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    Seth Stohs reacted to Twins_Fan_For_Life in Twins Past and Present Remember Queen Elizabeth II   
    "No matter how silly the idea of having a queen might be to us, as Americans we must be gracious and considerate..."
    - Frank Drebin, Police Squad
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from roger in Twins 4, Yankees 3: Fourth Time's the Charm   
    Thanks for pointing this out. I should have caught the first two and certainly should have noticed that the bullpen spreadsheet wasn't sorted.  I have made those changes and re-written portions as well. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from DocBauer in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from ashbury in Who gets removed when Varland is added?   
    maybe, but then whose 28-man roster spot does Varland take? Moran? (can he be optioned again?) 
    I assume Pagan and Sanchez are both out of options, so I would lean toward it being one of them. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from SF Twins Fan in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from TwinsRealist in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from IndyTwinsFan in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from LiamC in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Rigby in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from glunn in Louie Varland Will Make His MLB Debut for Twins on Wednesday   
    With the news that St. Paul native Louie Varland has been called up to the Minnesota Twins and will make his major-league debut on Wednesday in The Bronx, let’s take a look at the meteoric rise of the right-hander from Concordia University in St. Paul. 
    Image courtesy of graphics by Thieres Rabelo The Twins acquired right-hander Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds for three prospects including Spencer Steer at the trade deadline. He made three starts for the Twins, went on the IL, came back, pitched two more innings and is back on the IL. 
    About a week after the trade deadline, right-hander Louie Varland was promoted to Triple-A St. Paul. And just one month (and four Triple-A starts) later, Varland is taking over Mahle’s spot in the big-league rotation. 
    While we had heard the news 3-4 hours earlier, Patrick Reusse was the first to announce the news. 
    Amateur Days
    Louie Varland was born and raised in St. Paul. No need to mention that Hall of Famers Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor and Jack Morris grew up in St. Paul, as did soon-to-be Hall of Famer Joe Mauer. 
    He went to high school at North St. Paul where he was also a star on the wrestling mat. As his high school days were winding down, he was considering several schools. His older brother Gus Varland was pitching in his freshman season at Concordia University in St. Paul, but Louie kind of wanted to get away from his brother’s spotlight. 
    Ultimately, Louie joined Gus and the two pitched very well under the tutelage of legendary coach Mark “Lunch” McKenzie. As a freshman in 2017, he pitched in eight games. That summer, he played for Utica in the Perfect Game College League. As a sophomore, he went 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA over nine games (6 starts) and 44 2/3 innings. That summer, he played for Willmar in the Northwoods League. 
    That was a great summer for the Varland family as Gus was drafted in the 14th round by the Oakland A’s. 
    In 2019, Louie’s junior season, he went 4-5 with a 3.58 ERA over nine starts. In 55 1/3 innings, he walked 14 and struck out 68 batters. 
    In June, his hometown team, the Twins, selected him in the 15th round of the draft. He signed and pitched in three games at Elizabethton before being shut down with some shoulder discomfort. The pitcher development staff really worked with him in the offseason and throughout the lost Covid season of 2020 on some mechanical things designed not only to keep his arm in a better position but also to increase velocity. It worked. As he was preparing for spring training in February of 2021, he hit 100.2 mph. Wade Varland, Gus and Louie’s father, told @Parker Hageman, “It was like I won gold in the Olympics”
    That 2021 Season
    Even with the 100 mph milestone reached off a practice mound was exciting, no one was sure what to expect from Louie Varland as the 2021 season approached. 
    We discussed it on a Twins Spotlight show in early January of 2021. 
    He began the season with the Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels. He pitched in 10 games (8 starts) and went 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA. In 47 1/3 innings, he walked just 16 and struck out 76 batters (14.5 K/9). He was promoted to Cedar Rapids and performed equally well. In 10 starts, he went 6-2 with a 2.10 ERA. In 55 2/3 innings, he walked 14 batters and struck out 66. In 103 total innings, that is 142 strikeouts (12.4 K/9). 
    Following the season, he was named the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year, as well as the Twins Daily Starting Pitcher of the Year. 
    Following the season, I had the opportunity to put both Varland brothers under the prospect spotlight. 
    The 2022 Season 
    While his prospect status was certainly significantly higher, there were still question marks regarding his game. It’s a well-known thought that a lot of times, college pitcher draft picks meet their biggest struggles when they get to the Double-A level. In addition, while he did a great in the lower levels in 2021, he was primarily known as a two-pitch pitcher (fastball, slider). His change-up needed to continue to progress, but he also said that the Twins wanted him to add more horizontal movement to his slider as well. 
    I’m not a pitching guru, so I won’t speak to whether or not his slider has more break, or how consistent the Twins pitching coaches would say that his changeup has become. But we can look at the numbers. 
    At Double-A Wichita this year, he went 7-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 20 games (19 starts). In 105 innings, he walked 39 and struck out 119 (10.2 K/9). 
    In his time with the Wind Surge, there were several matchups between Tulsa and Wichita. The two made history in starting opposite each other in what was a lot of fun for their family and friends. 
    In his four starts at Triple-A St. Paul, he is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA. In 21 1/3 innings, he has 27 strikeouts and just three walks. Varland tossed five no-hit innings in his Saints debut and then left to a standing ovation at CHS Field. 
    The Twins could have gone safe and returned Aaron Sanchez to the starting rotation. He had pitched fine in limited time with the Twins. They could have selected Ronny Henriquez or Simeon Woods Richards, or Louie Varland. 
    On Monday, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said regarding having a starter make his debut on Wednesday, “That wouldn't bother me one bit to pitch [a rookie]. We’re going to pitch whoever we think the best pitcher is for that spot on that day. And I mean, hypothetically, I would never hesitate to put a young pitcher on the mound and just let him go do his job.” 
    That day will be Wednesday at Yankees Stadium for Louie Varland. He is set to make his MLB debut against Aaron Judge and the Yankees. 
    Louie Varland is the Twins #12 prospect currently at Twins Daily. 
    Check out the dozens of articles and videos that Varland has been tagged in on Twins Daily over his time with the Twins. He has been fantastic for Twins Daily, doing several Q&As, interviews and more, so there is a ton of great content. And because of that, we congratulate him and his family and wish him the best going forward. 
    And Gus Varland is currently at Triple-A Oklahoma City, hoping he soon gets the same call.
     

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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from railmarshalljon in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from roger in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Eris in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Vanimal46 in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in Will Louie Varland Be Falvey's First Pitching Development Success Story?   
    To be fair to Matt Wallner (shown swinging and missing in Jan 2021 video)... here is another video of Wallner facing Varland this spring training... 
     
    Anyone getting to the big leagues is a success. Definitely hopeful on Varland, but I would say that Ober has been a success especially considering all the injuries he faced before 2021. Hopefully he can return. Thankfully it's not an arm injury, so maybe he can come back this year and if not, should be ready to go next spring. 
    To be fair, I think Randy Dobnak was a major success for this group. Non-drafted to the big leagues in 2 years, terrific first 2/3 of the season in 2020. Injured since then, but that's a success. 
    Admittedly, the missing piece so far is longevity, but most are just getting to the big leagues this year. It took Carlos Carrasco years to figure it out. Kluber was older when he took off. Civale and Plesac and Clevinger had many ups and downs for a couple of seasons before becoming mainstays in those Cleveland rotations. 
    Ryah, Duran... I would say Jax has absolutely been a success. Thielbar was older and had been around, but they got the best out of him. 
    And, what's exciting is the pipeline. There are a lot of guys who are developing. Obviously not all will make it, but the more that develop well, the more options down the line. David Festa was a Day 3 guy in 2021 and he's been dominant at two levels (this year's Varland). Jaylen Nowlin, their 19th round pick last year, has been very good. I think the pitcher development is exciting. I just think they need to find a way to keep them healthy,b ut that was always the concern when Wes Johnson took the PC job in '19. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Mike Sixel in Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month - August 2022   
    Over the weekend, we handed out theoretical awards to the top minor league hitter and starting pitcher of the month of August. Today, we conclude the awards by discussing some very impressive bullpen performances over the past month. 
    Image courtesy of Steve Buhr, Twins Daily (Graphics by Thieres Rabelo) Before we get to our Top 4 relievers in the Twins system in August, here are a couple of Honorable Mentions.
    RHP Michael Feliz - St. Paul Saints - 8 G, 1.80 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, 10.0 IP, 3 H, 4 BB, 11 K RHP Niklas Rimmel - Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels - 8 G, 1.54 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 11.2 IP, 8 H, 5 BB, 16 K THE TOP FOUR RELIEF PITCHERS

    #4 - RHP Alex Phillips - Wichita Wind Surge - 9 G, 2.13 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 11.0 IP, 8 H, 3 BB, 20 K
    Phillips put up incredible numbers in his final season at Baylor. He went 7-1 with a 2.40 ERA over 45 innings. Surprising that he wasn’t drafted at all in the 2018 draft, but the Twins were able to sign him later that summer after he had an impressive stint with Evansville in the Frontier League. In 2019, he reached Double-A. In 2021, he pitched in 30 games for Wichita. He began this season on the Injured List first with a shoulder issue, and then after an appendix issue (presumably it was removed). He returned in mid-July, and he was fantastic in August. He didn’t allow many base runners, and that 20 strikeouts to just three walks ratio is pretty incredible. 
    #3 - LHP Evan Sisk - St. Paul Saints - 9 G, 0.87 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 10.1 IP, 5 H, 4 BB, 14 K
    The Twins acquired Sisk at the trade deadline in 2021. He came to the Twins with John Gant in exchange for J.A. Happ. After the season, he went to the Arizona Fall League. Frankly, he has been terrific the entire 2022 season. In 19 games with the Wind Surge, he went 3-0 with a 0.95 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Over 28 1/3 innings, he walked 11 and struck out 33. The 25-year-old was promoted to the Saints where he has now pitched in 23 games and has a 2-0 record with a 1.85 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP. In 24 1/3 innings, he as given up 12 hits, walked 13 batters and struck out 29 batters. In other words, the walk rate is too high, but the lefty is making himself quite intriguing to Twins fans. As you can see, his walk rate was better in August than in July, and he missed a lot of bats. 
    Originally, he was the 16th-round pick of the Cardinals in 2018 out of the College of Charleston where he teamed with Bailey Ober for two seasons.
     
     
    #2 – RHP Hunter McMahon - Cedar Rapids Kernels - 8 G, 1.62 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, 16.2 IP, 9 H, 2 BB, 16 K
    Let me just start by saying that if you think Hunter McMahon should have won a second consecutive Relief Pitcher of the Month Award, I am not going to argue with you very much. He had a strong first month with the Kernels in July and was arguably even better in August. He didn’t give up runs. He didn’t hurt himself with walks. He was terrific. 
    McMahon came to the Twins from the Washington Nationals in a late January trade in 2020. He had been the Nationals’ ninth-round pick the previous summer from Texas State. Unfortunately that 2020 season was lost, and he was only able to pitch in five games in 2021 due to injuries. 
    He has made up for lost time in 2022. He began the season with 20 games in Ft. Myers where he posted a 2.23 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP over 32 1/3 innings. He moved up to Cedar Rapids and posted a 1.19 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP in 37 2/3 innings. Combined, he is 4-0 with seven saves. On Labor Day, he received another promotion, this time to Wichita.  
    And the Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month is:

    RHP Ryan Shreve - Cedar Rapids Kernels - 10 G, 2 GS, 0.51 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 17.2 IP, 9 H, 5 BB, 19 K

    Ryan Shreve’s 2022 season started approximately six weeks late, but since then, he has been very reliable in Brian Dinkelman’s Kernels bullpen. And August was no different. In fact, the only earned run he allowed came on the final day of the month when he still struck out four over two innings. It was just the second time he gave up an earned run since June 23rd. Yes, he gave up just one earned run over more than two months. That’s pretty impressive. 
    But, Shreve isn’t just a one-inning guy. In that stretch, he got more than three outs in 10 of the 14 games. Twice he tossed three scoreless innings. He gave up a hit every other inning. He walked one every 3 1/2 innings, and he struck out more than one per inning. 
    Shreve grew up in southern California and went to William Howard Taft High School in Woodland Hills. 14-year MLB big leaguer and long-time Astros manager Larry Dierker went to high school… about 50 years before Ryan. Current Giants manager and 12-year MLB player Gabe Kapler went there. Hall of Famer Robin Yount graduated from there about the same time the Brewers made him their first-round pick.  
    Shreve attended the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California, where he pitched in a variety of roles as a freshman, solely out of the bullpen as a sophomore and solely as a starter in his junior season. In 2017, he was a member of the St. Cloud Rox of the Northwoods League. 
     
     
    The Twins made him their 16th round pick in 2019 and sent him to Elizabethton for the summer. In 2021, he began with six games with the Mighty Mussels before moving up to Cedar Rapids. In 22 games and 34 2/3 innings, he went 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP. He also had 49 strikeouts. This year with the Kernels, he has pitched in 27 games. He has a 3.25 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP. In 36 innings, he has 36 strikeouts. 
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    As you can see, there were several strong relief pitcher performances in August. These guys are all worthy of some recognition. It was a good month for each of these pitchers mentioned today.
    Previous 2022 Relief Pitchers of the Month
    April: RHP Tyler Viza, Wichita Wind Surge
    May: RHP Matthew Swain, Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels
    June: LHP Denny Bentley, Wichita Wind Surge
    July: RHP Hunter McMahon, Cedar Rapids Kernels 
    Congratulations to Kernels righty Ryan Shreve, the Twins Daily Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month for August 2022.
     

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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from MN_ExPat in Louie Varland Will Make His MLB Debut for Twins on Wednesday   
    Correct. No need to add Varland to the 40 and 28-man rosters before tonight's game. They'll wait until after the game, and probably not announce the DFA move until tomorrow. I don't think it's possible to add another 60-Day IL guy right now... no one fits the bill for that. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from TwinsDr2021 in Twins: 0, White Sox: 13: Arraez Ceases White Sox No-Hit Bid with Two Outs in 9th Inning   
    My thought when I saw him on the mound is that he should not be the mop-up arm. He's made himself too valuable. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from RJA in Louie Varland Will Make His MLB Debut for Twins on Wednesday   
    Correct. No need to add Varland to the 40 and 28-man rosters before tonight's game. They'll wait until after the game, and probably not announce the DFA move until tomorrow. I don't think it's possible to add another 60-Day IL guy right now... no one fits the bill for that. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Squirrel in Louie Varland Will Make His MLB Debut for Twins on Wednesday   
    With the news that St. Paul native Louie Varland has been called up to the Minnesota Twins and will make his major-league debut on Wednesday in The Bronx, let’s take a look at the meteoric rise of the right-hander from Concordia University in St. Paul. 
    Image courtesy of graphics by Thieres Rabelo The Twins acquired right-hander Tyler Mahle from the Cincinnati Reds for three prospects including Spencer Steer at the trade deadline. He made three starts for the Twins, went on the IL, came back, pitched two more innings and is back on the IL. 
    About a week after the trade deadline, right-hander Louie Varland was promoted to Triple-A St. Paul. And just one month (and four Triple-A starts) later, Varland is taking over Mahle’s spot in the big-league rotation. 
    While we had heard the news 3-4 hours earlier, Patrick Reusse was the first to announce the news. 
    Amateur Days
    Louie Varland was born and raised in St. Paul. No need to mention that Hall of Famers Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor and Jack Morris grew up in St. Paul, as did soon-to-be Hall of Famer Joe Mauer. 
    He went to high school at North St. Paul where he was also a star on the wrestling mat. As his high school days were winding down, he was considering several schools. His older brother Gus Varland was pitching in his freshman season at Concordia University in St. Paul, but Louie kind of wanted to get away from his brother’s spotlight. 
    Ultimately, Louie joined Gus and the two pitched very well under the tutelage of legendary coach Mark “Lunch” McKenzie. As a freshman in 2017, he pitched in eight games. That summer, he played for Utica in the Perfect Game College League. As a sophomore, he went 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA over nine games (6 starts) and 44 2/3 innings. That summer, he played for Willmar in the Northwoods League. 
    That was a great summer for the Varland family as Gus was drafted in the 14th round by the Oakland A’s. 
    In 2019, Louie’s junior season, he went 4-5 with a 3.58 ERA over nine starts. In 55 1/3 innings, he walked 14 and struck out 68 batters. 
    In June, his hometown team, the Twins, selected him in the 15th round of the draft. He signed and pitched in three games at Elizabethton before being shut down with some shoulder discomfort. The pitcher development staff really worked with him in the offseason and throughout the lost Covid season of 2020 on some mechanical things designed not only to keep his arm in a better position but also to increase velocity. It worked. As he was preparing for spring training in February of 2021, he hit 100.2 mph. Wade Varland, Gus and Louie’s father, told @Parker Hageman, “It was like I won gold in the Olympics”
    That 2021 Season
    Even with the 100 mph milestone reached off a practice mound was exciting, no one was sure what to expect from Louie Varland as the 2021 season approached. 
    We discussed it on a Twins Spotlight show in early January of 2021. 
    He began the season with the Ft. Myers Mighty Mussels. He pitched in 10 games (8 starts) and went 4-2 with a 2.09 ERA. In 47 1/3 innings, he walked just 16 and struck out 76 batters (14.5 K/9). He was promoted to Cedar Rapids and performed equally well. In 10 starts, he went 6-2 with a 2.10 ERA. In 55 2/3 innings, he walked 14 batters and struck out 66. In 103 total innings, that is 142 strikeouts (12.4 K/9). 
    Following the season, he was named the Twins Minor League Pitcher of the Year, as well as the Twins Daily Starting Pitcher of the Year. 
    Following the season, I had the opportunity to put both Varland brothers under the prospect spotlight. 
    The 2022 Season 
    While his prospect status was certainly significantly higher, there were still question marks regarding his game. It’s a well-known thought that a lot of times, college pitcher draft picks meet their biggest struggles when they get to the Double-A level. In addition, while he did a great in the lower levels in 2021, he was primarily known as a two-pitch pitcher (fastball, slider). His change-up needed to continue to progress, but he also said that the Twins wanted him to add more horizontal movement to his slider as well. 
    I’m not a pitching guru, so I won’t speak to whether or not his slider has more break, or how consistent the Twins pitching coaches would say that his changeup has become. But we can look at the numbers. 
    At Double-A Wichita this year, he went 7-4 with a 3.34 ERA in 20 games (19 starts). In 105 innings, he walked 39 and struck out 119 (10.2 K/9). 
    In his time with the Wind Surge, there were several matchups between Tulsa and Wichita. The two made history in starting opposite each other in what was a lot of fun for their family and friends. 
    In his four starts at Triple-A St. Paul, he is 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA. In 21 1/3 innings, he has 27 strikeouts and just three walks. Varland tossed five no-hit innings in his Saints debut and then left to a standing ovation at CHS Field. 
    The Twins could have gone safe and returned Aaron Sanchez to the starting rotation. He had pitched fine in limited time with the Twins. They could have selected Ronny Henriquez or Simeon Woods Richards, or Louie Varland. 
    On Monday, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said regarding having a starter make his debut on Wednesday, “That wouldn't bother me one bit to pitch [a rookie]. We’re going to pitch whoever we think the best pitcher is for that spot on that day. And I mean, hypothetically, I would never hesitate to put a young pitcher on the mound and just let him go do his job.” 
    That day will be Wednesday at Yankees Stadium for Louie Varland. He is set to make his MLB debut against Aaron Judge and the Yankees. 
    Louie Varland is the Twins #12 prospect currently at Twins Daily. 
    Check out the dozens of articles and videos that Varland has been tagged in on Twins Daily over his time with the Twins. He has been fantastic for Twins Daily, doing several Q&As, interviews and more, so there is a ton of great content. And because of that, we congratulate him and his family and wish him the best going forward. 
    And Gus Varland is currently at Triple-A Oklahoma City, hoping he soon gets the same call.
     

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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Mark G in Louie Varland Will Make His MLB Debut for Twins on Wednesday   
    Correct. No need to add Varland to the 40 and 28-man rosters before tonight's game. They'll wait until after the game, and probably not announce the DFA move until tomorrow. I don't think it's possible to add another 60-Day IL guy right now... no one fits the bill for that. 
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    Seth Stohs reacted to D.C Twins in Louie Varland Will Make His MLB Debut for Twins on Wednesday   
    Congrats to Varland.... I can't imagine how special it will be for him to pitch in the MLB for his hometown team!
    Let's hope this is the beginning of a long run
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from DocBauer in Alex Isola Trusts His Work   
    I've said going back to last year that I really believe that Isola will play in the big leagues. Love his approach at the plate. Patient. Knows the strike zone. But also has some serious power. Defensively, he's solid behind the plate and at first base. In terms of makeup, he's as solid as it gets. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from Doctor Gast in Twins: 0, White Sox: 13: Arraez Ceases White Sox No-Hit Bid with Two Outs in 9th Inning   
    My thought when I saw him on the mound is that he should not be the mop-up arm. He's made himself too valuable. 
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    Seth Stohs got a reaction from nokomismod in Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month - August 2022   
    Quick note - I edited the intro paragraph. I had said that while the Saints will play like 3 more weeks, the other three affiliate's season will come to an end on Labor Day. That's is when the seasons have always ended, but I was reminded that they changed that this year, and the other affiliates will also continue their regular season for a couple more weeks before the playoffs. 
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