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  • Twins Promote Eduardo Escobar and Luis Perdomo as September Callups

    Per a tweet by Pioneer Press beat reporter John Shipley, the Twins are only calling up two players as September callups. Eduardo Escobar, a middle-infielder acquired when the Twins traded Francisco Liriano, and Luis Perdomo, a right-handed reliever who pitched for the Twins earlier this year, will join the Twins tomorrow.

    This means that shortstop Brian Dozier, who spent most of the year with the Twins, and reliever Anthony Slama, who gave up just four earned runs in Rochester this year, will not be joining the Twins. It also means two top prospects from New Britain (AA), Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia, will also not be on the team. It also means the Twins have three open spots on their 40-man roster.
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    1. Highabove's Avatar
      Highabove -
      FREE ANTHONY NOW !!!!


    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by joeboo_22 View Post
      As far as Slama, again as I have previously stated, I am not a big fan of his, I don't think he will become a MLB closer, but at the same time even an idiot would have to admit he warrants a September call-up on a last place team..
      Are you insinuating anything about Ryan and GardyNAndy?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      [QUOTE=joeboo_22;51554As far as Slama, again as I have previously stated, I am not a big fan of his, I don't think he will become a MLB closer, but at the same time even an idiot would have to admit he warrants a September call-up on a last place team..[/QUOTE]

      I don't think any of us think that Slama will be a big league closer. His stuff has been questioned. His control is questionable. There are plenty of reasons not to believe he'll be great. However, at least my point is that, until big league hitters show it, he should at least be given a shot! Not 7 innings over 2 seasons of time, but a legit opportunity. We've seen the Twins give lots of guys with worse control an opportunity this year and last. He just deserves the chance.
    1. lecroy24fan's Avatar
      lecroy24fan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      Back to Slama... he can't even become a free agent until after NEXT season. In other words, he has to put up with this stuff for another year.
      Can you explain this a little more? This is his sixth season of pro ball, so i thought he would be a six year FA.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      I was a little surprised that Slama was not picked up in the rule 5 draft last year. I hope he gets picked this year so he can get the chance he deserves. I would have liked to see Hicks and/or Arcia but I'm not overly upset about that decision.
    1. righty8383's Avatar
      righty8383 -
      Here is a direct qoute form TR about September call ups. This is from an article by Rhett Bolinger published August 27...

      The types of guys we're talking about are guys who have earned the promotion from what they've done at Triple-A or Double-A.
      I had a feeling Ryan was flat out lying when he said this. Now I KNOW he was lying. Unless someone can explain to me how Eduardo Escobar has earned a call up and Anthony Slama and Oswaldo Arcia haven't. I just cannot stand TR anymore!
    1. Mr. Ed's Avatar
      Mr. Ed -
      http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats...pbp&pid=542455

      Those are the final #'s on Arcia.

      What would it harm to have the kid called up? REALLY??

      And Perdomo??? What does he have to prove? That he can walk guys and be ineffective? Sheesh.
    1. Shane Wahl's Avatar
      Shane Wahl -
      For real, is my crazy idea about the Twins actually not wanting to give Slama a try in case he makes them look like fools REALLY that crazy now?
    1. Jim H's Avatar
      Jim H -
      The problem with all of this noise about Slama and other call ups is we really don't know who deserves what or what the thinking is behind the call ups that are made. Maybe, for example, Perdomo is being called up as a last look. They might love his arm and stuff, just want to see if he can find that all important control.(Sort of like Deduno did).

      There is at least some possibility that Slama hasn't completely recovered from the injuries that disabled him and the Twins don't want him to risk reinjuring himself. There are countless possible reasons for not calling him up, beyond the fact that he is not a top prospect. The problem with this blather is none of us really know.

      I suppose he could be added to the 40 man this winter, lost in the rule 5 draft or just released. The most likely scenario is that he will remain with the Twins, get a good look in the spring and if he remains healthy and effective will at some point get another big league chance. I think the Twins know what they have in him, which is perhaps part of the reason he was not called up.
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Quote Originally Posted by Highabove View Post
      Escobar has really earned his call up from Rochester by hitting a putrid 224 with an OBP of .261
      The Bill Smith Memorial Scholarship is alive and well.
      Wait!!! I thought the Scholarship program had been canceled.
      LMAO...

      This is the one I dont understand. I was in favor of giving Dozier starts in Sept. OK--Gardy is throwing him under the bus for now--lets hope he gets the shot he deserves in spring training. But Escobar--224 at Rochester...failed with the ChiSox...he looks like a poor version of Lexi...what is he doing get called up. He wont be part of a contending team thats for sure.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Hey, if someone picks up Slama in the Rule 5, the Twins get 50-grand for him, and if he fails, they don't have to take him back. Is that win-win for the current regime? On another note...every player called up in September makes what, $50,000 + road room/board?
    1. spotchecker's Avatar
      spotchecker -
      Hello to all of you folks at T.D.I don't know if i will be accepted as a BIG time MN sports fan from all of you folks but i trust you edjumacated guys will keep me in line if I happen to cross it.
      As far as Slama goes who the hell knows what the problem is.
      There is obviously some kind of an off field issue going on with him.
      What else could it be!
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      On another note...every player called up in September makes what, $50,000 + road room/board?
      This is kind of the untold and unaccepted (by most) story. The actual amount is more like $85K/month they are in the bigs (prorated MLB minimum). This is about what the most veteran AAA players make in a season. So it is a monetary reward as well. Big time. So, when some of us are really irate that our favorite team has people like Butera make this much and people like Slama not, I hope you get that point of view.

      And if you were in their shoes, I hope you feel the way they do. More than PAs or whatever. Merit. Ryan said he'll end the "scholarships" (or whatever he meant). He did not. The guys he got rid of (Marquis, Blackburn, Nishioka) all had guaranteed MLB contracts. Meanwhile Drew has a scholarship and Gardy and Co are tenured on a way to another 95+ loss season.
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      been in shock about the callups....they ARE EXCITED about Escobar (Gardy's quote!!!). There is no doubt they have now become the worst organization in baseball.....just a laughinstock even among his most fierce backers.
      Think of it, they wont promote prospects....but Carson, Perdomo, Walters are brought up....can release all 3 & nobody would notice.
      They have lost Deolis Guerra now without giving him one hitter to judge him on....at least Slama got 7 whole innings. PLEASE someone Rule V him!!!!
      I hope they lose 95gms again next year so they can break some type of record.
      Get ready for resignings of Carl Pavano, Joe Blanton, Jeremey Guthrie as the big offseason
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      They have lost Deolis Guerra now without giving him one hitter to judge him on....
      Did I miss something here?
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
      The Twins would send all of New Britain or Rochester as call-ups rather than Slama. There always seems to be multiple scrubs that are 'seemingly' in the way.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Quote Originally Posted by snepp View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by greengoblinrulz View Post
      They have lost Deolis Guerra now without giving him one hitter to judge him on....
      Did I miss something here?
      He may be referring to the fact that Guerra will be out of options next year, although it seems like a rather ridiculous conclusion. There's a very good chance Guerra will break camp with the Twins next spring, which makes it all the more bizarre that they don't want to take a look at him now.
    1. Badsmerf's Avatar
      Badsmerf -
      I can understand Guerra, maybe he is still dinged up. But Slama!!!! AAAhhhh I ****ing hate this management! I don't care what anyone says about "not knowing." We don't know the whole story blah blah. He dominated and doesn't even get a September call-up? They think Escobar and Perdomo might have a future but Slama clearly doesn't? My fury is hardly containable. Please Pohlad, clean this **** storm up. Your product is disgusting and the people making decisions are clearly inept.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Nick Nelson View Post
      There's a very good chance Guerra will break camp with the Twins next spring, which makes it all the more bizarre that they don't want to take a look at him now.
      Absolutely.


      We get to take another look at Luis Perdomo though, that ought to be incredibly beneficial moving forward.
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Badsmerf View Post
      But Slama!!!! AAAhhhh I ****ing hate this management! I don't care what anyone says about "not knowing." We don't know the whole story blah blah. He dominated and doesn't even get a September call-up?
      Yeah, there's really no explanation that could excuse this. Even beyond the fact that he's an intriguing player that fans want to see, he's also a human being trying to make a living in the game. I'm starting to believe there is literally not a single thing this guy could do to get a major-league call-up. His numbers in Rochester could hardly be better. Aren't they trying to run a meritocracy where there are "no scholarships" and people need to earn their shot? This guy has done EVERYTHING to earn his shot, and they dismiss him off hand because of their notions about how his stuff will play in the majors. Just ****ing unreal.
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