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After a below-average stint with the Twins in 2012, Deduno was dropped off of Minny's 40-man roster, leaving little hope for making the Opening Day roster this season.
That was up until a MVP-calibar performance in the WBC with the Dominican Republic.
He picked up his first of two wins in a game against Spain. He pitched four innings and gave up five hits with zero earned runs. He showed off his great stuff with five strikeouts, but what may be most impressive to Twins fans was his zero walks.
In the second round, Deduno was matched up against the loaded United States team. He gave up one run in the first inning but settled in after that, as he finished with four innings pitched and seven strikeouts.
His final call for the Dominican Republic was in the WBC championship game against Puerto Rico. He pitched another gem, going five innings, giving up zero runs and punching out five.
The 29-year-old picked up the win and led the Dominican Republic to their first World Baseball Classic championship.
Management for the Twins has noticed Deduno's stellar performance, and he will now have a chance to be the No. 5 starter coming out of spring training.