Harrison able to break out for Fort Myers

No. 12 Twins prospect, familiar teammates continue to breed success

Travis Harrison led his Cedar Rapids teammates last season with 68 walks in the Midwest League. (Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)

By Kelsie Heneghan / MiLB.com | April 15, 2014 12:03 AM ET

There was something about Monday's game that Travis Harrison couldn't quantify. It wasn't exactly a Miracle, but Fort Myers can certainly make use of it.

"I felt good. I felt something today, that I haven't felt all season," Harrison said. "It was a good day."

The Twins' No. 12 prospect turned his 5-for-30 slump around with a 5-for-5 night as Class A Advanced Fort Myers beat Charlotte, 7-3. Harrison also hit his second double and plated his second run of the season.

"I've been kind of struggling a little bit, [but] I'm trying to not bend at the waist as much. When I go into my load, I try to stay upright," the 20-year-old said.

Despite the fact that baseball's No. 1 overall prospect Byron Buxton is on the disabled list, Fort Myers has plated a Florida State League-leading 63 runs this season, with the entire lineup contributing to the success.

"I think we just have a bunch of good hitters. We have so many guys through the lineup that can drive in runs and score runs," Harrison said. "Every one of us can pick up the team; we don't have to rely on just one guy."

The third baseman added that the Miracle can be successful due to the team chemistry and winning mentality they have built up over the past two years. Including Harrison, nine players were on the Rookie-level Elizabethton team that won the Appalachian League crown in 2012.

The next year, Class A Cedar Rapids, which included 23 of the current Fort Myers players, cruised its way to the best record in the Midwest League.

Dalton Hicks, who hit a walk-off grand slam to clinch that Appalachian League title, was a homer away from the cycle Monday while Levi Michael chipped in four runs for the Miracle.

"We have a reputation of guys who like to win, guys who like to play hard and it's been fun," Harrison said. "We all get along great. It's a great clubhouse to be in."

While those players were winning games, right-hander Alex Wimmers was dealing with injuries. The 25-year-old pitched in only eight games over those two seasons due to elbow surgery.

In his first outing this season, Wimmers (2-0) pitched 3 2/3 innings in relief, but showed his elbow can handle a full start Monday by allowing just one hit and striking out six over six scoreless frames.

"He pitched great," Harrison said. "He was attacking the strike zone, which is nice to play defense behind."

Matt Tomshaw picked up his first save with three innings of relief. Following two scoreless frames, the southpaw ran into trouble in the ninth, surrendering a three-run homer to Justin O'Conner. He struck out the next two batters to end the game.

Leonel Santiago (0-2) allowed six runs on 13 hits while striking out four in 4 2/3 frames for the Stone Crabs.

Kelsie Heneghan is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @Kelsie_Heneghan. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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