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    Matt Braun got a reaction from Dman for an article, Minor League Report (8/13): Edouard Julien Is Not of This Planet   
    TRANSACTIONS
    LHP Samuel Perez promoted to Cedar Rapids
    RHP Tomas Cleto promoted to Fort Myers
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 6, Columbus 5
    Box Score
    Devin Smeltzer: 4 ⅓ IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
    HR: Matt Wallner (3), John Andreoli (11)
    Multi-hit games: Matt Wallner (2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB)
    The Saints escaped by a slim margin on Saturday.
    On a day when the team retired Kevin Millar’s #15 jersey, Matt Wallner guided the lineup to victory. The powerful lefty smoked a two-run homer and added a double for good measure; he also walked. It’s been a rough first go at AAA for Wallner, so an oasis day like this was perfect for him.
    It appears that Devin Smeltzer has lost his early-season magic; the lefty allowed seven hits in 4 ⅓ innings of work with a single strikeout to his name. Hopefully, this start is a blip on his radar, not a sign of things to come.
    John Andreoli didn’t let Wallner have all the fun; facing off against old friend Ian Hamilton, he unloaded a momentous blast to left field to tie the game.
    Jovani Moran, inexplicably not wearing a Twins uniform, struck out a pair of batters in a clean 8th inning. Brad Peacock nearly matched his effort but punched out just a lone batter.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 7, Corpus Christi 6
    Box Score
    Daniel Gossett: 2 ⅓ IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
    HR: Edouard Julien (15)
    Multi-hit games: Edouard Julien (4-for-4, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, BB), Cole Sturgeon (2-for-4, 2B)
    Wichita won a thriller on Saturday.
    Daniel Gossett, always wanting to be startin’ somethin’, received the opening nod. His performance lagged; the well-traveled righty struggled with control as the Hooks mostly allowed him to dig himself into a hole. Gossett will find better days ahead of him.
    If Edouard Julien sets the standard, it’s almost impossible for any other hitter to beat it. The on-base machine added to his legend, reaching base in all five plate appearances with a lead-off home run to boot. Oh, he also stole a base. The lefty infielder is probably the purest hitter active in the system at the moment; he should be a major league force shortly.
    Julien wasn’t the only extra-base force on Saturday; Ernie Yake, Leobaldo Cabrera, Cole Sturgeon, and Anthony Prato added doubles to the 12-hit effort; Prato also walked three times. It appears that having your 1-2 combo reach base nine times is conducive to winning ballgames. More at 11. 
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 6, Quad Cities 2
    Box Score
    Luis Rijo: 4 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
    HR: Seth Gray (12), Kyler Fedko (8)
    Multi-hit games: Alerick Soularie (2-for-2, 2B, 3 R, 2 BB), Seth Gray (2-for-5, HR, R, 4 RBI, Jake Rucker (2-for-3, 2B, BB), Kyler Fedko (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI), Dylan Neuse (2-for-5, RBI)
    Cedar Rapids never lost control of Saturday’s game.
    Luis Rijo—the non-bicepy individual acquired in the Lance Lynn trade four years ago—shutout the River Bandits for four frames. It wasn’t the cleanest outing; the righty allowed five hits while striking out two, perhaps revealing that his defense should receive credit for their work as well.
    A few core batters carried the torch; Alerick Soularie set the table, Seth Gray cleaned it off, and Jake Rucker started the process all over again. The three batters combined for six hits, nine bases reached, and a mirror four runs and RBIs. Kyler Fedko scored two runs and knocked another one in. The team stole five bases.
    Bobby Milacki whittled the game to its finishing out, falling one out shy of an auto-save with 2 ⅔ innings of work. He struck out two and didn’t allow a hit.
    Mussel Matters
    Fort Myers 4, Jupiter 1
    Box Score
    Pierson Ohl: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
    HR: Rubel Cespedes (4)
    Multi-hit games: Kala’i Rosario (2-for-4, R)
    The Mighty Mussels won a nondescript game on Saturday. 
    Pierson Ohl stood out from the crowd, however; the under-appreciated righty pitched six clean, scoreless innings with five strikeouts and three base-runners allowed. He needed just 77 pitches. Ohl may not be a big prospect name, but his 3.81 season ERA speaks for itself.
    While Ohl silenced Jupiter’s bats, Fort Myers’ hitters couldn’t find much more luck. The team scrapped together six hits—three for extra bases—but bunched their effort together in the 5th inning, gaining four runs despite their general offensive malaise.
    Misael Urbina crushed again; the outfielder smoked an RBI double and worked a walk for one of the more fruitful batting lines for either team.
    Kyle Barrington—the owner of a 2.96 ERA—worked two scoreless relief innings; Niklas Rimmel—the owner of a 2.08 ERA—ended the game with a clean 9th inning.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 16, FCL Red Sox 10 
    Box Score
    Ryan Horstman: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
    HR: Dalton Shuffield (1)
    Multi-hit games: Austin Martin (2-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB), Danny De Andrade (2-for-6, 2B, 2 R, RBI), Dalton Shuffield (2-for-5, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB), Wilfri Castro (2-for-5, 2 R, RBI, BB), Ismael Perez (2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB)
    The FCL Twins won a barn-burner on Saturday.
    It was a classic low-minors game; the FCL Red Sox committed five errors, FCL Twins pitchers walked more batters than they struck out, and there was just one homer. If you don’t like that, then you don’t like minor league baseball.
    Austin Martin emerged from the shadows of the IL, starting at shortstop while dropping in two hits: a double and a single. He also stole a base and committed an error. 
    Brayan Medina shouldered a plurality of the earned runs on Saturday; the young forgotten member of the Taylor Rogers trade couldn’t find the strike zone, walking three batters while netting two outs. The FCL Red Sox knocked him for five earned runs.
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 4, DSL KC Glass 1
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Daniel Pena (2-for-3, R, RBI), Harold Grant (2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI), Isaac Pena (2-for-4)
    The DSL Twins easily beat the DSL KC Glass. Yes, there’s a team named “DSL KC Glass.” Welcome to the minors.
    Cesar Lares continues to be unshakable; the young southpaw walked away from Saturday with a deflated ERA and an inflated strikeout total. Lares has now punched 66 tickets in 41 innings. Julio Bonilla and Jose Ojo combined for four shutout frames in relief; the Royals netted a single hit in the entire game.
    No one player dominated the offensive side of the ball, as each starter earned a hit; Junior Marino—probably unrelated to Dan—collected two RBIs with a 6th-inning single.  
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Pierson Ohl
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Edouard Julien
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #4 - Austin Martin (Rehab) - 2-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB, K
    #7 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, RBI, K
    #9 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
    #14 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 4-for-4, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, BB
    #19 - Alerick Soularie (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-2, 2B, 3 R, 2 BB
    #20 - Kala’i Rosario (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, RBI
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Columbus @ St. Paul (2:07 PM) - RHP Aaron Sanchez 
    Corpus Christi @ Wichita (1:05 PM) - LHP Kody Funderburk
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (1:00 PM) - TBD
    Fort Myers @ Jupiter (11:00 AM) - TBD
     
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    Matt Braun got a reaction from operation mindcrime for an article, Minor League Report (8/13): Edouard Julien Is Not of This Planet   
    TRANSACTIONS
    LHP Samuel Perez promoted to Cedar Rapids
    RHP Tomas Cleto promoted to Fort Myers
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 6, Columbus 5
    Box Score
    Devin Smeltzer: 4 ⅓ IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
    HR: Matt Wallner (3), John Andreoli (11)
    Multi-hit games: Matt Wallner (2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB)
    The Saints escaped by a slim margin on Saturday.
    On a day when the team retired Kevin Millar’s #15 jersey, Matt Wallner guided the lineup to victory. The powerful lefty smoked a two-run homer and added a double for good measure; he also walked. It’s been a rough first go at AAA for Wallner, so an oasis day like this was perfect for him.
    It appears that Devin Smeltzer has lost his early-season magic; the lefty allowed seven hits in 4 ⅓ innings of work with a single strikeout to his name. Hopefully, this start is a blip on his radar, not a sign of things to come.
    John Andreoli didn’t let Wallner have all the fun; facing off against old friend Ian Hamilton, he unloaded a momentous blast to left field to tie the game.
    Jovani Moran, inexplicably not wearing a Twins uniform, struck out a pair of batters in a clean 8th inning. Brad Peacock nearly matched his effort but punched out just a lone batter.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 7, Corpus Christi 6
    Box Score
    Daniel Gossett: 2 ⅓ IP, 3 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
    HR: Edouard Julien (15)
    Multi-hit games: Edouard Julien (4-for-4, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, BB), Cole Sturgeon (2-for-4, 2B)
    Wichita won a thriller on Saturday.
    Daniel Gossett, always wanting to be startin’ somethin’, received the opening nod. His performance lagged; the well-traveled righty struggled with control as the Hooks mostly allowed him to dig himself into a hole. Gossett will find better days ahead of him.
    If Edouard Julien sets the standard, it’s almost impossible for any other hitter to beat it. The on-base machine added to his legend, reaching base in all five plate appearances with a lead-off home run to boot. Oh, he also stole a base. The lefty infielder is probably the purest hitter active in the system at the moment; he should be a major league force shortly.
    Julien wasn’t the only extra-base force on Saturday; Ernie Yake, Leobaldo Cabrera, Cole Sturgeon, and Anthony Prato added doubles to the 12-hit effort; Prato also walked three times. It appears that having your 1-2 combo reach base nine times is conducive to winning ballgames. More at 11. 
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 6, Quad Cities 2
    Box Score
    Luis Rijo: 4 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
    HR: Seth Gray (12), Kyler Fedko (8)
    Multi-hit games: Alerick Soularie (2-for-2, 2B, 3 R, 2 BB), Seth Gray (2-for-5, HR, R, 4 RBI, Jake Rucker (2-for-3, 2B, BB), Kyler Fedko (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, RBI), Dylan Neuse (2-for-5, RBI)
    Cedar Rapids never lost control of Saturday’s game.
    Luis Rijo—the non-bicepy individual acquired in the Lance Lynn trade four years ago—shutout the River Bandits for four frames. It wasn’t the cleanest outing; the righty allowed five hits while striking out two, perhaps revealing that his defense should receive credit for their work as well.
    A few core batters carried the torch; Alerick Soularie set the table, Seth Gray cleaned it off, and Jake Rucker started the process all over again. The three batters combined for six hits, nine bases reached, and a mirror four runs and RBIs. Kyler Fedko scored two runs and knocked another one in. The team stole five bases.
    Bobby Milacki whittled the game to its finishing out, falling one out shy of an auto-save with 2 ⅔ innings of work. He struck out two and didn’t allow a hit.
    Mussel Matters
    Fort Myers 4, Jupiter 1
    Box Score
    Pierson Ohl: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
    HR: Rubel Cespedes (4)
    Multi-hit games: Kala’i Rosario (2-for-4, R)
    The Mighty Mussels won a nondescript game on Saturday. 
    Pierson Ohl stood out from the crowd, however; the under-appreciated righty pitched six clean, scoreless innings with five strikeouts and three base-runners allowed. He needed just 77 pitches. Ohl may not be a big prospect name, but his 3.81 season ERA speaks for itself.
    While Ohl silenced Jupiter’s bats, Fort Myers’ hitters couldn’t find much more luck. The team scrapped together six hits—three for extra bases—but bunched their effort together in the 5th inning, gaining four runs despite their general offensive malaise.
    Misael Urbina crushed again; the outfielder smoked an RBI double and worked a walk for one of the more fruitful batting lines for either team.
    Kyle Barrington—the owner of a 2.96 ERA—worked two scoreless relief innings; Niklas Rimmel—the owner of a 2.08 ERA—ended the game with a clean 9th inning.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 16, FCL Red Sox 10 
    Box Score
    Ryan Horstman: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
    HR: Dalton Shuffield (1)
    Multi-hit games: Austin Martin (2-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB), Danny De Andrade (2-for-6, 2B, 2 R, RBI), Dalton Shuffield (2-for-5, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, BB), Wilfri Castro (2-for-5, 2 R, RBI, BB), Ismael Perez (2-for-4, 2B, R, 2 RBI, BB)
    The FCL Twins won a barn-burner on Saturday.
    It was a classic low-minors game; the FCL Red Sox committed five errors, FCL Twins pitchers walked more batters than they struck out, and there was just one homer. If you don’t like that, then you don’t like minor league baseball.
    Austin Martin emerged from the shadows of the IL, starting at shortstop while dropping in two hits: a double and a single. He also stole a base and committed an error. 
    Brayan Medina shouldered a plurality of the earned runs on Saturday; the young forgotten member of the Taylor Rogers trade couldn’t find the strike zone, walking three batters while netting two outs. The FCL Red Sox knocked him for five earned runs.
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 4, DSL KC Glass 1
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Daniel Pena (2-for-3, R, RBI), Harold Grant (2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI), Isaac Pena (2-for-4)
    The DSL Twins easily beat the DSL KC Glass. Yes, there’s a team named “DSL KC Glass.” Welcome to the minors.
    Cesar Lares continues to be unshakable; the young southpaw walked away from Saturday with a deflated ERA and an inflated strikeout total. Lares has now punched 66 tickets in 41 innings. Julio Bonilla and Jose Ojo combined for four shutout frames in relief; the Royals netted a single hit in the entire game.
    No one player dominated the offensive side of the ball, as each starter earned a hit; Junior Marino—probably unrelated to Dan—collected two RBIs with a 6th-inning single.  
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Pierson Ohl
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Edouard Julien
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #4 - Austin Martin (Rehab) - 2-for-5, 2B, R, 3 RBI, BB, K
    #7 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, RBI, K
    #9 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB
    #14 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 4-for-4, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI, BB
    #19 - Alerick Soularie (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-2, 2B, 3 R, 2 BB
    #20 - Kala’i Rosario (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, RBI
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Columbus @ St. Paul (2:07 PM) - RHP Aaron Sanchez 
    Corpus Christi @ Wichita (1:05 PM) - LHP Kody Funderburk
    Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (1:00 PM) - TBD
    Fort Myers @ Jupiter (11:00 AM) - TBD
     
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    Matt Braun got a reaction from DJL44 for an article, Twins 4, Angels 0: Tyler Mahle Suffocates L.A's Bats   
    Box Score
    Tyler Mahle: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
    Home Runs: Gilberto Celestino (1), Gio Urshela (11)
    Top 3 WPA: Tyler Mahle (.332), Gilberto Celestino (.196), Gio Urshela (.096)
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)

    When the Twins acquired Tyler Mahle at the deadline, they likely envisioned him in a situation like this: working as the stopper in a crucial game down the stretch. He did not disappoint. The freshly-minted Twin commanded the ball with precision, striking out six batters over six shutout innings, with a handful of baserunners scattered around. Unlike his outing against Toronto, when the Blue Jays jumped on him late, Mahle fought back against the third-time-through-the-order frenzy and walked off the mound with a spotless ERA. Sure, maybe throwing six scoreless innings against an Angels lineup missing the golden boy isn’t as impressive as when John F. Kennedy negotiated the Russians out of world destruction, but it does have to count for something. 
    There are few guarantees in baseball; the sport thrives on chaotic, slimly un-random outcomes that provide the game intrigue—in what other sporting event can Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit three homers in a game? But there are some laws. Patrick Sandoval does not give up homers, and Gilberto Celestino does not hit them. Sandoval—the one of the lesser panda variety—had allowed just four balls to leave the park in 95 innings this season. Celestino—rumored to be incapable of pulling the ball with any authority—has yet to hit one this season. The outfielder owns two career homers—this author observed one in person—but power is not his forte. It is an impossibility that Celestino could hit a home run off Sandoval.
    Anyways, the scoring started when Celestino hit a homer off Sandoval.
    The game trudged on; the Twins occasionally threatened to score more, placing runners in ideal positions before failing to knock them in. A guy would walk; another one would leave him stranded on the bases, and the cycle repeated with dull consistency as the offense sputtered and whined. Sandy León found an occupied glove when steaming home. Gio Urshela broke through the stalemate with a solo homer in the 6th inning. 
    Urshela’s bat proved to be sorely needed, as his hits directly led to three of the Twins’ runs on Friday. It wasn’t the only active run engine, however; Jose Miranda doubled to right-center field in the 8th inning and trotted home after Luis Arraez poked a single beyond Jared Walsh’s grasp. 
    The new Twins bullpen triumvirate demonstrated their power; Michael Fulmer pitched a clean, scoreless 7th inning, carrying the shutout for at least one more frame. Jhoan Duran—still as hilariously dominant as always—melted a few faces for a clean 8th inning, setting the stage for the grand finale: Jorge López. López allowed a hit but found the time to catch Jo Adell window-shopping; Walsh grounded out to end the game.
     
    What’s Next?
    The Twins will play the Angels in another late-night matchup; Dylan Bundy will face off against Reid Detmers.
    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

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    Matt Braun got a reaction from Dman for an article, Twins 4, Angels 0: Tyler Mahle Suffocates L.A's Bats   
    Box Score
    Tyler Mahle: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
    Home Runs: Gilberto Celestino (1), Gio Urshela (11)
    Top 3 WPA: Tyler Mahle (.332), Gilberto Celestino (.196), Gio Urshela (.096)
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)

    When the Twins acquired Tyler Mahle at the deadline, they likely envisioned him in a situation like this: working as the stopper in a crucial game down the stretch. He did not disappoint. The freshly-minted Twin commanded the ball with precision, striking out six batters over six shutout innings, with a handful of baserunners scattered around. Unlike his outing against Toronto, when the Blue Jays jumped on him late, Mahle fought back against the third-time-through-the-order frenzy and walked off the mound with a spotless ERA. Sure, maybe throwing six scoreless innings against an Angels lineup missing the golden boy isn’t as impressive as when John F. Kennedy negotiated the Russians out of world destruction, but it does have to count for something. 
    There are few guarantees in baseball; the sport thrives on chaotic, slimly un-random outcomes that provide the game intrigue—in what other sporting event can Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit three homers in a game? But there are some laws. Patrick Sandoval does not give up homers, and Gilberto Celestino does not hit them. Sandoval—the one of the lesser panda variety—had allowed just four balls to leave the park in 95 innings this season. Celestino—rumored to be incapable of pulling the ball with any authority—has yet to hit one this season. The outfielder owns two career homers—this author observed one in person—but power is not his forte. It is an impossibility that Celestino could hit a home run off Sandoval.
    Anyways, the scoring started when Celestino hit a homer off Sandoval.
    The game trudged on; the Twins occasionally threatened to score more, placing runners in ideal positions before failing to knock them in. A guy would walk; another one would leave him stranded on the bases, and the cycle repeated with dull consistency as the offense sputtered and whined. Sandy León found an occupied glove when steaming home. Gio Urshela broke through the stalemate with a solo homer in the 6th inning. 
    Urshela’s bat proved to be sorely needed, as his hits directly led to three of the Twins’ runs on Friday. It wasn’t the only active run engine, however; Jose Miranda doubled to right-center field in the 8th inning and trotted home after Luis Arraez poked a single beyond Jared Walsh’s grasp. 
    The new Twins bullpen triumvirate demonstrated their power; Michael Fulmer pitched a clean, scoreless 7th inning, carrying the shutout for at least one more frame. Jhoan Duran—still as hilariously dominant as always—melted a few faces for a clean 8th inning, setting the stage for the grand finale: Jorge López. López allowed a hit but found the time to catch Jo Adell window-shopping; Walsh grounded out to end the game.
     
    What’s Next?
    The Twins will play the Angels in another late-night matchup; Dylan Bundy will face off against Reid Detmers.
    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

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    Matt Braun got a reaction from nclahammer for an article, Twins 4, Angels 0: Tyler Mahle Suffocates L.A's Bats   
    Box Score
    Tyler Mahle: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
    Home Runs: Gilberto Celestino (1), Gio Urshela (11)
    Top 3 WPA: Tyler Mahle (.332), Gilberto Celestino (.196), Gio Urshela (.096)
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)

    When the Twins acquired Tyler Mahle at the deadline, they likely envisioned him in a situation like this: working as the stopper in a crucial game down the stretch. He did not disappoint. The freshly-minted Twin commanded the ball with precision, striking out six batters over six shutout innings, with a handful of baserunners scattered around. Unlike his outing against Toronto, when the Blue Jays jumped on him late, Mahle fought back against the third-time-through-the-order frenzy and walked off the mound with a spotless ERA. Sure, maybe throwing six scoreless innings against an Angels lineup missing the golden boy isn’t as impressive as when John F. Kennedy negotiated the Russians out of world destruction, but it does have to count for something. 
    There are few guarantees in baseball; the sport thrives on chaotic, slimly un-random outcomes that provide the game intrigue—in what other sporting event can Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit three homers in a game? But there are some laws. Patrick Sandoval does not give up homers, and Gilberto Celestino does not hit them. Sandoval—the one of the lesser panda variety—had allowed just four balls to leave the park in 95 innings this season. Celestino—rumored to be incapable of pulling the ball with any authority—has yet to hit one this season. The outfielder owns two career homers—this author observed one in person—but power is not his forte. It is an impossibility that Celestino could hit a home run off Sandoval.
    Anyways, the scoring started when Celestino hit a homer off Sandoval.
    The game trudged on; the Twins occasionally threatened to score more, placing runners in ideal positions before failing to knock them in. A guy would walk; another one would leave him stranded on the bases, and the cycle repeated with dull consistency as the offense sputtered and whined. Sandy León found an occupied glove when steaming home. Gio Urshela broke through the stalemate with a solo homer in the 6th inning. 
    Urshela’s bat proved to be sorely needed, as his hits directly led to three of the Twins’ runs on Friday. It wasn’t the only active run engine, however; Jose Miranda doubled to right-center field in the 8th inning and trotted home after Luis Arraez poked a single beyond Jared Walsh’s grasp. 
    The new Twins bullpen triumvirate demonstrated their power; Michael Fulmer pitched a clean, scoreless 7th inning, carrying the shutout for at least one more frame. Jhoan Duran—still as hilariously dominant as always—melted a few faces for a clean 8th inning, setting the stage for the grand finale: Jorge López. López allowed a hit but found the time to catch Jo Adell window-shopping; Walsh grounded out to end the game.
     
    What’s Next?
    The Twins will play the Angels in another late-night matchup; Dylan Bundy will face off against Reid Detmers.
    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

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    Matt Braun got a reaction from verninski for an article, Twins 4, Angels 0: Tyler Mahle Suffocates L.A's Bats   
    Box Score
    Tyler Mahle: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
    Home Runs: Gilberto Celestino (1), Gio Urshela (11)
    Top 3 WPA: Tyler Mahle (.332), Gilberto Celestino (.196), Gio Urshela (.096)
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)

    When the Twins acquired Tyler Mahle at the deadline, they likely envisioned him in a situation like this: working as the stopper in a crucial game down the stretch. He did not disappoint. The freshly-minted Twin commanded the ball with precision, striking out six batters over six shutout innings, with a handful of baserunners scattered around. Unlike his outing against Toronto, when the Blue Jays jumped on him late, Mahle fought back against the third-time-through-the-order frenzy and walked off the mound with a spotless ERA. Sure, maybe throwing six scoreless innings against an Angels lineup missing the golden boy isn’t as impressive as when John F. Kennedy negotiated the Russians out of world destruction, but it does have to count for something. 
    There are few guarantees in baseball; the sport thrives on chaotic, slimly un-random outcomes that provide the game intrigue—in what other sporting event can Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit three homers in a game? But there are some laws. Patrick Sandoval does not give up homers, and Gilberto Celestino does not hit them. Sandoval—the one of the lesser panda variety—had allowed just four balls to leave the park in 95 innings this season. Celestino—rumored to be incapable of pulling the ball with any authority—has yet to hit one this season. The outfielder owns two career homers—this author observed one in person—but power is not his forte. It is an impossibility that Celestino could hit a home run off Sandoval.
    Anyways, the scoring started when Celestino hit a homer off Sandoval.
    The game trudged on; the Twins occasionally threatened to score more, placing runners in ideal positions before failing to knock them in. A guy would walk; another one would leave him stranded on the bases, and the cycle repeated with dull consistency as the offense sputtered and whined. Sandy León found an occupied glove when steaming home. Gio Urshela broke through the stalemate with a solo homer in the 6th inning. 
    Urshela’s bat proved to be sorely needed, as his hits directly led to three of the Twins’ runs on Friday. It wasn’t the only active run engine, however; Jose Miranda doubled to right-center field in the 8th inning and trotted home after Luis Arraez poked a single beyond Jared Walsh’s grasp. 
    The new Twins bullpen triumvirate demonstrated their power; Michael Fulmer pitched a clean, scoreless 7th inning, carrying the shutout for at least one more frame. Jhoan Duran—still as hilariously dominant as always—melted a few faces for a clean 8th inning, setting the stage for the grand finale: Jorge López. López allowed a hit but found the time to catch Jo Adell window-shopping; Walsh grounded out to end the game.
     
    What’s Next?
    The Twins will play the Angels in another late-night matchup; Dylan Bundy will face off against Reid Detmers.
    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

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    Matt Braun got a reaction from 3balls2strikes for an article, Twins 4, Angels 0: Tyler Mahle Suffocates L.A's Bats   
    Box Score
    Tyler Mahle: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
    Home Runs: Gilberto Celestino (1), Gio Urshela (11)
    Top 3 WPA: Tyler Mahle (.332), Gilberto Celestino (.196), Gio Urshela (.096)
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)

    When the Twins acquired Tyler Mahle at the deadline, they likely envisioned him in a situation like this: working as the stopper in a crucial game down the stretch. He did not disappoint. The freshly-minted Twin commanded the ball with precision, striking out six batters over six shutout innings, with a handful of baserunners scattered around. Unlike his outing against Toronto, when the Blue Jays jumped on him late, Mahle fought back against the third-time-through-the-order frenzy and walked off the mound with a spotless ERA. Sure, maybe throwing six scoreless innings against an Angels lineup missing the golden boy isn’t as impressive as when John F. Kennedy negotiated the Russians out of world destruction, but it does have to count for something. 
    There are few guarantees in baseball; the sport thrives on chaotic, slimly un-random outcomes that provide the game intrigue—in what other sporting event can Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit three homers in a game? But there are some laws. Patrick Sandoval does not give up homers, and Gilberto Celestino does not hit them. Sandoval—the one of the lesser panda variety—had allowed just four balls to leave the park in 95 innings this season. Celestino—rumored to be incapable of pulling the ball with any authority—has yet to hit one this season. The outfielder owns two career homers—this author observed one in person—but power is not his forte. It is an impossibility that Celestino could hit a home run off Sandoval.
    Anyways, the scoring started when Celestino hit a homer off Sandoval.
    The game trudged on; the Twins occasionally threatened to score more, placing runners in ideal positions before failing to knock them in. A guy would walk; another one would leave him stranded on the bases, and the cycle repeated with dull consistency as the offense sputtered and whined. Sandy León found an occupied glove when steaming home. Gio Urshela broke through the stalemate with a solo homer in the 6th inning. 
    Urshela’s bat proved to be sorely needed, as his hits directly led to three of the Twins’ runs on Friday. It wasn’t the only active run engine, however; Jose Miranda doubled to right-center field in the 8th inning and trotted home after Luis Arraez poked a single beyond Jared Walsh’s grasp. 
    The new Twins bullpen triumvirate demonstrated their power; Michael Fulmer pitched a clean, scoreless 7th inning, carrying the shutout for at least one more frame. Jhoan Duran—still as hilariously dominant as always—melted a few faces for a clean 8th inning, setting the stage for the grand finale: Jorge López. López allowed a hit but found the time to catch Jo Adell window-shopping; Walsh grounded out to end the game.
     
    What’s Next?
    The Twins will play the Angels in another late-night matchup; Dylan Bundy will face off against Reid Detmers.
    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

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    Box Score
    Tyler Mahle: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
    Home Runs: Gilberto Celestino (1), Gio Urshela (11)
    Top 3 WPA: Tyler Mahle (.332), Gilberto Celestino (.196), Gio Urshela (.096)
    Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs)

    When the Twins acquired Tyler Mahle at the deadline, they likely envisioned him in a situation like this: working as the stopper in a crucial game down the stretch. He did not disappoint. The freshly-minted Twin commanded the ball with precision, striking out six batters over six shutout innings, with a handful of baserunners scattered around. Unlike his outing against Toronto, when the Blue Jays jumped on him late, Mahle fought back against the third-time-through-the-order frenzy and walked off the mound with a spotless ERA. Sure, maybe throwing six scoreless innings against an Angels lineup missing the golden boy isn’t as impressive as when John F. Kennedy negotiated the Russians out of world destruction, but it does have to count for something. 
    There are few guarantees in baseball; the sport thrives on chaotic, slimly un-random outcomes that provide the game intrigue—in what other sporting event can Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit three homers in a game? But there are some laws. Patrick Sandoval does not give up homers, and Gilberto Celestino does not hit them. Sandoval—the one of the lesser panda variety—had allowed just four balls to leave the park in 95 innings this season. Celestino—rumored to be incapable of pulling the ball with any authority—has yet to hit one this season. The outfielder owns two career homers—this author observed one in person—but power is not his forte. It is an impossibility that Celestino could hit a home run off Sandoval.
    Anyways, the scoring started when Celestino hit a homer off Sandoval.
    The game trudged on; the Twins occasionally threatened to score more, placing runners in ideal positions before failing to knock them in. A guy would walk; another one would leave him stranded on the bases, and the cycle repeated with dull consistency as the offense sputtered and whined. Sandy León found an occupied glove when steaming home. Gio Urshela broke through the stalemate with a solo homer in the 6th inning. 
    Urshela’s bat proved to be sorely needed, as his hits directly led to three of the Twins’ runs on Friday. It wasn’t the only active run engine, however; Jose Miranda doubled to right-center field in the 8th inning and trotted home after Luis Arraez poked a single beyond Jared Walsh’s grasp. 
    The new Twins bullpen triumvirate demonstrated their power; Michael Fulmer pitched a clean, scoreless 7th inning, carrying the shutout for at least one more frame. Jhoan Duran—still as hilariously dominant as always—melted a few faces for a clean 8th inning, setting the stage for the grand finale: Jorge López. López allowed a hit but found the time to catch Jo Adell window-shopping; Walsh grounded out to end the game.
     
    What’s Next?
    The Twins will play the Angels in another late-night matchup; Dylan Bundy will face off against Reid Detmers.
    Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet

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    Matt Braun reacted to Lucas Seehafer PT for an article, Understanding Alex Kirilloff's Wrist Surgery   
    The Pioneer Press’s Betsy Helfand—among others—relayed that Alex Kirilloff will have his ulna bone shortened during the procedure. The ulna is one of the two bones of the forearm and sits on the inner side when your palms are facing forward and hands are at your side. 
    Kirilloff recently received a cortisone injection into his right wrist in an effort to reduce the pain he experienced while swinging and underwent surgery last summer to “separate a bone” from his ulna due to the forearm bone being atypically long as well as the presence of cartilage damage.
    The Twins and Kirilloff had been adamant since Spring Training that there has been no evidence of damage in his wrist since he underwent his first procedure despite lingering pain. As such, he was likely dealing with ideopathic ulnar impaction syndrome, a condition in which an individual experiences ulnar-sided wrist pain and reduced wrist range of motion despite a lack of anatomical damage.
    As a left-handed batter, Kirilloff’s right wrist undergoes ulnar deviation during each swing. This action pushes the bones of the wrist—specifically the lunate and triquetrum—against the ulna. Additionally, a structure known as the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC)—a mix of dense cartilage and ligaments—sits between the lunate, triquetrum, and ulna. In essence, the TFCC gets sandwiched between the three bones and is subjected to shearing and torsional forces during each swing, which increases the odds of tearing. An abnormally long ulna would only serve to increase the force placed on the TFCC, at least in theory.
    The most likely procedure that Kirilloff will have is known as ulnar shortening osteotomy, during which the ulna is fractured, manually shortened, and re-connected with plates and screws. (He will likely also have the TFCC either repaired or shaved.) This procedure reduces pressure on the TFCC and should, again theoretically, reduce the pain Kirilloff experiences with each swing. 
    Ulnar shortening osteotomies have shown good promise in the general population, but there exists a dearth of evidence among athletes. As such, it’s unclear how long Kirilloff will remain sidelined, though the Twins are reportedly hopefully he will be ready by Spring Training 2023.
    Kirilloff joins Royce Lewis as top Twins prospects who have had back-to-back seasons compromised by season-ending surgery. Kirilloff also missed the 2017 season with Tommy John surgery and the 2020 campaign due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
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    TRANSACTIONS
    OF Mark Contreras optioned to St. Paul 
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 5, Omaha 0
    Box Score
    Ariel Jurado: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
    HR: John Andreoli (9), Jermaine Palacios 2 (11, 12), Braden Bishop (1)
    Multi-hit games: Michael Helman (2-for-5, 2B, R), Jermaine Palacios (2-for-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI)
    St. Paul smothered their opponent on Saturday.
    Ariel Jurado earned the nod for the start on Saturday and was effective, if not sporadic. No Storm Chaser crossed home plate under his watch, but the righty only coaxed a single strikeout from his opponents, instead relying on his defense to make plays behind him. 
    St. Paul’s bats were cleared for take-off; the team launched four home runs in their effort, with Jermaine Palacios’ second bomb acting as the lone non-solo shot. John Andreoli and Braden Bishop, perhaps united in their effort as former fringe Mariners, also homered. Bishop’s was his first of the season.
    Evan Sisk was the big-winner for Saints’ relievers; the lefty-handed return in the J.A. Happ trade pitched two shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts. Sisk will likely be in the majors sooner than later.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 5, San Antonio 1
    Box Score
    Blayne Enlow: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    HR: Jair Camargo (4)
    Multi-hit games: Chris Williams (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB), Ernie Yake (2-for-4, 2B, R), Leobaldo Cabrera (3-for-4, 2B, RBI)
    Wichita easily handled their opponent on Saturday.
    Blayne Enlow established order; the righty allowed one earned run over four frames, striking out an equal number of batters for good measure. It’s been an up-and-down season for Enlow, and this start was certainly one of the bright spots.
    Wichita’s offense ensured Enlow’s start would not go for naught; Chris Williams and Andrew Bechtold both doubled in the 1st inning, scoring three total runs. Leobaldo Cabrera returned with an RBI double in the third frame; Jair Camargo, just to be mean, blasted a solo shot in the 7th.
    Cody Laweryson worked three scoreless innings, striking out four batters with two hits allowed. Laweryson dropped his AA ERA to 1.03. Yes, that’s the correct number.
    Some guy named Fernando Tatís Jr. started for San Antonio and walked twice.
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 1, Beloit 2
    Box Score
    David Festa: 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Wander Javier (2-for-4), Jeferson Morales (2-for-4, RBI)
    The Kernels lost a low-scoring affair on Saturday.
    David Festa, newly anointed as the 13th best prospect according to this site, started for the first time since July 24th, allowing a pair of runs with, yes, a picked-off runner. Get used to reading that.
    Cedar Rapids struggled against Beloit’s pitchers. Perhaps they were baffled by the “Sky Carps” moniker—as the team changed their name for the night—or maybe they were offended that a pitcher named “Puckett” earned the save for the opposing team; in any case, the team did not hit. Will Holland earned the sole extra-base hit of the night, his 11th double of the season. 
    Kernels’ relievers worked as their positional name implies, shutting out Beloit with 5 2/3 effective innings. Jon Olsen struck out four batters; Tyler Palm did not allow a baserunner.
    Mussel Matters
    Fort Myers 6, Bradenton 9
    Box Score
    Mike Paredes: 4 1/3 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
    HR: Carlos Aguiar (9)
    Multi-hit games: Misael Urbina (3-for-5, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI), Kala’i Rosario (2-for-5, RBI), Dillon Tatum (2-for-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB), Carlos Aguiar (2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
    The Mighty Mussels could not steal command of the game on Saturday.
    Mike Paredes, fresh off winning the Twins Daily Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month award, served up a clunker; the righty rushed through regression with whiplash intensity, allowing nearly as many hits (10) as outs (13). 
    Fort Myers’ bats enjoyed the game far more; Carlos Aguiar and Misael Urbina clocked multiple extra-base hits while Noah Miller tripled for, appropriately, the third time. It was a tremendous effort, but the early deficit proved insurmountable.
    Jackson Hicks and Samuel Perez found better luck than Paredes—although Hicks walked four batters—but the Marauders still walked away with nine total runs; a total the Mighty Mussels fell short in chasing.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 10, FCL Red Sox 11 
    Box Score
    Tomas Cleto: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
    HR: Gregory Duran (2), Alex Isola (1), Ricardo Olivar (5)
    Multi-hit games: Tanner Schobel (2-for-5, 2 R), Danny De Andrade (2-for-5, R, RBI), Ricardo Olivar (3-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI), Gregory Duran (2-for-5, HR, R, RBI)
    The FCL Twins lost a high-scoring affair. 
    Recent 1st round pick Brooks Lee manned shortstop to start and netted a single out of three tries at the plate. Tanner Schobel—another 2022 draft pick—dropped in two singles while working as the designated hitter. Jorel Ortega debuted for the first time and promptly struck out in three at-bats. It’ll be on to the next one for him. 
    Alex Isola started a rehab assignment, blasting a health-proving three-run homer while also walking.  
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 4, DSL Rockies 10
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    HR: Yasser Mercedes (4)
    Multi-hit games: Yasser Mercedes (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI), Denyerbe Gervis (2-for-4, R), Juan Zapata (2-for-3, 2B, R)
    The DSL Twins were smoked on Saturday.
    Yasser Mercedes continued his head-turning start to the season; the athletic outfielder homered for the fourth time and swiped his 21st bag of the season. If you haven’t heard, I’m here to let you know—Mercedes is the real deal.
    Juan Zapata and Isaac Pena were the only other hitters with an extra-base knock on Saturday. 
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Blayne Enlow
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jermaine Palacios
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #2 - Brooks Lee (FCL Twins) - 1-3, R
    #7 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-5, 3B, K
    #9 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 0-3, 2 BB
    #13 - David Festa (Cedar Rapids) - 3 ⅓ IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
    #14 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 1-5, 2 K
    #15 - Blayne Enlow (Wichita) - 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    #18 - Tanner Schobel (FCL Twins) - 2-5, 2 R, K
    #20 - Kala’i Rosario (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, RBI
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    St. Paul @ Omaha (5:05 PM) - LHP Devin Smeltzer 
    NW Arkansas @ Wichita (6:05 PM) - RHP Casey Legumina
    Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 PM) - TBD
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers (12:00 PM) - RHP Regi Grace 
             
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    TRANSACTIONS
    OF Mark Contreras optioned to St. Paul 
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 5, Omaha 0
    Box Score
    Ariel Jurado: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
    HR: John Andreoli (9), Jermaine Palacios 2 (11, 12), Braden Bishop (1)
    Multi-hit games: Michael Helman (2-for-5, 2B, R), Jermaine Palacios (2-for-5, 2 HR, 2 R, 3 RBI)
    St. Paul smothered their opponent on Saturday.
    Ariel Jurado earned the nod for the start on Saturday and was effective, if not sporadic. No Storm Chaser crossed home plate under his watch, but the righty only coaxed a single strikeout from his opponents, instead relying on his defense to make plays behind him. 
    St. Paul’s bats were cleared for take-off; the team launched four home runs in their effort, with Jermaine Palacios’ second bomb acting as the lone non-solo shot. John Andreoli and Braden Bishop, perhaps united in their effort as former fringe Mariners, also homered. Bishop’s was his first of the season.
    Evan Sisk was the big-winner for Saints’ relievers; the lefty-handed return in the J.A. Happ trade pitched two shutout innings with a pair of strikeouts. Sisk will likely be in the majors sooner than later.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 5, San Antonio 1
    Box Score
    Blayne Enlow: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    HR: Jair Camargo (4)
    Multi-hit games: Chris Williams (2-for-4, 2B, R, RBI, BB), Ernie Yake (2-for-4, 2B, R), Leobaldo Cabrera (3-for-4, 2B, RBI)
    Wichita easily handled their opponent on Saturday.
    Blayne Enlow established order; the righty allowed one earned run over four frames, striking out an equal number of batters for good measure. It’s been an up-and-down season for Enlow, and this start was certainly one of the bright spots.
    Wichita’s offense ensured Enlow’s start would not go for naught; Chris Williams and Andrew Bechtold both doubled in the 1st inning, scoring three total runs. Leobaldo Cabrera returned with an RBI double in the third frame; Jair Camargo, just to be mean, blasted a solo shot in the 7th.
    Cody Laweryson worked three scoreless innings, striking out four batters with two hits allowed. Laweryson dropped his AA ERA to 1.03. Yes, that’s the correct number.
    Some guy named Fernando Tatís Jr. started for San Antonio and walked twice.
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 1, Beloit 2
    Box Score
    David Festa: 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Wander Javier (2-for-4), Jeferson Morales (2-for-4, RBI)
    The Kernels lost a low-scoring affair on Saturday.
    David Festa, newly anointed as the 13th best prospect according to this site, started for the first time since July 24th, allowing a pair of runs with, yes, a picked-off runner. Get used to reading that.
    Cedar Rapids struggled against Beloit’s pitchers. Perhaps they were baffled by the “Sky Carps” moniker—as the team changed their name for the night—or maybe they were offended that a pitcher named “Puckett” earned the save for the opposing team; in any case, the team did not hit. Will Holland earned the sole extra-base hit of the night, his 11th double of the season. 
    Kernels’ relievers worked as their positional name implies, shutting out Beloit with 5 2/3 effective innings. Jon Olsen struck out four batters; Tyler Palm did not allow a baserunner.
    Mussel Matters
    Fort Myers 6, Bradenton 9
    Box Score
    Mike Paredes: 4 1/3 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
    HR: Carlos Aguiar (9)
    Multi-hit games: Misael Urbina (3-for-5, 2 2B, R, 2 RBI), Kala’i Rosario (2-for-5, RBI), Dillon Tatum (2-for-2, 2B, 2 R, 2 BB), Carlos Aguiar (2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI)
    The Mighty Mussels could not steal command of the game on Saturday.
    Mike Paredes, fresh off winning the Twins Daily Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month award, served up a clunker; the righty rushed through regression with whiplash intensity, allowing nearly as many hits (10) as outs (13). 
    Fort Myers’ bats enjoyed the game far more; Carlos Aguiar and Misael Urbina clocked multiple extra-base hits while Noah Miller tripled for, appropriately, the third time. It was a tremendous effort, but the early deficit proved insurmountable.
    Jackson Hicks and Samuel Perez found better luck than Paredes—although Hicks walked four batters—but the Marauders still walked away with nine total runs; a total the Mighty Mussels fell short in chasing.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 10, FCL Red Sox 11 
    Box Score
    Tomas Cleto: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
    HR: Gregory Duran (2), Alex Isola (1), Ricardo Olivar (5)
    Multi-hit games: Tanner Schobel (2-for-5, 2 R), Danny De Andrade (2-for-5, R, RBI), Ricardo Olivar (3-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI), Gregory Duran (2-for-5, HR, R, RBI)
    The FCL Twins lost a high-scoring affair. 
    Recent 1st round pick Brooks Lee manned shortstop to start and netted a single out of three tries at the plate. Tanner Schobel—another 2022 draft pick—dropped in two singles while working as the designated hitter. Jorel Ortega debuted for the first time and promptly struck out in three at-bats. It’ll be on to the next one for him. 
    Alex Isola started a rehab assignment, blasting a health-proving three-run homer while also walking.  
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 4, DSL Rockies 10
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    HR: Yasser Mercedes (4)
    Multi-hit games: Yasser Mercedes (2-for-4, HR, R, 3 RBI), Denyerbe Gervis (2-for-4, R), Juan Zapata (2-for-3, 2B, R)
    The DSL Twins were smoked on Saturday.
    Yasser Mercedes continued his head-turning start to the season; the athletic outfielder homered for the fourth time and swiped his 21st bag of the season. If you haven’t heard, I’m here to let you know—Mercedes is the real deal.
    Juan Zapata and Isaac Pena were the only other hitters with an extra-base knock on Saturday. 
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Blayne Enlow
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jermaine Palacios
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #2 - Brooks Lee (FCL Twins) - 1-3, R
    #7 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-5, 3B, K
    #9 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 0-3, 2 BB
    #13 - David Festa (Cedar Rapids) - 3 ⅓ IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
    #14 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 1-5, 2 K
    #15 - Blayne Enlow (Wichita) - 4 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    #18 - Tanner Schobel (FCL Twins) - 2-5, 2 R, K
    #20 - Kala’i Rosario (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, RBI
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    St. Paul @ Omaha (5:05 PM) - LHP Devin Smeltzer 
    NW Arkansas @ Wichita (6:05 PM) - RHP Casey Legumina
    Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 PM) - TBD
    Bradenton @ Fort Myers (12:00 PM) - RHP Regi Grace 
             
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    TRANSACTIONS
    OF Kennie Taylor placed on 7-day IL
    INF Tim Beckham contract selected by Minnesota
    OF Mark Contreras recalled by Minnesota  
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 7, Iowa 1
    Box Score
    Cole Sands: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Braden Bishop (2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI)
    St. Paul smoked Iowa on Saturday.
    Cole Sands did the darn thing, pitching five quality innings with a single earned run, and seven punched tickets; that’s the kind of effort that could earn him a promotion back to the majors. Until then, Sands can bask in a great start.
    St. Paul’s bats only scored in one inning, but they made it count; a seven-run 2nd frame drowned Iowa for good. It was a classic gang-up; Braden Bishop, Jake Cave, Jermaine Palacios, and Roy Morales all obtained RBIs for their work in aiding the scoring. 
    Old, uhhh, acquaintance Andrelton Simmons struck out three times in four tries for the Iowa Cubs.
    Daniel Gossett, Brad Peacock, Evan Sisk, and Drew Strotman combined for four shutout innings with six strikeouts. At least one of those arms will probably be on the Twins soon.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 11, NW Arkansas 3
    Box Score
    Brent Headrick: 4 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
    HR: Edouard Julien 2 (11, 12), Christian Encarnacion-Strand (5)
    Multi-hit games: Edouard Julien (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI), Christian Encarnacion-Strand (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI), Jair Camargo (2-for-4), Cole Sturgeon (2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB)
    The Wind Surge bludgeoned their opponent on Saturday.
    It all began where you would expect: at the top of the lineup. Edouard Julien, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Jair Camargo all had multiple hits; Julien cleaned up four RBIs and scored three runs, charged largely by two home runs. Wichita did dabble in democracy, as every batter contributed at least one hit towards a 14-hit total.
    The pitchers established order early; Brent Headrick allowed no hits but does have an earned run on his ledger as the scored run reached base off a walk. You don’t see that every day. Cody Laweryson was even more effective, punching our four batters over two clean innings of relief. 
    Wichita netted seven extra-base hits; NW Arkansas had three hits total.
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 7
    Box Score
    Travis Adams: 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
    HR: Yunior Severino (9), Aaron Sabato (14)
    Multi-hit games: Alerick Soularie (2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
    Cedar Rapids lost a close game on Saturday.
    Travis Adams couldn’t find a break; Wisconsin touched up the righty for seven runs, with four coming via the “earned” variety. A first-inning three-run homer following an error was the culprit.
    Cedar Rapids struck early as well; their bats plated six runs across the first two frames in support of Adams. Yunior Severino continued a truly blistering July with a two-run homer; Alerick Soularie then doubled home another run in the following inning. Aaron Sabato, always sure to never miss out on the fun, blasted a two-run home run to conclude the Kernels’ onslaught.
    While Cedar Rapids’ bats receded following their early-game attack, the arms established order; Ryan Shreve, Jon Olsen, and Hunter McMahon combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings with seven punch outs.
    Mussel Matters
    Game one: Fort Myers 2, Tampa 5 (7 innings)
    Box Score
    Steve Hajjar: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The Mighty Mussels were quiet in game one on Saturday.
    Steve Hajjar commanded the ball, striking out eight batters against no walks; two home runs proved to be his earned-run downfall. This was Hajjar’s second start since returning from the IL, and it was his longest; rain capped his previous outing to two outs.
    Fort Myers’ offense struggled to match Tampa’s offense; just three batters gained a hit, and three other ones walked, but the team could only plate a pair of runs. Noah Miller slugged a double—a notable event given his recent power struggle—while Misael Urbina also doubles—a notable event as Urbina has smashed the ball since returning.
    Game two: Fort Myers 4, Tampa 2
    Box Score
    Mike Paredes: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
    HR: Nelson Roberto (3), Mikey Perez (8)
    Multi-hit games: Mikey Perez (2-for-3, HR, 2 R, RBI)
    Fort Myers returned the gesture in game two.
    Mike Paredes established the tone, allowing two measly runs over six efficient innings. Paredes is an easy name to overlook, but he holds a 2.19 ERA on the season; that has to count for something.
    Mikey Perez lead the offensive in this effort; the speedy infielder blasted his eighth homer while also stealing his 32nd base. Outside of a Nelson Roberto homer, the offense remained quiet, but they could afford to; Perez’s outburst ensured they would not require more runs to win.
    Juan Mendez struck out the side to end the game.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 2, FCL Red Sox 3 (11 innings)
    Box Score
    Matt Canterino: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The FCL Twins lost a slim affair.
    Matt Canterino returned to the mound for the second time since his rehab assignment began earlier in the week. The righty worked five outs with three strikeouts and one run allowed.
    Offense evaded the FCL Twins all day; the team netted two hits with a lone RBI and four walks in the game. Fredy Michel stole his 11th base on the season.
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 5, DSL Rockies 0
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The DSL Twins shut out the DSL Rockies on Saturday.
    The game was an example of poor defense dominating the lower minors; the DSL Rockies allowed two unearned runs off four misplays in nine innings. Yasser Mercedes stole his 17th base of the season; Yasser Mercedes has played 28 games.
    Cesar Lares continued his impressive start to professional baseball; the lefty fanned four batters over four innings with no earned runs. Lares now owns a 2.43 ERA.
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Cole Sands
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Edouard Julien, 
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #5 - Matt Canterino (Rehab) - 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    #6 - Spencer Steer (St. Paul) - 0-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K
    #8 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, 2B, RBI, K
    #12 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 0-4, BB, 2 K
    #15 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
    #16 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Wichita) - 2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
    #17 - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
    #19 - Steve Hajjar (Ft. Myers) - 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Iowa @ St. Paul (2:07 PM) - RHP Ariel Jurado
    NW Arkansas @ Wichita (1:05 PM) - RHP Simeon Woods Richardson
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (1:10 PM) - TBD
    Tampa @ Fort Myers (12:00 PM) - TBD
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    OF Kennie Taylor placed on 7-day IL
    INF Tim Beckham contract selected by Minnesota
    OF Mark Contreras recalled by Minnesota  
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 7, Iowa 1
    Box Score
    Cole Sands: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Braden Bishop (2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI)
    St. Paul smoked Iowa on Saturday.
    Cole Sands did the darn thing, pitching five quality innings with a single earned run, and seven punched tickets; that’s the kind of effort that could earn him a promotion back to the majors. Until then, Sands can bask in a great start.
    St. Paul’s bats only scored in one inning, but they made it count; a seven-run 2nd frame drowned Iowa for good. It was a classic gang-up; Braden Bishop, Jake Cave, Jermaine Palacios, and Roy Morales all obtained RBIs for their work in aiding the scoring. 
    Old, uhhh, acquaintance Andrelton Simmons struck out three times in four tries for the Iowa Cubs.
    Daniel Gossett, Brad Peacock, Evan Sisk, and Drew Strotman combined for four shutout innings with six strikeouts. At least one of those arms will probably be on the Twins soon.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 11, NW Arkansas 3
    Box Score
    Brent Headrick: 4 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
    HR: Edouard Julien 2 (11, 12), Christian Encarnacion-Strand (5)
    Multi-hit games: Edouard Julien (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI), Christian Encarnacion-Strand (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI), Jair Camargo (2-for-4), Cole Sturgeon (2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB)
    The Wind Surge bludgeoned their opponent on Saturday.
    It all began where you would expect: at the top of the lineup. Edouard Julien, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Jair Camargo all had multiple hits; Julien cleaned up four RBIs and scored three runs, charged largely by two home runs. Wichita did dabble in democracy, as every batter contributed at least one hit towards a 14-hit total.
    The pitchers established order early; Brent Headrick allowed no hits but does have an earned run on his ledger as the scored run reached base off a walk. You don’t see that every day. Cody Laweryson was even more effective, punching our four batters over two clean innings of relief. 
    Wichita netted seven extra-base hits; NW Arkansas had three hits total.
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 7
    Box Score
    Travis Adams: 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
    HR: Yunior Severino (9), Aaron Sabato (14)
    Multi-hit games: Alerick Soularie (2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
    Cedar Rapids lost a close game on Saturday.
    Travis Adams couldn’t find a break; Wisconsin touched up the righty for seven runs, with four coming via the “earned” variety. A first-inning three-run homer following an error was the culprit.
    Cedar Rapids struck early as well; their bats plated six runs across the first two frames in support of Adams. Yunior Severino continued a truly blistering July with a two-run homer; Alerick Soularie then doubled home another run in the following inning. Aaron Sabato, always sure to never miss out on the fun, blasted a two-run home run to conclude the Kernels’ onslaught.
    While Cedar Rapids’ bats receded following their early-game attack, the arms established order; Ryan Shreve, Jon Olsen, and Hunter McMahon combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings with seven punch outs.
    Mussel Matters
    Game one: Fort Myers 2, Tampa 5 (7 innings)
    Box Score
    Steve Hajjar: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The Mighty Mussels were quiet in game one on Saturday.
    Steve Hajjar commanded the ball, striking out eight batters against no walks; two home runs proved to be his earned-run downfall. This was Hajjar’s second start since returning from the IL, and it was his longest; rain capped his previous outing to two outs.
    Fort Myers’ offense struggled to match Tampa’s offense; just three batters gained a hit, and three other ones walked, but the team could only plate a pair of runs. Noah Miller slugged a double—a notable event given his recent power struggle—while Misael Urbina also doubles—a notable event as Urbina has smashed the ball since returning.
    Game two: Fort Myers 4, Tampa 2
    Box Score
    Mike Paredes: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
    HR: Nelson Roberto (3), Mikey Perez (8)
    Multi-hit games: Mikey Perez (2-for-3, HR, 2 R, RBI)
    Fort Myers returned the gesture in game two.
    Mike Paredes established the tone, allowing two measly runs over six efficient innings. Paredes is an easy name to overlook, but he holds a 2.19 ERA on the season; that has to count for something.
    Mikey Perez lead the offensive in this effort; the speedy infielder blasted his eighth homer while also stealing his 32nd base. Outside of a Nelson Roberto homer, the offense remained quiet, but they could afford to; Perez’s outburst ensured they would not require more runs to win.
    Juan Mendez struck out the side to end the game.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 2, FCL Red Sox 3 (11 innings)
    Box Score
    Matt Canterino: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The FCL Twins lost a slim affair.
    Matt Canterino returned to the mound for the second time since his rehab assignment began earlier in the week. The righty worked five outs with three strikeouts and one run allowed.
    Offense evaded the FCL Twins all day; the team netted two hits with a lone RBI and four walks in the game. Fredy Michel stole his 11th base on the season.
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 5, DSL Rockies 0
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The DSL Twins shut out the DSL Rockies on Saturday.
    The game was an example of poor defense dominating the lower minors; the DSL Rockies allowed two unearned runs off four misplays in nine innings. Yasser Mercedes stole his 17th base of the season; Yasser Mercedes has played 28 games.
    Cesar Lares continued his impressive start to professional baseball; the lefty fanned four batters over four innings with no earned runs. Lares now owns a 2.43 ERA.
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Cole Sands
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Edouard Julien, 
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #5 - Matt Canterino (Rehab) - 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    #6 - Spencer Steer (St. Paul) - 0-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K
    #8 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, 2B, RBI, K
    #12 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 0-4, BB, 2 K
    #15 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
    #16 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Wichita) - 2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
    #17 - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
    #19 - Steve Hajjar (Ft. Myers) - 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Iowa @ St. Paul (2:07 PM) - RHP Ariel Jurado
    NW Arkansas @ Wichita (1:05 PM) - RHP Simeon Woods Richardson
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (1:10 PM) - TBD
    Tampa @ Fort Myers (12:00 PM) - TBD
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    OF Kennie Taylor placed on 7-day IL
    INF Tim Beckham contract selected by Minnesota
    OF Mark Contreras recalled by Minnesota  
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 7, Iowa 1
    Box Score
    Cole Sands: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Braden Bishop (2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI)
    St. Paul smoked Iowa on Saturday.
    Cole Sands did the darn thing, pitching five quality innings with a single earned run, and seven punched tickets; that’s the kind of effort that could earn him a promotion back to the majors. Until then, Sands can bask in a great start.
    St. Paul’s bats only scored in one inning, but they made it count; a seven-run 2nd frame drowned Iowa for good. It was a classic gang-up; Braden Bishop, Jake Cave, Jermaine Palacios, and Roy Morales all obtained RBIs for their work in aiding the scoring. 
    Old, uhhh, acquaintance Andrelton Simmons struck out three times in four tries for the Iowa Cubs.
    Daniel Gossett, Brad Peacock, Evan Sisk, and Drew Strotman combined for four shutout innings with six strikeouts. At least one of those arms will probably be on the Twins soon.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 11, NW Arkansas 3
    Box Score
    Brent Headrick: 4 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
    HR: Edouard Julien 2 (11, 12), Christian Encarnacion-Strand (5)
    Multi-hit games: Edouard Julien (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI), Christian Encarnacion-Strand (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI), Jair Camargo (2-for-4), Cole Sturgeon (2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI, BB)
    The Wind Surge bludgeoned their opponent on Saturday.
    It all began where you would expect: at the top of the lineup. Edouard Julien, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Jair Camargo all had multiple hits; Julien cleaned up four RBIs and scored three runs, charged largely by two home runs. Wichita did dabble in democracy, as every batter contributed at least one hit towards a 14-hit total.
    The pitchers established order early; Brent Headrick allowed no hits but does have an earned run on his ledger as the scored run reached base off a walk. You don’t see that every day. Cody Laweryson was even more effective, punching our four batters over two clean innings of relief. 
    Wichita netted seven extra-base hits; NW Arkansas had three hits total.
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 7
    Box Score
    Travis Adams: 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
    HR: Yunior Severino (9), Aaron Sabato (14)
    Multi-hit games: Alerick Soularie (2-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI)
    Cedar Rapids lost a close game on Saturday.
    Travis Adams couldn’t find a break; Wisconsin touched up the righty for seven runs, with four coming via the “earned” variety. A first-inning three-run homer following an error was the culprit.
    Cedar Rapids struck early as well; their bats plated six runs across the first two frames in support of Adams. Yunior Severino continued a truly blistering July with a two-run homer; Alerick Soularie then doubled home another run in the following inning. Aaron Sabato, always sure to never miss out on the fun, blasted a two-run home run to conclude the Kernels’ onslaught.
    While Cedar Rapids’ bats receded following their early-game attack, the arms established order; Ryan Shreve, Jon Olsen, and Hunter McMahon combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings with seven punch outs.
    Mussel Matters
    Game one: Fort Myers 2, Tampa 5 (7 innings)
    Box Score
    Steve Hajjar: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The Mighty Mussels were quiet in game one on Saturday.
    Steve Hajjar commanded the ball, striking out eight batters against no walks; two home runs proved to be his earned-run downfall. This was Hajjar’s second start since returning from the IL, and it was his longest; rain capped his previous outing to two outs.
    Fort Myers’ offense struggled to match Tampa’s offense; just three batters gained a hit, and three other ones walked, but the team could only plate a pair of runs. Noah Miller slugged a double—a notable event given his recent power struggle—while Misael Urbina also doubles—a notable event as Urbina has smashed the ball since returning.
    Game two: Fort Myers 4, Tampa 2
    Box Score
    Mike Paredes: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
    HR: Nelson Roberto (3), Mikey Perez (8)
    Multi-hit games: Mikey Perez (2-for-3, HR, 2 R, RBI)
    Fort Myers returned the gesture in game two.
    Mike Paredes established the tone, allowing two measly runs over six efficient innings. Paredes is an easy name to overlook, but he holds a 2.19 ERA on the season; that has to count for something.
    Mikey Perez lead the offensive in this effort; the speedy infielder blasted his eighth homer while also stealing his 32nd base. Outside of a Nelson Roberto homer, the offense remained quiet, but they could afford to; Perez’s outburst ensured they would not require more runs to win.
    Juan Mendez struck out the side to end the game.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 2, FCL Red Sox 3 (11 innings)
    Box Score
    Matt Canterino: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The FCL Twins lost a slim affair.
    Matt Canterino returned to the mound for the second time since his rehab assignment began earlier in the week. The righty worked five outs with three strikeouts and one run allowed.
    Offense evaded the FCL Twins all day; the team netted two hits with a lone RBI and four walks in the game. Fredy Michel stole his 11th base on the season.
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 5, DSL Rockies 0
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The DSL Twins shut out the DSL Rockies on Saturday.
    The game was an example of poor defense dominating the lower minors; the DSL Rockies allowed two unearned runs off four misplays in nine innings. Yasser Mercedes stole his 17th base of the season; Yasser Mercedes has played 28 games.
    Cesar Lares continued his impressive start to professional baseball; the lefty fanned four batters over four innings with no earned runs. Lares now owns a 2.43 ERA.
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Cole Sands
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Edouard Julien, 
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #5 - Matt Canterino (Rehab) - 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    #6 - Spencer Steer (St. Paul) - 0-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K
    #8 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, 2B, RBI, K
    #12 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 0-4, BB, 2 K
    #15 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
    #16 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Wichita) - 2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
    #17 - Cole Sands (St. Paul) - 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
    #19 - Steve Hajjar (Ft. Myers) - 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    Iowa @ St. Paul (2:07 PM) - RHP Ariel Jurado
    NW Arkansas @ Wichita (1:05 PM) - RHP Simeon Woods Richardson
    Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (1:10 PM) - TBD
    Tampa @ Fort Myers (12:00 PM) - TBD
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    With Caleb Thielbar going in the IL, the Twins recalled RHP Yennier Cano. 
    Minnesota Twins sign RHP Michael Feliz to a minor-league deal, assign him to St. Paul
    The Saints placed RHP Josh Winder on the 7-Day IL (right shoulder impingement syndrome)
    LHP Brent Headrick promoted to Wichita
    RHP Tyler Palm transferred to Cedar Rapids
    INF Daniel Ozoria transferred from Wichita to Fort Myers
    OF Emmanuel Rodriguez transferred from 7-day IL to 60-day IL
    RHP Logan Campbell transferred from 7-day IL to 60-day IL
    C Jair Camargo reinstated from 7-day IL 
    INF Ernie Yake reinstated from 7-day IL
    C Roy Morales transferred from Wichita to St. Paul
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 6, Indianapolis 7 
    Box Score
    Jordan Balazovic: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    HR: Spencer Steer (12), Miguel Sano (3), Curtis Terry (9)
    Multi-hit games: Spencer Steer (2-for-5, HR, R, RBI), Jake Cave (2-for-5, R), Miguel Sanó (3-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI), Curtis Terry (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
    The Saints lost on a walk-off Saturday.
    Jordan Balazovic could not exorcise his first-half demons; the righty allowed four runs while netting just eight outs. Triple-A has been a nightmare for the top prospect, as advanced batters have knocked Balazovic around to the tune of a 10.41 ERA.
    The top of St. Paul’s lineup had the good vibes going; all three batters recorded multiple hits, and half of the team’s runs came from this triumvirate. Spencer Steer kicked off the scoring quickly with a lead-off homer. Then Miguel Sanó blasted his own bomb in the 4th inning. Curtis Terry capped the firework show with his home run in the sixth frame.
    The bullpen held their own until the final frame; Dereck Rodríguez shouldered most of the burden, allowing one run over 3 1/3 innings. The arms only wobbled when it mattered the most, as Indianapolis hopped all over Wladimir Pinto in the 9th inning, plating a game-winning run with some help from a Sanó error.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 4, Tulsa 10
    Box Score
    Louie Varland: 4 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
    HR: Jair Camargo (3), Chris Williams (17)
    Multi-hit games: Jair Camargo (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI), Anthony Prato (2-for-4, 2B, R)
    The Wind Surge lost handily on Saturday.
    Louie Varland could not win against Tulsa’s bats. He allowed eight hits and a relatively-low total of three runs over four innings. It appears the Dodgers’ typically elite minor league talent shone through once again.
    Wichita’s offense put up a fight, as both Jair Camargo and Chris Williams homered in the effort. Williams’ blast was expected—the catcher now has seven homers in his last seven games—while Camargo’s home run ballooned his Double-A OPS to 1.000. Leobaldo Cabrera, Edouard Julien, and Anthony Prato doubled on Saturday.
    Brent Headrick met his Double-A debut with a trip and a faceplant; the Drillers dropped 10 hits, and seven earned runs on the fresh lefty before he could net his eighth out. In his first inning, the fifth, he gave up homers to the first two batters he faced. He gave up some soft contact on a couple of singles after that, but with two outs, he served up a three-run homer. Hopefully, this outing is just the result of unruly nerves.
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 8, Peoria 11
    Box Score
    Cade Povich: 4 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
    HR: Yunior Severino (6), Jeferson Morales (5), Aaron Sabato (11)
    Multi-hit games: Seth Gray (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI), Yunior Severino (3-for-4, HR, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB)
    Cade Povich pitched one of his worst games as a young professional; it was a textbook clunker. The lefty allowed runs at a 2-1 pace compared to his innings. Hopefully, Povich can throw the memory of this start away and start fresh the next time he climbs the mound.
    Cedar Rapids’ bats were efficient, mirroring eight runs with eight hits; nearly the entire lineup contributed to the impressive showing, as six batters claimed hits on Saturday. Yunior Severino, sitting in the heart of the lineup, stole the show, knocking a homer and speeding for a triple in a three RBI effort. Wander Javier also tripled.
    The Chiefs pounced on multiple Cedar Rapids pitchers; Bradley Hanner and Derek Molina felt their wrath, allowing three runs each long after Povich exited the game. Molina suffered through three homers. He had given up just two homers in 24 previous outings (33 1/3 innings).
    Sabato blasted a two-run homer in the final frame to pull the game within four while ensuring that the team scored in all but two innings.
    Mussel Matters
    The Mighty Mussels started play on Saturday, but early rain pushed the game to tomorrow as part of a double-header; Keoni Cavaco hit a two-run homer in the first inning.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 0, FCL Red Sox 3
    Box Score
    Juan Nunez: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The FCL Twins were silenced on Saturday.
    Juan Nunez was a bright point; he did not allow a run over four innings while striking out six. Danny Moreno and Isaiah Rivera also had scoreless outings.
    FCL Twins hitters were flummoxed, with just three hits and four walks to their name; no knock went for extra bases.
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 6, DSL Brewers 2
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
    HR: Yasser Mercedes (3)
    Multi-hit games: Yasser Mercedes (2-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI), Isaac Pena (2-for-3, R, BB)
    The DSL Twins won easily on Saturday.
    Breakout arm Cesar Lares pitched wonderfully again; the lefty struck out seven batters on his way to nabbing 12 outs. Just one score blemishes his performance.
    Yasser Mercedes continued his impressive first impression, launching a game-breaking grand slam in the 4th inning; Mercedes already collected a single in the previous frame.
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Cesar Lares
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Miguel Sanó
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #6 - Spencer Steer (St. Paul) - 2-for-5, HR, R, RBI, K
    #7 - Jordan Balazovic (St. Paul) - 2 ⅔ IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    #8 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - Suspended game
    #10 - Cade Povich (Cedar Rapids) - 4 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
    #11 - Louie Varland (Wichita) - 4 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
    #12 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 1-3, BB
    #15 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 1-4, 2B, RBI, K
    #16 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Wichita) - 0-4, 2 K
    #19 - Steve Hajjar (Ft. Myers) - Suspended game
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    St. Paul @ Louisville (12:35 PM) - RHP Cole Sands
    Wichita @ Tulsa (1:05 PM) - RHP Daniel Gossett
    Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 PM) - RHP David Festa
    Clearwater @ Fort Myers (DH @ 11:00 AM) - RHP Travis Adams
     
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    TRANSACTIONS
    With Caleb Thielbar going in the IL, the Twins recalled RHP Yennier Cano. 
    Minnesota Twins sign RHP Michael Feliz to a minor-league deal, assign him to St. Paul
    The Saints placed RHP Josh Winder on the 7-Day IL (right shoulder impingement syndrome)
    LHP Brent Headrick promoted to Wichita
    RHP Tyler Palm transferred to Cedar Rapids
    INF Daniel Ozoria transferred from Wichita to Fort Myers
    OF Emmanuel Rodriguez transferred from 7-day IL to 60-day IL
    RHP Logan Campbell transferred from 7-day IL to 60-day IL
    C Jair Camargo reinstated from 7-day IL 
    INF Ernie Yake reinstated from 7-day IL
    C Roy Morales transferred from Wichita to St. Paul
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 6, Indianapolis 7 
    Box Score
    Jordan Balazovic: 2 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    HR: Spencer Steer (12), Miguel Sano (3), Curtis Terry (9)
    Multi-hit games: Spencer Steer (2-for-5, HR, R, RBI), Jake Cave (2-for-5, R), Miguel Sanó (3-for-3, HR, R, 2 RBI), Curtis Terry (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI)
    The Saints lost on a walk-off Saturday.
    Jordan Balazovic could not exorcise his first-half demons; the righty allowed four runs while netting just eight outs. Triple-A has been a nightmare for the top prospect, as advanced batters have knocked Balazovic around to the tune of a 10.41 ERA.
    The top of St. Paul’s lineup had the good vibes going; all three batters recorded multiple hits, and half of the team’s runs came from this triumvirate. Spencer Steer kicked off the scoring quickly with a lead-off homer. Then Miguel Sanó blasted his own bomb in the 4th inning. Curtis Terry capped the firework show with his home run in the sixth frame.
    The bullpen held their own until the final frame; Dereck Rodríguez shouldered most of the burden, allowing one run over 3 1/3 innings. The arms only wobbled when it mattered the most, as Indianapolis hopped all over Wladimir Pinto in the 9th inning, plating a game-winning run with some help from a Sanó error.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 4, Tulsa 10
    Box Score
    Louie Varland: 4 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
    HR: Jair Camargo (3), Chris Williams (17)
    Multi-hit games: Jair Camargo (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI), Anthony Prato (2-for-4, 2B, R)
    The Wind Surge lost handily on Saturday.
    Louie Varland could not win against Tulsa’s bats. He allowed eight hits and a relatively-low total of three runs over four innings. It appears the Dodgers’ typically elite minor league talent shone through once again.
    Wichita’s offense put up a fight, as both Jair Camargo and Chris Williams homered in the effort. Williams’ blast was expected—the catcher now has seven homers in his last seven games—while Camargo’s home run ballooned his Double-A OPS to 1.000. Leobaldo Cabrera, Edouard Julien, and Anthony Prato doubled on Saturday.
    Brent Headrick met his Double-A debut with a trip and a faceplant; the Drillers dropped 10 hits, and seven earned runs on the fresh lefty before he could net his eighth out. In his first inning, the fifth, he gave up homers to the first two batters he faced. He gave up some soft contact on a couple of singles after that, but with two outs, he served up a three-run homer. Hopefully, this outing is just the result of unruly nerves.
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 8, Peoria 11
    Box Score
    Cade Povich: 4 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
    HR: Yunior Severino (6), Jeferson Morales (5), Aaron Sabato (11)
    Multi-hit games: Seth Gray (3-for-5, 2 R, RBI), Yunior Severino (3-for-4, HR, 3B, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB)
    Cade Povich pitched one of his worst games as a young professional; it was a textbook clunker. The lefty allowed runs at a 2-1 pace compared to his innings. Hopefully, Povich can throw the memory of this start away and start fresh the next time he climbs the mound.
    Cedar Rapids’ bats were efficient, mirroring eight runs with eight hits; nearly the entire lineup contributed to the impressive showing, as six batters claimed hits on Saturday. Yunior Severino, sitting in the heart of the lineup, stole the show, knocking a homer and speeding for a triple in a three RBI effort. Wander Javier also tripled.
    The Chiefs pounced on multiple Cedar Rapids pitchers; Bradley Hanner and Derek Molina felt their wrath, allowing three runs each long after Povich exited the game. Molina suffered through three homers. He had given up just two homers in 24 previous outings (33 1/3 innings).
    Sabato blasted a two-run homer in the final frame to pull the game within four while ensuring that the team scored in all but two innings.
    Mussel Matters
    The Mighty Mussels started play on Saturday, but early rain pushed the game to tomorrow as part of a double-header; Keoni Cavaco hit a two-run homer in the first inning.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 0, FCL Red Sox 3
    Box Score
    Juan Nunez: 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: None
    The FCL Twins were silenced on Saturday.
    Juan Nunez was a bright point; he did not allow a run over four innings while striking out six. Danny Moreno and Isaiah Rivera also had scoreless outings.
    FCL Twins hitters were flummoxed, with just three hits and four walks to their name; no knock went for extra bases.
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 6, DSL Brewers 2
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 4 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
    HR: Yasser Mercedes (3)
    Multi-hit games: Yasser Mercedes (2-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI), Isaac Pena (2-for-3, R, BB)
    The DSL Twins won easily on Saturday.
    Breakout arm Cesar Lares pitched wonderfully again; the lefty struck out seven batters on his way to nabbing 12 outs. Just one score blemishes his performance.
    Yasser Mercedes continued his impressive first impression, launching a game-breaking grand slam in the 4th inning; Mercedes already collected a single in the previous frame.
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Cesar Lares
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Miguel Sanó
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:
    #6 - Spencer Steer (St. Paul) - 2-for-5, HR, R, RBI, K
    #7 - Jordan Balazovic (St. Paul) - 2 ⅔ IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    #8 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - Suspended game
    #10 - Cade Povich (Cedar Rapids) - 4 IP, 6 H, 8 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
    #11 - Louie Varland (Wichita) - 4 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
    #12 - Matt Wallner (St. Paul) - 1-3, BB
    #15 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 1-4, 2B, RBI, K
    #16 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Wichita) - 0-4, 2 K
    #19 - Steve Hajjar (Ft. Myers) - Suspended game
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    St. Paul @ Louisville (12:35 PM) - RHP Cole Sands
    Wichita @ Tulsa (1:05 PM) - RHP Daniel Gossett
    Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 PM) - RHP David Festa
    Clearwater @ Fort Myers (DH @ 11:00 AM) - RHP Travis Adams
     
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    Matt Braun got a reaction from Karbo for an article, This Trade Deadline Will Not Be a Simple Endeavor   
    Let’s get one thing out of the way immediately: this is not a pre-emptive defense of the team if they fail to make a big splash; anyone who implies so in the comments will have their thinking privileges taken away. Pointing out the challenges of navigating the trade deadline in 2022 is not equal to offering consent for possible inaction.
    When we speak of trading for a player, it’s easy to allude vaguely to quality players, veterans on poor teams begging to find a more successful franchise to aid with their incredible skills. We look to the Nether, or the Upside-Down, and claim that Capable Reliever is sitting there, moping around on Bad Team, waiting for a Better Franchise to scoop them up. Yes, players like that exist on losing teams, but they must be specifically identified, not nebulously referred to.
    Finding that player is going to be harder this season; the extra wild card playoff spot ensures that the typical suspects—the Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Dodgers—will have company as teams who otherwise never had a chance—those sitting around .500 looking at the third wild card spot—are now likely to enter the negotiation table as a buyer.
    It may not seem like a significant calculus change, but 17 teams either claim a playoff spot or sit no further than three games away from one; that’s a lopsided field. At the deadline in 2021, there were only 12 such franchises. Most teams in MLB should legitimately enter into trade negotiations, shooting up the value of the few coveted players on bad teams. It’s double jeopardy; each franchise that doesn’t sell will likely become one to buy. In a pool of 30 teams, each minor shift could drastically alter the deadline’s power balance.
    The Twins are in a bad spot for another reason: they’re basic. What pieces do they need the most? Starting and relief pitchers. What players do most buyers need every year? Starting and relief pitchers. When 10 teams want Tyler Mahle as well, you will have to part with much better prospects than you anticipated to deal; if the team plays as conservative as they have under this regime at past deadlines, they’ll end up with some bubblegum and a Wade Boggs rookie card. The aforementioned Mahle, Frankie Montas, and Luis Castillo; relievers like David Robertson, Scott Effross, and David Bednar; such players will be involved in enormous bidding wars, more so than usual. The Twins could easily find themselves with S*m D*s*n 2.0 if they are too careful.
    All of this—the messy trade deadline combined with a team needing reinforcements and a Carlos Correa contract drama that this article didn’t even touch on—must force the Twins’ hand and move them away from conservatism. If they repeat their strategy in 2019 and avoid pushing beyond comfort for the big splash, they’ll have no chance at acquiring the player talent they need; other teams will overwhelm them with competitive offers. 
    Will it happen? The front office proved capable of some genuinely chaotic moves when they dealt their recent first-round pick for Sonny Gray, then shocked baseball by swiping Carlos Correa up in free agency; signing Josh Donaldson and dealing a top prospect in Brusdar Graterol for Kenta Maeda broke the mold as well. They may be working on an absurd deal as we wait.
    Until that trade bursts through to the public through a Jeff Passan tweet, we can only imagine the deals teams are discussing. The extra few legitimate buyers could alter the negotiations, upsetting the dynamic by limiting who is available to franchises looking to win. The Twins will need to continue acting aggressively, remembering that prospects often bust while flags fly forever.
     
     
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    Matt Braun got a reaction from DocBauer for an article, This Trade Deadline Will Not Be a Simple Endeavor   
    Let’s get one thing out of the way immediately: this is not a pre-emptive defense of the team if they fail to make a big splash; anyone who implies so in the comments will have their thinking privileges taken away. Pointing out the challenges of navigating the trade deadline in 2022 is not equal to offering consent for possible inaction.
    When we speak of trading for a player, it’s easy to allude vaguely to quality players, veterans on poor teams begging to find a more successful franchise to aid with their incredible skills. We look to the Nether, or the Upside-Down, and claim that Capable Reliever is sitting there, moping around on Bad Team, waiting for a Better Franchise to scoop them up. Yes, players like that exist on losing teams, but they must be specifically identified, not nebulously referred to.
    Finding that player is going to be harder this season; the extra wild card playoff spot ensures that the typical suspects—the Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Dodgers—will have company as teams who otherwise never had a chance—those sitting around .500 looking at the third wild card spot—are now likely to enter the negotiation table as a buyer.
    It may not seem like a significant calculus change, but 17 teams either claim a playoff spot or sit no further than three games away from one; that’s a lopsided field. At the deadline in 2021, there were only 12 such franchises. Most teams in MLB should legitimately enter into trade negotiations, shooting up the value of the few coveted players on bad teams. It’s double jeopardy; each franchise that doesn’t sell will likely become one to buy. In a pool of 30 teams, each minor shift could drastically alter the deadline’s power balance.
    The Twins are in a bad spot for another reason: they’re basic. What pieces do they need the most? Starting and relief pitchers. What players do most buyers need every year? Starting and relief pitchers. When 10 teams want Tyler Mahle as well, you will have to part with much better prospects than you anticipated to deal; if the team plays as conservative as they have under this regime at past deadlines, they’ll end up with some bubblegum and a Wade Boggs rookie card. The aforementioned Mahle, Frankie Montas, and Luis Castillo; relievers like David Robertson, Scott Effross, and David Bednar; such players will be involved in enormous bidding wars, more so than usual. The Twins could easily find themselves with S*m D*s*n 2.0 if they are too careful.
    All of this—the messy trade deadline combined with a team needing reinforcements and a Carlos Correa contract drama that this article didn’t even touch on—must force the Twins’ hand and move them away from conservatism. If they repeat their strategy in 2019 and avoid pushing beyond comfort for the big splash, they’ll have no chance at acquiring the player talent they need; other teams will overwhelm them with competitive offers. 
    Will it happen? The front office proved capable of some genuinely chaotic moves when they dealt their recent first-round pick for Sonny Gray, then shocked baseball by swiping Carlos Correa up in free agency; signing Josh Donaldson and dealing a top prospect in Brusdar Graterol for Kenta Maeda broke the mold as well. They may be working on an absurd deal as we wait.
    Until that trade bursts through to the public through a Jeff Passan tweet, we can only imagine the deals teams are discussing. The extra few legitimate buyers could alter the negotiations, upsetting the dynamic by limiting who is available to franchises looking to win. The Twins will need to continue acting aggressively, remembering that prospects often bust while flags fly forever.
     
     
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    Matt Braun got a reaction from Dman for an article, This Trade Deadline Will Not Be a Simple Endeavor   
    Let’s get one thing out of the way immediately: this is not a pre-emptive defense of the team if they fail to make a big splash; anyone who implies so in the comments will have their thinking privileges taken away. Pointing out the challenges of navigating the trade deadline in 2022 is not equal to offering consent for possible inaction.
    When we speak of trading for a player, it’s easy to allude vaguely to quality players, veterans on poor teams begging to find a more successful franchise to aid with their incredible skills. We look to the Nether, or the Upside-Down, and claim that Capable Reliever is sitting there, moping around on Bad Team, waiting for a Better Franchise to scoop them up. Yes, players like that exist on losing teams, but they must be specifically identified, not nebulously referred to.
    Finding that player is going to be harder this season; the extra wild card playoff spot ensures that the typical suspects—the Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Dodgers—will have company as teams who otherwise never had a chance—those sitting around .500 looking at the third wild card spot—are now likely to enter the negotiation table as a buyer.
    It may not seem like a significant calculus change, but 17 teams either claim a playoff spot or sit no further than three games away from one; that’s a lopsided field. At the deadline in 2021, there were only 12 such franchises. Most teams in MLB should legitimately enter into trade negotiations, shooting up the value of the few coveted players on bad teams. It’s double jeopardy; each franchise that doesn’t sell will likely become one to buy. In a pool of 30 teams, each minor shift could drastically alter the deadline’s power balance.
    The Twins are in a bad spot for another reason: they’re basic. What pieces do they need the most? Starting and relief pitchers. What players do most buyers need every year? Starting and relief pitchers. When 10 teams want Tyler Mahle as well, you will have to part with much better prospects than you anticipated to deal; if the team plays as conservative as they have under this regime at past deadlines, they’ll end up with some bubblegum and a Wade Boggs rookie card. The aforementioned Mahle, Frankie Montas, and Luis Castillo; relievers like David Robertson, Scott Effross, and David Bednar; such players will be involved in enormous bidding wars, more so than usual. The Twins could easily find themselves with S*m D*s*n 2.0 if they are too careful.
    All of this—the messy trade deadline combined with a team needing reinforcements and a Carlos Correa contract drama that this article didn’t even touch on—must force the Twins’ hand and move them away from conservatism. If they repeat their strategy in 2019 and avoid pushing beyond comfort for the big splash, they’ll have no chance at acquiring the player talent they need; other teams will overwhelm them with competitive offers. 
    Will it happen? The front office proved capable of some genuinely chaotic moves when they dealt their recent first-round pick for Sonny Gray, then shocked baseball by swiping Carlos Correa up in free agency; signing Josh Donaldson and dealing a top prospect in Brusdar Graterol for Kenta Maeda broke the mold as well. They may be working on an absurd deal as we wait.
    Until that trade bursts through to the public through a Jeff Passan tweet, we can only imagine the deals teams are discussing. The extra few legitimate buyers could alter the negotiations, upsetting the dynamic by limiting who is available to franchises looking to win. The Twins will need to continue acting aggressively, remembering that prospects often bust while flags fly forever.
     
     
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    Matt Braun got a reaction from chpettit19 for an article, This Trade Deadline Will Not Be a Simple Endeavor   
    Let’s get one thing out of the way immediately: this is not a pre-emptive defense of the team if they fail to make a big splash; anyone who implies so in the comments will have their thinking privileges taken away. Pointing out the challenges of navigating the trade deadline in 2022 is not equal to offering consent for possible inaction.
    When we speak of trading for a player, it’s easy to allude vaguely to quality players, veterans on poor teams begging to find a more successful franchise to aid with their incredible skills. We look to the Nether, or the Upside-Down, and claim that Capable Reliever is sitting there, moping around on Bad Team, waiting for a Better Franchise to scoop them up. Yes, players like that exist on losing teams, but they must be specifically identified, not nebulously referred to.
    Finding that player is going to be harder this season; the extra wild card playoff spot ensures that the typical suspects—the Yankees, the Red Sox, and the Dodgers—will have company as teams who otherwise never had a chance—those sitting around .500 looking at the third wild card spot—are now likely to enter the negotiation table as a buyer.
    It may not seem like a significant calculus change, but 17 teams either claim a playoff spot or sit no further than three games away from one; that’s a lopsided field. At the deadline in 2021, there were only 12 such franchises. Most teams in MLB should legitimately enter into trade negotiations, shooting up the value of the few coveted players on bad teams. It’s double jeopardy; each franchise that doesn’t sell will likely become one to buy. In a pool of 30 teams, each minor shift could drastically alter the deadline’s power balance.
    The Twins are in a bad spot for another reason: they’re basic. What pieces do they need the most? Starting and relief pitchers. What players do most buyers need every year? Starting and relief pitchers. When 10 teams want Tyler Mahle as well, you will have to part with much better prospects than you anticipated to deal; if the team plays as conservative as they have under this regime at past deadlines, they’ll end up with some bubblegum and a Wade Boggs rookie card. The aforementioned Mahle, Frankie Montas, and Luis Castillo; relievers like David Robertson, Scott Effross, and David Bednar; such players will be involved in enormous bidding wars, more so than usual. The Twins could easily find themselves with S*m D*s*n 2.0 if they are too careful.
    All of this—the messy trade deadline combined with a team needing reinforcements and a Carlos Correa contract drama that this article didn’t even touch on—must force the Twins’ hand and move them away from conservatism. If they repeat their strategy in 2019 and avoid pushing beyond comfort for the big splash, they’ll have no chance at acquiring the player talent they need; other teams will overwhelm them with competitive offers. 
    Will it happen? The front office proved capable of some genuinely chaotic moves when they dealt their recent first-round pick for Sonny Gray, then shocked baseball by swiping Carlos Correa up in free agency; signing Josh Donaldson and dealing a top prospect in Brusdar Graterol for Kenta Maeda broke the mold as well. They may be working on an absurd deal as we wait.
    Until that trade bursts through to the public through a Jeff Passan tweet, we can only imagine the deals teams are discussing. The extra few legitimate buyers could alter the negotiations, upsetting the dynamic by limiting who is available to franchises looking to win. The Twins will need to continue acting aggressively, remembering that prospects often bust while flags fly forever.
     
     
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    Matt Braun got a reaction from Dman for an article, Minor League Report (7/16): A Pair of Walk-Off Hits; A Pair of Miguel Sanó Homers   
    TRANSACTIONS
    RHP Casey Legumina activated from IL for Wichita
    RHP Hunter Wood placed on 7-day IL (right elbow strain) for St. Paul
    RHP Tyler Bashlor activated from 7-day IL and released 
    RHP Ben Heller was removed from the development list and transferred to the FCL Twins
    While the Twins minor league teams continued their play on Saturday, two Twins prospects—Spencer Steer and Matt Wallner—participated in the Futures Game. In an exhibition against other well-regarded youngsters, Wallner flashed his legendary power; his 116 MPH annihilation of a homer probably violates some peace treaty.
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 4, Toledo 3 (10 innings)
    Box Score
    Mario Sanchez: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
    HR: Miguel Sanó 2 (2)
    Multi-hit games: Tim Beckham (3-for-4, RBI, BB), Miguel Sanó (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI), Jermaine Palacios (2-for-3, R, BB) 
    The Saints won marginally on Saturday.
    Mario Sanchez guided his team with a steady hand (or arm, maybe). The righty avoided filling out the stat line, allowing one run off an equal assortment of hits and walks. It was the exact sort of start the Saints needed.
    Miguel Sano brought the lumber twice; the rehabbing slugger blasted a pair of solo homers in the 1st and 6th innings, respectively. His return to the lineup is imminent, and a showing like this is incredibly inspiring. 
    The Saints appeared in control of this game, but a quick bolt of offense from the Mud Hens turned the tide; two runs off some shenanigans—a fielder’s choice and a run-scoring wild pitch—gave Toledo the lead. St. Paul tied it up before Tim Beckham sent the fans home happy with a walk-off single in the 10th inning.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 7, Arkansas 6
    Box Score
    Casey Legumina: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
    HR: Chris Williams (16), Edouard Julien (8)
    Multi-hit games: Cole Sturgeon (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R), Chris Williams (2-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI), Anthony Prato (2-for-4, 2 2B, R)
    Wichita won on a walk-off on Saturday. 
    Casey Legumina, fresh off an IL stint, took the mound for Wichita. Over two shaky innings, Legumina allowed an array of hits, unwillingly inviting three runners to cross the plate on his watch. 
    Legumina was a false starter; Daniel Gossett relieved the original pitcher in the 3rd inning, tossing five more frames while allowing just one run. Gossett leaned on the almighty groundball, netting seven outs off balls unable to escape Earth’s gravity.
    Offensively, the story was almost entirely Chris Williams; he covered the introduction with a ridiculous two-run homer in the 4th inning before finishing his tale with a dual-run scoring double in the following frame. That somehow moved Williams’ RBI total in the series to 18, an impossible number to conceive.
    But the plot remained in motion; the Travelers pulled a fast one by scoring a pair of runs in the 9th inning, jumping ahead by two. It all seemed lost before Edouard Julien, with a few buddies on base, blasted a walk-off three-run homer.
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 3, Beloit 1
    Box Score
    Brent Headrick: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Wander Javier (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
    The Kernels won a quiet one on Saturday.
    Brent Headrick dominated, again. The lefty predictably stymied nearly all offense, letting one run get by him while halting all other scoring attempts. His season ERA now sits at a “hey, you should probably promote me” 2.34 clip.
    Cedar Rapids made sure that their starter had support early; the top-of-the-order united to plate two runs off a smattering of walks and singles; Wander Javier claimed both RBIs.
    Little action occurred after the 3rd inning; Beloit plated their lone run but fell to a dominant bullpen showing from Derek Molina and Hunter McMahon. Both teams scattered hits as the outs drained away, but nothing sparked a rally, and the game ended in the Kernels’ favor, 3-1.
    Mussel Matters
    Fort Myers 1, Clearwater 5
    Box Score
    Pierson Ohl: 4 ⅔ IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Noah Cardenas (2-for-4, RBI)
    Fort Myers lost in short order on Saturday.
    Pierson Ohl cruised through his first three frames before Clearwater jumped on the righty in the 3rd inning, plating a run and drawing first blood. A second run proved fatal to Ohl; Leandro Pineda’s RBI double knocked the starter out of the game.
    Fort Myers failed to muster up a fight on offense, scoring a lone run off a Noah Cardenas single with the bases loaded; the next two hitters missed their shot to capitalize on their opportunity.
    The Threshers attacked relievers as well; John Wilson couldn’t escape their wrath, as, with some help from poor Mighty Mussels defense, Clearwater’s offense continued to one-up itself, plating runs in successive innings through the 7th frame.
    Misael Urbina hit his third double since joining the team a week ago.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 3, FCL Red Sox 8
    Box Score
    Brayan Medina: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Andres Centeno (2-for-3, 3B, 2B, R)
    The FCL Twins lost convincingly on Saturday.
    Brayan Medina, a forgotten piece in the Taylor Rogers trade, pitched admirably, allowing an unearned run while punching out five; the righty did walk three batters, however.
    Andres Centeno alone powered the offense; the left-fielder tripled, doubled, and stole a base while only four teammates could net a hit.
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 10, DSL Cardinals 1
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
    HR: Harold Grant (1)
    Multi-hit games: Yasser Mercedes (2-for-4, 2 R), Bryan Acuna (2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI), Harold Grant (3-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI)
    The DSL Twins destroyed their competition on Saturday.
    A consistent offense proved the winning formula; just one starter walked away from the game without a run scored, and that player still contributed an RBI.
    Cesar Lares continued his ridiculous strikeout streak, punching out nine hitters over four frames. The team as a whole whiffed 15.
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Cesar Lares, DSL Twins 
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Miguel Sanó, St. Paul Saints 
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #6 - Spencer Steer (Futures Game) - 0-2, K
    #8 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-4
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Futures Game) - 1-2, HR, R, 2 RBI, K
    #15 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB
    #16 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Wichita) - 0-4, K
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    St. Paul @ Louisville (2:07 PM) - RHP Josh Winder
    Arkansas @ Wichita (1:05 PM) - RHP Louie Varland
    Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (1:05 PM) - RHP John Stankiewicz
    Clearwater @ Fort Myers (12:00 PM) - TBD
     
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    Matt Braun got a reaction from nclahammer for an article, Minor League Report (7/16): A Pair of Walk-Off Hits; A Pair of Miguel Sanó Homers   
    TRANSACTIONS
    RHP Casey Legumina activated from IL for Wichita
    RHP Hunter Wood placed on 7-day IL (right elbow strain) for St. Paul
    RHP Tyler Bashlor activated from 7-day IL and released 
    RHP Ben Heller was removed from the development list and transferred to the FCL Twins
    While the Twins minor league teams continued their play on Saturday, two Twins prospects—Spencer Steer and Matt Wallner—participated in the Futures Game. In an exhibition against other well-regarded youngsters, Wallner flashed his legendary power; his 116 MPH annihilation of a homer probably violates some peace treaty.
    Saints Sentinel
    St. Paul 4, Toledo 3 (10 innings)
    Box Score
    Mario Sanchez: 5 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
    HR: Miguel Sanó 2 (2)
    Multi-hit games: Tim Beckham (3-for-4, RBI, BB), Miguel Sanó (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI), Jermaine Palacios (2-for-3, R, BB) 
    The Saints won marginally on Saturday.
    Mario Sanchez guided his team with a steady hand (or arm, maybe). The righty avoided filling out the stat line, allowing one run off an equal assortment of hits and walks. It was the exact sort of start the Saints needed.
    Miguel Sano brought the lumber twice; the rehabbing slugger blasted a pair of solo homers in the 1st and 6th innings, respectively. His return to the lineup is imminent, and a showing like this is incredibly inspiring. 
    The Saints appeared in control of this game, but a quick bolt of offense from the Mud Hens turned the tide; two runs off some shenanigans—a fielder’s choice and a run-scoring wild pitch—gave Toledo the lead. St. Paul tied it up before Tim Beckham sent the fans home happy with a walk-off single in the 10th inning.
    Wind Surge Wisdom
    Wichita 7, Arkansas 6
    Box Score
    Casey Legumina: 2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
    HR: Chris Williams (16), Edouard Julien (8)
    Multi-hit games: Cole Sturgeon (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R), Chris Williams (2-for-4, HR, R, 4 RBI), Anthony Prato (2-for-4, 2 2B, R)
    Wichita won on a walk-off on Saturday. 
    Casey Legumina, fresh off an IL stint, took the mound for Wichita. Over two shaky innings, Legumina allowed an array of hits, unwillingly inviting three runners to cross the plate on his watch. 
    Legumina was a false starter; Daniel Gossett relieved the original pitcher in the 3rd inning, tossing five more frames while allowing just one run. Gossett leaned on the almighty groundball, netting seven outs off balls unable to escape Earth’s gravity.
    Offensively, the story was almost entirely Chris Williams; he covered the introduction with a ridiculous two-run homer in the 4th inning before finishing his tale with a dual-run scoring double in the following frame. That somehow moved Williams’ RBI total in the series to 18, an impossible number to conceive.
    But the plot remained in motion; the Travelers pulled a fast one by scoring a pair of runs in the 9th inning, jumping ahead by two. It all seemed lost before Edouard Julien, with a few buddies on base, blasted a walk-off three-run homer.
    Kernels Nuggets
    Cedar Rapids 3, Beloit 1
    Box Score
    Brent Headrick: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Wander Javier (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI)
    The Kernels won a quiet one on Saturday.
    Brent Headrick dominated, again. The lefty predictably stymied nearly all offense, letting one run get by him while halting all other scoring attempts. His season ERA now sits at a “hey, you should probably promote me” 2.34 clip.
    Cedar Rapids made sure that their starter had support early; the top-of-the-order united to plate two runs off a smattering of walks and singles; Wander Javier claimed both RBIs.
    Little action occurred after the 3rd inning; Beloit plated their lone run but fell to a dominant bullpen showing from Derek Molina and Hunter McMahon. Both teams scattered hits as the outs drained away, but nothing sparked a rally, and the game ended in the Kernels’ favor, 3-1.
    Mussel Matters
    Fort Myers 1, Clearwater 5
    Box Score
    Pierson Ohl: 4 ⅔ IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Noah Cardenas (2-for-4, RBI)
    Fort Myers lost in short order on Saturday.
    Pierson Ohl cruised through his first three frames before Clearwater jumped on the righty in the 3rd inning, plating a run and drawing first blood. A second run proved fatal to Ohl; Leandro Pineda’s RBI double knocked the starter out of the game.
    Fort Myers failed to muster up a fight on offense, scoring a lone run off a Noah Cardenas single with the bases loaded; the next two hitters missed their shot to capitalize on their opportunity.
    The Threshers attacked relievers as well; John Wilson couldn’t escape their wrath, as, with some help from poor Mighty Mussels defense, Clearwater’s offense continued to one-up itself, plating runs in successive innings through the 7th frame.
    Misael Urbina hit his third double since joining the team a week ago.
    Complex Chronicles
    FCL Twins 3, FCL Red Sox 8
    Box Score
    Brayan Medina: 3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
    HR: None
    Multi-hit games: Andres Centeno (2-for-3, 3B, 2B, R)
    The FCL Twins lost convincingly on Saturday.
    Brayan Medina, a forgotten piece in the Taylor Rogers trade, pitched admirably, allowing an unearned run while punching out five; the righty did walk three batters, however.
    Andres Centeno alone powered the offense; the left-fielder tripled, doubled, and stole a base while only four teammates could net a hit.
    Dominican Dailies
    DSL Twins 10, DSL Cardinals 1
    Box Score
    Cesar Lares: 4 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
    HR: Harold Grant (1)
    Multi-hit games: Yasser Mercedes (2-for-4, 2 R), Bryan Acuna (2-for-4, 2B, R, 3 RBI), Harold Grant (3-for-5, HR, R, 3 RBI)
    The DSL Twins destroyed their competition on Saturday.
    A consistent offense proved the winning formula; just one starter walked away from the game without a run scored, and that player still contributed an RBI.
    Cesar Lares continued his ridiculous strikeout streak, punching out nine hitters over four frames. The team as a whole whiffed 15.
    TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY
    Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Cesar Lares, DSL Twins 
    Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Miguel Sanó, St. Paul Saints 
    PROSPECT SUMMARY
    Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

    #6 - Spencer Steer (Futures Game) - 0-2, K
    #8 - Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) - 1-4
    #12 - Matt Wallner (Futures Game) - 1-2, HR, R, 2 RBI, K
    #15 - Edouard Julien (Wichita) - 1-4, HR, R, 3 RBI, BB
    #16 - Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Wichita) - 0-4, K
    SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS
    St. Paul @ Louisville (2:07 PM) - RHP Josh Winder
    Arkansas @ Wichita (1:05 PM) - RHP Louie Varland
    Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (1:05 PM) - RHP John Stankiewicz
    Clearwater @ Fort Myers (12:00 PM) - TBD
     
  23. Like
    Matt Braun got a reaction from Minny505 for an article, The Twins Bullpen Is Bad, But Not Unfixable   
    If you’ve paid even a second of attention to Twins fans lately, the dominant discussion point revolves around the bullpen’s lack of quality; the team needs extra, quality arms, and they need them now. This feeling is well-founded; it seems like every close loss involves a reliever screwing up late, costing the team a chance to escape the quagmire of mediocrity that plagues the rest of the AL Central. But is the team’s bullpen that bad in comparison to other teams? 
    Relief pitchers are doomed to fail. The position naturally lends itself to magnified mistakes, and brutal momentum swings as a game’s final outs melt away at an accelerated pace. Each run allowed feels like the end of the world because, as far as a single baseball game is concerned, it is; the lack of remaining outs increases each outcome’s drama to a sometimes unbearable level. In that context, analyzing relievers requires us to remove emotion from the equation, instead choosing to coldly dissect the topic with numbers immune from hyperbole. Stats can’t complain.
    Overall, the picture isn’t pretty, but it’s not egregiously ugly; the relief core is 14th in MLB in ERA (3.74), 21st in FIP (4.10), 13th in xFIP (3.80), and 16th in WPA (0.19). No lipstick can spruce up this pig, but these numbers reflect a mediocre to below-average group, not one bordering on Greek Tragedy. 
    The problem does not seem as dire with contextualized stats; the team needs to improve their bullpen, but so could just about every team in MLB. The Twins are well equipped to absorb fresh talent.
    What’s lost in bullpen arguments is the strategic aspect of utilizing relievers; broadly stating that the relievers stink helps no one; instead, we should imagine the role a reliever is filling and ask whether they can adequately fill it. For the Twins, their main issue is that pitchers who should not pitch in important innings are doing so because of a failure of top-end depth; it isn’t fully Jharel Cotton’s fault if he blows a game in the 9th inning because he shouldn’t be pitching in that scenario.
    As it stands, the team has one fully reliable reliever (Jhoan Duran), another solid reliever (Griffin Jax), and varying degrees of coin flips. With Duran rarely pitching in back-to-back games, when the game is close late—a situation a good team like the Twins frequently enters—Rocco Baldelli has little choice but to play baseball Russian Roulette and pray that Caleb Thielbar’s fastball looks extra rise-y today, or that Joe Smith’s corkscrewing magic appears even more incredible. It’s always a rock and a hard place choice.
    If one or two more quality relievers make their way to the team before the trade deadline, the bullpen can fall into place. Whatever scrap-heap reliever they picked up the other day could pitch earlier in the game rather than Thornburg-ing it up in a role he’s ill-equipped for. Usually worthwhile relievers like Tyler Duffey can simmer in a low-intensity role as another capable arm gives him a break he desperately needs; unproven pitchers like Jovani Moran can freely gain confidence by netting outs in the 6th inning, not the 9th.
    The Twins bullpen isn’t made of bad pitchers, just miscast ones. Duran is obviously an elite arm, but no other reliever commands as much trust, so the chain collapses when he can’t pitch, or the team needs an extended effort to reach his inning. Cotton is a Road to Nowhere when used beyond the 7th inning, but he has attempted to fill that role because no one else works in that spot; they don’t exist. 
    If the team acquired a true, dominant arm to pair with Duran, the effect would reverberate around the entire bullpen; arms far higher on the totem pole of trust would fall back where they can succeed. David Robertson and/or Daniel Bard, a potentially revamped Tyler Duffey, and a healthy Joe Smith could establish order in the current chaos; the days of 8th inning man Tyler Thornburg would no longer exist. It’s hard to see, and sometimes it seems impossible, but there’s a good bullpen somewhere in the mess; it just needs some cleaning.
     
     
  24. Like
    Matt Braun got a reaction from DocBauer for an article, The Twins Bullpen Is Bad, But Not Unfixable   
    If you’ve paid even a second of attention to Twins fans lately, the dominant discussion point revolves around the bullpen’s lack of quality; the team needs extra, quality arms, and they need them now. This feeling is well-founded; it seems like every close loss involves a reliever screwing up late, costing the team a chance to escape the quagmire of mediocrity that plagues the rest of the AL Central. But is the team’s bullpen that bad in comparison to other teams? 
    Relief pitchers are doomed to fail. The position naturally lends itself to magnified mistakes, and brutal momentum swings as a game’s final outs melt away at an accelerated pace. Each run allowed feels like the end of the world because, as far as a single baseball game is concerned, it is; the lack of remaining outs increases each outcome’s drama to a sometimes unbearable level. In that context, analyzing relievers requires us to remove emotion from the equation, instead choosing to coldly dissect the topic with numbers immune from hyperbole. Stats can’t complain.
    Overall, the picture isn’t pretty, but it’s not egregiously ugly; the relief core is 14th in MLB in ERA (3.74), 21st in FIP (4.10), 13th in xFIP (3.80), and 16th in WPA (0.19). No lipstick can spruce up this pig, but these numbers reflect a mediocre to below-average group, not one bordering on Greek Tragedy. 
    The problem does not seem as dire with contextualized stats; the team needs to improve their bullpen, but so could just about every team in MLB. The Twins are well equipped to absorb fresh talent.
    What’s lost in bullpen arguments is the strategic aspect of utilizing relievers; broadly stating that the relievers stink helps no one; instead, we should imagine the role a reliever is filling and ask whether they can adequately fill it. For the Twins, their main issue is that pitchers who should not pitch in important innings are doing so because of a failure of top-end depth; it isn’t fully Jharel Cotton’s fault if he blows a game in the 9th inning because he shouldn’t be pitching in that scenario.
    As it stands, the team has one fully reliable reliever (Jhoan Duran), another solid reliever (Griffin Jax), and varying degrees of coin flips. With Duran rarely pitching in back-to-back games, when the game is close late—a situation a good team like the Twins frequently enters—Rocco Baldelli has little choice but to play baseball Russian Roulette and pray that Caleb Thielbar’s fastball looks extra rise-y today, or that Joe Smith’s corkscrewing magic appears even more incredible. It’s always a rock and a hard place choice.
    If one or two more quality relievers make their way to the team before the trade deadline, the bullpen can fall into place. Whatever scrap-heap reliever they picked up the other day could pitch earlier in the game rather than Thornburg-ing it up in a role he’s ill-equipped for. Usually worthwhile relievers like Tyler Duffey can simmer in a low-intensity role as another capable arm gives him a break he desperately needs; unproven pitchers like Jovani Moran can freely gain confidence by netting outs in the 6th inning, not the 9th.
    The Twins bullpen isn’t made of bad pitchers, just miscast ones. Duran is obviously an elite arm, but no other reliever commands as much trust, so the chain collapses when he can’t pitch, or the team needs an extended effort to reach his inning. Cotton is a Road to Nowhere when used beyond the 7th inning, but he has attempted to fill that role because no one else works in that spot; they don’t exist. 
    If the team acquired a true, dominant arm to pair with Duran, the effect would reverberate around the entire bullpen; arms far higher on the totem pole of trust would fall back where they can succeed. David Robertson and/or Daniel Bard, a potentially revamped Tyler Duffey, and a healthy Joe Smith could establish order in the current chaos; the days of 8th inning man Tyler Thornburg would no longer exist. It’s hard to see, and sometimes it seems impossible, but there’s a good bullpen somewhere in the mess; it just needs some cleaning.
     
     
  25. Like
    Matt Braun got a reaction from Karbo for an article, The Twins Bullpen Is Bad, But Not Unfixable   
    If you’ve paid even a second of attention to Twins fans lately, the dominant discussion point revolves around the bullpen’s lack of quality; the team needs extra, quality arms, and they need them now. This feeling is well-founded; it seems like every close loss involves a reliever screwing up late, costing the team a chance to escape the quagmire of mediocrity that plagues the rest of the AL Central. But is the team’s bullpen that bad in comparison to other teams? 
    Relief pitchers are doomed to fail. The position naturally lends itself to magnified mistakes, and brutal momentum swings as a game’s final outs melt away at an accelerated pace. Each run allowed feels like the end of the world because, as far as a single baseball game is concerned, it is; the lack of remaining outs increases each outcome’s drama to a sometimes unbearable level. In that context, analyzing relievers requires us to remove emotion from the equation, instead choosing to coldly dissect the topic with numbers immune from hyperbole. Stats can’t complain.
    Overall, the picture isn’t pretty, but it’s not egregiously ugly; the relief core is 14th in MLB in ERA (3.74), 21st in FIP (4.10), 13th in xFIP (3.80), and 16th in WPA (0.19). No lipstick can spruce up this pig, but these numbers reflect a mediocre to below-average group, not one bordering on Greek Tragedy. 
    The problem does not seem as dire with contextualized stats; the team needs to improve their bullpen, but so could just about every team in MLB. The Twins are well equipped to absorb fresh talent.
    What’s lost in bullpen arguments is the strategic aspect of utilizing relievers; broadly stating that the relievers stink helps no one; instead, we should imagine the role a reliever is filling and ask whether they can adequately fill it. For the Twins, their main issue is that pitchers who should not pitch in important innings are doing so because of a failure of top-end depth; it isn’t fully Jharel Cotton’s fault if he blows a game in the 9th inning because he shouldn’t be pitching in that scenario.
    As it stands, the team has one fully reliable reliever (Jhoan Duran), another solid reliever (Griffin Jax), and varying degrees of coin flips. With Duran rarely pitching in back-to-back games, when the game is close late—a situation a good team like the Twins frequently enters—Rocco Baldelli has little choice but to play baseball Russian Roulette and pray that Caleb Thielbar’s fastball looks extra rise-y today, or that Joe Smith’s corkscrewing magic appears even more incredible. It’s always a rock and a hard place choice.
    If one or two more quality relievers make their way to the team before the trade deadline, the bullpen can fall into place. Whatever scrap-heap reliever they picked up the other day could pitch earlier in the game rather than Thornburg-ing it up in a role he’s ill-equipped for. Usually worthwhile relievers like Tyler Duffey can simmer in a low-intensity role as another capable arm gives him a break he desperately needs; unproven pitchers like Jovani Moran can freely gain confidence by netting outs in the 6th inning, not the 9th.
    The Twins bullpen isn’t made of bad pitchers, just miscast ones. Duran is obviously an elite arm, but no other reliever commands as much trust, so the chain collapses when he can’t pitch, or the team needs an extended effort to reach his inning. Cotton is a Road to Nowhere when used beyond the 7th inning, but he has attempted to fill that role because no one else works in that spot; they don’t exist. 
    If the team acquired a true, dominant arm to pair with Duran, the effect would reverberate around the entire bullpen; arms far higher on the totem pole of trust would fall back where they can succeed. David Robertson and/or Daniel Bard, a potentially revamped Tyler Duffey, and a healthy Joe Smith could establish order in the current chaos; the days of 8th inning man Tyler Thornburg would no longer exist. It’s hard to see, and sometimes it seems impossible, but there’s a good bullpen somewhere in the mess; it just needs some cleaning.
     
     
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