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#1 Ted Schwerzler

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 08:11 PM

The Minnesota Twins still have a couple of affiliates in the midst of their All-Star breaks this evening. Royce Lewis stole the show offensively with a double-dinger night including a walkoff, while Ryley Widell looked strong in his 2019 debut for Elizabethton. Read about the action below.Transactions:
Rochester Red Wings-
RHP Adam Bray transferred from Double-A
OF Jaylin Davis transferred from Double-A
INF Brian Schales transferred from Double-A
C Willians Astudillo recalled by Minnesota
RHP Sean Popped contract selected by Minnesota
Pensacola
1B Lewin Diaz promoted from Fort Myers
RHP Hector Lujan promoted from Fort Myers
Fort Myers
RHP Tanner Howell transferred to Cedar Rapids
RHP Derek Molina promoted from Cedar Rapids
LHP Zach Neff promoted from Cedar Rapids

RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 1, Columbus 1 (Game suspended in bottom 5th)
The Red Wings and Clippers will resume this game and make it up tomorrow as part of a quasi-doubleheader.

Before the game was put on hold, Brent Rooker kept up his hot hitting.



BLUE WAHOOS BITES
ALL STAR BREAK

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 4, Charlotte 3 (7 innings, Game 1)
Box Score

Playing a doubleheader tonight Edwar Colina got the nod for Fort Myers in the first game. Working one out into the 6th inning he left in line for the win. Alex Phillips did allow a trio of inherited runners to score, but the Miracle held on to get the victory.

This one was like a page out of the big league book. Ryan Jeffers returned from the home run derby blasting his ninth dinger in the first inning. The two-run lead was added to in the second thanks to a Royce Lewis solo blast. Tied at three in the final frame Lewis stepped in again. His second dinger of the day came in walk-off fashion and doubled his homer output in 2019.



Charlotte 5, Fort Myers 0 (7 innings, Game 2)
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After racking up eight hits in the earlier game against the Stone Crabs offense was non-existent in the nightcap. Melvi Acosta and Joe Record allowed five earned and Trevor Larnach accounted for the only hit in the game.

KERNELS NUGGETS
ALL STAR BREAK

E-TWINS E-NOTES
Bluefield 6, Elizabethton 0
Box Score

Ryley Widell made his 2019 debut tonight for the E-Twins and looked sharp. Working four complete he gave up just one run on two hits while fanning six and walking none. After a strong eight game debut with Elizabethton in 2018, that’s a great note to begin this campaign on.

Unfortunately the E-Twins were able to generate just five hits on the evening and didn’t push any runs across. Bluefield got to the bullpen late and the five runs scored after thesixth inning was enough to do the home team in.

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Ryley Widell (Elizabethton) – 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Hitter of the Day – Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 2-7, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 HR, K

PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 2-7, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 HR, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured list
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured list
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 2-6, R, 4 K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - No game (All-Star Break)
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – Game suspended
#7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did Not Pitch
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – Did Not Pitch
#9 - Blayne Enlow (Fort Myers) - Did Not Pitch
#10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured list (Tommy John surgery)
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – Game suspended
#12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured list
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 1-6, R, 2 RBI, HR, K
#14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - No game (All-Star Break)
#15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured list
#16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - No game (All-Star Break)
#17 - Zack Littell (Minnesota via Rochester) - Did not pitch (as of this writing)
#18 - LaMonte Wade Jr. (Rochester) – Game suspended
#19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - No game (All-Star Break)
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 0-6, K

THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Rochester @ Columbus (11:05AM CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart (5-3, 4.56 ERA)
Pensacola @ Jacksonville (6:05PM CST) - TBD
Fort Myers @ Jupiter (5:30PM CST) – TBD
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35PM CST) – LHP Kody Funderburk (0-0, 2.03 ERA)
Bluefield @ Elizabethton (5:30PM CST) - TBD

Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!

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#2 108Stitches

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 08:44 PM

Just wanted to say I called it about Poppen. *humbly smiles with pride
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Posted 19 June 2019 - 08:55 PM

Thanks Ted.Loved listening to the Lewis walk-off.2 things...very random. 

 

1.) How is it that the Florida State League is the home to so many spring trainings, but very few have the MiLB telecasting capabilities?

 

2.) Where is Landon Leach?He was part of that crop where we "saved money early on in the draft to spend money on people later" back in 2017.

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:53 PM

As usual, I am grateful to receive these minor league reports.

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 10:54 PM

I’d feel an awful lot better if Royce rakes for a month and got a promotion before end of year.
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 02:27 AM

Half a season is over, and Lewis clocks in hitting .224 with a .619 OPS even with a 2 home run night. That is downright pathetic in general, and for a number one overall pick, even worse. I don't know how anyone can put any frosting on it, but I am sure it is coming. Totally disappointing. Kirilloff still out. Graterol out. The top three are making this year a slow track, albeit injuries are never in the plan.

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 05:25 AM

Was good seeing Benninghoff pitch for ETon last night, although the results weren't good.Widell was a pick I thought had promise back when selected in the 7th round of the 2017 draft.Was last night his professional debut?Would have sworn he pitched one of the last two years.

 

Saw that Diaz was promoted to AA, but not Larnach.Hopefully, that is a sign that Kirilloff will be active when they resume play later this weekend.

 

The DSL Twins lost 8-4, dropping them to 6-8 for the season.Urbina didn't play. Another 17 year old outfielder, Rhodery Diaz, was 1-4 with an RBI.Diaz has been one of the Twins top hitters early this season.


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:15 AM

How about giving us the year totals for each of the top 20. It's nice to see the daily efforts but I'm curious at this stage to see what they're collective stats are. Seeing Lewis statistics means more to me than the fact that he had a two home run game. If that continues as a trend for the next month that's exciting what is it now season is it disappointment. I look at Carol off and I know he's been out more than he's been in since we've signed him and I hope that is not a sign of future issues. Like the others I'm disappointed to see our top three not performing this year whether injuries or not. And I'm looking forward to seeing Seth revised listing. These minor league reports are excellent and I really appreciate the effort that you put into doing this.
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:19 AM

 

Half a season is over, and Lewis clocks in hitting .224 with a .619 OPS even with a 2 home run night. That is downright pathetic in general, and for a number one overall pick, even worse. I don't know how anyone can put any frosting on it, but I am sure it is coming. Totally disappointing. Kirilloff still out. Graterol out. The top three are making this year a slow track, albeit injuries are never in the plan.

Good to see some positive results from Lewis for a change. But yeah, it's been a struggle for him this year. Let's hope he's shaken off the rust, or whatever the problem is/was, and starts producing like he did last year.


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:24 AM

Diaz is one of the few prospects that have taking a step forward this year.

His .243 ISO mixed with a 17.1% K rate is encouraging. It is a key step moving to AA. We need to get him on the list of prospects we follow at the bottom.

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:44 AM

 

Half a season is over, and Lewis clocks in hitting .224 with a .619 OPS even with a 2 home run night. That is downright pathetic in general, and for a number one overall pick, even worse. I don't know how anyone can put any frosting on it, but I am sure it is coming. Totally disappointing. Kirilloff still out. Graterol out. The top three are making this year a slow track, albeit injuries are never in the plan.

 

I would think everyone would agree it's disappointing. Doesn't affect his prospect status, but I don't think anyone would tell you that it's been good.


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:46 AM

How about giving us the year totals for each of the top 20. It's nice to see the daily efforts but I'm curious at this stage to see what they're collective stats are. Seeing Lewis statistics means more to me than the fact that he had a two home run game. If that continues as a trend for the next month that's exciting what is it now season is it disappointment. I look at Carol off and I know he's been out more than he's been in since we've signed him and I hope that is not a sign of future issues. Like the others I'm disappointed to see our top three not performing this year whether injuries or not. And I'm looking forward to seeing Seth revised listing. These minor league reports are excellent and I really appreciate the effort that you put into doing this.


Go to MiLB.com and you can find all the individual player details you desire by team.
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Posted 20 June 2019 - 08:53 AM

 

How about giving us the year totals for each of the top 20. It's nice to see the daily efforts but I'm curious at this stage to see what they're collective stats are. Seeing Lewis statistics means more to me than the fact that he had a two home run game. If that continues as a trend for the next month that's exciting what is it now season is it disappointment. I look at Carol off and I know he's been out more than he's been in since we've signed him and I hope that is not a sign of future issues. Like the others I'm disappointed to see our top three not performing this year whether injuries or not. And I'm looking forward to seeing Seth revised listing. These minor league reports are excellent and I really appreciate the effort that you put into doing this.

 

Mike sure wants to see those full season stats, I guess... Posting it five times is pretty telling!

 

It has come up from others as well. It is a request we get. 

 

The rankings will be updated in the next two weeks. 

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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:55 AM

NOTE: Derek Molina RHP & Zach Neff LHP were jumped from Cedar Rapids (A) to the Wahoo's (AA).

Big jump or typo ?


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 02:52 PM

I have been trying to figure out what was going on with Ryley Widell for a while.  


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 05:30 PM

 

I would think everyone would agree it's disappointing. Doesn't affect his prospect status, but I don't think anyone would tell you that it's been good.

 

I'd guess it changes the ETA, given he's not getting promoted to AA any time soon. I really wanted to believe that the Twins finally had their fast riser. 

It's been a fun year so far, GO Twins. Oh, and I have at least one blog post now......The table on my first blog post is now fixed. Sigh.


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Posted 20 June 2019 - 09:32 PM

 

I'd guess it changes the ETA, given he's not getting promoted to AA any time soon. I really wanted to believe that the Twins finally had their fast riser. 

 

Maybe... I still assume he'll get to Pensacola this year... and he doesn't turn 21 until early June next season. He should debut before he turns 22. That's pretty fast. 

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