Ryan O’Rourke inked a minor-league deal with the Minnesota Twins and reported to their AAA affiliate in Rochester this weekend.
O’Rourke was with the New York Mets this season and was designated for assignment last month. However, the former Merrimack pitcher opted to remain with the organization. In 44 innings this season, he has posted a 3.27 ERA with 9.6 strikeouts per nine innings and a WHIP of 1.40; he also threw 1.1 innings of scoreless ball for the Mets at the Major League level earlier this season.
O’Rourke was in the Twins system from 2010 to 2016 and threw 47 Major League innings between 2015 and 2016. He suffered an injury in 2017 and had Tommy John surgery before returning with the Orioles organization last season where he was limited to 14.1 innings.
Reports out of Minnesota suggest that O’Rourke could be called up to the Major League roster when rosters expand on Sept. 1, if not beforehand.