Twins Upgrade Their Bullpen
Posted by Troy Larson on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 12:00 AM By Troy Larson / August 3, 2015 Comment
"That was big because we certainly want to bring a guy over here that was going to stay with us for longer than the two-month period," General Manager Terry Ryan was quoted in an article on the Twins website. "It's important to get some control so you're not renting a player for two months."To make room on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated reliever Caleb Thielbar for assignment. Thielbar had been pitching at triple-A Rochester. To make room on the 25-man roster, the Twins sent shortstop Danny Santana to Rochester for the second time this season after Friday’s 6-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners. As for the pitching prospects the Twins gave up, they were both pitching in the lower minor leagues. The first was Chi-Wei Hu, a 21-year-old from Taiwan. He had an ERA of 2.44 with 73 strikeouts and 19 walks in 84 2/3 innings with Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Hu made one start at Rochester where he gave up one run in six innings earlier this year. Hu ranked #20 on MLBPipeline.com’s list of the top Twins prospects. The other prospect the Twins gave up was Alexis Tapia, a 19-year-old from Venezuela. He had an ERA of 3.82 with 33 strikeouts and seven walks in 33 innings at Rookie-level Elizabethton. He did appear in a couple of games earlier this year with Fort Myers. This trade is a good fit for the Twins. Jepsen will be a key figure in the bullpen down the stretch as the Twins make a run at the playoffs. Not only that, but Jepsen will also be able to help the Twins come 2016.