RHP Casey Legumina activated from IL for Wichita
RHP Hunter Wood placed on 7-day IL (right elbow strain) for St. Paul
RHP Tyler Bashlor activated from 7-day IL and released
RHP Ben Heller was removed from the development list and transferred to the FCL Twins
While the Twins minor league teams continued their play on Saturday, two Twins prospects—Spencer Steer and Matt Wallner—participated in the Futures Game. In an exhibition against other well-regarded youngsters, Wallner flashed his legendary power; his 116 MPH annihilation of a homer probably violates some peace treaty.
St. Paul 4, Toledo 3 (10 innings)
Mario Sanchez: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
HR: Miguel Sanó 2 (2)
Multi-hit games: Tim Beckham (3-for-4, RBI, BB), Miguel Sanó (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI), Jermaine Palacios (2-for-3, R, BB)
The Saints won marginally on Saturday.
Mario Sanchez guided his team with a steady hand (or arm, maybe). The righty avoided filling out the stat line, allowing one run off an equal assortment of hits and walks. It was the exact sort of start the Saints needed.
Miguel Sano brought the lumber twice; the rehabbing slugger blasted a pair of solo homers in the 1st and 6th innings, respectively. His return to the lineup is imminent, and a showing like this is incredibly inspiring.
The Saints appeared in control of this game, but a quick bolt of offense from the Mud Hens turned the tide; two runs off some shenanigans—a fielder’s choice and a run-scoring wild pitch—gave Toledo the lead. St. Paul tied it up before Tim Beckham sent the fans home happy with a walk-off single in the 10th inning.
Wind Surge Wisdom
Wichita 7, Arkansas 6
Casey Legumina: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
HR: Chris Williams (16), Edouard Julien (8)
Multi-hit games: Cole Sturgeon (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R), Chris Williams (2-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI), Anthony Prato (2-for-4, 2 2B, R)
Wichita won on a walk-off on Saturday.
Casey Legumina, fresh off an IL stint, took the mound for Wichita. Over two shaky innings, Legumina allowed an array of hits, unwillingly inviting three runners to cross the plate on his watch.
Legumina was a false starter; Daniel Gossett relieved the original pitcher in the 3rd inning, tossing five more frames while allowing just one run. Gossett leaned on the almighty groundball, netting seven outs off balls unable to escape Earth’s gravity.
Offensively, the story was almost entirely Chris Williams; he covered the introduction with a ridiculous two-run homer in the 4th inning before finishing his tale with a dual-run scoring double in the following frame. That somehow moved Williams’ RBI total in the series to 18, an impossible number to conceive.
But the plot remained in motion; the Travelers pulled a fast one by scoring a pair of runs in the 9th inning, jumping ahead by two. It all seemed lost before Edouard Julien, with a few buddies on base, blasted a walk-off three-run homer.
The Kernels won a quiet one on Saturday.
Brent Headrick dominated, again. The lefty predictably stymied nearly all offense, letting one run get by him while halting all other scoring attempts. His season ERA now sits at a “hey, you should probably promote me” 2.34 clip.
Cedar Rapids made sure that their starter had support early; the top-of-the-order united to plate two runs off a smattering of walks and singles; Wander Javier claimed both RBIs.
Little action occurred after the 3rd inning; Beloit plated their lone run but fell to a dominant bullpen showing from Derek Molina and Hunter McMahon. Both teams scattered hits as the outs drained away, but nothing sparked a rally, and the game ended in the Kernels’ favor, 3-1.
Fort Myers lost in short order on Saturday.
Pierson Ohl cruised through his first three frames before Clearwater jumped on the righty in the 3rd inning, plating a run and drawing first blood. A second run proved fatal to Ohl; Leandro Pineda’s RBI double knocked the starter out of the game.
Fort Myers failed to muster up a fight on offense, scoring a lone run off a Noah Cardenas single with the bases loaded; the next two hitters missed their shot to capitalize on their opportunity.
The Threshers attacked relievers as well; John Wilson couldn’t escape their wrath, as, with some help from poor Mighty Mussels defense, Clearwater’s offense continued to one-up itself, plating runs in successive innings through the 7th frame.
Misael Urbina hit his third double since joining the team a week ago.
The FCL Twins lost convincingly on Saturday.
Brayan Medina, a forgotten piece in the Taylor Rogers trade, pitched admirably, allowing an unearned run while punching out five; the righty did walk three batters, however.
Andres Centeno alone powered the offense; the left-fielder tripled, doubled, and stole a base while only four teammates could net a hit.
DSL Twins 10, DSL Cardinals 1
Cesar Lares: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
HR: Harold Grant (1)
Multi-hit games: Yasser Mercedes (2-for-4, 2 R), Bryan Acuna (2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI), Harold Grant (3-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI)
The DSL Twins destroyed their competition on Saturday.
A consistent offense proved the winning formula; just one starter walked away from the game without a run scored, and that player still contributed an RBI.
Cesar Lares continued his ridiculous strikeout streak, punching out nine hitters over four frames. The team as a whole whiffed 15.
TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Cesar Lares, DSL Twins
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Miguel Sanó, St. Paul Saints
Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
#6 - Spencer Steer (Futures Game) - 0-2, K
#8 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-4
#12 - Matt Wallner (Futures Game) - 1-2, HR, R, 2 RBI, K
#15 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB
#16 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Wichita) - 0-4, K
SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
St. Paul @ Louisville (2:07 PM) - RHP Josh Winder
Arkansas @ Wichita (1:05 PM) - RHP Louie Varland
Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (1:05 PM) - RHP John Stankiewicz
Clearwater @ Fort Myers (12:00 PM) - TBD