Young Minnesota Twins Tracker: May 5 edition

Byron Buxton hasn't let his demotion to Triple-A get him down as he's batting .302 with a .512 slugging percentage.

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IN THE MAJORS

Jose Berrios (age 21)

Last week: 1 game (1 start), 1-0, 6.75 ERA, 5 1/3 IP, 3 H, 2 HR, 2 R, 5 BB, 8 K

Season: 2 games (2 starts), 1-1, 6.75 ERA, 9 1/3 IP, 1.714 WHIP, 9 H, 2 HR, 7 BB, 13 K

Notable: Berrios made his second career start on Monday, picking up a 6-2 win over the Houston Astros and fanning eight batters through 5 1/3 innings of work.

 

Alex Meyer (age 26)

Last week: 2 games (1 starts), 0-1, 12.27 ERA, 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 1 HR, 5 R, 4 BB, 5 K

Season: 2 games (1 starts), 0-1, 12.27 ERA, 3 2/3 IP, 8 H, 1 HR, 5 R, 4 BB, 5 K

Notable: Meyer made his first start on Tuesday and didn’t make it out of the second inning. The 26 year old faced just 14 batters, throwing 34 strikes on 65 pitches.

 

Eddie Rosario (age 23)

Last week: 4 games, 13 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 BB, 2 K, .077 BA, .071 OBP, .077 SLG

Season: 24 games, 91 PA, .188 BA, .213 OBP, .318 SLG, .531 OPS, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB, 3 BB, 22 K, .213 BAbip, 47 OPS+, -0.7 WAR

Notable: It was a rough week for Rosario, who went three games without a hit before plating a single on Tuesday and scoring in a 6-4 loss to the Astros.

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Miguel Sano (age 22)

Last week: 6 games, 23 AB, 1 R, 6 H, 3 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 8 K, .261 BA, .320 OBP, .391 SLG

Season: 28 games, 118 PA, .250 BA, .364 OBP, .400 SLG, .764 OPS, 6 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 0 SB, 18 BB, 39 K, .379 BAbip, 115 OPS+, 0.1 WAR

Notable: Sano had six hits in six games last week, but his bat continues to stay quiet. The sophomore slugger hasn’t hit a home run since April 22.

 

DOWN ON THE FARM

Nick Burdi (age 23/Double-A)

Last week: 1 game (no starts), 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 1.50 WHIP

Season: 3 games (no starts), 1-0, 9.00 ERA, 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 0 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1.32 WHIP

Notable: Burdi faced five batters in a loss to Montgomery on Thursday, allowing one run and two hits.

 

Byron Buxton (age 22/Triple-A)

Last week: 8 games, 31 AB, 10 H, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 R, 2 RBI, 4 BB, 9 K, .323 BA

Season (Triple-A): 10 games, 47 PA, .302 BA, .362 OBP, .512 SLG, .873 OPS, 4 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB 4 BB, 12 K .

Notable: Buxton had a pair of doubles and drove in a run during a win over Syracuse on Wednesday.

 

Stephen Gonsalves (age 21/High Single-A)

Last week: 1 game (1 start), 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K, 1.50 ERA

Season: 5 games (5 starts), 1.45 ERA, 31 IP, 16 H, 5 R, 2 HR, 9 BB, 27 K, 0.81 WHIP

Notable: Gonsalves picked up a win in his first start since April 26, fanning three batters and allowing just three runs through six innings pitched.

 

Nick Gordon (age 20/High Single-A)

Last week: 5 games, 19 AB, 4 H, 1 3B, 3 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 6 K, .211 BA.

Season: 23 games, 94 AB, .309 BA, .343 OBP, .447 SLG, .790 OPS, 6 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 13 R, 10 RBI, 4 BB, 17 K

Notable: Was placed on the 7-day disabled list due to a concussion.

 

Tyler Jay (age 22/High Single-A)

Last week: 2 games (2 starts), 1-1, 10 2/3 IP, 4.25 ERA, 6 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Season: 5 games (5 starts), 2-2, 3.86 ERA, 25 2/3 IP, 26 H, 12 R, 11 ER, 2 HR, 9 BB, 24 K, 1.36 WHIP

Notable: Had strong outing in last start on May 4, going a season-high 6 1/3 innings and allowing no runs on five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts.

 

Max Kepler (age 22/Triple-A)

Last week: 7 games, 25 AB, 7 H, 2 3B, 1 R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, .280 BA

Season: 11 games, 39 AB, .205 BA, .283 OBP, .333 SLG, .616 OPS 1 2B, 2 3B, 0 HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, 5 BB, 1 K, 1 SB.

Notable: Since last week, raised his batting average from a season-low .071 to .205.

 

Jorge Polanco (age 22)

Last week: 1 game, 1 AB, 0 R, 0 H, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, .143 BA, .222 OBP, .286 SLG

Season (MLB): 5 games, 9 PA, .143 BA, .222 OBP, .286 SLG, .508 OPS, 1 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 0 SB, 1 BB, 0 K, .125 BAbip, 126 OPS+, -0.0 WAR

Notable: The Twins optioned Polanco back to Triple-A Rochester on Monday after five games with the big club in which he hit just .143 and drove in one run.

 

Kohl Stewart (age 21/High Single-A)

Last week: 1 game (1 start): 1-0, 5 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 3 K, 1.80 ERA

Season: 5 games (5 starts), 2-1, 1.91 ERA, 28 1/3 IP, 17 H, 7 R, 6 ER, 0 HR, 10 BB, 29 K, .172 OBA, 0.95 WHIP.

Notable: Threw a season-low 82 pitches in his last start on May 3. Has a WHIP of 0.81 vs. righties.

 

Adam Walker (age 24/Triple-A)

Last week: 8 games, 26 AB, 6 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 R, 3 RBI, 3 BB, 14 K, 1 SB, .231 BA.

Season: 20 games, 74 AB, .243 BA, .291 OBP, .486 SLG, .778 OPS 4 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 11 R, 9 RBI, 5 BB, 33 K, 2 SB.

Notable: Has struck out in 12 straight games and in 18 of 20 games overall. Has 11 multiple-strikeout games including four games with three Ks. Is only member of Rochester to have more than one home run on the season.

 

A glossary of some of the advanced statistics used:

OPS: On base percentage + slugging percentage

OPS+: OPS compared to league average of 100, adjusted to the player’s ballpark

sOPS+: OPS for the split (in our case the last 7 days) compared to the league’s split OPS (100 being average).

BAbip: Batting average on balls in play.

WHIP: Walks plus hits divided by innings pitched.

ERA+: ERA compared to league average of 100, adjusted to the player’s ballpark

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