Q&A: Twins pitching prospect Matt Canterino

Starting pitcher Matt Canterino was the Twins’ second round pick in 2019, and he’s living up to the hype.

He hit at 98.7 mph with two strikeouts and a groundout in a perfect seventh inning against Tampa Bay in a recent spring training game. He fanned Mike Brosseau with a fastball and Willy Adames with a curveball, showing the ability to effectively use multiple pitches.

KSTP Sports recently caught up with Canterino. Talking points discussed: his spring debut, the possibility of helping the Twins this year out of the bullpen, his unique delivery, and more.

***Click the video box above to watch our conversation with Canterino***

After being drafted out of Rice University, Canterino pitched a couple of times in the Gulf Coast rookie league after signing in 2019. He then made the leap to Low-A Cedar Rapids.

Canterino’s ERA was 1.35 and he had 25 strikeouts in 20 innings at Low-A.

2020, unfortunately, was a lost year for all minor leaguers. Canterino did spend some time in St. Paul at the Twins’ alternate site.