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  • Twins Minor League Week in Review (6/7-6/13): Saints Sweep Red Wings


    Seth Stohs

    It was another extremely busy week of action in the Twins minor league system. We've got you covered with some stats, but also catch you up on a couple of key injury concerns. From the Saints sending a message to the Rochester Red Wings that they are now the Twins Triple-A affiliate, to Wichita, to Cedar Rapids, and down to the Dominican Republic. Find out what's going on in the Twins minor leagues. 

    Image courtesy of Rob Thompson, St. Paul Saints (photo of Kirilloff), Ed Bailey (photo of Varland)

     

    These Minor League Week in Reviews are getting long. They are filled with how Twins minor leaguers, from the Triple-A St. Paul Saints, down to the 17 and 18-year-old kids playing in the Dominican Summer League. Who played really well? How did the teams perform. While wins and losses are secondary to player development, it is a part of the game that matters to the players. There were several transactions on Monday. Both Rookie League affiliates played on Monday morning. There has been a lot of Twins minor league coverage all week, so be sure to keep checking back. 

    Of course, we also look at the current Top 20 Twins prospects, and we enjoy seeing them do well. But, we (or at least I am) are just as excited to hear that a player like Elliot Soto is being called up by the Twins. Fun stories! 

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

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

    • RHP Cole Sands was optioned to St. Paul.
    • Infielder Elliot Soto’s contract was purchased and he joins the team in Seattle. 
    • To make room, RHP Cody Stashak was placed on the 60-Day IL. 
    • LHP Evan Sisk was promoted from Wichita to St. Paul. 
    • RHP Jordan Gore was sent from St. Paul to Wichita, as was OF Cole Sturgeon
    • RHP Argenis Angulo placed on the Development List for Wichita. 
    • RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long promoted from Cedar Rapids to Wichita.
    • C Jair Camargo activated from the Injured List. 
    • OF Kennie Taylor and C Kyle Schmidt sent from Wichita to Cedar Rapids.  

    RESULTS
      Previous Week in Review (5/31-6/6):Another No-No, and Huge Offensive Performances   
      Tuesday: Gipson-Long Shucks Cubs, Steer Stays Hot 
      Wednesday: Encarnacion-Strand Continues to Mash, Emmanuel Rodriguez Injured 
      Thursday: Festa Fancy in Start, Steer Walks it Off 
      Friday: A Near Sweep 
      Saturday: Kirilloff, Saints Power Their Way to Sixth Straight Win 
      Sunday: Offensive Clinic from Cedar Rapids, Kirilloff Homers Again

    MORE TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE CONTENT 
      (More Than) Three Questions With… Saints Infielder Spencer Steer (includes video
      Is Austin Martin Minnesota’s Best Trade Chip? 
      Partial ACL Tear Ends Lewis’s Season… Again! 
      Passing on What He Has Learned Is Elliot Soto’s Drive With the 2022 Saints 

    MONDAY’S SHORT-SEASON RESULTS  
    We don’t have a Minor League Report on Mondays since the full-season affiliates don’t play on Mondays. But, often the FCL Twins and DSL Twins do play. Here are their box scores and highlights.  

    FCL Twins 6, FCL Rays 11 
    Box Score

    Starting Pitcher: Juan Rojas (4 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K)
    Multi-Hit Games: Gregory Duran (2-for-3, BB, 2B, R, RBI, K
    2B: Gregory Duran (2)
    Rehab Players: Daniel Robertson (0-for-2, K) 
    Top Prospects: Danny De Andrade (0-for-3, HBP, K), Fredy Michel (1-for-3, 2 BB, K, 2 R, 1 RBI, SB). 

    Summary: The GCL Twins fell behind 6-1 but clawed their way back to 6-5 going to the bottom of the eighth inning. That’s when the Rays scored five runs to put the game away. Just one of those five runs was earned as the Twins youngsters committed six errors in the game. 

    DSL Twins 7, DSL Brewers (2) 6
    Box Score

    Starting Pitcher: Julio Bonilla (4 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K)
    Multi-Hit Games: Denyerbe Gervis (2-for-2, 2B, R, RBI, SB), Isaac Pena (2-for-2, RBI), Junior Del Valle (2-for-3, R) 
    2B: Denyerbe Gervis (3)
    3B: Yilber Herrera (1)  
    Top Prospects: Bryan Acuna (0-3, HBP, R, 2 K)    

    WEEK IN REVIEW 

    Triple-A: St. Paul Saints: 
    Week: 6-0, hosting Rochester 
    Season: 30-29 overall, 6th place out of ten teams in the International League West. They are 6.0 games behind Nashville. Despite the rough week, Rochester remains in first place, a half-game ahead of Lehigh Valley.
      

     

    The Saints were struggling, but it’s fair to say that they are playing much better now. They began the week at 24-29. The former Twins Triple-A affiliate, the Rochester Red Wings, came to St. Paul leading the East division of the International League. The Saints swept the series and are now back over .500 at 30-29. In reality, the Saints completely dominated #OldFriend Matthew Lecroy’s squad. They outscored the Wings 48-23. They reached double-digits in runs scored three times. Aside from a walk-off win on Thursday, none of the other games were particularly close. The Red Wings still lead their division by 1/2 game.  

    • Mario Sanchez had a four-inning save this week. He gave up no runs and no hits. He walked one and struck out six batters. 
    • Joe Ryan made a rehab start on Thursday night. He struck out four batters over three scoreless, one-hit innings. He appears ready to make his next start with the Twins. 
    • Jake Petricka worked three scoreless, one-hit innings over two appearances. He walked one and struck out three batters. 
    • Tyler Thornburg threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. He gave up one hit and struck out three batters. He also threw 2 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings in his Twins debut on Sunday afternoon. 
    • Jake Faria gave up one run on five hits in five innings in his start. He walked one and struck out two. 
    • Alex Kirilloff played in all six games. He went 9-for-24 and hit .375/.423/.792 (1.215) with a double, three homers and seven RBI. 
    • Tim Beckham played in four games. He went 9-for-17 and hit .529/.600/.765 (1.365) with a double, a homer, and nine RBI. He also had two stolen bases. 
    • Spencer Steer played in the Saints first three games this week. In that time, he went 5-for-13 and hit .385/.500/.923 (1.423)  with a double and two home runs. On Thursday, he capped a four-run ninth inning with a two-run, walk-off homer. 

     

    • Jermaine Palacios returned to the Saints. In four games, he went 6-for-17, hitting .353/.389/.647 (1.036) with two doubles, a homer and four RBI. 
    • Michael Helman went 6-for-19 (.316) with two doubles. Mark Contreras went 6-for-20 (.300) with three doubles. 
    • Caleb Hamilton played in four games and went 4-for-12. He hit .333/.556/.583 (1.139) with a homer and two RBI. He also walked six times. 
    • In six games, Jake Cave went 8-for-23 and hit .348/.444/.609 (1.053) with a double, triple, homer, and five RBI.  

    What’s Next? The Saints will be on the road the next two weeks. They will travel to Ohio and take on the Columbus Clippers this week. 

    Pitching Probables (RHP Aaron Sanchez,  RHP Ronny Henriquez, RHP Jordan Balazovic, RHP Derek Rodriguez, RHP Jake Faria, TBD) 

    Double-A: Wichita Wind Surge 
    Week: 2-4, @ Arkansas 
    Season: 32-23 overall, 1st place in the Texas League North Division. They remain 1 1/2 game ahead of Tulsa (30-24) and 2.0 games ahead of Arkansas (31-26).

    The series began with 6-1 losses at the hands of Arkansas. After a rainout on Wednesday, they split a doubleheader Thursday. The Wind Surge were outscored 23-20 for the week. Only one game throughout the full week was decided by less than three runs. 

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

    • Louie Varland had a terrific start this week. The Minnesota native tossed six scoreless innings. He gave up three hits, walked none, and struck out nine batters. 
    • Melvi Acosta gave up just one hit over 4 2/3 innings in two appearances. He walked two and struck out four batters. 
    • Lefty Evan Sisk struck out six batters over three scoreless, hitless innings. He walked two batters. 
    • New Surge relievers, Denny Bentley and Andrew Cabezas each worked two scoreless innings and struck out two batters over two games.
    • Anthony Prato had a good start to his Wichita days. He went 5-for-18 and hit .278/.417/.389 (.806) with two doubles and three walks. 
    • Chris Williams went 5-for-22 (.227), but he had three doubles, a homer, and five RBI. 

     

    • Edouard Julien was 5-for-18 (.278), but he walked six times, giving him a .458 on-base percentage for the week.   

    What’s Next? The Wind Surge will remain on the road. They will head to Tulsa to play a seven-game series. They will play a doubleheader on Wednesday, making up for a rainout from early May.   

    Pitching Probables (RHP Casey Legumina, Wednesday DH (TBD, TBD), TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD)    

    High-A: Cedar Rapids Kernels: 
    Week: 4-2, @ South Bend    
    Season: 37-20 overall, 1st place in the Midwest League West Division, 3.5 games ahead of Wisconsin (33-23).  

    The Kernels dominated the series to the tune of a 37-16 run differential. They lost two close games and they won the other four games by an average of six runs. The Kernels were able to increase their lead in the division and put more space between themselves and third-place South Bend. 

    • David Festa continues his impressive, breakout season. In his start last week, the flamethrower struck out six batters over six scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and walked one batter.
    • Lefty Aaron Rozek tossed four innings. He gave up no runs on two hits, one walk, one hit batter and struck out three batters. 
    • Sawyer Gipson-Long gave up one run on three hits (a solo homer). He walked one and struck out six batters. 
    • Cade Povich gave up one run on four hits over six innings on Sunday. He walked two and struck out five batters. 
    • Brent Headrick had another strong start. In 5 2/3 innings, he gave up one run on six hits. He walked one and struck out seven batters. 
    • Christian Encarnacion-Strand played all six games. He went 6-for-24 and hit .250/.333/.708 (1.041) with two doubles, three homers, and eight RBI. 
    • Dylan Neuse played four games and went 3-for-10 at the plate. He hit .300/.533/.600 (1.133) with a homer. He walked four times. 
    • Wander Javier went 6-for-17 in five games last week. He hit .353/.450/.529 (979) with a double, a triple, and four RBI. 
    • In six games, Seth Gray went 7-for-22 and hit .318/.400/.636 (1.036) with a double, two homers, and seven RBI.  

    What’s Next? The Kernels will be home for the next two weeks. This week, they will be hosting Dayton. Dayton leads the Midwest League East Division with a 36-19 record and a 4 1/2 game lead over Great Lakes. Order Tickets here.   

    Pitching Probables (RHP John Stankiewicz, RHP David Festa, LHP Brent Headrick, LHP Aaron Rozek, LHP Cade Povich, RHP Sean Mooney)   

    Low-A: Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels
    Week: 1-5, @ Daytona  
    Season: 35-21 overall, 1st place in the Florida State League West, 6.0 games ahead of Clearwater (29-27). 

    It was a tough week for the Mussels. Marco Raya Steve Hajjar was terrific but only went two innings in his start. Emmanuel Rodriguez injured his leg on Wednesday. He is going to be out for three-to-four months after having surgery. Keoni Cavaco played in just one game but is expected to return to action this week. They were outscored by the Tortugas 17-37. 

    • Carlos Aguiar began the week by playing one game with the FCL Twins. He had a double in a 1-for-3 game. He also walked once. In four games with the Mussels, he had a double, a triple, a homer, and two walks. 
    • Noah Cardenas played in six games. He went 3-for-12 (.250). He also walked six times and was on base 59% of the time and had a double too. 
    • Jaylen Nowlin made one start. He went three scoreless innings. He gave up one hit, walked two and struck out six batters. 
    • Sam Perez pitched twice, In three innings, he gave up one hit. He struck out two batters and didn’t walk anyone. 
    • Travis Adams struck out eight batters in five innings. He gave up two runs on five hits and a walk. 
    • Malik Barrington struck out four batters over three scoreless innings over two outings. He finished both games he pitched and recorded a save.  

    What’s Next? The Mighty Mussels head back to Hammond Stadium this week to take on the Bradenton Marauders (25-31).    

    Pitching Probables (TBD, TBD,TBD, TBD, TBD, TBD)  

    Rookie: Florida Complex League (FCL Twins)
    Week: 3-2   
    Season: 4-2

    • Alexander Pena is off to a fast start. In four games, he went 7-for-12. He hit .583/.600/.917 (1.517) with two doubles, a triple, and three home runs. 
    • Fredy Michel also played four games. He went 5-for-13 and hit .385/.500/.538 (1.038) with two doubles and an RBI.
    • Gregory Duran played four games and went 3-for-10. He hit .300/.563/.500 (1.063) with two doubles. He also walked five times.  
    • Rehabbing Daniel Robertson went 4-for-12 over three games and hit .333/.429/667 (1.096) with a double, a homer and five RBI. He also walked twice. 
    • Jose Olivares worked four relief innings. He gave up an unearned run on three hits. He walked two and struck out four batters. 
    • Tomas Cleto recorded a Save in his outing. He tossed three scoreless innings. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four batters.
    • Jon Olsen and Luis Rijo made their first rehab appearances since they had Tommy John surgery late last year.  

    Rookie: Dominican Summer league (DSL Twins): 
    Week: 4-1. 
    Season: 4-2

    • Cesar Lares struck out eight batters over four scoreless, hitless innings in his professional debut. He walked three and hit a batter.
    • Miguel Olivares struck out five and walked one batter over four scoreless innings. He gave up one hit. 
    • Roger Duran worked twice out of the bullpen. In five innings, he gave up one run on five hits. He walked one and struck out nine batters. 
    • Rafael Cruz played in four games and went 5-for-11. He hit .455/.538/.727 (1.265) with a double, a triple, and two RBI. 
    • Denyerbe Gervis went 6-for-12 in his four games and hit .500/.538/1.000 (1.538) with three doubles, a home run, and five RBI. 
    • Isaac Pena played in five games. He went 7-for-11 and is hitting .636/.583/.818 (1.401) with a triple and three RBI. 
    • Junior Del Valle went 5-for-8 in his four games played. He hit .625/.667/.875 (1.542) with two doubles. 

    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    This Prospect Summary shows our current Twins Top 20 Prospect Rankings and how they performed last week and this season. The Prospect Tracker will be updated on the first of each month throughout the season. Notice that these pages now include stats and splits, as well as past article links, video and more.  

    #1 - Royce Lewis (St. Paul) - Did Not Play (Season: 34 G, .313/.405/.534 (.940), 12-2B, 1-3B, 5-HR, 30 R, 14 RBI, 18 BB, 32 K)
    #1 - Royce Lewis (Minnesota) - Did Not Play (.000), 0-2B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K (Season: 12 G, .300/.317/.550 (.867), 4-2B, 0-3B, 2-HR, 5 R, 5 RBI, 1 BB, 5 K) 
    #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 5 G, 1-for-14 (.071), 1-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 2 BB, 6 K (Season: 51 G, .235/.360/.311 (.671), 8-2B, 2-3B, 1-HR, 37 R, 14 RBI, 25 BB, 34 K, 21 SB, 2 CS)
    #3 - 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)
    #3 - Jose Miranda (Minnesota) - 5 G, 6-for-17 (.353), 2-2B, 0-HR, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K (Season: 30 G, .226/.255/.415 (.670), 8-2B, 4-HR, 10 R, 15 RBI, 3 BB, 26 K)
    #4 - Jordan Balazovic (St. Paul) - 1 GS, 2.2 IP, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 K  (Season: 6 GS, 19.0 IP, 22 R, 17 ER, 31 H, 12 BB, 18 K, 0-2, 8.05 ERA, 2.26 WHIP, 5.7 BB/9, 8.5 K/9)
    #5 - Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - 1 GS, 5.0 IP,  4 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 K (Season: 11 GS, 53.0 IP, 21 R, 20 ER, 41 H, 19 BB, 53 K, 2-3, 3.40 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9, 9.0 K/9)

    #6 - Matt Canterino (Wichita) - Injured List (Season: 11 G, 10 GS, 34.1 IP, 8 R, 7 ER, 17 H, 22 BB, 50 K, 0-1, 1.83 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 5.8 BB/9, 13.1 K/9)
    #7 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - (Season: 35 G, .307/.385/.591 (.976), 13-2B, 1-3B, 8-HR, 27 R, 30 RBI, 14 BB, 23 K)
    #7 - Spencer Steer (St. Paul) - 3 G, 5-for-13 (.385), 1-2B, 2-HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 2 K (Season: 16 G, .279/.380/.691 (1.071), 4-2B, 0-3B, 8-HR, 18 R, 19 RBI, 8 BB, 13 K)
    #8 - Emmanuel Rodriguez (Ft. Myers) - 2 G, 0-for-4 (.000), 0-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K (Season: 47 G, .272/.493/.552 (1.044), 5-2B, 3-3B, 9-HR, 35 R, 25 RBI, 57 BB, 52 K)
    #9 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 5 G, 2-for-17 (.118), 0-2B, 0-3B, 0-HR, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 7 K (Season: 50 G, .243/.375/.335 (.710), 7-2B, 2-3B, 2 HR, 33 R, 13 RBI, 37 BB, 58 K)
    #10 - Marco Raya (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 8 G, 7 GS, 32.2 IP, 15 R, 12 ER, 26 H, 12 BB, 35 K, 3-1, 3.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 3.3 BB/9, 9.6 K/9) 

    #11 - Cade Povich (Cedar Rapids) - 1 GS, 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 5 K (Season: 9 GS, 43.0 IP, 20 R, 16 ER, 34 H, 15 BB, 57 K, 4-4, 3.35 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 3.1 BB/9, 11.9 K/9) 
    #12 - Louie Varland (Wichita) - 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 9 K  (Season: 11 G, 10 GS, 58.1 IP, 24 R, 21 ER, 46 H, 24 BB, 71 K, 5-1, 3.24 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 3.7 BB/9, 11.0 K/9)
    #13 - Ronny Henriquez (St. Paul) - 1 GS, 5 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 6 K (Season: 9 G, 6 GS, 34.0 IP, 29 R, 42 H, 14 BB, 36 K, 0-2, 7.68 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 3.7 BB/9, 9.5 K/9)
    #14 - Blayne Enlow (Wichita) - 1 G, 3.1 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 2 K (Season: 5 G, 4 GS, 16.2 IP, 13 R, 10 ER, 19 H, 9 BB, 21 K, 0-1, 5.40 ERA, 1.68 WHIP, 4.9 BB/9, 11.3 K/9) 
    #15 - Matt Wallner (Wichita) - 6 G, 4-for-19 (.211), 1-2B, 1-3B, 0--HR, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 9 K (Season: 52 G, .266/.380/.511 (.891), 10-2B, 1-3B, 11-HR, 35 R, 41 RBI, 33 BB, 77 K) 

    #16 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 6 G, 5-for-18 (.278), 1-2B, 0-HR, 0 RBI, 6 BB, 9 K (Season: 35 G, .270/.424/.387 (.811), 5-2B, 1-3B, 2-HR, 19 R, 11 RBI, 31 BB, 37 K) 
    #17 - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - Did Not Pitch (Season: 6 G, 5 GS, 18.2 IP, 15 R, 23 H, 6 BB, 21 K, 0-4, 7.23 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, 2.9 BB/9, 10.1 K/9)
    #17 - Cole Sands (Minnesota) - 2 GS, 8.1 IP, 9 R, 13 H, 3 BB, 8 K (Season: 5 G, 3 GS, 16.1 IP, 12 ER, 14 H, 7 BB, 18 K, 0-3, 8.82 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 3.9 BB/9, 9.1 K/9) 
    #18 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Cedar Rapids) - 6 G, 6-for-24 (.250), 2-2B, 0-3B, 3-HR, 8 RBI, 2 BB, 7 K (Season: 55 G, .207/.364/.568 (.932), 15-2B, 3-3B, 13-HR, 37 R, 51 RBI, 21 BB, 62 K)
    #19 - Steve Hajjar (Ft. Myers) - 1 GS, 2 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 0 BB, 2 K (Season: 9 GS, 35.1 IP, 10 R, 8 ER, 17 H, 19 BB, 59 K, 2-1, 2.04 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 4.8 BB/9, 15.0 K/9)
    #20 - David Festa (Ft. Myers) - (Season: 2 G, 4.0 IP, 3 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 6 K, (Season: 0-0, 6.75 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 0.0 BB/9, 13.5 K/9)

    #20 - David Festa (Cedar Rapids) - 1 GS, 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 K (Season: 4 G, 2 GS, 19.2 IP, 4 ER, 14 H, 4 BB, 22 K, 3-0, 1.83 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 1.8 BB/9, 10.1 K/9)

    PLAYERS OF THE WEEK 

    Hitter of the Week: OF/1B Alex Kirilloff, St. Paul Saints    
    Why is Alex Kirilloff such a great hitter? Let me count the ways. 

    Last week, Kirilloff played in all six Saints wins. He went 9-for-24 and hit .475/.423/.792 (1.215) with a double, three homers, and seven RBI. He was the Twins choice for hitter of the week the previous, but we went with Spencer Steer. This week, the Twins went with Steer, and we are taking Kirilloff. 

     

    Granted, he shouldn’t be in the minors. That wasn’t the plan. The plan was that his surgically-repaired wrist would be completely healed, and he would be hitting well in the middle of the Twins lineup. Instead, he went on the IL with some wrist pain, found out it wasn’t anything structural and was sent to St. Paul to basically get at-bats and regain confidence. 

    In 25 games since he was optioned, he has hit .384/.465/.717 (1.182) with six doubles, nine homers, and 26 RBI. He also has 14 walks to go with 18 strikeouts. Seven of the home runs have come in the past nine games. 

    And as soon as a position opens up and he can get very regular playing time, the former top pitch  will  turn to the big leagues. 

     

    Pitcher of the Week: RHP Louie Varland, Wichita Wind Surge   
    At 24, Varland is exactly one month younger than Alex Kirilloff. Their paths have been different, but they are both on the path to Target Field. Varland was a terrific pitcher at South St. Paul before joining his brother Gus at Concordia University in St. Paul. The Twins made him their15th round pick in 2019. He was the organization's minor league pitcher of the year last year, per the Twins and Twins Daily. 

    This year, he has had outings on both sides of the spectrum. Generally speaking, it tends to be pretty directly tied to his control. Overall, he is 5-1 with a 3.24 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. In 58 1/3 innings, he has given up 46 hits (9 homers), walked 24, and struck out 71 batters. His fastball is sitting 94-96 mph and has touched 97 on occasions. His slider is generally a plus-pitch for him, and his changeup has had mixed results, but there have been several very good days. 

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

     

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    I’m extremely disappointed the Twins did not bring up Kirilloff today. No room for him? Find room! AK has done everything the Twins have asked him to do-hit and hit for power. He is a major piece of the Twins future-don’t screw with his head and make him wait for one of the other OFers to get hurt.

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    1 hour ago, curt1965 said:

    I’m extremely disappointed the Twins did not bring up Kirilloff today. No room for him? Find room! AK has done everything the Twins have asked him to do-hit and hit for power. He is a major piece of the Twins future-don’t screw with his head and make him wait for one of the other OFers to get hurt.

    Soto was a temporary call-up. Kirilloff should be up once the Twins need to go to 13 pitchers.

     

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    Seth: Any notables we should be getting excited about in FCL Play, guys that should be moved up once the draft happens and some names are jettisoned from various rosters?

    Sad to see Gore move backwards. Had such hopes for him, but now looks like he will probably walk elsewhere come 2023. Kudos to Sisk getting the advancement.

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    Really, daily and weekly, there's not a lot to not like with these reports. The Twins system is having resounding success and so many guys are having good/great seasons. I understand the Twins aren't exactly top heavy with TOP 100 types, but the depth is outstanding. And FWIW, top 100 players don't always turn out, or turn out to be the best. So quantity of prospects is a very good thing. 

    Only big bummers I  can come up with is Balazovic not yet looking like his expected self, Canterino on the DL, and Rodriguez now hurt for the year. 

    A few bullet points:

    1] I've been disappointed in Sands this year. After his first couple of turns at St Paul, he just hasn't looked the same. For whatever reason, the consistency isn't there like I expected. I NEVER give up on a rookie pitcher at the ML level after their debut season. History has shown it can take a while to settle in. Berrios is a great example. I've seen enough of him to know he has the stuff to succeed at the highest level, but I'm starting to see him as potentially another Jax, his stuff playing up better in shorter stints. Still, he really looked solid at times in his last start against Tampa. Not going to give up on him yet.

    2] Loved what I saw of Palacios defensively when he was up. He actually hit in the low minors before his trade to Tampa for Odorizzi. And while he didn't hit a lick there, he suddenly started hitting back in the Twins organization in 2021, and even flashed some pop/power. And he's been doing the same with St Paul this year. I think his ability to hit at the ML level is clearly TBD. As is any future role with the Twins, all the more complicated by the injury to Lewis. I'm glad there was no rule 5 this year as we may have lost him. He's absolutely going to be a 40 man add this offseason for many reasons.

    3] The Twins are going to have a very interest conundrum, but a good one, in 2023 in regard to bench spots. Arraez is really a regular, and isn't going anywhere, of course. Gordon has become a very useful multi-purpose player who shows potential to still get better even. But Steer is going to force his way on to the club sooner or later. I'm not saying he's better than or is going to push Miranda, but he potentially could. I think there's room for both. I wish I knew how well he can fill in at SS, because that really increases his value if he's at least OK there. I'd like to think he can learn a little 1B, despite being just under 6 foot. If so, he's a 4 position player with a bat and power and potential.

    And Julien is just behind him. Again, I'm uncertain as to his defense, but he's 1B/2B/3B/LF who can hit, has an amazing OB ability, speed, and decent power. He could be an excellent 10th man, potentially, with all around offensive ability. And while a bit of a late riser, and after a solid 2021 and AFL, Hellman is suddenly reaching new heights of consistent production here in 2022. The Twins are about to be flush is versatile bench options who have real offensive and potential starting ability. Might as well throw Palacios in to that group as well.

    4] I really hope the Twins stick with CES at 3B for as long as possible. I understand he's not a great athlete and is a bat first player. But from all reports I've read he's got a strong arm and fairly soft hands. Are his errors due to footwork? Wild throws despite a strong arm? Lack of basic fundamentals? This is only his first year of full season work. I would never want to compare a 2nd year prospect to great players like Gaetti or Koskie, but one had hands of stone and the other was too stiff to play 3B. IMO, keep him at 3B for as long as possible and keep working with him before transitioning him to 1B.

    5] I really have NO CLUE what to expect from Hamilton, Isola, or Camargo as potential future catchers in the system, but I'd sure like "someone in the know" to offer up an honest breakdown of their potential. I understand catchers are often "built" rather than drafted as high prospects. It's one of the most difficult positions to draft and project. But these 3 seem to be rising up as the cream of the prospect crop in the system right now.

    6] I know that most draftees play little, if at all, once signed their rookie years. And the elimination of the traditional rookie leagues has changed normal procedures we took for granted in the past. But I'm frustrated by the draft being pushed back to July. It feels like kids are going to get a late introduction and it might make mid year promotions more difficult.

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    2 hours ago, curt1965 said:

    I’m extremely disappointed the Twins did not bring up Kirilloff today. No room for him? Find room! AK has done everything the Twins have asked him to do-hit and hit for power. He is a major piece of the Twins future-don’t screw with his head and make him wait for one of the other OFers to get hurt.

    Completely understand your frustration. I'm as big of an AK believer and fan as you will find. I think he's a major part of the Twins lineup for the next 5-8+ years along with Larnach and probably Miranda as well. But I applaud the Twins for being patient and just letting him "feel good" mentally and physically and just rake at AAA to get ready.

    But there is a roster crunch/concern that is real right now. Whether the Twins go to 13 position players NOW, or when they are forced to in a week, there is ONE position player spot open. Unless someone goes on the IL, or is just moved, it's either Kirilloff or Garlick for the last spot. AK seems like the immediate answer because of his numbers and his importance for the future, but Garlick is an OK OF defensively who RAKES against LHP, which remains a confounding issue for the Twins in which there is no immediate answer. 

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    2 hours ago, Rosterman said:

    Seth: Any notables we should be getting excited about in FCL Play, guys that should be moved up once the draft happens and some names are jettisoned from various rosters?

    Sad to see Gore move backwards. Had such hopes for him, but now looks like he will probably walk elsewhere come 2023. Kudos to Sisk getting the advancement.

    I really think that the guys that would have moved up from the FCL to Ft. Myers have already done that recently (Roberto, Aguiar, Cespedes, etc.). I don't know enough about the pitchers, but with the Twins draft strategy, may just wait for the draft and send a couple of college pitchers there. John Lavallee might be the only 2021 college draft pick that isn't in FM yet, so I think he is a possibility.

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    Great summary as usual, Seth.  Couple of comments.  Sisk has been lights out in Wichita this year, especially against left handed hitters, many of whom almost appear lost at the plate.  My goodness, they are hitting .082 against him.  IMHO, he could be a left handed specialist at Target Field later this summer if all goes well for him.  Second, it was great to see Soto promoted.  Everyone raves about him as a teammate and a teacher.  Do you think the Twins will add him to the coaching staff somewhere in the minors when he finishes his playing career?  Third, Festa continues to impress--BTW you have two lines for him in the prospect summaries :).  I have not seen him live or much on MiLB TV.  Do you see him as a starter or reliever long term?  Thanks again for all your work.

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    I think Varland is the best starting pitcher at the AA level right now.  With SWR a fairly close second and you could argue that with SWR 3 years younger he is the better pitcher but for me right now today it is Louie.  Varland has a better K rate and he looks more ready IMO. Having pitches that miss bats is the best indicator for moving up IMO and Louie has that.  I still am concerned he ends up a reliever but he has proven me wrong since he first started until now so maybe he does make it as a starter.

    I know Canterino has elite stats at AA but given he is injured yet again he seems destined for the pen, like Duran.  Most of the scouting reports I saw coming out of the draft had Canterino as a reliever and Fangraphs felt he was likely a reliever as well.  I think it is time for the Twins to stop fighting it and make Canterino a reliever.  Another elite relief arm to go with Duran can only help this team. 

    I am anxious to see what SGL, Povich and maybe Headrick or Festa can do at AA.  They all have pitched well at High A and seem to have solid potential to be elite at the next level.  Probably not right away but hopefully in time.  

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    I know how much work goes into these weekly reports, Seth.  Thank you!

    Any chance the Bonilla pitching in the DSL is related to the Bonilla who was in the organization for many years awhile ago?

    Cannot tell you how happy I am for the entire Saints team and organization.  Really great seeing them recover so they can keep CHS Field filled with fans.  And what a butt kicking they put on a first place Red Wings team, yahooooo!

    Don't know what winning at nearly every level means for the future of the Twins, but this entire organization is on fire.  I know two or three huge prospects may mean more than overall team success, however, it is very encouraging to see all this success.  As for getting AK back with the Twins, I think they are going to have to complete a trade to do so.  Sure appears Arraez is establishing himself as their first baseman of today and tomorrow.  So that puts AK into a corner outfield spot and fill-in at first when Luis needs a break.  With Larnach and Keps manning the corners, some move/injury is going to be needed to open  a spot.

    Also know it is too early to mean anything, but interesting seeing Michel doing well to start his career.

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    Shouldn't Winder be making a second rehab start with the Saints this week?

    Should be about time to start seeing more promotions. Glad to see Sisk start things off by moving to AAA. He's had a great year and may add to the Twins options in lefty relief along with Moran and Coulombe. Surely we will see Canterino move up soon? He's proved all that he can at AA and should be in line for a late summer debut in relief for the Twins if he continues to pitch well.

    Varland should also be moving up, David Festa should be advancing to take his place, and Travis Adams should be moving up to take his.

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    5 hours ago, RJA said:

    Great summary as usual, Seth.  Couple of comments.  Sisk has been lights out in Wichita this year, especially against left handed hitters, many of whom almost appear lost at the plate.  My goodness, they are hitting .082 against him.  IMHO, he could be a left handed specialist at Target Field later this summer if all goes well for him.  Second, it was great to see Soto promoted.  Everyone raves about him as a teammate and a teacher.  Do you think the Twins will add him to the coaching staff somewhere in the minors when he finishes his playing career?  Third, Festa continues to impress--BTW you have two lines for him in the prospect summaries :).  I have not seen him live or much on MiLB TV.  Do you see him as a starter or reliever long term?  Thanks again for all your work.

    There are two lines for several of the prospects. Separates how they did with different teams. 

    Sisk has been really good. Not sure he'd be an option this year, especially with the limit on # of pitchers on a 26-man roster. Thielbar's been good. Coulombe is a big leaguer. Moran has a ton of potential. But he has certainly put himself next in line as a lefty out of the bullpen..

    As for Soto,.. I don't know if he's got any connection to the Twins front office. He's been around a long time, knows a lot of people. I think he could be a coach if he wants, but if that's the case, he should have a lot of options.

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    5 hours ago, roger said:

    I know how much work goes into these weekly reports, Seth.  Thank you!

    Any chance the Bonilla pitching in the DSL is related to the Bonilla who was in the organization for many years awhile ago?

    Cannot tell you how happy I am for the entire Saints team and organization.  Really great seeing them recover so they can keep CHS Field filled with fans.  And what a butt kicking they put on a first place Red Wings team, yahooooo!

    Don't know what winning at nearly every level means for the future of the Twins, but this entire organization is on fire.  I know two or three huge prospects may mean more than overall team success, however, it is very encouraging to see all this success.  As for getting AK back with the Twins, I think they are going to have to complete a trade to do so.  Sure appears Arraez is establishing himself as their first baseman of today and tomorrow.  So that puts AK into a corner outfield spot and fill-in at first when Luis needs a break.  With Larnach and Keps manning the corners, some move/injury is going to be needed to open  a spot.

    Also know it is too early to mean anything, but interesting seeing Michel doing well to start his career.

    Assuming you mean former Twins minor league pitcher and then minor league pitching coach Henry Bonilla, I would guess no relation.

    Michel got a nice signing bonus. He did OK last year in the DSL... He and De Andrade might ideally move up together as long as they can. 

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    6 hours ago, Dman said:

    Any news on the injured McCleod, and Rijo?  Also any news on Urbina's VISA issues?  Absolute bummer that Rodriguez has such a bad leg injury as he was set to move up for sure and A ball is struggling without him.

    Rijo started once last week for the FCL Twins. Will probably do another rehab game or two and then get back to Cedar Rapids. McLeod only had TJ surgery in March. But that should put him on track to pitch soon after opening day. 

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