Anthony Vizcaya faced seemingly impossible odds of ever finding his way back to minor league baseball in the United States.
Cut by Cleveland in 2015, he then bounced around the world playing the game he loves. The 25-year-old reliever from Venezuela made stops in his own country. He also spent time in Spain and with an independent league team in Japan in 2018.
A scout from the Minnesota Twins discovered him while he was playing winter league ball in Venezuela. Ramon Borrego, who managed in the league and is at the helm of the Double-A Pensacola Blue Wahoos this season, convinced the Twins to take a chance on him.
“Having a guy who can throw 94, 95, 96 (miles per hour) and who has a good breaking pitch and changeup. We took a closer look at him and gave him a second chance,” Borrego said. “Four years of bouncing around and he finally got his opportunity to play pro ball here again.”
Vizcaya was brought into spring training and started out with Fort Myers, the Class A advanced affiliate of the Twins. He nailed down seven saves in seven opportunities, earning a call-up to Double-A.