Found July 30, 2014 on NESN.com:
SAN FRANCISCO — In one of their craziest scouting experiences, the Minnesota Twins have reached a deal with a 24-year-old pitching prospect who has thrown 100 mile per hour fastballs but has never been drafted. Brandon Poulson was pitching earlier this month for the Healdsburg Prune Packers in a collegiate summer league. His manager was Joey Gomes, the brother of big leaguer Jonny Gomes. Now, the Twins are about to give him $250,000. “It’s a great story,” Twins West Coast scouting supervisor Sean Johnson said Tuesday. “This kid came out of nowhere.” The Twins knew about Poulson from his recent season with Academy of Art University, where he had an 8.38 ERA for the San Francisco school. Poulson played there after taking a couple of years off to work in his father’s business – “John’s Excavating” – with the thought he’d take it over someday and leave athletics behind for good. “I played for the Prune Packers summer of (2013), but missed nearly three-fourths of the games because I was
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