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I mentioned last week that I expect the Twins to be busy earlier in the offseason signing players whose primary role will be with the Rochester Red Wings. I believe that the effort will do a couple of things. First, it will help Rochester to be a better, more competitive team in the International League. Second, they can provide depth for the big league club if there are needs. Third, prospects hopefully will not have to be rushed to the Red Wings as happened some in 2010. That had an unfortunate trickle-down effect for the rest of the organization.
Yesterday I posted that the Twins signed infielder Chase Lambin. Today, it came out that the Twins signed Yorman Bazardo (hat tip, MLB Trade Rumors), a relief pitcher. He spent the 2010 season with Round Rock, the AAA affiliate of the Texas Rangers. He went 4-5 with a 3.87 ERA. In 87 innings, he walked 26 and struck out 58. He made just five starts among his 34 appearances. Before 2010, he was generally a starter for most of his minor league career. In his minor league career, he was 63-60 with a 3.89 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. He has also pitched in 25 big league games between 2005 and 2009. He debuted with the Marlins in 2005 as a 20 year old. He gave up five runs (four earned) on five hits and two walks in his debut, his only big league appearance of the year. He went back to AA for the 2006 season before resurfacing in the big leagues in 2007 with the Tigers. He pitched in three more games for the Tigers in 2008. In 2009, he moved to Round Rock which was a PCL affiliate of the Astros. He went 9-6 with a 3.20 ERA and got into five games for the Astros
Again, this is essentially a move that isn’t going to excite anyone, but it is a sign of the commitment of the Twins to bring in more quality players for Rochester. However, the glimmer of hope comes from the fact that he’ll still be just 25 years old in 2011, so he could get better, although his career strikeout rate of 5.4 per nine innings certainly tempers that. Any thoughts? Feel free to leave your comments here.