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Unlikely closer Trevor Hildenberger rewards Twins 22nd-round faith

Sep 22, 2018 - St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)

OAKLAND, Calif. Deron Johnson ran nine drafts for the Twins, bookending those with first-rounders Aaron Hicks in 2008 and Alex Kirilloff in 2016.

Late-round finds included relievers Michael Tonkin (30th round in 2008) and A.J. Achter (46th round in 2010), but for sheer surprise and round value, it's hard to top Trevor Hildenberger in 2014.

Taken in the 22nd round (650th overall) out of Cal Berkeley that year, Hildenberger might have signed for $1,500 or $2,000. Johnson, now a senior...