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. Please note the glossary of advanced stats at the bottom of the story.
This is the sixth edition of the Young Twins Tracker.
Notable: Sano hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the fifth inning of Wednesday’s 7-5 Twins win over the Royals and finished with two runs on the afternoon. He also notched two hits in Minnesota’s loss to Toronto last Friday.
Notable: Buxton is 8 for 16 in his four games since returning from injury with two homers and three RBI. He’s had multiple hits in seven of his past 10 games and is batting .415 (17 for 41) over that stretch.
Stephen Gonsalves (age 21/Single-A)
Last week: 1 game (1 start), 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, 7.20 ERA.
FIP: Fielding Independent Pitching. Measures a pitcher’s effectiveness at presenting home runs, walks and hit by pitches while causing strikeouts. The MLB average FIP is the same as the MLB average ERA.
WAR: Wins Above Replacement value. Represents the number of wins the player added to the team above what a replacement player would add (we are using WAR from baseball-reference.com).
Statistics courtesy baseball-reference.com and milb.com