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Cody’s Top-20 Twins Prospects: 6-10

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:43 AM
Over the years, Minnesota has struggled to develop pitching. Three pitchers crack into this portion of their top-10 prospects and all thr...
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Tales from the Central: Detroit Tigers

Other Baseball Today, 09:42 AM
The 2021 Major League Baseball season is nearly upon us, and while the American League Central division looks like a two-horse race, ther...
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Who’s the Top Twins Prospect? Alex Kirilloff vs. Royce Lewis

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 08:45 AM
Many teams would be ecstatic to have the likes of Alex Kirilloff and Royce Lewis headlining their farm system. For Twins fans, a debate c...
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LeVelle E Neal III to Become a Columnist For Strib

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:38 AM
I looked and didn’t see this on Twinsdaily. Like a great baseball writer before him (Reusse), LaVelle E Neal III is being promoted from...
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Twins sign SS A. Simmons to a 1 year 10.5M deal

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:33 AM
Not bad. Bye Marwin. And it looks like Polanco will play more of a utility role or fight over 2B with Arraez. I do think Polanco would...
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Twins Spotlight: Episode 14 (Tyler Wells)

On Friday at noon (central time), Seth will be chatting with Twins Orioles RHP Tyler Wells on a new episode of Twins (Orioles?) Spotlight just a day after he was taken in the Rule 5 draft.

The discussion was live on the Twins Daily social media platforms, Twitter, Facebook or YouTube pages.
Image courtesy of Seth Stohs, Twins Daily
Tyler Wells has been a guest on several of my podcasts in the past, always willing to talk about his journey or baseball in general. Today, we will chat with him about being selected in the Rule 5 draft, get updated on his rehab from Tommy John surgery and much more.

Wells was the Twins 15th round pick in 2016 out of Cal State-San Bernadino. He immediately began pitching well. In 2018, he was the Twins Daily Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year when he went 10-6 with a 2.49 ERA between Ft. Myers and Chattanooga. In 119 1/3 innings, he walked just 31 and struck out 121 batters.

Unfortunately in the spring of 2019, he felt the pop that no pitcher wants to hear. A few months later, he underwent Tommy John surgery and rehabbed through that season and into the 2020 season. On Thursday, the Baltimore Orioles made him a Rule 5 draft pick so he will now head to Orioles spring training hoping to make their big-league roster.

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More on Tyler Wells :Previous Episodes
Episode 1: Tom Hackimer
Episode 2: Matt Canterino
Episode 3: Aaron Whitefield
Episode 4: Spencer Steer
Episode 5: Travis Blankenhorn
Episode 6: Cody Laweryson
Episode 7: Matt Wallner
Episode 8: Brent Rooker
Episode 9: Bailey Ober
Episode 10: Talkin' Torii (with Jacque Jones, Royce Lewis, Niko Guardado)
Episode 11: Top 60 Twins Players in 60 Seasons in Minnesota
Episode 12: Charlie Mack
Episode 13: Edwar Colina
Episode 14: Tyler Wells


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5 Comments

I thought he would be a darkhorse candidate to be in the rotation or bullpen by the end of the year with a chance at being a starter long term here.
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tony&rodney
Dec 11 2020 03:38 PM

Big boy.

 

Big boy.

 

...and a GREAT guy.

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tony&rodney
Dec 12 2020 07:27 AM

Followed Wells and like his competitiveness - hope he has a fine career. He needs to be healthy and just get an opportunity to pitch.

Got to this one a bit late, Seth. Thanks again for another fantastic interview. What a wonderful young man. Enjoyed all the conversation about books, SEALS, his now being an Oriole. Especially enjoyed the discussion about his relationship with Kirilloff and others.

 

I don't view losing Tyler and Baddoo as a bad thing for the Twins. I don't believe anyone can second guess their decision about who was added to the 40-man and who wasn't as they need those five open spots for holes that need filling prior to spring training. And the fact that they lost these two fine young players tells us all how strong their organization is. And for me, that's a good thing.