Transaction Report: The big move of the day, reported in full by Jeremy Nygaard, was the MLB draft. The Twins selected OF Alex Kirilloff with the 15th overall pick, a toolsy outfielder from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Twins used their next pick, 56th overall, to select C Ben Rortvedt, a high schooler from the Badger State. With back-to-back picks at 73 & 74 in the competitive balance round, the Twins selected SS Jose Miranda from the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy, and OF Akil Baddoo out of Salem High School in Georga.
In lesser news, the Twins signed infielder Christian Ibarra from the independent Lincoln Saltdogs and assigned him to the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Continue reading to find out more detail about Thursday in the Twins farm system:
RED WINGS REPORT
Red Wings @ Buffalo Bisons
The Red Wings were down 4-0 after three innings, used a 3-run fifth to pull within one, and tied things in the top of the eighth at 6-6 before things fell apart in the bottom half of the inning. The Wings committed three errors, one each from James Beresford (3, throwing), Adam Walker (3, throwing), and Logan Schafer (1, fielding).
The Red Wings had just six hits on the night (four for extra bases, all doubles), but benefitted from seven free baserunners via the walk to help score six runs. No Rochester hitter had multiple hits, but Logan Schafer and Kennys Vargas were both 1-4 with a walk, and Vargas added three RBIs. Tommy Field was 0-2 as the DH, but had a pair of walks and scored a run. If you're wondering who Tommy Field is, he's a MiLB veteran who has had a cup of coffee in parts of four different seasons, never making more than 51 plate appearances. He was released by the Detroit Tigers (AAA Toledo) on May 6th, and the Twins (Red Wings) snatched him up a week later on May 14th. He's hitting .195/.250/.366 for Rochester, but owns a .265/.347/.429 AAA slash over five seasons.
The Red Wings sent Andrew Albers out for the start, and he gave up 6 runs (4 earned) over 5.2 innings. He struck out 5 and walked no one. He left with a loss hanging over him, but lucked into a no-decision after the Red Wings scored several runs late in the game. Albers was replaced by Nick Greenwood who pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless 1-hit baseball in his Red Wings debut. Greenwood made 20 appearances for the St. Louis Cardinals between the 2014 and 2015 seasons, with 19 coming in 2014. Greenwood started 2016 with the independent New Britain Bees before signing a MiLB deal with the Twins on May 6th. Greenwood was replaced by Dan Runzier who gave up three earned runs on two hits and a walk before being replaced by Marcus Walden who came into the game with two runners on base, allowing both the score before recording the final out of the eighth inning. The winning run was scored by old friend Alexi Casilla.
Final: Red Wings 6, Bisons 9
Jacksonville Suns @ Lookouts
Great hitting and great pitching both came together for the Lookouts who won a laugher against the Suns. Seven Lookouts hitters had multi-hit nights, led by a pair of 3-5 nights from Leonardo Reginatto and Engelb Vielma. Reginatto had a two-run homer in the fifth, and Vielmad had a double and a run scored. Daniel Palka had ANOTHER two-home run game, 2-3 with two home runs, 4 RBI, 2 walks, and three runs scored. Zach Granite, Travis Harrison, and Mitch Garver also added home runs, because apparently everyone was hitting them on Thursday night.
Kohl Stewart picked up his first AA victory with six innings of 3-hit baseball. Stewart gave up no runs, no walks, and he struck out five. Corey Williams pitched the seventh and gave up the only run of the night, on two hits. Mason Melotakis sent the Suns down in order in the eighth, including a strike out. Mike Strong finished the game with a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk and picking up a strike out.
Final: Suns 1, Lookouts 15
Fort Myers Miracle @ Brevard County Manatees
Postponed due to rain
The Miracle and the Manatees will play a doubleheader on Friday, two seven-inning games. Game one starts at 4:05pm.
Kane County Cougars @ Kernels
The Kernels burned a quality start from Miles Nordgren and a couple of web-gems from J.J. Fernandez and LaMonte Wade, falling two-zip to the Cougars in front of 4,004 fans at Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Fernandez robbed the Cougars of a home run, and Wade threw out a runner at home.
Nordgren pitched six innings, gave up two hits, two runs (both unearned), walked two and struck out three. Nordgren gave way to Kuo Hua Lo who gave the twins 2.0 innings of 1-hit ball. He struck out two, walked one, and gave up zero runs. Cam Booser pitched the ninth for the Kernels, striking out the side.
Four of the five Kernels hits came from the top two hitters in the order, Luis Arraez and Sean Miller. Arraez was 2-4 with a pair of doubles and a pair of strike outs. Miller was 2-4, also with a pair of strike outs. The only other Kernels hit of the night was a double from A.J. Murray.
Final: Cougars 2, Kernels 0
DSL TWINS TAKES
DSL Twins @ DSL Mariners1
Not much doing in the Dominican for the DSL Twins on Thursday morning, except for a big game from Edgar Herrera who was 3-4 with a double. Herrera has eight hits over the first four games of the year for the DSL Twins, including a pair of 3-4 nights. The DSL Twins received 4.0 innings from both of their pitchers on Thursday. Edwar Colina gave up a hit, 3 runs (1 earned), stuck out five and gave up a home run. Carlos Suniaga picked up the loss with 4 hits, two runs (both earned) and he struck out 4.
Final: DSL Twins 3, DSL Mariners1 5
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Hitter of the Day - Daniel Palka - Chattanooga Lookouts
Pitcher of the Day - Kohl Stewart - Chattanooga Lookouts
Toledo Mud Hens @ Rochester (6:05pm) - Buck Farmer vs. Jason Wheeler (4-1, 2.05)
Chattanooga @ Tennessee Smokies (6:05pm) - D.J. Baxendale (5-6, 3.38) vs. Brad Markey
Fort Myers @ Brevard County Manatees (Game 1, 4:05pm) - Keaton Steele (1-5, 4.72) vs. Eric Hanhold
Fort Myers @ Brevard County Manatees (Game 2, 30 minutes after conclusion of Game 1) - TBD vs. TBD
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria Chiefs (7:00pm) - Cody Stashak (3-3, 2.90) vs. Sandy Alcantara
DSL Mariners1 @ DSL Twins (9:30am) - TBD vs. TBD
Please ask questions and discuss the Thursday games.