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Twins add Jon Pridie to 40-man roster

PRESCOTT – The local baseball Class of 1998 is at it again.

After Bradshaw Mountain's Ben Diggins and Chino Valley's Andy Pratt both got a whiff of playing in the big leagues during the 2002 season, Prescott High School product Jon Pridie might have taken a stop closer on Wednesday.

The Minnesota Twins purchased the right-handed pitcher's contract from New Britain for the purposes of adding him to their 40-man roster and protecting him from the Rule V Draft, which takes place at the Winter Meetings next month.

Pridie, who will turn 23 on Dec. 7, was an 11th-round pick by the Twins in 1998.

He began the 2002 season at Class A Fort Myers, posting a 4-4 record and an ERA of 3.27 in 12 starts. The Twins then promoted him to Double-A New Britain in June where he went 5-3 and had a 5.07 ERA in 15 starts.

Pridie is one of eight players the Twins added their roster this week.

"These guys have developed and progressed to the point where they're starting to have their presence felt in the organization," Twins General Manager Terry Ryan told Major League

"For the most part they've responded with some favorable play and were rewarded by going on the 40-man roster, which is the objective for any young player once they're eligible."

Had the Twins not protected Pridie he would have been draftable by any major league organization under the terms of Rule V, a draft involving players already under contract with major league affiliates.

The Twins, who ran away with the American League's Central Division before knocking off Oakland in the first round of the playoffs in 2002, protected three other pitchers in addition to B.J. Garbe, an outfielder who was the fifth player selected in the 1999 Amateur Draft, but has struggled in four years in the minors.

Other pitchers included Beau Kemp, Willie Eyre and Brent Hoard, while outfielders Garbe and Lew Ford, catcher Rob Bowen and first baseman Justin Morneau were also added to the roster.

Pridie's younger brother Jason is an outfielder in the Tampa Bay Devil Rays' organization.

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