Minnesota reinforced with EXCELLENT pitcher from Washington – Full Swing
By Robiel Vega
The Twins acquired the right-hander AJ Alexy of the Nationals, as announced by both teams. Alexy had been designated for assignment by the capitalists last week but in a trade with Cristian Jiménez he arrived in Minnesota, while the Twins sent Oliver Ortega, also a right-handed pitcher, for assignment.
Alexy, who turns 25 in April, was a member of the Dodgers but left for the Rangers in the same trade that brought Yu Darvish to the Rangers in 2017. Since then, he’s had some very good results in the minors with sporadic major league appearances.
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He missed much of 2019 due to injury and then the minor leagues were canceled in 2020 and he had another bump in his development.
In 2021 he pitched 65 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, posting a 1.66 ERA with a 29.8% strikeout rate and in MLB he left his ERA at 4.70 in 23 innings matching strikeout and walk rates of 17.5%. , and both numbers were worse than the league average.
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In 2022 he only threw seven innings in MLB, but in Triple A he threw 96 innings with a high ERA of 5.91 and a strikeout rate of 23.6%, although walks were still high, at 12.8%.
Despite having Sonny Gray, Joe Ryan, Kenta Maeda, Tyler Mahle and Bailey Ober as starting starters, the Twins seek to have variants in case of injury, let’s remember that Maeda barely launched in 2022 for a Tommy John and the rest of the members of the staff at some point went through the disabled list.