Moya was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Saturday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The Twins needed a roster spot to allow Phil Hughes to return from the disabled list, and Moya wound up being the casualty. The 23-year-old struggled a bit during his brief cup of coffee, allowing three runs (on two home runs) in 4.1 innings pitched, though he did produce a 6:2 K:BB in that span. He seems like a logical candidate to return to the majors later in the season given his age and success in the minors.
With Phil Hughes (oblique) headed to the disabled list to open the season, Moya will fill the team's final bullpen spot. The 23-year-old southpaw posted a combined 0.77 ERA and 87:12 K:BB across 58.1 innings between Double-A Chattanooga and Double-A Jackson last season. He then held his own in the majors despite skipping Triple-A, compiling a 4.26 ERA and 7.1 K/9 across 6.1 innings. Moya, being the third lefty in the Twins' bullpen, will likely be limited to low-leverage work during his time with the big club.
Moya has made a strong impression with the Minnesota coaching staff this spring as he's retired 13 of the last 14 batters he's faced (1.80 ERA with 5 K in 5 IP). He's also learning a new slider to help against left-handed hitters, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Moya was acquired from Arizona last summer in a trade for catcher John Ryan Murphy. After a strong first half at Double-A with Arizona he duplicated his success in the Twins organization. He compiled an impressive 0.77 ERA and 87:12 K:BB through 58.1 innings between Double-A Chattanooga and Double-A Jackson. He then held his own in the majors in September with a 4.26 ERA and 7.1 K/9. While he tops out in the low 90s with his fastball, his delivery is deceptive. He's a long shot to make the bullpen that will already feature two lefties (Zach Duke and Taylor Rogers), but he could surprise.
Moya retired five consecutive batters to record his first career save during Sunday's win over Detroit. He struck out two Tigers.
Moya made seven appearances for the Twins since mid-September and posted a 4.26 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 7.1 K/9. Additionally, his fastball velocity hovers around 90 mph. While nothing about those numbers jumps off the page, Moya did post a an impressive 0.77 ERA and 87:12 K:BB through 58.1 innings between Double-A Chattanooga and Double-A Jackson prior to his promotion, so the 22-year-old lefty clearly has some potential. He's still likely best viewed as a wait-and-see option in most fantasy settings entering 2018, though.
Moya had his contract purchased from Double-A Chattanooga on Tuesday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Moya was acquired from the Diamondbacks earlier in the year via trade, and he'll get his first taste of the majors after absolutely dominating at Double-A this season. He compiled an impressive 0.77 ERA and 87:12 K:BB through 58.1 innings between Double-A Chattanooga and Double-A Jackson prior to his promotion. Still, seeing as he hasn't pitched above Double-A, the Twins will likely get his feet wet in lower-leverage situations.
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