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    Every year following the long minor league season, the Twins invite many prospects and recent draft picks back to Ft. Myers for the Florida Instructional League. For the most part, this time is pretty self-explanatory. It is a place for extra instruction for young players. For 2012 draft picks, it is likely a preview of what to expect from minor league spring training next March. Sometimes, players go to “Instructs” to learn a new position or a secondary position. You’ll notice at least one position player doing that this year. It's also a place for players who missed time for whatever reason to get extra time.
    Along with the instruction, teams do play games. It is very similar to Extended Spring Training. The Red Sox, Orioles and Rays have nearby facilities, so there are games. We won’t get any official statistics, but occasionally we get some reports on how players are doing.

    With that introduction, here is a look at the players who will be participating in Florida Instructional League starting next week.

    PITCHERS

    DJ Baxendale, Jose (JO) Berrios, Hudson Boyd, Josh Burris, JT (Jon) Chargois, Tyler Duffey, Andrew Ferreira, Dallas Gallant, Tyler Jones, Zach Jones, Yorman Landa, Brett Lee, Austin Malinowski, Andre Martinez, Chris Mazza, Mason Melotakis, Kaleb Merck, Josue Montanez, Luis Nunez, Hein Robb, Gonzalo Sanudo. (note – Luke Bard will be there rehabbing)

    CATCHERS

    Kelly Cross, Jorge Fernandez, Tyler Grimes, Matt Koch, Bryan Santy

    INFIELDERS

    Niko Goodrum, Travis Harrison, DJ Hicks, Aderling Mejia, Levi Michael, German Minier, Jorge Polanco, Eddie Rosario, Miguel Sano, Daniel Santana, Kennys Vargas

    OUTFIELDERS

    Byron Buxton, Romy Jimenez, Max Kepler, Zach Larson, Jeremias Pineda, Jake Proctor, Dereck Rodriguez, Adam Walker

    When there are games, the team will be managed by Tommy Watkins with Henry Bonilla as his pitching coach. GCL manager Ramon Borrego , New Britain manager Jeff Smith and FT. Myers hitting coach Jim Dwyer will also be on the coaching staff. Pitching Coordinator Eric Rasmussen and Hitting Coordinator Bill Springman will work there. Paul Molitor will also be there as an instructor.

    This is a good opportunity for more instruction for young developing players.

    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Florida Instructional League Roster started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 47 Comments
    1. Bob Sacamento's Avatar
      Bob Sacamento -
      Zach Jones throwing to Tyler Grimes with DJ Hicks standing in the box
    1. Bob Sacamento's Avatar
      Bob Sacamento -
      Zach Jones side session
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Thank you so much for the video and photos!! This is just awesome!
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Awesome information. Please keep us updated
      Thank You
    1. Bob Sacamento's Avatar
      Bob Sacamento -
      Well I'm glad you guys liked them, I'll go back and add captions to those pictures later. Yesterday, was an intersquad game with Boyd, Baxendale, and Ferreira pitching for the Red team while Lee and Nunez were the pitchers for the Blue team. So practice was pretty limited to batting cages, balametrics, and stretching. All I can say is Hicks swings like he's trying to crush the ball everytime and Buxton has a cannon for an arm, I still can't figure out why they play him in LF. Derek Rodriguez said he hasn't even thought about trying to be a catcher and the staff isn't considering it (I thought I'd ask since I saw some of you posting it on here).

      As far as fines go, Bard owes 5 bucks for charting indifferences while Boyd missed Balametrics the other morning (**** starts at 7:40a is what Hudson told me) so he owes 5 bucks as well. Most of the players are staying in the Hilton Garden Inn off Summerlin/College, only a few miles from the facility; but there are a few that are sharing apartments together.
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Hi Bob
      Is there any more news or updates from the Twins Instructional League? Which players are looking the part and seem to be standing out? Pitchers and Hitters? What do they exactly do day in and day out?
    1. lightfoot789's Avatar
      lightfoot789 -
      Why are the events of the Twins Fall Instructional Session so secretive? Who played well and who struggled? All I heard was Berrios struggled. Who improved plate discipline or mound command? What are some of the scoops? 50 dudes and no news?
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