The Twins have a handful of relief prospects who stepped up with good seasons, and some are close to the majors:
Michael Tonkin (above), RHP, Class AAA Rochester: Tonkin, who was with the Twins briefly in July, turned a corner last year and has turned it on this year, posting a 2.63 ERA with the Red Wings while converting all 10 of his save opportunities. Good fastball that touches 97 miles per hour.
Edgar Ibarra, LHP, Rochester: Originally signed in 2006, Ibarra has finally overcome control problems to put himself on the radar. Has not allowed an earned run since June 4 when he was with New Britain — 29⅓ innings total. Throws 92-94 mph with a good slider.
Dakota Watts, RHP, Class AA New Britain: Slowed by injury early in the season, Watts has a 1.03 ERA through 20 games with the Rock Cats. He has touched 98 mph in recent outings and has developed a solid slider as a second pitch.
Zack Jones, RHP, Class A Fort Myers: He has touched 99 mph but normally throws around 95-97 and is working on a cutter and slider. Is 4-2 with a 1.81 ERA for the Miracle and has 62 strikeouts in 44⅔ innings.
Tyler Jones, RHP, Fort Myers: Went 4-3 with a 1.93 ERA at Class A Cedar Rapids before promotion. Was a starter last season but has settled into life as a reliever. Fastball hit 91 mph early in season but recently at 94-95 mph. Also throws a slurve.
|Los Angeles - LP: P. Maholm||7||FINAL|
|Pittsburgh - WP: V. Worley||12|
|San Francisco - WP: G. Kontos||9||FINAL|
|Philadelphia - LP: J. Manship||6|
|Texas - LP: N. Tepesch||1||FINAL|
|NY Yankees - WP: J. Francis||2|
|Boston - LP: J. Peavy||3||FINAL|
|Toronto - WP: J. Happ||7|
|Miami - WP: J. Turner||6||FINAL|
|Atlanta - LP: M. Minor||5|
|San Diego - LP: E. Stults||0||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: K. Hendricks||6|
|Cincinnati - LP: S. LeCure||3||FINAL|
|Milwaukee - WP: F. Rodriguez||4|
|Cleveland - WP: D. Salazar||8||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: Y. Pino||2|
|Kansas City - WP: B. Chen||7||FINAL|
|Chicago WSox - LP: S. Carroll||1|
|Tampa Bay - WP: J. Odorizzi||7||FINAL|
|St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright||2|
|Washington - WP: C. Stammen||7||FINAL|
|Colorado - LP: B. Brown||4|
|Detroit - LP: P. Coke||4||FINAL|
|Arizona - WP: E. De La Rosa||5|
|Houston - WP: D. Downs||3||FINAL|
|Oakland - LP: F. Abad||2|
|Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez||4||FINAL|
|LA Angels - LP: M. Morin||2|
|NY Mets - WP: J. deGrom||3||FINAL|
|Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez||1|
|Calgary||7/24/14 8:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/25/14 9:00 PM|
|Ottawa||7/26/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||7/26/14 9:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|