Occasionally, a young pitcher will be referred to as "effectively wild." On Saturday, Minnesota's Samuel Deduno was simply wildly erratic.
Deduno began the day owning the second-most wins (six) of any Twins starter. Yet, the right-hander rarely found the strike zone against the first-place White Sox in an eventual 5-3 Twins setback.
Deduno was all over the place early. His pitches were wildly high at times, as he threw over the heads of White Sox hitters such as Gordon Beckham and Alex Rios. The 29-year-old pitcher wasn't completely ineffective, but his six strikeouts were largely negated by a stat line that also included the following figures: four innings pitched, three hits, four earned runs and five walks allowed. "It's an uncomfortable at-bat," Beckham said afterward, in reference to facing Deduno. "My at-bat, I had two pitches go over my head. (But) he's got good stuff."
Deduno (6-4) rarely threw first-pitch strikes Saturday,...