Twins Send Van Mil To L.A.; Fuentes Trade Complete

The Twins will send right-hander Loek Van Mil to the Angels to complete the Brian Fuentes trade, according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune (on Twitter). The Twins designated Van Mil for assignment over the weekend, when they had to create roster space for Fuentes.

Van Mil, a native of the Netherlands, stands 7'1". The reliever spent most of the 2010 season at AA and posted an overall ERA of 6.15 in 26 appearances with 7.2 K/9 and 5.9 BB/9. Van Mil turns 26 this month, but he was still considered a "potential impact reliever" by Baseball America before the season. BA explained that Van Mil has a sound delivery that's hard to repeat and explained that he must throw more strikes to reach the majors.


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32 Comments on "Twins Send Van Mil To L.A.; Fuentes Trade Complete"


5 years 3 hours ago

Checked his bio… 7’1 feet tall

Holy ****

5 years 3 hours ago

I see what they mean by prospect with an “UP” side

kimofromkauai
4 years 11 months ago

Or a “high ceiling”

BK
5 years 3 hours ago

Someone give me some insight. A 6.25 AA reliever is just what the Angels need to make that draft pick a little higher! Go Reagins!

progmatinee
5 years 3 hours ago

I’m confused how a delivery could be “sound” if he has a hard time 1)repeating it and 2)throwing strikes?

Whoever did the write up must have seen 30 pitches and saw 1 he liked and said “well if he can repeat that one, he’ll be pretty good”.

5 years 3 hours ago

Well i’m glad we didn’t give up anything too big(no pun intended).

$1529282
5 years 3 hours ago

Aww there goes the Twins chance at beating the Timberwolves in a pickup game. Rauch and Van Mil would’ve been unstoppable… no one on the Wolves could’ve guarded them.

5 years 3 hours ago

plz… I think punto could easily be center in a pick-up game him and darko have the same amount of talent.

ugen64
4 years 11 months ago

in all seriousness, I bet Joe Mauer could outplay Darko…

TwinsVet
5 years 3 hours ago

There was an amusing photo out of spring training, wherein Loek (the tallest player in any camp) was standing besides the smallest (some kid who’s like 5’6″ – though his name escapes me).

5 years 2 hours ago

Chris Cates. That pic was funny. Twins had tallest professional baseball player, and shortest professional baseball player with those two before this trade.

TwinsVet
5 years 2 hours ago

Ah, that’s it. Thanks for the A on the PO!

4 years 11 months ago

I thought Todd Collins was the shortest at 5’5?

TwinsVet
4 years 11 months ago

Chris Cates is listed at 5’3″.

nick1538
4 years 11 months ago

I had dreams of an inning consisting of Rauch getting the first out with his delivery coming over the top of his head, moving to Pat Neshek and his release from the dirt, then to Van Mil over the top. The difference would be something like 7 1/2 feet!

bjsguess
5 years 3 hours ago

Frankly this is a very disappointing return for Fuentes. It’s better than nothing … but not by much.

progmatinee
5 years 3 hours ago

I think the Rockies gave up more to get Delcarmen than the Twins did for Fuentes.

$1529282
5 years 2 hours ago

True, though to be fair, Fuentes saved the Angels $1.89MM… Delcarmen wasn’t making near that amount of money and can be controlled for 2011 (though not sure why you’d really want him around).

Still, tough to be too excited about the return if you’re an Angels fan, but I guess saving ~$2MM and getting anything in return is a small victory.

SoCalAngelsFan75
5 years 2 hours ago

Wasn’t the whole purpose of them moving to the roof-less Target Field was to accomodate this guy’s height? Twins should be forced back into the Metrodome.

5 years 1 hour ago

the anaheim angels are not LA

5 years 1 hour ago

the anaheim angels are not LA

5 years 1 hour ago

The dodgers are so LA. False hope of making it big (Mannywood). Having reality crash down and realizing you have to give up your dream (Mannywood). Trying to revive your dreams after everyone knows your not going to make it (Lilly, Podsednik, Dotel). Then flat out just not make the cut.

Wow Dodgers sound completely like LA.

**Not to diss any of the above mentioned player or the Dodgers. Just the one ignorant dodger fan. 😉

Guest
5 years 24 minutes ago

“False hope of making it big”

No that would be naming your Orange County franchise LOS ANGELES.

4 years 11 months ago

No sorry we dont pay more for stupid stuff. (Mannywood)

Naming them the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim might sound dumb, but from an investment standpoint it was pure genius. Money talks, **** walks.

4 years 11 months ago

What does money for stupid stuff mean? The Manywood sign. The fact that you have to name your team after a city, in another county it doesn’t play in to attract fans/attention is pathetic, not genius. That Dodger fan isn’t stupid, just stating facts. You on the other hand…….

TwinsVet
4 years 11 months ago

Coming soon: The Coca-Cola Sacramento Angels of Los Angeles, playing in Anaheim.

BK
4 years 11 months ago

I feel like you should follow that up with an Enron joke. Are we making jokes circa 2008?

4 years 11 months ago

How are things in Divorce McCourt these days?

4 years 11 months ago

As if the anaheim Angels dream aren’t even deader. How is making trades to try & improve your team for now & the future wrong? Lily has been a great pickup for them. They should’ve done it sooner.

kdub53
5 years 1 hour ago

doesnt sound like we did too good with this trade…even though i wasnt a fuentes fan…
zachary…your comment is lame bro get over yourself
good call ethan

4 years 11 months ago

How is the truth lame? Maybe you sensitive Anaheim Angels fans need to get over yourself & your teams fake name.

twins33
4 years 11 months ago

So, this feels like we gave up nothing for Fuentes. Sounds good to me. Van Mil has been disappointing and he’s not getting any younger. Fuentes helps the team now.