Glen Perkins, Relief Pitcher/Closer, Minnesota Twins, #15
Date of Birth: 3/2/1983
Birthplace: Stillwater, Minnesota
College: University of Minnesota
Current Salary: $6,500,000
Glen Perkins, relief pitcher/closer for the Minnesota Twins, was drafted by the Twins in 2004. He pitched in their minor league system from 2004 through most of 2007, joining the Twins for just four games in 2006 and 19 games in 2007.
In 2008, Perkins, as part of the Twins' starting rotation, pitched a career high 151.0 innings in 26 games. He finished the season with a 4.41 ERA and a career high 12 wins (to 4 losses). He was again part of the starting rotation in 2009, but he didn't pitch nearly as well. He finished the 2009 season with a 5.89 ERA and a 6-7 record in 96.1 innings in 18 games.
Perkins was moved to the Twins' bullpen in 2010. However, he spent most of the season in the minor leagues, pitching just 21.2 innings in 13 games with the Twins. In 2011, as a relief pitcher for the Twins, he pitched 61.2 innings in 65 games and he had a 2.48 ERA.
In March, 2012, Perkins signed a three-year, $10.3 million contract extension with the Twins. He became their closer in July, 2012. That season, he had 16 saves, a 2.56 ERA, and a career high 78 strikeouts (to just 16 walks) in 70 games. The following season, he had a career high 36 saves and a 2.30 ERA in 61 games.
Perkins signed a four-year extension with the Twins on March 14, 2014. He finished the 2014 season with 34 saves and a 3.65 ERA in 63 games.
As the Twins' closer in 2015, Perkins had 32 saves and a 3.32 ERA in 57.0 innings in 60 games.
Perkins spent almost all of the 2016 season on the DL with a shoulder injury. He played in just two games with the Twins.
Career pitching statistics for Perkins through 2016 include:
- 401 games played
- 618.2 innings pitched
- 35-25 win-loss record
- 120 saves
- 502 strikeouts to 153 walks
- 3.83 ERA
Perkins and his wife Alisha have two children.