Kinley had his contract purchased from Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports.
Kinley was taken by the Twins in this year's Rule 5 draft, though he was returned to the Marlins after allowing nine runs across 3.1 innings (24.30 ERA) with Minnesota. The 27-year-old delivered a crisp 2.93 ERA and 56:22 K:BB across 40 innings with Triple-A New Orleans upon being returned to the Marlins, and he'll now get a chance to improve upon his big-league body of work.
Kinley was selected by the Twins in this year's Rule 5 draft, but he was ultimately designated for assignment and sent back to the Marlins after struggling mightily in four appearances with Minnesota (24.30 ERA across 3.1 innings). The 27-year-old will report to Triple-A New Orleans.
Kinley has struggled mightily in his first taste of the majors, allowing nine runs on nine hits and four walks through 3.1 innings of work. As such, the Twins opted to drop him from their 40-man roster in exchange for a more serviceable bullpen arm. The Rule 5 pick will now be offered back offered back to the Marlins.
With Phil Hughes (oblique) expected to open the season on the disabled list, Kinley will take his spot in the team's Opening Day bullpen. Kinley, a Rule 5 pick, will have to stay on the Twins' active roster all season if they want to retain him. He struggled in spring training (5.73 across 11 innings) and at Double-A last season (5.19 ERA across 26 innings), so he likely won't see anything other than low-leverage situations with the big club.
Kinley gave up an unearned run in one inning of work in Monday's spring training loss to the Phillies. He's given up two earned runs in four innings with four strikeouts and three walks this spring. "When he gets ahead [in the count], it's hard to cover a 90-mph slider and a 98-mph fastball," manager Paul Molitor told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "He's an interesting character. That arm's pretty big. We're just trying to keep bringing it along."
Kinley can reach 99 mph on his fastball but has had control issues during his minor league career (5.5 BB/9 at Double-A last year). Kinley is a Rule 5 pick, so the Twins would need to carry him on the active roster all season to retain him. That seems unlikely given the free agent additions to Minnesota's relief corps, but he has an outside chance to win a final bullpen spot.
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