The Minnesota Twins announced Tuesday they promoted RHP Jared Wilson from the Cedar Rapids Kernels to the Fort Myers Miracle, and RHP Dereck Rodriguez will join the Kernels pitching staff from extended spring training.
Wilson went 4-1 with a 3.12 ERA, 26 strikeouts and 22 walks in 43.1 innings pitched for the Kernels this year. He also spent the 2014 season with Cedar Rapids, going 3-4 with a 2.95 ERA, 56 strikeouts and 25 walks in 58 innings. He was strictly a reliever last season, and primarily a starter this season.
This is Rodriguez’s fifth season in the Twins system. He originally was an outfielder, but began his conversion to a pitcher in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 2013. Last year he went 2-2 with a 1.05 ERA, 19 strikeouts, eight walks and five saves in 25.2 innings pitched (17 appearances) for the Elizabethton Twins of the rookie-level Appalachian League.
Rodriguez is the son of former MLB catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez. Ivan didn’t play in the Midwest League, but the first MLB catcher nicknamed “Pudge,” Carlton Fisk, did.
Fisk’s first professional baseball team was the 1968 Waterloo Hawks, the then-Midwest League affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. He batted .338 with 12 homers in 62 games. He also made a one-game rehab appearance with the 1992 South Bend White Sox, during which he hit a home run that struck the old synagogue down the leftfield line. That building is now the South Bend Cubs team store.
Faria earns MiLB-best 9th win
Tampa Bay Rays RHP prospect Jacob Faria struck out eight and gave up only three hits and a walk in eight scoreless innings Monday for the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the High-A Florida State League. The effort earned him his MiLB-best ninth win of the season, and lowered his ERA to 1.17.
Faria pitched for the Bowling Green Hot Rods in 2014, going 7-9 with a 3.46 ERA, 107 strikeouts and 32 walks in 119.2 innings (23 starts).
Brewers claim Perez off waivers
The Milwaukee Brewers claimed Hernan Perez off waivers from the Detroit Tigers, who had designated the infielder for assignment after he batted .061 (2-for-33) with one walk and 11 strikeouts in 22 games at the major-league level this season.
Perez played in 265 games with the West Michigan Whitecaps over a three-year period from 2009 to 2011. He cumulatively batted .246 with 13 HR, 97 RBI and 30 SB for the Whitecaps.
My game plan for June
Tuesday is a league-wide off-day for the Midwest League. Three weeks from now, the Peoria Chiefs will host the 2015 MWL All-Star Game. A home run derby will take place before the game — with a twist. Participating players will hit from center field of Dozer Park, aiming for the box seats. That should be an interesting experience.
Every season I try to return to as many MWL ballparks as I can, and make an effort to at least see every team play somewhere. So far this season I’ve seen all eight Western Division teams, so this month I’ll be focusing on seeing Eastern Division teams. If all goes according to plan, I’ll get to see all eight of them before the All-Star Game, the majority during a multi-park road trip during the third week of June. I’ll write more about my travel plans once they are solidified; I have a tentative schedule in mind but still need to determine which parks I’ll visit on which days. When I’m on the road (and even when I’m not), I hope you’ll follow along here and on Twitter!