Minnesota Twins: Finding the Falvine Duo’s Batting Average as GM

Thad Levine, General Manager and Derek Falvey, Chief Baseball Officer for the Minnesota Twins look on. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Thad Levine, General Manager and Derek Falvey, Chief Baseball Officer for the Minnesota Twins look on. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /
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Matt Wisler of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Cleveland Indians. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /

Minnesota Twins Waiver Claims and Rule 5 Picks of the Falvine Era

October 2016-March 2017

  • Twins claimed RHP Miguel Diaz off waivers from Milwaukee Brewers (Draw)
  • Twins claimed SS Ehire Adrianza off waivers from Milwaukee Brewers. (Hit)

The Falvine Duo was only hired in October of 2016, so they didn’t  make a lot of moves before their first season began. Miguel Diaz was traded away almost immediately, so that one is just a draw. The Adrianza claim brought us one of our most consistent utility players in recent memory, so that’s an easy hit.

April 2017-March 2018

  • Twins claimed LHP Adam Wilk off waivers from New York Mets. (Miss)
  • Twins claimed RHP Chris Heston off waivers from Los Angeles Dodgers. (Miss)
  • Twins claimed RHP Tyler Kinley off waivers from Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. (Miss)
  • Twins claimed DH Kennys Vargas off waivers from Cincinnati Reds. (Miss)

Wilk, Heston, and Kinley pitched in four combined games after coming over via waiver claim or Rule 5 Pick. Vargas was claimed by the Reds earlier in the month, but was returned and never played a major league after that.

April 2018-March 2019

  • Twins claimed RHP David Hale off waivers from New York Yankees. (Miss)
  • Twins claimed 1B Taylor Motter off waivers from Seattle Mariners. (Miss)
  • Twins claimed RF Johnny Field off waivers from Cleveland Indians. (Hit)
  • Twins claimed RHP Oliver Drake off waivers from Toronto Blue Jays. (Hit)
  • Twins claimed CF Michael Reed off waivers from Atlanta Braves. (Miss)
  • Twins claimed 1B C.J. Cron off waivers from Tampa Bay Rays. (Hit)

In this year, the Twins went a solid .500 with their waiver claims. Motter, Reed, and Hale didn’t play or weren’t good during their short tenures in Minnesota, so they were easy misses. Field and Drake both were solid depth pieces (good for waiver claims), and Cron hit 25 home runs. Not too shabby.

April 2019-September 2020

  • Twins claimed RHP Matt Wisler off waivers from Seattle Mariners (Hit)

Over two seasons, the Twins only made one waiver claim, bringing in Matt Wisler from the Mariners. Despite him being let go as a waiver claim, Wisler was a very good move to make for the team for one year.

Batting Average for Falvine on Minnesota Twins Waiver Claims: .417

The Falvine duo has gone through five hits, seven misses, and one draw on waiver claims over their tenure in charge. While having under 42% of your waiver claims be successful doesn’t seem like much, that’s an excellent rate on low-talent wild cards.