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Ranking the Minnesota Twins’ Top Five Pitching Prospects

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Minnesota Twins: Ranking Their Top Five Pitching Prospects

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The Minnesota Twins biggest weakness over the last few years has been starting pitching, but there is now some talent in the minor league pipeline that is creating some hope for the future.

Here are the Twins’ top five pitching prospects at this stage of 2014.

5. LHP Lewis Thorpe

Lewis Thorpe
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5. LHP Lewis Thorpe

Lewis Thorpe
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Thorpe had a 2.05 ERA with 64 strikeouts and just six walks over 44 innings (12 appearances-eight starts) in the Gulf Coast League last year. The 18-year old Australian left-hander could be put on the fast track through the Twins' minor league system if he continues to pitch well this year.

4. RHP Kohl Stewart

Kohl Stewart
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4. RHP Kohl Stewart

Kohl Stewart
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The Twins selected Stewart fourth overall in last June's draft, and he pitched well (2.65 ERA; 31:7 K/BB ratio) after signing. More progress should come this year.

3. RHP Trevor May

Trevor May
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3. RHP Trevor May

Trevor May
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May has alternated good and bad starts through his first four starts for Triple-A Rochester, and he now has a 4.91 ERA. But he has shown improved control (20 strikeouts and seven walks), and with better consistency he could earn a call to the big leagues down the road this season.

2. RHP J.O.Berrios

J.O. Berrios
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2. RHP J.O. Berrios

J.O. Berrios
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Berrios has gone six innings in two of his three starts with High-A Fort Myers this season, and at 19 years old (20 on May 27) his future could be as a starter or closer.

1. RHP Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer
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1. Alex Meyer

Alex Meyer
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Meyer is pitching well in his first taste of Triple-A, including 11 strikeouts in his last start. If he continues to perform well and can put last season's shoulder issues behind him, Meyer's major league debut may come soon.