Lewis Thorpe missed two seasons due to Tommy John surgery and mononucleosis, but made a promising return in 2017, with his fastball clocking in at 92-94 mph. He has quality off-speed offerings, but doesn't quite have frontline upside. His 2.69 ERA was supported by a 2.92 FIP and 1.21 WHIP with High-A Fort Myers. The Aussie's 26.8 percent strikeout rate ranked seventh in the Florida State League, but his 9.9 percent walk rate was also one of the highest marks in the league, so throwing more strikes will be paramount if he is going to make it as a starter. Most importantly, he stayed healthy for a full season, and his stuff appears to be almost back to his pre-surgery form. He gave up four runs and struck out seven in six innings in his lone appearance at Double-A Chattanooga, where he will head for the start of 2018. The Twins will up his workload, and as a 22-year-old who is already on the 40-man roster, they could promote him aggressively if he holds his own early on.
Thorpe was added to the Twins' 40-man roster Monday, Brandon Warne of The Athletic Minnesota reports. Thorpe missed two whole seasons due to Tommy John surgery and mononucleosis, but showed enough in his return to action last season to warrant protection from the upcoming Rule 5 draft. He split time with High-A Fort Myers and Double-A Chattanooga, compiling a combined 2.93 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 83 innings. He struggled in his only start for the Lookouts, however, so he'll likely open next year back at Double-A.
Thorpe gave up one run over four innings with three strikeouts and no walks Friday for Low-A Cedar Rapids. It was his first outing since August 2014. Thorpe missed two seasons due to Tommy John surgery and mononucleosis. When he last pitched in 2014, Thorpe posted a 3.52 ERA and 1.37 WHIP with a 80:36 K:BB in 71.2 innings at Low-A Cedar Rapids at just 18 years old. He was one of Minnesota's top pitching prospects before the injury, but it's unclear whether he'll be able to return to that level with the long 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.
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