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Twins sign Bates, Chang, Hollimon
10/14/2011 12:15 PM ET
The Rochester Red Wings announced today that the Minnesota Twins have signed infielder Aaron Bates, infielder Ray Chang and infielder/outfielder Mike Hollimon to minor league deals.

Bates, 27, who signed a Minor League free agent deal with the Minnesota Twins organization on May 9, spent the entire season with the Rochester Red Wings. Bates batted .316 with seven home runs and 37 RBI in 106 games with the Red Wings. Bates ranked 3rd in the International League in batting average (.316) and lead the IL with a .408 on-base percentage. His .408 on-base percentage was the highest onbase percentage by a Red Wings player since infielder Glenn Gulliver had a .464 on-base percentage in 1983.

Chang, 28, spent last season in the Minnesota Twins organization splitting time between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester. Chang started the season with Double-A New Britain batting .270 with one home run and 22 RBI in 23 games before being promoted to Rochester on May 4th. At the time of his May 4th promotion Chang was leading the Eastern League with 22 RBI. Chang went 2-for-4 in his Red Wings debut May 5 vs. Gwinnett collecting his first career walk-off RBI. Just four days later Chang would get his second walk-off RBI in the bottom of the 18th inning (longest Red Wings game since July 27, 1984 when Rochester defeated Columbus 1-0 in 18-innings at Silver Stadium) of a 7-6 win vs. Louisville. Chang would miss 75 games (disabled list May 29-August 13) with a broken left fibula (outfield collision with Rochester outfielder Matt Brown May 28 in Lehigh Valley). Chang was activated from the disabled list on August 14th and in his first game back he hit a walk-off RBI in a 4-3 win vs. Columbus (game two of a doubleheader). In 42 games for Rochester, Chang batted .267 with two home runs 17 RBI.

Hollimon, 29, spent last season in the Minnesota Twins organization splitting time between Double-A New Britain and Triple-A Rochester. Hollimon batted .223 with 16 home runs (led New Britain) and 52 RBI in 97 games while batting .257 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 29 games for Rochester.


The Minnesota Twins have also outrighted catcher Rene Rivera, infielder Matt Tolbert, outfielder Jason Repko, and right-handed pitcher Anthony Slama to Triple-A Rochester.In addition, the Twins have reinstated right-handed pitcher Nick Blackburn and infielder Alexi Casilla from the 60-day disabled list.The Twins now have 38 players on their 40-man roster.



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