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Twins Select RHP Ryan Pressly in Rule 5 Draft

Attached Image: Sox-Ryan-Pressly_0519WEB.jpg With the 4th overall pick in the 2012 Rule 5 draft, the Minnesota Twins drafted RHP Ryan Pressley from the Boston Red Sox organization.

John Manuel reports that he throws up to 95 mph. The 23-year-old split the 2012 season between Hi-A and AA. He posted a 6.28 ERA in 20 games in Hi-A. When promoted to AA, he posted a 2.93 ERA in 27.2 innings. He walked 10 and struckout 21. He apparently impressed in the Arizona Fall League.

The Twins did not lose any players in the MLB portion of the Rule 5 draft.

Click through to see picks by the Twins in the minor league portions as they're announced.

[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]Seth's initial response - 50/50 at best that Pressly sticks with the Twins all season. Could the team work out a deal with the Red Sox to keep him? He is about to turn 24 years old, so he could figure things out in the bullpen, I guess.

Wanting 3B depth, the Twins selected Mark Sobolewski with their pick in the AAA portion of the Rule 5 draft from the Blue Jays. In AA last year, he hit .262/.295/.457 with 17 doubles and 18 home runs. He hit just .188 with 4 doubles and 2 homers in 23 AAA games. This guy might give competition to AAA 3B Deibinson Romero, although both bat right handed.

The Twins lost RHP Tom Boleska to the Baltimore Orioles organization. He came to the Twins following a tremendously dominant season as the closer for the Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks. It's a disappointing loss, as he throws quite hard.

The Twins passed on their AA Rule 5 selection, as did every single other team.

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