Thursday, December 10, 2009

Rule V Draft Ongoing......

The Twins did not make any selections in the Major League phase of the Rule V Draft Thursday morning, nor did they lose anyone.

The minor league phases will get underway shortly.....

UPDATE:  The Twins lost two players in the AAA phase of the Rule V Draft. Right-handed pitcher Angelo Sanchez was selected by Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia's AAA affiliate. The 20-year-old Sanchez was signed out of Venezuela two seasons ago and spent all of last season with Elizabethton in the Appalachian League. With E-Town, Sanchez posted a 5-1 record but allowed 64 hits and 37 earned runs in 60.1 innings (5.52 ERA). He struck out 64 batters against 20 walks. He pitched with the GCL Twins in 2008, posting a 4-3 mark in 11 starts. He notched a 3.62 ERA in 54.2 innings, striking out 55 batters against 18 walks.

LHP Winston Marquez was selected by Oklahoma, Texas's AAA affiliate. Also signed out of Venezuela, the 22-year-old split last season between E-Town and Beloit, totaling a 1-2 mark in 30 innings spanning 15 appearances. He allowed 29 hits, 15 earned runs, and walked 15 batters in his 30 innings, while striking out an impressive 45 hitters. Although his ERA was high after his promotion (5.21), Marquez struck out 30 batters in his 19 innings with the Low-A affiliate.

The Twins did not select anyone in the AAA or AA portions of the Rule V Draft.

Both pitchers are young and have potential, and both have impressive strikeout totals for their short careers. It's too early to project their careers, but the Twins lost two potential power arms out of their low minor leagues Thursday.

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