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#1 Danchat

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:06 PM

Twins roster move: Danny Santana DFA'd. Adrianza up. And RHP Drew Rucinski up too.

 

 

The Twins have finally made the move - Adrianza will replace Danny Santana as the utility bench player. With Kyle Gibson going down, Drew Rucinski has been added to the 40 man and was called up. Rucinski played a few innings with the Angels in 2014 and 2015 and was used out of the bullpen, but he was a starter for his last three seasons in AAA. He'll likely fill in as the long reliever until the Twins need to add a 5th starter.

 

It stinks to have guys like Tepesch and Rucinski on the MLB roster just a month into the season, but with injuries (May, Chargois, O'Rourke) and rookie ineffectiveness (Mejia, Berrios), this is what they're left with.

 

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:07 PM

RIP Danny Santana
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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:08 PM

My thoughts are what took so long with DanSan?

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:10 PM

Rusinski is not Berrios and, quite frankly, that is all that matters.

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:13 PM

Will wonders never cease.....

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:15 PM

We have now called up two pitchers who are not part of the long term answer to our staff and I do not know why.  Is this FO falling in the old vet routine of TR?  I posted elsewhere that I am not yet impressed with the FO and moves like this are one reason.  Adrianza for Santana is fine, but the pitching moves leave me puzzled and wanting a different strategy.  Tepesch, Breslow, Belisle, Rucinski????????????  

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:18 PM

From the other thread:

Thankfully, Drew Rucinski does have an option remaining, by virtue of spending all of 2016 in the minors and not on a 40-man roster. So he can be optioned in a week for a starter.
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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:21 PM

We have now called up two pitchers who are not part of the long term answer to our staff and I do not know why. Is this FO falling in the old vet routine of TR? I posted elsewhere that I am not yet impressed with the FO and moves like this are one reason. Adrianza for Santana is fine, but the pitching moves leave me puzzled and wanting a different strategy. Tepesch, Breslow, Belisle, Rucinski????????????


The old vet routine was not a unique TR phenomenon, it's a universal condition.
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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:28 PM

 

Rusinski is not Berrios and, quite frankly, that is all that matters.

Either Berrios or Mejia should be up when Gibson's spot comes up, so I'm not too worried about that yet.

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:29 PM

DJ Baxendale deserved this promotion
His 2016 numbers out of the pen and not being called up alone deserved an opportunity
His 2017 peripherals are solid...no extra base hits and below 1 WHIP
Blows me away that they overlook the guys the organization drafted
Must not be very good at talent evaluation
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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:31 PM

Rucinski seems ok for now.  Good luck to Danny Santana.


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:32 PM

Very excited about Adrianza over Santana. Not excited at all about Rucinski but I will wait to break out the pitchforks until Gibson's next turn. If both Tepesch and Rucinski are still up then, then count me in on the pitchfork parade.
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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:33 PM

The Twins have now successfully purged:

1. The worst SP in MLB

2. The worst position player in MLB

That's a start!

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:33 PM

Welcome aboard Adrianza! Not too excited about the pitcher getting the call. No more D San on the 25 man makes Van a happy person. 

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:35 PM

 

The Twins have now successfully purged:

1. The worst SP in MLB

2. The worst position player in MLB

That's a start!

 

They are dangerously close to still having the worst SP and position player in MLB.

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:37 PM

 

DJ Baxendale deserved this promotion
His 2016 numbers out of the pen and not being called up alone deserved an opportunity
His 2017 peripherals are solid...no extra base hits and below 1 WHIP
Blows me away that they overlook the guys the organization drafted
Must not be very good at talent evaluation

I was hoping Alan Busenitz would get a cup of coffee, but I'd be OK with Baxendale as well. It seems like they only like to call up guys who have pitched over 150 innings in AAA (Tepesch - 186 innings, Rucinski - 277 innings) or have at least 60+ appearances in the bullpen. Guys like Busenitz and Baxendale will have to wait until they're 28 until they get their first crack at the majors at this rate.

Edited by Danchat, 05 May 2017 - 03:39 PM.

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:38 PM

Rucinski has a mildly interesting career path. Signed by Cleveland (Falvey connection?) as an undrafted free agent out of college in 2011. Not a bad pro debut but they released him the following spring, after which he went into indy ball for 2 summers. Then signed by the Angels and wound up in MLB less than a year later. Rode the AAA-MLB shuttle for about a year and a half, then got DFA'd during the Angels 2015 wild card chase and elected free agency following the season. Minor league deal with the Cubs, spent all last year in AAA, then minor league deal with the Twins this year.

Was pretty exclusively a starter in the minors from 2013-2016, hopefully the Twins don't have any designs about returning him to that role!
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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:42 PM

On the plus side for Rucinski, he has struck out 13 in 10 1/3 IP, against just 2 BB.  On the downside, he's given up 11 hits, including 2 HR.  His K rate this year whiffs of sample size outlier, because his K per 9 in his last two seasons at AAA is just under 7.  He will give up his share of HR though.  37 allowed in 270 IP at AAA.  Granted, that's the mostly rarefied air of the PCL, but as I said, he'll give up his share.  


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:47 PM

 

DJ Baxendale deserved this promotion
His 2016 numbers out of the pen and not being called up alone deserved an opportunity
His 2017 peripherals are solid...no extra base hits and below 1 WHIP
Blows me away that they overlook the guys the organization drafted
Must not be very good at talent evaluation

 

 

Are you sure Baxendale is even healthy?  He's not on the DL, but he's pitched two innings in the last two weeks and none in the last week.  Despite Rochester playing a double header in that span.


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 03:48 PM

The Adrianza/Santana swap may be the least surprising Twins move in history.

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