The Minnesota Twins have seen the same potential that the San Francisco Giants eyed on Adalberto Mejia, especially after his amazing performance at Triple-A. In a trade that made the Twins give up their only all-star, Eduardo Nunez, the team said they’ve got what they’ve been looking for.
Adalerto Mejia performed at Triple-A like he was ready for the next level. In spite of his young age, he never had any jitters coming in even against the biggest hitters in the Pacific Coast League and commanded his pitches.
Pitching is the Twins’ priority right now, the team’s general Manager Rob Anthony said.
The left-handed pitcher was 4-1 with a 4.20 ERA, 1.30 WHIP & 43 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings. He came up as the 91st best minor league prospect on Baseball America’s Midseason Top 100.
The question now is if he can carry his game to a higher level, but he’s definitely going to be able to help with the Twins’ rotation next season.
Is he worth trading Eduardo Nunez for? It seems more likely to be trade bait, and there could be more changes expected.
“I’m not sure we’re satisfied or done with this,” Rob Anthony told Twin Cities.
“I think we need to increase our pitching depth. I’m not overly particular. I would like to get some guys that are at the higher levels, but at the same time if we have an opportunity to get a high-ceiling pitcher in A-ball or a little bit lower in the minor leagues, we’re not afraid of doing that, as well.”
Meanwhile, Eduardo Nunez will be able to give the Giants more depth. He has good experience playing second base, third base, but he’s played most as a shortstop. He can also play left field and right field, and he’ll be able to fill in for the team’s injured players. It will make them more versatile.
Eduardo Nunez is 26 of 32 in steals, and he can add to the Giants infield defense. He was batting .296 with 12 home runs and 47 RBI this season with the Twins.
Even if Matt Duffy gets back from a strained Achilles, general manager Bobby Evans told the SFGate that Duffy still gets to start, but Eduardo Nunez will have some time playing third.
“We’ve seen the need for depth in the infield.” Evans said. As we think about the guys who come back and the amount of rest they need, and the amount of time we still have to go in the season, to have a guy with (Nunez’s) experience, we feel he can help us cover the tracks as we get 100 percent healthy.”
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