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#1 Ted Schwerzler

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 08:37 PM

The Twins had a ton of action taking place on the farm today with multiple affiliates playing doubleheaders. Lewis Thorpe got the start for Rochester and looked like a big leaguer overpowering lesser competition, while 2019 draft picks Matt Wallner and Keoni Cavaco both homered, and Brusdar Graterol returned to the active roster. Check all of the excitement out below.Transactions
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RED WINGS REPORT
Gwinnett 4, Rochester 3
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Lewis Thorpe was nails in this one as he went six innings allowing just a single hit and striking out seven. He’s looked strong for the Twins this year, and a performance like this won’t keep him in Triple-A for long.



In the second inning Zander Wiel hit his 20th homer of the season, which was notable beyond just putting Rochester on the board. The 427-foot blast was Rochester’s 155th of the season setting a new franchise record. The 154 single-season home run record had stood since 1959.

Scoring was at a premium in this one with stud Atlanta prospect Kyle Wright opposing the Red Wings. Caleb Hamilton doubled the score in the seventh on his secondTriple-A two-bagger. That’s where the momentum stopped for the home team.



A four-run eighth inning, complete with a Pedro Florimon triple for the Stripers had the Red Wings looking up at the wrong side of the scoreboard. With two runners on in the ninth Rochester threatened, but Brandon Barnes’ RBI single was the only run they managed to push across.

BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Mobile 5, Pensacola 1
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Star Twins prospect Jhoan Duran was tonight’s starter and he was hit around a bit during his six innings of work. Despite striking out six and walking just one, he gave up five earned on seven hits.

Recently activated Travis Blankenhorn blasted his 17th homer of the year to open the scoring, but that was the only run the Blue Wahoos brought home. Giving up four in the bottom of the third, they trailed for the majority of this contest.

Trying to claw their way back, Pensacola did generate a ninth inning threat but Mobile’s bullpen was able to hold things in check.



MIRACLE MATTERS
Game 1: St. Lucie 5, Fort Myers 2
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Playing a twin bill after wet grounds postponed yesterday’s action it was Dakota Chalmers on the bump for game one. He went four innings allowing three runs (two earned) and striking out six. Unfortunately he also walked six and with just one hit given up, the free passes are where the damage came from.

Trailing 1-0 in the fifth Fort Myers took the lead. Michael Davis drove in the first run on a sac fly and Gabriel Maciel followed suit for run number two. The lead didn’t last long as a two run shot in the bottom of the inning put St. Lucie back in the lead, and a sixth inning tally made it a three run margin for good measure.

Game 2: Fort Myers 9, St. Lucie 2
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Attempting to avoid the sweep on the day, the ball was handed to Melvi Acosta. He turned in five innings of solid work allowing just two runs, and the offense put him in the driver’s seat early.

Jose Miranda gave the Miracle a 1-0 lead on a first inning single, and then the away team broke it open. Fort Myers plated five in the second with the most damage coming on a two-RBI triple from Andrew Bechtold. He got the last 90 feet on a wild pitch and the lead then was two field goals.

A fourth inning triple from David Banuelos plated another run before Miranda ripped his sixth dinger of the year, a solo shot, in the fourth. Up 8-2 heading into the final from, Ernie De La Trinadad wore a pitch with the bases loaded to generate the game’s final run.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Kane County 3, Cedar Rapids 1
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Kody Funderburk was on the bump and despite there not being much offense tonight, he was worth the price of admission. Twirling five innings of two-hit ball, Funderburk struck out five walking just two.

The Kernels were able to generate just four hits on the evening and their only run came on a ninth inning error. This was a bit of a sloppy affair with the two clubs combining for six errors on the evening.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 6, Kingsport 3
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Cody Lawyerson got the nod for the E-Twins tonight and worked three scoreless innings. He gave up no hits while walking one and striking out two. Erik Cha worked 3 1/3 innings of relief to pick up his fifth victory of the season, moving him to a 5-1 record.



In the top of the first inning Matt Wallner launched his fourth homer of the season. A two-run shot that scored DaShawn Keirsey had the E-Twins on the board. After allowing the Mets to even things up, Keirsey singled in the sixth driving in Trevor Jensen and putting the E-Twins back on top.

Looking for some breathing room Elizabethton found it in the late innings. Janigson Villalobos recorded his fourth double of the season driving in two, and a Max Smith single in the ninth added another. Kingsport attempted a comeback in the final frame but could only push a single run across.

With the victory Elizabethton avoided a series sweep on the road and continue their trip tomorrow in Johnson City.

GCL TWINS TAKES
Game 1: GCL Twins 5, GCL Orioles 4
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Regi Grace started today’s contest for the Twins and turned in four innings of work. He surrendered four runs on four hits while striking out two and walking one. In line for the win, he couldn’t make it through the fifth inning to satisfy the necessary requirement.

The damage was done by the top of the Twins lineup in this one. Third baseman Alec Craig had a two-hit game scoring twice, while Jeferson Morales added two hits of his own (both doubles). Cleanup hitter Victor Heredia was the third member of the multi-hit trio on the afternoon with a two-hit effort as well.

Runs were scored in the first, third, and fourth innings by the GCL Twins and the five tallies were enough to stay afloat after a three-run fourth inning by the Orioles.

Game 2: GCL Twins 5 GCL Orioles 4
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Matthew Swain got behind by a 4-0 tally through the first two innings of work in game two today, but this one would see the lineup come through once again. Turning the ball over to the bullpen down 4-1, the GCL Twins evened things up with quickness.

In the top of the third inning 2019 first-round pick Keoni Cavaco launched his first professional home run. It was a three-run blast and knotted the score at 4. Waiting all the way until the final frame, the Twins then added another in the top half of the seventh to win the second half of the doubleheader with the same score as the first.

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Hitter of the Day – Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) – 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR(4)

PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) – 0-4, BB, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 1-4
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Did Not Pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) – 0-3, BB, K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3, R, 2 K
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Fort Myers) – Did Not Pitch
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL) – 1-4, R, HR(1), 3 RBI, 2 K
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured List (groin)
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Pensacola) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Fort Myers) – Did Not Pitch
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – 6.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Did not play
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) – Did Not Play
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) – Did Not Play
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) – 2-5, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR(4)
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – 1-3, BB
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Fort Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did Not Pitch
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL) – 1-4, RBI
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) – 1-4, R, RBI, HR(17)

THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Gwinnett @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) – RHP Griffin Jax (Triple-A Debut)
Pensacola @ Mobile (6:35PM CST) – LHP Bryan Sammons (4-4, 4.18 ERA)
Jupiter @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) - TBD
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30PM CST) – RHP Luis Rijo (4-6, 2.58 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Johnson City (5:30PM CST) - TBD

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

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#2 Cooper Carlson

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 09:26 PM

Thorpe to the rotation, Perez to the bullpen is something a lot of Twins fans and especially myself are hoping to see. It still seems unlikely, but I think Thorpe has proven enough to be given an extended look in the rotation.

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 09:29 PM

Nice job, Thorpe, he'll be back up soon when we need a fresh arm. 

 

Let's see Graterol take on some AA guys before giving him a shot at the big leagues. He's only just recovered from the shoulder impediment, so it wouldn't be wise to rush things.

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 09:37 PM

I agree with Cooper, I'm ready for Lewis Thorpe to take Martin Perez's spot in the rotation. I talked about it here. More Thorpe highlights from tonight in the final 90 seconds of this one.

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#5 FormerMinnasotan

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Posted 07 August 2019 - 10:44 PM

This may sound crazy, but I would keep Thorpe in AAA for a few more starts at least so Thorpe can build back up his pitch count so he’s ready to get some MLB starts, especially in September when he could get a more extended look. To be honest I’m not all that surprised how dominant Thorpe looked tonight considering that he more than held his own pitching so far in the Bigs.
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Posted 08 August 2019 - 06:39 AM

Exactly type of game one wants to see from a pitcher who has gotten his feet wet in the big leagues.Agree with the above comment, let's see him make another start or two where he can focus on being dominant.Then come back and get the job done like we all hope he can, this September and in 2020 and beyond. 

 

Am excited to see how Jax does today in his first start in AAA. 

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 07:34 AM

I am all for Thorpe taking Perez place in the rotation.Perez showed early promise but right now he is pitching like last year and that is not good for a first place team. We can start moving better pitchers into the rotation.I do not care if Perez is in the BP.Do we know if he can actually be better there?

 

I am anxious for Dobnak to do well.We need to accomplish two things the rest of the season - get the best rotation possible to carry us into post season no matter what veterans lose out - and learn what our rotation could be next year when we lose our three starters to FA (who gave Perez two years?).This is very possible to do with the creative up and down movements.Right now Berrios and Pineda are our only sure playoff starters.

 

And yes - bring up Graterol - let him throw heaters and prepare for next year while eating up some important innings.

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 08:34 AM

 

Thorpe to the rotation, Perez to the bullpen is something a lot of Twins fans and especially myself are hoping to see. It still seems unlikely, but I think Thorpe has proven enough to be given an extended look in the rotation.

Whatever it takes, we need Thorpe made ready to be in the rotation day one in 2020.

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 10:30 AM

Looks like Romero had a decent seventh inning (a four-pitch walk followed by a double play), then walked the first two guys in the eighth, on 3-2 pitches both times. Bleich then completely failed to do the job, saddling Fernando with the first two runs. Could have gone differently for Romero with a better pitch here and there, but Oh Those Bases On Balls. They will haunt.

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 10:56 AM

I was wondering about Thorpe getting pulled after 6 innings with only 69 pitches while throwing a 1 hit shutout.

 

Seems like a wise move, however as he likely lost some of his ability to pitch longer while in the Twins pen. 

 

Also saves his arm so he can pitch more at the big league level later this season.

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 11:44 AM

With all the talk about Royce, Alex, Travis, Trevor and others (Pitching!) on this great Wahoos lineup, and it is a great lineup! The future looks bright!! I think people tend to forget about Ben Rortvedt. He is quietly having a very nice solid season.
78 Games 273 AB, 16 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 29 RBI, BB/K 34-65, AVG .242, OBP.337, OPS .721. At A+/AA with most at AA.
Defensively, he's hands down the best catcher currently in the system. Frames very well, blocks super and has a cannon for an arm. He has already thrown out 30 runners trying to steal (53%) and picked off a bunch at 1st base. The kid is a student of the game, and works very hard. Really think he'll have a legitimate shot to get into the show in the next few years, which will just add to a great Twins future lineup.
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Posted 09 August 2019 - 06:36 AM

It's nice to see Cavaco get his first professional home run! Hopefully there's hundreds more to come!!!!!

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Posted 13 August 2019 - 09:14 AM

Looks like Romero had a decent seventh inning (a four-pitch walk followed by a double play), then walked the first two guys in the eighth, on 3-2 pitches both times. Bleich then completely failed to do the job, saddling Fernando with the first two runs. Could have gone differently for Romero with a better pitch here and there, but Oh Those Bases On Balls. They will haunt.

You teed this up for someone to hit out of the park, but no one took a swing.

Those two walks were issued to Ryan LaMarre and Lucas Duda. :)
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Posted 13 August 2019 - 09:19 AM

You teed this up for someone to hit out of the park, but no one took a swing.

Those two walks were issued to Ryan LaMarre and Lucas Duda. :)

It's that kind of lack of attention to detail that got me fired from my last three jobs.

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