The Twins have a long history of signing players from Australia. From Grant Balfour to Luke Hughes. From Liam Hendriks to James Beresford. From Michael Nakamura to the subject of today’s Get to Know ‘Em Q&A, Lachlan Wells.
Wells was signed by the Twins in August of 2014. This summer, he made his pro debut with the GCL Twins. He pitched well, especially for an 18-year-old. He was 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. In 47.1 innings, he walked 11 and struck out 49. As the season came to an end, Wells left and pitched for Australia in an international tournament. Sound familiar? Two years earlier Lewis Thorpe did the same thing. In fact, Wells was on that Australian team two years ago when Thorpe beat Team USA. This summer, with Thorpe rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, the two roomed together at the Twins academy in Ft. Myers.