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 fourth edition of the 2018 Young Twins Tracker.
Stephen Gonsalves (age 23/Triple-A)
Last week: 1 game (1 start), 1-0, 5 1/3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 11 K
Notable: Gonsalves responded from a rough start last week (6 ER in 1 2/3 IP) by recording 5 1/3 scoreless innings against the Pawtucket Red Sox. He fanned 11 hitters, one shy of his career-best 12 strikeouts set in 2015 when the former fourth-round pick was pitching for Single-A Cedar Rapids.
Notable: Gordon took another big step in his professional career when he was called up to Triple-A Rochester on May 22. In his first start at Rochester one day later, Gordon hit second in the lineup and tallied a single in the seventh inning. The promotion was well deserved for the Twins’ first-round pick in 2014 after he hit for a .333 average in 42 games at Double-A.
Tyler Jay (age 24/Double-A)
Last week: 2 games (0 starts), 0-1, 1 2/3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Notable: Jay didn’t record an out in his appearance on May 19. He came in the bottom of the 10th inning with Chattanooga hanging on to a 2-1 lead, but Biloxi scraped together two runs on three hits before Jay could record an out. Despite the blown save and the first loss of the year, Jay owns a respectable 1.93 ERA early in the season.
Notable: Kirilloff had a big week at the plate, collecting at least one hit in all six games. In Cedar Rapids’ 6-1 win over Clinton on Sunday, the 20-year-old knocked in three runs on two hits. He raised his batting average 20 points from last week.
Notable: Wade crashed into the outfield wall while trying to make catch on May 17 and was placed on the disabled list the following day. He mashed his sixth homer of the year during that contest. Wade is a favorite to be promoted to Triple-A at some point this season. He spent all of 2017 with Chattanooga and registered a .292/.397/.408 slash line.
Others: Cedar Rapids OF Akil Baddoo ranks fourth in the Midwest Leagues with 34 walks. … He’s not exactly a prospect, but Ervin Santana yielded two runs and four hits in two innings of work during a rehab start for Chattanooga on Wednesday. … Cedar Rapids OF Shane Carrier (Round 8, 2016) tied a career high with four RBI in the Kernels’ 8-7 win Wednesday. … Rochester will don Hop Bitters jerseys on Saturday, paying homage to a club that played there from 1879-80.