Twins Promote Eight for September
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs (photo of AJ Achter)The Twins have called up pitchers Logan Darnell, Michael Tonkin, Lester Oliveros and AJ Achter. Catchers Josmil Pinto and Chris Herrmann were also called up. Aaron Hicks was called up, and infielder Doug Bernier will also return to the Twins.
Aaron Hicks was demoted to AA earlier in the season. After playing well at AA New Britain, he was called up to AAA Rochester where he played well for a month. He has been playing all three outfield positions.
Josmil Pinto started the season as the team's backup catcher and got a lot of playing time at DH when Chris Herrmann was on the roster. He struggled early in Rochester, but has been hitting very well the last six weeks.
Michael Tonkin has had a solid, unspectacular season in Rochester, but his fastball/slider makes him a possible back-end of the bullpen option.
Chris Herrmann can catch, but he will also get time in the corner outfield positions.
Lefty Logan Darnell will likely pitch out of the bullpen through September, a role many believe will be his role long-term.
Doug Bernier was recently named the Rochester Red Wings MVP after a strong season in which he played six different positions. He needed to be added to the 40 man roster.
Lester Oliveros came to the Twins in the Delmon Young trade. Unfortunately, he had Tommy John surgery in September of 2012 and missed almost all of 2013. He began this year dominating AA New Britain before being promoted to Rochester where he has again been dominant.
The feel-good story of the eight promotions is that AJ Achter was called up. The 26-year-old was the Twins 46th round pick in 2010 out of Michigan State. He has put up terrific numbers since being moved to the bullpen two years ago. He played in the Arizona Fall League last year, but he was not added to the 40 man roster. He was the lone Red Wings representative at the AAA All Star game. Though he has struggled the past month, he has had another strong season.
It's hard not to notice that the Twins have not called up Chris Colabello and Pedro Florimon. Colabello had a tremendous first month of the season and was AL co-Player of the Month. Florimon was the Twins starting shortstop through 2013 and the first six weeks of 2014.
The Red Wings were eliminated from playoff contention with their loss to Pawtucket on Sunday night.