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Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Contreras Crushes for Saints


Like the big league club, there was a rainout tonight on the farm. That didn’t stop Mark Contreras from having a big night for the Saints, or Misael Urbina driving in two for the Mighty Mussels.

TRANSACTIONS

DaShawn Keirsey Jr. activated from 7 day injury list by Cedar Rapids Kernels 

 

SAINTS SENTINEL 

St. Paul 6, Columbus 4 (F/10)

Box Score

Bryan Sammons took the ball for St. Paul to start this one and worked five strong innings. He allowed just one earned run on two hits. He did walk four but also struck out three batters. The bullpen was up to start the 6th inning.

Jimmy Kerrigan kicked off the scoring for the Saints with his fifth homer of the year, a two-run shot that put St. Paul ahead 2-0 in the 4th frame. After giving a run back, Mark Contreras extended the lead with a solo blast of his own in the 6th inning. St. Paul allowed Columbus to tie things at three in the bottom of the 6th before distancing themselves for good in extras.

Brent Rooker scored after J.T Riddle put the ball in play during the top of the 10th inning. Following that out, Roberto Pena drove in both Kerrigan and Willians Astudillo to give the good guys a three-run advantage. That held up as St. Paul allowed just one in the bottom half

Pena was joined by Drew Maggi (2) and Contreras (3) as the batters to record multiple hits on the night. Andrew Vasquez got the win, his third, working two scoreless while recording two strikeouts.


WIND SURGE WISDOM

Postponed


KERNELS NUGGETS

Lansing 5, Cedar Rapids 4

Box Score

Making the start in this one for Cedar Rapids was Tyler Beck. He went four innings and allowed just two hits. He was dominant, giving up a single free pass and punching out seven batters.

Trey Cabbage started the scoring for Cedar Rapids with a fourth inning sacrifice fly that allowed Wander Javier to scamper home. With Lansing leading 2-1 in the 6th inning, Jair Camargo knotted things at two with an RBI single scoring Javier for a second time. Cedar Rapids then took their first lead in the 7th with a double from Spencer Steer and a single from Seth Gray. The Lugnuts evened the game at four in the 9th.

A full inning of additional rules was completed before Lansing pushed one across in the 11th. A Zach Featherstone wild pitch was enough to give up the lead, and the 5-4 tally was where things finished. Steer and Gray were joined by Gabriel Maciel for two-hit evenings.

MUSSEL MATTERS

Fort Myers 7, Palm Beach 1

Box Score

Sawyer Gipson-Long started this one for the Mighty Mussels and was sharp. He allowed only a single earned run on six hits over six innings. Gipson-Long gave up zero free passes and punched out five batters on the afternoon.

Ft. Myers opened the scoring when Jeferson Morales singled in the 4th inning to score Aaron Sabato. They would add one run in the fifth inning when Morales drew an RBI by way of a hit-by-pitch, and Yunior Severino ripped his 10th double of the season.

Up 5-0 heading into the 6th frame, Misael Urbina drove in Willie Joe Garry Jr. on a single to right field and the 6-0 lead would only be added to when Urbina pushed Justin Washington across with a sacrifice fly in the 8th inning.

The Mighty Mussels allowed a lone Palm Beach run on the evening, and they tallied seven of their own without the benefit of a multi-hit game.

 

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY

Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Beck (Cedar Rapids) 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Hitter of the Day – Mark Contreras (St. Paul) 3-5, HR(4), 2 R, RBI, 2 K

 

PROSPECT SUMMARY

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

#1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – Postponed

#2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)

#3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – Postponed

#4 - Ryan Jeffers (Minnesota) – Postponed

#5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – 7-day IL (elbow strain)

#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch

#7 - Keoni Cavaco (Ft. Myers) – IL (Concussion)

#8 - Aaron Sabato (Ft. Myers) – 1-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 2B

#9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – IL (elbow)

#10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – IL (Tommy John surgery)

#11 - Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – Postponed

#12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – 0-3, R, 2 K

#13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – IL (hamate bone)

#14 - Misael Urbina (Ft. Myers) – 1-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, K

#15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – 7-day IL (undisclosed)

#16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)

#17 - Ben Rortvedt (Minnesota) – Postponed

#18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A

#19 - Jose Miranda (Wichita) – Postponed

#20 - Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Postponed

 

SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

St. Paul @ Columbus (1:05PM CST) – RHP Chandler Shepherd (2-2, 6.48 ERA)

Wichita @ Midland (2:00PM CST) – TBD

Lansing @ Cedar Rapids (2:05PM CST) – RHP Kody Funderburk (1-2, 4.15 ERA)

Fort Myers @ Palm Beach (11:00AM CST) – RHP Louie Varland (3-1, 1.99 ERA)


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Seems like none of our top prospects are in AAA or are injured. I guess that means that immediate help is not available. Since someone like Arraez is not listed as a prospect, I don't see why those on the team like Kiriloff are still listed. I doubt they would be sent back down. I was surprised by yesterday's lineup which moved Arraez away from the leadoff spot and keeps Larnach high in the lineup. To me it makes no sense.

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36 minutes ago, twinfan said:

Seems like none of our top prospects are in AAA or are injured. I guess that means that immediate help is not available. Since someone like Arraez is not listed as a prospect, I don't see why those on the team like Kiriloff are still listed. I doubt they would be sent back down. I was surprised by yesterday's lineup which moved Arraez away from the leadoff spot and keeps Larnach high in the lineup. To me it makes no sense.

Arraez has too many MLB games under his belt to be considered a rookie. Larnach and Kirilloff do not. 

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1 hour ago, twinfan said:

Seems like none of our top prospects are in AAA or are injured. I guess that means that immediate help is not available. Since someone like Arraez is not listed as a prospect, I don't see why those on the team like Kiriloff are still listed. I doubt they would be sent back down. I was surprised by yesterday's lineup which moved Arraez away from the leadoff spot and keeps Larnach high in the lineup. To me it makes no sense.

I mean, Kirilloff, Larnach, Jeffers and Rortvedt just graduated,  we will be updating our Top 20 rankings soon.

Arraez doesn't (or hasn't) hit lefties. 

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2 hours ago, twinfan said:

Seems like none of our top prospects are in AAA or are injured. I guess that means that immediate help is not available. Since someone like Arraez is not listed as a prospect, I don't see why those on the team like Kiriloff are still listed. I doubt they would be sent back down. I was surprised by yesterday's lineup which moved Arraez away from the leadoff spot and keeps Larnach high in the lineup. To me it makes no sense.

I think Baldelli usually has Arraez near the bottom of the order versus lefties and leading off against righties.

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Confused by the last sentence of your write-up about the Kernels...Steer and Gray were joined by Gabriel Maciel for two-hit evenings.  You mentioned earlier that Javier scored two runs.  If the box score is correct, Javier had a double, triple and walk and should have been mentioned instead of Gray, who had one hit batting in the spot ahead of him.

This young man needs all the confidence he can find to get back on the fast track to Minneapolis. 

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Can anyone supply some information about Contreras? It says in BBRef that he is a left handed hitting outfielder first baseman. How did the Twins acquire him? Is he a prospect at all or simply minor league filler?

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4 hours ago, stringer bell said:

Can anyone supply some information about Contreras? It says in BBRef that he is a left handed hitting outfielder first baseman. How did the Twins acquire him? Is he a prospect at all or simply minor league filler?

10th round pick out of college 3-4 years ago. Slowly moved up... won a minor league Gold Glove in 2019. Very good defensive outfielder. Hasn't hit anywhere like this in the past, but he's got a good approach and is strong and athletic. Worth watching...

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