Twins trade pitching prospect to Braves
The Minnesota Twins traded right-handed pitching prospect Billy
Bullock to the Atlanta Braves, which allows them to retain Rule 5
draft choice Scott Diamond.
The Twins announced the deal Monday. They plucked the
left-handed Diamond out of the Braves’ system in December. He
allowed one earned run on six hits in six innings of work during
spring training. But he missed two weeks with a blister on his left
thumb and wasn’t deemed ready for the opening day roster.
Because he will start the year at Triple-A Rochester, the Twins
had to work out a deal with the Braves for Diamond or put him
through waivers before they could retain him.
”I’m real excited about it,” Diamond said. ”It’s been a tough
day and a half. Now that I have some information and know where I’m
going, I’m really excited about it. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to
contribute this year. I’ll try to get some more innings in and get
some more work in.”
The Twins drafted Bullock in the second round in 2009. He struck
out 60 batters in 36 2-3 innings at Double-A New Britain last