Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Kyle Waldrop

Sent: 2/18/11
Received: 3/1/11
Time: 11 Days
Address: c/o Minnesota Twins Spring Training
Item Sent: 2004 Bowman Heritage
Item Received: 2004 Bowman Heritage, signed in black Sharpie.

A 2004 first-round draft pick of the Twins, Kyle Waldrop's career seemed in peril after missing the entire 2008 season with a shoulder injury.  A career starter until that point, he converted to relief in 2009 and sparkled with a 2.08 combined ERA ah high-A Fort Myers and AA New Britain.  He spent the entire 2010 season at AAA Rochester and posted a 2.57 ERA over 87 2/3 relief innings, seemingly putting himself back on the Twins radar.  After a disastrous Arizona Fall League showing, though, he was removed from the 40-man roster and exposed to the Rule V Draft.  Unselected by other teams, he was invited to spring training with the Twins, where he remains a longshot to win a bullpen spot.  He's been counted out before, though.

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