The Twins have signed right-hander Drew Hutchison to a minor league contract, according to Nate Rowan, director of communications for Triple-A Rochester. Hutchison will start for Rochester on Friday, per Rowan.
Hutchison opened 2019 as a member of the Yankees’ Triple-A club after signing a minors deal in the offseason. He struggled to a 5.14 ERA/4.86 FIP with 8.7 K/9, 4.0 BB/9 and a 42.8 percent groundball rate in that 63-inning span, though. Hutchison was far better as a member of the Dodgers’ top affiliate in 2018, however, and does own a solid 3.81 ERA with 8.2 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9 in 425 1/3 Triple-A frames.
Now 28, Hutchison is still best known for an occasionally effective run with the Blue Jays from 2012-16. Since then, though, the former Tommy John surgery patient hasn’t produced much in the majors with the Pirates, Phillies or Rangers. Despite useful strikeout and walk rates (8.11 K/9, 3.07 BB), Hutchison has managed an unappealing 5.10 ERA/4.45 FIP in 460 1/3 major league innings – mostly as a starter.