When Jose Mijares arrived in Fort Myers this spring, many thought he'd be one the the players that would take a bullpen spot. The assumption came deservingly as Mijares just last September helped stabilize the bullpen and keep the Twins in several games down the stretch.
Overall, Mijares posted a solid 0.87 ERA for the Twins in a total of 10.1 innings pitched. Mijares was all-around good as he did well with his control (no walks) and struck out five batters.
Showing up to camp overweight with poor mechanics, after an offseason in which he showed he wasn't yet mature, Mijares missed out on a great opportunity to make the Opening Day roster.
Now Mijares is at triple-A Rochester, and there is a good chance he'll be up in the majors anywhere from late April to June if he does well.
In his first outing of the season, Mijares threw two innings, and allowed just a lone hit while striking out two hitters. It's a good start for the lefty, and if he can string together a few good outings, he should find himself as a contributor in no time.
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