Andrew Albers managed a solid 3.69 ERA with a shaky 1.45 WHIP in 21 starts for Triple-A Rochester last season, earning him his first starts in the majors since 2013 when the Twins were desperate for pitching late in the season. Albers' unusual delivery can fool hitters, but his lack of velocity (87.2 mph fastball average) severely limits his upside. He's likely just going to provide depth at Triple-A.
Albers elected free agency Monday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. The 30-year-old spent some time at the major league level, but his success was extremely limited. Albers hasn't ever been great at the major league level, so it's unlikely that he'll be more than a Quad-A pitcher anywhere he ends up.
Albers was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Monday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Albers hasn't found much success in the major leagues thus far, and given the fact that he's 30 years old, the Twins decided to move on from him. He'll likely act as organizational pitching depth going forward.
Albers will move to the bullpen, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He was able to post a 3.69 ERA at Triple-A Rochester despite a 1.45 WHIP, but Albers hasn't been so lucky at the major league level this season and he's not a big part of the Twins' future plans. Albers owns a 4.52 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 4.6 K/9 in 77.2 career innings in the big leagues.
Albers gave up five runs, but just three earned, along with six hits over 4.2 innings in a no-decision Sunday against the White Sox. He did strike out six batters. Albers has given up seven runs in 6.7 innings in his last two starts. He may not get another start in September when Tommy Milone returns from the DL or if the team decides to call up Tyler Duffey from Triple-A.
Albers lasted just two innings in Tuesday's no-decision versus the Indians. He allowed four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two. Albers first start since 2013, and the 11th of his career, was a disaster. He was given a 4-1 lead, but surrendered three in the bottom of the second while looking nothing like a major league talent. The left-handed Albers managed a solid 3.69 ERA with a shaky 1.45 WHIP in 21 starts for Triple-A Rochester this season, earning him a crack in the Twins muddled rotation. His performance Tuesday may have ruined the opportunity to become a mainstay for the season's final month, but with nothing to play for, the team will likely afford him a chance to rebound Sunday versus the White Sox.