Born: April 24, 1997, age 20-21 season
Drafted by the Twins as a 7th round pick, 200th overall out of Carlos Beltran Academy in Puerto Rico in 2015
Signing Bonus: $275K
Jovani was very raw when drafted out of Puerto Rico in 2015. I thought at one point I read he was a shortstop until his senior year, where he pitched but could not find that information (please link if you are able to find a reliable source on that). He started in the GCL and had a 4.12 ERA with 17 strikeouts in 19.2 innings. He also had 9 walks. He missed 2016 due to elbow surgery removing bone chips. In 2017, he took a huge step forward.
In 2017 he pitched for Elizabethton and was named Twins Daily short season pitcher of the year (http://twinsdaily.co...-the-year-r6077 ). He was moved to the bullpen and flat out dominated. He pitched 24.2 innings with a 0.36 ERA and 45 strikeouts with just 5 walks. If there was anything to fault him with, he gave up 1 home run. I think we will live with that.
He is slender, fields his position well and has a mature approach on the mound. He throws in the low 90's and is making progress on his off speed pitches.
He is starting the season in Cedar Rapids and could move up quickly if he continues the progress he showed in 2017.