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Twins Minor League Week in Review (5/10-5/16):


The Twins have really had a lot of injuries and many of the prospects who were meant to be in St. Paul are now with the Twins, leaving the Saints a little short. They were swept on the road in Columbus. On the other side of the coin, the Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels had a dominant week and swept the six-game series against Palm Beach, including a no-hitter. Cedar Rapids went 5-1 as well. Three of the Twins affiliates are currently in first place. Continue for much more detail. 

So be sure to use these weekly reports for what they are. A look at the week. We want to highlight deserving prospects. They have earned it. Celebrate the successes throughout the whole season. 

But this week at Twins Daily, we have had a lot of minor-league coverage. As players are starting to step up and put together strong seasons, we want to dig into them a little further, so you'll find a lot this week. 

If you missed it, read Nick's Twins Week in Review after you've read about the minor league week.

TRANSACTIONS 
With no Monday Minor League Report, here are the transactions from later on Sunday and on Monday. 

  • Following Sunday's Twins game, OF Mark Contreras was optioned to St. Paul. 
  • OF Kyle Garlick was activated from the Injured List. 
  • RHP Ryan Shreve has been activated from the IL by Cedar Rapids. 
  • RHP David Festa was promoted from Ft. Myers to Cedar Rapids. 
  • RHP Matt Mullenbach was sent back to the Florida Complex. 

RESULTS

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WEEK IN REVIEW 

Triple-A: St. Paul Saints: 
Week: 0-6, at Columbus  
Season: 15-19 overall, 9th place out of ten teams in the International League West. They are 8.0 games behind Nashville. A week ago, they were in third place. 

The Saints were swept in a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon, and that finished out a six-game sweep at the hands of the Columbus Clippers. It was also the Saints' seventh straight loss. It was also their eighth straight loss on the road. In his series, the Saints lost three times by one run, and once by two, three, and four runs. Three of the games went to extra innings. The Saints scored 30 runs last week, but they gave up 41 runs.  

  • Caleb Hamilton played in all six games. The utility man went 9-for-18 and hit .500/.609/.667 (1.276) with a home run. He also walked five times. 
  • Alex Kirilloff returned to the Saints on Sunday and had two hits in both games of the doubleheader. 
  • Chi Chi Gonzalez made one start and tossed six scoreless, hitless innings. He did walk four batters, but he struck out seven batters. He was named the International League's pitcher of the week. 

What’s Next? The Saints travel to Omaha to take on the Storm Chasers.  

Pitching Probables (RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez, RHP Jake Faria, RHP Jordan Balazovic, RHP Mario Sanchez, RHP Dereck Rodriguez, RHP Ronny Henriquez

Double-A: Wichita Wind Surge 
Week: 3-2, @ NW Arkansas   
Season: 19-12 overall, 1st place in the Texas League North Division with Tulsa. They are just 1/2 game ahead of Tulsa (19-13).  

The Wind Surge were outscored 25-27 on the week but managed to take a 3-2 series win. Sunday’s game was rained out and officially canceled. Why canceled instead of postponed? The two teams are not scheduled to play each other again in the season’s first half so there is no opportunity to make it up. 

 

 

Here are some of the top performances for the Wind Surge this past week: 

  • Matt Canterino continues to dominate hitters in the Texas League. In his outing this week, he tossed four scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and struck out six batters without issuing a walk. 
  • Austin Schulfer pitched twice and recorded a save each time. In four innings, he gave up one earned run on three hits. He struck out six batters. 
  • Maybe not a great performance, but Blayne Enlow made his return to the mound (not in a rehab outing) 11 months after Tommy John surgery. That is a highlight! He went 3 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs (2 earned) on five hits. He struck out six batters and issued no walks.
  • It took him a while to get his first hit, but in four games this past week, Leobaldo Cabrera went 3-for-9 with two home runs.

 

 

 Andrew Bechtold played four games. He went 6-for-15 (.400) with four doubles and a home run. 

  • Alex Isola went 5-for-15 (.333) with three walks and a home run. 
  • Spencer Steer went 4-for-20 (.200), but two of the hits were home runs. 
  • Edouard Julien went 3-for-14 (.214), but he walked ten times for a .542 on-base percentage.  

What’s Next? The Wind Surge will be hosting the Springfield Cardinals. 

Pitching Probables (RHP Matt Canterino, RHP Louie Varland, RHP Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP Blayne Enlow, RHP Casey Legumina, RHP Matt Canterino)    

High-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels: 
Week: 5-1, at Peoria 
Season: 24-9 overall, 1st place in the Midwest League West Division, 2.0 games ahead of Wisconsin (22-11), who also went 5-1 last week as well.

In April, the Kernels hosted Peoria and won five of six games. This past week, they did it again, this time on the road in Peoria. The Kernels outscored the Chiefs 47-12. In four of the six games, Cedar Rapids gave up just one run. Of 17 pitchers who pitched in at least one game last week, 13 of them didn’t allow an earned run.  

  • What a week of pitching for the Kernels. Over the first five games of the week, the team allowed just nine total runs, and only five of them were earned. 
  • Brent Headrick continues to impress. The lefty struck out seven batters over five scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and walked none. 
  • Fellow lefty Aaron Rozek also tossed five scoreless innings in his start. He gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out nine batters. 
  • Sawyer Gipson-Long went five scoreless innings in his start. He gave up two hits, walked none, and struck out seven batters. 
  • Sean Mooney gave up an unearned run over five innings in his start. He gave up five hits and struck out four batters without allowing a walk. 
  • John Stankiewicz started on Sunday and gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out five batters.
  • Cody Laweryson came out of the bullpen twice. In five innings, he gave up only an unearned run on one hit and no walks. He struck out five batters.
  • As pointed out above, the Kernels bats showed up too. Alerick Soularie led the way. In five games, he went 6-for-19 and hit .316/.409/.842 (1.251) with two triples, two homers, and seven RBI. He also walked three times and stole two bases. 
  • Will Holland played in four games. He went 5-for-14 and hit .357/.438/.714 (1.152) with a triple and a home run. 
  • Jair Camargo played in three games and went 5-for-14 (.357) with two home runs and five RBI. 
  • Wander Javier played in five games and went 4-for-19. He hit .211/.318/.526 (.844) with two home runs and five RBI.   

What’s Next? The Kernels will be starting a 12-game homestand starting on Tuesday with six games against Lake County. 

Pitching Probables (RHP Sean Mooney, LHP Aaron Rozek, LHP Cade Povich, RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long, RHP John Stankiewicz, LHP Brent Headrick)   

Low-A: Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels
Week: 6-0, hosting Palm Beach 
Season: 20-10 overall, 1st place in the Florida State League West, 2.0 games ahead of Clearwater (18-12). 

For the first time, the Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels swept a six-game series. Why? As usual, it all comes down to pitching. 16 pitchers threw for Ft. Myers during the week. 12 of them didn’t allow a run (earned or unearned). In six games, the pitchers allowed a total of six runs. The team threw shutouts in the first three games of the series and again on Sunday. Of course, the highlight of the week was the combined no-hitter. The Mussels offense was solid too. They scored 28 runs. 

  • David Festa struck out 11 batters over six innings in his start this week. He walked two batters, but he gave up no hits. Jaylen Nowlin and Hunter McMahon completed the final three innings of the no-hitter. 

 

 

  • Travis Adams had another very good start. In five shutout innings, he gave up two hits, walked two, and struck out six batters. 
  • Marco Raya made the start on Sunday. He tossed four no-hit innings. He walked one and struck out two batters. 
  • Matthew Swain pitched two and recorded two saves. In two innings, he gave up one hit, no walks, and struck out five batters. 
  • Malik Barrington struck out ten batters over four innings over his two relief appearances. He recorded his first save on Sunday. He gave up just three hits and one walk on the week. 
  • Hunter McMahon threw four scoreless innings over two games. He recorded one save. He gave up three hits, walked one, and recorded two strikeouts. 
  • Jaylen Nowlin worked five total innings during the week. He did not allow a run. He gave up one hit, walked one, hit one, and struck out seven batters. 
  • Mike Paredes made a spot start and tossed three scoreless, hitless innings. He walked one and struck out three batters. 
  • The offense was good too, and this week they were led by infielder Mikey Perez. In five games, he went 8-for-18 and hit .444/.524/.944 (1.468) with three doubles and two home runs. He also went 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. 
  • Emmanuel Rodriguez had a strong week. He played all six games and went 8-for-19. He hit .421/.542/.579 (1.121) with a double, and a triple. He also walked four times. 
  • Catcher Dillon Tatum played in four games and went 3-for-3. He had a home run and walked four times. Oh, and he caught a no-hitter. 
  • Jake Rucker played in six games. He went 8-for-23 and hit .348/.400/.478 (.878) with three doubles. 
  • Noah Miller hit .308 (4-for-13) with seven walks for a .550 on-base percentage. 

What’s Next? The Mighty Mussels will head to Clearwater for a big, eight-game series against the Threshers. They will play two games on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. The beauty of rainouts in Florida, eh? 

Pitching Probables
Tuesday: Bullpen to complete suspended game. RHP Travis Adams in the regular game. 
Wednesday: RHP Pierson Ohl, RHP Mike Paredes
Thursday: No Game
Friday: LHP Steve Hajjar, Bullpen Game 
Saturday: Marco Raya
Sunday: TBD 

PROSPECT SUMMARY

This Prospect Summary shows our current Twins Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week. You may have noticed, the Prospect Tracker has been updated, and will be updated on the first of each month throughout the season.  

#1 - Royce Lewis (St. Paul) - 3 G, 3-for-12 (.250), 2-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K (Season: 24 G, .310/.430/.563 (.993), 11-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 21 R, 11 RBI, 17 BB, 20 K)
#1 - Royce Lewis (Minnesota) - 6 G, 6-for-22 (.273), 1-2B, 1-HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 3 K (Season: 9 G, .281/.281/.438 (.719), 2-2B, 0-3B, 1-HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K) 
#2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 5 G, 6-for-23 (.261), 0-2B, 1-3B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K (Season: 30 G, .246/.366/.339 (.705), 6-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 23 R, 10 RBI, 17 BB, 20 K, 17 SB, 0 CS)
#3 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - 2 GS, 10.0 IP, 5 R, 8 H, 5 BB, 8 K (Season: 7 GS, 37.2 IP, 10 R, 24 H, 12 BB, 36 K, 4-2, 2.39 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 8.6 K/9)
#4 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 5 G, 6-for-18 (.333), 2-2B, 1-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1K (Season: 21 G, .256/.295/.442 (.737), 10-2B, 2-HR, 10 R, 12 RBI, 5 BB, 14 K)
#4 - Jose Miranda (Minnesota) - Week: 4 G, 1-for-18 (.056), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 11 G, .114/.152/.227 (.379), 2-2B, 1-HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K)
#5 - Jordan Balazovic (St. Paul) - 1 GS, 2.0 IP, 7 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 1 K  (Season: 2 GS, 5.2 IP, 7 R, 3 ER, 13 H, 4 BB, 5 K.

#6 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP,  4 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K (Season: 6 GS, 32.2 IP, 9 R, 8 ER, 17 H, 9 BB, 32 K, 2-1, 2.20 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, 8.8 K/9)
#7 - Josh Winder (Minnesota) - 1 GS, 3.1 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 2 K  (Season: 6 G, 3 GS, 25.2 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 18 H, 7 BB, 22 K, 2-1, 2.45 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 2.5 BB/9, 7.7 K/9)
#8 - Jhoan Duran (Minnesota) - 2 G, 2.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K  (Season: 12 G, 16.2 IP, 6 R, 10 H, 3 BB, 25 K, 0-1, 2 Saves, 3.24 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9, 13.5 K/9)
#9 - Matt Canterino (Wichita) - 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 0 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 7 GS, 20.2 IP, 3 R, 9 H, 11 BB, 28 K, 0-1, 1.31 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 4.8 BB/9, 12.2 K/9)
#10 - Emmanuel Rodriguez (Ft. Myers) - 6 G, 8-for-19 (.421) , 1-2B, 1 3B, 5 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K (Season: 28 G, .270/.468/.506 (.974), 4-2B, 1-3B, 5-HR, 22 R, 14 RBI, 31 BB, 34 K)

#11 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 5 G, 4-for-13 (.308), 0-2B, 0-HR, 7 BB, 4 K (Season: 27 G, .278/.431/.361 (.792), 3-2B, 1-3B, 1 HR, 19 R, 6 RBI, 24 BB, 32 K)
#12 - Louie Varland (Wichita) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 4 ER, 7 H, 0 BB, 7 K  (Season: 6 G, 5 GS, 31.2 IP, 16 R, 13 ER, 25 H, 11 BB, 35 K, 4-1, 3.69 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 9.9 K/9)
#13 - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 4 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 6 K (Season: 5 G, 4 GS, 15.2 IP, 15 R, 22 H, 5 BB, 18 K, 0-4, 8.62 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 10.3 K/9)
#13 - Cole Sands (Minnesota) - 1 G, 2.0 IP, 1 ER, 1 H, 0 BB, 4 K (Season: 2 G, 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 0.0 BB/9, 13.5 K/9) 
#14 - Ronny Henriquez (St. Paul) - 1 GS, 4.2 IP, 2 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 4 G, 3 GS, 13.2 IP, 7 R, 12 H, 7 BB, 13 K, 0-1, 4.61 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 4.6 BB/9, 8.6 K/9)
#15 - Marco Raya (Ft. Myers) - 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, (Season: 5 G, 4 GS, 19.0 IP, 6 R, 4 ER, 11 H, 5 BB, 21 K, 2-1, 1.89 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, 9.9 K/9)  

#16 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 5 G, 4-for-20 (.200), 0-2B, 2-HR, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 3 K (Season: 30 G, .300/.384/.558 (.942), 11-2B, 1-3B, 6-HR, 22 R, 25 RBI, 13 BB, 22 K)
#17 - Cade Povich (Cedar Rapids) - 1 GS, 3.1 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K (Season: 5 GS, 22.1 IP, 14 R, 10 ER, 22 H, 6 BB, 32 K, 2-2, 4.03 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, 12.9 K/9) 
#18 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Cedar Rapids) - 6 G, 6-for-26 (.231), 1-2B, 1-3B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K (Season: 31 G, .336/.396/.536 (.932), 6-2B, 2-3B, 5-HR, 19 R, 29 RBI, 12 BB, 34 K)
#19 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 5 G, 3-for-14 (.214), 0-2B, 0-HR, 10 BB, 5 K (Season: 22 G, .268/.432/.394 (.826), 4-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 14 R, 10 RBI, 22 BB, 20 K)
#20 - Blayne Enlow (Wichita) - Week/Season: 1 GS, 3.2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 0-0, 4.91 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 0.00 BB/9, 14.7 K/9)  

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 

Hitter of the Week: Infielder Mikey Perez, Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels 

Finally finding his name in the lineup nearly every day sure did wonders for Mikey Perez. Last week, he played in five games. He went 8-for-18 and hit .444/.524/.944 (1.468) with three doubles, two homers, and six RBI. He walked twice, and he went 4-for-4 in stolen base attempts. 

On the season, he has played in 23 games. He is 18-for-73 and hitting .247/.382/.452 (.834) with six doubles, three homers, and 13 RBI. He is also 8-for-9 on stolen base attempts. 

Perez was the Twins 15th round pick in 2021 out of UCLA where his mom is one of the top college softball coaches in the country. Perez can play all over the field, but he has played mostly at second base in college and so far as a pro. He’s played some third base as well. He also is a solid shortstop, though with Noah Miller getting most of the playing time there.

Pitcher of the Week: RHP David Festa, Ft. Myers Might Mussels 

David Festa worked the first six innings of the Mighty Mussels combined no-hitter this week. In those six innings, he walked two batters and struck out 11 batters. 

Festa was the Twins 13th round pick in 2021 out of Seton Hall University. As a junior, he went 6-4 with a 2.00 ERA. After signing, he pitched in two FCL games and two games with the Mighty Mussels. He impressed at Instructs by posting some impressive velocities on his fastball and slider. 

Through his first five starts of 2022, he is now 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA. In 24 innings, he has struck out 33 batters and walked just six batters. In his most recent start, he hit 99.1 mph. He not only should rocket up prospect rankings, but it’s very possible he moves up to Cedar Rapids in the near future.

On Monday, Festa was promoted to Cedar Rapids. 

Feel free to ask questions or leave comments on the teams and players. 

 


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Very happy the Twins promoted Festa early.  It seems like they typically wait until after the minor league all star games to promote players.  Festa has been dominant enough to need a greater challenge and given his new found velocity should be ready for High A.  Really happy for him and hope he finds his way to AA at the end of the season.  Gotta believe they will bring someone up from the complex to replace Festa.  I wonder who that will be?

I liked Enlow's start this week.  His lower half looks stronger than I remember and I still think he can be a dominant starting pitcher.  He just needs to stay healthy and slowly get stronger and then I can get even more excited about his potential.

I was just about ready to call Soularie a bust and he goes out and has a big week.  I was hard on Wallner as well as he started out with a near 50% K rate and now he is making me look like an idiot.  I think if Wallner can keep the K rate down he will make it to the Majors.  he can keep that OPS high if he doesn't K too much.

AA and High A are loaded with good pitching.  It is going to interesting to see who excels once they get moved up.

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Made an 8 .5 hour drive to Fort Myers to watch the Muscles homestead.  Was treated to some really fun baseball.  Emma Rodriduez just continues to really catch my eye.  Very mature speaking with him also.  Also was able to catch  few of the FCL Twins games gearing up to start there season.  Talk about fun, the kids and coaches were so excited to see me and my wife cheering them on at 10 Saturday morning at jet blue.  Great experience and these guys are sooooo thankfull for the support.  Had a blast 

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I know there was a full milb season in 2021, but with the lost 2020 year and so many injuries last year, THIS YEAR actually feels "normal" to me. And that's not to dismiss the prospects who had a good and healthy 2021 at all. We're seeing a TON of position players and pitchers settling in to develop naturally. Numbers and records seem to indicate that, including a few who started slow but are starting to heat up.

But a few coments:

1] I feel sorry for the Saints and attending fans because all of their best players are with the Twins right now, for the most part. GO Balazovic and AK! Some reinforcements may be coming soon.

2] Just awesome to see Enlow back! Also gives me some hope in regard to Paddack, if he needs surgery, to be ready by June or July 1st in 2023.

3] Steer and Julian could make great options for 2023. And SWR, Balazovic, Canterino are just a couple of arms that could be ready before the season is done, and especially for 2023.

4] I am BLOWN AWAY, by how many arms are at Ft Myer, CR, and Wichita, some of whom have been recently promoted. I fully understand and appreciate exactly what the FO is doing, and have been doing. They have been drafting arms with projectability with "something" they already have and working on the rest. And they haven't been afraid to draft injured arms and projecting what they could be when healthy. And i know there are so few early 20's arms who are special enough to not only make MLB, but also succeed. So age to me is not that big of a deal. So the drafting of so many college arms makes sense in so many ways. What the Twins are doing with college arms just makes so much sense: draft as any solid arms as you can and work with them. But there remains the fact that some are just old enough and experienced enough that they SHOULD dominate at the lower levels. What I'm pleased to see is not only development of those arms, but an aggression to move them up quickly to the next level. I understand someone like Canterino is unique, but even he has been promoted pretty quickly all things considered. Not all of these good looking arms are going to turn out. But with tutelage and aggressive promotion, the best are going to rise. 

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Teams used to have pinch-runners and pinch-hitters who were basically used just for those respective purposes.  
 

The Twins hit a lot of solo home runs. 
 

So…The Twins should immediately promote Julien to the big league club and have him be the first designated pinch-walker in the history of mlb.  Just send him up there right before one of those solo home runs is about to be hit…uncanny how the guy draws walks. 

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First of all, Seth, thanks for another fantastic report.  I know I speak for others also who really appreciate all this information you and the TD team bring us.

Wanted to comment on what appears to be the minor league norm, ie, six game series with everybody off on Monday.  Have you heard, do the players and teams like this schedule?

I'll be honest, I was a bit shocked when I read that Julien had 10 walks in a week, ten?  Sometimes pitching, and umpires calling balls and strikes, isn't all that great in the minors.  Is this kid doing something different?  Something special?  Can he carry this on to the big leagues and be a +.400 OBP guy?

Will be honest and admit that there are an awful lot of young players doing well who I know very little about.  But I continue to check every day's box score to see how Miller did and if Raya was pitching.  Love those two young kids and so far, couldn't be happier.

And three Twins teams are in first place, hooooorah!

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10 hours ago, se7799 said:

Made an 8 .5 hour drive to Fort Myers to watch the Muscles homestead.  Was treated to some really fun baseball.  Emma Rodriduez just continues to really catch my eye.  Very mature speaking with him also.  Also was able to catch  few of the FCL Twins games gearing up to start there season.  Talk about fun, the kids and coaches were so excited to see me and my wife cheering them on at 10 Saturday morning at jet blue.  Great experience and these guys are sooooo thankfull for the support.  Had a blast 

Thank you so much for sharing this experience. Very cool! Sounds like a great time, and yes, those back field 'extended spring' games do not get a huge crowd. I'm sure they're very appreciative. 

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By the way, I've also started writing a similar report at Brewer Fanatic if anyone is interested. To be honest, I've enjoyed kind of following a second organization. "Follow" is probably too strong, but more just getting to know the names, seeing how things are done elsewhere, has been great. I like to think that from that I'll be able to know more about the Twins system too. 

If y'all wouldn't mind checking that out, click here... and encourage others to leave comments... 

https://brewerfanatic.com/news-rumors/brewers-minor-league/brewers-minor-league-week-in-review-510-516-wiemer-powers-shuckers-r137/?do=getNewComment&d=1&id=137 

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3 hours ago, Seth Stohs said:

By the way, I've also started writing a similar report at Brewer Fanatic if anyone is interested. To be honest, I've enjoyed kind of following a second organization. "Follow" is probably too strong, but more just getting to know the names, seeing how things are done elsewhere, has been great. I like to think that from that I'll be able to know more about the Twins system too. 

If y'all wouldn't mind checking that out, click here... and encourage others to leave comments... 

https://brewerfanatic.com/news-rumors/brewers-minor-league/brewers-minor-league-week-in-review-510-516-wiemer-powers-shuckers-r137/?do=getNewComment&d=1&id=137 

Thanks for the heads up Seth, looked pretty cool.  Very interesting to see the takes on another organization. 

Although, if I'm being honest... felt a bit naughty going to another site (OMG, I'm such a horrible person!)

;) just kidding... it's a pretty good site :)  

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Also went and looked up CES' bio from OK State since B Ref only listed his 2021 college year.  The guy has been crushing it for a while now and looks like the part of a serious baseball "Dude".  Time (and better and better competition) will tell just how far he goes, but the building blocks are there... this kid can play ball.

From his Bio at OK State: 

JUNIOR COLLEGE: An All-American performer at Yavapai College … hit .410 with 31 doubles, 33 home runs and 103 RBIs in 81 career games … sophomore season was cut short due to COVID-19 pandemic but prior to that he hit 11 homers and drove in 33 runs to go along with a .430 batting average … as a freshman in 2019, was named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was a First-Team All-American and First-Team NJCAA All-Region I honoree  … was also a national Gold Glove Award winner … led the ACCAC with 22 homers and 70 RBIs and was second with a .402 batting average … drafted in the 34th round of the 2019 MLB Draft by Seattle.

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16 hours ago, Dman said:

Very happy the Twins promoted Festa early.  It seems like they typically wait until after the minor league all star games to promote players.  Festa has been dominant enough to need a greater challenge and given his new found velocity should be ready for High A.  Really happy for him and hope he finds his way to AA at the end of the season.  Gotta believe they will bring someone up from the complex to replace Festa.  I wonder who that will be?

I'm excited to see if he can continue the dominance.  Being able to sit in the upper 90s as a starter would certainly suggest that he can.  He seems to be the leading candidate to be this year's version of Ober/Winder/Varland; a 13th round pick adding velocity and rocketing up the prospect lists.

For replacement moves, it would be a bit of a surprise but possible that the PTBNL Brayan Medina could fill the spot.  We also haven't seen 5th rounder Christian MacLeod yet but I think that is because he is injured.  I think we could also see guys pushed up the ladder ahead of him.  Gipson-Long or Headrick seem like candidates to head up to Wichita soon.  Also, as long as they manage to keep Canterino healthy I think it would be a good idea to push him as quickly as his results will dictate.

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22 minutes ago, 2wins87 said:

I'm excited to see if he can continue the dominance.  Being able to sit in the upper 90s as a starter would certainly suggest that he can.  He seems to be the leading candidate to be this year's version of Ober/Winder/Varland; a 13th round pick adding velocity and rocketing up the prospect lists.

For replacement moves, it would be a bit of a surprise but possible that the PTBNL Brayan Medina could fill the spot.  We also haven't seen 5th rounder Christian MacLeod yet but I think that is because he is injured.  I think we could also see guys pushed up the ladder ahead of him.  Gipson-Long or Headrick seem like candidates to head up to Wichita soon.  Also, as long as they manage to keep Canterino healthy I think it would be a good idea to push him as quickly as his results will dictate.

We think a like. I was hoping Medina but since he has control problems figured they start him in the GCL.  I also like your MacLeod pick and maybe he is injury free now?  Just have to believe they think someone is ready down there if they were willing to let Festa move up.  I like both of your picks just not sure if either one is ready.. I guess they could stretch the five guys they have out more or do a bullpen game.  The draft is a ways a way though so have to think they need one more arm.  I hope it is Medina as I would like to see where he is at.  Not much info out there on him so if he plays would know more.

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5 hours ago, roger said:

First of all, Seth, thanks for another fantastic report.  I know I speak for others also who really appreciate all this information you and the TD team bring us.

Wanted to comment on what appears to be the minor league norm, ie, six game series with everybody off on Monday.  Have you heard, do the players and teams like this schedule?

I'll be honest, I was a bit shocked when I read that Julien had 10 walks in a week, ten?  Sometimes pitching, and umpires calling balls and strikes, isn't all that great in the minors.  Is this kid doing something different?  Something special?  Can he carry this on to the big leagues and be a +.400 OBP guy?

Will be honest and admit that there are an awful lot of young players doing well who I know very little about.  But I continue to check every day's box score to see how Miller did and if Raya was pitching.  Love those two young kids and so far, couldn't be happier.

And three Twins teams are in first place, hooooorah!

Regarding 6-game series... I think they actually really like it, at least when they're home. Amount of time on buses is nearly cut in half. 

Julien is so intriguing because of his approach. He knows the strike zone well and doesn't want to give away at bats or even swings. And when he does swing, he's got power. And when he's on base, he's got good speed. The concern is that he hasn't hit for average much yet, and it's hard to have a .400 OBP in the big leagues with a .240 BA. 

Miller, Raya and Rodriguez are all really legit prospects. I think all three are in my personal top 10. 

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10 hours ago, Seth Stohs said:

By the way, I've also started writing a similar report at Brewer Fanatic if anyone is interested. To be honest, I've enjoyed kind of following a second organization. "Follow" is probably too strong, but more just getting to know the names, seeing how things are done elsewhere, has been great. I like to think that from that I'll be able to know more about the Twins system too. 

If y'all wouldn't mind checking that out, click here... and encourage others to leave comments... 

https://brewerfanatic.com/news-rumors/brewers-minor-league/brewers-minor-league-week-in-review-510-516-wiemer-powers-shuckers-r137/?do=getNewComment&d=1&id=137 

I knew we would eventually get you to be a part-time Badger!

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20 hours ago, Otwins said:

Doc,

Are you going this week to the Saints - Stormchasers? I should be there Friday, Saturday and Sunday but will miss Balazovic  

Hey there! Sorry, doesn't look like I'm going to make this week. I wasn't paying attention to the schedule and didn't realize the Saints were in town this week. Stink too as my dad and I promised we'd see them when they came to town, even if hard the roster is up with the Twins at the moment, lol. 

Got some plans in the works already, but if something changes I will shoot you a message.😀

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On 5/17/2022 at 9:57 AM, Seth Stohs said:

Thank you so much for sharing this experience. Very cool! Sounds like a great time, and yes, those back field 'extended spring' games do not get a huge crowd. I'm sure they're very appreciative. 

Thankyou very much Seth.  I really enjoy reading your articles.  I wish I could contribute more.  However my skills are limited and do not add much.  I wish my writing could come close to my experiences with our players in Florida.

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