Joe Ryan highly commends Twins’ trading deadline additions for bullpen
Budding Twins ace Joe Ryan praises the club’s new signings at the close of business.
Joe Ryan, prospective Minnesota twins Ace and AL Rookie of the Year contender, is thrilled with how his team beat this year’s trade deadline. According to MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park, Ryan had an excellent quote about his newest teammates after last night’s game.
In addition to bringing high-end starting pitcher Tyler Mahle on board at deadline this year, the club also added two shutdown reliefs Michael Fulmer by the Detroit Tigers and George Lopez by the Baltimore Orioles.
Ryan, 26, is enjoying a dominant season of his own in his first full year in the big leagues. For the first-place Twins, he’s 8-4 with a 3.67 ERA in 17 starts and hitting 89 batters in just over 90 innings.
Ryan made a very strong start for the team yesterday, going five innings and beating nine Tigers batters, allowing for just one deserved run along the way. After leaving the game, one of the newest Twins, Fulmer, pitched a scoreless sixth inning, scoring a strikeout in the process.
Finally, López came on in the ninth inning, also didn’t allow any runs and made his first save as a Minnesota Twin.
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Fulmer, 29, is a former AL Rookie of the Year and 2017 All-Star, both as a member of the Tigers. He was a strong starter for the first few seasons of his big league career but has since made the full-time move to the bullpen, a move that has worked ten times so far.
In 2022, Fulmer has a total of 42 appearances 3-4 between the Twins and the Tigers with a 3.12 ERA and 40 strikeouts in as many innings. He’s conceded just one home run and earned two saves this year, both with Detroit. There weren’t many saves behind Gregory Soto on the Tigers’ closer depth chart, but he could earn some looks in that role for Minnesota on the stretch.
López, 29, is another failed starter turned shutdown helper. This season as a member of the Orioles was his first full-time assist, even making a few saves for the O’s.
In a combined 45 appearances Between his two clubs, the flamethrower sits 4-6 with a sparkling 1.64 ERA, accumulating 20 saves and hitting 55 in 49 innings. López made his first career All-Star Game this year and was one of the game’s best relief options.
Performance aside, the twins undoubtedly had their eye on López as he won’t be free until the 2025 season. Unlike Fulmer, who is on loan on expiring contract, López has several years left under team control and will be a fixture at the back end of this Minnesota bullpen.
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