Monday, June 22, 2009
Twins Promote Keppel
According to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, the Twins promoted right hander Bobby Keppel to the team after Sunday’s game.
Starting pitcher Bobby Keppel, who was scheduled to start today, was called up to the Twins after the game.
"Sending Keppel up to the major leagues takes the pain away," Cliburn said. "He's a class act and we wish him the best."
He is incredibly worthy of this promotion. It will just be very interesting to see the other half of the transaction. Will the Twins DFA Sean Henn or Luis Ayala, or will they send Jose Morales, who based on playing time since his promotion, should be demoted as well. Who do you think? Updates to come.
UPDATE – I have been able to confirm that Keppel has been promoted, but the other part of the transaction has not been made yet.
UPDATE – Luis Ayala has been Designated for Assignment by the Twins to make room for Bobby Keppel.
ATTEMPT AT ANALYSIS – I have to admit to being a little surprised at the quick hook given to Luis Ayala. He started the season horrible, but had actually been fairly solid of late. No, I wouldn’t want to bring him in to tough situations, but he had done adequately. It really appears that the bad weekend for the bullpen necessitated a move. Sean Henn is left-handed and throws pretty hard. His track record shows control issues. But again, at times, he has been OK too. Henn warranted his promotion at the time, to see what he could do. Bobby Keppel has not only earned this promotion, but I believe his contract indicates that he (like Mike Gosling who recently was promoted by Cleveland) could have become a free agent. I don’t know that Keppel is really the answer for any of the Twins needs. I think he can be solid, and really, that sounds like an improvement. I read someone comment that Keppel has proven nothing in the big leagues. That is true. However, anyone that says that has to say the very same thing about Rob Delaney and Anthony Slama, right? Everyone wanted Matt Guerrier let go after his struggles over two months last season. How is he doing this year? There are no sure things in the bullpen (other than Joe Nathan apparently, and when the Twins got him, I don’t think any of us imagined that he would become so great). The ‘sure-thing’ for the bullpen this offseason was Juan Cruz, right? How is that going? (Yes, I was very wrong on that one too! I can admit it!)
During my live chat last Thursday, I posted the following:
Who would you rather have right now?
Juan Cruz and his 5.40 ERA, 16 BB, 17 K in 25 IP at $8.5 million over two years
Luis Ayala and his 4.06 ERA, 7 BB, 21 K in 31 IP at $1.25 million for this year AND Kyle Gibson for the next decade?
The response was pretty one-sided. Hindsight is a wonderful thing! One look on the bright side says that at least the Twins didn’t listen to ‘us’ and sign Juan Cruz!!
Any thoughts? Leave your Comments here.