Molitor expects Tyler Duffey to have a spot in Twins rotation


Tyler Duffey was a combined 7-8 between Chattanooga and Rochester last season when he received a call that he was headed to Minnesota to join the Twins in Toronto.

To say the young right-hander was surprised by the call-up would be an understatement. His dad had to pick up his passport and then drive with him from New York to Toronto so Duffey could debut against the Blue Jays.

What a difference a few months can make.

As the Twins head into their first spring training game, manager Paul Molitor was clear about what he expects from his 25-year-old, who went 5-1 for Minnesota over the final third of last season.

"I would imagine that it would probably be something fairly significant to get him bumped out of [the rotation]," Molitor told 1500 ESPN Tuesday. "We haven't locked in all five spots. Our expectation is he's going to take hold of one of them."

Duffey was great for the Twins down the stretch last season, posting a 5-1 record with a 3.10 ERA. More impressive is that he made those starts during meaningful games and innings for a team that was in the thick of a postseason race.

If he is likely to get one of the spots to go with Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes and Kyle Gibson that means the Twins really have just one spot in the rotation to figure out between Tommy Milone, Ricky Nolasco, Trevor May and Jose Berrios.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2019-08-19 at 8.08.05 PM

6 men charged in connection to 'disturbing trend' of carjackings, shootings

The men are accused of three carjackings in one day, as well as other crimes.

YouTube TV, FSN

Report: Fox Sports North is becoming Bally Sports North

The rebranding will reportedly happen prior to the start of the MLB season.

walmart mask

Wisconsin Senate votes to end statewide mask mandate

The joint resolution now heads to the Republican-controlled state assembly.

P.J. Fleck

Looks like the Gophers can put Fleck-to-Tennessee rumors to rest

Fleck is annually a hot commodity when coaching jobs open up.

Matt Dumba

Wild drop front end of back-to-back with Kings

The Wild lost consecutive games for the first time this season.

Andrelton Simmons / Minnesota Twins

Twins sign Andrelton Simmons to one-year deal

The former Angels shortstop is a four-time Gold Glove winner.

covid, vaccine

Minnesotans eligible for COVID shots only need to pre-register once for vaccine lottery

This is good news for people worried that they'd need to sign up every week.

police lights

2 people charged in separate Minneapolis homicides that happened hours apart

A woman is accused of stabbing a man in the chest over $60, while a man is accused of accidentally shooting a victim on the man's birthday.

House for sale

Despite pandemic, Twin Cities housing market set records in 2020

Sales were up 7.7% in 2020 compared to the year before.

Target store inside

Target unveils 'limited-edition' home, lifestyle collection with Levi Strauss

The new collection will be available in some stores and everyone online Feb. 28.