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  1. Along with his work in preparation for his 2020 baseball seasons, Jose Miranda also got to spend a little time with his cousin, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Yes, the same Lin-Manuel Miranda who won awards for his Broadway play In the Heights and later gained international renown for writing and starring in the immensely popular play Hamilton. According to Jose Miranda, “My dad is his dad’s cousin.” While they have only met and conversed a handful of times (the 40-year-old Lin-Manuel grew up in New York but frequently visited Puerto Rico), they had a nice chat this past offseason. “He’s friendly, humble. If you see him, you would never guess he was famous like that.” Photo by Hannah Gaber-USA TODAY “I like music. Not into singing or doing some instrumental, but I like reggaeton, music in Spanish.” Jose Miranda then added, “Sports was my primary thing since growing.” ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Jose Miranda grew up in Puerto Rico. He was born in the village of Manati in the north central part of the island. He said he spent one semester of his ninth grade year with his mom in Miami. He returned to Puerto Rico and attended Leadership Christian Academy in Guaynabo, a city just south and west of San Juan and just east of Bayamon. Miranda became well-known as a baseball prospect nationally. He had a pretty good sense of where he might be drafted, and thought he knew which teams were most likely to select him. “I was expecting to go in the second round or the third round. I had communications with three or four teams. I think the Twins weren’t the favorites. I thought I was going to go to the Phillies or the Blue Jays. They were talking to me more.” A lot of times, teams will know who they want and then try to act as if they are uninterested, hoping that the player will get to them. The Twins were thrilled that Miranda was still available when they made their first of two straight Competitive Balance picks after the second round of the 2016 draft. As Twins Hall of Famer Brad Radke said that night, “With the 73rd selection of the 2016 MLB Draft, the Minnesota Twins select Jose Miranda, a shortstop from Leadership Christian Academy, Puerto Rico.” Of that night, Miranda noted, “That was my first goal. I worked so hard for that. I wanted to be in the first few rounds. My senior year, I was just working out, working out, working out, working out, playing, playing, and then I got called, and my dream came true, and now my dream is to get to the bigs.” Because of uncertainty in where he might be drafted, the Miranda family did not have a big party. The first two rounds and the Competitive Balance picks are made on the first night of the draft. The third round through the tenth round picks are made on Day 2. So Miranda was at home with his dad and his grandma. However, news of his selection traveled quickly. “My phone blew up. Texts from everyone. Twitter. Instagram.” One pick later, the Twins selected outfielder Akil Baddoo with the 74th pick, the fourth straight high school hitter that the Twins drafted that year. The Twins had drafted outfielder Alex Kirilloff with the 15th overall pick. Their second-round pick was catcher Ben Rortvedt. The group remains close. “We communicate, and we talk a lot. We’re friends.. I talk more with Akil Baddoo, but I talk to every one of those guys. They’re super cool, and they like to work.” ------------------------------------------------------------------ There is a pride that you hear in the voice of players who grew up in Puerto Rico. And the Twins have drafted and signed many players from Puerto Rico. In talking to Jose Miranda, it is quite clear he is proud to be from Puerto Rico. “For me, if I was born again, I’d want to be born in Puerto Rico. It’s my island. It’s where I grew up. I love it. My family is there. It's such a small island. Everyone is rooting for you when you’re here. I love it. ” The Puerto Rican players will often get together for dinners or just hang out and talk about baseball. Having that support from the players who have made it to the big leagues and from the island is motivating. “It’s a motivating thing because we know they were here before. They went from the minors, from rookie ball to the bigs. They tell us, you’ve got to trust the process, and if you do things right, you will get promoted to the bigs. One day, you’re going to play up here with us. That’s the main goal. Jose Miranda has been moving up the Twins organizational ladder one level at a time. Following the draft, he played 55 games for the GCL Twins. In 2017, he played in 54 games for the Elizabethton Twins and hit .283 with eight doubles and 11 home runs. He moved up to full-season ball in 2018. He played in 104 games with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. He hit .277/.326/.434 (.760) with 22 doubles and 13 home runs. He ended the season with 27 games in Ft. Myers where he helped the Miracle to the Florida State League championship. He began 2019 with the MIracle. In 118 games, he hit .248/.299/.364 (.663) with 25 doubles and eight home runs. Statistics in the Florida State League always have to be taken with a grain of salt, especially with a 21-year-old. “It’s pretty hard. Sometimes you hit some balls that you think are going to go or they’re going to fall, but they get there and they catch them. Sometimes you get frustrated, but it just is what it is. It’s a tough league, but you have to live with it.” That’s where a player needs more than just tools and physical strength. It’s where players can get challenged with the mental aspects of the game. “Just got to stay hard in your mind, strong. Just stay positive. Keep working. You’ve just got to keep working, and you can’t stop working.” Starting pitchers Jordan Balazovic and Dakota Chalmers were promoted from Ft. Myers to Pensacola for their playoff run. Jose Miranda was the lone hitter that was promoted for the Southern League playoffs. He went 3-for-5 with a double in his one regular season game. Then in five playoff games for the Blue Wahoos, Miranda hit .368/.429/.526 (.955). “I think I had a little more confidence going into the offseason. In my mind, I was like, at least I finished in Double-A. It was a little jump. It was at the end, but I finished at Double-A.” ------------------------------------------------------------------------- In his career, Miranda has split time between third base and second base, with an occasional game played at shortstop. However, he has begun to play more third base. While his third base-second base mix was about 50/50 in 2018, he played third base nearly two-thirds of the time in 2019. Most scouts believe that is the position he is most likely to play. For his part, Miranda doesn’t mind playing either position. “I feel comfortable at both. If you can tell me now which one I want to play, I don’t have an answer right now. I like to play both, or all three. I like to play shortstop too. But right now it’s more third and second. Whatever they want me to play, I’ll play it.” ----------------------------------------------------------------- 2020 will be a big year for Jose Miranda. Following the season, he will be Rule 5 draft-eligible if he is not added to the Twins 40-man roster. To prepare for the season, he really worked hard. “First of all, I was working on my body because I wanted to lose some weight. Last year I felt a little sloppy, a little slow. So I told my trainer we had to work on my weight to get a little faster, to gain a little agility. And then my swing, and my swing mechanics.” When asked for his goals, he didn’t mention numbers and statistics. “One of my main goals is just to stay healthy for the whole year. Stay healthy, and then control what I can control.” Off the field, Miranda has some very exciting news as well. He will soon become a father. “We’re having a baby. Super exciting.” Miranda’s girlfriend is due in April. She is in Puerto Rico but hopefully about a month after the baby is born, mother and child will come to the States to be with Jose. A big year indeed!
  2. Find more on these five Minnesota Twins prospects and much more in the 2020 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. It’s available in paperback and as an ebook. 20. Jose Miranda, 3B/2B Age: 21 (DOB 6/29/1998) 2019 Stats (A+/AA): 483 PA, .252/.302/.369 (.671 OPS), 8 HR, 11.2 K%, 5.0 BB% 2019 Ranking: 20 We start this year’s list the exact same way we did in 2019. Miranda’s numbers don’t jump off the page, but keep in mind he still slugged better than the Florida State League average (.353) and was young for the level. He faced pitchers who were older than him in over 96 percent of his plate appearances last season. Miranda reached Pensacola to end the year. He played one regular season game, then hit .368/.429/.526 (.955) over five postseason games for the Blue Wahoos. That continued a trend, as Miranda has hit .350/.429/.583 (1.012 OPS) in 16 career playoff games. Once again, Miranda posted an insanely low strikeout rate. His 11.2 K% ranked 23rd among the 686 minor leaguers to log 400 plate appearances last season (inside the top four percent). He also mashed lefties, hitting .303/.330/.506 (.835 OPS), and continued to work on his defensive versatility. Sometimes the biggest thing that needs to happen for a player’s power to emerge is simply to get the heck out of Fort Myers. The guy at No. 18 on this list is a great example of just that ... 19. Cole Sands, RHP Age: 22 (DOB 7/17/1997) 2019 Stats (A/A+/AA): 97 1/3 IP, 2.68 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 28.2 K%, 5.0 BB% 2019 Ranking: NR The Twins drafted Sands in 2018, but he didn’t make his professional debut until this past season. He opened the year with Cedar Rapids and immediately outmatched Midwest League hitters. https://twitter.com/TFTwins/status/1114718482913005568 Sands made eight starts for the Kernels, nine for Fort Myers, then closed out the season by making his Double-A debut in the second leg of a doubleheader for Pensacola. I’d say that’s quite a busy first year on the job. Among the 667 minor league pitchers to log at least 80 innings in 2019, Sands’ 2.45 FIP ranked eighth. He did an incredible job of racking up strikeouts while limiting his walks, posting a K:BB ratio of 5.68. Another positive development was that Sands increased his workload from 75 1/3 innings at Florida State in 2018 to 97 1/3 innings this past season. 18. Travis Blankenhorn, 2B/LF Age: 23 (DOB 8/3/1996) 2019 Stats (A+/AA): 471 PA, .277/.321/.466 (.787 OPS), 19 HR, 22.3 K%, 5.7BB% 2019 Ranking: NR Blankenhorn slipped off our list and onto the honorable mentions last year, but was No. 17 on the Twins Daily 2018 list and No. 9 on the 2017 list. He opened 2019 back in Fort Myers, but was headed up the coast after just 15 games with the Miracle. Despite facing tougher pitchers, the move to Pensacola did wonders for Blankenhorn’s power production. After hitting 12 home runs in 139 total games for the Miracle, Blankenhorn needed just 49 games to reach a dozen bombas for the Blue Wahoos. He hit .298/.337/.521 (.857 OPS) in his first 70 Double-A games, but suffered an injury in mid-July and slumped upon his return. Blankenhorn also continued to display his athleticism in 2019. He spent most of his time at second base (70 starts), but played more outfield than he had in previous seasons, and had three outfield assists in just 24 starts in left field. He was also a perfect 11-for-11 in stolen base attempts. The Twins added Blankenhorn to the 40-man roster this offseason, so expect him to get plenty of looks during spring training. 17. Misael Urbina, OF Age: 17 (DOB 4/26/2002) 2019 Stats (FRk): 217 PA, .279/.382/.443 (.825 OPS), 2 HR, 6.5 K%, 10.6 BB% 2019 Ranking: NR This guy has a chance to be the Twins’ No. 1 prospect a few years from now. Urbina’s speed and overall athleticism were hyped when the Twins signed him to a $2.75 million bonus, but the Venezuelan dynamo also proved he can control his plate appearances in. Urbina’s 6.5 K% was the fourth lowest among the 343 hitters who logged at least 170 plate appearances in the Dominican Summer League. He paired that with a strong 10.6 BB%. He also slugged nearly 100 points better than the DSL average and stole 19 bases in 50 games, oh, by the way. DSL stats aren’t particularly sticky. Taking a look back at prior years you’ll find quite a few guys who shine and then fizzle once they reach full-season ball. Still, Urbina’s tools, pedigree and now performance makes for a tantalizing player to pin dreams on. 16. Edwar Colina, RHP Age: 22 (DOB 5/3/1997) 2019 Stats (A+/AA/AAA): 97 1/3 IP, 2.96 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 25.4 K%, 8.0 BB% 2019 Ranking: NR Colina’s talent was on full display throughout July, where gave up just two earned runs in 31 2/3 innings (0.57 ERA) and struck out 36 batters. He was named Twins Daily’s Minor League Pitcher of the Month for that performance. Colina made 10 starts for Fort Myers and four more for Pensacola. In those outings, he pitched to a 2.29 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and struck out 89 batters in 82 2/3 innings. His overall numbers were dragged down a bit by five relief outings that didn’t go nearly as well. The product of Venezuela has always had a knack for keeping the ball in the yard, and tied Cole Sands for the lowest HR/9 in the system (minimum 90 innings). Both of them surrendered just four homers in 97 1/3 innings pitched. Over his entire minor league career, Colina has given up a grand total of just 16 home runs in 324 2/3 innings pitched. 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  3. Hard to believe that the 2019 minor league season is over. Labor Day marks the final day of the minor league regular season. Five months of games have certainly done what we hope. Some prospects have taken big steps forward. There have been injuries. There have been struggles and adjustments. There have been promotions and demotions. There have been major-league debuts. It has been a lot of fun, and we thank you for following the Twins minor league system each day in our minor league reports. We work hard to bring you the best coverage of the Twins farm system available. Join me in thanking Tom Froemming, Cody Christie, Steve Lein, Ted Schwerzler and Matt Braun for their weekly coverage. Over the next week to ten days, we will also be unveiling the Twins Daily Minor League Awards. So check back soon to see who our winners will be. However, you’ll be glad to know that we will keep the minor league reports going for as long as the Twins have an affiliate playing playoff baseball. On Wednesday, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and Cedar Rapids Kernels begin their playoff seasons. And even throughout the offseason, we will cover the winter leagues and the Arizona Fall League as well.Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with the awards and transactions of the day. AWARDS Rochester announced their 2019 team awards, voted by their fans. Congratulations to all three!Wilin Rosario was named the team’s MVP.Zander Wiel was named the most popular.Jake Reed was named the Most Civic-Minded for the second straight year for his work in the community. He volunteered his time at various events and programs throughout the Rochester area, including heavy involvement with Rochester Challenger Baseball..TRANSACTIONS Rochester announced that infielder Joe Cronin joined them from Pensacola. LHP Denny Bentley was transferred to the Elizabethton roster after pitching on Sunday.Pensacola announced that they have received infielder Jose Miranda from the Miracle for their playoff roster.Darren Wolfson has reported that Trevor Hildenberger will be joining the Twins in Boston on Tuesday. He likely isn’t the last player who will be added to the Twins September roster. (according to Doogie's new The Scoops podcast, the Twins will also recall Ryne Harper and Fernando Romero.)RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 4, Syracuse 8 Box Score The Red Wings end their season with a .500 record, 70-70. With several players already up with the Twins, the Red Wings used several players from lower levels to fill their roster. The game was a bullpen game. Jake Reed made the start. He gave up two runs on four hits over the first two innings. He struck out four batters. Next in was Alex Schick who spent most of the second half of the season in Cedar Rapids. He gave up one run on two hits over three innings of work. Sam Clay came on and gave up five runs on six hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. Trevor Hildenberger allowed two inherited runners to score and then recorded the next four outs, two on strikeouts. Ryne Harper struck out three, and walked one, in the final inning. Drew Maggi led the offense. He went 3-for-4. Ramon Flores was 2-for-4. The Red Wings had a couple of milestone homers. Brandon Barnes hit his 30th International League home run of the year. Wilin Rosario hit his 20th home run of the year. BLUE WAHOOS BITES Pensacola 8, Montgomery 0 Box Score The Blue Wahoos finished their schedule with a strong all-around game. As we like to do, if a team throws a shutout, we’ll start with the pitching update. It is most impressive because they only had their starter, Bailey Ober, go three innings before much of the bullpen got an opportunity. Ober continued his impressive run with three scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit and struck out three batters. Anthony Vizcaya gave up one hit and struck out two batters in his inning. Jovani Moran then struck out four batters over two scoreless innings. Andrew Vazquez and Tom Hackimer each struck out the side in their inning. Marcos Diplan finished it off with a scoreless ninth inning. The bats came out for the final game as well. They also weren’t afraid to take their walks. Trevor Larnach went 1-for-2 and walked three times. Alex Kirilloff and Royce Lewis each had a single and two walks. Jose Miranda made his Double-A debut and went 3-for-5 with a double. Travis Blankenhorn, Ryan Costello, Caleb Hamilton and Taylor Grzelakowski each had two hits. Also of note, after playing centerfield on Sunday, Royce Lewis split Monday’s game between second base and third base. The Blue Wahoos end their regular season with an overall record of 76-63. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 9, Beloit 3 Box Score Gabe Snyder has had a very strong first full season in professional baseball. He ended his regular season strong. The Midwest League’s postseason All Star first baseman went 2-for-5 with his 19th home run and three RBI. Seth Gray and Chris Williams each had two hits in the game. Wander Javier hit his 11th homer of the season. It was a bullpen game for the Kernels as they prepare for their playoff run. Brian Rapp gave up one run on three hits over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out three batters. JT Perez came on and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk over two innings. Nate Hadley got the next four outs. Austin Schulfer struck out the side in the eighth inning. Dylan Thomas gave up two hits and a walk in the ninth inning but did not allow a run. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Bailey Ober, Pensacola Blue Wahoos Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jose Miranda, Pensacola Blue Wahoos PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 1-4, 2 BB, R, 2 K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 1-4, 2 BB, R, RBI #4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 1-2, 3 BB, R, 2 RBI #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 1-5, R, 2 RBI, K #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 3-4, 2 R, 2B(13) #15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, BB, R, K #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 2-6, R TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Pensacola vs Biloxi - No game on Tuesday. Their series begins in Biloxi on Wednesday. Cedar Rapids vs Quad Cities - Not game on Tuesday. Their series begins on Wednesday in Quad Cities. Luis Rijo the likely Game 1 starter. 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  4. Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Monday, starting with the awards and transactions of the day. AWARDS Rochester announced their 2019 team awards, voted by their fans. Congratulations to all three! Wilin Rosario was named the team’s MVP. Zander Wiel was named the most popular. Jake Reed was named the Most Civic-Minded for the second straight year for his work in the community. He volunteered his time at various events and programs throughout the Rochester area, including heavy involvement with Rochester Challenger Baseball.. TRANSACTIONS Rochester announced that infielder Joe Cronin joined them from Pensacola. LHP Denny Bentley was transferred to the Elizabethton roster after pitching on Sunday. Pensacola announced that they have received infielder Jose Miranda from the Miracle for their playoff roster. Darren Wolfson has reported that Trevor Hildenberger will be joining the Twins in Boston on Tuesday. He likely isn’t the last player who will be added to the Twins September roster. (according to Doogie's new The Scoops podcast, the Twins will also recall Ryne Harper and Fernando Romero.) RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 4, Syracuse 8 Box Score The Red Wings end their season with a .500 record, 70-70. With several players already up with the Twins, the Red Wings used several players from lower levels to fill their roster. The game was a bullpen game. Jake Reed made the start. He gave up two runs on four hits over the first two innings. He struck out four batters. Next in was Alex Schick who spent most of the second half of the season in Cedar Rapids. He gave up one run on two hits over three innings of work. Sam Clay came on and gave up five runs on six hits and a walk in just 1 2/3 innings. Trevor Hildenberger allowed two inherited runners to score and then recorded the next four outs, two on strikeouts. Ryne Harper struck out three, and walked one, in the final inning. Drew Maggi led the offense. He went 3-for-4. Ramon Flores was 2-for-4. The Red Wings had a couple of milestone homers. Brandon Barnes hit his 30th International League home run of the year. Wilin Rosario hit his 20th home run of the year. https://twitter.com/RocRedWings/status/1168646092780658690 BLUE WAHOOS BITES Pensacola 8, Montgomery 0 Box Score The Blue Wahoos finished their schedule with a strong all-around game. As we like to do, if a team throws a shutout, we’ll start with the pitching update. It is most impressive because they only had their starter, Bailey Ober, go three innings before much of the bullpen got an opportunity. Ober continued his impressive run with three scoreless innings. He gave up just one hit and struck out three batters. Anthony Vizcaya gave up one hit and struck out two batters in his inning. Jovani Moran then struck out four batters over two scoreless innings. Andrew Vazquez and Tom Hackimer each struck out the side in their inning. Marcos Diplan finished it off with a scoreless ninth inning. The bats came out for the final game as well. They also weren’t afraid to take their walks. Trevor Larnach went 1-for-2 and walked three times. Alex Kirilloff and Royce Lewis each had a single and two walks. Jose Miranda made his Double-A debut and went 3-for-5 with a double. Travis Blankenhorn, Ryan Costello, Caleb Hamilton and Taylor Grzelakowski each had two hits. Also of note, after playing centerfield on Sunday, Royce Lewis split Monday’s game between second base and third base. The Blue Wahoos end their regular season with an overall record of 76-63. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 9, Beloit 3 Box Score Gabe Snyder has had a very strong first full season in professional baseball. He ended his regular season strong. The Midwest League’s postseason All Star first baseman went 2-for-5 with his 19th home run and three RBI. Seth Gray and Chris Williams each had two hits in the game. Wander Javier hit his 11th homer of the season. It was a bullpen game for the Kernels as they prepare for their playoff run. Brian Rapp gave up one run on three hits over 3 2/3 innings. He struck out three batters. JT Perez came on and gave up two runs (1 earned) on two hits and a walk over two innings. Nate Hadley got the next four outs. Austin Schulfer struck out the side in the eighth inning. Dylan Thomas gave up two hits and a walk in the ninth inning but did not allow a run. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Bailey Ober, Pensacola Blue Wahoos Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Jose Miranda, Pensacola Blue Wahoos PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 1-4, 2 BB, R, 2 K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 1-4, 2 BB, R, RBI #4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 1-2, 3 BB, R, 2 RBI #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 1-5, R, 2 RBI, K #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 3-4, 2 R, 2B(13) #15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, BB, R, K #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 2-6, R TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Pensacola vs Biloxi - No game on Tuesday. Their series begins in Biloxi on Wednesday. Cedar Rapids vs Quad Cities - Not game on Tuesday. Their series begins on Wednesday in Quad Cities. Luis Rijo the likely Game 1 starter. Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Monday games or any other minor league topics you would like.
  5. Sometime I’ll get back to my groove of making terrible puns in the title based off player’s names but today is not that day. Anyways, there was a perfect day at the plate, a walk-off walk, two notable rehab assignments, and a lot of offense in the minors, all that and more in this edition of the minor league report.TRANSACTIONS LHP Ian Krol placed on the Restricted List at AAA Rochester LHP Ryan O’ Rourke signed and assigned to AAA Rochester CF Ian Miller acquired from the Mariners and assigned to AAA Rochester RHP Trevor Hildenberger sent to GCL Twins on a rehab assignment LHP Stephen Gonsalves sent to GCL Twins on a rehab assignment 3B Jake Hirabayashi assigned to GCL Twins CF DaShawn Kiersey activated from the IL at A Cedar Rapids SS Ricky De La Torre assigned to Elizabethton from A Cedar Rapids RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 6, Louisville 5 (10 innings) Box Score Charlie Barnes: 4 ⅓ IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 5 BB, 5 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Wilin Rosario (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R), Alejandro De Aza (2-for-4, 3B, 5 RBI) The Red Wings won a wild extra-innings affair this Saturday. Charlie Barnes made his AAA debut and had a rough go of it as he gave up four runs while striking out as many as he walked. Hopefully it gets better for Barnes as he continues to pitch at AAA. Ryan O’ Rourke made his Rochester debut and his first game back for the Twins organization since October 2nd 2016. It was an interesting outing as he got out of a bases loaded situation with one out in the 9th and then stranded two more runners in the 10th. He walked three and struck out one. Alejandro De Aza was the backbone of the offense as he had a two run single in the 1st, a two run triple in the 6th, and the bases-loaded walk to walk it off in the 10th, giving him an impressive five RBIs on the night and a terrible “walk-off” joke that I refuse to make. BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 8, Mobile 5 Box Score Gabriel Moya: 2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Royce Lewis (2-for-5, 2 2B, R, RBI), Jimmy Kerrigan (2-for-4, 2 R), Mark Contreras (2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI) The Blue Wahoos ran a bullpen game this Saturday to the win. In total, five Blue Wahoos pitchers combined to strike out fifteen batters without giving up a walk, an impressive feat. After the 4th inning, they only gave up three hits in total while striking out seven. Royce Lewis had a double double as the Blue Wahoos continue to experiment with Alex Kirilloff hitting leadoff with Lewis 2nd instead of the other way around when Lewis was first promoted. Kirilloff also had the impressive no hits yet two RBIs performance, whatever works my man. This was partly because the bottom of the order did a good job setting the table as Ryan Costello, Jimmy Kerrigan, and Mark Contreras all had two runs scored despite being the 6-7-8 hitters respectively. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers 9, Jupiter 2 Box Score Blayne Enlow: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K HR: Jose Miranda 2 (8), Trey Cabbage (7) Multi-hit games: Gabriel Maciel (2-for-5, 2B, R), Jose Miranda (2-for-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI), Trey Cabbage (2-for-4, HR, R, RBI), Andrew Bechtold (2-for-4, 2B, 2 R), Ernie De La Trinidad (2-for-4, 3B, R, 2 RBI), David Banuelos (2-for-4, 2 RBI) The Miracle cared not for this writer having to put in who all had a multi-hit effort as they hit all over the place this Saturday. Jose Miranda was the leader of the charge as he blasted two home runs for the first multi-homer game of his professional career. Trey Cabbage didn’t want him to feel left out so he also hit a home run so Miranda didn’t feel bad. Blayne Enlow had a good start as he allowed just one earned run over his six innings of work, showing that offense isn’t the only reason to come and watch the game! David Banuelos had a multi-hit game but proved that the base paths matter too as he stole his first base of the year but was also picked off, what goes around can come around I suppose. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 5, Beloit 4 Box Score Tyler Palm: 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Gilberto Celestino (5-for-5, 2B, R), Daniel Ozoria (2-for-4) It was quite the exciting win for Cedar Rapids. Gilberto Celestino continued to flat-out rake as he was a perfect 5-for-5 and became the first Kernel to have a five hit game since Jermaine Palacios in 2017. Tyler Palm allowed just one earned run over his six innings of work as he attempted to make choosing between him and Enlow for pitcher of the day a difficult decision. The Kernels were down by a run headed into the bottom of the 7th but a wild pitch, a Yunior Severino single, and an Albee Weiss single plated five and gave the Kernels the lead. Brian Rapp pitched the last three innings to end the game after Palm went six and despite giving up a pair of runs, the lead stayed and Rapp was credited with the win. E-Town E-Notes Elizabethton 13, Johnson City 7 Box Score Tyler Benninghoff: 4 ⅓ IP, 4 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 4 K HR: Parker Phillips (3), Matt Wallner (5) Multi-hit games: Willie Joe Garry Jr. (2-for-5, R, 2 RBI), Matt Wallner (2-for-5, HR, 3 R, RBI), Parker Phillips (2-for-3, HR, 4 R, 2 RBI), Seth Gray (3-for-3, 2 2B, R), Trevor Jensen (2-for-5, R, RBI) The offense headed by a few 2019 draft picks took hold for Elizabethton as they put up an organizational-high thirteen runs (for the day that is). The end total was thirteen hits along with seven walks that allowed seven different batters to collect an RBI. It’s also pretty rare to see someone score three times and not lead the team that game as Matt Wallner was outscored by Parker Phillips who touched home plate on four different occasions. In a game like this, there isn’t much on the pitching side of things but one of my favorites in Ryan Shreve pitched in relief and he picked up five strikeouts in his outing. Coming into the game, the 2019 draft pick had a 12.44 K/9, so he is no stranger to punching tickets. GCL Twins Takes Game one: GCL Twins 0, GCL Red Sox 2 (7 innings) Box Score Stephen Gonsalves: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Alec Craig (2-for-4) Would you look at that! Stephen Gonsalves pitched started his rehab assignment and pitched for the first time in a few months. He gave up a homer but just the fact that he’s back to throwing in a professional game is a good reason to be excited. And it didn’t end there for rehabbing pitchers as Trevor Hildenberger relieved Gonsalves and threw a scoreless inning. It really is great to see both pitchers back on the mound after being out for awhile. Unfortunately, the feel-goodness pretty much ends there as the GCL Twins were unable to put much together offensively and were shutout in the loss. They collected just four hits and all of them were singles. Game two: GCL Twins 11, GCL Red Sox 5 (7 innings) Box Score Steve Theetge: ⅔ IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K HR: Francisco Martinez (3) Multi-hit games: Jeferson Morales (3-for-5, 3B, R, RBI), Victor Heredia (3-for-4, 3 RBI), Jesus Feliz (2-for-5, R), Francisco Martinez (2-for-4, HR, 2 R, RBI), Bryson Gandy (2-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI) Well it seems like the offense was feeling much better in this game as game two of the doubleheader saw eleven runs scored over just seven innings of play. This came with fourteen hits and as many extra-base hits as the previous game had hits for the GCL Twins (4). Steve Theetge started the game and was removed for Anthony Escobar after getting two outs. Escobar got thirteen outs in relief while only giving up a single run and striking out three. Somewhat notable is that Keoni Cavaco was absent from the lineup in both games but this isn’t uncommon as he could either just be resting or focusing on other aspects of professional baseball on Saturday (i.e. workouts). TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Blayne Enlow Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Gilberto Celestino and Jose Miranda (I couldn’t pick) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 0-for-4, 2 RBI #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did not pitch #4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 1-for-4, R, BB, K #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 1-for-5, 2 K #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - Did not pitch #7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - Did not play #8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured list #9 - Jhoan Duran (Pensacola) - Did not pitch #10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K #11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did not pitch #12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Did not play #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - 1-for-4, BB, K #14 - Luis Arraez (Twins) - Did not play #15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 2-for-5, HR, 3 R, RBI, 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 pitch #19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - 0-for-4 #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - 0-for-5 SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Louisville @ Rochester (12:05 P.M.) - RHP Sean Poppen Pensacola @ Mobile (2:05 P.M.) - TBD Jupiter @ Fort Myers (10:00 A.M.) - LHP Lachlan Wells Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (2:05 P.M.) - RHP Andrew Cabezas Pulaski @ Elizabethton (4:00 P.M.) - RHP Ben Gross Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Saturday’s games. Click here to view the article
  6. There were a bunch of top performances from hitters on Tuesday in the Minnesota Twins minor league system, so many in fact, I’m going to let you choose the hitter of the day. Leadoff men also showed their power as two games began with a blast in favor of the good guys. There was also a slobber-knocker in the Florida State League where the Miracle landed the biggest punches, and a player from the opposition got the short end of the stick facing his former teammates in double-A.To find out everything that happened with your favorite prospects on Tuesday, keep reading! TRANSACTIONS Recent international signing, Yennier Cano out of Cuba, was assigned to the Fort Myers Miracle from the Gulf Coast League.RED WINGS REPORTRochester 10, Buffalo 8 Box Score Nick Gordon opened this game for Rochester with his 28th double of the year and would score on a single from Jake Cave to draw first blood early. A two-out single from Tomas Telis brought in Cave for a 2-0 lead before Devin Smeltzer took the mound. The first inning wasn’t kind to him however, as he hit his first batter with a pitch, then three singles and a double later the Red Wings found themselves down 4-2. Smeltzer’s offense got those runs right back in the second however, as Caleb Hamilton clubbed his first triple-A home run, a two-run shot, and was later followed with an RBI triple from Jake Cave to go back up 5-4. They extended the lead to 6-4 in the fourth thanks to RBI single from Gordon. After his rough first inning, Smeltzer was only able to finish three total, allowing those four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out just one. He ran his pitch count up to 69 (40 for strikes) in his abbreviated start. D.J. Baxendale came on for the fourth and went the next 1 1/3 innings. He was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks. Fernando Romero got them through the sixth, allowing a run on two hits and two walks in 1 2/3. Newly acquired Jeremy Bleich came on for the seventh and finished two innings. He was charged with a blown save but also got the win by allowing a run on three hits and a walk, striking out three. The Red Wings finally got a scoreless outing from Ian Krol, who picked up his ninth save by walking one and striking out one. The Rochester lineup got single runs in the sixth and seventh inning thanks to a Wynston Sawyer home run and RBI single from Telis, before Alejandro De Aza accounted for the difference on the scoreboard with a two-run homer in the ninth. Gordon (3-for-5, R, 2B, RBI), Cave (4-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI), and Telis (3-for-5, 2 RBI) collected multiple hits. BLUE WAHOOS BITES Pensacola 1, Jacksonville 0 Box Score Hard throwing righthander Edwar Colina took the mound for the Blue Wahoos and was brilliant again for the first 5 2/3 innings of the game. He allowed just three hits and a walk on the day, while punching out seven Jumbo Shrimp. He was pulled at 80 pitches in the bottom of the sixth, as the tying runner was on third base and former teammate Lewin Diaz was stepping into the batter’s box. Using some likely self-scouting, manager Ramon Borrego went to lefty Gabriel Moya, who got Diaz swinging on a changeup to end the only threat of the game for Jacksonville, who finished just 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and left only three men on base for the game. While the Blue Wahoos offense wasn’t much better, collecting only four hits and four walks and finishing 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, they got the big hit in the form of a solo homer from Ryan Costello in the fifth inning. Costello also just missed another blast in the sixth, with the centerfielder catching the ball against the wall and the announcers on the broadcast remarking that anywhere else in the Southern League, it was a goner. Colina picked up his second win in double-A, while Moya finished 2 1/3 hitless innings and struck out three. Alex Phillips notched his third save with a one-two-three ninth, striking out Diaz to end the game. MIRACLE MATTERS Dunedin 6, Fort Myers 11 Box Score Fort Myers found themselves down 5-0 after the top of the second but went on to outhit Dunedin 13-5 on the game, countering the Blue Jays initial haymaker with two of their own to make the decision unanimous on the scorecards in the end. Dakota Chalmers was making his first career high-A start in this one, and came out throwing gas: The second inning didn’t go so well. Two walks to start it, then two singles scored two runs before weather came into play. When play resumed Chalmers was responsible for the two runners on base and Johan Quezada was on the mound with nobody out. Two singles later and both those runners had scored, leaving Chalmers with four runs allowed on two hits and two walks in his one-plus innings. Quezada allowed a run of his own in the second as the Jays delivered the first big blow, but settled in after that to finish three total innings. He allowed the one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three and while he was on the mound his teammates connected with their first counter. The Miracle landed a jab in the second inning with a David Banuelos RBI single, then connected with a big straight-left & right-hook combo in the third in the form of a Trey Cabbage RBI single and Andrew Bechtold three-run blast. The teams remained even on the cards until the sixth, when Fort Myers came out swinging and landed a flurry of punches with a Michael Davis RBI single, Gabriel Maciel sac fly, and Aaron Whitefield RBI single before staggering Dunedin at the bell with a devastating uppercut from Jose Miranda, a three-run bomb that put the game out of reach 11-5. Zach Neff picked up his second win with the Miracle with three scoreless innings after Quezada, dodging blows to wear out the opposition as the Blue Jays connected for just one hit and one walk while he struck out three. Moises Gomez danced around everything the visitors had left to close out the nine-round bout with three strikeouts, allowing one run on two walks, a hit batter, and two-wild pitches in the final two innings. Aaron Whitefield finished the game 4-for-5 with two runs scored, his 15th double, RBI, and two stolen bases. Bechtold was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, his second home run, a walk, and three RBI. Trey Cabbage also added multiple hits with a 2-for-4 night, scoring two runs, drawing a walk, and stealing a base. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 5, Beloit 2 Box Score Cedar Rapids struck early with two runs in each of the first and third innings to put this one out of reach despite their pitchers walking nine hitters and striking out only six. With all their opportunities, Beloit was unable to take advantage as they collected only four hits and finished 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Brian Rapp made the start in a bullpen game for Cedar Rapids and finished the first three scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out three. Jose Martinez went the next three frames to pick up his seventh win, allowing one hit and walking three. Nate Hadley went the next 1 2/3, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out two. J.T. Perez picked up his first career save by finishing the final 1 1/3, he allowed a run on one hit and a walk, striking out one. Gilberto Celestino led off the game with his seventh home run of the year, and Gabe Snyder decided to go back-to-back with him for his twelfth and the early 2-0 lead. For their encore in the third inning, Celestino led off with a single and moved to third on Snyder’s 19th double before Trevor Casanova drove them both in with a single. Celestino tacked on an insurance run in the sixth with an RBI single and finished his day 4-for-4. Joining him and Snyder with multiple hits on the game were Jared Akins (2-for-4, BB) and Casanova (2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB). E-TWINS E-NOTES Elizabethton 8, Burlington 9 (10 innings) Box Score The Twins and Royals went back and forth throughout this one, leading to extra innings in the Appalachian League. Elizabethton starter Ben Gross was roughed up in the third, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks in his 2 2/3 innings. He struck out four. Osiris German got the next nine outs, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out five. Steven Cruz got them through the seventh inning, giving up two hits and a walk along with striking out two in a scoreless outing. Frandy Torres came on for the eighth and got them into extra innings before allowing the runner starting on second to score the walk off for the Royals. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out two. Matt Wallner (2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Charles Mack (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI), and Will Holland (1-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI), and Kyle Schmidt (2-for-4, RBI, BB) did most of the damage for the E-Twins. Max Smith added his sixth double, drew two walks, stole a base, and scored a run. They scored four runs in the eighth thanks to one of Mack’s doubles and Hollands three-run blast, then tied it at eight to send it to extras in the top of the ninth when Anthony Prato drove in Wallner, who led off with a double. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Twins 6, GCL Rays 5 Box Score The Twins scored two in the first and three in the ninth to bookend a 6-5 victory on Tuesday afternoon. Yunior Severino led off the game for the Twins with a home run, his first of the year, and would think he could find himself back on his way to Cedar Rapids soon. Three walks and a single later and the Twins were up 2-0. Starter Miguel Rodriguez went the first four innings, keeping the Rays scoreless on four hits while striking out three. Niall Windeler got the fifth frame and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, striking out one and the Twins were down 3-2. Matthew Swain went the next three innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk. He struck out two to pick up his first career win. Evan Gillespie picked up his first career save by finishing the ninth, allowing a run on two singles and a wild pitch, but working around any further damage with two K’s. With the score 4-3 Rays going into the top of the ninth, the Twins used three singles and a walk to score three runs, including a two-out, two-RBI single from Jeferson Morales that scored the final two. Severino (2-for-5) and Victor Heredia (2-for-5) each had two hits to lead the way, with Taylor Grzelakowski and Alec Craig each drawing two walks and scoring a run. TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY Pitcher of the Day – Edwar Colina, Pensacola Blue Wahoos (W, 5.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K) Hitter of the Day – You Pick: Jake Cave, Rochester Red Wings (4-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI) Gilberto Celestino, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) Andrew Bechtold, Fort Myers Miracle (3-for-3, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB) Aaron Whitefield, Fort Myers Miracle (4-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 SB, K) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 0-for-4, 2 K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 0-for-4, K #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Rehab assignment with GCL #4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 1-for-3, BB, K #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-5, 3 K #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch #7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL) - Did not play #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) - 3-for-5, R, 2B, RBI #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - Did not play #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 0-for-4, 2 K #15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - 0-for-3, BB, K #17 - Akil Baddoo (Fort Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery) #18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch #19 - Misael Urbina (DSL) - Did not play #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - Injured list WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) - RHP Adam Bray (1-0, 4.00 ERA) Pensacola @ Jacksonville (6:05PM CST) - TBD Dunedin @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) - RHP Cole Sands (4-2, 2.41 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (6:30PM CST) - LHP Kody Funderbunk (0-1, 3.18 ERA) Elizabethton @ Burlington (5:30PM CST) - RHP Andriu Marin (1-2, 4.91 ERA) GCL Twins @ GCL Braves (11:00AM CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games! 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  7. To find out everything that happened with your favorite prospects on Tuesday, keep reading! TRANSACTIONS Recent international signing, Yennier Cano out of Cuba, was assigned to the Fort Myers Miracle from the Gulf Coast League. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 10, Buffalo 8 Box Score Nick Gordon opened this game for Rochester with his 28th double of the year and would score on a single from Jake Cave to draw first blood early. A two-out single from Tomas Telis brought in Cave for a 2-0 lead before Devin Smeltzer took the mound. The first inning wasn’t kind to him however, as he hit his first batter with a pitch, then three singles and a double later the Red Wings found themselves down 4-2. Smeltzer’s offense got those runs right back in the second however, as Caleb Hamilton clubbed his first triple-A home run, a two-run shot, and was later followed with an RBI triple from Jake Cave to go back up 5-4. They extended the lead to 6-4 in the fourth thanks to RBI single from Gordon. After his rough first inning, Smeltzer was only able to finish three total, allowing those four runs on four hits and three walks while striking out just one. He ran his pitch count up to 69 (40 for strikes) in his abbreviated start. D.J. Baxendale came on for the fourth and went the next 1 1/3 innings. He was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks. Fernando Romero got them through the sixth, allowing a run on two hits and two walks in 1 2/3. Newly acquired Jeremy Bleich came on for the seventh and finished two innings. He was charged with a blown save but also got the win by allowing a run on three hits and a walk, striking out three. The Red Wings finally got a scoreless outing from Ian Krol, who picked up his ninth save by walking one and striking out one. The Rochester lineup got single runs in the sixth and seventh inning thanks to a Wynston Sawyer home run and RBI single from Telis, before Alejandro De Aza accounted for the difference on the scoreboard with a two-run homer in the ninth. Gordon (3-for-5, R, 2B, RBI), Cave (4-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI), and Telis (3-for-5, 2 RBI) collected multiple hits. BLUE WAHOOS BITES Pensacola 1, Jacksonville 0 Box Score Hard throwing righthander Edwar Colina took the mound for the Blue Wahoos and was brilliant again for the first 5 2/3 innings of the game. He allowed just three hits and a walk on the day, while punching out seven Jumbo Shrimp. He was pulled at 80 pitches in the bottom of the sixth, as the tying runner was on third base and former teammate Lewin Diaz was stepping into the batter’s box. Using some likely self-scouting, manager Ramon Borrego went to lefty Gabriel Moya, who got Diaz swinging on a changeup to end the only threat of the game for Jacksonville, who finished just 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position and left only three men on base for the game. While the Blue Wahoos offense wasn’t much better, collecting only four hits and four walks and finishing 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position, they got the big hit in the form of a solo homer from Ryan Costello in the fifth inning. Costello also just missed another blast in the sixth, with the centerfielder catching the ball against the wall and the announcers on the broadcast remarking that anywhere else in the Southern League, it was a goner. Colina picked up his second win in double-A, while Moya finished 2 1/3 hitless innings and struck out three. Alex Phillips notched his third save with a one-two-three ninth, striking out Diaz to end the game. MIRACLE MATTERS Dunedin 6, Fort Myers 11 Box Score Fort Myers found themselves down 5-0 after the top of the second but went on to outhit Dunedin 13-5 on the game, countering the Blue Jays initial haymaker with two of their own to make the decision unanimous on the scorecards in the end. Dakota Chalmers was making his first career high-A start in this one, and came out throwing gas: https://twitter.com/AndrewBern12/status/1156340322101858308 The second inning didn’t go so well. Two walks to start it, then two singles scored two runs before weather came into play. When play resumed Chalmers was responsible for the two runners on base and Johan Quezada was on the mound with nobody out. Two singles later and both those runners had scored, leaving Chalmers with four runs allowed on two hits and two walks in his one-plus innings. Quezada allowed a run of his own in the second as the Jays delivered the first big blow, but settled in after that to finish three total innings. He allowed the one run on two hits and a walk while striking out three and while he was on the mound his teammates connected with their first counter. The Miracle landed a jab in the second inning with a David Banuelos RBI single, then connected with a big straight-left & right-hook combo in the third in the form of a Trey Cabbage RBI single and Andrew Bechtold three-run blast. The teams remained even on the cards until the sixth, when Fort Myers came out swinging and landed a flurry of punches with a Michael Davis RBI single, Gabriel Maciel sac fly, and Aaron Whitefield RBI single before staggering Dunedin at the bell with a devastating uppercut from Jose Miranda, a three-run bomb that put the game out of reach 11-5. Zach Neff picked up his second win with the Miracle with three scoreless innings after Quezada, dodging blows to wear out the opposition as the Blue Jays connected for just one hit and one walk while he struck out three. Moises Gomez danced around everything the visitors had left to close out the nine-round bout with three strikeouts, allowing one run on two walks, a hit batter, and two-wild pitches in the final two innings. Aaron Whitefield finished the game 4-for-5 with two runs scored, his 15th double, RBI, and two stolen bases. Bechtold was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, his second home run, a walk, and three RBI. Trey Cabbage also added multiple hits with a 2-for-4 night, scoring two runs, drawing a walk, and stealing a base. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 5, Beloit 2 Box Score Cedar Rapids struck early with two runs in each of the first and third innings to put this one out of reach despite their pitchers walking nine hitters and striking out only six. With all their opportunities, Beloit was unable to take advantage as they collected only four hits and finished 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Brian Rapp made the start in a bullpen game for Cedar Rapids and finished the first three scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out three. Jose Martinez went the next three frames to pick up his seventh win, allowing one hit and walking three. Nate Hadley went the next 1 2/3, allowing one run on two hits and three walks while striking out two. J.T. Perez picked up his first career save by finishing the final 1 1/3, he allowed a run on one hit and a walk, striking out one. Gilberto Celestino led off the game with his seventh home run of the year, and Gabe Snyder decided to go back-to-back with him for his twelfth and the early 2-0 lead. For their encore in the third inning, Celestino led off with a single and moved to third on Snyder’s 19th double before Trevor Casanova drove them both in with a single. Celestino tacked on an insurance run in the sixth with an RBI single and finished his day 4-for-4. Joining him and Snyder with multiple hits on the game were Jared Akins (2-for-4, BB) and Casanova (2-for-4, 2 RBI, BB). E-TWINS E-NOTES Elizabethton 8, Burlington 9 (10 innings) Box Score The Twins and Royals went back and forth throughout this one, leading to extra innings in the Appalachian League. Elizabethton starter Ben Gross was roughed up in the third, allowing five runs on six hits and two walks in his 2 2/3 innings. He struck out four. Osiris German got the next nine outs, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk, striking out five. Steven Cruz got them through the seventh inning, giving up two hits and a walk along with striking out two in a scoreless outing. Frandy Torres came on for the eighth and got them into extra innings before allowing the runner starting on second to score the walk off for the Royals. He allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out two. Matt Wallner (2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI), Charles Mack (2-for-5, 2 R, 2 2B, RBI), and Will Holland (1-for-5, R, HR, 3 RBI), and Kyle Schmidt (2-for-4, RBI, BB) did most of the damage for the E-Twins. Max Smith added his sixth double, drew two walks, stole a base, and scored a run. They scored four runs in the eighth thanks to one of Mack’s doubles and Hollands three-run blast, then tied it at eight to send it to extras in the top of the ninth when Anthony Prato drove in Wallner, who led off with a double. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Twins 6, GCL Rays 5 Box Score The Twins scored two in the first and three in the ninth to bookend a 6-5 victory on Tuesday afternoon. Yunior Severino led off the game for the Twins with a home run, his first of the year, and would think he could find himself back on his way to Cedar Rapids soon. Three walks and a single later and the Twins were up 2-0. Starter Miguel Rodriguez went the first four innings, keeping the Rays scoreless on four hits while striking out three. Niall Windeler got the fifth frame and allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits, striking out one and the Twins were down 3-2. Matthew Swain went the next three innings, allowing an unearned run on two hits and a walk. He struck out two to pick up his first career win. Evan Gillespie picked up his first career save by finishing the ninth, allowing a run on two singles and a wild pitch, but working around any further damage with two K’s. With the score 4-3 Rays going into the top of the ninth, the Twins used three singles and a walk to score three runs, including a two-out, two-RBI single from Jeferson Morales that scored the final two. Severino (2-for-5) and Victor Heredia (2-for-5) each had two hits to lead the way, with Taylor Grzelakowski and Alec Craig each drawing two walks and scoring a run. TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY Pitcher of the Day – Edwar Colina, Pensacola Blue Wahoos (W, 5.2 IP, 3 H, BB, 7 K) Hitter of the Day – You Pick: Jake Cave, Rochester Red Wings (4-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 R, 2 RBI) Gilberto Celestino, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) Andrew Bechtold, Fort Myers Miracle (3-for-3, 3 R, HR, 3 RBI, BB) Aaron Whitefield, Fort Myers Miracle (4-for-5, 2 R, 2B, RBI, 2 SB, K) https://twitter.com/HangingSL/status/1156419912509927425 PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - 0-for-4, 2 K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - 0-for-4, K #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Rehab assignment with GCL #4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - 1-for-3, BB, K #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - 0-for-5, 3 K #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Fort Myers) - Did not pitch #7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL) - Did not play #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) - 3-for-5, R, 2B, RBI #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - Did not play #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 0-for-4, 2 K #15 - Matt Wallner (Elizabethton) - 2-for-4, 2 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - 0-for-3, BB, K #17 - Akil Baddoo (Fort Myers) - Injured List (Tommy John surgery) #18 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did not pitch #19 - Misael Urbina (DSL) - Did not play #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - Injured list WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Scranton/Wilkes-Barre @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) - RHP Adam Bray (1-0, 4.00 ERA) Pensacola @ Jacksonville (6:05PM CST) - TBD Dunedin @ Fort Myers (6:00PM CST) - RHP Cole Sands (4-2, 2.41 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (6:30PM CST) - LHP Kody Funderbunk (0-1, 3.18 ERA) Elizabethton @ Burlington (5:30PM CST) - RHP Andriu Marin (1-2, 4.91 ERA) GCL Twins @ GCL Braves (11:00AM CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
  8. Over a two-week span, Twins Daily will be revealing the Twins Daily Midseason Top 40 Prospects. Minnesota has some of the best prospects in the game and one of the strongest farm systems. There have been some changes from our preseason top-20 list, but most of those changes are draft picks and strong performances. Continue reading, and then discussing, the Twins Daily choices for 25th through 21st prospects of the Minnesota Twins below. 25. Yunior Severino – 2B Age: 19 ETA: 2023 2019 Stats (A-): .269/.367/.269 (.636 OPS), 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 7 K, 4 BB 2019 Preseason Ranking: 15 Seth: 34 | Tom: 21 | Cody: 18 | Ted: 25 | Steve: NR Severino took a roundabout way of getting to the Twins organization. During the 2017 international signing period, the Twins had their eyes set on Severino. He decided to sign with Atlanta, but the Braves had circumvented international spending rules. Severino and 13 other prospects had their contract voided. In his first taste of full-season ball, Severino has seen limited action because of a broken thumb. Prior to the injury, he had gone 6-for-22 with four walks and seven strikeouts. Severino continues to add weight to his frame and with it should come some more power. When he is healthy, he should be a player to move quickly up this list. 24. Edwar Colina - RHP Age: 22 ETA: 2022 2019 Stats (A+): 41.0 IP, 3.51 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 3.55 K/BB 2019 Ranking: HM Seth: 13 | Tom: 30 | Cody: 35 | Ted: 31 | Steve: 13 Colina signed with the Twins back in 2015 out of Venezuela. Last year was a breakout season for him at Cedar Rapids. Over his final six starts at that level, he had 51 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings. He has spent all this season in Fort Myers after finishing at that level last year. His first start was a little rough as he allowed six earned runs on eight hits and he couldn’t finish the fifth inning. Since then, he has posted a 2.48 with 34 strikeouts and 8 walks in 36 1/3 innings. Colina has a lot of strength in his lower half and this helps him to reach into the mid-90s with his fastball. He mixes in a good changeup and a solid breaking ball. If he continues to pitch well, he could be in the Pensacola rotation before the season ends. 23. Jose Miranda – 3B/2B Age: 20 ETA: 2022 2019 Stats (A+): .235/.300/.350 (.650 OPS), 14 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 37 K, 16 BB 2019 Ranking: 20 Seth: 28 | Tom: 17 | Cody: 26 | Ted: 26 | Steve: 30 Minnesota took Jose Miranda with their second-round pick in 2016. He played a big role in last year’s FSL championship run with Fort Myers as he went 10-for-25 (.400) with three doubles and a pair of home runs. The right-handed hitting infielder has combined for 91 regular season games at High-A over the last two seasons. During that time, he has hit .229/.297/.351 (.648) with 27 extra-base hits and a 48 to 21 strikeout to walk ratio. After hitting 16 home runs last year, his power has dipped a little. It would be nice to see him have a hot second half like last year. Miranda has split time playing second base and third base throughout his professional career and this year he has spent most of his time at the hot corner. 22. Zack Littell - RHP Age: 24 ETA: 2018 2019 Stats: MLB: 9.1 IP, 7.71 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 6.8 K/9, 1.0 BB/9, 7.00 K/BB (AAA): 50.2 IP, 3.91 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 10.3 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 3.41 K/BB 2019 Preseason Ranking: 17 Seth: 39 | Tom: 15 | Cody: 15 | Ted: 27 | Steve: NR Littell was acquired from the Yankees as part of the Jaime Garcia trade back in 2017. He was a little bit of a polarizing prospect when it came to these rankings. Even though he is being used as a relief pitcher at the big-league level, some of us still think he could fit in as a starter. His MLB numbers look a little rough because he allowed eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings back on May 30. In his other three appearances, he has yet to allow a run. His fastball has increased this season, which usually can be expected for pitchers coming out of the bullpen. He can help the bullpen this season and it will be interesting to see if the club keeps him there long-term. 21. Stephen Gonsalves - LHP ETA: 2018 Age: 24 2019 Stats (AAA): 2.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 9.0 K/9, 22.5 BB/9, 0.40 K/BB 2019 Ranking: 12 Seth: 22 | Tom: 28 | Cody: 20 | Ted: 20 | Steve: 14 Gonsalves, a fourth-round pick in 2013, has been one of the Twins best starting pitchers in the minors over the last half of a decade. So far this year, he has been limited to one appearance. He is dealing with a stress reaction in his elbow and forearm. His UCL is intact, so the club is using a period of rest before he will be reexamined. He dominated at Double-A and High-A with sub-2.50 ERAs and sub 1.16 WHIP totals. Triple-A has seen some ups and downs with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 125 innings. He sits in the low-90s with his fastball so it’s critical for him to have command of all his pitches. His change-up might be his best pitch and he adds in a low-70s curveball as well. Who’s ranked too high? Who’s ranked too low? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion. Also, check back next week to see who made the top-30 prospects. Twins Daily 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings Prospects 36-40 Prospects 31-35 Prospects 26-30 Prospects 21-25 (TODAY) Prospects 16-20 Coming Soon
  9. Prospects in the mid-20s range for an organization can encompass quite the cornucopia of players. Some on the names below were once considered top-100 prospects in all of baseball. However, prospects can be fickle and that’s why it’s not a good idea for fans to get attached to certain names. Only a handful of players will ever be successful at baseball’s highest level.Over a two-week span, Twins Daily will be revealing the Twins Daily Midseason Top 40 Prospects. Minnesota has some of the best prospects in the game and one of the strongest farm systems. There have been some changes from our preseason top-20 list, but most of those changes are draft picks and strong performances. Continue reading, and then discussing, the Twins Daily choices for 25th through 21st prospects of the Minnesota Twins below. 25. Yunior Severino – 2B Age: 19 ETA: 2023 2019 Stats (A-): .269/.367/.269 (.636 OPS), 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 7 K, 4 BB 2019 Preseason Ranking: 15 Seth: 34 | Tom: 21 | Cody: 18 | Ted: 25 | Steve: NR Severino took a roundabout way of getting to the Twins organization. During the 2017 international signing period, the Twins had their eyes set on Severino. He decided to sign with Atlanta, but the Braves had circumvented international spending rules. Severino and 13 other prospects had their contract voided. In his first taste of full-season ball, Severino has seen limited action because of a broken thumb. Prior to the injury, he had gone 6-for-22 with four walks and seven strikeouts. Severino continues to add weight to his frame and with it should come some more power. When he is healthy, he should be a player to move quickly up this list. 24. Edwar Colina - RHP Age: 22 ETA: 2022 2019 Stats (A+): 41.0 IP, 3.51 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 3.55 K/BB 2019 Ranking: HM Seth: 13 | Tom: 30 | Cody: 35 | Ted: 31 | Steve: 13 Colina signed with the Twins back in 2015 out of Venezuela. Last year was a breakout season for him at Cedar Rapids. Over his final six starts at that level, he had 51 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings. He has spent all this season in Fort Myers after finishing at that level last year. His first start was a little rough as he allowed six earned runs on eight hits and he couldn’t finish the fifth inning. Since then, he has posted a 2.48 with 34 strikeouts and 8 walks in 36 1/3 innings. Colina has a lot of strength in his lower half and this helps him to reach into the mid-90s with his fastball. He mixes in a good changeup and a solid breaking ball. If he continues to pitch well, he could be in the Pensacola rotation before the season ends. 23. Jose Miranda – 3B/2B Age: 20 ETA: 2022 2019 Stats (A+): .235/.300/.350 (.650 OPS), 14 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 37 K, 16 BB 2019 Ranking: 20 Seth: 28 | Tom: 17 | Cody: 26 | Ted: 26 | Steve: 30 Minnesota took Jose Miranda with their second-round pick in 2016. He played a big role in last year’s FSL championship run with Fort Myers as he went 10-for-25 (.400) with three doubles and a pair of home runs. The right-handed hitting infielder has combined for 91 regular season games at High-A over the last two seasons. During that time, he has hit .229/.297/.351 (.648) with 27 extra-base hits and a 48 to 21 strikeout to walk ratio. After hitting 16 home runs last year, his power has dipped a little. It would be nice to see him have a hot second half like last year. Miranda has split time playing second base and third base throughout his professional career and this year he has spent most of his time at the hot corner. 22. Zack Littell - RHP Age: 24 ETA: 2018 2019 Stats: MLB: 9.1 IP, 7.71 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 6.8 K/9, 1.0 BB/9, 7.00 K/BB (AAA): 50.2 IP, 3.91 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 10.3 K/9, 3.0 BB/9, 3.41 K/BB 2019 Preseason Ranking: 17 Seth: 39 | Tom: 15 | Cody: 15 | Ted: 27 | Steve: NR Littell was acquired from the Yankees as part of the Jaime Garcia trade back in 2017. He was a little bit of a polarizing prospect when it came to these rankings. Even though he is being used as a relief pitcher at the big-league level, some of us still think he could fit in as a starter. His MLB numbers look a little rough because he allowed eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings back on May 30. In his other three appearances, he has yet to allow a run. His fastball has increased this season, which usually can be expected for pitchers coming out of the bullpen. He can help the bullpen this season and it will be interesting to see if the club keeps him there long-term. 21. Stephen Gonsalves - LHP ETA: 2018 Age: 24 2019 Stats (AAA): 2.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 3.00 WHIP, 9.0 K/9, 22.5 BB/9, 0.40 K/BB 2019 Ranking: 12 Seth: 22 | Tom: 28 | Cody: 20 | Ted: 20 | Steve: 14 Gonsalves, a fourth-round pick in 2013, has been one of the Twins best starting pitchers in the minors over the last half of a decade. So far this year, he has been limited to one appearance. He is dealing with a stress reaction in his elbow and forearm. His UCL is intact, so the club is using a period of rest before he will be reexamined. He dominated at Double-A and High-A with sub-2.50 ERAs and sub 1.16 WHIP totals. Triple-A has seen some ups and downs with a 3.46 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in 125 innings. He sits in the low-90s with his fastball so it’s critical for him to have command of all his pitches. His change-up might be his best pitch and he adds in a low-70s curveball as well. Who’s ranked too high? Who’s ranked too low? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion. Also, check back next week to see who made the top-30 prospects. Twins Daily 2019 Midseason Prospect Rankings Prospects 36-40 Prospects 31-35 Prospects 26-30 Prospects 21-25 (TODAY) Prospects 16-20 Coming Soon Click here to view the article
  10. TRANSACTIONS INF Ronald Torreyes placed on the temporary inactive list, retroactive to May 4. RHP Tom Hackimer promoted from Fort Myers to Pensacola. RHP Edwar Colina reinstated from 7-day IL for Fort Myers. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester enjoyed an off-day on Monday. The club currently sits at 12-16 before starting a three-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens. Rochester is currently 6.5 games behind Lehigh Valley. The club has a sub-.500 record at home and on the road. Brent Rooker could be one of the hitters to provide a boost in Rochester. Other than that, there might continue to be some struggles for Minnesota’s Triple-A squad. BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 6, Mississippi 2 Box Score Pensacola used a five-run seventh inning to separate themselves from the Braves. Alex Kirilloff got things started for the Blue Wahoos with a run-scoring triple in the third frame. Tanner English got the scoring started in the seventh with a two-run double. Jordan Gore follow with a run-scoring single before Kirilloff drove him in with a single of his own. Kirilloff was able to score on fielding error. Sean Poppen started and lasted five frames. He scattered two runs on three hits, but he struggled with five walks. He was able to punch out seven batters and he lowered his season ERA to 2.84. Jeff Ames took over for Poppen. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out one and walked one. Cody Stashak continued to be tremendous in relief. He pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings by striking out three. He’s allowed only one run in his last five appearances while striking out 14 in 9 1/3 innings of work. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers 1, Charlotte 6 Box Score Fort Myers had won five straight games, but the club struggled to find any offense on this night. Especially when their opponent scored six runs in the first four innings. In his first appearance this season, Edwar Colina struggled. Colina allowed six earned runs on eight hits in less than five innings of work. He struck out five and walked three. He was making his first appearance since the Florida State League clinching game last September. Rickey Ramirez did a great job in relief as he tossed 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He retired all seven batters he faced, and he struck out six, including the last five batters he saw. Joe Record also picked up the pitching staff with one perfect inning. He didn’t allow a hit and he struck out one. Overall, the pitching staff struck out 12 in eight innings of work. Fort Myers nearly matched Charlotte in hits (7 to 8) but the club couldn’t come up with the big one. Jose Miranda tried his best with a 3-for-4 night including his seventh double. He had three of the club’s four hits against the opposing starter. Royce Lewis collected his second triple. Overall, the club was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and the team left eight men on base. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 0, South Bend 2 Box Score Cedar Rapids could literally muster nothing when it came to the offensive side of the ball. The Kernels found themselves on the wrong side of a no-hitter on Monday. Cedar Rapids had one base runner the entire night. Andrew Bechtold was able to break up the perfect game with a walk. Other than that, there was little to discuss on the offensive side of the ball. Josh Winder did all he could to keep Cedar Rapids in the game. He pitched a complete game, the first of his career, and limited the Cubs to two runs on three hits. He struck out six and walked two. Winder has pitched a minimum of five innings in every start and he has yet to surrender more than two earned runs. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY TD Pitcher of the Day- Josh Winder, Cedar Rapids (8 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB) TD Hitter of the Day- Alex Kirilloff, Pensacola (3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, R) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, 3B #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, R #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Did not pitch #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 0-3, BB, 2 K #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No Game #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – 0-5, 4 K #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - No Game Scheduled #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, RBI, R, K #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – 2-4, 2B #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3 #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did not pitch #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 3-4, 2B, R, K TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester vs. Toledo (5:35 CST) – RHP Kohl Stewart (2-2, 4.50 ERA) Pensacola @ Mississippi (6:35 CST) – RHP Jorge Alcala (4-1, 4.71 ERA) Fort Myers @ Charlotte (5:30 CST) – LHP Bryan Sammons (3-0, 0.40 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ South Bend (6:05 CST) – RHP Luis Rijo (0-3, 3.43 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games.
  11. The Miracle nearly had a no-hitter on Sunday and now the Kernels find themselves on the wrong side of a contest on Monday. Minor league contests are tough when it comes to strong pitching performances. How long can a starter last? How close can a club get to history? One team was able to make that happen on Monday night.TRANSACTIONS INF Ronald Torreyes placed on the temporary inactive list, retroactive to May 4. RHP Tom Hackimer promoted from Fort Myers to Pensacola. RHP Edwar Colina reinstated from 7-day IL for Fort Myers. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester enjoyed an off-day on Monday. The club currently sits at 12-16 before starting a three-game series with the Toledo Mud Hens. Rochester is currently 6.5 games behind Lehigh Valley. The club has a sub-.500 record at home and on the road. Brent Rooker could be one of the hitters to provide a boost in Rochester. Other than that, there might continue to be some struggles for Minnesota’s Triple-A squad. BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 6, Mississippi 2 Box Score Pensacola used a five-run seventh inning to separate themselves from the Braves. Alex Kirilloff got things started for the Blue Wahoos with a run-scoring triple in the third frame. Tanner English got the scoring started in the seventh with a two-run double. Jordan Gore follow with a run-scoring single before Kirilloff drove him in with a single of his own. Kirilloff was able to score on fielding error. Sean Poppen started and lasted five frames. He scattered two runs on three hits, but he struggled with five walks. He was able to punch out seven batters and he lowered his season ERA to 2.84. Jeff Ames took over for Poppen. He pitched 1 2/3 innings and allowed one run on three hits. He struck out one and walked one. Cody Stashak continued to be tremendous in relief. He pitched 2 1/3 perfect innings by striking out three. He’s allowed only one run in his last five appearances while striking out 14 in 9 1/3 innings of work. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers 1, Charlotte 6 Box Score Fort Myers had won five straight games, but the club struggled to find any offense on this night. Especially when their opponent scored six runs in the first four innings. In his first appearance this season, Edwar Colina struggled. Colina allowed six earned runs on eight hits in less than five innings of work. He struck out five and walked three. He was making his first appearance since the Florida State League clinching game last September. Rickey Ramirez did a great job in relief as he tossed 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball. He retired all seven batters he faced, and he struck out six, including the last five batters he saw. Joe Record also picked up the pitching staff with one perfect inning. He didn’t allow a hit and he struck out one. Overall, the pitching staff struck out 12 in eight innings of work. Fort Myers nearly matched Charlotte in hits (7 to 8) but the club couldn’t come up with the big one. Jose Miranda tried his best with a 3-for-4 night including his seventh double. He had three of the club’s four hits against the opposing starter. Royce Lewis collected his second triple. Overall, the club was 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and the team left eight men on base. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 0, South Bend 2 Box Score Cedar Rapids could literally muster nothing when it came to the offensive side of the ball. The Kernels found themselves on the wrong side of a no-hitter on Monday. Cedar Rapids had one base runner the entire night. Andrew Bechtold was able to break up the perfect game with a walk. Other than that, there was little to discuss on the offensive side of the ball. Josh Winder did all he could to keep Cedar Rapids in the game. He pitched a complete game, the first of his career, and limited the Cubs to two runs on three hits. He struck out six and walked two. Winder has pitched a minimum of five innings in every start and he has yet to surrender more than two earned runs. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY TD Pitcher of the Day- Josh Winder, Cedar Rapids (8 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 6 K, 2 BB) TD Hitter of the Day- Alex Kirilloff, Pensacola (3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, R) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, 3B #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 3-5, 3B, 2 RBI, R #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) – Did not pitch #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) – 0-3, BB, 2 K #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - No Game #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) – 0-5, 4 K #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - No Game Scheduled #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, RBI, R, K #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – 2-4, 2B #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) – Injured List #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3 #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – No Scheduled Game #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) – Did not pitch #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) – 3-4, 2B, R, K TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester vs. Toledo (5:35 CST) – RHP Kohl Stewart (2-2, 4.50 ERA) Pensacola @ Mississippi (6:35 CST) – RHP Jorge Alcala (4-1, 4.71 ERA) Fort Myers @ Charlotte (5:30 CST) – LHP Bryan Sammons (3-0, 0.40 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ South Bend (6:05 CST) – RHP Luis Rijo (0-3, 3.43 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Monday’s games. Click here to view the article
  12. It was a busy Sunday in the Twins minor league system. The Twins named their weekly hitter and pitcher of the week. There were a bunch of transactions. And with the Kernels playing a doubleheader, the organization’s four affiliates played five games. Devin Smeltzer and Randy Dobnak continued their remarkable starts on the mound.Find out everything that happened in the Twins system on Sunday, starting with the transactions of the day TRANSACTIONS With Willians Astudillo going on the Injured List, Jake Cave was recalled from Rochester.Infielder Drew Maggi was promoted back up to Rochester.Infielder Joe Cronin was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Pensacola.Infielder Trey Cabbage was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Ft. Myers, with RHP Tanner Howell being sent back to extended spring training.Outfielder DaShawn Keirsey Jr was activated from the Kernels injured list. Infielder Estamy Urena was promoted to Cedar Rapids from extended spring training.AWARDS The Twins announced their Minor League Players of the Week on Sunday morning. Hitter of the Week - Pensacola OF Jaylin DavisPitcher of the Week - Rochester LHP Lewis ThorpeIn six games, Davis hit .407 (1.148 OPS) with three doubles, two homers and six RBIs. In one start, Thorpe gave up one run on three hits over eight innings. He struck out 12 batters for the second straight start. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 2, Pawtucket 5 Box Score An #OldFriend came back to haunt the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon. Justin Nicolino started for the Red Wings and gave up two runs in the first inning, but that was it. In 6 1/3 innings, he gave up the two runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out two. Mike Morin came on and finished out the seventh. He finished the eighth inning as well, but not before giving up an two-out, three-run homer to Juan Centeno. Morin pitched a scoreless ninth inning as well. Down 2-0, the Red Wings clawed back to tie the game. In the sixth inning, Luke Raley hit a solo homer to put the Wings on the board. Zander Wiel followed with his second triple of the year and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Adam Rosales. Raley went 2-for-3 with a walk and the home run was his third. Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-4 BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 8, Jackson 3 Box Score Devin Smeltzer has been fantastic in April for the Blue Wahoos. That continued on Sunday. The left-hander threw five more shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked none and struck out three. In doing so, he is now 3-1 with a 0.60 ERA (2 ER in 30 IP). He was replaced by Minnesotan Adam Bray in his return from the injured list. He gave up two runs on two hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out three. Cody Stashak gave up a solo home run in the ninth inning. The Wahoos scored two runs in the fifth inning to take the lead. Then in the sixth inning, Caleb Hamilton drove in two runs with his fifth double of the season. He scored on a single off the bat of Jordan Gore. Daulton Varsho hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Wahoos lead to 3-2. But Taylor Grzelakowski added a two-run homer in the eighth inning. They also scored a run on a passed ball and on a wild pitch. Grzelakowski went 2-for-5 with his first homer of the season. Travis Blankenhorn went 2-for-4 with a walk. Luis Arraez walked three times. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers 2, Palm Beach 1 Box Score The Miracle defended the Cardinals, and won three out of four games in this series against the division leaders. Randy Dobnak came into this game having thrown 17 innings without giving up an earned run. He kept that streak going until allowing a run with two outs in the fifth inning, ending the streak at 21 2/3 innings. He gave up the one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six batters. He exited with a season ERA of 0.40. Hector Lujan came in and got eight outs without allowing the tying run. He gave up just two hits and struck one batter out. Alex Phillips came on for the ninth inning and struck out two. It was his fourth save of the year. Jose Miranda led the offense. He went 3-for-4 and drove in the team’s first run. His single drove in Trevor Larnach who had reached on his seventh double of the season. The other run came on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Whitefield. KERNELS NUGGETS Doubleheader after a snow-out on Saturday. The Kane County field was snow-covered on Sunday morning. The double-header was postponed a bit as they waited for more snow to melt, which it did. Game 1 - Cedar Rapids 2, Kane County 3 Box Score The Kernels scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game, but the Cougars scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to get the walk-off win. Cole Sands started the game for the Kernels. The 2018 pick gave up two runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter over the first five innings. He struck out four. Down 2-0, the Kernels rallied in the top of the sixth inning. Ben Rodriguez hit his first double of the season to drive in Chris Williams. Rodriguez later scored on a sacrifice fly from Jacob Pearson. Jose Martinez pitched a scoreless sixth inning but he gave up the walk-off hit to end the game in the seventh. He gave up two walks and the single. Chris Williams led the Kernels offense. He went 2-for-3 with a walk. Game 2 - Cedar Rapids 3, Kane County 2 Box Score This section is brought to you by the letter W. Winder and Williams lead Kernels to a Win. Josh Winder started for the Kernels and was fantastic. He gave up just four hits and walked one over the first 6 1/3 innings. He left with one out in the seventh with 84 pitches thrown and a runner on first base. Derek Molina came on and walked a batter. Then a single scored the inherited runner from Winder. Molina gave up another run as well, but was able to keep the tying run from scoring The Kernels didn't get a lot of offense, but Chris Williams provided a big, timely hit. In the fifth inning, Williams, who walked twice in Game 2, came up with two runners on and two outs. He responded with his fourth homer of the year and gave the Kernels a 3-0 lead. Gabriel Maciel went 1-for-3 with a walk. Estamy Urena walked twice. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Josh Winder, Cedar Rapids Kernels Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Chris Williams, Cedar Rapids Kernels PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 0-4, K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List, early May return #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, BB, 2B(7), R #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - Injured, early May return #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Did Not Play, hamstring #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - 0-3, BB #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List, early May return #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List, late-May return possible #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, K #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, R #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - Game 1 (1-4, K), Game 2 (1-4, K) #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 0-5 #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 3-4, RBI MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre (5:35 CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe (1-2, 7.25 ERA) Pensacola @ Jackson (11:05 a.m. CST) - RHP Griffin Jax (1-0, 0.41 ERA) Ft. Myers - No Game Scheduled Cedar Rapids - No Game Scheduled Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Sunday’s games. Click here to view the article
  13. Find out everything that happened in the Twins system on Sunday, starting with the transactions of the day TRANSACTIONS With Willians Astudillo going on the Injured List, Jake Cave was recalled from Rochester. Infielder Drew Maggi was promoted back up to Rochester. Infielder Joe Cronin was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Pensacola. Infielder Trey Cabbage was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Ft. Myers, with RHP Tanner Howell being sent back to extended spring training. Outfielder DaShawn Keirsey Jr was activated from the Kernels injured list. Infielder Estamy Urena was promoted to Cedar Rapids from extended spring training. AWARDS The Twins announced their Minor League Players of the Week on Sunday morning. Hitter of the Week - Pensacola OF Jaylin Davis Pitcher of the Week - Rochester LHP Lewis Thorpe In six games, Davis hit .407 (1.148 OPS) with three doubles, two homers and six RBIs. In one start, Thorpe gave up one run on three hits over eight innings. He struck out 12 batters for the second straight start. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 2, Pawtucket 5 Box Score An #OldFriend came back to haunt the Red Wings on Sunday afternoon. Justin Nicolino started for the Red Wings and gave up two runs in the first inning, but that was it. In 6 1/3 innings, he gave up the two runs on five hits. He walked four and struck out two. Mike Morin came on and finished out the seventh. He finished the eighth inning as well, but not before giving up an two-out, three-run homer to Juan Centeno. Morin pitched a scoreless ninth inning as well. Down 2-0, the Red Wings clawed back to tie the game. In the sixth inning, Luke Raley hit a solo homer to put the Wings on the board. Zander Wiel followed with his second triple of the year and later scored on a sacrifice fly from Adam Rosales. Raley went 2-for-3 with a walk and the home run was his third. Jordany Valdespin went 2-for-4 BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 8, Jackson 3 Box Score Devin Smeltzer has been fantastic in April for the Blue Wahoos. That continued on Sunday. The left-hander threw five more shutout innings. He gave up four hits, walked none and struck out three. In doing so, he is now 3-1 with a 0.60 ERA (2 ER in 30 IP). He was replaced by Minnesotan Adam Bray in his return from the injured list. He gave up two runs on two hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out three. Cody Stashak gave up a solo home run in the ninth inning. The Wahoos scored two runs in the fifth inning to take the lead. Then in the sixth inning, Caleb Hamilton drove in two runs with his fifth double of the season. He scored on a single off the bat of Jordan Gore. Daulton Varsho hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to cut the Wahoos lead to 3-2. But Taylor Grzelakowski added a two-run homer in the eighth inning. They also scored a run on a passed ball and on a wild pitch. Grzelakowski went 2-for-5 with his first homer of the season. Travis Blankenhorn went 2-for-4 with a walk. Luis Arraez walked three times. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers 2, Palm Beach 1 Box Score The Miracle defended the Cardinals, and won three out of four games in this series against the division leaders. Randy Dobnak came into this game having thrown 17 innings without giving up an earned run. He kept that streak going until allowing a run with two outs in the fifth inning, ending the streak at 21 2/3 innings. He gave up the one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out six batters. He exited with a season ERA of 0.40. Hector Lujan came in and got eight outs without allowing the tying run. He gave up just two hits and struck one batter out. Alex Phillips came on for the ninth inning and struck out two. It was his fourth save of the year. Jose Miranda led the offense. He went 3-for-4 and drove in the team’s first run. His single drove in Trevor Larnach who had reached on his seventh double of the season. The other run came on a sacrifice fly by Aaron Whitefield. KERNELS NUGGETS Doubleheader after a snow-out on Saturday. The Kane County field was snow-covered on Sunday morning. The double-header was postponed a bit as they waited for more snow to melt, which it did. Game 1 - Cedar Rapids 2, Kane County 3 Box Score The Kernels scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to tie the game, but the Cougars scored a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to get the walk-off win. Cole Sands started the game for the Kernels. The 2018 pick gave up two runs on five hits, two walks and a hit batter over the first five innings. He struck out four. Down 2-0, the Kernels rallied in the top of the sixth inning. Ben Rodriguez hit his first double of the season to drive in Chris Williams. Rodriguez later scored on a sacrifice fly from Jacob Pearson. Jose Martinez pitched a scoreless sixth inning but he gave up the walk-off hit to end the game in the seventh. He gave up two walks and the single. Chris Williams led the Kernels offense. He went 2-for-3 with a walk. Game 2 - Cedar Rapids 3, Kane County 2 Box Score This section is brought to you by the letter W. Winder and Williams lead Kernels to a Win. Josh Winder started for the Kernels and was fantastic. He gave up just four hits and walked one over the first 6 1/3 innings. He left with one out in the seventh with 84 pitches thrown and a runner on first base. Derek Molina came on and walked a batter. Then a single scored the inherited runner from Winder. Molina gave up another run as well, but was able to keep the tying run from scoring The Kernels didn't get a lot of offense, but Chris Williams provided a big, timely hit. In the fifth inning, Williams, who walked twice in Game 2, came up with two runners on and two outs. He responded with his fourth homer of the year and gave the Kernels a 3-0 lead. Gabriel Maciel went 1-for-3 with a walk. Estamy Urena walked twice. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Josh Winder, Cedar Rapids Kernels Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Chris Williams, Cedar Rapids Kernels PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - 0-4, K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Injured List, early May return #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch #4 - Trevor Larnach (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, BB, 2B(7), R #5 - Wander Javier (EST) - Injured, early May return #6 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Did Not Play, hamstring #7 - Jhoan Duran (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch #8 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #9 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch #10 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - 0-3, BB #11 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List, early May return #12 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Injured List, late-May return possible #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, K #14 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - 1-3, R #15 - Yunior Severino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List #16 - Gilberto Celestino (Cedar Rapids) - Game 1 (1-4, K), Game 2 (1-4, K) #17 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #18 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 0-5 #19 - Jorge Alcala (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch #20 - Jose Miranda (Ft. Myers) - 3-4, RBI MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Scranton/Wilkes Barre (5:35 CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe (1-2, 7.25 ERA) Pensacola @ Jackson (11:05 a.m. CST) - RHP Griffin Jax (1-0, 0.41 ERA) Ft. Myers - No Game Scheduled Cedar Rapids - No Game Scheduled Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Sunday’s games.
  14. 20. Jose Miranda, 2B/3B Age: 20 (DOB 6/29/1998) 2018 Stats (A/+A): 552 PA, .264/.319/.417, 16 HR, 82 RBI ETA: 2021 2018 Ranking: NR Since joining the Twins as the 73rd overall pick in 2016 draft, Miranda has been getting his feet wet all around the infield. This past season, the product of Puerto Rico basically split time between second base and third base with a couple appearances at shortstop mixed in. At the plate, Miranda provides an intriguing mix of power and contact skills. He actually had the lowest strikeout rate of any Midwest League hitter with at least 400 plate appearances last season. The really crazy thing is he struck out even less after he was promoted to Fort Myers, dropping from 11.62 K% to a 9.73 K%. “No, I don’t like striking out,” Miranda emphatically told SD Buhr in June. “I hate it. Since I was little, I’ve tried to battle.” And it’s not like he sacrifices power to do it, as Miranda finished fourth in the system in both doubles (27) and home runs (16). He was second to Alex Kirilloff in RBIs with 82 and even ranked second in the system by getting hit with 12 pitches. Miranda capped the season by making a huge impact in Fort Myers’ championship run, going 10-for-25 with three doubles and two home runs in the postseason. 19. Jorge Alcala, RHP Age: 23 (DOB 7/28/1995) 2018 Stats (AA/+A): 99.1 IP, 3.81 ERA, 9.4 K/9, 4.4 BB/9, 1.34 WHIP ETA: 2020 2018 Ranking: NR Alcala came to the Twins this July in the trade that sent Ryan Pressly to Houston. Prior to the deal, Alcala had a 3.29 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 79 1/3 innings in the Astros’ system, but finished things out in Chattanooga pitching to a 5.85 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in 20 innings. So, not the best first impression. Armed with a fastball that’s been clocked as high as 102 mph, his slider doesn’t give batters much time to react either. That’s a late-breaking pitch ranging in the upper 80s. He seemed to learn how to put batters away last season, boosting his strikeout rate from 7.8 K/9 in 2017 to 9.4 K/9 last year. Alcala’s secondary offerings have some work to do in terms of consistency, which has put some uncertainty around his future role. Of his 24 outings on the season, 13 were for four innings or fewer. Even if the consistency with the full repertoire doesn’t develop, Alcala could make for a very exciting relief prospect. 18. LaMonte Wade, OF Age: 25 (DOB 1/1/1994) 2018 Stats (AAA/AA): 495 PA, .257/.360/.380, 11 HR, 48 RBI ETA: 2019 2018 Ranking: 14 Wade doesn’t have any especially loud tools but he also lacks any clear weaknesses. His true calling card is the ability to grind out at bats. He actually had more strikeouts (74) than walks (64) for the first time in his career last season, but he certainly makes pitchers earn it. His two-strike approach is outstanding and he’s not above choking up on the bat. Here’s a look back at one of his impressive plate appearances from spring training last year: https://twitter.com/TwinsHighlights/status/967919766269722625 Wade was hitting .278/.388/.419 (.807 OPS) through July, then had a really tough final 25 games of the season that put a damper on his final year-end numbers. He gave right-handed pitchers all kinds of trouble, hitting .281/.391/.409 (.800 OPS), but had just a .563 OPS against same-sided pitching. Wade has seen a fair amount of time in center field over his pro career, but he seemed to settle into left field with some right field mixed in last season. He also played some first base back in college. Wade was added to the 40-man roster this offseason, and while he’s a bit buried on the current depth chart, there’s a chance we’ll see him at Target Field in 2019. 17. Zack Littell, RHP Age: 23 (DOB 10/5/1995) 2018 Stats (MLB/AAA/AA): 149.1 IP, 8.7 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 1.31 WHIP ETA: Debuted in 2018 2018 Ranking: 11 Littell got knocked around in his first taste of the big leagues, posting a 6.20 ERA in 20 1/3 innings for the Twins, but he put together a strong season down on the farm. Only Lewis Thorpe racked up more strikeouts among Twins minor league pitchers. Littell boosted his K/9 rate a full strikeout from 8.1 in 2017 to 9.1 during his time in the minor leagues in 2018. Littell was the youngest player to surface with the Twins last season and faced batters who were older than him 96 percent of the time through the course of the year (629 of 655 plate appearances). He's never picked up much steam in prospect circles due to a relative lack of velocity, but Littell actually topped out at 96 mph during his time with the Twins, per Baseball Savant. It's rare for him to reach back with that kind of heat, he typically sits more like 92, but it appears he could be on the verge of unlocking something extra. Littell lacks a true plus secondary offering, but the curveball can really shine some days and he has enough of a changeup to keep hitters off balance. Wrap in solid command and you’ve got an excellent baseline package to continue to build upon. 16. Gilberto Celestino, CF Age: 19 (DOB 2/13/1999) 2018 Stats (AA/-A/Rk): 268 PA, .287/.341/.406, 5 HR, 34 RBI ETA: 2022 2018 Ranking: NR Speaking of the Ryan Pressly trade, Celestino was the other piece to the deal that was simply just too good for the Twins to turn down. A premiere athlete, this Dominican import is considered among the top defensive outfielders in the minor leagues. He’s regarded as having excellent instincts, good range and a strong arm. Celestino also uses his speed effectively on the basepaths. He’s 47-for-54 in stolen base attempts in his career, an 87 percent success rate. In addition to his athleticism, he also already has an idea of what he’s doing at the plate. He has a career .345 on-base percentage, a strikeout rate under 19 percent and a walk rate of over nine percent. Pretty solid stuff coming from a guy who’s faced older pitchers in nearly 95 percent of his plate appearances. Similar to Alcala, Celestino didn’t make the greatest first impression with the Twins. Luckily he had the opportunity to more than make up for it in the postseason. After posting a .656 OPS in 27 regular games with Elizabethton, Celestino reached base safely 12 times in five postseason games, going 7-for-19 with four walks and a hit-by-pitch. Twins Daily 2019 Top 20 Prospects Honorable Mentions Prospects 11-15 Coming Soon Get to know more about these five Minnesota Twins prospects and much more in the 2019 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. It’s available in paperback or as an eBook.
  15. It’s not easy for a prospect to crack the Twins top 20 rankings these days. This system has been picking up steam in recent years, and as you’ll see in this segment of our list, trades have helped make significant strides. Three of the five players we’ll look at today were acquired via trades. Let’s get into it ...20. Jose Miranda, 2B/3B Age: 20 (DOB 6/29/1998) 2018 Stats (A/+A): 552 PA, .264/.319/.417, 16 HR, 82 RBI ETA: 2021 2018 Ranking: NR Since joining the Twins as the 73rd overall pick in 2016 draft, Miranda has been getting his feet wet all around the infield. This past season, the product of Puerto Rico basically split time between second base and third base with a couple appearances at shortstop mixed in. At the plate, Miranda provides an intriguing mix of power and contact skills. He actually had the lowest strikeout rate of any Midwest League hitter with at least 400 plate appearances last season. The really crazy thing is he struck out even less after he was promoted to Fort Myers, dropping from 11.62 K% to a 9.73 K%. “No, I don’t like striking out,” Miranda emphatically told SD Buhr in June. “I hate it. Since I was little, I’ve tried to battle.” And it’s not like he sacrifices power to do it, as Miranda finished fourth in the system in both doubles (27) and home runs (16). He was second to Alex Kirilloff in RBIs with 82 and even ranked second in the system by getting hit with 12 pitches. Miranda capped the season by making a huge impact in Fort Myers’ championship run, going 10-for-25 with three doubles and two home runs in the postseason. 19. Jorge Alcala, RHP Age: 23 (DOB 7/28/1995) 2018 Stats (AA/+A): 99.1 IP, 3.81 ERA, 9.4 K/9, 4.4 BB/9, 1.34 WHIP ETA: 2020 2018 Ranking: NR Alcala came to the Twins this July in the trade that sent Ryan Pressly to Houston. Prior to the deal, Alcala had a 3.29 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 79 1/3 innings in the Astros’ system, but finished things out in Chattanooga pitching to a 5.85 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in 20 innings. So, not the best first impression. Armed with a fastball that’s been clocked as high as 102 mph, his slider doesn’t give batters much time to react either. That’s a late-breaking pitch ranging in the upper 80s. He seemed to learn how to put batters away last season, boosting his strikeout rate from 7.8 K/9 in 2017 to 9.4 K/9 last year. Alcala’s secondary offerings have some work to do in terms of consistency, which has put some uncertainty around his future role. Of his 24 outings on the season, 13 were for four innings or fewer. Even if the consistency with the full repertoire doesn’t develop, Alcala could make for a very exciting relief prospect. 18. LaMonte Wade, OF Age: 25 (DOB 1/1/1994) 2018 Stats (AAA/AA): 495 PA, .257/.360/.380, 11 HR, 48 RBI ETA: 2019 2018 Ranking: 14 Wade doesn’t have any especially loud tools but he also lacks any clear weaknesses. His true calling card is the ability to grind out at bats. He actually had more strikeouts (74) than walks (64) for the first time in his career last season, but he certainly makes pitchers earn it. His two-strike approach is outstanding and he’s not above choking up on the bat. Here’s a look back at one of his impressive plate appearances from spring training last year: Wade was hitting .278/.388/.419 (.807 OPS) through July, then had a really tough final 25 games of the season that put a damper on his final year-end numbers. He gave right-handed pitchers all kinds of trouble, hitting .281/.391/.409 (.800 OPS), but had just a .563 OPS against same-sided pitching. Wade has seen a fair amount of time in center field over his pro career, but he seemed to settle into left field with some right field mixed in last season. He also played some first base back in college. Wade was added to the 40-man roster this offseason, and while he’s a bit buried on the current depth chart, there’s a chance we’ll see him at Target Field in 2019. 17. Zack Littell, RHP Age: 23 (DOB 10/5/1995) 2018 Stats (MLB/AAA/AA): 149.1 IP, 8.7 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 1.31 WHIP ETA: Debuted in 2018 2018 Ranking: 11 Littell got knocked around in his first taste of the big leagues, posting a 6.20 ERA in 20 1/3 innings for the Twins, but he put together a strong season down on the farm. Only Lewis Thorpe racked up more strikeouts among Twins minor league pitchers. Littell boosted his K/9 rate a full strikeout from 8.1 in 2017 to 9.1 during his time in the minor leagues in 2018. Littell was the youngest player to surface with the Twins last season and faced batters who were older than him 96 percent of the time through the course of the year (629 of 655 plate appearances). He's never picked up much steam in prospect circles due to a relative lack of velocity, but Littell actually topped out at 96 mph during his time with the Twins, per Baseball Savant. It's rare for him to reach back with that kind of heat, he typically sits more like 92, but it appears he could be on the verge of unlocking something extra. Littell lacks a true plus secondary offering, but the curveball can really shine some days and he has enough of a changeup to keep hitters off balance. Wrap in solid command and you’ve got an excellent baseline package to continue to build upon. 16. Gilberto Celestino, CF Age: 19 (DOB 2/13/1999) 2018 Stats (AA/-A/Rk): 268 PA, .287/.341/.406, 5 HR, 34 RBI ETA: 2022 2018 Ranking: NR Speaking of the Ryan Pressly trade, Celestino was the other piece to the deal that was simply just too good for the Twins to turn down. A premiere athlete, this Dominican import is considered among the top defensive outfielders in the minor leagues. He’s regarded as having excellent instincts, good range and a strong arm. Celestino also uses his speed effectively on the basepaths. He’s 47-for-54 in stolen base attempts in his career, an 87 percent success rate. In addition to his athleticism, he also already has an idea of what he’s doing at the plate. He has a career .345 on-base percentage, a strikeout rate under 19 percent and a walk rate of over nine percent. Pretty solid stuff coming from a guy who’s faced older pitchers in nearly 95 percent of his plate appearances. Similar to Alcala, Celestino didn’t make the greatest first impression with the Twins. Luckily he had the opportunity to more than make up for it in the postseason. After posting a .656 OPS in 27 regular games with Elizabethton, Celestino reached base safely 12 times in five postseason games, going 7-for-19 with four walks and a hit-by-pitch. Twins Daily 2019 Top 20 Prospects Honorable Mentions Prospects 11-15 Coming Soon Get to know more about these five Minnesota Twins prospects and much more in the 2019 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. It’s available in paperback or as an eBook. Click here to view the article
  16. Seth’s 2018 Breakout Prospects Tyler Jay, LH Relief Pitcher 2018 Stats: 4-5, 4.22 ERA, 38/2 G/GS, 1.58 WHIP, 49/20 K/BB, 59.2 IP Jay, a former first round pick, is still trying to live up to the potential the former Twins front office saw in him. He spent all of 2018 at Double-A and there were certainly some mixed results. At season’s end, he was left off the 40-man roster and was exposed to the Rule 5 Draft. He went unclaimed and will stay in the organization. Last year Kohl Stewart went through the same process and he ended the year in the big-league rotation. Can Jay follow a similar path to make his big league debut? Lewis Thorpe, LH Starting Pitcher 2018 Stats: 8-7, 3.54 ERA, 26/25 G/GS, 1.24 WHIP, 157/36 K/BB, 129.2 IP Thorpe pitched for Chattanooga and Rochester in 2018. He was named the 2018 Jim Rantz Award winner as the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Thorpe had the opportunity to represent the Twins organization in the MLB Future’s Game during the MLB All-Star break. The 22-year old missed the 2015 and 2016 seasons as he recovered from Tommy John surgery and an illness, but he seems to have things back on track. Cody’s 2018 Breakout Prospects Felix Jorge, RH Starting Pitcher 2018 Stats: 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2/1 G/GS, 0.67 WHIP, 2/0 K/BB, 3.0 IP By looking at previous prospect rankings found in the Twins Prospect Handbook, it’s easy to see that I have been driving the Felix Jorge bandwagon for multiple seasons. Naming him a breakout prospect for 2018 was a last-ditch effort to keep that bandwagon on the road. He missed almost all of 2018 as he dealt with a triceps injury and he was removed from the team’s 40-man roster. Jacob Pearson, Outfield 2018 Stats: .237/.312/.376, 12 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR, 36 RBI, 22.1 K%, 9.3 BB%, 6/11 SB Pearson spent his first season in the organization roaming the outfield in Cedar Rapids. As a 20-year old, he was almost a year and a half younger than the competition in the Midwest League. Through the end of June (32 games), he was hitting .294/.359/.429 with 10 extra-base hits. His number dropped from there as he might have tired from the rigors of a full-season campaign. Pearson won’t make it into any 2019 Top-10 lists but that has more to do with the prospects being added to the system. He still has a chance to be a breakout prospect in the years to come. Tom’s 2018 Breakout Prospects Jose Miranda, Infielder 2018 Stats: .264/.319/.417, 27 2B, 1 3B, 16 HR, 82 RBI, 11.2 K%, 5.6 BB%, 0/3 SB Miranda’s season started in the MWL, where he was almost a year and a half younger than the competition. In over 100 games, .277/.326/.434 with 13 home runs and 22 doubles. His transition to the FSL wasn’t exactly smooth has his average dipped to .216. That being said, Miranda was a key cog in the Miracle’s playoff run. He hit .400 with two home runs and three doubles in six playoff games. He’s not quite a Top-10 prospect but he is trending in the right direction. Jermaine Palacios, Shortstop 2018 Stats: .217/.269/.306, 20 2B, 5 3B, 2 HR, 53 RBI, 19.4 K%, 6.5 BB%, 8/16 SB Palacios was traded from the Twins organization for Jake Odorizzi on February 17, 2018. He split time during the 2018 campaign between Tampa’s High-A and Double-A teams. When he got to Double-A, he was almost three years younger than the competition. His .575 OPS was the second lowest total of his career. Minnesota’s organizational depth, especially at shortstop, allowed for Palacios to be expendable last off-season. To read more about this year’s breakout prospects and much more about the Twins minor leagues, grab your copy (or copies) of the 2019 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. Paperback version PDF version
  17. Randy Dobnak and the Cedar Rapids Kernels bounced Beloit from the postseason after Dobnak delivered seven shutout innings. The Fort Myers Miracle won Game 1 of the FSL Championship Series thanks to some impressive pitching of their own and a powerful performance from Jose Miranda. Check out what else happened in the minor league playoffs Friday night.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. Click here to view the article
  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. In 2015, first-year manager Paul Molitor led the Minnesota Twins to an 83-79 win, the team’s first .500 season since 2010. Because of that, they did not make their first draft pick in 2016 until pick #15. However, they had four of the first 74 picks in that 2016 MLB draft. It is very early in their development, just over two years since they were drafted, but to this point it should be deemed a very strong draft for the Twins, full of potential big leaguers. Recently, I caught up with former Twins scouting director Deron Johnson to discuss his final draft picks. Find out a little more about what the Twins’ scouts saw in their draft picks. Today, we’ll look at those first four picks (Alex Kirilloff, Ben Rortvedt, Jose Miranda and Akil Baddoo) and, coming soon, we’ll dig a little deeper into the other players selected that year that have developed well so far. “I don’t know about other organizations, but it’s unprecedented in our history of the way we’ve drafted over the course of years. To take four high school position players with consecutive picks, I don’t think a lot of teams have done that.” Deron Johnson, Twins Senior Advisor to Scouting, continued, “I’m proud. It’s a bold move, I think.I don’t know many teams that have done that in the past. So far so good with the results.” Johnson, as you recall, became the Twins scouting director in 2008 and held the position through the 2016 season when he received his promotion to the Senior Scouting Advisor role. Alex Kirilloff has been one of the most impressive hitters in all of minor league baseball in 2018. Ben Rortvedt’s development both at the plate and behind the plate has been noticed by the organization. Jose Miranda’s 2018 season started slow in Cedar Rapids, but he’s been raking since and recently earned his promotion to Ft. Myers. Akil Baddoo remains in Cedar Rapids at this point, but he’s been very impressive at the plate and in center field and continues to improve. Deron Johnson insists that the plan coming into the draft wasn’t necessarily to take four high school kids right away. “You have a plan, but being able to watch our system over the years, I knew that we were in need of some position players. It just so happened.” Here is a quick look back at the top four Twins draft picks in 2016 through the eyes of Deron Johnson. ALEX KIRILLOFF “He hasn’t missed a beat since he had that layoff.” That layoff, of course, was missing the 2017 season due to Tommy John surgery. As you know, Kirilloff has not only been arguably the top hitter in the Twins minor leagues this year, but maybe one of the best in all of minor league baseball. He spent the first 65 games of his 2018 season in Cedar Rapids. He hit .333/.391/.607 (.999) with 20 doubles, five triples, 13 home runs and 56 RBI. He played in the Midwest League All-Star Game and then immediately was promoted to Ft. Myers. He represented the Twins on Team USA at the Futures Game, and went 2-for-2. In his 47 games with the Miracle, he has hit .365/.385/.547 (.932) with 19 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 37 RBI. The Twins used the 15th overall pick to take Kirilloff who played high school ball for Plum High School near Pittsburgh. While they drafted him in 2016, they had known about him for a couple of years already. He made a major impression on Johnson at Petco Park in San Diego a year before the draft. Johnson, recalled, “He hit a ball during the Perfect Game All-American Game in Petco. I mean, it was an absolute bomb. Left-handers don’t hit balls out a lot at that park. Mostly right-handers because the ball kind of travels there. That showed me that this guy’s got power.” Johnson saw him again early in the 2016 season. “I saw him a couple of times. I saw him two or three games in Florida early in spring and we identified him as a guy going into the draft.” Shortly before the draft, Johnson traveled to Pittsburgh to see Kirilloff play. Unfortunately, the game was rained out. It ended up creating a great opportunity for the scout. “ I got a chance to see him practice. A lot of times, it’s better than seeing the games. I got a chance to speak with the kid, see how he goes about his business, see how he interacts with his teammates, and that was great. Plus we had a lot of looks on him too.” BEN RORTVEDT There is this perception that players from northern states can’t get seen by scouts as easily as players from southern states. There is some truth to that, but the top prep players now are playing in the summer baseball circuit across the country, and they are the showcases necessary if players want to get drafted. That is where Rortvedt was first seen. Johnson pointed out, “We got a lot of looks in the summer. He played against the best guys. He was on that Perfect Game tour, played in the All-America Game. We definitely relied on Mike Ruth, Mike Radcliff, and Mark Wilson, the scout that had the area at the time. We had a lot of coverage on him. We had a lot of looks.” Rortvedt was the Twins second-round draft pick, the 56th overall pick in the draft, out of Verona High School in Verona, Wisconsin. He split that season between the GCL and Elizabethton. He made the jump to Cedar Rapids in 2017, and admittedly he struggled with the bat. But he was gaining experience and making improvements. He returned to Cedar Rapids to start the 2018 season. In 39 games, he hit .276/.325/.386 (.711) with 12 extra base hits. He has now played 39 games since being promoted to Ft. Myers. He has hit .244/.342/.351 (.693) with eight extra base hits (including a two home run game). Behind the plate, he is blessed with a very strong arm and has gained a reputation for working well with his pitchers. But there is a thought, a hope that he will be able to continue making strides offensively as well. Johnson believes in Rortvedt’s offensive potential. “I think he can. I think he’s strong. For him, I think it’s all about approach .He’s got a nice swing. He’s a very strong young man. A lot of that’s been addressed. Drive the ball. If he can consistently learn to and want to drive the ball, the sky's the limit for him. He’s one of the younger guys again in the Florida State League. He doesn’t strike out much, makes contact. He’s got raw power. There’s no question about that. Is he going to be a 25-home run guy? Well, I’m not going to say he can’t.” But again, his defense is where he can really affect a game. “His defense has improved immensely. He can really throw. He can stop a running game. He’s athletic behind the plate. Someone quoted me after the draft where I said that he looks like he was born to catch. I truly believe that He looks like a catcher. He looks like one of those old school catchers from the ‘50s. The big forearms, the squared jaw. The real strong face. He’s young. He’s still got some immaturity. He’s not grown up yet. It’s going to take some time, but he works at it. He really gives a good effort. His game-calling has really improved. I think all aspects of his game have gotten better.” JOSE MIRANDA The Twins added the 73rd overall pick in the 2017 as part of the compensation round. Miranda was another guy that the Twins had seen quite a bit of, including at a Perfect Game event. Miranda actually grew up in Florida. According to Johnson, “He had played in the States. His mom is a flight attendant located in Florida. He went to high school in Florida his freshman and sophomore years, and then he moved back to Puerto Rico.” He started out this season at Cedar Rapids and like the weather conditions, he was cold. As the temperatures, Miranda’s bat heated up. In 104 total games with the Kernels, he hit .277/.326/.434 (.760) with 22 doubles, 13 home runs and 72 RBI. He has now played in eight games since being promoted to the Ft. Myers Miracle. He had his coming out party, of sorts, at Perfect Game. “We didn’t know who he was. (Delvin) Perez was the main guy. (Long-time Twins scout) Freddie Thon said, let’s take a look at this guy. I kind of like this guy.” “We saw him, and we like everything about him. We’ve always liked his bat. His defense is getting better. He’s found a home at 3B. He’s going to be a big man.” Miranda was drafted as a shortstop, but it was known that he wouldn’t stay there, though he did make one start there since joining the Miracle. He split much of his time in Cedar Rapids between second base and third base. AKIL BADDOO In the 2015 draft, the Twins used their second round pick (73rd pick) on right-handed pitcher Kyle Cody, a Wisconsin native who had spent three years at the University of Kentucky. For a few reasons, Cody did not sign with the Twins. Because they did not sign him, the Twins received the 74th overall pick of the 2016 draft. The Twins went to a familiar place for this selection. They signed a tremendous athlete out of high school in Georgia. In 2010, they drafted Niko Goodrum out of Fayette County High School in Georgia. In 2012, the Twins used the second overall pick in the draft on Byron Buxton who went to Appling County High School in Baxley, Georgia. Akil Baddoo continues that line of Twins great athletes selected by the Twins out of Georgia. Johnson noted, “Akil is coming into his own. He always kind of knew the strike zone as a high school kid. He’s from Georgia and he plays some really good competition. Georgia is one of the few areas in the country, along with Southern California and Florida and Texas, they play a lot of good baseball. It’s been a hotbed, not just for us, but for the industry.” Georgia Tech and Kennesaw State are a couple of powerhouse colleges, but the prep ranks are loaded with great talent. In fact, when the Twins used the 74th overall pick in Akil Baddoo, he became the seventh Georgia high school kid drafted in 2016. Josh Lowe was the 13th overall pick by the Rays. With the 14th pick, Cleveland’s selection was Will Benson. Carter Kierboom was the 28th overall pick by the Nationals. Taylor Trammell went to the Reds with the 35th pick. The Angels selected Brandon Marsh with the 60th overall pick. Alex Speas went #63 to the Texas Rangers. Johnson saw all of them, but he wondered why Baddoo wasn’t always mentioned in the same breath as some of those top picks. “He’s from out in the country, a little town called Conyers. Akil, everyone knew him, but he was the second tier of that group. Taylor Trammell came out that year. Three or four first-round picks come out of Atlanta that year. I was always curious why people weren’t talking about Akil more. We got a lot of looks at him.” He was seen a lot the summer before he was drafted. But it was very late in the summer when Baddoo took another step forward in the eyes of the Twins scouts. “We saw him at a Puerto Rico event the winter before the draft. The Mets put together a showcase where they bring a team from the States, and they play against Puerto Rican kids. It’s a great event. It’s after other events so you don’t get a lot of kids to show up. They’re tired. But Akil was there. He showed his passion for baseball. We liked him during the summer and were excited to see him show up. He went off there. He hit the ball hard, drove some balls, ran hard.” Baddoo was the Twins Daily choice for short-season Minor League Hitter of the Year in 2017 when he split the season between the GCL and Elizabethton. He has now played in 101 games this season for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. He has hit .241/.354/.413 (.767) with 19 doubles, nine triples and ten home runs. He also has 21 stolen bases in 26 attempts. Baddoo is a great athlete and has the built of a football player. “He’s strong. He’s like a running back. For me, he’s running better than when we drafted him. He’s a 70 runner. He’s playing way better defense. Mike Quade’s done a really good job with him defensively. He was a little raw defensively, but he’s got a different throwing action, but he can throw the ball. That’s maybe the one negative, the throwing. He’s getting much better. He’s got a chance to be a plus base runner.” ----------------------------------------------------------------- It is certainly not normal for a team to use four draft picks in the top two rounds and use each of them on high school hitters. To this point, the Twins front office has to be thrilled with all four picks. Each has experienced success and advanced up the organizational ladder appropriately, maybe even aggressive in some cases. 2016 was Deron Johnson’s final draft as scouting director, replaced by Sean Johnson. He says he is enjoying his new role where he gets to scout in many places. He was involved in the amateur scouting, the pro scouting and has had a chance to do some work internationally as well. But he has the right to be proud and excited about what the future might hold for his final draft. “I got a chance to see all those guys this summer, and it was fun to see. I got to see Alex. He’s done tremendously. Ben has been doing really well. He’s really improved defensively and his bat is coming on, so that is encouraging. Baddoo, despite his batting average, his peripheral numbers are really good. He’s hitting for some power, a bunch of doubles and stolen bases. And Miranda, I was there when he started heating up too.” Johnson continued. “It’s encouraging seeing those kids play well. I think Alex Is the oldest at 20-years-old. Akil won’t be 20 until the end of the year. It’s awesome seeing those guys have that kind of success this early in their career. ” But what is just as exciting as the top four picks, there are several other players that the Twins drafted in 2016 who remain in the organization and also have a chance to reach the big leagues. Will they? There’s no way to know that yet, of course, but several are on the right path. Soon, we will continue the conversation with Deron Johnson and discuss the rest of the Twins 2016 draft. It is a draft class that the Twins and their front office should be excited about. 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  20. TRANSACTIONS There were a few moves in the system before the games: The Chattanooga Lookouts sent LHP Casey Crosby on a rehab assignment to the GCL Twins. Also, in some sad news RHP Todd Van Steensel was released from the Lookouts roster. In Cedar Rapids, outfielder and 2018 first round draft pick Trevor Larnach was officially promoted. To make room, Jean Carlos Arias was sent back to Elizabethton, and Christian Cavaness was released from the Kernels roster. RED WINGS REPORT Toledo 5, Rochester 1 Box Score Starter Zack Littell had to try to work around a bunch of trouble in his outing, and he wasn’t able to on enough occasions. He finished 4 2/3 innings with 96 pitches (61 strikes), allowing five hits and five walks. Two errors from his defense led to five runs (two earned). This was more than enough for the Mud Hens as Rochester finished 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Gregorio Petit finished the day 2-for-4 with a double to lead the way. Edgar Corcino added a triple and scored their only run on a RBI single from Juan Graterol that followed. The bullpen duo of Luke Bard and John Curtiss combined to finish the game in scoreless fashion. Bard went 2 1/3, allowing one hit and striking out two. Curtiss finished the final two innings by allowing one hit and one walk. He struck out three. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Scheduled Day Off. After taking three out of five against the Mississippi Braves, the Lookouts got a day off on Tuesday before continuing the second half of their 10-game homestand against the Jackson Generals tomorrow. MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 5, Lakeland 0 Box Score The Miracle got a fantastic start from right-hander Griffin Jax and as a result Jose Miranda’s first home run in the Florida State League would be all the run support needed, but the lineup added some insurance just in case. Jax pitched into the eighth inning where he allowed a leadoff double before getting a groundout for his final out. In his 7 1/3 innings, he gave up only four hits, walked one, and struck out seven. Of his 94 pitches 67 went for strikes and he retired twelve in a row at one point. He improved to 3-1 on the season. July’s Twins Daily MiLB Relief Pitcher of the Month, Jovani Moran, came on and finished off the victory with 1 2/3 scoreless frames to pick up his third save with Fort Myers. He retired all five hitters he faced including punctuating the win with his second strikeout to end it. The offense got two hits from Taylor Grzelakowski (2-5, RBI, 2 K) and Caleb Hamilton (2-for-3, R, 2B, RBI), While Miranda’s home run was a two-run shot in the eighth that made it 3-0. Royce Lewis singled, stole a base, and scored a run in five trips to the plate. Alex Kirilloff finished 1-for-4. KERNELS NUGGETS Scheduled Day Off. Cedar Rapids got a travel day on Tuesday to head further east across the state of Iowa. They will begin a five-game road trip with three versus the Clinton Lumberkings on Wednesday. E-TWINS E-TALK Kingsport 10, Elizabethton 16 Box Score The lack of offense in the other games on Tuesday was more than made up for in this one. The E-Twins racked up 16 runs on 16 hits, seven walks, and two errors against the Kingsport defense in a scoreboard slugfest. Even more remarkable was that the Mets scored their 10 runs on just six hits. Combined the teams finished 9-for-21 with runners in scoring position and left half as many runners on the bases as they scored. Chris Williams had a mammoth day, finishing 2-for-3 with two home runs and six RBIs. He also was hit by a pitch, had a sac fly, and scored three runs on the game. His first home run in the eight-run third inning was a three-run blast. His second was a two-run shot in the fourth. Robert Molina concluded the fireworks in the third with a grand slam. Williams now has 14 homers in 42 games with Elizabethton (that’s a better rate than Brent Rooker had last year, if you were wondering). Molina’s slam was his second in the Appalachian League and drove in five runs in total. Gilberto Celestino (2-for-6, 2 R), Colton Burns (3-for-4, 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB), Ricky De La Torre (2-for-5, R, K), and Lean Marrero (3-for-4, R, BB) joined Williams and Molina with multiple hits. With all that offense, the pitching wasn’t as great for the Twins. Luis Rijo made his first start with his new organization and due to an error in the fourth, ended his debut being charged with five unearned runs. In 3 2/3 innings he allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out four. Pedro Garcia went the next 3 1/3 and allowed five earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three. Zach Neff finished the game for the Twins with two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out one. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 3 Box Score The Twins lineup was only able to muster three hits on the game and combined with drawing zero walks, they just didn’t have or make for themselves many opportunities. They were just 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left only one man on base. Their runs were courtesy of an Agustin Marte solo home run in the sixth (his first in the states), and an RBI single from Estamy Urena after Gabe Snyder reached second base on an error in the eighth. Despite all that the score was tied 2-2 heading into the ninth, so the Twins also had some good pitching. On a rehab assignment from Chattanooga, Casey Crosby struck out three in the first inning but due to a walk, a stolen base, error, and wild pitch also gave up an unearned run. Prelander Berroa went the next four frames and allowed an unearned run on three hits and one walk while striking out three. Junior Navas then threw two scoreless frames, allowing two hits and striking out two. Denny Bentley added a one-two-three eighth inning setting the stage for climactic ninth. When the Twins went down in order in the top half, Niklas Rimmel came on to pitch the bottom. He was greeted by a double from the leadoff man, got the next to fly out, but couldn’t escape as a single a few batters later walked it off for the Rays. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Griffin Jax, Fort Myers Miracle (W, 7.1IP, 4 H, BB, 7 K) Twins Daily Hitter(s) of the Day – Chris Williams, Elizabethton Twins (2-for-3, 3R, 2 HR (14), 6 RBI) TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-5, R, SB (5) #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-4, K #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch. #4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 0-for-4, 2 K #5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Did not pitch. #6 - Trevor Larnach (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play (officially promoted on Tuesday). #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – Did not play. #8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play. #9 -Wander Javier – Out of for the season. #10 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – L (3-5), 4.2IP, 5 R (2 ER), 5 H, 5 BB, 3 K #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play. #12 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – Did not play. #13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-4, R, K #14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – Did not play. #15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – Did not play. #16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) – 1-for-6, R, 2 K #17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) – Will have surgery on his wrist soon. Out for season. #18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play. #19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play. #20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) – Did not play. WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Toledo @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) – RHP Chase De Jong (0-1, 12.27 ERA) Jackson @ Chattanooga (6:15PM CST) – LHP Lewis Thorpe (7-4, 3.67 ERA) Fort Myers @ Lakeland (5:30PM CST) – RHP Clark Beeker (4-6, 4.04 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (7:00PM CST) – LHP Tyler Watson (4-5, 4.76 ERA) Kingsport @ Elizabethton (6:00PM CST) – TBD GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00AM CST) – TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
  21. With two affiliates traveling, there were only four games on tap for Tuesday. There was little offense in a few of those games, but the action in the others more than made up for it. A starter in Fort Myers delivered another strong performance in a shutout victory, while bombs went off in Elizabethton led by a standout performer drafted nearly two months ago to the day. To find out how all the Minnesota Twins prospects who were in action on Tuesday fared, read on!TRANSACTIONS There were a few moves in the system before the games: The Chattanooga Lookouts sent LHP Casey Crosby on a rehab assignment to the GCL Twins. Also, in some sad news RHP Todd Van Steensel was released from the Lookouts roster.In Cedar Rapids, outfielder and 2018 first round draft pick Trevor Larnach was officially promoted. To make room, Jean Carlos Arias was sent back to Elizabethton, and Christian Cavaness was released from the Kernels roster.RED WINGS REPORTToledo 5, Rochester 1 Box Score Starter Zack Littell had to try to work around a bunch of trouble in his outing, and he wasn’t able to on enough occasions. He finished 4 2/3 innings with 96 pitches (61 strikes), allowing five hits and five walks. Two errors from his defense led to five runs (two earned). This was more than enough for the Mud Hens as Rochester finished 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left five men on base. Gregorio Petit finished the day 2-for-4 with a double to lead the way. Edgar Corcino added a triple and scored their only run on a RBI single from Juan Graterol that followed. The bullpen duo of Luke Bard and John Curtiss combined to finish the game in scoreless fashion. Bard went 2 1/3, allowing one hit and striking out two. Curtiss finished the final two innings by allowing one hit and one walk. He struck out three. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Scheduled Day Off. After taking three out of five against the Mississippi Braves, the Lookouts got a day off on Tuesday before continuing the second half of their 10-game homestand against the Jackson Generals tomorrow. MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 5, Lakeland 0 Box Score The Miracle got a fantastic start from right-hander Griffin Jax and as a result Jose Miranda’s first home run in the Florida State League would be all the run support needed, but the lineup added some insurance just in case. Jax pitched into the eighth inning where he allowed a leadoff double before getting a groundout for his final out. In his 7 1/3 innings, he gave up only four hits, walked one, and struck out seven. Of his 94 pitches 67 went for strikes and he retired twelve in a row at one point. He improved to 3-1 on the season. July’s Twins Daily MiLB Relief Pitcher of the Month, Jovani Moran, came on and finished off the victory with 1 2/3 scoreless frames to pick up his third save with Fort Myers. He retired all five hitters he faced including punctuating the win with his second strikeout to end it. The offense got two hits from Taylor Grzelakowski (2-5, RBI, 2 K) and Caleb Hamilton (2-for-3, R, 2B, RBI), While Miranda’s home run was a two-run shot in the eighth that made it 3-0. Royce Lewis singled, stole a base, and scored a run in five trips to the plate. Alex Kirilloff finished 1-for-4. KERNELS NUGGETS Scheduled Day Off. Cedar Rapids got a travel day on Tuesday to head further east across the state of Iowa. They will begin a five-game road trip with three versus the Clinton Lumberkings on Wednesday. E-TWINS E-TALK Kingsport 10, Elizabethton 16 Box Score The lack of offense in the other games on Tuesday was more than made up for in this one. The E-Twins racked up 16 runs on 16 hits, seven walks, and two errors against the Kingsport defense in a scoreboard slugfest. Even more remarkable was that the Mets scored their 10 runs on just six hits. Combined the teams finished 9-for-21 with runners in scoring position and left half as many runners on the bases as they scored. Chris Williams had a mammoth day, finishing 2-for-3 with two home runs and six RBIs. He also was hit by a pitch, had a sac fly, and scored three runs on the game. His first home run in the eight-run third inning was a three-run blast. His second was a two-run shot in the fourth. Robert Molina concluded the fireworks in the third with a grand slam. Williams now has 14 homers in 42 games with Elizabethton (that’s a better rate than Brent Rooker had last year, if you were wondering). Molina’s slam was his second in the Appalachian League and drove in five runs in total. Gilberto Celestino (2-for-6, 2 R), Colton Burns (3-for-4, 3 R, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, BB), Ricky De La Torre (2-for-5, R, K), and Lean Marrero (3-for-4, R, BB) joined Williams and Molina with multiple hits. With all that offense, the pitching wasn’t as great for the Twins. Luis Rijo made his first start with his new organization and due to an error in the fourth, ended his debut being charged with five unearned runs. In 3 2/3 innings he allowed two hits, walked two, and struck out four. Pedro Garcia went the next 3 1/3 and allowed five earned runs on three hits and four walks while striking out three. Zach Neff finished the game for the Twins with two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out one. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Twins 2, GCL Rays 3 Box Score The Twins lineup was only able to muster three hits on the game and combined with drawing zero walks, they just didn’t have or make for themselves many opportunities. They were just 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left only one man on base. Their runs were courtesy of an Agustin Marte solo home run in the sixth (his first in the states), and an RBI single from Estamy Urena after Gabe Snyder reached second base on an error in the eighth. Despite all that the score was tied 2-2 heading into the ninth, so the Twins also had some good pitching. On a rehab assignment from Chattanooga, Casey Crosby struck out three in the first inning but due to a walk, a stolen base, error, and wild pitch also gave up an unearned run. Prelander Berroa went the next four frames and allowed an unearned run on three hits and one walk while striking out three. Junior Navas then threw two scoreless frames, allowing two hits and striking out two. Denny Bentley added a one-two-three eighth inning setting the stage for climactic ninth. When the Twins went down in order in the top half, Niklas Rimmel came on to pitch the bottom. He was greeted by a double from the leadoff man, got the next to fly out, but couldn’t escape as a single a few batters later walked it off for the Rays. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Griffin Jax, Fort Myers Miracle (W, 7.1IP, 4 H, BB, 7 K) Twins Daily Hitter(s) of the Day – Chris Williams, Elizabethton Twins (2-for-3, 3R, 2 HR (14), 6 RBI) TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-5, R, SB (5) #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-4, K #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) – Did not pitch. #4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 0-for-4, 2 K #5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Did not pitch. #6 - Trevor Larnach (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play (officially promoted on Tuesday). #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – Did not play. #8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play. #9 -Wander Javier – Out of for the season. #10 - Zack Littell (Rochester) – L (3-5), 4.2IP, 5 R (2 ER), 5 H, 5 BB, 3 K #11 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play. #12 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – Did not play. #13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) – 1-for-4, R, K #14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – Did not play. #15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) – Did not play. #16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) – 1-for-6, R, 2 K #17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) – Will have surgery on his wrist soon. Out for season. #18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play. #19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) – Did not play. #20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) – Did not play. WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Toledo @ Rochester (6:05PM CST) – RHP Chase De Jong (0-1, 12.27 ERA) Jackson @ Chattanooga (6:15PM CST) – LHP Lewis Thorpe (7-4, 3.67 ERA) Fort Myers @ Lakeland (5:30PM CST) – RHP Clark Beeker (4-6, 4.04 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Clinton (7:00PM CST) – LHP Tyler Watson (4-5, 4.76 ERA) Kingsport @ Elizabethton (6:00PM CST) – TBD GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00AM CST) – TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games! Click here to view the article
  22. Everyone wants to make a good impression on their new employer. To say that Jhoan Duran made a strong first impression with his Cedar Rapids teammates and members of the Twins organization might be an understatement. The hard-throwing right-hander acquired over the weekend from Arizona in the Eduardo Escobar trade was at his best on Monday night. His battery mate was 2017 draft pick Ryan Jeffers, and he had a breakout game for the Kernels as well. But there was strong pitching throughout the Twins system on Monday, from Rochester to Chattanooga and Cedar Rapids.Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Monday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions. TRANSACTIONS At the big league level, the Twins traded LHP Zach Duke to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for two minor leaguers, RHP Chase De Jong and IF Ryan Costello.Addison Reed’s rehab with the Red Wings is complete and he has been reinstated to the Twins roster.Also, the Twins traded RHP Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees in exchange for 1B/OF Tyler Austin and RHP Luis Rijo. Austin was in Rochester with Scranton/Wilkes Barre, though he was scratched from the game.RHP Ryne Harper has been promoted from Chattanooga to Rochester. He spent some time with the Red Wings earlier in the season.Twins Daily has also been able to confirm that RHP Tyler Wells has been promoted to AA Chattanooga, though the move won’t be made official until Tuesday.OF Tyler Webb was returned from Elizabethton to the GCL Twins.AWARDS Along with being named the Southern League Player of the Week honors, Brent Rooker was also named the Twins Minor League Hitter of the Week for the third time this season. He hit .467 with four doubles,, three homers and nine RBI. Got on base 55.6% of the time in his seven games.Donny Breek was named the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Week. The 18-year-old from The Netherlands made two starts in the GCL and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in nine innings. He gave up just three hits, walked four and struck out 13 batters.RED WINGS REPORT Game 1 - Rochester 3, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 4 Box Score This game started way back on June 24th, but it rained and was suspended until today. It ended in dramatic fashion at home plate on Monday. Dietrich Enns started and went four innings back in June. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks. When action started again on Monday, Tyler Duffey took the mound. The right-hander threw four scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. He walked one and struck out three batters. Luke Bard worked the ninth inning and walked one and struck out one. While Enns is no longer with the Red Wings, neither is Jake Cave who homered in the first inning of this game in June. Also, Wynston Sawyer started behind the plate and was replaced by Cameron Rupp who has since been released. Finally, Zack Granite started in left field, but he is currently on the disabled list. The RailRiders had five of their starters who are no longer with the team as well. The beauty of a suspended game. On this day, Willians Astudillo hit a solo home run. Down 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, Kennys Vargas walked. Edgar Corcino came to the plate as a pinch-hitter and delivered with an RBI double. Tommy Kahnle came on and Gregorio Petit greeted him with a single to left, but Corcino was thrown out at the plate to end the game. New Twins 1B/OF was scratched from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre roster, and as you now know, traded. All he had to do was walk over to the other dugout. However, when this game started back in late June, Austin had hit a home run for the RailRiders. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Ryan Jeffers, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-4, BB, 3-2B, HR, 3 RBI). Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Jhoan Duran, Cedar Rapids Kernels (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed. Please note that this Prospect Summary has been updated. #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled #4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 0-4 | 0-3, K #5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did not pitch. #6 - Trevor Larnach (Elizabethton) - No Game Scheduled. #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-3, BB, R #8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, 2BB, 2 R, K #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) - 1-3, BB, 2B | 0-2, BB #13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled #14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch #15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - Rained out. #16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) - No Game Scheduled #17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - will have surgery on his wrist soon. Out for season #18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) - 4-4, BB, 3-2B(3), HR(1), R, 3 RBI #19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, BB, K #20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) - 1-4 #21 - Jose Miranda (Cedar Rapids) - 3-5, 2B(22), HR(12), 5 RBI, 2 R, K *I figured that since Wander Javier is out, I’d add #21 to the list. Also, here are the new guys: Jorge Alcala (Chattanooga) - on Disabled List Ernie De La Trinidad (Ft. Myers) - No game scheduled Gabriel Maciel (Cedar Rapids) - 1-5, BB, 2 R, 2 K Jhoan Duran (Cedar Rapids) - 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K (92 pitches, 59 strikes) Gilberto Celestino (Elizabethton) - No game scheduled TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Scranton/Wilkes Barre @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Fernando Romero (2-3, 2.95 ERA) Chattanooga @ Tennessee (6:00 CST) - LHP Dietrich Enns (0-5, 6.00 ERA) Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (0-1, 11.57 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (4-3, 3.06 ERA) Elizabethton @ Johnson City (6:00 CST) - TBD GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00 am CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday games, or ask any questions you may have. Click here to view the article
  23. Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Monday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions. TRANSACTIONS At the big league level, the Twins traded LHP Zach Duke to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for two minor leaguers, RHP Chase De Jong and IF Ryan Costello. Addison Reed’s rehab with the Red Wings is complete and he has been reinstated to the Twins roster. Also, the Twins traded RHP Lance Lynn to the New York Yankees in exchange for 1B/OF Tyler Austin and RHP Luis Rijo. Austin was in Rochester with Scranton/Wilkes Barre, though he was scratched from the game. RHP Ryne Harper has been promoted from Chattanooga to Rochester. He spent some time with the Red Wings earlier in the season. Twins Daily has also been able to confirm that RHP Tyler Wells has been promoted to AA Chattanooga, though the move won’t be made official until Tuesday. OF Tyler Webb was returned from Elizabethton to the GCL Twins. AWARDS Along with being named the Southern League Player of the Week honors, Brent Rooker was also named the Twins Minor League Hitter of the Week for the third time this season. He hit .467 with four doubles,, three homers and nine RBI. Got on base 55.6% of the time in his seven games. Donny Breek was named the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Week. The 18-year-old from The Netherlands made two starts in the GCL and went 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in nine innings. He gave up just three hits, walked four and struck out 13 batters. RED WINGS REPORT Game 1 - Rochester 3, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 4 Box Score This game started way back on June 24th, but it rained and was suspended until today. It ended in dramatic fashion at home plate on Monday. Dietrich Enns started and went four innings back in June. He gave up four runs on five hits and three walks. When action started again on Monday, Tyler Duffey took the mound. The right-hander threw four scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. He walked one and struck out three batters. Luke Bard worked the ninth inning and walked one and struck out one. While Enns is no longer with the Red Wings, neither is Jake Cave who homered in the first inning of this game in June. Also, Wynston Sawyer started behind the plate and was replaced by Cameron Rupp who has since been released. Finally, Zack Granite started in left field, but he is currently on the disabled list. The RailRiders had five of their starters who are no longer with the team as well. The beauty of a suspended game. On this day, Willians Astudillo hit a solo home run. Down 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth, Kennys Vargas walked. Edgar Corcino came to the plate as a pinch-hitter and delivered with an RBI double. Tommy Kahnle came on and Gregorio Petit greeted him with a single to left, but Corcino was thrown out at the plate to end the game. New Twins 1B/OF was scratched from the Scranton/Wilkes Barre roster, and as you now know, traded. All he had to do was walk over to the other dugout. However, when this game started back in late June, Austin had hit a home run for the RailRiders. https://twitter.com/RocRedWings/status/1024130673148407808 Game 2 - Rochester 1, Scranton/Wilkes Barre 0 (8 innings) Box Score Kohl Stewart and Chance Adams put together a pretty impressive pitcher’s duel in this game. Stewart threw seven shutout innings. He gave up just three hits, walked one and struck out four batters. Adams, however, had a no-hitter going until the seventh inning when Gregorio Petit broke it up with a single to start the seventh, but the team was unable to break the scoreless tie. Nick Anderson struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning. Adams went back out for the bottom of the eighth. With one out in the inning, and the automatic runner (Taylor Motter) at third base after a ground out to first base, two batters were intentionally walked to load the bases. Joel Skinner had Jeremy Hazelbaker pinch hit for Byron Buxton (who was 0-for-3 with three strikeouts), and Hazelbaker singled in Motter with the winning run. It was just the second hit of the game for the Red Wings. https://twitter.com/RocRedWings/status/1024114374967881728 CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 3, Tennessee 0 Box Score Four pitchers combined for the Lookouts to shut out Tennessee 3-0. Williams Ramirez went the first two innings. Sean Poppen came on and went the next five innings. Then Tyler Jay and Cody Stashak each threw a scoreless inning to finish the job. The Lookouts scored all three of their runs in the third inning. Jordan Gore started the inning with a single. He scored on a Tanner English double. English then scored on a single by Zander Wiel. Later in the inning, Chris Paul knocked in the third run with a single to score Brent Rooker, who had walked. English led the offense with two doubles. He now has 13 doubles on the season. Mitchell Kranson also had two hits in the game. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers Box Score No Game Scheduled. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 8, Quad Cities 0 Box Score You never get a second chance to make a first impression. At least that’s what “they” say. Well, if it’s true, then Jhoan Duran made about as strong of a first impression that a 20-year-old starting pitcher can make in a new minor league system. Duran came to the Twins organization over the weekend from the Diamondbacks in the Eduardo Escobar trade. On this night, he threw seven no-hit, one-walk innings. He struck out eight batters and really didn’t have much struggle on the night. Jared Finkel kept the no-hitter alive through the eighth inning. However, with two outs in the ninth inning, he gave up a solid single between third base and the shortstop. One batter later, the Kernels settled for a one-hit shutout. Duran needed just 92 pitches to get through seven innings. He improved to 6-4 with a 4.27 ERA. (Included his numbers with Kane County because they are in the same league.) Duran got plenty of offense in support, but their number three and number four hitters led the way. Jose Miranda batted third. He got the team off to a fast start in the first inning with a three-run homer, his 12th of the season. In his next at-bat, he added an RBI single, and in his third at bat, an RBI double. He went 3-for-5. The double was his 22nd of the year. Beyond catching the one-hitter, cleanup hitting Ryan Jeffers came into the game having just two hits in his first five games (19 at- bats). In this game, he went 4-for-4 with a walk, his first three doubles, his first home run and three RBI. Michael Davis went 2-for-4 with his second Kernels double. And in case you were wondering, it does appear that Duran and Finkel are still on good terms... https://twitter.com/jaredfinkel17/status/1024124836963069952 E-TWINS E-TALK Elizabethton Box Score No game scheduled. GCL TWINS TALK GCL Twins 1, GCL Orioles 0 (7 innings - rain) Box Score The Twins got a terrific start from Prelander Berroa. The right-hander gave up just three hits over the first five innings. He walked one and struck out four to earn his first win. Dylan Stowell was credited with a save. He struck out two batters in a scoreless inning. The offense wasn't as impressive, but it was just enough. 2017 ninth-round pick Willie Joe Garry, Jr., singled in Kidany Salva with the game’s lone run. Garry also stole his fourth base of the season. Gabe Snyder, a 2017 21st-round pick, had the only other hit, his sixth double. Also, big Congratulations to GCL Twins manager Dan Ramsay who became a father for the third time over the weekend. He and his wife named the baby Carew. https://twitter.com/skipper_rams/status/1023647076561952769 STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Ryan Jeffers, Cedar Rapids Kernels (4-4, BB, 3-2B, HR, 3 RBI). Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Jhoan Duran, Cedar Rapids Kernels (7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed. Please note that this Prospect Summary has been updated. #1 - Royce Lewis (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled #4 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 0-4 | 0-3, K #5 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did not pitch. #6 - Trevor Larnach (Elizabethton) - No Game Scheduled. #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-3, BB, R #8 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-3, 2BB, 2 R, K #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) - 1-3, BB, 2B | 0-2, BB #13 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - No Game Scheduled #14 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch #15 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - Rained out. #16 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton) - No Game Scheduled #17 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - will have surgery on his wrist soon. Out for season #18 - Ryan Jeffers (Cedar Rapids) - 4-4, BB, 3-2B(3), HR(1), R, 3 RBI #19 - Jacob Pearson (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, BB, K #20 - Luis Arraez (Chattanooga) - 1-4 #21 - Jose Miranda (Cedar Rapids) - 3-5, 2B(22), HR(12), 5 RBI, 2 R, K *I figured that since Wander Javier is out, I’d add #21 to the list. Also, here are the new guys: Jorge Alcala (Chattanooga) - on Disabled List Ernie De La Trinidad (Ft. Myers) - No game scheduled Gabriel Maciel (Cedar Rapids) - 1-5, BB, 2 R, 2 K Jhoan Duran (Cedar Rapids) - 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K (92 pitches, 59 strikes) Gilberto Celestino (Elizabethton) - No game scheduled TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Scranton/Wilkes Barre @ Rochester (6:05 CST) - RHP Fernando Romero (2-3, 2.95 ERA) Chattanooga @ Tennessee (6:00 CST) - LHP Dietrich Enns (0-5, 6.00 ERA) Jupiter @ Ft. Myers (6:00 CST) - LHP Bryan Sammons (0-1, 11.57 ERA) Cedar Rapids @ Quad Cities (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (4-3, 3.06 ERA) Elizabethton @ Johnson City (6:00 CST) - TBD GCL Orioles @ GCL Twins (11:00 am CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday games, or ask any questions you may have.
  24. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 5, Norfolk 9 Box Score Rochester began experimenting with a bullpen-style game on Sunday with Trevor May making the start and only pitching one inning. He walked one and allowed a hit but kept the Tides off the board. Zack Littell took over for May and allowed four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.. He struck out four and walked four so entering in the second inning might have thrown him off a little. Nick Anderson and Gabriel Moya finished off the game and both ran into some issues that cost the team the game. Anderson allowed a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings. Moya surrendered three runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout. At the plate, the Red Wings had four players collect multiple hits. Alex Perez and Nick Gordon helped from the top of the line-up as each went 2-for-4 while scoring two runs apiece. LaMonte Wade and Juan Graterol both also joined the multiple hit club. Jon Kemmer pinch-hit for Wade and drove in a pair of runs with his second double. Miguel Sano went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 9, Mobile 4 Box Score A big fifth inning allowed the Lookouts to jump out to a lead that wouldn’t be surmounted. Jordan Gore reached on an error and Tanner English singled to set up the biggest hit of the inning. Zander Wiel pounced for his seventh home run of the season. By the time the inning was done, the Red Wings had plated five runs. Luis Arraez had a big game at the plate as he reached base four times and cracked two doubles. Mitchell Kranson went 2-for-5 with three RBI. With the exception of Brent Rooker, every batter collected at least one hit. Lewis Thorpe picked up his fifth win after allowing two runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out five and didn’t allow a walk. Williams Ramirez struck out four over two innings and allowed one earned run. Paco Rodriguez finished off the game by allowing one run, an unearned run, on two hits KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 8, Lansing 5 Box Score Five runs in the first two innings and 17 total hits allowed the Kernels to take this one from the Lugnuts. Four batters had three hits or more for Cedar Rapids. Jose Miranda was part of the hit barrage as he went 3-for-6 including a three-run home run in the second. Michael Davis led the team with four hits and he scored a pair of runs. Robby Rinn and David Banuelos both went 3-for-5. Jacob Pearson was the lone batter who failed to collect a hit. Jordan Balazovic started and went 1 2/3 innings by allowing four runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked two. Derek Molina picked up his second win after he pitched 3 1/3 scoreless frames. He racked up five strikeouts and walked one. Calvin Faucher gave up a solo home run in three innings of work while striking out four. Jose Martinez earned the save after pitching a scoreless ninth. E-TWINS E-TALK Elizabethton --, Princeton – (Postponed) Weather got in the way of this one. The two clubs will play a doubleheader on Monday so check back tomorrow night to see how the E-Twins came out in those contests. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Jose Miranda, Cedar Rapids (3-for-6, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, K) Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Lewis Thorpe, Chattanooga (6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB) TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed. Please note that this Prospect Summary has been updated. 1. Royce Lewis (FM): Did not play. 2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): Did not play. 3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): Did not play. 4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, K 5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): Did not play. 6. Trevor Larnach (ET): Did not play. 7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 0-for-5, 2 K 8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 1-for-6, 2B, R, K, SB 9. Wander Javier: Out of for the season 10. Zack Littell (ROC): 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 4 BB 11. Blayne Enlow (CR): Did not play. 12. LaMonte Wade (ROC): 2-for-3, RBI, K 13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): Did not play. 14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): 6.0 IP, 2 ER 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB) 15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): Did not play. 16. Yunior Severino (ET): Did not play. 17. Lewin Diaz (FM): Did not play. 18. Ryan Jeffers (ET): Did not play. 19. Jacob Pearson (CR): 0-for-5 20. Luis Arraez (CHAT): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 BB MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester- Scheduled Off Day Chattanooga vs. Pensacola (6:15 CST) – TBD Fort Myers @ Jupiter (5:30 CST) – LHP Bryan Sammons (FSL Debut) Cedar Rapids @ Lansing (11:05 am CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (7-2, 3.66 ERA) Elizabethton vs Princeton (4:00 CST) – TBD Elizabethton vs Princeton (Game 2) – TBD GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00 AM CST) – TBD Please feel free to ask any questions about Sunday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.
  25. July is quickly flying by and it seems like a good time to check in on the playoff races for all of the organization’s affiliates. Rochester currently has a 44-53 record which puts them 14.5 games out of first in the International League North. Chattanooga sits at 12-18 in the second half and this means the club is five games out of first place in the Southern League North. With a .500 record, Fort Myers is in second place in the FSL South and only 1.5 games out of first. Cedar Rapids has been on quite the roll and the club is up two games in the Midwest League Western Division. Like the Kernels, the E-Twins sit atop their division with a 18-11 record. They are three games up on their closest competition. The GCL Twins are 17-11 and up by one game in the GCL South. Which team's could add to their lead or try and play catch-up on Sunday?RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 5, Norfolk 9 Box Score Rochester began experimenting with a bullpen-style game on Sunday with Trevor May making the start and only pitching one inning. He walked one and allowed a hit but kept the Tides off the board. Zack Littell took over for May and allowed four runs on six hits in 5 2/3 innings.. He struck out four and walked four so entering in the second inning might have thrown him off a little. Nick Anderson and Gabriel Moya finished off the game and both ran into some issues that cost the team the game. Anderson allowed a solo home run in 1 1/3 innings. Moya surrendered three runs on three hits with a walk and a strikeout. At the plate, the Red Wings had four players collect multiple hits. Alex Perez and Nick Gordon helped from the top of the line-up as each went 2-for-4 while scoring two runs apiece. LaMonte Wade and Juan Graterol both also joined the multiple hit club. Jon Kemmer pinch-hit for Wade and drove in a pair of runs with his second double. Miguel Sano went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 9, Mobile 4 Box Score A big fifth inning allowed the Lookouts to jump out to a lead that wouldn’t be surmounted. Jordan Gore reached on an error and Tanner English singled to set up the biggest hit of the inning. Zander Wiel pounced for his seventh home run of the season. By the time the inning was done, the Red Wings had plated five runs. Luis Arraez had a big game at the plate as he reached base four times and cracked two doubles. Mitchell Kranson went 2-for-5 with three RBI. With the exception of Brent Rooker, every batter collected at least one hit. Lewis Thorpe picked up his fifth win after allowing two runs on four hits in six innings. He struck out five and didn’t allow a walk. Williams Ramirez struck out four over two innings and allowed one earned run. Paco Rodriguez finished off the game by allowing one run, an unearned run, on two hits KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 8, Lansing 5 Box Score Five runs in the first two innings and 17 total hits allowed the Kernels to take this one from the Lugnuts. Four batters had three hits or more for Cedar Rapids. Jose Miranda was part of the hit barrage as he went 3-for-6 including a three-run home run in the second. Michael Davis led the team with four hits and he scored a pair of runs. Robby Rinn and David Banuelos both went 3-for-5. Jacob Pearson was the lone batter who failed to collect a hit. Jordan Balazovic started and went 1 2/3 innings by allowing four runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked two. Derek Molina picked up his second win after he pitched 3 1/3 scoreless frames. He racked up five strikeouts and walked one. Calvin Faucher gave up a solo home run in three innings of work while striking out four. Jose Martinez earned the save after pitching a scoreless ninth. E-TWINS E-TALK Elizabethton --, Princeton – (Postponed) Weather got in the way of this one. The two clubs will play a doubleheader on Monday so check back tomorrow night to see how the E-Twins came out in those contests. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Jose Miranda, Cedar Rapids (3-for-6, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, K) Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Lewis Thorpe, Chattanooga (6.0 IP, 2 ER, 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB) TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed. Please note that this Prospect Summary has been updated. 1. Royce Lewis (FM): Did not play. 2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): Did not play. 3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): Did not play. 4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 2-for-4, 2 R, RBI, K 5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): Did not play. 6. Trevor Larnach (ET): Did not play. 7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 0-for-5, 2 K 8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 1-for-6, 2B, R, K, SB 9. Wander Javier: Out of for the season 10. Zack Littell (ROC): 5.2 IP, 4 ER, 6 H, 4 K, 4 BB 11. Blayne Enlow (CR): Did not play. 12. LaMonte Wade (ROC): 2-for-3, RBI, K 13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): Did not play. 14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): 6.0 IP, 2 ER 4 H, 5 K, 0 BB) 15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): Did not play. 16. Yunior Severino (ET): Did not play. 17. Lewin Diaz (FM): Did not play. 18. Ryan Jeffers (ET): Did not play. 19. Jacob Pearson (CR): 0-for-5 20. Luis Arraez (CHAT): 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 R, 2 BB MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester- Scheduled Off Day Chattanooga vs. Pensacola (6:15 CST) – TBD Fort Myers @ Jupiter (5:30 CST) – LHP Bryan Sammons (FSL Debut) Cedar Rapids @ Lansing (11:05 am CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (7-2, 3.66 ERA) Elizabethton vs Princeton (4:00 CST) – TBD Elizabethton vs Princeton (Game 2) – TBD GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00 AM CST) – TBD Please feel free to ask any questions about Sunday’s games, or ask any questions you may have. Click here to view the article
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