Position: Starting Pitcher
DOB: March 2, 1983
Glen Perkins had a breakout freshman season at the University of Minnesota, and from there, has not looked back. He went 10-2 that season, including 8-0 in the Big Ten, as he started to pop up on the scouts' radar. The Twins drafted Perkins in the first round of the 2004 draft, and although he was the last pick to sign, went right to work after putting his name on the dotted line.
He made his professional debut with the Elizabethton Twins of the Appalachian League, although it took him only three starts to earn a promotion. For Elizabethton, Perkins posted a 1-0 record, and finished his Apply League season with a 2.25 earned run average. In 12 innings of work, Perkins struck out 22 batters, and walked only four.
After his promotion to Beloit of the Midwest League, Perkins made nine starts, and did not look overmatched by his first taste of full-season ball. He went 2-1 for the Snappers, posted a miniscule ERA of 1.30, and held the opposition to a .205 batting average. It was one of the better inaugural seasons of professional baseball of the 2004 season, and it enabled Perkins to be ready to make his High-A debut in 2005.
In 2005, Perkins was one of the better pitchers on the Fort Myers Miracle pitching staff, although he did not last too long there. Getting his second promotion in as many years, Perkins had a 2.13 ERA in ten appearances for the Miracle, and posted two complete games. Again he held the opposition to a .205 batting average, and struck out 66 batters in 55 innings of work.
Once he was promoted to New Britain of the Eastern League, Perkins struggled for the first time in his Twins career, as he finished the year with a 4.90 ERA in 14 starts. Making the jump through four levels in two years is enough to rattle any pitcher, and Perkins kept his confidence and composure even through the rough times this past season. During the Arizona Fall League, he was one of the best pitchers in the entire league, which is a prestigious league to even be in. Still the Twins, felt it was necessary to keep Perkins in the Eastern League to start the 2006 season, and he should make his way to Triple-A by the middle of the season.
So far in 2006, Perkins is off to a good start, but the Rock Cats have struggled so far this season. In his three starts, he has an 0-2 record, but he has not allowed more than two earned runs this season in any start. In 11.1 innings of work, he has struck out 16 batters, and is holding Eastern League hitters to a .190 batting average. It is only a matter of time before he picks up win number one this season, and the Rock Cats start to turn their season around.
Repertoire.Fastball, Curveballs, Changeup
Fastball. Perkins' fastball seems to be getting faster and faster as he becomes more of a well-rounded professional pitcher, and he is now pitching in the low-to-mid 90s. It seems that the better shape Perkins is in, the better his fastball is, which was only registering in the high-80s to low-90s when he was at the University of Minnesota. When he is mixing his other pitches in there, Perkins has one of the best left-handed arsenals in Double-A ball.
Other Pitches. Perkins ranks up there with having one of the better changeups in the organization, and it is a pitch that he uses well with his nice fastball. He also throws two different kinds of curveballs, one that breaks hard, and another one that is slow, and really gives the opposition fits. He has tremendous control with all of his pitches, and when he is on, is nearly untouchable. Now that he has gained more velocity on his heater, the other pitches he throws seem even better.
Pitching. Perkins is a great pitcher, who has the ability to take over a game when he is on the mound. He also has tremendous stamina, and now that he is in better shape than he was in college, can really go deep into a game. He also has great game management, and is able to hold runners, and throw hitters off their timing. He also has pinpoint control, as he walked only 29 batters in his 115 innings of minor league ball. In 194 career innings coming into the 2006 season, he has registered 204 strikeouts, and has walked only 64.
Projection.Perkins projects as a starting pitcher, and is very close to being Major League ready. He is a big lefty, with a strong arm, and has been able to take any challenge that has come his way so far. Even after a sub-par Double-A debut, he went to the Arizona Fall League, where he tore up the league. He has a great baseball mind, a great makeup, and has the stamina to be a front of the rotation starter. He is the third-best left-handed starter in the Twins organization, behind Johan Santana, and Francisco Liriano.
ETA. 2007. Perkins figures to make his Major League debut sometime next season, and most Twins' fans are really getting excited about that. Some figured he would have started in Triple-A this season, and got a call-up during the 2006 season, but it seems the Twins want to give him a little more seasoning. There is no rush to bring him up with Liriano, and Santana up there, and with the emergence of Dennys Reyes as a formidable left-handed pitcher in Triple-A, Perkins will spend the whole 2006 season in the Minors. Still, he will be in Major League camp this spring, and Minnesota fans will get an up-close look at him in 2007.