Mastroianni called up by Twins

Former University of Southern Indiana standout Darin Mastroianni was called up to the Minnesota Twins on Friday, according to LaVelle Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The 30-year-old outfielder could make his first big league appearance since 2014. He hadn’t gotten off to a good start in the minor leagues this season, batting .208 in 95 plate appearances for Triple-A Rochester. But he posted a .330 on-base percentage and offers the parent club versatility at all three outfield spots defensively.

Mastroianni earned All-America honors as a junior at USI, batting .409 with 64 steals to lead the Eagles to a third-place finish at the 2007 NCAA Division II World Series. He was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round that summer. Mastroianni is a minor league career .274 hitter in the Toronto, Minnesota, Washington and Philadelphia organizations. In 306 MLB plate appearances, he has batted .212 with a .274 on-base and .289 slugging percentage.

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