The Twins have agreed to sign Lewis Thorpe, a lefthander from Australia.
Several teams considered Thorpe, 16, the top prospect in Australia for July 2. Thorpe pitched in the 16-and-under World Championship in Mexico last August and in the MLB Australian Academy last year, when he had a 3.90 ERA in 30 innings with 37 strikeouts and 15 walks. He's 6 feet, 175 pounds with good feel for pitching, a fastball that sits 86-88 mph and has topped out at 91 along with feel to spin a breaking ball.
Yesterday the Twins also signed Dominican shortstop Amaurys Minier for $1.4 million.
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