Pitted against some of Minor League Baseball's best up-and-coming hitters at Saturday night's Arizona Fall League Hitting Challenge, Minnesota Twins prospect Chris Paul walked away with bragging rights -- and a little spending money.
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The Twins named catcher Mitch Garver and right-hander Aaron Slegers as the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, the club announced Wednesday.
Twins prospect Tyler Jay is off to a strong start in the Arizona Fall League, and he's showing he's healthy after unfounded rumors that he suffered from thoracic outlet syndrome in July and was headed for season-ending surgery.
The Twins informed three-time All-Star and former closer Glen Perkins they will not be picking up his $6.5 million option, and instead will pay a $700,000 buyout to make him a free agent, which could bring an end to his time in Minnesota.
The Twins continue to make additions to their front office and scouting staff, and they hired long-time Baseball America editor John Manuel to their pro scouting department. Manuel's last day at the publication will be Oct. 31, and he'll join the Twins on Nov. 1.
Byron Buxton is up for Best Defensive Player and Best Play, Offense, in the 2017 Esurance MLB Awards, baseball's ultimate honors.
A quartet of Twins prospects stood out during their Arizona Fall League debuts on Tuesday with the Surprise Saguaros, who lost their season-opener to Salt River, 4-3.
By virtue of having such a young team, the Twins don't have any major impending free agents, and they have a solid core already in place that can be supplemented this offseason, especially on the pitching side.
By the time the Twins wrapped up their surprising 2017 campaign that saw them reach the postseason for the first time since 2010 with their run to the American League Wild Card Game, chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine had already made up their minds.
The Twins made a slew of organizational changes on Tuesday, including the dismissal of pitching coach Neil Allen and the hiring of Jeremy Zoll as the director of Minor League operations, replacing Brad Steil, who will transition into his new role as director of professional scouting.
After leading the Twins to a surprise run to the 2017 AL Wild Card Game one season after losing 103 games, Paul Molitor signed a three-year contract to remain Minnesota's manager through the 2020 season, the club announced Monday.
The Twins were perhaps baseball's biggest surprise in 2017, going from 103 losses to their first postseason berth since 2010, becoming the second team to have the No. 1 overall Draft pick and make the postseason the same year.
It was an unforgettable, fun and historic season that saw the Twins become the first team to go from losing more than 100 games to making the postseason the next year. But it ended with a familiar result against the Yankees.
The "Baby Bombers" punched their ticket for a showdown with the Indians in the American League Division Series presented by Doosan, with Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge all homering to overcome Luis Severino's first-inning exit, leading the Yankees to an 8-4 victory on Tuesday over the Twins in the AL Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium.
With the Twins tied against the favored Yankees in the second inning of a win-or-go-home playoff game in the Bronx, Byron Buxton gave up his body. The electric center fielder made an incredible leaping catch while crashing into the center-field wall at Yankee Stadium in the American League Wild Card Game Tuesday night. But he paid the price for it.
Left-hander Stephen Gonsalves and outfielder Brent Rooker both had impressive seasons in the Minors, and were rewarded by being named MLBPipeline.com's Twins Prospects of the Year.
Brian Dozier opened the American League Wild Card Game with a bang -- cracking a leadoff home run off Yankees ace Luis Severino -- keying a huge first inning for the Twins at Yankee Stadium, as they took a 3-0 lead and chased Severino after just 1/3 of an inning.
Who do the Twins have in the pipeline? Get scouting reports, video, stats, projected ETAs and more for Minnesota's Top 30 Prospects on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch.
While the Twins featured a potent offense and an improved defense en route to their surprise run to the postseason in 2017, pitching depth -- especially in the bullpen -- was an issue.
Reliving the AL Wild Card Game's zany 1st inning
It was the moment Zack Granite had dreamt of his whole life. A winner-take-all playoff game at Yankee Stadium and a feared reliever staring back at him? The local kid couldn't ask for much more.
The Yankees and Twins opened the 2017 postseason with a nearly four-hour battle on Tuesday night in the American League Wild Card Game, in a contest featuring a combined nine relief pitchers and five home runs.
Dozier made MLB history with WC Game HR
PAUL MOLITOR: It was a heck of a game, particularly the start. There was a lot of things that transpired there in the first few innings. I'm sure the pace of play was Commissioner Manfred's delight there.
Despite being activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday, Miguel Sano is not on the Twins' roster for the American League Wild Card Game against the Yankees.
MLBPipeline.com breaks down how the American League Wild Card Twins used the Draft, the international market and free-agent signings to build their team.
No Twins player can affect a game in more ways than Byron Buxton. The 23-year-old center fielder is the fastest player in the Majors, according to Statcast™'s sprint speed metric, is arguably the game's best defender, easily leading all outfielders in Statcast™'s Outs Above Average, and he also experienced a breakout offensively in the second half of the season.
Jason Castro backed a strong showing by Bartolo Colon as the Twins defeated the Tigers, 5-1, on Sunday at Target Field in the final game of the regular season. Minnesota, which won 11 of the 19 meetings with Detroit this season, will face the Yankees on Tuesday in the American League Wild Card Game at Yankee Stadium.
After recording the first out of the seventh inning in a strong start against the Tigers in the regular-season finale on Sunday, Bartolo Colon walked off to a standing ovation from the crowd at Target Field while Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?" blared, a nod to his nickname of "Big Sexy."
The Twins are headed to the postseason for the first time since 2010, which means a host of their players are making their October debuts. Here's a head start for fans who might not be completely familiar with these Twins with the origins of every player on the postseason roster.
Twins left-hander Glen Perkins couldn't contain his emotions after making perhaps his final appearance with the Twins in the ninth inning of Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Tigers at Target Field.
Both the San Francisco Giants and Detroit Tigers had designs on the postseason in 2017. For a variety of reasons, things didn't work out as planned. The consolation prize? Getting to pick at the top of the 2018 Draft.