Twins Claim Brooks Raley From Cubs

The Twins have claimed lefty Brooks Raley off of waivers from the Cubs, reports Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune (via Twitter). Raley, 25, had spent his entire career in the Chicago system.

Raley has thrown just 38 1/3 MLB innings over the last two seasons, and made his first go at relief in 2013. Previously, Raley had worked almost exclusively as a starter. In 141 1/3 innings at the Triple-A level last year, Raley posted a 4.46 ERA, with 6.0 K/9 against 2.9 BB/9. According to Pitch F/X data (via Fangraphs), Raley throws both a four-seam and two-seam fastball, each of which sit around 89 mph, and also offers a slider, curve, and change. Over his time in the upper minors, Raley has actually shown a relatively minor platoon split, though big league righties have hit him hard.

12 Responses to Twins Claim Brooks Raley From Cubs Leave a Reply

  1. WrigleyTerror37 1 year ago

    Dang it!! wonder why the Cubs let him go? so unexpected…
    Best of luck Brooks, Twins are getting a good guy, always signed for me.

    • Jacob Holton 1 year ago

      One reason was to add Jason Hammel.

      • Shane Newbanks 1 year ago

        Actually, Marshall was for Hammel. Now they have one 40 man spot left.

        • Manfrenjensen 1 year ago

          Raley’s spot goes to James McDonald.

      • Rick Cleven 1 year ago

        Loosing Brett Marshall to Reds opened that spot. Waiting for the next shoe to drop.

        • Shane Flannagan 1 year ago

          Cubs are trying to get Bonifacio I bet

  2. Jacob Holton 1 year ago

    Once a Cub, always a Cub! Good luck Brooks!!

  3. Gocubs2010 1 year ago

    Raley is a relief pitcher, While he probably would be better than Russell it wasn’t bad cut.

    • Shel K 1 year ago

      better than russell? I don’t think so. Russell was way overworked last year, he became “every-day Jimmy.” But head to head Raley’s not in the same league as Rusell.

  4. JSapp11 1 year ago


  5. twins33 1 year ago

    With the Twins depth, I don’t get it. Looking at his stats, he seems…not good. So…yeah.

    • He’s your classic light-tossing pitch-to-contact guy. Front office must have felt like we were going too far in the direction of flame throwers.

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