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Article: Twins Minor League Report (9/10): Miracle Win Florida State League Championship

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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 07:33 PM

Aside from the big league club, the Ft. Myers Miracle are the final Twins affiliate whose season continues. And on Monday night, the Miracle season ended with a Florida State League championship! They join the Elizabethton Twins as the two Twins affiliates to win a championship in 2018!Congratulations to the Florida State League champion Ft. Myers Miracle!


MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 8, Daytona 5
Box Score

The Miracle begin their Florida State League playoff series on Tuesday night.

What a performance by right-hander Edwar Colina! Promoted to the Miracle for one regular season start, Colina has done well with the Miracle and he came up huge for them on Monday night. The right-hander gave up three second inning runs, but it came with the help of two errors which made all three runs unearned. He kept pitching and worked a total of 6 2/3 innings. He gave up just the three unearned runs on two hits. He walked four and struck out six.

Having fallen behind 3-0 after two innings, the Miracle responded very well right away in the top of the third. Jose Miranda and Travis Blankenhorn each singled in a run to cut the deficit to 3-2. With two outs, Ryan Costello drilled a three-run homer to push the lead to 5-3.

Alex Kirilloff led off the fifth inning with a double. After a walk, Travis Blankenhorn advanced the runners with a bunt. He was also safe at first on an error. Caleb Hamilton grounded out to score a run. With two outs, Shane Carrier knocked in two runs with a single to give the Miracle an 8-3 lead.

Adam Phillips came on and got the final out of the seventh inning. He came back out for the eighth frame. With one out, he gave up a single. It was followed by a two-run homer off the bat of Ibandel Isabel. He led the Florida State League with 35 home runs during the regular season. After a walk, a hard-hit grounder hit the mound and bounced right to Travis Blankenhorn who completed a double play to end the inning and end the threat.


Hector Lujan came on for the ninth inning. After a fly out, he gave up a single. However, for the second straight inning, a ground ball to Travis Blankenhorn resulted in an inning-ending double play, which was also a game-ending and championship-winning double play!

Congratulations to the Ft. Myers Miracle!



STARS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Ryan Costello, Ft. Myers Miracle (2-4, HR, 3 RBI).
Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Edwar Colina, Ft. Myers Miracle (6.2 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 4 BB, 6 K)

PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed.
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, BB, R
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - 1-5, 2B, R
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch
#13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, 2 R, RBI, SH
#15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - Did not play
#21 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, BB, 2 R, RBI

TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

No more Games Scheduled (until the Arizona Fall League.

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

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#2 Bill Tanner

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 08:08 PM

Congratulations, Miracle!

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 08:42 PM

Its a Miracle!Congrats on a fantastic finish to the season.

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 08:47 PM

The HIGHLIGHT of the entire year of Twins baseball! Kudos gentlemen!
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#5 Seth Stohs

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 09:16 PM

This is kind of fun! 

 

 

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Posted 10 September 2018 - 10:00 PM

The Prospect Summary indicates that Jose Miranda did not play, although he is mentioned in the game summary. He had FM's first RBI, and in the 3 run 5th inning was intentionally walked with no outs after AK's double in order to face Travis Blankenhorn, batting cleanup with an 1.3 OPS at the time. He has had quite a productive last couple weeks.

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 05:12 AM

Congrats to the Miracle.Will be intereresting to see how well most of them do in Chattanooga next year.That is supposed to be the biggest jump for ballplayers.


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 05:31 AM

Great season.  Lots of guys who were Kernels at the start of the year helped with this one, as did guys who have moved on.  Even though that "clutch" stuff or playoff mojo has been debunked by Matrix Decoders, I'm still happy to see so many top prospects bloom under the bright lights of the playoffs, and not wilt.  

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 05:33 AM

Congrats on a great season, Miracle!  

"Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, sometimes it rains." - Meat 


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Posted 11 September 2018 - 06:10 AM

Congrats to the Miracle, what a year!

 

Thank you Seth, and everyone else for keeping us up to date on another season of minor league ball.It really is appreciated.

 

One question, when is the last time the Twins had two champions in one year?Expect there have been a few years, but I can't recall when.

 

Who is this Alex Phillips, Seth?Checked his bio and appears he signed with the Twins a few weeks ago.Certainly was surprised to see him pitching late in the game last night rather than Moran.

 

Have a great day guys, enjoy your off-season.

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 06:37 AM

lot of those guys will be in AA next year. Hopefully they keep taking the minors by storm. 

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 06:49 AM

Congrats to the Miracle Men! Well done all around! It looks like this is where the future is brewing, and things are cooking--

 

A big tip of the cap to Seth- It's a lot of work and bother to go through every day and sift through the box scores and such to bring us such a great load of info. Especially in this lost season, I know I'm not the only one who looked forward to the minor league updates regularly, for some glimmers of hope.

 

So thanks to the Miracle, E-town, and the Kernels who played playoff-caliber baseball, and to all the players and coaches who toil in the fields in pursuit of a dream. Good luck, one and all.

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#13 Seth Stohs

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 10:29 AM

 

Congrats to the Miracle, what a year!

 

Thank you Seth, and everyone else for keeping us up to date on another season of minor league ball.It really is appreciated.

 

One question, when is the last time the Twins had two champions in one year?Expect there have been a few years, but I can't recall when.

 

Who is this Alex Phillips, Seth?Checked his bio and appears he signed with the Twins a few weeks ago.Certainly was surprised to see him pitching late in the game last night rather than Moran.

 

Have a great day guys, enjoy your off-season.

 

Alex Phillips signed from Evansville. I chatted a bit with Travis Harrison about him (Travis is with Evansville this year). Said he's 91-94 with a lot of strikes. Good slider and curveball. Attacks the zone. 

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 02:20 PM

Pretty easy to imagine Cedar Rapids winning the Midwest with Lewis and Kiriloff. Glad to see these guys winning already. Hopefully irt will follow them around.

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Posted 11 September 2018 - 08:55 PM

 

Pretty easy to imagine Cedar Rapids winning the Midwest with Lewis and Kiriloff. Glad to see these guys winning already. Hopefully irt will follow them around.

Hopefully it follows them to Minny....

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 07:04 AM

 

Alex Phillips signed from Evansville. I chatted a bit with Travis Harrison about him (Travis is with Evansville this year). Said he's 91-94 with a lot of strikes. Good slider and curveball. Attacks the zone. 

Love the Evansville ballpark, Seth.It is an old one with a wooden roof over the grandstand.JR played a Legion tourney there many years ago.Believe it was one of the main parks used for the movie, "League of their own."

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#17 Seth Stohs

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 07:18 AM

 

Pretty easy to imagine Cedar Rapids winning the Midwest with Lewis and Kiriloff. Glad to see these guys winning already. Hopefully irt will follow them around.

 

Along with Kirilloff and Lewis, Cedar Rapids also lost Jose Miranda fairly late, and Edwar Colina right at the end. 

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Posted 12 September 2018 - 12:20 PM

"One question, when is the last time the Twins had two champions in one year?"

Last year?
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