Lester Jesus Oliveros (pronounced ah-lah-VAIR-ohs)...resides in Maracay, VZ during off-season.
Was invited to Twins spring training, reassigned to minor league camp March 9...Started season with Double-A New Britain...Appeared in 26 games for the Rock Cats, going 3-1, 0.89 ERA (30.1 IP, 3 ER) with 12 saves in 13 opportunities...posted a 0.56 ERA (16.0 IP, 1 ER) in final 14 appearances for Rock Cats...Transferred to Triple-A Rochester June 25...at time of promotion, led Eastern League relievers in opponent batting average (.162), third in saves (12) and fifth in strikeouts-per-9.0 IP (10.68)...Struck out multiple batters in 15 straight appearances for Red Wings July 20-August 27...Posted Rochester team-high 20.2 scoreless inning streak July 29-August 27, allowing 13 hits, seven walks and 32 strikeouts during the streak...Posted a 13.25 strikeouts-per-9.0 IP ratio at Rochester, striking out 52 in 35.1 innings pitched...Had contract selected from Rochester September 2...Made season debut and second career Twins appearance September 2 vs. Chicago-AL, allowing two home runs (Viciedo and Flowers) in 0.1 innings pitched, his first home runs allowed all season after not allowing one in 50 games between New Britain and Rochester combined.
Missed most of season recovering from "Tommy John," surgery, a procedure he had in August of 2012…Pitched in six games for GCL Twins in rehab assignment, pitching 6.1 scoreless innings with two saves…Returned from rehab assignment and reported to Triple-A Rochester but did not pitch.
Started season with Double-A New Britain and allowed just three runs in 19.0 innings (1.42 ERA) before being promoted to Triple-A
Rochester May 15. ... Nine of first 11 appearances for Red Wings were scoreless May 16-June 9. ... Recalled by Twins June 14...appeared in one game before being optioned back to Rochester June 15. ... Posted a 1.69 ERA (10.2 IP, 2 ER) in six games for Red Wings in July. ... Underwent "Tommy John" surgery on right elbow August 29, ending his season. ... Was non-tendered November 30 and resigned on a minor league contract December 4.
Started the season with Double-A Erie in the Detroit Tigers organization, going 2-0, 0.56 (16.0 ip, 1 er) with four walks and 27 strikeouts
in 10 appearances...Promoted to Triple-A Toledo, May 5...did not allow a run in his first four appearances (6.0 ip), including his first save, May 13 at Gwinnett...Appeared in 17 games for the Mud Hens before being recalled by Detroit, July 1...Made his Major League debut, tossing 1.0 scoreless inning with one hit allowed, one walk and two strikeouts, July 1 vs. San Francisco...Appeared in nine games for the Tigers before being optioned back to Toledo, July 24...transferred to Erie for one game, August 12...Was acquired by the Twins as the player to be named later, along with minor league pitcher Cole Nelson, in exchange for outfielder Delmon
Young, August 16...Reported toTriple-A Rochester and appeared in two games...recalled by Minnesota when Nick Blackburn was placed on the 15-day disabled
list, August 22...Made his Twins debut, allowing one run on two hits in 2.0 innings of relief, August 23 vs. Baltimore...Appeared in 10 games for the Twins...posted a 1.69 ERA (10.2 ip, 2 er) with opponents batting .222 (8-for-36) in his final eight appearances, August 30-September 25...Rated as having the best fastball in the Twins' minor league system by Baseball America, entering the 2012 season
Topped all Tigers minor league pitchers as he combined for 23 saves between Single A Lakeland and Double A Erie
during the 2010 season ... Assigned to Lakeland to begin the season -- sidelined both April 21-May 1 and May 7-23 with right biceps tendinitis ... Compiled a 0.87 ERA (10.1IP/1ER) and 14 strikeouts over his final 10 outings with Lakeland May 26-June 24 ... Had his contract transferred from Lakeland to Erie on June 26 ... Posted a 1.29 ERA (14.0IP/2ER) and 25 strikeouts over a 13-outing stretch July 24-August 22 ... Named the 17th-best prospect in the Tigers organization following the season by Baseball America ... Saw action in 16 games with Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season, posting a 2-1 record,
3.86 ERA (25.2IP/11ER) and 20 strikeouts.
Spent the majority of the 2009 season with Lakeland ... Compiled a 1.86 ERA (9.2IP/2ER) in seven outings during April ... Finished 2-1 with a 2.08 ERA (13.0IP/3ER) and 15 strikeouts in eight appearances during June ... Fanned a season-high five batters on July 16 versus Dunedin -- equaled the high with five strikeouts on July 28 versus
Palm Beach ... Posted a 1-1 record, 0.66 ERA (13.2IP/1ER) and 13 strikeouts in eight outings during August ... Had his contract transferred from Lakeland to Triple A Toledo on September 3 -- saw action in one game with Toledo ... Finished 0-1 with a 5.75 ERA (20.1IP/13ER) and 19 strikeouts in 16 outings with Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter
League following the season.
Assigned to Single A Oneonta to begin the 2008 season ... Compiled a 0.54 ERA (16.2IP/1ER) and 29 strikeouts over his final 11 outings with Oneonta June 28-August 11 ... Fanned a season-high five batters on July 6 versus State College -- equaled the high with five strikeouts on July 31 at
Aberdeen ... Had his contract transferred from Oneonta to Lakeland on August 13.
Led the Venezuelan Summer League with 19 saves for the Venezuelan Summer League Tigers in 2007, while he tied
for third with 27 appearances ... Topped all Venezuelan Summer League relievers with 13.85 strikeouts per nine innings, while he was second with 9.86
baserunners per nine innings and fourth with a .181 batting average against ... Did not allow a run in 13 straight outings June 16-July 21, fanning 25 batters in 15.1 scoreless innings ... Struck out a season-high six batters on July 9 at the Venezuelan Summer League Devil Rays/Reds ... Appeared in four games with Anzoategui in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season, tossing four scoreless
innings of relief.
Made his professional debut with the Venezuelan Summer League Tigers in 2006 ... Fourth among all Venezuelan Summer League relievers with a .188 batting average against ... Fanned a season-high six batters on July 24 at the Venezuelan Summer League Reds.