The Cincinnati Reds have acquired right-handed reliever Casey Legumina in a trade with the Minnesota Twins. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was the first to report that the Reds were trading Kyle Farmer to Minnesota, while C. Trent Rosecans (also from The Athletic) was the first to report that it was Legumina that was coming back to Cincinnati in the deal. He was just added to the Twins 40-man roster this week and will now be on the Reds 40-man roster.
The Twins selected Casey Legumina in the 8th round of the 2019 draft. By the time he was selected in the draft he had injured his pitching elbow and would undergo Tommy John surgery. That led to him not making his professional debut until 2021. This past season he began the year in High-A Cedar Rapids where he made three starts before being promoted to Double-A Wichita. Things didn’t get out to a good start there and they didn’t really start to improve for quite a while. In his first 15 appearances – 13 starts and two outings out of the bullpen – he posted a 5.69 ERA with 26 walks and 50 strikeouts while allowing nine home runs in 55.1 innings.
On August 11th the Twins moved Legumina to the bullpen in Double-A. He allowed five earned runs in his first three outings that covered 5.0 innings. From that point forward he gave up just one earned run in 12.2 innings and didn’t give up a run in his final 10 appearances. He struck out 20 batters in 12.2 innings during that stretch and held opponents to a .204/.291/.204 line – not giving up a single extra-base hit in a month.
Following the trade I queued up some video after Casey Legumina moved to the bullpen in Double-A and he showed some interesting stuff. His fastball was sitting at 96-97 MPH and he was consistently working with it at the top of the strikezone. He showed two breaking balls – both looked like sliders, but one was around 85 and the other one was 77-80. He also appeared to throw a change up in the upper 80’s. I saw a report that he had hit 98 MPH earlier in the season as a starter, too, so there’s plenty of velocity to work with.
He did struggle against lefties a bit during the season. Left-handed hitters posted a .285/.347/.483 line against him in 191 plate appearances. Right-handed hitters didn’t have nearly the same kind of success, hitting just .228/.320/.345 against him in 194 plate appearances. Righties struck out more than lefties, but also walked more than lefties did against Legumina.