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Twins Minor League Report (8/10): Brooks Lee’s High-A Debut, Schobel Shines


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First Round Pick Brooks Lee made his High-A debut and collected his first High-A hit. Second Rounder Tanner Schobel collected two hits for Low-A Fort Myers. Ronny Henriquez dominated in relief. Read about all of this and more in Wednesday’s Minor League Report!

Let’s see what happened this Wednesday in the Twins organization.

TRANSACTIONS

  • The Twins signed RHP Ricky Mineo to a minor league contract
  • The Twins signed RHP Jack Noble to a minor league contract
  • The Twins signed SS Omari Daniel to a minor league contract
  • The Twins signed LHP Jacob Edwards to a minor league contract
  • The Twins signed RHP John Klein to a minor league contract
  • St. Paul Saints (AAA) released 1B Curtis Terry
  • RHP Daniel Gossett assigned to Wichita (AA) from St. Paul
  • Wichita activated C Alex Isola from the 7-day IL
  • SS Brooks Lee assigned to Cedar Rapids (High-A) from the FCL

SAINTS (AAA)
St. Paul 1, Columbus 0
Box Score

The St. Paul Saints won a pitchers’ duel on Wednesday.

Dereck Rodriguez started for the Saints and threw three scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out a pair. He has now allowed just two runs over his last 17 ⅔ innings.

The Saints bullpen was phenomenal on Wednesday. Ronny Henriquez threw 3 2/3 hitless innings while striking out three in relief of Rodriguez. After Henriquez was pulled, Evan Sisk came in and got three outs, all strikeouts. He walked a batter but didn’t allow any hits or runs. Brad Peacock relieved Sisk with two outs in the eighth and collected the final four outs to pick up the save, his eighth of the year.

The Saints got their lone run in the bottom of the fifth when John Andreoli socked his tenth homer of the season. This would prove to be the game-winning home run. Elliot Soto also picked up a couple of hits to help pace the offense.

Twins Daily’s #9 prospect, Matt Wallner, had a tough day at the plate, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. He did potentially save a run or two, however, with an impressive sliding catch with two runners on base.

The Saints improve to 52-53 on the season with the win. The Saints will send Jordan Balazovic to the mound on Thursday in hopes of getting to .500 on the season.

WIND SURGE (AA)
Wichita 0, Corpus Christi 3
Box Score

Wichita dropped a tough pitchers’ duel to the Corpus Christi Hooks on Wednesday night. Wichita could only manage three hits in the loss.

Cody Laweryson took the ball for Wichita and had a solid start, throwing three scoreless innings, scattering two hits, and striking out four.

The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth when Osiris German allowed an RBI single to Joe Perez, putting Wichita in a 1-0 hole. The Hooks added another run off Blayne Enlow in the sixth to extend their lead to two.

Wichita’s best offensive chances were all squandered. In the top of the second, when Jair Camargo and Cole Sturgeon walked to lead off the inning, three consecutive Wind Surge batters struck out to end the threat. In the fifth, Wichita had two guys on with back-to-back walks, but a double play ended the threat. In the sixth, Wichita got singles from Andrew Bechtold and Sturgeon but could not capitalize.

With the loss, Wichita’s record drops to 56-47.

KERNELS (HIGH-A)
Cedar Rapids 5, Quad Cities 6
Box Score

One day after playing in the Field of Dreams game, Cedar Rapids played a tightly contested game with the Quad Cities River Bandits, in which they lost by a score of 6-5.

2022 first-round pick Brooks Lee made his High-A debut, and he played a solid game, going 1-for-4 with a walk and a run scored.

Jake Rucker started the game with a bang as he led off the game with a homer in the top of the first, his fourth homer of the year for Cedar Rapids (sixth between Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers).

The River Bandits responded with three runs (one earned) off of starter Orlando Rodriguez in three innings. Rodriguez gave up two hits and fanned four batters in the start.

Cedar Rapids got a run back in the top of the fifth thanks to Dylan Neuse’s third homer of the year (fifth between CR and FM). After the River Bandits tacked on another run to make it 4-2, the Kernels took the lead in the sixth thanks to an RBI double from Kyler Fedko, an RBI groundout from Pat Winkel, and an RBI double from Mikey Perez.

Quad Cities tied it up in the bottom of the sixth; from there, it was a battle of the bullpens. Bobby Milacki threw a scoreless seventh, Jon Olsen pitched a scoreless eighth, and Ryan Shreve threw a scoreless ninth for the Kernels.

Cedar Rapids squandered their opportunity to begin the inning with a runner on second in the tenth, and Quad Cities did not, as Shreve walked in the winning run.

Perez and Fedko had two doubles to lead the offense in the loss. Cedar Rapids drops to 61-42 with the loss.

MIGHTY MUSSELS (LOW-A)
Fort Myers 5, Jupiter 9
Box Score

Fort Myers played Jupiter tough but eventually faltered in the last few innings as they dropped the game 9-5.

The Mighty Mussels were up 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning but allowed eight runs in the last four innings as their pitchers got hit around quite a bit.

Fort Myers started the scoring in the top of the first when Keoni Cavaco hit a sac fly and reached on an error, scoring Noah Miller. However, they could not capitalize on having bases loaded and one out after that, as Rubel Cespedes and Kala’i Rosario each struck out swinging to end the threat.

This gave Fort Myers starting pitcher Jordan Carr a 1-0 lead before he took the mound. Carr pitched two scoreless innings before giving up an inside-the-park homer. Marlins #12 prospect Yiddi Cappe hit a sinking line drive that Misael Urbina dove for and missed, and the ball rolled to the fence, allowing Cappe to score.

Fort Myers put up three more runs in the top of the fourth thanks to a single from Carlos Aguiar, three walks, an error, two wild pitches, and a passed ball.

Jupiter got those runs back on one swing in the bottom of the fifth, thanks to Chase Luttrell. After that inning, Carr’s day was done. He went five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out a pair of Jupiter hitters.

Cavaco gave Fort Myers the lead in the sixth when he doubled, scoring new Mighty Mussel Tanner Schobel.

Regi Grace entered in the bottom of the sixth with a 5-4 lead, but the first two batters he faced hit a single and a homer, reclaiming the lead for the Hammerheads. This would give Jupiter the lead for good as they tacked on three insurance runs over the next three innings off of Grace and Samuel Perez.

Schobel and Aguiar each had multi-hit games in the loss, and Noah Cardenas reached base four times thanks to a single and three walks. The loss drops Fort Myers’ record to 56-44 through their 100th game of the year.

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – Ronny Henriquez (St. Paul) - 3 ⅔ IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
Hitter of the Day – Mikey Perez (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-3, 2 2B (2), BB, RBI, SB (6)

PROSPECT SUMMARY
We will again keep tabs on the Twins' top prospects. You’ll probably read about them in the team sections, but if they aren’t there, you’ll see how they did here

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

#2 - Brooks Lee (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-4, R, BB, 2 K
#7 - Noah Miller (Fort Myers) - 1-for-5, R, K
#9 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 0-for-4, 4 K
#14 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 0-for-2, 2 BB, K
#15 - Blayne Enlow (Wichita) - 2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K
#16 - Ronny Henriquez (St. Paul) - 3 ⅔ IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 3 K
#17 - Cole Sands (Minnesota) - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
#18 - Tanner Schobel (Fort Myers) -2-for-4, R, BB, 2 K
#20 - Kala’i Rosario (Fort Myers) - 1-for-4, R, BB, K

THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
Columbus @ St. Paul (7:07 CST) - RHP Jordan Balazovic (0-5, 10.75 ERA)
Corpus Christi @ Wichita (7:05 CST) - TBD
Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:30 PM CST) - RHP Travis Adams (0-1, 10.13 ERA)
Fort Myers @ Jupiter (5:30 PM CST) - TBD

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

Thank you for reading, and Go Twins!

 


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First, thanks for this each and every night.

Such an ugly farm.  At least when CES and Speer were there, there was something to hope for.

But as ugly as it is, there's no way Noah Miller should be ranked 7th.  You seriously are going to put a future utility guy (and not the good type) as the 7th best prospect?  I'd take him off altogether and start dragging up the names Acuna and Mercedes to see what kind of injuries they'll sustain once ranked.

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1 hour ago, twinstalker said:

First, thanks for this each and every night.

Such an ugly farm.  At least when CES and Speer were there, there was something to hope for.

But as ugly as it is, there's no way Noah Miller should be ranked 7th.  You seriously are going to put a future utility guy (and not the good type) as the 7th best prospect?  I'd take him off altogether and start dragging up the names Acuna and Mercedes to see what kind of injuries they'll sustain once ranked.

Oh ok. When you talk of CES and Speer you mention hope, implying uncertainty with prospects. Then you go on to sound quite certain about Miller. Which is it? Miller is 19, his older brother who was considered the lesser prospect is in the majors just getting started and might end up fitting your disruption of Noah, a utility guy. He could end up better than that or worse. Noah looked really good to me at short in spring training as a guy a year out of high school, in Wisconsin, playing with major leaguers for the first time. The book is still out. 

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With so many starting pitchers in the minors only going 3-4 innings it brings to mind 2 thoughts;

1- The future looks bleak. No wonder our pitchers barely make 5 IP. They seem to be teaching them to be short start pitchers. IMO they should be stretching them out by the time they hit AA.

2- If they are only pitching 3-4 innings, if they are on the 40 man, why didn't they get some of those innings in the Twins pen? If they are such a good prospect, the way our pen was so bad IMO they could have tried some of these guys out.

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5 hours ago, twinstalker said:

First, thanks for this each and every night.

Such an ugly farm.  At least when CES and Speer were there, there was something to hope for.

But as ugly as it is, there's no way Noah Miller should be ranked 7th.  You seriously are going to put a future utility guy (and not the good type) as the 7th best prospect?  I'd take him off altogether and start dragging up the names Acuna and Mercedes to see what kind of injuries they'll sustain once ranked.

Interesting take on prospect rankings.  You talk about CES as a guy that gave hope, assuming because his offense numbers, and attack Noah Miller, because his offense numbers not as good.  What I draw from your determination on prospects is you only care what their offense output is and do not care about anything else that will go into it.  Like age, defensive position, how well they can play defense, projection based on.  I bet going back to 2019 you most likely said Jose Miranda was not a prospect and had no hope of being anything, being his slash numbers were basically the same as Noah Miller.  Miranda was not high on rankings, but he developed.  Much of prospect ranking is projection, not where they are right now.  

CES is not highly ranked by national rankings.  In part, he is older so less projection there, and many worry when he faces better pitching he will strike out at way to high of rate.  I personally have not watched, unlike the scouts that actually rank him, not sure if you have.  However, the book on him is he will chase too much, and many expect when he faces better pitching that will have less mistakes he will not do as well.  Maybe he proves them wrong. 

Prospect ranks are subjective and many times people get them wrong.  However, to say Miller is destined for utility guy at best when he is only 19 in A ball right now may be a little premature as well.  Maybe you are right, but only time will tell.  

Personally though, I was not big on CES because he has no defense and I have seen too many college bats tear up lower minors only to never make majors because in AAA they face good pitching and their holes are exposed.  Maybe they get a cup of coffee or something at majors but again holes get exposed. 

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Will second, or third those comments above regarding the attack on Miller.  But I am an old Badger state guy and I gotta like him, eh?

What I am absolutely thrilled with is that Brooks Lee made his Hi-A debut and even got a hit.  Now I know he may be too old for Hi-A, he is only hitting .250 and blah, blah, blah.  I expect he was excited, yet, seemed like a player in that brief clip we saw.  Can he move up the ladder rapidly and appear at Target Field in 2023?  Don't know where he will play with Royce Lewis manning short, but they will find a place if he is special.

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What gives? Minor league starters should be stretching out at this point in the season?

Henriquez is so young, folks. People forget we got him as part of the Mitch Garver trade. Glad to see him shine in long relief. Bard Peacock is also picthing well, as is Sisk, a prospect to watch.

Curtis Terry gone. the 11th minor league free agent signed in the off-season that the Twins have jettisoned. More than two dozen signed. Three have gotten major league time. And the Twins have cycled in another nine since the season started.

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Although Wallner has slumped some offensively but I really liked his defensive play. He has risen his stock in my portfolio. The prospects we gave up is mainly redundant, You can't have too much pitching so Povich could be a loss but it'll be awhile before he'd be called up if ever because you can't be too sure about pitching prospects. 

I'm really excited about our core, the prospects that just graduated and the ones that are in the lower ranks. That to me spells success. I'd rather a few exceptional prospects than a farm full of redundant mediocore prospects.

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10 hours ago, twinstalker said:

But as ugly as it is, there's no way Noah Miller should be ranked 7th.  You seriously are going to put a future utility guy (and not the good type) as the 7th best prospect?  I'd take him off altogether and start dragging up the names Acuna and Mercedes to see what kind of injuries they'll sustain once ranked.

I think you are a little rough on Miller.  He is a high school kid in his first year of professional ball.  He was doing great until a month or so ago when he tailed off.  I am willing to give him a pass this year as it is a huge jump from playing a few high school games every year to playing a full season of professional baseball.  I am guessing that he is worn down.   I think the potential is there for him to be a fine MLB player.  Will he realize that potential?  I don't know.  But I wouldn't throw him to the wolves based on his first year in professional baseball.  Let's withhold judgment for a year or so and see how he adjusts.  

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5 hours ago, roger said:

Will second, or third those comments above regarding the attack on Miller.  But I am an old Badger state guy and I gotta like him, eh?

What I am absolutely thrilled with is that Brooks Lee made his Hi-A debut and even got a hit.  Now I know he may be too old for Hi-A, he is only hitting .250 and blah, blah, blah.  I expect he was excited, yet, seemed like a player in that brief clip we saw.  Can he move up the ladder rapidly and appear at Target Field in 2023?  Don't know where he will play with Royce Lewis manning short, but they will find a place if he is special.

I liked what I saw of Miller in spring training. and reports have been generally positive, although he has slumped at the plate. He's only a year out of high school, so I think judging his ceiling or floor is premature. 

I don't think shortstop for next year or the next five years is settled.

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Miller is holding his own at the plate in Low-A at age 19. The triple slash may not look great, but the league is a hard core pitcher's league anyway. Miller's wRC+ 95 is right about league average and right where it has been all year. Much more important to me, Miller has clearly been working on his strikeout rate and made a massive improvement without taking fewer walks. His on base percentage has been great, near .350 all season.

Since the All Star Break his walk vs. K rate looks way better and way more sustainable.
BB% = 15.2%
K% = 16.5% (down from 25.5% in the first half of the year)

At age 19, there is plenty, and I mean PLENTY of time for his power to develop. I wouldn't expect Miller to be knocking at the MLB door prior to 2025.

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