January 11, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #38 B.J. Hermsen

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #38 | B.J. Hermsen

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| December 1, 1989 (Masonville, Iowa)

School | West Delaware High School

Height | 6'6''

| 230 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| Not Ranked

The Twins drafted B.J. Hermsen in the 6th round of last June's draft. He was a surprise to sign after committing to Oregon State to play baseball. Hermsen is very athletic. He played baseball, basketball and football in high school and was recruited in all. He was considered by many to be one of the most advanced high school arms in the draft, showing great command on both of his fastballs and his curveball. He throws in the low-90's at this time, but with his size, many predict he'll be in the mid-90's in a few years. In his senior year, he was 10-0 with a 0.63 ERA in 66.2 innings. He also had a 14.3 K/BB ratio (129/9). He has a lot of potential, which is why the Twins decided to give him a $650,000 signing bonus. For comparisons, 2nd round pick Tyler Ladendorf signed for $673,000 and 3rd round pick Bobby Lanigan signed for $417,000. Although he is advanced for his age, I expect to see the Twins handle him slowly at least in the beginning of his career. He's ranked this low solely on the fact that he hasn't pitched in the regular season yet, but he's a personal favorite of mine and I expect him to shoot up the rankings next year.

2008 Statistics
Not Available (Signed Late)

2009 Outlook

Although advanced for his age, he is still very young. I expect we'll see him in Rookie Ball come June. Most likely Elizabethton.

Pitching Repertoire
  • 2-Seam Fastball
  • 4-Seam Fastball
  • Curveball
  • Change-up
Video (Best I could do)

B.J. Hermsen, Gazette Athlete of the Year from GazetteOnline.com on Vimeo.

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