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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 12: Matt Wisler #37 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Cleveland Indians on September 12, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 12: Matt Wisler #37 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Cleveland Indians on September 12, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 12: Matt Wisler #37 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Cleveland Indians on September 12, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 12: Matt Wisler #37 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Cleveland Indians on September 12, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)

Matt Wisler

It was surprising to see the Minnesota Twins to non-tender Wisler after he posted an outstanding performance in 2020 with a 1.07 ERA in 25.1 innings of relief while also striking out 35 batters. He comes after spending time with multiple teams which include a long stint with his original team the Braves, the Reds, the Padres, the Mariners, and the Twins.

He’s primarily been out of the bullpen, although he has made the occasional start, however, in the Angels current situation with cleaning house of most of their bullpen through non-tendering players, they could use him in relief. Posting those strong numbers in the American League, although small sample size due to the shortened season, should garner interest from American League teams that are trying to bolster up their bullpen.

The only knock on Wisler would be that he only throws two pitches which are the 4-seam fastball and slider which he used 83% of the time according to Baseball Savant. He did have other pitches in his arsenal like change-up, curveball, and a sinker which were all abandoned after the 2019 season. While he was dominant with just those two pitches for 2020, the Twins must have taught he could not have kept up that type of dominance for next season.

Despite what other teams may think, the Angels should give him a shot at repeating his success from 2020 and prove that it wasn’t a fluke especially if it isn’t going to cost them too much.

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