By Jon Swisher-Sports Director:
According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette sports department, former West Delaware standout and Masonville native B.J. Hermsen has been assigned to extended spring training by the Minnesota Twins. Hermsen is currently back in Fort Myers, Florida, trying to get things straightened out after starting the season at Double-A New Britain in Connecticut. In his first three appearances with the Rock Cats, he struggled in four innings; giving up nine hits, eight runs and allowed two walks with no strikeouts. So the decision was made for him to work with the Twins minor league pitching coordinator to regain his confidence, velocity and mechanics. The 24-year-old right-hander is throwing in the mid-80s, which is five to six miles per hour slower than last season when he had trouble pitching consistently with New Britain. The off-season saw the Twins take him off of their 40-man roster, which made him available to every other MLB organization, but no interest came so he stayed with the team that drafted him in the sixth-round of the 2008 draft. There is no timetable for a return to Double-A, just working on improving is the goal right now.