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Twins Minor League Report (6/14): Festa K’s 10 again; Wind Wave and Mighty Mussels Win – Minor Leagues

CURRENT WL records
Minnesota Twins: 38-32
St. Paul Saints: 31-35
Wichita Gust: 25-36
Cedar Rapids seeds: 34-26
Fort Myers Mighty Mussels: 29-30
FCL Gemini: 15-14
DSL Twins: 4-4

TRANSACTIONS
None to report

HOLY SENTINEL
St. Paul 9, Louisville 5
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David Festa took over on Friday night and showed why he is a top player for the Twins. In six innings, he allowed just two runs on four hits, while walking none and striking out ten. These are the kinds of performances that could get him into the big leagues quickly.

The Saints started the scoring early with a five-run first inning. Matt Wallner, recently passed over for a call-up in favor of Austin Martin, singled to Edouard Julien. Yunior Severino then singled home Brooks Lee before Tony Kemp drove in Wallner. A double by Patrick Winkel, his eighth of the season, scored Severino and Kemp to make it 5-0.

A Bats two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning got them on the board, but the Saints added again in the second inning. Michael Helman singled home Julien before Jair Camargo’s Wallner and Helman doubled. With an 8-2 lead, the Saints were in the driver’s seat, and their catcher continues to aim for the big leagues.

Camargo drove in Helman again with a single in the sixth inning to make it 9-2, and a pair of runs in the eighth inning for Louisville weren’t enough to change the outcome. St. Paul had sixteen hits that night, and seven of their nine starters had two. Helman stole his ninth base and Severino walked a few times.

Austin Brice was tagged for three runs in relief, but Jeff Brigham pitched two scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and a walk while striking out four.

WINDSURGE WISDOM
Wichita 6, Midland 1
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Marco Raya made the start for Wichita on Friday, working four innings of one-run baseball. With three hits, the top prospect walked one while striking out five. It was a nice rebound performance. Andrew Morris tagged along with him, pitching five scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out four to get the win.

Kyler Fedko opened the scoring with a single in the first inning that brought home Luke Keaschall. Midland tied the score in the second inning and stayed that way until the seventh inning. Aaron Sabato homered for the fourth time in 2024, driving in Carson McCusker to make it a 3-1 game. Dalton Shuffield doubled for Noah Cardenas before Keaschall drove in Ben Ross with a sacrifice fly. Jeferson Morales then brought home Shuffield on another sacrifice fly, and the 6-1 lead was enough to stay alive.

Wichita had nine hits that night and it was McCusker as the only hitter with a pair.

PICK NUGGETS
Lansing 4, Cedar Rapids 1
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A night after falling short, the Kernels responded by defeating Lansing 7-6. Unfortunately, they did not make the most of their opportunities and fell short. Jeremy Lee worked four innings while allowing a pair of runs on four hits. He walked three batters and struckout five batters. Gabriel Yanez and Juan Mercedes both gave up an extra unearned run.

Lansing took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, and it wasn’t until the fourth inning that Cedar Rapids came up with an answer. Misael Urbina grounded out, but Agustin Ruiz was able to score to make it a 2-1 game.

The Kernels couldn’t respond to the Lugnuts’ runs in the fifth or eighth inning and ultimately came up short. Ricardo Olivar and Kevin Maitan each scored a pair of goals in the losing effort.

MUSSEL IMPORTANT
Game 1: Fort Myers 1, Lakeland 0 (F/7)
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Tanner Hall started Game 1 Friday for Fort Myers and worked four innings of scoreless baseball. He allowed three hits, no walks and struck out two. Ricky Castro worked three scoreless innings in relief, striking out two while scattering three hits.

The teams remained scoreless for 6 1/2 innings. With Walker Jenkins on the dish and two outs, a wild pitch put runners on second and third base. The top prospect reached a 3-1 score and walked, loading the bases. Brandon Winokur stepped in with a chance to run it off. After being taken down by Eiker Huizi, the Mighty Mussels won the hard way.

Rixon Wingrove was the only Fort Myers batter to record a pair of hits.

Game 2: Lakeland 9, Fort Myers 4
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Cesar Lares started game two of the Mighty Mussels double header on Friday and he worked 4 2/3 while giving up three runs on five hits and three walks. The Fort Myers starter struck out a pair. Both Xander Hamilton and Nolan Santos allowed three runs in relief, sinking the team.

Rixon Wingrove opened the score with a homerun in the first inning, his first of the season, with Byron Chourio and Isaac Pena scoring. With a 3-0 lead, the Flying Tigers scored a pair of runs in the top of the third inning. Wingrove homered for the second time and his solo shot in the fourth inning gave Fort Myers a 4-2 lead.

With a seven-point lead, the Mighty Mussels couldn’t stop Lakeland and split the doubleheader. Wingrove was the only batter with a pair of hits, but both left the yard.

COMPLEX CHRONICLES
FCL Red Sox 3, FCL Twins 0
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In his first rehab appearance, Kyle Jones pitched two innings and gave up just one hit and a walk while striking out three batters. Miguel Cordero worked the next three innings in relief, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out three. That was enough to land the Twins.

All of the Red Sox runs came in the sixth inning. A solo home run, balk and sacrifice fly did the damage. The Twins only got two hits, one from Yasser Mercedes and one from Javier Roman.

DOMINICAN DAILIES
DSL Angels 9, DSL Twins 3
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Ramiro Villanueva got the start and worked a scoreless first inning. Daniel Manzueta and Cristian Hernandez then gave up a combined six runs in the next five innings. Manuel Compres also gave up three in the eighth inning.

Luis Fragoza kicked off the scoring with a grounder in the first inning, which scored Daiber De Los Santos. Alver Medina doubled in the second inning to score Victor Leal, and De Los Santos scored Medina with a single of his own. With a 3-0 lead it went downhill.

After giving up two in the bottom of the second inning, one in the third inning and three in the sixth and eighth innings, the Angels tacked on nine straight runs. De Los Santos and Ramiro Dominguez both recorded two-goal days.

TWINS DAILY MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS OF THE DAY
Pitcher of the Day – David Festa (St. Paul) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
Hitter of the Day – Jair Camargo (St. Paul) – 2-5, 3 RBI, 2B(4), K

OUTLOOK SUMMARY
Check out the Prospect Tracker to learn more about the Twins Top 20 prospects after seeing how they fared on Thursday.
#1 – Walker Jenkins (Fort Myers) – 0-3, BB, K
#2 – Brooks Lee (St. Paul) – 2-5, R
#4 – David Festa (St. Paul) – 6.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 10 K
#6 – Marco Raya (Wichita) – 4.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
#8 – Austin Martin (Minnesota) – R
#9 – Luke Keaschall (Wichita) – 1-3, R, 2B, RBI
#10 – Brandon Winokur (Fort Myers) – 0-3, RBI, 2 K, HBP
#11 – Simeon Woods Richardson (Minnesota) – 4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
#18 – Yunior Severino (St. Paul) – 2-3, R, RBI, 2 BB, K
#20 – Ricardo Olivar (Cedar Rapids) – 2-4, K

SATURDAY’S POSSIBLE STARTERS
St. Paul @ Louisville (6:15 PM CST) – RHP Randy Dobnak (4-5, 5.02 ERA)
Wichita vs. Midland (6:05 PM CST) – RHP Zebby Matthews (1-1, 1.21 ERA)
Cedar Rapids @ Lansing (6:05 PM CST) – RHP Jordan Carr (2-1, 4.12 ERA)
Fort Myers vs. Lakeland (6:05 PM CST) – RHP Spencer Bengard (2-1, 1.75 ERA)

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