Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.

The Forums

Article: Seth's Preliminary Top 50 Twins Prospects: P...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:51 AM
After posting Part 1 and Part 2over the last couple of days, predictably, today I am going to post Part 3 of my personal (preliminary) To...
Full topic ›

Article: Can Falvey Learn Anything From the Cubs' Tur...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:50 AM
With the Twins expected to officially announce the hiring of Derek Falvey as President of Baseball Opportunities any day now, I thought i...
Full topic ›

Twins wins by runs scored, 2016 vs 2015

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:50 AM
Twins Wins and Losses by Number of Runs Scored, 2015 - 2016   I thought it would be interesting to look at the number of wins and...
Full topic ›

Article: What Do We Know About Derek Falvey?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:27 AM
We don't know exactly when the official announcement will come, but at this point we do know that Derek Falvey is going to be appointed a...
Full topic ›

Article: Game Thread: Twins @ White Sox, 10/1/16 @ 6:10 p...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:33 AM
So, with the Twins sporting 103 losses, I was thinking about the number 103.   -103 is the 27th prime number,and each team gets 27 o...
Full topic ›
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

From MinnCentric


Twins Blogosphere


Blue Jays claim Alex Burnett off waivers

Attached Image: alexburnett.jpg La Velle E. Neal III reports that right-handed reliever Alex Burnett, who has made 174 appearances out of the Minnesota Twins bullpen over the past three seasons, is officially no longer with the organization. After being placed on outright waivers, presumably to make room on the 40-man roster for outfielder Wilkin Ramirez, Burnett was claimed by the Blue Jays on Friday.
[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
It's not difficult to see why a team like Toronto might want to chance it on Burnett. He brandishes a hard fastball and a slider with some real snap. Back when he was first breaking into the Twins bullpen at age 22 I thought he might develop into a pretty nice option for the late innings.

But he didn't develop. Neal wrote in his report that "Twins officials were unhappy with [Burnett's] spring, saying he had taken a step back." In general, it seems that the 25-year-old has gone nowhere but backwards, with K-rates dropping from 18 percent in 2010 to 15 percent in 2011 to 12 percent last year. This spring he was a complete mess, coughing up 15 hits and seven walks in 8 1/3 innings while striking out only one of the 46 batters he faced.

That was apparently the last straw for the Twins. This move is a little surprising considering what a constant Burnett has been in the big-league bullpen over the past few seasons, but I guess we can mark it down – along with Drew Butera's recent demotion – as evidence that the "no more scholarships" policy is being enforced.

Meanwhile, we'll have to hope that Burnett doesn't join the likes of Craig Breslow and Grant Balfour as relievers the Twins gave up on too hastily.


  • Share:
  • submit to reddit
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

0 Comments