January 2, 2010

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2010: #49 Joe Testa

2010 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #49 | Joe Testa

Position | Pitcher

Bats/Throws | Left/Left

| December 18, 1985 (Jackson, New Jersey)

| Wagner College

| 5'10''

| 175 lbs.

2009 Ranking | Not Ranked

Joe Testa was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Wagner College in 2008. He was primarily a starter in college, posting a 19-18 record with a 3.75 ERA and a 9.24 K/9 ratio. But teams passed on Testa due to his lack of size, which hasn't been a problem up to this point in his career. He began his professional career by appearing in eight games with the Gulf Coast League Twins, Testa was then called up to Advanced-A Fort Myers just in time to help the Miracle advance to the Florida State League finals. In 2009, Testa began the season with the Beloit Snappers before finishing off the season in Fort Myers. He's equipped with a vast repertoire of pitches, including an impressive cutter. He doesn't have great velocity on any of his pitches, in fact he tops out around 90 mph, but he does fool hitters with outstanding movement. Testa has a walk rate of 3.97 BB/9, which he'll need to lower while he moves up through the system.

2009 Statistics

          Level      W      L      ERA      IP      K      BB      WHIP     FIP
          A-         0      2     2.56    25.2     63      23      1.07    2.37
A+ 5 0 1.22 37.0 53 18 1.27 2.58

2010 Outlook

Testa's proven that he's ready for more challenging competition, which the Florida State League isn't going to be giving him. Look for him to start in Double-A New Britain in 2010.

Pitching Repertoire
  • Fastball (2/4 seam) (88-91)
  • Curveball
  • Slider
  • Change-up
  • Cutter


ETA: 2011


who ya think said...

gotta be higher than that!

JK said...

Seems like a LOOGY. Maybe more if he picks up some velocity.

Anonymous said...

Interesting route by Revere to the ball hit over his head?

Josh Johnson said...

It's not Revere. The video is from August '08 when Revere was still in Beloit. I'm not exactly sure who it is, but I'm guessing it was Edward Ovalle.