Twins Sign Relief Pitcher Josh Staumont

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Let me know if you’ve heard this story before… ‘The Minnesota Twins have signed an aging relief pitcher who was good at one point during his career but has dealt with injuries recently’.

Minnesota Twins sign former Royals reliever Josh Staumont

Well, whether it’s an old story or not, that’s what happened on Wednesday, when the Twins finally made their first move of the 2023-24 offseason, signing 30-year-old former Kansas City Royals reliever, Josh Staumont, to a one-year contract worth just under $1 million.

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Staumont made his debut with the Royals as a 25-year-old and immediately made an impact out of their bullpen. By his third season (2021), he had become one of the best bullpen arms in baseball, posting a 2.88 ERA, 159 ERA+ and 1.066 WHIP in 65.2 innings.

But, as mentioned earlier, he’s struggled with injuries since then and he’s trying to make his legendary comeback in a Minnesota Twins uniform. Derek Falvey & Co have had some hits and misses in situations like this. Let’s hope Staumont is a hit.

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What can Twins fans expect from Josh Staumont?

Josh’s biggest weakness has been lack of control. He’s prone to walking dudes regularly and beaning some every once in awhile, too. But you’ll have that sometimes with a guy that throws as hard and has as much movement as Staumont does.

You can see his elite stuff, and why the Twins are interested in him (especially for under $1 million), in these two strikeout pitches dating back to last summer, when he started a game for Kansas City as their ‘opener’.

With the first batter, he drops a pretty disgusting 86 MPH slider on the outside corner vs a righty. In the same inning, he shaves the other corner with a 98 MPH heater that leaves lefty Nolan Gorman (Cardinals) wishing he had never stepped into the box.

Josh Staumont’s fastball averaged 95.6 MPH in 2023, down 1 MPH from 2022 and down 2.4 MPH from his shortened 2020 season average of 98 MPH. To end this post, here is Josh throwing some 99 MPH high heat in April, 2021.

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