The Minnesota Twins stockpiled on players over the last week, and today they went out and signed six other players on top of the recently added two they got last week, to Minor League deals with invites to Spring Training. Of the players who were signed, there are three right handed relievers, a left handed reliever, a right handed starter, two middle infielders and a catcher/first baseman. Lets looks over what they got from the bottom tier of free agency.
Right Handed Relievers:
Derek Law/Juan Minaya/Luke Farrell
The biggest name of the bunch is former San Francisco Giant Derek Law, who has a career 4.22 ERA as a late inning option for the Giants from 2016-2019. During that time, he was largely inconsistent, highlighted by the fact he has not had a BB/9 below 5.4 in the last two seasons, and also has decent strikeout numbers, reaching 9.9 K/9 in 2019. Juan Minaya is an above average reliever the last two seasons he played in 2018-2019, posting a 130 and a 119 ERA+ during that time. Along with that, Minaya has a 10.0 K/9 for his career, but a career WHIP of 1.43 which says that he allows a good deal of base runners, he just finds ways to get out of the innings. Lastly there is Luke Farrell, who was a 6th round pick by Kansas City in 2013, and has not gotten his career off running, entering his age 30 season. He had a good 13.1 innings in 2019 with Texas, but the frightening thing with him, is his career 1.9 HR/9, which might be helped if he ever makes it up to play with Minnesota in their large dimensions.
Left Handed Reliever:
Coulombe spent 2020 with the Minnesota Twins, so it will be his second season as a member of the organization, and has a 4.19 ERA for his career, split between time with the Dodgers, A’s and Twins. In 2020, he pitched only 2.2 innings for the Twins, but they were clean innings, leaving him with spotless numbers in most of his statistics for the season.
Right Handed Starter:
Another Kansas City kickback, as the RHP was drafted by the Royals in the 20th round of the 2013 draft, and recently released by the club. For his career, Sparkman has a 5.99 ERA across four seasons, and an 11.4 H/9 to a 5.5 K/9 for his career. The inability to strikeout batters and giving up well more than a hit an inning on average has turned Sparkman into a non factor with the Royals, and we will see what the Twins plan on doing with him.
Tzu-Wei Lin/Rob Refsnyder
Lin, a 2018 World Series Champion with the Boston Red Sox, has never been much of an offensive threat since coming over from Taiwan, hitting at a .223/.298/.316 rate for his career. He is a versatile player that can fill in for a player if they go down with a mild injury, but likely nothing more than that. Refsnyder is about the exact same player as Lin, a career .2017/.305/.297 hitter, just like Lin, if someone goes down, youll see one of these two guys, but besides that, they’re on this team to supply depth and be good veteran pieces on the AAA team.
Last but not least, there is Tomas Telis, who is entering his age 29 season, after not playing at the Major League level since 2018, and the likelihood of him coming up in 2020, is not extremely high either. He sees a good deal of depth at both the first and catcher positions on the Twins, with guys like Willians Astudillo and Alex Kirillof that he would have to leapfrog to even get any form of playing time.