Chart: Ten Twins pitchers to watch
- February 20, 2012 - 10:29 PM
TEN TWINS PITCHERS TO WATCH
Here are 10 Twins pitchers you might not have heard much about but who will be looking to turn some heads in spring camp:
Name Throws Age
Jason Bulger RHP 33
Comment: Trying to re-establish himself after shoulder problems in 2010.
Key stat: Was 6-1 with 3.56 ERA in 64 games with Angels in 2009 but appeared in just five games last season.
Jared Burton RHP 30
Comment: Career slowed by shoulder problems and hyperthyroid dysfunction.
Key stat: Career AAA stats of 9-2, 2.31 ERA.
Scott Diamond LHP 25
Comment: The Twins' previous Rule 5 pick made his major league debut last year.
Key stat: 1-5, 5.08 ERA in seven starts with Twins last season.
Casey Fien RHP 28
Comment: Spent most of 2010 in the minors then had elbow problems last year.
Key stat: Career ERA of 3.07 in 220 minor league games; had 11 appearances with Tigers.
Jeff Gray RHP 30
Comment: Sinker-slider pitcher who also has a curve and changeup.
Key stat: 4.57 career ERA in 66 major league appearances.
Deolis Guerra RHP 22
Comment: Last player from Santana trade still in the farm system.
Key stat: 8-7, 5.59 ERA at AA New Britain last season.
Carlos Gutierrez RHP 25
Comment: He's added a cut fastball to go with his power sinker.
Key stat: The 28th overall pick of 2008 draft was 2-3, 4.62 ERA at AAA Rochester last season.
Matt Maloney LHP 28
Comment: Upper 80s fastball and a changeup he threw 31.8 percent of the time.
Key stat: 4-9, 5.40 ERA in 22 major league games, all with Cincinnati.
Tyler Robertson LHP 24
Comment: Former starter trying to break in as a reliever.
Key stat: 10-3, 3.61 ERA in 55 games at AAA Rochester last season.
Esmerling Vasquez RHP 28
Comment: Fastball averaged 93.4 mph last year. Has a curve and changeup, too.
Key stat: 4.66 ERA in 141 games past three seasons with Arizona with 120 strikeouts in 137 innings.
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