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Minor League Report (8/1): Tyler Beck Dazzles for Kernels, Surge Win A Thriller


The Wind Surge won a thrilling, back-and-forth affair while Tyler Beck shined for the Kernels. On a very active day for the system:

TRANSACTIONS

  • RHP Hector Lujan was activated from the 7-day Injured List. 
  • RHP Joe Kuzia was moved to the development list. 
  • Mighty Mussels reinstated RHP Sean Mooney from the 7-day injured list
  • Mighty Mussels placed LHP Brent Headrick on the 7-day injured list (right oblique strain)

 

SAINTS SENTINEL
Indianapolis 12, Saints 5
Box Score
SP: Chandler Shepherd: 4 IP, 11 H, 8 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K
HR: Gilberto Celestino (1), Keon Broxton (9)
Multi-hit games: Celestino (2-for-5, HR), Drew Maggi (2-for-4, R, BB), Sherman Johnson (2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, BB), Broxton (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R, BB)

Chandler Shepherd had trouble early in Sunday’s start. He allowed two three-run homers in the first, including one to a rehabbing Colin Moran. The Saints then fell down 7-0 in the third on an RBI single. 

Finally making his debut at Triple-A, Gilberto Celestino homered in the third and added a single in the fifth. Celestino jumped from Double-A to the Twins and moved back and forth in the transaction wire before finally debuting for the Saints Sunday. 

The Saints left 21 runners on base, scoring only five runs on 12 hits and five walks. Keon Broxton continued his torrid stretch with two more hits and two RBI. Broxton entered Sunday hitting .297/.403/.656 over his last 22 games. Both Sherman Johnson and Drew Maggi also posted an OPS over 1.000 in July. 


WIND SURGE WISDOM
Surge 11, Naturals 10
Box Score
SP: Chris Vallimont: 4 ⅓ IP, 5 H, 6 R/ER, 5 BB, 6 K
HR: Hamilton (6)
Multi-hit games: BJ Boyd (3-for-6, 2 RBI), Caleb Hamilton (2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB), Andrew Bechtold (2-for-5, 2B, BB), 

The Wind Surge jumped out to a 4-0 lead thanks to a Roy Morales RBI single and a Caleb Hamilton three-run homer. Things began to unravel in the third. Chris Vallimont walked five and allowed six runs in 4 ⅓ innings. Vallimont has walked 18 over his last five starts, contributing to a 7.48 ERA over that span. 

The Naturals scored nine unanswered runs and buried the Surge by the fifth inning. Or that’s how it looked until Wichita’s offense put together a threat in the seventh, loading the bases with one out. Leobaldo Cabrera and Caleb Hamilton each drew bases-loaded walks before BJ Boyd singled in two more runs to pull the Surge within one.

Wichita wasn’t done. In the eighth, D.J. Burt drove in two more with a double to take the lead. Aaron Whitefield later singled to put the Surge up 11-9. An RBI single for the Naturals pulled them back within one, but Wichita held on for an 11-10 win. The Surge recorded 12 hits and walked 12 times, including three walks each for Burt and Cabrera. 

Note: SS/OF Austin Martin, acquired from Toronto in the José Berríos trade, is expected to join the team Tuesday in Wichita. 

KERNELS NUGGETS
Kernels 3, Timber Rattlers 0
Box Score
SP: Tyler Beck: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K
HR: None
Multi-hit games: Michael Helman (2-for-5, R), Alex Isola (3-for-4, 2B), Daniel Ozoria (2-for-4, 2B, RBI, R)

Tyler Beck entered the game with a 1.91 ERA over his last 28 1/3 innings with 33 strikeouts and an opponent OPS of .509. He continued his dominance Sunday in a sterling start. Beck threw five strong innings, allowing only two hits and zero runs with five strikeouts. 

Beck, a 30th round pick by the Twins in the 2019 Draft, could be a candidate for a promotion to Wichita soon. Matt Wallner has picked up right where he left off after missing extended time with a wrist injury. Wallner started the day hitting .324/.375/.784 in nine games since his return. He drove in another run in the first on a groundout. 

Daniel Ozoria had a very nice afternoon, notching two hits and an RBI groundout himself. The Kernels’ bullpen was outstanding in relief, with Erik Manoah Jr., Osiris Germán and Zach Featherstone combining for four scoreless innings and seven strikeouts. 


MUSSEL MATTERS
The game today between the Mighty Mussels and the Clearwater Threshers was cancelled due to COVID-19 issues within the Threshers organization. 

 

 COMPLEX CHRONICLES 
The FCL Twins did not play Sunday (off-day). 

 

TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Tyler Beck:  5 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Caleb Hamilton: 2-for-3, HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB

 

PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 – Royce Lewis (Rehab) – Out for season (torn ACL)
#2 – Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Injured List (elbow strain)
#3 – Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#4 – Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (right elbow strain)
#5 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - Did not play
#6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – No game
#7 – Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) – 2-for-5, HR, RBI, R
#8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
#9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – No game
#10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 0-for-4, RBI, K

#11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
#12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – Did not pitch
#13 – Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#14 – Brent Rooker (Minnesota) – 1-for-4
#15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – No game
#16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – Did not play
#17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 0-for-4, 2 K
#18 – Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A (foot injury)
#19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
#20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – 4 ⅓ IP, 5 H, 6 R/ER, 5 BB, 6 K

 


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3 hours ago, roger said:

Interesting.  Several lesser known pitchers are doing awfully well this year.  Hopefully one will become that Indian like surprise.

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And I think that makes sense... 2nd and 3rd day pitchers are what make up the Cleveland staff... Twins have a lot of good options from Day 2 types, including Jax, Barnes, Winder, Sands, Balazovic... and even Day 3 types like Ober, Rogers, etc. 

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1 hour ago, Aerodeliria said:

Thanks for this. BTW, is Hackimer on the IR or something? I know he wasn't effective when he first arrived in St. Paul, but I haven't heard a word about him for a long while.

He was released a couple of months ago. Last I saw, he signed with the Mets organization. 

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Seth, I noticed that Josh Winder didn't pitch since July 21. Do you know if there is any reason for that? Hopefully not an injury?

And speaking of injuries, do you think Duran and Canterino will return at some point this season or are they out for the year?

Thanks!

 

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9 hours ago, Seth Stohs said:

Guardian-Like...

And I think that makes sense... 2nd and 3rd day pitchers are what make up the Cleveland staff... Twins have a lot of good options from Day 2 types, including Jax, Barnes, Winder, Sands, Balazovic... and even Day 3 types like Ober, Rogers, etc. 

You know it takes longer for us ole dawgs to change, Seth.  They will be the Indians for me for awhile!

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5 hours ago, Sielk said:

Seth, I noticed that Josh Winder didn't pitch since July 21. Do you know if there is any reason for that? Hopefully not an injury?

And speaking of injuries, do you think Duran and Canterino will return at some point this season or are they out for the year?

Thanks!

 

For Winder, it was a plan to give him the week off from pitching in games. He hasn't really had a skipped start all year, and then the Futures Game and such. So, all indications are that it isn't injury-related.

There were reports that Canterino is getting closer, hopefully will pitch in the coming weeks. No updates on Duran. We're getting to that point where he may start throwing and can be evaluated again. 

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I looked at the recap of the Saints game and there was no Jose miranda 2+ hits reported and I was so confused surprised...and then saw he got the day off. lol. He's delightfully increased the expectations rather significantly.

Vallimont is clearly struggling with his control, and this is the big concern with him. Hopefully they can find a way to get him going, whether it's a mental or physical change that needs to happen. the talent and stuff are there, but until the control comes along, he's going to hang in the minors.

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