Thorpe was optioned to Triple-A St. Paul on Thursday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Thorpe started Wednesday's game against the Rangers and was charged with the loss after he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out two in five innings. The lefty will now head to the minors but could return to the major-league roster at some point as a spot starter or as a bullpen arm.
Thorpe (0-1) allowed three earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two across five innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Rangers.
Thorpe was recalled by the Twins on Wednesday for his fifth career start and second of the season. Though he induced only five swinging strikes on 80 total pitches, he held the Rangers without an extra-base hit to keep the Twins in the game. It's unclear what the team's future plans for Thorpe are in terms of usage, though it would likely take Minnesota shifting to a six-man rotation for him to remain the starter.
Thorpe was recalled by the Twins on Wednesday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Thorpe will start Wednesday's game against the Rangers, so his promotion to the majors was expected. Thorpe has made two appearances (one start) this year and has posted a 3.60 ERA and 0.80 WHIP in five innings. It's not yet clear whether the Twins will briefly utilize a six-man rotation going forward.
Thorpe will be recalled to start Wednesday against the Rangers, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
It's unclear whether the Twins will briefly go with a six-man rotation, as Matt Shoemaker may have pitched his way out of the rotation mix. Texas has an 89 wRC+ against lefties this season, so it's a favorable spot for Thorpe at home. That said, he has a 6.48 ERA in 16.2 career innings as a big-league starter.
Thorpe will be the 27th man for Tuesday's doubleheader in Oakland, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
If the Twins need a mop-up man to handle bulk innings out of the bullpen during this twin bill, Thorpe will be the top option. He will be sent back down following the conclusion of Game 2.
Thorpe was optioned to the Twins' alternate training site Saturday, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports.
Thorpe made his season debut as Friday's starter and allowed two runs on three hits and one walk while striking out two in four innings. He didn't factor into the decision and will now head back to the team's alternate camp after Devin Smeltzer was recalled by Minnesota on Saturday.
Thorpe allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over four innings in Friday's loss to the Angels. He struck out two batters and did not factor in the decision.
The Twins briefly took the lead in the sixth inning Friday so Thorpe wasn't tagged with a loss in his season debut. The 25-year-old southpaw rolled through three scoreless frames before coughing up a two-run single to Jared Walsh in the fourth. Thorpe was recalled from the alternate site for Friday's start and he could be sent back down before getting another turn in the rotation.
Thorpe was recalled from the alternate training site and will start Friday against the Angels, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
The 25-year-old began the season at the alternate site but will make his season debut Friday versus the Halos. Thorpe has struggled through 19 major-league appearances with a 6.14 ERA and 41:20 K:BB over 44 innings.
Thorpe will start Friday's game against the Angels, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Thorpe was sent down by the Twins ahead of the regular season, but he'll make his 2021 debut during Friday's series opener. The southpaw made seven appearances (one start) for the Twins in 2020, posting a 6.06 ERA and 2.08 WHIP in 16.1 innings.
Thorpe was optioned to the Twins' alternate training site Thursday.
Thorpe was granted a fourth minor-league option for 2021 since he spent most of the 2020 season at the Twins' alternate training site, so the team was able to send him down. The lefty should develop with Triple-A St. Paul to begin the season after he posted a 2.35 ERA and 0.78 WHIP in 7.2 innings during five appearances (two starts) this spring.
Thorpe will have a fourth minor-league option for 2021, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Thorpe and the Twins were waiting to see whether the southpaw would be granted a fourth option for 2021, and an arbitrator confirmed as much since Thorpe spent most of the 2020 campaign at the alternate training site. The southpaw has been pitching well during spring training, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out eight over 7.2 innings during five appearances (two starts). However, he'll likely have more time to develop at Triple-A St. Paul to begin the regular season since he won't need to be placed on waivers prior to heading to the minors.
Thorpe gave up two runs over 2.2 innings with one strikeout in Sunday's spring appearance. He has a 2.35 ERA this spring with eight strikeouts and two walks in 7.2 innings. An aribtrator is expected to rule soon whether the Twins will gain a fourth minor league option year in Thorpe's contract, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Thorpe has looked good this spring as his velocity has ticked up, throwing in the low-to-mid 90s after a sharp drop last season (average fastball velocity of 89.7 mph). The larger issue for where he'll begin the season is if he gains a fourth option year based on losing time due to injury. An arbitrator is set to rule on whether players who spent most of last season at alternate training sites played a "full season," the Star Tribune adds. If the Twins are granted a fourth option year on Thorpe's contract, he'll likely be ticketed for Triple-A. If not, he may begin the season in the majors in a long relief role since the Twins would need to place him on waivers to send him to the minors. It's not clear when the arbitrator will make a decision.
Thorpe threw two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and reached 93 mph with his fastball in his spring debut Monday against Tampa Bay, MLB.com reports.
Thorpe gained 28 pounds while working out in the offseason after struggling last season with a 6.06 ERA. Thorpe had a promising 25.0 percent strikeout rate in 2019, but that plummeted to 13.0 percent along with a drop in average fastball velocity to 89.7 mph in 2020. He's a candidate to win a swingman role with the Twins this spring, but more likely begins the season in Triple-A after Minnesota was granted a fourth minor-league option year in his contract this offseason.
Thorpe went from squatting 285 pounds to 600 pounds in offseason workouts, increasing his weight from 192 to 220 pounds in the process, MLB.com reports. "With the way he's throwing the ball right now, he's putting himself in a spot, in a position, to help this team, to help this team right now," said manager Rocco Baldelli.
Thorpe entered last season as a candidate for the rotation, but struggled with a 6.06 ERA and poor underlying numbers. Thorpe had a promising 25.0 percent strikeout rate in 2019, but that plummeted to 13.0 percent along with a drop in average fastball velocity to 89.7 mph. Thorpe hopes to improve his velocity and endurance by focusing on having stronger leg muscles. He'll be a candidate to win a swingman role in the bullpen, but more likely begins the season in Triple-A after Minnesota was granted a fourth minor-league option year in his contract this offseason.
The Twins optioned Thorpe to their alternate training site Sunday.
After being designated as Minnesota's 29th man for its doubleheader Saturday against the Tigers, Thorpe came on in long relief in the first game, tossing 1.2 innings and giving up two runs (one earned). As anticipated, he was dropped from the active roster when the Twins needed to cut down to 28 men ahead of Sunday's series finale.
Thorpe was recalled to serve as the 29th man for Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
The left-hander was optioned to the alternate site last week, but he'll rejoin the club for the doubleheader. Thorpe has a 6.14 ERA and 1.98 WHIP through 14.2 innings and should return to the alternate site after Game 2.
Thorpe was optioned to the Twins' alternate training site Thursday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Thorpe had a rough outing Wednesday as he allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three over four innings. He's been inconsistent to begin the season, and he'll attempt to right the ship at the alternate camp. Zack Littell was recalled in a corresponding move.
Thorpe doesn't appear in line to make a start during this weekend's series in Kansas City, with the Twins listing Devin Smeltzer and Jake Odorizzi (back) as their starters for games Friday and Saturday, respectively, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Thorpe picked up a start Monday in place of Rich Hill (shoulder), taking a no-decision in the win over the Pirates while giving up three runs on six hits and four walks over four innings. Assuming the Twins confirm Jose Berrios to start Sunday's series finale on his normal rest, Thorpe appears to be headed back to the bullpen. Odorizzi's impending return from the injured list would give the Twins four health starters, while the fact that Smeltzer is getting Friday's start suggests he has a leg up over Thorpe for the fifth and final rotation spot.
Thorpe didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 5-4 win over the Pirates, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks over four innings. He struck out three.
The southpaw managed to throw only 36 of 67 pitches for strikes, and given the constant traffic Pittsburgh put on the basepaths, Thorpe was lucky to limit the damage as he did. Rich Hill's sore shoulder could keep Thorpe in the rotation for one more turn, but he'll need to sharpen his command and control if he wants to make a push for a more permanent move out of the bullpen. Despite a 3.12 ERA, the 24-year-old has a woeful 4:6 K:BB through his first 8.2 innings this season.
Thorpe will start Monday's game against the Pirates, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Thorpe had dealt with a left leg contusion since his first outing of the season July 26, but he was able to return to the mound Thursday, firing two scoreless relief innings against Cleveland. He'll make a spot start Monday in place of Homer Bailey (biceps), who was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday. However, Thorpe likely won't maintain a starting role since Jake Odorizzi (back) is expected to return from the 10-day IL later in the week.
|Last 7 Games|
|05/05||vs TEX||L 1-3||1||5.0||5||3||1||2|
|04/20||@ OAK||L 0-7||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|04/16||@ LAA||L 3-10||4.0||3||2||1||2|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2014||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||71.2||16||16||0||3||2||0||80||36||62||3.54||1.376|
|2017||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||77.0||16||15||0||3||4||0||84||31||62||2.69||1.208|
|2018||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||21.2||4||4||0||0||3||0||26||6||20||3.40||1.226|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||96.1||20||19||0||5||4||0||119||25||91||4.59||1.207|