Notebook: More Probable Pitchers Announced, Thorpe Turns Heads
Image courtesy of © David Berding-USA TODAY SportsTwins Set Pitchers for First Two Spring Training Games
Yesterday, we learned that Devin Smeltzer has been pegged as the probable starter for spring training game one. Today, two days away from the first pitch against the Red Sox, we learned who else will take the mound to start the preseason.
It should come as no surprise that the more established major league pitchers will be pitching in the home game against the Red Sox, rather than the game against Tampa Bay 45 minutes away, but it’s interesting to note that Devin Smeltzer and Ian Hamilton are set for that game as well. This almost surely means nothing, but a little unnecessary speculation never hurt anybody.
In Monday’s game, Lewis Thorpe, one of the Twins more interesting young arms (and not always in a good way), will get the start. This will be Thorpe’s first chance this season to prove that he’s got the ability to be a major league pitcher. Speaking of...
Lewis Thorpe Hype Train!
After last year’s disappointing spring, the Twins were looking for two things from Thorpe: a stronger commitment to the game, and the return of velocity on his fastball. It seems, based on early indications from Fort Myers, that Thorpe listened.
While everyone always says they’re in great shape at camp, Thorpe has the weight room numbers and the velocity to back it up. It probably won’t be enough to get the Australian lefty on the MLB roster out of camp because he’s been given a fourth option year, but it’s a good sign nonetheless. Even with the addition of that fourth option, at 25, Thorpe needs to capitalize on his talent soon. Hopefully, this is the start of his career heading back in the right direction.
Royce Lewis Has Surgery
The Twins revealed Wednesday that their #2 prospect, Royce Lewis, had a torn ACL in his right knee. Lewis underwent reconstructive knee surgery today in the Twin Cities. He is expected to miss nine to twelve months.
You can read more on Lewis from Twins Daily here. We at Twins Daily send him our best wishes.
MLB Posts Impressive COVID-19 Test Results
Major League Baseball and the Player’s Association announced the results from their second round of COVID-19 testing today. And there’s good news: out of 20,742 tests since the start of spring training, only 20 have come back positive.
This is undeniably good news as it means that, for the time being, baseball activities can continue as scheduled. Unfortunately for the Twins, one of those 20 (or 0.1% of all tests) was J.A. Happ, who has been away from workouts after testing positive last week.
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