The Minnesota Twins announced earlier today that they have signed 36 year old Relief Pitcher Matt Belisle. Surprised? I’ve yet to decide.
Belisle spent last season with the Washington Nationals, posting a 1.76 ERA in 46.0 innings pitched and 9 earned runs along with 7 walks and 32 strikeouts. That’s just under 0.69 strikeouts/IP… Can’t we do better than that?
As we see in the graphic above, via Baseball-Reference.com… The best pitcher overall in this category last season was José Fernandez with 1.3875 strikeouts/IP (RIP).
In his MLB career, Belisle has posted a record of 49-55, delivering a 4.20 ERA in 598 games and 834 innings pitched for the Cincinatti Reds, Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals and the aforementioned Washington Nationals.
The interesting part of all this, is the Twins assigning Byung-Ho Park to the minors to make room on their 40 man. Look, I’m no, but with the likes of Napoli and Morneau buzzing around the North- could this mean the future signing of a power hitter to follow?
Park only appeared in 62 games last season in his rookie campaign, posting just 12 home runs and a measly .191 batting avg.