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  • Twins Minor League Week in Review: Two Seconds and One Final Series


    Seth Stohs

    We have come to the final week of the MLB schedule and the minor league schedule. The St. Paul Saints have five more games to play, their final Final Stretch. They concluded their home schedule last week. Meanwhile, both the Wichita Wind Surge and Cedar Rapids Kernels ended their seasons by playing in their leagues’ championship series. 

    Image courtesy of Ed Bailey, Wichita Wind Surge

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

    With that, let's look at Week 21 in the Twins minor leagues: 

    RESULTS
    Triple-A: St. Paul Saints: Week (4-1, hosting Iowa), overall (65-60)

    Double-A: Wichita Wind Surge: Regular Season (69-51)
    Week (0-3 vs NW Arkansas in the Double-A Central League championship series)

    High-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels: Regular Season (67-53)  
    Week (2-3 vs Quad Cities in the High-A Central League championship series)

    Low-A: Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels: Regular Season (60-54) 

    Complex League FCL Twins: Regular Season (21-38)

    In Case You Missed It... 
    Here are the week's Twins minor league-related articles. 

    Highlights
    St. Paul Saints

    The Saints played their final home series of the season. CHS Field and the Saints hosted the Iowa Cubs in the first of two Final Stretch weeks in Triple-A. The Saints won four of the five games. 

    BJ Boyd went 4-for-10 (.400) with three walks, a triple, a homer and three RBI. Ben Rortvedt played in four games. He went 5-for-12 (.417) with three walks, a double, a homer and four RBI. Of course, Jose Miranda had another terrific week. In five games, he went 9-for-20 (.450) with two walks, a double, a homer and six RBI. Finally, David Banuelos played in just one game, but in that game, he went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a homer and three RBI. That’s a solid 2.100 OPS day! 

    On the mound, Beau Burrows pitched the fifth through ninth innings. In five scoreless innings, he gave up just two hits, walked one and struck out six batters. Edgar Garcia had a four-inning outing. He gave up no runs on just one hit and one walk. Ian Gibaut pitched twice in the five-game set. He struck out four batters over two perfect innings. Lefty Chris Nunn struck out three batters over three scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit. Chandler Shepherd struck out four batters over 3 2/3 scoreless frames. He gave up just one hit and one walk. Andrew Albers had another strong start. He gave up one run on four hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out seven batters. 

    Wichita Wind Surge
    The Wind Surge went into the championship series as the #1 see which meant the first two games on the road. Unfortunately, there weren’t a lot of positives in their three-game sweep at the hands of NW Arkansas. But there were a couple… 

    Austin Martin went 6-for-12 (.500) with two walks. He had two-hit games in all three games. Likewise, Jermaine Palacios had three multi-hit games. All told, he was 7-11 (.636) with a walk, a double and two home runs. 

    Cedar Rapids Kernels
    The Kernels jumped out to a 2-1 lead after three games, but the River Bandits won games four and five. As you would expect, there were a few more positives. 

    Sawyer Gipson-Long gave up one run and struck out nine batters over 4 2/3 innings in his start. Louie Varland continued to throw well. He gave up just one run on six hits over seven innings in Game 1. Osiris German pitched twice out of the bullpen. He pitched a perfect inning in Game 1 and was credited with the Win. In Game four, he gave up just one hit over three scoreless innings. No walks. Five strikeouts. Zach Featherstone struck out three batters in the ninth inning to record the save in Game 1. 

    In Game 1, Jair Camargo was the hitting star. He went 2-for-3 with a double and a late-inning homer to give the Kernels a lead. After going 0-for-7 in the first two games, Edouard Julien went 2-for-4 with a walk and two home runs in Game 3. He had two more hits in Game 4. In the series, Alex Isola had four walks, two doubles and a three-run homer. DaShawn Keirsey had two doubles and a homer in the series. 

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    This Prospect Summary shows our updated Twins Top 20 Prospect Rankings. 

    #1 - Royce Lewis (Wichita) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 37 games, .254/.399/.381 (.779) with 8 doubles, 3 home runs, 19 RBI, 23 BB, 30 K. 
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – 20 GS, 97.0 IP, 98 H, 38 BB, 102 K, 3.62 ERA, 1.40 WHIP 
    #4 - Simeon Woods-Richardson (Wichita) - 4 G, 3 GS, 8.0 IP, 6 H, 8 BB, 10 K, 6.75 ERA, 1.75 WHIP.
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – 5 G, 4 GS, 16.0 IP, 16 H, 13 BB, 22 K, 5.06 ERA, 1.81 WHIP (on IL with a right forearm strain)  
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) – 122 games, .342/.400/.568 (.968) with 29 doubles, 29 homers, 92 RBI, 41 BB, 73 K
    #7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - St. Paul (2 GS, 9.0 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 17 K, 2.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP), Minnesota (4 GS, 22.0 IP, 10 H, 3 BB, 25 K, 2.45 ERA, 0.59 WHIP) 
    #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – 5 GS, 21.0 IP, 10 H, 4 BB, 43 K, 0.86 ERA, 0.67 WHIP (IL, elbow strain) 
    #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - 2 G, 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 6 H, 1 BB, 6 K, 5.40 ERA, 1.40 WHIP.
    #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Ft. Myers) – 60 games, .233/.296/.301 (.597) with 6 doubles, 2 triples, 2 homers, 24 RBI, 18 BB, 89 K, 5 SB (Temporary Inactive List)
    #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - 14 GS, 72.0 IP, 55 H, 13 BB, 80 K, 2.63 ERA, 0.94 WHIP (IL, shoulder impingement)
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 66 games, .264/.350/.508 (.858) with 14 doubles, 2 triples, 15 homers, 47 RBI, 28 BB, 98 K.
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) – Wichita (21 games, .250/.344/.381 (.725) with 5 doubles, 2 homers. 11 BB, 24 K), St. Paul (44 games, .296/.397/.457 (.854) with 11 doubles, 5 homers, 24 RBI, 23 BB, 38 K), Minnesota (22 games, .140/.183/.298 (.482) with 3 BB, 13 K)
    #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - 11 GS, 53.0 IP, 63 H, 26 BB, 41 K, 6.96 ERA, 1.68 WHIP. 
    #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - 22 games, .238/.316/.369 (.685) with 3 doubles, 1 triple, 2 homers, 14 RBI, 9 BB, 26 K
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) – St. Paul (58 games, .239/.368/.566 (.934) with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 19 homers, 37 BB, 74 K), Minnesota (52 games, .201/.294/.397 (.691) with 10 doubles, 8 homers, 15 RBI, 15 BB, 64 K)
    #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – 3 GS, 14.2 IP, 13 H, 6 BB, 23 K, 1.84 ERA, 1.30 WHIP (underwent Tommy John surgery on June 9th) 
    #18 - Misael Urbina (Ft. Myers) – 101 games, .191/.299/.286 (.585) with 12 doubles, 4 triples, 5 homers, 52 RBI, 54 BB, 82 K, 16 SB)
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – 19 G, 18 GS, 80.1 IP, 59 H, 35 BB, 96 K, 2.46 ERA, 1.17 WHIP
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 110 games, .254/.348/.484 (.833) with 18 doubles, 3 triples, 24 homers, 66 RBI, 55 BB, 105 K) 

    LOOKING AHEAD
    FCL Twins Season is Complete.
    Ft. Myers Season is Complete.
    Cedar Rapids Season is Complete. 
    Wichita Season is Complete. 
    St. Paul @ Toledo: (Jason Garcia, Derek Law, Beau Burrows, Drew Strotman, Andrew Albers):
    Also, Instructional League/camp began last Tuesday. 
     

    Feel free to ask any questions you like.

     

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    I continue to believe that Balazovic has 'it' and the potential to be a true ACE.  Will he?  Remains to be seen, but he sure didn't step up and get the Wind Surge a win in game one of their series.  But when he was in his mid-summer stretch he was pitching as well as anyone in minor league baseball.

    With that said, based on the games I watched this summer I believe that Winder is the top pitching prospect in the organization.  Well, maybe except for Canterino, but we didn't get to see much of him this summer.  Is unlikely Canterino could make it to the Twins before 2023 and Balazovic won't be ready before next late summer.  But Winder could be someone to step in when a starter is needed in early summer...assuming agreeable health.

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    I am concerned about our top three pitching prospects.  Duran's injury creates a question mark and Balazovic and Woods-Richardson both have whips that are too high and that concerns me since I really hope they move to MLB soon.  Are Winder and Canterino the next arms to consider for our rotation?

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    Seth:  Thanks for this end of season write up/review of our minor league affiliates.  You and your staff at TD did an outstanding job all season giving all fans daily reports!  As a "new" fan to TD, your coverage gave me a very welcome respite from the train wreck of a season with the Twins.  Being recently retired as an educator in the Kansas City area, I had the time and proximity to attend several games this summer.  An early season (May) road trip to Springfield to see the Wind Surge was followed by a 2-game trip to Wichita in mid June.  Followed that up to see the Kernels in Cedar Rapids in July.  Planning to make several trips next summer and possibly a trip to see the Saints in Saint Paul.  Looking forward to your offseason reports as the progression/advancement of Miranda, Martin, Winder, Balazovic and Winder (and others) will keep my interest.

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    8 hours ago, mikelink45 said:

    I am concerned about our top three pitching prospects.  Duran's injury creates a question mark and Balazovic and Woods-Richardson both have whips that are too high and that concerns me since I really hope they move to MLB soon.  Are Winder and Canterino the next arms to consider for our rotation?

    Winder is, if healthy, and Duran and Balazovic and Sands are too... if healthy... 

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    7 hours ago, darwin22 said:

    Seth:  Thanks for this end of season write up/review of our minor league affiliates.  You and your staff at TD did an outstanding job all season giving all fans daily reports!  As a "new" fan to TD, your coverage gave me a very welcome respite from the train wreck of a season with the Twins.  Being recently retired as an educator in the Kansas City area, I had the time and proximity to attend several games this summer.  An early season (May) road trip to Springfield to see the Wind Surge was followed by a 2-game trip to Wichita in mid June.  Followed that up to see the Kernels in Cedar Rapids in July.  Planning to make several trips next summer and possibly a trip to see the Saints in Saint Paul.  Looking forward to your offseason reports as the progression/advancement of Miranda, Martin, Winder, Balazovic and Winder (and others) will keep my interest.

    Thanks for the kind words... Really appreciate that! @Steve Lein, @Ted Schwerzler, @David Youngs, @Allen Post, @Matt Braun, and @Nash Walker deserve credit for the daily minor league reports throughout the season. They aren't easy, and I am pretty proud of them, so these guys do a lot for them. Also, @Lucas Seehafer PT was the backup often and really helped out too! 

    Glad you enjoyed, and look forward to your Wind Surge reports in future years! 

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