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    Earlier today, I posted the Twins Minor League Leader Board for the hitters. Now comes the leader board among Twins minor league pitchers. Pitchers are more difficult to compare against each other. Comparing starting pitchers with relievers is really difficult. So, what I've done is set two limits for many of these categories. I used a 40 inning limit, and then I used an 80 innings limit. There have been a couple of starters who have pitched well and consistently in the minors this year. There have been a handful of relievers that have put up very good numbers.

    Here is a look at the pitching leaders in the Twins minor league system (through games played on Saturday, August 11):
    Games Pitched:

    #1 - Caleb Thielbar 42
    #2 - Ricky Bowen 41
    #3 - Corey Williams 40
    #4 - Bruce Pugh 39
    #4 - Bobby Lanigan 39
    #4 - Daniel Turpen 39
    #7 - Michael Tonkin 38
    #8 - Luis Perdomo 37
    #9 - Clinton Dempster 36
    #9 - Matt Hauser 36

    Games Started:

    #1 - Pat Dean 24
    #2 - Matt Summers 23
    #2 - Jason Wheeler 23
    #2 - Steve Hirschfeld 23
    #2 - Logan Darnell 23
    #6 - Madison Boer 22
    #6 - BJ Hermsen 22
    #8 - Luke French 19
    #9 - Steven Gruver 17
    #10 - Tim Shibuya 15

    Wins:

    #1 - Jason Wheeler 13-5
    #2 - BJ Hermsen 11-5
    #3 - Matt Summers 10-6
    #4 - Madison Boer 8-11
    #4 - Logan Darnell 8-10
    #4 - Liam Hendriks 8-2
    #4 - Steve Hirschfeld 8-9
    #8 - Pat Dean 7-8
    #8 - Esmerling Vasquez 7-5
    #10 - 4 tied with 6 Wins

    Saves:

    #1 - Corey Williams 15
    #2 - Bruce Pugh 11
    #2 - Michael Tonkin 11
    #4 - Luis Perdomo 9
    #4 - Casey Fien 9
    #4 - Anthony Slama 9
    #7 - Lester Oliveros 8
    #8 - Daniel Turpen 7
    #9 - Caleb Thielbar 6
    #10 - Ricky Bowen 5

    Innings Pitched:

    #1 - BJ Hermsen 139.1
    #2 - Pat Dean 135.1
    #3 - Matt Summers 131.2
    #3 - Jason Wheeler 131.2
    #5 - Logan Darnell 128.1
    #6 - Steve Hirschfeld 127
    #7 - Madison Boer 118.2
    #8 - Luke French 104.1
    #9 - Steven Gruver 101
    #10 - David Hurlbut 94

    ERA (min. 40 IP)

    #1 - AJ Achter 1.79
    #2 - Michael Tonkin 1.86
    #3 - Caleb Thielbar 2.08
    #4 - Bruce Pugh 2.12
    #5 - Sam Deduno 2.14
    #5 - Liam Hendriks 2.14
    #5 - Luis Perdomo 2.14
    #8 - Clint Dempster 2.25
    #9 - Jeff Manship 2.35
    #10 - Angel Mata 2.40
    #10 - Hudson Boyd 2.40

    ERA (min. 80 IP)

    #1 - Liam Hendriks 2.14
    #2 - David Hurlbut 2.59
    #3 - BJ Hermsen 2.71
    #4 - Matt Hauser 2.92
    #5 - Esmerling Vasquez 3.10
    #6 - Jason Wheeler 3.28
    #7 - Andrew Albers 3.43
    #8 - Matt Summers 3.62
    #9 - Steven Gruver 3.74
    #10 - Pat Dean 4.12

    WHIP (min. 40 IP)

    #1 - Luis Perdomo 0.949
    #2 - Liam Hendriks 0.964
    #3 - AJ Achter 0.995
    #4 - Lester Oliveros 1.014
    #5 - Michael Tonkin 1.032
    #6 - Caleb Thielbar 1.046
    #7 - Angel Mata 1.089
    #8 - Matt Tomshaw 1.108
    #9 - BJ Hermsen 1.127
    #10 - Esmerling Vasquez 1.131

    WHIP (min. 80 IP)

    #1 - Liam Henriks 0.964
    #2 - BJ Hermsen 1.127
    #3 - Esmerling Vasquez 1.131
    #4 - David Hurlbut 1.202
    #5 - Andrew Albers 1.217
    #6 - Matt Hauser 1.262
    #7 - Jason Wheeler 1.337
    #8 - Matt Summers 1.375
    #9 - Steven Gruver 1.396
    #10 - Pat Dean 1.397

    K/9 (min. 40 IP):

    #1 - Michael Tonkin 12.3
    #2 - AJ Achter 10.7
    #3 - Taylor Rogers 10.5
    #4 - Tyler Jones 10-4
    #5 - Sam Deduno 9.9
    #6 - Daniel Turpen 9.6
    #6 - Nelvin Fuentes 9.6
    #6 - Corey Williams 9.6
    #6 - Angel Mata 9.6
    #10 - Lester Oliveros 9.5

    K/9 (min. 80 IP)

    #1 - Esmerling Vasquez 8.5
    #2 - David Hurlbut 7.1
    #2 - Matt Hauser 7.1
    #4 - Liam Hendriks 7.0
    #5 - Andrew Albers 6.9
    #6 - Marty Popham 6.8
    #7 - Jason Wheeler 6.7
    #8 - Steve Hirschfeld 6.0
    #9 - Logan Darnell 5.8
    #9 - Luke French 5.8

    BB/9 (min. 40 IP)

    #1 - Cole De Vries 1.3
    #1 - Andrew Albers 1.3
    #3 - BJ Hermsen 1.6
    #4 - Tom Stuifbergen 1.7
    #5 - PJ Walters 1.8
    #5 - Matt Tomshaw 1.8
    #5 - Tim Shibuya 1.8
    #8 - Pat Dean 1.9
    #9 - AJ Achter 2.1
    #10 - 4 tied at 2.3 (Gruver, Hirschfeld, Liam Hendriks, O'Rourke)

    BB/9 (min. 80 IP)

    #1 - Andrew Albers 1.3
    #2 - BJ Hermsen 1.6
    #3 - Pat Dean 1.9
    #4 - Steven Gruver 2.3
    #4 - Steve Hirschfeld 2.3
    #4 - Liam Hendriks 2.3
    #7 - David Hurlbut 2.4
    #8 - Jason Wheeler 2.5
    #9 - Logan Darnell 2.7
    #10 - Matt Summers 3.1

    Complete Games

    10 tied with ONE.

    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Minor League Leader Board - Pitchers started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. skraft33's Avatar
      skraft33 -
      Those strikeout rates are depressing
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by skraft33 View Post
      Those strikeout rates are depressing
      That definitely stood out to me too when I was looking up the numbers.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Anybody that has a legit future in the bigs should be striking out at least 1 batter/inning in the minors. The pitching situation continues to be dire.
    1. h2oface's Avatar
      h2oface -
      too bad your limits of 40 and 80 take out pitchers that were either injured or up and down. slama is almost totally shut out of the comparisons.
    1. drivlikejehu's Avatar
      drivlikejehu -
      The situation is beyond terrible. The Twins are going to have to rely on the free agent and trade markets for several years at least. And starting pitching doesn't come cheap.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by h2oface View Post
      too bad your limits of 40 and 80 take out pitchers that were either injured or up and down. slama is almost totally shut out of the comparisons.
      That is true. Slama has like 28 innings, so he likely won't even get to 40 by the end of the year. There are a BUNCH of guys with less than 30 innings with some very good K numbers, including guys who were just drafted.
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