As the one-month mark of the 2019 MLB season approaches, the fan base continues to bubble with excitement over the Twins’ hot start, with strong hitting and capable pitching propelling Minnesota to the top of the AL Central. But while we cheer for the 25 players currently donning Twins uniforms, it’s easy to forget about the 15 others who are trying to work their way up - or back - to Target Field. How have they performed so far? Let’s take a look.
Luis Arraez, 2B
His reputation as a contact bat continues to hold its base in reality, as through 18 games for the Blue Wahoos, Arráez has knocked 24 hits (for a .343 average), 22 of which resulted in a one-base traversal.
Chase De Jong, SP
While De Jong’s sole (to this point) MLB appearance in 2019 left him with a 36.00 ERA - four runs in one inning - his two starts in Rochester also failed to impress. In neither start did De Jong last through the fourth inning, as in 5.2 total innings he has allowed 12 hits and seven runs.
Stephen Gonsalves, SP
Gonsalves has yet to appear for Rochester this season, starting the year on the IL with a flexor strain.
Nick Gordon, SS
Like the preceding Top 100 prospect, Gordon started 2019 on the Injured List (acute gastritis) and has not yet donned a Rochester uniform this year.
Zack Littell, SP
Littell’s 5.40 ERA is best among starters on the Twins’ 40-man roster. His three Rochester starts have resulted in one win, two losses, 18 hits, 19 whiffs, nine runs (all earned), and three dingers.
Matt Magill, RP
On the Injured List due to a shoulder injury, Magill has made four rehab appearances with Rochester (including one as the opener for Justin Nicolino), allowing five hits and striking out eight over five innings.
Gabriel Moya, RP
Moya made just two rehab appearances in Pensacola, surrendering three hits in 1.2 innings, before moving up to Rochester, where he’ll continue to pitch his way off of - and, incidentally, out of - the IL.
Addison Reed, RP
Reed has not begun rehab assignments and does not yet have a clear timeline to return after landing on the IL with a thumb injury.
Fernando Romero, RP
Ignoring his brief cameo during the recent doubleheader, Romero’s first appearances out of the Rochester bullpen have been respectable. He had one poor outing (1.1 innings, four earned runs, three home runs), but aside from that, Romero’s seven innings pitches have resulted in one hit and no runs.
Miguel Sano, 3B
Sanó remains on the Injured List after surgery on his heel and is expected to remain out until May.
Kohl Stewart, SP
Of Stewart’s two losses on the season, one came in a game where he surrendered a single run. In the other, he allowed six. Stewart does have a win to go with the pair of L’s and the 6.00 ERA, and has struck out 15 over those three starts.
Lewis Thorpe, SP
Thorpe has lost two of his three starts, allowing 17 runs in just 14.1 innings for a 10.67 ERA. He does have as many strikeouts as hits - but that “21” only looks good below the former.
Ronald Torreyes, IF
I want to see Torreyes make it back up to Minnesota simply because Ryne Harper took his jersey number (19) and now Torreyes is the only man on the 40 without one. But with his .107 batting average and .365 OPS, I may be waiting a while.
Andrew Vasquez, RP
At least his AAA ERA is better than his MLB ERA, though that’s not a difficult barrier. Vasquez has allowed six runs in his three Rochester innings. You do the math. (Fine, I will: it’s 18.00.)
LaMonte Wade Jr., OF
Wade may not have begun this season with power in his bat, slugging just .327 through 15 games, but he is getting on base frequently. His .429 OBP is aided by 13 walks, nearly one per game, to supplement a .265 batting average.