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TwinsCentric: Cole in the stocking

Posted by: Nick Nelson Updated: May 23, 2012 - 12:15 AM

 

The Minnesotan, Golden Gopher alum and baseball fan inside me all want to see Cole DeVries succeed in a Twins uniform. The analyst inside me knows that he probably won't.


DeVries is a great story. He was signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent back in 2006 after a solid career at the University of Minnesota, and has gradually worked his way up the organizational ladder. On Tuesday, the 27-year-old was called up to the majors to fill Jason Marquis' vacant roster spot. He'll make his big-league debut on Thursday in a start against the White Sox.

The soft-tossing right-hander's minor-league track record is far from spectacular. In six seasons, he has gone 32-42 with a 4.01 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He has proven extremely hittable in the high minors, allowing 413 hits in 366 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. That's an average of 10.2 H/9 – not exactly a change of pace for a Twins team that currently leads the American League in hits allowed.

DeVries hangs in the mid-80s with his velocity and has largely survived by peppering the strike zone, especially this year as he's issued only seven walks in 46 2/3 innings for Rochester. MLB hitters are likely to tee off on his brand of soft serve, so I suspect his stay in the Twins' rotation will be short.

Nevertheless, it's cool to see him get a chance to pitch on the big stage and perhaps – like Scott Diamond and P.J. Walters before him – he can catch an unfamiliar league by surprise and conjure up some good results for a desperate staff.

 

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Once you're done here, head over to Twins Daily where you can find:

* A review of Tuesday's minor-league action from Cody Christie.

* Member ashburyjohn ponders whether the Twins should try Matt Maloney as a starter in Rochester.

* Here are five things that might help cheer up the melancholy-looking Anthony Swarzak, courtesy of markroehl. My favorite is No. 2 (he's back – in pog form).

* Discussion of Rene Tosoni's demotion from Rochester to New Britain. Following Joe Benson, it's a troubling trend for the Twins' minor-league outfielders.

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