CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE

 

The Twins have gotten a boost this month by dipping into their farm system for Jose Berrios, who won his first three starts of the season. A few other names you could be hearing soon in the AL Central:

 

Indians: Cleveland’s top prospect Bradley Zimmer — a plus-defender in center field, where defense has been a problem — was recalled last week when Austin Jackson was injured. The former first-round pick, 6-for-21 with a home run in his first exposure to the majors, might not stick now, but he will be in the lineup for good soon.

 

Royals: While Alcides Escobar crawls along with an offense-killing .210 on-base percentage in the leadoff spot, Ramon Torres is batting .306 at Class AAA Omaha, and even has five home runs. He’s not rated as a top prospect, but he rarely strikes out, is an above-average glove, and at 24, could force Kansas City’s hand.

 

Tigers: Joe Jimenez’s 13 strikeouts in six innings for Class AAA Toledo already has gotten him a couple of auditions in the Detroit bullpen. They haven’t gone well (12.46 ERA), but the easy way he hits 100 miles per hour on the radar gun will earn him plenty more chances and should eventually make him the closer.

 

White Sox: Lucas Giolito was the headliner in Chicago’s haul for Adam Eaton, but the 21-year-old righthander was off to a slow start (5.44 ERA) at Charlotte. Then the former first-rounder pitched a seven-inning no-hitter last week against Syracuse, reigniting the possibility that he will end the season on the South Side.