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Jeremy Nygaard

From the cutting room floor...

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News of the Twins Prospect Handbook will probably start popping up soon. So to help with that appetite, you will find a couple profiles that won't make the final cut... because the players got cut.

Wang-Wei Lin Ė OF Ė (6/28/88)
Acquired: Signed as F/A in Oct 2006 from Taiwan
2012 Team(s): Beloit Snappers
2012 Stats: .232/.343/.334, 14-2B, 5-3B, 4 HR, 30 RBI

Lin has spent the previous three seasons in Beloit and regardless of what happens, we know he wonít be heading there again. Lin spent three injury-plagued seasons in the GCL before being promoted to Beloit in 2010. He had shown improvement throughout his first two years and a quick look at his 2012 numbers would suggest he really struggled (though his BABIP dropped nearly 60 points from 2011 to 2012 while his batting average only dropped 45 points). Maybe he was just really unlucky. Unfortunately, as an organizational-type player who hasnít been able to climb the ladder, you have to show something to stick around.

Defensively, Lin can play all three outfield positions and be average. Heís a good athlete who knows how to work a count and take good at-bats.

At nearly 25, Lin will head to spring training knowing that his time with the organization could be limited. Fort Myers or bust.

Joshua Hendricks Ė 1B Ė (11/9/91)
Acquired: Signed as F/A in Jan. 2009 from Australia
2012 Team(s): Elizabethton Twins
2012 Stats: .222/.292/.333, 9-2B, 0-3B, 1 HR, 13 RBI

Hendricks was signed by Australian scout Howard Norsetter in January 2009, but didnít make his professional debut until the summer of 2010. He began that season with the GCL affiliate as a catcher. He finished that season with a batting average of .091 (4-44). He struck out 17 times and didnít draw a single walk. At 6-3, 220, Hendricks was moved to first base following the 2010 season. In 2011, Hendricks got 160 at-bats in 47 games and batted .275 and cut his K-rate to 18%. He didnít take a lot of walks, though, or hit for power which resulted in an OPS of .666.

There was hope that Hendricks might be able to play his way up to Beloit in 2012. Instead, Hendricks returned to Elizabethton where he was passed up by many of the 2012 draft picks. He only played in 29 games, appearing 21 times at first base and batted only .222 while seeing his K-rate increase to 32%.

Hendricks headed back home to play winter ball - and is struggling - though he is having his best winter of the three heís spent there.

Hendricks hasnít demonstrated the power that is necessary if he is going to stick at first base. He hasnít demonstrated the hit-tool enough to stick in professional baseball. The Twins are always patient with their Australian prospects, but you can only wait so long for guys to develop. Hendricks will have to make the Cedar Rapids roster to remain in the organization.



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