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Minnesota Twins: Stephen Gonsalves Joins Kohl Stewart in Fort Meyers


The Minnesota Twins promoted their number 11 rated prospect, Stephen Gonsalves to Class A Advanced Fort Meyers. The left-handed starting pitcher had spent the first two months of the season with Class A Cedar Rapids.

Gonsalves was 6-1 with a 1.15 earned run average in nine starts for the Kernels. Last night he had a no-hitter going in the seventh inning. He finished the game with 11 strikeouts and gave up just two hits. It was his second straight game with ten or more strikeouts.

In his last three starts Gonsalves pitched 19 innings, giving up zero runs, six hits and 30 strikeouts. He has given up just seven earned runs on the season. His 77 strikeouts have him tied for the minor league lead.

Gonsalves will join the Twins number six prospect, Kohl Stewart in Fort Meyers. Stewart is 1-3 with a 3.49 earned run average for the Miracle.

That gives the Miracle an impressive starting rotation of Stewart, Gonsalves, Aaron Slegers and Chih-Wei Hu. That’s three (Stewart, Gonsalves, Hu) of the top 30 prospects for the Twins pitching for the Miracle. Slegers, who isn’t listed among the Twins top 30 prospects by MLB.com, is fresh off being named the Twins minor league player of the week.

Twins fans have had to watch some pretty horrendous starting pitching the past couple of seasons. This season it’s been much better. With a stash of talented young arms down on the farm it would appear even better days are on the horizon. If you happen to live in the Forty Meyers area, I advise you to go check out these talented young pitchers.

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