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Minnesota Twins Select Pitcher Scott Diamond In Rule Five Draft

Major League Baseball held its Rule Five Draft today, and the Minnesota Twins made use of it to select a player that they feel can help them in 2011.

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The Twins took left-handed pitcher Scott Diamond from the Atlanta Braves. Between double-A and triple-A ball last year in the Atlanta organization, Diamond had a 3.46 ERA, 123 strikeouts, 54 walks, and a WHIP of 1.39 is 158 2/3 innings. He is 24 years of age.

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The Twins feel that Diamond can be their left-handed relief option out of the bullpen in 2011. The Rule Five Draft states that any player selected must stay on the Major League roster of the team that drafted him for the entire season, or else the team that drafted him must offer him back to his former team. The selection also cost the Twins $50,000.

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