To say the least, Thursday was a busy day in the Twins organization, as several players got call-ups. The first being Matt Garza, the flame-throwing right-hander who has dominated at both the Double-A and High-A levels so far this season. He will now join the Rochester rotation, and appears to be on a fast-track like Francisco Liriano was last season. If he makes the jump to Triple-A like he did with his other promotions this seasoin, then you can expect him to make a serious attempt at the Twins starting rotation in 2007.
Also in Rochester news, the Twins acquired free agent Erubiel Durazo, who hit .289 as a member of the Oklahoma Redhawks before being released. He was then picked up by the Yankees, and proceeded to bat .290 for their Triple-A affiliate (Columbus). He was released by the Yankees at the end of June, and will now try to latch on with the Twins, who have since parted ways with Ruben Sierra.
The Twins also placed Lew Ford on the disabled list, after he left Thursday’s game with a strained oblique muscle. Filling Ford’s spot will be Rochester sparkplug Jason Tyner, who had been one of the more consistent bats in the International League this season. In 80 games with the Wings, Tyner had batted .329, and was currently in the middle of a ten-game hitting streak.
Another pitcher who has definitely been on the move this season is Brian Duensing, the left-hander who will be joining his third level this week. After posting a 2.94 earned run average in 11 starts for Low-A Beloit, en-route to earning a Midwest League All-Star Game berth, Duensing moved up to Fort Myers, where he allowed three or more earned runs in only two of his seven starts. He will take Garza’s spot in the New Britain rotation, joining fellow left-handers Errol Simonitsch, and Glen Perkins.
Alexi Casilla, the player the Twins received when they parted ways with J.C. Romero, was also given a promotion on Thursday, as he will join Duensing in New Britain. Casilla has been the best hitter on the Miracle roster all season long, and was recently named to the Florida State League All-Star Game. A true leadoff hitter, Casilla was leading the Florida State League in batting average (.333), stolen bases (31), and hits (107) at the time of his promotion. His stolen base and average totals are also tops among full-season players.
In exchange, the Miracle will receive J.R. Taylor, the speedy middle infielder who will likely take Casilla’s role with the Miracle. In 71 games with New Britain, Taylor has batted .207, and has driven in 13 runs.