More Minor Roster Moves

10 May

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Deolis Guerra has been terrific in 2010 at New Britain. He was known as having the top changeup in the Twins farm system, but he has made tremendous strides in terms of control. He has just four walks and 21 strikeouts in 29.1 innings. In five AA starts, he is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA. And for his efforts and improvements, Guerra has been promoted to AAA Rochester. The right-hander just turned 21 years old in mid-April.

Cole Devries was also promoted to AAA Rochester. The former Gopher pitcher has been pitching out of the Rockcats bullpen this year after spending much of the 2009 season as a starter for New Britain.

The two were promoted because Charlie Zink has been put on the Disabled List in Rochester. Also, after another horrible start, Yoslan Herrera requested his release and the team was happy to grant it.

Also, in a 1500ESPN interview with Jim Rantz this afternoon, he said that there have been several moves made in the last two days. I covered several of them over the weekend, but I apparently missed that Snappers closer Steve Blevins has been promoted from Beloit to AA New Britain. (CORRECTION – Although Mr. Rantz said that Blevins was headed to New Britain, he is heading to Ft. Myers. However, another move has Michael Allen moving from Ft. Myers to New Britain.)

Although he didn’t say it, he acknowledged that Kyle Gibson is ‘up for consideration’ for a promotion as well, and that they will think about it. Gibson starts tonight for the Ft. Myers Miracle, but clearly this move opens up a spot in the New Britain starting rotation for the Twins top pick in 2010. Of course, it is also possible that the Twins could promote Bobby Lanigan, who was excellent in April but had a tough first start in May.  

Any questions? Leave your comments here.


8 Responses to “More Minor Roster Moves”

  1. mike wants wins May 10, 2010 at 1:34 pm #

    It’s so hard to remember that Guerra is only 21. That is amazingly young for a pitcher especially. I must remind myself to be more patient with his progress.

  2. Joe May 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    This is great for Guerra. If you would of asked me 2 years ago that he would be in Rochester at today I would of laughed at you.

    Also I think you missed that Liam Hendricks was promoted to Fort Myers which means that the Miracle’s rotation is full. I expect Kyle Gibson to get a promo after his start tonight.

    Another congrats to Michael Tonkin who will be in Beloit.

  3. Seth May 10, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    Jo, I mentioned the promotions of Hendriks, Tonkin, Cardenas, Garcia, Osterbrock and the others over the weekend.

  4. Chris May 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    Thanks for the updates Seth! So is the velocity back/coming back with Guerra in addition to the improved command?

  5. Jeremy May 10, 2010 at 9:40 pm #

    Looks like Mijares will be back in the bullpen…

    From the Red Wings:

    Zink was placed on the regular disabled list today with a strained right elbow. Zink is 0-2 with a
    12.75 ERA in three starts for Rochester. LHP Jose Mijares, who was on a Major League Rehab,
    was returned to Minnesota. Mijares was 0-0 with a 27.00 ERA in two games for the Red Wings.

  6. toby May 10, 2010 at 11:33 pm #

    Gibson was evil-good again for the Miracle tonight (27 BFs, 8 K, 8 Groundouts, 3 BB) and should be promoted ASAP.

    But HOLY HELL is Shooter Hunt pitching great. He comes in, walks the first guy he faces, gathers himself, get a flyout to end the inning, then proceeds to mow down 6 straight, including 4 called out, so this isn’t just Class A hitters waving at his nastier than nasty curveball in the dirt. I thought I could wait another 3 weeks or so, but with this kind of stuff get him back into the rotation.

    Deolis Guerra is gonna end up being an effective major league pitcher and that’s just beautiful. Kudos to the Twins’ minor league coaches for reworking his delivery and basically teaching him how to pitch relatively “safely” from the ground up.

    • JImV May 11, 2010 at 12:17 am #

      Toby, I saw that Shooter line and reacted like you. He’s had 11 outings this year, and while the first was horrible a la last year, the last 10 have produced something like a 1.9 ERA with 29 Ks and 6 walks. ANd even that includes one bad outing. Got to make sure his psyche is in the right spot, but his stuff is ready for AA. Not completely sure that he belongs in the rotation, though. He throws a lot of pitches. At this rate, he could be a killer closer. Have to see how that shakes out.

      • toby May 11, 2010 at 1:04 am #

        He was (wildly) successful as a starter in rookie ball (and college before that) before a 10 ton concrete block entered his head and he couldn’t throw a strike. When he’s pitching well he doesn’t throw any more pitches than any other strikeout pitcher, does he? His 3rd and 4th pitches may need work, sure, but when your stuff is as evil as his can be there’s no need not to try to use it to get a win every five days instead of wasting it in the silliest role in major league baseball. I would NOT move him up to AA. I would get him in the rotation again. I said it before, I’ll say it again: trick him if ya gots to.

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