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Ryne Harper makes his case for a spot in the bullpen

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2:11 am
April 25, 2019


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If youe like me, you skimmed over Ryne Harper name in the list of non-roster players invited to 2019 spring training. Mixed among the Preston Guilmets, Mike Morins, and Lewis Thorpes of the squad, there seemed to be no reason to pay any attention to Harper, who is neither young nor a top performer in Triple-A over his career. A 37th-round pick by the Braves in 2011, Harper one foray into the majors came in 2017, when the Mariners called him up at the end of May. Three weeks later, the organization sent him back down to Tacoma without even appearing in a game Minnesota Twins Custom Jerseys.Through his years in the minors, Harper has regularly performed well in Double-A, recording a 2.25 ERA in 182 appearances over six seasons. But at Triple-A, where Harper has only spent parts of two seasons, his ERA jumps to 4.35.Yet this spring, as of the time of writing (March 19), Harper has pitched in eight games, tied for the team lead in appearances. In those eight games, his ERA is the same as John Blutarsky GPAObviously, this is tied for the team lead. Of the nine other pitchers with a 0 Joe Mauer Jersey.00 ERA in camp so far, only Andrew Vasquez (who has already been optioned to Triple-A) made more than three appearances, with five. Harper has eight.The rest of his stats are just as impressive0.88 WHIP, consisting of seven hits and no walks in eight innings, third among Twins to make more than two appearances. (Mike Morin and Ryan Eades just better him with 0.81 and 0.86.)11 strikeouts, tied for the team lead alongside Preston Guilmet, Tim Collins, and (gulp) Jose Berrios.Two saves. Regardless of what you think about the value of this statistic, Harper is still the only Twin with more than one..219 AVG against, not a team leader (ranking eighth with the more-than-two-appearances qualifier) but an impressive number.His outings have not gone unnoticed, as his knee-buckling curveballs have made several appearances on Twitter, including one highlight from the official MLB account.Just looking.

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