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Joseph Adam Durbin 31 J.D. Durbin; Pitcher

Name: Joseph Adam Durbin
Birth date: 02/24/1982
Birthplace: Portland, OR
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
School: n/a
Draft: 2000 2nd Round - Twins
Nickname: J.D. Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Position: Pitcher
Experience: 0 years
2005 Salary: $n/a
Contract Status: 1 year deal for 2005 was renewed on 3/4/2005
Service Time: 0.027

Minnesota Twins Rookie Pitcher, JD Durbin, was born on February 24, 1982, in Portland, Oregon. He is a 2000 graduate of Coronado (AZ) High School where he played baseball and football. He was named to the baseball and football Arizona All-State teams in 2000. He was drafted in the 2nd round by the Twins in 2000. After spending several successful years in the minors, he made his big league debut on September 8, 2004, with the Minnesota Twins.

In 2002, he was named Minnesota's Minor League Pitcher of the Year and had a season-high 8-game win-streak. He led the club in games started, wins, ERA and innings pitched. He led the league in strikeouts and tied for lead in games started and innings pitched. He was second in wins. In 2003, JD led the Twins' minor leaguers in wins, games started, innings pitched, and strikeouts. He was sixth among all minor leaguers in innings pitched and eighth in wins.

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With all of his success in the minors, J.D. Durbin has been labeled fast-talking, bold and brash. He acquired the nickname "Real Deal" just minutes after his professional baseball career began. Proudly returning to the dugout after a successful first inning in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, he turned to a teammate and said, "See, I told you I was the real deal." Ron Gardenhire, Twins Manager, said, “"I'm a loud person myself, I’m OK as long as he doesn't irritate the person around him and kind of bother people with some of his stuff ".

At the encouragement of the coaching staff, veterans Torii Hunter and Joe Mays each pulled JD Durbin aside last spring and told him, well, to shut up. Some of his antics were starting to chafe certain people in the clubhouse. He heeded the advice, but he just wasn't the same when he got called up in September -- he made four appearances, including one start.

"Now that I've got to know him, I know he's a good kid," Hunter said. "What I told him last year -- throw it out the window. Be yourself, man, be yourself. If that's the way you can pump yourself up to play this game, if you've been pitching well in the minor leagues just being cocky ... don't change for nobody."

He is cocky, yes, but JD is lauded for his caring nature and his sincerity. During a recent interview, he made sure a reporter's recorder was ready before beginning to talk. During breaks in workouts, he's consistently asking teammates if they need water. He has also received high marks for his hustle, his attention to detail and his willingness to work overtime. During spring training games, pitchers are allowed to leave after the fifth inning if they've already thrown or aren't scheduled to that day, but JD Durbin stays the whole game.
Despite his successful rise through the organization, JD still has plenty to learn, and an injury-free spring by Twins pitchers will probably send him to Triple-A Rochester.

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