Dobnak didn't factor into the decision Saturday against the Rangers after tossing five innings of two-run ball, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out one.
Dobnak was coming off several subpar performances but delivered a strong outing here, as he ended just three outs away from posting a quality start while tossing 48 of his 73 pitches for strikes. The right-hander, who started for the injured Michael Pineda (forearm) has a long way to go before claiming a steady rotation spot, but this was a step in the right direction for sure.
Dobnak will start Saturday's game against the Rangers, Pierre Noujaim of Fox 9 Minneapolis reports.
After working in long relief in his last appearance June 13, Dobnak will step back into the rotation as a replacement for Michael Pineda, who exited early in that same game due to forearm tightness. The Twins are hopeful that Pineda will miss only one turn through the rotation, so Dobnak could be headed back to the bullpen or to Triple-A St. Paul following Saturday's start. Since blanking Cleveland over six innings in a May 21 start, Dobnak has been blasted for 23 earned runs on 35 hits and six walks over 18.1 innings in his subsequent four outings.
Dobnak (finger) covered two innings out of the bullpen in Sunday's 14-3 loss to the Astros, giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out two.
Due to bruising on one of his fingers, Dobnak was forced to pitch with a fake nail in his last start Wednesday against the Yankees. The right-hander still struggled to get a feel for his pitches in the outing, as he was crushed for eight runs on 11 hits -- including four long balls -- and three walks while lasting 4.2 innings. The Twins didn't specify after the outing that Dobnak would be moved to the bullpen, but that came to fruition when manager Rocco Baldelli said that the newly recalled Bailey Ober would get another start during the upcoming week. Though Dobnak faltered in his long-relief appearance Sunday, he may get another look in the rotation after all. MIchael Pineda (forearm) exited his start after 64 pitches, and he appears likely to require a trip to the injured list. Minnesota could turn to Dobnak to take the hill for Pineda's next start, which is tentatively set to come next weekend in Texas.
Dobnak pitched with a fake fingernail Wednesday against the Yankees, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Dobnak got a fake nail attached Wednesday to avoid a blister after ripping his real nail June 2. The righty said "My fingernail's completely bruised right now. It's almost like I can't finish my pitches" after Wednesday's outing and certainly showed, as he allowed eight runs on 11 hits, four of which were homers, in 4.2 innings. He also walked three batters and struck out none in the losing decision against the Yankees. It remains to be seen whether Dobnak will miss any time, or perhaps require a stay on the injured list.
Dobnak (1-5) allowed three earned runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out three across 5.2 innings to take the loss Wednesday against the Orioles.
Dobnak allowed at least one baserunner in every inning that he pitched, though he avoided major damage through his first four innings. That changed in the fifth frame when he surrendered a two-run homer to DJ Stewart. Since throwing six scoreless innings on May 21, Dobnak has allowed nine earned runs across 11.2 innings in his last two outings.
Dobnak (1-4) took the loss Friday, coughing up six runs on nine hits and a walk over six-plus innings as the Twins fell 8-3 to the Royals. He struck out three.
The soft-tossing right-hander blanked Kansas City over four innings, but Dobnak got tagged for three runs in the fifth before allowing the first three batters in the seventh to reach base, all of whom came around to score after he'd gotten the hook. He's likely locked into a rotation spot while Kenta Maeda (groin) is sidelined, but Dobnak's 6.49 ERA and 19:6 K:BB through 26.1 innings this season are not encouraging.
Dobnak is scheduled to start Friday's series opener against the Royals, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
The Twins moved Kenta Maeda (groin) to the 10-day injured list two days after Dobnak's May 21 start, making it little surprise that the latter will receive a second straight turn through the rotation. Dobnak dominated against a punchless Cleveland offense last week, striking out five over six scoreless frames while allowing only five baserunners. He should make for a worthy streaming option against Friday versus a Royals offense that ranked in the bottom third of the majors entering play Thursday with an 87 wRC+.
Dobnak (1-3) earned the win Friday over Cleveland after tossing six scoreless innings, giving up three hits and two walks while fanning five.
Dobnak had pitched exclusively out of the bullpen before Friday, but he was recalled from the minors to start this one and didn't disappoint as he delivered his first quality start. Dobnak still owns a 5.75 ERA, but he seems to be trending in the right direction following this impressive performance. He's scheduled to make his next start next week at home against the Orioles.
Dobnak was recalled by the Twins on Friday and will start against Cleveland, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports.
Dobnak signed a five-year extension prior to the start of the season but failed to make the Opening Day rotation. He spent the early part of the season in the bullpen before heading to the minors to build up his pitch count. He owns a 8.16 ERA in 14.1 innings this season but has a career 3.93 ERA in 89.1 total innings at the highest level. His 57.1 percent career groundball rate and 5.5 percent walk rate are both quite good, but a 16.0 percent strikeout rate caps his upside.
Dobnak will start Friday's game against Cleveland, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Dobnak will be recalled from Triple-A St. Paul to start Friday and give Kenta Maeda (groin) an extra day of rest. After logging an 8.16 ERA and 1.47 WHIP with an 11:3 K:BB in 14.1 innings as a big-league reliever, Dobnak has been stretching out as a starter at Triple-A. He has a 3.38 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 11 strikeouts in 13.1 innings through three starts for St. Paul.
The Twins plan to option Dobnak to Triple-A St. Paul on Monday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Despite inking a five-year extension with Minnesota in spring training, Dobnak didn't break camp as a member of the rotation and has struggled in a long-relief role, giving up 14 runs (13 earned) on 18 hits and three walks over 14.1 innings. The Twins will let Dobnak settle into a regular pitching schedule and get stretched out during his time in the minors, positioning him to be first in line for a call-up if Minnesota should require an extra arm in the rotation. Even if all five of Minnesota's starters stay healthy, Dobnak could still end up getting a look in the big-league rotation if Matt Shoemaker (7.83 ERA through five starts) can't right the ship.
Dobnak (0-3) allowed five runs on six hits over 2.1 innings Friday, striking out four and taking the loss against the Angels.
He came in after Lewis Thorpe tossed four decent innings and things unraveled quickly. Dobnak allowed a two-run single to Mike Trout in the sixth to give the Angels a 4-3 lead. The 26-year-old righty then coughed up three hits in the seventh that would all come around to score on a Justin Upton grand slam after he was removed from the game. Dobnak's season ERA shot up to 11.88 with a 5:2 K:BB across 8.1 innings.
Dobnak secured the save Monday against the Tigers, allowing five runs on five hits and a walk while striking out one over three innings.
Dobnak entered the contest in the seventh inning with a 13-1 lead, but he ended up collecting the save after allowing a handful of runs on two homers in the bottom of the ninth. He was hit with the loss after surrendering the game-winning hit on Opening Day against Milwaukee and is off to an unimpressive start to the 2021 campaign, although at least in this outing he was credited with the save.
Dobnak (0-1) was tagged with the loss Thursday against the Brewers after allowing the game-winning run on one hit without recording an out in the 10th inning.
Dobnak threw his three pitches for strikes, but he still gave up the game-winning run on a fielder's choice that allowed Lorenzo Cain to cross home plate. It wasn't the start to the season that Dobnak imagined -- he recently signed a five-year extension with the Twins and posted a 4.05 ERA in 46.2 innings (10 starts) during the shortened 2020 campaign.
Dobnak agreed Sunday with the Twins on a five-year, $9.25 million contract extension, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports. The deal includes three team options and escalator clauses that could push the value of the contract up to $29.75 million.
Though manager Rocco Baldelli confirmed days earlier that Dobnak would begin the season in a bullpen role for the Twins, the 26-year-old's solid work out of the rotation the past two seasons means he likely won't have to wait long before getting another look as a starter. The long-term extension seemingly backs up the notion that Dobnak is viewed as a starter, and the deal simultaneously gives the right-hander some more financial security after he initially signed with the Twins in 2017 as an undrafted free agent out of independent ball. Dobnak has thus far gotten solid results by limiting walks and generating groundballs at a high clip, but he's shown significant improvement in generating swings and misses this spring. Over 13.2 innings in Grapefruit League play, Dobnak racked up 18 strikeouts.
Dobnak has made the major-league roster and will pitch out of the bullpen to begin the regular season, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Dobnak had an impressive spring training for Minnesota, striking out 18 and walking none while allowing only one earned run across 13.2 frames. While he'll start the season as a reliever, Dobnak will likely be in line for a rotation spot if one comes open over the course of the campaign.
Dobnak threw 3.1 scoreless innings with five strikeouts in Friday's spring start. He's thrown 8.2 scoreless innings with 13 strikeouts this spring while working on a new grip with his slider, which gives it more break, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Dobnak continues to impress this spring and it looks like his improved slider is generating more strikeouts. However, he won't win a job in the starting rotation as long as Matt Shoemaker and the other starters are healthy. Dobnak will likely begin the season in a swingman role, but he is still someone to keep in mind in deeper leagues given the strikeouts he's getting this spring.
Dobnak threw three scoreless innings with six strikeouts in Friday's spring start. He's thrown 5.2 scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and no walks this spring.
Dobnak has looked sharp so far, but it's very unlikely he'll win a spot in the rotation unless Matt Shoemaker or another starter is injured. He'll likely begin the season in a swingman role, but he is still someone to keep in mind in deeper leagues given the strikeouts he's getting this spring and the improved defense (ie. Andrelton Simmons at shortstop) behind the groundball pitcher.
Dobnak threw 2.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts in his spring debut in Friday's loss to Atlanta. He pitched in reilef after starter Matt Shoemaker. "Dobber can seemingly handle pretty much whatever role we have for him. He does not overcomplicate things," manager Rocco Baldelli told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Dobnak appeared to be the leading candidate to win the fifth-starter role, but he looks set to move to a swingman role after the Twins signed Shoemaker. He's nominally competing with Shoemaker, Devin Smeltzer and Lewis Thorpe for the fifth starter role this spring. Shoemaker hasn't been able to stay healthy the last three seasons, so Dobnak could be a factor in the rotation before too long.
Dobnak will face competition for the fifth starter role after the Twins signed Matt Shoemaker to a one-year, $2 million contract.
Dobnak appeared to be the leading candidate to win the fifth-starter role, but he'll now compete against Shoemaker, along with Devin Smeltzer and Lewis Thorpe. Since Dobnak has minor-league options left, it's more likely he'll be used in a swingman role and could be sent to Triple-A for brief stints. Still, Shoemaker will have to perform well in spring training, but Dobnak is now an underdog for a rotation spot.
|Last 7 Games|
|06/19||@ TEX||W 3-2||5.0||4||2||1||1|
|06/13||vs HOU||L 3-14||2.0||7||6||0||2|
|06/09||vs NYY||L 6-9||1||4.2||11||8||3||0|
|06/02||@ BAL||L 3-6||1||5.2||8||3||2||3|
|05/28||vs KC||L 3-8||1||6.0||9||6||1||3|
|05/21||@ CLE||W 10-0||1||6.0||3||0||2||5|
|05/01||vs KC||L 3-11||3.0||3||2||1||3|
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|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||7.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||6||2.57||1.000|
|2018||AFX-Cedar Rapids Kernels||129.0||24||20||1||10||5||0||84||25||138||3.14||1.264|
|2019||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||22.1||4||4||0||3||0||0||14||4||18||0.41||0.996|
|2019||AAX-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||66.2||11||10||1||4||2||0||61||6||58||2.58||0.967|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||46.0||9||7||0||5||2||0||34||18||28||2.15||1.000|