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  1. Box Score Starting Pitcher: Barnes 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 2 K Homeruns: Sano (30) Top 3 WPA: Barnes .220, Thielbar .098, Duffey .081 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) The Twins opened up their penultimate series of 2021 on Tuesday night in Minneapolis. Charlie Barnes was recalled from AAA St. Paul to start in place of Bailey Ober, who was placed on the IL with a hip strain. The injury brought an end to an incredibly positive breakout season for Ober, who the Twins will rely on for a rotation spot in 2022. Here’s how the Twins lined up for the series opener against lefty Tyler Alexander. Offense was hard to come by throughout the game, particularly in the opening frames. Barnes made it through four scoreless innings, giving up three hits and walking three. Meanwhile, Tyler Alexander put on a strong showing of his own, striking out six Twins in six innings of work. Alexander’s only blemish came in the bottom of the third. Byron Buxton walked, stole second, tagged up to third and then home on back-to-back sacrifice flies, giving the Twins a slender one run lead. Rocco Baldelli did not give Barnes an opportunity to work through the lineup a third time. Barnes was followed by scoreless innings from Jorge Alcala, Tyler Duffey, and Caleb Thielbar. Only Duffey struggled, surrendering two hits in his inning, although he escaped unscathed. Miguel Sano added his 30th home run of the year in the bottom of the seventh, increasing the lead to 2-0. A Nick Gordon walk and Willians Astudillo single had men on the corners with no outs. Max Kepler sacrificed Gordon home to increase the lead to 3-0 Twins. Ralph Garza Jr. pitched a scoreless eighth before Alexander Colome entered to close the game in the ninth. Despite surrendering two runs on three singles, Colome closed the game. The win brings the Twins 2021 record to 70-87 on the season with five games to play. Bullpen Usage Chart THU FRI SAT SUN TUE TOT Garza Jr. 16 0 0 18 19 53 Vincent 13 0 0 33 0 46 Thielbar 14 0 0 17 13 44 Coulombe 0 0 37 0 0 37 Farrell 19 0 18 0 0 37 Duffey 0 17 0 0 18 35 Barraclough 0 0 33 0 0 33 Colomé 0 5 0 0 26 31 Minaya 0 19 0 0 0 19 Moran 0 0 19 0 0 19 Alcalá 0 6 0 0 10 16 Next Up On Wednesday, the Twins will continue their short series against Detroit. Michael Pineda will take the mound against Casey Mize. First pitch is at 6:40 CST. Postgame Interviews
  2. SAINTS SENTINEL St. Paul 3, Iowa 1 Box Score Some nights, great pitching and Jose Miranda is all you need to secure a win. Tonight was one of those nights. Charlie Barnes got the start on the mound for St. Paul tonight and he was excellent in a shortened outing. He went four innings and allowed only one run, while accumulating four strikeouts. Barnes threw 70 pitches in this one and wasn’t showing signs of slowing down, so his removal from the game is likely to keep him fresh for potential major league service in the future. The one Cubs run came in the top of the third on an Abiatal Avelino RBI single off Barnes. Fortunately, though, the Saints struck in the bottom of the inning when Jose Miranda belted a no-doubter three-run shot. That blast proved to be all the Saints would need. After Barnes was removed, Beau Burrows entered the game in the fifth, charged with getting the fifteen-out save (not a thing). Burrows was even more fantastic, though, as he didn’t allow a hit until the ninth inning and struck out six Cubs. He did allow two hits in the ninth, but did not allow a run over all five of his innings, and the Saints took the game 3-1. St. Paul improves to 2-1 in the Triple-A Final Stretch. WIND SURGE WISDOM Double-A Central Championship Series Game 3: NW Arkansas 6, Wichita 2 (NW Arkansas wins series 3-0) Box Score Needing a win after their top two arms got roughed up in games one and two, the Wind Surge put the ball in the capable right hand of Austin Schulfer tonight in Riverfront Stadium’s playoff debut. However, a fourth inning grand slam ruined the night for Schulfer and the Surge, and their comeback hopes in this game and in the series never got started. The packed home crowd was amped up early and Jermaine Palacios gave them something to cheer about in the second when he stroked a ball 400 feet the left and bat-flipped the Surge to a 1-0 lead. The Naturals grabbed that run back in the third with a sac fly scoring Blake Perkins, who advanced two bases on an errant Schulfer pickoff attempt. After a close out call at the plate kept Wichita from retaking the lead, Brewer Hicklen, who made a game-saving catch in Game 1, pumped a grand slam over the left field wall to take the air out of the Wichita crowd and give NW Arkansas a 5-1 lead. Spencer Steer doubled and later scored on an Andrew Bechtold groundout in the fourth, but the offense couldn’t build on that and the next run of the game came in the seventh in favor of the Naturals, making it 6-2. In fact, the Surge didn’t put together a meaningful threat the rest of the game and that 6-2 scoreline was enough to earn the Naturals a dog-pile on the infield grass. Schulfer ended up pitching four innings, allowing five runs (four earned) while striking out four. He gave way to Kody Funderburk, who allowed just one run in three innings. Jordan Gore finished the game with two innings of scoreless work. On offense, the Surge grabbed seven hits but, as they have for much of the stretch run, they struggled to bring runs in. Jermaine Palacios and Austin Martin had multi-hit games. KERNELS NUGGETS High-A Central Championship Series Game 3: Cedar Rapids 8, Quad Cities 4 (Cedar Rapids leads series 2-1) Box Score After splitting the first two games, the Kernels endured a lengthy delay and turned to the long ball, bopping 4 homers en route to a crucial 8-4 Game 3 victory. Quad Cities opened their account in the first inning with a Logan Porter RBI single, but DaShawn Kiersey Jr. had an answer in the form of a two-run homer that gave the Kernels a 2-1 second-inning lead. In the third inning, the Kernels loaded the bases but their threat was interrupted by a rain delay. Well over an hour later, the game picked up again and Kiersey flew out to end the threat, permanently this time. In the fourth, though, Edouard Julien doubled the Cedar Rapids lead with a solo homer, and a few batters later, Alex Isola followed suit. Isola’s blast was worth three though, and the Kernels took a 6-1 lead. Quad Cities got a run back in the fifth, but Julien was back at it again in the sixth, with another solo bomb. And, Michael Helman added on another when he doubled and later scored on a Matt Wallner sac fly. Quad Cities got two runs back in the seventh to cut the lead to 8-4 that was as close as their comeback attempts would get and the Cedar Rapids Kernels are one win away from the title. Casey Legumina got the start for Cedar Rapids and allowed one run in two innings but after the lengthy delay, this one became a bullpen game. Adam Rozek matched Legumina, allowing one run over the third and fourth innings. Derek Molina took over and pitched 2 1/3 innings and allowed two runs, though only one was earned. Carlos Suniaga allowed a few hits, but finished the game with two scoreless innings. TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY Pitcher of the Day - Beau Burrows (St. Paul) - 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, BB, 6 K Hitter of the Day - Edouard Julien (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, 2 HR, BB, K PROSPECT SUMMARY #2 - Austin Martin (Wichita) - 2-for-3, BB #6 - Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 1-for-3, BB, HR (16), 3 RBI #12 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-3, RBI, 2 K #13 - Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 0-for-3, BB #16 - Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - 1-for-3, K #20 - Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 1-for-4, 2B, R, 2 K SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Iowa @ St. Paul (6:05 PM CST) - RHP Drew Strotman (9-4, 5.13 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:30 PM CST) - RHP Sawyer Gipson-Long (3-3, 4.55 ERA in regular season) Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Friday’s games!
  3. Box Score Starting Pitcher: Barnes 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K Homeruns: Jeffers (13) Top 3 WPA: Jeffers .323, Gordon .211, Sano .129 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) After the fret surrounding Joe Ryan’s injury had somewhat subsided, the Twins had the second game of a doubleheader against Cleveland to attend to. Here’s how the Twins lined up for game two. Charlie Barnes was recalled from St. Paul to be the extra man on the roster for the Twins Tuesday double header. After issuing a leadoff walk to Myles Straw, Barnes settled in. He retired the next seven Cleveland hitters to bring the game into the top of the third scoreless. Barnes was solid, if not spectacular, working relatively efficiently without dominating or overpowering hitters. With the wrist contusion to his throwing arm, Joe Ryan’s rotation spot into question. Barnes may find himself sticking around through the rest of the 2021 season. Barnes ran into trouble in the top of the third inning. An Oscar Mercado single, back-to-back doubles from Amed Rosario and Jose Ramirez, and an RBI single from Franmil Reyes gave Cleveland a 3-0 lead. Barnes returned in the fourth to complete a scoreless inning, and give the Twins bullpen some much-needed length after the trip to New York on Monday. The Twins fought back in the fourth inning. Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano contributed singles before Ryan Jeffers ripped a two-run double down the left field line to cut the lead to 3-2. Willians Astudillo followed up with a double of his own to right center field to tie the game, before a Nick Gordon single to center field gave the Twins their first lead at 4-3. The Twins bullpen held the lead in the latter stages of the game. Kyle Barraclough and Juan Minaya threw back-to-back scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth, giving up just a hit between them. In the bottom of the sixth, the Twins added to their lead. Rob Refsnyder doubled down the left field line before Ryan Jeffers clubbed a 426-foot, two-run home run to increase the lead to 6-3. Alexander Colome closed the game in the seventh, bringing the Twins record on the season to 64-82. Encouraging performances from Nick Gordon and Ryan Jeffers will compound the highlight of the day, no serious injury for Joe Ryan. Bullpen Usage Chart FRI SAT SUN MON TUE TOT Minaya 40 0 17 0 13 70 Coulombe 0 23 0 0 27 50 Colomé 12 0 0 27 11 50 Duffey 11 0 0 38 0 49 Farrell 0 12 0 34 0 46 Barraclough 0 0 0 23 16 39 Moran 0 0 37 0 0 37 Thielbar 0 26 0 11 0 37 Alcalá 9 0 18 0 8 35 Garza Jr. 0 0 11 6 0 17 Next Up On Wednesday, the Twins continue their series with Cleveland. Griffin Jax will take on Cal Quantrill. First pitch is at 6:40 CST. Postgame Interviews - Coming soon
  4. Box Score SP: Charlie Barnes: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K (64 pitches, 47 strikes (73.4%)) Home Runs: None Top 3 WPA: Miguel Sano (.184), Juan Minaya (.177), Josh Donaldson (.119) Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) As the game proceeded, it was as if the goal was to get through five innings to make the game complete. Through the game’s first four innings, Charlie Barnes took advantage of aggressive Brewers hitters. Before the rains came, Barnes was sharp with his fastball, changeup and slider, coaxing a lot of weak content. Through four innings, he had allowed only one hit. In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Twins scored four runs. With the bases loaded, Miguel Sano grounded a 3-0 pitch past shortstop and turned it into a double. (some might say very similar to Byron Buxton) Adrian Houser's control was certainly affected by the wet conditions. He hit two batters and had a couple of walks. Unfortunately, with a 4-0 lead and the rains continuing to come down, harder than previously, Barnes took the mound needing three outs to qualify for his first MLB Win. He issued his first walk to the leadoff batter. It was followed with three soft singles. Barnes left the game with the Twins holding on to a 4-2 lead. Caleb Thielbar came on and got a pop out for the first out. Willy Adames singled to load the bases for Christian Yelich. Thielbar got the former MVP to fly out to medium-deep right field. Max Kepler caught and threw toward home. Miguel Sano cut it off and threw wildly to third base allowing a second run to score on the error. Thielbar got the team out of the inning with a strikeout. Thielbar recorded a 1-2-3 sixth inning, striking out two batters. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Miguel Sano singled, Brent Rooker was hit by a pitch, and Ryan Jeffers singled to load the bases. Andrelton Simmons grounded into a double play, but the Twins did re-take the lead at 5-4. Veteran Juan Minaya came on for the seventh inning. He needed just six pitches to get three outs that inning. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Josh Donaldson drove in Jorge Polanco with a double to give the Twins a two-run lead. Despite a one-out single to Yelich, Minaya needed just 11 pitches to complete a scoreless eighth inning. Alexander Colome came in for the ninth inning, looking to record the save after a couple of bad outings earlier in the week. He got one out, but then things got interesting by walking a batter and serving up a single to Omar Narvaez. However, before Twins fans were even starting to get too nervous, Jace Peterson grounded out to Simmons who turned the double play to end the game. The Twins will play the Brewers on Sunday afternoon, having already won the series, and they lead the season series 4-1. This month, the Twins are 13-11 and have series wins over the Astros, the White Sox, Cleveland, the Rays and the Brewers. Bullpen Notes Caleb Thielbar gets the win to improve to 6-0. Juan Minaya threw two scoreless innings. He hasn't allowed a run in nine of his past ten appearances. In that time frame, his ERA is just 1.29. In 14 innings, he has 17 strikeouts and the opponents are hitting just .128. The 30-year-old pitched in 125 games for the White Sox between 2016 and 2019. He spent 2020 at the Twins alternate site. He was actually called up for a couple of games, but before he got into a game, he was DFAd. He re-signed with the Twins on a minor league deal, and since his promotion, he has now pitched to a 3.20 ERA over 17 games and 25 1/3 innings. Postgame Interview Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet TUE WED THU FRI SAT TOT Albers 0 0 0 88 0 88 Garza Jr. 0 24 4 0 0 28 Coulombe 0 19 0 20 0 39 Thielbar 14 22 0 0 23 59 Duffey 19 9 0 6 0 34 Colomé 0 20 0 13 13 46 Minaya 30 0 0 0 17 47 Gibaut 23 0 0 0 0 23 Alcalá 0 0 0 12 0 12 Barnes 0 0 0 0 64 64
  5. Box Score Charlie Barnes: 5.0 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 5 BB, 2 K (53.2 % strikes) Home Runs: Donaldson (17) Bottom 3 WPA: Barnes -.352, Astudillo -.051, Polanco -.036 Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) Early on, things didn’t go the Twins’ way at all, but they could’ve been much worse. Facing Néstor Cortes Jr., the offense was utterly dominated by the Cuban, who needed only 11 pitches to retire the top of Minnesota’s order. Then, the Yankees took a 4-0 lead in the bottom half of the first, with Charlie Barnes loading the bases twice. He really struggled with his control and command, giving up three walks and hitting a batter before stranding three runners to conclude the inning. A leadoff single by D.J. LeMahieu followed by a home run to the Short Porch by Aaron Judge in the second inning put the Yankees ahead 6-0. Barnes was able to cool down at this point forward,. He was able to retire six of the next eight batters, including a 12-pitch scoreless third inning. But Barnes settling down wasn’t enough. The Twins needed their offense to step up. Through the first three innings, Minnesota’s lineup got no-hit by Cortes Jr. The only Twins baserunner came via (checks notes) an Andrelton Simmons’ walk. The first sign of life from the Twins offense came during the fourth inning. Mitch Garver drew a two-out walk shortly before Rob Refsnyder ended Cortes Jr.’s no-hit bid. Nick Gordon was hit by a pitch, and, suddenly, the Twins were one swing away from getting right back into this game. It was up to Willians Astudillo, and he made contact with every pitch he saw, maybe putting a little pressure over Cortes Jr. But eventually, he flied out to right, ending the Twins’ threat. Barnes pitched himself into a jam once again in the fourth, giving up two consecutive one-out walks. Luke Voit hit a ball deep to center, and Gordon couldn’t make the diving catch on the warning track. Fortunately for the Twins, that ball bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double, and New York settled for only one run batted in, extending their lead to 7-0. Barnes came back to deliver a scoreless fifth. Twins get on the board After getting only one-hit through five innings, the Twins offense finally made some noise. Luis Arraez hit a leadoff double, coming back from an 0-2 count. Josh Donaldson had a full count after getting ahead 3-0, but Cortes Jr. hung a slider in the heart of the plate, and Donaldson brought the rain. Garver hit a single immediately after that Donaldson home run, prompting the first mound visit for the Yankees in the game. With no outs yet, Minnesota had a great chance to spark a rally. But Cortes Jr. managed to retire the following batter and then induced a ground ball double play to put the inning on the books. As it turned out, after that Garver single, Yankees pitching retired eight consecutive Twins batters. Kyle Barraclough was the Twins 40th round draft pick in 2011. He chose not to sign and was drafted the next year by the Marlins. He has spent parts of several seasons in the big leagues, and tonight, he made his Twins debut. He came in in relief of Barnes and pitched a 1-2-3 sixth frame. However, New York managed to add three more runs: a leadoff home run by Voit in the seventh and a two-run shot by LeMahieu in the eighth. Juan Minaya took over and finished the inning. Garver drew another walk, to lead off the ninth inning, but that was all Minnesota got out of that inning. Postgame Interview Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet MON TUE WED THURS FRI TOT Barnes 0 0 0 0 109 109 Gant 17 0 0 61 0 78 Minaya 19 0 40 0 16 75 Albers 0 0 0 63 0 63 Barraclough 0 0 0 0 46 46 Colomé 10 0 31 0 0 41 Garza Jr. 0 13 23 0 0 36 García 0 0 35 0 0 35 Thielbar 19 0 9 0 0 28 Coulombe 0 0 7 19 0 26 Duffey 0 0 14 0 0 14
  6. Box Score (add link) SP: Charlie Barnes: 5.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 K (73 pitches, 44 strikes (60.3%)) Home Runs: None Top 3 WPA: Max Kepler (.327), Caleb Thielbar (.232), Charlie Barnes (.200) Win Probability Chart (via FanGraphs) Patience is a Virtue Luis Patino was the key piece the Rays received in return for former Cy Young winner Blake Snell from the Padres in the offseason. A top pitching prospect, he has certainly shown well for the Rays in 2020. Fortunately for the Twins, he was a bit wild on Sunday and the team took advantage. Patino walked Max Kepler and Jorge Polanco in the first inning, and Josh Donaldon singled in Kepler for the game’s first run. After a walk to Luis Arraez, Polanco scored on a Trevor Larnach fielder’s choice. The Twins went scoreless in the second innings, although Kepler had a double and Polanco walked again. There was one more walk in the third inning. Ryan Sherriff came on in the fourth inning. After getting the first two batters out, Kepler and Polanco walked. All Star Andrew Kittredge came on and Donaldson came through again with a big, two-run double to give the Twins a 4-0 lead. Barnes at his Best Lefty Charlie Barnes made his third MLB start on Sunday afternoon, and it’s fair to say that it was his best start to date. The southpaw was generally in control of the game for five innings. He gave up just three hits and only allowed one run, on a solo homer off the bat of Mike Zunino. Overall, his strike percentage was not real good, but instead of just missing over the middle of the plate, he was missing just outside the strike zone. This is definitely a start to build on. Middle Relief Struggles Edgar Garcia came on for the sixth inning. He quickly got the first two outs of the inning, but then issued a walk and a home run off to star rookie Wander Franco. That cut the Twins lead to 4-3. Tyler Duffey got the 7th inning. He started the inning with a walk. Then after a pop-out, he coaxed a potential ground ball double play. However, due to an error, no outs were recorded. Duffey walked another batter to load the bases. Randy Arozarena hit a little infield single to tie the game at four. Duffey did come up big by striking out Nelson Cruz, but bases were still loaded with one out yet to get. Clutch Caleb (Thielbar) Caleb Thielbar came in and, after falling behind 3-0, got All Star Austin Meadows to pop out to end the inning. He has now stranded his last seven inherited runners, a streak that began on June 21. With the game still tied in the top of the eight, Thielbar gave up a leadoff double to Franco. However, after a sacrifice bunt moved Franco to third, Thielbar got an infield pop out and a ground out to first base to keep the game tied. When you take a look below at the names available to Rocco Baldelli and Wes Johnson in the chart below, is Thielbar the team’s best, most-reliable bullpen arm right now? Well, another option for that title right now might be Alexander Colome who pitched a scoreless inning in the ninth. It was his eighth straight scoreless appearance. In that stretch (7 1/3 innings), he is 1-0 with five saves. Klutch Kepler (and Polanco) Max Kepler reached base four times on Sunday. As mentioned above, he walked twice. He also had two doubles including an opposite-field double down the left field line to lead off the ninth inning. Bobbled by Austin Meadows, Kepler scampered to third base. Two pitches later, Jorge Polanco hit a fly ball deep enough to easily score Kepler from third and give the Twins the 5-4 win, and a third-straight series win. It was his fifth career walk-off plate appearance and third this season. The Twins are clearly playing their best baseball of the season as they have reached arguably the toughest part of their season. Postgame Interview Bullpen Usage Spreadsheet WED THU FRI SAT SUN TOT Barnes 0 0 0 0 73 73 García 0 0 27 0 21 48 Gant 0 0 41 0 0 41 Vincent 0 0 37 0 0 37 Colomé 14 0 0 0 13 27 Thielbar 20 0 0 0 15 35 Garza Jr. 0 0 0 16 0 16 Duffey 0 0 0 0 27 27 Minaya 15 0 0 0 0 15 Coulombe 0 0 0 10 0 10
  7. Royce Lewis didn’t get off the ground this year after missing a traditional minor league season in 2020. We haven’t seen (and likely won’t) Jhoan Duran or Jordan Balazovic to this point. Although Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach have both made their debuts, it’s been pitching where Minnesota has missed most often in 2021. Despite the poor performance, we have seen a trio of potentially overlooked arms brandish their stuff. Bailey Ober Realistically the arm with the highest upside of this group, Ober was a 12th round pick in 2017. He’s 26-years-old and owns a 4.53 ERA through his first 13 big league starts. That number drops to 4.19 if you throw out the clunker in his debut, and it’s an even better 3.55 across his last seven starts. He recently beat both the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox, and has tallied a 9.7 K/9 while owning just a 2.7 BB/9. The fastball velocity has averaged 92.6 mph, but when it’s coming from a guy standing 6’9” it’s going to get on you with incredible quickness. While Ober is getting ground balls just 33% of the time, he’s allowing hard hit balls only 37.8% of the time. He has generated a respectable 10.5% whiff rate, and owns a 28.3% CSW (called and swinging strike percentage). This wasn’t a guy ever destined to be a top prospect, and he’s hardly cracked an upper half of any organizational prospect list. That said, it’s never been a concern that the stuff hasn’t played. Ober dominated during his time in the minors with a 2.41 ERA and 11.1 K/9. The caveat is that it came in under 200 innings across four seasons. Injuries remain his chief bugaboo and he’s quickly approaching a new career high in innings pitched. For a team needing rotation help though, Ober’s emergence in 2021 should garner him serious consideration for an Opening Day roster spot next spring. Griffin Jax Taken in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft, Jax made his debut this season at 26-years-old. He went through a gambit of hoops to get here, first and foremost working around his commitment to the Air Force. Another guy that has never been considered highly when it comes to prospect status, Jax has succeeded at each level and always seemed “safe.” I opined that it seemed shocking no big league team wanted to take a chance on him as a Rule 5 option, but it’s great that he’s still with the Twins. Although the current 5.45 ERA is hardly anything to write home about, his 38 innings of work have been punctuated by the last four starts. Across those 20 1/3 innings he owns a 2.66 ERA and .153 batting average against. Those outings feature two tilts with the White Sox, and one against Houston; both of which are high-powered offenses. Jax isn’t a fireballer or big strikeout pitcher, but there’s also nothing he does particularly poorly. It’d be a long-shot to assume that Minnesota has a top half of the rotation arm here, but they’ve once again produced something of substance when it comes to rotation help and pitching depth. Jax hasn’t had the run needed to cement the belief that he’ll stick, but the track record and recent results suggest that he’s more than just a fleeting name during an otherwise lost season. Charlie Barnes Minnesota took Barnes out of Clemson in the 4th round of the 2017 draft. He’s the youngest of this group, not yet having reached his 26th birthday. He’s also seen the least amount of opportunity at the big league level, but it seems more could be in front of him down the stretch. Posting strong ERA numbers during his first two seasons of professional baseball, Barnes made it to Triple-A in year three at 23-years-old. In 2021 he forced his opportunity with the Twins by turning into a solid string of performances with the St. Paul Saints. Barnes doesn’t strike a ton of batters out, with just a 7.7 K/9 in the minors, but he’s done a decent job of limiting free passes and has been stingy with the home run ball. More of a soft-tosser, the lefty will need to miss additional bats as he looks for a lengthened opportunity to stick. Easily the most suspect arm in terms of both tools and production from this trio, Barnes has earned the role he’s currently in. There will need to be further advancement, but Minnesota pushing another fringe prospect to the big leagues is a win. His big-league debut against the Detroit Tigers went well, and despite the blow up against Cincinnati, he rebounded somewhat against a much tougher White Sox club. There’s more work to be done here, but this is a good foundation. The real takeaway here is that you can never have enough arms, and development isn't solely put in place for the top prospects. Minnesota has stockpiled pitching talent, and while it has taken time to bear fruit, the infrastructure implemented by Derek Falvey is beginning to pay off. We can only hope to see that in the coming years with more success stories like these, and realization of top tier talent as well. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email
  8. Weekly Snapshot: Mon, 8/2 thru Sun, 8/8 *** Record Last Week: 4-2 (Overall: 48-64) Run Differential Last Week: +2 (Overall: -73) Standing: 5th Place in AL Central (17.5 GB) Last Week's Game Recaps: Game 107 | MIN 7, CIN 5: Garver, Polanco Power Exciting Win Game 108 | CIN 6, MIN 5: Twins Comeback Falls Short Game 109 | MIN 5, HOU 3: Jax Earns First MLB Win as Starter Game 110 | MIN 5, HOU 4: Twins Rally from Early Deficit Game 111 | HOU 4, MIN 0: Lineup Has No Answers for Houston Pitching Game 112 | MIN 7, HOU 5: Polanco's 2 Homers Lift Twins to Series Win NEWS & NOTES Sidelined since early June by a bad hammy strain, Rob Refsnyder finally returned from the Injured List on Thursday, and has since resumed his role as semi-regular center fielder in Byron Buxton's absence. Refsnyder's activation led to Nick Gordon being optioned to Triple-A, which caused some consternation among fans who wished to see Gordon get a real shot. I get it. I like Gordon as a person and would love to see him succeed. It can feel hard to understand what's holding him back from more playing time on a bad team that's going nowhere. But this move makes it all the clearer how the Twins view him, and ... can you really blame them? While the speed is nice, Gordon has simply shown no signs that he can be an impactful contributor on a major-league team. He's a capable defender at several spots, but nowhere is he a standout, and the Twins seem to have zero interest in playing him at short. When you combine that defensive profile with a completely punchless bat, there isn't much value to be found. During his time in the majors, Gordon put 70 balls in play and recorded one barrel. He slashed .176/.263/.235 in his final 20 games. He lacks any discipline at the plate, offering at 45.8% pitches outside the zone, which is second on the team behind (of course) Willians Astudillo. It's not happening for Gordon this year. Now that doesn't preclude the possibility that he works his ass off during the winter, bulks up, and comes out next spring with a significantly bolstered skill set. We'll see if the Twins hold him on the 40-man roster and pursue that avenue. For now, the sad fact is that Refsnyder has a better chance of being a valuable contributor on the 2022 Twins. In other roster news of the week: Another right-handed reliever picked up off waivers. Just days after snagging Edgar Garcia following his DFA from Cincinnati, the Twins claimed former Astro Ralph Garza Jr., who was immediately optioned to Triple-A to join Garcia on the Saints. Garza, like many pitchers the Twins have added of late, has intriguing attributes and big strikeout rates in the minors, but also some clear flaws. There's no particular reason to think he or Garcia – discarded cast-offs from other organizations – will turn to anything useful. But then again, the same thing applies in the bullpen as in the rotation: the Twins are going to need help from the minors and every lottery ticket helps. It's a numbers game and the team is improving its odds. HIGHLIGHTS With veterans José Berríos and J.A. Happ departing at the deadline, Minnesota plugged in Griffin Jax and Charlie Barnes, who join incumbent rookie Bailey Ober in a suddenly very inexperienced rotation. It's quite the departure from Opening Day, when Berríos was their youngest starter. While veteran holdovers Kenta Maeda and Michael Pineda are interesting to track for their own reasons, the youth movement is now the central focus for the starting corps. None of the three rookies currently in the rotation are top prospects, but in the numbers game, it's all about letting them run and seeing if one emerges. This past week, the numbers showed some things to like from Jax and Ober: Jax spun 5 ⅓ innings of one-run ball in Houston on Thursday against the highest-scoring offense in the majors. (Albeit one missing several key bats.) He allowed only three hits and one walk in an efficient and impressive performance. Jax recorded zero strikeouts and only three swinging strikes in the outing, which is concerning, but he did pile up six strikeouts on 16 whiffs against the White Sox two starts prior, so he has at least shown the capability to miss bats. In his past three starts dating back to that one, Jax has a 1.88 ERA with six hits allowed in 14 ⅓ frames. Ober's start on Saturday was a mixed bag. On the one hand, we saw his strengths on display, with five strikeouts and one walk pushing his outstanding seasonal ratio to 56-to-15 ratio in 52 ⅓ innings. Ober's 3.7 K/BB ranks second among Twins starters behind Pineda. Ober also gave up two home runs in his five innings of work, surfacing his biggest weakness, but in general he too has been on a good track. In his past three starts, Ober has a 3.77 ERA and 15-to-3 K/BB ratio in 14 ⅓ frames. Several relievers also had strong showings as the bullpen rebounded from a very ugly run the previous week. Jorge Alcala allowed one hit (a home run) in three innings of work, striking out six of the 11 batters he faced. Alex Colomé worked four scoreless appearances and picked up three saves. Juan Minaya struck out eight over 4 ⅓ shutout innings between three appearances, allowing just two hits. On the offensive side, it was a relatively quiet week with a few standout performances. In spite of his barking knees, Luis Arraez continues to rake; he notched hits in every game he played and went 10-for-17 overall to raise his average to .318, which would rank sixth in baseball if qualified. Jorge Polanco drilled three more homers, and leads the American League in long balls over the past month. It's a remarkable turnaround from a player whose power had been totally sapped. Miguel Sanó did not have a particularly strong week overall, but he did make a game-saving defensive play at third on Friday night, and did this to a baseball on Sunday: LOWLIGHTS While Jax and Ober came through with encouraging performances, Barnes was less inspiring. Facing Cincinnati on Wednesday, the left-hander was knocked around for five earned runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings of work. Through two major-league starts he has a 6.23 ERA with three strikeouts and three walks in 8 ⅔ innings. He has induced only seven swinging strikes on 148 pitches between the two outings (5%). Barnes isn't embarrassing as a spot-starter type but it'd be nice to get someone in that fifth rotation slot with a little more upside. The Twins are slowly starting to get healthier in their starting pitching ranks, so maybe a few options will emerge in the coming weeks. Lewis Thorpe was activated from a lengthy IL stint and started Sunday for the Saints. Randy Dobnak was reportedly doing some "light throwing at Target Field" on Sunday morning, suggesting he's on the comeback trail. I realize these names aren't going to have folks leaping with excitement but they both have a better chance of factoring significantly into the 2022 rotation than Barnes. Brent Rooker cooled off following a red-hot start to his second stint with the Twins this year, going just 3-for-22, although he continued to flash power with all three hits going for doubles. Selectiveness at the plate will be the key thing to watch from Rooker, and he's leaving much to be desired in that area. He's not working into enough favorable counts and when at-bats end with pitchers ahead, he's just 1-for-29 this season. Alas, Rooker looks like an unstoppable offensive force in comparison to Andrelton Simmons. Anyone does. Simmons just continues sinking to new depths, with a 2-for-18 week dropping his slash line to a pitiful .216/.280/.275. His last extra-base hit came on July 2nd, 30 games ago, and since then he has a .355 OPS. There's no point in continuing to run him out there. Remaining money owed is unfortunately a sunk cost. The Twins would be better off sliding Polanco back over to short for the rest of the season and giving the reps at second base to someone like Arraez or Gordon or even Jose Miranda. TRENDING STORYLINE When they acquired him as the headliner in the Berríos trade, I wrote about why Austin Martin is a prospect very much worth getting excited about. Since the trade, he's been doing plenty to fuel the hype. Following a three-hit game for the Wichita Wind Surge on Sunday, Martin is now batting .400 with a .571 on-base percentage since coming over to the Twins organization. His eye at the plate is outrageously good, as illustrated by a 1-to-6 K/BB ratio in six games with Wichita. He has proven already to be a playmaker in the outfield and on the basepaths. Since the start of July, Martin has reached base in 52% of his plate appearances. That's no tiny sample. The idea of him complementing Arraez at the top of order, in front of a proven pack of power hitters, is beyond tantalizing. How far is it from becoming a reality? Next year seems likely, and maybe even from the start. But in order to make Martin a viable candidate for Opening Day, the Twins will need to take some preparatory steps. I'll be quite curious to see if he joins the club as a September call-up, or at least gets a late-season look in Triple-A. His defensive profile makes Martin an especially intriguing piece in the team's planning. Could he take over in center field if Buxton is traded this offseason? Maybe Martin steps in at second with Polanco pivoting back to short. Or perhaps, as I posited in my theoretical 2022 lineup on Twitter, left field is Martin's best initial entry point into the majors. LOOKING AHEAD It bums me out to look ahead at the schedule right now. If things had gone as planned, this would've been an absolutely crucial and thrilling stretch: The Twins, returning home from their longest road trip of the year, face off against the White Sox, Rays, and Cleveland, in consecutive series at Target Field. Could you imagine the stakes and intensity if Minnesota was in contention?! Alas, they are not. So all we can really look forward to is the return of Nelson Cruz to Target Field in another uniform. Hooray. MONDAY, 8/9: WHITE SOX @ TWINS – RHP Lucas Giolito v. LHP Charlie Barnes TUESDAY, 8/10: WHITE SOX @ TWINS – LHP Dallas Keuchel v. RHP Griffin Jax WEDNESDAY, 8/11: WHITE SOX @ TWINS – RHP Lance Lynn v. RHP Bailey Ober FRIDAY, 8/13: RAYS @ TWINS – LHP Shane McClanahan v. RHP Michael Pineda SATURDAY, 8/14: RAYS @ TWINS – RHP Michael Wacha v. RHP Kenta Maeda SUNDAY, 8/15: RAYS @ TWINS – LHP Josh Fleming v. LHP Charlie Barnes MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email
  9. Box Score Barnes: 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 2 K Home Runs: Polanco (18) Bottom 3 WPA: Barnes (-0.299), Sano (-0.259), Rooker (-0.215) Win Probability Chart (via Fangraphs) Jorge Polanco Gets the Twins on the Board Early Just a matter of hours after hitting the game winning home run in the top of the ninth in Tuesday night’s ballgame, Jorge Polanco went deep again in the first inning of today’s game, giving the Twins the early 1-0 lead. Polanco had another good performance at the plate again today, as he would go 2-for-4 with a walk. Charlie Barnes Gets the Nod for Second Career Start 25-year-old Charlie Barns began the game on the mound this afternoon for the Twins. In his only previous start, the 2017 4th round pick out of Clemson did well, as he only allowed one run, on a solo shot, over four innings of work to the Detroit Tigers back on July 17th. Things went well for Burns to begin the ballgame. He gave up a leadoff single to Jonathan India, who has lived up to the hype so far as the former 5th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft was recently named the NL Rookie of the Month for July. That would be no trouble for Burns, however, as he got Jesse Winker to flyout to left before Kyle Farmer grounded into a double play to end the inning. In the second, Burns gave up a two out single to Eugenio Suarez, but other than that looked sharp. The third inning is where things got away from Burns. Reds center fielder Shogo Akiyama singled to begin the inning, before advancing to second on a sacrifice bunt from Reds pitcher Luis Castillo. Burns then got Jonathan India to strikeout and appeared to be on the cusp of getting out of the inning with no damage done. That would not be the case, however, as the next four Reds batters went walk, single, double, single and before you knew it they had a 4-1 lead. The Reds would tack on another run against Charlie Burns in the fourth. After Aristides Aquino flew out to begin the inning, Burns issued a one out walk to Shogo Akiyama. The Reds then executed National League style baseball to perfection, as they had Luis Castillo sacrifice him over to second and Jonathan India came through with a clutch two out single to give the Red the 5-1 lead. Juan Minaya Strikes Out Five in Two Innings of Relief Work A week removed from his outing against Detroit in the emphamis 17-14 Twins loss, where Juan Minaya was cruising until everything fell apart on him in the ninth, Rocco Baldelli learned his lesson and only left Minaya in for two innings of work. The outing did not get off to a great start for Juan Minaya, as he walked both Kyle Farmer and Joey Votto to leadoff the fifth. However, after a mound visit from pitching coach Wes Johnson, Minaya found his rhythm as he struck out each of the next three batters to get out of the inning. Minaya would follow that up with another scoreless inning in the sixth, where he gave up a two out double to Jonathan India, but struck out two more hitters, including Jesse Winker to get out of the inning unscathed. Reds Add Crucial Insurance Run in the 7th After an excellent outing from Juan Minaya, Rocco Baldelli turned to Beau Burrows in the seventh, with the Twins still trailing 5-1 at the time. Burrows looked decent in the inning, as he retired three of the four batters he faced. Unfortunately for the Twins, the loan batter he failed to get out was Tyler Stephenson, who took Burrows deep to center field giving the Reds a 6-1 lead. While it may not have seemed like it at the time, that run would be monumental just an inning later. Twins Comeback Effort Falls Short With the Twins trailing 6-1 entering the eighth inning, it seemed as though the game was getting out of reach of the Twins if they didn’t get something going with the bats in a hurry, and that is exactly what they did. Jorge Polanco and Luis Arraez leadoff the inning with a couple of walks, before Miguel Sano laced an opposite field double into right, bringing Polanco around to score and advancing Arraez to third. The Reds then went to the bullpen and brought in Luis Cessa to face Trevor Larnach, who was 0-for-3 with two strikeouts at that point in the game. That would change quickly, though, as Larnach delivered with a ground ball double that was just fair down the first baseline, bringing around both Arraez and Sano to score. With Nick Gordon up with Trevor Larnach on second, and the Twins now down by just two with still nobody out, they seemed primed to finish off the big comeback right here. Gordon would wind up advancing Larnach to third on a groundout, before Ryan Jeffers brought him in with a one out single. The Reds would go to the bullpen once again, this time bringing in Michael Lorenzen. With the pitcher’s spot in the order due up, Josh Donaldson made an appearance as a pinch hitter, but he would fail to help the cause as he struck out for the second out of the inning. It was then Max Kepler’s turn, who would come up with a big double of his own. Despite being two outs in the inning, Ryan Jeffers was unable to score for first and was held up at third. While Jeffers being not the most fleet of foot base runners did not help, credit the Reds defense for getting the ball back in so quickly and forcing Tony Diaz to put the stop sign up for Jeffers as he rounded third. This put the pressure on an already 0-for-4 Brent Rooker to come up with a big two out hit. However, things did not turn out the Twins' way, as Rooker struck out to end the scoring threat. The Twins would have another chance in the top of the ninth with Polanco, Arraez and Sano due up. Polanco put up a good battle, but eventually struck out on a 3-2 pitch. Luis Arraez then did his job as he got on base with a one out single. Nothing came of that however, as Miguel Sano would immediately ground into a double play to end the ballgame. Bullpen Usage Chart SAT SUN MON TUE WED TOT Coulombe 0 21 0 13 0 34 Burrows 0 45 0 0 13 58 Gant 0 16 0 22 0 38 Colomé 16 0 0 20 0 36 Duffey 0 0 0 0 0 0 Alcala 21 0 0 0 0 21 Minaya 18 0 0 0 44 62 Thielbar 14 0 0 0 22 36 Postgame Interviews What's Next The Twins will travel to Houston to face the Astros in a four-game series beginning Thursday night at 7:10 p.m. CDT. Griffen Jax (6.41 ERA) is scheduled to be on the mound against Astros starter Framber Valdez (3.01 ERA).
  10. Weekly Snapshot: 7/12 through Sun, 7/18 *** Record Last Week: 0-3 (Overall: 39-53) Run Differential Last Week: -9 (Overall: -66) Standing: 4th Place in AL Central (17.0 GB) Last Week's Game Recaps: Game 90 | DET 1, MIN 0: Bats Come Up Empty in Barnes Debut Game 91 | DET 5, MIN 4: Tigers Walk Off Twins on Bloop Single Game 92 | DET 7, MIN 0: Offense Snoozes Again in Sweep-Clinching Rout NEWS & NOTES I wrote last week about key question marks the Twins need to find clarity on in the second half, and Randy Dobnak is near the top of that list. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we're going to see much more of him this year. Dobnak was moved to the 60-day Injured List coming out of the break, indicating that his return from a finger strain is nowhere near. The righty last pitched on June 19th, so he won't be back on the mound for the Twins until at least late August. Devin Smeltzer was also transitioned to the 60-day IL; it sounds like he's hit some bumps on the rehab road and is still a ways off. Filling their spots on the 40-man roster are Charlie Barnes and Juan Minaya. The latter addition supplements a bullpen that's now short-handed again, with Derek Law going on the shelf due to a shoulder impingement. Barnes gives the Twins another rookie to evaluate in the starting rotation, and he had a pretty good showing in his major-league debut, which we'll discuss below. In a welcome bit of good news, it sounds like Mitch Garver's return is imminent. He wrapped up a short rehab stint in St. Paul and is set to join the team in Chicago on Monday. Jake Cave, who also embarked on a rehab assignment with the Saints last week, is not far behind. HIGHLIGHTS He's not one of the top pitching prospects in the organization. He doesn't project as a front-line talent, and maybe not even a full-time MLB starter. But nonetheless Barnes is an interesting and important player for the Twins. Time and time again, we've seen the impact of rotation depth beyond the top five, and Barnes has a real chance to factor into that picture over the next few seasons. A fourth-round draft pick out of Clemson back in 2017, Barnes has risen steadily through the organization, posting a 3.72 ERA in the minors over parts of four seasons. In his Twins debut on Friday, the lefty was as advertised, peppering the zone and keeping hitters off-balance with a quality changeup that paces his repertoire. He gave up a lead-off homer and basically shut the Tigers down after that, finishing with four hits, one walk, and one strikeout in 4 ⅔ innings. Barnes should get plenty more opportunities this year out of necessity. Minnesota's starting depth has been largely eradicated, and may get thinner yet. We noted earlier that Dobnak and Smeltzer won't be back for a while. Lewis Thorpe also remains sidelined. Michael Pineda will likely get traded if he's healthy (and if not, more innings to cover anyway). Bailey Ober's workload will be managed vigilantly. The Twins need to find innings wherever they can get them. Which is why I'm sad to say that J.A. Happ probably is not going anywhere, despite his clunker on Sunday ranking among the weekend's lowlights. There was no shortage of them. LOWLIGHTS The Twins not only lost all three games in Detroit, erasing whatever semblance of momentum they generated with a sweep of this same Tigers team heading into the break. They lost them all in strikingly hideous fashion. In Game 1 it was a shutout fueled primarily by Jose Urena and Daniel Norris, both of whom have ERAs north of six. Game 2 saw Detroit win in a walk-off when a routine pop-up with an expected batting average of .000 dropped between Nick Gordon and Andrelton Simmons in shallow center field. In the finale, Minnesota was flat-out dominated by this lousy Tigers team in a 7-0 trouncing. The Twins went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and Happ coughed up all seven runs. The pitching was customarily ineffective, but the complete lack of offense from the Twins in this series was surprising and disappointing. The Tigers have a bad, bad staff and Minnesota could do nothing to take advantage. Trevor Larnach's slump carried over from before the break. He saw his hitless streak extend to 17 at-bats before delivering a single on Sunday ... and then promptly getting thrown out trying to stretch it at second. Alex Kirilloff went 1-for-11. Max Kepler and Ryan Jeffers combined to produce zero hits in 18 plate appearances. Simmons is batting .158 this month after another hitless game on Sunday, and his OPS is on the verge of dropping below .600. With very few exceptions, the lineup completely sleepwalked through this series, despite the fact that everyone other than Nelson Cruz – who participated in All-Star festivities and appeared briefly in Tuesday night's game – was running on five full days of rest. It was as listless and sloppy a performance as we've seen all year. I long ago gave up on the idea of the Twins playing meaningful baseball in the second half, and I recognize things are sure to get worse once the sell-off is underway, but I'd still like to have a reason to tune in. The offense should be that. It's a talented group and theoretically a foundation to build upon if the Twins want to reassert themselves as contenders in short order. But what we saw over the past three days offered little to like or feel good about. TRENDING STORYLINE What exactly is the plan with Miguel Sanó? He sat in two of the three games in Detroit, further cementing his status as a part-time platoon player. It's not clear how this course of action benefits the Twins in any way at the moment. Firstly, taking Sanó out of the lineup doesn't appear to make it better. The Twins were shut out in both games he was benched for over the weekend, and while I'm not saying he'd have turned the tides, he has been hitting pretty well of late. In his past 25 games, the first baseman is slashing .265/.307/.470 with a 31% K-rate that is well below his norm. In fact, his OPS over the past two months is nearly .800. Meanwhile, it is apparent that Larnach and Kirilloff (among others) could use a few more days off mixed in. Secondly, there is the contractual attachment to Sanó. I realize that many fans would like to be done and wash their hands of the frustrating slugger, but the reality is that they team is on the hook for another $12 million after this year ($9.25M salary in 2022 and $2.75M buyout for 2023 option). The only way out of that commitment, or some portion of it, is trading Sanó. But keeping him on the bench regularly, as Rocco Baldelli has of late, prevents any trade market from taking shape. A classic surge in July could MAYBE raise the eyebrows of a power-needy team at the deadline. Sticking him on the bench every other day doesn't send any good signals. Moreover, the Twins just need to do whatever they can to help Sanó rediscover his game. It might feel like ancient history with all that's happened since, but he is only separated from his stellar 2019 season – 34 home runs, 79 RBIs, and a .923 OPS in 105 games – by less than six months, in baseball terms. He's 28 years old, not 34. To simply give up on him at this point, when it also means eating $12 million in dead salary, makes no sense, unless the front office is completely and utterly convinced he's lost what he once had. The flashes we've seen from him at times this year make that hard to believe. The coming offseason will likely define Sanó's baseball career. He's either going to put in the work, come back next year and re-establish himself, or he may very well end up finding that the best offer for him afterward is to go play ball overseas. You might not feel he's worth betting on. I wouldn't necessarily blame you. But the Twins don't really have much choice. LOOKING AHEAD The Twins have a full, busy week of action ahead, with eight games in seven days, and they will have their work cut out for them. The week opens with a rookie (Griffin Jax) going up against a Cy Young front-runner (Lance Lynn), and ends with another rookie (Ober) going up against an MVP front-runner (Shohei Ohtani). Given what we just saw against Detroit, it's hard to envision things going particularly well for the Twins during this stretch, but team results on the field will be a secondary storyline with the trade deadline now less than two weeks away. From that perspective, the Pineda start on Wednesday looms large. MONDAY, 7/19 (G1): TWINS @ WHITE SOX – RHP Griffin Jax v. RHP Lance Lynn MONDAY, 7/19 (G2): TWINS @ WHITE SOX – RHP José Berríos v. TBD TUESDAY, 7/20: TWINS @ WHITE SOX – RHP Bailey Ober v. LHP Dallas Keuchel WEDNESDAY, 7/21: TWINS @ WHITE SOX – RHP Michael Pineda v. RHP Dylan Cease THURSDAY, 7/22: ANGELS @ TWINS – LHP Andrew Heaney v. RHP Kenta Maeda FRIDAY, 7/23: ANGELS @ TWINS – RHP Alex Cobb v. LHP J.A. Happ SATURDAY, 7/24: ANGELS @ TWINS – LHP Patrick Sandoval v. RHP Jose Berrios SUNDAY, 7/25: ANGELS @ TWINS – RHP Shohei Ohtani v. RHP Bailey Ober MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email
  11. Before we share our choices for the Twins Minor League Top Five Starters for July, there were some other strong starting performers that just missed the cut. You can certainly agree or disagree with the rankings. Let’s discuss the top starting pitchers in the organization in June. HONORABLE MENTION Niklas Rimmel - GCL Twins - 5 GS, 20.0 IP, 2.70 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 17 H, 6 BB, 19 K (.230/576) Jhoan Duran - Ft. Myers Miracle/Pensacola Blue Wahoos - 5 GS, 23.2 IP, 2.66 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 22 H, 9 BB, 23 K (.253/656) Bailey Ober - Ft. Myers Miracle/GCL Twins - 5 G, 4 GS, 29.2 IP, 1.46 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, 23 H, 4 BB, 32 K, (237/553) Cole Sands - Ft. Myers Miracle - 4 GS, 24.2 IP, 2.55 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 22 H, 2 BB, 23 K (247/586) Tyler Watson - Ft. Myers Miracle - 4 GS, 21.2 IP, 1.66 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 16 H, 4 BB, 13 K (208/574) Tyler Palm - Cedar Rapids Kernels/Pensacola Blue Wahoos - 5 GS, 25.2 IP, 2.45 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 24 H, 9 BB, 24 K (242/628) Donny Breek - GCL Twins - 5 G, 4 GS, 15.0 IP, 1.20 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 7 H, 13 BB, 13 K.(137/495) Anthony Escobar - GCL Twins - 5 G, 2 GS, 22.2 IP, 2.38 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 17 H, 6 BB, 20 K THE TOP FIVE STARTING PITCHERS #5 - LHP Charlie Barnes - Pensacola Blue Wahoos - 6 GS, 35.1 IP, 2.04 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 30 H, 11 BB, 35 K Barnes was the Twins fourth-round draft pick in 2017 out of Clemson. The southpaw signed quickly and has moved up consistently. He began 2019 with the Ft. Myers Miracle before being promoted to Pensacola. He’s 2-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 games. In 65 innings, the 23-year-old has 67 strikeouts and just 19 walks. #4 - RHP Luis Rijo - Cedar Rapids Kernels - 4 GS, 26.2 IP, 2.36 ERA, 0.90 WHIP, 21 H, 3 BB, 27 K Rijo signed with the Yankees in 2015 from Venezuela. At the 2018 July trade deadline, he came to the Twins with Tyler Austin in the Lance Lynn trade. He ended the season going 2-0 with a 1.27 ERA in Elizabethton. He was known as an advanced pitcher with a good three-pitch mix, but he didn’t have the velocity. This year, he is often touching 96 with his fastball. Overall with the Kernels, he is 4-6 with a 2.58 ERA. In his first start in July, he struck out ten batters in seven, one-hit, shutout innings. He went at least six innings in each of his starts. For the month, opponents hit just .219 off of him, and that 9:1 K:BB ratio is really good. #3 - RHP Kai-Wei Teng - Cedar Rapids Kernels - 5 GS, 29.2 IP, 0.91 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 21 H, 7 BB, 26 K The Twins signed Kai-Wei Teng out of Taiwan in October of 2017. He spent 2018 in Extended Spring Training and the Gulf Coast League. This year, he joined the Kernels from extended spring training in June. His first three starts in July, he gave up just one earned run in 19 innings. He ended the month with seven shutout innings. Well, actually he ended the month as a member of the San Francisco Giants organization as he was traded as part of the deal that sent Sam Dyson to the Twins. #2 - RHP Randy Dobnak - Pensacola Blue Wahoos/Rochester Red Wings - 6 GS, 40.0 IP, 1.80 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 23 H, 5 BB, 33 K If anyone wants to argue that Randy Dobnak should be the pitcher of the month for July, I won’t put up much of an argument. He split the month between AA and AAA. He began the year by going 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA. In Double-A, he has gone 4-2 with a 2.67 ERA. And now in Triple-A, he is 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA, even with the MLB baseball. Dobnak provides innings. His 40 innings was most in the Twins system. He didn’t give up runs. He barely gave up base runners, and he missed enough bats to rack up quite a few strikeouts. In the month, batters hit just .159 with a .397 OPS off of him. In fact, in his most recent blog, Patrick Reusse says that Dobnak could be the next pitcher called up from Triple-A, maybe even as early as this weekend. After signing as a non-drafted free agent in 2017 and spending all of 2018 with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, his 2019 season has already been remarkable. And the Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month is: Ft. Myers Miracle/Pensacola Blue Wahoos - RHP Edwar Colina - 5 G, 4 GS, 31.2 IP, 0.57 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 14 H, 7 BB, 36 K The Twins signed Colina when he was 18 years old in late September 2015 out of Venezuela. He took major strides in 2018 when he pitched at Cedar Rapids and Ft. Myers. Unfortunately, he began the 2019 season in the injured list. He missed the first month of the season. He made just ten starts before being promoted. His first two starts in July came with the Miracle. In the first outing, he gave up just one hit over eight innings. In the next outing, he gave up three hits over seven shutout innings. He was then promoted to Double-A Pensacola. He went just four innings in his first AA start. He followed that up by giving up just an unearned run over seven innings, and he struck out ten batters for the second time this month. And in his final start, he threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings. For the month, opponents hit just .135 with a .377 OPS off of him in July. He struck out more than a batter an inning. Colina throws hard. He’s barely 6-0 tall and remarkably sturdy and strong. He has hit 100 mph on multiple occasions, though he sits between 96 and 98 mph. He has a good three-pitch mix and mixes speeds well too. While we have heard names like Brusdar Graterol, Jorge Alcala and even Jhoan Duran as possible hard-throwing options down the stretch for the Twins, Colina is in on par with each of them. Congratulations to our Twins Daily Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month of July, Pensacola Blue Wahoos right-hander Edwar Colina. Feel free to discuss and ask questions.
  12. TRANSACTIONS Minnesota Twins Acquired RHP Sam Dyson Rochester Red Wings RHP Cody Allen released OF Jaylin Davis traded to San Francisco RHP Ryan Eades reinstated from IL RHP D.J. Baxendale placed on the IL with groin strain Pensacola Blue Wahoos RHP Marcos Diplan acquired from Milwaukee Cedar Rapids Kernels RHP Kai-Wei Teng traded to San Francisco Elizabethton Twins RHP Prelander Berroa traded to San Francisco RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 6, Scranton/WB 1 Box Score Adam Bray took the ball to start this contest and he turned in four solid innings allowing just a single run (unearned) on two hits. He struck out three and walked just one. Rochester had to get this victory without their hottest hitter over the past couple months with Jaylin Davis being included in the package sent to San Francisco. Thankfully the Red Wings wasted little time in the run scoring department. A four-run first inning was punctuated with a two run homer for Alejandro De Aza, his third of the season. He’s batting .300 with a .910 OPS in 14 games since signing with the organization. Wilin Rosario blasted his 15th homer of the year in the 3rd to add another run, and Jake Cave drove in the sixth of the game on an RBI single in the 4th. Returning from the injured list and working in relief, Ryan Eades picked up the victory with a scoreless 5th inning. BLUE WAHOOS BITES Jacksonville 4, Pensacola 3 Box Score Charlie Barnes started in this one and went six innings. He gave up four runs but just one was earned, and he struck out seven walking just one. He’s now got just a 2.91 ERA through 12 Double-A games. Pensacola scored first on an error to open the game. Alex Kirilloff raced home to start the evening. After giving up four in the bottom of the third, the Blue Wahoos needed to crawl back in it. The only runs they could must however came on Ryan Jeffers 2nd Double-A dinger, a two-run shot in the 8th. Both Jeffers and Kirilloff enjoyed two-hit games. MIRACLE MATTERS Game Postponed Twins first basemen C.J. Cron was to begin a rehab assignment with the Miracle tonight to test out his thumb injury. Unfortunately that was thwarted with the postponement. KERNELS NUGGETS Beloit 12, Cedar Rapids 5 Box Score Lefty Kody Funderburk was tonight’s scheduled starter and a tough outing made it a quick evening. Coming up an out short of three innings, the southpaw gave up 10 runs (seven earned) on eight hits. After making it through two innings with just a 2-0 deficit, Cedar Rapids allowing a nine spot in the bottom of the third. Needing a response the Kernels bats stayed cold most of the night. Albee Weiss provided the first runs on his second Cedar Rapids homer in the 5th, but the team didn’t strike again until the 9th. Trailing by ten, Alex Isola followed up a balked in run with a two-RBI double to draw within seven. The rally ended there though. These two square off again tomorrow night so Cedar Rapids can look to exact some revenge in short order. E-TWINS E-NOTES Burlington 7, Elizabethton 6 Box Score The E-Twins turned to Andriu Marin as their starter tonight and he was bounced after recording a single out in the 5th inning. Giving up five runs on four hits, the bright spot was a six strikeout performance with just two walks. Marin was staked to a six run lead with Elizabethton doing all of their damage in the opening frame. Parker Phillips drove in the first run with a single to center. A sac fly from Trevor Jensen and a single from Anthony Prato then made it three to night. Janigson Villalobos roped his 3rd double of the year, this one with the bases loaded, to double up the margin. After Marin ran into trouble in the 5th, the E-Twins lead was cut down to just one. Failing to add more as the game went on, Burlington creeped back in to knot things up in the 7th and take the lead in the 8th. Elizabethton will be looking forward to the trip out of town and some home cooking following the three game sweep. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Twins 7, GCL Braves 4 Box Score Niklas Rimmel drew the start today for the GCL club and turned in four innings of work. He gave up two runs on three hits while walking and fanning four apiece. His ERA now sits at 2.92 across 24.2 IP this season. Yunior Severino, rehabbing for Cedar Rapids, started the game with a leadoff triple. Keoni Cavaco wasthen hit by a pitch in the next at bat, and things spiraled quickly for the Braves. When the dust settled following the first frame the GCL Twins had put up five runs. Serving as the DH Jeferson Morales blasted a two-run shot in the third (his third of the season), to give the away club a 7-5 advantage. The GCL Braves would attempt a comeback plating two in the 7th but that was where this one ended. TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY Pitcher of the Day – Charlie Barnes (Pensacola) 6.0 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER 1 BB 7 K Hitter of the Day – Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) 2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR(2) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) – 1-4, BB #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 2-3, R #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Rehab assignment with GCL #4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) – 1-3, R #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, R, K #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch #7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL) – 0-3, R, HBP #8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured List (groin) #9 - Jhoan Duran (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch #10 - Blayne Enlow (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch #11 - Lewis Thorpe (Minnesota) - Did not pitch #12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-4, R, 2B #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) – 2-4, R, 2 RBI, HR(2) #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) – Did not play #15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 0-4, R, BB, 3 K #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) – Did not play #17 - Akil Baddoo (Fort Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery) #18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch #19 - Misael Urbina (DSL) – 0-3, BB #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - Injured list THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Rochester (11:35AM CST) - RHP Kohl Stewart (5-5, 6.38 ERA) Birmingham @ Pensacola (6:35PM CST) – RHP Griffin Jax (4-3, 2.34 ERA) Dunedin @ Fort Myers DH (3:30PM CST) - RHP Cole Sands (4-2, 2.41 ERA)/TBD Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (6:30PM CST) – RHP Luis Rijo (4-6, 2.55 ERA) GCL Braves @ GCL Twins (11:00AM CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!
  13. TRANSACTIONS RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 5, Lehigh Valley 16 Box Score Kohl Stewart: 2 ⅔ IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 63.1% strikes (53 of 84 pitches) HR: Jaylin Davis (9), Brian Schales (2) Multi-hit games: Drew Maggi (2-for-5), Ronald Torreyes (3-for-5, 2 2B, R), Wilin Rosario (2-for-5, 2 RBI) The Rochester Red Wings were down early and could not recover against Lehigh Valley. Kohl Stewart’s line looks ugly, but he did not get much support from his defense as the Red Wings had five errors in the game. Much of the mess could have been avoided in the first had a double play been turned, but the old saying that “you can’t assume a double play” was at play there and the four runs scored in the first were all earned. Brent Rooker left the game early after he took an awkward slide while diving for a ball and the ball appeared to hit him in a place that you do not want baseballs to hit. I hope for his sake that it was just MiLB.tv’s quality that made it look that way because I would not wish that on anyone. Jaylin Davis blasted his ninth home run with the Red Wings and his 19th homer of the year between AA and AAA. The oppo taco helped push his AAA OPS to a tasty 1.066 through 25 games. BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 5, Montgomery 3 Box Score Charlie Barnes: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 63.0% strikes (58 of 92 pitches) HR: None Multi-hit games: Alex Kirilloff (3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI), Iván De Jesús Jr. (2-for-4, 2B, R), Lewin Diaz (2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Caleb Hamilton (2-for-4, RBI), Mark Contreras (2-for-4, 2B, R) The Blue Wahoos won a fairly straightforward game this Saturday against the Montgomery Biscuits. I saw straightforward because starter Charlie Barnes only gave up a single run over his six innings of work while the offense gave him five runs to work with. Generally, it is a good sign when your 2-6 hitters all have a multi-hit game and well, I would have to say it worked out well for the Blue Wahoos. Along with that, the Blue Wahoos had six extra-base hits and twelve hits total while only striking out three times. Alex Kirilloff continued his recent stretch of Alex Kirilloff-like hitting as he had yet another multi-hit game, a good sign as the young outfielder appears to have figured it out at AA. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers 5, Bradenton 6 (11 innings) Box Score Lachlan Wells: 5 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 68.6% strikes (59 of 86 pitches) HR: Andrew Bechtold (1) Multi-hit games: Gabriel Maciel (3-for-6, 3 R), Trevor Larnach (4-for-6, 3 RBI), Jose Miranda (2-for-6, RBI), Andrew Bechtold (3-for-5, HR, R, RBI) The Miracle lost an absolute heartbreaker that doubled as one of the wildest games that was played all year. Lachlan Wells and Tyler Watson imitated when Yoda rode on Luke’s back for training as Wells started the game (and went five innings) and Watson then went four innings afterwards. This was Watson’s first relief outing of the year. The Miracle dropped fourteen hits over the eleven innings they played yet Andrew Bechtold’s first A+ home run was the only hit that went for extra bases. In both the ninth and the 11th, the Miracle scored in the top half to take the lead but gave up run(s) in the bottom half. In the ninth it was one to tie the game and in the 11th it was two to lose it via a walk-off. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 12, Lansing 4 Box Score Andrew Cabezas: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 72.8% strikes (67 of 92 pitches) HR: Gabe Snyder (8) Multi-hit games: Gabe Snyder (3-for-5, HR, 3 R, 2 RBI), Trevor Casanova (2-for-3, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB) Wins that are close and full of thrills are fun and all, but nothing beats just destroying another team which is what the Kernels did this Saturday. Andrew Cabezas followed up his outstanding outing last week with a solid five inning showing. All three pitchers for the Kernels struck out three batters each which is some pretty cool symmetry. You might be scratching your head when you realize the Kernels scored twelve runs but only had nine hits, but they also walked eight times which gave their offense plenty of chances to knock in runs. Only two hitters failed to reach base. Gabe Snyder launched his eighth homer of the year and is now holding an OPS of .807 on the year at Cedar Rapids. I don’t know what is going on in the Twins’ system, but it seems like they have first basemen at every level who are absolutely destroying the ball... that’s good to see. E-Town E-Notes Elizabethton 3, Johnson City 2 Box Score Sawyer Gipson: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Ruben Santana (2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI), Willie Joe Garry Jr. (2-for-3, RBI) Recent draft pick Sawyer Gipson made his debut in professional baseball with the Elizabethton Twins on Saturday. He tossed a pair of scoreless innings that came with three strikeouts. Ryan Shreve relieved Gipson and threw five scoreless innings of his own while striking out an impressive nine hitters. Shreve’s K/9 coming into the game was an astounding 16.03 so he has settled in nicely with Elizabethton. The offense only put up four hits but two of those were doubles (both by Ruben Santana) and their six walks helped clog up the base paths. The final Ruben Santana double in the ninth proved to be the walk-off and the E-Town Twins squeaked out a win. GCL Twins Takes GCL Twins 1, GCL Red Sox 2 Box Score Matt Canterino: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, HR: None Multi-hit games: Jesus Feliz (2-for-4), Erick Rivera (2-for-3, BB), Bryson Gandy (2-for-3, BB) Matt Canterino made his professional baseball debut on Saturday as he allowed one run over his two innings of work. Keoni Cavaco was the DH and took a walk and hit a single. He also swiped a base. Jeferson Morales had the lone extra-base hit for the GCL Twins with his triple in the third. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Charlie Barnes Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Trevor Larnach PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 0-for-5, BB, K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 3-for-4, 2B, 2 R, RBI #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured list #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 4-for-6, 3 RBI #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - Did not play #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch #7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - 1-for-4, BB, 2 K #8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 0-for-1 (left early with an injury) #9 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch #10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch #11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch #12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 1-for-4, 2B #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-5, BB, 2 K #14 - Luis Arraez (Twins) - 2-for-5, R #15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 0-for-2, 2 BB, 2 K #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did not play #17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Out for year with Tommy John surgery #18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not play #19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - No game #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 1-for-4, 3B, R SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Lehigh Valley @ Rochester (12:05 A.M.) - RHP Drew Hutchison Montgomery @ Pensacola (5:05 P.M.) - RHP Jorge Alcala Fort Myers @ Bradenton (12:00 P.M.) - RHP Bailey Ober Lansing @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 P.M.) - RHP Kai-Wei Teng Johnson City @ Elizabethton (4:00 P.M.) - RHP Prelander Berroa Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games.
  14. Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Tuesday, starting with the transactions of the day. TRANSACTIONS Lewis Thorpe was optioned to Rochester following his MLB debut on Sunday. Ronald Torreyes was DFAd, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Rochester. Gabriel Moya cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Red Wings. Adalberto Mejia was reinstated from the Injured List. Wilin Rosario went on the IL with an ankle injury. Ricky De La Torre was activated from the Kernels Injured List. Bailey Ober and Dakota Chalmers began rehab assignments with the GCL Twins. According to Baseball America, the Twins have agreed to terms with several international free agents. Emmanuel Rodriguez, of, Dominican Republic (video) - $2.5 million Malfrin Sosa, of, Dominican Republic (video) Yonardy Soto, ss, Dominican Republic (video) Argenis Jimenez, of, Venezuela Gregory Duran, of, Dominican Republic In addition, they have signed Miguelangel Boadas, Breilin Ramirez, and Amilcar Vasquez. https://twitter.com/JesseSanchezMLB/status/1146068172488921088 RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 6, Syracuse 7 Box Score The Twins AAA affiliate got to face old-friend Ervin Santana. The right-hander gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings for work. The Red Wings got off to a good start, but they were unable to hold the lead. Devin Smeltzer started for the Wings and gave up two runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out six and didn’t issue a walk. Two of the hits, including a home run, came off the bat of Tim Tebow. Jake Reed came on and in 1 1/3 innings, he gave up four runs on five hits and two walks. Carlos Torres came on gave up one run over the final 2 2/3 innings to take the loss. Drew Maggi led the offense. He went 3-for-4 with a walk and his 13th double. He also stole his sixth base. Tomas Telis had another three-hit game as well. It was his third straight three-hit game and his fourth in his past five games. Jaylin Davis went 2-for-4 with a walk and his fifth home run since joining the Red Wings. Brent Rooker had a single, a walk and was hit by a pitch. Nick Gordon had a single, a walk, and his 18th double. https://twitter.com/RocRedWings/status/1146232571157721089 BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 1, Mississippi 0 Box Score In the bottom of the fifth inning, Michael Davis tripled… Two batters later, Lewin Diaz scored him with a sacrifice fly. For the second straight night, the Blue Wahoos topped Mississippi 1-0. On Monday, it was Randy Dobnak. On Tuesday, lefty Charlie Barnes was on the mound. He tossed seven scoreless innings and gave up just two hits. He walked two, hit two, and struck out eight batters to record his first Double-A win. Minnesotan Adam Bray struck out four batters over two scoreless, hitless innings for his first AA save. Alex Kirilloff went 2-for-3 with a walk in the game. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers 8, Clearwater 5 Box Score The Miracle got off to a great start. The first five batters of the game got on base and scored. And then they held on. The lead was cut to 6-5 after seven innings, but the Miracle added a single run in both the eighth and the ninth. Gabriel Maciel led off and led the Miracle offense. He went 3-for-5 and hit his first Miracle home run. Trevor Larnach went 2-for-3 with a walk. He also stole his fourth base. Royce Lewis was 2-for-5 with his 14th double. Andrew Bechtold went 2-for-3 with a walk. Trey Cabbage hit his fourth Miracle home run and tenth overall on the season. Jhoan Duran started and went just 2 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs on four hits. He walked three and struck out three batters. Johan Quezada came on and gave up just one run on one hit over the next 3 1/3 innings. The long, lanky right-hander struck out four batters. Derek Molina came on and struck out three over three innings to record the save. He gave up one run on four hits. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 3, Kane County 1 Box Score The Kernels were able to win a close one thanks to some strong pitching. Austin Schulfer improved to 6-4 with a 2.40 ERA after tossing six innings and giving up only an unearned run. He allowed three hits, walked one, hit one and struck out eight. Alex Schick came on and struck out three over two scoreless innings. Tanner Howell recorded his second Kernels save with a scoreless ninth inning. Gabe Snyder went 2-for-3 with a walk. He scored once and drove in one. Daniel Ozoria went 2-for-4 E-TWINS E-NOTES E-Twins 5, Pulaski 10 Box Score For the second straight night, Elizabethton was doubled-up by the Pulaski Yankees. The E-Twins fall to 7-7 on their season. Ryley Widell got the starting nod and gave up five runs on five hits and five walks in … four innings. He struck out five. Frandy Torres got the fifth inning. He gave up three runs on five hits. Erik Cha gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk in two innings.. He struck out two. Dylan Thomas struck out two in a perfect ninth. Spencer Steer provided the offense. He led things off with his second home run of the season. He also walked twice. Albee Weiss went 2-for-5. Anthony Prato and Matt Wallner each hit a double. https://twitter.com/ETwinsBaseball/status/1146268738276265992 GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Twins 18, GCL Rays 14 Box Score Maybe you were expecting a pitcher’s duel in the GCL on Tuesday. Nope! This one exhibited some good hitting, and a lot of not-so-good pitching. Do we start with the good news (hitting) or the bad news (pitching)? Let’s start with the pitching. Sometimes there is good news within bad news. For instance, the GCL Twins starting pitcher was Dakota Chalmers, making his first appearance on the mound since having Tommy John surgery last May. In the first inning, he struck out the side. In the second inning, gave up six runs (five earned) on two hits, a walk and two hit batters. He recorded one out, on a strikeout. Jesus Toledo came on and got the final two outs of the second frame. He gave up the inherited runs and two more on two hits and a walk. Bailey Ober pitched in his first game since the end of April. He gave up only an unearned run on four hits over four innings.He struck out five batters. Ricky Ramirez struck out three batters over two scoreless innings as he continued his rehab. Rogelio Reyes gave up five runs (four earned) on three hits and three walks in his inning. Now to the hitting… Parker Phillips was the star of this game. The Twins 27th-round pick out of Austin Peay this year had a huge game. He went 6-for-7 and completed the cycle. He hit his first home run, triple and double in the game. He scored four runs and drove in three runs. A nice day at the office. But to score 18 runs, it obviously wasn’t just Phillips. Victor Heredia went 3-for-6 with a walk. Wander Valdez was 3-for-6 also. Jeferson Morales went 1-for-2 with three walks. Jake Hirabayashi went 2-for-3 with two walks and a double. Kyle Schmidt went 2-for-5 with a double and five RBI. Luis Milla went 2-for-6. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Charlie Barnes, Pensacola Blue Wahoos Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Parker Phillips, GCL Twins PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 2-5, 2B(14), 2 R, 2 K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 2-3, BB #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder) #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 2-3, BB, R, RBI, SB(4) #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, 3K #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) -Did Not Pitch #7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - Did Not Play. #8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - 1-3, BB, HBP, RBI, 2K #9 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - 2.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K (69 pitches, 41 strikes) #10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch #11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 1-4, BB, 2B(18), 2 R, RBI #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 1-4, 2B(10), R, 2 RBI, K #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - (in progress, currently 1-1) #15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 1-4, BB, 2B(1), 2K, #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - 0-4, K #17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John) #18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch #19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 2-3, 2 BB, 2B(7), SB(10), R #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 1-4, K WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Syracuse @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Chase De Jong (0-4, 10.06 ERA) Mississippi @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - RHP Jorge Alcala (5-5, 5.81 ERA) Ft. Myers @ Clearwater (6:00 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (3-2, 3.09 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:30 CST) - RHP Tyler Palm (1-4, 4.73 ERA) Elizabethton @ Pulaski (5:30 CST) - TBD GCL Twins @ GCL Braves(11:00 CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Tuesday games or any other minor league topics you would like.
  15. Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with the transactions of the day. TRANSACTIONS The Twins announced that catcher Mitch Garver will begin a rehab with AA Pensacola and could be activated by the weekend if things go well. CEDAR RAPIDS Cedar Rapids officially announced what we heard last night, that Blayne Enlow has been promoted to the Ft. Myers Miracle. Also, RHP Alex Schick has been activated by the Kernels after completion of his 50-game suspension. RHP Luis Rijo has been placed on the Kernels injured list (hamstring). LHP Kody Funderburk has been promoted from extended spring training. PENSACOLA Pensacola sent Melvi Acosta back to the Miracle after making a spot start for them on Sunday. LHPs Charlie Barnes and Bryan Sammons were promoted from Ft. Myers to Pensacola. LHP Jovani Moran was placed on the injured list. OF Jimmy Kerrigan was activated by the Blue Wahoos. This week’s Inside Twins episode includes an interview with Twins minor league director Jeremy Zoll. The Twins are adding a couple more coaches at the minor league level, one to take the spot vacated earlier this year by Frank Jagoda. Both of these new coaches are finishing up their seasons at their respective colleges and should join their new teams around June 1st. Nat Ballenberg - Will be the fourth coach at Ft. Myers. He has been the pitching coach at Haverford (alma mater of Thad Levine and Jeremy Zoll). Jared Gaynor - will be added to the Cedar Rapids staff. Comes from Virginia Commonwealth University. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 7, Pawtucket 3 Box Score The Red Wings ended up as the only Minnesota Twins affiliate to play on Memorial Day. Kohl Stewart pitched well and the offense put together a huge inning to give the Red Wings the win. Stewart worked six innings. He gave up three runs (just one earned) on three hits. He walked one and struck out three. He improves to 4-2 with a 3.19 ERA. DJ Baxendale threw two scoreless innings, and Preston Guilmet worked a scoreless ninth frame. Down 2-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, the Red Wings tacked on six runs that inning. Following a John Andreoli sacrifice fly, Nick Gordon drove in another run with a triple. Zander Wiel singled in Gordon. Jake Cave drove in a run with a double. Finally, Randy Cesar drove in two more runs with a single. https://twitter.com/RocRedWings/status/1133083508530995200 Cave went 3-for-4 and the double was his second. Wilin Rosario was 3-for-4 with his fifth double. The Red Wings are now 18-29 on the season. BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola Box Score No Game Scheduled. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers Box Score No Game Scheduled. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids, Peoria Box Score Rain caused this game to be postponed. Since Peoria is not scheduled to play in Cedar Rapids again in the first half, they will make up this game in Peoria on June 9th. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Kohl Stewart, Rochester Red Wings Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jake Cave, Rochester Red Wings PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - No Game Scheduled #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Injured List (shoulder) #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled. #5 - Wander Javier (CR) - Rained Out. #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured (wrist) #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #9 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - promoted to Ft. Myers. #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery) #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 1-5, 3B(1), R, RBI #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List (elbow) #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - No Game Scheduled #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (thumb) #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - Rained Out #17 - Zack Littell (Minnesota) - Night Game #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 0-2, 2 BB, R #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - No Game Scheduled. #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled. TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre (5:35 CST) - RHP Randy Dobnak (0-0, 4.50 ERA) Mississippi @ Pensacola (6:35 CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (1st AA start of season) Ft. Myers @ Florida (5:00 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (2-1, 3.78 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:30 CST) - RHP Austin Schulfer (4-2, 2.41 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Memorial Day game or any other minor league topics you would like.
  16. Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Thursday, starting with the transactions of the day. TRANSACTIONS Pensacola placed LHP Jovani Moran on the seven-day injured list and activated RHP Andro Cutura. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 3, Buffalo 4 Box Score The Red Wings were supposed to play a morning game on Thursday. Weather delayed the start, making it an afternoon game. Lefty Devin Smeltzer was on the mound for the Red Wings. He went the first five innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits. He uncharacteristically walked four batters and struck out three. Jake Reed came on and threw three shutout innings. He gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three. Gabriel Moya worked the ninth. He gave up two runs on two hits and three walks to take the loss. Wilin Rosario led the offense. He went 2-for-4 with his sixth home run. He drove in all three Red Wings runs. Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-4 and stole a base. Zander Wiel was 1-for-3 with a walk and his eighth double. BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 10, Tennessee 5 Box Score The Blue Wahoos had an offense explosion in this one, which was needed after a short start. Sean Poppen started and needed 32 pitches to get through the first inning. He gave up three runs on five hits and a hit batter. Williams Ramirez came on to start the second. He went 2 2/3 inning and gave up just one hit. He walked two and struck out three. Tyler Jay went the next 2 1/3 innings. He gave up two unearned runs on three hits and two walks. He struck out three. Ryan Mason came on and struck out two batters over two scoreless innings. Cody Stashak pitched a scoreless ninth. Jaylin Davis went 3-for-5 with his fifth home run. Travis Blankenhorn went 3-for-5 with his fourth double. Alex Kirilloff went 2-or-4 with a walk and his fifth double. Taylor Grzelakowski was 2-for-4 with a walk and his seventh double. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers 3, Daytona 0 Box Score Charlie Barnes put in the best start of the season. The southpaw from Clemson needed just 87 pitches to throw eight shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked one and struck out five. However, after Barnes walked off the mound after the bottom of the eighth inning, the Miracle started the ninth with some good patience. Trey Cabbage walked. Royce Lewis walked. Michael Helman walked to load the bases. Jose Miranda didn’t walk. He grounded out to second base, hitting it in the right spot to allow the first run of the game to score and the other runners to move up a base. That was important because Lewin Diaz followed with a ground-rule double to score two more runs. Anthony Vizcaya came on for the ninth and struck out two in a perfect inning to record the save, his sixth of the season. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 2, Burlington 1 Box Score Jared Akins was the Twins 13th round draft pick in 2017 out of Fresno State. He was called up to the Kernels about ten days ago. He went 3-for-4 in this game and hit his fourth homer in nine games. Blayne Enlow made the start for the Kernels. He went the first five innings and gave up just one run on three hits. He walked four and struck out five. He was replaced by Moises Gomez who struck out four over two scoreless innings. Derek Molina got the final six outs to record the save. In the seventh inning, Estamy Urena singled in Andrew Bechtold with what proved to be the winning run. Bechtold and Jacob Pearson each walked twice in the game. Yeltsin Encarnacion went 2-for-4. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Charlie Barnes, Ft. Myers Miracle Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jared Akins, Cedar Rapids Kernels PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 0-3, BB, R, 2 K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 2-4, BB, 2B(5), RBI #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch. #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - .0-3, BB, 2 K #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - Injured (quad), return...unknown #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured (wrist) #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K (92 pitches, 56 strikes) #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured List #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Did Not Play #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, BB, K #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Did Not Play #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, K #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 0-4, K (threw out a runner at home, as well) #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 0-4, RBI. FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Pawtucket @ Rochester (DH @ 4:05 CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe (3-2, 6.70 ERA) Pensacola @ Tennessee (6:00 CST) - RHP - RHP Jorge Alcala (5-1, 4.09 ERA) Ft. Myers @ Daytona (6:05 CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (1-4, 4.66 ERA) Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Tyler Palm (1-3, 4.44 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Thursday’s games.
  17. TRANSACTIONS -RHP Tanner Howell promoted from Rookie Ball Elizabethton to A+ Fort Myers -RHP Kohl Stewart activated at AAA after being optioned on 4/25 -RHP D.J. Baxendale placed on the injured list at AAA with a left ankle sprain RED WINGS REPORT Postponed, game to be made up as a doubleheader on May 24th. There is more regarding the Red Wings, however. They were recently featured on ESPN for their upcoming “Deaf Culture Day” at the ballpark. The video clip of the segment can be found below: https://vimeo.com/332834920 BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 4, Jackson 3 Box Score Brusdar Graterol: 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 64% strikes (57 of 89 pitches) HR: Caleb Hamilton (2) Multi-hit games: Luis Arraez (2-for-4, R, 2 RBI), Caleb Hamilton (2-for-3, 2 R, RBI) The Twins top pitching prospect, Brusdar Graterol, had a solid start for the Blue Wahoos as he went 5 innings with just two runs given up. Although knowing how well the Blue Wahoos starters have done so far this year, this may have actually raised their average starting ERA, which is no slight toward Graterol. Actually, let me self-promote some of the numbers I dug up the other day regarding a few of their starters: https://twitter.com/matthew_btwins/status/1121481687798439936 Anyway, the Blue Wahoos wasted no time getting the game going as Ernie De La Trinidad singled home Luis Arraez in the first inning to take a quick lead. Caleb Hamilton wasn’t a fan of only winning by one so he launched a solo shot in the third to double the lead. The Generals answered in the fourth with a few doubles that knotted the game at two. Luis Arraez broke through in the seventh as his clutch two-run double gave the Blue Wahoos a lead which the Generals could not overcome. Dusten Knight recorded the old school three-inning save that most likely was concluded with a backflip (video unfortunately not included). MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers 8, Palm Beach 4 Box Score Charlie Barnes: 5 2/3 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, 64% strikes (57 of 89 pitches, literally the exact same as Graterol, freaky) HR: Rortvedt (2) Multi-hit games: Akil Baddoo (2-for-5, R), Royce Lewis (2-for-5, RBI), Jose Miranda (2-for-5, R, RBI), Ryan Jeffers (2-for-4, R), Ryan Costello (2-for-4, R, RBI) After a rough last outing, Charlie Barnes probably would have loved nothing more than a great start to wash out the taste of his outing last week. Luckily, he got just that, as he fired off 5 2/3 excellent shutout innings against the Cardinals. A third inning Royce Lewis single kicked off the scoring and a fourth inning Ryan Costello single added another run to said lead. The score stayed 2-0 until the big bat* of Ben Rortvedt stepped up to the plate in the sixth with two men on and when his at-bat was over, the lead turned into five thanks to his three-run bomb. *Ben Rortvedt’s bat is most likely a normal sized one as he would be cheating if he used a larger than allowed bat. The Miracle were able to plate a few more runs in that inning due to an assortment of hits and finally, the inning ended with an 8-0 advantage favoring the Miracle. The ending havoc resulted in each Miracle batter either having a run scored or an RBI. The Cardinals answered with four runs in the eighth inning, but it was not enough to top the Miracle as Melvi Acosta slammed the door shut with 1 2/3 shutout innings to end the game Now, be blessed by the Miracle gif game: https://twitter.com/MiracleBaseball/status/1122289201343418369 KERNELS NUGGETS Postponed, game to be made up as a doubleheader tomorrow. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Charlie Barnes Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Luis Arraez PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-5, RBI #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured list #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - 5 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-5, RBI, 2 K #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - Season has not started #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Postponed #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Postponed #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Postponed #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-5, 2B, 3B, R, 3 K #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured list #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured list #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-4, R, 2 K #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 1-for-3, HR, 2 R, 3 RBI, BB, K #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured list #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - Postponed #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Postponed #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - Postponed #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 2-for-5, R, RBI SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Pawtucket @ Rochester (12:05 P.M.) - LHP Justin Nicolino Pensacola @ Jackson (2:05 P.M.) - LHP Devin Smeltzer Palm Beach @ Fort Myers (12:00 P.M.) - RHP Randy Dobnak Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (G1) (1:00 P.M.) - RHP Cole Sands Cedar Rapids @ Kane County (G2) (~30 minutes after G1) - RHP Josh Winder Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games.
  18. MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 3, Daytona 1 Box Score W: Charlie Barnes (6.2 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) SV: Jovani Moran (2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) HR: Jose Miranda Multi-hit games: Travis Blankenhorn (3-for-3), Jose Miranda (2-for-4, 2B, HR) Game 1 of the Florida State League Championship Series opened up as a pitcher’s duel. Charlie Barnes of Fort Myers and Packy Naughton of Daytona each wiggled out of early jams, Barnes being the beneficiary of some great defense. Daytona opened the third inning with consecutive singles and loaded the bases with one out. A potential sacrifice fly was hit out to Aaron Whitefield in center, but he turned it into an inning-ending double play instead, throwing out the runner trying to score. This game was tied at 0-0 heading into the bottom of the sixth. Naughton retired the first two hitters he faced, but Alex Kirilloff hit a single to extend the inning and Jose Miranda delivered a huge two-run homer. The Miracle added an insurance run in the seventh, as Caleb Hamilton hit a leadoff single, stole second base with two outs and came around to score on a Travis Blankenhorn single. Things got way too interesting in the top half of the eighth inning. With Jovani Moran pitching, the Tortugas’ leadoff batter reached safely on a strike three passed ball. Moran hit the next batter, then gave up an RBI single. The Miracle finally got the first out of the inning on a pop out, but then Moran walked the bases loaded. Luckily, he got things straightened out and struck out the next two batters swinging. Heading into the ninth up 3-1, Ryan Costello committed an error to put the leadoff man on, but Moran buckled down again and struck out the next three batters, all swinging. Game 2 of this series takes place tomorrow evening. Griffin Jax will start for the Miracle. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 4, Beloit 0 (7 innings) Box Score W: Randy Dobnak (7.0 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K) Multi-hit games: Akil Baddoo (3-for-4, 2B) There’s nothing better than a dominant outing by a starting pitcher in postseason play. Randy Dobnak surely had the Snappers feeling helpless, as he shut them out for the full seven innings of this game. Dobnak gave up just six hits and a walk and struck out eight. He was effectively aggressive, throwing 72 of his 92 pitches for strikes (78.3 percent). Akil Baddoo was rock solid for Cedar Rapids at the plate. He hit a leadoff double in the first, but was eventually stranded there. In the second, he got the Kernels on the board with a two-out RBI single. He added another single in the middle of what was a two-run fourth inning for Cedar Rapids. This game was only scheduled for seven innings because if the Kernels would have lost, a third and deciding game would have been played later in the evening on Friday. With a victory in Game 2 of their series against Beloit, the Kernels advance to the Midwest League Western Division Championship, and will host Peoria tomorrow night. Bryan Sammons will be on the mound for Cedar Rapids. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Randy Dobnak, Cedar Rapids Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Jose Miranda, Fort Myers TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed 1. Royce Lewis (FM): 1-for-4 2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): 1-for-4, R 6. Trevor Larnach (CR): 1-for-2, BB, RBI, K 8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 3-for-4, 2B, RBI, R, K 13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 3-for-3, RBI 18. Ryan Jeffers (CR): 0-for-3 SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Fort Myers vs. Daytona, 6:00 pm CT: Griffin Jax (Game 2 of series, Miracle up 1-0) Cedar Rapids vs. Peoria, 6:35 pm CT: Bryan Sammons (Game 1 of series) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
  19. To find out just how great each of those prospects were on Tuesday, keep reading and be sure to discuss in the comments! TRANSACTIONS There were some moves in the system before the games: Chattanooga (AA): Pitcher Casey Crosby was activated from the disabled list and sent to the Gulf Coast League on a rehab assignment. He made the “start” for the GCL squad in that game. Fort Myers (A+): Lewin Diaz was placed on the disabled list with a right thumb fracture. To take his place Ben Rodriguez was promoted from Cedar Rapids. Cedar Rapids (A): To take Rodriguez’s place, 2018 2nd-round draft pick Ryan Jeffers was promoted from Elizabethton. GCL Twins (RK): In addition to Crosby, outfielder Christian Cavaness was also sent on a rehab assignment to the GCL. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 2, Indianapolis 0 Box Score Top prospect Stephen Gonsalves took the mound for the Red Wings looking to improve even further on his six-start stretch where he had lowered his ERA from 5.89 all the way down to 3.34. He delivered his best of that bunch on Tuesday, tossing seven scoreless innings. He allowed just five hits, struck out four, and most importantly in that time frame, issued zero walks. He gave up a leadoff triple in the fifth, but his defense caught that runner at home on the next batter. Gonsalves then finished by retiring the final eight hitters he faced. Of his 98 pitches, 68 went for strikes (69%) and he improved to 7-3 on the year in Triple-A. D.J. Baxendale earned his fifth hold with a scoreless eighth inning when he worked around two hits. In his first appearance since being optioned (again), Alan Busenitz picked up his fifth save with a one-two-three ninth, striking out the final two hitters to punctuate the win. On offense the Red Wings got multi-hit efforts from leadoff man Gregorio Petit (2-for-4, R, 2B, K) and LaMonte Wade (2-for-4, R, 2 K). Willians Astudillo and Jeremy Hazelbaker added doubles to the effort. Miguel Sano finished 1-for-2 with an RBI, a strikeout and two walks. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Pensacola 10, Chattanooga 8 (10 innings) Box Score While the Triple A game was all about a top prospect pitcher, this one focused on a top prospect hitter who has been heating up as the season has gone on. Of course, I’m talking about Brent-He’s So Hot Right Now-Rooker. In the first inning, Rooker got the Lookouts on the board with a two-run home run, his nineteenth of the season and his teammates added two more runs for the early 4-0 lead. He would follow a Zander Wiel single to lead off the second with one of his own, but both ended up stranded. That’s when the Blue Wahoos pounced on starting pitcher Omar Bencomo. They tallied eight runs across the third and fourth innings to take the lead. Bencomo finished five frames, but his ten hits allowed came in quick succession to give up those runs (seven earned). He walked none and struck out five. Chattanooga was able to tie the game in seventh inning, and again it was due in part to Rooker. After two runs had already crossed he came up with the bases loaded and delivered a two-run double, his 27th of the season which tied him with fellow top prospect (and trade rumor target) Corey Ray for the Southern League lead (Ray also leads him by one in homers, Rooker now leads league in RBI though!). Rooker added another single in the ninth, but again would be stranded. Rooker finished his game 4-for-5 with a walk to go along with his extra-base hits and four RBI. His average is now up to .272 on the season and .366/.490/.805 over his last ten games, which includes FIVE home runs, FIFTEEN runs batted in, and a 10:12 base-on-balls to strikeouts ratio. I’d probably promote him soon. Unfortunately for the Lookouts, that effort wasn’t enough when this one got to extra innings. After Bencomo’s exit, Cody Stashak went the next two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out three. Tyler Jay worked out of a jam of his own making in the eighth, then got two outs in the ninth before handing it over to Williams Ramirez. Jay allowed one hit, walked one, and struck out one in 1 2/3 innings. Ramirez got the final out in the ninth and two K’s to start the tenth inning, but a home run to the next batter proved to be the end. The Lookouts got the tying run on base with no outs in their half, but couldn’t push any one across (Rooker didn’t get a chance, unfortunately). Chattanooga got a hit from every batter in the starting lineup, and had four other hitters with two or more hits on the day. They included Zander Wiel (2-for-4, R, 2 BB, K), Chris Paul (2-for-6, R, 2B, 2 K), Jaylin Davis (3-for-6, R, 2 2B, RBI, K), and Ryan Walker (2-for-5, RBI, BB, 2 K). Jordan Gore also delivered two RBI. MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 4, Jupiter 1 Box Score For his second consecutive outing, lefty Charlie Barnes delivered an impressive performance. He left the game with two outs and runners on second and third in the seventh, but neither runner would score so he allowed just one run in his 6 2/3 innings. That came on six hits and one walk allowed, while striking out two. His ERA on the season now rests at a solid 2.82 for the Miracle. He also evened his record at 5-5 as his offense backed him up with a couple of blasts to put crooked numbers on the board. In the second inning, it was a two-run shot from Travis Blankenhorn, his ninth of the season. In the eighth, it was Alex-He’s Been Hot All Year-Kirilloff with a two-run bomb to the opposite field, his third with Fort Myers and his sixteenth overall on the year. He also finished this game 3-for-3 with two runs scored and drew a walk and is now hitting .370 in the Florida State League. https://twitter.com/kirilloff19/status/1022109421546156033 Hector Lujan was the first man called in from the bullpen, and finished the seventh and eighth innings before running into some trouble in the ninth. With two runners on and the game-tying run at the plate, Ryan Mason came on to shut it down with one out. He got the next two hitters, including a strikeout, to do so. Lujan finished with no runs allowed on one hit, two walks, and four strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Mason picked up his fifth save on the year. KERNELS NUGGETS Scheduled Day Off The Kernels had the day off on Tuesday as they finished a 5-1 road trip and head home for a five-game homestand versus the Clinton LumberKings and Quad Cities River Bandits. The series with the Bandits is of the two-game home-and-home variety, which they will repeat in August. The Kernels currently lead the Midwest League Western Division with a 22-9 record in the second half. E-TWINS E-TALK Elizabethton 10, Burlington 3 Box Score A late scoring burst from the Twins turned this one into another blowout, as they racked up ten runs on fifteen hits as a team. With the score tied at three going into the seventh, they put two runs on the board to take the lead and added on five more in the eighth. First-round draft pick Trevor Larnach led the lineup with a 4-for-5 night at the plate. It included his first professional extra-base hit, a double. He tallied three runs scored, four RBI, and stole his first base. He has at least one hit in every game he’s played so far and his average is a SSS .450. Elizabethton also got multiple hits from Yeltsin Encarnacion (2-for-5, 3 R, 2B, BB, K), Chris Williams (3-for-4, R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, BB, K), Alex Robles (2-for-5, RBI, K), and Lean Marrero (2-for-5, 2 R). Austin Schulfer got the start and went the game’s first three innings. He allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out three. Brian Rapp then came on and went the next 2 2/3 innings. He allowed one run on two hits and a walk, along with racking up four strikeouts. Kody Funderburk then finished it with 3 1/3 scoreless. He walked in an inherited runner that charged him with a blown save, but also picked up his first professional win as he surrendered two hits, walked one and struck out four. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Rays 8, GCL Twins 3 Box Score After being activated from the disabled list in AA, Casey Crosby made a rehab appearance to start this game. He got two outs with the help of a pickoff move to first base but walked two batters before his day was done. Frandy Torres then came on and gaveup a grand slam before recording the third out and the Twins were never able to recover. Torres added a scoreless second inning and finished with three earned runs on three hits and a walk while striking out two. Tyler Benninghoff toed the rubber next and delivered three scoreless frames. He struck out four and allowed two hits and a walk. Edit (box score updated on 7/25): Tyler Benninghoff finished three scoreless innings, but then ran into trouble to start the sixth inning. He would get one out due to a caught stealing, but an RBI single and RBI double ended his day. In total he pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out four. The Rays extended their lead against Petru Balan in the sixth inning, and in total he allowed four runs on five hits and three walks in two innings. He struck out one. Petru Balan then came on with Benninghoff responsible for two runners who would both score before getting out of the inning. He would add a scoreless seventh and in total allowed two hits, one walk, and struck out one in 1 2/3. Steven Cruz finished the game with two scoreless innings. He walked three and struck out four. On offense the Twins managed just five hits and drew zero walks but were able to scratch three runs across thanks to going 2-for-3 with runners in scoring position and 2018 28th round draft pick Austin Hale’s first professional home run. Kidany Salva added a double and Victor Tademo and pinch hitter Samuel Vasquez collected the other RBIs. Vasquez pinch hit for Christian Cavaness, who was making his first in-game appearance in almost a year. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Stephen Gonsalves, Rochester Red Wings (W, 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K) Twins Daily Hitter(s) of the Day – Brent Rooker, Chattanooga Lookouts (4-for-5, R, 2B (27), HR (19), 4 RBI, BB) TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 0-for-3, BB, 3 K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) – 3-for-3, HR (3), 2 RBI, BB #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch. #4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 0-for-4, K, SB (5) #5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – W (7-3), 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 4 K (3.04 ERA in Triple-A) #6 - Trevor Larnach (Elizabethton) – 4-for-5, 3 R, 2B (1), 4 RBI, SB (1), K #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 4-for-5, R, 2B (27), HR (19), 4 RBI, BB #8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – CR did not play. #9 -Wander Javier – Out of for the season. #10 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – Did not pitch. #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – CR did not play. #12 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 2-for-4, R, 2 K, 2 SB (5) #13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-3, R, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K #14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – Did not pitch. #15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – Did not play. #16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) – 0-for-5, K #17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) – On disabled list with fractured thumb. #18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) – CR did not play. #19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) – CR did not play. #20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) – 1-for-5, BB WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Indianapolis (6:05PM CST) – RHP Kohl Stewart (0-2, 4.70 ERA) Pensacola @ Chattanooga (10:15AM CST) – TBD Fort Myers @ Jupiter (5:30PM CST) – RHP Tyler Wells (7-4, 2.97 ERA) Clinton @ Cedar Rapids (6:35PM CST) – RHP Edwar Colina (3-3, 3.11 ERA) Elizabethton @ Burlington (10:00AM CST) – TBD GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00AM CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
  20. TRANSACTIONS Before we get to the games, there was some roster shuffling in the lower levels of the minors: Catcher Robert Molina was activated from the seven-day disabled list with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, and then assigned to the Elizabethton Twins. The GCL Twins activated pitcher Junior Navas from the disabled list and he closed out the game on Tuesday. The Twins also received infielder and 2018 draftee, Hunter Lee from Elizabethton. RED WINGS REPORT Louisville 12, Rochester 5 Box Score The Bats swarmed Red Wings starter Adalberto Mejia from the get-go in this one, with the home team falling behind 7-2 after three innings. Mejia recovered to finish six innings, including retiring the last seven hitters he faced, but it was too little too late. Those seven runs came on eight hits in the first three innings, and Mejia would only allow a walk after that. He also struck out seven. Louisville turned it into a blowout against the bullpen duo of Luke Bard and Jake Reed, who combined to allow five more runs on four hits and two walks in the final three innings. Bard allowed a home run but also struck out four. Reed struck out one and finished the game. On offense Rochester got multi-hit nights from Nick Gordon (2-for-4, R, 2B, RBI, BB, SB) and Andy Wilkins (2-for-3, R, HR, RBI, BB). Wilkins’ home run led off the ninth inning and was his second in as many games since being promoted to the Red Wings. Kennys Vargas contributed an RBI double in the first inning to drive in Gordon, who had clubbed his 11th double earlier in the frame. Stephen Gonsalves will take the hill for the Red Wings in the series’ rubber match Wednesday night at Frontier Field. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Scheduled Day Off After playing games for 19 consecutive days, the Lookouts got a much-needed day off. They hit the road to face the Mobile BayBears for five games beginning tomorrow night. MIRACLE MATTERS St. Lucie 0, Fort Myers 5 Box Score Fort Myers took a 1-0 lead after the first inning as the top prospect duo of Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff got them started. Lewis led off the game with his first double in a Miracle uniform. A batter later Kirilloff brought him home with his sixth Florida State League double. That was all starter Charlie Barnes would need, as he held the Mets scoreless for seven innings to pick up his fourth win. Barnes scattered five, walked none, and struck out two. He also had thrown just 89 pitches, with 57 going for strikes (64%) so maybe he even had some more in him if it was necessary. It wasn’t as the Fort Myers offense added to their lead with a single run in the fourth, and three more in the sixth. A sac fly from Joe Cronin made it 2-0 in the fourth, and Kirilloff led off the sixth with his second home run with the Miracle. In that same inning Ben Rortvedt drove in one with a sac fly, and a Brandon Lopez double would plate the third. Kirilloff and Lopez each collected two hits to pace the lineup. Travis Blankenhorn clubbed his 18th double and scored two runs. In addition to his double, Lewis also drew a walk in four trips to the plate. Colton Davis finished the final two innings for the home team and kept the shutout intact. He allowed one hit, walked two, and struck out two. KERNELS NUGGETS Scheduled Day Off Cedar Rapids had Tuesday off as they finished a 4-2 homestand last night. They will travel to Midland, Michigan tomorrow to begin a six-game road trip against the Great Lakes Loons. E-TWINS E-TALK Scheduled Day Off Elizabethton was the third of the organization’s affiliates to have the night off on Tuesday. Leading the Appalachian League West Division with a 19-9 record, they’ll face the bottom-dwelling Greeneville Reds to begin a six-game homestand on Wednesday night. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Twins 1, GCL Orioles 0 Box Score The teams combined for just nine hits in this one, with none of them going for extra bases, and no earned runs allowed by the pitching staffs in a 1-0 shutout for the Twins. A catcher interference play in the seventh inning put a runner on for the Twins, and after some small ball that runner scored on a wild pitch for the only run of the game. Leading the offense was Erick Rivera out of the eighth spot in the lineup, who finished 1-for-2 with two walks. The pitching for the Twins was obviously excellent in this one. Right-hander Donny Breek made the start and went the first four innings. He allowed two hits, walked three, and struck out four. Regi Graci went the next 3 1/3 innings to pick up his second win. He gave up only a hit and a walk while striking out two. Osiris German faced two hitters to end the ninth and retired both, including one on a K, to pick up his first hold in the GCL. In his GCL debut after being activated, righty Junior Navas delivered a one-two-three ninth to pick up his first save. He struck out one. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Charlie Barnes, Fort Myers Miracle (W, 7 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 2 K) Twins Daily Hitter(s) of the Day – Alex Kirilloff, Fort Myers Miracle (2-for-4, R, 2B (6), HR (2), 2 RBI) TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-3, R, 2B (1), BB #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) – 2-for-4, R, 2B (6), HR (2), 2 RBI #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch. #4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-for-4, R, 2B (11), RBI, BB, SB #5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Did not pitch. #6 - Trevor Larnach (Elizabethton) - Could play by Wednesday (per Doogie) #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – Scheduled off day. #8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – Scheduled off day. #9 -Wander Javier – Out of for the season #10 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – Did not pitch. #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch. #12 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 0-for-4, 3 K #13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-4, 2 R, 2B (18), K #14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – Scheduled off day. #15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-2, RBI, BB #16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) – Scheduled off day. #17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) – Did not play. #18 - Ryan Jeffers (Elizabethton) – Scheduled off day. #19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) – Scheduled off day. #20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) – Scheduled off day. WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Louisville @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) – LHP Stephen Gonsalves (6-3, 3.66 ERA Chattanooga @ Mobile (6:35AM CST) – LHP Paco Rodriguez (3-0, 3.60 ERA) St. Lucie @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) – RHP Tyler Wells (7-4, 2.85 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Great Lakes (6:05PM CST) – RHP Edwar Colina (3-3, 3.43 ERA) Greeneville @ Elizabethton (6:00PM CST) – TBD GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00AM CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
  21. TRANSACTIONS Cedar Rapids released Tanner Kiest, Rickey Ramirez promoted to Cedar Rapids from Elizabethton, Matt Albanese assigned to Elizabethton RED WINGS REPORT Pawtucket 0 @ Rochester 0 Box Score SUSPENDED - Rain CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Birmingham 3 @ Chattanooga 2 Box Score The Lookouts kept Birmingham off the scoreboard in every inning except the fifth, but they gave up a crooked number and could not rally to overcome the three-run fifth. Starter Dietrich Enns cruised into the fifth inning but did not finish, pitching 4.2 innings. Enns was charged with all three runs (two earned), he gave up six hits, did not issue any walks, and struck out eight. Sam Clay came in to close out the fifth and pitched the sixth as well, 1 1/3 IP. Clay did not allow any hits or runs. He walked two and struck out two. Williams Ramirez gave up a hit over two innings, striking out three and walking one. Cody Stashak gave up a hit in an otherwise clean 1 IP. The Lookouts had chances on Thursday night but were just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding eight. Brent Rooker was the only hitter to have multiple hits, and the only hitter to have an extra-base hit. Rooker was 2-for-4 with a double and a strikeout. Zander Wiel stole second the lone time he was on base, going 1-for-4 with a strike out. MIRACLE MATTERS Dunedin 2 @ Fort Myers 1 – GAME 1 Box Score In game one of a double-header the Miracle managed just three hits and a run, falling to Dunedin and starter Patrick Murphy who pitched a complete game (seven IP). Alex Kirilloff and Miguel Sano were both 0-for-3. Travis Blankenhorn provided the lone run support in the first game, going 1-for-3 with a solo home run in the fourth inning. Ervin Santana, still rehabbing, was tagged with the loss, giving up three hits and two runs over 4 innings. He struck out two and gave up a home run. He was replaced by Adam Bay who held Dunedin scoreless over 3 innings. Bray struck out four and gave up a pair of hits. MIRACLE MATTERS Dunedin 1 @ Fort Myers 0 – GAME 2 Box Score It was not much better for the Miracle in the nightcap as they again managed three hits against Dunedin, but this time failing to score any runs. Miguel Sano picked up two of the three hits going 2-for-3 with a strike out. Alex Kirilloff was again held hitless, going 0-for-3. Charlie Barnes pitched well enough to win, taking a scoreless game into the seventh inning, but without any run support at all he was tagged with a loss to fall to 3-5. Barnes pitched 6 1/3 innings, scattered six hits, giving up just one run in the top of the seventh. He walked three and struck out three. Ryan Mason pitched the last 2/3 of an inning, giving up a pair of hits but keeping Dunedin off of the board. KERNELS NUGGETS Wisconsin 1 @ Cedar Rapids 8 Box Score 2,520 fans in Cedar Rapids were treated to an excellent start from Bailey Ober. Ober pitched 7.0 innings, gave up just three hits and one run while striking out TWELVE. Ober’s 12-strikeout game was the first for the Kernels in more than two years. Jared Finkel finished the game for Ober and the Kernels, pitching 2 innings of hitless baseball. Finkel walked one and struck out one. The Kernels scored eight runs on just seven hits and three walks thanks to some timely hitting with runners in scoring position. Jared Akins was 2-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs. Jordan Gore was 2-for-3 with a three-run home run. Royce Lewis was 1-for-3 with an RBI, a walk and a strikeout. Elizabethton Twins Talk Kingsport 7 @ Elizabethton 1 Box Score The E-Town Twins were clobbered by Kingsport 7-1 and managed just four hits. No Twins hitter had more than one hit, and Trevor Casanova had the team's only extra-base hit, a double, as part of his 1-for-4 night. Starter Andrew Cabezas was charged with the loss, falling to 0-2 with 4.0 innings of three-run baseball. Cabezas gave up three hits and struck out four. Carlos Suniaga pitched 4.0 innings of relief giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits. He struck out four and walked one. Blair Lasko pitched 1 inning, giving up a pair of runs on three hits, a walk and a strike out. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Orioles 1 @ GCL Twins 2 Box Score The GCL Twins walked off the GCL Orioles with some good old-fashioned small ball. After Alberoni Nunez walked to lead off the inning, Agustin Marte bunted him over to second. The Orioles then intentionally walked Estamy Urena to keep the force out in play, and then accidentally walked Gabe Snyder to load the bases. Austin Hale was the hero, singling home the winning run! Hale was 1-for-2 with an RBI and a strikeout. No Twins player had multiple hits and there were no extra base hits. Before Hale’s ninth inning single with the bases loaded, the Twins were 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 runners. The Twins used four pitchers to win a tight game on Thursday with starter Kai-Wei Teng going 5.0 innings, giving up just two hits and striking out seven. Zach Featherstone pitched a scoreless six, but walked the bases loaded and only escaped thanks to a couple of strikeouts. Erik Cha pitched 2.0 innings, gave up just a single unearned run on no hits and no walks. J.T. Perez earned the win thanks to that ninth inning run, he pitched 1 inning, gave up one hit and a walk, striking one out. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Bailey Ober, Cedar Rapids Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Brent Rooker, Chattanooga TOP 20 PROSPECT PERFORMANCE Royce Lewis, Cedar Rapids – 1-3, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 RBI, 1 K Alex Kirilloff, Fort Myers – 0-6, 2 K Brent Rooker, Chattanooga – 2-4, 1 2B, 1 K Akil Baddoo, Cedar Rapids – 1-4, 1 R Lewin Diaz, Fort Myers – 1-6, 2 K Ben Rortvedt, Fort Myers – 0-2, 1 K Travis Blankenhorn, Fort Myers – 1-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI Yunior Severino, Elizabethton – 1-4, 1 K FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester (6:05pm) – Kohl Stewart (0-0, 7.50) Chattanooga (7:15pm) – Anthony Marzi (0-5, 7.27) Fort Myers (5:30pm) – TBD Cedar Rapids (6:30pm) – TBD Elizabethton (6:00pm) – Josh Winder (0-0, 0.00) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Thursday's games.
  22. ROSTER MOVES INF Jorge Polanco had MLB rehab assignment transferred from Ft. Myers to Rochester. C Juan Graterol signed by Minnesota to a minor league contract and assigned to Rochester RHP Kohl Stewart transferred from Chattanooga to Rochester C Jordan Pacheco placed on the disabled list at Rochester with a right knee contusion, retroactive to June 26. LHP Dietrich Enns transferred to Chattanooga from Rochester. RHP Brusdar Graterol transferred to Fort Myers from Cedar Rapids. LHP Tyler Watson transferred to Cedar Rapids from Fort Myers. OF Jared Akins transferred to Cedar Rapids from Elizabethton C Robert Molina placed on the disabled list at Cedar Rapids with a left hand contusion. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 2, Syracuse 1 (Game 1- 7 Innings) Box Score Fernando Romero got the start on the mound and pitched six innings. He allowed one run on six hits while striking out one and walking two. In a tight game, he did enough to keep the Red Wings on top. John Curtiss earned his eighth save after pitching a perfect seventh. He struck out one and saw his season ERA dip to 2.12. Leonardo Reginatto helped to get the scoring started in the third. He lead-off the inning with a walk and moved to third on a Byron Buxton single. In a rare sight, Buxton got thrown out trying to steal second base. His steal streak is still active at the big league level. Nick Gordon eventually drove in Reginatto and Rochester took a 1-0 lead. In the fourth, Zack Granite singled with two outs and moved into scoring position after an error by the right fielder. Reginatto singled and Grante scored to push the lead to 2-0. Jorge Polanco and Buxton both finished 2-for-3 as they get closer to returning to the big league roster. Rochester 7, Syracuse 5 (Game 2- 7 Innings) Box Score Rochester used a huge four-run seventh inning to sweep the double header. LaMonte Wade doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a wild pitch. Gregorio Petit and Juan Graterol connected on back-to-back singles before Nick Gordon cracked his first Triple-A home run to put the Red Wings on top for good. Wade finished 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs scored. Graterol joined the hit parade with a 2-for-3 night including two RBI. Jorge Polanco went 2-for-4 and Byron Buxton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. D.J. Baxendale went 2 1/3 innings while allowing two earned runs on three hits. He struck out two and walked one. Luke Bard couldn’t make it through two innings as he surrendered three runs in 1 2/3 innings. Nick Anderson picked up the win and improve to 4-1 after he pitched two scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Gabriel Moya earned his third save with a clean seventh inning. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 5, Tennessee 7 Box Score The Lookouts cranked four home runs included two from Brent Rooker but it still wasn’t enough to come out victorious in this one. Rooker finished the day 3-for-4 with three runs scored, two RBI, and added his 17 double. Andy Wilkins and Brian Navarreto chipped in with their own home runs. The Lookouts only had one at-bat with a runner in scoring position and only four runners were left on base. Omar Bencomo allowed three home runs in six innings of work. He struck out six and allowed five earned runs on four hits. Cody Stashak was actually charged with the loss as he allowed two runs on two hits in the final two innings. He struck out two and walked one. MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 13, Tampa 0 Box Score Fort Myers scored at least one run in the final six frames to blowout Tampa. Charlie Barnes and Hector Lujan combined for the shutout on the mound. Barnes pitched six shutout frames by scattering three hits, all singles. He struck out two and walked two. Barnes hasn’t allowed a run in his last 16.2 innings. Lujan earned his first save by pitching three innings and striking out three. Luis Arraez reached base five times include a three hit night. He added his 14th double and scored a pair of runs. Caleb Hamilton also exploded at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with two home runs, a double, and five RBI. He’s homered in back-to-back games. Mark Contreras, Shane Carrier, and Lewin Diaz also had multi-hit efforts. Overall, the club at 14 hits and still missed some opportunities as they went 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids --, Burlington – (Postponed-Rain) Wind blew the tarp off the field in Burlington and the Kernels and Bees found themselves without a chance to play baseball. A similar situation happened earlier this year at the same field. The Kernels will play a doubleheader on Friday, which is scheduled to start at 5:00 pm. E-TWINS E-TALK Elizabethton 2, Danville 11 Box Score Yunior Severino chalked up four hits but it wasn’t enough for the E-Twins. Ricky De La Torre had the team’s lone extra-base hit, a double, as he finished 2-for-4. Chris Williams reached base twice with walks but was held hitless. Tyler Palm took the loss as he allowed seven earned runs on eight hits in two innings. Things didn’t go much better for Seth Pinkerton as he allowed four runs on four hits in 2 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked three. Johan Quezada and Rickey Ramirez combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings to end the game. Quezada struck out two and walked one. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Twins 11, GCL Rays 12 (11 innings) Box Score The GCL Twins held multiple leads in this game but allowed six runs in the final four innings resulted in the loss. Prelander Berroa started and gave up five runs (four earned) in four innings. He struck out three and walked two. Michael Montero and Tanner Howell each pitched two innings and allowed one run apiece. Denny Bentley was charged with his first blown save as he allowed three runs on three hits in two innings. Petru Balan got charged with the loss but the only run scored against him was the runner that started on second base in the final frame due to MiLB’s extra-inning rules. Janigson Villalobos, Yeison Perez, and Gabe Snyder all finished with three hit. Perez and Snyder each had a long-ball. Villalobos had a double and a triple. Multiple fielding errors and passed balls hurt the team. Tyler Webb didn’t start the game and he was still able to collect a pair of outfield assists after entering as a defensive replacement. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Caleb Hamilton, Fort Myers (3-for-4, 2 HR, 2B, 5 RBI, 3 R) Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Charlie Barnes, Fort Myers (6.0 IP, 0 ER, 3 H, 2 K, 2 BB) TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY Here is a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #2 – Fernando Romero (Rochester) – 6 IP, 1 ER, 1 K, 2 BB #3 – Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-7, HR, 4 RBI, R, K #5 – Alex Kirilloff (Fort Myers) – 1-4, 3 RBI, K #7 – Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 3-4, 2 HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 3 R, K #13 – Lewin Diaz (Fort Myers) – 2-5, 2 R, RBI #14 – LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 2-3, 2 2B, 2 R, K #17 – Travis Blankenhorn (Fort Myers) – 0-4, RBI, K #18 – Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) – 4-5, RBI, K FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester vs Lehigh Valley (6:05 CST) – LHP Stephen Gonsalves (5-3, 4.56 ERA) Chattanooga @ Tennessee (6:00 CST) – RHP Sean Poppen (1-4, 5.61 ERA) Fort Myers vs Lakeland (6:00 CST) – RHP Tyler Wells (6-3, 2.68 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (6:30 CST) – RHP Bailey Ober (3-1, 5.16 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Burlington (Game 2) – RHP Blayne Enlow (0-2, 4.43 ERA) Elizabethton @ Danville (6:00 CST) - TBD GCL Twins @ GCL Red Sox (11:00 AM CST) – TBD Please feel free to ask any questions about Thursday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.
  23. TRANSACTIONS Alex Kirilloff was promoted to Fort Myers. To take his spot in Cedar Rapids, Ben Rodriguez was activated from the DL. Edgar Corcino was promoted to Rochester, Jaylin Davis jumped up to Chattanooga and Nick Buss was released. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 2, Syracuse 1 (10 innings) Box Score W: Nick Anderson (1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K) SP: Zack Littell (6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: None Zack Granite got the walk-off hit, picking up his very first RBI of the season. This game was knotted up at 0-0 until the Red Wings, or I guess they were the Plates tonight, broke through with a run in the seventh inning. Jake Cave singled, LaMonte Wade drew a one-out walk, Willians Astudillo singled to load the bases and Kennys Vargas managed to drive in a run on a ground out. Tyler Duffey was nasty in the eighth, striking out three of the four batters he faced, but allowed the game-tying run to score in the bottom of the ninth. Nick Anderson pitched a scoreless 10th inning before Granite managed to drive home the free runner (bonus runner?) in the bottom half of the inning to end it. Byron Buxton was 1-for-3 with two strikeouts and a stolen base. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 12, Biloxi 2 Box Score W: Lewis Thorpe (7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K) HR: Tanner English (1), Jimmy Kerrigan (2), Brent Rooker (10) Multi-hit games: Kerrigan, Chris Paul, Ryan Walker, English Complete domination. Lewis Thorpe was untouchable on the mound and the offense was firing on all cylinders. Here's a great Tweet from Chris Blessing of Baseball HQ; https://twitter.com/C_Blessing/status/1009971966005129217 Jimmy Kerrigan was 4-for-5 and scored four runs and Chris Paul had three hits and had six RBIs. Just when you think it couldn’t get any better ... MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 10, Bradenton 0 Box Score W: Charlie Barnes (7.0 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: Mark Contreras, Lewin Diaz, Luis Arraez, Ben Rortvedt, Taylor Grzelakowski, Caleb Hamilton, Brandon Lopez … the Miracle put together an even more impressive performance. Every member of the Fort Myers lineup had at least one hit, with seven batters putting together multi-hit games. Mark Contreras and Lewin Diaz led the way in terms of hitting with three hits each, but Luis Arraez reached safely four times, picking up two hits and two walks. Caleb Hamilton led the team in total bases on the night, as he hit a double and a triple. Charlie Barnes, who’s been really rolling, had one of his most impressive performances as a pro, pitching seven shutout innings. Colton Davis was perfect over the final two frames. Alex Kirilloff was 1-for-6 and scored a run in his FSL debut. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 5, Wisconsin 4 Box Score W: Randy Dobnak (6.1 IP, 9 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) SV: Jovani Moran (2.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB 5 K) HR: Royce Lewis (7), Ben Rodriguez (4) Multi-hit games: Akil Baddoo, Royce Lewis, Ben Rodriguez, Davis Banuelos The Kernels were down a run heading into the bottom of the sixth, but Ben Rodriguez hit a go-ahead two-run inside-the-park home run to put the Kernels on top. Jovani Moran was perfect over the final 2 2/3 innings, all while protecting a one-run lead. He’s struggled with control at times, but when Moran is on (like he was tonight) he’s special. Of the eight batters he faced, he struck out five of them. Royce Lewis, beat up knee and all, slugged his seventh homer, a three-run shot. Randy Dobnak scattered nine hits across 6 1/3 innings to earn his fifth victory. E-TWINS E-NOTES Elizabethton 9, Burlington 5 Box Score W: Blair Lakso (1.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 4K) SV: Johan Quezada (1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) SP: Andrew Cabezas (3.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: Ryan Jeffers, Jared Akins, Ariel Montesino, Chris Williams, Trevor Casanova, Ricky De La Torre, Lean Marrero Ryan Jeffers is among the more intriguing new faces to the Twins’ organization. We’re learning this early on: Dude can hit. Jeffers was 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, three RBIs and a pair of runs Thursday. Fellow 2018 draftee Trevor Casanova was 2-for-3 with a walk. On the mound, 18th-round pick Andrew Cabezas made his professional debut, striking out five batters over three innings of one-run ball. GCL TWINS TAKES OFF STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Lewis Thorpe, Chattanooga Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Jimmy Kerrigan, Chattanooga TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed: 1. Royce Lewis, CR: 2-for-4, HR, 3 RBIs, R, K 2. Fernando Romero, MIN 3. Nick Gordon, ROC: 0-for-4, 2 Ks 4. Stephen Gonsalves, ROC: Did not pitch. 5. Alex Kirilloff, FM: 1-for-6, R, K 6. Wander Javier: Out for the season with a shoulder injury. 7. Brent Rooker, CHAT: 1-for-4, HR, BB, RBI, 2 Rs 8. Blayne Enlow, CR: Did not pitch. 9. Brusdar Graterol, CR: Did not pitch. 10. Akil Baddoo, CR: 2-for-4, 2B, R. 11. Zack Littell, ROC: 6.2 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K 12. Lewis Thorpe, CHAT: 7.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 12 K 13. Lewin Diaz, FM: 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, 2 Rs 14. LaMonte Wade, ROC: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, K 15. Mitch Garver, MIN 16. Ben Rortvedt, FM: 2-for-5, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 Rs, K 17. Travis Blankenhorn, FM: 1-for-5, RBI, R, 2 Ks 18. Yunior Severino, ET: Did not play 19. Tyler Jay, CHAT: Did not pitch. 20. Felix Jorge: Out with knee injury. FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester vs. Scranton, 6:05 pm CT: Stephen Gonsalves Chattanooga vs. Biloxi, 6:15 pm CT: Sean Poppen Fort Myers at Bradenton, 5:30 pm CT: Tyler Wells Cedar Rapids vs. Wisconsin, 6:35 pm CT: Bailey Ober Elizabethton at Bristol, 6:00 pm CT, TBD GCL Twins vs. GCL Red Sox, 11:00 am CT: TBD Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
  24. TRANSACTIONS Hmmm, where to start? Well, I suppose Miguel Sano being demoted to Fort Myers was something worth mentioning, huh? Joe Mauer’s rehab assignment with Rochester ended. He was 0-for-10 with two strikeouts and no walks. Also, Jake Cave was optioned to Rochester. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 3, Buffalo 1 Box Score W: Adalberto Mejia (6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K) SV: John Curtiss (1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) Multi-hit games: Zack Granite, Kennys Vargas Adalberto Mejia! Zack Granite! Kennys Vargas! Remember those guys? Well, they’re still around, and they all helped lift the Red Wings to a win tonight. Mejia gave up just one run on four hits in six innings of work, lowering his ERA to 3.47 on the season. He struck out six and walked three batters. Granite was 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored while Vargas was 2-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs. Nick Anderson had hit a bit of a rough patch, but he got back on track again tonight, pitching two scoreless innings. John Curtis picked up his fourth save. All three of Rochester’s runs were scored in the first inning. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Birmingham 3, Chattanooga 0 Box Score SP: Omar Bencomo (5.0 IP, 9 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K) It was a really rough night for the Chattanooga bats. The Lookouts were shut out, only had five hits, drew zero walks and struck out 11 times. I usually don’t mention opposing players, but Birmingham pitcher Dane Dunning is looking like a stud. He was a first-round pick out of Florida back in 2016 and made most of the top 100 prospect lists this season. He was originally drafted by the Nationals, who traded him to the … Chicago White Sox. Aw man, seriously? Edgar Corcino got the only extra-base hit of the night for Chattanooga, a double. Omar Bencomo gave up three runs on nine hits over five innings. He struck out seven. Tyler Jay (two innings) and Cody Stashak (one inning) combined for a scoreless night from the bullpen. MIRACLE MATTERS Palm Beach 3, Fort Myers 2 (10 innings) Box Score SP: Charlie Barnes (5.2 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) HR: Taylor Grzelakowski (6) Multi-hit games: Ben Rortvedt, Travis Blankenhorn Charlie Barnes didn’t get his first full season as a professional off to a great start, but he’s been rolling as of late. Last year’s fourth-round pick had a 5.14 ERA through his first five starts, but since then he’s pitched to a 3.12 mark. Barnes gave up one run on just two hits in 5 2/3 innings tonight, but unfortunately the Miracle bullpen couldn’t hold a one-run lead. Ben Rortvedt was 3-for-4. They’ve all been singles, but he’s 6-for-15 (.400) since being promoted. Rortvedt’s arrival has provided an opportunity for fellow catcher Taylor Gzelakowski to get work in elsewhere. He started in left field tonight and hit his sixth homer. Travis Blankenhorn and Jaylin DAvis each reached safely twice and they also both stole a base. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 10, Kane County 3 Box Score W: Bailey Ober (7.0 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K) HR: Alex Kirilloff 2 (13) Multi-hit games: Kirilloff, Robby Rinn, Royce Lewis, Jose Miranda, David Banuelos Take a bow, Alex Kirilloff. This was his first four-hit game of the season and second multi-homer effort. He’s tearing apart Midwest League pitching, posting a line of .329/.386/.608. It would have been understandable if Alex had gotten off to a slow start after missing all of last season, but he’s been a beast from the get-go. In a season that hasn’t had many positives for Twins fans, this young man represents a brilliant beam of sunshine. There were plenty of other strong performers for Cedar Rapids, as Robby Rinn had three hits, both Royce Lewis and Jose Miranda had two doubles and David Banuelos reached safely three times. The Kernels were actually trailing 1-0 after the first inning, but Bailey Ober ended up getting settled in. He went seven innings, needing only 79 pitches to do so, and gave up two runs on four hits and one walk. He struck out seven batters and threw 72.2 percent of his pitches for strikes. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Bailey Ober, Cedar Rapids Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Alex Kirilloff, Cedar Rapids TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed: 1. Royce Lewis, CR: 2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 1 RBI, BB 2. Fernando Romero, MIN 3. Nick Gordon, ROC: 0-for-4 4. Stephen Gonsalves, ROC: Did not pitch. 5. Alex Kirilloff, CR: 4-for-6, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBIs 6. Wander Javier: Out for the season with a shoulder injury. 7. Brent Rooker, CHAT: 0-for-4, 2 Ks 8. Blayne Enlow, CR: Did not pitch. 9. Brusdar Graterol, CR: Did not pitch. 10. Akil Baddoo, CR: 1-for-5, BB 11. Zack Littell, ROC: Did not pitch. 12. Lewis Thorpe, CHAT: Did not pitch. 13. Lewin Diaz, FM: 1-for-5, K 14. LaMonte Wade, ROC: 1-for-2, 1 R, 2 BBs 15. Mitch Garver, MIN 16. Ben Rortvedt, FM: 3-for-4 17. Travis Blankenhorn, FM: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 K 18. Yunior Severino: Expected to join E-Town. 19. Tyler Jay, CHAT: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K 20. Felix Jorge: Out with knee injury. FRIDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester at Buffalo, 6:05 pm CT (Zack Littell) Chattanooga at Birmingham, 7:05 pm CT (Kohl Stewart) Fort Myers OFF Cedar Rapids vs. Peoria, 6:35 pm CT (Bryan Sammons) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
  25. TRANSACTIONS Rochester Red Wings LHP Dietrich Enns cleared outright waivers and was activated Chattanooga Lookouts Received RHP Ryne Harper from Triple-A Rochester Twins traded RHP Anthony McIver to Seattle Mariners Cedar Rapids Kernels Activated RHP Jared Finkel from the disabled list RED WINGS REPORT Buffalo 7, Rochester 0 Box Score In a cluster of roster moves a few days ago, the big league club needed to add Triple-A infielder Gregorio Petit to the 40 man roster. Dietrich Enns, acquired in the Jaime Garcia trade with the New York Yankees, was outrighted as a result. He recently cleared waivers and was activated today by Rochester to make the start. Unfortunately it didn’t go as planned. Enns needed 65 pitches to make it through just two outs into the second inning. He allowed five earned runs on four hits while walking two and striking out just one. That six-run third inning by Buffalo would prove to be fatal for the Red Wings, as they failed to muster any offense all day. The lineup produced just four hits in total, with them being spread out amongst Jermaine Curtis, Brock Stassi, James Ramsey and Sean Miller. Stassi’s double was the lone extra-base hit for Rochester. In relief, the Red Wings turned to four different arms today. D.J. Baxendale and Casey Crosby both ceded runs to give Buffalo their eventual tally of seven. Mason Melotakis and Alan Busenitz threw a combined three scoreless innings for the away club (with two of those being recorded by Melotakis). With today being a getaway day, the Red Wings will look for an opportunity to get back above .500 on Thursday against Scranton. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chatanooga 4, Jackson 2 Box Score In a rare five game series, the Lookouts found themselves in position to take the set in the third game with another win over the Generals. Omar Bencomo gave the club 5 1/3 strong innings, allowing just two runs on five hits. Leaving with a 3-2 lead, the Lookouts would add a run and hang on, pushing Bencomo’s record to 2-0 on the year. Nick Gordon tied up the game at one in the bottom of the first inning, launching a solo homer for his third of the year. Jackson then jumped back out to a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning, but Edgar Corcino quickly answered with a solo shot of his own in the bottom half. From there, it was an Alex Perez single scoring Gordon in the fifth to put the Lookouts in the lead for good. Providing the cushion was none other than Gordon again, this time doubling for the second time on the night, and scoring Tanner English in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ryne Harper returned to the Lookouts today and worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings pitched while giving up just one hit and striking out three. Todd Van Steensel picked up his second save of the year in a six-out effort. Chattanooga has two games left ahead of them in order to pick up the series sweep. MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 7, Charlotte 6 Box Score Charlie Barnes got the start tonight for the Fort Myers Miracle, and he turned in a career-best outing. He went 6 1/3 innings allowing just two runs to the Stone Crabs. While seven batters did record hits off of the lefty, Barnes limited the damage by issuing just one free pass and striking out four. The win is his first for the Miracle and fifth of his brief professional career. The Stone Crabs kept clawing their way back into the game, so it’s a good thing that the Fort Myers offense came to play as well. Three long balls were sent into the seats tonight, one each by Taylor Grzelakowski, Jared Foster and Jaylin Davis. With the lead trimmed to 5-2 in the seventh inning, it was Davis’ two run blast that provided the necessary cushion. Going into the final inning after having recorded the last out of the eighth, Andrew Vasquez had a one run lead to protect for the win. He was able to record each of the four necessary outs while allowing just one hit and punching out three to pick up his second save of the season. The win gave the Miracle yet another series win, and sends them off to Dunedin within one game of the .500 mark. https://twitter.com/kirilloff19/status/994376382607183873 KERNELS NUGGETS Dayton 5, Cedar Rapids 4 (10) Box Score Bailey Ober drew the start for the Kernels tonight and went five innings for the visitors. Despite being in a 4-1 hole when their starter left the game, Cedar Rapids battled on offense. From the sixth through the eighth innings, the Kernels put up a run in each frame. Alex Kirilloff’s fifth homer of the season was the highlight of the sixth inning for Toby Gardenhire’s squad. In the ninth inning, catcher David Banuelos doubled to lead off the frame and then advanced to third on a throwing error. Dayton got a strikeout of Jordan Gore to give them the first out of the inning. After walking Akil Baddoo to set up a double play, Andrew Bechtold fell victim as the second batter to strike out in the inning. Having already done damage earlier in the game, Kirilloff got a free pass to load the bases. Unfortunately, Ben Rodriguez couldn’t drive in the go ahead run and ended up allowing Dayton to strike out the side. After forcing extras and bringing the new pace of play rules into play, the Kernels couldn’t drive Ben Rodriguez in as he stalled on third base in the top half. In the bottom half, Dayton found themselves with a first and second situation after a hit batter. Jared Finkel was able to get Dayton batter Leandro Santana out on a foul bunt, but Jeter Downs singled in the next at bat to walk it off for the home team. The Kernels continue their road trip heading to Bowling Green for a new series tomorrow night. The Hot Rods sport a solid 20-12 record, and 2017 draft pick Brendan McKay will be on the mound to start the series. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Charlie Barnes (6.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB 4 K) Twins Daily Hitter of the Day – Nick Gordon (3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR(3), 2 2B) TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY 3. Nick Gordon (Chattanooga) – 3-4, 2 R, 2 RBI, HR(3), 2 2B 5. Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) – 2-4, R, RBI, BB, HR(5) 7. Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 1-4, BB 10. Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – 1-4, RBI, BB 17. Travis Blankenhorn (Fort Myers) – 1-4, 3 RBI, 3B(2) THURSDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Scranton (5:35PM CST) – RHP Zack Littell (1-0, 0.00 ERA) Jackson @ Chattanooga (6:15PM CST) – RHP Randy LeBlanc (4-1, 2.70 ERA) Fort Myers @ Dunedin (5:30PM CST) – RHP Andro Cutura (2-0, 4.40 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Bowling Green (6:35PM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (3-0, 4.64 ERA) Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Wednesday’s games!
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