Hildenberger threw a scoreless inning in Monday's loss at Pittsburgh. He's thrown 1.1 scoreless innings in two appearances this season with two walks and no strikeouts.
Hildenberger struggled in spring training with a 7.50 ERA and 10 walks in 12 innings. However, he was reportedly working on his slider during the spring. The coaching staff looks to still have faith in him, but his two walks and no strikeouts so far are not encouraging.
Hildenberger gave up three runs and a home run in an inning to see his spring ERA rise to 10.29 in Friday's spring out. However, he's been working on his slider and not using his changeup in spring training, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Hildenberger looked set to be a key setup man for the Twins, but he's given up eight runs in seven innings with just three strikeouts and four walks. It looks like he'll still make the bullpen and could be just working on new pitches, but his spring performance is still a reason for concern.
Hildenberger has thrown 4.2 innings and allowed three runs on nine hits and three walks through five spring training appearances.
Hildenberger doesn't look ready for Opening Day just yet, as he's sitting on a 5.79 ERA for the spring. However, look for the 27-year-old right-hander to round into form as camp progresses. Hildenberger is poised to be one of Minnesota's top arms out of the bullpen for the 2018 season and should see plenty of high-leverage situations.
Hildenberger struck out three and allowed just one hit in 1.1 innings to earn his first save of the season Sunday against the Tigers.
Hildenberger earned his first career save in fashion, striking out three of five batters he faced and recording the final four outs of the contest. The 26-year-old has been solid since earning a promotion near the end of June, compiling a 3.13 ERA and 26:3 K:BB through 23 innings of relief. Matt Belisle, who is ahead of Hildenberger in line for saves at the moment, blew a save in Saturday's game against Detroit, so an opportunity could arise should the two continue to trend in opposite directions.
Hildenberger threw 2.1 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and no walks to earn his first career win in Friday's victory over Baltimore.
Hildenberger has thrown 7.1 scoreless innings to begin his big-league career with a 9:3 K:BB. He could quickly move to a high-leverage bullpen role with the Twins if he can sustain his early success.
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|2015||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||2||1||0.80||28||0||0||0||14||45.0||24||6||4||0||1||5||59|
|2015||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||1||1||3.32||13||0||0||0||3||19.0||15||7||7||0||1||2||21|
|2016||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||1||1||0.96||6||0||0||0||3||9.1||11||2||1||0||0||0||8|
|2017||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||2||1||2.05||21||0||0||0||6||30.2||27||7||7||1||1||8||35|