The Twins have always been active in Australia, and Baseball America’s Ben Badler reports that they’ve done it again, inking Australian LHP Lewis Thorpe. Torpe was widely considered the best July 2 prospect from Australia. Thorpe got 500k, leaving the Twins with 900k left in their international FA budget.
Thorpe is a prototypical Twins pitcher, standing 6′, 175 lbs with a high 80s-low 90s fastball. He has a good feel for pitching and can already throw a decent breaking ball. Hopefully he will continue growing and fill out his frame (remember he’s just 16) and can add a few MPH to his fastball while retaining that feel for pitching.