Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Madison Boer is ready for Beliot

The Twins used their second round pick in last month's draft on a native Minnesotan from Eden Prairie. Madison Boer was a standout pitcher for the University of Oregon and he was surprised that his hometown team selected him that early in the draft. The junior right-handed pitcher had proven himself in the college ranks and the Twins felt confident enough to draft him with this high of a pick.

Boer signed quickly with the Twins and was immediately sent to join the Elizabethton Twins, the organization's high rookie level team. Since joining the squad in Elizabethton, Boer has proven he can hold his own against the talent in this level of the rookie leagues.

Stats Summary
G: 11
W-L: 2-1
ERA: 2.19
Saves: 7
IP: 12.1
K: 25

Boer has been overpowering by averaging at least two strikeouts per inning. Out of his 11 appearances, he has a win or a save in nine of the outings. In his worst inning of work, he allowed two runs on three hits and he gave up a home run. That is the only home run he has allowed and he has only allowed one other run to cross the plate in all of his other appearances combined. 

After throwing 99 innings during his college season this spring, the Twins have been using Boer in the late innings of games. He was used as a starter in college but the Twins are trying to keep his innings pitched down for the rest of this year. This could allow Boer to get a little extra on his pitches since he only asked to go an inning per game. 

Word came out yesterday that the Twins have agreed to terms with third round pick Corey Williams. With his signing, Williams will most likely be sent to pitch with Elizabethton. This leaves room for the Twins to advance Boer to the lower A level with the Beliot Snappers. 

There is a good chance that Boer will have an innings limit that will be set by the Twins for the rest of this season. Most teams tend to shut down some of their top pitching prospects when they have reached their innings limit for the season. Boer could reach that plateau in the next few weeks but he has proven dominant in the Rookie Appalachian League and the Midwest League is his next proving grounds. 

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