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Twins add five players to 40-man roster before deadline

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The move is in advance of the Rule 5 Draft.

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Tonight at 7:00 Central was the deadline that teams had to abide by when adding minor-league players to their 40-man rosters to protect them from the upcoming 40-man roster. The Minnesota Twins read Cooper’s article this morning about who should be added to their roster ahead of tonight’s deadline. So just click here and read that.

I can also list them out there, too:

  • OF Luke Raley
  • OF Gilberto Celestino
  • 2B/OF Travis Blankenhorn
  • P Jhoan Duran
  • P Dakota Chalmers

Raley saw time between Rookie-league and the Rochester Red Wings this year, batting .310/361/.517 in 38 games. He notched eight homers and 23 RBI during that time while striking out 44 times. He also saw time in the Arizona Fall League, playing in 23 games and batting .244/.312/.439 with three homers and 14 RBI along with 21 strikeouts.

Celestino is a prospect in the lower levels of the system, seeing time between Class A Cedar Rapids and Class High-A Fort Myers. He hit .277/.349/.410 in 125 games while homering 10 times and earning 54 RBI. He also struck out 85 times against 50 walks.

The semi-utility man Blankenhorn was between Fort Myers and Class AA Pensacola this year, hitting .277/.321/.466 in 108 games this season. He hit 19 bombas and drove in 54 runs betwene the two levels. He reached 105 strikeouts and only walked 27 times.

The righty Duran also saw time with Fort Myers and Pensacola this year. In 23 games, he started 22 times, turning in a 3.75 ERA in 115 innings. He stuckout batters at 10.6 K/9 clip, walked batters at a 3.1 BB/9 rate, and had a great WHIP of 1.191.

Lastly, the righty Chalmers saw limited action in the regular season this year due to his recover from Tommy John surgery in 2018. He only pitched 34.2 innings in nine games - all starts - between the GCL and Fort Myers. He posted a 3.63 ERA during those appearances, striking out 48 batters while walking 23. Like Raley, he saw action in the AFL this September with all six of his appearances as a starter. He turned in an ERA of 5.09 for that time, pitching 17.2 innings, striking out 25 opponents and walking 12.

Minnesota’s 40-man roster is at 37 players, leaving three open spots for Falvine to deal with, whether it is by trade, free agent signings, or selecting a player in the Rule 5 Draft. Of course, there are some questions about non-tendering contracts and possible trades that could happen this off season.

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