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
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
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
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.
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.