Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins Fantasy Baseball Daily Bullpen Updates and Closer Depth Chart

Closer 1st in line 2nd in line 2015 Closer Updated
MIN Glen Perkins Casey Fien Jared Burton Glen Perkins 7/6/14

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Previous updates:

July 15, 2014
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins should remain the Twins closer, despite the club sitting in the AL Central cellar. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: None

July 7, 2014
Minnesota Twins – Casey Fien pitched the 8th inning ahead of closer Glen Perkins for the second day in a row on Saturday.  Fien struggled a little bit in the middle of June when he took losses in back-to-back appearances, including a blown save, but has picked it back up since then.  Fien has only given up one run in his last seven games and, with an ERA less than half of Jared Burton’s, it looks like Fien is re-establishing himself as the primary backup to Perkins.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Fien | Burton.

June 23, 2014
Minnesota Twins – With Glen Perkins unavailable, Jared Burton picked up his first save of the season on Sunday. It appears that with his blown save earlier this week, Casey Fien (who pitched the 8th ahead of Burton on Sunday) lost his chance to be Perkins’s backup, despite having a far better ERA than Burton.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Burton | Fien.

June 19, 2014
Minnesota Twins – With Glen Perkins sidelined with a bad back, Casey Fien got the call for a save opportunity in the tenth in Boston, only to give up consecutive home runs to lose the game. Perkins, who blamed himself for the loss, expects to be available on Thursday.

Hierarchy remains: Perkins | Fien | Duensing.

June 12, 2014
Minnesota Twins – Casey Fien picked up an unusual save by coming in for the last out of the eighth with two on in a four-run game, then finishing the ninth up five. He relieved Jared Burton, who has been surprisingly bad this season, with as many earned runs as strikeouts. Lefty Brian Duensing’s peripherals are only slightly better, but his ERA is half that of Burton, and he’s been getting some seventh-inning love lately.

Updated hierarchy: Perkins | Fien | Duensing.

May 5, 2014
Minnesota Twins – On Saturday, Casey Fien got the 8th and Jared Burton pitched the 9th, which is about how you’d expect a team to use its top middle relievers when up by 5 runs. But on Sunday, with an 8th inning hold up for grabs, it was Fien who was summoned ahead of Glen Perkins. It wasn’t a usage issue, as over the prior three nights, Fien had actually thrown 10 more pitches. More likely, it looks like Ron Gardenhire has finally realized that he has better 8th inning options than the veteran righty, who is sporting an ERA just a shade below 8 thus far. Hierarchy change: Casey Fien to Set-up, Jared Burton to 2nd in line.

May 2, 2014
Minnesota Twins – Coming in to 2014, Jared Burton had every reason to be given a long leash as the Twins primary set-up man, as he was the team’s steadiest and best middle reliever over the past two years.  But it’s been a different story for the righty this year, as he’s got an ERA of almost 9 and a 6/9 K/BB ratio through 10.1 innings thus far.  Despite the terrible numbers, he was still being used ahead of Glen Perkins — prior to Thursday, his last two outings were 8th inning holds.  But maybe Ron Gardenhire has finally realized that he’s actually got a great bullpen this year (Casey Fien, Brian Duensing, and Michael Tonkin have all been excellent), and yesterday, Burton was finally given a low-leverage inning to sort himself out.  We still get the feeling that Burton could be used as the backup closer if Perkins needs a night off, so we’ll monitor his usage closely over the weekend.  No hierarchy change.

March 13, 2014
Minnesota Twins – The team was lousy, but it wasn’t Glen Perkins’s fault. The Twins should almost certainly improve, and their closer’s job security is excellent. Ranked #8 in our preseason closer rankings.

March 9, 2014
Minnesota Twins  – The Twins will return most of their key bullpen arms from last year and didn’t make any big adds to their relief corps.  Glen Perkins will be the closer again, with Jared Burton and Casey Fien setting him up.  Starting 2014 hierarchy: Closer – Glen Perkins, Set-up – Jared Burton, 2nd in line – Casey Fien. 

September 4, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins got within one out of collecting his 33rd save, but then put two men on and gave up a game-tying home run. Josh Roenicke eventually picked up the twelfth-inning save. No hierarchy change.

August 28, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Jared Burton picked up his second straight loss and eighth of the season by entering a tied game and surrendering three singles and a walk. No hierarchy change.

August 18, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Casey Fien has an astronomical 23.63 ERA over his last three appearances. Hierarchy change: Jared Burtoto Set-up, Casey Fien to 2nd in line.

July 21, 2013
Minnesota Twins – For the second night in a row, Casey Fien pitched the 8th ahead of Glen Perkins while Jared Burton pitched in the 7th inning.  Fien has made 11 straight scoreless appearances, lowering his ERA to 2.88 on the season.  Hierarchy change:  Casey Fien to Set-up, Jared Burton to 2nd in line.

July 17, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins is too good a closer to stay on this bad Minnesota team; if he’s traded, he’ll almost certainly be closing for a contender, while Ron Gardenhire goes to Jared (Burton) and dreams of someday getting a ring. TRADE DEADLINE BUY/SELL: BUY Glen Perkins, Jared Burton.

July 14, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Casey Fien pitched the 8th ahead of Glen Perkins last night to pick up his 10th hold of the season.  Fien has not allowed a run, and has only given up 4 hits, in his last 9 appearances.  Hierarchy change:  Casey Fien to 2nd in line, replacing Caleb Thielbar.

June 22, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Caleb Thielbar has a 0.00 ERA in 12.2 innings since being called up in late May and should see time later in games if he keeps that up.  Hierarchy change:  Caleb Thielbar to 2nd in line, replacing Casey Fien.

May 31, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins had the night off on Thursday, so as predicted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Jared Burton picked up his second save of the year.  No hierarchy change.

May 29, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Brian Duensing got his first save of the season on Tuesday by pitching a scoreless fourteenth inning. No hierarchy change.

May 23, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Josh Roenicke relieved Vance Worley in the 4th inning yesterday and his usage has been all over the place this season.  Casey Fien pitched a scoreless 7th on Tuesday and has seen more action later in games.  Hierarchy change:  Casey Fien to 2nd in line, replacing Josh Roenicke.

May 12, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Jared Burton picked up the save last night.  Glen Perkins was unavailable yesterday with a sore left side but it does not appear to be serious.  No hierarchy change.

May 6, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Josh Roenicke picked up two 7th inning holds over the weekend, and appears to have established himself as the 7th inning man, ahead of Glen Perkins and Jared Burton.  Roenicke doesn’t have overpowering stuff — he’s struck out 10 and walked 6 in 14 innings this year — but he’s been effective thus far, with a 1.29 ERA.  Hierarchy change: Josh Roenicke to 2nd in line, replacing Brian Duensing.

February 24, 2013
Minnesota Twins – Starting 2013 hierarchy: Closer- Glen Perkins, Set-up- Jared Burton, 2nd in line- Brian Duensing.

September 26, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Casey Fien pitched the 7th inning on Tuesday, earning the win ahead of Jared Burton and Glen Perkins. Fien has a 1.62 ERA on the year and has allowed 0 or 1 earned runs in all but one of his 32 appearances. Hierarchy change: Casey Fien to 2nd in line, replacing Alex Burnett.

August 4, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Jared Burton picked up the save on Friday. As noted in yesterday’s Vulture Save Watch, Glen Perkins had pitched 2 innings the previous night. While this is still a platoon, Perkins is still the most likely candidate for a save on any given night. No hierarchy change.

July 30, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Alex Burnett pitched the 7th inning on Sunday ahead of Jared Burton and Glen Perkins, earning his 7th hold of the season. Tyler Robertson has struggled as of late, giving up runs in his last three appearances. Hierarchy change: Alex Burnett to 2nd in line, replacing Tyler Robertson.

July 18, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Before Tuesday’s game, the Twins said Matt Capps would be unavailable due to a strained shoulder; then, in the wee hours this morning, they put him back on the DL. Glen Perkins and Jared Burton will resume their closer-by-committee in the mean time. Burton got the save last night. Hierarchy change: Glen Perkins to Closer, Jared Burton to Set-up, Tyler Robertson to 2nd in line, Matt Capps to DL.

July 14, 2012
Minnesota Twins – The Twins activated Matt Capps from the DL. He will resume closing immediately, as the Twins are hoping to build his value so they can deal him. Hierarchy change: Matt Capps to Closer, Glen Perkins to Set-up, Jared Burton to 2nd in line.

July 13, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Once Matt Capps returns from the DL, the Twins will look to deal him. With his paltry strikeout rates, it’s unlikely that he would land anywhere where he could close, and his value will almost certainly plummet. Glen Perkins, who just signed a three-year extension, won’t be going anywhere and stands to continue getting saves. TRADE DEADLINE BUY+: Glen Perkins. BUY: Jared Burton. SELL+: Matt Capps.

July 4, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Tyler Robertson pitched a perfect 8th with the Twins up 1 as he picked up his 2nd hold in three games. Robertson was called up from Triple-A Rochester when Matt Capps was put on the DL and has been used in a bunch of late inning situations. He also has some closer experience in the minors as he has 18 saves over the past two seasons. Hierarchy change: Tyler Robertson to 2nd in line replacing Alex Burnett.

June 26, 2012
Minnesota Twins – With two lefthanders due up in the 8th inning, the Twins summoned Glen Perkins, leaving the ninth to Jared Burton. Burton earned his second save in as many days, after Perkins got the first two opportunities last week in Matt Capps’s absence. The Twins will use a true committee going forward, basing the 9th inning role on match ups, Ron Gardenhire said before the game. But given Gardenhire’s aversion to using Burton against lefties– and his reluctance to use Burton too frequently due to the righty’s injury history, which he referenced before Monday’s game– Perkins is still the more likely candidate for a save on any given night, since he’s shown the ability to get both righties and lefties out. No hierarchy change.

June 25, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Matt Capps appears headed for the DL after returning early to Minnesota for an MRI. Ron Gardenhire said that until Capps’s return, Glen Perkins and Jared Burton would share opportunities based on match ups. Burton got the call on Sunday, picking up his first save of the season, but Perkins is more likely to see the majority of chances over the next few weeks. Hierarchy change: Glen Perkins to Closer, Jared Burton to Set-up, Alex Burnett to 2nd in line, Matt Capps to DL.

June 24, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Speaking on his weekly radio show, Ron Gardenhire said this morning that Matt Capps could be headed to the disabled list with a sore right shoulder. Capps is headed back to Minnesota for an MRI. Hierarchy change: Glen Perkins to Closer, Jared Burton to Set-up, Alex Burnett to 2nd in line, Matt Capps to DL.

June 23, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Glen Perkins picked up his second save of the week on Friday. As noted in yesterday’s vulture save watch, Matt Capps is still nursing an injury, but should be back soon. No hierarchy change.

June 21, 2012
Minnesota Twins – With Matt Capps dealing with an inflamed right shoulder, Glen Perkins picked up the save on Wednesday, pitching a clean inning. Capps is expected back in a day or two. No hierarchy change.

April 20, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Jared Burton pitched the 8th inning on Wednesday, logging his second hold of the season. Meanwhile, Jeff Gray appears to have been relegated to a front-end role in the bullpen; he pitched in the 3rd inning on Thursday. Hierarchy change: Jared Burton to 2nd in line, replacing Jeff Gray.

April 15, 2012
Minnesota Twins – Jeff Gray has established himself as the go-to lefty in the Twins bullpen, and has surpassed Alex Burnett on the depth chart, who thus far is mostly being used in long relief. Hierarchy change: Jeff Gray to 2nd in line, replacing Alex Burnett.

March 19, 2012
Minnesota Twins- Joe Nathan signed with the Rangers so the Twins re-signed Matt Capps and he will start the year as the closer. If Capps falters as he did last year then Glen Perkins may see some saves. Starting 2012 hierarchy: Closer- Matt Capps, Set-up- Glen Perkins, 2nd in line- Alex Burnett.

Dec. 15, 2011
Minnesota Twins- Joe Nathan has been signed away by the Rangers, which means Matt Capps will reassume the closer role in 2012. Hierarchy change: Matt Capps to Closer, Jose Mijares to 2nd in line.

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