Twins' Larnach takes home weekly honor
Three hundred and sixty four days ago, Trevor Larnach heard his name called as the 20th overall pick in the 2018 Draft as the Twins' first-round selection. Now, he's backing up Minnesota's hopes for him at Class A Advanced Fort Myers. The Twins' No. 5 prospect has been named Florida
Three hundred and sixty four days ago,
The Twins' No. 5 prospect has been named Florida State League Offensive Player of the Week, the first such honor of his brief professional career.
Larnach went 10-for-20 (.500) with two homers, two doubles and seven RBIs over five games to nab the award for May 27-June 2. He led the FSL in total bases (18), slugging percentage (.900) and OPS (1.422) over that span. The left-handed-hitting right fielder was particularly hot in the middle of the week, going 9-for-13 (.692) with three of his four extra-base hits over three games between Tuesday and Friday.
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"I'm just sticking with the process and doing what I always do," Larnach told MiLB.com after a three-hit, five-RBI showing on May 29. "Baseball is a game of failures, so if you fail it's just part of the game. You just have to keep grinding through it and keep doing what you do best and just stick with your process. When you do that, things are gonna happen naturally. So I'm just in my constant routine and trying to do all the things I need to do, stay healthy and keep plugging away."
As a result of his big week, the 22-year-old pushed his season line from .282/.360/.431 to .304/.377/.479 through 51 FSL games. His .856 OPS ranks fourth in the pitcher-friendly circuit, while his 93 total bases are tied for second. (Only teammate
Most notable about Larnach's growth in his first full season has been his power surge in recent weeks. The former Oregon State Beaver went homerless and slugged just .322 over 23 games in April but went deep four times while slugging .619 over 26 games in May. He's shown few signs of slowing down in June, already going deep once over his first two games this month.
That's a positive development for a player who was considered to have above-average power coming out of college. Larnach went deep only three times in his first two seasons at Oregon State but exploded to hit .348/.463/.652 with 19 homers his junior season, helping to lead the school to an NCAA title. After signing for $2,550,000, he carried that solid bat to Rookie Advanced Elizabethton and Class A Cedar Rapids, hitting .303/.390/.500 with five homers in 42 games between those two stops last summer.
Now after a slow start, Larnach is again beginning to show the offensive potential that makes him one of the most exciting bats in the Minnesota pipeline alongside
"I'm hitting the ball hard right now, and sometimes it goes and sometimes it doesn't," he told MiLB.com last week. "That's just part of the game. If it goes, great; and if it doesn't and ends up as a double, that's great, too. You just keep plugging away.
"I take every day as a new day. Whatever happened yesterday, just erase it and start a new day and focus on what I need to do that day. You can't live in the past. For me, that doesn't work. I try really hard not to be streaky -- living in past success doesn't help your mind-set on game day. So I just focus on each game at a time: a new day, is a new day."
Below is the complete list of Minor League Offensive Players of the Week for May 27-June 2:
|International||Phillip Ervin||Louisville||CIN||.423/.516/1.077, 7 G, 11-for-26, 2 2B, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 10 R, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 CS|
|Pacific Coast||Matt Szczur||Reno||ARI||.545/.538/1.000, 7 G, 12-for-22, 1 2B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 3 K|
|Eastern||Forrest Wall||New Hampshire||TOR||.571/.636/1.000, 7 G, 16-for-28, 6 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 10 R, 4 BB, 4 K, 1 SB, 1 CS|
|Southern||Trent Grisham||Biloxi||MIL||.409/.517/1.136, 6 G, 9-for-22, 5 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 12 RBI, 8 R, 6 BB, 2 K|
|Texas||Jake Fraley||Arkansas||SEA||.440/.481/.920, 6 G, 11-for-25, 3 2B, 3 HR, 13 RBI, 8 R, 2 BB, 3 K, 2 SB, 1 CS|
|California||Austin Beck||Stockton||OAK||.478/.536/.783, 6 G, 11-for-23, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 4 BB, 6 K|
|Carolina||Diosbel Arias||Down East||TEX||.579/.680/.737, 6 G, 11-for-19, 3 2B, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 7 R, 5 BB, 2 K|
|Florida State||Trevor Larnach||Fort Myers||MIN||.500/.522/.900, 5 G, 10-for-20, 2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K|
|Midwest||Will Benson||Lake County||CLE||.409/.500/1.000, 7 G, 9-for-22, 1 2B, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 7 R, 5 BB, 5 K, 4 SB|
|South Atlantic||Frankie Tostado||Augusta||SF||.360/.385/.920, 6 G, 9-for-26, 0 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 9 RBI, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K|
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