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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/15): Stephen Gonsalves Strikes Out 10 in Loss


With the draft in the rear view window, and players starting to sign, we can once again focus on the games at hand. The Twins won on Thursday afternoon, earning a series split against the Mariners, and remain a couple of games in front of the Tribe.Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Thursday.

 

RED WINGS REPORT

Rochester 8 @ Scranton/WB 2

Box Score

 

Rochester starter Aaron Slegers gave up a run in the bottom of the first inning, but got into a nice groove after that, going 5.0 innings, striking out 5, walking 2, and giving up no additional runs. He was replaced by Alan Busenitz in the sixth who gave up a run over 2.0 innings. He struck out three and walked no one, giving up just two hits. Trevor Hildenberger came in for the six-out save, shutting down the RailRiders over the final two frames, he gave up two hits, walked no one, and struck out two.

 

The final score does not look close as the Red Wings added a four-spot in the top of the ninth inning to extend their lead and blow open a close game. The Wings were led by Leonardo Reginatto who was 3-5 with a pair of RBI and Zack Granite who was on base four times on Thursday, 2-3 with a double, an RBI and a pair of walks. ByungHo Park was 1-4 with an RBI and a walk, and is now hitting just .191, and only .135 over his last 10 games.

 

CHATTANOOGA CHATTER

Chattanooga 1 @ Tennessee 4

Box Score

 

Stephen Gonsalves gave up a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning, and the Lookouts were never able to dig out from that hole. Gonsalves settled into the game going 7.0 inning, and striking out 10. He gave up just five hits, walked one, and surrendered three earned runs. He was replaced by Randy Rosario in the eighth, who gave up one more run on two hits.

 

The Miracle managed just four hits on Thursday evening. One each from Nick Gordon (1-5) Jonathan Rodriguez (1-3) and two from nine-hitter Ryan Walker (2-3). All-in-all, a fairly forgettable night for the Chattanooga hitters.

 

MIRACLE MATTERS

Charlotte 2 @ Fort Myers 3 (Game 1)

Box Score

 

With a pair of seven-inning games on the schedule, the Miracle figured they could play even more baseball, with the first game going into “extra innings” with the Miracle winning on a ninth inning walk-off as Alex Perez reached on a fielding error, scoring Bradley Strong from third.

 

Miracle Starter David Fischer gave up both of the Miracle runs over 5.0 innings. He gave up just three hits, but walked SEVEN to go along with just 3 strike outs. He was replaced by Anthony McIver who pitched 2.0 innings to get the Miracle through regulation, giving up one hit and striking out two. Williams Ramirez came in for the final two innings and got the win with those ninth inning heroics. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three to move to 2-0 on the year.

 

The Miracle racked up 11 hits on the night and the only hitter without a hit was leadoff hitter Max Murphy (0-5). Alex Perez was 2-4 with a walk and a run scored to lead the Miracle. Sean Miller (2-4) and Brian Navarreto (2-4) also had multiple hits.

 

MIRACLE MATTERS

Charlotte 1 @ Fort Myers 3 (Game 2)

Box Score

 

In the second half of the double-header the Miracle limited things to just seven innings, taking an early 1-0 in the first, and holding on for the duration. Starter Cody Stashak gave the Miracle 5 scoreless innings, giving up just three hits, walking only one, and striking out five. He was replaced by Jonny Drozd for an inning of work, and he put the Stone Crabs down 1-2-3. Tom Hackimer earned his first save of the year with 1.0 innings of work in the seventh. He gave up an unearned run on one hit and he struck out one.

 

Miracle batters scored three runs on just five hits. The biggest hit of the night was a two-RBI ground rule double from Rafael Valera (1-2). Max Murphy made up for his hitless first game and was 1-3 with a double and a run scored.

 

KERNELS NUGGETS

Cedar Rapids 4 @ Quad Cities 5

Box Score

 

Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities both scored two runs in the first inning of an exciting game at Modern Woodmen Park. The Kernels ultimately fell 4-5, but not because of Jaylin Davis who was 3-4 with a double and a pair of RBI. Travis Blankenhorn kicked in a pair of extra-base hits, a double and a triple, as part of a 2-4 night that included a walk and two runs scored. Jermaine Palacios also added a pair of hits, an RBI and two runs scored.

 

Clark Beeker did not make it out of the fifth inning, pitching just 4.2 innings and throwing 102 pitches as he gave up eight hits, four runs (three earned), walked two, and struck out three. He was lifted for Max Cordy who gave the Kernels four scoreless outs, he gave up just one hit, walked two, and struck out one. Colton Davis gave Cedar Rapids another scoreless inning before Alex Robinson came in for the ninth, with the game tied thanks to a couple of Kernels runs in the top of the inning, and gave up the winning run on a sacrifice fly before grabbing a strike out to end the inning.

 

 

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY

 

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Stephen Gonsalves, Chattanooga

Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Travis Blankenhorn, Cedar Rapids

 

 

FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

 

Rochester @ Pawtucket (6:05pm) – Yohan Pino (0-3, 7.82)

Chattanooga @ Tennessee (6:00pm) - Randy LeBlanc

Ft. Myers - OFF

Clinton @ Cedar Rapids (6:35pm) – Eduardo Del Rosario (6-3, 5.08)

 

Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Thursday's games.

 

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I'd say it is simply due to his late start to the season and only 34 IP thus far. The Twins have mentioned they would consider moving him directly from AA if they felt he was ready and there was a need. But he's off to a good start and I have to believe he's about ready for Rochester. We're I a betting man, with the draft over and signings about ready to commence, I'd bet he gets one more start at Chattanooga before his AAA promotion.

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As I read these posts I can only think about the Twins choices for starting this weekend against Cleveland - Wilks and Turley against the team that we are trying to hold off for first place.  Something seems wrong here.  Okay Turley deserves a second chance, but couldn't they have arranged starts so that one of our other young pitchers could have taken Wilks place?

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Still trying to understand why Gonsalves is in AA.....

 

Because he missed two months with a shoulder issue... He's back at 100% now. Give him 2-3 more starts there and then move him up. I think that's a pretty solid timeline.

 

...and move him up TO ROCHESTER... though in a month, that could change to TO MINNESOTA. Ha!

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As I read these posts I can only think about the Twins choices for starting this weekend against Cleveland - Wilks and Turley against the team that we are trying to hold off for first place.  Something seems wrong here.  Okay Turley deserves a second chance, but couldn't they have arranged starts so that one of our other young pitchers could have taken Wilks place?

 

Wilk didn't even have a place... He wasn't even on the 40 man roster... So, that was a choice... Could have gone to Felix Jorge (who is on the 40 man and pitching well) or even Fernando Romero (though he just pitched)... 

 

But, you just kind of play the schedule as it comes.

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Because he missed two months with a shoulder issue... He's back at 100% now. Give him 2-3 more starts there and then move him up. I think that's a pretty solid timeline.

 

...and move him up TO ROCHESTER... though in a month, that could change to TO MINNESOTA. Ha!

 

Oh, I agree, he should go to AAA. I just don't see what 2 more starts in AA does, what does that do? I'm genuinely curious about that.

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Because he missed two months with a shoulder issue... He's back at 100% now. Give him 2-3 more starts there and then move him up. I think that's a pretty solid timeline.

 

...and move him up TO ROCHESTER... though in a month, that could change to TO MINNESOTA. Ha!

 

I would add that his control has been shaky at times.  His stuff is good enough to get AA hitters out regardless.  That walk rate (up until yesterday) was a bit high and he had one start recently where he was barely over 50% of his pitches for strikes.  That was a knock coming into AA last year and an issue that was complicated by a long layoff due to shoulder issues. 

 

He's got 34 innings... not enough to cry about yet.  He will be one of the ones moved up to Rochester once they make the mid season moves.  I'm not worried about that as I don't see him in Minnesota except for a September cup of coffee.

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Does anyone know how the heck Jermaine Palacios has 11 dingers this year? Is he just getting lucky? Or is he destroying baseballs over the fence?

 

He isn't knocking the ball across the street, but they aren't all cheapies, either. Some line drives into the picnic area above the elevated LF wall. Makes really good contact.

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Oh, I agree, he should go to AAA. I just don't see what 2 more starts in AA does, what does that do? I'm genuinely curious about that.

 

Probably just making 100% sure that he's healthy and not having any lingering issues that will creep up. Then he didn't get past 5 innings his last couple of outings, so they probably wanted to see him sharpen things up a little before pushing him to the next level. Or maybe they're just waiting to shuffle a bunch of guys all at once at the mid-season point coming up here. Seems pretty reasonable right now. If he's still there in a few weeks and pitching like this I'll be disappointed, but I don't think that'll be the case.

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Probably just making 100% sure that he's healthy and not having any lingering issues that will creep up. Then he didn't get past 5 innings his last couple of outings, so they probably wanted to see him sharpen things up a little before pushing him to the next level. Or maybe they're just waiting to shuffle a bunch of guys all at once at the mid-season point coming up here. Seems pretty reasonable right now. If he's still there in a few weeks and pitching like this I'll be disappointed, but I don't think that'll be the case.

 

you realize that's what people typed weeks ago about all the RPs, right? Almost word for word....

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you realize that's what people typed weeks ago about all the RPs, right? Almost word for word....

 

Which ones? I'm not aware of any top-end RPs that have even been healthy. Chargois, Jay, and Burdi are all out and Reed still can't pitch on less than 2 days of rest.

 

As for the more mid-level guys, well I suppose the organization just doesn't see them as the type to promote aggressively for whatever reason. I agree that I'd like to see more tryouts taking place, but I don't really know enough about the individual guys to evaluate them. I know to take MiLB relief pitching stat lines with a grain of salt though. Lots of AAAA relievers have looked dang good in box scores and never amount to anything in the majors.

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MIRACLE MATTERS
Charlotte 2 @ Fort Myers 3 (Game 1)

 

Darn I was confused and thought that for some reason the Miracle was playing the Charlotte Knights (AAA WSux affiliate), until I saw the Stones Crab mention. Port Charlotte, not Charlotte :)

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