Prior to today’s 6-5 win over the Royals, the Twins selected the contract of right-hander Juan Minaya from Triple-A Saint Paul. Righty Cody Stashak was optioned to Triple-A and right-hander Dakota Chalmers was designated for assignment to create roster space for Minaya.
Signed to a minor league deal last winter, Minaya is now in position to make his first Major League appearance since July 12, 2019. It’s worth noting that the Twins also selected Minaya’s contract last season but didn’t use him in a game during his few days on the active roster before he was DFA’ed.
The 30-year-old spent his first four MLB seasons with the White Sox, posting a 3.93 ERA/4.14 SIERA and a slightly above-average 25.1% strikeout rate over 128 1/3 innings. Minaya became a free agent following the season and signed his first minors deal with the Twins in January 2020.
Chalmers was a third-round pick for the Athletics in the 2015 draft, and he was dealt to the Twins for Fernando Rodney back in August 2018. The righty has a 4.38 ERA over 168 1/3 career innings in pro ball, including a very ugly 9.49 ERA over 12 1/3 innings at Double-A this year. Even prior to 2021, control has been an issue in Chalmers’ career, and he also missed most of the 2018-19 seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery.