Smeltzer was recalled by the Twins on Saturday.
Smeltzer has been in the big leagues for the majority of the season but hasn't exactly impressed, posting a 6.75 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP in 16 innings of work. He could get at least one more chance to improve on those numbers and try to earn a place on the playoff roster during the final two days of the season. Edwar Colina was optioned in a corresponding move.
Smeltzer was optioned to Minnesota's alternate training site on Monday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Smeltzer has struggled in seven appearances this season, accruing a 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with a 15:5 K:BB over 16 frames. Travis Blankenhorn was called up in a corresponding move.
Smeltzer was recalled from Minnesota's alternate training site in St. Paul on Friday and added to the 28-man roster.
Smeltzer has thrown 16 innings for the Twins this season, making one start and six relief appearances, but he struggled with a 6.75 ERA. With five healthy starters in the rotation and Jake Odorizzi nearing a return, Smeltzer will be used more in middle and long relief than a starter or primary pitcher.
Smeltzer was optioned to the Twins' alternate training site Monday, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Smeltzer has thrown 16 innings for the Twins this season, making one start and six relief appearances. His 6.75 ERA and 1.50 WHIP are both rather unimpressive. Cody Stashak (back) returned from the injured list in a corresponding move.
Smeltzer gave up two runs on three hits in Sunday's 5-4 win over Kansas City. He struck out one and did not issue a walk.
Smeltzer followed Matt Wilser again, but his outing was not nearly as successful as his previous one. A hit-by-pitch and a pair of doubles led to two Royals runs in the third. He was able to pitch around an error and a single in the fourth but still saw his ERA grow to 6.59 on the campaign.
Smeltzer (2-0) allowed one walk and one hit while striking out three across 2.2 scoreless innings to earn the win Monday against the Royals.
Smelzter followed Matt Wisler into the game, and began pitching in the third inning. He worked effectively, with the only hit he allowed being a base knock. Smeltzer has worked regularly in a multi-inning role to this point in the season, and since allowing five earned runs in his first appearance, he has surrendered only three earned runs across 9.2 frames.
Smeltzer allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out two over 4.1 innings in a no-decision against the Royals on Friday.
He was making his first start of the season. Smeltzer struggled in two relief appearances to begin the year, but the Twins decided to see what Smeltzer could do after Lewis Thorpe walked four in four innings during his start Monday. Smeltzer was serviceable during his time on the mound (62 pitches) and likely showed enough to stick in the rotation until Minnesota gets either Rich Hill (shoulder) or Homer Bailey (biceps) back.
The Twins list Smeltzer as their starting pitcher for Friday's game against the Royals, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Though manager Rocco Baldelli hasn't confirmed as much, Smeltzer looks like he'll be joining the rotation as a replacement for Lewis Thorpe, who may be headed to the bullpen after givng up three runs and putting 10 runners on base over four innings in his start Monday against the Pirates. Smeltzer made six starts for Minnesota in 2019, but he's appeared in long relief for his first two outings of this season, ceding six runs but striking out seven over 4.2 total innings.
Smeltzer (1-0) allowed one earned run on two hits and a walk while striking out two across 2.2 innings to earn the win Sunday against Cleveland.
Smeltzer followed Tyler Clippard and entered the game to start the third frame. He worked a clean inning but allowed a leadoff double to Cesar Hernandez to start the fourth frame, accounting for his one earned run. It was a bounceback performance for Smeltzer, who was roughed up for five earned runs across two innings in his first appearance of 2020.
Smeltzer has made Minnesota's 30-man Opening Day roster, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
With Homer Bailey winning the fifth starter role, Randy Dobnak, Smeltzer and Lewis Thorpe will serve as long relievers to begin the season.
Smeltzer will use this shutdown period to improve his feel for a new slider, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
His 8.68 ERA, 1.93 WHIP and three home runs allowed in 9.1 spring innings are being attributed to him integrating that new pitch. He was a distant third behind Randy Dobnak and Jhoulys Chacin in the competition for the fifth starter's spot, but could be a better pitcher when play resumes if he gains feel for that slider. Even so, he still likely trails Dobnak in the pecking order, and Rich Hill (elbow) could be healthy enough to slot into the rotation sometime in June.
Smeltzer gave up five earned runs over three innings in Saturday's spring training outing against Detroit. He has a 8.68 ERA in four outings this spring.
Smeltzer appears to be fading in the competition for the fifth starter role as he's given up 18 hits and three home runs over 9.1 innings. Smeltzer is battling Jhoulys Chacin, Randy Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe for the fifth starer role.
Smeltzer struck out one over two scoreless innings in his spring debut Saturday. He threw a new slider three times during the outing, MLB.com reports.
Smeltzer has added a slider this spring to prevent right-handed hitters from cheating on his changeup by leaning over the plate, according to MLB.com. Smeltzer is battling Jhoulys Chacin, Randy Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe for the fifth starer role this spring.
Smeltzer is scheduled to start Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Pirates, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Smeltzer will face off against Mitch Keller to kick off Grapefruit League play. Across 11 appearances (six starts) with the Twins in 2019, the southpaw recorded a 3.86 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 38:12 K:BB in 49.0 innings.
Smeltzer (2-2) allowed three earned runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out four across five innings to earn the win Thursday against the Tigers.
Smeltzer began the game with two scoreless frames but was touched up for three earned runs combined between the third and fourth innings. He also worked out of a jam in the fifth frame, stranding runners at first and second base, which allowed him to earn his second of the season. This was just a spot start for Smeltzer, who will end his rookie season with a 3.86 ERA and 1.27 WHIP across 49 big-league innings.
Smeltzer is starting Thursday's game against the Tigers, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The Twins have an open spot in the rotation, and Smeltzer will get the final start of the season in that spot. He only logged one inning in his last appearance, but had been throwing multiple innings in every recent appearance before that. A starter by trade, Smeltzer may be allowed to go deep enough into this game to get the win if he is efficient with his pitches. It's worth noting that the Twins are resting most of their top hitters after clinching the division Wednesday.
Smeltzer is slated to work out of the bullpen for this weekend's series versus Kansas City with the Twins listing Randy Dobnak, Jose Berrios and Martin Perez as their probable starters Friday through Sunday,
Smeltzer and fellow rookies Dobnak and Lewis Thorpe made three consecutive starts last weekend in Cleveland, but only Dobnak looks like he'll stick around in the rotation as a replacement for the suspended Michael Pineda. The Twins enter Friday's game four games ahead of the Indians for the division lead and don't have a realistic chance to surpass either the Astros or the Yankees for the top two spots in the American League, which could prompt manager Rocco Baldelli to build in some rest for his starters during the final week of the regular season. If that's the case, Smeltzer would be one of the prime candidates to step in for a spot start.
Smeltzer took a no-decision Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against Cleveland, giving the Twins three shutout innings with just one hit and one walk allowed. He struck out one.
The rookie southpaw made his first major-league start since Aug. 9, and kept the Indians off the board for three innings and 49 pitches. He now sports a 3.77 ERA and 33:11 K:BB through 43 innings with the Twins, and is tentatively scheduled to pitch after an opener against the Royals at home Thursday.
Smeltzer will start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
He gave up two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five in four innings against Cleveland on Sept. 8. Smeltzer could have success in this start, but it's far from a lock that the he will go deep enough to qualify for the win. He has logged six-plus innings in three of his eight MLB appearances while failing to log five innings in four of the eight.
The Twins recalled Smeltzer from Triple-A Rochester on Sunday.
Smeltzer has bounced between the big-league team and Triple-A all season, with his last appearance for the Twins coming on Aug. 15. He's worked both out of the rotation and the bullpen, racking up a 4.00 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 27 strikeouts across 36 innings of work. He's likely to serve as a reliever capable of working multiple innings but could factor into the rotation with Kyle Gibson (ulcerative colitis) landing on the injured list Sunday.
|Last 7 Games|
|09/06||vs DET||L 8-10||0||0||0||1.1||3||2||1||1|
|09/02||vs CHW||W 8-1||0||0||0||1.0||0||0||0||1|
|08/23||@ KC||W 5-4||0||0||0||2.0||3||2||0||1|
|08/17||vs KC||W 4-1||1||0||0||2.2||1||0||1||3|
|08/07||@ KC||L 2-3||0||0||0||4.1||4||2||1||2|
|08/02||vs CLE||W 3-1||1||0||0||2.2||2||1||1||2|
|07/25||@ CHW||L 3-10||0||0||0||2.0||6||5||1||5|
|More Pitching Stats|
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2017||AFA-Rancho Cucamonga Qua||90.0||16||15||0||5||4||0||102||18||107||4.40||1.389|
|2017||AFX-Great Lakes Loons||52.1||10||10||0||2||3||0||57||12||40||3.80||0.998|
|2019||AAX-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||30.0||5||5||0||3||1||0||33||3||19||0.60||0.733|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||74.1||15||14||0||1||4||0||71||19||68||3.64||1.174|