Just 4 days ago, Jon Morosi reported that Jaime Garcia was traded. The talks ended as the medical reports on the prospects were not what Atlanta wanted to see. The Minnesota Twins, who a year ago were the last place team with a win percentage under a 37% have turned it around. The Minnesota Twins are now an up and coming young team with veterans that have guided them to 49-48 record and 2.5 of a game back from the underachieving Cleveland Indians.
The Twins have confirmed the speculation that they would buy as they have traded for starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and catcher Anthony Recker. Garcia and Recker were shipped off for minor league pitcher Huascar Ynoa.
Garcia, who was having a little below average year has had a 4.33 earned run average through 17 starts. He does bring with him 1.330 walks and hits per inning, and 8.6 hits per 9 innings. However, he has struggled with walks and strikeouts this year, as he averages 3.4 walks in 9 innings, 6.9 strikeouts per 9 innings, and has had a strikeout to walk rate of just 2.03 to 1.
Garcia joins a rotation that has had only two reliable starters in Jose Berrios and Ervin Santana. Behind them has included Hector Santiago, Kyle Gibson, Adalberto Mejia, and Bartolo Colon as of late. Colon has fallen off from years past with his 8.19 earned run average, 1.79 walks and hits per inning, and finally a 2.25 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. Mejia has a much better earned run average at 4.22 along with walks and hits per inning at 1.44, but then the strikeouts to walks ratio comes out at a horrible 1.81 to 1. Santiago has had a 5.63 earned run average, the same walks and hits per inning as Meija at 1.44, and a horrible 1.68 to 1 strikeout to walk ratio. Kyle Gibson has posted a 6.29 earned run average, 1.76 walks and hits each inning, and finally, the worst strikeout to walk ratio of 1.36 to 1.
Recker could potentially slide in as the Twins third string catcher as backup catcher Chris Gimenez has struggled mightily this year. Recker has been worse though, with a .174 batting average and .143 on-base percentage.
Ynoa, who signed with the Twins out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, at 16 years old has spent all three seasons down at the rookie level. He has posted a career 3.28 earned run average, 1.28 walks and hits per innings, and a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.16 to 1. Ynoa’s fastball has hit 94-95 MPH while featuring a curveball, and a change-up. Ynoa’s fastball is graded as a 60 on MLB’s 20-80 scouting report, while his curveball is a 45, and his change is a 50. On the scale 50 is average, 40 is below average, and 60 is above average.
Garcia to the Twins is an upgrade to a rotation that has struggled mightily at times. Recker likely will not see the field much. Ynoa will need time to develop as this is his third professional season, and he is only 18.