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 1st edition of the 2017 Young Twins Tracker.
Notable: Berrios has allowed no earned runs in three of his five starts and has struck out at least seven in three starts. In his last outing, April 30 vs. Louisville, he pitched eight shutout innings allowing just two hits.
Notable: After missing most of the 2016 season due to a bone bruise on his right arm, Minnesota’s second-round draft choice in 2014 has already pitched more innings in 2017 than he did last year. Burdi didn’t allow a run in each of his first six appearances and had 10 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings in that span.
Notable: Diaz, a left-handed hitting first baseman from the Dominican Republic, batted .310/.353/.575 in rookie ball in 2016. On May 2 against Lake County, Diaz went 3 for 4 with a double, two home runs and five RBI.
Notable: Making the jump to Double-A has not been an issue thus far for the Twins’ first-round pick in 2014. With Chattanooga, Gordon has split his time between shortstop (13 games) and second base (9). Gordon is on four-game hit streak in which he is 6 for 18 (.333) with a triple and home run.
Notable: It’s been a rough start to the 2017 season for Minnesota’s 2013 first-round pick. Stewart has walked at least four batters in each of the past four games — and hasn’t pitched past the fourth inning in any of those starts.
Others: ByungHo Park was 6 for 16 with three doubles at Rochester before having to go on the DL. … Speaking of the DL, RHP J.T. Chargois (2nd round, 2012) landed there with an elbow impingement after making two scoreless relief appearances for the Red Wings. … LHPs Tyler Jay (1st round, 2014) and Stephen Gonsalves (4th round, 2013) have been on the DL all season at Chattanooga. … Veteran minor-league LHP Nik Turley has a 0.44 ERA, 0.54 WHIP and 36 K in 20.1 IP for Chattanooga. … C Ben Rortveldt (2nd round, 2016) is hitting just .107 in 16 games at Cedar Rapids. … Australian CF Aaron Whitefield is fourth in the Midwest League with a .607 slugging percentage. He has 6 doubles, 2 triples and 5 home runs. … A pair of late-round picks are doing well at Cedar Rapids. RHP Sean Poppen (19th round, 2016) has a 1.67 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 28 K in 27 IP in four starts while RHP Clark Beeker (33rd round, 2016) has a 1.69 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in his four starts (26.2 IP). … As a reminder, 2016 first-round pick OF Alex Kirilloff is out for the season.