Twins prospects up the ante in arms race

Three pitchers crack playoff roster, Lewis earns AFL MVP nod

Across two Minor League levels, Devin Smeltzer compiled a 1.04 WHIP with 104 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings. (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

By Duane Cross | November 18, 2019 10:16 AM ET

Twins pitchers Randy Dobnak, Devin Smeltzer and Cody Stashak worked their way through the Minors to earn big league callups, spots on the postseason roster and Organization All-Star nods.

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Twins' Costello found dead in New Zealand

Infield prospect was set to play in Australian Baseball League

Ryan Costello homered in Game 3 of the Southern League semifinals on Sept. 6. (Daniel Venn/Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

By Daren Smith | November 18, 2019 1:43 AM ET

Minnesota Twins infield prospect Ryan Costello died overnight in Auckland, New Zealand, his Australian Baseball League team announced early Monday. He was 23.

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Encarnacion leads Salt River to AFL title

Marlins No. 17 prospect breaks tie with booming grand slam

The Salt River Rafters winning the 2019 Arizona Fall League championship. (Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

By Rob Terranova | October 26, 2019 6:32 PM ET

Miami Marlins No. 17 prospect Jerar Encarnacion launched a go-ahead grand slam that powered Salt River past Surprise, 5-1, for the Arizona Fall League title Saturday.

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Raley, Goudeau earn AFL weekly awards

Twins outfielder, Rockies right-hander honored for Week 5

Luke Raley and Ashton Goudeau have helped Salt River win the AFL East Division title. (Buck Davidson/Getty Images)

By Sam Dykstra | October 23, 2019 5:18 PM ET

Twins outfielder Luke Raley and Rockies right-hander Ashton Goudeau -- both of Salt River -- were named Arizona Fall League Player and Pitcher of the Week.

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Lewis, Sharp win AFL Week 4 awards

Twins infielder, Nationals right-hander are latest honorees

Royce Lewis and Sterling Sharp were each strong in a short week in the Fall League. (Jennifer Stewart, Buck Davidson)

By Sam Dykstra | October 16, 2019 5:33 PM ET

Top Twins prospect Royce Lewis and Nationals right-hander Sterling Sharp were named Arizona Fall League Player and Pitcher of the Week for Week 4.

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Lewis leads way in AFL Fall Stars Game

Top Twins prospect slugs two-run homer, earns MVP honors

Royce Lewis also played in the Florida State League All-Star Game and the Futures Game this year. (MLB.com)

By Jordan Wolf | October 12, 2019 11:16 PM ET

Top Twins prospect Royce Lewis smacked a two-run homer in his first at-bat to carry the East to a 4-2 win over the West and earn MVP honors at the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game.

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Larnach caps season with Twins' honor

No. 78 overall prospect starred at two levels in first full season

Trevor Larnach was promoted to Double-A on July 16 after playing in the Florida State League All-Star Game. (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

By Tyler Maun | September 29, 2019 4:30 PM ET

The Twins named Trevor Larnach, MLB.com's No. 78 overall prospect its 2019 Minor League Player of the Year on Sunday. Right-hander Randy Dobnak took home Pitcher of the Year honors.

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Lewis focused on leveling up in AFL

Top Twins prospect takes on new positions to earn at-bats

Royce Lewis is sporting a .333/.412/.800 slash line with a 1.212 OPS over his first four AFL games. (Buck Davidson/Getty Images)

By Rob Terranova | September 27, 2019 10:14 AM ET

Top Twins prospect Royce Lewis has found his rhythm after an out-of-sync season and is determined to continue to improve, even if it means playing out of position in the Arizona Fall League.

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Kirilloff homers again, keeps Wahoos alive

Twins No. 2 prospect goes deep in third straight playoff game

Alex Kirilloff has three dingers in the playoffs after hitting nine during the regular season. (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

By Joe Bloss | September 6, 2019 11:07 PM ET

Second-ranked Twins prospect Alex Kirilloff homered in his third straight game as Pensacola stayed alive with a 3-2 win over Biloxi in Game 3 of the best-of-5 Southern League semifinals.

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File cruises to put Shuckers win from Finals

Right-hander allows just one run over 8 1/3 innings in SL semis

In 14 Southern League games this season, Dylan File posted a 9-2 record with a 2.79 ERA. (Mike Krebs)

By Katie Woo | September 6, 2019 12:39 AM ET

Milwaukee Brewers righty Dylan File allowed one run over 8 1/3 innings as Double-A Biloxi topped Pensacola, 4-1, in Game 2 of the Southern League semifinals.

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