The Minnesota Twins have had high hopes for Jordan Balazovic ever since his 5th-round selection in the 2016 MLB Draft. His minor league success and makeup put him on the national radar as a prospect. Unfortunately, like many Twins prospects, injuries have slowed down his progression.
According to Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com, Balazovic enters 2023 camp with yet another setback:
Details regarding the altercation and his timetable for return are unknown at this time. Regardless, Balazovic simply cannot afford another disappointing season following a sub-par 2022 season.
In 21 starts across 70.2 innings for the AAA St. Paul Saints, Balazovic struggled mightily to the tune of a 0-7 record with a 7.39 ERA, 1.939 WHIP, 35 walks, and 21 home runs allowed.
However, there's a reason the Twins still believe in their 16th-ranked prospect. He has shown top of the rotation potential throughout his minor league career. In 2019 with Cedar Rapids (A) and Ft. Myers (A+), Balazovic sported a 2.69 ERA, 0.982 WHIP, and 12.4 K/9 in 92.2 innings.
As with many Twins players and prospects, the Twins top brass would love to see a healthy Jordan Balazovic this season to gain clarity for the future. Alas, that desire has gotten off to a rocky start early in 2023.