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Article: Spring Training Update: Waiting For The Big Story

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:14 AM
We’re still waiting on the Twins big story of the week even as a smaller story played out.The Twins introduced Erick Aybar to the press t...
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Article: Arms Race: Will the Twins Front Office Regret Lo...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:45 AM
In echoing the thoughts of others throughout the winter, it’s extremely difficult to be disappointed as a Twins fan this off-season. The...
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Article: Lance Lynn to the Twins?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:57 AM
After coming up short in their quest to sign Yu Darvish, the Twins were forced to turn their focus toward other pitchers on the free agen...
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Not a Gamethread: Romero K's 3

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:08 AM
Thought I'd check in on the  game.  https://www.mlb.com/...ore,game=533803   Meija threw two scoreless, and then Romero ca...
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Article: Twins To Sign Erick Aybar

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:58 AM
LaVelle E Neal from the Star Tribune is reporting that the Twins will sign shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor league contract. The veteran...
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Minor Leagues


TD 2018 Minnesota Twins Top Prospects Recap

Over the past few weeks, we've counted down our choices for the Top 20 Minnesota Twins Prospects of 2018.

Today, we'll recap our rankings and review in search of trends and takeaways.


Who Are These Guys? (Twins Non-Roster Invites)

On Thursday at 5:05 (central time), the Minnesota Twins will play their first game of spring training, an exhibition game against the Minnesota Gophers. Earlier in the week, we learned that lefty Stephen Gonsalves would get the start, and on Wednesday, we saw the Twins lineup for the game. Frankly, many might have seen the Twins lineup and found themselves asking “Who are these guys?” several times. Today, I’ll try to help answer that question to some degree. Below you can get to know a little bit about the Twins non-roster invitees before watching them on your TV.


Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #1 Royce Lewis

It says a lot about Royce Lewis that he could probably write this profile about himself and it would be more accurate – encompassing all the good and bad – than anything I could hope to draft.

Mature, wise, and self-aware beyond his years, Lewis possesses an extremely rare makeup that has many people (including myself) convinced he'll harness his incredible talent and turn into a big-league star. It's only a matter of when.


Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #2 Fernando Romero

Fernando Romero was Twins Daily’s top prospect last season, but it was easy to predict that he’d be unseated. Even a year ago at this time, it would have been a pretty safe bet to pencil in the future No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 MLB Draft in this season’s top spot. Still, Romero faced plenty of competition for the second spot. What set Romero apart from the other contenders?


Twins Daily Top Prospects: #3 Nick Gordon

Nick Gordon might be one of the most polarizing prospects in the Minnesota Twins system. All of the national prospect rankings have him in their top-100 lists but he comes in all over the board. Two of the rankings have him at 80 or lower. Meanwhile, two other rankings have him in the top-40.

Gordon hit very well in the season’s first half but he struggled in the closing months of the year. Earlier this off-season, Tom wondered if Gordon’s second half turned him from a prospect to a suspect. When it comes to Twins’ prospects, Gordon is still one of the best in the organization but why are there such differing opinions on the former first round pick?


Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #4 Stephen Gonsalves

A couple of the pitchers that you have already read about in our Twins Top 10 prospect series. One is known for a killer curveball. Today’s pitcher isn’t known for either of those things and yet he was likely the easiest choice to make when the front office was considering who to add to the 40-man roster in November. He is on the cusp of what many believe could be a long major league career.

Find out today why Stephen Gonsalves finds himself securely among the Top 5 Minnesota Twins prospects.


Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #5 Alex Kirilloff

Tommy John surgery can be a scary proposition especially for young players going under the knife. Luckily, the Twins have seen players successfully return from surgery and have a major impact at the big league level. One needs to look no further than Miguel Sano to find a Twins position player who was able to rehab and return with a vengeance.

Minnesota’s top pick from the 2016 MLB Draft will be looking to follow a similar path. Alex Kirilloff has multiple hoops to jump through but Tommy John surgery might have allowed him to become an even better player. That being said, he has a lot to prove in his age-20 season.

What’s next for Mr. Kirilloff? I’m glad you asked…


Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #6 Wander Javier

When the Twins signed international free agent Wander Javier to a franchise-record $4 million bonus in 2015, they knew it would be a long road ahead for the 16-year-old.

Although the immensely skilled infielder is still only beginning to embark upon that road, he's already leaving his imprint, and drawing national attention.


Seth's Twins On Deck Podcast (Episode 6)

On Monday night, Episode 6 of Seth's Twins On Deck Podcast went live. It is available here for you to listen to.

In this episode, Seth chatted with two right-handed pitchers who had tremendous 2017 seasons in Cedar Rapids. He also spoke with another member of the Minnesota Gophers program as they prepare for their first weekend of ball games. Finally, Twins radio voice Cory Provus was a fantastic guest near the show's completion.

While you can listen to the podcast by clicking here, you can also search iTunes and subscribe to it. (search Minnesota Sports Weekly)


Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #7 Brent Rooker

The Twins drafted Brent Rooker in the 38th round of the 2016 draft following this third year at Mississippi State. He chose to go back to school for another year. It was a great decision. He his .397/.495/.810 (1.305) with 30 doubles, 23 home runs and 82 RBI. He won the SEC’s Triple Crown, the first to do that since Rafael Palmiero over 30 years earlier. Following the season, the Twins made him the 35th overall pick in the 2017 draft and signed him to a $1,935,300 signing bonus.

Brent Rooker bet on himself and it paid off. The Twins are betting that his advanced bat can quickly contribute at the big league level. That could happen as soon as later in the 2018 season.


Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #8 Blayne Enlow

Trouble with the curve: An old baseball phrase as trite and cliché as the Clint Eastwood movie titled after it. But as the game has evolved, that cliché has never lost its relevance. The curveball remains a mystical entity, difficult for pitchers to master and even more so for hitters to solve.

Blayne Enlow, still just 18 years old, has no trouble with the curve. His special ability to spin the baseball helps him hook a spot among our Top 10 Twins prospects fresh off his pro debut.


The 2018 Sixth-Year Minor Leaguers

Last year at this time, there were five players from the 2011 draft still in the Twins minor league system. At the end of the 2017 season, they became minor league free agents if they were not on a 40-man roster. None of those five players remains in the Twins organization at this time.

The 2012 draft has produced several major leaguers already. There are nine players from that draft who are still in the Twins organization. Let’s take a look at those players.