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43 Lewis Thorpe RP

Minnesota Twins

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August 6, 2020 02:24 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Bypassed for weekend start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 4, 2020 02:04 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Shaky control in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 2, 2020 05:56 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Slated to start Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe will start Monday's game against the Pirates, Do-Hyoung Park of 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.

August 2, 2020 10:36 AM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Moves past minor leg issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe (leg) tossed two scoreless innings in relief in Thursday's 2-0 loss to the Indians, giving up two hits and striking out one.

Thorpe's 20-pitch appearance verifies that the left leg contusion he suffered in his first outing of the season July 26 against the White Sox won't be a concern moving forward. The 24-year-old southpaw looks poised to serve in a long-relief role for most of the season, but he'll be one of the top candidates to start in the event the Twins' rotation is missing multiple arms at any point.

July 27, 2020 03:16 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Suffers leg contusion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe was being treated for a contusion after getting hit on the left leg by a batted ball Sunday, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. "Hopefully we treat him for a couple days and he'll be fine and hopefully it's just a bruise," said manager Rocco Baldelli.

Thorpe was able to walk off under his own power but didn't look comfortable trying to throw a few pitches after he was hit. It sounds like he'll need a few days off before he's ready to pitch again.

July 27, 2020 01:16 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Exits after hit to leg
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe left Sunday's game in the eighth inning after getting hit on his left leg by a batted ball.

Thorpe was able to walk off under his own power but didn't look comfortable trying to throw a few pitches after he was hit. The Twins had a large lead at the time, so this could be more precautionary than a significant injury. Thorpe threw 2.2 scoreless innings in relief with two walks and no strikeouts before departing.

July 23, 2020 01:24 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Makes Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe has made Minnesota's 30-man Opening Day roster, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

With Homer Bailey winning the fifth starter role, Randy Dobnak, Devin Smeltzer and Thorpe will serve as long relievers to begin the season. Thorpe still has a chance to move into the starting rotation should there be an opening.

July 20, 2020 10:20 AM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: In mix for long-relief role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe's chances of making the 30-man initial roster increased with the release of Jhoulys Chacin, reports. Thorpe gave up two runs over four innings, allowing seven hits, in Sunday's scrimmage.

Thorpe looks likely to make the roster as a long reliever. Homer Bailey looks set to win the fifth starter role, with two of Randy Dobnak, Devin Smeltzer and Thorpe to make the pitching staff as long relievers.

March 20, 2020 02:08 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Taking advantage of delay
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe will have a chance to ramp up fully during the shutdown period, leaving the door open for him to make the 26-man roster, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

He was apparently cut from the competition for the fifth starter's spot because he had a personal leave of absence from spring camp that prohibited him from getting stretched out. However, during this down time, he will be able to get up to speed, so what was true two weeks ago will be a non-issue when play resumes. Even so, Thorpe figures to be trailing at least Randy Dobnak for a rotation job, and Rich Hill (elbow) could be ready to slot in if the delay stretches into June.

March 9, 2020 05:12 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Optioned to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Monday.

Thorpe was theoretically competing for the rotation spot left temporarily vacant by Michael Pineda (suspension) and Rich Hill (elbow), but the fact that he's been sent down over two weeks before Opening Day indicates that he was always a long shot. The young lefty's 25.0 percent strikeout in his 27.2-inning debut last season hints at good things for his future, though it came with a 6.18 ERA.

March 1, 2020 12:16 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Back in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe (personal) rejoined Minnesota's spring camp Sunday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Thorpe took a leave of absence to attend to a personal matter, but he's now back with the team. The 24-year-old had a 6.18 ERA, 1.73 WHIP and 31:10 K:BB over 27.2 major-league innings last season and is competing for a roster spot this spring.

February 25, 2020 12:56 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Away for personal reasons
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe left Twins' camp Tuesday to attend to a personal matter, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The nature of Thorpe's absence and his expected return date are not yet clear. The 24-year-old was already in a battle for a roster spot after struggling to a 6.18 ERA in 27.2 innings last season, so an extended absence would likely sink his chances of breaking camp with the big-league squad.

September 20, 2019 11:00 AM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Scoops up win in long relief
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe (3-2) worked four innings in relief and was the pitcher of record in Thursday's 8-5 win over the Royals. He surrendered two runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four.

Thorpe's last appearance came as a spot starter in Cleveland last weekend, but he was needed out of the bullpen in the series opener after the struggling Kyle Gibson was pulled midway through the second inning. While he put plenty of runners on base in the outing, Thorpe escaped some big jams to mitigate the damage while benefiting from some quality run support. The Twins' pitching schedule doesn't currently call for Thorpe to make any additional starts this season, but that could change next week if Minnesota has already clinched the AL Central and manager Rocco Baldelli wants to extend rest to some of the team's rotation options ahead of the playoffs.

September 15, 2019 09:20 AM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Knocked around in short start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe lasted just 3.2 innings Saturday against Cleveland, allowing five runs on seven hits and four walks while striking out six batters. He did not factor into the decision.

Thorpe allowed the first five batters of the game to reach base, though he limited the damage to just two runs after recording three straight strikeouts with the bases loaded. The impressive escape didn't exactly foreshadow an improved performance, though, as Thorpe was pulled after allowing three more runs over the next three frames. He was fortunate to escape with a no-decision after the Twins rallied late to win.

September 14, 2019 04:24 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Starting Game 2 Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe will start Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.

While Thorpe is a starting pitcher by trade and hasn't appeared in a game since Sept. 6, he also hasn't pitched four-plus innings in a game since Aug. 7, so he may not go deep enough to qualify for the win. Thorpe has a 5.30 ERA in 18.2 MLB innings, working primarily in relief.

September 7, 2019 05:16 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Stuck with loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe (2-2) took the loss Friday, allowing a run and a hit while striking out one in an inning of work in a 6-2 extra-innings loss to the Indians.

Thorpe allowed leadoff hitter Yasiel Puig aboard with a single to start the 11th. Reliever Brusdar Graterol allowed the inherited runner to score the go-ahead run, sticking Thorpe with the loss. The 23-year-old has now allowed four runs over 4.1 innings since receiving a September callup from Triple-A Rochester. Thorpe was expected to serve as a primary pitcher in Sunday's series finale against the Indians, but it's unclear if the appearance Friday will change that plan.

September 1, 2019 09:36 AM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Joins big club as September callup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Twins recalled Thorpe from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.

One of the top advanced arms in Minnesota's system, Thorpe previously made six appearances (one start) with the Twins this season, working 14.1 total innings and giving up seven runs on 19 hits and three walks while striking out 14. The 23-year-old rookie could be an option to join the rotation when a replacement is first required Wednesday in Boston for Kyle Gibson, who was placed on the 10-day injured list after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.

August 25, 2019 05:52 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Shuttled back to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe allowed two runs on three hits while striking out one over one inning Sunday against the Tigers. He was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the game, per Do-Hyoung Park of

Thorpe made two appearances during his latest trip to the big leagues, surrendering two runs over three innings of work. The Twins are expected to make a corresponding move prior to Tuesday's series opener against the White Sox.

August 16, 2019 05:16 PM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Returns to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Brandon Warne of reports.

Thorpe made his major-league debut at the end of June and this is now his third promotion from Triple-A this season. The 23-year-old has a 3.18 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 10:2 K:BB through his first 11.1 innings in the bigs.

August 3, 2019 12:08 AM
Twins' Lewis Thorpe: Demoted to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Thorpe allowed a run on three hits and struck out one over 1.2 innings Friday against the Royals. He was optioned to Triple-A Rochester after the game, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

The Twins will likely add a fresh arm to the bullpen following Thorpe's demotion, though a corresponding move won't be made until Saturday. The southpaw owns a 3.18 ERA and 1.41 WHIP with 10 strikeouts over 11.1 innings this season in the big leagues.

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vs New York 2.210 3.38002
vs LHB 5.200 9.53047
vs RHB 22.000 5.320624
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