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Astros claim right-hander Samuel Deduno off waivers from the Twins

Aug 30, 2014, 2:58 PM EDT

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Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com passes along word that the Astros have claimed right-hander Samuel Deduno off waivers from the Twins. He was plucked off outright waivers, not revocable waivers as we often see during the month of August, so no trade was required.

After playing a significant role for the Dominican Republic in last year’s World Baseball Classic, Deduno posted a 3.83 ERA over 18 starts with the Twins last season, though his secondary numbers weren’t all that impressive. The 31-year-old has split this season between the starting rotation and the bullpen, putting up a 4.60 ERA and 74/41 K/BB ratio in 92 innings over eight starts and 22 relief appearances.

Interestingly, Deduno has a solid 3.21 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 22 walks over 53 1/3 innings in a relief role this season. Meanwhile, he owns a 56 percent ground ball rate for his career. The Twins thought he was expendable, but it’s easy to see why the rebuilding Astros are intrigued.

  1. Bryz - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    He’s always had control problems, but he was easily a serviceable reliever. Now us Twins fans wait to see if Alex Meyer is finally promoted or if the 40-man roster spot goes to someone else like Lester Oliveros.

  2. undeadjesus - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    Sammy has got some wicked movement on his pitches but is just too wild to be effective. It was obvious that opposing hitters did NOT like facing him. Seems like he hit a batter every time he made an appearance.

    • Bryz - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

      24 HBP in 284 innings, so roughly one every 12 innings. 10 this year in 92 innings.

  3. twinfan24 - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    He always seemed really close to turning a corner, but he seems just short. I wish him luck with the Astros. Maybe a fresh start and a different coaching staff will help him out.

  4. docktorellis - Aug 30, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Deduno was a useful reliever that we let go for nothing. Twins now have 3 open roster spots on the 40 man roster. Rosters expand in TWO DAYS. What is the point of this move? Seriously asking, does ANYONE understand what the Twins are doing? Isn’t the ability to effectively manage a 40-man roster a pretty basic prerequisite to running a front office?

    • natstowngreg - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:27 PM

      The timing is a little odd. Looks like the Twins gave up on Deduno.

      But you might want to wait a day or two. to see if the Twins add anyone. Filling the 40-man roster holes isn’t critical right now. It becomes critical in the off-season, when they will need to activate Pelfrey off the 60-day DL. Also, add prospects, to keep them out of December’s Rule 5 draft.

      • docktorellis - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:51 PM

        Yeah, I am hopeful that there is some sort of corresponding move here. It’s mostly just frustration at the way the Twins have handled their roster in general over the past several years. That, and knowing that Deduno will probably go on to throw a no-hitter for the ‘Stros because that’s the sort of thing that happens with former Twins…

  5. moogro - Aug 30, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Guaranteed to thrive outside of the Twins organization. Great move.

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