Posted at 6:01 AM on May 6, 2008
by David Zingler
We've all been privy to melodramatic saga that has been Carlos Gomez's first month in Minnesota. You can say what you want about Gomez, but he's always interesting and often exciting to watch. He however, is just ¼ of the questionable bounty the Twins received for all-world ace Johan Santana. Here's a quick update on the other three players - all hurlers.
The 25-year-old former 1st round pick is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA at Rochester. He has appeared in 8 games, only 5 starts, which suggests he's having trouble staying in the rotation. In 25 innings, Humber has allowed 15 earned runs and 11 walks while striking out 14. Opponents are hitting .320 off the former Rice star and he's posted a WHIP of 1.76 so far. Not good.
ETA: At 25, he should be ready now, but unless Humber picks it up, he may be lucky to get a September call-up.
Mulvey is faring better at Triple A than Humber thus far. The soon-to-be 23 year old (May 26) is 2-3 with a 3.82 ERA in 6 appearances - all starts. Mulvey has allowed 14 earned runs and 12 walks with an impressive 34 strikeouts in 33 innings. His batting average against stands at .276 and his WHIP is 1.48. Considering Mulvey is two years younger than Humber and striking out hitters at a prolific clip, there is plenty to be encouraged about.
ETA: Sometime in 2008.
The 19-year-old Guerra is currently toiling at Ft. Meyers - the Twins "High A" ball affiliate. He is 2-1 with a 4.61 ERA in 6 games - 5 starts. In 25 innings, Guerra has allowed 14 earned runs and 12 base-on-balls while striking out 20. Opponents are hitting .261 off the Venezuelan and he's posted a WHIP of 1.50. While his stats are mediocre, Guerra is at a fairly high level considering his age and, like Mulvey, he has shown the ability to strike batters out.