Some people were displeased when Kennys Vargas was recalled for the second half of this home-and-home series against the Milwaukee Brewers rather than Zack Granite, but now we’ve learned that Vargas was sent back to Triple-A Rochester so LHP Dietrich Enns can make his major league debut tonight.
Enns was acquired with fellow pitcher Zach Littell in the trade that sent Jaime Garcia to the New York Yankees. The 26-year old doesn’t have overpowering stuff as he has the standard four-pitch mix and his fastball sits in the high-80s to low-90s, but he’s constantly posted good numbers in the minors (only once posted an ERA above 2.29 and that was 2013 in High-A) and certainly was deserving of a call-up even before joining the Twins organization. While perusing his minor league stats, he’s almost always posted an infield flyball percentage above 20% (MLB average this year is 9.6%), which is likely why he’s been so successful in spite of a merely decent strikeout rate.
Though it would seem that Enns is displacing a current member of the rotation, in actuality everyone is just getting bumped back a day. This makes sense as the Twins face the Detroit Tigers next, a team that features a righthanded-heavy lineup, so the Twins will look to counter with Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios, and Kyle Gibson.