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  1. The Kernels clinched their eighth playoff berth in as many years with a blowout win. The Wind Surge also put up double-digit runs and the Mussels won a tight game. SAINTS SENTINEL Indianapolis 10, Saints 3 Box Score Drew Strotman: 4 IP, 8 H, 7 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K HR: Drew Stankiewicz (2) Multi-hit games: Jimmy Kerrigan (2-for-3, 2 2B, RBI, BB), Stankiewicz (2-for-3, HR, RBI, R) Drew Strotman started allowed seven runs in four innings in the Saints’ loss Sunday. Strotman has allowed 23 runs over his last 23 innings. Yennier Cano gave up two runs in relief on two hits and two walks. Ryan Mason allowed an unearned run and Vinny Nittoli and Chris Nunn each pitched scoreless innings. Drew Stankiewicz blasted a homer in the third and added another hit from the nine-hole. Jimmy Kerrigan drove in Mitch Garver in the fourth with a double and BJ Boyd picked up an RBI with a groundout. Indianapolis recorded 13 singles and zero extra-base hits, scoring 10 runs and walking five times. The Saints fell to 61-59. WIND SURGE WISDOM Wind Surge 10, Travelers 6 Box Score Ben Gross: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K HR: Spencer Steer (14), Andrew Bechtold (18) Multi-hit games: Austin Martin (2-for-2, 2 2B, 3 BB, 3 R), D.J. Burt (2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI), Steer (2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI), Aaron Whitefield (2-for-4, 2B) Spencer Steer hit a three-run homer in the first, setting the tone for a great offensive day for the Surge. Ben Gross started and allowed five runs (four earned) in four innings of work. Austin Martin reached base five times, including two doubles and three walks. Andrew Bechtold continued his power-breakout with his 18th homer of the season. Simeon Woods Richardson pitched two scoreless innings and struck out one. Alex Phillips and Erik Manoah Jr. each threw scoreless innings. Jordan Gore allowed one run on two hits in the ninth. The Surge will compete in the playoffs next week. KERNELS NUGGETS Kernels 11, Chiefs 0 Box Score Aaron Rozek: 5 IP, 0 R/ER, BB, 4 K HR: Edouard Julien (15), Matt Wallner (15), DaShawn Keirsey 2 (7) Multi-hit games: Julien (2-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB), Aaron Sabato (2-for-4, 2 R, BB), Wallner (2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI), Alex Isola (2-for-5, RBI, R), Daniel Ozoria (2-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R), Keirsey (2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) The Kernels clinched a playoff berth with a huge 11-0 win Sunday. Aaron Rozek started and dazzled with five scoreless innings. Rozek struck out four. Denny Bentley, Carlos Suniaga, Zach Featherstone, and Andrew Cabezas combined for four scoreless innings out of the Kernels’ bullpen. Edouard Julien and Matt Wallner both hit two-run homers in the third and the Kernels never looked back. DaShawn Keirsey then added a solo homer in the fourth before Michael Helman drove in a run on an RBI double. The Kernels didn’t stop. Alex Isola added an RBI double, Daniel Ozoria drove in two as a pinch-hitter, and DaShawn Keirsey hit two homers, his sixth and seventh of the season. MUSSEL MATTERS Mussels 5, Tarpons 4 Box Score Brent Headrick: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Christian Encarnacion-Strand (2-for-4, 3B, RBI), Kyler Fedko (2-for-4, R), Mikey Perez (2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, R), Willie Joe Gary Jr. (2-for-4, 3B, RBI, R) Willie Joe Garry got things going with an RBI triple in the second and things were looking good for the Mussels early. Brent Headrick started and dominated in three innings, striking out seven. Unfortunately David Festa couldn’t hold the lead, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk. Zarion Sharpe pitched very well in relief, striking out three in 3 1/3 one-run innings. The Mussels rallied in the eighth as Patrick Winkel and Mikey Perez added clutch hits to drive in runs. Ramon Pineda, younger brother of Twins pitcher Michael Pineda, earned the win. Fort Myers finished its season with a 60-54 record. COMPLEX CHRONICLES Season is Complete. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Aaron Rozek (5 IP, 0 R/ER, BB, 4 K) Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – DaShawn Keirsey (2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 – Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL) #2 – Austin Martin (Wichita) - 2-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB #3 – Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch #4 – Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - 2 IP, H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, K #5 – Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (Right Elbow Strain) #6 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 0-for-4, K #7 – Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - Did not pitch #8 – Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (Right Elbow Strain) #9 – Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not play #10 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Did not play #11 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (Right Shoulder Impingement) #12 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI #13 – Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 1-for-4, R #14 – Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - 4 IP, 8 H, 7 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K #15 – Noah Miller (FCL Twins) - Did not play #16 – Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - Did not play #17 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for Season (Tommy John surgery) #18 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 0-for-4, R, 3 K #19 – Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch #20 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI View full article
  2. SAINTS SENTINEL Indianapolis 10, Saints 3 Box Score Drew Strotman: 4 IP, 8 H, 7 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K HR: Drew Stankiewicz (2) Multi-hit games: Jimmy Kerrigan (2-for-3, 2 2B, RBI, BB), Stankiewicz (2-for-3, HR, RBI, R) Drew Strotman started allowed seven runs in four innings in the Saints’ loss Sunday. Strotman has allowed 23 runs over his last 23 innings. Yennier Cano gave up two runs in relief on two hits and two walks. Ryan Mason allowed an unearned run and Vinny Nittoli and Chris Nunn each pitched scoreless innings. Drew Stankiewicz blasted a homer in the third and added another hit from the nine-hole. Jimmy Kerrigan drove in Mitch Garver in the fourth with a double and BJ Boyd picked up an RBI with a groundout. Indianapolis recorded 13 singles and zero extra-base hits, scoring 10 runs and walking five times. The Saints fell to 61-59. WIND SURGE WISDOM Wind Surge 10, Travelers 6 Box Score Ben Gross: 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K HR: Spencer Steer (14), Andrew Bechtold (18) Multi-hit games: Austin Martin (2-for-2, 2 2B, 3 BB, 3 R), D.J. Burt (2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 R, 3 RBI), Steer (2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI), Aaron Whitefield (2-for-4, 2B) Spencer Steer hit a three-run homer in the first, setting the tone for a great offensive day for the Surge. Ben Gross started and allowed five runs (four earned) in four innings of work. Austin Martin reached base five times, including two doubles and three walks. Andrew Bechtold continued his power-breakout with his 18th homer of the season. Simeon Woods Richardson pitched two scoreless innings and struck out one. Alex Phillips and Erik Manoah Jr. each threw scoreless innings. Jordan Gore allowed one run on two hits in the ninth. The Surge will compete in the playoffs next week. KERNELS NUGGETS Kernels 11, Chiefs 0 Box Score Aaron Rozek: 5 IP, 0 R/ER, BB, 4 K HR: Edouard Julien (15), Matt Wallner (15), DaShawn Keirsey 2 (7) Multi-hit games: Julien (2-for-5, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB), Aaron Sabato (2-for-4, 2 R, BB), Wallner (2-for-3, HR, 2B, 2 R, 2 RBI), Alex Isola (2-for-5, RBI, R), Daniel Ozoria (2-for-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R), Keirsey (2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) The Kernels clinched a playoff berth with a huge 11-0 win Sunday. Aaron Rozek started and dazzled with five scoreless innings. Rozek struck out four. Denny Bentley, Carlos Suniaga, Zach Featherstone, and Andrew Cabezas combined for four scoreless innings out of the Kernels’ bullpen. Edouard Julien and Matt Wallner both hit two-run homers in the third and the Kernels never looked back. DaShawn Keirsey then added a solo homer in the fourth before Michael Helman drove in a run on an RBI double. The Kernels didn’t stop. Alex Isola added an RBI double, Daniel Ozoria drove in two as a pinch-hitter, and DaShawn Keirsey hit two homers, his sixth and seventh of the season. MUSSEL MATTERS Mussels 5, Tarpons 4 Box Score Brent Headrick: 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 7 K HR: None Multi-hit games: Christian Encarnacion-Strand (2-for-4, 3B, RBI), Kyler Fedko (2-for-4, R), Mikey Perez (2-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, R), Willie Joe Gary Jr. (2-for-4, 3B, RBI, R) Willie Joe Garry got things going with an RBI triple in the second and things were looking good for the Mussels early. Brent Headrick started and dominated in three innings, striking out seven. Unfortunately David Festa couldn’t hold the lead, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits and a walk. Zarion Sharpe pitched very well in relief, striking out three in 3 1/3 one-run innings. The Mussels rallied in the eighth as Patrick Winkel and Mikey Perez added clutch hits to drive in runs. Ramon Pineda, younger brother of Twins pitcher Michael Pineda, earned the win. Fort Myers finished its season with a 60-54 record. COMPLEX CHRONICLES Season is Complete. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Aaron Rozek (5 IP, 0 R/ER, BB, 4 K) Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – DaShawn Keirsey (2-for-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 – Royce Lewis (Rehab) - Out for season (torn ACL) #2 – Austin Martin (Wichita) - 2-for-2, 2 R, 3 BB #3 – Jordan Balazovic (Wichita) - Did not pitch #4 – Simeon Woods Richardson (Wichita) - 2 IP, H, 0 R/ER, 2 BB, K #5 – Jhoan Duran (St. Paul) - Injured List (Right Elbow Strain) #6 – Jose Miranda (St. Paul) - 0-for-4, K #7 – Joe Ryan (Minnesota) - Did not pitch #8 – Matt Canterino (Cedar Rapids) - Injured List (Right Elbow Strain) #9 – Chase Petty (Complex) - Did not play #10 – Keoni Cavaco (Fort Myers) - Did not play #11 – Josh Winder (St. Paul) - Injured List (Right Shoulder Impingement) #12 – Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 2-for-3, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI #13 – Gilberto Celestino (St. Paul) - 1-for-4, R #14 – Drew Strotman (St. Paul) - 4 IP, 8 H, 7 R/ER, 3 BB, 2 K #15 – Noah Miller (FCL Twins) - Did not play #16 – Brent Rooker (Minnesota) - Did not play #17 – Blayne Enlow (Cedar Rapids) - Out for Season (Tommy John surgery) #18 – Misael Urbina (Fort Myers) - 0-for-4, R, 3 K #19 – Cole Sands (Wichita) - Did not pitch #20 – Spencer Steer (Wichita) - 2-for-4, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI
  3. On Wednesday night (6:00 central time), Seth will be chatting with Twins minor league outfield prospect DaShawn Keirsey on a new episode of Twins Spotlight. The discussion was live on the Twins Daily social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube pages. DaShawn Keirsey was the Twins fourth-round draft pick in 2018 out of the University of Utah where he starred for three seasons. His sophomore season, he hit .327/.388/.461 (.848) with 10 doubles, five triples and three homers in 50 games. His junior season, he hit .386/.440/.609 (1.049) with 23 doubles, five triples and four homers. As impressive as he was with the bat, his speed and athleticism have made him a very good defensive centerfielder as well. He played in Cedar Rapids and fought some injuries in 2019. Obviously 2020 was a missed season for nearly everyone. we'll talk to DaShawn about the strange 2020 season and find out what goals he has for 2021. Join us live at 6:00 tonight to watch, and participate by sending your questions. We'll cover a ton of topics and take your questions as well. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Please watch LIVE at 6:00 pm (central time) Wednesday night on the Twins Daily Twitter, Facebook or YouTube pages live. Also feel free to ask questions in the comments below or on those platforms during the show and we'll ask them. Subscribe to the Twins Daily podcast on Libsyn, Apple iTunes or anywhere you download podcasts. Here is the YouTube link where you can watch the show. For more on DaShawn Keirsey: Follow DaShawn on Instagram at @dk.breeezy. Previous Episodes Click here to see more previous episodes of Twins Spotlight. Episode 19: Regi Grace Episode 20: Louie Varland Episode 21: Max Smith Episode 22: Zander Wiel Episode 23: Blayne Enlow Episode 24: Royce Lewis Episode 25: Trey Cabbage Episode 26: Keoni Cavaco Episode 27: Casey Legumina Episode 28: DaShawn Keirsey View full article
  4. DaShawn Keirsey was the Twins fourth-round draft pick in 2018 out of the University of Utah where he starred for three seasons. His sophomore season, he hit .327/.388/.461 (.848) with 10 doubles, five triples and three homers in 50 games. His junior season, he hit .386/.440/.609 (1.049) with 23 doubles, five triples and four homers. As impressive as he was with the bat, his speed and athleticism have made him a very good defensive centerfielder as well. He played in Cedar Rapids and fought some injuries in 2019. Obviously 2020 was a missed season for nearly everyone. we'll talk to DaShawn about the strange 2020 season and find out what goals he has for 2021. Join us live at 6:00 tonight to watch, and participate by sending your questions. We'll cover a ton of topics and take your questions as well. ------------------------------------------------------------------- Please watch LIVE at 6:00 pm (central time) Wednesday night on the Twins Daily Twitter, Facebook or YouTube pages live. Also feel free to ask questions in the comments below or on those platforms during the show and we'll ask them. Subscribe to the Twins Daily podcast on Libsyn, Apple iTunes or anywhere you download podcasts. Here is the YouTube link where you can watch the show. For more on DaShawn Keirsey: Follow DaShawn on Instagram at @dk.breeezy. Previous Episodes Click here to see more previous episodes of Twins Spotlight. Episode 19: Regi Grace Episode 20: Louie Varland Episode 21: Max Smith Episode 22: Zander Wiel Episode 23: Blayne Enlow Episode 24: Royce Lewis Episode 25: Trey Cabbage Episode 26: Keoni Cavaco Episode 27: Casey Legumina Episode 28: DaShawn Keirsey
  5. If you missed the first round rounds, you can view them here. A brief primer: We're taking 16 players with "prospect" or "rookie" status. Positions on each team included: Catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop, three outfielders, a bench player/hitter, three starting pitchers, three relief pitchers, and an extra pitcher. (Please note that comments under the picks were made by the person making the selection.) Round 9 Seth Stohs - DaShawn Keirsey, OF 2019 was a tough season for Keirsey. He struggled and he just wasn’t able to stay on the diamond for an extended period of time. But, he is as athletic as anyone in the organization, and he can play a very good defensive centerfield. Steve Lein - Moises Gomez, RP Happy to land the guy I voted for as Twins Daily's 2019 Relief Pitcher of the year. He led Twins minor leaguers in K/9 rate at 13.3 and held hitters to an average under .150. He finished his season by being sent to the Arizona Fall League. Ted Schwerzler - Chris Williams, C The bat wasn’t what it was in 2018 with Elizabethton, but Chris Williams put on a show during his pro debut year. He swatted 15 dingers right out of the gate, and even in a down 2019, reached double digits. Lots to like here, and while he may not be the ideal defender behind the plate, I’m banking on the offense. Cody Christie - Jacob Pearson, OF I’ve been a big fan of Pearson since the Twins acquired him from the Angels. The organization has been aggressive with him and he put up some of his best offensive numbers after getting to the FSL last season. If the Twins continue to be aggressive with him, I think there will be positive results. Jeremy Nygaard - Yennier Cano, RP The Twins signing MLB.com’s #2 international free agent didn’t make big news as it came at the close of the 2019 IFA period and amidst the Twins division pennant run. Cano struggled with control during his American debut, but has the chance to move very quickly (and be a steal at this point in the draft.) I should also note Thievin’ Ted took the other two guys I targeted for this pick. Matt Braun - Yeltsin Encarnacion, SS I needed a shortstop like a plant needs water. Encarnacion fills the role with a passable bat for the position and the opportunity to move as Royce Lewis moves through the minor league system. Plus, his name is “Yeltsin”, what isn’t to love? Round 10 Matt Braun - Gabe Snyder, 1B Snyder provides the standard 1st base pop that was needed in my lineup. He isn’t as flashy of an option as someone like Zander Wiel but a 131 wRC+ at Cedar Rapids is great no matter how you slice it. Jeremy Nygaard - Anthony Prato, 2B Had to reverse course after plans to add power in Julien or Wiliams was foiled. Prato, who lacks power, makes up for it with speed and on-base skills. Between the top three of Celestino-Prato-Wade, there will be plenty of guys on base (who can also pose a threat to steal) for Wiel. Now just need to find more power bats... Cody Christie - Charles Mack, 2B The Twins took Mack out of high school back in 2018 and he played all last season with the E-Twins. He’s been young for both levels he has played at so far and he has been able to hold his own. Defensively, he has split time between third and second base. I’ll pencil him at second since I already have Steer at third. Ted Schwerzler - Max Smith, OF Smith was a late round pick in 2019, and while he was old for the Appy League, he showed up nicely. Power isn’t something I’d expect from him, but he did put seven balls over the fence. Add in that he can play all three outfield positions and this is where I’ll build that group from. Steve Lein - Caleb Hamilton, C Lot of reliever arms still left I like here, but pitchers need someone to throw to, right? Hamilton has played all over the diamond, but I'll keep him at catcher to utilize his leadership. Hamilton also gets on base and flashes power. Seth Stohs - Jovani Moran, LHRP He struggled a bit in 2019, primarily with control, but Moran has a track record of dominance. In 34 innings in 2019, he struck out 50 batters. Then he struck out 14 batters in nine innings in the AFL. From a roster construction standpoint, it will be good to have a lefty in the bullpen too. Round 11 Seth Stohs - Wander Valdez, 3B In the GCL last summer, Valdez hit .323 with six doubles and four home runs. This spring training in Ft. Myers, Valdez was one of the most impressive young prospects that I saw. He’s big, strong and athletic and looks to have a ton of power potential. Steve Lein - Tom Hackimer, RP The sidewinding righty has been phenomenal in the Twins system thus far with a 2.77 ERA and K/9 rate north of 10 as a pro. Surgery held him back for most of the 2018 season, slowing his rise, but rebounded in 2019 and could be an option for the Twins bullpen in the near future. Ted Schwerzler - Ernie De La Trinidad OF Acquired in the Eduardo Escobar trade with the Diamondbacks, De La Trinidad brings it across the board. None of the tools are flashy, but all have a chance to be average or better. Another strong outfield type, he’ll fit nicely out there on my team. Cody Christie - Victor Heredia, 1B Heredia showed some power during his time in the DSL but that power didn’t follow him last year as he made his debut with the GCL Twins. With another year of experience under his belt, I think the power will return and he completes the right side of my infield. Jeremy Nygaard - Zach Neff, LHRP Neff was a late-round pick in 2018, but has impressed enough to get a post-2019 invite to the AFL. He’s not great against right-handed batters, but dominates lefties and has posted over 9.00 K/9s both seasons as a pro. Matt Braun - Hector Lujan, RHRP Lujan had an odd year in 2019 as he struck out less hitters than usual at Fort Myers but then walked more hitters than usual at Pensacola. He’s been remarkably consistent so far in his career and his miniscule homerun rate made him an attractive candidate for my first reliever spot. Round 12 Matt Braun - Ryan Shreve, RHRP Everyone has “their guy” in the system and Shreve is certainly mine. He struck out 29.9% of batters in rookie ball for his first taste of professional baseball and that will work at any level. Once his BABIP is under control, he should move quickly through the system. Jeremy Nygaard - Drew Maggi, 3B Adding a 31-year-old to provide veteran leadership to an infield that includes two guys making their full-season debut. Good for getting on base, I also expect Maggi to bring double digits home runs and stolen bases to the lineup. Cody Christie - Anthony Escobar, RHRP I need to fill up a bullpen with the rest of my picks and Escobar is a good starting point. The 19-year old made his GCL debut last season and was asked to finish games for the first time in his career. His strikeout numbers aren’t there yet, but he doesn’t walk a ton and he has the potential to add to his small frame. Ted Schwerzler - Jimmy Kerrigan, OF Kerrigan was undrafted and has spent time in Indy Ball, but he’s also flashed at different stops in the Twins system. There’s both power and speed potential here, and rounding out my outfield this is a safe pick. Steve Lein - Jordan Gore, SS Ted sniped me above with Kerrigan, but I've also been planning to start shuffling some prior picks around the diamond to accomodate what is left. I like Gore's defense at SS a bit more than Gordon's, so I'll shift Nick to 2B. There's not been much bat here yet, but is a switch hitter with some speed and arguably the best hair in the organization. Side Note - Gore has been moved to the mound and is 100% a pitcher in 2020, so Steve has a true dual threat on his hands! Seth Stohs - Michael Helman, 2B Helman had a fantastic college career, and the Twins made him their 11th round pick in 2018. After signing, he quickly moved up to Cedar Rapids. He was pushed very aggressively to Ft. Myers to start 2019 and really struggled with the bat until a season-ended wrist injury. But he could hit, and he is a terrific middle-infield glove. MORE FROM TWINS DAILY — Latest Twins coverage from our writers — Recent Twins discussion in our forums — Follow Twins Daily via Twitter, Facebook or email
  6. We kick off the back-half of the draft with rounds nine through 12. By this point, each drafter is digging fairly deep into their minor league knowledge for their picks. Drafting at this point is not unlike searching for supplies during an apocalypse as you're really hoping that no one is looking where you're looking. Each snipe is even more brutal as there are generally very few players who can now replace the guy you were looking at. Let us know who you think is shaping up to have the best roster after 12 full rounds.If you missed the first round rounds, you can view them here. A brief primer: We're taking 16 players with "prospect" or "rookie" status. Positions on each team included: Catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop, three outfielders, a bench player/hitter, three starting pitchers, three relief pitchers, and an extra pitcher. (Please note that comments under the picks were made by the person making the selection.) Round 9 Seth Stohs - DaShawn Keirsey, OF 2019 was a tough season for Keirsey. He struggled and he just wasn’t able to stay on the diamond for an extended period of time. But, he is as athletic as anyone in the organization, and he can play a very good defensive centerfield. Steve Lein - Moises Gomez, RP Happy to land the guy I voted for as Twins Daily's 2019 Relief Pitcher of the year. He led Twins minor leaguers in K/9 rate at 13.3 and held hitters to an average under .150. He finished his season by being sent to the Arizona Fall League. Ted Schwerzler - Chris Williams, C The bat wasn’t what it was in 2018 with Elizabethton, but Chris Williams put on a show during his pro debut year. He swatted 15 dingers right out of the gate, and even in a down 2019, reached double digits. Lots to like here, and while he may not be the ideal defender behind the plate, I’m banking on the offense. Cody Christie - Jacob Pearson, OF I’ve been a big fan of Pearson since the Twins acquired him from the Angels. The organization has been aggressive with him and he put up some of his best offensive numbers after getting to the FSL last season. If the Twins continue to be aggressive with him, I think there will be positive results. Jeremy Nygaard - Yennier Cano, RP The Twins signing MLB.com’s #2 international free agent didn’t make big news as it came at the close of the 2019 IFA period and amidst the Twins division pennant run. Cano struggled with control during his American debut, but has the chance to move very quickly (and be a steal at this point in the draft.) I should also note Thievin’ Ted took the other two guys I targeted for this pick. Matt Braun - Yeltsin Encarnacion, SS I needed a shortstop like a plant needs water. Encarnacion fills the role with a passable bat for the position and the opportunity to move as Royce Lewis moves through the minor league system. Plus, his name is “Yeltsin”, what isn’t to love? Round 10 Matt Braun - Gabe Snyder, 1B Snyder provides the standard 1st base pop that was needed in my lineup. He isn’t as flashy of an option as someone like Zander Wiel but a 131 wRC+ at Cedar Rapids is great no matter how you slice it. Jeremy Nygaard - Anthony Prato, 2B Had to reverse course after plans to add power in Julien or Wiliams was foiled. Prato, who lacks power, makes up for it with speed and on-base skills. Between the top three of Celestino-Prato-Wade, there will be plenty of guys on base (who can also pose a threat to steal) for Wiel. Now just need to find more power bats... Cody Christie - Charles Mack, 2B The Twins took Mack out of high school back in 2018 and he played all last season with the E-Twins. He’s been young for both levels he has played at so far and he has been able to hold his own. Defensively, he has split time between third and second base. I’ll pencil him at second since I already have Steer at third. Ted Schwerzler - Max Smith, OF Smith was a late round pick in 2019, and while he was old for the Appy League, he showed up nicely. Power isn’t something I’d expect from him, but he did put seven balls over the fence. Add in that he can play all three outfield positions and this is where I’ll build that group from. Steve Lein - Caleb Hamilton, C Lot of reliever arms still left I like here, but pitchers need someone to throw to, right? Hamilton has played all over the diamond, but I'll keep him at catcher to utilize his leadership. Hamilton also gets on base and flashes power. Seth Stohs - Jovani Moran, LHRP He struggled a bit in 2019, primarily with control, but Moran has a track record of dominance. In 34 innings in 2019, he struck out 50 batters. Then he struck out 14 batters in nine innings in the AFL. From a roster construction standpoint, it will be good to have a lefty in the bullpen too. Round 11 Seth Stohs - Wander Valdez, 3B In the GCL last summer, Valdez hit .323 with six doubles and four home runs. This spring training in Ft. Myers, Valdez was one of the most impressive young prospects that I saw. He’s big, strong and athletic and looks to have a ton of power potential. Steve Lein - Tom Hackimer, RP The sidewinding righty has been phenomenal in the Twins system thus far with a 2.77 ERA and K/9 rate north of 10 as a pro. Surgery held him back for most of the 2018 season, slowing his rise, but rebounded in 2019 and could be an option for the Twins bullpen in the near future. Ted Schwerzler - Ernie De La Trinidad OF Acquired in the Eduardo Escobar trade with the Diamondbacks, De La Trinidad brings it across the board. None of the tools are flashy, but all have a chance to be average or better. Another strong outfield type, he’ll fit nicely out there on my team. Cody Christie - Victor Heredia, 1B Heredia showed some power during his time in the DSL but that power didn’t follow him last year as he made his debut with the GCL Twins. With another year of experience under his belt, I think the power will return and he completes the right side of my infield. Jeremy Nygaard - Zach Neff, LHRP Neff was a late-round pick in 2018, but has impressed enough to get a post-2019 invite to the AFL. He’s not great against right-handed batters, but dominates lefties and has posted over 9.00 K/9s both seasons as a pro. Matt Braun - Hector Lujan, RHRP Lujan had an odd year in 2019 as he struck out less hitters than usual at Fort Myers but then walked more hitters than usual at Pensacola. He’s been remarkably consistent so far in his career and his miniscule homerun rate made him an attractive candidate for my first reliever spot. Round 12 Matt Braun - Ryan Shreve, RHRP Everyone has “their guy” in the system and Shreve is certainly mine. He struck out 29.9% of batters in rookie ball for his first taste of professional baseball and that will work at any level. Once his BABIP is under control, he should move quickly through the system. Jeremy Nygaard - Drew Maggi, 3B Adding a 31-year-old to provide veteran leadership to an infield that includes two guys making their full-season debut. Good for getting on base, I also expect Maggi to bring double digits home runs and stolen bases to the lineup. Cody Christie - Anthony Escobar, RHRP I need to fill up a bullpen with the rest of my picks and Escobar is a good starting point. The 19-year old made his GCL debut last season and was asked to finish games for the first time in his career. His strikeout numbers aren’t there yet, but he doesn’t walk a ton and he has the potential to add to his small frame. Ted Schwerzler - Jimmy Kerrigan, OF Kerrigan was undrafted and has spent time in Indy Ball, but he’s also flashed at different stops in the Twins system. There’s both power and speed potential here, and rounding out my outfield this is a safe pick. Steve Lein - Jordan Gore, SS Ted sniped me above with Kerrigan, but I've also been planning to start shuffling some prior picks around the diamond to accomodate what is left. I like Gore's defense at SS a bit more than Gordon's, so I'll shift Nick to 2B. There's not been much bat here yet, but is a switch hitter with some speed and arguably the best hair in the organization. Side Note - Gore has been moved to the mound and is 100% a pitcher in 2020, so Steve has a true dual threat on his hands! Seth Stohs - Michael Helman, 2B Helman had a fantastic college career, and the Twins made him their 11th round pick in 2018. After signing, he quickly moved up to Cedar Rapids. He was pushed very aggressively to Ft. Myers to start 2019 and really struggled with the bat until a season-ended wrist injury. But he could hit, and he is a terrific middle-infield glove. 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  7. Both the Kernels and the Blue Wahoos were in a do-or-die situation on Sunday. Cedar Rapids fell in the first game of their three-game semifinal series on Saturday so they are in a position where they must win the final two games to advance. Pensacola came back from two games down to tie up their five-game series at 2-2 and set-up a decisive fifth game. Could either team survive Sunday’s action?TRANSACTIONS IF Ryan Costello placed on 7-day IL with Pensacola. RHP Bailey Ober placed on 7-day IL with Pensacola. IF Joe Cronin transferred to Pensacola from Rochester. LHP Bryan Sammons promoted to Pensacola from Fort Myers. BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 4, Biloxi 8 Box Score If this was a best of three series like in Cedar Rapids, Pensacola would have already been eliminated, but the club managed a comeback in the series, and they would need a dramatic comeback in this game. Bryan Sammons started on the mound and put the club in position to have the lead. He pitched 4 2/3 innings by scattering two runs (both home runs) and adding in five strikeouts. Anthony Vizcaya took over for Sammons and he allowed the game-tying run. Over 2 1/3 innings, he allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts. Former top pitching prospect Stephen Gonsalves struggled on the mound as he didn’t record an out and allowed three earned runs. Alex Phillips tried to stop the bleeding. Offensively, Mark Contreras tripled with two outs in the second and scampered home after a throwing error by the shortstop. This briefly gave Pensacola the lead at 1-0. In the fourth frame, Ryan Jeffers led off with a double and came in on a Contreras ground out. Jose Miranda walked in the inning and eventually scored on a Caleb Hamilton double that took back the lead for Pensacola at 3-2. Jeffers had another big hit in the eighth as he took the lead back with a solo home run. Pensacola wouldn’t have their season end quietly in the ninth. Jimmy Kerrigan coaxed a six-pitch walk with two outs in the inning that saw the Blue Wahoos down to their last strike. Alex Kirilloff followed with a single, but he too had been down to his last strike. Royce Lewis stepped to the plate with two runners aboard and he already had three hits on the night. Unfortunately, he struck out swinging. Congrats to the Blue Wahoos on a terrific season. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 3, Clinton 2 Box Score Kody Funderburk started for Cedar Rapids, but in a do-or-die game, pitchers can have a short leash. He made it into the fourth inning (3 1/3 innings) by allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks. From there the Kernels’ bullpen was unreal. Dylan Thomas and Rickey Ramirez combined for 5 2/3 shutout innings with each pitcher limiting Clinton to one hit. Cedar Rapids got on the board in the second inning after back-to-back one-out hits. Tyler Webb got into scoring position with a double before DaShawn Keirsey drove him in with a single. Keirsey was left stranded at second after a wild pitch, but the Kernels had tied the game at 1-1. The Kernels found themselves down a run in the bottom of the ninth with the season on the line. Matt Wallner reached base on a throwing error by the shortstop and was replaced by pinch runner Daniel Ozoria. Seth Gray moved the runner to third with a single before Webb drove in the tying run. Cedar Rapids still had yet to make an out in the inning. Keirsey came up with his second big hit of the night to keep Cedar Rapids alive. The last five home wins at home for Cedar Rapids have ended with a walk-off single in the ninth. They will need to win a decisive game on Monday to advance the Midwest League Championship Series. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY TD Pitcher of the Day- Rickey Ramirez, Cedar Rapids (3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB) TD Hitter of the Day- Ryan Jeffers, Pensacola (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) – 3-5, K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 1-4, BB #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Minnesota) – Did not pitch #4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) – 0-4, 2 K #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3, BB, 2 K #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) – 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) – 1-4, R #15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 0-4, K #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) – 0-3, BB, 2 K MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Cedar Rapids vs. Clinton (6:35 CST) – RHP Tyler Palm (4-11, 4.06 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Sunday’s games. Click here to view the article
  8. TRANSACTIONS IF Ryan Costello placed on 7-day IL with Pensacola. RHP Bailey Ober placed on 7-day IL with Pensacola. IF Joe Cronin transferred to Pensacola from Rochester. LHP Bryan Sammons promoted to Pensacola from Fort Myers. BLUE WAHOO BITES Pensacola 4, Biloxi 8 Box Score If this was a best of three series like in Cedar Rapids, Pensacola would have already been eliminated, but the club managed a comeback in the series, and they would need a dramatic comeback in this game. Bryan Sammons started on the mound and put the club in position to have the lead. He pitched 4 2/3 innings by scattering two runs (both home runs) and adding in five strikeouts. Anthony Vizcaya took over for Sammons and he allowed the game-tying run. Over 2 1/3 innings, he allowed one run on two hits with three strikeouts. Former top pitching prospect Stephen Gonsalves struggled on the mound as he didn’t record an out and allowed three earned runs. Alex Phillips tried to stop the bleeding. Offensively, Mark Contreras tripled with two outs in the second and scampered home after a throwing error by the shortstop. This briefly gave Pensacola the lead at 1-0. In the fourth frame, Ryan Jeffers led off with a double and came in on a Contreras ground out. Jose Miranda walked in the inning and eventually scored on a Caleb Hamilton double that took back the lead for Pensacola at 3-2. Jeffers had another big hit in the eighth as he took the lead back with a solo home run. Pensacola wouldn’t have their season end quietly in the ninth. Jimmy Kerrigan coaxed a six-pitch walk with two outs in the inning that saw the Blue Wahoos down to their last strike. Alex Kirilloff followed with a single, but he too had been down to his last strike. Royce Lewis stepped to the plate with two runners aboard and he already had three hits on the night. Unfortunately, he struck out swinging. Congrats to the Blue Wahoos on a terrific season. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 3, Clinton 2 Box Score Kody Funderburk started for Cedar Rapids, but in a do-or-die game, pitchers can have a short leash. He made it into the fourth inning (3 1/3 innings) by allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with five strikeouts and three walks. From there the Kernels’ bullpen was unreal. Dylan Thomas and Rickey Ramirez combined for 5 2/3 shutout innings with each pitcher limiting Clinton to one hit. Cedar Rapids got on the board in the second inning after back-to-back one-out hits. Tyler Webb got into scoring position with a double before DaShawn Keirsey drove him in with a single. Keirsey was left stranded at second after a wild pitch, but the Kernels had tied the game at 1-1. The Kernels found themselves down a run in the bottom of the ninth with the season on the line. Matt Wallner reached base on a throwing error by the shortstop and was replaced by pinch runner Daniel Ozoria. Seth Gray moved the runner to third with a single before Webb drove in the tying run. Cedar Rapids still had yet to make an out in the inning. Keirsey came up with his second big hit of the night to keep Cedar Rapids alive. https://twitter.com/JimCrikket/status/1170858360473866240?s=20 The last five home wins at home for Cedar Rapids have ended with a walk-off single in the ninth. They will need to win a decisive game on Monday to advance the Midwest League Championship Series. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY TD Pitcher of the Day- Rickey Ramirez, Cedar Rapids (3.0 IP, H, 0 ER, 4 K, 0 BB) TD Hitter of the Day- Ryan Jeffers, Pensacola (3-4, 2B, HR, RBI, 2 R) PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) – 3-5, K #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) – 1-4, BB #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Minnesota) – Did not pitch #4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) – 0-4, 2 K #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) – 0-3, BB, 2 K #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) – 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, RBI #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) – 1-4, R #15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) – 0-4, K #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) – 0-3, BB, 2 K MONDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Cedar Rapids vs. Clinton (6:35 CST) – RHP Tyler Palm (4-11, 4.06 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss Sunday’s games.
  9. Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Friday, starting with the transaction of the day. TRANSACTIONS Seth Gray was promoted from Elizabethton to Cedar Rapids. Albee Weiss was sent from Cedar Rapids to Elizabethton. RED WINGS REPORT Rochester 6, Syracuse 1 Box Score The Red Wings utilized a bullpen game on Friday night. Conceivably, it was a bullpen game in which as many as five of the pitchers could be in a Twins uniform on Sunday, or certainly by Tuesday. Devin Smeltzer started and went the first two innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out three batters. Zack Littell struck out two and walked one in his inning. Brusdar Graterol struck out two in his perfect inning. Sam Clay gave up one run on four hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out five. Trevor Hildenberger faced six batters and got all six of them out. Ryne Harper got the ninth inning. With one out, he gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases. He ended the game with back-to-back strikeouts. Brandon Barnes went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs in the game. Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-3. Zander Wiel knocked his 24th home run. BLUE WAHOOS BITES Game 1 - Pensacola 3, Montgomery 2 Box Score Bryan Sammons put together another good start for the Wahoos. The lefty gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six batters. Anthony Vizcaya got the final four outs, two on strikeouts, to record the win. Royce Lewis got the scoring going with a solo home run in the top of the first inning. It was his second AA homer. In the fifth inning, Joe Cronin tied the game with his fifth Pensacola homer. In the top of the seventh, Travis Blankenhorn singled in Alex Kirilloff with what proved to be the winning run. Larnach and Ryan Jeffers were each 2-for-3 with a walk. Lewis and Blankenhorn were 2-for-4. Game 2- Pensacola 1, Montgomery 2 Box Score Griffin Jax started for the Wahoos. He gave up two runs on three hits over five innings. He walked on and struck out five batters. Jovani Moran struck out one in a perfect inning. Pensacola’s offense didn’t get much going. Travis Blankenhorn went 1-for-2 with a walk and his 18th home run. He also stole his 11th base. The two teams will not play on Saturday so that the Biscuits can attend the funeral of their teammate Blake Biven’s wife, child and mother-in-law. https://twitter.com/wsfa12news/status/1167462391396929536 MIRACLE MATTERS Ft. Myers season was complete following their game on Thursday because of Hurricane Dorian. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 2, Quad Cities 1 Box Score For the second time this week, Spencer Steer has provided the Kernels with a walk- off win at home. It’s the third walk-off win this week for the Kernels. https://twitter.com/JimCrikket/status/1167631572369125376 The Kernels got some strong pitching in this game. Andrew Cabezas started and gave up five hits and three walks but no runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three. JT Perez came on and got all four batters he faced out. Nate Hadley gave up a game-tying run, but struck out five batters over the final two innings. DaShawn Keirsey provided the offense early. He had three hits. Gabe Snyder drove in Daniel Ozoria with a triple in the seventh inning to start the scoring. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Ozoria reached on an error and ended up at second base. Steer followed with the winner. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Andrew Cabezas, Cedar Rapids Kernels Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Travis Blankenhorn, Pensacola Blue Wahoos PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - Game 1 (2-4, HR (2), R, RBI), Game 2 (0-2, BB, K, SB (6) #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Game 1 (1-4, R), Game 2 (Did Not Play) #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Rochester) - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (13 pitches, 10 strikes) #4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - Game 1 (2-3, BB, K), Game 2 (0-3, K) #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Play #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch #7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - Season Complete #8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured List #9 - Jhoan Duran (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch #10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Season Complete #11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List (lower leg contusion) #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - Game 1 (2-3, BB), Game 2 (1-3, K) #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 1-4, BB, 2 R, RBI #15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 1-3, BB, 2B(2) #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Injured List #17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John) #18 - Jorge Alcala (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - Season Complete #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - Game 1 (2-4, RBI, K), Game 2 (1-2, BB, HR (18), R, RBI, SB(11) WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Syracuse @ Rochester (5:05 CST) - TBD Pensacola @ Montgomery - Game moved ahead to a doubleheader on Friday, allowing the Montgomery team to attend the funeral of Blake Biven’s wife, baby and mother-in-law. Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (6:30 CST) - RHP Josh Winder (7-2, 2.68 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games or any other minor league topics you would like.
  10. There are many examples each season that remind us to put baseball games into proper perspective. Occasionally it comes in the form of a hurricane bearing down on Florida, cancelling the remainder of the Gulf Coast League and the Florida State League seasons. Pensacola played a doubleheader on Friday night, allowing their opponent the Montgomery Biscuits, to attend the funeral of their teammate’s wife, baby and mother-in-law. Hopefully we all have baseball in a proper perspective in our lives. These types of stories and events remind us of that too often. With that in mind… The Kernels won in yet another walkoff. Pensacola played two one-run games. Rochester displayed several pitchers we could see as early as tomorrow.Find out everything that happened happened in the Twins system on Friday, starting with the transaction of the day. TRANSACTIONS Seth Gray was promoted from Elizabethton to Cedar Rapids. Albee Weiss was sent from Cedar Rapids to Elizabethton.RED WINGS REPORTRochester 6, Syracuse 1 Box Score The Red Wings utilized a bullpen game on Friday night. Conceivably, it was a bullpen game in which as many as five of the pitchers could be in a Twins uniform on Sunday, or certainly by Tuesday. Devin Smeltzer started and went the first two innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out three batters. Zack Littell struck out two and walked one in his inning. Brusdar Graterol struck out two in his perfect inning. Sam Clay gave up one run on four hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out five. Trevor Hildenberger faced six batters and got all six of them out. Ryne Harper got the ninth inning. With one out, he gave up two hits and a walk to load the bases. He ended the game with back-to-back strikeouts. Brandon Barnes went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs in the game. Ronald Torreyes went 2-for-3. Zander Wiel knocked his 24th home run. BLUE WAHOOS BITES Game 1 - Pensacola 3, Montgomery 2 Box Score Bryan Sammons put together another good start for the Wahoos. The lefty gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six batters. Anthony Vizcaya got the final four outs, two on strikeouts, to record the win. Royce Lewis got the scoring going with a solo home run in the top of the first inning. It was his second AA homer. In the fifth inning, Joe Cronin tied the game with his fifth Pensacola homer. In the top of the seventh, Travis Blankenhorn singled in Alex Kirilloff with what proved to be the winning run. Larnach and Ryan Jeffers were each 2-for-3 with a walk. Lewis and Blankenhorn were 2-for-4. Game 2- Pensacola 1, Montgomery 2 Box Score Griffin Jax started for the Wahoos. He gave up two runs on three hits over five innings. He walked on and struck out five batters. Jovani Moran struck out one in a perfect inning. Pensacola’s offense didn’t get much going. Travis Blankenhorn went 1-for-2 with a walk and his 18th home run. He also stole his 11th base. The two teams will not play on Saturday so that the Biscuits can attend the funeral of their teammate Blake Biven’s wife, child and mother-in-law. The Kernels got some strong pitching in this game. Andrew Cabezas started and gave up five hits and three walks but no runs over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out three. JT Perez came on and got all four batters he faced out. Nate Hadley gave up a game-tying run, but struck out five batters over the final two innings. DaShawn Keirsey provided the offense early. He had three hits. Gabe Snyder drove in Daniel Ozoria with a triple in the seventh inning to start the scoring. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Ozoria reached on an error and ended up at second base. Steer followed with the winner. TWINS DAILY PLAYERS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Andrew Cabezas, Cedar Rapids Kernels Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Travis Blankenhorn, Pensacola Blue Wahoos PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Midseason Top 20 Twins Prospects performed: #1 - Royce Lewis (Pensacola) - Game 1 (2-4, HR (2), R, RBI), Game 2 (0-2, BB, K, SB (6) #2 - Alex Kirilloff (Pensacola) - Game 1 (1-4, R), Game 2 (Did Not Play) #3 - Brusdar Graterol (Rochester) - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K (13 pitches, 10 strikes) #4 - Trevor Larnach (Pensacola) - Game 1 (2-3, BB, K), Game 2 (0-3, K) #5 - Wander Javier (Cedar Rapids) - Did Not Play #6 - Jordan Balazovic (Ft. Myers) - Did Not Pitch #7 - Keoni Cavaco (GCL Twins) - Season Complete #8 - Brent Rooker (Rochester) - Injured List #9 - Jhoan Duran (Pensacola) - Did Not Pitch #10 - Blayne Enlow (Ft. Myers) - Season Complete #11 - Lewis Thorpe (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #12 - Nick Gordon (Rochester) - Injured List (lower leg contusion) #13 - Ryan Jeffers (Pensacola) - Game 1 (2-3, BB), Game 2 (1-3, K) #14 - Luis Arraez (Minnesota) - 1-4, BB, 2 R, RBI #15 - Matt Wallner (Cedar Rapids) - 1-3, BB, 2B(2) #16 - Ben Rortvedt (Pensacola) - Injured List #17 - Akil Baddoo (Ft. Myers) - Injured (Tommy John) #18 - Jorge Alcala (Rochester) - Did Not Pitch #19 - Misael Urbina (DSL Twins) - Season Complete #20 - Travis Blankenhorn (Pensacola) - Game 1 (2-4, RBI, K), Game 2 (1-2, BB, HR (18), R, RBI, SB(11) WEDNESDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Syracuse @ Rochester (5:05 CST) - TBD Pensacola @ Montgomery - Game moved ahead to a doubleheader on Friday, allowing the Montgomery team to attend the funeral of Blake Biven’s wife, baby and mother-in-law. Cedar Rapids @ Beloit (6:30 CST) - RHP Josh Winder (7-2, 2.68 ERA) Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the Friday games or any other minor league topics you would like. Click here to view the article
  11. With the 2019 MLB Draft fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at the Minnesota Twins 2018 Draft Class and see how they are doing one-year in. Some of the players like 1st round pick Trevor Larnach and 2nd round pick Ryan Jeffers have been closely followed here at Twins Daily, so most of you know what they have been up to, but the draft is a lot more than just a couple picks in the early rounds and players taken all the way through round 40 have a chance to make an impact on the organization.Trevor Larnach | Oregon State | OF | 1st Round | Current Level: High A Fort Myers Stats: 89 G; .299 AVG; .380 OBP; .471 SLG; 8 HR; 5 SB; 74 K; 43 BB Trevor Larnach had a strong showing last summer, posting an .890 OPS in 42 games between Elizabethon and Cedar Rapids. As a result, he started 2019 in Fort Myers. After a slow month of April, Larnach has found his groove at the High A level in May, as he has a .348/.442/.573 slash line in May. Ryan Jeffers | UNC Wilmington | C | 2nd Round | Current Level: High A Fort Myers Stats: 103 G; .323 AVG; .410 OBP; .471 SLG; 11 HR; 0 SB; 83 K; 46 BB It has been much the same story for Ryan Jeffers as it has been for Larnach. Jeffers tore it up at Elizabethon and Cedar Rapids last summer, but his numbers have been more in check this spring at Fort Myers, as he has a .770 OPS with just 4 home runs in 39 games. DaShawn Keirsey | Utah | OF | 4th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 42 G; .241 AVG; .318 OBP; .323 SLG; 0 HR; 6 SB: 38 K; 19 BB DaShawn Keirsey had a strong debut with Elizabethon last summer and started 2019 in Cedar Rapids. It has been a rough start to the season for Keirsey who has been dealing with some injury issues. Cole Sands | Florida State | RHP | 5th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 8 APP; 8 GS; 41.1 IP; 3.05 ERA; 1.26 WHIP; 10.7 K/9; 2.4 BB/9; 0 HR/9 Cole Sands didn’t make his professional debut until 2019, but he did so in Cedar Rapids, skipping rookie ball all together. Sands has been excellent in 8 starts this spring and has been showing everyone why he was the top pitcher taken by the Twins in last year’s draft. Charles Mack | Williamsville East HS | 3B | 6th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 30 G; .216 AVG; .314 OBP; .275 SLG; 0 HR; 1 SB; 23 K; 13 BB It was a bit of a rough start for 6th round pick Charles Mack last summer in the GCL. The talented third baseman hopes he can turn that around this year. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Josh Winder | Virginia Military Institute | RHP | 7th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 17 APP; 17 GS; 87 IP; 3.41 ERA; 1.08 WHIP; 8.7 K/9; 2.1 BB/9; 0.4 HR/9 The second pitcher taken by the Twins in the 2018 has also shown he can be effective at the professional level. While Winder doesn’t quite have the strikeout numbers that Sands has, he has been effective none the less by pounding the strike zone. Chris Williams | Clemson | C | 8th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 96 G; .240 AVG; .365 OBP; .495 SLG; 23 HR; 2 SB; 87 K; 64 BB So far, Chris Williams has been the power hitting catcher of the two the Twins took in the top 10 rounds. After mashing 15 home runs last summer, he has backed that up with 8 more this spring for the Kernels. Willie Joe Garry Jr. | Pascagoula HS | OF | 9th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 33 G; .160 AVG; .266 OBP; .210 SLG; 0 HR; 5 SB; 28 K; 8 BB Willie Joe Garry struggled at the plate for the GCL Twins last year. He showed very little power as he produced just 4 extra base hits (all doubles) in 33 games. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Regi Grace | Madison Central HS | RHP | 10th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 6 APP; 1 GS; 10.2 IP; 5.06 ERA; 1.59 WHIP; 6.8 K/9; 3.4 BB/9; 0 HR/9 Regi Grace missed some time last summer with an injury, causing him to make only 6 appearances. On the mound he wasn’t all that effective, pitching primarily out of the bullpen. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Michael Helman | Texas A&M | 2B | 11th Round | Current Level: High A Fort Myers Stats: 83 G; .273 AVG; .322 OBP; .383 SLG; 6 HR; 11 SB; 41 K; 20 BB As was the story for Larnach and Jeffers, so to is the same for Michael Helman as he followed them on the express ticket to Fort Myers this year, with excellent stops in both Elizabethon and Cedar Rapids along the way. Unfortunately for Helman, his performance has taken an absolute nosedive as he is still adjusting to High A level pitching. Jon Olsen | UCLA | RHP | 12th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: Has not played Trevor Casanova | Cal State Northridge | C | 13th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethton Stats: 38 G; .331 BA; .389 OBP; .490 SLG; 3 HR; 2 SB; 38 K; 13 BB Trevor Casanova was the third college catcher taken by the Twins in the early rounds of the 2018 draft, and much like the other two, Casanova played quite well in his professional debut last summer. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Erick Rivera | Escuela Superior Urbana | OF | 14th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 23 G; .246 AVG; .358 OBP; .304 SLG; 0 HR; 1 SB; 22 K; 11 BB In minimal playing time last summer for the GCL Twins, Erick Rivera showed that he has the ability to get on base, drawing 11 walks in just 82 plate appearances. However, he didn’t really show much in the power department. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Kody Funderburk | Dallas Baptist | LHP | 15th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 11 APP; 9 GS; 38 IP; 4.50 ERA; 1.66 WHIP; 8.1 K/9; 3.8 BB/9; 0.5 HR/9 After what was an okay at best showing in Elizabethon last summer, Kody Funderburk had to wait until May 18th to make his 2019 debut in Fort Myers. Now back in Elizabethon, the Dallas Baptist product hopes to have a better 2019 than he did 2018. Anthony Tuionetoa | Baldwin HS | RHP | 16th Round | Did Not Sign Erik Cha | Cal State Fullerton | LHP | 17th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 15 APP; 0 GS; 26.1 IP; 1.37 ERA; 1.14 WHIP; 9.9 K/9; 2.4 BB/9; 0.3 HR/9 Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, Erik Cha has shown that he has the strikeout ability that is needed for a relief pitcher to progress through the minors. He has also shown the ability to go multiple innings out of the pen, as he has pitched more than 1 inning in all but 4 of his outings. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Andrew Cabezas | Miami (FL) | RHP | 18th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 18 APP; 16 GS; 82.2 IP; 3.16 ERA; 1.08 WHIP; 8.6 K/9; 3.2 BB/9; 0.8 HR/9 Andrew Cabezas had himself a great first summer of professional baseball and was named the Twins Daily Short-Season Pitcher of the Year as a result. He’s taken a little bit of a step back this year in Cedar Rapids, but has been an effective pitcher for the Kernels none the less. Austin Schulfer |Wisconsin-Milwaukee | RHP | 19th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 22 APP; 10 GS; 73.2 IP; 1.95 ERA; 1.15 WHIP; 9.9 K/9; 4.4 BB/9; 0.1 HR/9 Despite pitching quite effectively primarily as a starter for Elizabethon last summer, Austin Schulfer has been used mostly as a middle innings long reliever in Cedar Rapids this spring. Despite the change in roles, Schulfer has adapted well to the higher level so far. Seth Pinkerton | Hartford | RHP | 20th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 15 APP; 0 GS; 24.2 IP; 6.57 ERA; 1.82 WHIP; 10.2 K/9; 8.0 BB/9; 1.1 HR/9 After pitching for four years at Hartford, the Ogdensburg, New York native Seth Pinkerton struggled greatly with his control as he made the transition to pro ball. However, Pinkerton did show the ability to strike hitters out, so if he can clean up his mechanics that could go a long way. Gabe Snyder | Wright State | 1B | 21st Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 82 G; .283 AVG; .378 OBP; .420 SLG; 6 HR; 4 SB; 62 K; 36 BB Gabe Snyder has really come into his own this spring in Cedar Rapids. In 34 games so far in 2019, Snyder has a .878 OPS, and has been one of the best everyday players for the 25-25 Kernels. Jacob Blank | Augustana | RHP | 22nd Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 11 APP; 0 GS; 15.2 IP; 2.87 ERA; 1.28 WHIP; 10.9 K/9; 5.2 BB/9; 0 HR/9 Jabob Blank has pitched quite sparingly ever since the Twins drafted him last summer. He has jumped around from EST, to Fort Myers, to Cedar Rapids, and back to EST all this spring. Albee Weiss | Cal State Northridge | 1B | 23rd Round | Current Level: High A Fort Myers Stats: 40 G; .211 AVG; .274 OBP; .368 SLG; 4 HR; 0 SB; 44 K; 10 BB After not making his 2019 debut until May 17th in Cedar Rapids, Albee Weiss hit the ball well over three games there, doubling in all three, and was quickly promoted up to Fort Myers where he has only played in one game since his promotion. Michael Davis | Texas Tech | 2B | 24th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 62 G; .298 AVG; .355 OBP; .534 SLG; 10 HR; 2 SB; 64 K; 18 BB Michael Davis has played very well in 59 games in Cedar Rapids combined between 2018 and 2019. Davis has missed most of the month of May with an injury, but returned back to the Kernels lineup last Saturday. Laron Smith | Foothills Composite | 1B | 25th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 13 G; .205 AVG; .326 OBP; .256 SLG; 0 HR; 1 SB; 9 K; 7 BB The high school batter from Canada, Laron Smith, had some struggles in just 13 games with the GCL Twins last summer. We will have to wait and see if he can get himself turned around this year. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Brian Rapp | Boston College | RHP | 26th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 21 APP; 7 GS; 63.1 IP; 4.12 ERA; 1.50 WHIP; 8.8 K/9; 3.1 BB/9; 0.6 HR/9 Brian Rapp has seen his walk numbers spike in 2019, as he is walking 4.3 batters per nine innings this spring in Cedar Rapids. That is up from the 2.3 batters per nine innings that he walked last summer in Elizabethon. He will need to fix his control issues if he hopes to progress to higher levels in the Twins farm system. Hunter Lee | High Point | 2B | 27th Round | Current Level: High A Fort Myers Stats: 53 G; .208 AVG; .331 OBP; .309 SLG; 4 HR; 0 SB; 38 K; 24 BB It hasn’t been the best of springs for Hunter Lee, who has a .121/.246/.224 slash line in 20 games for Cedar Rapids. On Saturday Lee was assigned down to Elizabethon, before getting reassigned up to Fort Myers on Tuesday, where he has yet to make his debut for the Miracle. Austin Hale | Stetson | C | 28th Round | Current Level: Retired J.T. Perez | Cincinnati | LHP | 29th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 15 APP; 0 GS; 21.2 IP; 4.57 ERA; 1.75 WHIP; 11.6 K/9; 5.4 BB/9; 0 HR/9 J.T. Perez split his time between the GCL Twins and Elizabethon last summer, making 10 appearances in the Gulf Coast League and 5 more for Elizabethon. Overall, he had much more success pitching in the GCL where he had a 2.31 ERA vs his 7.20 ERA in Elizabethon. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Seth Halverson | Heritage Christian Academy | RHP | 30th Round | Did Not Sign Zach Neff | Mississippi State | LHP | 31st Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 29 APP; 0 GS; 49.2 IP; 3.62 ERA; 1.23 WHIP; 10.9 K/9; 3.4 BB/9; 0.5 HR/9 It was a bit of a rocky start for Zach Neff last summer in Elizabethon, though his peripheral metrics said he should have faired much better than he did. This spring he has pitched much better for Cedar Rapids, with a 3.28 ERA and striking out 12.4 batters per nine. Ryan Holgate | Davis HS | OF | 32nd Round | Did Not Sign Denny Bentley | Howard College | LHP | 33rd Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 13 APP; 0 GS; 17.1 IP; 2.60 ERA; 1.27 WHIP; 10.9 K/9; 3.1 BB/9; 1.0 HR/9 Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, Denny Bentley showed signs that he could be an effective pitcher at the professional level. He did give up a couple of home runs, but other than that did excellent job. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Dylan Stowell | California Baptist | RHP | 34th Round | Retired Tanner Howell | Dixie State | RHP | 35th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 17 APP; 0 GS; 32.1 IP; 4.18 ERA; 1.27 WHIP; 8.9 K/9; 2.8 BB/9; 0.8 HR/9 Tanner Howell made 8 appearances with the GCL Twins last summer before being re-assigned to Elizabethon. Howell’s results were much more favorable with the GCL Twins as he gave up only 1 earned run over 12 innings with a 7 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Zac Taylor | Illinois | OF | 36th Round | Did Not Sign Luke Ritter | Wichita State | OF | 37th Round | Did Not Sign Dylan Thomas | Hawaii | RHP | 38th Round | Did Not Sign Bryce Collins | Hart HS | RHP | 39th Round | Did Not Sign Tyler Webb | Memphis | OF | 40th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 41 G; .287 AVG; .373 OBP; .336 SLG; 1 HR; 11 SB; 27 K; 14 BB Like Howell, Tyler Webb started off his professional career with the GCL Twins before getting moved to Elizabethon during the summer when they were in need of an outfielder. Webb has excellent speed that helped him steal 11 bases in just 41 games last summer. Click here to view the article
  12. Trevor Larnach | Oregon State | OF | 1st Round | Current Level: High A Fort Myers Stats: 89 G; .299 AVG; .380 OBP; .471 SLG; 8 HR; 5 SB; 74 K; 43 BB Trevor Larnach had a strong showing last summer, posting an .890 OPS in 42 games between Elizabethon and Cedar Rapids. As a result, he started 2019 in Fort Myers. After a slow month of April, Larnach has found his groove at the High A level in May, as he has a .348/.442/.573 slash line in May. Ryan Jeffers | UNC Wilmington | C | 2nd Round | Current Level: High A Fort Myers Stats: 103 G; .323 AVG; .410 OBP; .471 SLG; 11 HR; 0 SB; 83 K; 46 BB It has been much the same story for Ryan Jeffers as it has been for Larnach. Jeffers tore it up at Elizabethon and Cedar Rapids last summer, but his numbers have been more in check this spring at Fort Myers, as he has a .770 OPS with just 4 home runs in 39 games. DaShawn Keirsey | Utah | OF | 4th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 42 G; .241 AVG; .318 OBP; .323 SLG; 0 HR; 6 SB: 38 K; 19 BB DaShawn Keirsey had a strong debut with Elizabethon last summer and started 2019 in Cedar Rapids. It has been a rough start to the season for Keirsey who has been dealing with some injury issues. Cole Sands | Florida State | RHP | 5th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 8 APP; 8 GS; 41.1 IP; 3.05 ERA; 1.26 WHIP; 10.7 K/9; 2.4 BB/9; 0 HR/9 Cole Sands didn’t make his professional debut until 2019, but he did so in Cedar Rapids, skipping rookie ball all together. Sands has been excellent in 8 starts this spring and has been showing everyone why he was the top pitcher taken by the Twins in last year’s draft. Charles Mack | Williamsville East HS | 3B | 6th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 30 G; .216 AVG; .314 OBP; .275 SLG; 0 HR; 1 SB; 23 K; 13 BB It was a bit of a rough start for 6th round pick Charles Mack last summer in the GCL. The talented third baseman hopes he can turn that around this year. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Josh Winder | Virginia Military Institute | RHP | 7th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 17 APP; 17 GS; 87 IP; 3.41 ERA; 1.08 WHIP; 8.7 K/9; 2.1 BB/9; 0.4 HR/9 The second pitcher taken by the Twins in the 2018 has also shown he can be effective at the professional level. While Winder doesn’t quite have the strikeout numbers that Sands has, he has been effective none the less by pounding the strike zone. Chris Williams | Clemson | C | 8th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 96 G; .240 AVG; .365 OBP; .495 SLG; 23 HR; 2 SB; 87 K; 64 BB So far, Chris Williams has been the power hitting catcher of the two the Twins took in the top 10 rounds. After mashing 15 home runs last summer, he has backed that up with 8 more this spring for the Kernels. Willie Joe Garry Jr. | Pascagoula HS | OF | 9th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 33 G; .160 AVG; .266 OBP; .210 SLG; 0 HR; 5 SB; 28 K; 8 BB Willie Joe Garry struggled at the plate for the GCL Twins last year. He showed very little power as he produced just 4 extra base hits (all doubles) in 33 games. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Regi Grace | Madison Central HS | RHP | 10th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 6 APP; 1 GS; 10.2 IP; 5.06 ERA; 1.59 WHIP; 6.8 K/9; 3.4 BB/9; 0 HR/9 Regi Grace missed some time last summer with an injury, causing him to make only 6 appearances. On the mound he wasn’t all that effective, pitching primarily out of the bullpen. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Michael Helman | Texas A&M | 2B | 11th Round | Current Level: High A Fort Myers Stats: 83 G; .273 AVG; .322 OBP; .383 SLG; 6 HR; 11 SB; 41 K; 20 BB As was the story for Larnach and Jeffers, so to is the same for Michael Helman as he followed them on the express ticket to Fort Myers this year, with excellent stops in both Elizabethon and Cedar Rapids along the way. Unfortunately for Helman, his performance has taken an absolute nosedive as he is still adjusting to High A level pitching. Jon Olsen | UCLA | RHP | 12th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: Has not played Trevor Casanova | Cal State Northridge | C | 13th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethton Stats: 38 G; .331 BA; .389 OBP; .490 SLG; 3 HR; 2 SB; 38 K; 13 BB Trevor Casanova was the third college catcher taken by the Twins in the early rounds of the 2018 draft, and much like the other two, Casanova played quite well in his professional debut last summer. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Erick Rivera | Escuela Superior Urbana | OF | 14th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 23 G; .246 AVG; .358 OBP; .304 SLG; 0 HR; 1 SB; 22 K; 11 BB In minimal playing time last summer for the GCL Twins, Erick Rivera showed that he has the ability to get on base, drawing 11 walks in just 82 plate appearances. However, he didn’t really show much in the power department. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Kody Funderburk | Dallas Baptist | LHP | 15th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 11 APP; 9 GS; 38 IP; 4.50 ERA; 1.66 WHIP; 8.1 K/9; 3.8 BB/9; 0.5 HR/9 After what was an okay at best showing in Elizabethon last summer, Kody Funderburk had to wait until May 18th to make his 2019 debut in Fort Myers. Now back in Elizabethon, the Dallas Baptist product hopes to have a better 2019 than he did 2018. Anthony Tuionetoa | Baldwin HS | RHP | 16th Round | Did Not Sign Erik Cha | Cal State Fullerton | LHP | 17th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 15 APP; 0 GS; 26.1 IP; 1.37 ERA; 1.14 WHIP; 9.9 K/9; 2.4 BB/9; 0.3 HR/9 Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, Erik Cha has shown that he has the strikeout ability that is needed for a relief pitcher to progress through the minors. He has also shown the ability to go multiple innings out of the pen, as he has pitched more than 1 inning in all but 4 of his outings. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Andrew Cabezas | Miami (FL) | RHP | 18th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 18 APP; 16 GS; 82.2 IP; 3.16 ERA; 1.08 WHIP; 8.6 K/9; 3.2 BB/9; 0.8 HR/9 Andrew Cabezas had himself a great first summer of professional baseball and was named the Twins Daily Short-Season Pitcher of the Year as a result. He’s taken a little bit of a step back this year in Cedar Rapids, but has been an effective pitcher for the Kernels none the less. Austin Schulfer |Wisconsin-Milwaukee | RHP | 19th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 22 APP; 10 GS; 73.2 IP; 1.95 ERA; 1.15 WHIP; 9.9 K/9; 4.4 BB/9; 0.1 HR/9 Despite pitching quite effectively primarily as a starter for Elizabethon last summer, Austin Schulfer has been used mostly as a middle innings long reliever in Cedar Rapids this spring. Despite the change in roles, Schulfer has adapted well to the higher level so far. Seth Pinkerton | Hartford | RHP | 20th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 15 APP; 0 GS; 24.2 IP; 6.57 ERA; 1.82 WHIP; 10.2 K/9; 8.0 BB/9; 1.1 HR/9 After pitching for four years at Hartford, the Ogdensburg, New York native Seth Pinkerton struggled greatly with his control as he made the transition to pro ball. However, Pinkerton did show the ability to strike hitters out, so if he can clean up his mechanics that could go a long way. Gabe Snyder | Wright State | 1B | 21st Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 82 G; .283 AVG; .378 OBP; .420 SLG; 6 HR; 4 SB; 62 K; 36 BB Gabe Snyder has really come into his own this spring in Cedar Rapids. In 34 games so far in 2019, Snyder has a .878 OPS, and has been one of the best everyday players for the 25-25 Kernels. Jacob Blank | Augustana | RHP | 22nd Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 11 APP; 0 GS; 15.2 IP; 2.87 ERA; 1.28 WHIP; 10.9 K/9; 5.2 BB/9; 0 HR/9 Jabob Blank has pitched quite sparingly ever since the Twins drafted him last summer. He has jumped around from EST, to Fort Myers, to Cedar Rapids, and back to EST all this spring. Albee Weiss | Cal State Northridge | 1B | 23rd Round | Current Level: High A Fort Myers Stats: 40 G; .211 AVG; .274 OBP; .368 SLG; 4 HR; 0 SB; 44 K; 10 BB After not making his 2019 debut until May 17th in Cedar Rapids, Albee Weiss hit the ball well over three games there, doubling in all three, and was quickly promoted up to Fort Myers where he has only played in one game since his promotion. Michael Davis | Texas Tech | 2B | 24th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 62 G; .298 AVG; .355 OBP; .534 SLG; 10 HR; 2 SB; 64 K; 18 BB Michael Davis has played very well in 59 games in Cedar Rapids combined between 2018 and 2019. Davis has missed most of the month of May with an injury, but returned back to the Kernels lineup last Saturday. Laron Smith | Foothills Composite | 1B | 25th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 13 G; .205 AVG; .326 OBP; .256 SLG; 0 HR; 1 SB; 9 K; 7 BB The high school batter from Canada, Laron Smith, had some struggles in just 13 games with the GCL Twins last summer. We will have to wait and see if he can get himself turned around this year. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Brian Rapp | Boston College | RHP | 26th Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 21 APP; 7 GS; 63.1 IP; 4.12 ERA; 1.50 WHIP; 8.8 K/9; 3.1 BB/9; 0.6 HR/9 Brian Rapp has seen his walk numbers spike in 2019, as he is walking 4.3 batters per nine innings this spring in Cedar Rapids. That is up from the 2.3 batters per nine innings that he walked last summer in Elizabethon. He will need to fix his control issues if he hopes to progress to higher levels in the Twins farm system. Hunter Lee | High Point | 2B | 27th Round | Current Level: High A Fort Myers Stats: 53 G; .208 AVG; .331 OBP; .309 SLG; 4 HR; 0 SB; 38 K; 24 BB It hasn’t been the best of springs for Hunter Lee, who has a .121/.246/.224 slash line in 20 games for Cedar Rapids. On Saturday Lee was assigned down to Elizabethon, before getting reassigned up to Fort Myers on Tuesday, where he has yet to make his debut for the Miracle. Austin Hale | Stetson | C | 28th Round | Current Level: Retired J.T. Perez | Cincinnati | LHP | 29th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 15 APP; 0 GS; 21.2 IP; 4.57 ERA; 1.75 WHIP; 11.6 K/9; 5.4 BB/9; 0 HR/9 J.T. Perez split his time between the GCL Twins and Elizabethon last summer, making 10 appearances in the Gulf Coast League and 5 more for Elizabethon. Overall, he had much more success pitching in the GCL where he had a 2.31 ERA vs his 7.20 ERA in Elizabethon. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Seth Halverson | Heritage Christian Academy | RHP | 30th Round | Did Not Sign Zach Neff | Mississippi State | LHP | 31st Round | Current Level: A Cedar Rapids Stats: 29 APP; 0 GS; 49.2 IP; 3.62 ERA; 1.23 WHIP; 10.9 K/9; 3.4 BB/9; 0.5 HR/9 It was a bit of a rocky start for Zach Neff last summer in Elizabethon, though his peripheral metrics said he should have faired much better than he did. This spring he has pitched much better for Cedar Rapids, with a 3.28 ERA and striking out 12.4 batters per nine. Ryan Holgate | Davis HS | OF | 32nd Round | Did Not Sign Denny Bentley | Howard College | LHP | 33rd Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 13 APP; 0 GS; 17.1 IP; 2.60 ERA; 1.27 WHIP; 10.9 K/9; 3.1 BB/9; 1.0 HR/9 Pitching exclusively out of the bullpen, Denny Bentley showed signs that he could be an effective pitcher at the professional level. He did give up a couple of home runs, but other than that did excellent job. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Dylan Stowell | California Baptist | RHP | 34th Round | Retired Tanner Howell | Dixie State | RHP | 35th Round | Current Level: Rookie Elizabethon Stats: 17 APP; 0 GS; 32.1 IP; 4.18 ERA; 1.27 WHIP; 8.9 K/9; 2.8 BB/9; 0.8 HR/9 Tanner Howell made 8 appearances with the GCL Twins last summer before being re-assigned to Elizabethon. Howell’s results were much more favorable with the GCL Twins as he gave up only 1 earned run over 12 innings with a 7 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. (Has not made his 2019 debut). Zac Taylor | Illinois | OF | 36th Round | Did Not Sign Luke Ritter | Wichita State | OF | 37th Round | Did Not Sign Dylan Thomas | Hawaii | RHP | 38th Round | Did Not Sign Bryce Collins | Hart HS | RHP | 39th Round | Did Not Sign Tyler Webb | Memphis | OF | 40th Round | Current Level: Rookie GCL Twins Stats: 41 G; .287 AVG; .373 OBP; .336 SLG; 1 HR; 11 SB; 27 K; 14 BB Like Howell, Tyler Webb started off his professional career with the GCL Twins before getting moved to Elizabethon during the summer when they were in need of an outfielder. Webb has excellent speed that helped him steal 11 bases in just 41 games last summer.
  13. Saturday was an evening full of close games and exciting finishes across the Twins’ minor league system. Brent Rooker starred for the Lookouts, hitting a walk-off double, and DaShawn Keirsey led an impressive comeback win in extras for the E-Twins. Come read about what else happened, including an explanation behind why Byron Buxton had to swap to an infielder’s glove at the end of the Red Wings’ game.TRANSACTIONS Chris Paul was placed on the DL with a finger sprain and Jordan Gore was promoted up from Cedar Rapids to replace him on the Chattanooga roster. Ariel Montesino was moved up from Elizabethton to take Gore’s spot on the Kernels. New acquisition Jon Kemmer was activated by the Red Wings and Chris Carter was released. RED WINGS REPORT Lehigh Valley 4, Rochester 3 (11 innings) Box Score SP: Zack Littell (6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) HR: Kennys Vargas (12) Multi-hit games: Gregorio Petit Byron Buxton ended this game playing in the infield. The Iron Pigs had the bases loaded with nobody out, so the Red Wings put on an extreme shift with five infielders and two outfielders. Unfortunately, the batter sent a fly ball to the outfield that ended up being plenty deep enough to score the winning run on a sac fly. This game probably wouldn’t have gotten that far if Nick Gordon hadn’t have made an excellent play to end the 10th. Lehigh Valley had runners at first and second with no outs. The batter sent a bullet of a line drive to Gordon’s right, but he snared it and threw to second to double off the runner and end the threat. Buxton oped this game with a walk, stole second base, advanced to third on a Gordon groundout and scored on a Gregorio Petit single. In the sixth, Kennys Vargas hit a two-run home run. Zack Littell has had a rough go of it in his two appearances with the Twins, but he’s been great with Rochester. He’s now surrendered just 18 earned runs in 57 innings (2.84 ERA) to go with 52 strikeouts (8.2 K/9). CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 3, Birmingham 2 Box Score W: Tyler Jay (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) SP: Lewis Thorpe (4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: Brian Navarreto, Brent Rooker, Ryan Walker This game was knotted at 2-2 entering the bottom of the ninth. Luis Arraez hit a one-out single and then scored all the way from first base on a walk-off double from Brent Rooker. Chattanooga fell behind 2-0 in this one but Ryan Walker hit a huge two-out, two-run single in the sixth to tie it up. Rooker entered this game second in the Southern League with 22 doubles and he added two more tonight. Brian Navaretto was 3-for-4 with a double of his own. Navarreto’s 13 two-baggers on the year look pedestrian next to Rooker’s impressive total, but that ties his career high for the Lookouts catcher. Lewis Thorpe struck out eight batters, but he was already at 97 pitches when he left the game after 4 2/3 innings. Ryan Eades followed with three shutout innings before Tyler Jay recorded the final four outs to earn the victory. MIRACLE MATTERS Bradenton 4, Fort Myers 1 Box Score SP: Griffin Jax (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) HR: Shane Carrier (4) Multi-hit games: None Shane Carrier hit a home run for the Miracle in the third inning. It was particularly noteworthy because that was Fort Myers’ only hit of the night. Griffin Jax tied a career high with seven strikeouts and threw 69.2 percent of his pitches for strikes. Jax was recently named the No. 26 Twins prospect on Twins Daily’s midseason Top 40. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 5, Kane County 1 Box Score W: Jordan Balazovic (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) SV: Jovani Moran (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: Jacob Pearson, Jean Carlos Arias, Andrew Bechtold, Trey Cabbage, Ben Rodriguez The Cougars held a 1-0 advantage until Cedar Rapids finally broke through in the seventh. The inning started with consecutive hits from Andrew Bechtold, David Banuelos and Trey Cabbage, and was highlighted by a two-run triple from Jean Carlos Arias. Jordan Balazovic gave up just one run on three hits over his 6 1/3 innings of work. He struck out five batters and only needed 84 pitches to get that deep into the game. Jovani Moran handled the final 2 2/3 innings and got strikeouts on five of the nine batters he faced. Moran, 21, has been dominant for Cedar Rapids, racking up 70 Ks in 44 1/3 innings (14.2 K/9). Jacob Pearson had another impressive night, going 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. E-TWINS E-NOTES Elizabethton 6, Danville 5 (10 innings) Box Score W: Zach Neff (2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) SP: Josh Winder (2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) HR: Colton Burns (2), Chris Williams (6) Multi-hit games: DaShawn Keirsey, Chris Williams, Alex Robles This one went into extras and E-Town gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the inning. In the bottom of the 10th, DaShawn Keirsey hit a game-tying RBI double with one out. He eventually advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored the walk-off run on a ball that was hit back to the pitcher. It was officially scored as a fielder’s choice, missed catch error on the pitcher. Keirsey had a great game, going 3-for-5 with his first professional stolen base. Fellow 2018 draftee Chris Williams hit his sixth home run already in what was just his 16th game with Elizabethton. Just to give that some perspective, last season Brent Rooker hit his sixth homer for E-Town in his 17th game. Ryan Jeffers only got one stinking hit, dropping his average to .386. What gives? GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Twins 6, GCL Red Sox 4 Box Score W: Osiris German (1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) SV: Dylan Stowell (1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) SP: Prelander Berroa (4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: Yeison Perez, Gabe Snyder The Twins jumped out to a 5-0 lead in this one with the big hit being a two-run double from Yeison Perez, who was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Zack Littell, Rochester Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: DaShawn Keirsey, Elizabethton TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed: 1. Royce Lewis, CR: 1-for-4, BB, 2 K 3. Nick Gordon, ROC: 0-for-5, 2 K 5. Alex Kirilloff, FM: 0-for-4, K 7. Brent Rooker, CHAT: 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 K 11. Zack Littell, ROC: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K 12. Lewis Thorpe, CHAT: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K 13. Lewin Diaz, FM: 0-for-3 14. LaMonte Wade, ROC: 0-for-4, K 16. Ben Rortvedt, FM: 0-for-3 K 17. Travis Blankenhorn, FM: 0-for-3, HBP, 3 K 19. Tyler Jay, CHAT: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, K SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester at Lehigh Valley, 12:35 pm CT: Fernando Romero Chattanooga at Jacksonville, 5:05 pm CT: TBD Fort Myers at Bradenton, 12:00 pm CT: Brusdar Graterol Cedar Rapids at Kane County, 12:35 pm CT: Bryan Sammons Elizabethton vs. Danville, 5:00 pm CT: TBD GCL Twins Off Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games. Click here to view the article
  14. TRANSACTIONS Chris Paul was placed on the DL with a finger sprain and Jordan Gore was promoted up from Cedar Rapids to replace him on the Chattanooga roster. Ariel Montesino was moved up from Elizabethton to take Gore’s spot on the Kernels. New acquisition Jon Kemmer was activated by the Red Wings and Chris Carter was released. RED WINGS REPORT Lehigh Valley 4, Rochester 3 (11 innings) Box Score SP: Zack Littell (6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) HR: Kennys Vargas (12) Multi-hit games: Gregorio Petit Byron Buxton ended this game playing in the infield. The Iron Pigs had the bases loaded with nobody out, so the Red Wings put on an extreme shift with five infielders and two outfielders. Unfortunately, the batter sent a fly ball to the outfield that ended up being plenty deep enough to score the winning run on a sac fly. This game probably wouldn’t have gotten that far if Nick Gordon hadn’t have made an excellent play to end the 10th. Lehigh Valley had runners at first and second with no outs. The batter sent a bullet of a line drive to Gordon’s right, but he snared it and threw to second to double off the runner and end the threat. Buxton oped this game with a walk, stole second base, advanced to third on a Gordon groundout and scored on a Gregorio Petit single. In the sixth, Kennys Vargas hit a two-run home run. Zack Littell has had a rough go of it in his two appearances with the Twins, but he’s been great with Rochester. He’s now surrendered just 18 earned runs in 57 innings (2.84 ERA) to go with 52 strikeouts (8.2 K/9). CHATTANOOGA CHATTER Chattanooga 3, Birmingham 2 Box Score W: Tyler Jay (1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K) SP: Lewis Thorpe (4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: Brian Navarreto, Brent Rooker, Ryan Walker This game was knotted at 2-2 entering the bottom of the ninth. Luis Arraez hit a one-out single and then scored all the way from first base on a walk-off double from Brent Rooker. Chattanooga fell behind 2-0 in this one but Ryan Walker hit a huge two-out, two-run single in the sixth to tie it up. Rooker entered this game second in the Southern League with 22 doubles and he added two more tonight. Brian Navaretto was 3-for-4 with a double of his own. Navarreto’s 13 two-baggers on the year look pedestrian next to Rooker’s impressive total, but that ties his career high for the Lookouts catcher. Lewis Thorpe struck out eight batters, but he was already at 97 pitches when he left the game after 4 2/3 innings. Ryan Eades followed with three shutout innings before Tyler Jay recorded the final four outs to earn the victory. MIRACLE MATTERS Bradenton 4, Fort Myers 1 Box Score SP: Griffin Jax (6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 7 K) HR: Shane Carrier (4) Multi-hit games: None Shane Carrier hit a home run for the Miracle in the third inning. It was particularly noteworthy because that was Fort Myers’ only hit of the night. Griffin Jax tied a career high with seven strikeouts and threw 69.2 percent of his pitches for strikes. Jax was recently named the No. 26 Twins prospect on Twins Daily’s midseason Top 40. KERNELS NUGGETS Cedar Rapids 5, Kane County 1 Box Score W: Jordan Balazovic (6.1 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K) SV: Jovani Moran (2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: Jacob Pearson, Jean Carlos Arias, Andrew Bechtold, Trey Cabbage, Ben Rodriguez The Cougars held a 1-0 advantage until Cedar Rapids finally broke through in the seventh. The inning started with consecutive hits from Andrew Bechtold, David Banuelos and Trey Cabbage, and was highlighted by a two-run triple from Jean Carlos Arias. Jordan Balazovic gave up just one run on three hits over his 6 1/3 innings of work. He struck out five batters and only needed 84 pitches to get that deep into the game. Jovani Moran handled the final 2 2/3 innings and got strikeouts on five of the nine batters he faced. Moran, 21, has been dominant for Cedar Rapids, racking up 70 Ks in 44 1/3 innings (14.2 K/9). Jacob Pearson had another impressive night, going 2-for-4 with a double and a walk. E-TWINS E-NOTES Elizabethton 6, Danville 5 (10 innings) Box Score W: Zach Neff (2.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 3 K) SP: Josh Winder (2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 2 K) HR: Colton Burns (2), Chris Williams (6) Multi-hit games: DaShawn Keirsey, Chris Williams, Alex Robles This one went into extras and E-Town gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the inning. In the bottom of the 10th, DaShawn Keirsey hit a game-tying RBI double with one out. He eventually advanced to third on a passed ball and then scored the walk-off run on a ball that was hit back to the pitcher. It was officially scored as a fielder’s choice, missed catch error on the pitcher. Keirsey had a great game, going 3-for-5 with his first professional stolen base. Fellow 2018 draftee Chris Williams hit his sixth home run already in what was just his 16th game with Elizabethton. Just to give that some perspective, last season Brent Rooker hit his sixth homer for E-Town in his 17th game. Ryan Jeffers only got one stinking hit, dropping his average to .386. What gives? GCL TWINS TAKES GCL Twins 6, GCL Red Sox 4 Box Score W: Osiris German (1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 0 K) SV: Dylan Stowell (1.1 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 1 K) SP: Prelander Berroa (4.2 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K) HR: None Multi-hit games: Yeison Perez, Gabe Snyder The Twins jumped out to a 5-0 lead in this one with the big hit being a two-run double from Yeison Perez, who was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. STARS OF THE DAY Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day: Zack Littell, Rochester Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day: DaShawn Keirsey, Elizabethton TOP PROSPECT SUMMARY Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects performed: 1. Royce Lewis, CR: 1-for-4, BB, 2 K 3. Nick Gordon, ROC: 0-for-5, 2 K 5. Alex Kirilloff, FM: 0-for-4, K 7. Brent Rooker, CHAT: 2-for-5, 2 2B, RBI, 2 K 11. Zack Littell, ROC: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K 12. Lewis Thorpe, CHAT: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K 13. Lewin Diaz, FM: 0-for-3 14. LaMonte Wade, ROC: 0-for-4, K 16. Ben Rortvedt, FM: 0-for-3 K 17. Travis Blankenhorn, FM: 0-for-3, HBP, 3 K 19. Tyler Jay, CHAT: 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, K SUNDAY’S PROBABLE STARTERS Rochester at Lehigh Valley, 12:35 pm CT: Fernando Romero Chattanooga at Jacksonville, 5:05 pm CT: TBD Fort Myers at Bradenton, 12:00 pm CT: Brusdar Graterol Cedar Rapids at Kane County, 12:35 pm CT: Bryan Sammons Elizabethton vs. Danville, 5:00 pm CT: TBD GCL Twins Off Please feel free to ask any questions and discuss the games.
  15. 35. Tyler Watson – LHP Age: 21 ETA: 2021 2018 Stats (A-/A+): 56.1 IP, 4.47 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 2.33 K:BB 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 36 | Tom: 28 | Cody: 44 When a late-July swoon caused them to pivot into seller mode last year, the Twins flipped All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler to the Washington Nationals for Tyler Watson, a former 34th-round draft with a tall frame and a short track record. The 6'5", 200 lb southpaw has a physique any scout can love, and the Nats lured him away from college in 2015 with a $400K signing bonus. Watson blew hitters away in rookie leagues, but was struggling a bit in A-ball when the Twins acquired last summer. That hasn't changed, as the numbers above illustrate, but Derek Falvey views the burly left-hander as a long-term project. "Tyler is a young left-handed starter we feel is just scratching the surface of who he can be," Minnesota's chief baseball officer said at the time. "Taller pitchers can take a little longer to develop, but we feel there's more in the tank." Right now he's a fairly hittable starter with a low-90s fastball and a developing curve, neither of which he commands all that consistently. But Watson is still only 21, with an almost ideal build and an 8.9 K/9 rate through his 250 innings as a pro. I'm definitely curious to see what else is in the tank. 34. DaShawn Keirsey Jr. – OF Age: 21 ETA: 2021 2018 Stats (Rk): .258/.303/.419 (.722 OPS), 1 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 3 K, 2 BB 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 43 | Tom: 30 | Cody: 29 Bill Kinneberg, head baseball coach at the University of Utah, knew DaShawn Keirsey Jr. was destined to be an early-round MLB draft pick from the first time he watched him play. "I remember him running faster than anyone we've ever had, and you add that to his 6-foot-2 frame — yeah, it was evident right away." Last June, he was the 124th player to come off the board when Minnesota took him in the fourth round, and it's possible he would've gone earlier if not for a major injury in 2017 where the aggressive and speedy center fielder collided with an outfield wall (sound familiar?) and came off the field in an ambulance, his hip dislocated and the socket fractured. "Nobody could give us a timetable. That was a scary deal,” said Coach Kinneberg. It was a very tough break for a player whose game was built around speed, but Keirsey rehabbed hard and bounced back this spring with an outstanding junior season, batting .386 with a 1.049 OPS while leading the PAC-12 in doubles and reaching base in 45 of 50 games. He's a speedy gamer with good contact skills from the left side and an excellent defensive rep (he was three-time PAC-12 All Defense in center), so comparisons to Zack Granite or even Ben Revere are apt, but some foresee more power in Keirsey's future. 33. Gabriel Moya – LHP Age: 23 ETA: 2018 2018 Stats (AAA): 33.0 IP, 1.64 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 4.22 K/BB 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 40 | Tom: 35 | Cody: 22 Whereas Tyler Watson, profiled above, was clearly more of an acquisition guided by scouting, the Twins were pretty clearly going by the numbers when they picked up Gabriel Moya from Arizona in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy around the same time. The rare example of a lefty reliever whose changeup is his best pitch, Moya won't wow you with his high-80s fastball and modest breaking stuff. He'll more likely confuse you with his unique and twitchy mechanics. But his stats? Those'll wow you. Moya had a 0.82 ERA and 14.0 K/9 rate in Double-A last summer when the Twins acquired him, and he has kept the magic going in Minnesota's system with a 1.32 ERA and 57-to-12 K/BB ratio in 48 innings between Chattanooga (last year) and Rochester (this year). He has only received limited chances in the majors so far, amounting to 11 1/3 total innings with less than wow-worthy results, but is clearly deserving of an extended opportunity. Maybe it will come if the Twins open a spot by trading Zach Duke before the deadline. 32. Andrew Bechtold – 3B Age: 22 ETA: 2021 2018 Stats (A): .217/.320/.281 (.601 OPS), 11 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 67 K, 32 BB 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 27 | Tom: 41 | Cody: 42 A righty-swinging infielder who grew in the Philly suburbs, Bechtold has followed a winding path to reach this point. He was selected by the Rangers in the 37th round of the 2014 draft following a strong senior year in high school, but elected not to sign, heading instead to the University of Maryland where he'd join fellow current Twins prospects LaMonte Wade and Alex Robinson. Due to injuries and other factors, things just didn't work out for Bechtold at Maryland. After two years, he transferred to Chipola, a junior college, where he got his baseball career back on track. He hit .419 with 12 home runs and 24 steals in 60 games, impressing the Twins enough that they drafted him in the fifth round and went well above slot to sign him at $600K. Bechtold's power hasn't shown up yet, as he's managed just three homers and a .337 slugging percentage in 107 games between Elizabethton and Cedar Rapids, but he has shown a solid plate approach and an ability to get on base (he posted a .426 OBP for the Kernels in June). Ultimately the third baseman's development will hinge on his adding muscle and turning it into game power, but as a skilled defender with a good idea of what he's doing at the plate, Bechtold has the right foundation. 31. Jordan Balazovic – RHP Age: 19 ETA: 2022 2018 Stats (A): 26.2 IP, 2.36 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 13.8 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 5.86 K/BB 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 20 | Tom: 40 | Cody: 34 One year before taking Bechtold in the fifth round, the Twins used that selection on Jordan Balazovic, a Canadian right-hander who was catching some eyes north of the border. Like Bechtold, the Twins went over-slot to sign Balazovic, coaxing him out of a commitment to Auburn. The organization has taken it slow with Balazovic, who was only 17 when drafted in 2016. He spent two seasons in the rookie Gulf Coast League, with decidedly mixed results. This year he's made the move to Cedar Rapids, and things have really come together. He has struck out 41 in 26 2/3 innings of work, and in his most recent outing on Saturday, hurled six innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts. Balazovic is a teenager who's thrown less than 100 official innings since being drafted, so all standard caveats apply, but he's a very live arm, and his arrow is pointing directly upward and flashing at this moment. PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS: 2018 Twins Midseason Top Prospects: 36-40
  16. The strength of Minnesota's highly regarded farm system is in its depth. Yes, the Twins boast a few top-tier talents that will be profiled at the end of this series, but this organization's intrigue and upside extend beyond the Top 10 and even beyond the Top 30, as the five players below exemplify.35. Tyler Watson – LHP Age: 21 ETA: 2021 2018 Stats (A-/A+): 56.1 IP, 4.47 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 7.3 K/9, 3.4 BB/9, 2.33 K:BB 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 36 | Tom: 28 | Cody: 44 When a late-July swoon caused them to pivot into seller mode last year, the Twins flipped All-Star closer Brandon Kintzler to the Washington Nationals for Tyler Watson, a former 34th-round draft with a tall frame and a short track record. The 6'5", 200 lb southpaw has a physique any scout can love, and the Nats lured him away from college in 2015 with a $400K signing bonus. Watson blew hitters away in rookie leagues, but was struggling a bit in A-ball when the Twins acquired last summer. That hasn't changed, as the numbers above illustrate, but Derek Falvey views the burly left-hander as a long-term project. "Tyler is a young left-handed starter we feel is just scratching the surface of who he can be," Minnesota's chief baseball officer said at the time. "Taller pitchers can take a little longer to develop, but we feel there's more in the tank." Right now he's a fairly hittable starter with a low-90s fastball and a developing curve, neither of which he commands all that consistently. But Watson is still only 21, with an almost ideal build and an 8.9 K/9 rate through his 250 innings as a pro. I'm definitely curious to see what else is in the tank. 34. DaShawn Keirsey Jr. – OF Age: 21 ETA: 2021 2018 Stats (Rk): .258/.303/.419 (.722 OPS), 1 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 3 K, 2 BB 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 43 | Tom: 30 | Cody: 29 Bill Kinneberg, head baseball coach at the University of Utah, knew DaShawn Keirsey Jr. was destined to be an early-round MLB draft pick from the first time he watched him play. "I remember him running faster than anyone we've ever had, and you add that to his 6-foot-2 frame — yeah, it was evident right away." Last June, he was the 124th player to come off the board when Minnesota took him in the fourth round, and it's possible he would've gone earlier if not for a major injury in 2017 where the aggressive and speedy center fielder collided with an outfield wall (sound familiar?) and came off the field in an ambulance, his hip dislocated and the socket fractured. "Nobody could give us a timetable. That was a scary deal,” said Coach Kinneberg. It was a very tough break for a player whose game was built around speed, but Keirsey rehabbed hard and bounced back this spring with an outstanding junior season, batting .386 with a 1.049 OPS while leading the PAC-12 in doubles and reaching base in 45 of 50 games. He's a speedy gamer with good contact skills from the left side and an excellent defensive rep (he was three-time PAC-12 All Defense in center), so comparisons to Zack Granite or even Ben Revere are apt, but some foresee more power in Keirsey's future. 33. Gabriel Moya – LHP Age: 23 ETA: 2018 2018 Stats (AAA): 33.0 IP, 1.64 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 10.4 K/9, 2.5 BB/9, 4.22 K/BB 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 40 | Tom: 35 | Cody: 22 Whereas Tyler Watson, profiled above, was clearly more of an acquisition guided by scouting, the Twins were pretty clearly going by the numbers when they picked up Gabriel Moya from Arizona in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy around the same time. The rare example of a lefty reliever whose changeup is his best pitch, Moya won't wow you with his high-80s fastball and modest breaking stuff. He'll more likely confuse you with his unique and twitchy mechanics. But his stats? Those'll wow you. Moya had a 0.82 ERA and 14.0 K/9 rate in Double-A last summer when the Twins acquired him, and he has kept the magic going in Minnesota's system with a 1.32 ERA and 57-to-12 K/BB ratio in 48 innings between Chattanooga (last year) and Rochester (this year). He has only received limited chances in the majors so far, amounting to 11 1/3 total innings with less than wow-worthy results, but is clearly deserving of an extended opportunity. Maybe it will come if the Twins open a spot by trading Zach Duke before the deadline. 32. Andrew Bechtold – 3B Age: 22 ETA: 2021 2018 Stats (A): .217/.320/.281 (.601 OPS), 11 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 67 K, 32 BB 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 27 | Tom: 41 | Cody: 42 A righty-swinging infielder who grew in the Philly suburbs, Bechtold has followed a winding path to reach this point. He was selected by the Rangers in the 37th round of the 2014 draft following a strong senior year in high school, but elected not to sign, heading instead to the University of Maryland where he'd join fellow current Twins prospects LaMonte Wade and Alex Robinson. Due to injuries and other factors, things just didn't work out for Bechtold at Maryland. After two years, he transferred to Chipola, a junior college, where he got his baseball career back on track. He hit .419 with 12 home runs and 24 steals in 60 games, impressing the Twins enough that they drafted him in the fifth round and went well above slot to sign him at $600K. Bechtold's power hasn't shown up yet, as he's managed just three homers and a .337 slugging percentage in 107 games between Elizabethton and Cedar Rapids, but he has shown a solid plate approach and an ability to get on base (he posted a .426 OBP for the Kernels in June). Ultimately the third baseman's development will hinge on his adding muscle and turning it into game power, but as a skilled defender with a good idea of what he's doing at the plate, Bechtold has the right foundation. 31. Jordan Balazovic – RHP Age: 19 ETA: 2022 2018 Stats (A): 26.2 IP, 2.36 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 13.8 K/9, 2.4 BB/9, 5.86 K/BB 2018 Ranking: NR | 2017 Ranking: NR Seth: 20 | Tom: 40 | Cody: 34 One year before taking Bechtold in the fifth round, the Twins used that selection on Jordan Balazovic, a Canadian right-hander who was catching some eyes north of the border. Like Bechtold, the Twins went over-slot to sign Balazovic, coaxing him out of a commitment to Auburn. The organization has taken it slow with Balazovic, who was only 17 when drafted in 2016. He spent two seasons in the rookie Gulf Coast League, with decidedly mixed results. This year he's made the move to Cedar Rapids, and things have really come together. He has struck out 41 in 26 2/3 innings of work, and in his most recent outing on Saturday, hurled six innings of one-hit ball with 10 strikeouts. Balazovic is a teenager who's thrown less than 100 official innings since being drafted, so all standard caveats apply, but he's a very live arm, and his arrow is pointing directly upward and flashing at this moment. PREVIOUS INSTALLMENTS: 2018 Twins Midseason Top Prospects: 36-40 Click here to view the article
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