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    B.J. Hermsen

    Brett Joseph Hermsen

    Currently playing at: AA New Britain
    Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 6th round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft.
    Born: December 1, 1989 in Masonville, Iowa (Age 22)
    Bats: Right
    Throws: Right

    Height: 6' 5"
    Weight: 235 lb.



    Career Stats (Rk-A+):
    3.20 ERA
    337.2 Innings Pitched
    240 Strikeouts
    337 Hits
    65 Walks
    20 Homeruns
    1.191 WHIP
    3.69 SO/BB

    2012 Stats (A+) as of 04/25/12:
    0.78 ERA
    23 Innings Pitched
    12 Strikeouts
    16 Hits
    5 Walks
    1 Homerun
    0.913 WHIP
    2.40 SO/BB

    2012 pre-season prospect analysis by Aaron Gleeman (http://tinyurl.com/6wtfx8x)


    "When the Twins picked B.J. Hermsen out of an Iowa high school in the sixth round of the 2008 draft and gave him second-round money in the form of a $650,000 signing bonus he was touted as a power arm, but somewhere along the way he lost the ability to light up radar guns and miss bats. Hermsen stands 6-foot-6, so he certainly looks the part, but his fastball is regularly clocked in the high-80s and he's managed just 228 strikeouts in 315 pro innings.That includes just 101 strikeouts in 151 innings between low Single-A and high Single-A last season, although the lack of whiffs didn't keep Hermsen from pitching well with a 3.33 ERA in 25 total starts. His success came from throwing strikes and limiting homers, as Hermsen allowed 11 long balls in 645 plate appearances and issued 2.2 walks per nine innings, but opponents also hit .278 off him.
    Hermsen is still just 22 years old, so there might be time to rediscover the lost velocity, but it hasn't happened three years into his pro career and unless that changes--or he figures out a way to induce more ground balls to compensate--it's tough to project him as more than a potential mid-rotation starter. This season should provide a good test for whether Hermsen's now-mediocre raw stuff will get the job done against tougher competition."
    2012 season (as of 04/24/12) by Seth Soths (http://tinyurl.com/6ocankr)

    "Everyone wants to point out that he doesn't throw real hard, but what he does do is get hitters out with a good mix of pitches and a poise on the mound. Hersen has made three starts and is yet to get a decision despite tremendous numbers. He is 0-0 with a 0.50 ERA and a 0.72 WHIP. In 18 innings, had has given up just nine hits, walked just four and struck out ten. "
    Last edited by Seanmiz; 05-01-2012 at 08:45 AM.

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    Hermsen to be promoted to AA New Britain following today's game. Expected to start on Monday night for Rock Cats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
    Hermsen to be promoted to AA New Britain following today's game. Expected to start on Monday night for Rock Cats.
    Well, good for him. He's still pretty young. Here's hoping this turns out well.

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    You can either throw hard & not get guys out (Dakota Watts/Bruce Pugh types) or not throw hard but get guys out like BJ.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
    Hermsen to be promoted to AA New Britain following today's game. Expected to start on Monday night for Rock Cats.
    Whoooo woooooo hoooooooooooooooooooo

    I'm glad for him, just saw you're post seth, WOW. I must say a bit shocked. ALL That time in the Midwest Lg. very NILL time at FSL. Almost like Twins (similar to Parmelee) skipped a level. w/ BJ. Now i know pitchers should be handled differently. But I'm sure they (the Twins) KNOW he's ready. And personally i like the move, its aggressive but i think B.J. can more than handle himself there now.
    Top Twins prospects ? 1.Byron Buxton (OF-A+)
    2.Miguel Sano (3B-AA) 3.Alex Meyer (SP-AA) 4. Kohl Stewart (SP-RK) 5. Nick Gordon (SS-RK) 6. J.O. Berrios (P-A) 7. Josmil Pinto (C-AAA) 8. Eddie Rosario (2B-AA) 9. L. Thorpe (SP-RK) 10. Travis Harrison (3B-A) 11.Kennys Vargas (1B-A+) 12. Trevor May (SP-AA) 13. Jorge Polanco (2B-A) 14. Max Kepler (OF-A) 15. Miguel Sulbaran (SP-A) Just Missed:P Zach Jones, SS Aderlin Mejia, P Stephen Gonsalves, C Stuart Turner.

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    Bump^^ anybody know of anyone going to Monday Nights Rock Cats game?
    Top Twins prospects ? 1.Byron Buxton (OF-A+)
    2.Miguel Sano (3B-AA) 3.Alex Meyer (SP-AA) 4. Kohl Stewart (SP-RK) 5. Nick Gordon (SS-RK) 6. J.O. Berrios (P-A) 7. Josmil Pinto (C-AAA) 8. Eddie Rosario (2B-AA) 9. L. Thorpe (SP-RK) 10. Travis Harrison (3B-A) 11.Kennys Vargas (1B-A+) 12. Trevor May (SP-AA) 13. Jorge Polanco (2B-A) 14. Max Kepler (OF-A) 15. Miguel Sulbaran (SP-A) Just Missed:P Zach Jones, SS Aderlin Mejia, P Stephen Gonsalves, C Stuart Turner.

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    Hermsen didn't end up starting on 04/30/12. He has been awarded pitcher of the month by Seth Stohs though! (http://tinyurl.com/d2fv7gz)

    Ft. Myers – BJ Hermsen - 4 GS, 1-0, 0.78 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 23 IP, 16 H, 5 BB, 12 K

    Hermsen had a terrific 2011 season for the Twins organization. He spent most of the year in Beloit where he went 11-7 with a 3.10 ERA. He was promoted to Ft. Myers and made five starts. He made four starts in April for the Miracle before being promoted to AA New Britain where he is expected to make his first start for the Rock Cats tonight. Hermsen is not a pitcher who misses bats, so he relies on a strong mix of pitches. Despite a 6-6 frame, he doesn’t overpower hitters, and yet, when you look at the numbers, he gets results. Double-A may be a challenge for him, but he has earned this opportunity. A 6th round pick in the 2008 draft, the Twins will have to decide after the season whether to put him on the 40 man roster or not. We will see what happens going forward, but for April 2012, he was the Twins top minor league starting pitcher.
    Last edited by Seanmiz; 05-01-2012 at 08:49 AM.

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    Instead Hermsen pitched tonight! (05/01/2012)

    Here is his stat line:
    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    B.J. Hermsen 7.0 4 1 1 1 5 0 1.29

    Pitches-89
    Strikes-69 Balls-20
    Groundouts-5 Flyouts-6

    Fantastic outing for his first AA level start!
    The game ended up tied at 1 run until the 12th inning, when the Rock Cats exploded with 5 runs to win it 6-1!
    Last edited by Seanmiz; 05-01-2012 at 10:35 PM.

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    I might try to catch his next start in New Britain.
    He was great tonight!
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    Another solid start for Hermsen in his second AA level game.

    Player IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
    B.J. Hermsen 6.1 5 3 3 1 5 1 2.70
    Last edited by Seanmiz; 05-06-2012 at 05:17 PM.

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    Just gets guys out. Had a very underrated year @ Beloit, leading the lg in IP before his FSL promotion. Basically skipping High A, the team must think highly of him. Wouldnt take much to be the number 1 rated pitching prospect int his organization (of healthy guys).

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    Another solid start for BJ today......7IP 10h 3er 3k ND......35IP in 5 starts, very nice. He is showing he can be an innings eater despite his lack of velocity.
    Anyone think he will get a solid AAA shot this year or not??

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    Our minor league pitcher of the month.

    Anyone else discouraged by his very low 4.8 k/9 rate? It was a low 6.0 last year in a-ball.

    It is very unlikely that a pitcher will be successful in the majors with those k rates. Nick Blackburn has seen limited success with similar rates in minors.

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    Another great outing for BJ today
    7IP 5h 0r 5k 1bb 85pitches

    Gardy basically announced Hendriks will be called up to start Sat on his radio show.......does this mean BJ goes to ROC. 2 promotions in one year is VERY unTwins-like but if he earns it, he earns it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
    Another great outing for BJ today
    7IP 5h 0r 5k 1bb 85pitches

    Gardy basically announced Hendriks will be called up to start Sat on his radio show.......does this mean BJ goes to ROC. 2 promotions in one year is VERY unTwins-like but if he earns it, he earns it.
    I was wondering about that myself, and I do think he has earned it, but my guess is they promote Hirschfeld, who has also pitched very well in AA and already was used for a spot start in Rochester last week.

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    Great 7 innings of shutout ball today!

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    probably just depends on if they DFA Gray or Option Manship. If Manship goes back to Rochester, he'd start and they probably woudln't need someone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
    Our minor league pitcher of the month.

    Anyone else discouraged by his very low 4.8 k/9 rate? It was a low 6.0 last year in a-ball.

    It is very unlikely that a pitcher will be successful in the majors with those k rates. Nick Blackburn has seen limited success with similar rates in minors.
    Yeah, I was thinking the same thing and I don't think his groundball rate is elite, either. He's still young so maybe he adds something. Maybe he ends up as a bullpen arm. But, regardless, it's nice to see him having success. Maybe the Twins will start grabbing more upside HS arms.

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    What's his upside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMKI View Post
    What's his upside?
    To me its higher than Blackburn as Hermsen is havin an outstanding yr @ 22 after a very solid one @ 21. Blackburn never really had an outstanding minor league yr till 25.
    Best case....Mark Buerhle type. Eats innings, low K rate.

    Agree that it depends on Manship/Gray & that Hirshfield is probably the guy IF someone is promoted, but he has really entered the discussion
    Last edited by greengoblinrulz; 06-10-2012 at 09:21 PM.

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