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Pat Neshek; Pitcher

Name: Pat Neshek
Birth date: 09/04/1980
Birthplace: Madison, WI
Height: 6-2
Weight: 200
School: n/a
Draft: 2002 6th round- Twins
Nickname: Bats: Switch
Throws: Right
Position: Pitcher
Experience: 0 years
2005 Salary: n/a
Contract Status: n/a
Service Time: 0.000

Minnesota Twins Rookie, Pat Neshek, was born September 4, 1980 in Madison, Wisconsin. He attended high school in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota and attended Butler University (IN). He holds Butler's single-game (18), single-season (118) and career strikeout (280) records. He was drafted by the Twins in 2002 in the 6th round.

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In 2003, he was named the Twins John Deere Pitcher for April, going 2-0 with 3 saves and a 0.00 ERA. He was also selected for the mid-season All-Star team. He was then promoted to Fort Myers. In 2002, he finished second in Appalachian League and fifth in Twins organization in saves. He was also named best Bullpen Stopper (0.52, 3-2, 14 saves), and best strikeout pitcher & control pitcher on the River Bandits in 2003 by Pat started the 2005 season with a 1.55 ERA and 32 saves.

Pat has a very funky, unique pitching style. He starts his delivery by bending down at the waist and crouches so low his glove nearly touches the ground. Then he straightens up and flings the ball home at a sidearm angle. "Minor-league hitters, especially in the lower levels, are not used to seeing pitches at that angle," Miracle manager Jose Marzan said. "It works for him." His sidearm delivery is effective because he can throw hard at that angle. His fastball tops out at 92 mph.

Pat Neshek didn't purposely create his delivery. It happened by accident. He was hit on his right forearm by a line drive during his last high school game in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. When he returned from the injury two weeks later, Pat— who had always thrown the ball over the top — was pitching sidearm.

In addition to his unique pitching style, he is one of few players to maintain his own website and offer autographs from it as a hobby to reach out to fans. Pat said that even a big-league promotion—always possible with the small-market Twins—would not alter his outlook on reaching out to fans. One aspect he may be forced to change is offering his autograph through the website, which costs him only $50 a year to maintain, but generates a fair amount of paperwork.
Pat Neshek was recently named the #25 relief pitching prospect in minor league baseball, but is expected to spend the 2006 season in the minor leagues – much to the dismay of the local Minnesota fan base!

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