Brian Dinkelman

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Brian Dinkelman
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Dinkelman in 2008 with the Miracle
Cedar Rapid Kernels
Second baseman/Outfielder/Hitting Coach
Born: (1983-11-10) November 10, 1983 (age 33)
Centralia, Illinois
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 4, 2011, for the Minnesota Twins
Last MLB appearance
September 28, 2011, for the Minnesota Twins
MLB statistics
(through 2011)
Batting average .301
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 4
Teams

Brian Adam Dinkelman (born November 10, 1983) is an American retired professional baseball second baseman. Dinkelman was born on November 10, 1983, in Centralia, Illinois. After graduating from Centralia High School in 2002, Dinkelman attended McKendree University and graduated in 2006; he was later drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round of the 2006 MLB draft. Dinkelman, after playing six years of minor league baseball, made his MLB debut on June 4, 2011. As of the 2011 season, Dinkelman has a career batting average of .301, with four runs batted in (RBI) and no home runs. He is officially listed as standing 5 feet 11 inches (180 cm) and weighing 195 pounds (88 kg).[1]

Early life[edit]

Brian Adam Dinkelman was born on November 10, 1983 in Centralia, Illinois. He attended Centralia High School, where he played basketball and golf along with baseball.[2] After graduation, Dinkelman played baseball at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, for the McKendree Bearcats. Dinkelman won the American Midwest Conference Player of the Year award from 2004–06,[3] and won the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Player of the Year award his senior year.[4] At McKendree, Dinkelman set 25 career school records, as well as five NAIA career records.[5]

After college, Dinkelman was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the eighth round of the 2006 MLB draft; he signed with the team on June 8, 2006.[6]

Playing career[edit]

In his first professional season, Dinkelman played for the Elizabethton Twins of the Rookie Appalachian League. Over 46 games played, Dinkelman batted .298 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in. Defensively, Dinkelman predominately played as a second baseman.[7] In 2007, he was selected to play in the Western Division of the Midwest League All-Star game, representing the Beloit Snappers.[8] In June of the same year, he was promoted to the Advanced A class Fort Myers Miracle;[9] combined, Dinkelman batted .269 in 131 games played,[10] and was voted the "Mightiest Miracle Player" (the favorite Fort Myers Miracle player) by fans.[11]

In 2008, Dinkelman continued his professional career, playing for the Miracle as well as the New Britain Rock Cats. Along with teammates Rob Delaney, Jeff Manship, Anthony Slama and Danny Valencia, Dinkelman represented the Fort Myers Miracle in the Florida State League All-Star game.[12] He finished the season with the AA Rock Cats, batting a combined .272 with four home runs, 40 RBI, and 12 stolen bases.[10]

From May 1–7, 2009, Dinkelman was the Twins' Minor League Player of the Week.[2] He was named to his third consecutive All-Star team after batting .299 with four home runs and 43 RBI in the first half of the season.[13] For the year, Dinkelman posted club highs in hits, doubles and walks[14] to help the Rock Cats make their first post-season appearance since 2003.[15] After the season, Dinkelman was named to the Eastern League All-Star Post-Season team as a utility player.[16]

Dinkelman spent the entire 2010 season with the Rochester Red Wings. He led his team in games played (137), total bases (199), and hits (139), while playing right field, left field and second base.[17] He began the 2011 year with the Red Wings before being promoted to the Minnesota Twins on June 2, 2011, to replace shortstop Trevor Plouffe.[18] On June 4, 2011, Dinkelman made his MLB debut, where he was hit by a pitch and intentionally walked, while also recording a single.[19]

"It's awesome. Getting to the Major Leagues was always something I wanted to do. When you get here and then get that first hit, it's a great feeling."

Dinkelman on his MLB debut[20]

He was outrighted to the Red Wings on June 16,[21] and recalled to the Twins on September 5, 2011.[22] For the Twins in 2011, Dinkelman batted .301, with four RBI and no home runs. However, he also had a .373 BABIP, contributing to his high average. On October 22, after being outrighted off the roster, he declared free agency. Later in the 2011 while with Rochester, Brian made a grab that was featured as number 1 on ESPN's SportsCenter top 10 plays.

On November 10, 2011, Dinkelman signed a minor league contract to return to the Minnesota Twins.[6] He played all of 2012 with Rochester, but he missed 2 months of the season from a hand injury.[23] In 74 games, he hit .252 with 4 HR and 32 RBI.

On October 29, 2012, Dinkelman re-signed with the Twins.[23] Dinkelman once again played the season in Rochester, and was used mostly off the bench. In 84 games in 2013, he hit .215 with 6 HR and 23 RBI. Over 4 seasons and 427 games with Rochester in his career, he hit .248 with 21 HR and 150 RBI.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brian Dinkelman Stats". ESPN. Retrieved September 5, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Brian Dinkelman". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved September 5, 2011.  (Note: click "bio" for more information)
  3. ^ "Dinkelman Honored as Player of the Year; Marcum Named Top Pitcher, Other Bearcats Recognized". Belleville News-Democrat. May 10, 2006. p. 5D. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Twins Select McKendree's Dinkelman". Belleville News-Democrat. June 7, 2006. p. 1D. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  5. ^ ""Dink" Gets the call: McKendree Alum Brian Dinkelman earns Promotion to MLB's Minnesota Twins". McKendree College. June 3, 2011. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Brian Dinkelman Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  7. ^ "2006 Elizabethton Twins". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Snappers take sting out of Bees". Beloit Daily News. June 9, 2007. Archived from the original on September 12, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ Dorsey, David (June 26, 2007). "Fort Myers' roster sustains multiple changes". The News-Press. 
  10. ^ a b "Brian Dinkelman Minor League Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Miracle fans love Dinkelman". Minor league baseball. August 28, 2007. Retrieved September 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Miracle shining in FSL". The News Press. May 30, 2008. p. C1. 
  13. ^ Mandel, Ken (July 15, 2009). "Future stars to shine in Trenton". Bucks County Courier Times. p. 5. 
  14. ^ "2009 New Britain Rock Cats". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Rock Cats History". Minor league baseball. Retrieved September 7, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Dinkelman & Slama Named EL Post-Season All-Stars". Retrieved November 7, 2009. 
  17. ^ "2010 Rochester Red Wings". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  18. ^ Christensen, Joe (June 2, 2011). "Flurry of roster moves means two on DL, Plouffe sent down". Minneapolis Star Tribune. Retrieved June 3, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Former Bearcat Brian Dinkelman Collects First MLB Hit". CSTV. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  20. ^ Falkoff, Robert (June 5, 2011). "Dinkelman reflects on Major League debut". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved June 6, 2011. 
  21. ^ Pelissero, Tom (June 16, 2011). "Twins Option Chuck James, outright Brian Dinkelman to Rochester". ESPN. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Minnesota Twins Transactions–2011". ESPN. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  23. ^ a b Rogoff, Mark (October 29, 2012). "RED WINGS OUTFIELDER BRIAN DINKELMAN RE-SIGNS WITH MINNESOTA TWINS FOR 2013" (PDF). RedWingsBaseball.com. 

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