When the Twins lost starting catcher Jason Castro for the season due to a torn meniscus, the general belief was that they would go with Mitch Garver behind the plate and add some depth at Triple-A, just in case. They appear to have done just that, signing catcher Cameron Rupp to a minor league deal. He’ll report to Triple-A Rochester.
Rupp, 29, played in parts of five different seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies, hitting .234/.298/.407 over 1127 plat appearances. Rupp agreed to a deal with the Phillies to avoid arbitration last offseason, but the team ended up cutting him at the end of spring training anyway. Rupp went on to sign a minor league deal with the Rangers, and hit .274/.346/.540 with eight home runs over 32 games for the Triple-A Round Rock Express. Rupp had an opt-out clause in his deal with the Rangers, and ultimately elected to opt out.
It’s doubtful we’ll see Rupp called up to the big league club this year unless something really goes wrong. Of course, considering how 2018 has unfolded for the Twins so far... yeah, okay, maybe we will see Rupp in a Twins uniform.