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Twins select contract of Griffin Jax

Juan Minaya designated for release or assignment

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Griffin Jax from Triple-A St. Paul.

Jax, 26, has made five starts for the Saints, going 3-1 with a 3.33 ERA (27.0 IP, 10 ER), 10 walks, 29 strikeouts, no home runs allowed and a 1.33 WHIP. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound pitcher was drafted by the Twins in the third round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of the United States Air Force Academy. Over five seasons in the Twins minor league system, he has gone 13-15 with a 3.20 ERA (281.2 IP, 100 ER), 60 walks and 217 strikeouts in 52 games (47 starts). He spent the 2020 season at the alternate training site in St. Paul and was named as having the best control in the Twins’ system by Baseball America in 2019. When he debuts, Jax will become the first graduate of the Air Force Academy to be drafted and play in the majors. He will be in uniform for today’s game in Kansas City and will wear number 83.

To make room for Jax on the 26-man roster, the Twins have designated right-handed pitcher Juan Minaya for release or assignment. Minaya, who was added to the roster on May 29, appeared in four games, posting a 4.26 ERA (6.1 IP, 3 ER) with three walks and four strikeouts.

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