One of the Minnesota Twins top prospects was recently featured in an article on MLB.com with his twin brother.
The Minnesota Twins have had a strong reach into Australia for many years, with as many Australian players working through their minor league system as any team in the major leagues. One of those young Australian players, Lachlan Wells, was highlighted for a unique reason – he’s a twin, playing for the Twins!
Lachlan was signed by the Twins in November of 2014. He made his debut in the Twins organization with the Gulf Coast League team in 2015 at 18 years old, throwing 47 1/3 innings, with a 2.09 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and a 11/49 BB/K ratio.
In 2016, Wells moved up to low-A Cedar Rapids and when he was healthy threw very well, posting a 1.77 ERA and 1.02 WHIP over 71 1/3 innings, posting a 16/63 BB/K ratio.
Wells has struggled again with injury with Fort Myers this season, which has caused him to fall off the Twins top 30 list with MLB Pipeline that they recently released, but he has still shown excellent stuff, with a 4.11 ERA and 1.18 WHIP over 72 1/3 innings on the season.
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Wells’ Twins Future
Lachlan has a fastball that can touch mid-90s, but typically sits 90-93 and has good late movement that creates weak contact from hitters. He also features an excellent curve and a change. The change is still a work in progress, but his curve and fastball are good enough that he’d be an effective reliever against hitters from both sides.
Lachlan’s been on the shelf with Fort Myers and his future could end up in the bullpen, but at just 20, he’s got time to develop his third (and possibly fourth) pitch to become an effective starter.
Lachlan’s brother Alex Wells is currently a prospect in the Baltimore Orioles system, pitching in low-A. He’s posted a 2.42 ERA and 0.95 WHIP over 108 innings this season with a 10/84 BB/K ratio.