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Article: 2017 Elizabethton Twins Roster Preview

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2017 Elizabethton Twins Roster Preview

UPDATED (Thursday afternoon): added OF Brent Rooker, OF Mark Contreras, LHP Bryan Sammons, and RHP Calvin Faucher.

On Thursday, the Elizabethton Twins will open up their 2017 season at home against the Danville Braves. Below you can find the 2017 Elizabethton Twins Opening Day roster... or at least the current Elizabethton Twins roster. More players will be added as early as tomorrow. This team has some older players, college guys drafted this year or last, but there are some very intriguing younger players who are certainly worth watching. I also think there are more players jumping straight from the Dominican Summer League to Elizabethton than in years past.

Elizabethton is a small, mountain town, an ideal place for some minor leaguers to make their professional debut. Many of these players, particularly those drafted earlier this month, have likely never been real far from home or had to pay their own bills. Some may not have ever used a wood bat or played under the lights. Some have been in Ft. Myers for the last three months at extended spring training, eagerly anticipating getting to Tennessee (if not Iowa) to start playing games where box scores show up online!

Manager Ray Smith has been on the coaching staff in Elizabethton for 31 seasons now. This is his 23rd season as manager. His hitting coach, another former big leaguer, Jeff Reed will be in that role for the 15th straight year. This year, Luis Ramirez is the team’s pitching coach. It is his third season in that role after spending 2014 in that same role in the GCL and 2013 in the Venezuelan Baseball Academy.


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Twins 4, White Sox 2: The Machine Set To Attack Mode

Jose Berrios was brilliant, Miguel Sano hammered another mammoth home run and the Twins earned a come-from-behind victory Wednesday night. After getting hit like a pitching machine last season, this year Berrios appears to be earning his nickname, La MaKina.


Cody's Post-Draft Top 10 Prospects: 1-5

In the aftermath this year's MLB Draft, it can be fun to reevaluate where an organization stacks up in the prospect department. For better or worse, franchises can make it or break it with their selections in the draft. It's also important for teams to be able to build from within to help manage the bottom line.

Minnesota's top prospect list is littered with highly drafted players over the last handful of years. Players like Nick Gordon, Tyler Jay and Kohl Stewart have all been taken with first-round picks. Ideally, these players will form the nucleus of Minnesota's next championship winning club.

On Tuesday, I ran through the first half of my top-10 prospect list. Today I shift my focus to the top-5. Who's going to be number 1?


Twins Minor League Report (6/21): Miracle Pitcher, Red Wings Power

Another quiet, all-star weekday in the Twins farm system. The Lookouts and Kernels both had a day off. They’ll start their second halves on Thursday. That’s also when the Elizabethton Twins make their 2017 debut. In other words, these Twins minor league reports are about to start getting bigger and busier again. But hey, six minor league affiliates to follow is even better than four, right?

In Rochester, Hector Santiago and Phil Hughes made their first rehab appearances. The Red Wings showed some power as well. The Miracle got a tremendous pitching performance on their way to another win.


Where Are They Now? Former Twins OF Josh Rabe

Maybe if he had been around four years later, or a few years earlier, things may have played out differently for Josh Rabe. Instead, he spent a lot of time in the Rochester Red Wings outfield before finally getting a call to the big leagues in the Twins terrific 2006 season. Shannon Stewart. Michael Cuddyer. Torii Hunter. Lew Ford. Jason Kubel. Those guys were all around, but Rabe didn’t give up and got to live out his dream of playing in the big leagues. Two years later, he was out of professional baseball. So, where is Josh Rabe now?

An Illinois native, Rabe was the Twins 11th round pick out of Quincy University in 2000. He gradually worked his way up, and in 2006 reached his dreams of playing in the big leagues. He played a total of 38 games for the Twins between 2006 and 2007 and hit a combined .250/.268/.375 (.643) with a double, three home runs and nine RBI in 82 plate appearances. His playing career came to an end in 2008. So let's catch up with Josh Rabe.


How Long Is Eddie Rosario's Leash?

It was an all too familiar sight on Tuesday evening at Target Field: Eddie Rosario, in the name of being aggressive, making an unbelievably dumb play and costing his team.

On this occasion, against the White Sox, he fielded a ball in left field and chucked it toward home plate in a hopeless attempt to beat a runner scoring easily from second. The throw was off line and, as catcher Jason Castro ran over to catch it, Jose Abreu strode leisurely into second, credited with a 'double.'

Paul Molitor might have gained a gray hair or two, but definitely lost a little more of whatever patience remains for the young outfielder, who shows minimal interest in tempering his recklessly aggressive style.


Twins 9, White Sox 7: Vargas Hits One To Venus

Ervin Santana had another bad start, but the Twins scored more runs Tuesday evening than they did in their entire four-game series against Cleveland thanks in large part to Kennys Vargas and Miguel Sano.


Twins Minor League Report (6/20): Diaz Homers In MWL All-Star Game

Though only two of the Minnesota Twins affiliates were in action on Tuesday, there was plenty of excitement in the minor leagues as two of their leagues' All-Star Games were scheduled. Too bad for you and me only one of them was played due to some pesky weather. In the one that was played however, a Twins player had a big hit to put his team in the lead.

In the two regular-season games that were played, one pitcher made his AAA debut while another made his first start since being drafted. Read on to find out how all of your favorite prospects who did play fared on Tuesday night!


Gee, The Twins Signed A Pitcher

According to Jon Heyman, the Minnesota Twins have signed veteran right-handed pitcher Dillon Gee to a minor league contract. He will start with the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings.


Game Thread: Twins v White Sox, 6/20@7:10pm CT

The Twins home stand continues as the White Sox roll into town. We will be asking Ervin Santana to be a stopper after a really rough weekend against the Indians.

All I wanna say is that I love cold chicken. Don’t get me wrong… I love chicken cooked and freshly served but I actually prefer it as a leftover straight out of the fridge.

We don’t need to think about the Indians right now. We can forget about them and focus on the White Sox... until Friday!

Revenge is dish best served cold… Cold Winner Winner Chicken Dinner will be alright with me.

Here are some things to think about:


Minor League Promotions Coming Soon?

Mid-June is always a fun time in minor league baseball, and it’s true in the Twins system right now too. All-Star games. Playoff berths are up for grabs. The short-season teams are about to start. Draft picks are signing and reporting. And, there are often several players who are promoted around this time.

Today, I’ll share my thoughts on which players should be under consideration for promotion soon.

We’ll start with a couple of players on the Rochester roster who could be considered for a promotion real soon. Then we’ll work our way down the ladder.