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  • Logan Darnell to join Twins on Friday

    From a source with direct knowledge, Twins Daily has learned that LHP Logan Darnell is on his way to the Twins Cities and will be with the Twins on Friday night.

    The other half of the transaction is not presently known. A player from the current 25-man roster will need to be optioned or placed on the disabled list to make room for Darnell. The Twins will re-evaluate Aaron Hicks on Friday morning, and he could be placed on the 7 day concussion list. They could also option a reliever to Rochester.

    After the second game on Thursday night, Game 2 starter and 26th man Kris Johnson was sent back to Rochester.

    The Minnesota Twins are in need of an arm on Friday and throughout this weekend. With the rainouts and Thursday's doubleheader, there could have been issues. However, when neither of Thursday's starters went beyond five innings, the bullpen was all overused. Jared Burton pitched in both games. Sam Deduno and Anthony Swarzak, the long-relievers, both threw a lot of pitches. Brian Duensing threw on Wednesday and a lot of pitches again on Thursday. The Twins need an arm. Darnell was scheduled to start for Rochester on Saturday, so he would be capable of eating extended innings if needed.

    Of course, it would be ideal if Ricky Nolasco would throw seven, eight or even nine innings on Friday night against Baltimore, but the Twins have to be prepared for that not happening.

    Yesterday, I named Darnell the Minnesota Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month of April. In four starts, he went 0-0 but posted an ERA of 1.69 and a WHIP of 1.03. He worked 21.1 innings and gave up 15 hits, walked seven and struck out 21.

    Darnell was drafted by the Twins in the 6th round of the 2009 draft. He played college ball at the University of Kentucky where he was a teammate of former Twins pitcher Andrew Albers as well as potential Twins pitchers Alex Meyer and Taylor Rogers. Injured Ft. Myers outfielder Lance Ray and former Twins farmhand Gunner Glad also played at Kentucky with Darnell.

    In December, I had the opportunity to talk to Kentucky head coach Gary Henderson about these players, and he had wonderful things to say about Logan Darnell.
    Regarding Darnell, Henderson said, “He is (a character guy). He was real aggressive early on. His secondary stuff was short, early on. When you’re looking at these guys, there’s a part of you that says that’s why you got them. If you’re left-handed, and you show any arm strength, and you have above average secondary stuff, then professional baseball can happen early. Logan was a very hard worker, very aggressive on the mound, willing to make adjustments, willing to learn. Made huge strides. He got better each year. He comes from a top-notch family. Really good people.
    After signing, Darnell went to Elizabethton. In 2011, his first full season, he made six starts for Beloit, 15 starts in Ft. Myers and then five starts with New Britain. He spent the entire 2012 season with the Rock Cats and then went to the Arizona Fall League. He started 2013 in New Britain as well. When he was pitching very well in mid season, he earned the promotion to Rochester. Following the season, he was added to the 40 man roster.

    This spring he participated in his first big league spring training and was optioned in early March so he could be stretched out and prepared to start.

    Darnell most likely will only be with the Twins for the weekend. However, can you imagine getting that phone call, likely very late at night, that you were going to the big leagues? Learning that you are about to live your dream has to be a remarkable moment.
    Comments 64 Comments
    1. Sconnie's Avatar
      Sconnie -
      Good for Darnell. I hope he makes a great case to stick.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Excited for Darnell. But he was really only the best available option. A good logical move by the Twins, but likely could be useless after tonight if we get another short start from the SP staff (this time Nolasco), which could mean someone else would need to be called up as early as Saturday. (Although, I think Gardy went a little drama queen last night claiming the bullpen was "completely wiped out". Gardy, you just had 3 days off!..... and a majority of these RP guys went an inning or less on Wednesday and/or Thursday...Fien and Thielbar, for sure).
    1. diehardtwinsfan's Avatar
      diehardtwinsfan -
      bringing guys in for 1 out has a way of wiping out the pen a bit quicker in my opinion... Personally ,I'd rather Darnel go as a starter, though I could see him as a long reliever insurance type role...
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      I didn't see this coming. I expected Johnson to stay in Minnesota or Deduno to take Pelfrey's role or a reliever to come up from Rochester. I didn't expect them to bring up Darnell.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      If its Hicks to the DL, by my count that'll be 14 pitchers and 3 catchers.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      If its Hicks to the DL, by my count that'll be 14 pitchers and 3 catchers.
      Jesus Christ, Chief. You can never have too much pitching.

      (before anyone gets insulted, this is a riff on a quote from Terry Ryan in an interview with John in 2012)
    1. tobi0040's Avatar
      tobi0040 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      Jesus Christ, Chief. You can never have too much pitching.
      I think the optimal number is 15 pitchers and 4 catchers. The Twins are on the cutting edge here, the rest of the league will be following suit. It is a copycat league.
    1. Kirby_Waved_At_Me's Avatar
      Kirby_Waved_At_Me -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      If its Hicks to the DL, by my count that'll be 14 pitchers and 3 catchers.
      Not even Bert's "California Math" can make those numbers look good.

      Darnell's work in AAA so far this year has earned him a chance with the Twins.

      So, who's getting sent down? Burton? Please say Burton.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      The fact that they called up a starter makes me wonder if Deduno isn't getting Pelfrey's spot in the rotation and they transfer Darnell to long relief. In the short term, that gives them an extra pitcher to relieve a tired pen, in the long-term it allows them to restructure the rotation a bit and ease Deduno into a starting role.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      I didn't see this coming. I expected Johnson to stay in Minnesota or Deduno to take Pelfrey's role or a reliever to come up from Rochester. I didn't expect them to bring up Darnell.
      The issue is having arms today (and maybe tomorrow). Johnson threw almost 110 pitches yesterday, so he can't help today.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      The issue is having arms today (and maybe tomorrow). Johnson threw almost 110 pitches yesterday, so he can't help today.
      Absolutely, I'm just a bit surprised that they pulled from Rochester's rotation, that's all.

      But it makes sense if they're planning to slot Deduno into Pelfrey's spot in the rotation.
    1. Linus's Avatar
      Linus -
      Two thoughts here: first, Johnson can't get out of town fast enough for me. I cannot stand pitchers who work slow and don't throw strikes.

      Second, I am getting really sick of Gardy bemoaning his "tired" bullpen. When nobody pitches more than an inning at a time, of course your bullpen is going to be tired. They throw more pitches getting loose than they do in the games. Gardy's little nonsensical habits are getting old.
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      I would rather Meyer get a chance.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      If its Hicks to the DL, by my count that'll be 14 pitchers and 3 catchers.
      Gardy is clearly a baseball trend-setter.....
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Linus View Post
      Two thoughts here: first, Johnson can't get out of town fast enough for me. I cannot stand pitchers who work slow and don't throw strikes.

      Second, I am getting really sick of Gardy bemoaning his "tired" bullpen. When nobody pitches more than an inning at a time, of course your bullpen is going to be tired. They throw more pitches getting loose than they do in the games. Gardy's little nonsensical habits are getting old.
      Must be a Wichita State thing....?
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      I would rather Meyer get a chance.
      He'll get one soon enough. If he keeps pitching like he has this season, I think we see him called up when the Twins tire of watching Kevin Correia take the mound every fifth day.
    1. Linus's Avatar
      Linus -
      Quote Originally Posted by jokin View Post
      Must be a Wichita State thing....?
      That is outstanding....wish I would have thought of it. Here's hoping that the Kentucky thing is a little different.
    1. DJL44's Avatar
      DJL44 -
      Hicks to the concussion DL is likely. Darnell comes up but they aren't sticking with 14 pitchers for more than a game. If Darnell stays then Theilbar is getting optioned down.
    1. Boom Boom's Avatar
      Boom Boom -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      If its Hicks to the DL, by my count that'll be 14 pitchers and 3 catchers.
      I thought Herrmann was an outfielder?
    1. Dantes929's Avatar
      Dantes929 -
      "I think the optimal number is 15 pitchers and 4 catchers. The Twins are on the cutting edge here, the rest of the league will be following suit. It is a copycat league. " You know if a team actually did that and won the World Series there would definitely be teams that would copy them. Its how we got the whole pitch to one batter, closers can only throw 1 inning in save situations stuff in the first place.
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