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Minor-league baseball is back! With games back on in 2021 every Thursday for the rest of the season, Bally Sports North will take a closer look at some specific young players in the Minnesota Twins’ farm system -- as well as noting others who might be stepping up -- measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress.

This is the 9th edition of the 2021 Young Twins Tracker.

Jordan Balazovic, SP (age 22/Double-A)

Last week: 2 games (2 starts), 2-0, 14 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 17 K

Season: 9 games (9 starts), 3-1, 2.44 ERA, 44 1/3 IP, 36 H, 10 BB, 57 K, .214 OBA, 1.04 WHIP

Notable: Balazovic continues to put up goose eggs – he’s now had four consecutive starts without allowing a run. Last week, he went seven innings in both of his starts. On July 15 vs. Tulsa, he served up just one hit while striking out 11. Five days later at Arkansas, it was four hits and six punchouts. Over those last four starts he’s pitched 25 2/3 innings, allowing just 10 hits – and only one for extra bases, a double – with four walks, a hit batter and 30 strikeouts. That’s an opponent slash line of .118/.167/.129

Matt Canterino, SP (age 23/High-A)

Last week: DNP

Season: 4 games (4 starts), 1-0, 1.00 ERA, 18 IP, 10 H, 1 HR, 3 BB, 35 K, .154 OBA, 0.72 WHIP

Notable: Canterino hasn’t pitched since May 28, out with right elbow inflammation.

Keoni Cavaco, SS (age 20/Low-A)

Last week: DNP

Season: 28 games, 106 AB, .264 BA, .333 OBP, .340 SLG, .673 OPS, 28 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 14 R, 11 RBI, 4 SB, 10 BB, 32 K.

Notable: Cavaco hasn’t played since leaving early in Fort Myers’ July 13 game.

Jose Miranda, 3B (age 23/Triple-A)

Last week: 6 games, 27 AB, 10 H, 3 2b, HR, 5 R, 6 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 4 K, .370 BA

Season (Triple-A): 20 games, 82 AB, .341 BA, .415 OBP, .659 SLG, 1.073 OPS, 8 2b, 0 3b, 6 HR, 19 R, 19 RBI, 0 SB, 11 BB, 16 K.

Season (Double-A): 47 games, 194 AB, .345 BA, .408 OBP, .588 SLG, .996 OPS, 8 2B, 13 HR, 36 R, 38 RBI, 4 SB, 17 BB, 25 K.

Notable: Triple-A hasn’t proved to be a challenge so far for the 2016 No. 73 overall draft pick. Miranda is riding a nine-game hitting streak and has reached base in 19 of his 20 games with St. Paul. Last week featured three multi-hit games and, at Omaha on Wednesday, his sixth home run with the Saints. Miranda has 19 home runs in 67 combined minor-league games this season – his previous career high was 16 HR in 2018 in 131 games.

Brent Rooker, OF (age 26/Triple-A)

Last week: 6 games, 22 AB, 4 H, HR, 4 R, 5 RBI, 0 SB, 4 BB, 11 K, .182 BA

Season: 60 games, 213 AB, .239 BA, .365 OBP, .554 SLG, .919 OPS, 8 2B, 1 3b, 19 HR, 38 R, 48 RBI, 1 SB, 38 BB, 78 K.

Notable: Rooker swatted his 19th home run of the season vs. Columbus on July 17, putting him atop the leaderboard in that category in Triple-A East, one ahead of Omaha’s Ryan McBroom. Rookie is tied for third among all minor leaguers in homers.

Aaron Sabato, 1B (age 22/Low-A)

Last week: 7 games, 22 AB, 3 H, 2b, 0 R, 3 RBI, 1 SB, 5 BB, 8 K, .136 BA

Season: 67 games, 227 AB, .189 BA, .374 OBP, .300 SLG, .674 OPS, 13 2B, 0 3B, 4 HR, 38 R, 26 RBI, 1 SB, 63 BB, 89 K.

Notable: Of note this past week for Sabato was him stealing his first base as a professional. He also had his fifth three-walk game of the season. Sabato leads Low-A Southeast in walks.

Matt Wallner, OF (age 23/High-A)

Last week: 2 games, 6 AB, 2 H, HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 2 K, .333 BA

Season: 19 games, 72 AB, .333 BA, .402 OBP, .639 SLG, 1.041 OPS, 3 2B, 2 3B, 5 HR, 9 R, 15 RBI, 0 SB, 7 BB, 30 K.

Notable: After a couple of rehab games with Minnesota’s rookie team, Wallner suited up for Cedar Rapids for the first time since May 22 and homered in his return, July 20.

Josh Winder, SP (age 24/Triple-A)

Last week: 2 games (2 starts), 0-0, 9.2 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Season (Triple-A): 4 games (4 starts), 1-0, 4.67 ERA, 17 1/3 IP, 14 H, 4 HR, 3 BB, 15 K, .219 OBA, 0.98 WHIP

Season (Double-A): 10 games (10 starts), 3-0, 1.98 ERA, 54 2/3 IP, 41 H, 5 HR, 10 BB, 65 K, .245 OBA, 0.93 WHIP

Notable: Coming off his appearance in the Futures Game, Winder went 4 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, in his first game back, July 16 vs. Columbus. He went 5 1/3 innings in his next start, July 21 at Omaha, giving up four runs.

Others: On a rehab assignment at Triple-A St. Paul, Jake Cave went 10-for-24 (.417). … Wichita OF Trey Cabbage (4th round, 2015) slashed .278/.409/.667 in 22 plate appearances, knocking two homers while driving in five and walking four times. … RHP Varland (15th round, 2019) was promoted from Fort Myers to Cedar Rapids and proceeded to toss 11 scoreless innings over his first two starts with the Kernels, allowing five hits and four walks while striking out 14.

Statistics courtesy baseball-reference.com and milb.com