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Twins Select Contract of Dominican Republic RHP Ronny Henriquez

 Matt Tallarini  |    Apr 23rd, 2024 12:34pm EDT

Ronny Henriquez #70 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Cleveland Guardians. (Photo by Ron Schwane/Getty Images)

The Minnesota Twins optioned right-handed pitcher Louie Varland to Triple-A St. Paul and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Ronny Henriquez from St. Paul on April 22.

Henriquez, 23, was born in Bonao, Dominican Republic, and has played two seasons in Major League Baseball with the Twins since making his debut on September 19, 2022, against the Cleveland Guardians on the road.

He threw two innings on Monday against the Chicago White Sox at home in his first MLB appearances this season and did not allow an earned run, allowed two hits, one walk, and struck out two to close out the game in their 7-0 victory over their division rival.

With St. Paul, Henriquez appeared in seven games out of the bullpen and posted a 4.05 ERA, throwing 13.1 innings, allowing 12 hits, six earned runs, two home runs, two walks, 14 strikeouts, and a 1.050 WHIP.

During spring training, he appeared in three games out of the bullpen for the Twins and posted a 2.25 ERA, throwing four innings, allowing four hits, one earned run, one home run, and striking out four.

Last winter league season, Henriquez played in LIDOM with the Tigres del Licey and appeared in seven games out of the bullpen with a 1-0 record and a 2.00 ERA. He threw nine innings and allowed seven hits, two earned runs, three walks, and eight strikeouts.

He signed back with the Twins on November 19, 2023, to a minor league contract, which included an invite to the big league camp.

In the 2023 season, Henriquez posted a 5-3 record between Low-A Fort Myers and Triple-A St. Paul. He appeared in 39 games out of the bullpen and pitched 60.2 innings with a 5.64 ERA, allowing 58 hits, 38 earned runs, six home runs, 39 walks, 53 strikeouts, and a 1.599 WHIP.

During his two seasons in the MLB, Henriquez has a lifetime record of 0-1 with a 1.98 ERA in four appearances, throwing 13.2 innings, allowing ten hits, three earned runs, one home run, four walks, 11 strikeouts, and a 1.024 WHIP.