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Twins sign fifth-round Draft pick Duffey

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota has now officially signed deals with 15 of its 43 picks from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

The latest signees include fifth-rounder Tyler Duffey, a right-handed pitcher from Rice, who was at Target Field for Tuesday's game against the Phillies. Duffey struck out 68 in 51 1/3 innings for the Owls in 2012.

"It's surreal," Duffey said after signing his contract. "When I came out of the tunnel and was walking out on the field before the game, it just kind of hit me. And sitting in the boxes here, it's kind of setting in now.

"It's all real life now. It's been a whirlwind -- I've been everywhere doing everything. It's awesome."

MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota has now officially signed deals with 15 of its 43 picks from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.

The latest signees include fifth-rounder Tyler Duffey, a right-handed pitcher from Rice, who was at Target Field for Tuesday's game against the Phillies. Duffey struck out 68 in 51 1/3 innings for the Owls in 2012.

"It's surreal," Duffey said after signing his contract. "When I came out of the tunnel and was walking out on the field before the game, it just kind of hit me. And sitting in the boxes here, it's kind of setting in now.

"It's all real life now. It's been a whirlwind -- I've been everywhere doing everything. It's awesome."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.