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Ex Twins in 2021: Where Are They Now?


Here's my list of ex-Twins on major league rosters as of today (mlb.com):

Starting pitchers

Martin Perez

Rich Hill

Lance Lynn

Kyle Gibson

Ervin Santana

Relief pitchers

Brandon Kinzler

John Curtiss

Trevor May

Liam Hendriks

Ryan Pressly

Aaron Slegers

Sergio Romo

JT Chargois

Tyler Kinley

Zack Littell

Matt Wisler


Wilson Ramos

Alex Avila

Jason Castro

Drew Butera

Kurt Suzuki

Rene Rivera



Ehire Adrianza

Marwin Gonzalez

Ronald Torreyes

Jonathan Schoop

Niko Goodrum

Ildemaro Vargas

Eduardo Escobar

CJ Cron



Ryan LaMarre

Eddie Rosario

Robbie Grossman








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Anthony Swarzak is back with the Royals and getting time at AAA before a potential recall. 


I guess I hadn't been paying attention, but since he left the Twins after a five year stint ending in 2014, he has been with the Indians, Mets, White Sox, Brewers, Yankees, Mariners and Diamondbacks. 


Giving former Twin Terry Mulholland a run for most teams played for.

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I looked in the "other baseball 2021" thread a couple days ago and was a little surprised that Huascar Ynoa's incident hadn't made it to be posted there, but now I see it's here. I never like to see injuries, but I also always wonder why players flirt with injury doing things like punching a bench, even in the heat of the moment.

The MLBTR front page was half ex-Twins transactions yesterday.

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Travis Blankenhorn claimed by Mariners from Dodgers. On the 40-man. Hopefully can see some major league time in Seattle. Otherwise, come off-season and if he is a minor league free agent, I would welcome a return to the Twins organization.


Like did anyone notice that Jermaine Palacios, who we traded to the Rays for Jake Odorizzi, is now back in the Twins organization at AA ball?



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1 hour ago, Rosterman said:

Three former Twin hurlers and one piece of the waaaay back Johan Santana trade make this list of best minor league signings at MLB Trade Rumors. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/05/best-minor-league-deals-mlb-2021-pitchers.html

Nice, let's go over the other three:

  1. Zack Littell, RHP, Giants: Littell hasn’t spent much time with the Giants yet, but he’s chucked 10 2/3 innings and held opponents to just one run on eight hits and three walks with nine punchouts. His 94.8 mph average fastball velocity is a career-high, as is his 48.3 percent grounder rate. The former Twins righty only has a year of big league service and could be controllable for several years if he figures it out in San Francisco.

I was a fan of Littell's and thought the Twins gave up on him too quickly. He's pitching like it's 2019 again, though SSS of course. He's still only 25, and certainly worth a shot more than the washed up vets the Twins like to try in the pen.


JT Chargois, RHP, Mariners: Like Littell, Chargois hasn’t seen much time in the bigs yet, but he’s sporting a 9-to-1 K/BB ratio in 8 2/3 innings for Seattle. He’s had multiple chances with the Twins and Dodgers in recent years but never found much consistency.

Chargois always had the stuff, but just could never put it together. John Curtiss was a similar one too, always thought he had the arm but the Twins lost patience, and the Rays fixed him up. The Marlins are getting a good year out of him right now.

  1. Ervin Santana, RHP, Royals: The Royals love their reunions more than any team in baseball, and Santana is somewhat improbably back to “smelling baseball,” as he likes to say, for a second stint in Kansas City. He’s only allowed four runs in 15 1/3 innings (2.35 ERA), but he’s also only picked up eight strikeouts against four walks. His fastball is sitting 93 mph again after living at 89-90 in 2018-19, but the red flags are plentiful: 13.1 percent strikeout rate, 91 percent strand rate, .213 BABIP, 45 percent opponents’ hard-hit rate.

I can't imagine Ervin has much time left, but dang, I did not see his MPH on his fastball coming back. Darn finger surgery, or whatever the issue was really sidetracked his career after having a great 2017 season. 

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On 5/24/2021 at 3:16 PM, Rosterman said:



Like did anyone notice that Jermaine Palacios, who we traded to the Rays for Jake Odorizzi, is now back in the Twins organization at AA ball?



If I remember right he did make a handful of appearances in Spring training.


Hector Santiago had his contract selected by the Mariners today.

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