- Shaun Anderson added to St. Paul on rehab assignment
- BJ Boyd signed and added to the Wichita Wind Surge
St. Paul 4, Iowa 0
Griffin Jax improved to 3-1 on the season and his ERA dropped to 3.33 after throwing six innings of one-hit ball. He struck out a career-high 10 batters, which brings him up to 29 on the season through 27 innings of work.
Jax is an intriguing prospect. He was the Twins third round draft pick in 2016 out of the Air Force Academy and was only able to pitch part-time prior to the season due to military commitments. His fastball sits in the low- to mid-90s, though his best pitch is arguably his slider. He doesn’t possess much in the way of a third pitch, so he may end up in the bullpen long-term.
Yet, it’s hard to argue with his results this season. He’s already 26-years-old, so his days being labeled as a prospect are dwindling, but of the pitchers in the Twins’ system, his performance thus far has, perhaps, been both the most surprising and encouraging.
Mark Contreras and J.T. Riddle each contributed two hits at the plate and drove in two RBI combined. Ryan Jeffers also drove in a run and went 1-for-4.
WIND SURGE WISDOM
Springfield 5, Wichita 2
Andrew Bechtold and Aaron Whitefield each hit their third doubles of the season, but it was Jermaine Palacios who contributed the loudest hit of the night for the Wind Surge.
The Wichita pitching staff combined to allow only three earned runs, however, the team’s 11 strikeouts at the plate doomed them in this one.
Wisconsin 6, Cedar Rapids 2
Matt Canterino once again pitched like a future star, striking out 10 batters and not issuing a single walk over the course of his four innings of work. His command was better than his previous outing - in which he issued a couple of free passes - and his curveball was particularly sharp.
After the game, Cedar Rapids manager Brian Dinkelman stated that Canterino was pulled after the fourth as he was reaching his pitch limit, though the colder weather was also a factor.
I asked Dinkelman if the Kernels’ pitching staff tries to have Canterino pitch in certain parts of the zone throughout the course of the game, but he said that their focus is more or less solely on having him throw strikes.
“With Matt, I think his big focus is just being in the zone because all of his pitches work so well that he gets a lot of swing-and-misses on pitches that are in the zone,” Dinkelman said. “I know him and the pitching coaches have a plan they go through for each start. So far, he’s done a good job of executing that and getting a lot of swing-and-misses.”
At this point, Canterino doesn’t have much left to prove at the High-A level. He’s struck out 35 batters across 18 innings and owns a 1.00 ERA. The Twins really can’t ask for much more than that. It would be unsurprising to see him elevated in the not so distant future.
The Kernels were only able to amass two hits as a team, both of which went for extra bases. Wander Javier and Leobaldo Cabrera grabbed all four of the team’s total bases.
Lakeland 3, Ft. Myers 2
The Mighty Mussels scored one run each in the first two innings of the game, but were unable to get their offense rolling during their loss.
Willie Joe Garry, Jr. - the Twins ninth round pick in 2018 - went 2-for-4 and picked up his first double of the season.
Louie Varland started on the mound and pitched 2 2/3 innings. He struck out five, but struggled a bit with his control as he walked five as well.
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Co-Pitchers of the Day- Matt Canterino: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 60 pitches; Griffin Jax: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 10 K, 90 pitches
Hitter of the Day- Mark Contreras: 2-for-4, 2B, RBI
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#1 - Alex Kirilloff (Minnesota) – 0-for-4
#2 - Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for Season (torn ACL)
#3 - Trevor Larnach (Minnesota) – 1-for-1, RBI, BB
#4 - Ryan Jeffers (St. Paul) – 1-for-4, RBI, 2 K
#5 - Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
#6 - Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) – Injured List (back)
#7 - Keoni Cavaco (Ft. Myers) – Did not play
#8 - Aaron Sabato (Ft. Myers) – 0-for-4, BB, K
#9 - Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
#10 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Injured list (elbow)
#11 - Gilberto Celestino (Wichita) – 0-for-4, 2 K
#12 - Brent Rooker (St. Paul) – Did not play
#13 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – Injured list (wrist)
#14 - Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-for-5, 3 K
#15 - Cole Sands (Wichita) – Did not pitch
#16 - Edwar Colina (Rehab) - 60-Day IL (elbow)
#17 - Ben Rortvedt (St. Paul) – 1-for-4, 3 K
#18 - Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A
#19 - Jose Miranda (Wichita) – 1-for-4, RBI, BB
#20 - Bailey Ober (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
St. Paul @ Iowa (7:08PM CST) – RHP Chandler Shepherd (0-1, 5.87 ERA)
Springfield @ Wichita (7:05PM CST) – RHP Josh Winder (1-0, 0.93 ERA)
Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (TBD CST) - RHP Jon Olsen (0-2, 4.50 ERA)
Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:05PM CST) – RHP Andrew Cabezas (1-0, 2.13 ERA)
Fort Meyers @ Lakeland (5:00PM CST) – RHP Casey Legumina (1-0, 5.23 ERA)
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