Twins promote Balazovic to Pensacola
The Double-A Pensacola roster already boasts the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 prospects in the Twins system. Just in time for the Southern League playoffs, the Blue Wahoos are adding the No. 4 prospect as well.The Twins promoted No. 78 overall prospect Jordan Balazovic from Class A Advanced
The Double-A Pensacola roster already boasts the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 prospects in the Twins system. Just in time for the Southern League playoffs, the Blue Wahoos are adding the No. 4 prospect as well.
The Twins promoted No. 78 overall prospect
This will be the 20-year-old right-hander's third stop in a breakout 2019 campaign. Balazovic opened the season at Class A Cedar Rapids, where he posted a 2.18 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with 33 strikeouts and four walks in 20 2/3 innings before moving up to the Florida State League on May 3. He was effective with Fort Myers as well, finishing the regular season with a 2.84 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 96 strikeouts and 21 walks over 73 innings.
Having tossed 93 2/3 frames in total, Balazovic ranks third with a 2.13 FIP, 10th with a 33.9 percent strikeout rate and 30th with a 5.2 K/BB ratio among the 545 Minor League pitchers who pitched at least 90 innings in 2019. Balazovic set a new career high in innings and also made trips to Cleveland for the 2019 All-Star Futures Game and to Peru where he represented his native Canada in the 2019 Pan-Am Games.
The 6-foot-5 hurler was taken in the fifth round of the 2016 Draft out of an Ontario high school. His 2019 breakout has been driven primarily by a plus fastball that regularly reaches in the low-to-mid-90s with plenty of movement. He sat 93-95 during his appearance in the Futures Game, when he tossed a scoreless inning for the American League side while facing top NL prospects
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