Lewis collects third three-hit game of season

May 23rd, 2022

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Lewis still proving he can hit at any level (May 22)
No matter the level, Royce Lewis is going to hit.

After batting .308 over 11 Major League games after making his debut on May 6, MLB Pipeline's No. 42 overall prospect has continued his success since rejoining Triple-A St. Paul.

In the Saints' 8-6 loss to Omaha, the 22-year-old went 3-for-5 to push his Minor League average to .320, marking his 14th multihit game for the 2022 season. Since returning to the Minors, the shortstop has gone 6-for-16 (.375).

Lewis has handled his return to the Minors with the right attitude. Of course, it helps to know star shortstop Carlos Correa, who was out for 11 games with a bruised right middle finger and called for Lewis' promotion, believes in the young prospect and thinks he will return to the Majors sooner than later. -- Ethan Sands

Lewis homers, is perfect in return to St. Paul lineup (May 19)
Following a brief but superb first taste of the Majors, Royce Lewis made a statement in his return to the Minors. Baseball's No. 42 overall prospect led off the game with a homer, singled twice, and stole his ninth base for Triple-A St. Paul, which lost to Omaha, 11-2. Lewis has hit safely in 12 of his last 14 games for the Saints.

Of course, part of that was interrupted by an 11-game cameo with the Twins, and the 22-year-old made the most of it. Lewis clubbed his first two big league homers, including a grand slam, and slashed .308/.325/.564 with five RBIs in 11 games for Minnesota.

The top overall pick in the 2017 Draft has performed even better with St. Paul, batting .333 with a 1.061 OPS, 12 extra-base hits, 12 RBIs and nine stolen bases in 10 attempts over 25 games. -- Michael Avallone

Canterino extends scoreless streak to 17 innings (May 11)
Make it five starts, four weeks and 17 consecutive innings since Matt Canterino surrendered a run. The No. 8 Minnesota prospect equaled season highs with six strikeouts and four innings to help lead Double-A Wichita past Northwest Arkansas, 4-3.

Canterino surrendered two hits and has yielded only four during his scoreless streak, which has lowered his ERA to 1.31. The 24-year-old is holding opponents to a .129 average and has fanned 28 in 20 innings. -- Michael Avallone

Fort Myers trio flexes for nine-inning no-no (May 10)
The pressure of a no-hitter can be such that not realizing one is in progress might be more beneficial than not. And that's how it went for Hunter McMahon, who got the final three outs of Single-A Fort Myers' no-no ... even if he didn't know what he had done.

With David Festa leading the charge with a career-high 11 strikeouts over six innings, McMahon and fellow reliever Jaylen Nowlin combined to wrap up the fifth no-hitter in franchise history with a 3-0 win over visiting Palm Beach.

The no-hitter was the sixth in the Minors this season and the Mighty Mussels' second in 27 games going back to last year. The club tossed a seven-inning no-no in the penultimate game of the 2021 campaign. Full story »

Steer notches multihomer game (May 7)
Spencer Steer gave his team a chance with his second home run of the game. 

The 24-year-old was 3-for-5 in the contest with three RBIs. He picked up his first RBI in the first inning, hitting a double to center field. His second RBI came courtesy of his third-inning solo homer over the left-field fence. His third and final RBI had the same result, a game-tying solo shot to left that brought the game to 4-4 in the fourth inning. 

The second baseman increased his on-base streak to nine games with his first-inning two bagger, and he's hitting .323 on the season. 

Steer is in just his third year in the Minors after being drafted with the 90th overall pick in 2019. -- Ethan Sands

Wallner shows out in DH sweep (May 6)
Matt Wallner enjoyed quite the performance in Double-A Wichita’s doubleheader sweep of Tulsa. The No. 11 prospect combined for two home runs, two doubles, seven RBIs and 13 total bases across two games.

The 24-year-old smacked a three-run homer on a liner 108 mph off the bat to right in the Wind Surge's 7-2 Game 1 win before really turning on the jets in the 10-0 Game 2 win. He opened up the scoring with a 113 mph solo homer to right-center, his sixth of the year, on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the second. He led off the fourth frame with a double to left before knocking in a run with another two-bagger, this time to right, in the following inning. He added a two-run single to right as part of an eight-run bottom of the sixth to cap off his night.

The lefty slugger is slashing .243/.353/.543 with 13 walks and 19 RBIs in 20 games. -- Stephanie Sheehan

Miller continues to rake for Mighty Mussels (May 6)
One night after posting a perfect 4-for-4 performance at the plate, Noah Miller continued to hit the cover off the ball -- collecting three knocks while falling a triple shy of a cycle and driving in three runs to lead Single-A Fort Myers' 9-1 victory over Lakeland.

The ninth-ranked Twins prospect singled to right in the fifth, laced an RBI double to center in the seventh and crushed a two-run shot to the deepest part of the park in right-center in the eighth off a 2-0 fastball for his first long ball of the year.

After a slow start, Miller has recovered well of late and sports a .278/.418/.380 slash line with five extra-base hits, 17 walks, 12 runs scored and four RBIs over 21 games. -- Rob Terranova

Will Lewis get the call? (May 5)
Minnesota seemingly doesn't have to look far to replace Carlos Correa, who may have suffered a non-displaced fracture of his right middle finger in the seventh inning against the Orioles.

Royce Lewis, the No. 44 overall prospect in baseball, is the last middle infielder standing on the team's 40-man roster. He's also been very successful of late at Triple-A with St. Paul.

With a seven-game on-base streak, the 22-year-old sports a slash line of .310/.430/.563. He extended his run with a sixth-inning walk against Iowa, then smacked his 11th double in the Saints' 6-3 win over the Cubs.

Lewis was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 Draft, and if he's called up, will be making his Major League debut.

The California native spent most of his time in the Minors with Fort Myers (Single-A) and Cedar Rapids (High-A) before playing just 33 games in Wichita (Double-A) in 2019. Prior to the start of the Minor League season, Lewis hadn't appeared in a game since Sept. 2, 2019, due to COVID-19 in 2020 and a torn ACL suffered before the 2021 season. -- Ethan Sands

Wallner busts out with pair of homers (April 30)
It took Matt Wallner 13 games to hit his first two home runs. His next pair came much quicker. The No. 11 Twins prospect continued his recent hot streak with two homers as part of a 3-for-4, three-RBI peformance in Double-A Wichita's 9-4 win over Arkansas.

Attempting to dig himself out of a slow start, Wallner entered the game batting .161 but found instant success with an RBI single in the first inning. The 24-year-old added two solo blasts in the fifth and seventh innings for the third multihomer game of his career and first since July 27.

Wallner is batting .200 with a .741 OPS, five extra-base hits, 12 RBIs and 12 walks in 17 games for the Wind Surge. -- Michael Avallone

Woods Richards extends scoreless streak (April 28)
Four starts in and Simeon Woods Richardson remains unscored upon. The No. 7 Twins prospect added five more scoreless frames to his ledger to lead Double-A Wichita past Arkansas, 2-0. Woods Richardson allowed a pair of singles, walked three and struck out four in his 79-pitch outing.

The 21-year-old has yet to allow a run over his first 21 2/3 innings for the Wind Surge, tallying 18 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .101 average. He's worked five frames in each start and has surrendered two or fewer hits in all of them.

Obtained from the Blue Jays in last year's Jose Berrios trade, Woods Richardson struggled to a 5.91 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts) Double-A New Hampshire and Wichita. Despite his high ERA, the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder averaged 13 strikeouts per nine innings, fanning 77 in 53 1/3. -- Michael Avallone

No. 1 Lewis walks it off (April 27)
Make it back-to-back two-hit games for Royce Lewis, the organization's No. 1-ranked prospect, who clubbed a walk-off single in the 10th inning of Wednesday's game to lead Triple-A St. Paul to a 3-2 win over Nashville at CHS Field. MLB Pipeline's No. 45 overall prospect is now hitting .309/.407/.559 with two homers, nine doubles and three stolen bases in his first taste of Triple-A (18 games).

Making this more encouraging is the fact that Lewis has 17 strikeouts and 10 walks in 81 plate appearances, showing off the plate discipline that he lacked in his last professional season in '19, when he posted 123 strikeouts against 38 walks across High-A and Double-A.

Considering Lewis hadn't seen live game action since the 2019-20 offseason and only played 33 games at Double-A in '19 before being promoted to Triple-A, this is about as encouraging of a start as the Twins could have hoped for from the 22-year-old in his return to play from a torn ACL. -- Do-Hyoung Park

Canterino throwing blanks for Wichita (April 24)
His outings have yet to exceed three innings, but Matt Canterino is making the most of them. The No. 8 Twins prospect needed just 23 pitches -- 18 for strikes -- to strike out three over three perfect innings in Double-A Wichita's 7-4 win over Midland. It was the second consecutive hitless outing for Canterino, who fanned six and walked two in three no-hit frames in his previous start.

After he surrendered three runs and three walks in his first 3 2/3 innings spanning two starts, the 24-year-old has found his groove. Canterino lowered his ERA to 2.79 and has 14 strikeouts in 9 2/3 frames while holding opponents to a .152 average.

The Rice product has been virtually unhittable in his pro career with a 1.40 ERA and 90 whiffs in 57 2/3 innings. Opposing batters have hit just .140 against him. -- Michael Avallone

Hajjar fans 10 in 4 1/3 no-hit innings (April 20)
After a rough debut, Steven Hajjar settled in quickly in his second career start.

The Twins’ No. 21 prospect fanned a career-high 10 batters in 4 1/3 no-hit innings, walking two and allowing an unearned run. The 21-year-old registered 20 whiffs on 73 pitches.

Hajjar, a second-round pick out of Michigan in the 2021 Draft, has a 4.91 ERA in 7 1/3 innings with 16 strikeouts and four walks. In his professional debut, the lefty gave up four runs in three innings, striking out six. -- Nick Trujillo