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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 09:57 PM

Jordan Balazovic returned to the Ft. Myers Miracle after participating with Team Canada in the Pan Am Games. Brusdar Graterol returned to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos after his 2 1/2 month stint in the injured list. The Twins top two pitching prospects returned in fine form.

In addition, Griffin Jax made his Triple-A debut for the Red Wings. Wilin Rosario and Alejandro de Aza continued raking. The Miracle pitchers tossed a shutout. And, Elizabethton won on a walkoff, well, kind of...Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with the transactions of the day.

TRANSACTIONS
  • The Twins officially added RHP Randy Dobnak to the 40-man roster and called him to before Thursday’s game. Kohl Stewart had been optioned following Wednesday’s game.
  • Pensacola saw RHP Anthony Vizcaya activated from the injured list with RHP Hector Lujan being placed on the IL.
  • Catcher Alex Isola was placed on the IL for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Fellow 2019 draft pick, catcher Kyle Schmidt was promoted from Elizabethton.
  • Also, Rochester LHP Ian Krol has been placed on the restricted list.
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 7, Gwinnett 4
Box Score

Griffin Jax made his first Triple-A appearance on Thursday night in Rochester. He struggled a little early, but he ended the night giving up four runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked three and struck out three.

Sam Clay came on and struck out four batters over 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He walked two and hit one. Ryan Eades picked up his third save. He struck out two in the final 1 1/3 innings.

Wilin Rosario remained hot. He went 2-for-3 with a walk and his 17th home run. Alejandro De Aza hit his fourth and fifth doubles. Mike Miller also went 2-for-4.



BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Pensacola 0, Mobile 6
Box Score

The Blue Wahoos got a short start, and then they got shutout by Mobile starter Greg Mahle.

Pensacola had just five hits in the game and had no walks.

Bryan Sammons started. He gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks over the first 2 2/3 innings. He struck out five. Anthony Vizcaya returned and gave up only an unearned run over his 2 1/3 innings. Brusdar Graterol made his first Blue Wahoos appearance since mid-May. He struck out three and gave up only an infield single in 1 2/3 innings. He exited having thrown 29 pitches. Marcos Diplan came on and got the final out of the seventh inning. He then gave up a single run in the eighth frame.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Ft. Myers 3, Jupiter 0
Box Score

Jordan Balazovic returned from the Pan Am Games where he made one start for Team Canada where his team a silver medal. He made his first start since his return. He threw five shutout innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out nine. Tyler Watson came on and struck out six batters over four shutout innings to earn his first save.

The Miracle had just three hits and three walks in the game. Michael Davis walked twice and hit an RBI double. Trey Cabbage hit his 15th Miracle double and hit a sacrifice fly to give the Miracle their first lead in the first inning.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 0, Kane County 8
Box Score

The Kernels bats were unable to get much going in this game. In fact, they had just four hits. Jared Akins’ eighth double was their lone extra-base hit. Gilberto Celestino went 1-for-2 with two walks.

Luis Rijo was the Kernels starter. He gave up four runs (3 earned) on eight hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out five. Alex Schick came on and gave up four runs on three hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Two of the hits left the yard. Ricky Ramirez gave up a hit, walked one and struck out two batters in 1 1/3 innings.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
E-Twins 7, Johnson City 6 (10 innings)
Box Score

The Twins got the win on an extra-innings wild pitch in the 10th inning.

Anthony Prato provided much of the offense. He went 4-for-5 with his second home run. Kidany Salva was 3-for-5. Charles Mack went 2-for-3 with a walk. Max Smith and Willie Joe Garry each had two hits in the game.

Sawyer Gipson-Long started and gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks in just 1 2/3 innings. He struck out four. Osiris German gave up two hits over 3 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out two. Steven Cruz walked three and gave up a run in an inning. Benjamin Dum came on and struck out three over two innings. It was his third game as a professional. He is now 2-1.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Twins
Box Score

No Game Scheduled.

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Jordan Balazovic, Ft. Myers Miracle
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Anthony Prato, Elizabethton Twins

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

#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 1-4
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 0-4
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K (29 pitches, 21 strikes)
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 1-3, K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, K
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K (89 pitches, 60 strikes)
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - No Game Scheduled.
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch.
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch.
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List (lower leg contusion)
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - 0-4
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 2-3, 2B(9), RBI
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 0-5, R
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did Not Play
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch.
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 0-4, R, SB(18)
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 1-4

FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Louisville @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Adam Bray (1-1, 4.50 ERA)
Pensacola @ Mobile (7:05 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (3-0, 1.25 ERA)
Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - RHP Chris Vallimont (2-4, 4.66 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (6:30 CST) - RHP Matt Canterino (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Johnson City @ Elizabethton (5:30 CST) - TBD
GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (DH @ 11:00 CST) - TBD, TBD

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

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#2 MNT1996

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 10:19 PM

Perhaps conditioning Graterol for a reliever role for the Twins this year? Those 3 Ks looking good. I bet he lit up the radar during that relief appearance. 

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 10:46 PM

 

Perhaps conditioning Graterol for a reliever role for the Twins this year? Those 3 Ks looking good. I bet he lit up the radar during that relief appearance. 

 

Absolutely... I have little doubt that if he's healthy, he'll be up in late August.

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Posted 08 August 2019 - 10:56 PM

How is Gordon raked higher than Arraez? Name still?
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Posted 09 August 2019 - 06:54 AM

Is it time, Seth, to remove Arraez from the prospect list?Heck, he may be the best rookie in the American League.

 

What a wonderful outing by Balazovic on his return from the Pan Am Games.Assume there isn't time left in the season for him to move up.Hopefully, he will lead the Miracle to a second championship.

 

Although Jax wasn't great, he wasn't terrible either in his first game at AAA.Hopefully, he gets back to his usual self next time out.  

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 07:33 AM

I keep looking at the performances of the prospects and Luis Arraez continues to have the most frequent good stats.I love the way he plays and of course he will soon lose his rookie status and be off the list.I hope by then the top guys start hitting.  

 

2019 stats

Lewis .235 .288 .368 .657

Kiriloff 269 .330 .391 .721

Larnach .305 .376 .448 .824

Javier .162 .261 .306 .567

Gordon .298 .342 .459 .801

Jeffers .263 .334 .419 .753

Arraez .353 .426 .443 .869

Wallner .268 .359 .440 .800

Rortvedt .242 .337 .385 .721

Urbina .278 .380 .450 .830

Blankenhorn .292 .340 .503 .843

 

I know - minor league stats (except Luis) but they do matter to me and our top two need to boost their performance, Javier needs to drop and I am sorry Gordon is on the IL he needs to see the majors for a few days. 


#7 Seth Stohs

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 08:59 AM

 

Is it time, Seth, to remove Arraez from the prospect list?Heck, he may be the best rookie in the American League.

 

What a wonderful outing by Balazovic on his return from the Pan Am Games.Assume there isn't time left in the season for him to move up.Hopefully, he will lead the Miracle to a second championship.

 

Although Jax wasn't great, he wasn't terrible either in his first game at AAA.Hopefully, he gets back to his usual self next time out.  

 

Yeah, Arraez is no longer a "prospect"... just not sure if just deleting him is the right thing to do or if he should be replaced or kept. 

 

Jax had a slow start. Could be nerves. Could be the ball. Not much to worry about there.

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 09:01 AM

 

How is Gordon raked higher than Arraez? Name still?

 

Lots of good stuff here about that topic:

 

http://twinsdaily.co...ist-11-15-r8014

 

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 09:25 AM

 

How is Gordon raked higher than Arraez? Name still?

 

OK I'll bite.At least in 2019 Gordon wasn't ranked that much higher than Arraez.Often after the top 10 you can rank the next 10 to 15 in almost any order based on how bullish you are on their skill set.While offense (hit tool) remains the most important tool defense is pretty important too as is positional flexibility.

While Arraez has the superior bat and eye at the plate he suffers with the remaining tools that are measured.The main reason I can see why Gordon would be ahead of Arraez would be that he grades out better for Speed, arm, and fielding.Both players lack power in their game but Arraez has only hit 6 total HR's in his minors career whereas Gordon has hit 25 so he seems to have more power potential than Arraez though likely not much.

 

So in my opinion while Arraez has the better bat Gordon isn't too far off as he was hitting around 300 at AAA before being injured and an 800 OPS so it's not like he is a horrible offensive player. Gordon also has a bit more power potential to help offset some of that average and on base percentage that Arraez has.Gordon has the arm, speed and fielding to play all 3 positions in the infield without being a defensive liability whereas I don't believe Arraez has that same ability.I would say Arraez can play second base well but would be a defensive liability at Short and third as he lacks speed, and the arm to play those well.So it comes down to what you value in a player as to where you rank them.

 

If you only value offense then I would agree that Arraez appears to be the superior player but if you add up all the tools I think it is harder put Arraez ahead of Gordon. 

From a prospect perspective does that mean Gordon will be better than Arraez in MLB possibly not.Tools and potential don't always translate the way we think they should but for prospect rating I don't have an issue with Gordon being ranked higher than Arraez because I can see a case for it.

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 09:42 AM

Time to swap Cave for De Aza I'd say.


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Posted 09 August 2019 - 10:17 AM

Time to swap Cave for De Aza I'd say.

Prepare for the same kind of disappointment as with Cave's major league batting. They both have unsustainably high BABip at AAA. The balls stop falling in, the OPS plummets, even before taking into account the higher level of competition. De Aza, in his 30s by now, represents emergency depth only, IMO.

 

That said, he impressed me with a fine running catch in the RF corner, the game that I saw last week in Pawtucket, so it's not like I dislike the guy. If not for 40-man considerations I'd swap Cave and De Aza too. Give me a good show, I'm a fan for life - or at least until the next bonehead play. :)

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 10:55 AM

Yeah, Arraez is no longer a "prospect"... just not sure if just deleting him is the right thing to do or if he should be replaced or kept.

Jax had a slow start. Could be nerves. Could be the ball. Not much to worry about there.

IMO it makes sense to replace Arraez with another prospect on the list, I don’t think we need to see his numbers here anymore.

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 12:08 PM

I would much rather have Wander Javier on my team than Nick Gordon. But certainly when we got a look at Arraez in MLB and went back to look at his minor league stats, it was so obvious he was better than Nick Gordon will ever be. Nick Gordon's ceiling is a 2nd division infielder, and that's after many years. Javier has a much higher ceiling.

 

I could somewhat understand if you put Gordon ahead of Arraez before this year, because without seeing Arraez vs MLB pitching, you wonder whether that no-power hit line could ever translate. But no excuse once you saw Arraez.


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Posted 09 August 2019 - 01:11 PM

Do people want them to change the rankings every day?
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It's been a fun year so far, GO Twins. 


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Posted 09 August 2019 - 02:03 PM

I would much rather have Wander Javier on my team than Nick Gordon. But certainly when we got a look at Arraez in MLB and went back to look at his minor league stats, it was so obvious he was better than Nick Gordon will ever be. Nick Gordon's ceiling is a 2nd division infielder, and that's after many years. Javier has a much higher ceiling.

I could somewhat understand if you put Gordon ahead of Arraez before this year, because without seeing Arraez vs MLB pitching, you wonder whether that no-power hit line could ever translate. But no excuse once you saw Arraez.


Arraez had exactly 30 MLB at bats when Twins Daily published their rankings.
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Posted 09 August 2019 - 02:24 PM

Do people want them to change the rankings every day?

No.

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 02:34 PM

I guess that makes sense... I was thinking he was around longer before midseason rankings. It would be cool to see where he'd rank addy the time of graduation. I'd think higher. what a meteoric riser.

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Posted 09 August 2019 - 03:52 PM

 

I would much rather have Wander Javier on my team than Nick Gordon.

 

You are certainly entitled to your opinion but I actually went and saw a game that Wander played in and came away very unimpressed.Granted he is only 20 but he was swinging at a lot of air and his defense was horrible the night I saw him. 

 

If you don't believe my eye witness account check out his stats this year on MILB.com He has a 40% K rate in A ball and his average is .162 and his OPS is a whopping .567.Gordon was never that bad at that level.Maybe Javier is hurt or not fully recovered from injury but his stats are horrible and he doesn't look good in person either.

 

With the lack of power Gordon looks destined for a utility role but right now today I would take him over Javier any day of the week.Hopefully Wander gets it together soon and becomes what we all hoped he would become but this has been an ugly year for him the way he playing right now I wouldn't even have him in my top 30.


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Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:43 AM

There is one thing I am waiting for and that is moving Arraez into the one or two slot in batting order. I Rocco likes Kepler in the one slot, but OBP has got to be a consideration I would think.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 11:32 AM

 

How is Gordon raked higher than Arraez? Name still?

How is Wander Javier still in the top-10?




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