Fernandez was assigned to Minnesota's minor league camp. He was a long shot to win a spot on the 25-man roster. He had a 3.05 ERA in 65 innings between High-A Fort Myers and Double-A Chattanooga last season, and will likely begin this one at Triple-A Rochester in the bullpen. However, at age 27 and with just a 6.9 K/9 last season at Double-A, he wouldn't appear to have a lot of upside.
Fernandez received an invite to spring training from the Twins on Friday. Fernandez put up solid numbers in his first year in the Twins system during 2016, putting up a 3.05 ERA in 65 innings out of the bullpen between High-A Fort Myers and Double-A Chattanooga. However, the 26-year-old was old for both levels, so it's hard to use those performances to justify that he has real major league potential as a reliever.
The White Sox made another round of roster cuts on Wednesday, optioning Matt Davidson, Adrian Nieto, Tyler Saladino, Kevan Smith and Trayce Thompson to Triple-A Charlotte. Raul Fernandez and Michael Ynoa were optioned to Double-A Birmingham, per the team's official website. Chicago also reassigned Dan Black, Andy LaRoche, J.D. Martin, Jared Mitchell, Tim Anderson and Tyler Danish to minor-league camp.
The White Sox claimed pitcher Raul Fernandez off waivers from the Rockies. Fernandez, 24, went 0-1 with seven saves and a 7.00 ERA at high Class A Modesto.
Rockies pitcher Raul Fernandez was designated for assignment Sunday. Fernandez has spent the season with high Class A Modesto, going 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA and seven saves in 29 relief appearances.