After last night’s amazing contest between the Minnesota Twins and the New York Yankees, both team’s bullpens were depleted. Six pitchers from each bullpen were used in last night’s game, and quite a few moves have been made by the Twins.
According to Dan Hayes of The Athletic (tweet), Minnesota has re-called lefty Devin Smeltzer for the third time this season. Smeltzer has seen action in three games, including two starts and a primary role on the day before the All-Star Break commenced. Between those three starts, he’s amassed a 3.24 ERA over 16.2 innings, allowing six earned runs, four homers, and four walks. Between Rochester and Pensacola, he’s put together a 2.21 ERA over 15 starts and 89.2 innings. A K/9 ratio of 9.2 is complemented with a WHIP of 0.993. Interestingly, he will be the third lefty in the bullpen, unless the Twins do something weird, like give him a start.
The corresponding move was to send Kohl Stewart down to Rochester. He pitched and took the L in last night’s game, giving up the winning runs in the 10th inning. Including last night, he has a 4.66 ERA in 19.1 innings across six games (two starts; four finished), allowing three homers, six walks, and six strikeouts.
Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports additional moves: Blake Parker has been designated for assignment. Signed this off-season, Parker was looking to be a crucial piece of a stable bullpen. Although he’s accumulated most of the Twins’ saves this year, he’s posted a 6.50 ERA since June 1, blowing a save and taking a loss. He allowed 13 earned runs during that span, and in last night’s game, he went 0.1 IP, allowing four earned runs in the eight inning.
To take his place on the 40-man roster, the Twins have selected the contract of Carlos Torres. If you’ve never heard of him, join the club. (I’m also not really aware of other players outside the Twins major-league club.) As long as I have the right page up on Baseball-Reference.com, he’s been in the majors since 2009 for now seven different clubs. He signed a minor-league deal with the Twins a month ago. He’s made eight appearances with Rochester this season, allowing eight earned runs across 17.1 innings of work, striking out 16 while walking eight.
You wanted a shake-up in the bullpen? You got it!
UPDATE: The Minnesota Twins have confirmed the moves via the Twitter.