Twins sign former farmhand Mark Hamburger from the St. Paul Saints
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Mark Hamburger is getting a second shot.
The former Twins farmhand and St. Paul Saints player has signed a minor league with the Twins organization, a source confirmed Saturday.
Hamburger previously failed an MLB drug test so he'll have to serve a 50-game suspension before he can play a game. That means he won't pitch for the Twins in September. Hamburger was candid about his marijuana use in an interview with KSTP's Darren Wolfson in May.
The Shoreview native attended Mounds View high school and played in the big leagues with the Texas Rangers. He was notably traded to Texas for Eddie Guardado in 2008, when the former Twins closer returned to pitch with his old team.
Hamburger was originally signed by the Twins out of an amateur tryout camp in 2007, becoming one of just a few players to have done so in Twins history. (He joined Charley Walters, now a sports columnist at the Pioneer Press, and Gary Serum as the only players signed out of the camp.)
Local scout Mark Wilson said the signing "goes back to seeing him since high school and signing him out of our tryout camp to snow seeing how he has matured and been accountable for his mistakes and has worked hard to turn it around." Wilson helped sign the pitcher, along with Twins farm director Brad Steil.
The Pioneer Press first reported the deal, with Hamburger scheduled to make his final start of the season for the Saints on Saturday and Midway Stadium.