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Twins and Gibson Discussion and Extension

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:11 PM
http://www.startribu...lier/507159692/   Interesting to see how this plays out. I'd have to think an extension is likely since the T...
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Twins Spring Training Highlights

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:49 PM
I'll try to update this thread anytime I'm able to grab some spring training highlights. Here are a few from today:  
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Article: Report From The Fort: Breaking Down Baldelli...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:27 PM
FT. MYERS, FL – Was Rocco Baldelli's starting lineup on Monday a preview of the one we'll see at Target Field on Opening Day? The manager...
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A new venture

Other Baseball Yesterday, 09:52 PM
I started a new site, with a heavy focus on scouting reports of minor leaguers, but the intent is to host all of my baseball writing curr...
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Article: Minor League Pay: Some Progress at Last?

Other Baseball Yesterday, 08:37 PM
When the Cedar Rapids Kernels host the Lansing Lugnuts in a three-game series beginning July 13 of this summer, Lugnuts players will have...
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Minor Leagues


Minor League Pay: Some Progress at Last?

When the Cedar Rapids Kernels host the Lansing Lugnuts in a three-game series beginning July 13 of this summer, Lugnuts players will have one significant advantage over their counterparts in the home team dugout.

They’ll be getting paid more than 50% more than the Kernels players.


Name That Minor League Signing

Some quick trivia for you on a Thursday: A show of hands… Yes, raise your hands, even if you’re at the office.

#1 - When the Twins and Red Wings announced that they had signed right-handed pitcher Preston Guilmet, had you heard of him?

#2 - Ryne Harper is having an incredible spring training for the Twins. Had you heard of him when the Twins announced that he was a non-roster invitation to big league league spring training. Bonus Question: Did you know that he was in the Twins organization in 2018 too? Did you remember that he was a Southern League All Star last year for the Chattanooga Lookouts and spent some time in Rochester?


Report from the Fort: Lewis Reports to Minor League Camp

On Sunday morning, Royce Lewis was walking around the Twins clubhouse. He was called into manager Rocco Baldelli’s office and was told that he had been re-assigned to minor league camp. He got right to work and reported to the minor league side on Monday. The Twins now have 51 players in big-league spring training.


Sunday Twins Game Notes: Jays Power Past Twins

FT. MYERS - Blue Jays prospects pummeled Twins pitching on Sunday in a 10-1 decision. Shortstop prospect Bo Bichette led off the game with a home run onto the berm beyond the left field fence, and Twins starter Jake Odorizzi did not complete the first inning. He talked about his outing, and several other notes from Sunday in Ft. Myers.


Get To Know: Alex Hassan (Twins Assistant Director of Minor League Operations)

Alex Hassan grew up in the Boston area. Following three years at Duke, he was drafted by the Red Sox. Five years later, he made his big league debut with his hometown team. After his playing career ended, Hassan took some time away from baseball, but last offseason, newly-appointed Twins Director of Minor League Operations Jeremy Zoll reached out and offered him an opportunity to be the Twins Assistant Director of Minor League Operations. He accepted and is working with the Twins player development team to help improve the Twins minor league system.

Recently, we had the opportunity to chat with the Twins Assistant Director of Minor League Operations. His is an interesting story. It’s fun to learn about and understand his story and how it can help him in his current position. Let’s Get to Know Alex Hassan.


Catching Up With Ryan Jeffers

Ryan Jeffers was recently named by Twins Daily as the Twins #13 ranked prospect. He was a walk-on at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and didn’t start often as a freshman. He wasn’t on the MLB Top 200 draft prospects in 2018. So when the Twins used their secnd-round pick last year on the catcher, eyes were raised.

And Jeffers is just fine with that.

I caught up with the talented catcher at Twins Fest about his background, his game, and proving people wrong.


TD 2019 Top Minnesota Twins Prospects Recap

The Minnesota Twins have made it clear: they're relying on their own internal pipeline, rather than transformative outside additions, to turn things around.

Fortunately, their system is widely viewed as one of the best in the game. We've been counting down our rankings of the Top 20 Twins prospects over the past few weeks, and today we'll recap the full list, zeroing in on trends and key takeaways.


Twins Daily 2019 Top Prospects: #1 Royce Lewis

We have spent the last two weeks counting down the Twins Daily Top 20 Minnesota Twins prospects heading into the 2019 season. Today, we arrive at #1. It will surprise no one that shortstop Royce Lewis fits the top spot. The first overall pick in the 2017 draft had a strong 2018 season between Cedar Rapids. He didn’t turn 19 until early June. He is a consensus Top 10 prospect among national publications. This weekend, he will report to Ft. Myers for his first big-league spring training.

All of that, and it is important to note that it was not an easy decision for any of the voters. Alex Kirilloff had an incredible return to the diamond in 2018, putting up some of the best offensive numbers in all of minor league baseball. Brusdar Graterol has a triple-digit fastball and potentially three above-average pitches. He could give the Twins a true ace in the not-too-distant future. The Twins drafted a College World Series hero in the first round in 2018, and he had a solid professional debut.

The Twins have a Top 5 minor league system, so it is meaningful and well-considered that we continue to rank Royce Lewis as the #1 Twins prospect. Below you will find out more about the future star. Hopefully you have enjoyed this Top 20 series and have renewed hope that there are several future stars in the system. With this information, we certainly encourage you to share your thoughts on Lewis, but also consider how you would rank the Twins top prospects.


Twins Daily 2019 Top Prospects: #2 Alex Kirilloff

Roughly a year ago, Alex Kirilloff had to be feeling a little trepidation. Spring training was starting, and the former first round pick had missed all of 2017. Few knew the kind of season Kirilloff was about to embark on.

During last off-season, none of baseball’s national prospect rankings had him in their top 100 lists. Now he is a consensus top-40 prospect. MLB and ESPN’s Keith Law have Kirilloff in their top-12 prospects. This is quite the jump for the former first round pick. What could that mean for the 2019 campaign?


In His Own Words: Twins OF Prospect Jacob Pearson

20-year-old Twins outfield prospect Jacob Pearson shares his story. He discusses the draft and his early career, but he also lets us inside and shares part of his life away from the game of baseball. Photography is a big passion for the outfielder from Louisiana.

I've always enjoyed following minor league baseball players as they improve and work their way up the organizational ladder, sometimes all the way to the big leagues. But, beyond that, I thoroughly enjoy getting to know the minor league baseball players as people.

Baseball is such a huge part of their lives. It has always been something they love and they are really good at, but it is also their job. It is their career. But they all have interests beyond the game, and it's fun to learn about that. What are their other passions.


Twins Daily 2019 Top Prospects: #3 Brusdar Graterol

The triple-digit fastball isn't as rare as it once was. By Baseball America's count, 63 minor-league pitchers were members of the 'Century Club' in 2018 alone. Not all of them will turn into quality MLB players, but Brusdar Graterol combines his premium heat with enough complementary strengths to convince many that he's destined for stardom in the majors.


Twins Daily 2019 Top Prospects: #4 Trevor Larnach

At one point, Oregon State was down to their final strike in the College World Series, but they wouldn’t go that quietly. Trevor Larnach stepped into the box with the score tied and a lot of pressure on his shoulders. He would launch a two-run home run into the outfield bullpen to give the Beavers a 5-3 lead. Oregon State won that night to force a decisive Game 3 and they would go on to be CWS Champions.

Obviously, one hit doesn’t make a player a first-round pick. Larnach broke out during his junior season and helped the Beavers to win college baseball’s highest honor. What’s next for the College World Series star? Let’s find out.