Felix De Jesus (Estevez) Jorge
Born: January 2, 1994 (age 23 this season)
Birthplace: Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic
Signed as an international free agent 2010, $250K
Height: 6' 2"
Pitching arsenal: fastball (mid-90s), curveball, change
After suffering a puzzling setback at single-A in 2014, Felix Jorge (Twins Daily's 12th ranked prospect) has resumed his rise through the Twins' minor league system, breezing through Cedar Rapids in 2015 and Ft Myers for the first part of 2016.
His Ft Myers numbers were ERA 1.55 in 14 starts, WHIP a phenomenal 0.935, and K/9 a slightly less phenomenal 7.5.
A mid-season promotion to AA Chattanooga in July, 2016 was not quite as successful: in 11 starts his ERA was 4.12, WHIP an OK 1.278, and K/9 a rather disappointing 3.9. Nevertheless, the year saw him pitch 167.1 innings, which is as important as any other stat when watching a starting pitching prospect's progress. In the off-season he was added to the Twins' 40-man roster, to protect him from greedy talent evaluators in the Rule-5 draft.
The willowy right-hander begins 2017 with a return to Chattanooga, with high hopes but still something to prove. He's scheduled to make his first start tonight (Sunday, April 9). With a good first half, a promotion to AAA Rochester would not seem out of the question, and he might be even a longshot September callup.
Felix has been a popular guy to cover in this Twins Daily forum. You can have a look at past years' entries for interesting tidbits, such as the initial confusion about his name:
Felix Jorge Adopt-A-Prospect 2016 - he got skipped last year