After the Minnesota Twins said “screw you” to old-school things like rotations and Homer Bailey and went with the Bullpen Boyz for yesterday’s game, they decided it was time to make yet another roster move. If this move is not the modern day of “bringing the band back together”, then I don’t know what is.
The Twins have selected the contract of lefty Caleb Thielbar, who was one of three members of the taxi squad, but also probably in St Paul with the second team of Minnesota players. Thielbar has had quite the journey, being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2009 and released by them in 2010. The Twins picked him up and he made his way up to the big show with appearances from 2013 through 2015. During those years, he posted a 2.74 ERA (3.36 FIP) in 109 appearances. A 1.115 WHIP and a 2.63 K/BB ratio are some additional peripheral statistics.
Known as Meat Raffle here (I don’t remember why, one of the seasoned veterans might want enlighten us in the comments - maybe because meat raffles are common in our neck of the woods and he’s from here?), he was put on waivers and claimed by the San Diego Padres in 2015. He spent time with the Miami Marlins, Detroit Tigers, and Atlanta Braves. The southpaw also spent some time with the American Association’s St Paul Saints in 2016 and 2017. His latest season was with the AAA club of Detroit (and one game with Atlanta’s AAA club) last year, posting a 3.22 ERA (3.33 RA9) in 78.1 innings of relief with a 10.8 K/9, yet he did not get a cup of coffee in the majors. But now he’s returned!
The return transaction the Twins made is sending LaMonte Wade Jr across the river to St Paul. I honestly forgot he was on the roster (sorry, LaMonte) and he apparently played two innings at first base in the third game of the season against the Chicago White Sox. I don’t remember this, but it was a Sunday afternoon. The roster has a lot of outfield depth anyway.
Welcome back, Meat Raffle!