Strange Signing? Twins sign Yorman Bazardo

14 Nov

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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.


2 Responses to “Strange Signing? Twins sign Yorman Bazardo”

  1. TT November 14, 2010 at 8:26 pm #

    Bazardo is 26 and will be 27 next July. That said, he is still is young enough that his past performance may not define his current ability. He was injured last spring and outrighted when he came off the disabled list. He looks like a guy who will get a shot at a bullpen spot in spring training. Otherwise, he will provide some depth at Rochester but I don’t think this is strictly a Rochester move.

  2. Greg November 15, 2010 at 8:26 am #

    With that name, you almost have to sign him!

    In all seriousness, I agree with TT. Sometimes fans forget that the Twins have several teams to field, not just the one in the big leagues.

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