Double-A Transition Monitor
Glen Perkins, LHP, Minnesota Twins (New Britain)
Drafted in the first round from the University of Minnesota last year, Glen Perkins pitched brilliantly in Class A this spring, posting a 2.13 ERA in nine starts for Fort Myers, with a 66/13 K/BB ratio in 55 innings. Promoted to Double-A in late June, his transition to better competition has not gone well: 3-3, 5.59 in 11 starts, with a 46/30 K/BB in 58 innings, 64 hits allowed. Reportedly, he has found it more difficult to trick Double-A hitters with his changeup, curveball, and slider. A-ball hitters tended to chase these offerings out of the zone, but the more disciplined and experienced hitters in the Eastern League are a tougher nut to crack. Statistically, his K/BB, K/IP, and H/IP ratios have all suffered substantial declines. The only real positive here is that his home run rate (4 in 58 innings) remains low. The Twins are fortunate in that they don't have to rush him. Perkins is case study #33587 about how college-trained pitchers breezing through A-ball are not a sure thing once they hit Double-A.