You know how Tawny said earlier today that the Twins said that Paul Molitor said they were probably done with September call ups? Well, that might not be the case.
El lanzador Gabriel Moya recibió su llamado a la gran carpa con #Minnesota #Zulia— Dessiree Castro (@Dessireecastro1) September 11, 2017
In case you don’t know Spanish, here’s another tweet:
Gabriel Moya called me crying to tell me he just got called up to the big leagues. 1 of best phone calls I've ever gotten. So happy for him! pic.twitter.com/Ei8ZTOf1rm— Jeff Bajenaru (@jeffbajenaru) September 11, 2017
Jeff Bajenaru was Moya’s coach last year back when he was in High-A minor league ball with the Diamondbacks organization. In case you forgot, the Twins acquired Moya before the trade deadline this year in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy.
Moya, 22, had a great year in Double-A ball. Over a combined 58.1 innings this year, Moya posted a 0.77 ERA (!) with a 0.77 WHIP (!!) and 87 strike outs (!!!). All of that was in Double-A, though, and no one can say how Moya’s stuff will play in the majors. He’s known more for being tricky than for throwing gas, so maybe that could translate. Also, the Twins could use some more left-handed relievers (a statement brought to you by Taylor Rogers).
Again—none of this is confirmed, but based on the sincere tweets, it seems real. A big question here will be how Moya gets on to the 40-man roster. He’s not currently there, and the Twins used up their last obvious move be putting J.T. Chargois on the 60-day DL to make space for Niko Goodrum.
Could Nik Turley be getting the DFA? Buddy Boshers? Bartolo Colon!?!?! (Imagine how awkward that would be right before the Twins’ Big Sexy promotion.)