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Twins sign second-round pick Burdi

Twins sign second-round pick Burdi

ANAHEIM -- The Twins signed right-hander Nick Burdi, who was selected in the second-round of the First-Year Player Draft, the club announced Tuesday. Burdi will receive the full slot value of $1,218,800, and will report to Class A Cedar Rapids.

The 6-foot-4 right-hander posted a 0.49 ERA with 65 strikeouts in 37 innings as a junior at Louisville this season. His fastball has reached as high as 103 mph, but also possesses a slider that can reach the low 90s. The 21-year-old also throws a changeup but is expected to be a two-pitch reliever as a professional and profiles as a hard-throwing closer.

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Burdi could move through the Minors quickly given his advanced approach but Twins general manager Terry Ryan said it'll be up to Burdi on how fast he advances.

"It's all about production and performance and makeup," Ryan said. "We started him there because he's ready to pitch there based on the people who have seen him. That's what it comes down to."

The Twins have now signed nine of their first 10 picks. University of Texas right-hander John Curtiss is the only player taken in the top 10 rounds who has yet to agree to terms with the Twins.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. 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.

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