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Twins add several players on minor league deals

Apr 23, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Brock Stassi (41) tosses to first for a out against the Atlanta Braves during the fifth inning at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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The Minnesota Twins have signed a trio of players to minor league deals. Infielders Leonardo Reginatto and Gregorio Petit and first baseman Brock Stassi have now become the latest members of the Twins’ farm system, according to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.

Reginatto, 27, signed with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2009, one year after playing for his native Brazil in the Americas Baseball Cup as a teenager. He slowly made his way up Tampa’s minor league ranks from there, and nearly won a batting title in the Midwest League in 2015. His most notable accomplishments have come on the international stage, though, where Reginatto has emerged as Brazil’s most reliable contact hitter. He signed with the Twins in 2015, and has a career batting average of .281 in the minors.

Petit made his major league debut in 2008 with the Oakland Athletics. He played 25 games across two seasons as a big leaguer before being designated for a minor league assignment in 2010. Stints with farm teams of the Houston Astros and New York Yankees just past the top of the decade finally led to Petit getting back to the majors in 2014, when he appeared in 37 games for the Astros. He played 20 games for the Yankees one year later, and 89 games for the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. The Venezuela native spent the majority of 2017 with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.

Stassi finally broke into the majors last season with the Philadelphia Phillies. He played in 51 games, batting just .167 and registering 13 hits compared to 22 strikeouts. The 28-year-old was selected in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and made his professional debut with the Williamsport Crosscutters. Stassi became a viable  prospect a few years later, when he hit 15 home runs and had 90 RBIs for the Double-A Reading Fightin Phils.



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