Others who could have been considered
Lewis Thorpe, LHP – Struggling to stay healthy has been the MO for Thorpe over his minor league career thus far. The Australian lefty has missed the 2015 and 2016 season, so getting 83 total innings from him was a positive thing for the Twins.
Thorpe made 16 appearances for Fort Myers, 15 of them of starts, throwing 77 innings, with a 2.69 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. He produced like his previous level of production would suggest, with a 31/84 BB/K ratio and a .225 average against.
While he made less starts than the selections for the team, he certainly was more productive than many of the pitchers chosen with the time he did have, with a lower ERA than 4 of the 5, a lower average against than 4 of the 5, and a higher strikeout rate than two of the choices.
Sam Clay, RP – The 2014 4th rounder from Georgia Tech made a full time transition to the bullpen this season, and it was a tremendous transition, to say the least. He appeared in 40 games for Fort Myers, throwing 65 relief innings, posting a 8-0 record, 1.38 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 32/63 BB/K ratio, and a .190 average against, not allowing a single home run on the season.
The relief selection for BA’s team was a pure closer who saved 30 games, but in all other numbers was Clay’s inferior.