• Twins Release Six Minor Leaguers

    On Thursday morning, the Twins front office performed one of their most difficult tasks. They informed six minor league players that their dream of playing in the big leagues for the Minnesota Twins was at an end - that they had been released. I'd like to highlight the players released because they all put in some quality time in the Twins organization and deserve to be recognized once more as they exit the organization. Some of them may be able to hook on with another organization. Some may play some independent league baseball. Some may end their baseball dream all together and go another direction. In any case, I certainly wish the best to all of them.

    Dan Osterbrock - He was the Twins 7th round pick out of Cincinnati. He signed quickly and was named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Year that summer when he went 7-0 with a 3.00 ERA, eight walks and 104 strikeouts in 75 innings. He tossed a no-hitter for the Beloit Snappers in 2010 and was named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week twice in a row before pitching very well in Ft. Myers the rest of that season. He fought arm injuries throughout the 2011 season and hoped to rebound in 2012.

    Mike Tarsi - The 6-8 left-hander was the Twins 12th round pick in 2007 out of Connecticut. After struggling as a starter in Ft. Myers in 2010, he pitched out of the bullpen in 2011 with a good level of success. He even made a couple of appearances in Rochester when needed. Although he was tall, he did not throw very hard.

    Kane Holbrooks - He was an All-American at Texas State in 2009 when the Twins drafted him in the 21st round. In 2010, he began the season as the Beloit Snappers closer before moving up to Ft. Myers as a starter. He pitched so well that he ended the season in New Britain where he made a start. He went back to Ft. Myers to start 2011 and although he pitched well in April, he struggled the rest of the season. His season ended early and he came to camp this spring hoping to take a step forward in the eyes of the organization.

    Blayne Weller - The Twins drafted Weller out of his Key West high school in the 14th round of the 2008 draft. He signed in the last hour before the deadline. He teamed with Adrian Salcedo and BJ Hermsen and pitched great (5-1, 1.58 ERA) in the GCL in 2009. He struggled as a starter in 2010, and last year he struggled in the Beloit bullpen before ending the season making a couple of starts.

    Matt Schuld - He signed with the Twins after the 2010 season at the University of St. Thomas. He had an incredible career with the Tommies. He pitched well with the GCL Twins upon signing and held his own when he was pushed up to Ft. Myers. Last year, he quickly moved up to the Miracle and pitched well enough to be promoted to New Britain when there was a need. This one surprised me a little because he was a non-drafted free agent who got up to AA within a year of signing.

    Derek Christensen - This one surprised me more than any of the rest, by a lot. He was the team's 43rd round pick out of junior college in 2010. He debuted with the GCL Twins that year and posted a 0.66 ERA in 13.2 innings. Last year, he spent half of the season in the E-Twins bullpen before moving into their rotation. He went 5-2 with a 2.84 ERA. In 57 innings, he walked 26 and struck out 61. At one point, he threw 19 consecutive scoreless innings as a starter. The 22-year-old throws from a 3/4 angle. I guess I'm just really surprised based on his numbers that he wouldn't at least get an opportunity to start the season in Beloit.

    Again, each of these pitchers put in some time in the Twins organization, and each of them experienced quite a bit of success. We certainly wish the best for them in whatever their next steps are. Unfortunately, these will not be the last of the minor league releases.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Release Six Minor Leaguers started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      The one who surprised me the most was Dan Osterbrock. He fit the mold of the Twins pitching. Throw strikes and keep the ball moving. I just don't get that; but I also did not get the Pedro Guerra release either. I guess the Aaron Thompson signing has directly affected Osterbrock...

      Good luck to all of them
    1. Fanatic Jack's Avatar
      Fanatic Jack -
      I will completely give up if Alex Burnett makes this team and is not optioned back to Rochester.
    1. LimestoneBaggy's Avatar
      LimestoneBaggy -
      I really wish I had the inside scoop on Christensen, I know it's E-Town, but he looked really good (at least to get a shot in Beloit).
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      Bumming for Schuld. I was hoping he'd continue to advance. Seems very quick hook.
    1. Cody Christie's Avatar
      Cody Christie -
      A couple of surprises but I wish them all the best. I hope some of them can hook on with a new team.
    1. shawntheroad's Avatar
      shawntheroad -
      The Holbrooks one surprises me. I know he had a bad year, but he seemed to have a lot of attributes that would make him successful.
    1. shs_59's Avatar
      shs_59 -
      Osterbrock topped out at what 85-87 MPH on a good day? so unless he spent an entire off-season be-friending and working out with Jamie Moyer, Livan Hernandez he wasn't going to amount to anything.

      Blayne Weller was my suprise just because of youth, what's he going to do know with no college? the former H.S. draft pick would have to catch on with somebody else i would think. but Yeah Holbrooks a little bit too, he probably deserved 1 more shot.
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