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Giminez vs Garver

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:10 PM
Personally, IMHO, part of the overall success and quality play of our beloved Twins this season has been the addition of Castro and Gimin...
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Berardino: Twins Focus on Nutrition

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:53 PM
Mike Berardino spent several days in Cedar Rapids this week. He was able to watch a few Kernels games and talk to some of the players. On...
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Article: Part 2: Seth's Midseason Top 40 Prospects (2...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:49 PM
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Article: Will Hunter Greene Haunt The Twins?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:12 PM
MLB's 2017 draft is a little over two weeks away. Minnesota has known they have the first overall pick since last fall and the new regime...
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Article: Where Would the Twins be Without Sano and Santana?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:49 PM
The Twins are in first place, but where would they be sans Miguel Sano and Ervin Santana? Sano has established himself as one of the prim...
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Twins Select Nick Burdi in the 2nd round

With their 2nd round pick, 46th overall, the Twins selected someone they had drafted before. They drafted RHP Nick Burdi, a relief pitcher from Louisville that they selected in the 24th round in the 2011 draft out of high school. They couldn't convince him to sign then, but he should certainly sign this time around.

Burdi throws serious heat, occasionally touching 100 mph on a radar gun. He immediately takes over the spot as the top-rated reliever in the Twins organization.

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Prior to the 2011 draft, many projected Burdi to be a 2nd or 3rd round pick, though he had committed to Louisville. Because teams knew he was unlikely to sign, he fell. He was happy that the Twins drafted him, but he wanted to honor his commitment to the Cardinals.

He has been one of the most dominant relievers in the college ranks since his freshman year. He is blessed with an arm that reaches 100 mph regularly, and even touched 103 at one point.

There is a fair question of what is too early to select a relief pitcher, but Burdi may be an exception. He was projected to be a mid-to-late first round pick this year and fell to the Twins.

He immediately becomes the #1 relief pitching prospect in the organization, far ahead of Zach Jones or Michael Tonkin. He is the type who could move very quickly. In fact, he could probably (in theory) pitch for the Twins right now.

The Twins will likely, and wisely, be more patient, protecting such a valuable arm.

At 6-4 and 215, pounds, he was ranked the #31 prospect by MLB.com and #36 by Baseball America, so getting him at #46 would appear to be a great deal. In 33.1 innings for Louisville (so far) this season, he had 58 strikeouts and just ten walks. Opponents hit just .125 against him.


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