Twins prospect Kirilloff raking in early-season accolades

The Minnesota Twins are reshaping their franchise with an injection of youth and prospects.

Every Thursday for the rest of the season, FOX Sports North will take a closer look at some specific young players in Minnesota’s farm system — as well as noting others who might be stepping up — measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress.

This is the sixth edition of the 2018 Young Twins Tracker.

 

Stephen Gonsalves, LHP (age 23/Triple-A)

Last week: 1 game (1 start), 0-1, 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 4 BB, 5 K

Season (Triple-A): 7 games (7 starts), 4-2, 4.13 ERA, 32 2/3 IP, 22 H, 3 HR, 20 BB, 38 K, .190 OBA, 1.29 WHIP

Season (Double-A): 4 games (4 starts), 3-0, 1.77 ERA, 20 1/3 IP, 11 H, 2 HR, 10 BB, 25 K, .167 OBA, 1.03 WHIP

Notable: Gonsalves suffered his second loss at Triple-A on Tuesday, allowing three runs over 5 2/3 innings — two of those runs coming on a two-out rally by Indianapolis. The 23-year-old also yielded four walks for the third time this season. He hasn’t recorded an outing without a walk since Aug. 10, 2017.

 

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Nick Gordon, SS (age 22/Triple-A)

Last week: 5 games, 21 AB, 10 H, 3 2B, 0 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 1 BB, 2 K, .476 BA

Season (Triple-A): 16 games, 60 AB, .350 BA, .371 OBP, .467 SLG, .838 OPS, 5 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 4 R, 3 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 12 K

Season (Double-A): 42 games, 162 AB, .333 BA, .381 OBP, .525 SLG, .906 OPS, 10 2B, 3 3B, 5 HR, 22 R, 20 RBI, 7 SB, 11 BB, 27 K

Notable: Gordon raised his batting average at Triple-A from .282 to .350 in just five games. He racked up three hits on both Friday and Tuesday, starting his month of June in a promising fashion after registering a solid slash line of .302/.333/.395 in May.

 

Tyler Jay, LHP (age 24/Double-A)

Last week: 2 games (0 starts), 0-0, 4 1/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K

Season: 11 games, 1-1, 1.59 ERA, 22 2/3 IP, 23 H, 0 HR, 9 BB, 19 K, .267 OBA, 1.41 WHIP

Notable: Jay ran into trouble May 31 when he gave up two hits and walked a pair of hitters, but he escaped with three strikeouts. The former first-round pick has tallied multiple Ks in seven of his 13 relief appearances this season with Chattanooga.

 

Alex Kirilloff, OF (age 20/High-A)

Last week: 8 games, 30 AB, 10 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 6 R, 7 RBI, 0 SB, 4 BB, 4 K, .333 BA

Season: 55 games, 211 AB, .327 BA, .386 OBP, .592 SLG, .978 OPS, 17 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 33 R, 49 RBI, 1 SB, 20 BB, 40 K

Notable: Kirilloff was named the Midwest League Player of the Month for May after he led the league in hits (41), RBI (25) and total bases (73) while posting a .360/.423/.640 slash line. He was also named a starting outfielder for the MWL All-Star game June 19. Kirilloff hammered three homers in the past week, putting his total at 11 for the season, tied for the league lead with Cleveland prospect Will Benson.

 

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Royce Lewis, SS (age 19/High-A)

Last week: 7 games, 30 AB, 5 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 R, 5 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 2 K, .167 BA

Season: 46 games, 184 AB, .288 BA, .337 OBP, .413 SLG, .750 OPS, 11 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 29 R, 31 RBI, 15 SB, 13 BB, 30 K

Notable: Lewis celebrated his 19th birthday Tuesday night with his first career grand slam during Cedar Rapids’ 14-3 blowout of Beloit. It was the lone highlight of a rather bleak week for the Twins’ top prospect, but he’ll still join teammate Kirilloff as a starter on the MWL All-Star game at shortstop.

 

Brent Rooker, 1B (age 23/Double-A)

Last week: 7 games, 28 AB, 10 H, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 3 R, 8 RBI, 0 SB, 4 BB, 8 K, .357 BA

Season: 55 games, 216 AB, .259 BA, .306 OBP, .458 SLG, .765 OPS, 13 2B, 3 3B, 8 HR, 27 R, 35 RBI, 1 SB, 14 BB, 66 K

Notable: Rooker had hit one triple in his professional career coming into this week, but then he notched a three-bagger in back-to-back games Friday and Saturday. The 23-year-old didn’t turn many heads in May with a .231/.287/.452 slash line and six homers, but he’s off to a great start in June — .417/.483/.833 with six extra-base hits in six games.

 

LaMonte Wade, OF (age 24/Double-A)

Last week: 6 games, 23 AB, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 R, 6 RBI, 1 SB, 4 BB, 3 K, .304 BA

Season: 44 games, 162 AB, .296 BA, .393 OBP, .444 SLG, .837 OPS, 1 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 28 R, 26 RBI, 5 SB, 25 BB, 20 K

Notable: Wade has found his swing again after missing time on the disabled list in May, compiling three straight multi-hit games last week. The ninth-round pick by Minnesota in 2015 will represent the North Division of the Southern League in the All-Star game June 19.

 

Others: DH Kennys Vargas owns a .225/.304/.374 slash line in 52 games with Triple-A Rochester this season. … Cedar Rapids pitchers Brusdar Graterol and Jared Finkel (Round 23, 2017) were selected as reserves for the MWL West All-Star squad. … Chattanooga OF Zandier Wiel (Round 12, 2015) and pitchers Omar Bencomo, Ryne Harper, Randy LeBlanc (Round 10, 2014) and Williams Ramirez were all named All-Stars in the Southern League. … OF Jake Cave leads Rochester in batting average (.277) and runs (20) and is hitting .345 with six RBI and three dingers in his last eight games. … Duel of the dishes: Rochester will suit up as the “Plates” Thursday to take on the Syracuse Salt Potatoes.

Statistics courtesy milb.com and STATS