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  1. The Red Wings, Lookouts, Miracle and GCL Twins combined to score three runs. Meanwhile, both the Kernels and E-Twins scored in double-digits thanks to big games from Jose Miranda, Ryan Jeffers and many others. Also, Royce Lewis made his debut in Fort Myers and Nick Gordon left the Lookouts' game with an injury. Check out what else happened across the system, here’s Saturday night’s Twins Minor League Report.TRANSACTIONS This was announced last night, but the promotion of Royce Lewis become official today. To take his spot in Cedar Rapids, Michael Davis, the team’s 24th-round pick from this year’s draft, was promoted up from Elizabethton. Also, Byron Buxton was placed on the seven-day DL in Rochester. The good news on Buxton is that he is suffering from a left wrist strain and not something more serious. Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) and Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) were placed on the Temporary Inactive Lists of their teams. Both will be participating in the Futures Game on Sunday. RED WINGS REPORT Scranton/WB 4, Rochester 0 Box Score SP: Kohl Stewart (6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: None The Red Wings trailed 1-0 until Tyler Duffey gave up three runs in the eighth inning. Rochester had only four hits: a Jordan Pacheco double and singles from Taylor Motter, Gregorio Petit and Kennys Vargas. The big news out of this one is that Nick Gordon left early due to an apparent hand injury after fouling off a pitch. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Montgomery 5, Chattanooga 2 Box Score SP: Omar Bencomo (4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) HR: Mitchell Kranson (1) Multi-hit games: None Mitchell Kranson hit his first homer of the season, and that was the only extra-base hit for the Lookouts. Ryan Walker was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. Brent Rooker committed two errors in left field. Andrew Vasquez pitched two perfect innings out of the bullpen and struck out four batters. MIRACLE MATTERS Lakeland 3, Fort Myers 1 Box Score SP: Brusdar Graterol (5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: Taylor Grzelakowski Royce Lewis was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his Florida State League debut. In his four trips to the plate, Miguel Sano struck out in two and walked in the other two. Taylor Grzelakowski was 2-for-4 with the lone Miracle RBI and Aaron Whitefield was 1-for-5 with a stolen base and the lone run scored. Brusdar Graterol gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk. Over five innings, he had just two strikeouts. Tom Hackimer gave up another run over his two frames before Adam Bray pitched a scoreless eighth. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids Box Score W: Jordan Balazovic (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) HR: Jose Miranda (10) Multi-hit games: Jose Miranda, Andrew Bechtold, Robby Rinn, Jacob Pearson, Akil Baddoo, Ben Rodriguez Ben Rortvedt, Alex Kirilloff, Brusdar Graterol and now Royce Lewis are all gone, so that means Cedar Rapids just isn’t worth watching anymore, right? HA! Jose Mirada was the star of this one, going 4-for-5 with a homer, a double and five RBIs. Miranda has now hit 21 homers in 138 games over the past two seasons. Andrew Bechtold also collected four hits and Robby Rinn had three hits and a walk. Akil Baddoo was 2-for-4 with a walk and Jacob Pearson filled up the stat sheet with a single, a double, two RBIs and two runs. Jordan Balazovic, 19, improved to 5-1 and has a 2.37 ERA in 38 innings pitched for the Kernels. Calvin Faucher gave up a run over his two innings, racking up three strikeouts, before Kevin Marnon finished things out with two scoreless frames and three strikeouts of his own. E-TWINS E-NOTES Elizabethton 15, Kingsport 5 Box Score W: Austin Schulfer (5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) SP: Brian Rapp (4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) HR: Ryan Jeffers (3) Multi-hit games: Chris Williams, Alex Robles, Ryan Jeffers, Trevor Casanova, DaShawn Keirsey, Michael Helman Ryan Jeffers hit the ground running as a pro, but through his first 18 games he hadn’t hit a homer. Well, Saturday he hit his third homer in the past five games. Jeffers went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and two walks. He drove in a pair and scored three runs. Both Chris Williams and Alex Robles had three hits, a walk and scored three runs. Robles also had three RBIs. The E-Twins lead the Appy League West division with a 15-8 record. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Red Sox 1, GCL Twins 0 Box Score SP: Tyler Benninghoff (4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4K) HR: None Multi-hit games: None Tyler Benninghoff and six relievers combined to give up just one run, but the Twins could muster only three singles. Their hits came from catcher Kidany Salva, 2018 draftee Charles Mack and Agustin Marte. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Benninghoff, GCL Twins Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Jose Miranda, Cedar Rapids 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): 0-for-3, BB, K 2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): Did not play. 3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K 4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 0-for-2, left with an injury 5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): Did not play. 6. Trevor Larnach (ET): Did not play. 7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 1-for-4, 2 K 8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 2-for-4, BB, 2 R 9. Wander Javier: Out of for the season 10. Zack Littell (ROC): Did not play. 11. Blayne Enlow (CR): Did not play. 12. LaMonte Wade (ROC): 0-for-3, BB, K 13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 1-for-3, BB 14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): Did not play. 15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): 1-for-4 16. Yunior Severino (ET): 0-for-5, BB, R, K 17. Lewin Diaz (FM): 0-for-4, K 18. Ryan Jeffers (ET): 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 3 R 19. Jacob Pearson (CR): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R 20. Luis Arraez (CHAT): 1-for-4 SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester at Scranton/WB, 12:05 pm CT: Ervin Santana Chattanooga vs. Montgomery, 1:15 pm CT: Sean Poppen Fort Myers at Lakeland, 12:00 pm CT: Andro Cutura Cedar Rapids vs. Lake County, 2:05 pm CT: Bryan Sammons Elizabethton at Kingsport, 3:00 pm CT: Kody Funderburk GCL Twins OFF Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games. Click here to view the article
  2. TRANSACTIONS This was announced last night, but the promotion of Royce Lewis become official today. To take his spot in Cedar Rapids, Michael Davis, the team’s 24th-round pick from this year’s draft, was promoted up from Elizabethton. Also, Byron Buxton was placed on the seven-day DL in Rochester. The good news on Buxton is that he is suffering from a left wrist strain and not something more serious. Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) and Alex Kirilloff (Ft. Myers) were placed on the Temporary Inactive Lists of their teams. Both will be participating in the Futures Game on Sunday. RED WINGS REPORT Scranton/WB 4, Rochester 0 Box Score SP: Kohl Stewart (6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: None The Red Wings trailed 1-0 until Tyler Duffey gave up three runs in the eighth inning. Rochester had only four hits: a Jordan Pacheco double and singles from Taylor Motter, Gregorio Petit and Kennys Vargas. The big news out of this one is that Nick Gordon left early due to an apparent hand injury after fouling off a pitch. https://twitter.com/RailRidersTT/status/1018285741896601601 CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Montgomery 5, Chattanooga 2 Box Score SP: Omar Bencomo (4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 4 K) HR: Mitchell Kranson (1) Multi-hit games: None Mitchell Kranson hit his first homer of the season, and that was the only extra-base hit for the Lookouts. Ryan Walker was 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. Brent Rooker committed two errors in left field. Andrew Vasquez pitched two perfect innings out of the bullpen and struck out four batters. MIRACLE MATTERS Lakeland 3, Fort Myers 1 Box Score SP: Brusdar Graterol (5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: Taylor Grzelakowski Royce Lewis was 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout in his Florida State League debut. In his four trips to the plate, Miguel Sano struck out in two and walked in the other two. Taylor Grzelakowski was 2-for-4 with the lone Miracle RBI and Aaron Whitefield was 1-for-5 with a stolen base and the lone run scored. Brusdar Graterol gave up two runs on eight hits and a walk. Over five innings, he had just two strikeouts. Tom Hackimer gave up another run over his two frames before Adam Bray pitched a scoreless eighth. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids Box Score W: Jordan Balazovic (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K) HR: Jose Miranda (10) Multi-hit games: Jose Miranda, Andrew Bechtold, Robby Rinn, Jacob Pearson, Akil Baddoo, Ben Rodriguez Ben Rortvedt, Alex Kirilloff, Brusdar Graterol and now Royce Lewis are all gone, so that means Cedar Rapids just isn’t worth watching anymore, right? HA! Jose Mirada was the star of this one, going 4-for-5 with a homer, a double and five RBIs. Miranda has now hit 21 homers in 138 games over the past two seasons. Andrew Bechtold also collected four hits and Robby Rinn had three hits and a walk. Akil Baddoo was 2-for-4 with a walk and Jacob Pearson filled up the stat sheet with a single, a double, two RBIs and two runs. Jordan Balazovic, 19, improved to 5-1 and has a 2.37 ERA in 38 innings pitched for the Kernels. Calvin Faucher gave up a run over his two innings, racking up three strikeouts, before Kevin Marnon finished things out with two scoreless frames and three strikeouts of his own. E-TWINS E-NOTES Elizabethton 15, Kingsport 5 Box Score W: Austin Schulfer (5.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 K) SP: Brian Rapp (4.0 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) HR: Ryan Jeffers (3) Multi-hit games: Chris Williams, Alex Robles, Ryan Jeffers, Trevor Casanova, DaShawn Keirsey, Michael Helman Ryan Jeffers hit the ground running as a pro, but through his first 18 games he hadn’t hit a homer. Well, Saturday he hit his third homer in the past five games. Jeffers went 2-for-4 with a double, a homer and two walks. He drove in a pair and scored three runs. Both Chris Williams and Alex Robles had three hits, a walk and scored three runs. Robles also had three RBIs. The E-Twins lead the Appy League West division with a 15-8 record. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Red Sox 1, GCL Twins 0 Box Score SP: Tyler Benninghoff (4.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4K) HR: None Multi-hit games: None Tyler Benninghoff and six relievers combined to give up just one run, but the Twins could muster only three singles. Their hits came from catcher Kidany Salva, 2018 draftee Charles Mack and Agustin Marte. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Tyler Benninghoff, GCL Twins Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: Jose Miranda, Cedar Rapids 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): 0-for-3, BB, K 2. Alex Kirilloff (FM): Did not play. 3. Brusdar Graterol (FM): 5.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, BB, 2 K 4. Nick Gordon (ROC): 0-for-2, left with an injury 5. Stephen Gonsalves (ROC): Did not play. 6. Trevor Larnach (ET): Did not play. 7. Brent Rooker (CHAT): 1-for-4, 2 K 8. Akil Baddoo (CR): 2-for-4, BB, 2 R 9. Wander Javier: Out of for the season 10. Zack Littell (ROC): Did not play. 11. Blayne Enlow (CR): Did not play. 12. LaMonte Wade (ROC): 0-for-3, BB, K 13. Travis Blankenhorn (FM): 1-for-3, BB 14. Lewis Thorpe (CHAT): Did not play. 15. Ben Rortvedt (FM): 1-for-4 16. Yunior Severino (ET): 0-for-5, BB, R, K 17. Lewin Diaz (FM): 0-for-4, K 18. Ryan Jeffers (ET): 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 BB, 2 RBI, 3 R 19. Jacob Pearson (CR): 2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R 20. Luis Arraez (CHAT): 1-for-4 SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester at Scranton/WB, 12:05 pm CT: Ervin Santana Chattanooga vs. Montgomery, 1:15 pm CT: Sean Poppen Fort Myers at Lakeland, 12:00 pm CT: Andro Cutura Cedar Rapids vs. Lake County, 2:05 pm CT: Bryan Sammons Elizabethton at Kingsport, 3:00 pm CT: Kody Funderburk GCL Twins OFF Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
  3. First-round picks carry a lot of weight in any organization. Some teams are consistently making strong picks but the art of drafting players can be a tough endeavor. If a team misses out multiple first-round picks, there can be a void near the top of an organization’s prospect rankings. In Twins Daily’s updated top-40 prospect list, two former first-round picks fall into the 21-25 range. Each of them was a top-10 prospect as recently as 2017. Their fall in the rankings is connected to multiple factors but each of them has the potential to help the Twins at some point in the future.25. Tyler Jay – LHP Age: 24 ETA: 2018 2018 Stats (AA): 1-1, 3.64 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 29.2 IP, 35 H, 12 BB, 26 K 2018 Ranking: 19 | 2017 Ranking: 5 Seth: 30 | Tom: 26 | Cody: 26 Jay was Minnesota’s first-round pick back in 2015 and he was taken with the intention of turning him into a starting pitcher. That plan didn’t work and he has since shifted to a bullpen role. His first 10 appearances (16.2 IP) this season resulted in a 1.62 ERA with a 13 to 7 strikeout to walk ratio. Over his next eight appearances (13.0 IP), things haven’t gone as smoothly. He has allowed nine earned runs and opponents are hitting .321/.377/.571 against him. At the University of Illinois, Jay was a shutdown relief pitcher and he has the potential and pitches to get there again. However, fans haven’t seen that version of Jay in the Twins organization. 24. Felix Jorge – RHP Age: 24 ETA: 2017 2018 Stats (AA/GCL): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K 2018 Ranking: 20 | 2017 Ranking: 12 Seth: 37 | Tom: 24 | Cody: 18 We compiled these rankings prior to Jorge being designated for assignment. He's since been released. 23. Kohl Stewart – RHP Age: 23 ETA: 2018 2018 Stats (AA): 3-4, 4.76 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 68.0 IP, 84 H, 21 BB, 71 K 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: 8 Seth: 31 | Tom: 22 | Cody: 25 Minnesota took Stewart with the fourth pick of the 2013 MLB draft with hopes of turning this strong athlete into an elite pitcher. He has been slowly making his way through the Twins system and he even made one start with Rochester last season. Consistency has been the biggest issue for Stewart. His pitching performance has been up and down and he currently sits on the temporary inactive list after being limited to four starts in June. Stewart has his highest strikeout per nine total since his professional debut season (9.4 K/9) and his walks per nine is lower than his career average (2.8 BB/9). Stewart is still only 23 and he might finally be showing signs of putting it all together. 22. Landon Leach – RHP Age: 18 ETA: 2022 2018 Stats (Rookie): Has Not Played 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 28 | Tom: 25 | Cody: 20 Leach, a Canadian native, was taken by the Twins in the second round of the 2017 MLB draft and he made his pro debut with the GCL Twins. In five appearances (13.1 IP), he allowed five earned runs and posted a 10 to 6 strikeout to walk ratio. He’s on the GCL Twins roster now but he is starting the season on the disabled list. He throws hard with a mid-90s fastball and multiple off-speed offerings including a curve and a changeup. His secondary pitches need some work but he was a multi-star athlete in high school and his natural athleticism make him very projectable. 21. Jose Miranda – 2B/3B Age: 20 ETA: 2021 2018 Stats (Low-A): .255/.308/.405 (.713), 16-2B, 1-3B, 7-HR 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 17 | Tom: 18 | Cody: 30 Miranda debuted in the GCL after being drafted in the second round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Puerto Rico. With the E-Twins last season, he hit .283/.340/.484 with 21 extra-base hits in 54 games. This season he has played the entire year at Cedar Rapids where he has continued his trend of being over a year younger than the competition. He started this season slowly with the Kernels as he hit .170/.230/.259 through the team’s first 30 games. As a right-handed hitter, his OPS is over .800 against left-handed pitching so most of his issues have come against righties. He has started to come on as of late and he has plenty of power potential. What are your thoughts on the latest set of rankings? Who’s ranked too high? Who’s ranked too low? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion. Click here to view the article
  4. 25. Tyler Jay – LHP Age: 24 ETA: 2018 2018 Stats (AA): 1-1, 3.64 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, 29.2 IP, 35 H, 12 BB, 26 K 2018 Ranking: 19 | 2017 Ranking: 5 Seth: 30 | Tom: 26 | Cody: 26 Jay was Minnesota’s first-round pick back in 2015 and he was taken with the intention of turning him into a starting pitcher. That plan didn’t work and he has since shifted to a bullpen role. His first 10 appearances (16.2 IP) this season resulted in a 1.62 ERA with a 13 to 7 strikeout to walk ratio. Over his next eight appearances (13.0 IP), things haven’t gone as smoothly. He has allowed nine earned runs and opponents are hitting .321/.377/.571 against him. At the University of Illinois, Jay was a shutdown relief pitcher and he has the potential and pitches to get there again. However, fans haven’t seen that version of Jay in the Twins organization. 24. Felix Jorge – RHP Age: 24 ETA: 2017 2018 Stats (AA/GCL): 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 K 2018 Ranking: 20 | 2017 Ranking: 12 Seth: 37 | Tom: 24 | Cody: 18 We compiled these rankings prior to Jorge being designated for assignment. He's since been released. 23. Kohl Stewart – RHP Age: 23 ETA: 2018 2018 Stats (AA): 3-4, 4.76 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 68.0 IP, 84 H, 21 BB, 71 K 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: 8 Seth: 31 | Tom: 22 | Cody: 25 Minnesota took Stewart with the fourth pick of the 2013 MLB draft with hopes of turning this strong athlete into an elite pitcher. He has been slowly making his way through the Twins system and he even made one start with Rochester last season. Consistency has been the biggest issue for Stewart. His pitching performance has been up and down and he currently sits on the temporary inactive list after being limited to four starts in June. Stewart has his highest strikeout per nine total since his professional debut season (9.4 K/9) and his walks per nine is lower than his career average (2.8 BB/9). Stewart is still only 23 and he might finally be showing signs of putting it all together. 22. Landon Leach – RHP Age: 18 ETA: 2022 2018 Stats (Rookie): Has Not Played 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 28 | Tom: 25 | Cody: 20 Leach, a Canadian native, was taken by the Twins in the second round of the 2017 MLB draft and he made his pro debut with the GCL Twins. In five appearances (13.1 IP), he allowed five earned runs and posted a 10 to 6 strikeout to walk ratio. He’s on the GCL Twins roster now but he is starting the season on the disabled list. He throws hard with a mid-90s fastball and multiple off-speed offerings including a curve and a changeup. His secondary pitches need some work but he was a multi-star athlete in high school and his natural athleticism make him very projectable. 21. Jose Miranda – 2B/3B Age: 20 ETA: 2021 2018 Stats (Low-A): .255/.308/.405 (.713), 16-2B, 1-3B, 7-HR 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 17 | Tom: 18 | Cody: 30 Miranda debuted in the GCL after being drafted in the second round of the 2016 MLB draft out of Puerto Rico. With the E-Twins last season, he hit .283/.340/.484 with 21 extra-base hits in 54 games. This season he has played the entire year at Cedar Rapids where he has continued his trend of being over a year younger than the competition. He started this season slowly with the Kernels as he hit .170/.230/.259 through the team’s first 30 games. As a right-handed hitter, his OPS is over .800 against left-handed pitching so most of his issues have come against righties. He has started to come on as of late and he has plenty of power potential. What are your thoughts on the latest set of rankings? Who’s ranked too high? Who’s ranked too low? Leave a COMMENT and start the discussion.
  5. Adalberto Mejia continued to make his case for another opportunity with the Twins with a strong showing in Game 1 of a double header for the Red Wings. He was good, but his performance would likely rank second out of three really strong starts in the Twins system on Monday night. There wasn’t a lot of offense in the system, in part because Elizabethton got rained out, but there were some big, clutch hits.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 Fernando Romero was placed back on the Rochester roster. Jordan Pacheco was reinstated from the Disabled List. Wynston Sawyer was placed on the disabled list with a fractured hamate bone. RED WINGS REPORT Game 1 - Rochester 4, Syracuse 1 Box Score Adalberto Mejia put together another terrific start. Will it be his last with the Red Wings before re-joining the Twins rotation? The left-hander gave up one run on just two hits over six innings. He didn’t allow a hit until there was an out in the sixth inning. He walked two and struck out four. John Curtiss gave up a hit and walked two in the seventh, but he didn’t give up a run and recorded his seventh save. LaMonte Wade provided the power. His first AAA homer, a three-run shot, was more than enough for the Red Wings. Zack Granite and Willians Astudillo each added a double. Granite stole his ninth base. Astudillo was hit by a pitch in his second plate appearance and left the game. Byron Buxton’s rehab continued, and he went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Game 2 - Rochester 3, Syracuse 2 (8 innings) Box Score The second game of the double header needed an extra inning to decide it. It was a bullpen game for the Red Wings as Gabriel Moya started. In 2 2/3 innings, he gave up a run on four hits. He struck out three without issuing a walk. DJ Baxendale came on and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and struck out one. Nick Andersen then threw 2 1/3 innings. He gave up no runs on two hits. He walked none and struck out two. Tyler Duffey got the eighth inning and took the loss. He gave up two runs (1 earned, due to starting the inning at second base) on one hit and an intentional walk. Jordan Pacheco, returning from the DL, went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Edgar Corcino also played his first Red Wings game of this season and hit his first double. The Red Wings had just five hits. Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in this game. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 2, Biloxi 4 Box Score Kohl Stewart had another solid start on Monday night. The right-hander gave up one run on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out eight batters. Sam Clay came on and gave up a run on two hits and a walk and recorded two outs. He struck one out. Ryne Harper gave up a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning. Tyler Jay pitched the ninth and gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out one. Alex Perez led the offense. He went 2-for-4 with his fifth double and an RBI. Andy Wilkins went 1-for-2 with two walks and his fourth double. Brent Rooker added his 16th double. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers Box Score No Game Scheduled. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 3, Beloit 0 Box Score Bryan Sammons was the start of this game for the Kernels. The 2017 draft pick tossed eight shutout innings. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out five. With the Win, he improves to 4-4 with a 2.69 ERA. Calvin Faucher recorded his second save. He gave up a hit and a walk, and struck out two, in maintaining and completing the shutout. Jose Miranda led the offense with his 15th and 16th doubles. Jordan Gore was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jacob Pearson hit a single and walked. Royce Lewis walked twice and stole his 17th base. David Banuelos hit his seventh double. E-TWINS E-TALK Elizabethton , Johnson City Box Score Rain and poor field condition meant no game for the E-Twins on Monday night. GCL Twins Talk GCL Twins 5, GCL Rays 2 Box Score After a tough first outing, Andriu Marin put together a good start on Monday. He gave up two runs on three hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out five. Lefty Petru Balan threw two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and a walk while striking out one. Steven Cruz picked up his first Save after throwing two shutout frames. He gave up two hits and struck two out. Victor Tademo went 3-for-5. Estamy Urena went 2-for-3 with two walks. Kidany Salva was 2-for-3. He was also hit by a pitch, had a sacrifice fly and a stolen base. Austin Hale caught the second half of the game and knocked his first double. Aaron Whitefield’s rehab continued as he went 1-for-4 with a walk. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Victor Tademo, GCL Twins (3-5) Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Bryan Sammons, Cedar Rapids Kernels (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 0-2, 2 BB, R, SB(17) #2 - Fernando Romero (Minnesota) - Did not pitch #3 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 1-8, R, 2 K #4 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did not pitch #5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - No Game. #6 - Wander Javier - out of for the season #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-4, 2B(16), K #8 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch #9 - Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch #10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, K #11 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch #12 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch #13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - No Game #14 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 1-5, 2 BB, HR(1), 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - No Game #17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - No Game #18 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton Twins) - Game rained out #19 - Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (1 HR allowed) #20 - Felix Jorge (Chattanooga) - Disabled List, began rehab on June 19. TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Syracuse (6:35 CST) - RHP Zack Littell (1-3, 3.05 ERA) Biloxi @ Chattanooga (10:15 am CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe (4-4, 4.26 ERA) Ft. Myers @ Tampa (5:30 CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (0-0, 5.29 ERA) Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (2-2, 3.68 ERA) Johnson City @ Elizabethton (5:00 CST) - TBD GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00 am CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday’s games, or ask any questions you may have. Click here to view the article
  6. 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 Fernando Romero was placed back on the Rochester roster. Jordan Pacheco was reinstated from the Disabled List. Wynston Sawyer was placed on the disabled list with a fractured hamate bone. RED WINGS REPORT Game 1 - Rochester 4, Syracuse 1 Box Score Adalberto Mejia put together another terrific start. Will it be his last with the Red Wings before re-joining the Twins rotation? The left-hander gave up one run on just two hits over six innings. He didn’t allow a hit until there was an out in the sixth inning. He walked two and struck out four. John Curtiss gave up a hit and walked two in the seventh, but he didn’t give up a run and recorded his seventh save. LaMonte Wade provided the power. His first AAA homer, a three-run shot, was more than enough for the Red Wings. Zack Granite and Willians Astudillo each added a double. Granite stole his ninth base. Astudillo was hit by a pitch in his second plate appearance and left the game. Byron Buxton’s rehab continued, and he went 0-4 with two strikeouts. Game 2 - Rochester 3, Syracuse 2 (8 innings) Box Score The second game of the double header needed an extra inning to decide it. It was a bullpen game for the Red Wings as Gabriel Moya started. In 2 2/3 innings, he gave up a run on four hits. He struck out three without issuing a walk. DJ Baxendale came on and threw two scoreless innings. He gave up four hits and struck out one. Nick Andersen then threw 2 1/3 innings. He gave up no runs on two hits. He walked none and struck out two. Tyler Duffey got the eighth inning and took the loss. He gave up two runs (1 earned, due to starting the inning at second base) on one hit and an intentional walk. Jordan Pacheco, returning from the DL, went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Edgar Corcino also played his first Red Wings game of this season and hit his first double. The Red Wings had just five hits. Byron Buxton went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in this game. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 2, Biloxi 4 Box Score Kohl Stewart had another solid start on Monday night. The right-hander gave up one run on eight hits over 6 1/3 innings. He walked two and struck out eight batters. Sam Clay came on and gave up a run on two hits and a walk and recorded two outs. He struck one out. Ryne Harper gave up a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning. Tyler Jay pitched the ninth and gave up one run on two hits and a walk. He struck out one. Alex Perez led the offense. He went 2-for-4 with his fifth double and an RBI. Andy Wilkins went 1-for-2 with two walks and his fourth double. Brent Rooker added his 16th double. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers Box Score No Game Scheduled. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 3, Beloit 0 Box Score Bryan Sammons was the start of this game for the Kernels. The 2017 draft pick tossed eight shutout innings. He gave up five hits, walked one and struck out five. With the Win, he improves to 4-4 with a 2.69 ERA. Calvin Faucher recorded his second save. He gave up a hit and a walk, and struck out two, in maintaining and completing the shutout. Jose Miranda led the offense with his 15th and 16th doubles. Jordan Gore was 2-for-3 with an RBI. Jacob Pearson hit a single and walked. Royce Lewis walked twice and stole his 17th base. David Banuelos hit his seventh double. E-TWINS E-TALK Elizabethton , Johnson City Box Score Rain and poor field condition meant no game for the E-Twins on Monday night. https://twitter.com/Mike_Gally21/status/1011352061198393347 GCL Twins Talk GCL Twins 5, GCL Rays 2 Box Score After a tough first outing, Andriu Marin put together a good start on Monday. He gave up two runs on three hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out five. Lefty Petru Balan threw two scoreless innings. He gave up two hits and a walk while striking out one. Steven Cruz picked up his first Save after throwing two shutout frames. He gave up two hits and struck two out. Victor Tademo went 3-for-5. Estamy Urena went 2-for-3 with two walks. Kidany Salva was 2-for-3. He was also hit by a pitch, had a sacrifice fly and a stolen base. Austin Hale caught the second half of the game and knocked his first double. Aaron Whitefield’s rehab continued as he went 1-for-4 with a walk. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Victor Tademo, GCL Twins (3-5) Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Bryan Sammons, Cedar Rapids Kernels (8 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 0-2, 2 BB, R, SB(17) #2 - Fernando Romero (Minnesota) - Did not pitch #3 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 1-8, R, 2 K #4 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did not pitch #5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - No Game. #6 - Wander Javier - out of for the season #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - 1-4, 2B(16), K #8 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch #9 - Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) - Did not pitch #10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, K #11 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - Did not pitch #12 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch #13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - No Game #14 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 1-5, 2 BB, HR(1), 2 R, 3 RBI, 2 K #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - No Game #17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - No Game #18 - Yunior Severino (Elizabethton Twins) - Game rained out #19 - Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) - 1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K (1 HR allowed) #20 - Felix Jorge (Chattanooga) - Disabled List, began rehab on June 19. TUESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Syracuse (6:35 CST) - RHP Zack Littell (1-3, 3.05 ERA) Biloxi @ Chattanooga (10:15 am CST) - LHP Lewis Thorpe (4-4, 4.26 ERA) Ft. Myers @ Tampa (5:30 CST) - LHP Tyler Watson (0-0, 5.29 ERA) Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (2-2, 3.68 ERA) Johnson City @ Elizabethton (5:00 CST) - TBD GCL Rays @ GCL Twins (11:00 am CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.
  7. There was plenty of action in the system on Tuesday even with Elizabethton’s doubleheader getting rained out. A left-handed starter delivered another strong performance as he makes his way back into the prospect picture, a grand slam powered the Kernels to victory, and there were couple walk-offs games.To find out how all your favorite prospects fared on Tuesday night, read on and be sure to add to the discussion in the comments! TRANSACTIONS Before we get to the games, there were a few transactions in the system on Tuesday: -Jake Cave was recalled by the Minnesota Twins and started in RF in their game. -Fort Myers activated RHP Adam Bray from the 7-day disabled list (and would debut tonight) and released RHP Logan Lombana. -After getting his stateside career started with a bang, C Yeremi De La Cruz was placed on the 60-day disabled list for the GCL Twins, effectively ending his 2018 season. -LHP J.T. Perez was assigned to the GCL Twins and pitched on Tuesday. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 3, Syracuse 4 (10 innings) Box Score The Red Wings came out on the wrong side of an extra-inning affair on Tuesday, falling to the Chiefs 4-3 in the tenth inning. Rochester took the lead early, scratching two runs across after loading the bases with no outs thanks to a double-play ball with the defense back and an RBI single from Chris Carter. Starter Zack Littell kept it close for nearly seven innings, exiting after striking out the first two hitters of the seventh as he reached a pitch count threshold (100 pitches, 64 for strikes). He allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk, along with picking up four strikeouts and was in line for the win when he came out. Tyler Duffey got the final out of the seventh and retired the first two hitters in the eighth before he ran into trouble. A walk and consecutive singles tied the game at three and charged Duffey with his second blown save of the year. Jake Reed was summoned and got out of the eighth before also adding a scoreless ninth. Reed gave up one hit, walked two (one intentional), and struck out two. After the Red Wings went one-two-three in the top of the tenth, Luke Bard came on for the bottom half. He struck out the first batter of the inning, but with a runner starting on second base the double to the next hitter meant the end of the game. In the loss the offense got two hits from Zack Granite, Nick Gordon, and Carter who added a solo home run in the sixth. As the DH Kennys Vargas went 1-for-2 with three walks. LaMonte Wade finished 1-for-4 with a walk. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Biloxi 4, Chattanooga 5 Box Score The Lookouts bullpen gave up a three-run lead in the ninth inning, but unlike their triple-A cohorts managed to walk it off in the bottom half to put them back above .500. Lewis Thorpe took the mound for Chattanooga and was again strong. In 5 2/3 innings he allowed one run on four hits while racking up seven strikeouts. He was removed in the sixth after loading the bases with his only walk and two outs. In his two starts in the second half of the Southern League season, Thorpe has allowed just one run on five hits and two walks in 12 2/3 innings and has struck out 19. Coming off surgery and other ailments, Thorpe appears to be rounding back into the form I saw when I had the chance to interview him with Cedar Rapids. In the month of April his WHIP was 1.61 and opposing batters hit .349 off him. In may his WHIP didn’t improve (1.62), but opponents hit .277. Now in June he’s improved his WHIP to 1.09 and that batting average against is just .229. That includes a disastrous game on June 9th where he allowed 9 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. Chattanooga struck first in third inning, as a Jimmy Kerrigan double brought in Alex Perez who had singled a batter before him. They took the lead back 3-1 in the sixth on an RBI single from Mitchell Kranson and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch from Ryan Walker. Walker added a needed insurance run with a bases-loaded groundout in the eighth that made it 4-1. In relief of Thorpe, Andrew Vasquez mowed the Shuckers down for 2 1/3 innings. He retired every batter he faced, including sending five of them on walks of shame back to the dugout. Todd Van Steensel was summoned for the save opportunity in the ninth and got two quick outs, but then the wheels fell off. Two walks and three consecutive RBI singles tied the game before the Lookouts could get another arm warmed up. That was Paco Rodriguez and with the go-ahead run on third base he was able to coax a groundout to bring up the home team. A one out single from Perez put the winning run on base, and a deep fly to center got him into scoring position. The Shuckers chose to intentionally walk Brent Rooker to bring up Chris Paul, and he delivered with a single to left field. The Chattanooga offense got multiple hits from Perez (2-for-5, 2 R, K), Kerrigan (2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI, K), Paul (3-for-5, 2 R, GW-RBI), and Kranson (2-for-4, RBI) while no other batter picked up a hit. Jaylin Davis walked three times, and Walker drove in two. MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 3, Tampa 10 Box Score Tyler Watson took the mound for the Miracle on Tuesday and got nickel and dimed by the Tarpons offense. He was finished after just three innings and sixty pitches as they took a 3-1 lead. Watson surrendered three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks in those innings. He struck out four. An error on Lewin Diaz in the first led to the first run of the game, then a walk, passed ball, bunt single, wild pitch, and another single led to two runs in the third. Brady Anderson came out of the bullpen in the fourth, but before he got out of the inning three more runs were on the board for Tampa and they took a 6-2 lead. Anderson allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out two. Adam Bray managed to put a goose egg up in one of his two innings, but also gave up five hits and walked one while striking out two. Colton Davis finished the game for the Miracle, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk in his two innings. He struck out three. Fort Myers got multi-hit and multi-walk efforts from MLB-ers Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano, and Diaz and Taylor Grzelakowski each collected two hits themselves, but as a team they finished 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left twelve men on base. Polanco clubbed a home run in the third inning to put the Miracle on the board, and Grzelakowski added a double for their only extra base hits on the game. Alex Kiriloff went hitless in five at-bats, striking out three times. KERNELS NUGGETS Beloit 0, Cedar Rapids 6 Box Score The Kernels popped for four runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to the bat of Jose Miranda, and that would be more than enough behind the arms of starter Edwar Colina and MWL All-Star Jared Finkel. Batting cleanup, Miranda stepped into the box with the bases loaded in the first and delivered a grand slam, his seventh home run of the season, to put Cedar Rapids out front 4-0. They would add two more runs in the fourth on a Royce Lewis two-RBI single to account for all of their scoring. Colina went the first six innings, holding the Snappers to just three hits and one walk. He struck out two and had three one-two-three innings. Finkel finished the game with three scoreless frames to pick up his second save. He allowed just one hit on the game. Akil Baddoo would finish 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two walks. Jacob Pearson scored two runs and drew a walk in addition to going 1-for-3. Lewis went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. E-TWINS E-NOTES Game 1: Johnson City 9, Elizabethton 2 (6 innings, rain) Box Score Game 2: Postponed by Rain (no makeup date announced) Elizabethton was scheduled for a double-header due to their postponement yesterday, but rains continued to play a part on Tuesday. They were able to get just one game in, and even it was shortened due to the weather. It was probably an act of mercy for the Twins however, as they got rocked by their in-state rivals from the words “play ball.” Twins starter Pedro Garcia failed to record an out, and before he was lifted five runs had already crossed home plate. Another inherited runner would score to affect Garcia’s line along with another for an early 7-0 lead for the Cardinals. Christian Broussard ended up pitching the games first four official innings worth of outs, and he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Juan Gamez allowed one run on two hits and a walk in his 1 2/3 innings before the rains cut the game short. He also struck out four. The Elizabethton offense scored their two runs in the third inning thanks to a two-run triple off the bat of Lean Marrero. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Rays 6, GCL Twins 2 Box Score In this one, both squads managed only six hits and committed five errors on defense, but the Rays were the only ones able to take advantage thanks in part to five walks and other miscues from Twins starter Tyler Benninghoff. In the top of the first a leadoff single was followed by a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and then three additional walks, two hit batters, and two wild pitches led to three runs for the Rays. Benninghoff settled down a little from there, finishing 3 1/3 innings without allowing another run. He gave up two hits and struck out two. The Twins scored single runs in each of the sixth and ninth innings. In the sixth it was a single to short that also included a throwing error on once upon a time Minnesota signee Jelfrey Marte, that allowed a run to score. In the ninth, a throwing error on a steal attempt put a runner on third and a groundout brought him in. Aaron Whitefield led the offense with two hits in three at-bats and also drew a walk. Gabe Snyder and Edgar Herrera picked up the RBIs. Out of the bullpen Dylan Stowell pitched 2 2/3 scoreless frames. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four. Thanks to four errors in the seventh inning, left-hander Erik Cha allowed three unearned runs on a hit and walk in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out one. J.T. Perez finished the game for the Twins with 1 1/3 scoreless. He gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out two. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Lewis Thorpe, Chattanooga Lookouts (5.2 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 7 K) Twins Daily Hitter of the Day – Jose Miranda, Cedar Rapids Kernels (1-for-3, R, GS (7), 4 RBI) TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY 1. Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, K 2. Fernando Romero (Rochester) – Did not pitch. 3. Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-for-5, R 4. Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Did not pitch. 5. Alex Kirilloff (Fort Myers) – 0-for-5, 3 K 6. Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – Out for season with injury. 7. Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 0-for-4, IBB, 2 K 8. Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch. 9. Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch. 10. Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, K 11. Zack Littell (Rochester) – 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, BB, 4 K 12. Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – 5.2 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 7 K 13. Lewin Diaz (Fort Myers) – 2-for-5, 2 K 14. LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 1-for-4, BB, K 15. Mitch Garver (Minnesota) – (game in progress) 16. Ben Rortvedt (Fort Myers) – 0-for-4 17. Travis Blankenhorn (Fort Myers) – 0-for-4, BB, 2 K 18. Yunior Severino (Elizabethton Twins) – 1-for-2 19. Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) – Did not pitch. 20. Felix Jorge (Rochester) – Did not pitch. WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Syracuse (5:35PM CST) – RHP Fernando Romero (0-1, 2.57 ERA) Chattanooga – Scheduled day off. Fort Myers @ Tampa (5:30PM CST) – RHP Clark Beeker (2-5, 3.20 ERA) Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (12:05PM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (5-2, 4.18 ERA) Elizabethton – Scheduled day off. GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00AM CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games! Click here to view the article
  8. To find out how all your favorite prospects fared on Tuesday night, read on and be sure to add to the discussion in the comments! TRANSACTIONS Before we get to the games, there were a few transactions in the system on Tuesday: -Jake Cave was recalled by the Minnesota Twins and started in RF in their game. -Fort Myers activated RHP Adam Bray from the 7-day disabled list (and would debut tonight) and released RHP Logan Lombana. -After getting his stateside career started with a bang, C Yeremi De La Cruz was placed on the 60-day disabled list for the GCL Twins, effectively ending his 2018 season. -LHP J.T. Perez was assigned to the GCL Twins and pitched on Tuesday. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 3, Syracuse 4 (10 innings) Box Score The Red Wings came out on the wrong side of an extra-inning affair on Tuesday, falling to the Chiefs 4-3 in the tenth inning. Rochester took the lead early, scratching two runs across after loading the bases with no outs thanks to a double-play ball with the defense back and an RBI single from Chris Carter. Starter Zack Littell kept it close for nearly seven innings, exiting after striking out the first two hitters of the seventh as he reached a pitch count threshold (100 pitches, 64 for strikes). He allowed two runs on nine hits and one walk, along with picking up four strikeouts and was in line for the win when he came out. Tyler Duffey got the final out of the seventh and retired the first two hitters in the eighth before he ran into trouble. A walk and consecutive singles tied the game at three and charged Duffey with his second blown save of the year. Jake Reed was summoned and got out of the eighth before also adding a scoreless ninth. Reed gave up one hit, walked two (one intentional), and struck out two. After the Red Wings went one-two-three in the top of the tenth, Luke Bard came on for the bottom half. He struck out the first batter of the inning, but with a runner starting on second base the double to the next hitter meant the end of the game. In the loss the offense got two hits from Zack Granite, Nick Gordon, and Carter who added a solo home run in the sixth. As the DH Kennys Vargas went 1-for-2 with three walks. LaMonte Wade finished 1-for-4 with a walk. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Biloxi 4, Chattanooga 5 Box Score The Lookouts bullpen gave up a three-run lead in the ninth inning, but unlike their triple-A cohorts managed to walk it off in the bottom half to put them back above .500. Lewis Thorpe took the mound for Chattanooga and was again strong. In 5 2/3 innings he allowed one run on four hits while racking up seven strikeouts. He was removed in the sixth after loading the bases with his only walk and two outs. In his two starts in the second half of the Southern League season, Thorpe has allowed just one run on five hits and two walks in 12 2/3 innings and has struck out 19. Coming off surgery and other ailments, Thorpe appears to be rounding back into the form I saw when I had the chance to interview him with Cedar Rapids. In the month of April his WHIP was 1.61 and opposing batters hit .349 off him. In may his WHIP didn’t improve (1.62), but opponents hit .277. Now in June he’s improved his WHIP to 1.09 and that batting average against is just .229. That includes a disastrous game on June 9th where he allowed 9 earned runs in 3 1/3 innings. Chattanooga struck first in third inning, as a Jimmy Kerrigan double brought in Alex Perez who had singled a batter before him. They took the lead back 3-1 in the sixth on an RBI single from Mitchell Kranson and a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch from Ryan Walker. Walker added a needed insurance run with a bases-loaded groundout in the eighth that made it 4-1. In relief of Thorpe, Andrew Vasquez mowed the Shuckers down for 2 1/3 innings. He retired every batter he faced, including sending five of them on walks of shame back to the dugout. Todd Van Steensel was summoned for the save opportunity in the ninth and got two quick outs, but then the wheels fell off. Two walks and three consecutive RBI singles tied the game before the Lookouts could get another arm warmed up. That was Paco Rodriguez and with the go-ahead run on third base he was able to coax a groundout to bring up the home team. A one out single from Perez put the winning run on base, and a deep fly to center got him into scoring position. The Shuckers chose to intentionally walk Brent Rooker to bring up Chris Paul, and he delivered with a single to left field. https://twitter.com/ChattLookouts/status/1011677842965491714 The Chattanooga offense got multiple hits from Perez (2-for-5, 2 R, K), Kerrigan (2-for-5, R, 2B, RBI, K), Paul (3-for-5, 2 R, GW-RBI), and Kranson (2-for-4, RBI) while no other batter picked up a hit. Jaylin Davis walked three times, and Walker drove in two. MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 3, Tampa 10 Box Score Tyler Watson took the mound for the Miracle on Tuesday and got nickel and dimed by the Tarpons offense. He was finished after just three innings and sixty pitches as they took a 3-1 lead. Watson surrendered three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks in those innings. He struck out four. An error on Lewin Diaz in the first led to the first run of the game, then a walk, passed ball, bunt single, wild pitch, and another single led to two runs in the third. Brady Anderson came out of the bullpen in the fourth, but before he got out of the inning three more runs were on the board for Tampa and they took a 6-2 lead. Anderson allowed four hits, walked two, and struck out two. Adam Bray managed to put a goose egg up in one of his two innings, but also gave up five hits and walked one while striking out two. Colton Davis finished the game for the Miracle, allowing three runs on three hits and a walk in his two innings. He struck out three. Fort Myers got multi-hit and multi-walk efforts from MLB-ers Jorge Polanco and Miguel Sano, and Diaz and Taylor Grzelakowski each collected two hits themselves, but as a team they finished 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left twelve men on base. Polanco clubbed a home run in the third inning to put the Miracle on the board, and Grzelakowski added a double for their only extra base hits on the game. Alex Kiriloff went hitless in five at-bats, striking out three times. KERNELS NUGGETS Beloit 0, Cedar Rapids 6 Box Score The Kernels popped for four runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to the bat of Jose Miranda, and that would be more than enough behind the arms of starter Edwar Colina and MWL All-Star Jared Finkel. Batting cleanup, Miranda stepped into the box with the bases loaded in the first and delivered a grand slam, his seventh home run of the season, to put Cedar Rapids out front 4-0. They would add two more runs in the fourth on a Royce Lewis two-RBI single to account for all of their scoring. Colina went the first six innings, holding the Snappers to just three hits and one walk. He struck out two and had three one-two-three innings. Finkel finished the game with three scoreless frames to pick up his second save. He allowed just one hit on the game. Akil Baddoo would finish 1-for-2 with two runs scored and two walks. Jacob Pearson scored two runs and drew a walk in addition to going 1-for-3. Lewis went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a walk. E-TWINS E-NOTES Game 1: Johnson City 9, Elizabethton 2 (6 innings, rain) Box Score Game 2: Postponed by Rain (no makeup date announced) Elizabethton was scheduled for a double-header due to their postponement yesterday, but rains continued to play a part on Tuesday. They were able to get just one game in, and even it was shortened due to the weather. It was probably an act of mercy for the Twins however, as they got rocked by their in-state rivals from the words “play ball.” Twins starter Pedro Garcia failed to record an out, and before he was lifted five runs had already crossed home plate. Another inherited runner would score to affect Garcia’s line along with another for an early 7-0 lead for the Cardinals. Christian Broussard ended up pitching the games first four official innings worth of outs, and he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Juan Gamez allowed one run on two hits and a walk in his 1 2/3 innings before the rains cut the game short. He also struck out four. The Elizabethton offense scored their two runs in the third inning thanks to a two-run triple off the bat of Lean Marrero. GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Rays 6, GCL Twins 2 Box Score In this one, both squads managed only six hits and committed five errors on defense, but the Rays were the only ones able to take advantage thanks in part to five walks and other miscues from Twins starter Tyler Benninghoff. In the top of the first a leadoff single was followed by a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and then three additional walks, two hit batters, and two wild pitches led to three runs for the Rays. Benninghoff settled down a little from there, finishing 3 1/3 innings without allowing another run. He gave up two hits and struck out two. The Twins scored single runs in each of the sixth and ninth innings. In the sixth it was a single to short that also included a throwing error on once upon a time Minnesota signee Jelfrey Marte, that allowed a run to score. In the ninth, a throwing error on a steal attempt put a runner on third and a groundout brought him in. Aaron Whitefield led the offense with two hits in three at-bats and also drew a walk. Gabe Snyder and Edgar Herrera picked up the RBIs. Out of the bullpen Dylan Stowell pitched 2 2/3 scoreless frames. He allowed two hits and a walk while striking out four. Thanks to four errors in the seventh inning, left-hander Erik Cha allowed three unearned runs on a hit and walk in 1 2/3 innings. He struck out one. J.T. Perez finished the game for the Twins with 1 1/3 scoreless. He gave up one hit, walked one, and struck out two. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day – Lewis Thorpe, Chattanooga Lookouts (5.2 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 7 K) Twins Daily Hitter of the Day – Jose Miranda, Cedar Rapids Kernels (1-for-3, R, GS (7), 4 RBI) TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY 1. Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-3, R, 2 RBI, BB, K 2. Fernando Romero (Rochester) – Did not pitch. 3. Nick Gordon (Rochester) – 2-for-5, R 4. Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) – Did not pitch. 5. Alex Kirilloff (Fort Myers) – 0-for-5, 3 K 6. Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – Out for season with injury. 7. Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) – 0-for-4, IBB, 2 K 8. Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch. 9. Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) – Did not pitch. 10. Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, K 11. Zack Littell (Rochester) – 6.2 IP, 2 ER, 9 H, BB, 4 K 12. Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) – 5.2 IP, ER, 4 H, BB, 7 K 13. Lewin Diaz (Fort Myers) – 2-for-5, 2 K 14. LaMonte Wade (Rochester) – 1-for-4, BB, K 15. Mitch Garver (Minnesota) – (game in progress) 16. Ben Rortvedt (Fort Myers) – 0-for-4 17. Travis Blankenhorn (Fort Myers) – 0-for-4, BB, 2 K 18. Yunior Severino (Elizabethton Twins) – 1-for-2 19. Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) – Did not pitch. 20. Felix Jorge (Rochester) – Did not pitch. WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Syracuse (5:35PM CST) – RHP Fernando Romero (0-1, 2.57 ERA) Chattanooga – Scheduled day off. Fort Myers @ Tampa (5:30PM CST) – RHP Clark Beeker (2-5, 3.20 ERA) Beloit @ Cedar Rapids (12:05PM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (5-2, 4.18 ERA) Elizabethton – Scheduled day off. GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00AM CST) - TBD Please feel free to ask questions and discuss Tuesday’s games!
  9. Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Friday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions. TRANSACTIONS Jake Cave officially reported to Rochester after being sent down from Minnesota a day earlier. Joe Mauer was officially activated by the Twins, and they also recalled utility man Taylor Motter. Later in the day, the Red Wings announced that Trevor May was placed on their disabled list with some shoulder inflammation. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 3, Buffalo 4 Box Score The Red Wings scored two runs in the top of the ninth, but they needed a third run in order to tie as they fell to 30-34 on their season. Zack Littell started. The right-hander gave up three runs on six hits over the first 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four. DJ Baxendale got the next four outs and was charged with only an unearned run. Luke Bard struck out one in the final inning. Zack Granite led off and led the Red Wings offense. He went 2-for-3 with a walk. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 1, Birmingham 4 Box Score Kohl Stewart put together a good start, but the Lookout offense wasn’t able to provide any run support. Stewart gave up only an unearned run on four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out five. Williams Ramirez came on and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in an inning and a third. Sam Clay came on and got the final four outs, three of them on strikeouts. Jimmy Kerrigan went 2-for-4. Tanner English was 2-for-3. Edgar Corcino had a single and a walk. The Lookouts are now 35-33. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers Box Score A large chunk of the Miracle roster was able to enjoy Day 1 of their All-Star break. However seven players were named to the Florida State League South All-Star roster. On Friday night, infielder Travis Blankenhorn and Jayline Davis participated in the Home Run Derby. In the first round, Davis was eliminated after hitting three homers. Blankenhorn knocked eight home runs.He increased that number to 11 in the second round. He was even better in the finals where he hit 12 home runs to win the championship. https://twitter.com/MiracleBaseball/status/1007767499549618176 In addition to Blankenhorn, the Miracle will be represented by RHP Tyler Wells, LHP Andrew Vasquez, 1B Lewin Diaz, OF Jaylin Davis and catcher Taylor Grzelakowski. OF Jimmy Kerrigan was also named to the team, but he was recently promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 12, Peoria 4 Box Score The Kernels’ offense showed up in a big way on Friday night. They scored 12 runs on 14 hits. Things got started quickly when Royce Lewis homerd in the first inning. It marked the fourth straight game that he has had a first-inning, extra-base hit. Lewis led the way, going 3-for-5 with his sixth homer and four RBI. https://twitter.com/MiLB/status/1007849657039507456 The Kernels scored six runs in the fourth innings. Trey Cabbage drove in two with a double. Lewis drove in two with a single, and then Jose Miranda hit a two-run homer. Cabbage went 2-for-3 with a walk, his tenth double and three RBI. Miranda was 2-for-4 and the home run was his sixth of the year. Robby Rinn went 2-for-5 including his third Kernels homer. Andrew Bechtold had two hits including his eighth double. Bryan Sammons was the beneficiary of the offensive support. The lefty put together a quality start. He gave up three runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out two to record his third win of the season. Melvi Acosta picked up his first save as he worked the final three innings. He gave up one run on two hits and two walks and struck one out. The Kernels are now 32-35. They have two more games in Cedar Rapids before the Midwest League All-Star break. The Kernels will be represented by Jared Finkel, Brusdar Graterol, Royce Lewis and Alex Kirilloff in Lansing, Michigan. Kirilloff, who leads the league in home runs so far this season, will participate in the home run derby. Listen to the four of them discuss the All Star experience and what they’re looking forward to. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=FBwVD2MnmxA STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Royce Lewis, Cedar Rapids Kernels (3-5, HR(6), 4 RBI) Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Kohl Stewart, Chattanooga Lookouts (5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0ER, 3 BB, 5 K) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - 3-5, HR(6), 4 RBI, 2 R, K #2 - Fernando Romero (Minnesota) - Did not pitch #3 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 0-3, BB #4 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 1-4, BB, K #6 - Wander Javier - out of for the season #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - Did not play #8 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Disabled List #9 - Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch #10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-4, BB, RBI #11 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K #12 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - Did not pitch #13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - All Star break #14 - LaMonte Wade (Rochester) - 1-4, 2B(1), RBI, 2 K #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Ft. Myers) - All Star Break #17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - Florida State League Home Run Derby Champion #18 - Yunior Severino (Extended Spring Training) - #19 - Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) - Did Not Pitch #20 - Felix Jorge (Chattanooga) - Disabled List, still no official timetable for return. SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Buffalo (5:05 CST) - LHP Stephen Gonsalves (4-3, 5.89 ERA) Chattanooga @ Montgomery (6:30 CST) - RHP Sean Poppen (0-3, 9.00 ERA) Ft. Myers - Florida State League All Star Game (5:30 CST) Peoria @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Edwar Colina (2-2, 4.26 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions about Friday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.
  10. It’s All-Star weekend in the Florida State League, and on Friday night, Miracle infielder Travis Blankenhorn won the home run derby. Cedar Rapids has just two games remaining before the Midwest League All-Star Game, and they prepared by scoring a dozen runs. Unfortunately, offense was less abundant for the Twins top two minor league affiliates on Friday.Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system on Friday. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions. TRANSACTIONS Jake Cave officially reported to Rochester after being sent down from Minnesota a day earlier. Joe Mauer was officially activated by the Twins, and they also recalled utility man Taylor Motter.Later in the day, the Red Wings announced that Trevor May was placed on their disabled list with some shoulder inflammation.RED WINGS REPORTRochester 3, Buffalo 4 Box Score The Red Wings scored two runs in the top of the ninth, but they needed a third run in order to tie as they fell to 30-34 on their season. Zack Littell started. The right-hander gave up three runs on six hits over the first 5 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out four. DJ Baxendale got the next four outs and was charged with only an unearned run. Luke Bard struck out one in the final inning. Zack Granite led off and led the Red Wings offense. He went 2-for-3 with a walk. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 1, Birmingham 4 Box Score Kohl Stewart put together a good start, but the Lookout offense wasn’t able to provide any run support. Stewart gave up only an unearned run on four hits in five innings. He walked three and struck out five. Williams Ramirez came on and gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in an inning and a third. Sam Clay came on and got the final four outs, three of them on strikeouts. Jimmy Kerrigan went 2-for-4. Tanner English was 2-for-3. Edgar Corcino had a single and a walk. The Lookouts are now 35-33. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers Box Score A large chunk of the Miracle roster was able to enjoy Day 1 of their All-Star break. However seven players were named to the Florida State League South All-Star roster. On Friday night, infielder Travis Blankenhorn and Jayline Davis participated in the Home Run Derby. In the first round, Davis was eliminated after hitting three homers. Blankenhorn knocked eight home runs.He increased that number to 11 in the second round. He was even better in the finals where he hit 12 home runs to win the championship. In addition to Blankenhorn, the Miracle will be represented by RHP Tyler Wells, LHP Andrew Vasquez, 1B Lewin Diaz, OF Jaylin Davis and catcher Taylor Grzelakowski. OF Jimmy Kerrigan was also named to the team, but he was recently promoted to Double-A Chattanooga. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 12, Peoria 4 Box Score The Kernels’ offense showed up in a big way on Friday night. They scored 12 runs on 14 hits. Things got started quickly when Royce Lewis homerd in the first inning. It marked the fourth straight game that he has had a first-inning, extra-base hit. Lewis led the way, going 3-for-5 with his sixth homer and four RBI.
  11. Welcome to another edition of the Twins Prospect Pulse, a new feature on Twins Daily inspired from suggestions from you, the readers. There have been numerous players promoted over the past few weeks and a lot of players who got off to slow starts are suddenly surging. Here's how each affiliate is performing, a rundown of the Twins Daily top 20 prospects and another 10 names of note. Here we go …In case you missed it, late last month I rolled out this feature without really having any idea where it was going to fit into the big picture of minor league coverage at the site. Seth and I came to the conclusion this would be a good mid-month feature to sort of play off his Minor League Player of the Month Award articles. Speaking of which, here are the award winners from May: Hitter: Alex Kirilloff, OF, Cedar Rapids Starting pitcher: Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Cedar Rapids Relief pitcher: Todd Van Steensel, RHP, Chattanooga Below are the stats for this edition of the Prospect Pulse. All numbers were pulled on the morning of June 15. Affiliates -Rochester Red Wings: 30-33, fifth place in IL North -Chattanooga Lookouts: 35-32, second place in SL North -Fort Myers Miracle: 26-39, last place in FSL South -Cedar Rapids Kernels: 31-35, sixth place in MWL Western -Elizabethton Twins (season starts June 19) -GCL Twins (season starts June 18) -DSL Twins: 8-3, tied for first place in DSL South Top Prospects Here’s a snapshot at how the top 20 prospects have performed. Just a quick note before we get into the numbers, one way or another there will be an updated top 20 list I’ll be using for the mid-July Prospect Pulse. 1. Royce Lewis, SS, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: .267/.300/.505 (.805 OPS), 17.1 K%, 3.6 BB% Full season: .291/.336/.437 (.773 OPS), 15.9 K%, 6.0 BB% 2. Fernando Romero, RHP, Minnesota Last 28 days: 24.2 IP, 6.20 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, 2.7 K:BB Full season: 62.1 IP, 3.47 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, 2.3 K:BB (MIN & CHAT) 3. Nick Gordon, SS, Rochester Last 28 days: .269/.290/.385 (.674 OSP), 19.6 K%, 2.8 BB% Full season: .308/.347/.466 (.813 OPS), 16.8 K%, 4.7 BB% (ROC & CHAT) 4. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Rochester Last 28 days: 15.1 IP, 9.98 ERA, 2.28 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 0.9 K:BB Full season: 57.0 IP, 4.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 1.9 K:BB (ROC & CHAT) 5. Alex Kirilloff, RF, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: .346/.417/.635 (1.051 OPS), 13.3 K%, 10.8 BB% Full season: .329/.386/.608 (.994 OPS), 16.9 K%, 8.2 BB% 6. Wander Javier, SS, out for the year with a shoulder injury. Last 28 days: None. Full season: None. 7. Brent Rooker, 1B/LF, Chattanooga Last 28 days: .273/.354/.535 (.889 OPS), 28.3 K%, 11.5 BB% Full season: .255/.310/.449 (.759 OPS) 28.4 K%, 7.0 BB% 8. Blayne Enlow, RHP, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: 15.2 IP, 4.60 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 6.3 K/9, 1.4 K:BB Full season: 34.1 IP, 4.46 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 6.6 K/9, 1.7 K:BB 9. Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: 22.0 IP, 3.68 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, 4.2 K:BB Full season: 36.1 IP, 2.48 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 7.0 K:BB 10. Akil Baddoo, CF, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: .233/.309/.493 (.802 OPS), 27.2 K%, 9.9 BB% Full season: .220/.364/.387 (.751 OPS), 30.4 K%, 17.8 BB% 11. Zack Littell, RHP, Rochester Last 28 days: 19.0 IP, 7.11 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 1.6 K:BB Full season: 58.0 IP, 5.12 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 10.20 K/9, 2.6 K:BB (MIN, ROC & CHAT) 12. Lewis Thorpe, LHP, Chattanooga Last 28 days: 26.1 IP, 3.76 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 11.3 K/9, 3.7 K:BB Full season: 62.2 IP, 4.74 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 10.6 K/9, 3.5 K:BB 13. Lewin Diaz, 1B, Fort Myers Last 28 days: .167/.177/.244 (.421 OPS), 16.5 K%, 0.0 BB% Full season: .208/.232/.344 (.576 OPS), 18.2 K%, 1.5 BB% 14. LaMonte Wade, OF, Rochester Last 28 days: .267/.375/.350 (.725 OPS), 9.7 K%, 13.9 BB% Full season: .293/.396/.424 (.821 OPS), 9.3 K%, 13.7 BB% (ROC & CHAT) 15. Mitch Garver, C, Minnesota On May 28, Mitch collected his 130th MLB at bat, meaning he no longer qualifies as a prospect. 16. Ben Rortvedt, C, Fort Myers Last 28 days: .362/.384/.435 (.818 OPS), 16.4 K%, 4.1 BB% Full season: .288/.335/.388 (.723 OPS), 20.8 K%, 6.4 BB% (FM & CR) 17. Travis Blankenhorn, 3B/2B, Fort Myers Last 28 days: .313/.385/.388 (.773 OPS), 20.3 K%, 10.1 BB% Full season: .270/.323/.446 (.769 OPS), 24.4 K%, 6.7 BB% 18. Yunior Severino, 2B, expected to join E-Town next week. Last 28 days: None. Full season: None. 19. Tyler Jay, LHP, Chattanooga Last 28 days: 15.1 IP, 3.52 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 2.8 K:BB Full season: 27.2 IP, 2.60 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 7.5 K/9, 2.3 K:BB 20. Felix Jorge, RHP, out with a knee injury. Last 28 days: None. Full season: None. Another 10 to Know These aren’t necessarily the next 10 in the rankings, but here are some other names of note: Luis Arraez, 2B, Fort Myers Last 28 days: .345/.400/.500 (.900 OPS), 8.1 K%, 8.1 BB% Full season: .271/.328/.371 (.699 OPS), 11.8 K%, 7.2 BB% Charlie Barnes, LHP, Fort Myers Last 28 days: 23.0 IP, 3.13 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, 2.7 K:BB Full season: 55.2 IP, 3.88 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 2.0 K:BB Trey Cabbage, 1B/LF, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: .254/.325/.463 (.787 OPS), 24.7 K%, 9.1 BB% Full season: .248/.312/.418 (.730 OPS), 31.2 K%, 7.1 BB% Randy Dobnak, RHP, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: 28.0 IP, 1.29 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 4.8 K/9, 7.5 K:BB Full season: 58.1 IP, 4.01 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 5.4 K/9, 3.89 K:BB Adalberto Mejia, LHP, Rochester Last 28 days: 27.1 IP, 2.63 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 3.9 K:BB Full season: 36.1 IP, 3.47 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 9.4 K/9, 2.9 K:BB Sean Miller, SS/2B, Chattanooga Last 28 days: .303/.387/.364 (.750 OPS), 21.3 K%, 12.0 BB% Full season: .225/.281/.275 (.556 OPS), 19.4 K%, 5.8 BB% (ROC & CHAT) Jose Miranda, 2B/3B, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: .339/.390/.514 (.904 OPS), 12.7 K%, 6.8 BB% Full season: .251/.308/.381 (.689 OPS), 13.0 K%, 6.5 BB% Jovani Moran, LHP, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: 18.1 IP, 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 15.2 K/9, 3.9 K:BB Full season: 34.2 IP, 2.60 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 14.0 K/9, 2.1 K:BB Brian Navarreto, C, Chattanooga Last 28 days: .269/.319/.388 (.708 OPS), 12.5 K%, 4.2 BB% Full season: .265/.300/.377 (.677 OPS), 13.4 K%, 2.9 BB% Bryan Sammons, LHP, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: 23.2 IP, 3.04 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 10.6 K/9, 7.0 K:BB Full season: 53.0 IP, 2.89 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 8.7 K/9, 3.6 K:BB That’s it for this edition of the Prospect Pulse. 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  12. In case you missed it, late last month I rolled out this feature without really having any idea where it was going to fit into the big picture of minor league coverage at the site. Seth and I came to the conclusion this would be a good mid-month feature to sort of play off his Minor League Player of the Month Award articles. Speaking of which, here are the award winners from May: Hitter: Alex Kirilloff, OF, Cedar Rapids Starting pitcher: Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Cedar Rapids Relief pitcher: Todd Van Steensel, RHP, Chattanooga Below are the stats for this edition of the Prospect Pulse. All numbers were pulled on the morning of June 15. Affiliates -Rochester Red Wings: 30-33, fifth place in IL North -Chattanooga Lookouts: 35-32, second place in SL North -Fort Myers Miracle: 26-39, last place in FSL South -Cedar Rapids Kernels: 31-35, sixth place in MWL Western -Elizabethton Twins (season starts June 19) -GCL Twins (season starts June 18) -DSL Twins: 8-3, tied for first place in DSL South Top Prospects Here’s a snapshot at how the top 20 prospects have performed. Just a quick note before we get into the numbers, one way or another there will be an updated top 20 list I’ll be using for the mid-July Prospect Pulse. 1. Royce Lewis, SS, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: .267/.300/.505 (.805 OPS), 17.1 K%, 3.6 BB% Full season: .291/.336/.437 (.773 OPS), 15.9 K%, 6.0 BB% 2. Fernando Romero, RHP, Minnesota Last 28 days: 24.2 IP, 6.20 ERA, 1.46 WHIP, 6.9 K/9, 2.7 K:BB Full season: 62.1 IP, 3.47 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 8.5 K/9, 2.3 K:BB (MIN & CHAT) 3. Nick Gordon, SS, Rochester Last 28 days: .269/.290/.385 (.674 OSP), 19.6 K%, 2.8 BB% Full season: .308/.347/.466 (.813 OPS), 16.8 K%, 4.7 BB% (ROC & CHAT) 4. Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Rochester Last 28 days: 15.1 IP, 9.98 ERA, 2.28 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 0.9 K:BB Full season: 57.0 IP, 4.42 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 1.9 K:BB (ROC & CHAT) 5. Alex Kirilloff, RF, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: .346/.417/.635 (1.051 OPS), 13.3 K%, 10.8 BB% Full season: .329/.386/.608 (.994 OPS), 16.9 K%, 8.2 BB% 6. Wander Javier, SS, out for the year with a shoulder injury. Last 28 days: None. Full season: None. 7. Brent Rooker, 1B/LF, Chattanooga Last 28 days: .273/.354/.535 (.889 OPS), 28.3 K%, 11.5 BB% Full season: .255/.310/.449 (.759 OPS) 28.4 K%, 7.0 BB% 8. Blayne Enlow, RHP, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: 15.2 IP, 4.60 ERA, 1.53 WHIP, 6.3 K/9, 1.4 K:BB Full season: 34.1 IP, 4.46 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, 6.6 K/9, 1.7 K:BB 9. Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: 22.0 IP, 3.68 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, 4.2 K:BB Full season: 36.1 IP, 2.48 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 7.0 K:BB 10. Akil Baddoo, CF, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: .233/.309/.493 (.802 OPS), 27.2 K%, 9.9 BB% Full season: .220/.364/.387 (.751 OPS), 30.4 K%, 17.8 BB% 11. Zack Littell, RHP, Rochester Last 28 days: 19.0 IP, 7.11 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 1.6 K:BB Full season: 58.0 IP, 5.12 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 10.20 K/9, 2.6 K:BB (MIN, ROC & CHAT) 12. Lewis Thorpe, LHP, Chattanooga Last 28 days: 26.1 IP, 3.76 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 11.3 K/9, 3.7 K:BB Full season: 62.2 IP, 4.74 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, 10.6 K/9, 3.5 K:BB 13. Lewin Diaz, 1B, Fort Myers Last 28 days: .167/.177/.244 (.421 OPS), 16.5 K%, 0.0 BB% Full season: .208/.232/.344 (.576 OPS), 18.2 K%, 1.5 BB% 14. LaMonte Wade, OF, Rochester Last 28 days: .267/.375/.350 (.725 OPS), 9.7 K%, 13.9 BB% Full season: .293/.396/.424 (.821 OPS), 9.3 K%, 13.7 BB% (ROC & CHAT) 15. Mitch Garver, C, Minnesota On May 28, Mitch collected his 130th MLB at bat, meaning he no longer qualifies as a prospect. 16. Ben Rortvedt, C, Fort Myers Last 28 days: .362/.384/.435 (.818 OPS), 16.4 K%, 4.1 BB% Full season: .288/.335/.388 (.723 OPS), 20.8 K%, 6.4 BB% (FM & CR) 17. Travis Blankenhorn, 3B/2B, Fort Myers Last 28 days: .313/.385/.388 (.773 OPS), 20.3 K%, 10.1 BB% Full season: .270/.323/.446 (.769 OPS), 24.4 K%, 6.7 BB% 18. Yunior Severino, 2B, expected to join E-Town next week. Last 28 days: None. Full season: None. 19. Tyler Jay, LHP, Chattanooga Last 28 days: 15.1 IP, 3.52 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, 2.8 K:BB Full season: 27.2 IP, 2.60 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 7.5 K/9, 2.3 K:BB 20. Felix Jorge, RHP, out with a knee injury. Last 28 days: None. Full season: None. Another 10 to Know These aren’t necessarily the next 10 in the rankings, but here are some other names of note: Luis Arraez, 2B, Fort Myers Last 28 days: .345/.400/.500 (.900 OPS), 8.1 K%, 8.1 BB% Full season: .271/.328/.371 (.699 OPS), 11.8 K%, 7.2 BB% Charlie Barnes, LHP, Fort Myers Last 28 days: 23.0 IP, 3.13 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.4 K/9, 2.7 K:BB Full season: 55.2 IP, 3.88 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 8.1 K/9, 2.0 K:BB Trey Cabbage, 1B/LF, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: .254/.325/.463 (.787 OPS), 24.7 K%, 9.1 BB% Full season: .248/.312/.418 (.730 OPS), 31.2 K%, 7.1 BB% Randy Dobnak, RHP, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: 28.0 IP, 1.29 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 4.8 K/9, 7.5 K:BB Full season: 58.1 IP, 4.01 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 5.4 K/9, 3.89 K:BB Adalberto Mejia, LHP, Rochester Last 28 days: 27.1 IP, 2.63 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 8.9 K/9, 3.9 K:BB Full season: 36.1 IP, 3.47 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 9.4 K/9, 2.9 K:BB Sean Miller, SS/2B, Chattanooga Last 28 days: .303/.387/.364 (.750 OPS), 21.3 K%, 12.0 BB% Full season: .225/.281/.275 (.556 OPS), 19.4 K%, 5.8 BB% (ROC & CHAT) Jose Miranda, 2B/3B, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: .339/.390/.514 (.904 OPS), 12.7 K%, 6.8 BB% Full season: .251/.308/.381 (.689 OPS), 13.0 K%, 6.5 BB% Jovani Moran, LHP, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: 18.1 IP, 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 15.2 K/9, 3.9 K:BB Full season: 34.2 IP, 2.60 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 14.0 K/9, 2.1 K:BB Brian Navarreto, C, Chattanooga Last 28 days: .269/.319/.388 (.708 OPS), 12.5 K%, 4.2 BB% Full season: .265/.300/.377 (.677 OPS), 13.4 K%, 2.9 BB% Bryan Sammons, LHP, Cedar Rapids Last 28 days: 23.2 IP, 3.04 ERA, 0.85 WHIP, 10.6 K/9, 7.0 K:BB Full season: 53.0 IP, 2.89 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 8.7 K/9, 3.6 K:BB That’s it for this edition of the Prospect Pulse. 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  13. The month of April was not kind to Cedar Rapids Kernels infielder Jose Miranda. After hitting .284 and putting up a .824 on-base plus slugging (OPS) for rookie level Elizabethton in 2017, Miranda was one of several highly-regarded hitting prospects that were expected to power the Kernels’ offense in 2018, but the 19-year-old from Puerto Rico managed just a .180 batting average in 16 April games for the Kernels before the calendar mercifully turned to May.Since then, however, Miranda has not only been hitting at a respectable .262 rate, but has six doubles, a triple and four home runs among his 40 post-April hits. Being younger than almost all of the pitchers he was facing would be enough of a factor to explain the slow start with the bat, but Miranda had one more thing going against him that many of his teammates didn’t. Unlike some players who spent their high school and/or college days playing ball in the northern areas of the United States, playing baseball in the cold was a new experience for Miranda. He’s reluctant to blame his slow start on the weather, but facts are facts. “I don’t want to say it was the weather, but maybe in part, yeah, because the first month it was pretty cold,” Miranda conceded recently. “I’m not used to the cold weather because Puerto Rico is always hot.” As the temperatures have been rising in Iowa and the surrounding area, so has Miranda’s stat line. “I’m just making adjustments day-by-day, taking it step by step,” he said, explaining his turnaround. “I don’t want to get too anxious or too frustrated by what happens, I’m just in the moment and making adjustments every day.” Kernels hitting coach Brian Dinkelman thinks the weather had something to do with the infielder’s sluggish start to the season, as well. “Over the first month, tough weather conditions, first time experiencing cold weather, so I’m sure that had a little to do with it,” Dinkelman reflected. “He’s got some confidence now. He’s been hitting the ball better the last few weeks. He’s swinging at more strikes.” http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Miranda060618b-600x400.jpg Jose Miranda (Photo by SD Buhr) Dinkelman is seeing better pitch selection from Miranda. “Especially with guys in scoring position. Not getting himself out on the first or second pitch by chasing or getting in a hole 0-1, 0-2. Been better the last month about getting good pitches to hit. When they’re in the strike zone, he does OK.” Miranda, himself, admits he has an affinity for taking a good whack at the first pitch. Even so, his aggressive approach hasn’t led to a ton of strikeouts. Through his first 213 at-bats, he’s K’d only 31 times. “Yeah, I like to battle,” Miranda explained. “Sometimes when I see a first pitch is right down the middle, I just like to swing. Take advantage of it, because sometimes it’s the best pitch you’re going to see. Maybe the first pitch is right down the middle, a fastball, then they’re going to work you with different pitches, so I like to jump at that first pitch. But if I don’t get it, then I’m going to keep battling. “And no, I don’t like striking out,” he added, emphatically. “I hate it. Since I was little, I’ve tried to battle.” Miranda has had plenty of talented hitters to watch and learn from in Cedar Rapids this season. “We’ve got a first overall here, Royce (Lewis), and other guys that are first-rounders, second-rounders,” Miranda pointed out. “It doesn’t matter if they’re like first 10 rounds, all the guys are super important for me, too. It’s pretty cool to play with these guys. “I like to watch every other player here. I like to watch what they do. What type of at-bats they take. What type of pitches they swing on. I admire everyone here. I admire what they do. I like everyone here. Everyone here battles. They play hard and that’s what it’s all about.” Miranda says he’s also feeling stronger as the season progresses. “I feel like the power is coming on,” he said. “I feel like I’m barreling the ball more. I’m have better swings and it’s summertime, so I think the ball is going to keep flying out.” Miranda said he’s been playing baseball since he was four years old. “When I was little I used to play in my back yard. Everybody came to my house,” he recalled. http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/MirandaLewis060618-600x400.jpg Jose Miranda and Royce Lewis, either attempting to take flight or going through pre-game warm-up drills. You decide. (Photo: SD Buhr) He was a shortstop through his high school playing days, but at the time he was drafted, scouts reportedly projected him to end up filling out and moving to third base. He played almost exclusively at second base in Elizabethton a season ago, however, and seemed to be set there through most of the first couple months of the Kernels season, while 2017 fifth-round selection Andrew Bechtold was manning third base. In recent weeks, however, manager Toby Gardenhire has often swapped the two, giving Miranda time at third base, with Bechtold at second, while Lewis continues to hold down shortstop and Jordan Gore gets a lot of work in a utility role, filling in at all three positions. Dinkelman acknowledged the change in pattern, but cautioned about reading too much into it. “Just a little versatility,” he explained. “We like them both at second and third and Gore can play all three. Just to get the experience at each position, because you never know, the higher you go up the ladder and to the big leagues, what position you’re going to play. So, if you can get a little experience at each and figure out maybe what is your best position, it’ll be good for all of them.” http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Miranda052018-400x600.jpg Jose Miranda catches a throw from Ben Rortvedt before tagging out a Lumber Kings runner attempting to steal second base (Photo by SD Buhr) As for Miranda, he’s open to playing wherever the team and it’s leadership need him to play. “I kind of play wherever they want me, he said. “I do like both (second base and third base). Since I was young, I used to play shortstop, but now I’m playing more second and third and I don’t have a preference. I just want to be in the lineup!” With the 2018 draft taking place early this month, Miranda was recalling what it felt like to go through the draft process two years ago, as a 17-year-old in Puerto Rico. “It’s been one of my biggest moments in my life,” he recollected. “I was at my house with my dad and my grandma and I was watching it because I wasn’t sure if I was going to go in the second round or third round. The first two rounds are the first day, so I was kind of unsure if I was going to go in the second round. I was just watching it and hoping to get the call from my agent. And then it was like the 59th pick or something like that when my agent called me and told me, ‘you’re going to go in the 73rd pick to the Twins.’ “So I was kind of nervous and anxious. I was getting a lot of messages and calls and I just wanted to watch it on TV and enjoy the moment. I got a call from the scout for the Twins in Puerto Rico, (saying) ‘Hey, good luck, I know you’re going to do well.’ I said, ‘Hey, they haven’t called me yet, let me watch it first and I will call you back.’ “So, yeah, it was one of my biggest moments in my life and I enjoyed it.” Click here to view the article
  14. Since then, however, Miranda has not only been hitting at a respectable .262 rate, but has six doubles, a triple and four home runs among his 40 post-April hits. Being younger than almost all of the pitchers he was facing would be enough of a factor to explain the slow start with the bat, but Miranda had one more thing going against him that many of his teammates didn’t. Unlike some players who spent their high school and/or college days playing ball in the northern areas of the United States, playing baseball in the cold was a new experience for Miranda. He’s reluctant to blame his slow start on the weather, but facts are facts. “I don’t want to say it was the weather, but maybe in part, yeah, because the first month it was pretty cold,” Miranda conceded recently. “I’m not used to the cold weather because Puerto Rico is always hot.” As the temperatures have been rising in Iowa and the surrounding area, so has Miranda’s stat line. “I’m just making adjustments day-by-day, taking it step by step,” he said, explaining his turnaround. “I don’t want to get too anxious or too frustrated by what happens, I’m just in the moment and making adjustments every day.” Kernels hitting coach Brian Dinkelman thinks the weather had something to do with the infielder’s sluggish start to the season, as well. “Over the first month, tough weather conditions, first time experiencing cold weather, so I’m sure that had a little to do with it,” Dinkelman reflected. “He’s got some confidence now. He’s been hitting the ball better the last few weeks. He’s swinging at more strikes.” http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Miranda060618b-600x400.jpg Jose Miranda (Photo by SD Buhr) Dinkelman is seeing better pitch selection from Miranda. “Especially with guys in scoring position. Not getting himself out on the first or second pitch by chasing or getting in a hole 0-1, 0-2. Been better the last month about getting good pitches to hit. When they’re in the strike zone, he does OK.” Miranda, himself, admits he has an affinity for taking a good whack at the first pitch. Even so, his aggressive approach hasn’t led to a ton of strikeouts. Through his first 213 at-bats, he’s K’d only 31 times. “Yeah, I like to battle,” Miranda explained. “Sometimes when I see a first pitch is right down the middle, I just like to swing. Take advantage of it, because sometimes it’s the best pitch you’re going to see. Maybe the first pitch is right down the middle, a fastball, then they’re going to work you with different pitches, so I like to jump at that first pitch. But if I don’t get it, then I’m going to keep battling. “And no, I don’t like striking out,” he added, emphatically. “I hate it. Since I was little, I’ve tried to battle.” Miranda has had plenty of talented hitters to watch and learn from in Cedar Rapids this season. “We’ve got a first overall here, Royce (Lewis), and other guys that are first-rounders, second-rounders,” Miranda pointed out. “It doesn’t matter if they’re like first 10 rounds, all the guys are super important for me, too. It’s pretty cool to play with these guys. “I like to watch every other player here. I like to watch what they do. What type of at-bats they take. What type of pitches they swing on. I admire everyone here. I admire what they do. I like everyone here. Everyone here battles. They play hard and that’s what it’s all about.” Miranda says he’s also feeling stronger as the season progresses. “I feel like the power is coming on,” he said. “I feel like I’m barreling the ball more. I’m have better swings and it’s summertime, so I think the ball is going to keep flying out.” Miranda said he’s been playing baseball since he was four years old. “When I was little I used to play in my back yard. Everybody came to my house,” he recalled. http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/MirandaLewis060618-600x400.jpg Jose Miranda and Royce Lewis, either attempting to take flight or going through pre-game warm-up drills. You decide. (Photo: SD Buhr) He was a shortstop through his high school playing days, but at the time he was drafted, scouts reportedly projected him to end up filling out and moving to third base. He played almost exclusively at second base in Elizabethton a season ago, however, and seemed to be set there through most of the first couple months of the Kernels season, while 2017 fifth-round selection Andrew Bechtold was manning third base. In recent weeks, however, manager Toby Gardenhire has often swapped the two, giving Miranda time at third base, with Bechtold at second, while Lewis continues to hold down shortstop and Jordan Gore gets a lot of work in a utility role, filling in at all three positions. Dinkelman acknowledged the change in pattern, but cautioned about reading too much into it. “Just a little versatility,” he explained. “We like them both at second and third and Gore can play all three. Just to get the experience at each position, because you never know, the higher you go up the ladder and to the big leagues, what position you’re going to play. So, if you can get a little experience at each and figure out maybe what is your best position, it’ll be good for all of them.” http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Miranda052018-400x600.jpg Jose Miranda catches a throw from Ben Rortvedt before tagging out a Lumber Kings runner attempting to steal second base (Photo by SD Buhr) As for Miranda, he’s open to playing wherever the team and it’s leadership need him to play. “I kind of play wherever they want me, he said. “I do like both (second base and third base). Since I was young, I used to play shortstop, but now I’m playing more second and third and I don’t have a preference. I just want to be in the lineup!” With the 2018 draft taking place early this month, Miranda was recalling what it felt like to go through the draft process two years ago, as a 17-year-old in Puerto Rico. “It’s been one of my biggest moments in my life,” he recollected. “I was at my house with my dad and my grandma and I was watching it because I wasn’t sure if I was going to go in the second round or third round. The first two rounds are the first day, so I was kind of unsure if I was going to go in the second round. I was just watching it and hoping to get the call from my agent. And then it was like the 59th pick or something like that when my agent called me and told me, ‘you’re going to go in the 73rd pick to the Twins.’ “So I was kind of nervous and anxious. I was getting a lot of messages and calls and I just wanted to watch it on TV and enjoy the moment. I got a call from the scout for the Twins in Puerto Rico, (saying) ‘Hey, good luck, I know you’re going to do well.’ I said, ‘Hey, they haven’t called me yet, let me watch it first and I will call you back.’ “So, yeah, it was one of my biggest moments in my life and I enjoyed it.”
  15. Happy Memorial Day to each of you. The Twins have a game in Kansas City. The Miracle and Lookouts each had a scheduled day off as they await more reports on the tropical storm beating up Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. Rochester played an afternoon game, and Cedar Rapids played their sixth game against Clinton in just four days. You guessed it. More extra innings. And lots of transactions.Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions. TRANSACTIONS The Twins announced that they have claimed utility infielder Taylor Motter from the Mariners. He will report to Rochester.The Kernels made a series of transactions after all of the pitching that was needed in their extensive series with Clinton:First, Akil Baddoo returned to action after missing seven days with a hamstring injury. He told me that missing seven days now made more sense than trying to play through the pain and making it worse.The Kernels added right-handed pitchers Melvi Acosta and Jordan Balazovic from extended spring training.RHP Moises Gomez was returned to the Elizabethton roster (EST).Catcher David Banuelos and RHP Nick Brown were placed on the DL.Following the Kernels game, we learned that OF Shane Carrier was promoted to Ft. Myers.RED WINGS REPORTRochester 2, Buffalo 4 Box Score Zack Littell worked a quality start in this game. Unfortunately, the two runs he gave up in the sixth inning proved to be the difference. On the game, Littell gave up three runs on six hits and two walks (and a hit batter) over the first six innings. Tyler Duffey finished the final three innings. He gave up a run on two hits (and also hit a batter). He struck out two. Nick Gordon led the offense. The shortstop went 3-for-4 in the game. He is now hitting .333 (10-for-30) in his time with the Red Wings. Nick Buss went 2-for-4 with his eighth double. Jake Cave added a single and walked once. The Red Wings remain over .500 at 24-23 for the season. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga Box Score The Lookouts got Memorial Day off and will travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to take on the White Sox affiliate. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers Box Score The Miracle haven’t been able to get too many games in over the last week due to the tropical storm that is affecting Florida and surrounding states. They had a scheduled off day on Monday and the plan is to head to Clearwater on Tuesday. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 3, Clinton 4 (10 innings) Box Score The Kernels and LumberKings ended a four-day, six-game series in Cedar Rapids with another extra-innings game. After both ends of the Sunday doubleheader went extra frames, the Kernels called up a couple of arms just to help out. Tyler Watson made the start. He gave up two runs on three hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five. Jordan Balazovic was added to the roster before the game. The Canadian was terrific. He gave up three walks over his 3 2/3 innings of work. He gave up no runs, no hits and struck out five. Carlos Suniaga came on and gave up two earned runs. One came in the ninth inning to tie the game, and the other came in the tenth inning which proved to be the losing run. Both runs were unearned. He struck out three. The Kernels got an nice game from Jose Miranda. He went 3-for-4 with his sixth double. Alex Kirilloff went 2-for-4 with a walk and his eighth home run. Shane Carrier, drove in two runs. Following the game, he was promoted to Ft. Myers. Jordan Gore added a walk and a single. Regarding Carrier, he had been slumping about a week ago. Teammate Edwar Colina offered a suggestion. He encouraged Carrier to shave his beard. Weird, right? Well, a year ago, Carrier was struggling at E-Town, and he shaved. He then went on a long hitting streak, didn’t get a hit in one game, and then went on a longer hitting streak that carried into his return to the Kernels. Carrier tried it, and almost everything he’s been hitting since has been hit very hard. The Kernels are now 23-25 on the season as they await Wisconsin for a home series. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Jose Miranda, Cedar Rapids Kernels (3-5, 2B(6)) Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Jordan Balazovic, Cedar Rapids Kernels (3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K - Midwest League debut) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - Scheduled Day Off. #2 - Fernando Romero (Minnesota) - Did Not Pitch #3 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 3-4, R #4 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 2-4, BB, HR(8), R, RBI #6 - Wander Javier - out of for the season #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - No Game #8 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch #9 - Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch #10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-5, 3 K #11 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HBP #12 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - No Game #13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - No Game #14 - LaMonte Wade (Chattanooga) - Per Doogie Wolfson, could come off the DL as soon as Tuesday. #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Play #17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - No Game #18 - Yunior Severino (Extended Spring Training) #19 - Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) - No Game #20 - Felix Jorge (Chattanooga) - Disabled List, still no official timetable for return. SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Birmingham (6:05 CST) - LHP Stephen Gonsalves (4-1, 2.39 ERA) Chattanooga @ Birmingham (7:05 CST) - TBD Ft. Myers @ Clearwater (6:00 CST) - RHP Clark Beeker (1-3, 2.93 ERA) Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Bailey Ober (1-1, 7.84 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday’s games, or ask any questions you may have. Click here to view the article
  16. Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system. As always, please feel free to discuss and ask questions. TRANSACTIONS The Twins announced that they have claimed utility infielder Taylor Motter from the Mariners. He will report to Rochester. The Kernels made a series of transactions after all of the pitching that was needed in their extensive series with Clinton:First, Akil Baddoo returned to action after missing seven days with a hamstring injury. He told me that missing seven days now made more sense than trying to play through the pain and making it worse. The Kernels added right-handed pitchers Melvi Acosta and Jordan Balazovic from extended spring training. RHP Moises Gomez was returned to the Elizabethton roster (EST). Catcher David Banuelos and RHP Nick Brown were placed on the DL. [*]Following the Kernels game, we learned that OF Shane Carrier was promoted to Ft. Myers. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 2, Buffalo 4 Box Score Zack Littell worked a quality start in this game. Unfortunately, the two runs he gave up in the sixth inning proved to be the difference. On the game, Littell gave up three runs on six hits and two walks (and a hit batter) over the first six innings. Tyler Duffey finished the final three innings. He gave up a run on two hits (and also hit a batter). He struck out two. Nick Gordon led the offense. The shortstop went 3-for-4 in the game. He is now hitting .333 (10-for-30) in his time with the Red Wings. Nick Buss went 2-for-4 with his eighth double. Jake Cave added a single and walked once. The Red Wings remain over .500 at 24-23 for the season. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga Box Score The Lookouts got Memorial Day off and will travel to Birmingham, Alabama, to take on the White Sox affiliate. MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers Box Score The Miracle haven’t been able to get too many games in over the last week due to the tropical storm that is affecting Florida and surrounding states. They had a scheduled off day on Monday and the plan is to head to Clearwater on Tuesday. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 3, Clinton 4 (10 innings) Box Score The Kernels and LumberKings ended a four-day, six-game series in Cedar Rapids with another extra-innings game. After both ends of the Sunday doubleheader went extra frames, the Kernels called up a couple of arms just to help out. Tyler Watson made the start. He gave up two runs on three hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five. Jordan Balazovic was added to the roster before the game. The Canadian was terrific. He gave up three walks over his 3 2/3 innings of work. He gave up no runs, no hits and struck out five. Carlos Suniaga came on and gave up two earned runs. One came in the ninth inning to tie the game, and the other came in the tenth inning which proved to be the losing run. Both runs were unearned. He struck out three. The Kernels got an nice game from Jose Miranda. He went 3-for-4 with his sixth double. Alex Kirilloff went 2-for-4 with a walk and his eighth home run. Shane Carrier, drove in two runs. Following the game, he was promoted to Ft. Myers. Jordan Gore added a walk and a single. Regarding Carrier, he had been slumping about a week ago. Teammate Edwar Colina offered a suggestion. He encouraged Carrier to shave his beard. Weird, right? Well, a year ago, Carrier was struggling at E-Town, and he shaved. He then went on a long hitting streak, didn’t get a hit in one game, and then went on a longer hitting streak that carried into his return to the Kernels. Carrier tried it, and almost everything he’s been hitting since has been hit very hard. The Kernels are now 23-25 on the season as they await Wisconsin for a home series. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Hitter of the Day: Jose Miranda, Cedar Rapids Kernels (3-5, 2B(6)) Twins Daily Pitcher of the Day: Jordan Balazovic, Cedar Rapids Kernels (3.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K - Midwest League debut) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Cedar Rapids) - Scheduled Day Off. #2 - Fernando Romero (Minnesota) - Did Not Pitch #3 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - 3-4, R #4 - Stephen Gonsalves (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #5 - Alex Kirilloff (Cedar Rapids) - 2-4, BB, HR(8), R, RBI #6 - Wander Javier - out of for the season #7 - Brent Rooker (Chattanooga) - No Game #8 - Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch #9 - Brusdar Graterol (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Pitch #10 - Akil Baddoo (Cedar Rapids) - 0-5, 3 K #11 - Zack Littell (Rochester) - 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K, HBP #12 - Lewis Thorpe (Chattanooga) - No Game #13 - Lewin Diaz (Ft. Myers) - No Game #14 - LaMonte Wade (Chattanooga) - Per Doogie Wolfson, could come off the DL as soon as Tuesday. #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Play #17 - Travis Blankenhorn (Ft. Myers) - No Game #18 - Yunior Severino (Extended Spring Training) #19 - Tyler Jay (Chattanooga) - No Game #20 - Felix Jorge (Chattanooga) - Disabled List, still no official timetable for return. SATURDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Birmingham (6:05 CST) - LHP Stephen Gonsalves (4-1, 2.39 ERA) Chattanooga @ Birmingham (7:05 CST) - TBD Ft. Myers @ Clearwater (6:00 CST) - RHP Clark Beeker (1-3, 2.93 ERA) Wisconsin @ Cedar Rapids (6:35 CST) - RHP Bailey Ober (1-1, 7.84 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions about Monday’s games, or ask any questions you may have.
  17. That’s right, the Kernels don’t have a first round pick on the field this season – they are in the enviable and rare position of having TWO of the Twins’ recent first round picks and both have been beating up on Midwest League pitchers through the first several weeks of the season. Lewis has been everything you’d hope for as a Twins fan. He has put up a .373 batting average and .849 OPS in 83 at-bats through Tuesday’s game at Dayton., He carries a six-game hitting streak into Wednesday’s game. He has also hit safely in 16 of his 20 games. That’s the kind of start that has a lot of people wondering how soon the first overall pick in the 2017 draft will be promoted to Class High-A Fort Myers. Alex Kirilloff, the “other” first rounder the autograph hounds were looking for, was selected by the Twins in the first round (15th overall) of the 2016 draft and, while Lewis has rightfully been getting a lot of publicity, Kirilloff has also been making a strong case that his time in Cedar Rapids should not be an extended stay, either. Kirilloff’s OPS of .851 is almost identical to that of Lewis, but they’ve taken different paths to establishing that number. OPS is the sum of two other statistics, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and Lewis’ .OPS is composed of nearly equal on-base and slugging percentages. Kirilloff, on the other hand, is reaching base at a .327 clip, but his slugging percentage is a robust .524. His batting average has climbed to within shouting distance of .300, and over half of his hits this season have been of the extra-base variety. Kirilloff has 12 doubles (second most in the Midwest League) and four home runs among his 30 hits. He is also taking a nine-game hitting streak into Wednesday night’s game. http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Kirilloff0506d-400x600.jpg Alex Kirilloff (Photo by SD Buhr) Having first-round picks on the field is nothing new for the Kernels. Since they began their affiliation with the Twins in the 2013 season, fans in Cedar Rapids have watched outfielder Byron Buxton (in 2013) and shortstop Nick Gordon (in 2015), as well as pitcher Kohl Stewart (in 2014). Of course, Lewis suited up for the Kernels for the final couple of weeks of the 2017 season, as well. Buxton, Gordon and Lewis, as everyday position players, generated a lot of buzz at the ballpark, as befits a first-round pick, and Lewis continues to see a lengthy line of autograph seekers during the Kernels’ Sunday afternoon autograph sessions. Any other year, you know Kirilloff would be getting that focus from fans and media. But this is no ordinary year in Cedar Rapids. Kirilloff bats third in a lineup that not only includes Lewis and himself, the two first round picks, but also typically includes a second-rounder (C Ben Rortvedt), two Compensation “B” round picks (IF Jose Miranda and OF Akil Baddoo), a fourth round pick (OF/1B Trey Cabbage), a Twins fifth rounder (3B Andrew Bechtold), a Mariners fifth round pick (C David Banuelos, obtained in a trade) and an eighth round pick (OF Shane Carrier). On top of those “slot pick” players, outfielder Jean Carlos Arias was an international free agent that signed with the Twins for a mid-six-figure bonus. And that list doesn’t even include the pitching prospects. He certainly gets his share of autograph requests, but there’s no doubt that sharing a field with Lewis and the other high-priced talent on the Kernels roster has resulted in Kirilloff playing in a broad shadow during the early part of the 2018 season, despite having one of the cleanest, most consistent and most productive swings you’re ever likely to see from a 20-year-old. Spend a few minutes talking to the 20-year-old from Pittsburgh, though, and you can tell he is not the least bit bothered by his circumstances. Quite the contrary. “It is a lot of fun,” Kirilloff responded, over the weekend, when asked his feelings about being a part of a lineup that is pretty much loaded with highly regarded position prospects. “We all have to still show up and do our jobs, but it’s a great group of guys that are even better people, as well. They’re fun to be around and an exciting team.” http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Kirilloff0506b-400x600.jpg Alex Kirilloff (Photo by SD Buhr) At this point, you can understand if Kirilloff is just happy to be back taking meaningful swings at the plate after missing all of the 2017 season following Tommy John surgery. It would also be understandable if he had started off this spring a bit rusty, but there’s no rust in his swing. “I had known it was not going to be easy, at first, taking a year and a half off from live at-bats,” he said. “I was expecting to take it one step at a time, to be honest. I learned a lot from spring training and kind of built on that and just continued to plug away this year. Hopefully, I can continue to build off of our start and my start, as well.” Best of all, perhaps, there have been no lingering effects from his injury. “The arm’s great. No problems. It’s been a blessing,” he confirmed. It hasn’t all been easy, though. Cedar Rapids played several games in near freezing temperatures and occasional snow flurries during April and even had to sit through a six-day layoff caused by cold temperatures and snow. It’s not that they didn’t notice, he and his teammates just treated the inclement weather as one more part of learning to be professional ballplayers. “It was just really cold here at the beginning of the year,” he recalled. “But, all of us were expecting that, being in Iowa.” You might think that Kirilloff is anxious to quickly make up for the development time he lost by sitting out last season, but that’s not really at the forefront of his mind this spring. “Just kind of maintaining for 140 games is the biggest key for this year,” Kirilloff said, adding, “and keeping my body healthy. Staying on an even keel throughout that whole stretch is going to be big. It’s a long season.” http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Kirilloff0506e-600x400.jpgAlex Kirilloff signing autographs during a Sunday post-game autograph session (Photo by SD Buhr) Still, with such a hot start, you couldn’t blame Kirilloff if he got a bit antsy about whether his hot start might be earning an early promotion to Fort Myers. If that’s the case, you’d never know it. “I’m content where I am,” he said. “Wherever that takes me, I’m going to play as hard as I can, whether I’m here or wherever else.” That kind of level-headed approach to his baseball life probably wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to those who know the young man who married his wife, Jordan, just a few months after he was drafted by the Twins in 2016 and was home-schooled – not only with regard to the typical educational curriculum, but where baseball is concerned, as well. “Yeah, my dad’s been a hitting instructor and a coach my whole life,” he said, smiling. “He’s always had his own hitting facility back in Pittsburgh, so I was raised in that environment as a kid. I’d go to work with him and be around that stuff all day long. So, he’s been a pretty integral part in my career and my life. Teaching me and developing me. “He tells the story sometimes that the day I could stand up and walk, he put a bat in my hands. I kind of get a chuckle out of that.” That might certainly explain that sweet swing.
  18. After standing in a line of about 20 people for a few minutes, a couple of guys finally got the autograph they wanted during the Cedar Rapids Kernels regular Sunday post-game autograph session. They had secured the autograph of Royce Lewis, the Minnesota Twins first-round pick in the 2017 MLB amateur draft and the first pick overall. They stood for a moment and looked out at the area of right field where Lewis’ team mates were spread out, some standing by themselves and some in groups of two or three players, all signing autographs for a handful of fans that had gathered around them. One of the guys asked the other, “Where’s the other first rounder?”That’s right, the Kernels don’t have a first round pick on the field this season – they are in the enviable and rare position of having TWO of the Twins’ recent first round picks and both have been beating up on Midwest League pitchers through the first several weeks of the season. Lewis has been everything you’d hope for as a Twins fan. He has put up a .373 batting average and .849 OPS in 83 at-bats through Tuesday’s game at Dayton., He carries a six-game hitting streak into Wednesday’s game. He has also hit safely in 16 of his 20 games. That’s the kind of start that has a lot of people wondering how soon the first overall pick in the 2017 draft will be promoted to Class High-A Fort Myers. Alex Kirilloff, the “other” first rounder the autograph hounds were looking for, was selected by the Twins in the first round (15th overall) of the 2016 draft and, while Lewis has rightfully been getting a lot of publicity, Kirilloff has also been making a strong case that his time in Cedar Rapids should not be an extended stay, either. Kirilloff’s OPS of .851 is almost identical to that of Lewis, but they’ve taken different paths to establishing that number. OPS is the sum of two other statistics, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and Lewis’ .OPS is composed of nearly equal on-base and slugging percentages. Kirilloff, on the other hand, is reaching base at a .327 clip, but his slugging percentage is a robust .524. His batting average has climbed to within shouting distance of .300, and over half of his hits this season have been of the extra-base variety. Kirilloff has 12 doubles (second most in the Midwest League) and four home runs among his 30 hits. He is also taking a nine-game hitting streak into Wednesday night’s game. http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Kirilloff0506d-400x600.jpg Alex Kirilloff (Photo by SD Buhr) Having first-round picks on the field is nothing new for the Kernels. Since they began their affiliation with the Twins in the 2013 season, fans in Cedar Rapids have watched outfielder Byron Buxton (in 2013) and shortstop Nick Gordon (in 2015), as well as pitcher Kohl Stewart (in 2014). Of course, Lewis suited up for the Kernels for the final couple of weeks of the 2017 season, as well. Buxton, Gordon and Lewis, as everyday position players, generated a lot of buzz at the ballpark, as befits a first-round pick, and Lewis continues to see a lengthy line of autograph seekers during the Kernels’ Sunday afternoon autograph sessions. Any other year, you know Kirilloff would be getting that focus from fans and media. But this is no ordinary year in Cedar Rapids. Kirilloff bats third in a lineup that not only includes Lewis and himself, the two first round picks, but also typically includes a second-rounder (C Ben Rortvedt), two Compensation “B” round picks (IF Jose Miranda and OF Akil Baddoo), a fourth round pick (OF/1B Trey Cabbage), a Twins fifth rounder (3B Andrew Bechtold), a Mariners fifth round pick (C David Banuelos, obtained in a trade) and an eighth round pick (OF Shane Carrier). On top of those “slot pick” players, outfielder Jean Carlos Arias was an international free agent that signed with the Twins for a mid-six-figure bonus. And that list doesn’t even include the pitching prospects. He certainly gets his share of autograph requests, but there’s no doubt that sharing a field with Lewis and the other high-priced talent on the Kernels roster has resulted in Kirilloff playing in a broad shadow during the early part of the 2018 season, despite having one of the cleanest, most consistent and most productive swings you’re ever likely to see from a 20-year-old. Spend a few minutes talking to the 20-year-old from Pittsburgh, though, and you can tell he is not the least bit bothered by his circumstances. Quite the contrary. “It is a lot of fun,” Kirilloff responded, over the weekend, when asked his feelings about being a part of a lineup that is pretty much loaded with highly regarded position prospects. “We all have to still show up and do our jobs, but it’s a great group of guys that are even better people, as well. They’re fun to be around and an exciting team.” http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Kirilloff0506b-400x600.jpg Alex Kirilloff (Photo by SD Buhr) At this point, you can understand if Kirilloff is just happy to be back taking meaningful swings at the plate after missing all of the 2017 season following Tommy John surgery. It would also be understandable if he had started off this spring a bit rusty, but there’s no rust in his swing. “I had known it was not going to be easy, at first, taking a year and a half off from live at-bats,” he said. “I was expecting to take it one step at a time, to be honest. I learned a lot from spring training and kind of built on that and just continued to plug away this year. Hopefully, I can continue to build off of our start and my start, as well.” Best of all, perhaps, there have been no lingering effects from his injury. “The arm’s great. No problems. It’s been a blessing,” he confirmed. It hasn’t all been easy, though. Cedar Rapids played several games in near freezing temperatures and occasional snow flurries during April and even had to sit through a six-day layoff caused by cold temperatures and snow. It’s not that they didn’t notice, he and his teammates just treated the inclement weather as one more part of learning to be professional ballplayers. “It was just really cold here at the beginning of the year,” he recalled. “But, all of us were expecting that, being in Iowa.” You might think that Kirilloff is anxious to quickly make up for the development time he lost by sitting out last season, but that’s not really at the forefront of his mind this spring. “Just kind of maintaining for 140 games is the biggest key for this year,” Kirilloff said, adding, “and keeping my body healthy. Staying on an even keel throughout that whole stretch is going to be big. It’s a long season.” http://knuckleballsblog.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Kirilloff0506e-600x400.jpgAlex Kirilloff signing autographs during a Sunday post-game autograph session (Photo by SD Buhr) Still, with such a hot start, you couldn’t blame Kirilloff if he got a bit antsy about whether his hot start might be earning an early promotion to Fort Myers. If that’s the case, you’d never know it. “I’m content where I am,” he said. “Wherever that takes me, I’m going to play as hard as I can, whether I’m here or wherever else.” That kind of level-headed approach to his baseball life probably wouldn’t come as a huge surprise to those who know the young man who married his wife, Jordan, just a few months after he was drafted by the Twins in 2016 and was home-schooled – not only with regard to the typical educational curriculum, but where baseball is concerned, as well. “Yeah, my dad’s been a hitting instructor and a coach my whole life,” he said, smiling. “He’s always had his own hitting facility back in Pittsburgh, so I was raised in that environment as a kid. I’d go to work with him and be around that stuff all day long. So, he’s been a pretty integral part in my career and my life. Teaching me and developing me. “He tells the story sometimes that the day I could stand up and walk, he put a bat in my hands. I kind of get a chuckle out of that.” That might certainly explain that sweet swing. Click here to view the article
  19. We begin a review of our Top 20 Minnesota Twins prospects with prospects 16-20. Below you’ll find five more intriguing prospects with big potential. #20 SS Jermaine Palacios After a disappointing 2016, his debut with a full-season league in Cedar Rapids, Palacios returned in 2017 and put himself in position to move up prospect lists again. He returned to the Kernels where he .320/.362/.544 (.907) with 13 doubles, six triples and a surprising 11 home runs in 62 games. He earned a mid-season promotion to Ft. Myers and hit .269/.303/.359 (.662) with eight doubles, four triples and two homers in 62 games. Palacios signed with the Twins after the 2013 season so he doesn’t need to be added to the Twins 40-man roster until after the 2018 season. He turned 21 in July. He should spend most of the 2018 season with the Miracle. #19 2B Jose Miranda Miranda was the first of two consecutive compensatory following the second round of the 2016 draft. He is a 19-year-old drafted out of the Leadership Christian Academy in Puerto Rico. He spent 2016 in the Gulf Coast League. In 2017, he made the move across the diamond to second base though many still believe that he could eventually move over to third place. With the E-Twins, he hit .283/.340/.484 (.824) with eight doubles, two triples and 11 home runs in 54 games. Miranda is a good athlete with room to grow and continue to add power. #18 RHP Felix Jorge In 2017, Felix Jorge received the call every ballplayer dreams of, the call to the big leagues. On July 1st, he made his MLB debut. Through five innings, he gave up two runs. He gave up a single to lead off the 6th inning and was replaced by Buddy Boshers who gave up a two-run homer to Eric Hosmer. So, three runs in five innings in his debut was pretty good. He made a second start that didn’t go quite as well. The 23-year-old went back to Chattanooga and later ended the regular season with a promotion to AAA. In Chattanooga, he went 10-3 with a 3.54 ERA. He made three starts in AAA which is where he’ll begin the 2017 season. He was added to the 40-man roster a year ago, so he has used one option year. #17 2B/3B Travis Blankenhorn Blankenhorn was the Twins third-round pick in 2015 out of high school in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. A year ago, he began the season in extended spring training before posting a .900 OPS in 34 games in Elizabethton. That earned him a promotion to Cedar Rapids where he spent the final 25 games and playoffs. He spent the full 2017 season with the Kernels and hit .251/.343/.441 (.784) with 22 doubles, 11 triples and 13 home runs. He also stole 13 bases, including home twice. He just turned 21 in August, and he doesn’t need to be added to the 40-man roster until after the 2019 season. He played third base the first half of the season and then moved over to second base in the second half. He could see time in the outfield too. #16 RHP John Curtiss Curtiss needed to be added to the Twins 40-man roster before Monday (Nov 20). Instead of wondering for the next few days, the Twins called him up in late August to work out of their bullpen over the final month. Curtiss was the Twins Daily Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year. He began the season at AA Chattanooga where he didn’t give up an earned run until June 13th. A week later, he was pitching in AAA Rochester. Overall in 49.1 innings, he walked 22 and struck out 68 before getting The Call. The Twins sixth-round pick in 2014. He struggled some in the big leagues, but the 24-year-old showed his repertoire which includes a mid-90s fastball and a potentially great breaking ball. He’ll likely start next season in Rochester, though he will compete for a spot in the big leagues from day one. So there are my choices for Twins prospects 16-20. Just three more parts coming next week and we’ll reach #1. Feel free to discuss these players, ask questions and start contemplating the Top 15. Part 1: Prospects 41-50 Part 2: Prospects 31-40 Part 3: Prospects 26-30 Part 4: Prospects 21-25
  20. Today we enter the Top 20 of my postseason Minnesota Twins Prospect rankings. Since we started, two ranked players are no longer in the organization. Dereck Rodriguez signed with the Giants, and the Twins voided their deal with Jelfry Marterecently. The group below contains a couple of players that we saw in a big league uniform and likely will again in 2018. The other three players are infielders who have several levels to go, but the talent needed to get there.We begin a review of our Top 20 Minnesota Twins prospects with prospects 16-20. Below you’ll find five more intriguing prospects with big potential. #20 SS Jermaine Palacios After a disappointing 2016, his debut with a full-season league in Cedar Rapids, Palacios returned in 2017 and put himself in position to move up prospect lists again. He returned to the Kernels where he .320/.362/.544 (.907) with 13 doubles, six triples and a surprising 11 home runs in 62 games. He earned a mid-season promotion to Ft. Myers and hit .269/.303/.359 (.662) with eight doubles, four triples and two homers in 62 games. Palacios signed with the Twins after the 2013 season so he doesn’t need to be added to the Twins 40-man roster until after the 2018 season. He turned 21 in July. He should spend most of the 2018 season with the Miracle. #19 2B Jose Miranda Miranda was the first of two consecutive compensatory following the second round of the 2016 draft. He is a 19-year-old drafted out of the Leadership Christian Academy in Puerto Rico. He spent 2016 in the Gulf Coast League. In 2017, he made the move across the diamond to second base though many still believe that he could eventually move over to third place. With the E-Twins, he hit .283/.340/.484 (.824) with eight doubles, two triples and 11 home runs in 54 games. Miranda is a good athlete with room to grow and continue to add power. #18 RHP Felix Jorge In 2017, Felix Jorge received the call every ballplayer dreams of, the call to the big leagues. On July 1st, he made his MLB debut. Through five innings, he gave up two runs. He gave up a single to lead off the 6th inning and was replaced by Buddy Boshers who gave up a two-run homer to Eric Hosmer. So, three runs in five innings in his debut was pretty good. He made a second start that didn’t go quite as well. The 23-year-old went back to Chattanooga and later ended the regular season with a promotion to AAA. In Chattanooga, he went 10-3 with a 3.54 ERA. He made three starts in AAA which is where he’ll begin the 2017 season. He was added to the 40-man roster a year ago, so he has used one option year. #17 2B/3B Travis Blankenhorn Blankenhorn was the Twins third-round pick in 2015 out of high school in Pottsville, Pennsylvania. A year ago, he began the season in extended spring training before posting a .900 OPS in 34 games in Elizabethton. That earned him a promotion to Cedar Rapids where he spent the final 25 games and playoffs. He spent the full 2017 season with the Kernels and hit .251/.343/.441 (.784) with 22 doubles, 11 triples and 13 home runs. He also stole 13 bases, including home twice. He just turned 21 in August, and he doesn’t need to be added to the 40-man roster until after the 2019 season. He played third base the first half of the season and then moved over to second base in the second half. He could see time in the outfield too. #16 RHP John Curtiss Curtiss needed to be added to the Twins 40-man roster before Monday (Nov 20). Instead of wondering for the next few days, the Twins called him up in late August to work out of their bullpen over the final month. Curtiss was the Twins Daily Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year. He began the season at AA Chattanooga where he didn’t give up an earned run until June 13th. A week later, he was pitching in AAA Rochester. Overall in 49.1 innings, he walked 22 and struck out 68 before getting The Call. The Twins sixth-round pick in 2014. He struggled some in the big leagues, but the 24-year-old showed his repertoire which includes a mid-90s fastball and a potentially great breaking ball. He’ll likely start next season in Rochester, though he will compete for a spot in the big leagues from day one. So there are my choices for Twins prospects 16-20. Just three more parts coming next week and we’ll reach #1. Feel free to discuss these players, ask questions and start contemplating the Top 15. Part 1: Prospects 41-50 Part 2: Prospects 31-40 Part 3: Prospects 26-30 Part 4: Prospects 21-25 Click here to view the article
  21. Each short-season league can be a challenge for players to adjust to the pros. Some players are getting their first taste of professional baseball. Others are transitioning from the Dominican Summer League and playing in the United States for the first time. With fewer games than full season leagues, players have less time to make their mark. A smaller sample size can skew a player's overall numbers. However, many of these players are trying to make the organization take notice of their performance. Which players performed well for Elizabethton Twins and the GCL Twins? Let's dive in...Yesterday, Twins Daily announced the Short Season Pitcher of the Year. Throughout the rest of the week, the other minor league awards will be announced. There were some strong performances throughout the minors and these are the next wave of players heading for Target Field. Last season, Lewin Diaz was named the Short-Season Hitter of the Year. He built off that tremendous season with Cedar Rapids this year. Diaz hit .292/.329/.444 with 12 home runs and 33 doubles. The Kernels are attempting to move on in the Midwest League playoffs tonight. Short profiles of our top eight are to follow, but first, some players worthy of honorable mention. These players also received votes. Honorable Mention: Matt Albanese, Elizabethton: 42-142, .296/.352/.401 (.754), 3 HR, 0 3B, 6 2B, 19 RBIShane Carrier, Elizabethton: 48-142, .348/.359/.529 (.888) 5 HR, 0 3B, 10 2B, 32 RBI (does not include stats at Cedar Rapids)Carson Crites, Elizabethton: 45-150, .300/.349/.453 (.803), 4 HR, 0 3B, 11 2B, 30 RBIJJ Robinson, Elizabethton: 39-148, .264/.337/.480 (.817), 9 HR, 1 3B, 3 2B, 36 RBIAlex Robles, GCL Twins: 59-182, .324/.369/.407 (.775), 3 HR, 0 3B, 6 2B, 29 RBIRainis Silva, Elizabethton: 36-101, .356/.446/.446 (.892), 1 HR, 1 3B, 4 2B, 7 RBIShort-Season Hitter of the YearHere are the top eight places for the Twins Daily Short-Season Hitter of the Year 8. Brent Rooker, Elizabethton: 24-85, .282/.364/.588 (.952), 7 HR, 0 3B, 5 2B, 17 RBI Rooker only played a little over a third of his games in the short-season league but it was enough to make his mark. With his college experience, he made quick work of some of the younger pitching in the GCL. His best stretch of games was an eight-game hit streak from July 4- July 12. During this streak, he hit .500/.600/.923 with five extra-base hits. If Rooker had spent more time in short-season ball, he likely would have been higher on this list. 7. Ben Rodriguez, GCL Twins: 47-162, .290/.399/.457 (.856), 4 HR, 2 3B, 11 2B, 40 RBI It didn't take long for Rodriguez to have his bat heat up. In 20 July games, he hit .343/.443/.507 with eight extra-base hits. Some of these strong number came from his ability to crush left-handed pitching. In 58 at-bats versus lefties, he got on base 50% of the time and combined for a 1.207 OPS. He was facing younger pitchers in over 85% of his plate appearances as he was 2.6 years older than the competition in the GCL. 6. Andrew Bechtold, Elizabethton: 43-144, .299/.406/.424 (.829), 2 HR, 1 3B, 10 2B, 19 RBI During his professional debut, the Twins' fifth-round pick started strongly in July. In 20 games that month, he hit .387/.467/.629 (1.096) with 10 extra-base hits. The majority of his at-bats came against older pitchers who held him to a .747 OPS. With 27 walks in 175 plate appearances, he showed a keen eye at the plate as his OBP ranked third on the E-Twins among players with more than 75 at-bats. 5. JC Arias, GCL Twins: 50-168, .298/.359/.476 (.835), 5 HR, 4 3B, 7 2B, 32 RBI In his second taste of the GCL, Arias was still almost half a year younger than the competition. He was able to post a .490 SLG against older pitchers. Through his first 94 at-bats he compiled a .914 OPS with 10 extra-base hits. Arias, a left-handed batter, did the bulk of his damage against righties. In fact, all of his extra-base hits came against right-handed pitchers where he hit .316/.365/.573. Home games were also a positive for Arias as his OPS was almost 300 points higher at home (1.002 OPS) versus on the road (.703 OPS). 4. Wander Javier, Elizabethton: 47-157, .299/.383/.471 (.855), 4 HR, 1 3B, 13 2B, 22 RBI Javier made his stateside debut in 2017 and it took him a little time to get going. During seven June games, he went 4-for-22 with three of his four hits being for doubles. After the calendar turned to July, he would clobber the baseball. Javier hit .319/.396/.496 (.892) including 15 extra-base hits from July 2 until season's end. Only four of his plate appearances came against younger pitchers. Even though he is a right-handed batter he fared better against righties where his OPS was almost 150 points higher. 3. Royce Lewis, GCL Twins: 36-133, .271/.390/.414 (.803), 3 HR, 2 3B, 6 2B, 17 RBI Lewis, this year's number one overall pick, was an interesting case when it came to voting for the minor league awards. He played 36 games for the GCL Twins before being promoted to Cedar Rapids for the final 18 games. In ten of his first 20 games, he had multiple hits. He started his professional career with a 11 straight games reaching base. He also added 15 stolen bases while also being caught only twice. His batting average increased by 25 points with the jump to the Midwest League so it's safe to say the organization likes their first look at Lewis. 2. Jose Miranda, Elizabethton: 63-223, .283/.340/.484 (.824), 11 HR, 2 3B, 8 2B, 43 RBI As a 19-year-old in the Appalachian League, Miranda was over a year younger than the competition. This didn't stop him from raising his batting average by over 55 points compared his professional debut in the GCL. Miranda, a right-handed batter, compiled an OPS that was 162 points higher versus righties. In 20 games from July 9-August 3, he hit .321/.380/.494 with six extra-base hits with 18 RBI. Only nine of his at-bats came versus younger pitchers so he was doing the bulk of his damage against older pitchers. Another big area of improvement was lowering his strikeouts by more than 10. 1. Akil Baddoo, GLC Twins/Elizabethton: 65-201, .323/.436/.527 (.964), 4 HR, 5 3B, 19 2B, 29 RBI Baddoo started the 2017 campaign in the GCL where he spent the entire 2016 season. He struggled to hit last year (.178/.299/.271) but he made remarkable strides in a return trip through the GCL. He raised his batting average to .267 while combining for a .800 OPS. In the middle of July, he was promoted to the Appalachian League and this is when his season really took off. Ray Smith, the manager of the E-Twins, had glowing reviews when asked about Baddo's impact on joining the team. "Our club seemed to kick it into a higher gear once Akil arrived. Deep in counts, would get on base via walks, base hits, etc. All while showing extra-base pop and occasional home run power. [He] covered ground defensively... ran bases aggressively and showed up everyday." When Baddoo joined the E-Twins, he was 2.3 years younger than the competition. For the season, he got on base over 42% of the time against older pitchers. He hit .357/.478/.579 with 20 extra-base hits over the final 33 games. From July 31 to August 19, he had a 13-game hit streak where he hit .460/.557/.680 with five strikeouts and ten walks. Baddoo, a left-handed batter, posted a 1.013 OPS against righties while still posting a .840 OPS against southpaws. Baddo "has shown great improvement in the year that we've had him," said Smith. It was "enjoyable to watch him develop both offensively and defensively. A threat in a number of different ways at the top of the order." He went on to say that he's "looking forward to see him patrolling the outfield at Target Field in the near future. There you have it, the top hitters in the short season leagues for the Minnesota Twins in 2017. The Ballots In an attempt to be transparent, here are the votes from our Twins Daily minor league writers: Seth Stohs- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Wander Javier, 3) Jose Miranda, 4) Rainis Silva, 5), Royce Lewis, 6) Andrew Bechtold, 7) JC Arias, 8) JJ RobinsonJeremy Nygaard- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Royce Lewis, 3) Jose Miranda, 4) Wander Javier, 5) JC Arias, 6) Ben Rodriguez, 7) Andrew Bechtold, 8) Carson CritesCody Christie- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Ben Rodriguez, 3) Shane Carrier, 4) Jose Miranda, 5) Wander Javier, 6) Brent Rooker, 7) JC Arias, 8) Royce LewisTom Froemming- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Jose Miranda, 3) Brent Rooker, 4) JC Arias, 5) Royce LewisSteve Lein- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Ben Rodriguez, 3) Jose Miranda, 4) Wander Javier, 5) ANdrew Bechtold, 6) Rainis Silva, 7) Shane Carrier, 8) Royce LewisEric Pleiss- 1) JC Arias, 2) Royce Lewis, 3) Brent Rooker, 4) Andrew Bechtold, 5) Jose Miranda, 6) Akil Baddoo, 7) Wander Javier, 8) Alex RoblesTed Schwerzler- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Royce Lewis, 3) Alex Robles, 4) Wander Javier, 5) Andrew Bechtold, 6) Carson Crites, 7) Jose Miranda, 8) Matt AlbaneseFeel free to discuss. What do you think of our rankings? How would you rank them? How would your ballot look? Click here to view the article
  22. Yesterday, Twins Daily announced the Short Season Pitcher of the Year. Throughout the rest of the week, the other minor league awards will be announced. There were some strong performances throughout the minors and these are the next wave of players heading for Target Field. Last season, Lewin Diaz was named the Short-Season Hitter of the Year. He built off that tremendous season with Cedar Rapids this year. Diaz hit .292/.329/.444 with 12 home runs and 33 doubles. The Kernels are attempting to move on in the Midwest League playoffs tonight. Short profiles of our top eight are to follow, but first, some players worthy of honorable mention. These players also received votes. Honorable Mention: Matt Albanese, Elizabethton: 42-142, .296/.352/.401 (.754), 3 HR, 0 3B, 6 2B, 19 RBI Shane Carrier, Elizabethton: 48-142, .348/.359/.529 (.888) 5 HR, 0 3B, 10 2B, 32 RBI (does not include stats at Cedar Rapids) Carson Crites, Elizabethton: 45-150, .300/.349/.453 (.803), 4 HR, 0 3B, 11 2B, 30 RBI JJ Robinson, Elizabethton: 39-148, .264/.337/.480 (.817), 9 HR, 1 3B, 3 2B, 36 RBI Alex Robles, GCL Twins: 59-182, .324/.369/.407 (.775), 3 HR, 0 3B, 6 2B, 29 RBI Rainis Silva, Elizabethton: 36-101, .356/.446/.446 (.892), 1 HR, 1 3B, 4 2B, 7 RBI Short-Season Hitter of the Year Here are the top eight places for the Twins Daily Short-Season Hitter of the Year 8. Brent Rooker, Elizabethton: 24-85, .282/.364/.588 (.952), 7 HR, 0 3B, 5 2B, 17 RBI Rooker only played a little over a third of his games in the short-season league but it was enough to make his mark. With his college experience, he made quick work of some of the younger pitching in the GCL. His best stretch of games was an eight-game hit streak from July 4- July 12. During this streak, he hit .500/.600/.923 with five extra-base hits. If Rooker had spent more time in short-season ball, he likely would have been higher on this list. 7. Ben Rodriguez, GCL Twins: 47-162, .290/.399/.457 (.856), 4 HR, 2 3B, 11 2B, 40 RBI It didn't take long for Rodriguez to have his bat heat up. In 20 July games, he hit .343/.443/.507 with eight extra-base hits. Some of these strong number came from his ability to crush left-handed pitching. In 58 at-bats versus lefties, he got on base 50% of the time and combined for a 1.207 OPS. He was facing younger pitchers in over 85% of his plate appearances as he was 2.6 years older than the competition in the GCL. 6. Andrew Bechtold, Elizabethton: 43-144, .299/.406/.424 (.829), 2 HR, 1 3B, 10 2B, 19 RBI During his professional debut, the Twins' fifth-round pick started strongly in July. In 20 games that month, he hit .387/.467/.629 (1.096) with 10 extra-base hits. The majority of his at-bats came against older pitchers who held him to a .747 OPS. With 27 walks in 175 plate appearances, he showed a keen eye at the plate as his OBP ranked third on the E-Twins among players with more than 75 at-bats. 5. JC Arias, GCL Twins: 50-168, .298/.359/.476 (.835), 5 HR, 4 3B, 7 2B, 32 RBI In his second taste of the GCL, Arias was still almost half a year younger than the competition. He was able to post a .490 SLG against older pitchers. Through his first 94 at-bats he compiled a .914 OPS with 10 extra-base hits. Arias, a left-handed batter, did the bulk of his damage against righties. In fact, all of his extra-base hits came against right-handed pitchers where he hit .316/.365/.573. Home games were also a positive for Arias as his OPS was almost 300 points higher at home (1.002 OPS) versus on the road (.703 OPS). 4. Wander Javier, Elizabethton: 47-157, .299/.383/.471 (.855), 4 HR, 1 3B, 13 2B, 22 RBI Javier made his stateside debut in 2017 and it took him a little time to get going. During seven June games, he went 4-for-22 with three of his four hits being for doubles. After the calendar turned to July, he would clobber the baseball. Javier hit .319/.396/.496 (.892) including 15 extra-base hits from July 2 until season's end. Only four of his plate appearances came against younger pitchers. Even though he is a right-handed batter he fared better against righties where his OPS was almost 150 points higher. 3. Royce Lewis, GCL Twins: 36-133, .271/.390/.414 (.803), 3 HR, 2 3B, 6 2B, 17 RBI Lewis, this year's number one overall pick, was an interesting case when it came to voting for the minor league awards. He played 36 games for the GCL Twins before being promoted to Cedar Rapids for the final 18 games. In ten of his first 20 games, he had multiple hits. He started his professional career with a 11 straight games reaching base. He also added 15 stolen bases while also being caught only twice. His batting average increased by 25 points with the jump to the Midwest League so it's safe to say the organization likes their first look at Lewis. 2. Jose Miranda, Elizabethton: 63-223, .283/.340/.484 (.824), 11 HR, 2 3B, 8 2B, 43 RBI As a 19-year-old in the Appalachian League, Miranda was over a year younger than the competition. This didn't stop him from raising his batting average by over 55 points compared his professional debut in the GCL. Miranda, a right-handed batter, compiled an OPS that was 162 points higher versus righties. In 20 games from July 9-August 3, he hit .321/.380/.494 with six extra-base hits with 18 RBI. Only nine of his at-bats came versus younger pitchers so he was doing the bulk of his damage against older pitchers. Another big area of improvement was lowering his strikeouts by more than 10. 1. Akil Baddoo, GLC Twins/Elizabethton: 65-201, .323/.436/.527 (.964), 4 HR, 5 3B, 19 2B, 29 RBI Baddoo started the 2017 campaign in the GCL where he spent the entire 2016 season. He struggled to hit last year (.178/.299/.271) but he made remarkable strides in a return trip through the GCL. He raised his batting average to .267 while combining for a .800 OPS. In the middle of July, he was promoted to the Appalachian League and this is when his season really took off. Ray Smith, the manager of the E-Twins, had glowing reviews when asked about Baddo's impact on joining the team. "Our club seemed to kick it into a higher gear once Akil arrived. Deep in counts, would get on base via walks, base hits, etc. All while showing extra-base pop and occasional home run power. [He] covered ground defensively... ran bases aggressively and showed up everyday." When Baddoo joined the E-Twins, he was 2.3 years younger than the competition. For the season, he got on base over 42% of the time against older pitchers. He hit .357/.478/.579 with 20 extra-base hits over the final 33 games. From July 31 to August 19, he had a 13-game hit streak where he hit .460/.557/.680 with five strikeouts and ten walks. Baddoo, a left-handed batter, posted a 1.013 OPS against righties while still posting a .840 OPS against southpaws. Baddo "has shown great improvement in the year that we've had him," said Smith. It was "enjoyable to watch him develop both offensively and defensively. A threat in a number of different ways at the top of the order." He went on to say that he's "looking forward to see him patrolling the outfield at Target Field in the near future. There you have it, the top hitters in the short season leagues for the Minnesota Twins in 2017. The Ballots In an attempt to be transparent, here are the votes from our Twins Daily minor league writers: Seth Stohs- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Wander Javier, 3) Jose Miranda, 4) Rainis Silva, 5), Royce Lewis, 6) Andrew Bechtold, 7) JC Arias, 8) JJ Robinson Jeremy Nygaard- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Royce Lewis, 3) Jose Miranda, 4) Wander Javier, 5) JC Arias, 6) Ben Rodriguez, 7) Andrew Bechtold, 8) Carson Crites Cody Christie- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Ben Rodriguez, 3) Shane Carrier, 4) Jose Miranda, 5) Wander Javier, 6) Brent Rooker, 7) JC Arias, 8) Royce Lewis Tom Froemming- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Jose Miranda, 3) Brent Rooker, 4) JC Arias, 5) Royce Lewis Steve Lein- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Ben Rodriguez, 3) Jose Miranda, 4) Wander Javier, 5) ANdrew Bechtold, 6) Rainis Silva, 7) Shane Carrier, 8) Royce Lewis Eric Pleiss- 1) JC Arias, 2) Royce Lewis, 3) Brent Rooker, 4) Andrew Bechtold, 5) Jose Miranda, 6) Akil Baddoo, 7) Wander Javier, 8) Alex Robles Ted Schwerzler- 1) Akil Baddoo, 2) Royce Lewis, 3) Alex Robles, 4) Wander Javier, 5) Andrew Bechtold, 6) Carson Crites, 7) Jose Miranda, 8) Matt Albanese Feel free to discuss. What do you think of our rankings? How would you rank them? How would your ballot look?
  23. The Twins were well rested on Tuesday night after the off-day, and picked up a win against a White Sox squad that bested the Twins in a five-game series last week.Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Tuesday. Transactions: Twins sent Hector Santiago on rehab in Rochester, and the Lookouts sent Matt Tracy on a rehab assignment in the GCL. Anthony Marzi was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Fort Myers. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 1 @ Scranton/WB 8 Box Score It is hard to win a game when you only score one run, and harder yet when you give up eight of them, and so it was as Rochester dropped Tuesday’s game against Scranton. Matt Hague was the only Wings player with multiple hits, 2-4 with a walk. The Wings had no extra-base hits, and walked just twice as a team, against 8 strike- outs. Tough night for Carlos Paulino who was 0-4 with 3 strike outs and he had a throwing error and a passed ball behind the dish. Hector Santiago went just 2.2 innings, gave up a hit, a run, walked two and struck out one in the first outing of his rehab assignment. Santiago was lifted for Chris Heston, who gave up six runs (five earned) in just 0.2 innings. He gave up five hits, walked two, struck out two, and gave up as many home runs as outs recorded. Luke Bard gave the Red Wings 1.2 innings of one run ball, striking out three. Nik Turley pitched 2.0 strong innings, giving up a hit, and struck out two. Mason Melotakis finished the game, giving up a hit in an inning of work. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 3 @ Jackson 1 Box Score Chattanooga took a 2-1 lead in the fourth and then hung on the rest of the way, adding an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Even though he was 3-4 with three doubles, T.J. White played second fiddle to his teammate. Jonathan Rodriguez was the hero of the day, 1-4 with a two-run home run, driving in the winning run. LaMonte Wade had a nice day at the dish as well, 2-3 with two runs scored, a double and a walk. Great night on the bump for Randy LeBlanc. He earned the win moving to 4-4, with 7.1 innings of one-run (unearned) ball. He struck out two, walked one and scattered six hits. Gabriel Moya earned the five-out save, giving up a hit and striking out one. Moya lowered his ERA on the season to 0.80. Moya, if you have forgotten, was the return from the Diamondbacks in the John Ryan Murphy trade. Moya has a 0.71 ERA with the Lookouts over 12 games (12.2 IP), with 16 strikeouts and just three walks. On the year, he has 84 strike outs and only 15 walks. Looking like a pretty nice pickup. MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 5 @ St. Lucie 3 Box Score Fort Myers scored all five of their runs in the fifth inning, but did enough damage against the St. Lucie Mets to earn a road win. Three of the Lookouts nine hits were for extra bases, all doubles, one each from Sean Miller, Mitchell Kranson and Zandier Wiel. Wiel also added a stolen base. The Lookouts should have scored a few more runs on Tuesday night, but were just 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Brent Rooker did not hit a dinger, going 0-3, with a run scored, the first time he has been hitless since August 16th, almost 2 weeks ago. Starter Sean Poppen earned a win with 5.0 innings of three-run baseball. He gave up six hits, struck out five and walked just one. The Bullpen then did great work the rest of the way, holding the Mets to just one hit for the next four innings. One inning from Michael Theofanopoulos (he gave up the hit), 2.0 innings from Sam Clay, and 1.0 from Tom Hackimer, earning his sixth save of the year. The Miracle pitchers struck out 10 batters on Tuesday night, and walked four. E-Twins E-Notes Elizabethton 6 @ Kingsport 3 Box Score The Elizabethon Twins were electric in the late innings, tying the game with a run in the top of the eighth, and putting the game out of reach with a three-spot in the ninth. The Twins got home runs from Wander Javier (three-run jack in the ninth), Jose Miranda (solo show tin the eighth), and J.J. Robinson (two-run dinger in the fourth). Rainis Silva didn’t have any home runs, but was 3-5 on the night, a pretty good day at the plate, and he’s now hitting .330. Randy Dobnak put the Twins in a position to win, pitching 5.0 innings, giving up just one run and striking out four. Then Jose Martinez came in, giving up a pair of runs over 2.0 innings and finally, Jovani Moran vultured a W when the Twins took a late lead, as he gave the club 2.0 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out FIVE. Moran has now stuck out five batters in his last four appearances (2.0, 2.0, 2.1, and 2.0 IP respectively), good for 20 Ks against just 2 walks. Moran was a seventh round draftee in the 2015 draft out of Puerto Rico, and has excelled as a closer for E-Town after missing 2016 due to the removal of bone chips in his elbow. GCL Twins Takes GCL Rays 2 @ GCL Twins 3 (Game 1) Box Score The Twins and Rays played a doubleheader to make up for Monday’s rain out, with each team taking a turn as the home team at the Twins complex on Tuesday afternoon. The home team ended up winning both games! In Game 1, the Twins used a couple of Rays errors to score some extra runs, taking advantage of what the Rays gave them to get a win, despite going just 2-11 with runners in scoring position. Ricky De La Torre was 2-3 with a run scored, and Jared Akins was 2-3 as a well. Benjamin Rodriguez had the only RBI of the night, an RBI single, part of a 1-2 night with a walk, and a run scored. Matt Tracy pitched 4.0 innings, on a rehab start from Chattanooga, gave up just 2 hits and one run. He walked no one and struck out six. He was replaced by Blayne Enlow, who earned the win with 3.0 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. GCL Twins Takes GCL Twins 0 @ GCL Rays 1 (Game 2) Box Score In Game 2, with the Rays masquerading as the home team, the Twins fell 1-0. Twins bats couldn’t do much, and Alex Robles (2-3, 2B) had half of the team’s hits. Twins pitchers only gave up two hits in the second half of the doubleheader, but a handful of walks helped the Rays win. Starter Tyler Benninghoff started the game with 2.0 scoreless innings. He faced the minimum, and struck out two. Pedro Garcia was tagged with the loss, as he gave up a run over 3.0 innings, he walked three and struck out four. Zach Featherstone finished the game for the Twins, 1.0 inning, one hit, and one strikeout. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Randy LeBlanc, Chattanooga Lookouts Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – T.J. White, Chattanooga Lookouts WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Scranton/WB (6:05pm) – Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 3.48) Chattanooga @ Jackson (5:30pm) - TBD Fort Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30pm) – Clark Beeker (1-1, 9.00) Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (6:35pm) – Tyler Watson (0-3, 4.84) Elizabethton @ Kingsport (5:30pm) - TBD GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00am) - TBD Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Tuesday's games. Click here to view the article
  24. Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Tuesday. Transactions: Twins sent Hector Santiago on rehab in Rochester, and the Lookouts sent Matt Tracy on a rehab assignment in the GCL. Anthony Marzi was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Fort Myers. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 1 @ Scranton/WB 8 Box Score It is hard to win a game when you only score one run, and harder yet when you give up eight of them, and so it was as Rochester dropped Tuesday’s game against Scranton. Matt Hague was the only Wings player with multiple hits, 2-4 with a walk. The Wings had no extra-base hits, and walked just twice as a team, against 8 strike- outs. Tough night for Carlos Paulino who was 0-4 with 3 strike outs and he had a throwing error and a passed ball behind the dish. Hector Santiago went just 2.2 innings, gave up a hit, a run, walked two and struck out one in the first outing of his rehab assignment. Santiago was lifted for Chris Heston, who gave up six runs (five earned) in just 0.2 innings. He gave up five hits, walked two, struck out two, and gave up as many home runs as outs recorded. Luke Bard gave the Red Wings 1.2 innings of one run ball, striking out three. Nik Turley pitched 2.0 strong innings, giving up a hit, and struck out two. Mason Melotakis finished the game, giving up a hit in an inning of work. CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 3 @ Jackson 1 Box Score Chattanooga took a 2-1 lead in the fourth and then hung on the rest of the way, adding an insurance run in the top of the ninth. Even though he was 3-4 with three doubles, T.J. White played second fiddle to his teammate. Jonathan Rodriguez was the hero of the day, 1-4 with a two-run home run, driving in the winning run. LaMonte Wade had a nice day at the dish as well, 2-3 with two runs scored, a double and a walk. Great night on the bump for Randy LeBlanc. He earned the win moving to 4-4, with 7.1 innings of one-run (unearned) ball. He struck out two, walked one and scattered six hits. Gabriel Moya earned the five-out save, giving up a hit and striking out one. Moya lowered his ERA on the season to 0.80. Moya, if you have forgotten, was the return from the Diamondbacks in the John Ryan Murphy trade. Moya has a 0.71 ERA with the Lookouts over 12 games (12.2 IP), with 16 strikeouts and just three walks. On the year, he has 84 strike outs and only 15 walks. Looking like a pretty nice pickup. MIRACLE MATTERS Fort Myers 5 @ St. Lucie 3 Box Score Fort Myers scored all five of their runs in the fifth inning, but did enough damage against the St. Lucie Mets to earn a road win. Three of the Lookouts nine hits were for extra bases, all doubles, one each from Sean Miller, Mitchell Kranson and Zandier Wiel. Wiel also added a stolen base. The Lookouts should have scored a few more runs on Tuesday night, but were just 1-10 with runners in scoring position. Brent Rooker did not hit a dinger, going 0-3, with a run scored, the first time he has been hitless since August 16th, almost 2 weeks ago. Starter Sean Poppen earned a win with 5.0 innings of three-run baseball. He gave up six hits, struck out five and walked just one. The Bullpen then did great work the rest of the way, holding the Mets to just one hit for the next four innings. One inning from Michael Theofanopoulos (he gave up the hit), 2.0 innings from Sam Clay, and 1.0 from Tom Hackimer, earning his sixth save of the year. The Miracle pitchers struck out 10 batters on Tuesday night, and walked four. E-Twins E-Notes Elizabethton 6 @ Kingsport 3 Box Score The Elizabethon Twins were electric in the late innings, tying the game with a run in the top of the eighth, and putting the game out of reach with a three-spot in the ninth. The Twins got home runs from Wander Javier (three-run jack in the ninth), Jose Miranda (solo show tin the eighth), and J.J. Robinson (two-run dinger in the fourth). Rainis Silva didn’t have any home runs, but was 3-5 on the night, a pretty good day at the plate, and he’s now hitting .330. Randy Dobnak put the Twins in a position to win, pitching 5.0 innings, giving up just one run and striking out four. Then Jose Martinez came in, giving up a pair of runs over 2.0 innings and finally, Jovani Moran vultured a W when the Twins took a late lead, as he gave the club 2.0 scoreless innings, walking one and striking out FIVE. Moran has now stuck out five batters in his last four appearances (2.0, 2.0, 2.1, and 2.0 IP respectively), good for 20 Ks against just 2 walks. Moran was a seventh round draftee in the 2015 draft out of Puerto Rico, and has excelled as a closer for E-Town after missing 2016 due to the removal of bone chips in his elbow. GCL Twins Takes GCL Rays 2 @ GCL Twins 3 (Game 1) Box Score The Twins and Rays played a doubleheader to make up for Monday’s rain out, with each team taking a turn as the home team at the Twins complex on Tuesday afternoon. The home team ended up winning both games! In Game 1, the Twins used a couple of Rays errors to score some extra runs, taking advantage of what the Rays gave them to get a win, despite going just 2-11 with runners in scoring position. Ricky De La Torre was 2-3 with a run scored, and Jared Akins was 2-3 as a well. Benjamin Rodriguez had the only RBI of the night, an RBI single, part of a 1-2 night with a walk, and a run scored. Matt Tracy pitched 4.0 innings, on a rehab start from Chattanooga, gave up just 2 hits and one run. He walked no one and struck out six. He was replaced by Blayne Enlow, who earned the win with 3.0 innings of three-hit, one-run baseball. GCL Twins Takes GCL Twins 0 @ GCL Rays 1 (Game 2) Box Score In Game 2, with the Rays masquerading as the home team, the Twins fell 1-0. Twins bats couldn’t do much, and Alex Robles (2-3, 2B) had half of the team’s hits. Twins pitchers only gave up two hits in the second half of the doubleheader, but a handful of walks helped the Rays win. Starter Tyler Benninghoff started the game with 2.0 scoreless innings. He faced the minimum, and struck out two. Pedro Garcia was tagged with the loss, as he gave up a run over 3.0 innings, he walked three and struck out four. Zach Featherstone finished the game for the Twins, 1.0 inning, one hit, and one strikeout. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Randy LeBlanc, Chattanooga Lookouts Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – T.J. White, Chattanooga Lookouts WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester @ Scranton/WB (6:05pm) – Adalberto Mejia (0-1, 3.48) Chattanooga @ Jackson (5:30pm) - TBD Fort Myers @ St. Lucie (5:30pm) – Clark Beeker (1-1, 9.00) Burlington @ Cedar Rapids (6:35pm) – Tyler Watson (0-3, 4.84) Elizabethton @ Kingsport (5:30pm) - TBD GCL Twins @ GCL Rays (11:00am) - TBD Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Tuesday's games.
  25. Let’s take a look at the Top 6 hitters for the month of July, but first here are some players deserving of honorable mention. HONORABLE MENTION Akil Baddoo - GCL Twins/Elizabethton - 25 G, 26-94, 277/.398/.447 (.845) with four doubles, three triples, two homers, 16 RBI. Jordan Gore - Elizabethton - 15 G, 20-59, .339/.400/.441 (.841) with three doubles and a homer, 11 RBI. Matt Hague - Rochester - 29 G, 32-106, .302/.375/.453 (.828) with ten doubles, two homers, 16 RBI. Wander Javier - Elizabethton - 15 G, 18-58, .310/.412/.483 (.895) with five doubles, one triple, one homer and seven RBI. Royce Lewis - GCL Twins - 22 G, 27-84, .321/.412/.464 (.877) with four doubles, one triple, two homers and 11 RBI. Levi Michael - Chattanooga - 19 G, 22-73, .301/.370/.548 (.918) with four doubles, one triple, four homers and 12 RBI Sean Miller - Ft. Myers - 25 G, 30-94, .319/.347/.436 (.783) with five doubles, two homers and 15 RBI. Ben Rodriguez - GCL Twins - 20 G, 23-67, .343/.443/.507 (.951) with six doubles, one triple, one home run, and 20 RBI. Alex Robles - GCL Twins - 22 G, 29-88, .330/.348/.432 (.780) with three doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI. LaMonte Wade - Chattanooga - 24 G, 28-103, .272/.359/.417 (.776) with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs and 18 RBI. THE TOP SIX HITTERS Number 6 – Rochester - Byungho Park - 29 G, .292/.333/.538 (.871). 31-106 with six doubles, one triple, six home runs and 19 RBI. Park turned 31 years old in July, and he put together ae solid month. An injury slowed him in the early season, but he’s been hitting well since mid-June. In July, he started to show some of the power that made him legendary in Korea. Signed through 2019, with an option for 2020, the Twins will likely give him another shot at some point. Until then, it’s just good to see him healthy and starting to hit well again in Rochester. Number 5 – Elizabethton – 2B Jose Miranda - 24 G, .317/.360/.515 (.875). 32-101 with two doubles, six home runs and 22 RBI. In 2016, the Twins had four of the first 74 draft picks. With their first of two compensation picks (following the second round), they selected infielder Jose Miranda out of the Leadership Christian Academy in Puerto Rico. Miranda just turned 19 at the end of June. He’s been one (of several) really good hitters in the middle of the E-Town lineup. He’s shown a good approach at the plate, but he hits the ball with authority often. Of his 23 games played in the field so far this season, he’s played second base in 22 of them, with one start at third base. He’s also DHd a bit. Number 4 – Rochester - Mitch Garver - 25 G, .244/.340/.567 (.906). 22-90 with five doubles, eight home runs and 16 RBI. These are things I’ve written several times throughout the season and particularly the last couple of weeks. “It is inexcusable that Mitch Garver is not in the big leagues.” “Mitch Garver is the best all-around catcher in the Twins organization, including the two catchers with the Twins.” Overall this season, he is hitting .267/.370/.509 (.879) with 22 doubles and 15 home runs. He’s also thrown out 30% of would-be base stealers. He turned 26 in January. My assumption is that Chris Gimenez will either be traded or DFAd sometime in August to get Mitch Garver to the big leagues. If not, he should be up on September 1st. It just shouldn’t have taken that long. Number 3 - Elizabethton – 3B Andrew Bechtold - .387/.467/.629 (1.096) 24-62 with seven doubles, one triple, two homers and 11 RBI. He was drafted by the Rangers out of high school in 2014. He went to Maryland where he red-shirted before playing one season there. He transferred to Chipola College where he was part of a tremendous junior college team. The Twins took him in the fifth round. After signing (above slot), he went to Elizabethton. He went 0-7 his first two games. Since then, he has hit .403/.481/.627 (1.108). Number 2 - Elizabethton Twins – OF Shane Carrier - 23 G, .390/.402/.630 (1.032), 39-100 with nine doubles, five homers and 30 RBI. Carrier was the Twins 8th round pick in 2016 out of Fullerton College. He signed, forgoing a scholarship offer at Cal St. Fullerton. He spent last summer in Elizabethton. He began this season in Cedar Rapids, but through 30 games, he was hitting just .215/.243/.299 (.542), so he went down to extended spring training. It’s paid off. He has been destroying the ball in the Appy League to the tune of a .341/.353/.535 (.888) rate with ten doubles and five home runs. Carrier is strong and has a ton of power potential that he is just tapping into. And the Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month is: Chattanooga Lookouts – 1B Jonathan Rodriguez - .383/.455/.652 (1.107), 44-115 with 13 doubles, six homers and 22 RBI. The Twins signed Jonathan Rodriguez as a six-year minor league free agent this past offseason. The Puerto Rico native went to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota and was the 17th round pick of the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009. Rodriguez gradually worked his way up the Cardinals system. He got to AA in 2014, but he stayed there until 2016 when he played in 39 AAA games. The Twins were quick to sign him and he’s been a mainstay in the Chattanooga lineup all season. With the Cardinals organization, he mostly played corner outfield positions. With the Lookouts, he’s only played first base and DH so far. That makes sense for the 27-year-old who stands 6-2 and weighs in at 250 pounds. He will turn 28 in just a couple of weeks. In 94 games with the Lookouts this year, he has hit .317/.413/.516 (.928) with 24 doubles and 15 home runs. His July was tremendous. He had two four-hit games, four three-hit games and eight two-hit games during the month. He was an extra-base hit machine, with 13 doubles and six home runs. He was named the Southern League Player of the Month as well. With Byungho Park and Kennys Vargas, along with Matt Hague, at AAA, Rodriguez is likely to spend the full season with the Lookouts. Congratulations to the July Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Month for 2017, Chattanooga Lookouts Jonathan Rodriguez.
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