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Twins Minor League Report (5/13): Might Mussels Sweep, Fedko Homers in Kernels Debut


While the Twins' top prospect was putting on an incredible display of his potential at Target Field, several lesser-known minor leaguers had very nice games on Friday as well. The Twins' top three affiliates all lost their Friday the 13th games, but Ft. Myers was able to sweep their doubleheader against Palm Beach. Check out the goings-on in the Twins minor leagues. 

 

 

 

Balazovic, Woods Richardson, and Povich were on the mound on Friday night, Friday the 13th. How did they do? Ft. Myers played two games and got terrific pitching in both games. Before jumping into how the teams did on Friday, here are a couple more minor league articles to check out: 

 

Let’s get to the report. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions. 

TRANSACTIONS

  • Following their 12-8 win on Friday night against Cleveland, the Twins announced that lefty Devin Smeltzer will be promoted and start on Saturday. That will require a 40-man roster move. More to come tomorrow. 
  • The Twins sent OF Kyle Garlick to the Saints for a rehab assignment. 
  • RHP Cole Sands placed on the 7-Day IL (groin strain). 
  • RHP Tyler Viza promoted from Wichita to St. Paul. 
  • Don’t be surprised if you see Blayne Enlow activated by the Wind Surge on Saturday.  

SAINTS SENTINEL 
St. Paul 7, Columbus 11 
Box Score


Jordan Balazovic was back for his second Saints start. It didn’t go well for him, unfortunately. He gave up three runs in the first inning. That was followed by allowing four unearned runs in the second inning. It was his error that allowed the runs to score. In his two innings, he gave up seven runs (3 earned) on eight hits (2 HR) and two walks. He struck out one batter. 

In the top of the third inning, the Saints put up seven runs to tie the game. It started with a bases-clearing triple by Jake Cave. That was followed by a two-run homer by Kyle Garlick. Finally, Cole Sturgeon hit a double to score two more runs. Big hits create a big inning. 

Mario Sanchez came on and put up four straight zeroes. He then gave up two runs in the seventh inning. Juan Minaya got the final four outs but gave up two runs thanks to a hit and two hit batters. 

Jake Cave went 2-for-4 with a walk. Curtis Terry went 2-for-5. David Banuelos walked three times in the game. 

WIND SURGE WISDOM
Wichita 0, NW Arkansas 7 
Box Score


Simeon Woods Richardson was back on the mound, and he was cruising through four scoreless innings. However, in the fifth inning, a single to left, a bunt single and a walk loaded the bases. Tucker Bradley followed with a grand slam to break the scoreless game. That was really it. Woods Richardson went 5 2/3 innings. He gave up those four runs on five hits and a walk. He also struck out eight batters. 

 

Argenis Angulo came on and got out of the sixth, but he was charged with three runs in the seventh inning. Steven Klimek finished the game for the Surge. He gave up one hit but no more runs over the final 1 1/3 innings. 

Wichita managed just five hits in the game. Edouard Julien led the way. He went 2-for-4 in the game. Andrew Bechtold had the lone extra base hit, his fifth double. 

KERNELS NUGGETS
Cedar Rapids 4, Peoria 5 
Box Score


There’s offense, and then there is pitching-and-defense. The two have to be tied together because you can’t have one without the other. I mean, you could, but it would be weird. Anyway, that was illustrated in the third inning on Friday night. Cade Povich started the night with two scoreless innings. After a strikeout started the third inning, he hit a batter and that was followed by a double. The next batter also doubled and went to third on an error. The next batter reached on an error. After a ground ball to Wander Javier for the second out, there was another error allowing a fourth run to score. Three errors, a passed ball and four runs were on the board. 

Overall, Povich gave up five runs (3 earned) on four hits and a walk. Andrew Cabezas came on and tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Bradley Hanner continues his resurgence with two perfect innings, dropping his season ERA to 0.60. Orlando Rodriguez struck out three batters in the ninth inning. 

Outfielder Kyler Fedko made his first appearance since being promoted to the Kernels. He hit a single in his first at-bat. In the seventh inning, he hit a solo homer. Jeferson Morales went 2-for-4. Willie Joe Garry hit two doubles, his sixth and seventh of the season. 

Hope was high for a couple of Twins minor leaguers. Would Wander Javier repeating with the Kernels help his offense start to shine? And, with a solid performance in the final weeks with the Kernels, could Aaron Sabato take off in 2022? Well, Javier is now hitting .186 with a .585 OPS. Sabato is now hitting .165 with a .627 OPS. 

MUSSEL MATTERS

Game 1: 
Fort Myers 3, Palm Beach 0
Box Score

Game 2: 
Fort Myers 3, Palm Beach 2 
Box Score 


It was a good day for the Mighty Mussels, especially their pitching staff. Pierson Ohl started the first game. He gave up just a single in one scoreless inning. He was replaced by Hunter McMahon who gave up three hits over three scoreless innings. He struck out two batters. Juan Mendez struck out three batters over two scoreless innings. Matthew Swain pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out all three batters. He recorded his sixth save and is yet to give up a run this season. 

Mike Paredes was on the mound to start the second game. The 2021 18th-round draft pick from San Diego State has been terrific out of the Ft. Myers bullpen. He was really good in this spot start. He tossed three scoreless, hitless innings. He walked one and struck out three batters. Jackson Hicks came on and struck out four batters over two perfect innings. Lefty John Wilson came on and gave up the first hit of the game in the sixth inning. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on three hits over the final two innings to earn his first save. He struck out three batters and issued no walks. 

The Mussels scored three runs in each game. In the first inning of the first game, Keoni Cavaco singled to score both Noah Miller and Emmanuel Rodriguez. In the fifth frame, Rodriguez singled to score Jake Rucker. Rodriguez went 2-for-2 with a walk in the first game. Kyle Schmidt had the lone extra-base hit, his second double. 

The team scored early in the second game as well. In the first inning, Noah Cardenas singled to score Rucker. Then in the second inning, a Dillon Tatum sacrifice fly scored Mikey Perez, and then Rucker singled to score Daniel Ozoria. Perez went 2-for-2 in Game 2. Both of his hits were doubles. He was also hit by a pitch and stole three bases in the game. 

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Mike Paredes (Ft. Myers) - 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Hitter of the Day – Kyler Fedko (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-4, HR in High-A debut 

PROSPECT SUMMARY
Here’s a look at how the current Twins Daily Top 20 performed:

#1 - Royce Lewis (Minnesota) - 2-for-4, 2B (2), HR (1), 2 R, 4 RBI.  
#2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-for-4 (played RF) 
#5 - Jordan Balazovic (St. Paul) - 2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K (58 pitches, 37 strikes)
#6 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - 5 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 8 K (95 pitches, 64 strikes)
#8 - Jhoan Duran (Minnesota) - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K, (10 pitches, 8 strikes) 
#10 - Emmanuel Rodriguez (Ft. Myers) - Game 1: 2-for-2, BB, R, RBI
#10 - Emmanuel Rodriguez (Ft. Myers) - Game 2: 0-for-3, 2 K
#11 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - Game 1: 1-for-3, R
#11 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - Game 2: 0-2, BB, 2 K 
#16 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 0-for-3, HBP, K
#17 - Cade Povich (Cedar Rapids) - 3 1/3 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (75 pitches, 48 strikes)
#18 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-3, HBP, K, 2 E
#19 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 2-for-4, K

SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
St. Paul @ Columbus (6:05PM CST) - TBD 
Wichita @ NW Arkansas (6:05PM CST) - RHP Chris Vallimont (0-2, 9.87 ERA) 
Cedar Rapids @ Peoria (6:35 PM CST) - RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (1-1, 2.01 ERA) 
Fort Myers @ Palm Beach (3:00 PM CST) - LHP Steve Hajjar (0-1, 3.77 ERA)  

Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Friday’s games!

 

 


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Our 2021 draft picks have done really well so far this season (20 of them). The pitchers especially have been great to see perform in the low minors. Mike Paredes (18th round), Travis Adams (6th round), David Festa (13th round), and obviously Cade Povich (3rd round) are all standouts so far. 

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" Javier is now hitting .186 with a .585 OPS. Sabato is now hitting .165 with a .627 OPS. "

Our top prospect arms did not fair well yesterday, but the teams did.  

Javier and Sabato (32 k's in 25 games) are really disappointing.  We are now at a point in the season where SSS does not come into play.  They join Cavaco (553 ops) as prospects gone bad. 

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Thanks for the report, Seth.

What a fantastic night to watch three of our top pitching prospects, Balazovic, SWR and Povich.  Ouch, Ouch, Ouch.  Well at least SWR and Povich pitched somewhat ok with their problems mostly related to errors by the D.  Are you surprised that after a late start Balazovic started with the Saints?  Could have seen him back at Wichita for a month or so.  

After that great game the other night from Javier, last night was another 0-4.  Was he a minor league free agent last winter who resigned with the Twins, Seth?  Or will he be a free agent this fall?  

 

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3 hours ago, mikelink45 said:

" Javier is now hitting .186 with a .585 OPS. Sabato is now hitting .165 with a .627 OPS. "

Our top prospect arms did not fair well yesterday, but the teams did.  

Javier and Sabato (32 k's in 25 games) are really disappointing.  We are now at a point in the season where SSS does not come into play.  They join Cavaco (553 ops) as prospects gone bad. 

My understanding of sample size is very different. Strike out rates and walk rates do stabilize earlier but you had OPS in the statement which is SLG and OBP. Those stats stabilize at 320 and 460 plate appearances. A partial season OPS is almost always from a small sample.

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1 hour ago, jorgenswest said:

My understanding of sample size is very different. Strike out rates and walk rates do stabilize earlier but you had OPS in the statement which is SLG and OBP. Those stats stabilize at 320 and 460 plate appearances. A partial season OPS is almost always from a small sample.

I understand what you are saying, but it is at this stage that the teams often make decisions on moving or changing players teams and levels. 

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Really happy they decided to move Fedko up a little early.  He is slightly old for the level and he has a good K-rate to walk ratio.  He is slugging .500 with a .900 OPS.  He is ready for the next level no need to wait IMO.  Thanks FO or whoever makes these decisions for moving him up.  Have to say I rarely say I am excited about a hitter taken in the 12th round but I think Fedko has a real good chance as a 4th outfielder and maybe more if the bat stays elite through the levels.  That was a really good pick by the Twins for that range.

Also happy about the Smeltzer promotion.  He deserves another chance to prove he is healthy now and can contribute.  He worries me a little bit at the MLB level but might as well find out what he can do.  He likely wouldn't survive Rule V next year if his numbers continued to be as good as they are.  I assume this means Paddack in getting TJ surgery or will be out for an extended period of time?

Swain is another player they need to move up.  He is 24 already and still at Low A with absolutely dominant numbers.  I get that maybe there isn't room at High A but it would be nice to move him along and see what he has before he turns 30.

Sabato is still scuffling and I don't know why they keep batting him in the 4 spot when Mack would be better there.  Soularie has been brutal in pro ball as well and they were our 1st and 2nd round picks in 2020.  Still time to turn things around but they need to get going.

Tough night for the pitcher's in the system but baseball is a game of up's and downs.  Hopefully they are learning what works and what doesn't.  Should be another good night tonight.

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I am a little concerned with Balazovic early results.  I get he is coming off of injury, but he has not done well so far.  I know he can quickly bounce back but I still have some concern.  SWR is not dominating as he was but really just giving up a grand slam is not terrible.  I am not worried about him at all.  I was hoping he would be forcing his way up to St. Paul be mid-season, and he still might.  I need to remember he is still young for AA. 

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12 hours ago, roger said:

Thanks for the report, Seth.

What a fantastic night to watch three of our top pitching prospects, Balazovic, SWR and Povich.  Ouch, Ouch, Ouch.  Well at least SWR and Povich pitched somewhat ok with their problems mostly related to errors by the D.  Are you surprised that after a late start Balazovic started with the Saints?  Could have seen him back at Wichita for a month or so.  

After that great game the other night from Javier, last night was another 0-4.  Was he a minor league free agent last winter who resigned with the Twins, Seth?  Or will he be a free agent this fall?  

 

Javier will become a free agent after this season. 

I was a little surprised that Balazovic didn't at least get a second rehab start in Ft. Myers because the one he did have didn't go well. 

In some ways... same with Enlow. He made the one rehab appearance in Ft. Myers. It didn't go well. I assumed that he would get another rehab start. 

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