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Twin Valley grad A.J. Alexy signs minor league contract with Minnesota Twins

Twin Valley grad A.J. Alexy, a right-handed pitcher, has returned to affiliated baseball by signing a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins.

The deal is listed on Alexy’s transaction log on as becoming official on Dec. 19.

He last pitched for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the independent Atlantic League before being released in August.

It’s a return of sorts to the Twins for Alexy, who was acquired by Minnesota in a trade on Jan. 11, then designated for assignment 12 days later.

That move was just one of several for Alexy following the end of the 2022 season, as he went from the Texas Rangers to the Washington Nationals, then to the Twins and finally was claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox.

The 2023 season was a struggle on the field for the 25-year-old.

He missed time in spring training with an oblique injury and was never able to find his footing with the White Sox.

Pitching for Triple-A Charlotte, he went 0-3 with a 12.00 ERA in 16 games, four of them starts. In 21 innings, he allowed 13 hits and struck out 21, but walked 41. He also hit five batters.

He was outrighted off Chicago’s 40-man roster on April 28, then released on July 1.

Alexy signed with Southern Maryland, but went 0-1 with a 11.81 ERA in six games before being released on Aug. 15. In 5.1 innings, he walked 11 and struck out eight.

Alexy was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 2016 draft, then traded to Texas as part of the deal for pitcher Yu Darvish on July 31, 2017.

He made his major league debut with the Rangers on Aug. 30, 2021, against the Colorado Rockies, allowing one hit in five shutout innings. In his second start, he allowed one hit in six shutout innings against the Los Angeles Angels.

He was the first pitcher in major league history to go five shutout innings or longer and allow one hit or fewer in each of his first two career appearances, both starts, since 1893, when the mound was set at 60 feet, 6 inches from home plate.

In nine major league appearances with the Rangers in 2021 and 2022, Alexy went 4-2 with a 6.30 ERA. In 30 innings, he allowed 23 hits, struck out 23 and walked 26.

Source: Berkshire mont

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