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Stephen Gonsalves | Starting Pitcher | #59

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (24) / 7/8/1994
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 4 (0) / MIN
Contract: view contract details

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Twins LHP prospect Stephen Gonsalves struck out five hitters over five shutout innings on Thursday for Triple-A Rochester.
Gonsalves didn't have his usual impressive control on Thursday - the four walks give him 13 on the season -- but he continues to impress, and his ERA on the season is down to 2.12. While not overpowering, he commands the heck out of his fastball, and his change is one of the best in the minors right now. It would be an upset if Gonsalves didn't make a start or two for the Twins in 2018. May 25 - 2:00 PM

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Twins LHP prospect Stephen Gonsalves allowed no runs over four innings while striking out five on Thursday in his start for Double-A Chattanooga.

Gonsalves has yet to allow a run in his 9 1/3 innings this year, which is good. He's also walked six hitters in his two appearances, which is bad. Still, the 23-year-old left-hander has shown impressive stuff, including a plus fastball and swing-and-miss change. He also has shown above-average command, so the walk issues shouldn't concern just yet. Gonsalves should be starting for the Twins before the end of 2018, and he has fantasy value because he can miss bats.
Apr 13 - 1:04 PM

Stephen Gonsalves allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings Wednesday in the Twins' 4-2 victory over the Astros.

It was the first official outing of the spring for Gonsalves, who threw two scoreless innings against the University of Minnesota last Thursday. The 23-year-old has just a month of Triple-A experience under his belt, so it's doubtful he'll win a spot in the Twins' rotation this spring. He could be one of the first starters the team calls up, though.
Feb 28 - 5:11 PM

Stephen Gonsalves worked two scoreless innings Thursday as the Twins edged the University of Minnesota 2-1.

The Twins won on a walkoff wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth. Gonsalves allowed one hit, walked none and struck out one. One of the club's top prospects, he's expected to lead the Triple-A rotation this year after debuting for Rochester last August. He could see the majors come June or July.
Feb 22 - 9:56 PM

Twins purchased the contract of LHP Stephen Gonsalves from Triple-A Rochester.

Gonsalves, 23, held a 3.27 ERA and 118/31 K/BB ratio over 110 innings between Double- and Triple-A this past season. The left-hander is arguably the club's top pitching prospect.
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 05:42:00 PM

Twins prospect Stephen Gonsalves gave up six runs in just three innings of work on Sunday for Triple-A Rochester.

Gonsalves gave up eight hits, walked three, and struck out one. He also gave up three homers. It's a small sample size, but in his three starts since the promotion, he has given up 16 hits in 16 innings, and the ERA sits at 5.08. That's mostly due to this last outing, but it's still a bummer considering how good he was at Double-A Chattanooga. The upside is undeniable, but you probably won't see it in Minnesota until 2018.
Mon, Aug 21, 2017 01:40:00 PM

Twins prospect Stephen Gonsalves struck out nine hitters in five innings of work for Double-A Chattanooga.

Gonsalves did give up three runs, but only one of them was earned and he walked no one. He now posts a very healthy strikeout-to-walk ratio of 74/12. He probably won't miss bats like this at the highest level, but with two plus pitches and two other usable offerings, he should at least initiate plenty of weak contact with a fair share of strikeouts as well.
Fri, Jul 14, 2017 01:08:00 PM

Twins prospect Steven Gonsalves gave up one run in seven innings of work for Double-A Chattanooga on Wednesday.

Gonsalves gave up five hits in the outing, walked only one and struck out five. It's becoming abundantly clear that Gonsalves is too good to be facing Double-A hitting right now, with no stat more telling than 10 walks and 56 strikeouts in his time there. Minnesota won't rush him, but it'd be nice to see just how advanced the stuff is with a call to the International League. Selfishly, let's hope that happens before the end of the summer.
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 01:33:00 PM

Twins prospect Steven Gonsalves struck out ten hitters in seven innings for Double-A Chattanooga on Thursday.

Gonsalves allowed five hits and three runs on the afternoon, while walking just one along with the aforementioned ten strikeouts. In a system that features plenty of talented arms, Gonsalves has developed into the best pitching prospect in the system, largely thanks to his low 90s fastball and plus change. There's very little work left to be done here, and there's at least a chance he could be up with Minnesota by the end of 2017.
Fri, Jun 16, 2017 01:08:00 PM

Twins prospect Stephen Gonsalves struck out eight hitters in six innings for Double-A Chattanooga on Wednesday.

Gonsalves gave up just three hits in those six innings, allowing two runs and walking one. He looks fully healthy after returning from a shoulder injury, striking out 18 hitters in his 17 innings back. With a low 90s fastball and a swing-and-miss change, Gonsalves has impressive stuff, and if he's healthy, he has a chance to pitch in Minnesota by the end of 2017.
Thu, Jun 1, 2017 01:23:00 PM

Twins pitching prospect Stephen Gonsalves (shoulder) has yet to resume a throwing program.

Gonsalves is nursing some soreness in the back of his left shoulder and the Twins figure to take things cautiously with their top pitching prospect. The lefty held a 2.06 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 155/57 K/BB ratio over 140 innings between High- and Double-A last season.
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 04:55:00 PM

Stephen Gonsalves is experiencing mild posterior weakness in his left shoulder and will not play for Team USA on Wednesday.

Team USA will be taking on Gonsalves' own Twins on Wednesday night, but he will not be a participating member of the contest. The 22-year-old southpaw posted a strong 2.06 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 155/57 K/BB ratio over 140 innings while splitting time between High-A and Double-A last season. This shoulder issue is one that bears watching. A similar injury shut Gonsalves down for over three weeks during Arizona Fall League play this past autumn.
Wed, Mar 8, 2017 05:47:00 PM

Twins LHP prospect Stephen Gonsalves fanned 11 hitters over six shutout frames Tuesday in a win for Double-A Chattanooga.

The 11 strikeouts were a season-high. Gosalves endured his worst start of the year earlier this month in a loss to Pensacola (3 2/3 IP, 6 H, 6 ER) but he's been brilliant over his last two outings, throwing all zeros with 16 strikeouts in 12 innings of work. The 22-year-old was called up to Chattanooga last month after pitching to an elite 2.33 ERA in 11 starts for High-A Fort Myers.
Wed, Jul 13, 2016 10:47:00 AM

Twins LHP prospect Stephen Gonsalves spun six shutout frames Tuesday in a win for High-A Fort Myers.

He held Jupiter to two hits as the Miracle rolled to a 9-1 victory. Gonsalves has been thoroughly unstoppable this year, allowing just one run over his last 24 innings. Opponents have hit just .141 against him with 24 strikeouts in 85 at-bats. The 21-year-old ranks eighth in the Florida State League in WHIP (0.72) and 10th in ERA (1.44).
Wed, Apr 27, 2016 02:29:00 PM

Twins LHP prospect Stephen Gonsalves allowed just two hits and one run over seven strong innings Tuesday for High-A Fort Myers.

He finished with eight strikeouts and one walk. The 21-year-old has thrown a quality start in each of his three appearances this year. Opponents have hit .156 with 18 strikeouts in 64 at-bats over that span. The left-hander also owns an impressive 1.85 G/F. If Tuesday was any indiction, Gonsalves doesn't have much to prove in High-A. He's ready for the next step, which would be a promotion to Double-A Chattanooga.
Wed, Apr 20, 2016 03:16:00 PM

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