By La Velle
In addition to tendering contracts to all their eligible players, the Twins also have acquired righthander Chris Province as the player to be named later in the deal that sent Boof Bonser to the Red Sox.
Province, 24, was a fourth round pick of the Red Sox in 2007. He was 2-4 with a 2.60 ERA in 43 games as a reliever for Class AA Portland. In 79.2 innings, Province gave up 72 hits with 32 walks and 55 strikeouts.
Update: Just swapped texts with a AL scout who has seen him pitch. The scout doesn’t like Province’s chances of being a good major league pitcher. He said Province’s sinker is very good but he has no second pitch.
The scout also texted, “Great build and makeup. Hardworker.”
So it seems like Province’s advancement will be based on him perfecting a second pitch.