Thursday, September 25, 2014


The Twins' first-round draft pick in 1990, Todd Ritchie struggled mightily for most of seven years in the minors.  In 1997, he was out of minor league options so the Twins decided to give him a shot in the majors.  He appeared in 42 nondescript games that season and split 1998 between the Twins and the Salt Lake Buzz.  Following that season, the Twins cut bait.  He signed a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates and turned his career around with a sparkling 15 win season.  He was never a great pitcher, but Ritchie was able to persevere and carve out a nice, eight-year MLB career.

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