Trey Cabbage

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 17th edition of the 2021 Young Twins Tracker.

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

Last week: 2 game (2 starts), 1-0, 9 2/3 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 10 K

Season: 20 games (20 starts), 5-4, 3.62 ERA, 97 IP, 98 H, 38 BB, 102 K, .255 OBA, 1.40 WHIP

Notable: Just like he’s done all season, Balazovic followed up a gem of an outing with a stinker. On Sept. 10, he held the Northwest Arkansas Naturals to one run (unearned) in six innings, whiffing five hitters and walking two. Five days later, the 22-year-old surrendered four earned runs on four walks and four hits in 3 2/3 innings against the Arkansas Travelers. He’s walked multiple batters in four of his last five games.

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

Last week: DNP

Season: 60 games, 236 AB, .233 BA, .296 OBP, .301 SLG, .597 OPS, 6 2B, 2 3B, 2 HR, 27 R, 24 RBI, 5 SB, 18 BB, 89 K.

Notable: Cavaco isn’t listed on the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels injured list yet he hasn’t played since Sept. 1. An odd situation to say the least.

Austin Martin, SS/OF (age 22/Double-A)

Last week: 4 games, 13 AB, 4 H, 1 RBI, 1 R, 3 BB, 2K, .308 BA

Season (with Double-A Wichita): 33 games, 121 AB, .248 BA, .391 OBP, .372 SLG, .763 OPS, 6 2B, 3 HR, 21 R, 19 RBI, 4 SB, 19 BB, 29 K.

Season (Double-A New Hampshire): 56 games, 196 AB, .281 BA, .424 OBP, .383 SLG, .807 OPS, 10 2B, 2 HR, 43 R, 16 RBI, 9 SB, 37 BB, 53 K.

Notable: In nine games this month, Martin has logged a .568 OPS with no extra-base hits. His previous worst single-month OPS in 2021 is .731 in May.

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

Last week: 3 games, 14 AB, 6 H, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, 0 BB, 1 K, .429 BA

Season (Triple-A): 66 games, 282 AB, .337 BA, .392 OBP, .550 SLG, .941 OPS, 18 2B, 14 HR, 52 R, 44 RBI, 22 BB, 46 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: Miranda is riding a six-game hitting streak, with multiple hits in five of those contests. He tallied all four of his RBI last week during the Saints’ 13-4 rout of Indianapolis on Sept. 14 with a three-run homer and a run-scoring single.

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

Last week: 5 games, 18 AB, 4 H, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 3 K, .222 BA

Season: 62 games, 242 AB, .260 BA, .350 OBP, .504 SLG, .854 OPS, 13 2B, 2 3B, 14 HR, 36 R, 44 RBI, 27 BB, 91 K.

Notable: Wallner was the featured prospect in last week’s tracker, but he followed up back-to-back three-hit performances with four hits over his next six contests. Among players with 200+ at-bats, the outfielder leads Cedar Rapids with a .504 slugging percentage and ranks third with 14 bombs.

Others: Fort Myers SS Mikey Perez (Round 15, 2021) is batting 13-for-24 (.542) with three doubles and one home run in his first seven professional games. The draftee from UCLA walked five times and fanned just twice. … Mighty Mussels LHP Cade Povich (Round 3, 2021) has allowed one run while whiffing 14 batters in eight innings (1.13 ERA). … Cedar Rapids 1B Aaron Sabato (Round 1, 2020) is the king of the three true outcomes in baseball -- a home run, walk or strikeout. Over the last five games, Sabato has logged a true outcome in 17 of 23 plate appearances: Nine strikeouts, six walks and two homers. … Kernels RHP Louie Varland (Round 15, 2019) had a fantastic performance Sept. 15 against Peoria, posting 11 strikeouts in six innings while holding the Chiefs to one earned run. In two professional seasons, Varland owns a 10-5 career record, 2.10 ERA and 1.12 WHIP. … Wichita RHP Simeon Woods Richardson, acquired in the José Berríos trade, recovered from his rough game Sept. 9 (1 2/3 IP, 6 ER, 3 H, 3 BB) with five strikeouts in three scoreless frames on Sept. 14. … Wichita OF Trey Cabbage (Round 4, 2014) went 8-for-16 (.500) with two homers and five RBI last week. He went 3-for-4 against the Arkansas Travelers on Sept. 14 for his fifth game of the year with 3+ hits. With 27 home runs this season (seven at High-A, 18 at Double-A), Cabbage is tied with Jose Miranda for the most in the Twins organization and is tied for 15th among all minor-leaguers. He’s a big reason why the Wind Surge lead the Double-A Central with a 66-50 record.

Statistics courtesy baseball-reference.com and milb.com