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  • Minor League Report (9/11): YOU GET A RUN, YOU GET A RUN, EVERYBODY GETS A RUN

    Lucas Seehafer PT

    The Saints scored 21 of them en route to a crushing victory. Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers won close ones.

    LHP Jovani Moran promoted from Triple-A St. Paul to Minnesota Twins
    RHP Andrew Albers optioned from Minnesota Twins to Triple-A St. Paul

    St. Paul 21, Omaha 4
    Box Score

    Holy runs, Batman! The Saints’ lineup exploded on Saturday evening, particularly prior to the fifth inning, in which they scored 17 of their runs. The 21 runs is the high-water mark for the Triple-A East this season. 

    Shortstop J.T. Riddle set the tone for St. Paul in the bottom of the second inning when he launched his seventh home run of the season to give his squad a 3-0 lead. However, the Saints weren’t done as center fielder Jimmy Kerrigan hit his 18th dinger and first baseman Sherman Johnson his fourth, later in the frame. It was his first hit since he went 3-for-5 on August 26th. He had been 0-for-17, though he had walked seven times in that stretch. Right fielder Mark Contreras joined the fun in the third inning when he smacked his 15th. The ball flew 461 feet. 

    Every Saints batter picked up at least one hit on the evening except for catcher Caleb Hamilton who was a late-game replacement for Tomas Telis, who went 3-for-4. DH Gilberto Celestino led the way, going 4-for-6 with two RBI and three runs scored. B.J. Boyd (3-for-5), Drew Stankiewicz (2-for-5), and Kerrigan (2-for-6) also contributed multi-hit games.

    Derek Law, Vinny Nittoli, and Edgar Garcia tossed six innings of scoreless ball out of the pen after Jason Garcia exited after three innings. 

    Arkansas 10, Wichita 3
    Box Score

    Well, let’s just say that it wasn’t Chris Vallimont’s night.

    The Naturals touched the Twins RHP prospect for nine runs — seven of them earned — in 2 1.3 innings as they cruised to an easy victory. Vallimont was only able to pick up three strikeouts and surrendered nine hits as his ERA ballooned to 6.33.

    However, despite the first couple of frames going poorly, as a whole the Wind Surge’s pitching staff performed quite well. Evan Sisk, Hector Lujan, Erik Manoah Jr., and Mitchell Osnowitz combined to strike out 10 batters and allow one run over the course of their 6 2/3 innings. 

    Right fielder Trey Cabbage led Wichita in hits as he picked up three — all singles — in four plate appearances. Third baseman Spencer Steer went 2-for-3 with a double; however, it was second baseman D.J. Burt’s mammoth home run in the first inning that was the highlight of the game.

    Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 4, F/10
    Box Score

    The Kernels took home a close victory over the Timber Rattlers Saturday afternoon. Former Minnesota State University, Mankato Maverick Aaron Rozek started the game on the hill, and although he surrendered all four of Wisconsin’s runs — three coming via the long ball — he was able to put together a strong showing, striking out nine and only walking one. 

    The 26-year-old lefty has made a name for himself after being signed midway through the season thanks to gaudy strikeout numbers and a refusal to issue walks. In 51 1/3 innings across Rookie, Low-A, High-A, and Double-A ball this summer, Rozek has punched out 70 and walked only six batters. That’s a nearly 12:1 K:BB ratio, which is the best in the system among pitchers with at least 50 innings and by a wide margin. Andrew Albers is second with a 8.7:1 ratio and Josh Winder is third with a 6.15:1 ratio.

    Derek Molina and Andrew Cabezas tossed the final five innings with shutout ball, striking out five.

    Catcher Jefferson Morales and shortstop Anthony Prato each went 3-for-5 on the afternoon; however, it was center fielder DaShawn Keirsey who played the role of hero out of the nine-hole, going 2-for-5 with a double and his fourth home run of the season; he finished with three RBI. Second baseman Edouard Julien (2-for-5, BB) and left fielder Michael Helman (2-for-6, triple, RBI) also contributed multi-hit games.

    Fort Myers 6, Palm Beach 5
    Box score

    The Mighty Mussels pulled off a come-from-behind victory against their cross-state rivals despite only one of their seven hits going for extra bases.

    Fort Myers scored all six of their runs over their final three at-bats, including four runs in the bottom of the seventh. Second baseman Mikey Perez and third baseman Jake Rucker each when 2-for-3, with one of Perez’s hits being the team’s lone double. First baseman Christian Encarnacion-Strand kept his hot streak alive as he drove in two of the Mighty Mussels’ runs. While his box score won’t jump off the page, left fielder Alerick Soularie had a productive night going 0-for-1 with three walks, two runs scored, and a stolen base.

    Regi Grace started on the bump for Fort Myers and tossed three innings, striking out three and walking one. RHP Ramon Pineda, brother of Twins’ RHP Michael, was awarded the win after he threw two innings in relief; he struck out two and allowed one earned run. RHP Matt Mullenbach earned the save.

    Game 1: FCL Red Sox 2, FCL Twins 1, F/8
    Game 2: FCL Twins 4, FCL Red Sox 1, F/7

    2021 first-round draft pick RHP Chase Petty made his professional debut Saturday afternoon and performed largely as advertised. Across two innings of scoreless work, Petty surrendered two hits, struck out two, and did not surrender a run. 

    First baseman Wander Valdez clubbed his fourth home run of the season during the Twins’ win, while DH Carlos Aguiar hit his fifth during the loss. As a unit, the Twins’ offense mustered only nine hits between the two games.

    Pitcher of the Day — Andrew Cabezas, Cedar Rapids: 3 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
    Hitter of the Day — Jimmy Kerrigan, St. Paul Saints: 2-for-6, 2B, HR, 4 RBI

    #1 - Royce Lewis (rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-for-3, RBI, BB
    #3 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #4 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (elbow strain)
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - Did not play
    #7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - Did not pitch
    #8 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #9 - Chase Petty (Complex) - 2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
    #10 - Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - On Temporary Inactive List. 
    #11 - Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (right shoulder impingement)
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-3, RBI, BB
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 4-for-6, 2 RBI, 3 R
    #14 - Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - Did not pitch
    #15 - Noah Miller (Complex) - 0-for-5, BB
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - Did not play
    #17 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for season (Tommy John surgery)
    #18 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 1-for-4
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 2-for-3, 2B, BB

    Omaha @ St. Paul (2:05 PM CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (1-2, 4.96 ERA)
    NW Arkansas @ Wichita (1:05 PM CST) - RHP Cole Sands (2-2, 2.86 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (12:05 PM CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (2-3, 4.52 ERA)
    Palm Beach @ Fort Myers (11:00 AM CST) - TBD

    Feel free to comment and discuss tonight’s games!


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    Lucas:  Excellent report on our affiliates in action.  

    1.  Outstanding to see the Saints bats demolish Omaha tonight.  As likely the only Twins fans living in the KC area---its always a good day to put a beat down on the Royals.

    2.  Disappointing to see the Wind Surge playing so poorly lately....losing 7 of their last 10, which has shrunk their 6-game division lead to only 2 games over Arkansas.  Appreciate the help the SF Cardinals gave Wichita tonight beating the Travelers 14-7.  Vallimont had a horrible outing and our bats have seemed to disappear the last two weeks.  Need Cole Sands to come up big in his start tomorrow!  Need a win to maintain at least a 2-game lead going into our final home stand next week vs. the Travelers.  Hopefully the bats of DJ Burt, Steer, Cabbage, Whitefield, Bechtold and others will produce to lead the Surge to winning the North division title.

    3.  Good win for the Kernels and nice to see Rozek have a strong game.  His age (26) makes it doubtful he'll ever make to 'the Show' but his 70 K's against only 6 walks is as impressive a pitching line as I've seen in a long time at any level.  Also nice to see another good game offensively from Edouard Julien.  Not sure what he's done recently, but his strong  OBP all season could be a predictor of him advancing up to Wichita next year.

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    Tempered.....very tempered enthusiasm with report on Chase Petty's professional debut.  Stay humble young man and keep grinding.  


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    Fort Myers scored all six of their runs over their final three at-bats

    That would be remarkable (improbable, though possible if the bases were loaded and they trailed by 3-5 runs in the ninth inning at home) if true, but I think you mean "final three innings."

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    Fantastic seeing Petty on the mound for the first time.  Also, real nice start by Regi Grace, who I recall was an exciting young draft pick a few years ago.  Too many games like this from Vallimont.  He is eligible for the Rule 5 draft this year, correct?  But with so many starts like this I can't see him added.

    Gotta wonder what Miranda was thinking sitting on the bench watching while the St. Paul hitters scored three touchdowns?  Allow me to join those wishing Moran well as he prepares for his first outing on the mound at Target Field.  Hopefully, he will be an anchor in future Twins bullpens for years to come. 

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    I was at the St. Paul game on Saturday night. Gotta admit, watching a 21-4 game isn't as fun as one would think. 

    With Miranda out of the lineup, only Mark Contreras was a Twins-drafted player in the lineup. Celestino was the only high-level prospect. The rest were minor league free agents. 

    As someone else told me though, the baseball is good. Triple-A is good baseball. Would be nice to see more prospects. That said, Several of those guys are in the big leagues, or they're hurt. 

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    On 9/12/2021 at 9:51 AM, PDX Twin said:

    That would be remarkable (improbable, though possible if the bases were loaded and they trailed by 3-5 runs in the ninth inning at home) if true, but I think you mean "final three innings."

    I too was intrigued...


    I looked at box score, and indeed, final 3 innings was meant there.


    But just figured i'd point out walks don't count as at bats, so bases need not be loaded to satisfy the last three at bats restriction.

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