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  • Minor League Report (7/27): Saints Hold Serve


    Ted Schwerzler

    It was a tough day on the farm for the Minnesota Twins affiliates. Runs were at a premium and wins were nearly non-existent. The Saints came through with the drama.

    TRANSACTIONS

    There were no reported transactions today.

    SAINTS SENTINEL 
    St. Paul 3, Indianapolis 2 (F/10)
    Box Score

    Veteran Matt Shoemaker continued his strong stretch with the Saints again in this one. He turned in seven strong allowing just two hits while striking out six and giving up just two walks.

    St. Paul scored first on a Keon Broxton solo shot in the bottom of the third inning. Jimmy Kerrigan then scored the second run on a wild pitch in the 7th. After an 8th inning homer knotted things up for Indianapolis, this one would see extras. In the 10th Tomas Telis drew a bases loaded walk allowing J.T. Riddle to waltz in for the game winning run.

    Kerrigan was joined by Jose Miranda as the lone batters to record two-hit games.

    WIND SURGE WISDOM
    NW Arkansas 12, Wichita 1
    Box Score

    Northwest Arkansas came out with bats ready to go from the jump. Bryan Sammons was blitzed early for a four run 2nd inning but did well to rebound and complete four for Wichita.

    The Wind Surge were down 11-0 by the 8th inning, and Spencer Steer’s solo shot only brough them back within 10. The Naturals responded with a run of their own in the bottom half, and the deficit ended at 11.

    KERNELS NUGGETS
    Wisconsin 4, Cedar Rapids 1
    Box Score

    Tyler Watson was great for the Kernels allowing just a single unearned run on four hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked just one on the evening.

    Cedar Rapids recorded 10 hits, including three from Wander Javier and two each from Michael Helman and Daniel Ozoria. They turned into just one run though, a Helman homer in the 9th. Trying to erase a four-run deficit, it just wasn’t enough.

    MUSSEL MATTERS
    Game 1: Clearwater 4, Fort Myers 2 (F/7)
    Box Score

    Brent Headrick took the ball for Fort Myers in the first game of their doubleheader today and worked four innings. He gave up four runs on four hits while striking out six and walking two.

    All four Threshers runs came in the 4th inning. Trailing going into the top half of the 5th, the Mighty Mussels pushed across their answer. Misael Urbina allowed Ruben Santana to score despite a double play, and then Nick Anderson drove in Justin Washington on a single.

    Both sides mustered just four hits on the day, and it was Anderson pinch hitting for Aaron Sabato that was the lone batter to record a multi-hit effort in this one.

    Game 2: Clearwater 3, Fort Myers 2 (F/8)
    Box Score

    Landon Leach was on the hill for game two and went four innings allowing two runs on four hits while walking one and punching out two.

    Fort Myers pushed across the game’s first run in the top half of the 1st. Charles Mack drove in Jeferson Morales with a liner to left and then Will Holland plated Mack with a single of his own. Unfortunately, and despite 11 hits in the game, that’s where the scoring ended for the Mighty Mussels. Things were even after the 3rd, and the Threshers pushed across the game winning run in the 8th.

    Mack and Jesus Feliz both recorded three-hit games in this one, while Ruben Santana had a pair of his own.

    COMPLEX CHRONICLES 
    FCL Pirates Black 9, FCL Twins 6
    Box Score

    Giovahniey German made the start today for the Twins and went three innings allowing just a single hit and one walk while striking out three. The bullpen struggled giving up nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits.

    Alexander Pena drove in the game’s first run scoring Emmanuel Rodriguez on a first inning single. From there though, the Pirates added eight before the Twins answered in the 7th. A Malfrin Sosa single scored Yonardy Soto bringing the deficit to six.

    After giving up another Pirates run, the Twins added four in a 9th inning rally that ultimately came up short. Luis Baez scored Nelson Roberto on a single before Rodriguez drove in Rubel Cespedes on a sacrifice fly. A Kala’i Rosario single scored Baez and LaRon Smith singled to drive in Rodriguez.

    The Twins outhit the Pirates 10 to eight, but it wasn’t enough in the runs column. Baez, Rosario, and Cespedes all recorded two hits in the game.

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Pitcher of the Day- Tyler Watson (Cedar Rapids) – 5.0 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
    Hitter of the Day- Michael Helman (Cedar Rapids) – 2-4, R, RBI, HR(10)

    PROSPECT SUMMARY

    Take note that we have finished our midseason update, so there is a new list! Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #1 – Royce Lewis (Rehab) – Out for season (torn ACL)
    #2 – Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) – Injured List (elbow strain)
    #3 – Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) –Did not pitch
    #4 – Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List (right elbow strain)
    #5 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) – 2-3, 2 BB
    #6 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) – Did not play
    #7 – Gilberto Celestino (Minnesota) – No game
    #8 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) – Did not pitch
    #9 – Aaron Sabato (Fort Myers) – 0-0 (was removed in game one)
    #10 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 0-4, K
    #11 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Out for Season (Tommy John surgery)
    #12 – Bailey Ober (Minnesota) – No game
    #13 – Cole Sands (Wichita) –Did not pitch
    #14 – Brent Rooker (Minnesota) – No game
    #15 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) – 0-7, BB
    #16 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) – 1-3, R, RBI, HR(8), BB, 2 K
    #17 – Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 3-4
    #18 – Alerick Soularie (Complex) – N/A (foot injury)
    #19 – Edwar Colina (Rehab) – Injured List (elbow)
    #20 – Chris Vallimont (Wichita) – Did not pitch

    FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS

    Indianapolis @ St. Paul (7:05PM CST) – RHP Griffin Jax (4-1, 3.32 ERA)
    Wichita @ NW Arkansas (7:05PM CST) – RHP Jordan Balazovic (3-1, 2.74 ERA)
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (7:05PM CST) – RHP Ben Gross (4-0, 2.41 ERA)
    Fort Myers @ Clearwater (5:30 PM CST) – TBD

     

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    Rough night down on the farm with only the Saints getting the W.

    Great seeing Miranda back on the field after getting bonked the night before.  He probably wanted some payback with two hits and a pair of walks.  Will the Twins open a spot for him on their roster before this evening?

    See that Javier was the home run short of the cycle last night.  He seems to be having lots of multi-hit games this year, something we almost never saw in years past.

    Even with the good start by German, the FCL Twin pitching staff again gave up almost double digit runs.  But that team certainly has a trio of very interesting hitters, Pena, Baez and Rosario.  Should be fun following their careers to see if they have what it takes?

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    Not great for Sabato to leave game one. Hope it's nothing serious; he needs ABs and this has not been a great year for him. (I think he's rated too high on the prospect list, personally. He takes a lot of walks, but isn't making much contact when he swings and isn't doing damage when he actually makes contact. Basically he's showing one skill as a hitter right now and that's not enough. He looks like a guy who was clearly harmed by losing a year of MiLB development.)

    Javier is having a decent bounceback year but he still needs to work on some things at the plate. Still a ton of Ks and not enough BBs, but considering he moved up a level after not playing last season this is pretty good progress. Let's hope he finishes the season strong and continues to progress.

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    12 hours ago, 4twinsJA said:

    Miranda hitting .363. How can Twins keep him at St. Paul?

    I love the guy, but who does he bump in MLB? We need to give Rooker ABs to see if he's a real player, we're paying Donaldson a lot of money to play 3B, Polanco & Arraez are proven at 2B, and frankly we need to have Sano get ABs and hopefully perform well to stabilize his value as well. Better to have Miranda play every day at AAA and be ready to compete for a job in 2022 than come up and sit on the bench. He's crushing it and already jumped a level. He gets called up if there's a injury need, otherwise he simply goes wherever he can play every day.

    It's not like we need him to "save" the season.

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    48 minutes ago, jmlease1 said:

    I love the guy, but who does he bump in MLB? We need to give Rooker ABs to see if he's a real player, we're paying Donaldson a lot of money to play 3B, Polanco & Arraez are proven at 2B, and frankly we need to have Sano get ABs and hopefully perform well to stabilize his value as well. Better to have Miranda play every day at AAA and be ready to compete for a job in 2022 than come up and sit on the bench. He's crushing it and already jumped a level. He gets called up if there's a injury need, otherwise he simply goes wherever he can play every day.

    It's not like we need him to "save" the season.

    I don't see why to not wait until September to call him up - he will need to be added to the 40 man anyways, so they could pull it off. Keep giving him everyday ABs in August in AAA, and then feed him some starts in September, and go from there. 

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    12 hours ago, Danchat said:

    I don't see why to not wait until September to call him up - he will need to be added to the 40 man anyways, so they could pull it off. Keep giving him everyday ABs in August in AAA, and then feed him some starts in September, and go from there. 

    You can't bring up as many players on the 40-man in September as used to be possible, so the urgency to add anyone to the 40-man for that purpose, before the off-season/Rule-5, has decreased.

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    1 hour ago, ashbury said:

    You can't bring up as many players on the 40-man in September as used to be possible, so the urgency to add anyone to the 40-man for that purpose, before the off-season/Rule-5, has decreased.

    I am aware of that, but I think I'll go over what the 28 man roster could be in September in my 40 Man Roster Management thread. Miranda doesn't necessarily have to take one of the two new spots, there could be injury / or just play him over Tortuga.

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