The Minnesota Twins Twitter account broke news just now that lefty Andrew Vasquez has been called up to join the Twins in New York. Brandon Warne of Zone Coverage had some insider news earlier in the day, but the Twins have now made it official. Vasquez made nine appearances for the Twins last year as a September call-up and pitched decently, posting a 5.40 ERA in five innings. He allowed three earned runs and struck out seven while issuing two walks. The minor league season just got under way, but Vasquez has already pitched 1.1 innings in one game, allowing two hits, a walk, and striking out four for the Rochester Red Wings.
To make room for Vasquez, the Twins listened to my mother’s voice mail messages she left them after I stayed up too late last night, optioning Chase De Jong to Rochester. De Jong joined the team in Philadelphia to help the bullpen after a long Friday night game in which the bullpen was used extensively. He made one appearance, which was last night in the ninth inning against the New York Mets. In his lone appearance, he has racked up a 36.00 ERA, 3 H, 4 ER, HR, and 3 BB. Some other cool 2019 season totals for De Jong (small sample size alert) includes a WHIP of 6.000, a 27.0 H/9, 9.0 HR/9, and 27.0 BB/9.
Welcome back to the big leagues, Andrew! (And good luck, Chase...)