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  • Twins Minor League Report (5/21): Winkel Wins it for Wichita

    Royce Lewis was back in the lineup for St. Paul today but didn’t have the same amount of success. Cedar Rapids got a lift from their bullpen, and Pat Winkel did the heavy lifting for Wichta.


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    Columbus 7, St. Paul 3
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    It was Randy Dobnak’s turn on the mound today to close out the series against the Columbus Clippers. Unfortunately the stuff wasn’t there and while he didn’t walk or strikeout anyone, Dobnak gave up five earned runs on five hits while only getting three outs. He was followed by Ronny Henriquez, and his two innings of work came with another two runs on a pair of walks and a base hit.

    Jose Miranda did start the scoring with a first inning sacrifice fly that scored Andrew Stevenson, but that was the only lead the Saints had. After the five-run outburst in the bottom half, and two more in the second inning, the seven runs were more than enough to withstand St. Paul’s two additional tallies.

    Jair Camargo hit his fourth home run of the season on a solo shot in the third inning, and Chris Williams went deep for the fifth time on a seventh inning longball.

    Royce Lewis did play third base and bat second in this one, but struck out three times in four at bats. Making his Twins organization debut, Austin Brice worked a scoreless inning of relief with a pair of strikeouts. Austin Schulfer continues to impress as well and lowered his ERA to 2.45 with a scoreless frame.

    Wichita 4, Arkansas 3
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    Grabbing a series split with Arkansas, it was Travis Adams who made the start. Working four innings allowing just one run on a solo shot, it was a nice start with four strikeouts and just a single walk. Andrew Cabezas got his first win of the season in relief.

    After a pair of Jonatan Clase home runs put Arkansas in the lead, the Wind Surge went to work in the fifth inning. DaShawn Keirsey Jr. singled in Anthony Prato before Brooks Lee plated Pat Winkel on a line drive. Winkel continued his good game with a sixth inning double that scored Pratop, and it gave the Wind Surge a 4-3 lead.

    Arkansas attempted to claw back in the ninth inning but Riley Unroe’s RBI single was the only run they could muster. Winkel’s two-hit effort was the deciding factor on the day.                                                                                                                                                                                                   

    Cedar Rapids 4, Peoria 2
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    Alejandro Hidalgo looked to keep a strong season going but lost his command early. Working just 1 1/3 innings after allowing six base runners to reach via a walk, he did work around damage by allowing only two runs to cross. The Kernels bullpen responded with 7 2/3 innings of perfect baseball. They allowed no hits or walks while punching out eight.

    Responding to the first inning runs, Kala’i Rosario put Cedar Rapids on the board despite grounding into a double play. Ben Ross scored and the good guys were on the board. Rosario was recently named the Twins minor league hitter of the week.

    In the fifth inning Tanner Schobel crushed his fifth double of the season to drive in both Willie Joe Garry Jr. and Jeferson Morales. The Kernels had their first lead of the game. It was then Schobel again lifting a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning that scored Garry Jr. again and giving us the final tally of 4-2.

    Schobel and Garry Jr. both grabbed a pair of hits in the contest for Cedar Rapids.

    Lakeland 6, Fort Myers 5
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    Zebby Matthews has been impressive this season for the Mighty Mussels and that followed suit today. Although he did give up four runs, only one was earned and he struck out nine while walking none. Matthews worked 4 2/3 innings before turning things over to the bullpen.

    Fort Myers scored first when Carlos Aguiar sent a sacrifice fly deep enough into right field for Andrew Cossetti to race home. That lead was wiped out in the bottom half, but Danny De Andrade put the Mighty Mussels back up 3-2 in the fifth inning. His sixth double scored both Maddux Houghton and Jorel Ortega.

    The back and forth continued with Lakeland retaking the lead 4-3 in the fifth inning, and extended it in the sixth winning with a solo shot. Aguiar then tripled for the sixth time this season in the seventh inning, which allowed both De Andrade and Cossetti to score and tie the game.

    A ninth inning solo home run from Sergio Tapia walked things off, and Fort Myers had to go home empty.

    De Andrade and Cossetti both recorded a pair of hits in the game. Cossetti picked up his first triple of the season.

    Pitcher of the Day – Kernels Bullpen (Cedar Rapids) - 7.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 8 K
    Hitter of the Day – Patrick Winkel (Wichita) - 2-3, 2B(5), R, RBI

    We will again keep tabs on the Twins top prospects. You’ll probably read about them in the team sections, but if they aren’t there, you’ll see how they did here. 

    Here’s a look at how the current Twins Daily Top 20 performed:

    #1 - Brooks Lee (Wichita) - 1-4, 2 R, K
    #2 - Royce Lewis (St. Paul) - 0-4, 3 K
    #9 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 0-3, 3 K
    #12 - Jose Salas (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, K
    #13 - Noah Miller (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, BB
    #19 - Yunior Severino (Wichita) - 0-4, K

    Omaha @ St. Paul (11:07AM CST) - TBD
    Wichita @ Springfield (6:355PM CST) - TBD
    Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) - BTD
    Fort Myers @ Dunedin (5:30PM CST) - TBD

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    2 hours ago, ashbury said:

    Do they like Pat Winkel's defense?  Looking at his progression since being drafted, he's on course to hit the majors in '25, as a quality backup if his glove plays.

    Around the time he was drafted, he was described as a "glove-first" catcher. Haven't seen much since, but that seems to bode well.

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    2 hours ago, ashbury said:

    Do they like Pat Winkel's defense?  Looking at his progression since being drafted, he's on course to hit the majors in '25, as a quality backup if his glove plays.

    Yes, I believe they do. The problem is with his hitting, the way he started out this year.

    Cossetti keeps hitting in Fort Myers. I really think they should move him up to Cedar Rapids now. Can't seem to get an real good read on his defense.

    Both these guys catch the majority of the time, (Cossetti splits time with Olivar 50/50) which is not the case with most of our past catchers who could actually hit the ball in the minors, in recent times.

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    7 minutes ago, FlyingFinn said:

    Yes, I believe they do. The problem is with his hitting, the way he started out this year.

    The bar is lower for the bat, when it's a catcher.  He's maintained similar stats as he's moved up to higher levels, and that's not stagnation but progress.  He needs to maintain for the rest of '23 and then progress with the bat two more times, of course, to become relevant; that's one reason I suggested 2025. (The other reason is that the system is so bereft of catching prospects, so he'll get every opportunity* once he's deemed "close".)

    Wait, I just noticed, he bats lefty.  This young man will live forever as a catcher! :)


    * Need I say, everything I post comes with "IMO" implicitly sprinkled freely throughout

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    Good debut performance with the Twins organization by Austin Brice, but looks like he's been around for a while, and not any sort of prospect. He's now 30 years old, drafted by the Marlins, and most recently with Arizona. His career stats look underwhelming, but hey, it's another body in the bullpen, and maybe there is still some untapped potential?

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    16 hours ago, ashbury said:

    Do they like Pat Winkel's defense?  Looking at his progression since being drafted, he's on course to hit the majors in '25, as a quality backup if his glove plays.

    I think he's supposed to be a guy who does a lot of things well behind the plate, framing, blocking, etc.

    Although one area we can get at least some hard data is controlling the run game, and his 17% CS rate throughout the minors is kind of mediocre at best.  He had a TJ surgery in the past, so I don't know if he lost a bit of strength or accuracy after that, though that is several years in the past now.

    But being a left handed hitter probably gives him a good shot at being a backup to a RH hitting catcher.

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    Was at the Kernels game. Willy Joe Garry did stuff that doesn't show up on the scoresheet.

    He got picked off before he scored his first run, but did some moves and beat the throw to second. Came home on the double.

    He scored on a sac fly that was basically a shallow pop to center. He was flying all over the field, and played a perfect CF. Boy, if he could just get the hitting going consistently. His base hits were hard hit balls up the middle.

    BTW, that Hidalgo was able to get out his 1st inning mess with just 2 runs was an amazing scramble. Walking the first 4 batters of the game plus one more later is an unusual feat.

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