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Brian Dinkelman | Second Baseman

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 11/10/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 195
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Twins re-signed INF/OF Brian Dinkelman to a minor league contract.
He's been given a spring training invite. Dinkelman spent all of 2012 at Triple-A, batting just .252/.336/.378 with four homers. He'll provide minor league depth. Tue, Nov 20, 2012 06:57:00 PM

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Brian Dinkelman went 3-for-4 with a homer, four RBI and a walk in the Twins' 11-6 defeat of the Pirates on Thursday.

Dinkelman was removed from the Twins' 40-man roster at the end of last season, only to be re-signed to a minor league contract. Versatility is his biggest asset, and the Twins are giving him time in the outfield while they're still uncertain about how they'll handle right field. Realistically, he's a 25th man at best. Ron Gardenhire, though, has a history of giving 25th men too much playing time.
Thu, Mar 29, 2012 04:15:00 PM

Twins signed INF/OF Brian Dinkelman to a minor league contract.

Dinkelman became a minor league free agent after being removed from the 40-man roster last month. The 27-year-old made his major league debut this past season, batting .301/.346/.315 with zero homers and a .661 OPS over 78 plate appearances. He'll serve as organizational depth.
Sun, Nov 13, 2011 04:03:00 PM

Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Twins have re-signed INF/OF Brian Dinkelman to a minor league contract.

Dinkelman became a minor league free agent after being removed from the 40-man roster last month. The 27-year-old made his major league debut this season, batting .301/.346/.315 with zero homers and a .661 OPS over 78 plate appearances.
Thu, Nov 10, 2011 12:30:00 PM

Twins sent INF/OF Brian Dinkelman outright to Triple-A Rochester.

The move clears him from the Twins' 40-man roster. Dinkelman, 27, made his major league debut this season, batting .301/.346/.315 with zero homers and a .661 OPS over 78 plate appearances. He is a .271 career hitter in the minor leagues.
Thu, Oct 20, 2011 01:05:00 PM

Brian Dinkelman went 4-for-5 with a run and an RBI in Sunday's 6-5 loss to Cleveland.

Coming off Saturday's 3-for-4 performance, the 27-year-old is batting .375 in 40 at-bats -- the only major league at-bats of his career. Dinkelman is a career .271 minor league hitter through six seasons. In other words, don't expect him to keep hitting .375 for the rest of the season.
Mon, Sep 19, 2011 06:33:00 AM

Brian Dinkelman has left the Twins to attend his grandfather's funeral.

He will rejoin the club Thursday. Dinkelman has batted .296/.367/.296 in 11 games with the Twins this season.
Tue, Sep 13, 2011 07:21:00 PM

Twins purchased the contract of INF/OF Brian Dinkelman from Triple-A Rochester.

Dinkleman went 4-for-14 (.286) with two RBI in a little over two weeks with the big club earlier this season. The 27-year-old will provide no more than bench depth for the Twins and can be ignored in even the deepest AL-only leagues.
Sun, Sep 4, 2011 04:35:00 PM

Twins sent INF/OF Brian Dinkelman outright to Triple-A Rochester.

He was cleared to make room for Joe Mauer on the 40-man and active rosters. Dinkleman went 4-for-14 (.286) with two RBI in a little over two weeks with the big club. The roster move means that the Twins plan to carry three catchers for now.
Thu, Jun 16, 2011 03:45:00 PM

Twins purchased the contract of INF Brian Dinkelman from Triple-A Rochester.

Dinkelman could see time on the Minnesota middle infield while Tsuyoshi Nishioka continues his recovery from a broken leg and the Twins scratch off different options at shortstop. The 27-year-old had a mediocre .773 OPS in 209 plate appearances this year at Triple-A, though, and probably won't make much noise in the big leagues.
Thu, Jun 2, 2011 11:35:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
3Josmil Pinto
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
2Eric Farris
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
3Miguel Sano
LF1Jordan Schafer
2Chris Herrmann
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Eddie Rosario
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Chris Parmelee
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Phil Hughes
3Kyle Gibson
4Tommy Milone
5Trevor May
6Mike Pelfrey
7Alex Meyer
8Jason Wheeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Ryan Pressly
8Aaron Thompson
9A.J. Achter
10Logan Darnell
11Michael Tonkin
12Lester Oliveros