Item: The Twins call up Alexi Casilla (2B) and send down Matt Tolbert (U)
Good move and finally the Twins start to shake things up. Of course this may present a problem, which is that since Punto looks like the odd man out here, he will now be taking playing time from Casilla, Brendan Harris, and Joe Crede. This is unless Punto remains the utility player that he actually is. Hopefully Casilla can be ready this time.
Item: They also want to call up another pitcher after the All Star Break.
This is also a good move. The article mentions three pitchers: Jesse Crain, Rob Delaney, and Juan Morillo, plus a possible trade. However, a new pitcher also would probably indicate that Slowey is not ready to return yet. If Slowey is healthy, then it could be a good idea to just slide Anthony Swarzak into the bullpen, or Francisco Liriano for that matter. But here’s a look at some candidates for the Twins pen that would come from somewhere other than the current 25 man roster or disabled list.
Jesse Crain: In 14.1 IP he has a win, a save, and an ERA of 3.14.
-He hasn’t spent enough time at AAA yet. Right now the Twins need new blood, new hunger. Before Crain gets another chance, other options need to be exhausted.
Rob Delaney: Started the season in AA, and since called up to Rochester has three saves, he has an ERA of 4.03 and AAA opponents are batting .213 against him.
– Rob has only thrown 22 1/3 innings at Rochester, even with a great BAA, he could still use some more time, and his ERA is a little high.
Juan Morillo: In 38 innings in AAA he has 49 strikeouts, 3 saves, 3 wins, 3 losses, and an opposing batting average of .193. He pitched with the Twins earlier this year (3 games, 2 IP), and had an ERA of 22.50, pretty bad.
-Morillo only pitched 2 innings with the Twins earlier, at the time our bullpen was in complete disarray, so there wasn’t a lot of patience then. Right now though would be a good time to give him another chance.
Armando Gabino: In 52 2/3 IP for Gabino, he has an ERA of 3.25, a BAA of .228, 33 punch outs, and a WHIP of 1.08
-Not bad, but because there are others with stats a little better I would think they would get the call first. I wouldn’t rule Gabino out though.
From outside the organization:
Michael Wuertz, Oakland Athletics: Wuertz was born in Minnesota and though he has had a rough June, the A’s aren’t going anywhere, they have had good fortune with All Star Andrew Bailey in the closer’s role and Wuertz may be expendable. He’s making $1.1 million a year, but in a trade that could be worked out. Wuertz has an ERA of 2.95, with 5 wins, a loss and 2 saves in 3 chances. Opponents are batting .203 against him.
Hector Navarro, Veracruz Red Eagle (Mexican League): Hey I can dream can’t I? Navarro has been lights out so far. He’s 29 years old and in 38 1/2 IPs, he has an ERA of 2.11, 24 saves, 37 Ks, and a BAA of .185. Last year in 50.1 IPs, he had 16 saves and a batting average against .221. Why not?
There are some other guys, but I think that the need could be easily filled in the organization, but I would really like to see Navarro in a Twins uniform.