With the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Spiders staring at a split double-header today thanks to last night’s washout, the Twins made a roster move. The other pitcher most often mentioned when September call-ups were being talked about was Jorge Alcala, and he’ll make his major-league debut sometime today.
We finally get to take a look at half of the return we got from the Houston Astros last year when Minnesota sent reliever Ryan Pressly to the ‘Stros for Alcala and outfielder Gilberto Celestino. Between AA Pensacola and AAA Rochester, the 24-year-old Dominican has pitched in 31 games, 16 of them being starts, post a 5.47 ERA across 110.1 innings. He has a high WHIP (1.423) and H/9 (9.6), but he also sports a 9.5 K/9 and a 1.0 HR/9. Alcala’s time in Rochester saw him pitch 7.2 innings, striking out 11 batters and only walking two. He throws high heat (upper 90s) along with a slider and a curveball as secondary pitches. Alcala will wear number 66.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Alcala, the Twins designated Marcos Diplan for assignment. Minnesota received Diplan from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash during their ultra-busy final day of trading this season. He was with the Pensacola Blue Wahoos this year, pitching in eight games and posting a 4.09 ERA across 11 innings, striking out 10 batters while walking seven.
With this move, the Twins now have 38 players on their active roster.