According to this report by The Gazette‘s Jeff Johnson, the Minnesota Twins are expected to announce today that they promoted four Cedar Rapids Kernels players — 1B Dalton “D.J.” Hicks, OF J.D. Williams, LHP Steve Gruver and RHP Tyler Jones — to the High-A Fort Myers Miracle.
Hicks batted .297 with 13 HR and 82 RBI in 89 games with the Kernels this season.
Williams batted .281 with 8 HR, 42 RBI and 15 SB in 80 games with the Kernels this season. He played for the Beloit Snappers last season, batting .234 with 6 HR, 39 RBI and 23 SB in 97 games.*
Gruver went 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 58.2 IP for the Kernels this season. He pitched for the Snappers last season, going 7-8 with a 3.61 ERA and 68 strikeouts in 114.2 IP.*
Jones went 4-3 with a 1.93 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 37.1 IP for the Kernels this season. He pitched for the Snappers last season, going 5-5 with a 4.67 ERA and 102 strikeouts in 86.2 IP.*
*The Snappers were affiliated with the Minnesota Twins last year and are now affiliated with the Oakland Athletics. The Kernels were a Los Angeles Angels affiliate for 20 years before becoming a Twins affiliate this season. Read this post for a complete list of the current MLB affiliations of all Midwest League teams.