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Minnesota Twins Daily Dip, January 30th, 2018

Welcome to the January 30th edition of the Daily Dip, your daily piece of news and notes here on Puckett’s Pond, offseason edition. You’ll find the most recent news of the Minnesota Twins organization, stories from around the game, and links to any information you may want to know about the Minnesota Twins or baseball as we work our way through the hot stove season!

Minnesota Twins Organizational Scores

Australian Baseball League Update
The playoffs begin on Friday, with Sydney eliminated, but Brisbane, pursuing their third straight ABL title, will host Melbourne.

Player Stats:
Todd Van Steensel, Sydney – 6.2 IP, 12.15 ERA, 2.70 WHIP, 4/9 BB/K
Aaron Whitefield, Brisbane – .292/.364/.425, 106 AB, 2 HR, 10 SB, 13/29 BB/K

Dominican Winter League Update
Tigres del Licey defeated Aguilas Cibaenas 10-1 on Monday to tie the DWL championship series 2-2. None of the Twins representatives played in the game.

Player Stats:
Tyler Kinley – Tigres del Licey – 19 IP, 0.47 ERA, 0.84 WHIP, 11/32 BB/K
Adalberto Mejia – Gigantes del Cibao – 21 IP, 3.43 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 8/15 BB/K
Kennys Vargas, Aguilas Cibaenas – .222/.311/.407, 54 AB, 2 HR, 7/20 BB/K
T.J. White – Gigantes del Cibao – .000/.000/.000, 14 AB, 0/5

Minnesota Twins news and notes

Bollinger inbox: Who Twins will pursue if not Darvish
Minnesota Twins MLB.com beat reporter Rhett Bollinger answered questions from readers on the Twins’ backup plan if they don’t sign Yu Darvish, how Adalberto Mejia fits in the 2018 rotation, which young arms will figure most prominently in the 2018 Twins bullpen, and where two of the Twins’ top prospects will likely open their minor league seasons in his most recent mailbag.

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One Last Thing

Utilityman Jordan Pacheco turns 32 today. The Twins signed him this offseason to a minor league deal. Pacheco was originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 draft out of the University of New Mexico.

He finally reached the major leagues in 2011 and had a very productive 2012 with the Rockies, collecting 505 plate appearances, hitting .309/.341/.421 with 32 doubles, 3 triples, and 5 home runs.

Pacheco has played catcher, first base, and third base primarily at the major league level, though he also has appearances at second base and left field. He’s hit .272/.310/.365 with 10 home runs and 8 stolen bases over his 377 major league games. He’ll likely open the season with AAA Rochester.