Lachlan Robert Wells
Born:February 27, 1997 in Newcastle, Australia; current age 20
Signed November 21, 2014
Current assignment: class A Fort Myers
Protection status: will need to be on 40 man roster after 2019 season
Lachlan Wells started the 2017 season as the Twins 26th rated prospect. He had a solid full season league debut in 2016. He lacks eye popping stuff, but compensates with advanced command and generally knowing how to pitch. I had the chance to see Wells pitch in person last summer on a beautiful, sunny afternoon in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. According to the gun at the stadium, he showed a low 90s fastball, which he maintained into the 8th inning and a good changeup. Curve is so so. At that same game, his mound opponent tipped his off speed pitches with his motion. If I can see it from 200 feet away... I mention it only because Wells (at least to my very amateur eyes) did not tip pitches. He has a long way to go to make it to the MLB level, but he’s an interesting guy to keep an eye on.
So far at Fort Myers, he's had two pretty good starts, two pretty bad ones and one meh. Lachlan pitched about 50 innings in 2015, up to just over 70 last year. I would imagine his goal for 2017 is right around 100 innings.
He's on the bump tonight!!