Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bullpen candidate profile: Deolis Guerra

Delois Guerra had a
6.36 ERA in more
than 127 innings
in Double A and
Triple A in 2010.
Pitcher: Deolis Guerra
Throws: Right
Age: Turns 22 in April
Status: 40-man roster, two options left.
Chance of making team: Not gonna happen

Deolis Guerra has two things going for him: He's still quite young -- he pitched in Triple A at age 21 -- and he is the sole direct acquisition left from the Johan Santana trade.

On the other hand, he hasn't been effective on any level since the Twins acquired him (his lowest ERA in the Minnesota system is 4.69 in less than 100 innings at Fort Myers in 2009; it was his third season in High A ball).

This from John Manuel in a Baseball America chat (subscribers only) back in November about Guerra:

That is one frustrating guy. Think about how the Twins must feel about it ... a 6-foot-5 guy with a power frame who won't pitch off his fastball. Yuck.

My guess is that the Twins won't discard Guerra until they absolutely have to, and he won't run out of options until after 2012. They've got two more years in which to find the pitcher in the talent. If they need a 40-man roster spot this year, they'll find somebody else to cut loose.

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