Twins pitching prospect Nick Burdi’s ERA just keeps falling

The Minnesota Twins are reshaping their franchise with an injection of youth and prospects.

Every Thursday for the rest of the season, FOX Sports North will take a closer look at some specific young players — as well as noting others who might be stepping up — measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress.

This is the 3rd edition of the 2017 Young Twins Tracker.

 

Jose Berrios (age 22)

Last week: 1 game (1 start), 1-0, 7.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Season: 1 game (1 start), 1-0, 1.13 ERA, 7.2 IP, 2 H, 0 HR, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 BB, 4 K,

Season (Triple-A): 6 games (6 starts), 3-0, 1.13 ERA, 39.2 IP, 24 H, 0 HR, 8 BB, 39 K, .080 OBA, 0.391 WHIP

Notable: Berrios finally returned to the majors last week and didn’t disappoint. He leaned on the Twins’ defense at times — throwing just four strikeouts — but went a career-high 7 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits and four total bases. He had all four of his pitches working, mixing in a four-seam fastball, sinker, changeup and curveball.

 

Nick Burdi (age 24/Double-A)

Last week: 2 games (0 starts), 0-0, 3.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

Season: 12 games (no starts), 2-0, 0.61 ERA, 14.2 IP, 6 H, 1 HR, 4 BB, 19 K, .128 OBA, 0.68 WHIP

Notable:  It’s hard to have a better week than that. Burdi didn’t allow a hit in three innings of work last week, fanning four of the nine batters he faced.

Young Twins Tracker Archive

Lewin Diaz (age 20/Low-A)

Last week: 7 games, 29 AB, 10 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 2 HR, 7 R, 9 RBI, 0 SB, 0 BB, 5 K, .345 BA.

Season: 38 games, 148 AB, .291 BA, .314 OBP, .514 SLG, .828 OPS, 16 2B, 1 3B, 5 HR, 18 R, 27 RBI, 0 SB, 5 BB, 23 K.

Notable: Diaz slugged .655 last week and has an eight-game hit streak going. He had just two home runs last week, but smacked three doubles racked up nine RBI.

 

Nick Gordon (age 21/Double-A)

Last week: 7 games, 29 AB, 8 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 5 R, 6 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 7 K, .346 BA.

Season: 37 games, 150 AB, .320 BA, .383 OBP, .507 SLG, .890 OPS, 9 2B, 5 3B, 3 HR, 22 R, 23 RBI, 1 SB, 16 BB, 34 K.

Notable: Gordon reached safely in 20 straight games, a streak that came to an end last Wednesday. He bounced back quickly, hitting two triples and getting at least one hit in six of his seven games last week.

 

Adalberto Mejia (age 23/Triple-A)

Last week: 2 games (2 starts), 0-0, 9.2 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 5 K

Season: 4 game (4 starts), 0-1, 3.48 ERA, 20.2 IP, 18 H, 1 HR, 3 BB, 16 K, .234 OBA, 1.016 WHIP

Notable: Mejia will start for the Twins on Saturday against Kansas City, ending his brief tenure in Triple-A. He was serviceable in his start against Pawtucket, allowing seven hits and 6 2/3 innings, but pitched just three innings in his second start of the week.

 

ByungHo Park (age 30/Triple-A)

Last week: 6 games, 23 AB, 5 H, 1 2B, 0 3B, 2 R, 2 RBI, 0 SB, 0 BB, 8 K, .217 BA

Season: 11 games, 44 AB, .250 BA, .283 OBP, .409 SLG, .692 OPS, 4 2B, 0 3B, 1 HR, 6 R, 5 RBI, 0 SB, 2 BB, 13 K.

Notable: Park continues to work his way back after a month-long absence. He had just five hits in 23 at-bats, and doesn’t appear to be anywhere near unseating Kennys Vargas as the Twins’ designated hitter.

 

Kohl Stewart (age 22/Double-A)

Last week: N/A

Season: 6 games (6 starts), 0-4, 5.62 ERA, 24 IP, 26 H, 1 HR, 22 BB, 14 K, .280 OBA, 2.00 WHIP

Notable: Stewart hasn’t pitched since last week, and is suffering from tendinitis in his left knee.

 

Others: RHP Kyle Gibson had 10 strikeouts and one earned run in a loss for the Triple-A Red Wings… LHP Lachlan Wells of Australia pitched a complete game for the Single-A Miracle

Statistics courtesy milb.com and baseball-reference.com