Chattanooga Lookouts- Double-A 2017 record: 91-49
The Chattanooga Lookouts are the Twins Double-A affiliate and will be another exciting team to watch during the 2018 season. Manager Tommy Watkins has a roster full of future Major Leaguers that will contend for a Southern League championship this season. Here’s a look at the Lookouts Opening Day roster.
Position players: Brian Navarreto, Brian Olson, Wynston Sawyer, Nick Gordon, Sean Miller, Chris Paul, Ryan Walker, T.J. White, Zander Wiel, Andy Wilkins, Edgar Corcino, Tanner English, Brent Rooker, LaMonte Wade
Pitchers: Omar Bencomo, Sam Clay, Ryan Eades, Stephen Gonsalves, Ryne Harper, Tyler Jay, Zack Jones, Felix Jorge, Randy LeBlanc, Zack Littell, Anthony McIver, Williams Ramirez, Kohl Stewart, Lewis Thorpe, Todd Van Steensel
One player to keep an eye on
This is a big season for the Minnesota Twins 12th ranked prospect Lewis Thorpe. He showed promise while pitching for Single-A Cedar Rapids during the 2014 season. However, he missed the 2015 season following Tommy John surgery and missed the 2016 season due to mono.
Thorpe came back healthy and pitched well for Advanced-A Fort Meyers during the 2017 season. He had a 2.69 ERA with 84 strikeouts in 77 innings pitched with the Miracle during the ’17 season. Thorpe earned a call-up last season, making one start for the Lookouts, and his future is bright.
He uses his pitches well and has four potential average or better pitches in his arsenal. However, he will have to prove he can hold up for more than 90 innings before advancing. The potential is there with Thorpe and this season he will have his opportunity to show what he can do.
He’s not a top of the rotation type of pitcher, however, he could be a solid back-end starter in the future. Speaking of a possible top of the rotation type of pitcher, let’s take a look at the Rochester Red Wings Opening Day roster, the last team on our list.