Lewis Thorpe was one of the Twins' top pitching prospects prior to needing Tommy John surgery in March of 2015. He hasn't pitched since, as he missed all of 2016 due to mono. His health remains a mystery and it's possible he may not return to his prior form, as the Twins didn't protect him from the Rule 5 draft in December by adding him to the 40-man roster. When he last pitched in 2014, Thorpe posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with a 80:36 K:BB ratio in 71.2 innings at Low-A Cedar Rapids at just 18 years old. Thorpe will need to show he's healthy to maintain any kind of prospect luster, and the Twins will likely bring him along slowly following the lengthy layoff.
Thorpe (elbow) has been throwing off a mound and is "full-go" in spring training, TwinsDaily.com reports. Thorpe has missed two full seasons after dealing with mono and a knee injury while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. He was one of Minnesota's top pitching prospects before the ailments, so he'll be an interesting player to watch when he begins his season, likely at Low-A Cedar Rapids.
Thorpe (elbow) likely won't ramp things up until spring training, Baseball America's Michael Lananna reports. He has missed two full seasons after dealing with mono and a knee injury while rehabbing from Tommy John surgery. The plan is to keep him in extended spring training when the season starts before eventually moving him to Low-A or High-A. Prior to the elbow surgery Thorpe had the upside to be a mid-rotation starter.
Thorpe (elbow) has begun a throwing program after missing a month with mono, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Thorpe was one of the Twins' top pitching prospects prior to needing Tommy John surgery back in March of 2015. The Twins are no doubt taking a cautious approach with Thorpe, but if his throwing program goes well, he could possibly be assigned to a full-season affiliate before the end of the season.
An MRI on the pitching elbow of Twins' prospect Lewis Thorpe revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament, Lavelle Neal of the Star Tribune reported. Thorpe will need Tommy John surgery, although a date has not yet been set.
Twins pitching prospect Lewis Thorpe came out of his most recent outing with elbow pain and is scheduled to undergo an MRI this week, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. One of the team's highest-rated pitching prospects, Thorpe went 3-2 with a 3.52 ERA and 80:36 K:BB ratio in 71 2/3 innings over 16 starts with Class A Cedar Rapids last season. However, he was shut down in the Midwest League playoffs due to a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. The injury was rehabilitated rather than have Thorpe undergo Tommy John surgery.
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