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52 Zack Littell RP

Minnesota Twins

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
0%0%
Key Stats
IPWLSVERAKSBB
30001213
Pitching Summary
YearTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2019MIN602.68290000137.034121140932
2020MIN0012.002000003.06443031

Player Updates

August 1, 2020 10:40 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Lands on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain Saturday.

Littell struggled through his first two outings of the year, allowing four runs on six hits and three walks while striking out just one over three innings. It's not yet clear when he's expected to return. Jorge Alcala was recalled to take his place in the bullpen.

July 15, 2020 06:24 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Could be used for multiple innings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell threw three innings in Tuesday's scrimmage and could be used in longer outings this season, MLB.com reports. "With a guy like Zack, and some other guys that have been starters for us that may find themselves in the bullpen, having the ability to give you an inning or three is gonna be something that's gonna be beneficial to us," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Littell improved in his second season in the majors last year (2.68 ERA) due to increased velocity (93.8 mph average fastball), reduced walks (6.2%) and keeping the ball in the park (0.97 HR/9). It looks like he will win a role as a middle reliever and could be used for longer outings if a starter is unable to pitch long into games as they ramp up.

March 20, 2020 12:32 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Lights up radar gun
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell set a new personal high by hitting 97.3 mph with his fastball during Grapefruit League play, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

He did not allow a run while striking out nine and giving up three hits and four walks over seven innings. Seemingly everyone in the Twins' bullpen upped their fastball velocity this spring, and while the 97.3 mph reading was on one pitch, Park notes that Littell's average fastball velocity was also up over his 94 mph average fastball velocity from 2019.

March 1, 2020 01:52 AM
Twins' Zack Littell: Strong start to spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell struck out three batters in two scoreless innings in Saturday's spring training loss to Pittsburgh. He has eight strikeouts in five innings this spring with no walks and one earned run allowed.

Littell improved in his second season in the majors last year (2.68 ERA) due to increased velocity (93.8 mph average fastball), reduced walks (6.2%) and keeping the ball in the park (0.97 HR/9). He looks set to secure a role in middle relief.

September 1, 2019 10:32 AM
Twins' Zack Littell: Recalled by Twins
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell was recalled by the Twins on Sunday.

Littell has split time between Triple-A Rochester and the major-league club this season. In Minnesota, he's managed a 3.60 ERA and 1.24 WHIP with 22 strikeouts across 25 innings out of the bullpen.

August 19, 2019 05:20 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Monday.

He logged 6.2 scoreless innings with five strikeouts and one walk in five appearances during this latest stint in the majors. Look for him to rejoin the big-league bullpen when rosters expand in September.

July 21, 2019 07:32 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Dispatched to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester following Sunday's game against the Athletics, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

Littell retired a batter on five pitches in Sunday's contest, but the Twins will send him to the minors to get a fresh arm on the 25-man roster. A corresponding move has yet to be announced.

July 3, 2019 09:32 AM
Twins' Zack Littell: Called up from Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Twins recalled Littell from Triple-A Rochester following Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Athletics, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

Minnesota shuttled Jake Odorizzi (finger) to the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move, allowing Littell to stick around as an extra arm in the bullpen until a replacement in the rotation is needed for Odorizzi on Sunday versus the Rangers. Though Littell has made seven starts for Rochester this season, he has exceeded three innings in just one appearance in either Triple-A or the majors since May 19 and probably won't be in consideration for a spot start.

June 28, 2019 04:16 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Sent packing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Friday, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Littell's two-week stint with the big club was largely uneventful -- he made a total of three appearances, allowing three hits and two walks while striking out two over four scoreless innings. Expect Littell to remain on the shuttle up and down until rosters expand in September, providing a fresh arm when needed.

June 15, 2019 12:20 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Returns to majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

In four appearances with Triple-A Rochester since he was sent down June 2, the right-hander amassed a 2.35 ERA with a 0.52 WHIP and 13:1 K:BB in 7.2 innings. Littell will mostly pitch in low-leverage situations, and he could find himself back in the minors once Adalberto Mejia (calf) is ready to return. Fernando Romero was optioned to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Littell.

June 2, 2019 11:32 AM
Twins' Zack Littell: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Twins optioned Littell to Triple-A Rochester on Sunday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

Littell lost his spot on the active roster after the Twins reinstated Mitch Garver (ankle) from the 10-day injured list ahead of Sunday's series finale with the Rays. The 23-year-old right-hander was up with the big club for a little over a week, making two appearances out of the bullpen during that stretch. Littell was shelled in the latter of those two outings Thursday against the Rays, giving up eight runs on 10 hits and a walk over 4.1 innings.

May 24, 2019 06:28 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Recalled from Rochester
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell was recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Friday.

Littell has made seven starts and one relief appearance for Rochester this season, recording a 4.19 ERA. He appears to be up as a reliever for now, with Austin Adams designated for assignment as the corresponding move.

March 14, 2019 03:44 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell was optioned to Triple-A Rochester, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

Realistically, Littell had very little chance to break camp in the big-league rotation, so this comes as no surprise. He enters the year roughly seventh or eighth on the starting pitcher depth chart.

October 1, 2018 12:04 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Allows two runs in no-decision
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell allowed two runs on three hits and two walks across four innings in a no-decision Sunday against the White Sox. He struck out six.

Littell ran into trouble in the first inning when he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk before escaping the jam. He was much more effective over the rest of his outing, allowing just two more baserunners, but he was removed with 70 pitches under his belt after the fourth. The majority of Littell's appearances this season came in the month of September, and his combined 6.20 ERA did little to inspire the club to give him a closer look. He'll become a free agent this winter and is a candidate to sign another minor-league deal for 2019.

September 27, 2018 01:00 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Scheduled to start season finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell will start Sunday against the White Sox, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Littell has made one start for the Twins this season and appeared five other times out of the bullpen, posting a 7.04 ERA in 15.1 total innings. The 22-year-old turned in a much more palatable 3.57 ERA in 106 innings for Triple-A Rochester.

September 16, 2018 01:12 AM
Twins' Zack Littell: Exits with blister
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell exited Saturday's game against the Royals with a blister on his right index finger, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Littell had allowed four runs on five hits and a walk while striking out three across 2.2 innings before exiting the game. The 22-year-old righty believes he'll be fine in two or three days. He owns a brutal 8.44 ERA, 2.01 WHIP and 6:7 K:BB across 10.2 big-league innings this season.

September 9, 2018 05:56 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Not set for primary pitcher role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell, who had been used as the Twins' primary pitcher in his last appearance Sept. 2, won't be used in that capacity Sunday versus the Royals, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Littell still might work out of the bullpen in the series finale, but the Twins have at least temporarily abandoned using an opener for the sixth spot in the rotation, creating no need for a primary pitcher. Instead, Chase De Jong will make the start in his Twins debut and isn't expected to face any restrictions with his pitch count after logging 26 starts in the minors this season. With 10 runs (nine earned) allowed over 7.1 innings in the big leagues, Littell probably hasn't performed well yet enough to warrant handling a meaningful workload for Minnesota.

September 3, 2018 01:08 AM
Twins' Zack Littell: Recalled ahead of Sunday appearance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Twins recalled Littell from Triple-A Rochester ahead of his role as Sunday's primary pitcher against the Rangers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.

Littell, who holds a 3.57 ERA for the Red Wings in the International League, will follow starter Gabriel Moya on Sunday.

September 1, 2018 11:01 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Will serve as Sunday's primary pitcher
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Littell will be recalled from Triple-A Rochester to be the Twins' "primary pitcher" Sunday against the Rangers, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

Littell was expected to be Sunday's starter, but manager Paul Moliter will instead opt to utilize the opener strategy, with reliever Gabriel Moya earning the "start." The 22-year-old had a 3.57 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 106 innings with Rochester this season.

September 1, 2018 12:36 PM
Twins' Zack Littell: Expected to start Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Twins are expected to promote LIttell from Triple-A Rochester to start Sunday against the Rangers, Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 St. Paul reports.

Littell wasn't included among the wave of September callups the Twins announced following Friday's game, but it sounds like he'll be officially added to the active roster ahead of the series finale and slot in as Minnesota's sixth starter. The 22-year-old has previously made two appearances (one start) with the Twins, giving up seven runs on seven hits and six walks across 3.1 innings. Littell isn't regarded as a high-end prospect, so he likely won't be worthy of much attention outside of most AL-only formats until his numbers warrant a longer look.

Situational Stats
SituationIPWLERASVBBSO
vs LHB 15.200 2.300513
vs RHB 21.100 2.950419
Last 7 Games
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7/30CLE0002.02030
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Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGSHOSVSVOINNHRERHRHBPBBSO
2020MIN0012.002000003.06443031
2019MIN602.68290000137.034121140932
2018MIN026.2082000020.3251714341114
Total624.3502000160.06533291042347
More Pitching Stats
SeasonTeamIBBGOAOGO/AOSBCSPKBKWPAVGWHIPPAMB9
2020MIN0331.0000101.4623.0001627.00
2019MIN133380.9000100.2501.16214610.46
2018MIN026211.2000100.2981.77010117.70
Total162621.0020301.2791.46726313.80
Minor League Pitching Stats
YearTeamINNGPGSCGWLSVSOBBHERAWHIP
2013R-Azl Mariners 33.110700612813395.981.571
2014R-Pulaski Mariners 69.2131305506412754.551.257
2015AFX-Clinton Lumberkings112.22121036084301213.931.346
2016AFX-Clinton LumberKings 97.2161625509521942.781.183
2016AFA-Bakersfield Blaze 68.0121108106113642.521.132
2017AFA-Tampa Yankees 71.1131129105715651.771.125
2017AA-Trenton Thunder 44.0770500528372.051.023
2017AA-Chattanooga Lookouts 41.27705003318332.841.238
2018AAX-Chattanooga Lookouts 23.0550030327285.871.522
2018AAA-Rochester Red Wings106.01915066098401003.571.321
2019AAA-Rochester Red Wings 63.020703316825553.711.270
 

Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-4/220
Birthdate:
10/5/1995
Age:
24
Hometown:
Burlington, NC
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Minnesota Twins
College:

MLB Experience:
3