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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 3rd edition of the 2021 Young Twins Tracker.

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

Last week: 1 game (1 start), 0-0, 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K

Season: 1 game (1 start), 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 3 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 5 K, .091 OBA, 0.90 WHIP

Notable: After sitting out the first few weeks of the season due to a back injury, Balazovic made his 2021 debut June 5. Getting the start against Arkansas, the Twins’ top pitching prospect whiffed five hitters and allowed just one hit and no runs across 3 1/3 innings. Balazovic threw 62 pitches in his Double-A debut.

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 was off to a stunning start to the 2021 campaign before Cedar Rapids placed him on the injured list with right elbow inflammation. According to reports, an MRI showed no structural damage to his elbow. Hopefully he’ll get back to the mound soon.

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

Last week: 5 games, 20 AB, 7 H, 2 R, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 0 BB, 4 K, .350 BA

Season: 27 games, 106 AB, .264 BA, .328 OBP, .340 SLG, .667 OPS, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 13 R, 11 RBI, 4 SB, 9 BB, 32 K.

Notable: Cavaco notched his third three-hit game of the season with two singles and a double June 9 against Jupiter. He raised his batting average by over 30 points in the last week, collecting a hit in all but one start this month.

Jhoan Duran, SP (age 23/Triple-A)

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

Season: 3 games (3 starts), 0-1, 3.27 ERA, 11 IP, 8 H, 0 HR, 8 BB, 16 K, .241 OBA, 1.57 WHIP

Notable: For the first time this season, Duran was roughed up a bit. Coming in relief for Kenta Maeda (who was in St. Paul for a rehab start), Duran allowed six hits, two walks and three runs over 4 1/3 innings.

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

Last week: 6 games, 18 AB, 5 H, 0 2B, 1 HR, 3 R, 2 RBI, 0 SB, 3 BB, 7 K, .278 BA

Season: 26 games, 86 AB, .233 BA, .380 OBP, .488 SLG, .868 OPS, 1 2B, 0 3B, 7 HR, 13 R, 14 RBI, 1 SB, 20 BB, 34 K

Notable: Rooker is tied for ninth place in the Triple-A East with seven home runs. His 20 walks rank second in the league.

Aaron Sabato, 1B (age 21/Low-A)

Last week: 5 games, 17 AB, 3 H, 1 2B, 0 HR, 4 R, 0 RBI, 0 SB, 3 BB, 6 K, .176 BA

Season: 31 games, 109 AB, .165 BA, .350 OBP, .266 SLG, .616 OPS, 5 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 18 R, 7 RBI, 0 SB, 28 BB, 48 K

Notable: Sabato continues to struggle through his first season of professional baseball, stringing together just three hits last week. He’s whiffed at least once in 28 of 31 contests this season.

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

Last week: Did not play.

Season: 17 games, 66 AB, .333 BA, .384 OBP, .621 SLG, 1.005 OPS, 3 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 8 R, 14 RBI, 0 SB, 5 BB, 28 K.

Notable: Wallner, who was placed on the 7-day injured list May 26 due to a wrist sprain, hasn’t played since May 22. He was riding a five-game hitting streak before landing on the IL.

Others: St. Paul LHP Charlie Barnes (4th round, 2017) continues to dazzle Triple-A East lineups. Through six starts, he’s logged a 2.20 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings. … Wichita RHP Cole Sands (5th round, 2018) fanned eight batters and allowed just one hit in 5 1/3 IP against Tulsa on June 9. … Cedar Rapids SS Spencer Steer (3rd round, 2019) smacked five home runs and tallied 10 RBI over his last five games. He ranks fifth in the High-A Central with seven dingers. … Fort Myers RHP Louie Varland (15th round, 2019) hasn’t allowed a run in his last two outings (12 IP). He’s racked up 17 strikeouts and two walks in that span.