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Lewis hits second Fall League homer

12:47 AM CDT

Seven Twins prospects are playing for the Salt River Rafters in the 2019 Arizona Fall League: Shortstop Royce Lewis (No. 1, MLB No. 9), catcher Ben Rortvedt (No. 30), outfielder Luke Raley, right-hander Dakota Chalmers, right-hander Moises Gomez, left-hander Jovani Moran and left-hander Zach Neff.

Set to tie knot next week, Twins' Dobnak delivers

Rookie right-hander shuts down Royals to earn 1st MLB victory
@dohyoungpark
September 21, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Five months ago, Randy Dobnak threw his first pitch of the season in Class A Advanced Fort Myers. Only two years ago, he was pitching for the Utica Unicorns in the obscure United Shore Professional Baseball League, which had never before produced a Major League player. Considering all

Playing center field, Lewis steals show in AFL

@wboor
September 20, 2019

PHOENIX -- Royce Lewis did a bit of everything on Thursday night as the Twins’ No. 1 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, hit a homer and also crashed into the wall as he made a running catch in center field. Yes, Lewis, who spent just eight innings in the outfield during

Pipeline names Twins Prospects of the Year

@dohyoungpark
September 19, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- While top pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol was called up to the Twins in September to be part of Minnesota's playoff push of the present, two heralded prospects who could lead the Twins' playoff pushes of the future were already getting set to make a postseason impact for Double-A

Could Twins call up Kirilloff due to injuries?

Beat reporter Park answers Twitter questions from fans
@dohyoungpark
September 10, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Though Minnesota held a 5 1/2-game lead over the Indians in the American League Central with only 19 games remaining in the regular season entering Monday, it hasn't been a smooth month for the Twins, who lost Michael Pineda, their most consistent starter since the All-Star break, to

Graterol foiled in high-leverage spot vs. Tribe

Twins turn to prospect with two runners on base in 11th inning
@dohyoungpark
September 7, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brusdar Graterol's first pressure-filled appearance in a Minnesota uniform didn't go as smoothly as the Twins would have hoped. With several of the Twins' high-leverage bullpen options unavailable after the club's recent series against the Red Sox, manager Rocco Baldelli instead put the 21-year-old Graterol on the mound

What to expect from Twins' Graterol in the bigs

@JonathanMayo
September 1, 2019

On Aug. 8, Brusdar Graterol came out of the bullpen for the first time since 2017. He tossed 1 2/3 innings of one-hit ball in that outing, then made two more relief appearances for Double-A Pensacola before getting bumped up to Triple-A. He had four more outings out of the

Twins' prospects to watch in September

@dohyoungpark
September 1, 2019

DETROIT -- Top pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol received his first Major League callup to headline Minnesota’s first wave of roster expansion on Sunday, and it didn’t take long for the Twins to get their first glimpse of the hard-throwing right-hander, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning in his Major League

Graterol makes long-awaited debut in Twins' win

@dohyoungpark
September 1, 2019

DETROIT -- Brusdar Graterol stared towards third base as he secured the grip on his two-seam fastball inside his bright red glove. He turned his head towards his catcher, Jason Castro, and without pause, raised his left leg to begin his easy delivery and unleash one of the most anticipated

Young duo ready for anything in Twins 'pen

Stewart, Thorpe can provide long relief after starting in Minors
@dohyoungpark
July 23, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- With Mike Morin, Adalberto Mejia and Matt Magill already having been removed from the roster, the Twins have asked two of their starting pitching prospects -- Kohl Stewart and Lewis Thorpe -- to be ready for anything as the July 31 Trade Deadline approaches. "Truthfully, the only message

Cron (thumb) placed on IL; Twins reinforce 'pen

Littell optioned to Triple-A Rochester; Thorpe, Stashak called up
@dohyoungpark
July 23, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins placed first baseman C.J. Cron back on the 10-day injured list with right thumb inflammation on Monday and optioned right-hander Zack Littell to Triple-A Rochester. Byron Buxton was also notably absent from Minnesota's roster moves, despite a successful full on-field workout at Target Field on Sunday.

Twins to sign 'next Eddie Rosario'

@JesseSanchezMLB
July 2, 2019

The Twins might have just discovered the next Eddie Rosario. According to industry sources, the Twins and outfielder Emmanuel Rodriguez, No. 8 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects list, have agreed on a contract worth $2.5 million. • Here's where top international prospects are signing today

Lewis, Balazovic to rep Twins at Futures Game

@dohyoungpark
June 30, 2019

CHICAGO -- With the Twins off to one of the best starts in franchise history, Friday served as a reminder that the future also remains bright for the organization. Shortstop Royce Lewis and right-handed pitcher Jordan Balazovic were named to the American League roster for the 2019 SiriusXM All-Star Futures

Surprise! Aussie Thorpe's folks arrive for debut

Twins' No. 9 prospect starts series finale in place of Kyle Gibson
@dohyoungpark
June 29, 2019

CHICAGO -- After Saturday's game in Chicago, Twins travel director Mike Herman instructed Lewis Thorpe to put some shorts on and to follow him. "I've still got my jersey on," Thorpe said to Herman. "Don't worry about that," Herman replied. Thorpe was led outside the visitors' clubhouse on the ground

Here are future All-Stars from AL Central 

@beckjason
June 20, 2019

Next month’s All-Star Game could feature a whole lot of Minnesota Twins and a selection of players from the rest of the American League Central. That’s a reflection of the way the division race has played out. But the AL Central All-Star competition could become a lot more crowded before

Twins, No. 39 pick Wallner agree (sources)

@mattkellyMLB
June 17, 2019

The Twins have agreed to terms with Matt Wallner, their 39th overall pick in the MLB Draft, sources tell MLB Pipeline’s Jim Callis. The Forest Lake, Minn., native agreed to a deal for $1.8 million (slightly below the $1,906,800 slot value for the pick), Callis reports -- though the club

Twins' top pick Cavaco signs, eyes fast track

'I give myself 3 years,' says 18-year-old shortstop taken 13th overall
@dohyoungpark
June 11, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Throughout the scouting process, the Twins just couldn't quit Keoni Cavaco. Twins scouting director Sean Johnson said he'd regularly check in with members of his staff and find that they were, again, in the San Diego area, watching Cavaco during his senior year at Eastlake High School. "I

Twins draft all college players on Day 2

@dohyoungpark
June 4, 2019

CLEVELAND -- The Twins felt entering this Draft that the college bats were the strongest demographic in this year's class. They made no secret of that on the second day of the 2019 MLB Draft, when they selected four college infielders from Rounds 3-7, and they also added a quartet

Twins love upside with their top Draft selection

Minnesota also tabs OF Wallner (39), RHP Canterino (54) on Day 1
@dohyoungpark
June 4, 2019

CLEVELAND -- Keoni Cavaco wasn’t even on the Twins’ radar until last fall, but when they saw the 18-year-old smashing balls onto the rocks beyond the left-center field fence at Angel Stadium, the club dug in its heels and sent a scout to every one of Cavaco’s high school games

'Best available' may be Twins' Draft approach

Catcher Langeliers, 3B Cavaco among players drawing interest
@dohyoungpark
June 2, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins' homegrown core of Eddie Rosario, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sanó, Max Kepler and Jose Berrios is firing on all cylinders and could soon be fortified by another wave featuring names like Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff, Brent Rooker and Brusdar Graterol. And with the 2019 MLB Draft set

Twins hit with injuries to top prospects

Graterol (shoulder) to IL; Gonsalves shut down; OF Baddoo to undergo Tommy John surgery
@dohyoungpark
May 25, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brusdar Graterol, the Twins' No. 3 prospect and No. 61 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline, is going on the injured list with right shoulder impingement, as announced by chief baseball officer Derek Falvey on Saturday. Graterol's injury headlined a string of tough news for four of the

Marwin returns to Twins' lineup with a bang

Minnesota scores 8 unanswered runs; Arraez hits first big league dinger
@dohyoungpark
May 21, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Marwin Gonzalez was just about the only Twins starter that didn’t get off to a hot start this April -- but that feels like a long time ago now. Gonzalez, who’s been banged up and out for the last two games with a sore finger, didn’t skip a

Twins top prospect's pushups get pushback

@mattkellyMLB
May 17, 2019

Thursday’s Minor League matchup between Class A Advanced Fort Myers and Bradenton featured another test of baseball’s unwritten rules -- and it happened to involve one of the game’s top prospects. Shortstop Royce Lewis, the Twins top-ranked prospect and baseball’s No. 7 prospect overall per MLB Pipeline, did a quick

Astudillo (hamstring) aims to return when eligible

@dohyoungpark
May 1, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Fear not: La Tortuga is back on his feet. Multipositional do-it-all man Willians Astudillo ran five sprints on the field before Wednesday night's game against the Astros at Target Field, his first time running since he sustained a left hamstring strain last Saturday. He said that the hamstring

Five AL Central prospects worth watching

@beckjason
April 11, 2019

The dig against the American League Central has been the same for the last couple of years: Too many rebuilding teams. Philosophically, the days of teams trying to stockpile veteran free agents to compete with the star-studded Tigers are over. The flip side of that complaint, however, is a wave