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.
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.
— Samuel Berger (@UnfilteredSB) June 21, 2018
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.
This is just down right unbelievable.
Byron Buxton singled on a hard lined drive to left field and landed on second.
His time from home-to-second was 7.36.
Don’t know if I’ve ever gotten so pumped up for a single. pic.twitter.com/oiL2ONVQwR
— Morrie Silver (@MorrieSilver8) June 22, 2018
The Red Wings are currently fourth in the International League North Divison, 5.5 games behind the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (PHI).
(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.