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Dinkelman reflects on his time
with the Minnesota Twins

His first at Major League at bat wasn’t all that memorable, but the rest was everything Centralia graduate Brian Dinkelman hoped for and more.

Dinkelman, a member of the Minnesota Twins organization, finally got the call to the big leagues he was waiting for on June 3.

He reported as a member of the Minnesota Twins who were on the road in Kansas City.

Five years after he was drafted, Dinkelman had finally worked his way to The Show and was slotted sixth in the lineup June 4.

In an epic anti-climax that would make any little leaguer wince, Dinkelman was unceremoniously plunked in the foot by Kansas City starter Luke Hochevar in his first Major League at bat.

"I had a great time there," Dinkelman said of his three-week stay with the parent club. "Overall, it was a great experience. I wanted to get a hit in my first at-bat, but I was pretty nervous.”

In his time with the Twins, Dinkelman had four hits, two RBI, two walks, a batting average of .286 and an on-base percentage of .412.

"I knew they were going to use me in the right situations against right-handed pitching," said Dinkelman. "It meant a great deal to me that I could help out immediately. "I dreamed of making it to the major leagues. After being there, I want to make it there again."

Following his short stay in the bigs, Dinkelman returned to the the AAA Rochester Red Wings. At press time Dinkelman has played 92 games and is batting .244 batting over 344 at bats. He has 22 doubles, one homer, 39 runs, 26 RBI and seven stolen bases.

Over his 92 games this season Dinklelman has played every position with the exception centerfield, catcher and first base.

In Rochester's most recent series against the Louisville Bats, Dinkelman had multiple hits in two of the games and played two different positions. In an11-3 win over the Bats, Dinkleman hit second, played left field and finished 3-for-5 with his 20th double of the season.

Later in the series he batted third, played second base and was 2-for-5 with two more doubles and two RBI.

"I love playing everyday and getting my swings at the plate," said the Irvington native of Rochester. “I think that my ability to play almost anywhere in the field makes me more valuable.”

Dinkelman has risen through the ranks of the Minnesota Twins since 2006. He started in Elizabethton with the Twins Rookie Team. Since then, he has made 2,447 trips to the plate with 667 hits. He has a professional batting average of .273.

Rochester is 41-65 while competing in the International League-North Division.They are currently in sixth place, which is 20.5 games behind league-leading Lehigh Valley (62-45), the affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Message from Daniel L. Chamness

Regular College Report Online coverage is slated to return in September, provided we have enough sponsors.

During the month of August we will feature the athletes who finished their careers during the 2010-11 School Year. In addition to the senior articles, we are also compiling a list for next year.

If you have athlete to add to the list simply send me an e-mail (Dan62801@aol.com). I will need not only the name of the athlete, but the college/university they are attending, the former high school and of course, the sport they are playing.

There are only two requirements to be included in this column. The athlete must be a resident of Marion County or a graduate of Centralia, Salem, Patoka, Odin, Sandoval or Christ Our Rock Lutheran High School. Also, the athlete must be competing in intercollegiate athletics, meaning their chosen college/university competes against other colleges/universities.

Part of each senior article will run in the Marion County Observer. As with last year, provided we return, we will run the beginning of each on-line article in the Marion County Observer with photos and quotes.