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In June of 2011 the Atlanta Braves selected Ryne Harper in 37th-round. On February 2, 2018, Harper signed a minor-league contract with the Minnesota Twins. We have all heard the saying “a cup of coffee in the big leagues”. Ryne Harper, literally, had a cup of coffee in the big leagues with the Seattle Mariners. He was called up for three days and didn’t throw one pitch in a game before he was sent back down.
In 2019, Harper was given a non-roster invitation to major-league spring training. On March 27th, 2019 Ryne Harper was told that he would be on the Twins' Opening Day roster. To say Harper kept a fairly low profile going into camp is an understatement. If you googled his name in March, a 25-year-old Indy leaguer who posted a 7.88 ERA in 2017 with Garden City comes up first.
Harper's odds of making the team as a non-roster invitee where slim to none. He had to earn a spot and his competition was.....
- Trevor May – big-leaguer, and out of options
- Addison Reed – multi-year deal
- Trevor Hildenberger – big-leaguer
- Taylor Rogers – the team’s most valuable reliever in 2018
- Matt Magill – out of options
- Fernando Romero – high ceiling
- Adalberto Mejia - No. 5 starter
- Martin Perez – out of options
- Blake Parker – legit big leaguer
He earned as spot!
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