Update: Twins Ink Pitcher Brayan Villarreal To Deal


Update: As of last night, Rotoworld had reported that the Minnesota Twins had indeed signed Brayan Villarreal to a minor league contract. Unfortunately it looks like they may have jumped the gun. Local Twins writer at Twins Daily, Jeremy Nygaard checked with a source and it appears the Twins have made no such move as of yet.

As the Minnesota Twins look to continue to improve their pitching staff from a season ago, they have made another move focused around the bullpen. Although not the same excitement level as the Ervin Santana signing, Minnesota has agreed to a minor league contract with Brayan Villarreal.

More from Minnesota Twins News

Last season, Villarreal dealt with plenty of injuries in the Red Sox organization, and he only ended up pitching 14 innings. Across those outings, spanning rookie league and Triple-A Pawtucket, Villarreal posted a 3.86 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. For his career, Villarreal has a 4.56 ERA across 74 major league games. His 10.3 K/9 career average would be a welcomed addition out of the bullpen.

For those familiar with the AL Central, Villarreal is a name that can be associated with the Detroit Tigers, having pitched for them in 2011-2013.

At 27 years old, the Twins will allow Brayan Villarreal to compete for a bullpen spot out of spring training. As we looked at the 25 man roster projection earlier today, it would stand to reason that Villarreal has plenty of competition. He could find himself bumping the likes of a pitcher such as Caleb Thielbar from contention should he crack the 25 man roster.

Expect the low risk signing to provide minor league depth in a worst case scenario. There is really nothing that the Twins stand to lose here.

More from Puckett's Pond