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Twins Signal Wynton Bernard To Minor League Deal


The Twins have signed outfielder Wynton Bernard to a minor league deal, based on his transactions tracker at MLB.com. He had beforehand been with the White Sox on a minor league deal however was launched just a few days in the past.

Bernard, 33, bought into 41 video games with Triple-A Charlotte previous to being launched. His 3.2% stroll price in that point was effectively beneath common however he additionally stored his strikeouts right down to a 16.8% clip. His .306/.328/.446 batting line interprets to a 97 wRC+ on this yr’s Worldwide League surroundings. He additionally stole 11 bases in 12 tries and performed all three outfield positions.

That’s a superbly stable efficiency however the White Sox are deep in a rebuild and doubtless choose to provide their minor league enjoying time to youthful gamers who may maybe progress in direction of serving to the membership sooner or later.

For the Twins, they’re in win-now mode and are a extra logical match for a veteran depth man like Bernard, although his path to a giant league roster spot in Minnesota shall be steep. The Twins at present have an outfield combine consisting of Byron Buxton, Max Kepler, Trevor Larnach, Matt Wallner and Manuel Margot, with Willi Castro splitting his time between the infield and outfield. Alex Kirilloff and Austin Martin would even be within the infield/outfield camp however each are at present on the injured record.

Buxton and Margot each have fairly checkered harm histories, so it’s doable the necessity for assistance on the grass may emerge at any level. Bernard has additionally stolen fairly just a few bases in his minor league profession and will maybe function a bench piece as a September call-up, leaping in for some pinch-running alternatives or to function a defensive alternative. His main league observe report consists of 12 video games with the Rockies in 2022, throughout which period he hit .286/.286/.310 and stole three bases in 4 tries. If he will get a 40-man roster spot at any level, he nonetheless has a few choices remaining.

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