.

#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 1-6, 2B(3), 3 RBI, R, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - 3-4, 3-2B(11),
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch.
#4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Did not play.
#5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did not pitch.
#6 - Trevor Larnach (Elizabethton) - Did not play
#7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 2-3, 2 BB, HR(18), K, R, RBI
#8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, BB, K
#9 -Wander Javier - out of for the season
#10 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch.
#11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch.
#12 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - Did not play.
#13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 1-5, 2 R, 2 K
#14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch.
#15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 1-5, R, K
#16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) - Did not play
#17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - 0-2
#18 - Ryan Jeffers (Elizabethton) - Did not play.
#19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) - Did not play.
#20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) - Did not play.
#21 - Jose Miranda (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4
*I figured that since Wander Javier is out, I’d add #21 to the list.


TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Indianapolis (6:05 CST) - LHP Stephen Gonsalves (6-3. 3.34 ERA)
Pensacola @ Chattanooga (7:05 CST) - TBD
Ft. Myers @ Jupiter (5:30 CST) - LHP Charlie Barnes (4-5, 2.93 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Lansing (6:05 CST) - RHP Blayne Enlow (1-2, 3.49 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Burlington (6:00 CST) - LHP Kody Funderburk (0-0, 3.55 ERA)
GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00 am CST) - TBD

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

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#2 curt1965

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 12:08 AM

Seth- what is an optimistic time table for Rooker and Kirilloff?
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Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:01 AM

Optimistic for Rooker is September, for Kiriloff is post super-2 next year. Realistic for Rooker is post super-2 next year, and post super-2 2020 for Kiriloff.
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Posted 24 July 2018 - 05:32 AM

Hoping some promotions from E-Town can add some pop to the CR lineup. The CR rotation looks more than capable, but they need some help. There are some good players in the lineup, but you can't lose a Lewis and a Kirilloff and not feel it at some point. I know that winning isn't the overall point of MiLB, but it's still fun and good for those communities.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 05:36 AM

Kirriloff at Cedar Rapids 333/391/607/999, and at Ft Meyers 353/377/534/912. Obviously Ft Meyers is suppressing power, as it does for everyone. He is striking out 16.3% at Ft Meyers and 18.7% at Cedar Rapids. Nice to see him move up and cut down the Ks. Almost all of his OBP comes from hits. Would just like to see more walks from him, but that is nitpicking, he is raking!
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Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:16 AM

I hope for aggressive action with Kiriloff and Brooker.We need some prospects to turn to stars like we thought Sano and Buxton would.  


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:23 AM

 

Kirriloff at Cedar Rapids 333/391/607/999, and at Ft Meyers 353/377/534/912. Obviously Ft Meyers is suppressing power, as it does for everyone. He is striking out 16.3% at Ft Meyers and 18.7% at Cedar Rapids. Nice to see him move up and cut down the Ks. Almost all of his OBP comes from hits. Would just like to see more walks from him, but that is nitpicking, he is raking!

Agreed. He can flat out hit. The fangraphs scouting guy is pretty big on Kiriloff and he'll probably be a consensus top 50 prospect this offseason on all the ranking sites.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 06:53 AM

Not only does Rooker continue to rake, his walks are way up in his last ten games (9). 

 

Is it possible the Twins could move Kirilloff up another level in early August?Unlikely, but if he keeps hitting well over .300 average for another couple weeks, why not?  

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 07:29 AM

 

Niklas Rimmel, a 19-year-old from Germany

 

I feel like I missed learning about Niklas Rimmel. What do we know about him?


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 07:52 AM

 

Kirriloff at Cedar Rapids 333/391/607/999, and at Ft Meyers 353/377/534/912. Obviously Ft Meyers is suppressing power, as it does for everyone. He is striking out 16.3% at Ft Meyers and 18.7% at Cedar Rapids. Nice to see him move up and cut down the Ks. Almost all of his OBP comes from hits. Would just like to see more walks from him, but that is nitpicking, he is raking!

 

Maybe it's just me, but I'll always take an OBP that high driven by a high batting average over a guy who gets it with walks... ;)

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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)

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 08:03 AM

 

Maybe it's just me, but I'll always take an OBP that high driven by a high batting average over a guy who gets it with walks... ;)

 

Especially since Kirilloff seems to be starting his OB from a base past first quite often!

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 09:25 AM

 

Kirriloff at Cedar Rapids 333/391/607/999, and at Ft Meyers 353/377/534/912. Obviously Ft Meyers is suppressing power, as it does for everyone. He is striking out 16.3% at Ft Meyers and 18.7% at Cedar Rapids. Nice to see him move up and cut down the Ks. Almost all of his OBP comes from hits. Would just like to see more walks from him, but that is nitpicking, he is raking!

 

not worried about walks from a guy who is crushing the ball this well right now. If he goes into a bit of a slump and starts expanding the strike zone, then you might worry a little, but clearly he's seeing the ball well and attacking it. I expect his walks to start going up as guys stop giving him pitches to hit.

 

Great news to see Lewis and Kirilloff responding so well to their promotion.

 

Rooker seems to be in a groove right now. It would be great for him to finish out the season strong; it's important to realize this is his first year playing this kind of schedule. he's already played 50% more games than last year, so if he finishes the year strong and stays healthy he's going to be in a good position for next season. (spring training invite, likely assignment to AAA unless he just hits his way into a job?)

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 09:32 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is it possible the Twins could move Kirilloff up another level in early August?Unlikely, but if he keeps hitting well over .300 average for another couple weeks, why not?  

 

I was thinking the same thing.I don't think he would be overwhelmed at AA.If they moved him to AA in the next week or two it would help make up for the time he lost last season.Getting enough AA experience this year and starting there next year with a leg up he would at least have a chance to make it to the big league club later next year.Even if he can't meet that time table AA and AAA is the pitching he needs to see to be ready for MLB.  

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 11:32 AM

I feel like I missed learning about Niklas Rimmel. What do we know about him?


Rimmel, The Desert Fox?
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Posted 24 July 2018 - 12:42 PM

 

I was thinking the same thing.I don't think he would be overwhelmed at AA.If they moved him to AA in the next week or two it would help make up for the time he lost last season.Getting enough AA experience this year and starting there next year with a leg up he would at least have a chance to make it to the big league club later next year.Even if he can't meet that time table AA and AAA is the pitching he needs to see to be ready for MLB.  

Or is the plan to keep him at Fort Myers, then send him out to the AFL?Would give him a chance to see better pitching, without some of the pressure.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:06 PM

Anyone hear anything on this?Serious enough for DL stint?

Wonder if this is part of the reason for the promotion of C/1B Ben Rodriguez from Cedar Rapids to Fort Myers.

 

 


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:11 PM

 

Or is the plan to keep him at Fort Myers, then send him out to the AFL?Would give him a chance to see better pitching, without some of the pressure.

 

Yeah that works for me as well.I just think he is good enough that he doesn't need the cushion but the people closest to him probably know best.Even if he doesn't hit AA until next year he could be a September call up.If his defense is average I think he makes the big league at an early age. 

 

2020 could be a big year for the Twins as there should be wave 2 talent starting to come in.


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Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:39 PM

While it may not be possible, or realistic, the FO should “at least” be looking to getting Rooker, Lewis, Kirilloff, Gordon, Navarreto, and Wade all in Target Field by September.

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 01:44 PM

 

While it may not be possible, or realistic, the FO should “at least” be looking to getting Rooker, Lewis, Kirilloff, Gordon, Navarreto, and Wade all in Target Field by September.

Rooker maybe, Lewis no chance, Kirilloff extremely doubtful, Gordon definitely, Navaretto possibly, Wade almost a certainty

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Posted 24 July 2018 - 08:34 PM

 

Seth- what is an optimistic time table for Rooker and Kirilloff?

 

Optimistic? 

Rooker late August

Kirilloff June 2019. 




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