Wednesday July 30th, 2014

The Minnesota Twins reached a deal with a pitching prospect who is 6-foot-6, weighs 240 pounds, runs a 6.6-second 60-yard dash, has a 40-inch vertical leap and throws 100 mile per hour fastballs, the Associated Press reports.

Brandon Poulson, 24, has never been drafted and was pitching for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league earlier this month. In 12 appearances with the Prune Packers, he recorded 31 strikeouts and four saves.

The Twins signed him to a $250,000 contract. A scout who has seen Poulson pitch was convinced of his talent after only 18 pitches.

"I played for the Prune Packers summer of '13, but missed nearly three-fourths of the games because I was busy working," Poulson said, via the Associated Press."I'm excited. I know it's just the first step of what the real goal is to make it in the bigs."

The Twins will use Poulson as a reliever and he could pitch this weekend for the team's rookie club in the Appalachian League located in Elizabethton, Tenn.

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