The other day, Kyle gave us an in-depth view of the minors. Today, we have some superlatives to offer, for the past month’s top-performances throughout the Twins minor-league system.
All stats updated entering August 1.
Top-Pitcher from July: Edwar Colina
22-year-old Edwar Colina was virtually unhittable in each of his starts this past month. Earning him not only the title for pitcher of the month, but also a promotion to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
Before being promoted on July 11, Colina made two starts with the Fort Myers Miracle and allowed just four hits while striking out 17 through a combined 15 innings. Then, Colina recorded a 1.08 ERA, 0.960 WHIP, .175 OPP AVG along with 19 strikeouts during his 16 and 2⁄3 innings pitched at double-A.
It’ll be interesting to see if Colina can continue this dominant performance during the remainder of the season.
Honorable Mention: Charlie Barnes
The 4th-round selection by the Twins back in 2017 was finally able to find some success since being promoted to double-A a few months ago. Charlie Barnes was struggling to pitch effectively before his six starts this past month.
But, the 23-year-old rebounded very nicely and produced a 2.04 ERA, 1.160 WHIP, .238 OPP AVG along with 35 strikeouts through 35 and 1⁄3 innings pitched. One of the biggest reasons for this new found success four Barnes was his ability to reduce the amount of hits surrendered. Barnes was able to lower his OPP AVG by 51 points in just a month.
Top-Hitter from July: Royce Lewis
The consensus top-prospect within the Twins minor-league system recorded one of his best-performances which finally earned him a promotion to the Blue Wahoos. Royce Lewis hit four doubles, four home runs, ten RBI’s and slashed a line of .273/.341/.481/.821 through 19 games at high-A this past month.
While Lewis is currently struggling at double-A, that doesn’t take away from his outstanding performance and improved plate discipline that earned him this promotion. For the majority of this season, Lewis has struggled to induce many walks. But, the 20-year-old recorded seven walks to 18 strikeouts this past month. Which was one of the reasons for his promotion.
Honorable Mention: Gabe Snyder
The 21st-round pick by the Twins last season was quietly one of the best-hitters within the entire Twins organization this past month. Gabe Snyder produced five doubles, seven home runs, 16 RBI’s and slashed a line of .288/.361/.538/.900 in 27 games this past month.
Snyder is likely someone who’ll slide under the radar most of the time because of how late he was drafted. But, the 24-year-old has the chance to shoot up the Twins’ system very quickly. Snyder can hit for power as he’s combined to hit 12 doubles and nine home runs over the last two months.
If he can limit the number of strikeouts, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see Snyder in the upper-part of the Twins minor-league system very shortly.