Lewis Thorpe
25-Year-Old PitcherSP
Minnesota Twins AAA
7-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 6/26/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Thorpe entered last season as a candidate for the rotation, but didn't make the initial major league roster. When he was called up, he was largely used in long relief and struggled with a 6.06 ERA and poor underlying numbers. Thorpe had a promising 25% strikeout rate in 2019, but that plummeted to 13% along with a drop in velocity to an average 89.7 mph fastball from 91.3 in 2019. Thorpe showed promise at Triple-A in 2019 with strong peripherals, striking out 29.5% of batters while walking just 6.2%. His 13% walk rate last season was uncharacteristic from the good control he displayed in the minors, so it may be best not to read too much into a small sample size of seven appearances. Thorpe still has mid-rotation upside with a slider and curveball that could settle in as 50-grade to 60-grade offerings despite a low-90s fastball. He'll compete for a fifth starter role or long relief role this spring. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Twins in March of 2019.
Out with shoulder strain
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
Shoulder
June 5, 2021
Thorpe landed on the minor-league injured list with a strained left shoulder Saturday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Thorpe has made three starts and one relief appearance at the big-league level this season, posting a 3.86 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 14 innings of work. It's not clear exactly when he'll be able to get back on the mound.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
53
Last 10 Games
53
Last 5 Games
53
How many pitches does Lewis Thorpe generally throw?
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2021
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-22%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2019vs Left .357 48 10 5 15 2 0 2
Since 2019vs Right .313 211 36 19 60 16 1 6
2021vs Left .273 12 0 1 3 0 0 0
2021vs Right .233 46 5 3 10 3 0 1
2020vs Left .444 9 3 0 4 0 0 2
2020vs Right .345 68 7 10 20 4 0 2
2019vs Left .364 27 7 4 8 2 0 0
2019vs Right .330 97 24 6 30 9 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2019
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
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-44%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-10%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-10%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2019Home 5.93 1.76 27.1 2 2 0 6.9 3.3 1.0
Since 2019Away 5.28 1.66 30.2 1 3 0 7.3 4.1 1.5
2021Home 5.40 1.20 5.0 0 1 0 3.6 1.8 0.0
2021Away 3.00 1.22 9.0 0 1 0 3.0 3.0 1.0
2020Home 6.30 2.10 10.0 0 0 0 6.3 6.3 2.7
2020Away 5.68 2.05 6.1 0 1 0 4.3 4.3 1.4
2019Home 5.84 1.70 12.1 2 1 0 8.8 1.5 0.0
2019Away 6.46 1.76 15.1 1 1 0 11.2 4.7 1.8
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Stat Review
How does Lewis Thorpe compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.25
 
K/9
3.2
 
BB/9
2.6
 
HR/9
0.6
 
Fastball
89.5 mph
 
ERA
3.86
 
WHIP
1.21
 
BABIP
.258
 
GB/FB
2.17
 
Left On Base
51.3%
 
Exit Velocity
82.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
7.1%
 
Spin Rate
1881 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
31.8%
 
Swinging Strike
7.5%
 
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Thorpe made his debut in late June and went on to make two starts and 10 relief appearances for the Twins. His 6.18 ERA in 27.2 innings was far from good, but there are reasons to be optimistic about the young lefty's future. He managed a 3.47 FIP underneath that bloated ERA on the strength of a 25.0 K% and an 8.1 BB%, both of which beat the league average. His 4.58 ERA in 96.1 innings for Triple-A Rochester doesn't look great either, though he posted strong peripherals there as well, striking out 29.5% of batters while walking just 6.2%. Thorpe has a full repertoire and decent command, so the Twins likely want to keep him as a starter for the time being, especially if the durability concerns that held him back early in his career continue to fade. He should have a chance to compete for a starting role in spring training, though he likely needs a bit more seasoning in the minors.
After missing the entire 2015 and 2016 seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery and mononucleosis, Thorpe has re-established his prospect status. He had a 3.58 ERA with a 10.9 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9 at Double-A and then held his own in four Triple-A starts with a 3.32 ERA and 10.8 K/9. The southpaw throws a low-90s fastball, a slider and a curveball, all of which could settle in as 50-grade to 60-grade offerings, giving him mid-rotation upside. He has good control (2.5 BB/9) and polish for his age, but will need to work on keeping the ball in the park (1.1 HR/9) against upper-level hitters. Even though he missed two full seasons, the native Australian just turned 23 and will begin the season at Triple-A. Holding up over a full season for a second year in a row would be a big accomplishment for Thorpe. He is the most intriguing of the Twins pitching prospects likely to spend significant time in the majors this season.
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 quite have frontline upside. His 2.69 ERA was supported by a 2.92 FIP and 1.21 WHIP with High-A Fort Myers. The Aussie's 26.8 percent strikeout rate ranked seventh in the Florida State League, but his 9.9 percent walk rate was also one of the highest marks in the league, so throwing more strikes will be paramount if he is going to make it as a starter. Most importantly, he stayed healthy for a full season, and his stuff appears to be almost back to his pre-surgery form. He gave up four runs and struck out seven in six innings in his lone appearance at Double-A Chattanooga, where he will head for the start of 2018. The Twins will up his workload, and as a 22-year-old who is already on the 40-man roster, they could promote him aggressively if he holds his own early on.
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.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
May 22, 2021
The Twins optioned Thorpe to Triple-A St. Paul on Saturday.
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Handed loss Thursday
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
May 20, 2021
Thorpe (0-2) allowed four runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks over four innings in a loss to the Angels in Game 1 of Thursday's doubleheader. He struck out none.
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Slated to start Thursday
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
May 19, 2021
Thorpe will start Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Angels on Thursday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
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Optioned to Triple-A
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
May 6, 2021
Thorpe was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul on Thursday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
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Takes loss Wednesday
PMinnesota Twins  AAA
May 5, 2021
Thorpe (0-1) allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two across five innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Rangers.
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