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Mr 100: Saints Closer Dan Sattler Has Contract Purchased By Twins

ST. PAUL, MN May 29, 2012

Mr 100: Saints Closer Dan Sattler Has Contract Purchased By Twins

May 29, 2012 at 10:52 PM

ST. PAUL, MN (May 29, 2012) – It was only a matter of time before the hard throwing right-handed closer of the St. Paul Saints grabbed the attention of scouts. Just 10 games into the season Dan Sattler became the 100th different Saints player to have his contract purchased and it was by the team down the road, the Minnesota Twins.


            In the Saints first 18 seasons no player had ever been signed by the Twins and now the flood gates have opened.  The last two players who have had their contract purchased, left-handed reliever Caleb Thielbar (August 18, 2011) and Sattler are in the Twins system.  Thielbar is currently at Double-A New Britain after pitching 12.1 scoreless innings at Single-A Fort Myers to start the season.  He is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 10 games with the Rock Cats.


            The 28-year-old Sattler was flat out dominant in the American Association going 1-0 with three saves without allowing a run and giving up just one hit.  In 7.0 innings of work he walked two and struck out five.  Sattler will report to extended spring training, and if all goes well, may be promoted to Double-A New Britain. 


            Sattler spent all of last season with the Los Angeles Angels organization, most of it at Double-A Arkansas.  He was 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in 19 relief appearances.  In 30.0 innings pitched he walked 21 and struck out 29.  He was placed on the disabled list on May 16 with a left foot contusion and made five rehab assignments with the Arizona Angels from July 20-31. Early in the season he pitched two scoreless appearances with Single-A Inland Empire of the California League


            Sattler was a 44th round selection by the Texas Rangers out of Purdue University in 2006.  He pitched two seasons for the Rangers reaching Single-A in 2008.  After being released by the Rangers in 2009 he caught on with the Kansas City T-Bones of the Independent Northern League and was dominant.  He went 3-3 with a 1.66 ERA which included two separate lengthy stints without giving up an earned run.  He went 13 straight relief appearances without allowing an earned run from June 17-July 13 and eight straight relief appearances without allowing a run from July 24-August 8.  His success brought him attention and his contract was purchased by the Oakland Athletics on August 26.


            He spent one season with the Athletics organization and pitched at Single-A and Double-A in 2010.  Following the season the Angels took him in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft.


            The Saints have had 105 contracts purchased totaling 100 different players, seven of which were sold to international teams and 17 have reached the ultimate level of the Major Leagues. 


            The Saints roster currently stands at 21, one below the league maximum, including one player on the disabled list.  They have nine pitchers and 12 position players.