It has been a lot of fun, and we thank you for following the Twins minor league system each day in our minor league reports. We work hard to bring you the best coverage of the Twins farm system available. Join me in thanking Tom Froemming, Cody Christie, Steve Lein, Ted Schwerzler and Matt Braun for their weekly coverage.
Over the next week to ten days, we will also be unveiling the Twins Daily Minor League Awards. So check back soon to see who our winners will be.
However, you’ll be glad to know that we will keep the minor league reports going for as long as the Twins have an affiliate playing playoff baseball. On Wednesday, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Cedar Rapids Kernels begin their playoff seasons. And even throughout the offseason, we will cover the winter leagues and the Arizona Fall League as well.Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with the awards and transactions of the day.
- Rochester announced their 2019 team awards, voted by their fans. Congratulations to all three!
- Wilin Rosario was named the team’s MVP.
- Zander Wiel was named the most popular.
- Jake Reed was named the Most Civic-Minded for the second straight year for his work in the community. He volunteered his time at various events and programs throughout the Rochester area, including heavy involvement with Rochester Challenger Baseball..
- Rochester announced that infielder Joe Cronin joined them from Pensacola. LHP Denny Bentley was transferred to the Elizabethton roster after pitching on Sunday.
- Pensacola announced that they have received infielder Jose Miranda from the Miracle for their playoff roster.
- Darren Wolfson has reported that Trevor Hildenberger will be joining the Twins in Boston on Tuesday. He likely isn’t the last player who will be added to the Twins September roster. (according to Doogie's new The Scoops podcast, the Twins will also recall Ryne Harper and Fernando Romero.)
RED WINGS REPORT
Rochester 4, Syracuse 8
The Red Wings end their season with a .500 record, 70-70. With several players already up with the Twins, the Red Wings used several players from lower levels to fill their roster.
The game was a bullpen game. Jake Reed made the start. He gave up two runs on four hits over the first two innings. He struck out four batters. Next in was Alex Schick who spent most of the second half of the season in Cedar Rapids. He gave up one run on two hits over three innings of work. Sam Clay came on and gave up five runs on six hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. Trevor Hildenberger allowed two inherited runners to score and then recorded the next four outs, two on strikeouts. Ryne Harper struck out three, and walked one, in the final inning.
Drew Maggi led the offense. He went 3-for-4. Ramon Flores was 2-for-4. The Red Wings had a couple of milestone homers. Brandon Barnes hit his 30th International League home run of the year. Wilin Rosario hit his 20th home run of the year.
BLUE WAHOOS BITES
Pensacola 8, Montgomery 0
The Blue Wahoos finished their schedule with a strong all-around game.
As we like to do, if a team throws a shutout, we’ll start with the pitching update. It is most impressive because they only had their starter, Bailey Ober, go three innings before much of the bullpen got an opportunity. Ober continued his impressive run with three scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit and struck out three batters. Anthony Vizcaya gave up one hit and struck out two batters in his inning. Jovani Moran then struck out four batters over two scoreless innings. Andrew Vazquez and Tom Hackimer each struck out the side in their inning. Marcos Diplan finished it off with a scoreless ninth inning.
The bats came out for the final game as well. They also weren’t afraid to take their walks. Trevor Larnach went 1-for-2 and walked three times. Alex Kirilloff and Royce Lewis each had a single and two walks. Jose Miranda made his Double-A debut and went 3-for-5 with a double. Travis Blankenhorn, Ryan Costello, Caleb Hamilton and Taylor Grzelakowski each had two hits.
Also of note, after playing centerfield on Sunday, Royce Lewis split Monday’s game between second base and third base.
The Blue Wahoos end their regular season with an overall record of 76-63.
Cedar Rapids 9, Beloit 3
Gabe Snyder has had a very strong first full season in professional baseball. He ended his regular season strong. The Midwest League’s postseason All Star first baseman went 2-for-5 with his 19th home run and three RBI. Seth Gray and Chris Williams each had two hits in the game. Wander Javier hit his 11th homer of the season.
It was a bullpen game for the Kernels as they prepare for their playoff run. Brian Rapp gave up one run on three hits over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out three batters. JT Perez came on and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk over two innings. Nate Hadley got the next four outs. Austin Schulfer struck out the side in the eighth inning. Dylan Thomas gave up two hits and a walk in the ninth inning but did not allow a run.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Bailey Ober, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jose Miranda, Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 1-4, 2 BB, R, 2 K
#2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 1-4, 2 BB, R, RBI
#4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 1-2, 3 BB, R, 2 RBI
#5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 1-5, R, 2 RBI, K
#14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 3-4, 2 R, 2B(13)
#15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, BB, R, K
#20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 2-6, R
TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Pensacola vs Biloxi - No game on Tuesday. Their series begins in Biloxi on Wednesday.
Cedar Rapids vs Quad Cities - Not game on Tuesday. Their series begins on Wednesday in Quad Cities. Luis Rijo the likely Game 1 starter.
Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Monday games or any other minor league topics you would like.
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