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Twins ink undrafted 24-year-old who throws 100

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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Janie McCauley of the Associated Press has the must-read tale of Brandon Poulson, a 24-year-old undrafted reliever whom the Twins just signed for $250,000.

As Pauley notes, that's roughly a 10-fold increase over the kind of bonus an undrafted prospect typically receives. That's no accident, as Poulson throws 100 and, in the words of one Twins' scout, is "a physical specimen" and has "the best pure arm strength I've ever seen."

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Some things you should probably know about Mr. Poulson ...

1. He was most recently pitching for the summer-league Healdsburg Prune Packers. His manager was Jonny Gomes' brother.

2. For the Prune Packers (Prune Packers!), he struck out 31 batters ... in 12 1/3 innings.

3. Until last fall, he was working for his father and driving heavy machinery.

4. At his college's scout day (Academy of Art University!), he ran the 60-yard dash in socks.

5. The Giants, Athletics, Mariners and Phillies were also interested in signing him.

Do give McCauley's excellent piece a full read, and here's hoping Brandon Poulson makes his way to Target Field soon enough.

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