With Carlos Silva out for the first half (and possibly all season) with a knee injury, the Twins have turned to lefty Dave Gassner to fill the spot in the rotation.
A Purdue product, Gassner was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 24th round in 2001. He came to the Twins as the PTBNL in the Shannon Stewart trade. Gassner is a finesse guy. He's shown he can win at the Triple-A level, going 16-8 with a 3.41 ERA last year. But his strikeout rate is low, and he gives up a hit per inning. A standard Grade C pitching prospect; I don't see a lot to get excited about. He's just keeping the slot warm for Scott Baker in the big picture.