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Rookie Jose Miranda confident hits will come amid slow start


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – When Royce Lewis was demoted to Triple-A earlier this week, veteran Carlos Correa was there with a few words of encouragement, letting the top prospect know he belongs and that he will be back soon.

So it’s no surprise to hear that Korea has taken on a mentorship role with one of the organization’s top prospects.

“Every night I’m with him on this road trip,” said rookie Jose Miranda. “When we came here, I went to his room. …we were in his room talking for two or three hours, just talking about baseball, hitting, just about everything.

Among the helpful advice Miranda has received from Shortstop, also a Puerto Rico native, he has been preaching to Korea to live comfortably and telling him that everyone goes through something similar to what Miranda faces. Due to some patch.

Miranda, who is playing in first and third, came into Friday’s game with no hit in his last 20 at-bats, a skid which he snatched with a single in the second innings. He entered the day hitting .094 with .032 OPS since his promotion to the major leagues on May 2.

But he said before the game he was confident that the hits were coming soon.

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“I’ll keep working out, and I know there’s a good stretch coming my way because I can feel it,” he said. “I feel good in the cage, on the field before the game. it’s just a matter of time.”

After all, they have come throughout their careers.

Miranda hit .344 with .973 OPS and 30 home runs between Double- and Triple-A last season, a breakout year that cemented his position as one of the organization’s top prospects.

“He’s a good, natural hitter,” said manager Rocco Baldelli. He said, ‘The bat in his hand is good. I am very confident that this man will go to this level. What comes first, confidence or hit? You just don’t know. But I am sure after a few innings, a few good balls, the confidence will be back where he needs to be and we will hope he is coming to the plate in big places. ,

As he climbed into the majors, Miranda moved into a pitcher that performed better than what he used to.

Miranda said he is missing pitches that he believes he would hit normally, but he is constantly working on making adjustments as he finds pitching better.

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“Obviously the production he’s looking for and we’re all looking for isn’t there at this point, but sometimes it is,” Baldelli said. “I’ve seen a lot of excellent major league players who’ve started their careers a little bit hard and worked through a few things, and it’s really going to make him stronger, and he’s going through a better player. It’s all going to go.”


Trevor Larnach (Groin) began a rehab assignment with Double-A Wichita on Thursday and played again for the Wind Surges on Friday. Baldelli said that if all goes smoothly, he expects Larnach to be back in the next day or two. … Lewis, whom Baldelli said would start to see some reps at positions other than shortstop, played third base in a Saints game on Friday. … The Twins’ game against the Colorado Rockies on June 25 will now be broadcast on Fox National, and game time has been moved from 1:10 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. … Summer” ticket launched. Wherein fans can buy tickets starting at $9 for all home games from Memorial Day weekend through the end of June.

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