23-Year-Old Pitcher – Minnesota Twins
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Gonsalves’ pitching style seems to have finally met its match in the form of Triple-A hitters. He missed the first six weeks of the season with a shoulder injury, but finished in the top 10 in the Sou...
Stephen Gonsalves Contract Information:
Signed a contract with the Twins in June of 2013.
Gonsalves was added to the Twins' 40-man roster on Monday to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com 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
Gonsalves could be Minnesota's top pitching prospect after a dominant season at High-A and Double-A. He pitched a combined 140 innings, good for a 2.06 ERA and 9.9 K/9 between High-A Fort Myers and Double-A Chattanooga. Gonsalves sits in the low-90s with his fastball, but it plays as an above-average pitch due to his extension, high spin rate and a low arm slot that causes deception. His changeup is his best pitch, a potentially plus offering with good sink, while his slurvy breaking ball lags behind as a clear third pitch. He struggled with his fastball command and control at Double-A (4.5 BB/9), and he will need to improve his command in order to profile as more than a No. 4 starter. A fast start at Double-A could put him on track for a late-2017 big league debut.
Gonsalves has become one of Minnesota's top pitching prospects after going 13-3 with a 2.01 ERA and 8.9 K/9 between Low-A and High-A. The 2013 fourth round pick offers ideal size at 6-foot-5 to go along with a low-90s fastball and an advanced mix of secondary offerings. He mowed down the competition at Low-A, and though he wasn't as dominant at High-A he was also just 20 years old. A strong showing at Double-A this season could put him on the fast track for the majors as a potential back-end starter.