Reaching the highest level of professional baseball is the dream of every little boy and girl from tee-ball and up. Not to be overlooked is the journey along the way to the top.
Unfiltered Access will be highlighting the stories of the Rochester Red Wings and their opponents along with their journey to the pinnacle of baseball throughout the 2018 season. Unfiltered Access will be providing exclusive interviews, prospect updates, and breakdown of the triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.
Frontier Field, the home of the Red Wings has welcomed many greats of the game through its doors. The Western New York affiliate has seen the likes of Cal Ripken Jr., Steve Finley, Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau among countless other all-stars and greats of the game to don the Red Wings uniform. More recently all-stars and former MVP’s including Miguel Sano, Jose Bautista, and Dustin Pedroia have taken the field in front of the Rochester faithful.
The Red Wings are not scarce of their own talent as they have potential future all-stars waiting in the wings. Five of the Minnesota Twins top 30 prospects currently play in Rochester. Among the top prospects in the Twins top-ranked pitcher Stephen Gonsalves, a strikeout-throwing left-hander who is well on his way to getting the call to the big leagues after beginning his 2018 season by going 3-1 with a .164 average against him in the early going.
The Minnesota Twins all-star third baseman Miguel Sano joined the Red Wings on May 19 as the first stop on his rehab tour. The 25-year-old had not played a game in the big leagues since April 27. His return to the big league club will be welcomed, as the Twins are 19-23 and a game and a halfback in the AL Central as of May 21.
Sano told Unfiltered Access he doesn’t expect a long stay with the Red Wings, “Great moment for me and get ready to go. Try to do different stuff here like agility, have some fun here with my teammates here too and you know just trying to play the game. Once I feel 100% I go there (Minnesota).”
The Red Wings manager Joel Skinner said that they expect Sano to head out with the team on their next road trip but do not know what to expect beyond that.
Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Prospect Ranking: 3
(3-1), 2.95 era, 21.1 IP, 27 SO
The top-ranked pitching prospect for the Minnesota Twins has gotten off to a hot start to begin the season. In his recent start on May 19, the left-hander collected 11 strikeouts including that of former MVP Dustin Pedroia in 5.1 innings pitched.
Zack Littell, RHP, Prospect Ranking16
(1-0), 1.69 era, 16 IP, 17 SO
John Curtis, RHP, Prospect Ranking: 20
(1-0), 1.88 era, 14.1 IP, 24 SO
Jake Reed, RHP, Prospect Ranking: 26
(0-0), 3.38 era, 5.1 IP, 7 SO
Zack Granite, CF, Prospect Ranking: 27
.203 Avg., 0 HR, 0 RBI
Unfiltered Access will continue to update information on the Red Wings as information emerges.