The Twins have signed reliever Parker Bugg to a minor league contract, according to his transactions log at MLB.com. He’d reached minor league free agency at the end of last season following seven years in the Marlins’ system.
Bugg, an LSU product, entered the professional ranks as a 27th-round draftee in 2016. Despite that modest draft profile, he worked his way up to Triple-A by the 2019 campaign. Bugg spent a few seasons at the top minor league levels and earned his first big league call from Miami last August. He had split the season between Double-A Pensacola and Triple-A Jacksonville, working to a 2.39 ERA across 37 2/3 combined innings at the time of his promotion. Bugg stayed on the active roster for a couple days but didn’t make it into a game before being designated for assignment and outrighted off the roster.
Upon clearing waivers, he finished the season with the Jumbo Shrimp. Bugg wrapped up his year with a solid 3.18 ERA through 39 2/3 frames of relief in Triple-A. He struck out a solid 25.9% of batters faced but walked hitters at an elevated 12% clip. All told, he owns a 4.18 ERA with a 27.4% strikeout percentage and 10.3% walk rate through 306 professional innings.
Bugg figures to open the 2023 campaign with Triple-A St. Paul. He’ll be on hand as a depth option for a Minnesota bullpen that was in the league’s middle third in both ERA and strikeout rate last season. Danny Coulombe, Oliver Ortega, Patrick Murphy and Locke St. John are among the other non-roster bullpen options who’ll be at the upper levels of the minors for the Twins’ front office.
deGrom Texas Ranger
This player Buggs me.
Some days you’re the windshield, sometimes you’re the Bugg !!!
Motor City Beach Bum
Best name ever.
First Locke St John, now Parker Bugg
Hell of a way to assess talent
Wilmer the Thrillmer
Parker Buggs Bunny. Cutist baseball name ever.
And he played for the Jumbo Shrimp last year.
Dang, I hope he has a 10 year MLB career!
Looks like they RAIDed the Marlins org.
MLB just keeps digging out the trailer park for “talent” huh?
Parker Bug in the garage dude!
I think they’re messing with us. I heard his name was Barker Pugg.
Parker Lewis can’t lose…
Bearded Texas Hulk
@Rsox that was a really underrated show
The Twins/Saints bullpens are liable to be BUGGed !!
A Bug in the Park
Parker Bugg right over there.
He should have been the valet at the VW dealership.
Wait, the Twins decided to keep the Bugg in the system?
A spider is a bug(g)…
Peter Parker is Spiderman…
Parker Bugg is gonna put some dirt in your eye.
You’re not a gnat, are you, Bug ?
If he isn’t nicknamed ‘Mud’, I’ll be disappointed.
Never seen a Parker bug.