Talk about a fall from grace.
On Friday morning, Vance Worley, the Minnesota Twins 2013 Opening Day pitcher was given his walking papers and released by the organization – this just a few years removed from nearly bringing home the National League Rookie of the Year award.
Worley, who began his career with the Philadelphia Phillies placed third in the 2011 National League Rookie of the Year award race but was unable to capitalize off that success, leading to his placement on waivers.
"Twins right-hander Vance Worley, who has been foundering this spring following a rough first year in Minnesota, has been placed on waivers, according to sources.Worley can be claimed by anyone, but his spring hasn’t exactly been an advertisement. He has a 13.50 ERA and has allowed 22 hits in 10 2/3 innings, with opposing batters hitting .415 against him."
Adding Worley would require a team to clear (or have an open spot) on their roster, though given some of the teams desperate for pitching around Major League Baseball, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see him claimed.
In nearly 280 innings with the Philadelphia Phillies, Worley put up a very respectable 3.50 ERA and it’s possible a return to the National League could put him back on track for success.
Regardless, barring an oddity, it looks like his time as a member of the Minnesota Twins is now over.