Twins will promote only Escobar, Perdomo for September; no Dozier
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The Minnesota Twins appear to be sending a message to Brian Dozier -- if not directly, then certainly indirectly.
The 25-year-old, who spent most of the season as the team's starting shortstop, was not among the Twins' September call-ups. Instead, only shortstop Eduardo Escobar and right-hander Luis Perdomo will be called up, according to the Pioneer Press.
No players from Double-A New Britain will be called up, although there were discussions about giving young outfielders Oswaldo Arcia and Aaron Hicks a taste of the big leagues.
Dozier made his big-league debut on May 7 and he started at shortstop for the Twins almost every game until Aug. 12. It was in that game Dozier made a questionable fielding decision in the 10th inning of a close game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He'll have to wait until next year to make amends.
Dozier hit just .234/.271/.332 with six home runs in 340 plate appearances, and he did show positive signs at shortstop, but his error total (15) was far too high, and he wasn't taking enough quality at-bats.
Dozier did hit a home run in Rochester's season finale on Monday, but his Triple-A batting line of .226/.282/.316 didn't exactly jump off the page at Twins decision-makers.
As the roster currently stands, Dozier will likely still have a shot to compete for one of the Twins' starting middle infield jobs next spring.
Meanwhile, the Twins will continue to take a close look at shortstop Pedro Florimon, who has been mostly excellent defensively in his short time in the big leagues, while also posting a respectable .259/.344/.370 batting line heading into Monday.
Escobar, who was acquired in the Francisco Liriano trade, hit just .207/.281/.276 in 97 plate appearances with the White Sox earlier this year, and he didn't improve much on that with Rochester (.224/.261/.313).
The Twins also elected not to give 28-year-old Anthony Slama a look, despite the right-hander posting a 1.26 ERA with 56 strikeouts and 18 walks in 35 2/3 innings. The feeling internally over the past couple seasons is that Slama -- despite solid minor league numbers -- does not have good enough stuff to dominate in the big leagues.
But for a team that sorely lacks strikeout pitchers, it is a bit head-scratching how a guy who has racked up 12.4 strikeouts per nine innings in the minor leagues can continue to be passed up without a look.