DETROIT, MI - JULY 01: Lester Oliveros #44 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants during the eighth inning at Comerica Park on July 1, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. San Francisco won the game 4-3. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have chosen right-handed reliever Lester Oliveros as the player to be named later to complete yesterday's trade. Lester Oliveros has been assigned to Triple-A Rochester.
We noted the Twins had until October 15, 2011 to name the final player in the trade, but it took no more than 24 hours. Along with Lester Oliveros, Minnesota received left-handed pitcher Cole Nelson in exchange for Delmon Young.
Oliveros, 23, has spent time at Double-A, Triple-A, and at the major-league level this season. He had been working exclusively as a reliever in the Detroit Tigers organization since he was 18 years old. The Twins are getting a fastball-only reliever who can be dominant at times, but also has major flaws. Oliveros' erratic control combined with the lack of an above-average secondary pitch always held him back from succeeding at the higher levels of pro ball. It's no coincidence Oliveros' strikeout-to-walk ratio (K/BB) took a hit as he rose in the minors because players can sit on the fastball and wait for something off speed.