Former Merrimack pitcher Ryan O’Rourke put together a stellar spring, but was optioned to Triple-A Rochester by the Minnesota Twins earlier this week.
O’Rourke appeared in eight games this spring, totaling 6.1 innings. He posted a 1.35 earned-run average and opponents hit just .100 against him.
“I thought I pitched well enough to make the team,” O’Rourke, told The Minnesota Star Tribue, “but obviously, I didn’t.”
Of course, it’s entirely possible that O’Rourke gets recalled to the Twins roster at some point during this season. Last year, he was called up to the Major League roster for the first time in early-July. One report suggested that O’Rourke was optioned after a stellar spring due to having option years remaining on his contract, which means the Twins could send him to Triple-A without having to clear him through waivers, whereas other cuts would have resulted in possibly losing a player through the waiver process.