The Minnesota Twins lost one of their prospects on Wednesday as the Baltimore Orioles claimed their 2013 second-round pick off waivers.
The Minnesota Twins have had a carousel at the back end of their bullpen in recent weeks. Because of the constant shuffling, the Twins have had to take some risks as to who they call up and whether they can sneak each pitcher through waivers so they can be called up again.
With several pitchers making weekly charter flights from Triple-A Rochester to Minneapolis these days, it may have been a matter of time until they couldn’t bring someone back. In this case, the Twins couldn’t bring back Ryan Eades as he was claimed by the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday afternoon according to Roch Kubatko of MASN.
Eades was a 2013 second-round pick by the Twins out of LSU, but never found himself as one of the organization’s top prospects. While the Twins had issues deciding whether he should be a starter or reliever, Minnesota finally committed to using him out of the bullpen which helped him make his major league debut back on June 8 against the Detroit Tigers.
While Eades didn’t allow an earned run in 3 2/3 innings of work, he did have a 1.63 WHIP and the Twins decided he was expendable just a couple weeks later. Throughout his minor league career, Eades hasn’t been lights out as he’s posted a 36-28 record with a 4.19 ERA through seven seasons in the Twins minor league system.
With the Orioles needing pitching in the worst way, the pickup makes sense to see if they can turn Eades into a legitimate MLB reliever. Even though the Twins have massive holes in their current bullpen, it was apparent that Eades wasn’t going to be part of the solution in Minnesota.