Minnesota Twins MiLB Weekly: Cedar Rapids Leads Division
Fort Myers Miracle (27-27)
Felix Jorge got off to a hot start. In his first five starts he struckout 29 and walked four in 32 2-3 innings. His 1.38 ERA was impressive to say the least. A bit of a different story in his last four starts.
Jorge struckout 18 and walked five in 26 1-3 innings. His ERA was a bit higher at 2.39. However, his strike percentage remained the same, throwing 70 percent strikes.
The No. 25 Twins prospect has the lowest ERA (1.83) of any Miracle starter. His high strike percentage and stamina are reasons to believe he will added to the 40 man roster next season. He will definiately see time in double-A Chattanooga this season, granted he stays healthy for the most part.
Cedar Rapids Kernels (30-23)
Randy LeBlanc was the Kernels best pitcher, and it wasn’t even close. He started nine games, winning six of them. His ERA was a minuscule 0.74. The Twins called LeBlanc up to Fort Myers May 31. He hasn’t made a start or even pitched yet for the Miracle.
LeBlanc, 24, didn’t become a full-fledged starter until this season. In his previous two minor league seasons, he did start some games but was primarily used out of the bullpen. The last time he was a full-time starter was in college.
It’d be nice to see him get a chance to start with the Miracle. LeBlanc is already at a disadvantage as he’s not a top prospect and not a strikeout pitcher (37 in 61 innings). His drastic improvement this season keeps the hope alive that the 10 round selection still has value.