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Twins Prospect Comes Home to Pitch for Aces
10/16/2013 4:44 AM ET

LAVERTON - Minnesota Twins prospect and Melbourne native Lewis Thorpe is coming to the Aces to play this season. As a top prospect, this lefty will undoubtedly bolster the pitching rotation for the team.

Thorpe, at just 17 years old, is the only Twins prospect to make the Baseball America list of top players. In his rookie season playing in Florida with the Gulf Coast League, Thorpe was ranked as the seventh-best prospect in there by Baseball America.

"I had a good first year. Leading into it I didn't know what to expect, but when I got there I thought I handled it well."

In his first professional season with the GCL, Thorpe led the league with 64 strikeouts in only 44 innings, going 4-1 with a 2.05 ERA, walked just 1.2 batters per nine innings, and gave up a measly two home runs. One would think those statistics would be enough to elevate his status, however he raised the bar while in Taiwan late August. There, he pitched for Australia in the Under-18 World Championships, and gave the USA team its only loss as he struck out eight with zero walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Oh and did we mention he turns 18 in late November?

With Thorpe waiting in the wings to throw this Australian Baseball season, the Aces are thrilled for their hometown native to make his debut.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.