2009 stats: 1.35 ERA, 53.1 IP, 42/4 K/BB, 0.675 WHIP at GCL (Rook)
Last year’s rank: Not ranked
Acquired: Sixth round selection of the Minnesota Twins in the 2008 draft
BJ Hermsen exploded onto the scene this past year, his first in professional baseball. The 20-year old-right-hander from Iowa doesn't boast the velocity you'd expect from a 6-foot-6, 230-pound former three-sport athlete. Attending West Delaware High School in Iowa, Hermsen was among the state leaders as a 25.7 points per game basketball player, quarterback, and right-handed pitcher. Being a big, athletic guy, Hermsen's delivery is understandably slow, but remarkably smooth.
Hermsen's fastball currently sits at around 91-92 mph, but he also claims a plus changeup and slider in his repertoire. T ...
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