Tuesday, March 1, 2011
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.