Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Wait Now...Who's This? Vance Worley

There are a few new faces on the Minnesota Twins roster. The season is starting soon, and I thought I'd introduce them to you. If you haven't had a chance to see any Spring Training games, you probably won't know who you're looking at when you're watching on Opening Day. Back in the day, the Twins had a "Get To Know 'Em" ad campaign, but I'm sure that phrase is all trademarked and stuff, and I'd get in a whole heap of trouble if I used it, and I've been pretty busy lately, and the last thing I need is a whole bunch of "cease and desist" emails and phone calls, even though my tiny little blog isn't likely to dilute their precious trademark or anything, but whatever, so I present to you...

Wait Now...Who's This?

Vance Worley

Likely Opening Day Starting Pitcher
Right-handed

What he looks like:

Credit: Getty Images

Where did he come from:

Philadelphia Phillies. He and Trevor May were traded for Ben Revere.

A few things to get excited about:

  • He'll get more ground ball outs than fly ball outs
  • He's not likely to give up a ton of walks
  • He was a fan favorite in Philly, so he might actually have a personality
  • His nickname is "Vanimal"
  • He might fill the necessary "adorable dimples quotient" the team has been lacking since Michael Cuddyer's departure
  • He wears sweet glasses


A few things to temper your enthusiasm

  • He's coming off elbow surgery (bone chips) late last season
  • He hasn't really had a great spring (not that that matters much)
  • He doesn't have a great history of pitching deep into games (5-6 inning average)
  • He probably won't get a ton of strike outs
  • He's a former National League pitcher (the hitters in the American League tend to be better)

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