2011 Twins bullpen candidates

  • Updated: November 30, 2011 - 7:09 AM

A look at in-house possibilities for the Twins bullpen:

TWINS BULLPEN CANDIDATES STATS WITH TWINS UNLESS INDICATED.

THE SURE THING

LH Glen Perkins

• 2.48 ERA in 612/3 IP. Racks up strikeouts, but team isn't ready to hand him the closer's job.

DECENT POTENTIAL

LH Brian Duensing

• 5.23 ERA in 1612/3 IP, mostly as a starter. Held lefties to a .217 average, but righties hit .330.

RH Alex Burnett

• 5.51 ERA in 502/3 IP. Still only 24 years old, and Twins are confident he'll improve.

RH Lester Oliveros

• 4.64 ERA in 211/3 IP combined for Twins and Tigers. Twins got him for Delmon Young. The hard-thrower is still only 23.

WORTH A LOOK

RH Esmerling Vasquez

• 4.15 ERA in 301/3 IP for Arizona. Waiver claim throws 93 mph. Needs to cut down on walks.

RH Jeff Gray

• 4.28 ERA in 481/3 IP combined for White Sox and Mariners. Another waiver claim who throws 93 mph but doesn't get many strikeouts.

LH Phil Dumatrait

• 3.92 ERA in 411/3 IP. Re-signed on a minor-league deal after clearing waivers.

RH Jason Bulger

• 0.96 ERA in 91/3 IP for Angels. Signed to a minor-league deal, he could be golden if he rediscovers 2009 form.

RH Kyle Waldrop

• 5.73 ERA in 11.0 IP. A workhorse at Class AAA the past two years, he limits walks and gets ground balls.

RH Anthony Swarzak

• 4.32 ERA in 102 IP, including 11 starts. Long-relief candidate or could start at Class AAA.

NOW OR NEVER

LH Jose Mijares

• 4.59 ERA in 49 IP. ERA has risen in each of past four years: 0.87, 2.34, 3.31, 4.59.

RH Jim Hoey

• 5.47 ERA in 242/3 IP. Throws hard, but it's hard and straight. Needs a better second pitch.

RH Jeff Manship

• 8.10 ERA in 31/3 IP. Made Opening Day roster last season, then battled elbow injury in Class AAA.

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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