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    Seth Stohs
    Jon Heyman of Fancred broke the news that Twins reliever Zach Duke is being traded to Seattle in exchange for two minor leaguers. The Twins will receive RHP Chase De Jong, a 24-year-old in AA, and 22-year-old infielder Ryan Costello.
    Image courtesy of © Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports (photo of Chase De Jong)

    The Twins acquired starting pitcher Chase De Jong, a 24-year-old, who has started 21 games for the Mariners' AA affiliate. He's 5-5 with a 3.80 ERA. In 120 2/3 innings, he has walked 34 and struck out 89. He has already pitched in the Blue Jays (2012-15), Dodgers (2015-16) systems, as well as the Mariners the last three seasons. He was originally the Blue Jays second-round pick in 2012.

     

    Infielder Ryan Costello is the other player acquired for Duke. The 22-year-old has hit .266 with 24 doubles, two triples and 16 home runs for Class A Clinton in the Midwest League where he was managed by Denny Hocking. He was the Mariners 31st round pick last June out of Central Connecticut University in New Britain, Connecticut.

     

    Zack Duke will head to the Mariners after a solid season with the Twins.

     

    The Twins will pay a small part of the remainder of Duke's 2018 contract.

     

     

    This evening, Duke posted the following to Twitter, thanking Twins fans and looking forward to Seattle.

     

     

    Soon after, Ryan Costello thanked the Mariners and says he's looking forward to joining the Twins.

     

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    Do these guys we just got even offer anything of value?  Does either rank in our top 30?  I would rather have the one 40 man roster reject and international spending cap money instead....

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    Yeah this is a poor return but we don't really need Duke if we are going to try and get some young guys MLB experience.  I think I would rather have the international money as well because those lotto tickets might net something better in return than this.  Not much upside in this trade unless you think Dejong will be a piece that makes it to MLB.  Have to wait and see what the experts think but just quickly looking this doesn't look that great. 

     

    I am glad they got something, I guess, and glad he is off the roster for the young guys.  Here's to hoping DeJong turns out.

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    Seems like the going rate for a middle relief (LOOGY) rental. Sounds fine to me.

     

    I am not expecting much.  I was just thinking there are more useful things we could get.  Like international cap space or just one prospect maybe ranked a little higher like their 10th  best prospect (assuming that one has more upside).  maybe we give them international cap space (if we have any) and pay more of his salary.  Seattle has made it clear that it is this year or bust with them.  I know that soon they will need to go the tanking route so might as well go all in.  

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    I am not expecting much.  I was just thinking there are more useful things we could get.  Like international cap space or just one prospect maybe ranked a little higher like their 10th  best prospect (assuming that one has more upside).  maybe we give them international cap space (if we have any) and pay more of his salary.  Seattle has made it clear that it is this year or bust with them.  I know that soon they will need to go the tanking route so might as well go all in.  

     

    Seems like Costello is a pretty interesting prospect.  Not in their Top 30, but thats probably because he was a 31st round pick out of Central Connecticut State last year.  Has been really productive in Single A this year, although fairly old.  He's actually no older than most of the infielders the Twins already have in single A and was a Midwest League All Star.  #7 is OPS, #1 in HR, #5 in doubles.  Very good K/BB ratio for a power hitter (better ratio that Kirloff, Lewis and anyone on the Kernels roster).  

     

    In my opinion, seems like a sleeper and with the season he is having, he could easily move up the rankings.  Having a far better year than Bechtold at the same age and he was a 5th round pick.

     

    Reading more about him, I think this is a big deal.  He really wasn't a home run hitter in college, so it looks like he is really filling out.

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    Zach Duke was a fun experiment. What did we learn? Don't give Paul Molitor left-handed specialists.

     

    Zach Duke percentage of PAs vs. LHB:
    2018: 34.8%
    2017: 58.1%
    2016: 43.0%
    2015: 39.6%
    2014: 44.1%

     

    If I was the Twins, I'd stick De Jong right into the Rochester bullpen. Maybe have him junk his weakest pitch and see if everything can play up a bit in shorter bursts. Worth a shot.

     

    Being a recent 31st-round pick doesn't inspire confidence, but you gotta respect Costello's numbers and it's not like he's only feasting on kids. He's faced older pitchers 61.3 percent of the time. He's tied for the MWL lead in homers and is fourth in slugging. 

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    Seems like Costello is a pretty interesting prospect.  Not in their Top 30, but thats probably because he was a 31st round pick out of Central Connecticut State last year.  Has been really productive in Single A this year, although fairly old.  He's actually no older than most of the infielders the Twins already have in single A and was a Midwest League All Star.  #7 is OPS, #1 in HR, #5 in doubles.  Very good K/BB ratio for a power hitter (better ratio that Kirloff, Lewis and anyone on the Kernels roster).  

     

    In my opinion, seems like a sleeper and with the season he is having, he could easily move up the rankings.  Having a far better year than Bechtold at the same age and he was a 5th round pick.

     

    Thanks for that bit of research that is good info!!

     

    Maybe the Twins are secretly trying to build super teams in Cedar Rapids and Fort Meyers at the deadline. :)

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    OK, how and why is Cave playing in Rochester this evening?

     

    When did he get sent down?

    Weird stuff.  He is listed in the lineup for the Twins.  Was pinch-hit for in a convoluted multiple switch that  left Hazelbaker in CF, in part because Buxton found his way back in the lineup--at DH.  Dammit Smithers!  This is rocket science, not brain surgery!

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    Weird stuff.  He is listed in the lineup for the Twins.  Was pinch-hit for in a convoluted multiple switch that  left Hazelbaker in CF, in part because Buxton found his way back in the lineup--at DH.  Dammit Smithers!  This is rocket science, not brain surgery!

    I thought it was, "Dammit Jim, I'm a doctor, not a general manager!"

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    I am amazed we got this much.  It is amazing how pitching sells - for me none of these players is as valuable as Escobar, but his return was not as much as I would have liked to see.  

     

     

    I was impressed that they got this much for Zach Duke. Nice work again by Twins pro scouts and the front office. 

     

    No, neither prospect is terribly exciting,, but they got two guys. 

     

    In the first game I went to see Cedar Rapids, Ryan Costello hit two home runs for Clinton. He had two more hits and three walks over the next four games i was at. I thought he looked solid. And De Jong is a AA pitcher.

     

    Not exciting, but two guys for two months of Duke! Call me impressed. 

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