- Minnesota Twins signed Chance Sisco and assigned to St. Paul
- OF Gilberto Celestino promoted to Minnesota
- RHP Griffin Jax was optioned to St. Paul
- OF Kyle Garlick was reassigned to St. Paul
Louisville 5, St. Paul 4
Exciting pitching prospect Cole Sands made his Triple-A debut in this one for the St. Paul Saints. Working five scoreless innings, he allowed just a single baserunner on one base hit. Sands punched out seven and was efficient throwing 45 of 63 pitches for strikes.
The Saints looked to continue their quest towards an undefeated season and scored first. Former Astros outfielder Derek Fisher went deep for a solo shot in the 2nd inning. After giving up the lead in the bottom of the 6th, St. Paul immediately went back to work.
Jake Cave scampered across the plate on a wild pitch by Kyle Zimmer in the 7th inning, and then the Saints added again in the 8th inning. Cave singled to drive in Mark Contreras and move Curtis Terry up to second base. Following a Fisher free pass, Terry scored with the bases chucked.
Converted infielder Jordan Gore made his Triple-A debut after a 2.39 ERA split between Double-A Wichita and Single-A Cedar Rapids last season. He worked a strong first inning but got blown up for four runs on three hits in his second inning of work. Unfortunately the four run inning for the Bats did the Saints in.
Jake Cave had a nice night at the dish going 3-for-4 with a double and driving in a run.
WIND SURGE WISDOM
The Wind Surge will begin their season on Friday at home against the Tulsa Drillers. The Surge will send top prospect Matt Canterino to the mound for the season opener. Canterino was 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA in 2021 before being sidelined with an elbow injury.
The return of one of the most exciting pitchers in the Twins organization should be electric. In the meantime, be sure to check out the Wind Surge roster preview.
The Kernels announced on Wednesday that LHP and Burnsville, MN native Aaron Rozek will take the bump for Cedar Rapids' opener on Friday against Beloit. Signed to a minor-league contract last season, Rozek went 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA between Fort Myers, Cedar Rapids, and Wichita in 2021.
Be sure to take a look at the Cedar Rapids roster in advance of their opener on Friday.
Fort Myers will give the ball to right-handed pitcher John Stankiewicz on Opening Day. He was 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his professional debut season split between the Complex League and Fort Myers last year.
You can check out the Fort Myers roster prior to the opening on Friday.
TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Hitter of the Day - Jake Cave (St. Paul) 3-4, 2B, R, RBI
#2 - Royce Lewis (St. Paul) - Did Not Play
#3 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 1-5
#13 - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - 5.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
St. Paul @ Louisville (6:05 PM CST) - RHP Dereck Rodriguez
Wichita vs Tulsa (6:05 PM CST) - RHP Matt Canterino
Cedar Rapids vs Beloit (6:35 PM CST) - LHP Aaron Rozek
Fort Myers @ Clearwater (5:30 PM CST) - RHP John Stankiewicz