Saturday, March 5, 2011

Bullpen candidate profiles: Yorman Bazardo and Phil Dumatrait

Yorman Bazardo
pitched in 2006-07
for the Tigers.
Phil Dumatrait was
a first-round draft pick
by Boston in 2000.

Pitcher: Yorman Bazardo
Throws: Right
Age: 26
Roster status: Non-roster invitee
Chance of making team: Nil

Pitcher: Phil Dumatrait
Throws: Left
Age: 29
Roster status: Non-roster invitee
Chance of making team: Nil

Behold two examples of the "Quadruple A" pitcher: Good enough to put up decent numbers in Triple A, not good enough to make it in the majors.

Not that either man has gotten a truly clean shot at the bigs. Dumatrait -- the radio boys the other day were pronouncing it "Du-ma-trey" -- has all of 109 major league innings (and a 7.09 ERA); Bazardo just 60.1 innings (6.86).

Odds are that neither is truly that bad, but the initial results were lousy, and they aren't going to be first in line anywhere to get another chance.

The Twins signed both as minor league free agents to deepen the staff at Rochester. They're in major league camp because a non-roster invitation is a common sweetener for a minor league veteran, and they'll probably hang around longer than the younger guys who are on the 40-man roster but are clearly not making the 25-man roster (such as David Bromberg).

That doesn't mean either is a serious contender to come north. I've seen both mentioned as bullpen possibilities, but the Twins will not, and should not, bypass candidates on the 40-man roster for either.

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