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Minor League Report (7/30): Edouard Julien Goes Nuclear – Minors

OF Kennie Taylor placed on 7-day IL
INF Tim Beckham contract selected by Minnesota
OF Mark Contreras recalled by Minnesota

saints sentinel
St.Paul 7, Iowa 1
Box Score
Cole Sands: 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
HR: None
Multi-hit games: Braden Bishop (2-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI)

St. Paul smoked Iowa on Saturday.

Cole Sands did the darn thing, pitching five quality innings with a single earned run, and seven punched tickets; that’s the kind of effort that could earn him a promotion back to the majors. Until then, Sands can bask in a great start.

St. Paul’s bats only scored in one inning, but they made it count; a seven-run 2nd frame drowned Iowa for good. It was a classic gang-up; Braden Bishop, Jake Cave, Jermaine Palacios, and Roy Morales all obtained RBIs for their work in aiding the scoring.

Old, uhhh, acquaintance Andrelton Simmons struck out three times in four tries for the Iowa Cubs.

Daniel Gossett, Brad Peacock, Evan Sisk, and Drew Strotman combined for four shutout innings with six strikeouts. At least one of those arms will probably be on the Twins soon.

Wind Surge Wisdom
Wichita 11, NW Arkansas 3
Box Score
Brent Headrick: 4 IP, 0 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
HR: Edouard Julien 2 (11, 12), Christian Encarnacion-Strand (5)
Multi-hit games: Edouard Julien (2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI), Christian Encarnacion-Strand (2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI), Jair Camargo (2-for -4), Cole Sturgeon (2-for-3, 2B, 2R, RBI, BB)

The Wind Surge bludgeoned their opponent on Saturday.

It all began where you would expect: at the top of the lineup. Edouard Julien, Christian Encarnacion-Strand, and Jair Camargo all had multiple hits; Julien cleaned up four RBIs and scored three runs, charged largely by two home runs. Wichita did dabble in democracy, as every batter contributed at least one hit towards a 14-hit total.

The pitchers established order early; Brent Headrick allowed no hits but does have an earned run on his ledger as the scored run reached base off a walk. You don’t see that every day. Cody Laweryson was even more effective, punching our four batters over two clean innings of relief.

Wichita netted seven extra-base hits; NW Arkansas had three hits total.

Kernel Nuggets
Cedar Rapids 6, Wisconsin 7
Box Score
Travis Adams: 3 1/3 IP, 7 H, 4 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
HR: Yunior Severino (9), Aaron Sabato (14)
Multi-hit games: Alerick Soularie (2-for-5, 2B, 2R, RBI)

Cedar Rapids lost a close game on Saturday.

Travis Adams couldn’t find a break; Wisconsin touched up the righty for seven runs, with four coming via the “earned” variety. A first-inning three-run homer following an error was the culprit.

Cedar Rapids struck early as well; their bats plated six runs across the first two frames in support of Adams. Yunior Severino continued a truly blistering July with a two-run homer; Alerick Soularie then doubled home another run in the following inning. Aaron Sabato, always sure to never miss out on the fun, blasted a two-run home run to conclude the Kernels’ onslaught.

While Cedar Rapids’ bats receded following their early-game attack, the arms established order; Ryan Shreve, Jon Olsen, and Hunter McMahon combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings with seven punch outs.

Mussel Matters
Game one: Fort Myers 2, Tampa 5 (7 innings)
Box Score
Steve Hajjar: 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K
HR: None
Multi-hit games: None

The Mighty Mussels were quiet in game one on Saturday.

Steve Hajjar commanded the ball, striking out eight batters against no walks; two home runs proved to be his earned-run downfall from him. This was Hajjar’s second start since returning from the IL, and it was his longest of him; rain capped his previous outing to two outs.

Fort Myers’ offense struggled to match Tampa’s offense; just three batters gained a hit, and three other ones walked, but the team could only plate a pair of runs. Noah Miller slugged a double—a notable event given his recent power struggle—while Misael Urbina also doubles—a notable event as Urbina has smashed the ball since returning.

Game two: Fort Myers 4, Tampa 2
Box Score
Mike Paredes: 6 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3 K
HR: Nelson Roberto (3), Mikey Perez (8)
Multi-hit games: Mikey Perez (2-for-3, HR, 2 R, RBI)

Fort Myers returned the gesture in game two.

Mike Paredes established the tone, allowing two measly runs over six efficient innings. Paredes is an easy name to overlook, but he holds a 2.19 ERA on the season; that you have to count for something.

Mikey Perez lead the offensive in this effort; the speedy infielder blasted his eighth homer while also stealing his 32nd base. Outside of a Nelson Roberto homer, the offense remained quiet, but they could afford to; Perez’s outburst ensured they would not require more runs to win.

Juan Mendez struck out the side to end the game.

Complex Chronicles
FCL Twins 2, FCL Red Sox 3 (11 innings)
Box Score
Matt Canterino: 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
HR: None
Multi-hit games: None

The FCL Twins lost a slim affair.

Matt Canterino returned to the mound for the second time since his rehab assignment began earlier in the week. The righty worked five outs with three strikeouts and one run allowed.

Offense evaded the FCL Twins all day; the team netted two hits with a lone RBI and four walks in the game. Fredy Michel stole his 11th base on the season.

Dominican Dailies
DSL Twins 5, DSL Rockies 0
Box Score
Cesar Lares: 4 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
HR: None
Multi-hit games: None

The DSL Twins shut out the DSL Rockies on Saturday.

The game was an example of poor defense dominating the lower minors; the DSL Rockies allowed two unearned runs off four misplays in nine innings. Yasser Mercedes stole his 17th base of the season; Yasser Mercedes has played 28 games.

Cesar Lares continued his impressive start to professional baseball; the lefty fanned four batters over four innings with no earned runs. Lares now owns a 2.43 ERA.

Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Day – Cole Sands
Twins Daily Minor League Hitter of the Day – Edouard Julien,

Here’s a look at how the Twins Daily Top 20 Twins Prospects performed:

#5 – Matt Canterino (Rehab) – 1 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
#6 – Spencer Steer (St. Paul) – 0-3, R, 2 BB, 2 K
#8 – Noah Miller (Ft. Myers) – 1-4, 2B, RBI, K
#12 – Matt Wallner (St. Paul) – 0-4, BB, 2K
#15 – Edouard Julien (Wichita) – 2-for-4, 2 HR, 3 R, 4 RBI
#16 – Christian Encarnacion-Strand (Wichita) – 2-for-5, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
#17 – Cole Sands (St. Paul) – 5 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
#19 – Steve Hajjar (Ft. Myers) – 4 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Iowa @ St. Paul (2:07 PM) – RHP Ariel Jurado
NW Arkansas @ Wichita (1:05 ​​PM) – RHP Simeon Woods Richardson
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (1:10 PM) – TBD
Tampa @ Fort Myers (12:00 PM) – TBD


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