Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Erickson Heading to Fort Myers; Hernandez Heading Back to Beloit

Beloit Snappers

A Beloit Snappers Press Release

The Minnesota Twins have promoted Snappers right-handed pitcher Blair Erickson to their high A affiliate Fort Myers Miracle. Along with Erickson’s promotion, the Twins have also sent right-handed pitcher Danny Hernandez down from the Miracle to the Snappers. Both moves are effective today.

So far this season, Erickson has a 1-3 record and a 3.38 ERA. Blair has 26 strikeouts to go along with just eight walks, while sporting a 1.34 WHIP. Opponents are batting .258 against the right-hander.

Blair was the Twins’ 10th round pick in the 2007 First-Year Player draft. Erickson attended the University of California-Irvine where he was named to the Collegiate Baseball Preseason All-American second team and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-American third team as a junior. Last season Erickson tied for second in the Appalachian League in saves with 11.

Hernandez returns to the Snappers after appearing in nine games this season for the Fort Myers Miracle. Hernandez went 0-1 with a 7.45 ERA in 9.2 innings pitched.

Signed by the Twins as a non-drafted free agent on May 8, 2003, Hernandez is coming off two different surgeries on his right elbow. Last season Danny had arthroscopic surgery on June 1st and UCL reconstruction surgery on June 22nd.

Before his injury, Hernandez went 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA for the Snappers in eight innings pitched.

The moves leave the Beloit active roster at 25.

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