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Minor League Report (4/13): Streak Continues, No-no in St. Paul


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Spencer Steer continued his hitting streak, the Fort Myers bullpen dazzled, and the Saints were no-hit in Lowertown. Read up on all the action from across the Twins minor league system from Wednesday night!

 

 

TRANSACTIONS

  • Wichita Wind Surge placed 2B Edouard Julien on the 7-day injured list.
  • Fort Myers Mighty Mussels placed SS Keoni Cavaco on the 7-day injured list.
  • Minnesota Twins selected the contract of RHP Dereck Rodriguez from St. Paul Saints.
  • Minnesota Twins recalled OF Trevor Larnach from St. Paul Saints.

SAINTS SENTINEL
St. Paul 0, Indianapolis 5 
Box Score

The night after a rain-shortened home-opener, the Saints’ bats ran dry on Wednesday at CHS Field, succumbing to a combined no-hitter at the hands of Pirates Triple-A affiliate Indianapolis. 

Former Twins reliever Chase De Jong brought some magic to the Land of 10,000 Lakes on Wednesday evening with a dominant pitching performance that lead to a 5-0 Indianapolis victory over the Saints. 

De Jong, who pitched for the Twins organization in 2018 and 2019 was spectacular, no-hitting the Saints through seven innings while striking out seven and walking two. 

Jermaine Palacios and Jake Cave were the only St. Paul hitters to reach base in what would prove to be the 15th no-hitter in Indianapolis history. 

And while the bats may have been cold, the Saints pitching staff had moments of brilliance throughout the evening. 

Starting pitcher Cole Sands was rock-solid, pitching five innings of three-hit ball while only allowing only one run. That run came on a solo homer in the fourth inning. Sands struck out five with one walk in his second appearance of the season and is sitting at an ERA of 0.90.

Jovani Moran and Jordan Gore covered the sixth and seven innings with ease, allowing no runs on one hit. Moran was perfect in the sixth inning, striking out all three batters on sixteen pitches. RHP Ryan Mason would finish the night on the bump for the Saints with a perfect frame in the ninth. 

And while the game remained competitive through seven innings, Indianapolis broke open the flood gates in the eighth with a four-run inning that featured extra-base hits, a fielding error, and a controversial play at the plate.

Derek Fischer almost ended the no-no in the eighth when he laced a line drive to the right-field corner, only to be robbed on a spectacular play by Indianapolis right-fielder Cal Mitchell. 

The loss drops the Saints to 5-3 on the season as they look to win their first game of the year against Indianapolis tomorrow night. 

WIND SURGE WISDOM
Wichita 5, NW Arkansas 8
Box Score

Despite a scattering of runs, the Wind Surge were unable to contain the NW Arkansas offense on Wednesday night. A night after eight innings of scoreless baseball from the bullpen, the Surge surrendered 12 hits and 17 total base runners to the Naturals in a 5-8 defeat.

Sensational prospect Matt Canterino had a short outing on Wednesday, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks in 1.2 innings. Expect the talented RHP to ease in as he gets more time under his belt at the Double-A level. 

The Wind Surge struck with a pair of runs in both the second and seventh innings. Following a DeShawn Keirsey walk and a stolen base (2), Andrew Bechtold launched his first homer of the season to plate two runs for the Surge. 

Keirsey would score again in the seventh. After punching a double (2) to left field, Dennis Ortega homered on a 2-1 count to score two more runs for Wichita.

Top prospect Austin Martin would score the final Wind Surge run of the game in the eighth. After an infield single, Martin was moved to third on a Spencer Steer double (3) and scored thanks to an RBI single from Matt Wallner. 

Despite the loss, Spencer Steer continued his red hot start to 2022 on Wednesday night. Steer has now hit safely in all five games this season and his three doubles are tied for second-most in Double-A. 

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids vs. Quad Cities
POSTPONED

The Kernel’s Wednesday evening matchup against the River Bandits was postponed due to inclement weather in Davenport. The game will be made up tomorrow as a part of a double-header beginning at 4:30. Casey Legumina will start the first game of the twin bill while the Kernels have yet to announce who will start game two. 

The Kernels look to continue their hot start after winning their first five games, including an 8-1 beat down of Quad Cities in the series opener last night. 

MUSSEL MATTERS
Fort Myers 6, Jupiter 4
Box Score

Despite an early deficit, the Mussels used a massive third inning surge to push their way past the Hammerheads on Wednesday night in the Sunshine State. Fort Myers plated five runs in the third inning thanks to a Kyler Fedko double (2) and Kyle Schmidt's three-run homer (1) to keep the Mussels' perfect season intact. 

Fedko also laced a double in the second inning making him the only Fort Myers player with two extra-base hits in the game. 

And while the offense delivered, the Mussels' bullpen was excellent following the debut of one of the organization's most exciting pitching prospects. 

Twins Daily Top 20 Prospect and 2021 draft pick Steven Hajjar made his Twins organization debut, giving up four runs and four hits while striking out six in four innings. Expect Hajjar to continue to post high strikeout numbers as he continues to get his feet wet at the pro ball level. 

After Hajjar exited, the bullpen trio of Jackson Hicks (W, 1-0), John Wilson (H, 1), and Regi Grace (S, 1) made swift work of the Hammerheads, tossing six shutout innings on only two hits. Both Hicks and Wilson managed to strike out three hitters in their two-inning appearances while Regi Grace fanned five hitters in the final two frames, tossing 25 of his 32 pitches for strikes. 

The Mussels are now 5-0 on the young season and look to continue their run against Jupiter tomorrow night. 

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day - Regi Grace, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (S, 2 IP, 2 H, 5 K)
Hitter of the Day - Kyler Fedko, Fort Myers Mighty Mussels (2-for-4, 2 2B, R, R, RBI, K)

TOP PROSPECTS 
#1 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 2-for-4, R, K
#2 - Royce Lewis (St. Paul) - 0-for-3, K
#3 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 0-for-4, 2 K
#6 - Matt Canterino (Wichita) - 1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R/ER, 4 BB, 2 K (51 pitches, 26 strikes)
#10 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-3, RBI, 2 BB, K
#11 - Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) - 0-for-3, 3 K
#12 - Matt Wallner (Wichita) - 1-for-4, RBI, K
#13 - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - 5 IP,  3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K (66 pitches, 45 strikes)
#15 - Emmanuel Rodríguez (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-2, R, 2 BB
#18 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - i-for-4, 2B, K
#20 - Steve Hajjar (Ft. Myers) - 3.0 IP,  4 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 6 K

THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Indianapolis @ St. Paul (6:37 PM CDT) - RHP Mario Sanchez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Wichita @ NW Arkansas (7:05 PM CDT) - RHP Louie Varland (0-1, 7.71 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (Double-header starting at 4:30 PM CDT) - RHP Casey Legumina (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Jupiter @ Fort Myers (6:00 PM CDT) - RHP Pierson Ohl (0-0, O.00 ERA)

Give us your thoughts on Wednesday night's performance from around the farm!

 


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8 hitting Prospects 5 - 27 185 for yesterday

3 Pitching prospects 9.2 innings - 7 runs.  No need to calculate that era. 

I watch the prospect activities and hope to see someone catching fire.  Sands looked good, Rodriguez is going to move up the ratings.  Lewis seems to have cooled off and Miranda has really not gotten going.

And then the video added Sano - 0 - 19 with 9 Ks.  He is frustrated and should be.  My question is, why was he part of a minor league video - is there a hidden message here?

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2 hours ago, roger said:

After two very nice starts to begin his season, gotta ask...does Sands 'stuff' play at the big league level?   

As I recall, the big question from last year was whether is changeup was a good enough third pitch.

The fastball and curve should play, and there is no sign of the uncharacteristic control issues he struggled with last year.  I'll be looking for any more scouting based info on his changeup this year.

I don't think it's necessarily right to put him a tier below guys like Woods-Richardson and Canterino though.

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The only real bright spot last night was Sands.  He really has no fear sticking most all of his stuff around the strike zone.  I just can't shake that his fastball looks kind of flat to me at times and the guy who hit the HR off of him got a flat one.  If his fastball does play at MLB level I think he can make it as starter but I still sense he ends up a reliever.  Will have to wait and see.  Hard to argue with his results as he has been solid year in and year out in the minors.  He will probably prove me wrong.

I know it was just one game early in the season but have to say I was disappointed with Hajjar's debut.  The 6 K's in three innings show that he has swing and miss stuff but the 2.0 WHIP and 4 runs shows he is also quite hittable as well.  Only one game so can't draw conclusions just yet but those are Chris Vallimont type numbers and that is not a good thing.  Also he was the only pitcher to give up any runs in that game at all.  I can see now why they kept him in A ball instead of sending him to High A like Povich.  

Emmanual Rodriguez is looking really locked in.  2 more walks as pitchers appeared to be trying to get him to extend the zone.  I believe he has the highest OPS on the team as a 19 year old.  If the plate discipline is there the Home Runs will follow.  I am getting excited about this kid.

Rossario is a K machine right now with a K rate of 50%.  There is some work to be done there.  Not feeling real bullish on him right now but the OPS is OK for the moment.  Only 19 so there is time but always kind of a bad sign when the K rate gets that high. 

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18 minutes ago, Vanimal46 said:

Jose Miranda playing 1B last night might be foreshadowing what we see sooner than later across the river in Minneapolis. 

Certainly possible. I thought Sano would be good to start the year this year......or AK would be there and Celestino/Larnach would be in LF....shows what I know.

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