FORT MYERS, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Esmerling Vasquez #59 of the Minnesota Twins poses for a portrait on February 27, 2012 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Twins September Call-Ups On Their Way To Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins are expected to announce a rather small amount of September call-ups now that they are able to expand the roster.

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Anthony Slama Snubbed By Twins During September Call-Ups

The Minnesota Twins have used September's expanded roster to try out a number of pitching prospects, but have not called up minor league reliever Anthony Slama. The right-handed closer was snubbed despite recording a 1.24 ERA at Triple-A Rochester this year.

Slama spent limited time with the Twins in 2010 and 2011, throwing 2.1 scoreless innings for the big league club last season. The knock against Slama within the organization, according to Phil Mackey of ESPN 1500, concerns his lack of control:

Internally, Twins officials have said behind the scenes for at least two years that Slama's stuff and command are not good enough to get hitters out consistently in the big leagues. The word has always been that Slama puts too many runners on base, and his low-90's fastball lacks the necessary life for late-inning success in the majors.

Mackey also notes that the Twins want to get a better look at other minor league pitchers. However, he writes, Slama provides something that few pitchers in the organization can: Strikeouts.

But here's where Slama's glass ceiling makes little sense -- since Johan Santana was traded five seasons ago, no pitching staff has struck out fewer opposing batters than the Twins'.

The Twins should crave strikeouts more than any team in baseball, and their hunger was apparent by their decision to draft strikeout-oriented pitchers in June.

Slama, whether he's using smoke and mirrors or not, has mowed through opposing hitters at every minor league level. And of the 214 International League pitchers who threw at least 30 innings this season, Slama tallied more strikeouts per nine innings than all of them.

The Twins return to action Friday, hosting the Cleveland Indians at Target Field.

For more on the Indians, visit Let's Go Tribe. Head over to Baseball Nation for even more coverage from around the league.

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Twins Plan An Additional Pair Of September Call-Ups

The Minnesota Twins have called up infielder Eduardo Escobar and relief pitcher Luis Perdomo, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune. Both players are expected to be available for Monday night's game vs. the Chicago White Sox.

Escobar, 23, was acquired by the Twins in the Francisco Liriano deal. In 146 plate appearances for Triple-A Rochester, he has hit .224/.261/.313 with a homer and eight runs batted in. A glove-first utility type, Escobar has made just three errors this year while seeing time at second base, third base, and shortstop.

Perdomo, 28, appeared in five games with the Twins while up with the team from late-July to mid-August. He posted a 1.50 ERA over six innings, despite walking seven batters and striking out just three. In 71.1 minor league innings this season, Perdomo has a 2.52 ERA with 67 strikeouts and 22 walks.

Rochester manager and Waseca, Minn. native Gene Glynn will also be joining the Twins for the remainder of the 2012 season starting on Friday, according to Neal.

For more on the Twins, be sure to visit Twinkie Town. And, for additional MLB coverage, head over to Baseball Nation.

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Twins September Call-Ups Likely To Be Announced Friday

The Minnesota Twins are expected to announce their September call-ups on Friday, and names like outfielder Oswaldo Arcia and pitcher Esmerling Vasquez could be in the mix.

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