Posted 24 April 2012 - 10:33 AM
Pat Dean (born May 25, 1989) was drafted in the 3rd Round of the 2010 draft out of Boston College. The left handed starter was signed for $319,500 by the Twins.
In 2010, Dean dominated the rookie ball circuit by posting a 2-2 record with a 2.15 ERA, striking out 37 batters and walking 1 batter in 29 1/3 innings between the GCL Twins and E-Twins. In 2010, Baseball America ranked Dean the 16th best prospect in the Appy League.
Dean started 2011 with the Snappers, where he posted a 2-0 record with a 2.86 ERA in 8 starts before being promoted to the Miracle. Dean struggled the rest of the way in Ft Myers posting a 3-6 record with a whopping 6.67 ERA in 11 starts, with opponents posting a .332 AVG against Dean. Dean made one token start at New Britain in 2011.
2012 will be a big year for Dean. The Twins assigned him to start the season in Ft. Myers with the Miracle. As a college pitcher, it is time to start moving up the ladder and put the dreadful finish to 2011 behind him.
To date, Dean has posted an 0-1 start with a 4.18 ERA in 4 starts with the Miracle, giving up 26 hits in 23.2 innings, walking 4 and striking out 13. Opponents are hitting .286 off of Dean.
In his last start on Sunday, Dean pitched 6 innings and surrendered 5 runs, all in the 5th inning, leaving the game while leading 7-5. Unfotunately, the bullpen coughed up the lead in a 9-8 loss to 1st place St. Lucie.