The Twins announced that they have claimed right-hander Ryan Jensen from the Marlins. The latter club designated him for assignment two weeks ago. DFA limbo normally only lasts a week but the clock is paused for the week from Christmas to New Year’s Day. Minnesota’s 40-man roster count is now at 38.
Jensen, 26, now joins his fourth organization, though he still hasn’t made his major league debut. He was drafted by the Cubs with a first-round pick, 27th overall, in 2019. As he climbed the minor league ladder, he posted some mediocre results, largely due to control issues. The Cubs nonetheless added him to their 40-man roster in November of 2022 to keep him out of the Rule 5 draft. His struggles continued in 2023, which put him into the waiver carousel. Between August and today, he has gone to the Mariners, Marlins and now Twins via waiver claims from each club.
He was moved from the rotation to the bullpen this year, which didn’t lead to immediate results. He started the year in the Double-A rotation in the Cubs’ system, got moved to the bullpen and then bumped up to Triple-A. He posted an earned run average of 5.06 at that level between the Cubs and Mariners, walking 20.1% of batters faced in the process. He has walked 14.5% of batters faced in his minor league career overall.
For the Twins, they had a few open roster spots and will take a flier on the former first-round pick to see if they can help him harness his stuff. Despite the free passes, he’s also struck out a strong 25.9% of batters faced in his minor league career overall. He still has a couple of options remaining and can be kept in the minors until he shows some progress.