Posted by: gravessack | June 24, 2017

Looking For Help, Twins Quickly Bring Up Gee

The start of this season has been surprising, but that can not be the plateau. Seeing that the Twins are teetering between first and second place, management realizes if they can get on a run, they could have a chance at a play-off spot. In order to do that though, the club must improve their bullpen. It is necessary to have a solid bullpen if a team wants to show their fans that they are serious about competing. With that in mind, the Twins signed free agent pitcher Dillon Gee to a minor league deal June 20, and due to some pitching struggles, they brought him up on Thursday.

Gee, who turned 31 in April, pitched in just 4 games this year with Texas before becoming a free agent. In those appearances, he had an ERA of 4.15 with 10 strikeouts. Gee is best known for pitching for the New York Mets, the team who drafted him in 2007. It took Gee about three years to get to the big leagues. In his first year in 2010, he started 5 games, posting a 2.18 ERA. While with the Mets, Gee was an average pitcher, pitching to a record of 40-37, producing a 4.03 ERA and 489 strikeouts.

Gee was primarily a starter for the Mets until he signed with Kansas City for the 2016 season. Seeing an opportunity to show teams that he could still pitch, Gee appeared in 33 games last year, recording a 4.68 ERA and finishing the year at 8-9. Between January and June, he was signed and released by the Rangers TWICE! I bet the veteran hopes to stick with the Twins for a while!

Since the Twins just have two reliable starters in Jose Berrios and Ervin Santana, I would strongly suggest that Manager Paul Molitor think of starting Gee for a couple of games. The Twins last try-out for a starter spot was a complete fail. That was when they had Nik Turley start three games this month, where he gave up 17 earned runs, three home runs, and had a horrific ERA of 16.39. Needless to say, Turley was optioned to Class AAA on June 22. The Twins should not treat Gee the same as that project since Gee has way more experience than Turley.

Signing Gee and immediately bringing him up should be a sign to the rest of the pitching staff to step up their game. The bullpen, which also now includes Trevor Hildenberger, must realize there is a grand opportunity to make a push and start pitching like they want something more. Gee will be tasked with rejuvenating the relief core for now, and if he succeeds, we should see better outcomes and more wins!

Written by: Michael L. Sack

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