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  • Minor League Report (9/17): Randy Dobnak Returns; Brooks Lee Promoted to Wichita

    Matt Braun

    Oh, and the Mighty Mussels lost in the playoffs, but that doesn't get the clicks.

    Image courtesy of Rob Thompson, St. Paul Saints

    INF Brooks Lee promoted to Wichita 
    C Dillon Datum placed on development list (Wichita)
    INF Wander Javier promoted to St. Paul
    INF Jake Rucker promoted to St. Paul
    C Roy Morales activated from IL (St. Paul)
    OF Matt Wallner contract selected by Minnesota 
    RHP Louie Varland recalled by Minnesota (29th man)
    RHP Drew Strotman designated for assignment 

    RHP Trevor Megill placed on COVID-IL list
    RHP Dereck Rodriguez contract selected from St. Paul. 

    Saints Sentinel 
    St. Paul 4, Louisville 3
    Box Score
    Randy Dobnak: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
    HR: Jake Rucker (1)
    Multi-hit games: Jake Rucker (2-for-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI), Dalton Shuffield (2-for-3)

    St. Paul won on a walk-off Saturday.

    The new guys made bold impressions; Jake Rucker announced his presence with a two-run homer, while Wander Javier singled in a run in the 5th inning. With a runner on third in the 9th, Rucker connected with a fly-ball sent deep enough to score the winning run.

    Randy Dobnak—making his first start since his recent DFA—was erratic, walking three batters in a rust-filled outing. The sinkerballer still struck out four and didn’t allow a run—perhaps proving he still has something in the tank—but the Twins will likely desire to see more command in future starts.


    Trevor Larnach started in left field and played seven innings.

    Mike Siani—the Bats’ centerfielder and lead-off man—is the team’s best prospect; he homered and singled in five at-bats. Longtime major-leaguer, Stephen Piscotty, hit 6th for the Bats and DH’d. 

    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Game One: Wichita 3, Midland 4
    Box Score
    Cody Laweryson: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
    HR: Alex Isola (10)
    Multi-hit games: Alex Isola (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI)

    Wichita lost the first game of their doubleheader on Saturday.

    Cody Laweryson pitched effectively—although not dominantly—in his five innings of work, striking out five batters while allowing two runs. His Wichita ERA sits at 1.06.

    Alex Isola spearheaded the offensive performance; the catcher homered and singled, netting two runs in an otherwise dry day for Wind Surge batters. Anthony Prato’s 2nd inning double was the only other extra-base hit in the game.

    The issue? Wichita grounded into three double plays in the game; Yunior Severino accounted for two of them.

    Tyler Soderstrom is Midland’s top prospect according to MLB.com. The first baseman singled twice in three at-bats.

    Game Two: Wichita 1, Midland 9
    Box Score
    Osiris German: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None

    Wichita lost a clunker in game two on Saturday.

    Midland sandwiched a one-run 4th inning with four-run frames before and afterward, ensuring that Wichita would face an uphill battle in their attempt to win; Hunter McMahon and Michael Boyle walked away with battered ERAs. 

    The lone offensive bright spot came when Austin Martin doubled home a run in the 6th inning, but—fitting for a game like this—Midland threw him out trying to stretch the play to a triple.

    Brooks Lee went hitless with a strikeout in three at-bats during his AA debut.

    Soderstrom improved off his first game, homering and driving in three to cement his prospect status.

    Mussel Matters
    Fort Myers 1, Dunedin 3
    Box Score
    Jordan Carr: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Tanner Schobel (2-for-4, RBI)

    Fort Myers lost on Saturday, ending their playoff run in the opening round.

    All arms were on deck; Fort Myers called upon four pitchers to help lead them, and their combined effort was impressive. Andrew Morris—a 2022 draft pick—lead the way with a trio of scoreless innings, holding the Blue Jays at bay during the crucial switch from the middle innings to the late frames. The staff allowed a high hit total—11, to be precise—but only three runs.

    The Achilles heel proved to be the offense, as the bats mustered just four hits in the match; Tanner Schobel alone accounted for half of them. Without an extra-base hit, the team could plate only a single run, forcing the pitchers to be perfect, which they were not.

    The Mighty Mussels’ season is now over.

    Josh Kasevich and Cade Doughty are Dunedin’s top prospects according to MLB.com; Doughty singled twice and both hitters nabbed an RBI.

    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Randy Dobnak
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jake Rucker

    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #2 - Brooks Lee (Wichita) - 0-3, K
    #4 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 1-6, 2B, RBI
    #7 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 0-4
    #9 - Matt Wallner (Minnesota) - 1-3, HR, R, RBI, K (Major League debut)
    #12 - Louie Varland (Minnesota) - 5 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
    #14 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 1-5, BB, K
    #15 - Blayne Enlow (Wichita) - 1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
    #17 - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - 2 ⅔ IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 K
    #18 - Tanner Schobel (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-4, RBI
    #20 - Kala’i Rosario (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, K

    Louisville @ St. Paul (12:07 PM) - RHP Ronny Henriquez
    Wichita @ Midland (2:00 PM) - LHP Kody Funderburk


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    Subject to the Correa opt-out situation, I'd like to give Lee a shot at the big league shortstop gig right out of spring training next season. When Lewis gets healthy, Lee could go to second base (If it was up to me, I'd move Polanco this winter), or third base if one of Julien or Martin looks ready to take over at second by then.

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    Interesting moves.  Love the Lee promotion.  Pushing him this fast sure doesn’t seem to fit the Twins SOP?

    Tell me Matt, is Rucker a legit prospect.  Is he someone who could help the Twins in the future?  Especially with Miranda likely a fixture at third the next 6+ years?


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    1 hour ago, roger said:

    Pushing him this fast sure doesn’t seem to fit the Twins SOP?

    Can't point to very many Twins prospects who made a case that demanded a promotion yet weren't given their due.  No budding Juan Sotos have been left to languish.

    Instead, we've drafted a lot of can't-miss bats who need a lot of work on their defense and even their initial hitting numbers in the minors look "okay, but not stellar" (or worse, *cough* Sabato *cough*).  Or good gloves whose bat stays a work-in-progress for longer than we like.

    I don't think there are very many players whom you can just force-feed at the major league level.  Instead, I look at Jorge Polanco, who has turned out to be a very productive major leaguer but who was forced by roster rules to be on the 40-man before he was ready and his brief introductions to the majors were, ahem, less than inspiring.

    All of which is to say, good for Brooks Lee, if he turns out to be that kind of player whom the Twins keep on the fast track all the way to the majors.

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    Brooks Lee to make the jump to opening day starting shortstop directly from essentially 114 plate appearances at High-A where he was passable-ish at SS for the level. Yeah, that's not happening, lol.

    The level of desperation in this fanbase is getting pretty incredible haha

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    28 minutes ago, bean5302 said:

    Brooks Lee to make the jump to opening day starting shortstop directly from essentially 114 plate appearances at High-A where he was passable-ish at SS for the level. Yeah, that's not happening, lol.

    The level of desperation in this fanbase is getting pretty incredible haha


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