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 in Minnesota’s farm system — as well as noting others who might be stepping up — measuring, highlighting and evaluating their progress.
This is the inaugural edition of the 2018 Young Twins Tracker.
Notable: It didn’t take long for the Twins to elevate Gonsalves back to Triple-A. After flourishing in four Double-A starts, Gonsalves was promoted to Rochester, where he struggled last year, posting a 5.56 ERA over 22 2/3 innings. But that was last year. Pitching at Pawtucket, Gonsalves allowed just two baserunners (one hit, a single in the second inning, and a walk in the eighth) in 7 2/3 innings on April 27. “I was excited to get back up with this group of guys and show them what I have and get through my game and pitch and show who I am,” Gonsalves told milb.com.
Notable: After missing most of 2017 due to injuries, Jay, Minnesota’s first-round pick in 2015, was sidelined for a couple of weeks in April due to a groin strain. His last outing was April 29, throwing 37 pitches in 2 1/2 scoreless innings.
Notable: Minnesota’s top pick in 2016 is back after missing all of 2017 following Tommy John surgery on his left elbow. The 2016 Appalachian League’s Player of the Year had a two homers in a game on April 11 and has six multi-hit games this season, including two three-hit games.
Notable: Last year’s first-round (compensatory) pick is making his debut in Double-A after hitting .281/.364/.566 combined in 2017 at Elizabethton and Fort Myers. Rooker struggled out of the gate, but last week hit .333 with three doubles.
Notable: The on-base machine has reached base in 21 of his 24 games this season. He’s the only player on Carolina who has played more than one game who has more walks than strikeouts — something he’s accomplished in each of his previous three minor-league seasons.
Others: Before being recalled to the Twins, Fernando Romeo had a 2.57 ERA and 1.29 WHIP at Triple-A Rochester. … Red Wings RHP John Curtiss (6th round, 2014) has a 0.96 WHIP and 17 K in 19 1/3 IP. … Rochester RHP Aaron Slegers (5th round, 2013) has a 1.50 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in four starts. … In his first year in Double-A, 2B Zander Wiel (12th round, 2015) is hitting .321/.409/.506 with nine doubles. … Chattanooga RHP Zack Jones (4thround, 2012) has an interesting pitching line thus far: 10.2 IP, 2 H, 15 BB, 18 K. … Fort Myers 3B Joe Cronin (34th round, 2016) is hitting .360/.441/.560 in 16 games. … After batting .311/.373/.522 at Fort Myers, OF Jimmy Kerrigan was moved all the way up to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday.