Twins prospect Jax leaves impression before flying off to Air Force

BY Tom Dierberger • July 27, 2017

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 -- as well as noting others who might be stepping up -- measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress.

This is the 13th edition of the 2017 Young Twins Tracker.

 

Lewin Diaz (age 20/Low-A)

Last week: 4 games, 16 AB, 5 H, 1 2B, 0 HR, 3 R, 3 RBI, 0 SB, 0 BB, 3 K, .313 BA.

Season: 92 games, 353 AB, .278 BA, .313 OBP, .445 SLG, .758 OPS, 27 2B, 1 3B, 10 HR, 38 R, 56 RBI, 0 SB, 20 BB, 61 K.

Notable: Diaz had back-to-back games with two hits on July 21-22, and knocked in all three runs for the week in a 7-4 win over Great Lakes on Friday.

 

Stephen Gonsalves (age 23/Double-A)

Last week: 1 game (1 start), 1-0, 5 2/3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 6 K

Season: 13 games (13 starts), 7-3, 2.78 ERA, 74 1/3 IP, 57 H, 7 HR, 17 BB, 88 K, .206 OBA, 1.00 WHIP

Notable:  Chattanooga has won six of its last seven games that Gonsalves has started.

 

Nick Gordon (age 21/Double-A)

Last week: 5 games, 20 AB, 5 H, 4 R, 1 2B 0 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 3 BB, 5 K, .250 BA.

Season: 88 games, 368 AB, .293 BA, .364 OBP, .446 SLG, .810 OPS, 23 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 59 R, 51 RBI, 11 SB, 40 BB, 91 K.

Notable: Gordon had a five-game hitting streak going before breaking it Wednesday, but he picked up two walks that night and scored a run for the Lookouts.



 

Royce Lewis (age 18/Rookie)

Last week: 5 games, 17 AB, 3 H, 0 3B, 0 HR, 5 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB, 3 BB, 3 K, .176 BA.

Season: 23 games, 87 AB, .299 BA, .390 OBP, .494 SLG, .884 OPS, 6 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 25 R, 12 RBI, 7 SB, 10 BB, 11 K.

Notable: Lewis has cooled down as of late, hitting .235/.333/.382 in his last 10 games.

 

Fernando Romero (age 22/Double-A)

Last week: 1 game (1 start), 1-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 6 K

Season: 19 games (18 starts), 9-6, 2.68 ERA, 100 2/3 IP, 88 H, 3 HR, 40 BB, 103 K, .232 OBA, 1.27 WHIP

Notable: Romero has thrown five innings in each of his last four starts, allowing four runs in his last 20 innings.

 

Brent Rooker (age 22/Single-A)

Last week: 7 games, 24 AB, 6 H, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 5 K, .250 BA.

Season: 9 games, 31 AB, .194 BA, .324 OBP, .226 SLG, .550 OPS, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 2 R, 0 RBI, 0 SB, 6 BB, 8 K.

Notable: Rooker had his best game for Single-A Fort Myers since being promoted on July 18 when he laced three hits – all singles – and walked once Friday.

 

Kohl Stewart (age 22/Double-A)

Last week: 2 games (2 starts), 1-1, 10 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 8 BB, 5 K

Season: 12 games (12 starts), 4-5, 3.47 ERA, 57 IP, 49 H, 2 HR, 34 BB, 35 K, .237 OBA, 1.46 WHIP

Notable: Stewart struggled with control in his two starts last week, walking four hitters in both appearances. He had walked no more than one hitter in his previous four starts.



 

Others: Rochester’s Tim Melville pitched eight scoreless innings in a 2-0 win Friday. … 3B Nelson Molina (11th round, 2013) smacked a two-run double in the 13th inning to lead Fort Myers to victory. … Rochester RHP Aaron Slegers (5th round, 2013) allowed one run in seven innings Sunday, lowering his ERA to 3.06. … Cedar Rapids RHP Griffin Jax (3rd round, 2016) was placed on military leave. Jax made four starts, departing with a 2-1 record, 2.39 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings for the Kernels this year. He is headed to the Air Force, stationed at Cape Canaveral Air Station in Florida, as he has a two-year commitment to fulfill.

Statistics courtesy milb.com



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