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Twins sign fifth-round Draft pick Rosario

July 1, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins announced on Wednesday that they have officially signed Kala'i Rosario, their fifth-round selection from the 2020 MLB Draft. The high school outfielder from Hawaii was the fourth and final member of Minnesota's Draft class to agree to terms.

Twins scout Manuel on 'serendipitous' journey

June 24, 2020

While we wait for the baseball season to get underway, MLB Pipeline is shining a spotlight on the hard-working scouts who are typically behind the scenes. We’ll talk to scouts across the game about their best Draft picks, biggest misses, best stories, go-to road food and more.

'A perfect fit': Twins sign first-rounder Sabato

June 23, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- The ink is barely dry on Aaron Sabato's first professional contract, but he's already thinking ahead to the days when his big bat could be part of the Twins' power show at Target Field. The slugging first baseman sees himself as a perfect fit in that mold. So

Twins sign 2020 Draft picks Soularie, Raya

June 19, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins welcomed the two newest members of their organization on Thursday, when they officially signed Alerick Soularie and Marco Raya, two of their selections from last week's 2020 MLB Draft. Soularie was the club's second-round selection with the No. 59 pick in the Draft, and he signed

Twins celebrate one of 'very best' Draft results

June 12, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- In no way was this a normal MLB Draft, and the Twins were even further restricted by having only four selections in the five rounds, but Twins scouting director Sean Johnson and his staff were determined to have as normal an approach as possible, only with fewer players

Versatile Soularie among Twins' Day 2 picks

June 12, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- Considering the uncertainty around the league entering an MLB Draft like no other, Twins scouting director Sean Johnson actually thought that things went quite smoothly on Thursday.

'He's a steal': Twins draft slugger at No. 27

North Carolina's power-hitting Sabato draws comparisons to Alonso
June 11, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- It took maybe a matter of seconds before the first Pete Alonso comparison arose in MLB Network's coverage when the Twins selected University of North Carolina first baseman Aaron Sabato with the No. 27 overall pick in the 2020 MLB Draft on Wednesday night. Loaded as it might

Twins taking 'responsive' approach in '20 Draft

June 10, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's safe to say that this will be an MLB Draft unlike any we've seen before. Amid the chaos and uncertainty of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the typical vastness of the Draft process has been condensed into only five rounds, with the ability for teams to scout recent

Self scouting report: Twins' Lewis Thorpe

June 2, 2020

When Lewis Thorpe made his Major League debut with the Twins last year, it was -- as one would argue all debuts are -- a momentous occasion. But when the rookie left-hander took the mound at Guaranteed Rate Field matching up against the division-rival White Sox on June 30, not

Twins' Top 5 international signings of all time

May 6, 2020

The Minnesota Twins' success in 2019 was a testament to the organization's ability to scout and develop international talent. From Dominican Republic natives Miguel Sanó and Jorge Polanco, to Venezuela native Luis Arraez and even Max Kepler (Germany) and Lewis Thorpe (Australia), many of the most important contributors to the

Scout recalls young Steve Nash, Sidney Crosby

April 16, 2020

While we wait for the baseball season to get underway and for scouts to get back out on the road for their respective organizations, MLB Pipeline will shine a spotlight on these hard-working evaluators who are typically behind the scenes. We’ll talk to scouts across the game about their best

Q&A: Twins' Jeffers on spring, analytics, puppy

April 8, 2020

Though he had a solid season on both sides of the ball and hit a Colonial Athletic Conference-leading 16 home runs as a UNC-Wilmington junior, Ryan Jeffers still flew under the radar as the 2018 Draft approached. The Twins, however, liked what they saw in the 6-foot-4, 230-pound catcher enough

Top prospect Lewis among Twins' roster moves 

March 28, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins reassigned 15 non-roster invitees to the Minor Leagues on Thursday to significantly trim down their camp roster ahead of the freeze on transactions that was implemented on Friday as part of the agreement between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association during the ongoing coronavirus

30 prospects we'll be talking about in 2022

March 28, 2020

Right now, all baseball fans can do is look ahead to the future. We decided to take that to the extreme by looking two years down the road at which prospects we expect to be big names in 2022. The fact that 14 of the Top 20 players on MLB

This prospect is impressing Twins this spring

Ranked No. 1 in system, Lewis drawing attention from teammates
March 4, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Spend a little time in the Twins' clubhouse, and you'll quickly start to see a bit of why Royce Lewis, the top prospect in the organization, remains so highly regarded despite a difficult 2019 season in the Minor Leagues. It's not just the raw physical tools;

Buzz around 'monster humans' Larnach, Jeffers 

Urbina making gains; Celestino moving up; Gordon seeks consistency
March 4, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- With so many of MLB Pipeline’s Top Prospects in the Twins’ big league camp this year, there is an overwhelming sense throughout the organization that the future may soon be on display in Minnesota. “We have a really impressive group of young guys in camp this

Pipeline Q&A: Twins prospect Alex Kirilloff

March 4, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Kirilloff was the Twins’ first-round pick in the 2016 Draft, taken with the No. 15 overall pick. Though Tommy John surgery cost the Twins’ No. 2 prospect (No. 32 in baseball) all of 2017, he returned the following year to bat .348/.343/.413 with 71 extra-base

Notes: Lewis HR ends drought; Polanco debuts

March 1, 2020

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Top prospect Royce Lewis hasn't had the easiest start to Spring Training at the plate, but he turned that around with a massive homer to left field in the Twins' 8-2 loss to the Rays at Charlotte Sports Park on Sunday afternoon. Lewis, the No. 9

Here are the Twins' 2020 Top 30 Prospects

February 28, 2020

In order for the Twins to compete annually at the big league level, they have to do so largely by signing and developing players from within. Their recipe worked in 2019, as the Major League club won 101 games and the American League Central division. That they did it with

Filthiest secondary pitches among top prospects

February 27, 2020

Feel to spin. Deception. Missing bats. Generating weak contact. These are all terms used in describing pitchers’ secondary stuff. Whether it’s a curveball, slider, changeup or occasionally something like a splitter or cutter, these are the offerings a pitcher often uses to put away hitters. And a lot of pitching

Young catcher Jeffers shining in 1st MLB spring

February 24, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins crushed left-handed starters last season thanks to the might of their right-handed stars like Mitch Garver and Nelson Cruz hitting near the top of their lineup. In Sunday’s home opener at Hammond Stadium, catching prospect Ryan Jeffers found himself right up there with those

Lewis headlines Twins prospects nearing Majors

February 21, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The Twins' front office built up its Major League roster during the offseason with the hope of winning a championship -- but top prospect Royce Lewis and the group of players wearing Twins uniforms for Friday's Spring Training opener already know plenty about playoff runs. "I

Each team's top power-hitting prospect

February 20, 2020

The 2019 Major League season will be remembered as the Year of the Home Run after players across baseball combined to hit a record 6,776 homers -- up from 5,585 in 2018 -- and 14 different teams set a new franchise record. National League Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso

One prospect to watch on each team

February 13, 2020

The future is now. As Spring Training gets underway, there will be position battles and players with much to prove. But there will also be highly touted prospects who will be putting their talents on display against Major Leaguers during Cactus League and Grapefruit League action. Here's a guide to

Lewis, Kirilloff among Twins' 20 spring NRIs

February 3, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS -- Four of the top five prospects in the Twins' organization, per MLB Pipeline's 2019 rankings, are set to participate in Major League Spring Training this season, as shortstop Royce Lewis, first baseman/outfielder Alex Kirilloff and outfielder Trevor Larnach were among the 20 non-roster invitees to camp announced by