Twins Minor League Report (4/20): Doncon, Winokur Lead Mussels; Boushley and the Bats Lead Saints – Minor Leagues

We are already three weeks into the season and it is nice to see which players have gone a step further and which are starting slowly. There was an intriguing pitching matchup in Fort Myers on Saturday, featuring two top pitchers from the 2023 draft. Cedar Rapids’ offense showed up, but the pitching and defense had some rough innings. Wichita had a nice, clean victory. The Saints got help up and down the order en route to an easy win.

Current WL records
Minnesota Twins: 7-12
Saint Paul Saints: 8-11
Wichita Gust: 3-11
Cedar Rapids seeds: 6-7
Fort Myers Mighty Mussels: 6-8

Let’s go to the report. As always, feel free to discuss and ask questions.

OF Carlos Aguiar was placed on the injured mussel list due to a sprained intercostal bone. Omari Daniel took his spot on Fort Myers’ roster.

St. Paul 12, Indianapolis 1
Box score
The Saints trailed 1-0 for three innings in Indianapolis. Over the next five innings they scored two, two, five, zero and three runs. Alfonso, Virginia, in case you were wondering.

In the fourth inning, Yoyner Fajardo singled, scoring two runs and giving the Saints the lead. Tony Kemp came up in the top of the fifth inning with the bases loaded. He lined a shot to right field, scoring Max Kepler and DaShawn Keirsey. The Saints loaded the bases again in the sixth frame. Chris Williams and Alex Isola each walked, driving in a run. Then Will Holland doubled to clear the bases, but just missed a grand slam!.

The Saints closed out their scoring in the eighth inning. Kemp scored on a wild pitch. Then Yoyner Fajardo’s third home of the year scored the final two points.

Kepler went 3-for-5 with a walk. Fajardo went 2-for-5 with a homerun and drove in three runs. Alex Isola went 2-for-3 with two walks and three RBI. Anthony Prato went 2-for-4 with a walk and a triple. He was also hit by a pitch.

Caleb Boushley was the recipient of all the run support, though he probably would have been fine with them spreading it out over a few of his starts. In this game, he gave up only one unearned run on three hits in six innings. He walked two batters and struckout eight batters. Josh Staumont struck out three in a scoreless seventh. Ryan Jensen pitched a scoreless eighth inning before giving up three meaningless runs in the ninth.

Wichita 7, Tulsa 3 Box score
The Wind Surge took a 3-1 lead after one inning. Slowly the Drillers fought back and in the first half of the sixth frame they leveled at 3-3. The Surge responded well by regaining the lead with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a pair of outs, Wichita added two more in the bottom of the eighth inning, giving the team a 7-3 lead.

AJ Alexy made the start. The righthander threw four innings. He was charged with two runs (1 earned) on two hits in four innings. He walked three batters and struckout two batters. Hunter McMahon came on and gave up one run on three hits in two innings. Scott Engler gave up two hits and retired two batters in two scoreless innings. Miguel Rodriguez struckout two batters in a perfect ninth inning.

Emmanuel Rodriguez got things started with a leadoff double. He stole second base and scored when Tanner Schobel singled. Jeferson Morales doubled for Schobel. Carson McCusker drove in Morales with a single, the third run of the first inning.

With the score tied in the bottom of the sixth inning, Jake Rucker singled for Alerick Soularie and Rodriguez. Then the team added in the bottom of the eighth inning. McCusker singled for Noah Cardenas and Morales took third base. Shortly afterwards, McCusker was caught stealing second place, but not before Morales stole the house.

Rodriguez went 1-for-3 with two walks and his fourth double. He also stole his seventh and eighth bases. Schobel went 2-for-3 with two walks. Morales went 2-for-5. McCusker went 2-for-4 with a walk.

Cedar Rapids 8, Wisconsin 14
Box score
CJ Culpepper was on the mound to start in Appleton on Saturday. He put two zeros on the board, and then…

Dahlonega is the county seat of Lumpkin County, Georgia. It was a town of about 7,500 people and was originally called Talonega. However, after a gold rush around 1830, the General Assembly of Georgia changed the name. Dalonige is a word in the Cherokee language that means “yellow” or “gold.” The area is known as ‘the heart of North Georgia Wine Country’. There are many vineyards and five licensed wineries. So if you’re looking for a vacation spot, Dahlonega is about 65 miles north of Atlanta. While you are there, spend time at Amicalola Falls State Park. You can go all the way to the Chattahoochee River and do some hiking on Crown Mountain.

The zip code of Dahlonega, Georgia is 30533, and this is what the Wisconsin line of the scoreboard looked like between the second and sixth inning. They scored three runs in the second, fifth and sixth innings, and a five-spot in the fourth inning.

Culpepper gave up five runs (only two earned) on five hits in 3 1/3 innings. He walked four batters and struckout three batters. He left the game with two runners on and Juan Mercedes came in and allowed both hereditary runners to score. He then gave up six runs (5 earned) on seven hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Kyle Bischoff gave up three runs in the sixth inning. Ricardo Velez came on and struckout three batters in two perfect innings.

The Kernels scored eight points in the game, usually enough to put a score in the Win column, but not on this day. They had a big five-run third inning. Rubel Cespedes singled to score Agustin Ruiz with the first run. Danny De Andrade came up with the bases loaded and hit a double to clear the bases and give the Kernels a 4-3 lead. Jay Harry followed with a single to score De Andrade.

Trailing 11-6 through five innings, the Kernels continued to put pressure on the T-Rats. Gabriel Gonzalez doubled to score Luke Keaschall, and then scored on a Cespedes single to cut the deficit to 11-8, but that was as close as it got.

De Andrade led the attack. He hit two doubles in five at bats. He also stole a base. Ricardo Olivar went 2-for-4 with a walk and two doubles. Cespedes had two RBI singles in five at-bats.

Luke Keaschall went 1-for-3 with two walks and a double. He is now hitting .318 with a 1.019 OPS this season.

Fort Myers 5, Jupiter 3
Box score
The pitching matchup was certainly intriguing. Two of the top prep pitchers from the 2023 draft met in Fort Myers. Jupiter starter Noble Meyer was the Marlins’ first-round pick, 10th overall, out of Portland’s Jesuit High School. In this game, his third start of the season, he played 4 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs on five hits. He had two walks and three strikeouts. 53 of his 85 pitches were strikes.

The Twins used their Competitive Balance-A pick, 34th overall, to select Charlee Soto out of Reborn Christian Academy in Kissimmee, Florida. Soto was charged with two runs (1 earned) on four hits in three innings. He walked three batters and struckout five batters. He threw 36 of his 62 pitches for strikes.

Meyer’s average fastball sat at 94.1 mph. For Soto, his average was 94.5. The maximum speed for Soto was 150 km/h and for Meyer 150.6 km/h.

Danny Moreno came in and gave up one run on two hits and two walks in 2 2/3 innings. He struckout three batters. Nolan Santos came on and retired all seven batters he faced to win. Julio Bonilla made a perfect ninth frame for the save.

Rayne Doncon led the charge on Saturday. He went 3-for-4 with his seventh double. He is hitting .362 with an OPS of 1.015. Brandon Winokur went 2-for-4 and drove in two runs. His double in the seventh inning scored Doncon and gave the Mussels the lead. Gregory Duran followed by driving in Winokur with a single, his second RBI of the day. Maddux Houghton went 1-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .500 with a 1.396 OPS.

Hitter of the Day – Rayne Doncon (Fort Myers) – 3-for-4, 2B(7), 2 R.
Pitcher of the Day – Caleb Boushley (St. Paul) – 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 61 strikes, 91 pitches.

Check out the Prospect Tracker to learn more about the Twins Top 20 prospects after seeing how they fared on Wednesday.

#1 – Walker Jenkins (Fort Myers) – IL
#2 – Brooks Lee (St. Paul) – IL
#3 – Emmanuel Rodriguez (Wichita) – 1-for-3, 2 BB, 2B(4), 2-2B(8), R, K.
#4 – Gabriel Gonzalez (Cedar Rapids) – 1-for-5, 2B(4), R, RBI
#5 – Marco Raya (Wichita) –
#6 – David Festa (St. Paul) –
#7 – Austin Martin (Minnesota) – 2-for-4, 2B(4), 2 R,
#8 – Cory Lewis (Wichita) – IL
#9 – Charlee Soto (Fort Myers) – 3 IP, 4 K, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 36 tricks, 62 tricks.
#10 – Brandon Winokur (Fort Myers) – 2-for-4, 2B(3), R, 2 RBI,
#11 – Tanner Schobel (Wichita) – 2-for-3, 2 BB, 2B(2), R, RBI, K
#12 – Luke Keaschall (Cedar Rapids) – 1-3, 2 BB, 2B(4), R, K
#13 – Kala’i Rosario (Wichita) –
#14 – CJ Culpepper (Cedar Rapids) – 3 1/3 IP, 5 H, 5 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, HBP, 35 tricks, 65 pitches,
#15 – Danny De Andrade (Cedar Rapids) – 2-for-5, 2-2B(4), 2 R, 3 RBI, K, SB(2).
#16 – Yunior Severino (St. Paul) –
#17 – Matt Canterino (Wichita) – IL
#18 – Connor Prielipp (Cedar Rapids) – IL
#19 – Ricardo Olivar (Cedar Rapids) – 2-for-4, BB, 2-2B(4), R, K
#20 – Simeon Woods Richardson (St. Paul) – DNP

St. Pau @ Indianapolis (12:35 CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (1-1, 3.65 ERA)
Tulsa @ Wichita (1:05 ​​PM CST) – LHP Jaylen Nowlin (0-1, 5.40 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Wisconsin (1:10 PM CST) – RHP Darren Bowen (0-0, 19.29 ERA)
Jupiter @ Fort Myers (11:05 CST) – Paulshawn Pasqualotto (0-0, 2.00 ERA)

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