Twins Sign Zink for Red Wings

27 Apr

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In need of an innings eater, the Twins have signed 30 year old, knuckleballer Charlie Zink to a minor league contract and assigned him to AAA Rochester. There was an open spot on the roster.

In 2008, Zink was the International League Pitcher of the Year. He went 14-6 with a 2.84 ERA in 174 innings. He even got one start with the Boston Red Sox, the organization he had played for since signing as an undrafted free agent in 2002. 2009 was not a good year for the knuckler. He went 6-15 with a 5.59 ERA.

The Red Wings definitely need someone who can eat some innings for them. Zink can do that. I know some will be disappointed that they didn’t promote anyone from New Britain to fill a role, but in reality, there isn’t anyone with the Rockcats that is ready for Rochester. David Bromberg has been excellent through three starts, but he is much too good of a prospect to push too quickly. The same can be said for all of the Rockcats starters. And, with innings-filler being a need, you don’t want to promote a one or two inning guy from AA either. So, I think this signing makes a lot of sense.

Any thoughts? Leave your comments here.


5 Responses to “Twins Sign Zink for Red Wings”

  1. thrylos98 April 27, 2010 at 10:21 am #

    I agree, they should have not promoted any of the 21-22 year old starters, but… they could have had Fox start and promoted a 25-year old: Steedley, McCardell, DeVries (take your pick) for the pen. McCardell could have started as well (but he really projects as a reliever). Fox could have been an innings eater. At 27 not much of a prospect at this point. Now the Twins have 3 dead weight starters in Rochester (Zink, Maroth, Herrera), a fourth one who is an enigma (Perkins) and Manship. Van Mil will get out of the DL and a spot would be needed (same for Swarzak, later than sooner), so it might be a short term fix…

  2. martin April 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm #

    This is good.
    Redwings seem to have horrible bullpen -especially with Burnett in the majors.
    The Rockcats have bullpen issues too. So hopefully it gives the AAA some depth and maybe they can finally get some wins. I am sick of seeing so many loses down in the minors.

  3. TT April 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    Isn’t Mullins the fifth starter? I don’t know if they intend to use Zink as a starter or out of the bullpen. But I would assume Manship, Perkins and Mullins will remain in the rotation. I suppose its possible, given his performance, that they will let Perkins work out of the bullpen for a while. Fox is doing well as a reliever and I think that is his future if he ever makes it to the big leagues.

  4. Seth April 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    My assumption is that Zink would be working out of the bullpen. Starters probably will remain Manship, Perkins, Mullins, Herrera and Maroth. And the Rochester bullpen is solid, with Slama, Waldrop, Delaney and Fox has been good. But Maroth, Perkins and Herrera have had a lot of short starts.

  5. 8th Inning guy April 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Worst news since they signed R.A Dickey

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