De Vries continues impressive spring

BRADENTON, Fla. -- Right-hander Cole De Vries continued his impressive showing in Spring Training on Saturday against the Pirates, having not yet allowed an earned run in Grapefruit League play.

De Vries, making his fourth outing, gave up one unearned run on one hit and a walk over three innings against the Pirates. He's allowed two hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings so far this spring.

"I feel like I've been effective and for the most part I've been doing what I want to do out there," De Vries said. "So we'll see if we can keep it going."

De Vries was a pleasant surprise with the Twins last year, posting a 4.11 ERA in 17 appearances, including 16 starts. He's competing for the final spot in the rotation this spring along with Kyle Gibson, Liam Hendriks and P.J. Walters.

"I take it as though it's my spot and my spot to lose," De Vries said. "I want to go out there and attack and pitch as well as I can. If the staff is looking at it like it's not my spot and somebody else's, I want to make it as hard as I can on them. And if it is my spot, I want to prove that there's no doubt that I deserve it."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.