Twins beat reports found a nice little surprise when they arrived in the Twins clubhouse this morning: Stephen Gonsalves.
Yep! The Twins’ top pitching prospect is apparently with the team in Minneapolis, although he has not been officially added to the roster yet. According to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune, however, he is scheduled to make his major league debut on Monday during the Twins’ makeup game against the White Sox.
Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press caught up with the young lefty this morning in the Target Field clubhouse:
Openers! Wow. That’s exciting.
Gonslaves has been spectacular for Triple-A Rochester this year, holding a 2.96 ERA and 1.196 WHIP over 100.1 innings. He also has 95 strikeouts.
Gonsalves will be taking over the rotation spot for Ervin Santana, who was scheduled to pitch Monday, but was actually placed on the 10-day DL today because the finger he had surgery on is apparently still bothering him. The plan for the rotation going forward apparently remains fluid, with Paul Molitor even spit-balling the idea of using a six-man rotation come September (I assume that would involve Jose Berrios, Jake Odorizzi, Kyle Gibson, Kohl Stewart, Fernando Romero, and Stephen Gonsalves [EDIT: YES AND MICHAEL PINEDA!]).
If you had a ticket to the Sunday, April 15th game against the White Sox that was snowed out earlier this year, you might want to go find that and get your butt to Target Field tomorrow! Remember, game starts an hour early, 6:10 pm CT!