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EX-TWINS IN 2022: Where Are They Now?


A new Baseball Year Has Begin. Spring Training MAY be coming up in less than two months. But, as a lockout continues, 40-man rosters have been set for all teams. There are still free agents looking for work, and Rule 5 draftees to be added to rosters.

 

I suggest we wait until camps break in April to see who is in the minor league systems for real, although there have been many minor league free agent signings of former Twins, some foreign departures, and the Twins will probably have many names still cut from their organization that will end up in what is now called Indy Ball leagues.

 

***PLEASE FEEL FREE TO ADD NAMES IN COMMENTS AS OFF-SEASON & SEASON PROGRESSES***

 

FORMER TWINS WITH OFF-SEASON MAJOR LEAGUE CONTRACTS

 

RYAN PRESSLY (Astros). The Twins grabbed Ryan as a Rule 5 player in the 2012 draft from the Red Sox. He pitched from 2013-18 with the Twins, then was traded to the Astros for Jorge Alcala and Gilberto Celestino.

 

LAMONTE WADE (Giants). Signed by Twins in 2015. Played for team in 2019-20. Traded to Giants in 2021 for Shaun Anderson.

 

JAKE ODORIZZI (Astros). Began his career with the Royals in 2012. Traded by the Rays to the Twins for Jeremaine Palacios in 2018. Pitched for three years and became a free agent, signing with the Astros in 2021.

 

AARON HICKS (Yankees). Drafted by Twins in 2008. Played centerfield from 2013-15. Traded to Yankees in 2015 off-season for John Ryan Murphy.

 

JOSE BERRIOS (Blue Jays). Signed by Twins in 2012. Pitched for Team 2016-21. Traded to Blue Jays in summer 2021 for Austin Martin and Simeon Woods-Richardson.

 

BRUSDAR GRATEROL (Dodgers). Minnesota Twins Prospect 2014-19 playing with Team in 2019. Traded to Dodgers in spring of 2020 with Luke Raley and future draft pick consideration (Dodgers chose Clayton Beeker with the slot pick) for Kenta Maeda and Jair Camargo.

 

EDUARDO ESCOBAR (Mets). Signed by White Sox 2006. Traded to Twins in 2012 along with Pedro Hernandez for Francisco Liriano. Played for Team 2012-18. Traded to Diamondbacks in 2018 for Ernie de la Trinidad, Jhoan Duran and Gabriel Maciel. Traded by Diamondbacks to Brewers in 2021. Signed as free agent with Mets in off-season.

 

JASON CASTRO (Astros). Was signed as a free agent and played with Twins from 2017-2019. He previously played six seasons for Houston. He signed with the Angels, played for the Padres, and came back the Astros last season.

 

ROBBIE GROSSMAN (Tigers). Signed by Pittsburgh in 2008. Played for Astros in 2013-15. Signed and released by Indians and signed by Twins in 2016 playing for them until 2018. Signed as free agent by the A's in 2019 and the Tigers in 2021.

 

JONATHAN SCHOOP (Tigers). Signed with the Orioles 2008. Played for the Brewers in 2018. Signed as a free agent by Twins in 2019 . Became a free agent signing with the Tigers in 2020.

 

RICH HILL (Red Sox). Signed by the Cubs in 2004. Pitched for the Cubs, Orioles, Red Sox, Indians, Angels, Yankees, A's, Dodgers, Rays and Mets. Pitched in minors for Nationals and Cardinals rehabbing. Signed as a free agent with the Twins in 2020. In 2022 will mark his third stint with the Red Sox.

 

LANCE LYNN (White Sox). Signd by Cardinals in 2008, pitching for them 2011-17. Signed as a free agent by the Twins for 2018. Traded during 2018 season to New York Yankees for Luis Rijo and Tyler Austin (and cash). Signed by Rangers for 2019 season and traded in 2021 season to White Sox.

 

KYLE GIBSON (Phillies). Signed by Twins 2009 and played for Team 2013-2019. Granted free agency in 2020 and signed with Rangers. Traded to Phillies in 2021.

 

ZACK LITTELL (Giants). Signed by Mariners 2013 then traded to Yankees organization. Traded to Twins along with Dietrich Enns for Jaime Garcia in 2017. Pitched for Team 2018-20. Signed as a free agent with the Giants for 2021.

 

TREVOR MAY (Mets). Signed by the Phillies 2008. Traded to Twins in 2012 with Vance Worley for Ben Revere. Played for Team 2014-20. Signed in off-season 2020 as Free Agent with Mets.

 

C.J. CRON (Rockies). Signed by Angels in 2011. Played for Angels and Rays. Waiver claim by Twins for 2019 season. Signed as free agent with Tigers for 2020 and Rockies 2021.

 

J.T. CHARGOIS (Rays). Signed by Twins in 2012. Major Leagues in 2016. Waiver claim by Dodgers in 2018. Also pitched for Mariners.

 

MATT WISLER (Rays). Signed by Padres in 2011. Pitched for Braves, Reds, Padres, Mariners organization. Waiver claim by Twins for 2020 season. Waived by Twins in off-season and claimed by Giants for 2021 who traded him to Rays.

 

LIAM HENDRIKS (White Sox). Signed out of Australia by Twins in 2007. Pitched for Team in 2011-13. Waiver claim by Cubs in 2013, then also Jays and Orioles. Pitched for Royals, Jays and Oakland before signing as free-agent with White Sox for 2021.

 

TYLER KINLEY (Rockies). Signed by Marlins in 2013. Claimed in Rule 5 draft by Twins in 2017 and returned to Marlins in 2018. Waiver claim by Rockies from Marlins in 2019.

 

BRANDON WADDELL (Cardinals). Signed by Pirates in 2015. Waiver claim for 2021 season by Twins. Waiver claim by Orioles then also Cardinals in 2021.

 

TRAVIS BLANKENHORN (Mets). Signed by Twins in 2015 and played on Team in 2020. Waiver claim by Dodgers in 2021, and also Mariners, and then Mets.''

 

 

FORMER MINOR LEAGUE PLAYERS

 

DEOLIS GUERRA (A's). Signed by the Mets in 2005. Traded to the Twins in 2008 along with Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber and Kevin Mulvey for Johan Santana. Never got call to majors. Signed as a free agent with Pirates in 2014. Played for Angels, Rangers, Brewers, Phillies and A's organizations.

 

AKIL BADDOO (Tigers). Minnesota Twins Prospect 2016-2020. Claimed in 2020 Rule 5 draft by Tigers.

 

TYLER WELLS (Orioles). Minnesota Twins Prospect 2016-2020. Claimed by Orioles in 2020 Rule 5 draft.

 

NICK ANDERSON (Rays). Signed by Twins in 2015. Traded to Marlins in 2018 for Brian Schales. Traded by Marlins to Rays in 2019.

 

LUIS GIL (Yankees). Minnesota Twins Prospect 2015-2017. Traded in spring of 2018 to Yankees for Jake Cave.

 

SAM CLAY (Nationals). Minnesota Twins Prospect 2014-2020. Signed as a free agent with the Nationals in 2021.

 

LEWIN DIAZ (Marlins). Minnesota Twins Prospect 2013-19. Traded in 2019 to Marlins for Chris Vallimont and Sergio Romo.

 

LUKE RALEY (Dodgers). Signed by Dodgers in 2016. Traded to Twins along with Logan Forsythe and Devin Smeltzer for Brian Dozier in 2018. Traded by Twins in spring 2020 along with Brusdar Graterol and a draft pick (Clayton Beeker) for Jair Camargo and Kenta Maeda.

 

JAYLIN DAVIS (Giants). Minnesota Twins Prospect 2015-2019. Traded to Giants in 2019 along with Prelander Berroa and Kai-Wei Teng for Sam Dyson.

 

JAKE REED (Mets). Minnesota Twins Prospect 2014-20. Waiver claim Dodgers in 2021. Also waiver claim by Rays and Mets.

 

BROOKS RALEY (Rays). Signed by the Cubs in 2009, he reached the majors, then was claimed by the Twins in 2014. The Angels claimed him when the Twins put him thru waivers. Spent time in Korea. Played in the majors with the Reds and Astros before signing with the Rays in the 2021 off-season.

 

HUASCAR YNOA (Braves). Twins prospect 2015-17. Part of the deal that brought Jaime Garcia to the Twins for a week in 2017.

 

JHOULYS CHACIN (Rockies). Signed by Rockies in 2004. Played in majors or minors for Rockies, Diamondbacks, Indians, Angels, Padres, Brewers, Red Sox. Signed as free agent with Twins in 2020. Almost considered for play, but cut when the shortened alternative site minors rosters were picked. Then signed with Braves, Yankees and back to the Rockies.

 

 

 

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EX-TWINS On 2022 Major League Field Staffs

 

MARCUS JENSEN (A's coach). Former Twins player 2000.

 

DUSTIN HUGHES (A's coach). Former Twins player 2011.

 

JOE ESPADA (Astros coach). 1998 Rule 5 Draftee, returned to original team.

 

JASON KANZLER (Astros coach). Twins prospect 2013-15.

 

JEREMY REED (Angels coach). Minor league free agent 2011.

 

PAUL SORRENTO (A's coach). Former Twins player 1989-91.

 

PHIL NEVIN (Angels coach). Forrmer Twins player 2006.

 

BOBBY WILSON (Rangers coach) Former Twins player 2018.

 

SETH CONNER (Rangers coach). Minor league coach 2021.

 

DAVE McKAY (Diamonbacks coach). Former Twins player 1975-76.

 

MIKE FETTERS (Diamondbacks coach). Former Twins player 2003.

 

MIKE REDMOND (Rockies coach). Former Twins player 2005-09.

 

JOSH BARD (Dodgers coach). Unsigned 1996 draftee.

 

AARON BATES (Dodgers coach). Minor league player 2011-12.

 

DANNY LEHMANN (Dodgers coach). Minor league prospect 2007-13.

 

ANTOAN RICHARDSON (Giants coach). Minor league free agent 2013.

 

J.P. MARTINEZ (Giants coach). Minor league prospect 2004-07. Twins minor league coach 2015-20

 

DEREK SHELTON (Pirates manager). Twins bench coach 2018-19.

 

QUINTIN BERRY (Brewers coach). Minor league free agent 2017.

 

JASON LANE (Brewers coach). Minor league free agent 2013, released in spring training.

 

DAMON HOLLINS (Royals coach). Minor league free agent 2001.

 

PEDRO GRIFOL (Royals coach). Minor league prospect 1991-95.

 

ALLAN de san MIGUEL (Royals coach). Minor league prospect 2005-11.

 

LEE TUNNELL (Reds coach). Former Twins player 1989.

 

JEFF PICKLER (Reds coach). Twins coach 2017-18.

 

HOWIE CLARK (White Sox coach). Former Twins player 2008.

 

A.J. HINCH (Tigers manager). Unsigned 1995 draftee.

 

MATT BORGSCHULTE (Orioles coach). Twins minor league coach 2019-21.

 

RICKY BONES (Nationals coach). Minor league free agent 1998.

 

HENRY BLANCO (Nationals coach). Former Twins player 2004.

 

JEREMY HEFNER (Mets coach). Twins scout 2017-18, coach 2019.

 

JAMES ROWSON (Marlins coach). Twins coach 2017-19.

 

RON WASHINGTON (Braves coach). Former Twins player 1981-86.

 

PETER FATSE (Red Sox coach). Minor league coach 2019.

 

JASON VARITEK (Red Sox coach). Unsigned 1993 draftee.

 

ALEX CORA (Red Sox manager). Unsigned 1993 draftee.

 

ANDY FOX (Red Sox coach). Minor league free agent 1993, released in spring training.

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Great lists.  I am blown away by the coaching list.

Who would you want back from the active players? 

  • Pressly, Graterol, May, Littell, Berrios, Lynn, and Hendriks would certainly be great additions to the pitching staff.
  • LaMonte Wade over Jake Cave - definitely.  Otherwise our bats are strong enough that the list does not have players that would substantially improve us.

Thanks for the work. 

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On 1/2/2022 at 10:06 AM, mikelink45 said:

Who would you want back from the active players?...  LaMonte Wade over Jake Cave - definitely.  Otherwise our bats are strong enough that the list does not have players that would substantially improve us.

I think there are currently 2 open spots on the 40-man, and only 6 outfielders (16 position players total), so barring a better addition by some other means I would also take back Baddoo.  I like having lots of options with players who have options. :)  And Baddoo won't even be 24 until late this coming season, so we don't really know yet what his ceiling is.  His 2021 would have been a "substantial" improvement over the collection of performances in LF.

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8 minutes ago, lecroy24fan said:

Matthew Lecroy was manager for Nationals' AAA team in Rochester last year and i think he was brought back for this year.

When the minor league season starts, will try and dig up ALL the guys on field staff and on the rosters for all the minor league teams that have former Twins.

 

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21 minutes ago, dxpavelka said:

Cute exercise that I'm sure serves some sort of useful purpose even though I'm not exactly sure what that purpose is.  Pretty sure I could make a similar list for most, if not all, teams in the big leagues.

It might not mean anything to you, but for many of this we find the nostalgia and the movements within the game to be fascinating.  

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20 hours ago, dxpavelka said:

Cute exercise that I'm sure serves some sort of useful purpose even though I'm not exactly sure what that purpose is.  Pretty sure I could make a similar list for most, if not all, teams in the big leagues.

Like to keep track of guys from the team still in the game. Here's the one from last year! 

 

https://twinsdaily.com/forums/topic/49951-ex-twins-in-2021-where-are-they-now/

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5 hours ago, Rosterman said:

Like to keep track of guys from the team still in the game. Here's the one from last year! 

 

https://twinsdaily.com/forums/topic/49951-ex-twins-in-2021-where-are-they-now/

I get it but usually these lists are meant as an indictment of management which is why I like to point out that most teams in most sports can make similar lists.

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21 hours ago, dxpavelka said:

I get it but usually these lists are meant as an indictment of management which is why I like to point out that most teams in most sports can make similar lists.

Sometimes, but not everyone thinks that way about it.  My take is it's just cool to follow the game in all it's little details.

For example, my son's future college coach (he's a 2022 Grad) pitched for Pepperdine University, and was actually drafted by the Twins and made it as far as AA and then was plucked away in the Rule 5 draft and pitched for the Mets in 91' or 92'.

I get it that not everyone geeks out about that stuff, but it's just part of the game that many of us love.

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2 hours ago, MN_ExPat said:

Sometimes, but not everyone thinks that way about it.  My take is it's just cool to follow the game in all it's little details.

For example, my son's future college coach (he's a 2022 Grad) pitched for Pepperdine University, and was actually drafted by the Twins and made it as far as AA and then was plucked away in the Rule 5 draft and pitched for the Mets in 91' or 92'.

I get it that not everyone geeks out about that stuff, but it's just part of the game that many of us love.

Cool. That has to be Doug Simons, who pitched for the Mets in 1991 and the Expos in 1992.

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15 hours ago, Rosterman said:

Cool. That has to be Doug Simons, who pitched for the Mets in 1991 and the Expos in 1992.

Yes Sir.  He's a pretty amazing guy and seems like a truly genuine human being.  Feel pretty blessed that my son gets to learn from and play for him :).

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THE FRONT OFFICE.

 

SAM FULD (2014) is now the General Manager of the Philadelphia Phillies. President of the Phillies is former Twins GM Andy MacPhail (1985-1994) and Terry Ryan (Twins GM twice and basically with the organization from 1994-2016 after starting as a minor league player 1973-76) continues to work as a special assistant to Andy.

 

Jack McKeon is now a special assistant to the GM of the Nationals after an illustrious career with the Royals, Padres, Astros, Reds and Marlins on the field and in the front office. People forget he started as the AAA manager for the Twins back in 1962-63.

 

BILLY BEANE had a movie made about him (Moneyball) and was a highly regarded Mets prospect traded to the Twins in 1986 and sent packing the next season to Detroit. He became a Scout with Oakland in 1990 and rose to their highest decision-making job. Offers pour in, but he stays with the A's. CHRIS PITTARO, who played with Beane in Minnesota, has been a longtime scout and special assistant in the A's organization since 1991.

 

RANDY BUSH still gets mail with the Cubs, who he joined in 2005 after college coaching. He played for the Twins from 1982-1993. He was the Cubs interim general manager in 2011. Now a senior advisor to the team. BOB TWEKSBURY is some sort of Mental Issues coach with the Cubs.

 

BOB GEBHARD is still in the game working as a special advisor in the St. Louis Cardinals front office. A Twins pitcher in 1971-72, he also played for the Expos and then worked with the farm system, joining MacPhail as assistant general manager of the Twins from 1987-91. He was then being named General Manager of the Rockies from 1992-99, and the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2005.

 

Longtime Twins trainer Tony Leo is now a trainer with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He started with the Twins in the minors in 1998, and was the Target Field trainer in 2018-19 seasons.

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MORE FRONT OFFICE FORMER TWINS

 

 

DENARD SPAN (2008-12) is a special assistant in operatiuons with the Rays.

 

DAVID ORTIZ (1997-2002) is a special assistant to the general manager of the Red Sox. LUIS TIANT (1970) continues his association with the club as a goodwill ambassador.

 

Matt Tracy (1979) is the pitching development coordinator for the Blue Jays. RENE TOSONI (2011) and SAL BUTERA (1980-82, 87) are scouts for the Blue Jays.

 

MIKE PAGLIARULO (1991-92) is a special assistant to the general manager of the Nationals.

 

CHARLIE MANUEL (1969-72) is a special assistant to the general manager of the Phillies.

 

LEROY PURDY SMITH (1986-90) is a chief scout for the Mets.

 

J.J. Putz (1998 unsigned draftee) is a special assistant to the president/CEO of the Diamondbacks.

 

RICK DEMPSEY (1969-72) is a community ambassador for the Orioles after a long career in their broadcast booth.

 

JIM THOME (2010-11) is a special assistant to the vice-president/general manager of the White Sox.

 

Paul Gibson (1982 Rule 5 draftee) is the director of pitching performance for the Royals. Blaine Boyer (2015) is a special assistant in baseball operations.

 

Tim McIlvaine (2004 Twins prospect) is the Angels director of scouting.

 

QUINTON McCRACKEN (2001) is special assistant to baseball operations and player development with the Brewers.

 

CAIG BRESLOW (2017) is assistant general manager and vice president of pitching for the Cubs.

 

JOHNNY GORYL (1962-64; also coach 1968-69, 79-80; minor league manager 1966-68, 1970-1978; Team manager 1981-82) is still doing special duties with the Guardians (Indians), who he joined in 1982 as a coach and spent more decades in player development. Tim Belcher (unsiged 1983 first round draftpick) is a special assistant to baseball operations. MINNIE MENDOZA (1970) is an advisor for Latin American development with the Gaurdians.

 

I haven't scoured the "Scouting" rosters of most of the tems, so let us know if there are any notable former Twins in those ranks that you come across.

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FORMER TWINS IN THE BROADCAST BOOTH

 

DARRIN JACKSON (White Sox). Former Twins player 1997.

 

C.J. Nitkowski (Rangers). Free agent signing 2005 released in sprint training.

 

David Murphy (Rangers). Minor league free agent 2016.

 

John Rooney (Cardinals). Former Twins announcer 1987, before long career with White Sox and Cardinals.

 

Al Hrabosky (Cardinals). Unsigned 1967 draftee.

 

MATT CAPPS (Pirates). Former Twins player 2010-12.

 

JIM DESHAIES (Cubs). Former Twins player 1993-94.

 

PAT HUGHES (Cubs). Former Twins announcer 1983.

 

RON COOMER (Cubs) Former Twins player 1995-2000.

 

Ryan Lefebvre (Royals). Former Twins announcer 1995-98.

 

Anthony Recker (Mets). Analyst for Baseball Network. Minor league catcher 2017, part of Jaime Garcia trade.

 

JACK MORRIS (Tigers). World Series Hero 1991. Former Twins announcer 2005-11, 2014-20.

 

CRAIG MONROE (Tigers). Former Twins player 2008.

 

JIM KAAT (MLB Network). Former Twins pitcher 1961-73. Former Twins broadcaster 1988-93.

 

DAVID ORTIZ (Fox Sports). Former Twins player 1997-2002.

 

A.J. PIERZYNSKI (Fox Sports). Former Twins player 1998-2003.

 

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WILKIN ROSARIO, who spent the 2019 season with the Twin's Rochester Red Wings. He has quite the international career, playing in Korea, Japan, the Dominican Winter Leagues. Mexico, after spending a decade in the Rockies system and playing at Coors Field.

 

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/01/cpbls-uni-president-lions-sign-wilin-rosario.html

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On 1/2/2022 at 1:10 PM, lecroy24fan said:

Matthew Lecroy was manager for Nationals' AAA team in Rochester last year and i think he was brought back for this year.

Could almost add former affiliates at this point. The Rochester thing is a nice full circle, as I imagine LeCroy played there.

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16 minutes ago, Shaitan said:

Could almost add former affiliates at this point. The Rochester thing is a nice full circle, as I imagine LeCroy played there.

Most affiliates are just finishing naming their field staffs. I imagine an influx of minor league free agents (as well as a few former Twins signing as 40-man free agents like Rosario, for one) will happen once the lockout ends. But probably holding off any look at Twins in the minor leagues until the roster are set at the end of Spring Training. Many given a looksee in the spring don't make the final cut.

 

LeCroy is the AAA Manager for the Nationals with the Rochester Red Wings, at least thru last season. 

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Korea baseball has set rosters.

BYUNG-HO PARK is still slugging the ball for another season after breaking his 3-year contract he signed with the Twins back in 2016.

 

Glenn Sparkman, a former minor league free agent, is there.

 

CHARLIE BARNES, a lefty who pitched some in 2021, is looking to thrive over there. Being a lefty, and the Twins short on pitching, was surprised when they removed him from the 40-man in the off-season.

 

DREW RUCINSKI who pitched for the Twins in 2017, returns for his 4th season in Korea.

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On 1/18/2022 at 4:42 PM, Rosterman said:

Johnny Goryl (1962-64; also coach 1968-69, 79-80; minor league manager 1966-68, 1970-1978; Team manager 1981-82) is still doing special duties with the Guardians (Indians), who he joined in 1982 as a coach and spent more decades in player development. 

Wow. Johnny Goryl is now 88 years young. He exceeded his rookie limits during the 1958 season. Keep on truckin'.

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On 1/25/2022 at 9:34 PM, stringer bell said:

One-time Twin Juan Centeno (2016 Twin) signed a minor league contract with the Diamondbacks. 

Getting a few more of these happening. Once the minor league season starts, will be able to review ALL the former Twins that are playing in other systems after spring training cuts. Then later in April, Indy Leagues (which recently saw the return of Oswaldo Arcia, remember him?).

 

 

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