Twins sign Hermsen, plus minor league notes

Posted on August 14th, 2008 – 5:15 PM
By La Velle

The Twins tonight have signed righthander B.J. Hermsen, their sixth round pick in the June draft. There are indications that Hermsen signed for around $600,000, but all a Twins official would tell me was that it was above the league-suggested slot figure.

Hermsen had a scholarship to Oregon State, a very good program, but chose to turn pro. He will head to Fort Myers, Fla. to begin the transition into the pro ranks. He’s not expected to pitch in any games, part of the reason is that Iowa’s baseball season includes the summer. So he just finished his year.   

The Twins also signed 14th-round pick Blayne Weller, a righthander from Key West (Fla.) High School.

Was told that the Twins are not trying to sign Joe Loftus before the 11 p.m. deadline Friday night.

Class A Fort Myers Lefthander Tyler Robertson has been shut down for the season because of a tight shoulder. Robertston, who flew to the Twin Cities this week for an examination, will undergo a rehabilitation program that hopefully will loosen the shoulder up.

Fort Myers outfielder Danny Santiesteban is an outfielder no more. He’s being converted to a pitcher. He’s already 88-92 on the gun with a good slider.

The Twins have extended their player development agreement with Class AA New Britain through 2010.

Alejandro Machado is batting .360 at Class AAA Rochester but his arm is not strong at all coming off of two shoulder surgeries.

Reported this week that Luke Hughes will play third base at the Arizona Fall League. Was told today that while they do want him to play third, he may wind up in winter ball.

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