For a while last season, Cole De Vries wondered if his chance to pitch for his hometown Minnesota Twins would ever come.
As a 27-year-old pitcher in his sixth minor league season, De Vries had yet to make his major league debut. Last year marked his second season with Triple-A Rochester, and while he pitched well for the Red Wings, he sat by watching his teammates make the leap from the minors to the majors.
"With how a few things kind of happened in the beginning of the season, I was kind of sitting there and I was like, 'Wow. Is it going to happen this year?'" De Vries said. "I was pitching well and everything and a couple other guys got called up. So then I was kind of getting a little down, to be honest with you."
Then, one day in late May, De Vries was called into Rochester manager Gene Glynn's office. Glynn had good news for De Vries: he was finally getting called up to the Twins, the team he grew up watching as a kid in Eden Prairie.