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Twins bring reinforcements with seven September call-ups

Minnesota Twins; Willians Astudillo hits an RBI single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Photo: (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Minnesota Twins; Willians Astudillo hits an RBI single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo.

Updated: September 01, 2019 04:04 PM

As September rolls around the corner the Minnesota Twins will be expecting some production out of seven reinforcements the A.L. Central leaders have called up. 

The Twins announced that they have selected the contracts of speedy outfielder Ian Miller and hard-throwing pitcher Brusdar Graterol as well as recalling pitchers Devin Smeltzer, Zack Littell and Kohl Stewart. The team additionally reinstated Willians Astudillo and LaMonte Wade Jr. from the 10-day injured list. 

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Arguably the most exciting and potentially most useful call-up comes in the form of top pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol who is expected to pitch out the bullpen. The hard-throwing righty regularly hits triple digits on the radar gun and possesses a plus slider. He had been a starting pitcher throughout his minor league career but will transition to the bullpen during the stretch run. Graterol is a combined 7-0 with a 1.92 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 61 innings pitching between Triple-A Rochester, Double-A Pensacola and the GCL Twins this season. 

Also notable, Ian Miller is expected to be used mostly as a pinch runner as he led all of Triple-A this season with 35 stolen bases. 

Fan-favorite Willians Astudillo will also be back with the big league club after a prolonged 56 games absence as he dealt with a lingering left oblique strain. Astudillo was in the lineup tonight as the Twins took game three Detroit. 

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