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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 30 June 2019 - 07:42 PM

Sunday was a huge day for a couple of left-handed prospects from Australia. Lewis Thorpe pitched well for five innings in his major-league debut. For Ft. Myers, Lachlan Wells made his first start for the Miracle since September 2, 2017. He had Tommy John surgery last May and returned with five innings as well.Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Sunday, starting with the transactions of the day.

AWARDS

Every Sunday, the Twins announce their weekly Player and Pitcher of the Week. Here are this week’s winners:
  • Player of the Week: Rochester 1B Zander Wiel. For the week, he went 13-for-30 (.433) with five doubles and two home runs. He had five multi-hit games. And his alma mater, Vanderbilt, won another College World Series championship. He was the Twins 12th-round pick in 2015.
  • Pitcher of the Week: Ft. Myers RHP Cole Sands. The right-hander made one start and threw five no-hit innings. He struck out six batters. Sands was the Twins fifth-round pick last year out of Florida State.
TRANSACTIONS
  • Outfielders Jake Cave and LaMonte Wade, Jr., were back on the Rochester roster.
  • 3B Brian Schales was returned to Pensacola.
  • LHP Lachlan Wells has been added to the Ft. Myers Miracle roster.
  • OF Malique Ziegler was placed on the Miracle IL.
  • Following Sunday's game in Chicago, Lewis Thorpe was optioned to Rochester.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 5, Pawtucket 10
Box Score

Things started out well for the Red Wings. Ronald Torreyes gave the team a 2-0 lead with a single in the bottom of the second.

Kohl Stewart started with two scoreless innings. However, he gave up two runs in the third, another run in the fourth and five runs in the fifth inning before Sean Poppen got the final out of that inning. In total, Stewart gave up eight runs on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out four. Poppen struck out five batters over the next 3 1/3 innings. He gave up two runs on four hits. Andrew Vasquez gave up a hit and two walks but did not allow a run in the ninth.

Jake Cave went 2-for-5 with his 13th double. LaMonte Wade went 1-for-3 with two walks. Wynston Sawyer hit a double and was hit by a pitch twice.

BLUE WAHOO BITES
Pensacola 7, Mississippi 5
Box Score

Jordan Gore has provided strong defense for the Blue Wahoos all season. On Sunday, Gore provided the offense for a Pensacola win. The shortstop went 2-for-4 with his seventh double and four RBIs. He also stole a base.

Adalberto Mejia made another rehab appearance for the Blue Wahoos. He pitched the first inning and it was a perfect frame. He has now pitched 6 games during his rehab. He's given up zero runs on four hits, one walk and he's struck out ten batters.His first rehab appearance was June 10th, so there are approximately ten more days in his rehab assignment.

Andro Cutura came on and gave up three runs on six hits in six innings. He walked one and struck out five. He also hit three batters. Zack Weiss gave up two runs on three hits over the last two innings.

Caleb Hamilton went 2-for-3 with a walk and drove in two runs. The catcher also stole his sixth base. Alex Kirilloff went 3-for-3 with a walk .

Kirilloff also made a game-saving catch in the ninth inning.



MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 4, Bradenton 7
Box Score

Lachlan Wells last pitched for the Miracle on September 2, 2017. He had Tommy John surgery last May and pitched three innings in a GCL game as part of his rehab a week ago. On Sunday afternoon, Well returned to the Miracle mound. The left-hander gave up three runs on four hits over five innings. He struck out six batters without a walk, though he did hit one batter.

Melvi Acosta came on and struck out eight batters over the next three innings. However, he gave up two runs on three hits and two walks. Zach Neff gave up two runs on three hits in the ninth inning. He struck out two batters.

Trey Cabbage and Andrew Bechtold hit back-to-back RBI singles to get the Miracle on the board in the second inning. Cabbage hit his third home run with the Miracle, his ninth overall in 2019. Bechtold and Michael Helman each went 2-for-4 as well. Gabriel Maciel went 2-for-5 with his fourth stolen base.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 1, Kane County 5
Box Score

Lack of offense in this game by the Kernels made RHP Andrew Cabezas the tough-luck losing pitcher. The Twins Daily’s 2018 short-season Minor League Pitcher of the Year threw eight innings and gave up just one run on three hits. He walked one and struck out seven batters.

However, the Kernels managed just four hits in the game and only scored one run. Jacob Pearson hit his 10th double. Yeltsin Encarnacion had a single and a walk. Trevor Cabezas had the lone RBI on his second double since joining the Kernels.

In the ninth, Jose Martinez was charged with four runs (three earned) on four hits to take the loss.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
E-Twins 4, Greeneville 2 (10 innings)
Box Score

In a well-pitched game, the Elizabethton Twins just couldn’t mount any offense. At least not until the 10th inning. Charlie Mack gave the team a 1-0 lead that lasted until the bottom of the ninth inning.

Cody Laweryson threw three perfect innings, striking out three. Tyler Benninghoff gave up one hit in a scoreless innings. Osiris German came on and struck out five batters Nate Hadley pitched a scoreless eighth inning. However, the ninth inning started with a double. After a sacrifice bunt, Greeneville tied the game. So it was off to extra innings.

In the tenth inning, the E-Twins scored three runs on a couple of walks, a hit batter, a wild pitch and a single from Alex Isola. Isola had two doubles in the game before the big hit in extra frames.

Dylan Thomas came on and gave up one run in the bottom of the tenth but locked down the save.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins
Box Score

The GCL does not play games on Sundays.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Andrew Cabezas, Cedar Rapids Kernels
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Trey Cabbage, Ft. Myers Miracle


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

#1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 0-5, K, RBI, SF
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 3-3, BB
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-5, K
#6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 1-4, BB, 2B(14), K, 2R
#8 - Lewis Thorpe (Minnesota) - (MLB Debut) 5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K (70 pitches, 47 strikes)
#11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 0-4, RBI, SF, 2K
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, R, K
#18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 1-3, 2 BB
#20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 1-4

MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Syracuse @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Drew Hutchison (6-4, 5.01 ERA)
Mississippi @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - RHP Randy Dobnak (3-0, 3.00 ERA)
Ft. Myers @ Clearwater (6:00 CST) - TBD
Kane Country @ Cedar Rapids (1:05 CST) - RHP Kai-Wei Teng (2-0, 2.57 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Pulaski (5:30 CST) - TBD
GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00 CST) - TBD

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Sunday games or any other minor league topics you would like.

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#2 rdehring

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 06:06 AM

Good morning, Seth.Thanks for today's report.

 

Expected Thorpe would be headed back to Rochester.Hope his ticket is on Tuesday so he and his parents have some time together in Chicago.Thought he was much, much better than I feared, but not quite as good as I dreamed.Sure has the 'stuff' to be a big league pitcher, doesn't he?

 

Other question is who is next up in Rochester to fly out to California?Littell isn't eligible to return...is he?Don't see Romero, so is Poppen next up?

 

The Twins need a lefty specialist, a lot in my opinion.Could Mejia be that arm?What do you think the strategy is by their using him as an opener?The results have been excellent.Also, do they move him up to Rochester for the last 10 days?

 

Two other things really caught my eye yesterday, Seth.First was Kirilloff's 3 for 3, plus a walk, day.Let's cross our fingers that this is a sign he will be the hitter we came to know last year these last two months of the season.Second item was seeing two big prospects on the mound.Not only did Wells make his return, Benninghoff also had a successful inning which makes me say....yahooooooo! 

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 07:03 AM

A funny stat that someone caught after roughly 8-10 weeks of minor league ball was that the Wells twins had identical ERA's.That was incredible. His brother Alex plays AA (Bowie) for the Orioles affiliate and doing very well.You know, it would've made sense for the Twins to have drafted/acquired both Wells brothers - could've been a face of the franchise.Real twins for the Twins!Why couldn't that happen? 

 

 

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 08:22 AM

 

Good morning, Seth.Thanks for today's report.

 

Expected Thorpe would be headed back to Rochester.Hope his ticket is on Tuesday so he and his parents have some time together in Chicago.Thought he was much, much better than I feared, but not quite as good as I dreamed.Sure has the 'stuff' to be a big league pitcher, doesn't he?

 

Other question is who is next up in Rochester to fly out to California?Littell isn't eligible to return...is he?Don't see Romero, so is Poppen next up?

 

The Twins need a lefty specialist, a lot in my opinion.Could Mejia be that arm?What do you think the strategy is by their using him as an opener?The results have been excellent.Also, do they move him up to Rochester for the last 10 days?

 

Two other things really caught my eye yesterday, Seth.First was Kirilloff's 3 for 3, plus a walk, day.Let's cross our fingers that this is a sign he will be the hitter we came to know last year these last two months of the season.Second item was seeing two big prospects on the mound.Not only did Wells make his return, Benninghoff also had a successful inning which makes me say....yahooooooo! 

 

 

Thorpe was much better than I would have guessed. Showed good poise. And frankly, the home run pitch was a changeup on the outside corner. Maybe a couple of inches higher than he wanted it, but not a bad pitch at all. Walking the 9 hitter before that was the issue. But definitely has the stuff... but needs to show in AAA that he can be more consistent. 

 

Littell's not eligible. Romero's still on the IL. Poppen through 3+ innings on Sunday. So, I would guess someone like Eades. 

 

I would like for Mejia to be the 2nd lefty in the pen... I've always liked his stuff for short stints. Could be a weapon in that role. 

 

Kirilloff had a good day!!

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 09:02 AM

 

Thorpe was much better than I would have guessed. Showed good poise. And frankly, the home run pitch was a changeup on the outside corner. Maybe a couple of inches higher than he wanted it, but not a bad pitch at all. Walking the 9 hitter before that was the issue. But definitely has the stuff... but needs to show in AAA that he can be more consistent. 

 

Littell's not eligible. Romero's still on the IL. Poppen through 3+ innings on Sunday. So, I would guess someone like Eades. 

 

I would like for Mejia to be the 2nd lefty in the pen... I've always liked his stuff for short stints. Could be a weapon in that role. 

 

Kirilloff had a good day!!

Had forgotten about Eades, Seth.And now that you mention it, he did ok in his brief stint up here whenever that was.Let's hope Mejia answers one question for the pen.Expect he would replace the rotating group coming up from Rochester.

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 11:25 AM

 


 

Two other things really caught my eye yesterday, Seth.  First was Kirilloff's 3 for 3, plus a walk, day.Let's cross our fingers that this is a sign he will be the hitter we came to know last year these last two months of the season.

 

. Alex Kirilloff went 3-for-3 with a walk .

Kirilloff also made a game-saving catch in the ninth inning.

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First important thing for me after Thorpe's impressive performance was the fine day for Kiriloff. If he's finally coming "back" into his previous form, he changes the roster dynamic for this team starting in Spring Training in 2020.

 

Second thing that caught my eye was how great a venue and what a beautiful location for the Blue Wahoos to play at. Right on Pensacola Bay and within sight of both the Naval Air Station and the National Seashore Park. Wow! Gotta make a trip down there soon.

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Posted 01 July 2019 - 10:02 PM

Nice wrap as always. I've always thought Thorpe's stuff would stand up in the big league, but he was given a tough assignment being pitted against Giolito. I was hoping for a little more optimal situation for his debut



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