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Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/21): Pensacola Pounds Out 12 Hits

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#1 Cody Christie

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 07:30 PM

Minnesota completed a sweep of the Orioles on Sunday afternoon. It was quite the series for the Twins as the club does their best to take care of some of the rebuilding clubs in the American League. Minnesota will get to see Baltimore again next weekend, but first they need to put on their big-boy pants and face the Astros.

There was only one game in the Twins farm system on Sunday. Was Pensacola able to make a clean sweep for the organization?RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester has had a slow start to the season with a 5-11 record. Currently the club is seven games back in the International League North. Rochester starts a four-game series with Scranton/WB on Monday. The RailRiders are 8-6 on the season and sit in third place in the division. If Rochester is going to make a move, this is as good of time as any to start moving up the standings.

BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 8, Mobile 5
Box Score
Jordan Gore got things started with a lead-off double in the first frame. He moved to second on a wild-pitch. Even without an out at that point, it took a two-out single from Taylor Grzelakowski to bring in Gore for the first run of the game. That wouldn’t be the end of the scoring for the Blue Wahoos.

Pensacola put up a five-spot in the third inning with help from the middle of the order. Ernie De La Trinidad singled before coming around to score on a Caleb Hamilton double. Jaylin Davis followed with his second home run of the season. Grzelakowski walked and then he moved to third on a Luis Arraez double. Jimmy Kerrigan singled to drive in a run and put runners on the corners. Joe Cronin drove in the final run of the innings with a sacrifice fly.

Del La Trinidad got things started again in the fourth inning with his first homer of the year. Hamilton followed with a single and Davis added a double to put runners on the corners. Grzelakoski drove in another run with a sacrifice fly to put the score at 8-0.

Jorge Alcala was cruising through four shutout innings before running into trouble in the fifth. He allowed five runs that inning, but he was able to finish the frame. He struck out eight and walked one. Tyler Jay took over and was fantastic through two shutout innings. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out four.

Gabriel Moya made his second rehab appearance. He recorded two outs and both were strikeouts. However, he surrendered two walks and one hit to make things a little dicey. Dusten Knight finished off his fourth save by pitching 1 1/3 innings. He struck out two and went for the back flip.


MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers enters play on Monday with a 10-7 record. The Miracle are currently in third place in the Florida State League South and trail first place by two games. Fort Myers will start a three-game set against first-place Bradenton on Monday. If the club were to sweep, the Miracle could take over first place in the division.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids has started the year 7-9 and they will start Monday 4.5 games out of first place in the Midwest League Western Division. The Kernels start a three-game set on Monday in Wisconsin, which is currently half a game back in the standings. Andrew Cabezas will be looking to pick up his first win of the season.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
TD Pitcher of the Day- Tyler Jay, Pensacola (2.0 IP, 0 ER, 4 K, 3 H)
TD Hitter of the Day- Caleb Hamilton, Pensacola (3-5, 2 2B, 3 R, RBI, K)

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

#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Did not pitch
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did not play

MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester vs. Scranton/WB (5:05 CST) – TBD
Pensacola vs. Mobile (6:35 CST) – RHP Brusdar Graterol (1-0, 0.52 ERA)
Fort Myers @ Bradenton (5:30 CST) – TBD
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (6:35 CST) – RHP Andrew Cabezas (0-0, 6.00 ERA)

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Sunday’s games.

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Posted 21 April 2019 - 10:40 PM

How fleeting is fame - I completely forgot about Tyler Jay. If he shines this first half, I wonder if there's any chance this former high 1st rounder gets a shot at the Twins bullpen. 

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 06:50 AM

Was yesterday the first time ever you wrote Tyle Jay in as the Pitcher of the Day?More than a disappointment since being drafted, is it possible he could be a 'late' bloomer and turn it around this year?

 

I think you missed Alcala in the Prospect Summary?


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:16 AM

I guess Kiriloff's injury must be much worse than the Twins let on?
At the start of the season Seth seemed to imply that he'd just miss a few days for precautionary reasons.
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Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:41 AM

Alcala is looking good, at least as far as numbers go. He hasn't finished 6 innings yet, but he also hasn't thrown more than 90 pitches in an outing and he's only issued three walks in four starts. His strike percentage last year was only 59% but so far is 62% this year. That's pretty close to league average at the MLB level. Keep it up Jorge.

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 08:41 AM

I keep underestimating this AA lineup.You look at it and the only star power in that lineup is Arraez.The rest are Grinder\Over Acheivers and yet that is the group that seems to be getting the job doen so far this season.Granted they have a really good pitching staff but the lineup have scored a fair amount of runs as well.If Kirilof ever joins them then they should be an even more formible group.It has been fun watching that team play this year hope they keep it up.


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 11:22 AM

 

I guess Kiriloff's injury must be much worse than the Twins let on?
At the start of the season Seth seemed to imply that he'd just miss a few days for precautionary reasons.

 

I don't know if I ever said "a few days" but I was told it was more for precautionary reason. MRI and x-rays were clear... I'm surprised it's taken this long. 


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 05:00 PM

I don't know if I ever said "a few days" but I was told it was more for precautionary reason. MRI and x-rays were clear... I'm surprised it's taken this long.


It certainly isn't the first time this FO has been extremely optimistic, at least publicly, in players injury timelines.

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 05:02 PM

 

It certainly isn't the first time this FO has been extremely optimistic, at least publicly, in players injury timelines.

 

The front office never said anything (related to a Kirilloff timeline). Actually they may have said something about him returning by May, which I thought was really conservative. 


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 07:09 PM

What’s up with Tyler Wells? From what I heard his injury wasn’t anything severe, but it’s been 3 weeks and yet he’s still on the injury list. Just curious as he’s one prospect up to now worth watching.



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