Ayala’s On Assignment (And Not The James Bond-Secret Spy Kind)
Usually, when I hear that someone is “on assignment”, I think of something like this. Guns firing, things blowing up, cool gadgets, and a guy in a suit who always gets the girl.
Unfortunately, for Mr. Ayala, his “assignment” will be the kind of trip where a stunt like this might be the most exciting baseball-related action that happens on any given day (thus is life in the minors for a former major leaguer).
To replace Ayala, the Twins called up Bobby Keppel (a righthanded pitcher who has both relieved and started) from the AAA Rochester Red Wings.
This is a move that, at least I felt, needed to be made quite a long time ago. After only a month or so, it was pretty clear the kind of pitcher Ayala is now. He can play the law of averages (much like Livan Hernandez before him), but on too many occasions he will give up the big dinger or just plain get hammered by batter after batter.
With Craig Breslow, Jesse Crain, and now Ayala gone from the pen, I actually like the direction this is heading. Besides Sean Henn, the Twins are moving away from the re-treads holding on for one last hope and more towards the future. Yes, it is a full-bore rebuilding effort, but the Twins have always had a knack for doing that kind of thing on the fly. In all honesty, we seem to handle changes better DURING the season than before or after it.
Unless one of our current pitchers really struggles or gets hurt, it wouldn’t surprise me if Ayala never resurfaces in a Twins major league uniform.