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Hot prospects during cold winter
Four who could impact '13 Wings
12/07/2012 12:02 PM ET
Aaron Hicks had a breakout 2012 season at Double-A.
Aaron Hicks had a breakout 2012 season at Double-A. (Kevin Pataky, MiLB.com)
It's never too early to think about the players you'll be rooting for at Frontier Field next season. With Opening Day April 6 just a couple of months away, here's a look at four Twins prospects who may see time with the Red Wings in 2013 - plus a bonus profile of newly acquired ptiching prospect Trevor May. This information will appear in the 2013 Red Wings Media Guide.

Related links:
Baseball America Twins Top 10 Prospects Nov. 20, 2012
MLB.com Twins Top 20 Prospects 12/7/12
Winter Ball Stats - Twins organization players

AARON HICKS

CAREER: Is in his 6th professional season after the Twins selected him in the first round (14th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft… entered the 2013 season as the Twins' 5th-best prospect according to Baseball America; has been named the Best Defensive Outfielder and as having the Best Outfield Arm in the Twins system by Baseball America following each of his first 5 pro seasons…entered the 2013 season as having the Best Strike-Zone Discipline in the Twins system according to Baseball America as well…is a .290 (148-for-510) hitter against lefthanders and a .264 (330-for-1252) hitter against righthanders…has logged 34 home runs, 17 from both sides of the plate…is 92-for-133 in stolen-base attempts, a 69.2 percent success rate…with 313 walks in 478 games, is averaging 62.6 per season…has struck out more than 100 times in each of the last 3 seasons (338 total in 366 games)…was signed by Twins scout John Leavitt.

2012: Was named a post-season Eastern League All-Star with the Twins’ Double-A New Britain club after ranking 8th in the league with a .384 on-base percentage, 10th with a .460 slugging percentage, 4th with an .844 OPS (onbase plus slugging percentage), tied for first with 79 walks, 4th with 32 steals, first with 100 runs scored, and tied for 11th with 135 hits…also ranked 6th in the circuit with 116 strikeouts…also rated as the EL’s 8th-best prospect according to Baseball America…led the Twins minor league system in steals and ranked 2nd in the entire organization to only Ben Revere, who had a combined 46 with Minnesota (40) and Rochester (6)…established professional highs in hits, triples (11), home runs (13), RBI (61), steals, runs, and games played (129)…served as New Britain’s primary center fielder and also started 3 games in left field...batted leadoff in 72 games…hit just .243 (27-for-111) with runners in scoring position…had a professional-best 14-game hitting streak July 3-16, batting .370 (20-for-54) with 15 runs scored…also had a 10-game streak August 15-26, hitting .390 (16-for-41)…recorded an RBI in 6 straight games June 26-July 1 (6 total)…logged a season-high 4 RBI April 9 vs. Harrisburg and a season-best 5 hits July 25 vs. Binghamton…had 33 multi-hit games…entered the season as the 4th-best prospect in the Twins organization according to Baseball America…also entered the year as the Best Defensive Outfielder and as having the Best Outfield Arm in the Twins systems according to the same publication...entered 2012 as No. 72 on MLB.com’s Top 100 Prospects list…played for Bravos de Margarita of the Venezuelan Winter League following the season.

2011: Played the entire year with the Twins’ Single-A Fort Myers club, leading the team with 31 doubles, 17 steals, 78 walks, 79 runs, and 110 strikeouts…also ranked 2nd on the club with 107 hits…ranked 4th in the Florida State League in walks, 9th in doubles, and 5th in runs…played exclusively in center field…rated as having the Best Outfield Arm in the league by Baseball America…had a .277 average (84-for-303) in 82 games through July 19…then batted just .164 (23-for-140) in 40 games the rest of the way...had an 0-for-23 drought in 6 games July 20- 25 and an 0-for-20 skid in 6 games July 27-August 4, separated only by a 2-for-5 effort July 26 vs. Tampa…did hit .433 (13-for-30) in his last 9 games to raise his average to .242 from .228…had a season-high 4 RBI August 5 at Bradenton…logged 30 multi-hit games, including a season-high 3 hits 6 times…22 of his 31 doubles came in road games…entered the season as the 2nd-best prospect in the Twins system according to Baseball America…also entered the year rated as the Best Defensive Outfielder and as having the Best Strike-Zone Discipline and Best Outfield Arm in the Twins chain by the same publication...entered 2011 as No. 39 on MLB.com’s Top 50 Prospects list…played for Mesa of the Arizona Fall League after the season, batting .294 with 8 doubles, 3 homers, 21 RBI, and 25 runs scored in 30 games.

2010: Was a mid-season Midwest League All-Star with the Twins’ Single-A Beloit affiliate…following the year was ranked as the 5th-best prospect in the league by Baseball America while receiving Honorable Mention honors on MiLB.com’s Twins Organization All-Star Team…also rated as having the Best Outfield Arm in the league by Baseball America…ranked 6th in the league with a .401 on-base percentage, tied for 5th with 88 walks, and tied for 10th with 86 runs scored…led Beloit with 21 stolen bases…primarily played center field and also made 12 starts in right field…was hitting only .254 (67-for-264) in 71 games through June…then batted .321 (51-for-159) in 44 games the rest of the way…hit .362 (42-for-116) with 6 homers against lefthanders and .248 (76-for-307) with 2 homers against righthanders…had a season-high 4 hits April 24 at Wisconsin and season-best 4 RBI June 11 vs. Bowling Green…started the season on a 1-for-30 drought in his first 8 games…then put together a season-high 10- game hitting streak immediately after, batting .514 (19-for-37) to raise his average to .299 from .033…entered the season as the No. 1 prospect in the Twins system according to Baseball America…also rated as the Best Athlete and the Best Defensive Outfielder while having the Best Strike-Zone Discipline and Best Outfield Arm in the Twins chain according to Baseball America.

2009: Appeared in 67 games with the Twins’ Single-A Beloit club beginning in late June and was ranked the No. 1 prospect in the Midwest League following the season by Baseball America…entered the season ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Twins organization by Baseball America…also rated as the Best Athlete and the Best Defensive Outfielder while having the Best Strike-Zone Discipline and Best Outfield Arm in the Twins chain according to the same publication…played exclusively in center field except for one start as the designated hitter in the 2nd game of a June 28 doubleheader at Clinton…batted .333 (20-for-60) with runners in scoring position…had a season-best 10- game hitting streak July 28-August 7, batting .349 (15-for-43)…had a season-best 4 RBI August 4 vs. Peoria (14 innings)…hit his first and only professional grand slam that night, a 2-out blast in the 7th inning off Alberto Cabrera that gave Beloit a 4-3 lead.

2008: Was named the No. 1 prospect in the Gulf Coast League by Baseball America after ranking tied for 8th in the circuit with a .318 average and a .409 on-base percentage, tied for 3rd with 28 walks, tied for 11th with 27 RBI, and tied for 12th with 32 runs scored…also earned post-season GCL All-Star honors as well as a spot on Baseball America’s Rookie Class All-Star squad…primarily played center field and also made 2 starts in left and 2 starts in right…was 12-for-14 in stolen-base attempts…batted .327 (18-for-55) with runners in scoring position…had a 10- game hitting streak July 21-August 3 (15-for-35, .429), and after back-to-back 0-for-4 efforts, ended the year on a season-best 13-game hitting streak August 8-26 (16-for-51, .314)…hit a first-inning lead-off home run August 18 vs. GCL Pirates…had a season-best 4 hits and 4 RBI July 4 at GCL Pirates.

PERSONAL: Aaron Michael Hicks…is a 2008 graduate of Wilson High School (Long Beach, CA), the same alma mater as former Red Wings Sean Burroughs and Bobby Grich…was named a Louisville Slugger All-American and Louisville Slugger 2nd-Team Pre-Season All-American as a senior in 2008, when he batted .473 with 12 doubles, 4 homers, 23 RBI, 37 walks, 37 steals, and 50 runs scored in 34 games…as a pitcher in 2008, went 8-2 with 112 strikeouts and a 1.16 ERA (12 ER/72.1 IP)…was an AFLAC All-American in 2007…is a product of Major League Baseball’s Urban Youth Academy in Compton, CA…his father Joe player professionally in the San Diego Padres organization.

B.J. HERMSEN

CAREER: Is the reigning Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year, going a combined 12-6 with a 2.88 ERA with Single-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain…has posted 25 wins during the last 2 years, more than any other pitcher in the Twins’ system in that time…is a combined 25-14 during the last 2 seasons, including 11 wins with New Britain in 2012…entered the 2013 season rated as having the Best Control in the Twins organization according to Baseball America’s annual “Best Tools” survey…selected by the Twins in the 6th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft…was signed by Twins scout Mark Wilson.

2012: Earned Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors after going 11-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 22 starts with New Britain for his Double-A debut…had started the year with Single-A Fort Myers, going 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA in 4 starts before his April 30 promotion to New Britain…was a mid-season Eastern League All-Star…was named the righthanded pitcher on MiLB.com's Twins Organization All-Star team…tied for 7th in the EL in ERA…tied for the New Britain team lead with 11 wins with Logan Darnell, a total that ranked tied for 3rd in the league…was 2nd in the Twins organization with 12 wins overall, 2 behind Single-A Beloit’s Jason Wheeler…tossed a professional-high 162.2 innings overall with Fort Myers and New Britain, making a pro-high 26 starts…allowed 4 runs or less in all but 2 of his starts: June 22 at Richmond and June 27 vs. Trenton…worked 6.0 innings or more in 22 of his 26 starts…limited right-handed hitters in the EL to a .219 average (69-for-315), but left-handed hitters batted .338 (76-for-225) against him…won 5 straight starts July 20-August 10, posting a 2.43 ERA (9 ER/33.1 IP) in that time…tossed a 9-inning complete-game August 10 vs. Reading, the 3rd of his pro career (Rock Cats won 5- 1)…fell one out shy of a 9-inning complete game May 30 at New Hampshire…logged a season-high 8 strikeouts in 7.0 innings July 25 vs. Binghamton…allowed a run on 2 hits in 1.0 inning for the East squad in the All-Star Game, blowing a 4-3 lead in the 6th inning...opened the season by tossing 13.0 consecutive scoreless innings with Fort Myers…entered the reason rated as the 27th-best prospect in the Twins organization according to Baseball America.

2011: Led the Twins minor league system with a combined 13 wins with Single-A Beloit (11) and Single-A Fort Myers (2)…his combined 3.33 ERA ranked 5th in the Twins chain…led Beloit in wins and tied for the team lead with 131 hits allowed with Adrian Salcedo…went 8-1 with a 2.09 ERA (15 ER/64.2 IP) in 10 starts beginning June 3, leading up to his August 7 promotion to Fort Myers…won 6 straight starts during that time June 15-July 18…logged a season-high 10 strikeouts in 7.0 innings July 2 at Kane County.
2010: Started the season with Single-A Beloit and was transferred to rookie-level Elizabethton July 19…tossed a one-hit shutout June 17 at Cedar Rapids, the lone hit a Justin Bass single with 2 outs in the 8th inning (Mike Trout, the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year with the Angels, went 0-for-3 with a walk in that game)…went 0-5 with a 7.57 ERA (23 ER/27.1 IP) in his last 5 starts with Beloit leading up to his demotion…struck out 10 in 6.0 innings July 28 vs. Greeneville…

2009: Ranked 5th in the Gulf Coast League with a 1.35 ERA and tied for 3rd in the league with 6 wins with the Twins…was ranked the 11th-best prospect in the GCL and named a rookie-level All-Star by Baseball America following the season…tossed a 3-hit shutout August 12 at the GCL Rays, allowing just 3 singles in his first professional 9-inning complete game…tossed 17.0 straight scoreless innings over 4 starts July 15-August 4…didn’didn't allow an earned run in 4 consecutive starts July 24-August 12, giving up just 3 unearned runs August 4 at the GCL
Reds.

PERSONAL: Brett Joseph (B.J.) Hermsen…is a 2008 graduate of West Delaware High School (IA), where he also played basketball and football…in 2008, earned Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American honors, Rawlings/Perfect Game USA First-Team All-American accolades, and Rawlings/Perfect Game USA First Team All- Central Region honors…had entered the year as a Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American as well…was an AFLAC All-American after his junior season in 2007…had committed to Oregon State University before signing with the Twins.

 

 

 

May, Trevor

 

CAREER: Is in his 6th pro season, his first in the Twins organization after being acquired from the Phillies along with Vance Worley in exchange for Ben Revere on December 6, 2012…has 647 strikeouts in 525.1 innings in his pro career, an average of 11.1 per 9 innings pitched…has logged 32 of his 37 career wins in the last 3 years…led the Double-A Eastern League with 151 strikeouts with Reading in 2012 after entering the season as the Phillies’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America…was Philadelphia’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011 with Single-A Clearwater…was selected by the Phillies in the 4th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Kelso (WA) High School…was originally signed by scout Dave Ryles.

2012: Entered the season as the Phillies’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America and led the Eastern League with 151 strikeouts with Reading in his Double-A debut…posted 10 wins in a professional-high 28 starts…ranked tied for 2nd in the league with 13 losses with Erie’s James Avery, 2 behind New Hampshire’s Deck McGuire…allowed 22 home runs after surrendering just 21 in his first 4 years of pro ball…the 22 allowed tied for the league high with McGuire and New Britain’s Logan Darnell…led the team in strikeouts and innings pitched (149.2)...was one of 5 pitchers who made a league-leading 28 starts…ranked 10th in the circuit in innings pitched and tied for 8th in wins…5 of his 10 wins came in April, going 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA (8 ER/30.0 IP) in 5 starts to earn EL Player of the Month honors…didn’t win consecutive starts the rest of the way…allowed 23 first-inning runs (22 earned)…threw a season-high 8.0 innings August 27 vs. Binghamton, allowing just one run and 2 hits in the 4-1 victory…struck out a season-high 9 batters on 3 occasions: June 8 vs. Harrisburg, August 22 at Harrisburg, and August 27 vs. Binghamton…did not allow a home run in his first 8 starts…gave up a professional-high 4 homers July 23 vs. Altoona…had never given up more than 2 long balls in a start in his career…started Game 2 of Reading’s first-round playoff series against Trenton, allowing one run on 3 hits while striking out 6 in 5.1 innings…did not figure in the decision in the 4-1 loss at Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium (Reading lost series 3 games to one).

2011: Entered the season as the Phillies’ 5th-best prospect according to Baseball America and was named the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year after leading the Single-A Florida State League with 208 strikeouts and ranking 8th in the circuit with a 3.63 ERA with Clearwater…was a mid-season and post-season FSL All-Star, and was named the right-handed pitcher on the MiLB.com Phillies Organization All-Star team…his 208 strikeouts ranked 3rd in all of Minor League Baseball and were a Phillies’ organization high, 40 more than the next closest FSL pitcher, teammate Julio Rodriguez…with a professional-high 151.1 innings, averaged 12.4 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched…ranked 3rd in the league in innings and tied for 7th with 10 wins…was the winning pitcher for the South squad in the FSL All-Star Game, working a perfect 5th inning in the 5-3 triumph…earned Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for June, when he went 2-2 with a 1.50 ERA (5 ER/30.0 IP) in 5 starts…was twice named FSL Pitcher of the Week: June 21-27 (1-0, 0.75 ERA (1 ER/12.0 IP), 20 strikeouts) and July 5-11 (one-hit shutout with 9 strikeouts July 9 vs. Jupiter)…posted 7 double-digit strikeout games, including 14 June 22 at Tampa to tie his professional high…tossed a troika of 7-inning complete games: April 26 at Tampa, July 9 vs. Jupiter (shutout), and August 10 at Tampa (shutout)…never won more than 2 starts in a row…was ranked the 4th-best prospect in the FSL following the season by Baseball America.

2010: Entered the season as the Phillies’ 5th-best prospect according to Baseball America and logged a professional-best 12 wins in a combined 27 games (25 starts) with Single-A Clearwater and Single-A Lakewood…led the Philadelphia system with 182 strikeouts overall…began the year with Clearwater and was a mid-season FSL All-Star, but was demoted to Lakewood in early July… established a professional best with 14 strikeouts July 27 at Delmarva…went 1-1 with 21 strikeouts and a 0.77 ERA (1 ER/11.2 IP) in 2 post-season starts with Lakewood…ranked the 9th-best prospect in the FSL and the 11-best in the South Atlantic League by Baseball America following the season.

2009: Spent the season with the Phillies’ Single-A Lakewood club and ranked 4th on the team with 95 strikeouts despite making just 15 starts…allowed just 3 runs in 25.0 innings in his final 5 starts to lower his ERA to 2.56 from 3.27…yielded 3 earned runs or less in all of his starts…went 1-0 with 11 strikeouts and 11.0 scoreless innings in a pair of post-season starts.

2008: Began his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Phillies and picked up his first win August 15 at GCL Tigers.

PERSONAL: Trevor J. May…is a 2008 graduate of Kelso (WA) High School, the same alma mater as Jason Schmidt and former Red Wing Jeff Bailey (2011)…earned Louisville Slugger Honorable Mention All-American honors as a senior in 2008, when he won the school’s “Mr. Baseball” Award after posting 11 wins, a 1.03 ERA, and striking out 128 in 68.0 innings…the 128 strikeouts are the school’s single-season record.

 

 

BONUS PROFILE - Newly acquired pitcher Trevor May

CAREER: Is in his 6th pro season, his first in the Twins organization after being acquired from the Phillies along with Vance Worley in exchange for Ben Revere on December 6, 2012…has 647 strikeouts in 525.1 innings in his pro career, an average of 11.1 per 9 innings pitched…has logged 32 of his 37 career wins in the last 3 years…led the Double-A Eastern League with 151 strikeouts with Reading in 2012 after entering the season as the Phillies’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America…was Philadelphia’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2011 with Single-A Clearwater…was selected by the Phillies in the 4th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Kelso (WA) High School…was originally signed by scout Dave Ryles.

2012: Entered the season as the Phillies’ No. 1 prospect according to Baseball America and led the Eastern League with 151 strikeouts with Reading in his Double-A debut…posted 10 wins in a professional-high 28 starts…ranked tied for 2nd in the league with 13 losses with Erie’s James Avery, 2 behind New Hampshire’s Deck McGuire…allowed 22 home runs after surrendering just 21 in his first 4 years of pro ball…the 22 allowed tied for the league high with McGuire and New Britain’s Logan Darnell…led the team in strikeouts and innings pitched (149.2)...was one of 5 pitchers who made a league-leading 28 starts…ranked 10th in the circuit in innings pitched and tied for 8th in wins…5 of his 10 wins came in April, going 5-0 with a 2.40 ERA (8 ER/30.0 IP) in 5 starts to earn EL Player of the Month honors…didn’t win consecutive starts the rest of the way…allowed 23 first-inning runs (22 earned)…threw a season-high 8.0 innings August 27 vs. Binghamton, allowing just one run and 2 hits in the 4-1 victory…struck out a season-high 9 batters on 3 occasions: June 8 vs. Harrisburg, August 22 at Harrisburg, and August 27 vs. Binghamton…did not allow a home run in his first 8 starts…gave up a professional-high 4 homers July 23 vs. Altoona…had never given up more than 2 long balls in a start in his career…started Game 2 of Reading’s first-round playoff series against Trenton, allowing one run on 3 hits while striking out 6 in 5.1 innings…did not figure in the decision in the 4-1 loss at Reading’s FirstEnergy Stadium (Reading lost series 3 games to one).

2011: Entered the season as the Phillies’ 5th-best prospect according to Baseball America and was named the organization’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year after leading the Single-A Florida State League with 208 strikeouts and ranking 8th in the circuit with a 3.63 ERA with Clearwater…was a mid-season and post-season FSL All-Star, and was named the right-handed pitcher on the MiLB.com Phillies Organization All-Star team…his 208 strikeouts ranked 3rd in all of Minor League Baseball and were a Phillies’ organization high, 40 more than the next closest FSL pitcher, teammate Julio Rodriguez…with a professional-high 151.1 innings, averaged 12.4 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched…ranked 3rd in the league in innings and tied for 7th with 10 wins…was the winning pitcher for the South squad in the FSL All-Star Game, working a perfect 5th inning in the 5-3 triumph…earned Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors for June, when he went 2-2 with a 1.50 ERA (5 ER/30.0 IP) in 5 starts…was twice named FSL Pitcher of the Week: June 21-27 (1-0, 0.75 ERA (1 ER/12.0 IP), 20 strikeouts) and July 5-11 (one-hit shutout with 9 strikeouts July 9 vs. Jupiter)…posted 7 double-digit strikeout games, including 14 June 22 at Tampa to tie his professional high…tossed a troika of 7-inning complete games: April 26 at Tampa, July 9 vs. Jupiter (shutout), and August 10 at Tampa (shutout)…never won more than 2 starts in a row…was ranked the 4th-best prospect in the FSL following the season by Baseball America.

2010: Entered the season as the Phillies’ 5th-best prospect according to Baseball America and logged a professional-best 12 wins in a combined 27 games (25 starts) with Single-A Clearwater and Single-A Lakewood…led the Philadelphia system with 182 strikeouts overall…began the year with Clearwater and was a mid-season FSL All-Star, but was demoted to Lakewood in early July… established a professional best with 14 strikeouts July 27 at Delmarva…went 1-1 with 21 strikeouts and a 0.77 ERA (1 ER/11.2 IP) in 2 post-season starts with Lakewood…ranked the 9th-best prospect in the FSL and the 11-best in the South Atlantic League by Baseball America following the season.

2009: Spent the season with the Phillies’ Single-A Lakewood club and ranked 4th on the team with 95 strikeouts despite making just 15 starts…allowed just 3 runs in 25.0 innings in his final 5 starts to lower his ERA to 2.56 from 3.27…yielded 3 earned runs or less in all of his starts…went 1-0 with 11 strikeouts and 11.0 scoreless innings in a pair of post-season starts.

2008: Began his pro career with the Gulf Coast League Phillies and picked up his first win August 15 at GCL Tigers.

PERSONAL: Trevor J. May…is a 2008 graduate of Kelso (WA) High School, the same alma mater as Jason Schmidt and former Red Wing Jeff Bailey (2011)…earned Louisville Slugger Honorable Mention All-American honors as a senior in 2008, when he won the school’s “Mr. Baseball” Award after posting 11 wins, a 1.03 ERA, and striking out 128 in 68.0 innings…the 128 strikeouts are the school’s single-season record.

 

 

B. J. HERMSEN

CAREER: Is the reigning Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year, going a combined 12-6 with a 2.88 ERA with Single-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain…has posted 25 wins during the last 2 years, more than any other pitcher in the Twins’ system in that time…is a combined 25-14 during the last 2 seasons, including 11 wins with New Britain in 2012…entered the 2013 season rated as having the Best Control in the Twins organization according to Baseball America’s annual “Best Tools” survey…selected by the Twins in the 6th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft…was signed by Twins scout Mark Wilson.

2012: Earned Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors after going 11-6 with a 3.22 ERA in 22 starts with New Britain for his Double-A debut…had started the year with Single-A Fort Myers, going 1-0 with a 0.78 ERA in 4 starts before his April 30 promotion to New Britain…was a mid-season Eastern League All-Star…was named the righthanded pitcher on MiLB.com's Twins Organization All-Star team…tied for 7th in the EL in ERA…tied for the New Britain team lead with 11 wins with Logan Darnell, a total that ranked tied for 3rd in the league…was 2nd in the Twins organization with 12 wins overall, 2 behind Single-A Beloit’s Jason Wheeler…tossed a professional-high 162.2 innings overall with Fort Myers and New Britain, making a pro-high 26 starts…allowed 4 runs or less in all but 2 of his starts: June 22 at Richmond and June 27 vs. Trenton…worked 6.0 innings or more in 22 of his 26 starts…limited right-handed hitters in the EL to a .219 average (69-for-315), but left-handed hitters batted .338 (76-for-225) against him…won 5 straight starts July 20-August 10, posting a 2.43 ERA (9 ER/33.1 IP) in that time…tossed a 9-inning complete-game August 10 vs. Reading, the 3rd of his pro career (Rock Cats won 5- 1)…fell one out shy of a 9-inning complete game May 30 at New Hampshire…logged a season-high 8 strikeouts in 7.0 innings July 25 vs. Binghamton…allowed a run on 2 hits in 1.0 inning for the East squad in the All-Star Game, blowing a 4-3 lead in the 6th inning...opened the season by tossing 13.0 consecutive scoreless innings with Fort Myers…entered the reason rated as the 27th-best prospect in the Twins organization according to Baseball America.

2011: Led the Twins minor league system with a combined 13 wins with Single-A Beloit (11) and Single-A Fort Myers (2)…his combined 3.33 ERA ranked 5th in the Twins chain…led Beloit in wins and tied for the team lead with 131 hits allowed with Adrian Salcedo…went 8-1 with a 2.09 ERA (15 ER/64.2 IP) in 10 starts beginning June 3, leading up to his August 7 promotion to Fort Myers…won 6 straight starts during that time June 15-July 18…logged a season-high 10 strikeouts in 7.0 innings July 2 at Kane County.
2010: Started the season with Single-A Beloit and was transferred to rookie-level Elizabethton July 19…tossed a one-hit shutout June 17 at Cedar Rapids, the lone hit a Justin Bass single with 2 outs in the 8th inning (Mike Trout, the 2012 American League Rookie of the Year with the Angels, went 0-for-3 with a walk in that game)…went 0-5 with a 7.57 ERA (23 ER/27.1 IP) in his last 5 starts with Beloit leading up to his demotion…struck out 10 in 6.0 innings July 28 vs. Greeneville…

2009: Ranked 5th in the Gulf Coast League with a 1.35 ERA and tied for 3rd in the league with 6 wins with the Twins…was ranked the 11th-best prospect in the GCL and named a rookie-level All-Star by Baseball America following the season…tossed a 3-hit shutout August 12 at the GCL Rays, allowing just 3 singles in his first professional 9-inning complete game…tossed 17.0 straight scoreless innings over 4 starts July 15-August 4…didn’didn't allow an earned run in 4 consecutive starts July 24-August 12, giving up just 3 unearned runs August 4 at the GCL
Reds.

PERSONAL: Brett Joseph (B.J.) Hermsen…is a 2008 graduate of West Delaware High School (IA), where he also played basketball and football…in 2008, earned Louisville Slugger First-Team All-American honors, Rawlings/Perfect Game USA First-Team All-American accolades, and Rawlings/Perfect Game USA First Team All- Central Region honors…had entered the year as a Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All-American as well…was an AFLAC All-American after his junior season in 2007…had committed to Oregon State University before signing with the Twins.

CHRIS COLABELLO

CAREER: Is in his 2nd season in the Twins organization after signing as a minor league free agent out of the independent Can-Am League February 2, 2012…was a post-season Double-A Eastern League All-Star with New Britain in 2012, his first season playing for an affiliate of a major league club…established New Britain’s singleseason RBI record in 2012 with 98…in 2011, was named Independent Leagues Player of the Year by Baseball America and Can-Am League Player of the Year while a member of the Worcester Tornadoes…is the Can-Am League’s all-time career leader (since the league was reinstituted for the 2005 season) with 699 hits, 166 doubles, 420 RBI, and 387 runs scored…also ranks 2nd in league history with 86 home runs, 10 behind Alex Trezza…played for Rich Gedman for 6 seasons in Worcester from 2005-10…was signed by Detroit out of a tryout camp in 2006, but did not remain in the organization following spring training.

2012: Was named a post-season Eastern League All-Star with the Twins’ Double-A New Britain affiliate after ranking 2nd in the league with 98 RBI, first with 37 doubles, and tied for 5th with 19 home runs…also was named the first baseman on MiLB.com’s Twins Organization All-Star team and was the runner-up in EL Most Valuable Player voting…his 98 RBI are a New Britain single-season franchise record, which bested the previous mark of 97 by Steve Hacker in 1997…finished tied for 5th in the EL with a .478 slugging percentage and an .836 OPS (on-base-plus-slugging percentage)…also ranked 4th in the circuit with 78 runs scored, tied for 7th with 141 hits, and 2nd with 237 total bases…within the Twins’ minor league system, ranked tied for 2nd in homers and RBI…primarily batted clean-up…hit .363 (57-for-157) with runners in scoring position…had one multi-homer game, hitting 2 homers April 17 at Portland…hit a game-tying 3-run homer with 2 outs in the 9th the night before at Portland, a game New Britain went on to win 10-5 in 11 innings…hit a grand slam May 31 at New Hampshire en route to a season-high 6 RBI…hit a 3-run walk-off home run with 2 outs in the 9th August 3 vs. Altoona, giving New Britain a 5-4 win…17 of his 19 home runs came on the road…had a season-best 14-game hitting streak July 7-20, batting .352 (19-for-54)…established New Britain’s single-season RBI record with a 4th-inning sacrifice fly September 2 vs. New Hampshire…following the season, played with Guasave of the Mexican Winter League…homered in 5 straight games (6 total) November 4-9 and in 7 of 8 contests November 1-9 (8 total).

2011: Was named Independent Leagues Player of the Year by Baseball America and Can-Am League Player of the Year with the Worcester…also earned the Pointstreak Star of Stars Award, given to the player who had the best overall statistical performance in the league…also was named the first baseman on the post-season Can-Am League All-Star team…was among league leaders with a .348 batting average (2nd), 32 doubles (tied for first), 20 homers (2nd), 79 RBI (2nd), .600 slugging percentage (first), .410 on-base percentage (tied for 3rd), 1.010 OPS (first), 127 hits (2nd), and 75 runs scored (3rd)…his 52 extra-base hits are a league single-season record…struck out just 39 times in 92 games…was named Can-Am League Player of the Week for the weeks of June 27-July 3 (.500, 14-for-28, 2 homers, and 10 RBI in 6 games) and August 1-7 (.500, 13-for-26, 2 homers, and 11 RBI in 6 games)…had 3 hitting streaks of 10 or more games: June 19-July 3 (15 games), July 9-22 (12 games), and July 24- August 7 (14 games)…had 3 multi-homer efforts, all 2-homer games: June 19 vs. Quebec, July 12 vs. New Jersey, July 24 vs. Pittsfield.

2005-10: Played in 3 Can-Am League postseasons in 2005, 2008, and 2009, winning the league’s inaugural championship in 2005…recorded 38 doubles in 2008, a Can-Am League single-season record…logged 10 RBI May 29, 2007 for a league single-game record…was named Can-Am League Player of the Week for the week of May 28- June 3.

PERSONAL: Christopher (Chris) Adrian Colabello…is a 2001 graduate of Milford (MA) High School…played for Milford Post 59 in the 2001 American Legion World Series…played 4 seasons at Assumption College (Worcester, MA), where he ranks 8th in school history with 202 career hits and graduated magna cum laude…played for Team Italy in the 2012 European Championships…his father Lou for the University of Massachusetts – Amherst in the 1969 College World Series…Lou also played for Team Italy in various tournaments in the 1970s and 1980s.

 

 

OSWALDO ARCIA

CAREER: Is in his 6th season in the Twins organization after signing as a non-draft free agent July 4, 2007…enters 2013 rated as the 3rd-best prospect in the Twins system according to Baseball America and as the reigning Twins Minor League Player of the Year…made his Double-A debut in 2012 and was named to the Topps Double-A All-Star Team, appearing in 69 games with New Britain after starting the year with Single-A Fort Myers…was the rookielevel Appalachian League Player of the Year in 2010 with Elizabethton…only 7 of his 53 professional home runs have come against left-handed pitchers…was signed by scout Jose Leon.

2012: Ranked 2nd in the Twins chain with a .320 batting average and tied for 2nd with 98 RBI with Chris Colabello in a combined 124 games with Twins’ Single-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain affiliates to earn Twins Minor League Player of the Year honors…was selected as an outfielder on the Topps Double-A All-Star Team, hitting .328 with 20 doubles, 10 homers, and 67 RBI in just 69 games with New Britain after his mid-June promotion from Fort Myers…would have led the Eastern League in hitting if he had enough at-bats to qualify…also was named a Twins Organization All-Star by MiLB.com…Baseball America named him the 6th-best prospect in the EL and the 7th-best prospect in the Florida State League…was named to the World Team at the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium July 8, serving as the lone Twins representative…entered the season as the Twins’ 5th-best prospect according to Baseball America…established professional bests in home runs (17) and RBI…14 of his 17 homers came off righthanders…batted just .210 (13-for-62) against lefthanders with Fort Myers, but hit .329 (23-for-70) against them with New Britain…hit a combined .374 (55-for-147) with runners in scoring position, including a .400 mark (34-for-85) with New Britain and a .339 mark (21-for-62) with Fort Myers…ranked 3rd on New Britain in RBI despite playing just half the season with the club… hit 3 grand slams, all with New Britain: July 19 at Harrisburg, in the 2nd game of an August 7 doubleheader at Binghamton, and August 26 at New Hampshire…the July 19 game also marked his lone multi-homer game, hitting 2 en route to a seasonbest 6 RBI…was named EL Batter of the Week for the week of August 6-12, when he hit .455 (10-for-22) with 5 doubles, 2 homers, and 11 RBI in 7 games…also earned the honors for August 27-Sepetember 3, when he batted .382 (13-for-34) with 2 homers and 10 RBI in 8 games…July 16 vs. New Hampshire, hit a 3-run walk-off homer with 2 outs in the 9th to give the Rock Cats an 8-5 win…had an 11-game hitting streak June 23-July 3 (.341, 15-for-44) and a 16-game tear August 5-22 (.448, 26-for-58)…scored a run in 8 straight games with New Britain June 20- 27…logged a season-high 4 hits 4 times, all with Fort Myers: April 22 at St. Lucie, May 10 at Dunedin, May 30 at Bradenton, and June 2 vs. Daytona…in the Futures Game, entered as a defensive replacement in right field and went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI…played for Tigres de Aragua of the Venezuelan Winter League following the season.

2011: Began the year with the Twins’ Single-A Beloit club and went on the 7-Day Disabled List May 1 with a strained right ulnar collateral ligament (UCL)…was reinstated June 26 and assigned to Single-A Fort Myers, where he spent the remainder of the season…entered the season as the 9th-best prospect in the Twins’ organization according to Baseball America…11 of his combined 13 home runs came off righthanders…with Beloit, earned Midwest League Batter of the Week honors for the week of April 25-May 1, when he hit .480 (12-for-25) with 3 doubles, 4 homers, 8 RBI, and 9 runs scored in 6 games…hit 2 homers April 26 vs. Burlington…with Fort Myers, hit just .206 (13-for-63) with runners in scoring position…hit a grand slam August 8 at Palm Beach, his first in the United States…played 2 games with the Gulf Coast League Twins while on rehab for the UCL injury…following the season, appeared in 2 games with Aragua of the Venezuelan Winter League…was added to the Twins’ 40-man roster after the season as well.

2010: Was named the Appalachian League Player of the Year after leading the league with a .375 batting average, 51 RBI, .424 on-base percentage, .672 slugging percentage, 97 hits, and 42 extra-base hits in 64 games with the Twins’ Elizabethton affiliate…also ranked 2nd in the circuit 14 home runs and 3rd with 21 doubles and 47 runs scored…following the season, was named the 3rd-best prospect in the league by Baseball America, which also named him the Rookie-level Player of the Year and a Rookie-level All-Star…was named to the Topps Rookie-level All-Star Team, as well as a MiLB.com Twins Organization All-Star...also was selected to the postseason Appalachian League All-Star squad…logged 30 multi-hit games, nearly half of his 64 games played…played exclusively in right field and center field…earned AL Batter of the Week honors for the week of June 21-27, when he hit .565 (13-for-23) with 3 homers, 7 RBI, and 10 runs scored in 6 games…the home runs came in his first 3 contests June 22-24…also earned Batter of the Week accolades for the week of July 12-18, when he hit .364 (8-for- 22) with 4 doubles, 2 triples, a homer, 6 RBI, and 7 runs scored in 6 games…had 2 multi-homer games, both 2- homer efforts: July 6 at Burlington and August 3 at Kingsport…had a professional-best 18-game hitting streak July 20-August 9, batting .447 (34-for-76)…also had a 12-game streak August 13-27, batting .417 (20-for-48)…went just 1-for-14 (.071) with 2 RBI, 2 walks, and 2 runs scored in 4 post-season games.

2009: In his first year of pro ball in the United States, led the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Twins with 46 hits, 11 doubles, and 5 home runs…ranked 2nd on the club with 24 RBI, one behind Daniel Santana…tied for 9th in the GCL in home runs…hit a walk-off solo homer with no outs in the 10th July 23 vs. GCL Rays to give the Twins a 2-1 victory…logged at least one RBI in 8 straight games July 15-25 (11 total)…registered an 11-game hitting streak July 15-30, batting .311 (14-for-45)…hit safely in 7 straight games to close out the season, going 12-for-28 (.429) to raise his average to .275 from .245…played 3 games for Aragua of the Venezuelan Winter League following the season.

2008: In his first year of pro ball, played for the Dominican Summer League Twins and tied for the team lead with 36 RBI with Jairo Perez…also tied for the club lead with 16 doubles with Eliel Sierra…hit just .231 (15-for-65) in 18 games through June…then batted .317 (52-for-164) in 43 games the rest of the way…batted .364 (24-for-66) with runners in scoring position overall…hit a grand slam July 31 at DSL White Sox1.

PERSONAL:
Oswaldo Celestino Arcia…makes his off-season home in Cantaura-Anzoategui, Venezuela.

 

 

 

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