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2019/2020 Twins Minor League Signings


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Twins signed RHP Chris Rowley, who gave up 20 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings last year with the Triple-A affiliate of the Padres, to a minor league deal.

Just because they sign them doesn't mean they break spring training. But could be kept and rehabbed or whatever. You take a chance. But the players know this going in, too. Every spring about 4-6 of the minor league signings don't pan out.

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Unlike Pat Dean, Thielbar lasted a few years and had a 2.74 ERA, though with some pretty bad peripherals. But yeah, he shouldn't sniff the majors this time around.

Thielbar took a team through a Driveline-type program and picked up things that allowed him to add a few more ticks to his own velocity. He was consistently mid-90s last year in Gwinnett, topping out at 98 from the left side.

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Thielbar took a team through a Driveline-type program and picked up things that allowed him to add a few more ticks to his own velocity. He was consistently mid-90s last year in Gwinnett, topping out at 98 from the left side.

98?! OK then, if he's throwing with that speed right now, we may have something!

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Thielbar took a team through a Driveline-type program and picked up things that allowed him to add a few more ticks to his own velocity. He was consistently mid-90s last year in Gwinnett, topping out at 98 from the left side.

the Braves had a  pitcher with Mid 90's fastball for a left hander. They paid a small amount of money to get him yet they still let him go at the end of the year. What is wrong with this picture if Thielbar really has any upside?

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the Braves had a  pitcher with Mid 90's fastball for a left hander. They paid a small amount of money to get him yet they still let him go at the end of the year. What is wrong with this picture if Thielbar really has any upside?

They have a host who are 22 and can do the same thing....

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It seems like a few years ago when Gardy was still the manager that we wouldn't see any of these minor leaguers in a spring training game until later in the month after some players had been sent down and minor league camp had officially opened.  However, in recent years we have seen players without an invitation to big league camp appear in games right away.  This year I noticed Mooney and Eaves in the box score before I'd even heard that they'd been signed.  Does anyone have an idea of how many minor leaguers are already working out?  Are these guys "invited" to show up early or is it voluntary?  Do they have structured workouts led by minor league coaches?  When does minor league camp officially open?  Any insight would be much appreciated.  Thanks.

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It seems like a few years ago when Gardy was still the manager that we wouldn't see any of these minor leaguers in a spring training game until later in the month after some players had been sent down and minor league camp had officially opened.  However, in recent years we have seen players without an invitation to big league camp appear in games right away.  This year I noticed Mooney and Eaves in the box score before I'd even heard that they'd been signed.  Does anyone have an idea of how many minor leaguers are already working out?  Are these guys "invited" to show up early or is it voluntary?  Do they have structured workouts led by minor league coaches?  When does minor league camp officially open?  Any insight would be much appreciated.  Thanks.

Yeah, I was wondering the same. So many guys called over to play for the Twins above and beyond the 22 invited to major league came. Amdjust nticed the Twins pitched Brandon Koch, late of the Rays organization. Where are all these additional minor league free agents coming from and why?

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Yeah, I was wondering the same. So many guys called over to play for the Twins above and beyond the 22 invited to major league came. Amdjust nticed the Twins pitched Brandon Koch, late of the Rays organization. Where are all these additional minor league free agents coming from and why?

Brandon Koch and Wes Johnson have a connection

 

https://zonecoverage.com/2018/mn-twins-news/notebook-twins-announce-coaching-staff-40-man-additions-and-minor-league-signings/amp/

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They have a host who are 22 and can do the same thing....

Couldn't find any 21 year old left handers at AAA, AA, or A+ that fit the description of left handed reliever . The wins at the start of the year count towards the goal of winning as many of the games as you can. A veteran minimum should not be that big of deal for a pitcher you think can help you until better comes along

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Couldn't find any 21 year old left handers at AAA, AA, or A+ that fit the description of left handed reliever . The wins at the start of the year count towards the goal of winning as many of the games as you can. A veteran minimum should not be that big of deal for a pitcher you think can help you until better comes along

On the 40-man are AJ Minter, Grant Dayton, Tucker Davidson, Sean Newcomb (should he not make the rotation), Phil Pfeifer, and Will Smith as lefties with likely bullpen futures as their most-used role for 2020 for the Braves. The non-roster invitees in camp are Thomas Burrows, a hard-throwing lefty reliever who was injured much of 2019, Chris Nunn, who is a guy that was boosted by online videos of him working with Driveline-style workouts and reaching triple digits consistently, and Chris Rusin, a soft-tosser brought in for a different role in the bullpen.

 

That's not even considering guys like Corbin Clouse, Tyler Matzek, or the potential use of Kyle Muller in the bullpen. Thielbar really filled a role that injuries created in the system toward the middle of 2019. Those players are now healthy, and while a player like Thielbar could always still be a midseason pickup, there was not a likely spot for him in Atlanta, so the Braves let him seek out an organization where he would have an opportunity. I guess I struggle to see why that automatically deems him damaged goods.

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I was just looking at the current organizational rosters, and counting the 14 players that will need to find a minor league home on the major league roster, the Twins have 202 players currently in their system for approx. 160 roster spots (and injured lists). 

Spring cuts are absolutely brutal. Remember that players not on a major league deal and/or 40-man roster are not being paid for spring training just for the privilege in many situations to be cut.

 

It's the walk-on environment of collegiate sports to a significant degree.

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Usually about now all 40-man guys who have no chance making the roster would be sent off to minor league camp, just in case they get injured in spring training and have to remain on the major league roster? Not to mention decisions being made on some invitees. The Twins seems to be playing an awful lot of minor league guys that really only need to play if it is a roadtrip at best. Should have the roster down to at least 40 for major league action now.

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Usually about now all 40-man guys who have no chance making the roster would be sent off to minor league camp, just in case they get injured in spring training and have to remain on the major league roster? Not to mention decisions being made on some invitees. The Twins seems to be playing an awful lot of minor league guys that really only need to play if it is a roadtrip at best. Should have the roster down to at least 40 for major league action now.

 

The first group of players sent down should be easy to figure out. 

 

40-man roster guys with no chance to make the Opening Day roster. Starters that need to be stretched out. More at bats to be had, etc. Non-roster young players that won't make the opening day roster. Again, get them more ABs or IP. And a few of the others. 

 

I wouldn't expect a lot of NRIs (the veteran types) to be sent down in the first batch. 

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Also per that Baseball America list, here are former members of the Twins organization who are also minor league free agents now:

 

Arizona: Ricky Nolasco

Atlanta: Pedro Florimon

Baltimore: Ryan Eades, Sean Miller, Engelb Vielma

Boston: Juan Centeno

Cubs: Chih-Wei Hu, Johnny Field

White Sox: Justin Nicolino

Cincinnati: Tim Collins, Stuart Turner

Colorado: Pat Dean, Nelson Molina

Kansas City: Allan de San Miguel, Taylor Featherstone

Dodgers: Chris Parmelee

Mets; Ervin Santana

Yankees: Brian Navarreto

Oakland: Taylor Motter

Philadelphia: Shane Robinson

San Diego: Dietrich Enns

San Francisco: Levi Michael, Michael Reed

Seattle: Jordan Pacheco

Texas: Esmerling Vasquez, Zack Granite 

Thanks for the trip down memory lane - still thought some of those guys were Twins.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Was fun to see that Levi Michael was back in a Twins uniform too.

 

I had forgotten about his re-signing! Not there is anything wrong with him or bringing him back but I did find that curious. Pensacola whenever baseball resumes? Or a shot at Rochester?

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