2015 AL Central Preview: Minnesota Twins
Mar 24, 2015; Fort Myers, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins relief pitcher Glen Perkins (15) throws a pitch during the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Hammond Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Twins bullpen starts and ends with lefty closer Glen Perkins. In a down year (3.65 ERA, 34-41 in saves opportunities) he was still an All-Star.
Behind him, the Twins are hoping for some one to step up. Brian Duensing is your typical left-handed specialist who struggles against righties. Casey Fien was their best right-handed pitcher (3.98 ERA in 2014) and should return as the eighth inning setup man.
The Twins are hoping for some magic from some combination of Tim Stauffer, J.R. Graham, Blaine Boyer and Mike Pelfrey. Stauffer and Pelfrey once successful starters now find themselves filling in roles as relievers. Boyer has a career 4.63 ERA but has been solid thus far in spring training.
The wild card of this group is Graham. As a Rule 5 selection from the Atlanta Braves, Graham, 25, is a hard throwing righty looking regain the form he once had before a 2013 shoulder injury.
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