22-Year-Old Pitcher – Minnesota Twins
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Thorpe missed two seasons due to Tommy John surgery and mononucleosis, but made a promising return in 2017, with his fastball clocking in at 92-94 mph. He has quality off-speed offerings, but doesn't ...
Lewis Thorpe Contract Information:
Agreed to sign with the Twins in July of 2012.
Thorpe was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Monday, Brandon Warne of The Athletic Minnesota reports.
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Minnesota Twins Roster
MajorsAdrianza, Ehire (SS)
AAAAstudillo, Willians (1B)
AABaxendale, D.J. (P)
A+Arraez, Luis (2B)
ABlankenhorn, Travis (3B)
RookieArias, Jean Carlos (OF)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Thorpe was one of the Twins' top pitching prospects prior to needing Tommy John surgery in March of 2015. He hasn't pitched since, as he missed all of 2016 due to mono. His health remains a mystery and it's possible he may not return to his prior form, as the Twins didn't protect him from the Rule 5 draft in December by adding him to the 40-man roster. When he last pitched in 2014, Thorpe posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with a 80:36 K:BB ratio in 71.2 innings at Low-A Cedar Rapids at just 18 years old. Thorpe will need to show he's healthy to maintain any kind of prospect luster, and the Twins will likely bring him along slowly following the lengthy layoff.
Thorpe is considered to have one of the highest ceilings among pitchers in the Twins' farm system, but the Australian will be working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2016. Thorpe suffered a sprained ulnar collateral ligament at the end of the 2014 season. He tried to rehab the injury only to have a setback in spring training that required surgery. When he last pitched in 2014, Thorpe posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with a 80:36 K:BB ratio in 71.2 innings at Low-A Cedar Rapids at just 18 years old. This year will be considered a success if he can get back to that form by the end of the season.
The electric Australian is considered to have one of the highest ceilings among pitchers in the Twins' farm system, but he's at least several years away from making an impact at the big league level. In 71.2 innings at Low-A Cedar Rapids, Thorpe posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with a 80:36 K:BB ratio, which is quite impressive for an 18-year-old taking his first crack at full-season ball. His season ended early in September due to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, so he'll need to show he's healthy next spring. A strong season at High-A could put him on the fast track to the majors.
Thorpe has emerged as a top pitching prospect for the Twins after an impressive season for Minnesota's team in the Gulf Coast Rookie league. He had a dominating 64:6 K:BB ratio in 44 innings with a 2.05 ERA, all at age 18. He made just eight starts (four relief appearances), so we'll need to see how he holds up with a larger workload. But his first full professional season could signal great things to come.