Twins Promote Keppel

22 Jun

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According to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Twins promoted right hander Bobby Keppel to the team after Sunday’s game:

Starting pitcher Bobby Keppel, who was scheduled to start today, was called up to the Twins after the game.

“Sending Keppel up to the major leagues takes the pain away,” Cliburn said. “He’s a class act and we wish him the best.”

He is incredibly worthy of this promotion. It will just be very interesting to see the other half of the transaction. Will the Twins DFA Sean Henn or Luis Ayala, or will they send Jose Morales, who based on playing time since his promotion, should be demoted as well. Who do you think? Updates to come.  

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19 Responses to “Twins Promote Keppel”

  1. tree9546 June 22, 2009 at 1:03 pm #

    At least the Twins are trying to fix their horrible bullpen. Too bad Hawkins couldn’t have just stayed in town after the game yesterday and just switched uniforms. Next up is hopefuly an IF that can hit .250.

    Seth, do you have any links to the dominican league stats? ESPN used to link to them but not anymore (or at least that I can find).

  2. Funkytown June 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    Ayala DFA

    What move is next RE: Hittable Henn? BAWK BAWK

  3. Andy Darsow June 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm #

    This is ridiculous. I am so frustrated with this front office right now. You release Ayala and Henn. I hate to defend Ayala but he is far more useful than Sean Henn. And Bobby Keppel, sorry fellas, he isn’t the answer to anything. He will be worse than Ayala. We release Breslow who is a better pitcher than Henn. I wanted a move made but didn’t want to see Ayala let loose. My guess is I give Henn another week and he will be out as well.

  4. Funkytown June 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm #

    Didn’t Breslow refuse a AAA assignment??

    Dickey will be moved into Ayala’s spot later in games, Keppel will become the mopup man.

  5. Dave June 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    Not to douse this with cold water, but Keppel is Ayala all over again, but with a healthier arm. Maybe he’s come up with a new pitch or something, but he has had no success at the major league level. Zippo.
    Everybody else and his brother advance their pitchers relatively quickly. The Twins take forever, and in the meanwhile hang on to driftwood. It just drives you crazy.

  6. roger June 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm #

    Keppel has pitched very well at Rochester. Does that mean he will be better than Ayala. Time will tell. Unfortunatley, there aren’t a lot of easy or good solutions to fix the Twins biggest problem…other than a miraculous recovery by Pat and Jesse getting it turned around in upstate New York.

    You can see DSL stats and boxscores on the MiLB site.

  7. Andy Darsow June 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm #

    I agree Keppel has good numbers at Rochester but to me that means absolutely nothing. Look at the way Henn threw when he was down there. Ayala wasn’t great and I honestly wouldn’t have a problem bringing Keppel in but would have brought him up for Henn and not Ayala. Not a good move either way. You are right Roger, there really isn’t a fix right now though.

  8. Heinie Manush June 22, 2009 at 3:40 pm #

    Not so incidentally, Ayala is reported not to have accepted instruction. Couple that with Delmon’s apparent dismissal of the coaching staff as a help and add in LNP’s maddening willingness to sustain injury (notice I didn’t say risk injury) by sliding head-first into first, and maybe you’ve got the key to this season’s plan to get back into it: Twins players play Twins ball the way they’re coached to do so.

    I mean, does anyone else roll their eyes when Bill Smith says essentially “that’s his style, we wish he would do it another way but we don’t want to interfere?”

    Oh, don’t get me started.

  9. thrylos98 June 22, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    That was the second mistake this season for the Twins. Trading Breslow for Henn and Keppel for Ayala, just makes zero sense.

  10. TT June 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    I believe Ayala will have to give up his major league money if he refuses assignment to Rochester. So this may be a move that lets them keep Keppel, who had an out the first of July.

    As you can see from Gosling and Breslow, a lot of teams need bullpen help. The Twins actually do have some options – maybe one of them will work.

  11. thrylos98 June 22, 2009 at 6:26 pm #

    I believe Ayala will have to give up his major league money if he refuses assignment to Rochester

    No. He has signed a guaranteed major league contract (like Lamb and Livan and Monroe) last season…

  12. Eric Olson June 22, 2009 at 7:29 pm #

    Yeah, as I wrote on my blog, I really see this as a way to give Keppel a tryout at the big league level before he opts out, since there is more than likely someone that will take a chance on him, a la Gosling earlier. I see Keppel as more of a placeholder for either Crain to figure out his stuff or Delaney/Morillo to be ready.

  13. thrylos98 June 22, 2009 at 8:46 pm #


    tryouts at the major league level are acceptable when you are not contending. I hope that the Twins dismissed that attitude a few years ago. Ayala is a better pitcher than Keppel… I hope I eat my words, but I don’t see how Keppel and Henn are going to win games for the Twins.

  14. USAFChief June 22, 2009 at 11:15 pm #

    “Incredibly worthy” of this promotion?

  15. Zach June 23, 2009 at 7:26 am #

    I believe at the time, Arizona would have been willing to work a sign and trade for Cruz because it was reported that given their financial situation, that they weren’t necessarily interested in receiving the compensatory pick and the coinciding slot price it would take to sign the pick by losing Cruz to free agency.

  16. Jack Steal June 23, 2009 at 8:39 am #


    Hard for me to understand why they won’t try to trade for help. Why is the team so reluctant to use Swarzak or Mulvey in the bullpen. They are clearly stronger choices than Keppel or Henn and at least they would be getting major league experience.

  17. Eric Olson June 23, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Thrylos, I totally agree. This move still makes no sense to me. I guess the front office is more generous than either you or I.

  18. John June 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    It’s just a stupid move. There isn’t much more to it than that.

  19. toby June 23, 2009 at 9:02 pm #

    Ayala hasn’t posted good true-skill numbers since 2004. He is well and thoroughly done as an effective MLB reliever. Keppel moved to the bullpen this year and got different coaching. There is always the chance, however tiny, that he’s truly figured something out and turned a corner. His GB% in May and June is 61%+. If you can induce groundballs like that and show average or better control, you don’t need to be a strikeout pitcher (which Keppel is not) to save runs. I freely admit and even emphasize that his traditional numbers at Rochester were STILL lucky given his luckyish BABIP and megalucky HR/Air rate, but at least he’s still got an arm. There is the CHANCE that he could be a decent last arm in the bullpen, and thus given my firm belief that Ayala is totally done, why not take that chance before Keppel’s contract negates that possibility? Do I think it will work? No. The fact that he went 14/1 K/BB as a starter in June after going 14/12 as a reliever prior to that doesn’t exactly prove the whole move-to-the-bullpen bit, does it? But it MIGHT, so why the hell not? To hang on to Ayala? What for?

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