Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.
Photo

Front Page: Twins Minor League Report (8/20): Extra(s), Extra(s), Read All About It!

devin smeltzer calvin faucher dakota chalmers ryan jeffers seth gray
  • Please log in to reply
14 replies to this topic

#1 Steve Lein

Steve Lein

    Senior Member - MiLB Report Contributor

  • Twins Daily Staff
  • 1,948 posts

Posted 20 August 2019 - 10:37 PM

It was a long day in the Minnesota Twins' farm system on Tuesday, as three of their six affiliate’s games went into extra innings. Hits were also hard to come by overall on the night, but luckily their pitchers picked up the slack and helped them to victories in each of the contests that went extra frames. Devin Smeltzer also matched a top pitching prospect in the Blue Jays system in Triple-A, helping allow his offense to pull out a win.Keep reading to find out how all those extra innings played out and how all your favorite prospects performed on Tuesday!

TRANSACTIONS

There were the following player movements in the Twins system on Tuesday:
  • In Triple-A, 3B Brian Schales was assigned to Fort Myers and RHP Griffin Jax to Pensacola, while RHP Trevor Hildenberger was activated from the injured list.
  • With Jax returning to the Blue Wahoos, RHP Cole Sands was placed on theseven-day injured list in the Southern League.
  • The Twins assigned their latest free agent acquisitions to the GCL Twins in the form of their latest independent league signing, C Eric Jones, and IF Adrian Guzman.
RED WINGS REPORT
Buffalo 1, Rochester 4
Box Score

The Red Wings were able to get a big inning late to pull out a victory on Tuesday night against the Bisons at Frontier Field.

Devin Smeltzer made the start and was effective for the first six innings, picking up a quality start. He allowed just one earned run on five hits and a walk, striking out three. The run came on solo homer in the second inning. In his first appearance since being promoted to AAA, Jorge Alcala worked two scoreless frames of relief. He walked one and struck out two to pick up his first Triple-A win. Off his rehab assignment in the GCL, Trevor Hildenberger closed out the ninth for his second save with Rochester on the season while allowing only a walk.

Down 1-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Red Wings offense finally broke through against the Bisons’ bullpen after top prospect and fireballer Nate Pearson’s day was finished. It wasn’t their bats however, but their patience as four hitters drew a walk before a Wilin Rosario two-RBI single gave them a 4-2 lead.

Each team had just five hits on the game and all of the Red Wings knocks were singles. The teams combined to go just 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base for the game.

BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Pensacola 4, Mississippi 2 (10 innings)
Box Score

Pensacola utilized the opener in this one, with Marcos Diplan handling the first two innings before “primary” (and scheduled starting) pitcher Edwar Colina entered the game. Diplan allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out four. Colina went the next three innings and was just as stingy by allowing only one hit and a walk while striking out three. Jonathan Cheshire got the next two frames and continued to hold the Braves scoreless by scattering three hits and striking out two.

Mississippi was finally able to break the deadlock on the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth against Alex Phillips thanks to a two-out triple that was followed by a single, a stolen base, and another single for the 2-0 lead heading into the ninth.

The Blue Wahoos answer was a leadoff walk from Caleb Hamilton, an RBI triple from Mark Contreras, and sac fly from Jimmy Kerrigan to tie the game at two. Phillips delivered a one-two-three bottom of the inning to send it to extras.

Royce Lewis started the inning on second base but got himself thrown out at third on a grounder to first from Alex Kirilloff, but it would not matter as Ryan Jeffers followed with his fourth home run with the Blue Wahoos to put them out front 4-2.

Andrew Vasquez closed out the victory with a scoreless inning to earn his second save on the year with Pensacola, allowing only a walk.

MIRACLE MATTERS
Fort Myers 4, Charlotte 2 (13 innings)
Box Score

Just like their higher-level cousins, runs were hard to come by in the Florida State League for the Miracle and Stone Crabs on Tuesday, and they also required extra innings to declare a victor.

Dakota Chalmers made the start for Fort Myers and was fantastic for his second turn in a row. He made it through 5 1/3 innings in this one, allowing just one run on three hits and three walks while striking out seven. In his past two outings he’s allowed just the one run on six hits and four walks in 11 1/3 innings while striking out 16.

Calvin Faucher and Moises Gomez combined to hold Charlotte scoreless over the next 4 2/3 innings. Gomez allowed the only hit between them and struck out three, with Faucher punching out the first five of the six hitters he faced. Gomez also struck out himself…I think?!


Joe Record came on for the 11th frame and would finish the game for the Miracle to pick up his fourth win. In three innings he allowed only an unearned run on one hit and two walks while punching out four.

The Miracle got their first run of the game in the fourth inning to tie it at one when Trey Cabbage singled to score Jacob Pearson. In the top of the thirteenth a single from Yeltsin Encarnacion brought in Cabbage and Andrew Bechtold before a wild pitch allowed a third run to scamper home for a 4-1 lead that would hold.

Despite playing four extra innings, the teams combined for just ten hits on the game while striking out 36 times. They were 5-for-32 with runners in scoring position and left 20 men on base between them. Pearson picked up two hits, including a double, and stole a base to lead the way.

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 3, Quad Cities 9
Box Score

The Kernels fell into an early hole against the River Bandits, and then dug themselves deeper and were unable to climb out against a team they’ve been battling in the Midwest League Western Division all season.

Starter Kody Funderburk was roughed up for six earned runs in the outing. He allowed seven hits, walked four, and struck out three in his 4 1/3 innings. J.T. Perez didn’t fare much better in the next 1 2/3, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, striking out two. Jose Martinez finished the final two innings for Cedar Rapids, and they finally were of the scoreless variety. He allowed two hits and struck out four.

The Kernels were finally able to put a run on the scoreboard in the top of the eighth thanks to an RBI ground out from Spencer Steer after a throwing error on a pickoff attempt put a runner on third base. In the ninth they got two more courtesy of Jared Akins 11th home run of the season to account for the final tally. Tyler Webb and Daniel Ozoria contributed two hits each to the effort.

E-TWINS E-NOTES
Elizabethton 7, Princeton 6 (11 innings)
Box Score

Starter Cody Laweryson worked around some baserunners for the first three innings, but Princeton finally broke through with a run in the bottom of the fourth to take a 1-0 lead.

Elizabethton answered with two runs in the top of the fifth thanks to a Matt Wallner home run, his sixth of the season, but Laweryson gave them right back with a home run allowed in the bottom half. Laweryson finished five innings, allowing the three runs on five hits and a walk along with striking out eight.

The Twins tied it back up at three in the sixth when Seth Gray launched his ninth home run of the year, then the teams traded solo home runs in the eighth with Will Holland clubbing his seventh on the season to head into the ninth tied at four.

After Laweryson’s exit, Owen Griffith contributed two scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out three. Tyler Beck allowed one run on three hits and a walk in his inning, striking out one. Benjamin Dum came on for the ninth and got them into extra innings, finishing two total innings. He allowed an unearned run on one hit while striking out two. Both teams were able to bring in the runner starting on second base in the tenth.

In the top of the eleventh, Elizabethton got a leadoff double from Janigson Villalobos that put runners on second and third, then a throwing error allowed both of them to score for a 7-5 lead.

For the bottom half the Twins summoned pitcher Denny Bentley and though he allowed the runner starting the extra frame on second to score on a sac fly, retired all three hitters he faced to close out a victory.

The Twins got multiple hits from six hitters in their lineuptheir and were able to pull out the win despite going just 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position. Luckily for them, the Rays were also an inept 3-for-20.

GCL TWINS TAKES
GCL Pirates 10, GCL Twins 2
Box Score

Righthander Regi Grace made the start for the GCL Twins squad and after a leadoff walk led to a run scoring in the first inning, he held the Pirates scoreless for his next two frames. In the fourth a two-out rally added two runs for a 3-0 deficit and an end to his outing. In four innings he allowed three earned runs on six hits and a walk while picking up seven strikeouts.

The Pirates then poured it on against the bullpen, with Niall Windeler and Matthew Swain allowing a combined seven runs (three earned) from their two innings apiece. Jose Guevara pitched a scoreless ninth to finish the game for the Twins, walking one and striking out two.

The Twins lineup wasn’t able to muster much offense with six hits and five walks on the game and finishing 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. One of their runs scored on a throwing error, while the other came on a sac fly, both in the fifth inning. Third baseman Jake Hirabayashi picked up two hits in three at-bats, drew a walk, and scored a run to lead the way. Francisco Martinez contributed the sac fly, a walk, and the Twins only extra-base hit, a double, in the loss.

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Pitcher of the Day – Calvin Faucher, Fort Myers Miracle (2.0 IP, 5 K)
Hitter of the Day – Ryan Jeffers, Pensacola Blue Wahoos (2-for-5, go-ahead HR in 10th inning)

PROSPECT SUMMARY

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

#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 1-for-4, BB, K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 1-for-5, R
#3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 0-for-4, BB, 3 K
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - Did not play
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL) - Did not play (quad)
#8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured List (groin)
#9 - Jhoan Duran (Pensacola) - Did not pitch
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Fort Myers) - Injured List (hamstring)
#11 - Lewis Thorpe (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
#12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List (leg contusion)
#13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - 2-for-5, R, HR, 2 RBI, 3 K
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 1-for-4, R
#15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 2-for-6, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, 2 K
#16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did not play
#17 - Akil Baddoo (Fort Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery)
#18 - Jorge Alcala (Rochester) - (W, 2.0IP, BB, 2 K)
#19 - Misael Urbina (DSL) - 1-for-2, K
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 0-for-5, 3 K

WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

Buffalo @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) - LHP Charlie Barnes (1-0, 5.79 ERA)
Pensacola @ Mississippi (1:05PM CST) - RHP Bailey Ober (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
Charlotte @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (1-5, 3.74 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (6:30PM CST) - RHP Luis Rijo (5-7, 2.63 ERA)
Elizabethton @ Johnson City (5:30PM CST) - TBD
GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00AM CST) - TBD

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

Click here to view the article
  • glunn likes this

Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 45, Speed: 45. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but will sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)


#2 Cast of Thousands

Cast of Thousands

    Elizabethton Twins

  • Member
  • 40 posts

Posted 20 August 2019 - 11:00 PM

Anyone have an update on a time table for the return of either Rooker or Gordon?


#3 nokomismod

nokomismod

    Twins & Gophers

  • Member
  • 438 posts

Posted 20 August 2019 - 11:49 PM

Realize I jumped the gun on Larnach possibly being ready to replace Cave on the Twins roster. Cave has been a big contributer over the past five games or so and Larnach needs one more season.

Who will get that 40th spot on the roster?


#4 Aerodeliria

Aerodeliria

    Pensacola Blue Wahoos

  • Member
  • 584 posts

Posted 20 August 2019 - 11:57 PM

I watched Alcala from Tom's short video. He seems to have electric stuff, but his follow through looks a bit awkward--kind of falling off the mound and landing in different places. Are they working on improving that or they will just go with the flow because he seems to be able to throw strikes and get strikeouts?


#5 Patrick Wozniak

Patrick Wozniak

    Elizabethton Twins

  • Member
  • 37 posts
  • LocationAmnatcharoen, Thailand

Posted 21 August 2019 - 01:08 AM

Excited to see Chalmers pitched well again. If he can cut down on the walks the Twins might have something. Nice return for Rodney as he's got a lot of upside.

  • Dman, blindeke and nclahammer like this

#6 Seth Stohs

Seth Stohs

    Owner

  • Owner
  • 17,655 posts

Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:30 AM

 

Anyone have an update on a time table for the return of either Rooker or Gordon?

 

I talked to NIck Gordon yesterday (more coming soon)... he said his timetable is "as soon as possible." 

 

Hopefully that answers half of your question... Ha!

  • MN_ExPat likes this

#7 Seth Stohs

Seth Stohs

    Owner

  • Owner
  • 17,655 posts

Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:31 AM

 

Realize I jumped the gun on Larnach possibly being ready to replace Cave on the Twins roster. Cave has been a big contributer over the past five games or so and Larnach needs one more season.

Who will get that 40th spot on the roster?

 

Could be Brusdar. Could be Alcala. They could make more spots too. 

  • Danchat and MN_ExPat like this

#8 Seth Stohs

Seth Stohs

    Owner

  • Owner
  • 17,655 posts

Posted 21 August 2019 - 06:33 AM

 

Excited to see Chalmers pitched well again. If he can cut down on the walks the Twins might have something. Nice return for Rodney as he's got a lot of upside.

 

Agreed... always try to acquire upside and then work and hope. That was a great trade in theory and hopefully he will continue to progress. 

  • MN_ExPat likes this

#9 FormerMinnasotan

FormerMinnasotan

    Pensacola Blue Wahoos

  • Member
  • 679 posts

Posted 21 August 2019 - 08:18 AM

Is there any reason that Colina’s innings are being limited? Last night he only pitched 3 innings on 39 pitches. It’s not like he’s reaching any sort of innings limit thanks to not pitching at all in April. It just seems weird to limit Colina’s starts when he’s shown no sign of tiring or injury.

#10 Alex Schieferdecker

Alex Schieferdecker

    Cedar Rapids Kernels

  • Member
  • 60 posts

Posted 21 August 2019 - 08:41 AM

For all of the hype about Graterol, as well as the success of guys like Littell and Thorpe, and the improved AAA numbers from Romero, I think people are sleeping on the Twins getting bullpen help from an experienced high leverage reliever.

 

That's Trevor Hildenberger of course.


#11 MMMordabito

MMMordabito

    Formerly nasu1970

  • Member
  • 962 posts

Posted 21 August 2019 - 10:38 AM

 

That's Trevor Hildenberger of course.

 

Francisco Lindor agrees that he should be called back up before the next series against Cleveland.


#12 Crackedfungo

Crackedfungo

    Elizabethton Twins

  • Member
  • 49 posts

Posted 21 August 2019 - 11:16 AM

 

For all of the hype about Graterol, as well as the success of guys like Littell and Thorpe, and the improved AAA numbers from Romero, I think people are sleeping on the Twins getting bullpen help from an experienced high leverage reliever.

 

That's Trevor Hildenberger of course.

He has pitched poorly, more than well.He is also old, with below average stuff, and the league has caught on to his quirky delivery.I would go to the youngsters like Graterol and Alcala, that have actual MLB stuff, and should get the year plus of opportunity that TH has had, as opposed to an old prospect with below average stuff that has had more than a year to show something.PASS 


#13 Seth Stohs

Seth Stohs

    Owner

  • Owner
  • 17,655 posts

Posted 21 August 2019 - 04:13 PM

 

For all of the hype about Graterol, as well as the success of guys like Littell and Thorpe, and the improved AAA numbers from Romero, I think people are sleeping on the Twins getting bullpen help from an experienced high leverage reliever.

 

That's Trevor Hildenberger of course.

 

Shhh... I think that the Twins have 5+ quality MLB bullpen options right now, and as you mention above, there are guys at Rochester (add Stashak, Dobnak, and others). 


#14 Seth Stohs

Seth Stohs

    Owner

  • Owner
  • 17,655 posts

Posted 21 August 2019 - 04:15 PM

 

He has pitched poorly, more than well.He is also old, with below average stuff, and the league has caught on to his quirky delivery.I would go to the youngsters like Graterol and Alcala, that have actual MLB stuff, and should get the year plus of opportunity that TH has had, as opposed to an old prospect with below average stuff that has had more than a year to show something.PASS 

 

Let's let him be at 100% and healthy before any grand statements on Hildenberger. He can be successful as a side-winder. And when they bring him up in September, it's not like they'll throw him in high-leverage situations right away.


#15 Jham

Jham

    Junior Member

  • Member
  • 2,150 posts

Posted 21 August 2019 - 08:22 PM

He has pitched poorly, more than well. He is also old, with below average stuff, and the league has caught on to his quirky delivery. I would go to the youngsters like Graterol and Alcala, that have actual MLB stuff, and should get the year plus of opportunity that TH has had, as opposed to an old prospect with below average stuff that has had more than a year to show something. PASS


He doesn't have below average stuff. He maybe lacks some control and sequencing. His change up isn't just MLB quality. When he's on its as good a pitch as we have in our organization in my opinion. Location has to be there though. And I consider control "stuff". He's gotta locate, but I wouldn't give up on him.



Also tagged with one or more of these keywords: devin smeltzer, calvin faucher, dakota chalmers, ryan jeffers, seth gray