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Breakout candidate: Twins’ Sabato

Slugger provides optimism with power potential, strong '21 finish
January 11, 2022's Breakout Candidate series spotlights players who could garner some serious attention in 2022. Here's a look at Twins No. 16 prospect Aaron Sabato. There will always be a place in the modern game for a player who has a knack for the long ball, and Aaron Sabato has the

Prospect season in review: Twins’ Martin

No. 36 overall prospect finding his place after midseason trade
December 14, 2021's Prospect Season in Review series spotlights players who shined brightest during the 2021 campaign. Here's a look at second-ranked Twins prospect Austin Martin. Coming into his highly anticipated debut season, there was an expectation that Austin Martin would need to bounce around until he found a stable position on

Varland, Sabato provide hope for the Twin Cities

Dominant hurler, big-time slugger impress with flashy campaigns
December 1, 2021

Each offseason, goes position by position across each system and honors the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization. Click here to locate your favorite club.

Kernels take a 1-0 lead in HACL Championship Series on Camargo home run 

Varland didn't surrender a run after the second inning and went seven frames in Game 1 win
September 21, 2021

Box score > CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Quad Cities River Bandits in Game 1 of the HACL championship series on Tuesday evening, 2-1. The Kernels take a 1-0 lead in the best of five series. The River Bandits scored first in the top of

2021 MiLB playoffs preview: High-A

Luciano, Eugene travel to Spokane; Hot Rods face 'Hoppers
September 21, 2021

Following the lost season in 2020 and the sweeping changes made throughout Minor League Baseball, representatives from each of the three High-A leagues will go straight to the Finals to decide its 2021 champion with best-of-5 series, starting Tuesday. This is a departure from past procedures, when each of the

Gipson-Long continuing education with Twins

Studious righty finds success with extensive between-starts routine
August 11, 2021

Every pitcher, whether they’re a starter or reliever, has processes or routines that get them through the week. Some are a little more relaxed, while others are more strictly regimented. The challenge will always be for the hurler to identify a plan -- or lack of -- that puts him

The Show Before the Show: Episode 297

St. Paul broadcaster Aronson helps introduce Saints to Minors
February 25, 2021

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Toolshed: Spring Training camps to watch

Ten groups worth following as top prospects showcase talents
February 24, 2021

Pitchers and catchers have been in Arizona and Florida a while. Position players have officially joined them in earnest. Look around you. It's decidedly spring. To celebrate the official opening of Spring Training and return of full-squad workouts, Toolshed presents 10 camps across the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues that prospect

The anti-establishment: Meet the St. Paul Saints

Irreverent independent stalwart makes the leap to Triple-A ranks
February 23, 2021

Entering the 2021 season, the St. Paul Saints find themselves facing a bit of an existential paradox. Have the rebels gone mainstream? After 28 seasons of independent existence, first in the Northern League and then in the American Association, the Saints have signed on to serve as the Triple-A East

Roundup: Twins taking Lewis, Larnach to camp

Braves also invite Top-100 talents Waters, Langeliers to Florida
February 15, 2021

The Twins are taking a pair of Top-100 prospects to Major League camp this spring. No. 17 overall prospect Royce Lewis and No. 80 Trevor Larnach received non-roster invitations to Spring Training on Monday, Minnesota announced. Fellow Top-100 prospects Alex Kirilloff (No. 26) and Jordan Balazovic (No. 97) will already

Winter ball roundup: Puerto Rican League

Boston outfielder Duran helps key Caguas' run to Caribbean Series
February 10, 2021

Without a Minor League season in 2020, top prospects headed to various locations across the globe for offseason work. Over the next few weeks, will look at the highlights from winter ball seasons worldwide. Past recaps include the Dominican Winter League and the Mexican Pacific League.

The Road to The Show™: Trevor Larnach

Slugger has power to force way into crowded Twins outfield
February 8, 2021

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Minnesota Twins outfielder Trevor Larnach. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

For Mahomes family, athleticism began on diamond

Before Patrick reached two Super Bowls, dad Pat shined on mound
February 5, 2021

Decades before Patrick Mahomes II vied for the privilege to shout, “I’m going to Disney World!” Pat Mahomes Sr. was chasing his own ring in Orlando, Florida. The father of the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback spent 22 years in professional baseball, including stints with six Major League teams and 15

2021 Prospect Projections: AL Central rookies

White Sox prepared to pounce again with a little prospect help
January 27, 2021

This is the third in a six-part Toolshed series that uses FanGraphs' Steamer 600 projections to look at how prospects would fare over a full Major League season in 2021. The system bases its forecast on 600 plate appearances for position players, 450 plate appearances for catchers, 200 innings for

State of the System: Minnesota Twins

Lewis, Kirilloff lead batch of top prospects nearing the Majors
December 14, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series is evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlighting prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offering a peek at 2021. After a tough stretch for most of

The Show Before the Show: Episode 283

Twins' Sabato discusses instructs, road from UNC to first round
November 5, 2020

Check out the latest episode of The Show Before the Show,'s official podcast. A segment rundown is listed below, in case you want to skip to a particular section. Like the podcast? Subscribe, rate and review "Minor League Baseball podcast" on iTunes. The podcast is also available via Spotify,

Toolshed: 10 most fun callups of 2020 season

Revisiting quick risers, late bloomers who made way to Majors
October 2, 2020

There were 210 Major League debuts (and perhaps still counting) during the 2020 season. This week, Toolshed looks back at the 10 most fun first callups of the 2020 season, listed in chronological order of debut date. To be clear, this isn't focused on how they did in their first

Twins add Kirilloff for MLB debut in playoffs

No. 27 overall prospect joining Minnesota for Wild Card Series
September 29, 2020

Alex Kirilloff thrived in his last postseason appearance. He'll get a chance under an even brighter spotlight. The Twins have added MLB Pipeline's No. 27 overall prospect to their roster for the Wild Card Series against the Astros, which began Tuesday afternoon with a 4-1 loss. "Alex Kirilloff is ready

The Road to The Show™: Alex Kirilloff

Twins No. 2 prospect has become one of Minors' best pure hitters
September 23, 2020

Each week, profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Minnesota Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff. For more player journeys on The Road to The Show, click here.

Cut it out: Rochester rooters finally take their seats

Frontier Field, serving as Jays' alt site, adds cardboard supporters
August 27, 2020

To be a Rochester Red Wings fan in 2020, you've got to be cut out for the job. The Red Wings, Triple-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, welcomed their first crowd of the year on Aug. 21. This Frontier Field gathering, eclectic yet inanimate, was in the form of approximately

Waful left lasting impression in Central New York

Lifelong Syracuse resident, former team president was a local icon
July 29, 2020

It was a life well lived and one that touched tens of thousands in the Syracuse area. When Don Waful died last September at the age of 103, he left a legacy of charity, friendship and charm that will far supersede his century on this Earth. Born in Newark, New

Prospects in the Twins’ 2020 player pool

Lewis, Kirilloff could realize MLB dream in shortened season
July 13, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Best streams of 2019: Pitching duels

Davidson, Gore, McKay, May anchored stingy performances
July 6, 2020

Few things are more captivating in a baseball game than when both starting pitchers bring their absolute best stuff. Even if there’s not much action on the offensive end, watching two guys paint masterpiece performances on the mound one inning after another showcases the beauty of the sport like no

Reds' Gutierrez suspended for 80 games

Dodgers' Aleaziz, Idrogo and Twins' Rosario also receive bans
June 28, 2020

Vladimir Gutierrez was one of four Minor Leaguers suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, Major League Baseball announced Sunday. The No. 15 Reds prospect received an 80-game suspension after he tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance Stanozolol. Dodgers prospects Reza Aleaziz and Juan Idrogo and

2020 Draft recap: Minnesota Twins

Twins stock up on power as next gen Bomba Squad forms
June 26, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives. Specific Draft classes seldom match the personality of the big league squad. Often, players selected by a given team could have contrasting tools that might help plug some