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  • Twins Minor League Week in Review (4/26-5/2): Prospect Movement, Strong Performances, and Wins


    Seth Stohs

    Amazing that the season is already into its second month. The Twins are playing great of late, winning 10 of their last 11 games. Over the past two weeks, the Wichita Wind Surge have gone 10-2. The other affiliates are over .500 too. Some of the top-hitting prospects had big weeks. And no fewer than five pitchers were deserving of pitcher of the week honors, while multiple top prospects could have earned Hitter of the Week honors.

    Image courtesy of Ed Bailey, Wichita Wind Surge (photo of Wallner), Jean Pfiefer (go4twinkies on Instagram) (photo of Casey Legumina)

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    The Twins started the 2022 season by winning just four of their first 12 games. Since then, they have won 10 of 11 games and now have a 14-9 record. From a team perspective, a two-week struggle can quickly turn around. The same is true of individual players, hitters, or pitchers. Pitching once per week, a starting pitcher could have two rough innings that make the ERA look bad. But that doesn’t mean it’s a lost season for that pitcher. The sample size of one week is just that, a one-week glimpse of the most recent small sample size. One of the Twins' top-hitting prospects had a rough first two weeks of the season. He had a huge week in Week 3. 

    So be sure to use these weekly reports for what they are; a look at the week. We want to highlight deserving prospects. They have earned it. Celebrate the successes throughout the whole season. 

    If you missed it, read Nick's Twins Week in Review after you've read about the minor league week.

    Please note that the hyperlinks on player names will show you past articles in which that player has been tagged. Click around and see how much some of these players have been written about over the years. 

    TRANSACTIONS 

    With no Monday Minor League Report, here are the transactions from later on Sunday and Monday. 

    RESULTS

    Previous Week in Review: Pitching, Pitching Everywhere Pitching 

    MORE TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE CONTENT 

    TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE AWARDS FOR APRIL 

    Hitter of the Month: Christian Encarnacion-Strand, Cedar Rapids Kernels 
    Starting Pitcher of the Month: John Stankiewicz, Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels
    Relief Pitcher of the Month: Tyler Viza, Wichita Wind Surge  

    WEEK IN REVIEW 

    Triple-A: St. Paul Saints: 
    Week: 2-3 vs. Nashville 
    Season: 12-10 overall, 5th place in the International League West. They are 3 1/2 games behind Nashville (16-7).  


    The Saints came into the week trailing only Nashville in the division. The Saints won the first two games of the series, 4-1 and 3-2. Nashville won the next game, and then there were games suspended, finished, suspended again, and then Sunday’s game was postponed too. 

    For no reason other than that, Jose Miranda got called up to the big leagues; we’ll start with the Saints’ hitters. 

    • It was a good week for the slugging infielder, even before he learned he was headed to the big leagues. He played in five games and went 6-for-20. He hit .333/.350/.611 (.961) with two doubles and a homer. 
    • Royce Lewis was again the star of the week. The shortstop played in five games and went 7-for-22. He hit .438/.591/.750 (1.341) with two doubles and a home run. In addition, he had six walks to just three strikeouts. He came to the plate four times in one game and walked each time. For good measure, he was 2-for-2 in stolen base attempts. 

    Nine Saints pitchers worked out of the bullpen last week without giving up a run. Jharel Cotton was the only pitcher in that group who threw twice. He worked 2 1/3 innings. 

    • Lefty Devin Smeltzer had the best Saints start of the week. He gave up one run on three hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out three batters. 
    • You might be able to argue that Dereck Rodriguez was even better in his start. He went just 4 2/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out six batters. 

    It was a rough week for a few Saints, though it’s just, though, a rough outing or two. Even just one rough inning can make a week’s stats look rough.

    • Ronny Henriquez made his first Triple-A start and struggled. He was charged with four runs on three hits (two homers) and four walks in 2 2/3 innings. 
    • Drew Strotman worked twice last week and gave up seven runs on three hits and six walks in three innings. 
    • Jake Faria made a start and gave up six runs on seven hits and three walks in two innings. 

    What’s Next? The Saints come home to host the Iowa Cubs, the Triple-A affiliate of the, you guessed it, Chicago Cubs.. (Go to SaintsBaseball.com for tickets!) 

    Pitching Probables (LHP Devin Smeltzer, RHP Ronny Henriquez, RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez, RHP Jake Faria, RHP Mario Sanchez, RHP Dereck Rodriguez) 

    Double-A: Wichita Wind Surge 
    Week: 5-1 at Arkansas  
    Season: 13-8 overall, tied for 1st place in the Texas League North Division with Tulsa. They are 2.0 games behind Tulsa.


    Last week, the Wind Surge scored 52 runs on their way to a 5-1 week. They scored “just” 29 runs this past week but had another strong 5-1 week. They lost the first game of the series in Arkansas 10-4. Over the five other games, they gave up just 12 more runs. 

    For the Wind Surge pitching staff, they continued to have a lot of solid performances.

    • Matt Canterino made one start last week. He went three innings. He gave up no runs, no hits, walked one, and struck out four batters. He had twice thrown three scoreless, hitless innings in the previous three weeks. So, he’s got a quality streak of nine straight hitless innings. From what I've heard, he will likely remain at three innings for a few more starts before bumping up to four innings and then see where that takes him.
    • Louie Varland had a strong start. He gave up just three hits and a walk over 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out four batters. 
    • Simeon Woods Richardson completed a 0.00 ERA month. The right-hander tossed five more scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked three, and struck out four batters. That pushed him to 21 2/3 innings on the season, and he has allowed just one unearned run. 
    • Tyler Viza came out of the bullpen twice. He tossed five scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits, walked two, and struck out six batters. 
    • Steven Klimek, Alex Scherff, Austin Schulfer, and Evan Sisk also pitched twice and didn’t allow a run. 
    • On the other side, Chris Vallimont made two starts. Combined, he gave up nine earned runs on 13 hits and six walks in 7 1/3 innings. While he is scheduled to make another start this coming week, you have to think that he may be moved to the bullpen at some point if things don’t turn around. The stuff is still good. His arm is strong. He has good innings, but the bad has often turned really bad. 

    The offensive production was down from a fantastic previous week, but three guys carried a large chunk of the offense last week. 

    • Matt Wallner led the offense. In six games, he went 7-for-19 and hit .368/.500/.895 (1.395) with a double and three home runs. He also walked five times. (https://twitter.com/TFTwins/status/1520586633946542080)
    • Outfielder Cole Sturgeon played in four games and went 4-for-12. He hit .333/.471/.833 (1.304) with two home runs. He also walked three times. 
    • Finally, Alex Isola went 4-13 over four games last week. He hit .308/.438/.846 (1.284) with a double, two home runs, and three walks. 
    • No one else had an OPS over .637. In his four games, Andrew Bechtold, who had a great previous week, went 0-for-13, who had a tremendous previous week, went 0-for-13. Kevin Merrill was 1-for-13 (.077).  
    • Finally, Leobaldo Cabrera went 0-for-10 with six strikeouts (and two walks). That puts him at 0-for-32 to start the season. 14 strikeouts in 36 at-bats, but certainly some bad luck mixed in. Last year, he played 52 games for Wichita and hit .235/.335/.482 (.817) with seven doubles, a triple, and 11 home runs. And, while the below video was from the previous week, I have to post something positive about him, right? 

    What’s Next? Matt Wallner, Louie Varland, and the Wind Surge will be hosting Minnesotans Gus Varland, Michael Busch, and the Tulsa Drillers this week.

    Pitching Probables (RHP Louie Varland, RHP Matt Canterino, RHP Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP Chris Vallimont, RHP Ben Gross, RHP Louie Varland)    

    High-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels 
    Week: 3-3 at Beloit 
    Season: 15-6 overall, 1st place in the Midwest League West Division, 3.0 games ahead of Wisconsin and Peoria. 

    The Kernels won the first three games last week in Beloit. In those games, the Kernels outscored the Sky Carp 8-1. Then they lost the final three games and were outscored 9-23. Yet, they were able to increase their lead in the division by two games.

    • The starters from those first three games were very good. Lefty Brent Headrick threw five scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, but he struck out seven batters without walking. 
    • Sean Mooney also had a strong start. He struck out eight batters over five scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit and walked two batters. 
    • Casey Legumina went five innings in his start. He had eight strikeouts over five scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit and walked one. He was named the Minor League Pitcher of the Week by the Twins. Will he be the same for Twins Daily too? See below.  
    • Cody Laweryson also pitched well in his first start of the season, though he was limited to just three innings. Not only did he not allow a hit, but he didn’t give up a run either. He walked two and struck out three batters.
    • Melvi Acosta, Andrew Cabezas, Osiris German, Bobby Milacki, and Derek Molina combined to work 12 innings without giving up an earned run. 
    • On the other side, a couple of pitchers who received consideration for pitcher of the month struggled in their final appearance of the month. Cade Povich gave up six runs on eight hits (two homers) and two walks in 4 1/3 innings. Aaron Rozek has been fantastic since joining the Twins last summer. For the first time this season, he came out of the bullpen. In 2 2/3 innings, he was charged with four runs on six hits (two walks) and a walk.  

    The Kernels had just one hitter who had an OPS over. 800 for the week. 

    • Jair Camargo played in three games. He went 4-for-12, hitting .333/.385/.417 (.802) with a double and a walk. 
    • Next up was our Minor League Hitter of the Month, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, who hit .300 (6-for-20). He had six singles and six walks during the week. 
    • On the other side, Willie Joe Garry went 1-for-16 (.063) with two walks over five games. Also, Aaron Sabato played all six games. He went 2-for-21 (.095), though the hits were a double and a home run. He also walked four times.  

    What’s Next? The Kernels will be hosting Quad Cities at Perfect Game Field this week. 

    Pitching Probables (RHP Cody Laweryson, LHP Brent Headrick, RHP Sean Mooney, LHP Aaron Rozek, LHP Cade Povich, RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long)   

    Low-A: Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels
    Week: 1-2, hosting Clearwater 
    Season: 11-7 overall, 2nd place in the Florida State League West, but just 1/2 game behind Bradenton.


    Rain was the winner in Ft. Myers. The teams played the first three games as scheduled. Then Friday’s game was postponed. They scheduled a doubleheader for Saturday, and that was postponed. Then they played on Sunday. In fact, they completed ten innings, but the score was still tied at 4-4 when the rains came again, so that game was suspended too.  

    The sample size of any week can be enough to get a person talked about and excited. It should also never be a big deal that a guy has a rough week (meaning several) over the course of a year. Two Mighty Mussels played all three games this week, Kyler Fedko (2-for-10, 1 BB, 3 K)  and Emmanuel Rodriguez (1-for-9, 2 BB, 5 K). 

    • Catcher Noah Cardenas went 3-for-7 (.429) with a triple. 
    • Mikey Perez went 2-for-6 with a double and a walk. 
    • John Stankiewicz had another great start. He went 5 2/3 innings. He gave up an unearned run on five hits. He walked one and struck out three batters. Plus, he was named the Twins Daily Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month and earned his promotion to Cedar Rapids. 

    What’s Next? The Mighty Mussels are headed north for the week to take on Lakeland. The pitching matchups are below. You’ll notice the TBD for Saturday. I doubt Sonny Gray would get a second rehab start, but it’s possible Jordan Balazovic could get this start after making his first rehab appearance on Sunday following Gray.  

    Pitching Probables (RHP Marco Raya, RHP David Festa, RHP Travis Adams, RHP Pierson Ohl, TBD, LHP Steven Hajjar

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    This Prospect Summary shows our current Twins Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week (April 26 - May 1). You may have noticed that the Prospect Tracker has been updated and will be updated on the first of each month throughout the season.  

    #1 - Royce Lewis (St. Paul) - 5 G, 7-for-16 (.438), 2-2B, 1-HR, 2 RBI, 6 BB, 3 K (Season: 21 G, .320/.441/.587 (1.028), 9-2B, 1-3B, 3-HR, 17 R, 11 RBI, 15 BB, 18 K)
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 5 G, 3-for-17 (.176), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K (Season: 20 G, .244/.375/.321 (.696), 6-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 17 R, 6 RBI, 12 BB, 16 K, 12 SB, 4 CS)
    #3 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - 1 GS, 7 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 9 K (Season: 4 GS, 23 IP, 3 R, 10 H, 6 BB, 25 K, 3-1, 1.17 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 9.8 K/9)
    #4 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 5 G, 6-for-18 (.333), 2-2B, 1-HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1K (Season: 21 G, .256/.295/.442 (.737), 10-2B, 2-HR, 10 R, 12 RBI, 5 BB, 14 K)
    #4 - Jose Miranda (Minnesota) - Week/Season: 1 G, 0-for-4 (.000), 0-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K
    #5 - Jordan Balazovic (St. Paul) - 1 rehab appearance in Ft. Myers. 1 G, 2.0 IP, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K
    #6 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP,  0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 4 GS, 21.2 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 7 H, 7 BB, 18 K, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.65 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 7.5 K/9)
    #7 - Josh Winder (Minnesota) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 7 K  (Season: 4 G, 1 GS, 16.1 IP, 4 R, 9 H, 4 BB, 12 K, 1-0, 2.20 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 2.2 BB/9, 6.6 K/9)
    #8 - Jhoan Duran (Minnesota) - 2 G, 3.0 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 4 K  (Season: 8 G, 12.0 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 19 K, 0-0, 1 Save, 3.00 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 1.5 BB/9, 14.3 K/9)
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Wichita) - 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 5 GS, 12.2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 9 BB, 18 K, 0-1, 2.13 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 6.4 BB/9, 12.8 K/9)
    #10 - Emmanuel Rodriguez (Ft. Myers) - 3 G, 1-for-9 (.111) , 0-2B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 17 G, .241/.440/.574 (1.014), 3-2B, 5-HR, 13 R, 8 RBI, 18 BB, 22 K)
    #11 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 2 G, 1-for-6 (.167), 0-2B, 0-HR 1 BB, 2 K (Season: 17 G, .219/.383/.234 (.617), 1-2B, 9 R, 1 RBI, 15 BB, 22 K)
    #12 - Louie Varland (Wichita) - 1 GS, 5.1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 4 K  (Season: 4 G, 3 GS, 20.2 IP, 10 R, 7 ER, 14 H, 9 BB, 22 K, 2-1, 3.05 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, 9.6 K/9)
    #13 - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - 2 G, 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 10 ER, 10 H, 1 BB, 0 K (Season: 4 G, 3 GS, 12.2 IP, 11 R, 14 H, 4 BB, 12 K, 0-3, 7.82 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, 8.5 K/9)
    #13 - Cole Sands (Minnesota) - Week/Season: 1 G, 2.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 K 
    #14 - Ronny Henriquez (St. Paul) - 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 4 BB, 1 K (Season: 2 G, 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 5 BB, 5 K, 0-1, 6.35 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 7.9 BB/9, 7.9 K/9)
    #15 - Marco Raya (Ft. Myers) - Was on IL last week (wisdom teeth), (Season: 2 GS, 10.1 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 8 H, 1 BB, 14 K, 1-0, 1.74 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 0.9 BB/9, 12.2 K/9)  
    #16 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 5 G, 5-for-21 (.238), 2-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K (Season: 20 G, .300/.398/.488 (.885), 10-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 15 R, 13 RBI, 10 BB, 14 K)
    #17 - Cade Povich (Cedar Rapids) - 1 GS, 4.1 IP, 6 ER, 8 H, 2 BB, 6 K (Season: 3 GS, 14.0 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 14 H, 4 BB, 23 K, 1-1, 4.50 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9, 14.8 K/9) 
    #18 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Cedar Rapids) - 6 G, 6-for-20 (.300), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 6 BB, 4 K (Season: 20 G, .395/.444/.654 (1.099), 4-2B, 1-3B, 5-HR, 14 R, 24 RBI, 8 BB, 22 K)
    #19 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 6 G, 3-for-23 (.130), 6 BB, 7 K (Season: 13 G, .222/.346/.378 (.723), 2-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 7 R, 5 RBI, 9 BB, 11 K)
    #20 - Blayne Enlow (Wichita) - IL (elbow): still on plan to be making starts in May. 

    PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 

    Hitter of the Week: Outfielder Matt Wallner, Wichita Wind Surge  

    Top prospect Royce Lewis certainly deserves consideration this week. Fellow Wind Surge outfielder Cole Sturgeon had a huge week too. However, this week, the player of the week is Matt Wallner. 

    Coming into the week, Wallner struggled to a .111/.222/.178 (.400) with five hits and one home run. However, even with an 0-for-4 on Sunday, he ended the week by hitting .368/.500/.895 (1.395) with a double and three home runs. Such a strong week boosted his overall numbers to .188/.308/.391 (.698) with one double and four home runs. Still not great, but definitely, a big step in the right direction and, hopefully, maybe likely, will spur him toward a big season. 

    The Twins drafted Wallner as a pitcher in the 32nd round of the 2016 draft after his senior season at Forest Lake High School, where he was Mr. Baseball that year. Instead of signing, he went to Southern Mississippi and quickly became an All-American, power-hitting outfielder. In 2019, the Twins selected him with the 39th overall pick. 

    In 66 games last year at Cedar Rapids, he hit .264/.350/.508 (.858) with 14 doubles and 15 home runs. He missed two months with a broken hamate bone. He went to the Arizona Fall League, and in 18 games, he hit .303/.405/.606 (1.011) with two doubles and six home runs. The key to success for Wallner will be found in his ability to make contact. Right now, he’s got 32 strikeouts in 78 plate appearances this year (41%). Last week, he had five walks and eight strikeouts in 24 plate appearances (33% K-Rate). Still not great, but a step in the right direction. 

    Pitcher of the Week: Casey Legumina, Cedar Rapids Kernels  

    There were several strong pitching performances this week in the minor leagues. You could make a strong case for Louie Varland or Simeon Woods Richardson in Wichita. If we consider “prospects,” Josh Winder and Joe Ryan certainly should be considered, but we aren't considering big-league pitching performances in the minor league report. 

    We can even argue over Cedar Rapids starting pitchers drafted in 2019: 

    • Brent Headrick: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 7 K, 0.60 WHIP, .175 BAA
    • Sean Mooney: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K, 0.60 WHIP, .063 BAA
    • Casey Legumina: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K, 0.40 WHIP, .067 BAA

    In this case, we will agree with the Twins and name Casey Legumina the Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Week. All of these pitchers deserve to be recognized. 

    Casey Legumina was the Twins 8th round pick in 2019 out of Gonzaga University. It was the third time he had been drafted. He had Tommy John surgery during that 2019 season, so he didn’t pitch that year and spent the Covid season rehabbing and getting stronger. He made his professional debut in 2021. After going 4-2 with a 3.02 ERA in 14 games (8 starts), he finished the season with one start in Cedar Rapids and a playoff start. He has made three starts for the Kernels so far this year and is now 0-1 with a 4.05 ERA. In 13 1/3 innings, he has walked four and struck out 16 batters. On Monday, he was promoted to Double-A Wichita.

     

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    Thanks for the review Seth. A question I’ve had for a while is, is there anyone available to put together a Sunday minor league report on days we have a week in review post?

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    Another great summary, Seth.  Three thoughts.  First, what an exciting start to both the minor and major league seasons.  If this keeps up, it is going to be an exciting summer.  Second, Wallner is looking much more comfortable at the plate than he did earlier in the year.  I think he was pressing a bit early as now he is showing more patience as evidenced by his walks, and is driving the ball much better.  I am pulling for the young man.  Finally, SWR looks like he may be moved up later this summer.  He has great stuff and is showing better control after last year's blip in walks.  And, he is looking so confident on the mound. How do you argue with 7 hits in 21 innings?   

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    What strikes me is how weak the AAA rotation is compared to the arms at other levels.  Immediate help for the Twins - is Smeltzer and calling back Sands. 

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    44 minutes ago, Omgbenji said:

    Thanks for the review Seth. A question I’ve had for a while is, is there anyone available to put together a Sunday minor league report on days we have a week in review post?

    We have a Sunday minor league report... 

    There are no minor league games on Monday (July 4th and some AAA games in September being exceptions). 

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    35 minutes ago, RJA said:

    Another great summary, Seth.  Three thoughts.  First, what an exciting start to both the minor and major league seasons.  If this keeps up, it is going to be an exciting summer.  Second, Wallner is looking much more comfortable at the plate than he did earlier in the year.  I think he was pressing a bit early as now he is showing more patience as evidenced by his walks, and is driving the ball much better.  I am pulling for the young man.  Finally, SWR looks like he may be moved up later this summer.  He has great stuff and is showing better control after last year's blip in walks.  And, he is looking so confident on the mound. How do you argue with 7 hits in 21 innings?   

    Three thought responses:

    1.) Yes, potential to be a great summer. 

    2.) Having watched quite a few Wallner at bats, things weren't pretty those first two weeks. I think he would agree with that. Looked a little uncomfortable and off balance. But something clicked. He looked great this last week. Some solid hits to the opposite field always seem to help guys stay back and stay down on the ball better. 

    3.) SWR has a good chance to move up. And, he absolutely looks more confident on the mound, and that's good. He's exciting, to be sure. The walks are still a concern, just not as much as last year post-Olympics, but something he'll need to keep working on. 

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    10 minutes ago, mikelink45 said:

    What strikes me is how weak the AAA rotation is compared to the arms at other levels.  Immediate help for the Twins - is Smeltzer and calling back Sands. 

    Winder is supposed to be there. Balazovic is supposed to be there. Sands is and will be there. Smeltzer's still a guy. I think adding veterans like Dereck Rodriguez are good, and they got a couple of them too. SWR should be up there sometime, maybe second half. So yeah, that pitching probable list isn't terribly exciting, but some of that is because the big league staff is using them. 

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    Thanks for the report, Seth.  Sure looks to be a fun summer of baseball, especially for the Twins.  Thought last night's game was special.

    Reading today's report left me feeling most excited for how well Lewis and SW-R are doing.  Haven't had a chance to watch the Lewis interview, but gotta believe he is more than satisfied with the start to his season after being on the shelf for two years.  After last year's trip to Tokyo where he sat in the bullpen, SW-R sure looks like the pitcher the Twins hoped for when trading their ACE.  

    Saw that Balazovic made his first appearance of the spring recently.  The results weren't very good.  Did you hear more about how he did, Seth?

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    I guess I am a little surprised Legumina got the call to AA ahead of Mooney and SGL who I consider better pitchers.  Also I thought Enlow was coming back in May and likely starting at AA.   Anyway good for him.  He has good stuff I just thought it would be SGL who moved up.

    Happy to see German promoted.  He has a Jovani Moran type Changeup I believe and maybe a better fastball.  So I think he will continue to have future success.

    Also glad to see Wallner hitting something besides air with his bat.  He started the year with 50% K rate.  It looks like his power stroke is back so he just needs to work on that K rate to keep moving up.

    Starting to wonder if Cotton's control problems were weather related as Thielbar, Duffy and Pagan sure seemed to have issues to start the year, even Danny Coulombe had issues with strikes in the colder temps.  Wonder if Cotton got a bad rap there getting sent down.  Hopefully he heats up and gets the call again.

    Lot's of guys doing well which is good to see.

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    Dang, even after you get past the biggest named pitching prospects, whatever has gotten into the MLB starters, seems to be bleeding down through most of the other levels. I mean Cedar Rapids staff has no one making top prospect lists, but those guys are cruising too.

    I wonder what the impetus was for moving Legumina over Gipson-Long. Gipson-Long actually has more time at Cedar Rapids has better numbers, and not that it should ever matter but he was drafted a couple rounds earlier than Legumina too.

    I mean, I'm hopeful both of those guys (and Povich and Headrick) take the Ober/Winder under-the-radar path to MLB success but seems like they bumped these guys out of order.

     

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