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Pipeline names Twins' Prospects of the Year

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfield prospect Alex Kirilloff experienced an incredible breakout season offensively in his return from Tommy John surgery, while right-hander Brusdar Graterol lit up radar guns with his impressive stuff en route to his best year as a professional.

They both were rewarded with championships with Class A Advanced Fort Myers and were honored with Kirilloff and Graterol being named MLB Pipeline's Twins Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year respectively.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Outfield prospect Alex Kirilloff experienced an incredible breakout season offensively in his return from Tommy John surgery, while right-hander Brusdar Graterol lit up radar guns with his impressive stuff en route to his best year as a professional.

They both were rewarded with championships with Class A Advanced Fort Myers and were honored with Kirilloff and Graterol being named MLB Pipeline's Twins Hitting and Pitching Prospects of the Year respectively.

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Kirilloff also made a big jump on MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list, as he wasn't among the Top 100 before the year, but moved all the way up to the No. 10 overall prospect on Wednesday, up from his previous ranking of No. 30. He gives Minnesota two prospects among the Top 10 in baseball, joining No. 7 prospect Royce Lewis, who was also his teammate at Fort Myers as the starting shortstop.

Kirilloff, 20, somehow showed no signs of rust after missing the 2017 season because of a torn UCL in his left elbow. He hit a combined .348/.392/.578 with 20 homers, 44 doubles, seven triples and 101 RBIs in 130 games between Class Cedar Rapids and Class A Advanced Fort Myers. He led all Minor Leaguers in doubles and extra-base hits.

The Pittsburgh-area high school product was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 Draft, and represented the Twins in the All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park in July, going 2-for-2 with a run. He was also named the winner of the 2018 Sherry Robertson Award winner as the Twins Minor League Player of the Year. In the postseason, he went 11-for-27 with a homer and two doubles, including his first career five-hit game.

Video: Top Prospects: Alex Kirilloff, OF, Twins

Graterol, the organization's No. 4 prospect and No. 70 overall prospect per MLB Pipeline, posted a combined 2.74 ERA with 107 strikeouts, 28 walks and three homers allowed in 102 innings between Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. The 20-year-old has the makings of a future ace with a fastball that can reach triple-digits to go along with a curveball, slider and developing changeup.

Video: Top Prospects: Brusdar Graterol, RHP, Twins

Signed for just $150,000 out of Venezuela, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has a career 2.71 ERA with 169 strikeouts and 42 walks in 153 innings in three professional seasons. He began the year with Cedar Rapids, posting a 2.18 ERA in eight starts before registering a 3.12 ERA in 11 starts with Fort Myers. Graterol pitched in the postseason against Daytona in the Florida State League Championship Series, allowing two runs over five innings in a loss. He struck out six and gave up seven hits.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

Twins begin interviewing manager candidates

Club is in early stages of process that is expected to take several weeks
MLB.com @RhettBollinger

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have officially begun their search for a new manager, as they've already interviewed internal candidates in person and have begun conducting initial phone interviews with outside candidates, Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine said Tuesday.

Falvey and Levine are still in the early stages of finding a replacement for Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, but said they're confident they'll find the right person for the job. There's no timetable for making a decision, as it's expected to take several weeks.

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins have officially begun their search for a new manager, as they've already interviewed internal candidates in person and have begun conducting initial phone interviews with outside candidates, Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine said Tuesday.

Falvey and Levine are still in the early stages of finding a replacement for Hall of Famer Paul Molitor, but said they're confident they'll find the right person for the job. There's no timetable for making a decision, as it's expected to take several weeks.

"We are certainly reaching out to some people who we have vetted and have targeted," Falvey said. "We also have heard from a number of different people across the game who have interest in this position. I'm not terribly surprised by that. As we've said all along we feel this is a job that stacks up there with any in baseball in terms of candidates who want to be here. This is a supportive ownership group, a good environment, an opportunity to impact some young players and a growing team."

Internal candidates include bench coach Derek Shelton, Major League coach Jeff Pickler and Triple-A manager Joel Skinner. External candidates who have been linked to the Twins include Indians bench coach Brad Mills, Indians Minor League defensive coach John McDonald, Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Rangers coach Jayce Tingler, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

The Twins, though, will also be competing with other clubs for manager candidates, as the Angels, Orioles, Blue Jays, Rangers and Reds are also looking to make a new hire.

"We would like to balance being as thorough as we can in the vetting process and the reference-checking and the interviewing," Levine said. "I think we owe it to ownership and our fanbase to be expedient and nimble. There are six teams that are currently looking for managers. There's certainly an overlap of some of the candidates. We need to be nimble enough such that if we interview somebody who their timeline gets pushed up, we don't intend to necessarily stand on ceremony and be rigid to our timeline."

Video: Dan O'Dowd on the the managerial hiring process

The Twins appear to be looking for an analytically inclined manager, as Falvey shared what traits they find important in a new skipper.

"We're looking for someone who is truly open-minded," Falvey said. "We're looking for a leader. Someone who will partner with us. Someone who is looking to move this organization forward, not just the 25-man roster. I think that's important. I think we want a partner who crosses all aspects of the organization to invest in the Minnesota Twins across the board. We have every expectation, early conversations that we've had with internal and external candidates, that we are going to find that person here who's of high character and a work ethic that we believe a championship-caliber organization puts together."

Sano update
Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will avoid criminal charges for his traffic accident involving a police officer in the Dominican Republic early Sunday, and Levine and Falvey said they've been in contact with him since the incident.

"We were able to speak with some people who were associated with this and inclusive of Miguel's lawyer and otherwise and gathered additional information," Falvey said. "Miguel has taken steps to help throughout this process. He has certainly complied with anything that has been asked of the police and otherwise. At this stage, this is ultimately viewed as an accident and something we want to make sure that we are doing what we can to help both Miguel and the officer down there to make sure this has a resolution."

As for Sano's left knee, the Twins believe it's a minor injury, and he should be able to have a healthy, normal offseason that's expected to include some time playing winter ball in the Dominican Republic. They'll also continue to monitor his weight and conditioning throughout the offseason.

"We know he's at an important crossroads in his career," Falvey said. "He had a tough offseason last year; this is now an opportunity with what we expect a fully healthy offseason to take meaningful steps forward. He knows that's important."

No winter ball for Buxton
Center fielder Byron Buxton, who only played in 28 games with the Twins in 2018 because of injuries and offensive struggles, will not play in winter ball like Sano. But Buxton's left wrist is healthy and he's been in contact with the front office since the decision to not bring him up as a September callup.

"I feel really good about the conversations with Byron," Falvey said. "All of the conversations with him were about the future, and I feel good about where he's headed with us going forward."

Adrianza undergoes surgery
Utilityman Ehire Adrianza underwent surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder on Tuesday. It had been bothering him late in the season The surgery repaired a labral tear, and the recovery time is three to four months, so he's expected to be ready for Spring Training.

Video: CWS@MIN: Mauer laces a double to left center in 7th

No decision for Mauer
First baseman Joe Mauer is spending time with his family after the conclusion of the regular season and still hasn't communicated whether he intends to retire or return for one more year. Mauer, a six-time All-Star during his 15-year career, is expected to retire, but Falvey said they'd welcome him back if he decides he wants to play. It appears Mauer, 35, could wait until the postseason ends to make his announcement.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

Minnesota Twins, Ehire Adrianza, Byron Buxton, Joe Mauer, Miguel Sano

Every club's best individual playoff performance

From MadBum to Mr. October, these runs went down in franchise lore
MLB.com @williamfleitch

One of the many joys of baseball's postseason is how one player can make such an outsized difference. There's no better time for a player to go on a hot streak than in the playoffs, when he's able to carry his team for a whole series -- maybe even to a championship. Baseball is a game of ebbs and flows, of zeniths and nadirs, and everyone wants to break out and have a heater in October.

With that in mind, we look at the greatest postseason runs by a player on each of baseball's 30 teams. These are the sort of streaks that make legends in their hometowns ... the sort of runs we'll talk about forever.

One of the many joys of baseball's postseason is how one player can make such an outsized difference. There's no better time for a player to go on a hot streak than in the playoffs, when he's able to carry his team for a whole series -- maybe even to a championship. Baseball is a game of ebbs and flows, of zeniths and nadirs, and everyone wants to break out and have a heater in October.

With that in mind, we look at the greatest postseason runs by a player on each of baseball's 30 teams. These are the sort of streaks that make legends in their hometowns ... the sort of runs we'll talk about forever.

Note: We're sticking to the divisional era here, which goes back to 1969, and is the dawn of the modern postseason.

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Paul Molitor, 1993
.447/.527/.851, World Series MVP
Everyone remembers the Joe Carter homer, but Molitor was a monster that whole postseason for the Blue Jays at the age of 37. He was terrific back in 1982 for the Brewers, too.

Orioles: Brooks Robinson, 1970
.485/.471/.788, World Series MVP
This was, of course, the same World Series in which he made the ridiculous play at third base … though with Robinson, it's always a question of which ridiculous play.

Video: #WeKnowPostseason: Robinson's Play

Rays: James Shields, 2008
2-2, 25 IP, 2.88 ERA
This is where the "Big Game James" nickname came from, even if it maybe lasted a year or two longer than it should have.

Red Sox: David Ortiz, 2004
.400/.515/.764, ALCS MVP
It's rather difficult, all told, to figure out which Ortiz postseason to pick: He had an OPS over 1.204 in October for all three of the Red Sox championship teams he played for.

Video: 2004 ALCS Gm7: Ortiz's homer gives Red Sox early lead

Yankees: Reggie Jackson, 1978
.417/.511/.806
The highest qualified OPS by Yankees are, in fact, 2018 Aaron Judge and 2006 Derek Jeter ... but how do you not pick Mr. October?

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Orel Hershiser, 1995
4-1, 35 1/3 IP, 1.53 ERA, ALCS MVP
The season with the other Indians' World Series loss -- no, the other one -- featured vintage Hershiser ... and he split a couple of duels with Greg Maddux in the World Series, too.

Royals: Danny Jackson, 1985
2-1, 26 IP, 1.04 ERA
Bret Saberhagen is remembered as the hero of this Royals team -- along with Don Denkinger, of course -- but Jackson was actually the best pitcher for the Royals that postseason.

Tigers: Alan Trammell, 1984
.419/.500/.806, World Series MVP
Trammell put the perfect capper on the Tigers' dream season. This was a quiet argument for Trammell's Hall of Fame candidacy.

Twins: Jack Morris, 1991
4-0, 36 1/3 IP, 2.23 ERA, World Series MVP
Speaking of the Hall of Fame ... this postseason is almost certainly why Morris currently has a plaque in Cooperstown.

Video: 1991 WS Gm7: Morris' 10-inning shutout

White Sox: Jermaine Dye, 2005
.311/.415/.444, World Series MVP
Several White Sox players had a higher OPS than Dye that postseason -- including Joe Crede, Scott Podsednik and Paul Konerko -- but you've got to go with the World Series MVP.

AL WEST

Angels: Francisco Rodriguez, 2002
5-1, 18 2/3 IP, 1.93 ERA
Back when there were more rigid bullpen roles, K-Rod was deployed liberally and devastatingly in 2002, back when he was 20 years old.

Astros: Carlos Beltran, 2004
.435/.536/1.022
Cardinals fans will be having nightmares about 2004 Carlos Beltran for decades to come ... and they won that series.

Video: 2004 NLCS Gm4: Beltran hits eighth homer of playoffs

Athletics: Dave Stewart, 1989
4-0, 32 IP, 2.25 ERA, World Series MVP
Stewart had a career 2.77 postseason ERA in 133 innings ... he would actually win the ALCS MVP the very next season, too.

Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr., 1995
.364/.442/.818
Jay Buhner was just as good as The Kid in 1995 ... but Griffey is Griffey.

Rangers: Juan Gonzalez, 1996
.438/.526/1.375
The Rangers actually lost this Division Series in four games, but good heavens, was Juan Gone ever a monster, hitting five homers in four games.

Video: 1996 ALDS Gm4: Juan Gonzalez's fifth home run of ALDS

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: John Smoltz, 1996
4-1, 38 IP, 0.95 ERA
You could also go with Greg Maddux's 1995 run -- since the Braves won the World Series that year, after all -- and you wouldn't be wrong.

Marlins: Josh Beckett, 2003
2-2, 42 2/3 IP, 2.11 ERA, World Series MVP
After the Yankees and Red Sox had their first of two epic postseason battles, Beckett was happy to pick up the pieces in the World Series.

Video: WS Gm6: Beckett shuts out Yanks as Marlins win series

Mets: Bobby Ojeda, 1986
2-0, 27 IP, 2.33 ERA
Of all the great Mets starters on that team, it was Ojeda who had the best postseason.

Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, 2017
1-1, 14 IP, 0.00 ERA
Since we're excluding the Expos -- if we weren't, Steve Rogers in 1981 would be the obvious answer here -- we must dig into the gruesome land of the Nationals' postseason failures. Strasburg has the ultimate Nationals playoff line: 0 earned runs, 1 loss.

Video: WSH@CHC Gm4: Strasburg K's 12 over seven scoreless

Phillies: Cliff Lee, 2009
4-0, 40 1/3 IP, 1.56 ERA
Cole Hamels had the World Series MVP in '08, but Lee was actually better, in five more innings.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Ryan Braun, 2011
.405/.468/.714
This postseason performance feels like a lifetime ago, but it's one the Brewers sure would appreciate a repeat of.

Cardinals: David Freese, 2011
.397/.465/.794, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
Freese actually struggled in the NLDS this season ... though he ended up making up for it.

Video: Must C Comeback: Freese's triple ties it up in ninth

Cubs: Jon Lester, 2016
3-1, 35 2/3 IP, 2.02 ERA, NLCS co-MVP
Lester still feels like the postseason starter Cubs fans trust most, and probably always will.

Pirates: Willie Stargell, 1979
.415/.435/.927, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
He also shared the regular-season MVP Award this year, pulling off the rare trifecta.

Reds: Johnny Bench, 1976
.444/.464/.926, World Series MVP
Bench was as dominant as the Reds were in this matter-of-fact World Series sweep.

NL WEST

D-backs: Curt Schilling, 2001
4-0, 48 1/3 IP, 1.12 ERA, World Series co-MVP
Randy Johnson's line this exact 2001 postseason: 5-1, 41 1/3 IP, 1.52 ERA. That is ... difficult to beat.

Video: WS2001 Gm4: Schilling comes up clutch on short rest

Dodgers: Hershiser, 1988
3-0, 1 SV, 42 2/3 IP, 1.05 ERA, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
Hershiser is the only pitcher to be on this list twice ... and how could he not be?

Giants: Madison Bumgarner, 2014
4-1, 1 SV, 52 2/3 IP, 1.03 ERA, NLCS MVP, World Series MVP
This is an obvious pick, but at this point I'd like to remind you that Barry Bonds put up a .356/.581/.978 in 2002.

Video: WS2014 Gm7: Bumgarner sets postseason innings record

Padres: Sterling Hitchcock, 1998
3-0, 22 IP, 1.23 ERA, NLCS MVP
He gave up only one earned run in six innings in his lone World Series start ... not that it did the Padres much good.

Rockies: Kaz Matsui, 2007
.304/.347/.500
It was a strange postseason for the Rockies in 2007, but if you forget the World Series happened altogether, it was a glorious one.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

What is Twins' greatest postseason moment?

The most memorable October event of the divisional era for every club
MLB.com @williamfleitch

There are just four teams remaining in this year's postseason, but every fan, even those of the Mariners (the team with the longest postseason drought, now up to 17 seasons), can relate to what it feels like to be in the playoffs. The late nights, the constant tension, the stakes so high you can barely breathe ... and when something wonderful happens, the release and the pure, unbridled jubilation.

With that in mind, we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

There are just four teams remaining in this year's postseason, but every fan, even those of the Mariners (the team with the longest postseason drought, now up to 17 seasons), can relate to what it feels like to be in the playoffs. The late nights, the constant tension, the stakes so high you can barely breathe ... and when something wonderful happens, the release and the pure, unbridled jubilation.

With that in mind, we take a look at the greatest postseason moments of the division era. Even if your team isn't a postseason team, you can remember your great October moments … and if it is, you can dream of maybe having another one this month that's even better.

(For the purpose of this exercise, we are going back to 1969, which is the start of divisional play and the birth of the postseason as we know it.)

AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST

Blue Jays: Joe Carter's World Series walk-off, Oct. 23, 1993
The Blue Jays might not have that many postseason moments, but the greatness of this one more than makes up for that. Runner-up: Jose Bautista's ALDS Game 5 bat flip, Oct. 14, 2015.

Video: 93 WS, GM 6, PHI@TOR: Joe Carter touches them all

Orioles: Brooks Robinson's incredible play, 1970 World Series, Oct. 10, 1970
The best part about this play, which might be the greatest defensive play in World Series history, is how surprised the umpire looks. Even he can't believe what he just saw. Runner-up: David McNally's grand slam, World Series Game 3, Oct. 13, 1970.

Rays: First and only World Series trip clinched, Oct. 19, 2008
A decade ago, and still pretty jaw-dropping that all this happened. Runner-up: Grant Balfour strikes out Ken Griffey Jr. to clinch the first ALDS victory, Oct. 6, 2008.

Red Sox: First World Series title since 1918, Oct. 27, 2004
You might remember when this happened. (It's when lifelong Red Sox fans Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore got on television.) Runner-up: David Ortiz's ALCS grand slam vs. the Tigers sent a cop joyous in the bullpen and turns the series around on Oct. 13, 2013.

Video: Must C Classic: Red Sox win first WS since 1918

Yankees: Reggie Jackson's three homers in 1977 World Series
There's a reason no one else gets to be called "Mr. October." Runner-up: Mr. November -- Derek Jeter's World Series Game 5 walk-off homer on Nov. 1, 2001.

Video: 1977 WS Gm6: Reggie becomes Mr. October

AL CENTRAL

Indians: Eddie Murray's walk-off, Game 3, 1995 World Series, Oct. 24, 1995
It was Cleveland's first World Series game in 41 years, and ended with a Hall of Famer sending the crowd into euphorics. Runner-up: Rajai Davis' home run off Aroldis Chapman, 2016 World Series, Nov. 2, 2016

Royals: Royals win 2015 World Series, Nov. 1, 2015
It was a magical season and a magical World Series that just seems more improbable each year that goes by. Runner-up: The Don Denkinger play, and aftermath, 1985 World Series, Oct. 26, 1985.

Tigers: Magglio Ordonez sends Tigers to World Series, Oct. 14, 2006
The sounds that crowd makes the minute the bat meets the ball still gives you chills 12 years later. Runner-up: Kirk Gibson's Game 5 homer, 1984 World Series.

Twins: Kirby Puckett's Game 6 walk-off, 1991 World Series, Oct. 26, 1991
The original "We Will See You Tomorrow Night." Runner-up: Twins win 1987 World Series, their first in Minnesota, Oct. 25, 1987.

Video: Must C Classic: Puckett crushes a walk-off homer

White Sox: White Sox win 2005 World Series, Oct. 26, 2015
A game that was razor-tight, in a series that was much closer than anyone remembers. Runner-up: Scott Podsednik's Game 2 walk-off, Oct. 23, 2015.

AL WEST

Angels: Scott Spiezio's homer, Game 6, 2002 World Series, Oct. 26, 2002
The most Rally Monkey of all the Rally Monkey moments, his three-run clout cued the rally from a 5-0 deficit. Runner-up: Troy Percival gets last out to win 2002 World Series, Oct. 27, 2002.

Astros: Charlie Morton finishes the Dodgers off, 2017 World Series, Nov. 1, 2017
This was so long ago you might not remember it, but trust me, it was wonderful. Runner-up: Chris Burke sends everybody home after 18 innings, 2005 NLDS.

Video: WS2017 Gm7: Morton induces groundout to close out WS

Athletics: Eck closes out the 1989 World Series, October 28, 1989
When in doubt, go with the Hall of Famer closing out a series for an all-time great team. Runner-up: Joe Rudi's amazing catch, World Series Game 2, Oct. 14, 1973.

Mariners: Ken Griffey Jr. slides home to win the 1995 ALDS, Oct. 8, 1995
Basically, everything wonderful about the history of Mariners baseball, happening in one play. Runner-up: Mariners win most recent postseason series, 2001 ALDS over Cleveland.

Video: Griffey slides home to clinch the ALDS in 1995

Rangers: Neftali Feliz sends Texas to its first World Series, 2010 ALCS, Oct. 22, 2010
Over the hated Yankees, no less. Runner-up: Josh Hamilton's 2011 World Series Game 6 homer, which was this close to being one of the greatest baseball moments of recent memory.

NATIONAL LEAGUE EAST

Braves: Only World Series win in Atlanta, Oct. 28, 1995
It still seems amazing that this is the only one they ever got. Runner-up: The Sid Bream Slide, Oct. 14, 1992.

Marlins: Edgar Renteria's walk-off to win 1997 World Series, Oct. 26, 1997
Poor Cleveland. Runner-up: The Bartman play, and all that followed, 2003 NLCS.

Video: WS1997 Gm7: Fish win first WS on Renteria's walk-off

Mets: Mookie Wilson reaches base, Ray Knight scores, Mets win on Bill Buckner's error, Game 6, 1986 World Series, Oct. 25, 1986
A Mets comeback for the ages. Runner-up: Miracle Mets win 1969 World Series.

Video: 1986 World Series, Game 6: Red Sox at Mets

Nationals: Jayson Werth's 2012 NLDS walk-off, Oct. 11, 2012
After this, the Nats lost the series. But for the moment, it was great. Runner-up: Strasburg fans 12 to extend last year's NLDS.

Phillies: Brad Lidge gets the last out of a long game, 2008 World Series, Oct. 27, 2008
It took a couple of days for this game to actually finish, but no Phillies fan would ever complain. Runner-up: Roy Halladay's no-hitter, 2010 NLDS against Cincinnati.

NL CENTRAL

Brewers: Paul Molitor's inside-the-park homer, 1982 ALCS, Oct. 6, 1982
Runner-up: Nyjer Morgan's walk-off over Arizona in 2011 NLDS, particularly when called by Bob Uecker.

Cardinals: David Freese's triple to tie 2011 World Series Game 6, Oct. 27, 2011
The walk-off homer in the 11th gets more air time, but this was truly one of the most insane hits in World Series history. Runner-up: Ozzie Smith's 1985 NLCS homer off Tom Niedenfuer, the "Go Crazy, Folks" moment.

Video: WS2011 Gm6: Freese saves the Cards with a huge triple

Cubs: History in 2016
This was … not a tough call. Runner-up: Kyle Schwarber's shot atop the Wrigley scoreboard, Game 4, 2015 NLDS.

Video: Cubs win first World Series title in 108 years

Pirates: Willie Stargell's homer, 1979 World Series, Game 7, Oct. 17, 1979
And to do it in such beautiful threadsRunner-up: Pirates fans scare Johnny Cueto into dropping the ball, 2013 NL Wild Card Game at PNC Park.

Reds: Big Red Machine wins a Fall Classic for the ages, Oct. 22, 1975
It's only East Coast Bias that makes you think of Carlton Fisk when you think of this series. Runner-up: Reds sweep heavily favored A's in 1990 World Series.

NL WEST

D-backs: Luis Gonzalez off Mariano Rivera, 2001 World Series, Nov. 4, 2001
Ah, the perils of playing the infield in … Runner-up: Tony Womack's hit in 2001 NLDS.

Video: Must C Classic: Gonzalez walks off, wins World Series

Dodgers: Kirk Gibson pulls himself around the bases, 1988 World Series
Runner-up: Juan Uribe's 2013 go-ahead homer in Game 4 NLDS against Atlanta.

Video: Must C Classic: Gibson's 1988 WS walk-off home run

Giants: First World Series win in San Francisco, 2010 World Series, Nov. 1, 2010
Edgar Renteria hit .412 with two homers and six RBIs and the city got its first celebration. Runner-up: Madison Bumgarner's dominance in 2014 World Series.

Padres: Tony Gwynn's bad hop double, 1984 NLCS, Game 5, Oct. 7, 1984
The biggest hit of Gwynn's career was a bizarre one, but it got the job done. Runner-up: Padres finish off Braves to win 1998 NLCS.

Rockies: The Holliday slide, Oct. 1, 2007
He touched the plate … well, eventually. Maybe not technically the postseason either, but it came after Game 162. Runner-up: Rockies sweep D-backs to reach 2007 World Series.

Will Leitch is a columnist for MLB.com.

Here's how Twins prospects performed in AFL

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

• GamedaySurprise 2, Scottsdale 0 | Peoria 13, Salt River 4 | Mesa 8, Glendale 0

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Monday:

• GamedaySurprise 2, Scottsdale 0 | Peoria 13, Salt River 4 | Mesa 8, Glendale 0

AL East

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Blue Jays
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., MLB Pipeline's No. 1 overall prospect, continued a torrid fall with another hit, a seventh-inning single, in Surprise's 2-0 win over Scottsdale on Monday, and added a walk in a 1-for-4 evening at the plate. Blue Jays No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio added a walk and run in five trips to the plate.

Orioles
A pair of Orioles prospects -- southpaw Tyler Erwin and right-hander Jay Flaa -- turned in strong relief performances in a losing effort for Glendale. Erwin struck out a batter in a perfect inning, while Flaa walked one batter in a scoreless inning. Third baseman Steve Wilkerson collected one of Glendale's five hits, batting 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. The O's No. 12 prospect, center fielder Ryan McKenna, went 0-for-3 with a walk.

Rays
Shortstop Lucius Fox, the Rays' No. 9 prospect, reached base five times with two hits and three walks from the leadoff spot to key a 13-run outburst by Peoria on Monday. No. 25 prospect Ryan Boldt added two hits and two walks, including an RBI single. No. 17 prospect Joe McCarthy, the left fielder, was 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout. Starting pitcher Matt Krook got Peoria in an early hole, allowing four runs in 2 2/3 innings, with two of those runs brought in by a double off reliever Dalton Moats, who otherwise pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Video: Fox on game, lessons learned at Arizona Fall League

Red Sox
Second baseman Esteban Quiroz scored and added a single in five trips to the plate for the Solar Sox in their 8-0 shutout of Glendale.

Yankees
Right-hander Jordan Foley started for Glendale and gave up two unearned runs, two hits and two walks while striking out three batters in his second appearance of fall. Righty Kyle Zurak gave up two runs in two-thirds of an inning. Steven Sensley had one of five Glendale hits. Yankees No. 2 prospect Estevan Florial went 0-for-3 with a walk, and No. 16 Thairo Estrada went 0-for-4.

AL Central

Indians
Jared Robinson absorbed the brunt of the damage in Glendale's loss to Mesa, allowing four runs on four hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. He struck out two batters in his first AFL appearance of 2018. Right-fielder Connor Marabell went 1-for-4, and catcher Li-Jen Chu hit a pinch-hit double in the eighth.

Royals
Surprise trotted out four Royals pitching prospects to combine for a four-hit shutout against Scottsdale on Monday night, started by No. 26 prospect Scott Blewett (4 IP, 4 K) and finished by No. 12 prospect Arnaldo Hernandez (2 IP, 1 K), Grant Gavin (2 IP, 3 K) and Walker Sheller, who earned the save with a perfect ninth inning. Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts.

Video: Top Prospects: Scott Blewett, RHP, Royals

Tigers
Left fielder Daniel Woodrow went 2-for-4 with a run scored for Mesa. It's his second multi-hit game in a row.

Twins
Right fielder Luke Raley, the Twins' No. 19 prospect, went 0-for-2 with a walk and scored on a sacrifice fly in Salt River's 13-4 loss to Peoria. Jaylin Davis went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the starting designated hitter.

White Sox
White Sox No. 28 prospect Laz Rivera, a shortstop, went 0-for-4 for Glendale.

AL West

A's
A quartet of A's prospects -- Calvin Coker (1 1/3 innings), Angel Duno (2 IP), Jake Bray (1 IP) and Sam Sheehan (1 2/3 IP) -- combined to pitch six scoreless innings in relief against Glendale. Center fielder Luis Barrera drove in a pair of runs and scored two with a hit and a walk. Designated hitter Eli White, the A's No. 18 prospect, was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, a run, a walk and a stolen base.

Angels
Right-hander Jesus Castillo, the Angels' No. 12 prospect, started for Mesa and pitched three scoreless frames, holding Glendale to just three hits and a walk while fanning five batters. David MacKinnon drew two walks, and Roberto Baldoquin went hitless in five at-bats but plated two runs on ground outs.

Video: Castillo on pitching performance in Fall League

Astros
Astros No. 24 prospect Trent Thornton was the first man out of the bullpen for Scottsdale, allowing two hits in two shutout innings with three strikeouts and a walk. No. 21 prospect Abraham Toro-Hernandez and center fielder Ronnie Dawson were both hitless as the Scorpions were shut out by Surprise.

Mariners
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White continued a strong fall with an RBI double and bases-loaded walk in Peoria's 13-run showing to bring his AFL RBI total up to seven. Catcher Joe DeCarlo hit a two-run double and walked twice while scoring three runs.

Rangers
Julio Pablo Martinez drove in one of Surprise's two runs with an RBI groundout and also doubled in four trips to the plate. Charles Leblanc started at designated hitter and singled in a 1-for-4 performance.

NL East

Braves
A pair of Braves prospects pitched effectively in relief for Peoria, with Thomas Burrows, Atlanta's No. 19 prospect, throwing two hitless innings with four strikeouts, and Adam McCreery tossing a scoreless ninth inning in the Javelinas' 13-4 victory. Center fielder Cristian Pache, the Braves' No. 6 prospect, hit an RBI single and walked twice, while second baseman Ray-Patrick Didder was 1-for-4 with a run scored.

Marlins
Marlins No. 1 prospect Monte Harrison extended Salt River's early lead with a two-run double, but teammates Brian Miller and Bryson Brigman went hitless in the loss to Peoria. Kyle Keller got the final out for Salt River, while Tommy Eveld was charged with four runs after walking two and allowing two hits to Peoria in one-third of an inning.

Mets
No. 24 prospect Stephen Nogosek threw a scoreless eighth inning for Scottsdale with a strikeout and a walk, while No. 1 prospect Andres Jimenez and No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso were each hitless in four at-bats. Ali Sanchez entered as a defensive replacement at catcher for the ninth inning.

Nationals
Southpaw Jordan Milles pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in a losing effort for the Rafters, holding Peoria to one hit and a walk while striking out one batter. Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom went 0-for-2, but drew two walks and scored a run. No. 7 Daniel Johnson, an outfielder, went 0-for-4, and left-hander Ben Braymer allowed four runs on a hit and three walks and recorded just one out.

Phillies
Phillies No. 11 prospect Arquimedes Gamboa and outfielder Luke Williams had two of the Scorpions' four hits, while Darick Hall went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter. Jonathan Hennigan pitched the fifth inning and allowed one of the two Surprise runs, while Seth McGarry relieved Hennigan and threw two shutout innings with two strikeouts.

NL Central

Brewers
Keston Hiura, the Brewers' No. 1 prospect, drove in three runs with a bases-loaded walk and two-run single to collect his 10th RBI of AFL play. No. 8 prospect Daniel Brown pitched a scoreless eighth inning with a strikeout.

Cardinals
Second baseman Andy Young was one of two Surprise hitters with multiple hits and drove in one of the Saguaros' two runs with a first-inning RBI single. Catcher Jeremy Martinez walked in all four of his plate appearances in a perfect night at the plate.

Cubs
The Cubs' No. 6 prospect, shortstop Nico Hoerner, turned in a three-hit performance for a second straight game and scored a run in Mesa's win. Right fielder Trent Giambrone (Cubs' No. 29) and catcher P.J. Higgins each went 0-for-4 with a run and a walk.

Pirates
Pirates No. 16 prospect Will Craig went 2-for-4 as one of two Saguaros hitters with multiple hits, while No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker singled to start the game before scoring on a sacrifice fly.

Reds
Outfielder Taylor Trammell, the Reds' No. 3 prospect, knocked two singles on Monday night and was the only Scottsdale hitter with multiple hits. No. 8 prospect Shed Long walked in a pinch-hit at-bat, while starter Austin Orewiler took the loss after allowing one run on three hits in two innings.

NL West

D-backs
Arizona's No. 5 prospect, catcher Daulton Varsho, went 0-for-3 but drew a walk. Two pitching prospects pitched for Salt River: Kevin Ginkel, who tossed 1 1/3 innings and struck out three while allowing a run, and Bo Takahashi, who took the loss after being charged for four runs on four hits and a walk in two-thirds of an inning.

Dodgers
Right-handers Nolan Long and Jordan Sheffield each made scoreless relief appearances for Glendale. Long allowed two hits and struck out three in two scoreless frames, and Sheffield struck out one in a perfect frame with one strikeout. Catcher Keibert Ruiz went 1-for-3, and designated hitter Cody Thomas went 0-for-2 with a walk.

Giants
Sam Wolff struck out a batter in a scoreless ninth in Scottsdale's loss to Surprise, and catcher Matt Winn went 0-for-2 with a strikeout.

Padres
Padres No. 23 prospect Hudson Potts tied the team lead with three RBIs with a pair of run-scoring singles and scored a run in Peoria's 13-4 win. Hansel Rodriguez picked up his first win of the fall by pitching a scoreless fifth inning before his lineup exploded for eight runs in the bottom of the frame.

Rockies
Rockies No. 10 prospect Ryan Castellani was wild but effective in a solid start, walking three but keeping Peoria off the board in 3 2/3 hitless innings. No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin was 1-for-2 with a sacrifice fly and an RBI single, while Josh Fuentes doubled, walked and scored a run in a 1-for-4 performance.

Inbox: Who are candidates to succeed Molitor?

Beat reporter Rhett Bollinger fields Twins fans' questions
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MINNEAPOLIS -- It's set to be an incredibly interesting offseason for the Twins, who have to replace manager Paul Molitor and have the payroll flexibility to improve a roster that took a step backward in 2018.

There's plenty of uncertainty on how the front office will approach the next few months, so let's jump right into the first Twins Inbox of the 2018-19 offseason.

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's set to be an incredibly interesting offseason for the Twins, who have to replace manager Paul Molitor and have the payroll flexibility to improve a roster that took a step backward in 2018.

There's plenty of uncertainty on how the front office will approach the next few months, so let's jump right into the first Twins Inbox of the 2018-19 offseason.

Tweet from @MoneyMN34: Anyone on the radar to replace Paul Molitor?

It's still early in the process, but there are some candidates who are expected to get a look as the possible next Twins manager. Internally, bench coach Derek Shelton is a candidate as is Major League coach Jeff Pickler and Triple-A manager Joel Skinner.

External candidates who could be interviewed by the Twins include Indians bench coach Brad Mills, Indians Minor League defensive coach John McDonald, Indians first-base coach Sandy Alomar Jr., Rangers coach Jayce Tingler, Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde and Astros bench coach Joe Espada.

There are also others with managerial experience available such as Joe Girardi, Brad Ausmus, Buck Showalter and Jeff Banister, but it doesn't seem as likely they go that route. Among current managers, Rays manager Kevin Cash would be the strongest candidate. Other options could obviously emerge, but those are some of the names floating around early so far. A replacement isn't expected to be named until after the conclusion of the World Series.

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Tweet from @ngunder2: What was your overall impression of the Twins ���opener��� strategy? Also, what do the statistics say when the Twins used an opener? Twins W-L record, openers era, whip, etc in these games

It made sense for the Twins to at least try the opener strategy after being out of the race, as the strategy has merits with the ability of the primary pitcher to avoid facing the top of the order three times. But it's also worth noting they tried it in September with expanded rosters, so it could operate differently with a 25-man roster.

Overall, the Twins posted a 5.09 ERA in games in which they used an opener, but it was better after a rough start with a 3.39 ERA over their final seven games using an opener. Right-hander Kohl Stewart seemed to fare best in his role as a primary pitcher with a 6.61 ERA in four starts but a 1.33 ERA in four appearances after an opener. But even then, it's hard to say if he just matured more as a pitcher throwing more strikes, or if the strategy actually helped him.

I could see the Twins using it here and there next year, but much of it depends on how aggressive they are in terms of acquiring another starter this offseason to a rotation that is expected to include Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, Jake Odorizzi and Michael Pineda with plenty of internal options for a fifth starter including Stewart, Fernando Romero, Stephen Gonsalves, Zack Littell, Adalberto Mejia and Chase De Jong.

Tweet from @TheDayAfterBill: Of the players the Twins traded prior to the trade deadline. Do you think there is any chance the Twins will try to re-sign any of them this winter? Specifically Escobar or Dozier

Bringing back Eduardo Escobar, 29, still isn't out of the question, as he remains a strong fit both on the field and in the clubhouse. But he's going to get offers for an everyday role, so the Twins will have to convince him he's not coming back to simply be a utility player. As for Brian Dozier, it appears the ship has sailed and it would be a surprise if he returned to Minnesota this offseason. Reunions with other traded players such as Lance Lynn or Zach Duke also are highly unlikely.

Tweet from @swayze_scbc: Trevor May looked amazing coming back from TJS this year. He should be number 1 on the twins list for the closing job next year. I���d rather the Twins go in house on the closer decision. Do you think the Twins will do more of a closer by committee role next year?

Trevor May's return was incredibly encouraging and he has the makings of a future closer, but I still see the front office looking to acquire a veteran closer much like they did with Fernando Rodney last offseason. May could be the club's most dominant reliever next year, but it's more likely to come in a setup role to open the season.

Tweet from @pants_andy: Can we please get a regular/Weekly podcast with Falvey/Lavine similar to the Wheelhouse w Jerry Dipoto?

The Twins do host a weekly Hot Stove Show during the offseason, which features regular appearances from both chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine. The podcast begins again on Nov. 28 and can be found here.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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Here are key FAQs about Twins' offseason

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MINNEAPOLIS -- After the decision to dismiss manager Paul Molitor on Tuesday, Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine will be busy trying to find Molitor's replacement in October.

The front office must also decide what to do with the coaching staff, as there have been no announcements on the status of any coaches. So it's an important start to what should be a very busy offseason for the Twins, who also have the payroll flexibility to improve the club via free agency.

MINNEAPOLIS -- After the decision to dismiss manager Paul Molitor on Tuesday, Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine will be busy trying to find Molitor's replacement in October.

The front office must also decide what to do with the coaching staff, as there have been no announcements on the status of any coaches. So it's an important start to what should be a very busy offseason for the Twins, who also have the payroll flexibility to improve the club via free agency.

There's a lot in store for the Twins over the next few months in addition to their managerial search, and here's a look at frequently asked questions about Minnesota's offseason.

1. Which players are eligible for free agency?
First baseman Joe Mauer, right-hander Ervin Santana (whose option will be declined), designated hitter Logan Morrison (whose option will be declined), second baseman Logan Forsythe, catcher Chris Gimenez and reliever Matt Belisle.

Video: CWS@MIN: Minnesota shows Mauer love in final game

2. Which players are eligible for arbitration?
Infielders Miguel Sano and Ehire Adrianza, outfielders Eddie Rosario, Max Kepler, Byron Buxton and Robbie Grossman, right-handers Jake Odorizzi, Kyle Gibson and Trevor May and left-hander Taylor Rogers.

3. Who are the non-tender candidates?
Adrianza and Grossman are the only candidates, but the Twins like Adrianza's versatility and Grossman finished the year strong and has solid on-base skills. Neither figure to see huge raises from 2018, and Grossman made $2 million in his first year of arbitration, while Adrianza made $1 million in his second. The non-tender deadline is Nov. 30.

4. Which players have club options, and by what date do the Twins have to decide if they will bring them back?
The Twins have a $14 million option on Santana and an $8 million option on Morrison. Minnesota is not expected to pick up either option. Both players have a $1 million buyout. The have until five days after the completion of the World Series to make their decision official.

Video: MIN@OAK: Adrianza employs bat, hand and glove vs. A's

5. Who needs to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft?
Infielders Nick Gordon and Luis Arraez, outfielder LaMonte Wade, infielder/outfielder Zander Wiel, catcher Brian Navarreto, right-handers Nick Anderson, Jake Reed and left-hander Tyler Jay.

6. Who will come off the 40-man roster?
The Twins will lose Belisle, Santana, Gimenez, Forsythe and Morrison to free agency, while Mauer appears likely to retire. Candidates with a strong chance of being outrighted off the roster include infielder Gregorio Petit, outfielder Johnny Field and catcher Juan Graterol.

Among pitchers, possible candidates to be taken off the 40-man roster include Tyler Duffey, John Curtiss, Oliver Drake, Matt Magill, Alan Busenitz, Chase De Jong and Andrew Vasquez. Outfielder Zack Granite also had a rough year at Triple-A, while the Twins must decide whether to keep catcher Willians Astudillo on the roster with his versality and contact skills.

Video: MIN@LAA: Reed retires Pujols to strand a pair

7. How much money do the Twins have to spend?
The Twins only have reliever Addison Reed ($8.5 million), catcher Jason Castro ($8 million) and pitcher Michael Pineda ($8 million) under contract for next year, while they also owe right-hander Phil Hughes roughly $6.5 million after trading him to the Padres. So they have plenty of payroll flexibility to fill their roster holes this offseason, considering the club had an estimated Opening Day payroll of $128 million in 2018.

8. What are the Twins' top needs this offseason?
The Twins could always use more pitching, although they're expected to focus on the bullpen rather than the rotation, as they need to find a closer for next season and could use some reliable arms for the back of the 'pen to join Rogers, Trevor Hildenberger and May. If Mauer decides to retire, Minnesota will be in the market for a first baseman/designated hitter to replace him. The middle infield is also an area of need after the departures of Eduardo Escobar and Brian Dozier. They have their No. 4 prospect, Nick Gordon, near Major League-ready, but he had a rough second half, so the Twins could try to sign a second baseman or even a shortstop and move Jorge Polanco to second.

Video: Top Prospects: Nick Gordon, SS, Twins

9. Who could the Twins target in free agency?
There are several big-name players who will be free agents, like Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, but it remains highly unlikely that the Twins would make a huge splash with a signing of that caliber. As far as starting pitching is concerned, there are solid options out there, like Dallas Keuchel, Patrick Corbin and Charlie Morton, while free-agent closers include Craig Kimbrel, Sergio Romo and Jeurys Familia.

Marwin Gonzalez could make sense as a utility infielder, while bringing back Escobar isn't out of the question. There won't be many players available at first base, aside from Steve Pearce, but designated hitters include Nelson Cruz and Evan Gattis.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

Minnesota Twins

No charges for Sano after DR traffic accident

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will not face charges for his involvement in a traffic accident involving a police officer in the Dominican Republic early Sunday, according to report from ESPN on Monday.

According to reports from news organizations in the Dominican Republic, Sano was detained and later released after a traffic accident early Sunday in his home country. El Nuevo Diario reported that a police officer was injured in the accident. Coronel Frank Duran Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican national police, told ESPN that Sano struck the police officer by accident and cooperated with authorities.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will not face charges for his involvement in a traffic accident involving a police officer in the Dominican Republic early Sunday, according to report from ESPN on Monday.

According to reports from news organizations in the Dominican Republic, Sano was detained and later released after a traffic accident early Sunday in his home country. El Nuevo Diario reported that a police officer was injured in the accident. Coronel Frank Duran Mejia, a spokesman for the Dominican national police, told ESPN that Sano struck the police officer by accident and cooperated with authorities.

"The citizen, Miguel Sano, was sent today to the traffic court to comply with the due process in these types of cases," Duran told ESPN's Enrique Rojas. "It is a formality when someone is injured in a vehicular accident. It is important to clarify that the policeman declared that the accident was not intentional, and that Sano hit his leg when Sano was reversing his vehicle to leave the place and that the baseball player was the first to provide help and never abandoned the scene. Neither the agent nor the national police plan to charge Sano with anything."

Sano, 25, hit .199 with 13 homers and 41 RBIs in 71 games this season.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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Molitor out as Twins manager; new role offered

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MINNEAPOLIS -- In a surprise move, the Twins will have a new manager in 2019, as Hall of Famer Paul Molitor has been offered a new role in a baseball operations capacity. Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine held a press conference at Target Field on Tuesday to make the announcement.

Molitor, the American League Manager of the Year in 2017, oversaw a disappointing season with the Twins, who fell out of contention by early July and were sellers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Minnesota finished with a 78-84 record and failed to build on its surprise run to the AL Wild Card Game in '17. Twins owner Jim Pohlad was presented with the decision on Thursday, and Molitor was informed Tuesday morning after meeting with Falvey and Levine.

MINNEAPOLIS -- In a surprise move, the Twins will have a new manager in 2019, as Hall of Famer Paul Molitor has been offered a new role in a baseball operations capacity. Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine held a press conference at Target Field on Tuesday to make the announcement.

Molitor, the American League Manager of the Year in 2017, oversaw a disappointing season with the Twins, who fell out of contention by early July and were sellers at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Minnesota finished with a 78-84 record and failed to build on its surprise run to the AL Wild Card Game in '17. Twins owner Jim Pohlad was presented with the decision on Thursday, and Molitor was informed Tuesday morning after meeting with Falvey and Levine.

"Today certainly was a difficult decision, a complex decision, but something we feel is in the best long-term interests of this club right now," Falvey said. "At this moment in time, we felt this was the move for this baseball team, both in the short-term here and as we build for the long-term future. When we made this decision, it wasn't just about wins and losses. Right now, at this moment, it was about where our club is for the present and the future."

Molitor, 62, ends his managerial career with the Twins with a 305-343 record in four years. He finished third in the balloting for AL Manager of the Year in his first season in '15, when the Twins went 83-79, but he finished with 103 losses in '16. After the '17 season, Molitor signed a three-year extension to remain manager, which is why this move was unexpected and even caught Molitor by surprise. Molitor is owed roughly $3.25 million over the next two years.

Video: MLB Now reacts to Molitor being dismissed by Twins

"Paul Molitor means so much, not just to the Minnesota Twins, but the state of Minnesota," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "He's an icon here. This decision was one that we wrestled with, but the recommendation was brought forward, and was accepted."

The decision allows Falvey and Levine to choose their own manager, as they inherited Molitor when taking over before last season. They're likely to hire a manager well-versed in analytics. There's no timeframe for when they'll make a decision; it could come after the conclusion of the World Series, with several potential candidates serving as coaches on postseason clubs.

Early contenders include Indians bench coach Brad Mills, Indians Minor League defensive coach John McDonald, Rangers coach Jayce Tingler and Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde. Falvey knows Mills and McDonald from his time with Cleveland, while Levine worked with Tingler in Texas. But Levine was quick to point out the Twins don't have one specific candidate in mind and haven't hired from the Indians or Rangers before. They also must compete with the Rangers, Angels, Reds and Blue Jays, who are also replacing their managers this offseason.

"Point of fact, Derek hasn't brought a single person over from Cleveland nor have I the Texas Rangers," Levine said. "In reality, the lion's share of the people we've brought in were people we didn't have a previous relationship with. I think we're planning on approaching this post in the same regard, where we're hopeful we can be as thorough as we can to get the absolute best candidates to walk through this door. This would be a very quick process if we had a specific person in mind. We do not."

Molitor, a St. Paul native, finished his Hall of Fame playing career with the Twins from 1996-98, ending his career with 3,319 hits in 21 seasons. He's served in a variety of roles for the club, including as bench coach and as a roving Minor League instructor. The Twins are hopeful he remains in the organization, but given that he expected to return as manager next year, he could decide to move on entirely.

"I was able to spend some time with Paul this morning, along with Jim, and just to express to him how much we love him, and the impact that he can continue to have," St. Peter said. "I know he appreciated the opportunity to stay involved. We're respectful of Paul, and I think he's gonna consider it. I think he takes the offer very seriously, but I also expect that he will take some time, as he should so he can weigh what he wants to do going forward."

It's also unclear how many coaches the Twins will retain next season. Levine and Falvey met individually with each coach on Tuesday, but didn't announce any changes. Much of the coaching staff was hired by Falvey and Levine; they only inherited third-base coach Gene Glynn, bullpen coach Eddie Guardado and assistant hitting coach Rudy Hernandez.

"We'll work through this individually with each person," Falvey said. "Some are under contract, some are not. If they were to intend to pursue specific opportunities elsewhere, we feel it would only be right to allow them to do so. We'll handle each staff member on its own."

The Twins, however, did announce that strength and conditioning coach Perry Castellano and his assistant Erik Beiser were dismissed. Additionally, Triple-A hitting coach Chad Allen, Triple-A strength coach Ryan Grose, Double-A pitching coach Ivan Arteaga, Double-A strength coach Phil Hartt, Double-A trainer Alan Rail, Class A Advanced pitching coach Henry Bonilla and Dominican Republic hitting coach Asdrubal Estrada were let go.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

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There's one thing missing from Twins instructs

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Take a quick look at the Twins' instructional league roster and the absence of one thing stands out immediately: pitching.

There are no pitchers on the roster whatsoever, and it shouldn't take any real sleuthing to figure out the Twins aren't playing in any instructs game this fall, choosing instead to mostly work on specific skills for position players.

Take a quick look at the Twins' instructional league roster and the absence of one thing stands out immediately: pitching.

There are no pitchers on the roster whatsoever, and it shouldn't take any real sleuthing to figure out the Twins aren't playing in any instructs game this fall, choosing instead to mostly work on specific skills for position players.

"We're not playing games," Twins farm director Jeremy Zoll said. "We didn't bring any pitchers in for any skill work during this fall. Some were brought in for strength camp this week. But all the pitcher skill work has been shifted to some January programs.

"We focused on an offensive hitting camp that's been going on for two weeks, a one-week catching camp and a one-week defense camp. It's letting us really dive in."

Instructional league rosters

In stark contrast to the absence of pitchers is the sheer volume of backstops that were in Fort Myers for last week's catching camp. Every catcher from Double-A down to the Gulf Coast League was brought in and put through the paces by catching coordinator Tanner Swanson, who laid out the structure for the week.

"Without the pitchers, they weren't pulled in a million directions with bullpens and live BPs," Zoll said. "We feel really good about the progress that was made. They just did defense. Several have now shifted into the offensive camp or strength camp."

The group included long-time catchers like 2016 second-round pick Ben Rortvedt and 2013 draftee Brian Navaretto, but also had newcomers to the position. Ben Rodriguez, a 2017 Draft pick, started catching in the spring and got into games this summer for the first time. Then there are a pair of 2018 draftees who are just starting to get behind the plate. Laron Smith, a 25th-round pick out of Canada, was drafted as a catcher, but played first, third and left field during his brief GCL debut.

Then there's Michael Davis, a senior sign in the 24th round out of Texas Tech. Davis played third for the Red Raiders and shortstop during his summer debut for the Twins, where the organization liked what it saw. But the organization also thought the left-handed hitter could handle adding to his defensive resume.

"He had never strapped the gear on before, so it was all new to him," Zoll said. "He has good hands and is a pretty good athlete. Those things translate well. You can't make too many conclusions from one week, but we'll look to add this to his tool bag for 2019.

"We're going to see how much progress he makes and how he looks in the spring. Michael plays a very good shortstop. We talked to him about versatility, especially at premium positions. We envision him moving around, getting good time at shortstop, but building up behind the plate."

Hitting camp standouts

While there hasn't been competition against other organizations, there certainly have been standouts in terms of swinging the bat well. The Twins staff is getting its first real eyes on Gilberto Celestino, acquired from the Astros in the Ryan Pressley deal, and has been impressive this fall. So has infielder Yunior Severino, who just finished his first year with the Twins after being declared a free agent from the Braves in the wake of their violation of international signing rules.

One other standout has been Andrew Bechtold, who was a very intriguing 2017 Draft pick (fifth round) out of a stacked Chipola Junior College program. After a solid summer pro debut, there was some excitement about the third baseman being able to jump onto the prospect radar more firmly, but he really struggled in the Midwest league, finishing with a .593 OPS. But rather than wallow, Bechtold cleared his head after a couple of weeks off and came to the hitting camp ready to get to work.

"You'll talk to many players who'll acknowledge how hard it is to make big changes to swings while you're competing every day over a long season," Zoll said about Bechtold, who was also learning to play second along with his natural third. "I'm not saying we're making big changes, but he's making adjustments. He's been super receptive and we've seen some progress so far.

"We talked with him, trying to get to more consistency of contact, squaring up balls more, using his ability to drive the ball to left center field and the pull side and not getting caught in a pure opposite field mode. He's improving his swing path which will allow him to attack it more."

Top prospects get work in

Two position players in camp who don't seem to need work offensively are the top two prospects in the system, shortstop Royce Lewis and outfielder Alex Kirilloff. Both split the year between two levels of A ball and performed extremely well at the plate. They're not participating in the hitting camp, though. Not content with being offense-only players, the pair are back in Fort Myers to work on becoming more well-rounded prospects.

"Royce and Alex were in the defensive camp," Zoll said. "That's not to say they're perfect as hitters, but this was an opportunity to get them into some focused, super small groups on the defensive side which doesn't always happen during the year. We were so proud of the year they had; this was a good time to jump in on defense. They did that last week and shifted to strength camp this week."

Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLB Pipeline. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast.

Here's what Twins did in the AFL on Thursday

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Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:

Gameday: Surprise 10, Glendale 9 | Salt River 7, Scottsdale 6 | Mesa 10, Peoria 9

Here's a team-by-team breakdown of how all 30 teams' prospects fared in Arizona Fall League action on Thursday:

Gameday: Surprise 10, Glendale 9 | Salt River 7, Scottsdale 6 | Mesa 10, Peoria 9

AL East

Blue Jays
Blue Jays No. 9 prospect Cavan Biggio went 0-for-2, but walked four times and drove in a run. Right-hander Zach Jackson recorded four strikeouts while allowing one hit in 1 1/3 innings of relief for Surprise.

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

Orioles
Orioles No. 12 prospect Ryan McKenna went 2-for-4 with two runs and a walk out of the leadoff spot for Glendale. One of the hits was a double, McKenna's second extra-base hit in as many games after he tripled on Wednesday. Starter Chris Lee gave up one hit over two scoreless innings, while righty Jay Flaa worked 1 1/3 scoreless frames despite issuing four walks. Tyler Erwin also struggled with his control as he allowed one earned run on three walks and two hit batsmen.

Rays
Shortstop Lucius Fox, the Rays' No. 9 prospect, connected on a three-run home run in the eighth inning en route to his second straight two-hit game for Peoria. He scored two runs, walked once and stole a base, finishing 2-for-4. Joe McCarthy (No. 17) also reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. On the mound, right-hander Phoenix Sanders allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, two walks and two balks in 1 1/3 innings, while Brandon Lawson took the loss after giving up a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning.

Red Sox
Esteban Quiroz put Mesa on the board with a third-inning solo homer and reached base five times, going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, three walks and an RBI. Mike Shawaryn, Boston's No. 9 prospect, tossed 1 1/3 hitless innings in relief.

Yankees
Steven Sensley plated a pair of runs with a double and finished 2-for-5 for Glendale. Hobie Harris posted 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball in relief, while Matt Wivinis recorded an out late in the game.

AL Central

Indians
Indians No. 6 prospect Yu Chang went 1-for-5 and logged his second start at third base for Glendale. Hard-throwing righty Dalbert Siri scuffled in relief, allowing three earned runs on three hits and a walk in one inning.

Royals
Royals No. 2 prospect Khalil Lee went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two walks and a stolen base from the bottom of Surprise's lineup. Catcher Meibrys Viloria also made an impact with a 1-for-4 performance that included a two-run double and two walks. Grant Gavin recorded the save despite allowing an unearned run on one hit.

Tigers
Daniel Pinero and Daniel Woodrow each collected two hits, an RBI and a steal for Mesa. Eduardo Jimenez was sharp in relief, striking out a pair of hitters over two perfect frames, though Tigers No. 26 prospect Sandy Baez was hammered for five earned runs on five hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Twins
Twins No. 19 prospect Luke Raley went 0-for-4, but walked twice and scored a run for Salt River. Hector Lujan gave up three runs and retired only two hitters. Jaylin Davis went 2-for-5. Adam Bray picked up the win for Salt River with two hitless innings.

White Sox
White Sox No. 4 prospect Luis Robert (No. 44 overall) went 2-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored. He's hit safely in all three games so far for Glendale. Outfielder Luis Alexander Basabe (No. 9) and shortstop Laz Rivera (No. 28) each drew a walk, but collectively finished 0-for-7. More »

AL West

A's
Outfielder Luis Barrera scored the walk-off run in the 10th for Mesa to cap a 1-for-4 game in which he scored two runs, walked twice and stole a base. Right-hander Calvin Coker retired all four batters he faced in relief, striking out one.

Angels
Brett Hanewich pitched around a pair of walks as he struck out the side in the 10th to earn his second win in as many outings for Mesa.

Astros
Astros No. 8 prospect J.B. Bukauskas threw 3 1/3 innings in a start for Scottsdale. The right-hander yielded one unearned run that scored on a passed ball, but was lights-out otherwise. He gave up three hits, struck out five and walked one. Abraham Toro-Hernandez (No. 21) went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Trent Thornton (No. 24) followed Bukauskas and gave up two runs on two hits. Ronnie Dawson went 0-for-3, but walked three times. Erasmo Pinales gave up two hits but also struck out two in a scoreless frame.

Mariners
Mariners No. 2 prospect Evan White has five RBIs through two games after his 1-for-3, three-RBI game for Peoria. Chris Mariscal also had a solid game, going 2-for-4 with two runs, while Matt Walker worked an inning in relief.

Rangers
Third baseman Charles Leblanc tallied two hits and two walks out of the No. 3 spot in Surprise's lineup. Starter Tai Tiedemann and reliever Joe Barlow both struggled as they allowed a combined eight earned runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Rangers No. 15 prospect C.D. Pelham tossed a scoreless inning to earn the win.

NL East

Braves
Braves No. 6 prospect Christian Pache (No. 66 overall) went 1-for-5, but also grounded into a pair of double plays, while outfielder Izzy Wilson scored a run from the No. 2 spot in Peoria's lineup. Jeremy Walker was effective as he completed three innings of one-run ball in his first AFL start. He was relieved by Braves No. 12 prospect Kyle Muller, who struck out a pair but allowed one run on two hits and two walks in one inning.

Marlins
Marlins No. 16 prospect Jordan Yamamoto was impressive in his start for Salt River. The right-hander racked up five strikeouts, including each of the final two batters he faced, over three scoreless innings. Kyle Keller followed Yamamoto and gave up two runs -- via a two-run homer -- in 1 1/3 innings. Chad Smith was the third Marlins farmhand to toe the rubber, and he cruised through 1 2/3 scoreless innings. He issued one walk and didn't give up a hit. Tommy Eveld put together a scoreless outing as he threw 1 1/3 innings. Brian Miller (No. 11) was inserted as a pinch-runner. Bryson Brigman (No. 26) went 1-for-4.

Mets
Mets No. 2 prospect Peter Alonso turned in a multi-hit effort for the third straight day for Scottsdale. After his 2-for-4 night, Alonso is 7-for-12 through three games. Joe Zanghi cruised through his one inning on the mound, yielding one hit in a scoreless frame. Andres Gimenez (No. 1) entered the game as a pinch-runner and drew a walk in his only plate appearance. Ali Sanchez (No. 25) went 0-for-1. Gerson Bautista gave up one hit over two scoreless innings, and Matt Blackham took the loss after he gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the 11th.

Nationals
Nationals No. 2 prospect Carter Kieboom picked up a pair of hits, including a triple, and scored a run as part of his 2-for-6 night for Salt River. Daniel Johnson (No. 10) went 1-for-5.

Phillies
For Scottsdale, Darick Hall went 2-for-5, including a two-run homer, his first long ball of the Fall League.

NL Central

Brewers
Catcher Mario Feliciano, Milwaukee's No. 23 prospect, went 1-for-3 with an RBI, two runs scored and two walks in his first AFL game. Weston Wilson went 1-for-5 with an RBI double, but also committed two errors at third base.

Cardinals
Tommy Edman was a catalyst out of the leadoff spot for Surprise with his 2-for-4, three-walk performance. He also drove in a run, scored once and swiped a pair of bases. Jeremy Martinez also tallied a hit, while Lane Thomas reached base on a pair of walks.

Cubs
Cubs No. 29 prospect Trent Giambrone paced Mesa's offense as he went 4-for-6 with two RBIs and one run scored. 2018 first-rounder Nico Hoerner (No. 6) went 0-for-5, but picked up an RBI in his second Fall League contest. PJ Higgins didn't collect a hit, but drove in a run and walked twice. Starting pitcher Justin Steele (No. 8) was tagged for four earned runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings, while lefty Manuel Rondon permitted one walk over two hitless frames in relief.

Pirates
Pirates No. 5 prospect Cole Tucker drove in three runs and stole two bases in a 2-for-5 showing for Surprise. Bryan Reynolds (No. 8) also collected two hits, going 2-for-5 with two runs, while Will Craig (No. 16) scored a run after entering as a pinch-hitter.

Reds
Reds No. 3 prospect Taylor Trammell went 1-for-5 for Scottsdale. Shed Long (No. 8) picked up a hit as a pinch-hitter, while Alfredo Rodriguez (No. 23) went 2-for-4.

NL West

D-backs
D-backs No. 4 prospect Pavin Smith came through with an RBI single as part of a 1-for-4 night for Salt River. Daulton Varsho (No. 5) went 1-for-4 with an RBI and Drew Ellis (No. 9) went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer.

Dodgers
Dodgers No. 2 prospect Keibert Ruiz (No. 39 overall) went 1-for-3 with two walks and an RBI for Glendale. Errol Robinson (No. 20) also had a strong game, going 2-for-4 with a double, two RBIs and a stolen base, while designated hitter Cody Thomas contributed by scoring one run. On the mound, relievers Nolan Long and Andre Scrubb allowed a combined five runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks.

Giants
Giants No. 10 prospect Heath Quinn went 0-for-5 for Scottsdale. C.J. Hinojosa (No. 28) went 0-for-6. Chase Johnson gave up three runs on three hits in one inning. Matt Winn went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

Padres
Padres No. 13 prospect Buddy Reed went 1-for-5 and scored a run for Peoria. Left-hander Travis Radke recorded three strikeouts and three walks as he allowed an unearned run on two hits in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

Rockies
Rockies No. 11 prospect Tyler Nevin reached base four times (3-for-5 with a walk) and drove in a run for Salt River. Justin Lawrence (No. 17) gave up one unearned run in one inning, but he avoided a big inning by inducing a 1-2-3 double play when he was stuck in a bases-loaded, no-outs jam. Josh Fuentes was inserted into the game as a pinch-runner.

30 top prospects in the AFL -- 1 from each team

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The Arizona Fall League has long been a haven for the best prospects in all of baseball to come together and put the finishing touches on their development on the way to the big leagues. This year is no different, with 15 players from MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list slated to play starting on Tuesday.

Seven clubs are sending their No. 1 prospect to the AFL, and each team is sending an impressive array of up-and-coming talent. Here is a list of the top prospect from each organization that fans can check out in AFL action next week.

The Arizona Fall League has long been a haven for the best prospects in all of baseball to come together and put the finishing touches on their development on the way to the big leagues. This year is no different, with 15 players from MLB Pipeline's Top 100 prospects list slated to play starting on Tuesday.

Seven clubs are sending their No. 1 prospect to the AFL, and each team is sending an impressive array of up-and-coming talent. Here is a list of the top prospect from each organization that fans can check out in AFL action next week.

AL East

Blue Jays: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B (TOR No. 1; MLB No. 1)
Guerrero, the top prospect in this year's Fall League, batted .381 with 20 homers, 78 RBIs and more walks (42) than strikeouts (38) at 19 this season while ascending to Triple-A. He'll need to improve his defense at the hot corner to avoid a move down the positional spectrum, but it's a generational-type bat capable of shattering records this fall en route to a 2019 big league debut.

Orioles: Ryan McKenna, CF (BAL No. 12)
McKenna, 21, led all Orioles farmhands in average (.315), OBP (.410), hits (148) and runs scored (95) while splitting his season between Class A Advanced Frederick and Double-A Bowie. The 2015 fourth-rounder swung the bat particularly well in the Florida State League, hitting .377/.467/.556 with 97 hits over 67 games, and impressed with his center-field defense at both stops.

Rays: Lucius Fox, SS (TB No. 9)
The speedster Fox performed well in the Florida State League but scuffled during the final month of the season in Double-A after celebrating his 21st birthday. He ultimately posted a .692 OPS with 29 stolen bases across the two levels. In 2017, Fox finished with a .691 OPS and 30 steals.

Red Sox: Michael Chavis, 3B/1B (BOS No. 1; MLB No. 69)
After Chavis ranked third in the Minors with 68 extra-base hits and fifth with 31 homers last year, he missed the first 80 games of 2018 with a suspension for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance during the offseason. When he returned, he batted .298/.391/.538 (mostly in Double-A) to continue to establish himself as one of the best power-hitting prospects in the game. His strong arm is an asset at third base.

Yankees: Estevan Florial, OF (NYY No. 2; MLB No. 45)
Florial played in Fall League a year ago, batting .286/.383/.414 for the Scottsdale Scorpions, and returns after losing half of the 2018 season to a right hamate injury. He has one of the highest ceilings in the league as a potential 30-30 player who can handle center field. Florial has well above-average raw power, speed and arm strength, though he'll have to prove he can make consistent contact at the plate.

2018 Arizona Fall League rosters

AL Central

Indians: Yu Chang, SS (CLE No. 6)
Spending his age-22 season with Triple-A Columbus, Chang produced a .256/.330/.411 line with 13 home runs while playing the bulk of his 127 games as a shortstop. He's improved defensively in every season and committed just nine errors in 94 games at short with Columbus. Now 23, Chang is back in Fall League this year after hitting .304 over 15 games with Mesa in 2017.

Royals: Khalil Lee, OF (KC No. 2)
Though Lee intrigued clubs as a high school left-hander with a low-90s fastball and a promising slider, the Royals preferred him as an outfielder and made him a full-time position player after taking him in 2016's third round. He has a chance to have solid or better tools across the board -- his arm strength is his best attribute -- and displays some of the best patience in Kansas City's system as well as the ability to fit anywhere in the outfield.

Tigers: Daz Cameron, OF (DET No. 8)
When the Tigers got Cameron from the Astros as part of the Justin Verlander trade late last season, he had turned in what looked like a breakout season. He kept it going in his first year with Detroit, playing across three levels and reaching Triple-A at age 21. Cameron was particularly strong during his Double-A stint with a .285/.367/.470 line to go along with 12 steals in 53 games.

Twins: Brent Rooker, OF (MIN No. 7)
After a stunning first summer of pro ball that saw Rooker reach the Florida State League and hit 18 homers in 62 games, any encore was bound to seem like a disappointment. Yes, the strikeout rate (26.4 pct) was a bit high, but he spent his first full season in Double-A and led the system in homers (22) and finished third in RBIs (79).

White Sox: Luis Robert, OF (CWS No. 4; MLB No. 44)
Shortly before international signing rules drastically changed, the White Sox spent $52 million ($26 million bonus, matching amount as a penalty for exceeding their bonus pool) in May 2017 to land Robert. Damaged ligaments in his left thumb limited him to 50 games this summer, but Robert's five-tool