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  • Twins Minor League Report (9/22): Game Twos and an 0-fer


    Ted Schwerzler

    It was an 0-fer on the farm for Twins affiliates tonight, and while Joe Ryan dazzled in the big leagues, prospect production was in short supply.

    SAINTS SENTINEL
    Iowa 4, St. Paul 1
    Box Score

    Entering their final stretch of games on a balmy evening, the Saints grounds crew busted out some new field artwork. David Youngs recently wrote up a great piece on the guys the get things ready in St. Paul.

    Derek Law made the start tonight for St. Paul but unfortunately recorded just two outs before being lifted. He gave up a run on one hit and two walks while striking out one. Former Twins outfielder Ian Miller scored the run on a 1st inning wild pitch.

    After a three-run blast in the 2nd inning put Iowa up by four, it was on the Saints to chip away. Ben Rortvedt came through with the first tally for St. Paul on a 6th inning single that scored Tomas Telis.

    Despite out hitting Iowa 6-to-5, St. Paul couldn’t push across another run. Jose Miranda continued his great season with a two-hit night after signing autographs on the off day. He was the long batter to record a multi-hit effort.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    Game 2: NW Arkansas 5, Wichita 1
    Box Score

    After the Wind Surge dropped game one of the series with Jordan Balazovic on the mound, Cole Sands took the ball in game two. Wichita’s starter went five innings allowing five runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out four. The bullpen did their job blanking the Naturals over the next three innings, but the Wind Surge were able to generate just one run off of their seven hits.

    Giving up three runs in the 4th inning, Wichita needed to rebound fast. D.J. Burt scored Aaron Whitefield with a sacrifice fly in the 5th inning to trim the deficit, but that was the lone run production available on the evening. Catcher Chris Williams kept the base paths in order for Wichita all night. Nabbing three would-be base stealers, he shut the Naturals running game down.

    As Northwest Arkansas tacked on, the Wind Surge saw their hill to climb steepen, and they’ll now face the test of winning three straight should they want to capture a title. Austin Martin and Jermaine Palacios both had two-hit nights for Wichita. The Wind Surge didn’t have anyone record an extra-base hit in this one.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Game 2: Quad Cities 6, Cedar Rapids 0
    Box Score

    Jumping out to a 1-0 series lead last night, Cedar Rapids turned to Sean Mooney for game two. He went three innings allowing three earned runs on three hits. Mooney did fan six while allowing just a single free pass. Two long balls are what did him in for an early exit.

    The River Bandits scored first on a two-run blast in the 1st inning, and they added on with a solo shot in the third. Another run crossed in the 4th inning before a pair were plated in the 7th inning.

    Cedar Rapids was held to just three hits in the contest, and DaShawn Keirsey was responsible for two of them. The Kernels didn’t have a player reach third base, and Michael Helman was the lone player to touch second after his single was followed by an Aaron Sabato walk.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 11 K
    Hitter of the Day - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-4

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 2-5, K
    #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 2-4
    #7 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - 5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, BB, 11 K
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, 2K
    #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 1-2, BB
    #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 0-3
    #19 - Cole Sands (Wichita) - 5.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
    #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 0-4, 2 K

    THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Iowa @ St. Paul (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Bryan Sammons (1-3, 6.50 ERA)
    NW Arkansas @ Wichita (7:05 PM CST) - RHP Austin Schulfer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:30 PM CST) - RHP Casey Legumina (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss the playoff games from Wednesday!

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    Wichita comes home in a tough position.  Time to win one tonight.

    Miranda is just plain amazing.  Is he the best hitter in all of minor league baseball?  At least this year?  Big decision for the Twins this winter as they try to figure out how to open a spot for him.

    It wasn't in the minors, but another excellent start by Joe Ryan.  No reason not to pencil him into next year's rotation in probably the #3 slot.  Hell of a trade for two months of Cruz' playing time.  Although there are some decisions that have us scratching our heads, this FO has done a fairly good job with their deadline trades.

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    Nice to see Miranda continuing his hitting from beginning to end of his Minor League season. I have no idea where he'll play, but I'm quite impressed with him and at the same time on the major league team I'm disappointed in Arraez this year and Miranda may push him for a spot. Looking at the prospects I'm constantly disappointed in Rooker too. 

    Now that we have used the best pitchers on each squad who gets game 3 and 4 of this championship series? I would like to see them put up a battle at least

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    1 hour ago, Omgbenji said:

    Joe Ryan, what a damn stud. I hope this trade works out for both parties, but it seems to be showing some early excellent returns for us!

    But does he really deserve Minor League Pitcher of the Day when he's pitching for the Twins? I guess that at this point of the season the Twins vs. Cubs might qualify as minor league ...

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    7 hours ago, roger said:

    Miranda is just plain amazing.  Is he the best hitter in all of minor league baseball?  At least this year?  Big decision for the Twins this winter as they try to figure out how to open a spot for him.

     

    I was a bit shocked Miranda wasn't even mentioned in Keith Law's Minor League Player of the Year article the other day.

    But, then you look and there were some insane stat lines in triple-A again this year. As good as Miranda has been (he's top 10 in batting average for all the minors), it's hard to argue there were a bunch of others that were even better (OPS is just inside the top 25).

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