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Brian Dinkelman reached the majors with the Minnesota Twins in 2011.

Dinkelman was a two-time NAIA All-American in college, finishing as the all-time NAIA leader in hits (373), doubles (96), runs (303) and total bases (670). The Twins chose him in the eighth round of the 2006 amateur draft.

Brian debuted as a pro with the 2006 Elizabethton Twins, hitting .298/.338/.420 with a team-high 32 RBI in 46 games. In 2007, the Illinois native hit .283/.373/.437 for the Beloit Snappers (67 G) and .255/.361/.389 for the Fort Myers Miracle (64 G). Overall, he stole 18 bases in 21 tries, legged out 10 triples and scored 104 runs. He led all Twins minor leaguers in three-baggers and runs.

Dinkelman produced at a .293/.399/.414 rate in 63 games for Fort Myers in 2008, then hit only .247/.299/.369 after being promoted to the New Britain Rock Cats for his first struggles as a pro. Back with New Britain in 2009, he improved to .296/.383/.440 with 38 doubles. He was second in the Eastern League in doubles (two behind Jon Still), fourth in OBP and 7th in average. He tied Ramon Santana for the best OBP by a Twins minor leaguer and tied Danny Valencia for the most doubles. He made the Eastern League All-Star team as a utility man.

Dinkelman spent 2010 with the Rochester Red Wings and began the next season with the team before being called up by the Twins in June 2011.

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