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Baldelli: Larnach confident, determined

No. 3 Twins prospect made his Major League debut in LF vs. Tigers
@garciamegan_
5:35 PM CDT

Friday was a whirlwind day for Trevor Larnach after he finally received his long awaited callup to the Major Leagues. Saturday will be just as emotional as Larnach, ranked as the Twins' No. 3 prospect and 68th overall on the Top 100 list by MLB Pipeline, batted fifth and started

What to expect from Trevor Larnach in MLB

@JonathanMayo
May 7, 2021

As the 2021 season began, most felt Twins outfield prospect Trevor Larnach would get the chance to break into the Twins’ big league lineup at some point in 2021, or at least be at the ready when the need arose. That time came on Friday when Byron Buxton headed to

These 5 AL Central prospects ready for bigs

@anne__rogers
May 6, 2021

The Minor League season is off and running, giving teams a wide pool of prospects who are vying for an opportunity at the Major League level at some point. Some are knocking on the door already, while others could use this season to force their way onto big league rosters

Twins place Kirilloff on IL, activate Sanó

@dohyoungpark
May 5, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins placed Alex Kirilloff on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday with a sprained right wrist after he saw a hand and wrist specialist in the Twin Cities earlier in the day. The club activated first baseman Miguel Sanó from the IL in a corresponding move. Kirilloff,

New Minors parks, team names for '21

At long last, Trash Pandas, Cannon Ballers & more set to make on-field debuts
@BensBiz
May 4, 2021

The Minor League Baseball season begins Tuesday, marking the first time Minor League games have been played since September of 2019. There will be a lot to look forward to come Opening Night, including a robust slate of ballpark, team name and logo debuts. Six Minor League teams are set

Where Twins top prospects are starting '21

@JonathanMayo
May 4, 2021

With the 2021 season getting started, here's a look at where the Twins' Top 30 prospects are projected to start the season:

Where Twins' top prospects will start season

@dohyoungpark
May 2, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- Though the Twins' newly shuffled top four Minor League affiliates announced their rosters on Saturday ahead of the Minor Leagues' scheduled Opening Day on Tuesday, Minnesota's top two pitching prospects won't be in action when play gets underway. According to farm director Alex Hassan, both Jordan Balazovic (ranked

'Special' Kirilloff playing for permanent spot

@dohyoungpark
May 1, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- Now that Alex Kirilloff finally got the monkey off his back with his first two career home runs on Friday, he’s starting to settle in. On a beautiful spring day in which the Twins’ offense couldn’t get much of anything going against Royals left-hander Danny Duffy, Kirilloff brought

Kirilloff's 2 HRs a first for Twins since '94

No. 2 prospect 'all smiles' after several bad-luck moments at the plate
@dohyoungpark
May 1, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- Alex Kirilloff has had some rotten luck with batted balls to start his career -- so he decided to take luck out of the equation by just smashing the ball out of the park. Kirilloff, ranked as the Twins’ No. 2 prospect by MLB Pipeline, loudly broke out

Twins Minor League camp report

@JonathanMayo
April 29, 2021

The 2020 season may have been a lost one in terms of real reps for prospects all across baseball, but a trio of Twins pitchers who showed encouraging progress at the alternate training site and/or in instructional league play last year have shown that those improvements may not have been

Fun facts for every Low-A Southeast team

Florida-based league home to old ballparks, long affiliations, boy bands and wrestlers
@BensBiz
April 28, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the 10th in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Sanó to IL; Alex Kirilloff gets the call

Simmons cleared for return from COVID-19
April 23, 2021

MINNEAPOLIS -- The reinforcements have arrived. On the heels of a winless road trip in which several positive COVID-19 tests afflicted the clubhouse and the Twins emptied their taxi squad in search of depth, Minnesota recalled No. 2 prospect Alex Kirilloff from the alternate training site and called up former

Fun facts for all 12 High-A Central teams

A dozen teams, six states and plenty of interesting nuggets from America's heartland
@BensBiz
April 14, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the sixth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Fun facts for all 10 Double-A Central teams

Stan the Man, prairie dogs, possums, burger-inspired ballparks and so much more
@BensBiz
April 5, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the third in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

One fun fact for all 20 Triple-A East teams

From nachos to noodles to nuns, a celebration of Minor League Baseball's largest circuit
@BensBiz
March 29, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the first in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

Has Rooker taken lead in left-field battle?

With Kirilloff optioned, it's down to two players having strong springs for regular job
@dohyoungpark
March 24, 2021

Alex Kirilloff won't be in left field for the Twins on Opening Day. Now what? The Twins optioned Kirilloff, the No. 26 prospect in baseball, to their alternate training site on Tuesday, bringing an end to the speculation throughout Spring Training that the club might buck convention by carrying the

Twins option Kirilloff to alternate training site

@ladsonbill24
March 23, 2021

The Twins made several roster moves after Tuesday’s 1-0 loss to the Pirates at LECOM Park. They optioned outfielder Alex Kirilloff, the team’s No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, to the alternate training site, and they reassigned pitchers Charlie Barnes and Griffin Jax, catcher Caleb Hamilton, outfielder Trevor Larnach (No.

Sabato jumps in alongside big leaguers

@dohyoungpark
March 19, 2021

Aaron Sabato, a proud University of North Carolina Tar Heel, claims that he didn’t know that his new farm director, Alex Hassan, is a Duke University graduate. Either that, or he’s playing dumb so that he can hide his true feelings this March, when basketball-fueled emotions run high. There is

Breaking down Twins' left-field competition

@dohyoungpark
March 18, 2021

Among the handful of decisions that the Twins face in the two weeks that remain until Opening Day on April 1 in Milwaukee, none looms larger than the competition to fill the slot in left field that was vacated when Eddie Rosario was non-tendered and eventually went to Cleveland. On

Notes: Balazovic makes quick work of Sox

Kepler, Celestino exit Thursday's game as precaution; Thielbar expected to return soon
@dohyoungpark
March 11, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Twins manager Rocco Baldelli had read the reports and heard the chatter surrounding right-hander Jordan Balazovic, and he was just as excited as others were to finally see the organization's top pitching prospect in game action. Baldelli never made it over to St. Paul last September

Kirilloff making case for Opening Day spot

@dohyoungpark
March 11, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Alex Kirilloff had gotten off to somewhat of a slow start at the plate this spring, but he's still got plenty of time to add to his résumé in his bid for the vacant left-field spot on the Twins' Opening Day roster. Hitting more tape-measure blasts

2020 brought Twins' top 3 prospects closer

@dohyoungpark
March 10, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Your pandemic lifestyle probably wasn't all too different from those of professional baseball players at the Twins' alternate training site. There was work to be done, usually until around 4 p.m., but after that, it was mostly just long stretches of being trapped indoors with all

Royce Lewis on rehab: 'My future's still bright'

Top prospect, out for the season after ACL surgery, plans to come back stronger in '22
@dohyoungpark
March 4, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Royce Lewis truly believed he was going to show up to Spring Training and force his way into the Twins' plans for the immediate future -- "Almost like a [Fernando] Tatis- or Juan Soto-type deal," he says. That's how excited he was about the work he

After debut in '20 playoffs, Kirilloff eyes MLB

Outfield prospect battling for spot on Twins' Opening Day roster
@dohyoungpark
February 25, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- When Byron Buxton was unable to start Game 2 of the American League Wild Card Series against the Astros last season, the Twins could have plugged in fourth outfielder Jake Cave, as they had throughout the season. They didn't do that. Instead, with their season on

Twins' No. 1 prospect Lewis has ACL tear

@dohyoungpark
February 24, 2021

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Shortstop Royce Lewis, the top prospect in the Twins' organization, will miss the entire 2021 season due to a full tear of his right ACL, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey announced Wednesday. Lewis will fly to the Twin Cities and will undergo reconstruction surgery on