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  • Twins Minor League Week in Review (5/17-5/23): Steer Navigates Wichita, Sent to Saints

    Seth Stohs

    There have been some very strong performances throughout the Twins organization this week and all season. The Twins have been playing well. The Saints have struggled of late, but the three lower affiliates are all making a run for the playoffs and a first-half spot. Find out which players are playing well, and consider how the affiliates are playing so well. 

    Image courtesy of Ed Bailey, Wichita Wind Surge (photo of Steer), Steve Buhr (photo of Povich)

    It has been a struggle for the Saints on the road these past two weeks. They return home this week, hoping to turn things back around. Tickets still available! The other Twins affiliates are in a good place to make a first-half playoff run. Wichita is just 1/2 game out of first place. Cedar Rapids is a game ahead of Wisconsin, and those two teams will be playing in Iowa this week. Tickets still available! The Mighty Mussels have the biggest lead, with a four-game cushion coming into play this week. 

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


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

    • Infielder Spencer Steer was promoted from Wichita to St. Paul. Infielder Kevin Merrell was sent back down to Wichita.
    • RHP Matt Mullenbach was added back to the Ft. Myers roster from the Florida Complex.  





    Triple-A: St. Paul Saints
    Week: 1-5, at Omaha  
    Season: 16-24 overall, 9th place out of ten teams in the International League West. They are 12.5 games behind Nashville. 

    The Saints are likely thrilled to get back to the friendly confines of CHS Field. They have been on the road the past two weeks and went 1-11. In Omaha, they ended their losing streak on Saturday with a 4-2 win, but that was it. They were outscored 25-45 by the Storm Chasers.  

    • Kevin Merrell was signed as a minor-league veteran after playing in the Royals organization since 2019. He played in 13 games with Omaha in 2021. He played all six games this week and went 7-for-17 and hit .412/.444/.765 (1.209) with two homers and four RBI. (and for his efforts, Merrell was sent down to Wichita on Monday)
    • No one wanted to see Royce Lewis sent back to St. Paul, but he was, and he handled it well. He went 6-for-16, hitting .375/.444/.625 (1.069) with a double and a home run. He also stole bases. For those curious, he played two games at shortstop and one game at both third base and left field. 


    • Alex Kirilloff was the Twins' choice for hitter of the week. In six games, he went 9-for-25 and hit .360/.429/.520 (.949) with a double, a homer and five RBI. He also walked three times.


    • Dereck Rodriguez made one start. In five innings, he gave up one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out nine batters. 
    • Chi Chi Gonzalez also went five innings in his start. He gave up two runs (1 earned) on five hits. He walked two and struck out six batters. 
    • It wasn’t a great week for all of the Saints starters. Jake Faria gave up four runs on four hits and three walks in three innings. Mario Sanchez gave up five runs (4 earned) on five hits and two walks in three innings. Ronny Henriquez made one start and one relief appearance. In 6 1/3 innings, he gave up nine runs on eight hits and four walks. Jordan Balazovic gave up six runs on six hits and a walk in four innings.   

    What’s Next? The Saints return home for seven games against Indianapolis, starting at 11:07 on Tuesday morning with an Education Day special. The two teams will be playing two games on Wednesday night. Head to www.SaintsBaseball.com for tickets! 

    Pitching Probables (RHP Cole Sands, (Wed DH: RHP Jordan Balazovic/LHP Devin Smeltzer ), RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez, RHP Dereck Rodriguez, RHP Ronny Henriquez, RHP Cole Sands) 

    Double-A: Wichita Wind Surge 
    Week: 4-2, hosting Springfield    
    Season: 23-14 overall, 2nd place in the Texas League North Division with Tulsa. They are just 1/2 game behind Tulsa (24-14).  

    It was a tightly contested week of games at Riverfront Stadium last week against Springfield. The Wind Surge outscored the Cardinals 36-35 for the week. Three games were decided by two runs. Three games were decided by just one run. 

    Here are some of the top performances for the Wind Surge this past week: 

    • Seven Wind Surge relievers did not allow an earned run last week. Five of them pitched twice. Austin Schulfer continues to make his case that he should be in Triple-A. In three innings, he gave up no runs and no hits. He walked one and struck out four batters. Lefty Bryan Sammons struck out four batters over 2 2/3 scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits and walked none.
    • Matt Canterino had 12 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. 
    • Chris Williams played in five games. He went 9-for-17 and hit .529/.652/.588 (1.240) with a double. He also walked six times. 
    • In five games, Spencer Steer went 6-for-17. He hit .353/.389/.824 (1.213) with two doubles and two home runs. 
    • Matt Wallner went 7-for-22 last week. He hit .318/.444/.500 (.944) with a double, a homer, and five RBI. He also walked five times, and he played a little defense too.


    • Alex Isola went 6-for-20 in five games. He hit .300/.364/.550 (.944) with two doubles and a home run.  


    • Austin Martin went 6-for-18 in five games and hit .333/.500/.333 (.833) with three walks. 
    • Also, minor league uniforms can be fun, or something... 


    What’s Next? The Wind Surge will be traveling down to Texas to take on Corpus Christi. . 

    Pitching Probables (RHP Louie Varland, RHP Simeon Woods Richardson, RHP Blayne Enlow, RHP Matt Canterino, RHP Casey Legumina, RHP Louie Varland)    

    High-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels
    Week: 2-4, hosting Lake County  
    Season: 26-13 overall, 1st place in the Midwest League West Division, 1.0 games ahead of Wisconsin (25-14), who they play in Cedar Rapids this week.  

    In the two games that the Kernels won last week, they outscored Lake County 18-3. However, in the four losses, they were outscored 8-26.  

    • Ten Kernels pitchers did not allow an earned run last week, including three starting pitchers. 
    • Cade Povich went 5 1/3 innings in his start. He gave up two hits, walked one, and struck out five batters. The Twins named him their pitcher of the week. 
    • Sean Mooney went five scoreless innings in his start. He gave up just one hit, walked three, and struck out six batters. 
    • On Sunday, Brent Headrick started and threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings. He gave up three hits and walked one batter. He was replaced by David Festa, making his first Kernels appearance. He went the rest of the way. He gave up one run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six batters without issuing a walk. 
    • Brad Hanner has made big strides in 2022. The right-hander worked three innings over two games. He gave up no runs, just one hit, walked none, and struck out five batters. 
    • John Stankiewicz had his first rough start of the year. He gave up six runs on seven hits, two walks, and a hit batter in 3 2/3 innings.  
    • After a slow start, Will Holland has been much improved in the season’s second month. In five games, he went 5-for-16 and hit .313/.421/.688 (1.109) with a double, triple, home run, and four RBI. He walked three times and had two stolen bases. 
    • In five games, Willie Joe Garry, Jr., went 4-for-15 and hit .267/.353/.733 (1.086) with two triples and a home run. 
    • Christian Encarnacion-Strand had two doubles and two home runs. 


    • On the other side, Anthony Prato has been terrific atop the order for the Kernels, but last week, he went 2-for-20 (.100). Wander Javier went 2-for-18 (.111). 

    What’s Next? The Kernels will be home for the second straight week. They will be hosting the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in a series of the top two teams in the division. 

    The Rattlers have a development coach in former Kernels pitcher Patrick McGuff. In a Three Questions With… interview on Brewer Fanatic, I asked McGuff about his time with the Twins, his transition from player to coach, and about the very talented Wisconsin team that is coming to Memorial Stadium this week.

    Click here to watch.   

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

    Low-A: Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels
    Week: 5-3, hosting Clearwater 
    Season: 25-13 overall, 1st place in the Florida State League West, 4.0 games ahead of Clearwater (21-17). 

    The week began by completing a suspended game on Tuesday. They played eight games and had doubleheaders on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Ignoring the continuation of the suspended game, the Mighty Mussels outscored the Threshers 29-26. 

    • Lefty Steve Hajjar went five shutout innings in his start. He gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out six batters. 
    • Mike Paredes made another start and went four scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked none, and struck out three batters. 
    • Malik Barrington made his first start and went three innings. Then he came back a couple of days later and pitched up a save in the 13-inning game. In four innings, he gave up only an unearned run and two hits. He struck out three batters. 
    • Since returning from the Injured List, Niklas Rimmel pitched twice. He worked four relief innings over two games. He gave up an unearned run on two hits and two walks. He struck out five. 
    • Matthew Swain’s incredible season continued. In four innings over two games, he gave up one hit, walked two (both intentional), and struck out four.  
    • Lefty John Wilson worked 4 1/3 scoreless innings over two games. He gave up three hits and hit a batter. 
    • Regi Grace gave up one earned run over 3 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out eight batters. 
    • In five games, Noah Cardenas played in five games. He went 6-for-17 and hit .353/.476/.706 (1.182) with three doubles and a home run. He walked four times as well. 
    • Dylan Neuse played in six games. He went 6-for-16 and hit .375/.474/.625 (1.099) with a double and a home run. 
    • Mikey Perez played in seven games and went 6-for-24. He hit .250/.321/.583 (.904) with two doubles, two homers and seven RBI. 
    • Emmanuel Rodriguez played in six games. He went 0-for-12, but he walked ten times to post a .478 on-base percentage. 

    What’s Next? The Mighty Mussels will travel to Bradenton (19-20) for a “normal” six-game series this week. 

    Pitching Probables (RHP Pierson Ohl, RHP Mike Paredes, LHP Steve Hajjar, RHP Marco Raya, TB D, RHP Travis Adams)

    This Prospect Summary shows our current Twins Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week. The Prospect Tracker was updated on May 1 and will be updated on the first of each month throughout the season.  

    #1 - Royce Lewis (St. Paul) - 4 G, 6-for-16 (.375), 1-2B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K (Season: 28 G, .320/.432/.573 (1.005), 12-2B, 1-3B, 4-HR, 24 R, 12 RBI, 18 BB, 25 K)
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Minnesota) - 1 G, 2-for-4 (.500), 1-2B, 1-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (Season: 11 G, .308/.325/.564 (.889), 4-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 5 R, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K) 
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 5 G, 6-for-18 (.333), 0-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K (Season: 35 G, .257/.386/.338 (.724), 6-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 26 R, 12 RBI, 20 BB, 22 K, 18 SB, 2 CS)
    #3 - Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K (Season: 8 GS, 43.1 IP, 11 R, 29 H, 14 BB, 42 K, 5-2, 2.28 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 8.7 K/9)
    #4 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - In MLB (Season: 21 G, .256/.295/.442 (.737), 10-2B, 2-HR, 10 R, 12 RBI, 5 BB, 14 K)
    #4 - Jose Miranda (Minnesota) - Week: 4 G, 2-for-12 (.167), 1-2B, 0-HR, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K (Season: 16 G, .117/.159/.217 (.375), 3-2B, 1-HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 13 K)
    #5 - Jordan Balazovic (St. Paul) - 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 6 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K  (Season: 3 GS, 9.2 IP, 13 R, 9 ER, 19 H, 5 BB, 9 K, 0-1, 8.38 ERA, 2.48 WHIP, 4.7 BB/9, 8.4 K/9)

    #6 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP,  2 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K (Season: 7 GS, 37.2 IP, 11 R, 10 ER, 23 H, 19 BB, 36 K, 2-1, 2.39 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 2.4 BB/9, 8.6 K/9)
    #7 - Josh Winder (Minnesota) - 1 G, 3.2 IP, 5 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 1 K  (Season: 7 G, 3 GS, 29.1 IP, 14 R, 12 ER, 27 H, 9 BB, 23 K, 2-2, 3.68 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, 2.8 BB/9, 7.1 K/9)
    #8 - Jhoan Duran (Minnesota) - 3 G, 3.2 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 6 K  (Season: 15 G, 20.1 IP, 6 R, 12 H, 3 BB, 31 K, 0-1, 3 Saves, 2.66 ERA, 0.74 WHIP, 1.3 BB/9, 13.7 K/9)
    #9 - Matt Canterino (Wichita) - 2 G, 1 GS, 7.2 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 12 K (Season: 9 G, 8 GS, 28.1 IP, 7 R, 14 H, 14 BB, 40 K, 0-1, 2.22 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, 4.4 BB/9, 12.7 K/9)
    #10 - Emmanuel Rodriguez (Ft. Myers) - 6 G, 0-for-12 (.00), 0-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 10 BB, 6 K (Season: 35 G, .235/.466/.441 (.907), 5-2B, 2-3B, 10-HR, 26 R, 14 RBI, 41 BB, 41 K)

    #11 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 6 G, 5-for-25 (.200), 1-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 2 BB, 7 K (Season: 34 G, .279/.410/.381 (.791), 4-2B, 2-3B, 2 HR, 25 R, 8 RBI, 28 BB, 39 K)
    #12 - Louie Varland (Wichita) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 2 ER, 5 H, 2 BB, 8 K  (Season: 7 G, 6 GS, 37.2 IP, 18 R, 15 ER, 30 H, 13 BB, 43 K, 4-1, 3.58 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 10.3K/9)
    #13 - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - Injured List (Season: 5 G, 4 GS, 15.2 IP, 15 R, 22 H, 5 BB, 18 K, 0-4, 8.62 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 10.3 K/9)
    #13 - Cole Sands (Minnesota) - (Season: 2 G, 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K, 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 0.0 BB/9, 13.5 K/9) 
    #14 - Ronny Henriquez (St. Paul) - 2 G, 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 9 ER, 8 H, 4 BB, 4 K (Season: 6 G, 4 GS, 20.0 IP, 16 R, 20 H, 11 BB, 17 K, 0-1, 7.20 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 5.0 BB/9, 7.7 K/9)
    #15 - Marco Raya (Ft. Myers) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K, (Season: 6 G, 5 GS, 24.0 IP, 9 R, 7 ER, 19 H, 8 BB, 24 K, 2-1, 2.63 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9, 9.0 K/9)  

    #16 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 5 G, 6-for-17 (.353), 2-2B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K (Season: 35 G, .307/.385/.558 (.976), 13-2B, 1-3B, 8-HR, 27 R, 30 RBI, 14 BB, 23 K)
    #17 - Cade Povich (Cedar Rapids) - 1 GS, 5.1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K (Season: 6 GS, 27.2 IP, 14 R, 10 ER, 24 H, 7 BB, 37 K, 3-2, 3.25 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9, 12.0 K/9) 
    #18 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Cedar Rapids) - 6 G, 5-for-22 (.227), 2-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 5 RBI, 3 BB, 8 K (Season: 37 G, .320/.384/.544 (.928), 8-2B, 2-3B, 7-HR, 23 R, 34 RBI, 15 BB, 42 K)
    #19 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 1 G, 1-for-2 (.500), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 BB, 1 K (Season: 23 G, .274/.439/.397 (.836), 4-2B, 1-3B, 1-HR, 14 R, 10 RBI, 23 BB, 21 K)
    #20 - Blayne Enlow (Wichita) - 1 GS, 4.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 K (Season: 2 GS, 7.2 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 12 K, 0-0, 4.70 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 0.00 BB/9, 14.1 K/9)  


    Hitter of the Week: Infielder Spencer Steer, Wichita Wind Surge 
    Steer just hasn’t found himself touted on prospect lists over his still-young career, but he clearly is highly regarded within the Twins organization. Now after exactly 100 games at Double-A Wichita, he is heading to St. Paul and will make his Triple-A debut this week at CHS Field.

    In five games last week, Steer went 6-for-17 and hit .353/.389/.824 (1.213) with two doubles, two homers, and five RBI. He missed one game after fouling a ball off of his lower leg. On Wednesday, the Surge were down by one in the 11th inning. Two runners were on base. Steer did this... 

    In 35 games with the Wind Surge this year, he has hit .307/.385/.591(.976) with 13 doubles, eight homers, and 30 RBI. 

    Steer was the Twins' third-round pick in 2019 out of the University of Oregon where he was a three-year starter. He spent a little time in Elizabethton before joining the Kernels late that season. After the lost 2020 season, he split 2021 between now-High-A Kernels and Wichita. Combined, he hit .254/.348/.484 (.833) with 18 doubles, three triples, and 24 home runs.

    Defensively, Steer is solid all around the infield. He’s mostly played third base the last couple of seasons. This year, he has started at third base 16 times, shortstop nine times, and second base six times. With the Twins wanting Royce Lewis to play all over, Steer may do the same thing, giving the Saints plenty of defensive flexibility, and also giving them another prospect to be excited about.   

    Pitcher of the Week: LHP Cade Povich, Cedar Rapids Kernels  
    Povich is certainly one of the top young Twins pitching prospects. The hard-throwing lefty had a strong start last week. He tossed 5 1/3 scoreless innings. He gave up just two hits, walked one, and struck out five batters. Reports showed that he was hitting 97 consistently with his fastball and his other pitches are coming along very well too. 

    Povich was the Twins' third-round pick in 2021 out of the University of Nebraska where he had gone 6-1 with a 3.11 ERA over 15 starts. After signing, he pitched in one game in the FCL and three games with the Mighty Mussels. Combined, he worked ten innings. He gave up one earned run on seven hits. He walked two and struck out 19 batters. Reports of his increased velocity were frequent coming out of Instructional League after the season.

    The Twins have pushed Povich, challenging him by having him jump up to Cedar Rapids to start this season. In total, he has made six starts so far. He is 3-2 with a 3.25 ERA. In 27 2/3 innings, he has seven walks and 37 strikeouts. 



    It was an exciting week throughout the Twins organization, from the big leagues to the eight-game series for the Low-A Mighty Mussels. The coming week will present more storylines, the most exciting at this point could take place in Cedar Rapids where there’ll be a battle for positioning atop the Midwest League West Division. 

    Please feel free to ask questions and discuss the players and the teams in the COMMENTS below.   

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    Nice write-up, Seth!

    Good to see Martin and Kirilloff mentioned here.  Martin may not be hitting for much power, but getting some hits is at least a good sign in his process.

    Kirilloff starting to come around with the bat is also encouraging.  Good to see some pop coming back too.  Has there been any new reports on his wrist and how it's responding lately?

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    A really good detailed report  ....

    After 100 games in AA  steer get the call to AAA  to hopefully spark some life into the saints  ...

    Steer was my choice to have a break out season in an article earlier  ...

    Here's to his continuation of success  ...

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    Glad to see Steer get the move up.  Also glad to see Kirilloff have a good week.  I still think he should stay down for at least a month of sustained good at bats before they look to bring him back to MLB level.  We are not in need for him right now, as we have plenty of options in LF and 1B.  He needs to show that he can get back to making hard contact and having good at-bats before he starts taking some from guys that have been. 


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    Very Happy for Spencer Steer and it is a well deserved promotion.  If I am calculating it correctly he has 15% K rate which is outstanding.  He has more K's than walks but not by much so a good eye and balanced approach.  He has a 300 average but it is the slugging that is exciting and could make him special if it translates.  Right now he is slugging .591 which is around the elite category.  So just looking at the numbers there was no good reason to keep him down.  He needs a bigger challenge and will get it at AAA where he will be just a call away.

    AAA starters Balazovich, Henriquez and Sands have all looked pretty bad at AAA so far.  St. Paul seems to be a place where good arms go to die at this point.  Hoping they can all make some adjustments and come out better pitchers.  I have a hunch they will be needed later in the year given guys going down or needing some extra rest.  Improvement is needed though.

    Was a bit surprised at just how good Kirilloff was this past week.  I hate to get too excited too early but am very encouraged by how well he is doing to this point.

    I know Derek Rodrigues isn't a prospect but his AAA numbers seem too good for him to be in AAA and his major league numbers seem to be not good enough for MLB.  Could he be a weapon in the pen?  Not sure if he has an elite pitch or not but there is talent there.  Just seems like starting pitcher might be a stretch but he looks good this year at AAA to me.

    Fun fact about Emmanuel Rodriquez he has 41 walks and 41 K's.  So a very balanced approach especially for a 19 year old.  Now I am getting a little concerned about him making contact.  Still that type of balance is really good to see and I have to believe the contact will come in time.  I still think he has Super Star potential but will have to wait and see how things shake out as he moves up levels.

    Tons of good performances that could be highlighted which is good to see.  The system seems pretty balanced right now. If anything might be nice to see more high potential impact bats and better up the middle talent but I really like this system and three of the four teams are doing very, very well.


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    Congrats to Spencer Steer, who has taken his opportunities and really run with them. He deserves the promotion, and I hope he can maintain this quality approach at the plate. His evolution as a power hitter is really impressive and it's great to see another bat push his way up the rankings and the minor league ladder. He's another option if injuries strike deep, and his stock will have risen if a trade is deemed advisable as well.

    I have to wonder if the demotion lit a bit of a fire under Kirilloff. This is really the first set-back he's had in his career that's tied more to performance, rather than purely injury. (yes, I know the wrist injury is a factor, but with no structural damage at this point some of this is just about him working his way through it and being the hitter he can be) If he can get this kind of pop back in his bat and show those 100+ mph exit velocities again, he'll be an important cog for the twins this year and beyond.

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    Is Steer this year's version of Miranda? Actually, that is kind of a double-edged sword given Miranda's production so far this year. Glad to see him (Steer) promoted. 

    It seems that all of the exciting arms are at AA and below, with the exception of Balazovic, who hasn't quite found his groove yet this year. Lots of retreads at St. Paul, which I guess is the way they do things. A couple more guys currently on the Twins might be on their way to St. Paul soon. 

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    42 minutes ago, stringer bell said:

    Is Steer this year's version of Miranda? Actually, that is kind of a double-edged sword given Miranda's production so far this year. Glad to see him (Steer) promoted. 

    It seems that all of the exciting arms are at AA and below, with the exception of Balazovic, who hasn't quite found his groove yet this year. Lots of retreads at St. Paul, which I guess is the way they do things. A couple more guys currently on the Twins might be on their way to St. Paul soon. 

    Duran, Winder, Balazovic, Sands, & Strotman were all on my "legit prospect" list; it's just that Sands got called up for a bit, Balazovic has been injured, Strotman is moving to the bullpen, and Duran & Winder made the club out of spring training. So it thinned out the younger arms in AAA a bit I think.

    I still think Sands and Balazovic are exciting arms...they're just off to slower starts than some of the other hot prospect arms in AA (SWR, Varland, Canterino, and Enlow)

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    Regarding Steer...I guess it means we will see more of Miranda as he works things out in TwinsLand, unless they send him down when Kirilloff is ready to be activated. Steer has been playing more third. Palacios, who has been the super-sub and current third baseman, jasn't been producing. Kevin Merrill is an interesting pikc-up, who also was being groomed for m ultiple positions. Perhaps just a numbers game here.

    Picture Miranda going back when Kirilloff gets the call again.

    Now, though, what to do about Larnach?

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    If you have a moment, compare the homer clips of Spencer Steer and Alex Isola for weight transfer. The kinetic chain theory recommends achieving separation between each stage in the chain. Both Steer and Isola complete their weight transfer before firing their hands. If anything, Isola's swing seems even more potent than Steer's. Both guys appear to bring bat to ball with max power via efficient mechanics. 

    Unless mlb goes to a completely dead ball, these guys will be cranking a lot of baseballs over fences. 

    BTW, somebody down there is a great hitting coach.

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    What caught my eye when reading this Seth was this week's starters in Wichita.  That is one heck of a starting rotation.  And the best news is they are getting close.  It is so exciting to see Canterino and Enlow begin to put last year's injuries and wasted year behind them.  

    Thought it was odd that Merrill was sent down after also having a great week.

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    Fantastic, detailed summary.  I am SO happy for Spencer Steer.  He has worked hard to make himself a better player and he is getting rewarded.  I think he would be an asset to a major league roster.  I know the Twins are flush with young talent, but his positional flexibility and bat would make him a great bench addition.  I hope he continues his quality play at St. Paul.

    I have to say it again--the depth of this minor league system is extraordinary and I think that is a huge asset.  Not every prospect makes it to the bigs.  Some just don't adjust as they move up.  Others have significant injury issues.  Some just don't realize their potential for a variety of reasons.  But, if a system has quality depth, the odds are that a good number of those players will develop into major league prospects.  I think that is where the Twins system is at.

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    12 hours ago, stringer bell said:

    Is Steer this year's version of Miranda? Actually, that is kind of a double-edged sword given Miranda's production so far this year. Glad to see him (Steer) promoted. 

    It seems that all of the exciting arms are at AA and below, with the exception of Balazovic, who hasn't quite found his groove yet this year. Lots of retreads at St. Paul, which I guess is the way they do things. A couple more guys currently on the Twins might be on their way to St. Paul soon. 

    Steer was Miranda last year, just overshadowed by Miranda. Last year was his breakout year. 

    100 games at AA... now with 100 games at AAA, they'll have him ready to go next spring or early next season. If Correa and Urshela are gone, Lewis can be at short, Miranda at third and Steer being available at all four infield positions. 

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