Rochester Red Wings: Granite the Hero

Unfiltered Access will be highlighting the stories of the Rochester Red Wings and their opponents on their journey this season. Unfiltered Access will be providing exclusive interviews, prospect updates, and a breakdown of the triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.

Overview

The Wings managed to get to .500 going into a weekend series against the New York Yankees triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders. The 35-35 Wings have struggled mightily as of late, especially at home as the bats have been nearly non-existent. Despite the lack of pop at the plate, the Wings have still received strong pitching performances including a lights-out start by Zack Littel on June 22. Littel settled in after walking the first batter of the game to go 6.2 innings of shutout baseball. The right-hander’s era on the season would drop down to 3.05.

Former Minnesota Twins Minor League Player of the Year, Zack Granite, has seen his playing time take a dip. The lack of playing time can be related to his struggles at the dish and notable Minnesota Twins gold-glove center fielder Byron Buxton joining the Wings on a rehab assignment. Granite had 175 plate appearances without an RBI coming into June 22nd. Pinch-hitting for Buxton in the 10th inning, Granite finally broke through with his first RBI of the season, securing a Wings 2-1 walk-off win over the Syracuse Chiefs.

 

The Red Wings are currently fourth in the International League North Divison, 5.5 games behind the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI).

 

Prospect Watch

(Stats as of 6/22/18)

Stephen Gonsalves, LHP, Prospect Ranking: 2

(4-3), 5.10 era, 42.1 IP, 46 SO

Nick Gordon, SS, Prospect Ranking: 3

.255 Avg., 0 HR, 6 RBI

Lamonte Wade, OF, Prospect Ranking: 12

.206 Avg, 0 HR, 3 RBI

Zack Littell, RHP, Prospect Ranking: 14
(1-3), 3.58 era, 37.2 IP, 37 SO

John Curtiss, RHP, Prospect Ranking: 19
(2-1), 2.13 era, 25.1.1 IP, 36 SO

Jake Cave, OF, Prospect Ranking: 24
.272 Avg., 5 HR, 27 RBI

Zack Granite, CF, Prospect Ranking: 25
.200 Avg., 0 HR, 0 RBI

Unfiltered Access will continue to update information on the Red Wings as information emerges.

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