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My Question for Twins’ Brass

The Minnesota Twins and their baseball network held their annual event for radio affiliates, and as always, Sharon and I were there. And as always, it was interesting and informative, and the food was good.

Each year several Twins officials speak to the broadcasters and take questions from their audience, after taking questions from play-by-play man Cory Provus. And this time, I asked a question.

Twins General Manager Terry Ryan had mentioned several players who had come through, even in a down year, and one of them was relief pitcher Caleb Thielbar, the former South Dakota State University Jackrabbit.

Thielbar had been drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers a few years ago, but had played Independent baseball for a few years before signing with the Twins.

So I wondered if he was an indicator of the talent that might go unnoticed while playing in Independent baseball, away from the MLB-affiliated National Association teams. Or was he an aberration? And were talented players sometimes overlooked?

Terry Ryan’s answer was really interesting. He said they had had two scouts watching Thielbar before they signed him, and he also said that if anyone in Independent baseball is doing well, “We’re going to know about him.”

Now, maybe that was obvious to you, but it was interesting to me.

I asked, and now I know.

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