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  1. #61
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    I saw Wednesday's game and was impressed with the pitching on both sides. The Kernels lost the game 4-1. Luis Rijo started the game and took the loss, giving up 2 runs in 5 innings. He topped out at 94 of the stadium gun and has a curve that isn't quite ready for the upper levels. His change is a work in progress as well, but could be a good strike-out pitch. He was relieved by Jose Martinez who throws a similar arsenal at hitters.
    Tyler Webb homered for the Kernel's run. I was impressed by Spencer Steer's play at 2B, Wander Javier's play at SS and Gabe Snyder at 1B. They can all do the job defensively.

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    The Cedar Rapids Kernels and Pensacola Blue Wahoos are in their leagues' respective playoffs and the Kernels have advanced into the 2nd round. They will face the Clinton Lumber Kings tonight and tomorrow in Clinton and will host them on Monday. I will probably go to the game on Monday evening.
    In prospect news:
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    Friday, Sept. 6: Pensacola stays alive, Cedar Rapids advances
    Double-A Pensacola faced elimination Friday but came through with a 3-2 victory over Biloxi to cut its Southern League semifinals deficit to 2-1. Twins No. 2 prospect and No. 15 overall Alex Kirilloff hit a solo homer in the third inning, and Ryan Costello followed with a solo homer in the fourth. In the fifth, No. 24 prospect Travis Blankenhorn singled home top prospect Royce Lewis (No. 7 overall) for the go-ahead run. No. 4 prospect Jordan Balazovic started the game, striking out seven batters and allowing two runs in 4 2/3 frames.

    Class A Cedar Rapids advanced to the Midwestern League semifinals with a 4-2 win over Quad Cities. Josh Winder was impressive over six scoreless innings, giving up six hits while walking none and striking out seven. First baseman Gabe Snyder went 2-for-4 with a solo homer in the first inning. Friday's prospect stats »

    Thursday, Sept. 5: Kirilloff homers in playoff loss
    Alex Kirilloff launched a solo home run in the ninth inning, but that was the entire offense for Pensacola, which fell, 4-1, to Biloxi and is now down 2-0 in the Double-A Southern League semifinals. Kirilloff also homered in Game 1 of the series on Wednesday. The Twins’ No. 2 prospect and Major League Baseball’s No. 15 overall prospect hit .283 with nine home runs and a .756 OPS over 94 games this season in Double-A. Pensacola has a chance to keep the best-of-five semifinals alive at home on Friday before the series is scheduled to return to Biloxi for the fourth and fifth games. Thursday's prospect stats »


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    Alex Kirilloff loves the postseason.

    After hitting a game-tying grand slam in Game 1 of the Southern League semifinals on Wednesday, he went deep again tonight in the 9th inning of Game 2.

    Here's Kirilloff on the #MNTwins Top 30 Prospects list: https://atmlb.com/2YtvjdS

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    Check out Kirilloff's second ninth-inning blast in as many games.

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    Wednesday, Sept. 4: Kirilloff, Lewis come up clutch
    Alex Kirilloff and Royce Lewis hit back-to-back home runs as Double-A Pensacola rallied to score five runs in the ninth inning to take the lead, only to get walked off by Biloxi, 11-10, in 10 innings to open the best-of-five Southern League semifinals.

    The first three batters for Pensacola reached base to open the ninth ahead of Kirilloff, who deposited a 1-0 pitch over the wall in right field for a game-tying grand slam. After a Biloxi pitching change, Lewis lined the second pitch he saw from the Shuckers’ reliever out to left field to give the Pensacola the lead.

    Lewis, the Twins’ top prospect (MLB No. 7), finished the game 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs, while Kirilloff (No. 2, MLB No. 15) drove in four runs as part of a 2-for-5 performance from the leadoff spot. They both scored two runs, as did Trevor Larnach (No. 5, MLB No. 93), who went 1-for-4 with a double and a walk. Wednesday's prospect stats »

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    Saturday, Sept. 7: Kirilloff homers in fourth straight game
    Make it four home runs in four playoff games this postseason for No. 2 prospect Alex Kirilloff, who belted another in Pensacola’s 10-5 win over Biloxi on Saturday. Major League Baseball’s No. 15 prospect finished the day 2-for-4 with the home run and two RBIs, including driving in the go-ahead run on a single in what would be a five-run ninth inning to win the game. He got off to a slow start to the season while recovering from a wrist injury and spent time on the injured list during the middle of the season, as well, but he's finished strong and is showing why he's viewed as one of the best all-around hitters in the Minors.

    No. 1 prospect Royce Lewis (No. 7 in MLB) reached base three times, going 1-for-3 with an RBI, two walks, two runs scored and a stolen base. The Blue Wahoos lost the first two games of their best-of-five Southern League semifinals series against Biloxi, but have now won back-to-back games to force a fifth and deciding game on Sunday on the road. Sautrday's prospect stats »


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    Alex Kirilloff is absolutely mashing in the @SLeagueBaseball playoffs!

    The #MNTwins No. 2 prospect now has homers in all four games of the @BlueWahoosBBall semifinals series after hitting a leadoff dinger tonight!

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    This ball got out in a hurry.

    Kirilloff wasted no time extending his home run streak to four games!

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    I will likely be going to tomorrow's game between the Kernels and the Clinton Lumber Kings and will report on what I see there. Playoff baseball is a lot of fun to watch.

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    I saw the Kernels' season come to an end tonight with a 6-2 loss to Clinton (Miami Marlins). The Clinton starter was outstanding for 3 innings and marginal for 1.2 innings. Alberto Guerra looks like he can get anyone out for 3 innings, and if he develops an off-speed pitch that is reliable, he could be a decent starter. He was regularly hitting 95 on the stadium gun and his slider isn't bad either. It is too close to his fastball speed, however and his curve and change are definitely works in process.
    Wander Javier was 3-5 with 2 doubles and a run scored. He also made an error that made 2 of the Clinton runs unearned. The Kernels played a bullpen game, which I really don't like. Tyler Palm started and didn't get out of the 1st inning. He walked a batter, hit a batter (which was the beginning of the end for his night), 3 hits and 3 runs. His fastball hit 92 on the gun and his off-speed stuff looked pretty good, but he seemed to lose it when he hit the batter in the foot. JT Perez is a lefty side-arm pitcher that looks like he might be pretty good out of the bullpen. He throws a fastball that topped out at 92 and several off-speed pitches that just didn't seem to get to home plate. His deception is really good, as the hitters were swinging at the ball long before it arrived at the plate.

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    Monday, Sept. 9: Javier finishes strong
    Wander Javier, the Twins’ No. 7 prospect, went 3-for-5, but it wasn’t enough as Class A Cedar Rapids fell, 6-2, to Clinton in Game 3 of the Midwest League semifinals. The loss eliminates Cedar Rapids as Clinton will take on South Bend for the title. Javier, 20, struggled in his first year of full-season ball, hitting just .177 over 80 games, but he went 7-for-24 (.292/.320/.542) with four extra-base hits and two multihit performances in six playoff games. Monday's prospect stats »
    Sunday, Sept. 8: Cedar Rapids walk off to stay alive
    The Class A Cedar Rapids Kernels were three outs away from elimination on Sunday night against Clinton, but stormed back with two runs in the bottom of the ninth for a walk-off win, 3-2. The win forced a third and deciding game in the Midwest League semifinals, which will be played on Monday at home for the Kernels. DeShawn Keirsey was the walk-off hero with a single to center field in the bottom of the ninth, which was set up by a game-tying RBI single off the bat of Tyler Webb. Cedar Rapids was down 2-1 late, but got solid relief efforts from Dylan Thomas, who threw 2 2/3 shutout innings, and Rickey Ramirez, who earned the win by striking out four batters over three shutout innings of his own.

    No. 10 prospect Ryan Jeffers went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run on Sunday, but Double-A Pensacola took the loss, 8-4, to Biloxi and were eliminated from the Southern League postseason. Pensacola dropped the first two games of the semifinals series, but fought back to force a fifth and deciding game on Sunday. Jeffers capped off a 2019 season in which he hit .264 with 14 home runs and a .762 OPS between two Minor League levels. No. 1 prospect Royce Lewis (No. 7 in MLB) also went 3-for-5 with a double in the loss. The Blue Wahoos carried a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth inning, but allowed five runs in the frame. Sunday's prospect stats »

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    Sept. 18: Peoria 10, Salt River 6
    Royce Lewis entered Wednesday's game having played all of one game at third base, spanning four innings. He added nine more at the hot corner for the Salt River Rafters. Hitting seventh, the 2017 No. 1 overall pick went 2-for-4 with a two-run double. His single was the second-hardest hit ball of the night, with an exit velocity of 106.3 mph, while his double “only” registered at 98.3 mph. Outfielder Luke Raley went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts as the Rafters’ No. 5 hitter. Catcher Ben Rortvedt, the team’s No. 30 prospect, entered the game behind the plate in the eighth inning and threw out Mariners prospect Jose Caballero trying to steal. He did that with fellow Twin Moises Gomez on the mound. The right-hander allowed an unearned run on one hit and two walks, while he struck out three in 1 2/3 IP.

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    https://www.mlb.com/twins/news/twins...nach-balazovic
    Congratulations to Trevor Larnach and Jordan Balazovic on well-deserved awards.
    Last edited by catman; 09-21-2019 at 12:03 PM.

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    Lewis in Center Field for the AFL team:
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