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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:37 PM
I'm a little confused about the team's narrative on Sano's injury, particularly Molitor's.     First there were questions of hi...
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Game Thread: Twins @ Tigers 6:10pm cdt 9/22/2017 ad

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:36 PM
Last Monday a conductor wore a T shirt with what i presume was a profile of Leopold Stokowski, holding baton up towards his chest such th...
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Free Pizza

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:30 PM
I never got my code for free Papa Johns pizza for writing an blog post about Joe Mauer. What's up Twins Daily?
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Mauer 2000 hit countdown

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:29 PM
Three hits today brings him up to 1974, which was a very good year. How many of those 26 hits will he get in 2017? Can he get two hits...
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Twins fire Dougie Baseball

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:28 PM
http://m.startribune...?section=sports   Bummer. He sounds pretty pissed about it. Best of luck to him in the future.
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TD Top Prospects: #9 Lewis Thorpe

Attached Image: top-prospects-09-lewis-thorpe.jpg A surprise top-notch Twins starting pitching prospect? Yes, please. Let's play five questions:

Who?
That’s exactly what I said when Lewis Thorpe’s name started popping up on national prospect lists this offseason. Shame on me - we’ve been tracking him here for months.

But the rest of you are forgiven. Thorpe has only been with the Twins since the middle of last year and was signed as a 16-year-old from Melbourne, Australia. He's only had eight starts in the minors. He wasn’t on many folks' radar going into the season – until the southpaw sprouted into his current 6’2” frame and flashed….

What?
…a 92 mph fastball that can be dialed up to 95 at times. That led to 64 K in 44 IP in the Gulf Coast Rookie League, a league in which he was playing as a 17-year-old. Add that he’s left-handed and still growing and you can see why even national evaluators are paying attention.

Where?
The next natural step would be Elizabethton in the short-season rookie Appalachian League, which is where top draft pick Kohl Stewart ended his season last year. That would be a fairly conservative approach – but Thorpe would still be younger than Stewart was in that league. And if the Twins are feeling aggressive, he could find himself just a few hours south of the Twin Cities in Cedar Rapids as an 18-year-old.

When?
That will be as close as he’ll get to Target Field for a while. Even if he doesn’t stumble at any level, he likely won’t make it to the majors as a starter until 2018. By then, even Ricky Nolasco’s 4-year deal will be finished. Thorpe would hopefully be filling out a rotation chock full of young high-end arms, including Stewart and JO Berrios.

Why?
He’s ranked #9 because players with this kind of upside are valuable. Clearly, everyone will feel a lot more comfortable if he starts climbing the minor league ladder – or even had a full season of pitching to evaluate. But a kid Thorpe’s age in the States would likely be entering his senior year in high school, and we would be debating exactly where he would fall in the first round of the MLB draft.

Like any 17-year-old pitcher, he has a long way to go and the odds are stacked against him. But he’s already surprised us plenty. There's no longer an excuse to not be paying attention.


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