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<p>Nate Hanson</p><p>Glen Perkins has become one of the best relief pitchers in baseball in 2011. Both were Twins firstround draft picks from their home town state. There have been many other Minnesotans who have played for the Twins, like Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield. Kent Hrbek is a Twins Hall of Famer from Bloomington. Pat Neshek mesmerized hitters out of the bullpen for a couple of years.</p><p>However, the Twins have been able to draft and sign several players from Minnesota. Right now, there are ten players from Minnesota in the farm system. Here is a quick look at each of them:</p><p>Baldwin is a Duluth, MN, native. He went to Oregon State and then became a 5th round pick of the Phillies in 2004. He quickly worked up the minor leagues and was then traded to the Seattle Mariners. He pitched for AAATacoma the past three years. This offseason, the Twins signed him to help their AAARochester roster. Now 28 years old, he is 47 with a 5.57 ERA for the Red Wings. In 86 innings, he has walked 22 and struck out 71. chi flat irons </p><p>DeVries is from Eden Prairie and pitched for the University of Minnesota. TheTwins signed him in August of 2006 as a nondrafted free agent after he pitched well in the Cape Cod League. He pitched very wellas a starter in the lower levels of theminor leagues, but last year he really struggled atAAandAAA. In 27.2 innings, he walked just five andstruckout 33.</p><p>The Twins used their 15th round pick in 2006 on a very talented outfielder from Minnesota StateMankato. He had graduated from Eagan high school. Now 26, Dolenc is in his second season with the AANewBritain Rock Cats. He is hitting .280/.331/.345 with eight doubles, three triples and a home run. He also has 13 stolen bases.</p><p>Hanson went to Eden Prairie High School and then the University of Minnesota. Following the 2008 college season, the Twins drafted himwith their 28th round pick. In 2010 in Ft. Myers, he showed some power for the Miracle with 18 doubles and 11 home runs. He returned to the Miracle to start this season and hit .267/.327/.383 with 12 doubles and four home runs in 52 games before being promoted to AANew Britain. With the Rock Cats, he is hitting .245/.306/.372 with six doubles and two home runs in 26 games. chi hair straightener </p><p>Schuld, a Plymouth native, had a very impressive collegiate career for the Tommies of St. Thomas. When he went undrafted, the Twins quickly signed him. After 11 appearances in the GCL, he made six relief appearances in Ft. Myers. He began this season at Extended Spring Training but quickly was called up to the Miracle where he has been a very solid starter. It may be a shortterm promotion, but he has certainly been impressive in his year with the Twins organization! And, he is still just 22 years old.</p><p>The Twins liked the Shoreview native so much, they drafted him twice. They selected him in the 50th round of the 2006 draft, but he instead went to play for the Gophers. Following a tremendous junior season in 2009, the 2B was taken by the Twins in the 4th round. He signed quickly and began his minor league career in Elizabethton. 2010 was a frustrating season for McCallum who was limited to just 47 games in Beloit due to two sepate injuries. He returned to the Snappers for the 2011 season where he hit .200/.278/.264 in his 39 games. he was promoted to Ft. Myers and hit .191/.295/.191 in 22 games (68 at bats). This weekend, the 23yearoldwas returned to Beloit.</p><p>Larson was another key component in those talented St. Thomas teams. The 22 year old Burnsville native signed in September and began his pro career this spring. At 65, Larson is currently playing 1B and 3B for Elizabethton. He has hit .250/.295/.350 in his first 40 at bats. He got four doubles.</p><p>The Minnetonka native, Pettersen, who played on that Excelsior American Legion team in the World Series a few years ago, spent four years under the tutelage of John Anderson at the University of Minnesota. Following a very solid college career, he was drafted by the Twins in the 25th round of this year June draft. He signed quickly and was sent to Elizabethton. He played in three games and went 29 with three walks. Unfortunately, he was hit by a pitch in thefacein that third game and required some nose surgery. He is currently getting healthy and will soon head back to Florida to start getting ready to play again.</p><p>The Twins drafted Boer from the University of Oregon with their 2nd round pick in this year draft. The 21 year old pitched for Eden Prairie High School before heading west to play for the Ducks. The hardthrowing righthander has begun his career in Elizabethton where he is pitching at the end of games right now and dominating. He is currently 21 with four saves and a 2.45 ERA in his seven appearances. In 7.1 innings, he has walked none and struck out 14. He could advance quickly in 2012!</p><p>J. R. Instead, he got heavily involved in paleantology. But friends encouraged him to go to the AmericanBaseball Institute in Florday. He did, and recently he went to Ft. Myers for a tryout with the Twins who kept him around. He has pitched in two games (2.2 scoreless innings) for the GCLTwins. (Check out this article in the CrookstonTimes, the townwhere he still has family and friends.)</p><p>The Twins drafted another former Gophers pitcher TJOakes in the 41st round of the 2011 draft. In the 16th round, they drafted the 2011 Mr. Baseball Austin Malinowski, a pitcher from Centennial High School. Add 2010 25th round pick, North Dakota native Andy Leer, who is playing in Beloit this year, and the Twins do a nice job of keeping several local ball players in their system. I think that is a good thing.</p><p>are some more TwinsCentric links:</p><p>Twins Minor League Weekly last night discussed the firsthalf for the Twins minor league affiliates and who stood out so far this season.</p><p>I will be traveling to Beloit this weekend to watch the Snappers games on Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. The Snappers will have fireworks on both Friday and Saturday nights, and they will have Canvas Pictures as giveaways on Sunday. Be sure to consider the allyoucaneat special as well.</p><p>Do you remember the story of the Perham (MN) high school basketball team. One of their best players, Zach Gabbard, collapsed on the court with a heart attack. Several surgeries later, Gabbard is muchimproved. The Yellowjackets story was incredible, led by National high school coach of the year (named by Max Preps)Dave Cresap led the team to the Class AAState championship. Assistant coach Brent Hanson, who himself has twice collapsed while playing/coaching basketball, put together a documentary/movie of the 2011 Perham Yellowjackets called ForThree. Check out the trailer here. chi hair products </p><p>Please feel free to leave your comments on anything discussed today or any other Twins topics.</p><p>I am going to be holding some contests here and on Twitter and Facebook over the next week or two thanks to A who has now come out with "." It includes both the 1987 and 1991 teams! The '87 team beat the St. Louis Cardinals in 7 games. The '91 World Series was the first that had two worsttofirst teams as the Twins and the Atlanta Braves played one of the greatest sevengame series ever, including Jack Morris's amazing Game 7. So be sure to look here and other places for some contests for a free copy.</p><p>I thought it would be fun to take a look at my preseason Top 30 Twins prospect list and see how they are doing through just over two months of the season. Some have impressed. Some have disappointed. And, seemingly to keep up with the big league club, there have been a bunch of injuries. This list was compiled and presented in the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2011, after looking at a ton of stats and reading a bunch of scouting reports. It is a great example of how, with prospects, you just never know. Let's get started: chi flat iron website </p><p>Kyle Gibson RHP Last night, Gibson gave up two runs in six innings, but fell to 36. However, he has a 3.79 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. In 71.1 innings, he has given up 71 hits, 17 walks and struck out 74. Many fans want the 23 year old to be pitching in the big leagues today. Honestly, I believe that if the Twins really needed a starting pitcher today, he could come up and fill in adequately. It's exciting to see him striking out more than a batter per inning while still exhibiting tremendous control. He will likely be with the Twins this year, maybe even around the All Star break.</p><p>Miguel Sano 3B Sano has been in Ft. Myers working out with the Extended Spring Training. He will likely soon be reporting to Elizabethton. After hitting .291/.338/.446 with the GCL Twins. Sano recently turned 18 years old. He is listed at 63 and 195 pounds, but he is bigger than that. He has huge legs and a hand shake that I have to assume rivals that of Adrian Peterson. Again, I know a lot of people want this Dominican Bonus Baby to be playing at a higher level, but there is no rush. Last year in the GCL, he struck out 43 times in 148 at bats with just 10 walks. This guy's ceiling is up there with the likes of Miguel Cabrera, but let's have some patience and let that power develop.</p><p>Aaron Hicks OF To look at Aaron Hicks' .268 batting average this season in Ft. Myers only tells a small part of the story. Since May 1st, he is hitting .305 with 11 doubles and two homers. His season on base percentage is an impressive .375. Aaron Hicks has amazing tools. He has made some great catches in centerfield for the Ft. Myers Miracle this season, and has several assists due to a very strong and accurate arm. While he continues to walk, his strikeout rate has dropped some as well. To understand fully how much talent and athleticism he has requires actually seeing him practice and play. He is going to be a very good big leaguer. Keep the faith, and keep the patience.</p><p>Joe Benson OF Benson got off to a very fast start this year in New Britain and then struggled from late April until midMay. At that time, Benson went on a run that saw him hit .484/.556/.774 between May 24 and June 2. And then Twins doctors found something in his knee, so he had it scoped and will likely miss three weeks of action. Benson is ready defensively. He is a very good outfielder with great range and a big arm. In terms of speed, only Ben Revere is probably faster than him in the organization. Although he is not on pace to match his 27 home runs from 2010, his slugging percentage is better. Strikeouts continue to be what he needs to watch. After striking out every third plate appearance a year ago, he is striking out in one of four plate appearances so far this year.</p><p>Alex Wimmers RHP After signing with the Twins last year in August, the twotime Big 10 Pitcher of the Year went 20 with a 057 ERA in 15.2 innings for the Miracle. He gave up just six hits, walked five and struck out 23. He returned to the Miracle to start this season, and it took him just five batters to walk as many as he walked last year, and a sixth batter to surpass it. And he hasn't pitched for the Miracle since. The team immediately sent him to Extended Spring Training where he continues to work. He entered spring training with a hamstring injury. My hope is that the leg injury affected his mechanics and that he can get it back. That was two months ago, and he still isn't back. So, hopefully he can get it back soon.</p><p>Liam Hendriks RHP I wrote last week that Hendriks is now in the discussion, for me, of top Twins prospects. Still just 22 years old and with only 12 starts last year in Ft. Myers, the Twins decided that Hendriks was ready for DoubleA. He has responded so far by going 62 with a 2.63 ERA. In 65 innings, he has allowed 58 hits, walked 14 and struck out 61. The Australian has thrown a Quality Start in eight of his last nine starts. In his last three outings, he has given up just two runs in 20 innings. He is a very smart pitcher, very competitive and I think has a chance to be very good.</p><p>Angel Morales OF The Twins drafted Morales in the 3rd round in the 2007 draft out of high school in Puerto Rico, and he is still just 21 years old. Last year between Beloit and Ft. Myers, he hit .280/.362/.405 with 24 doubles, ten triples and five home runs. He also stole 29 bases. He is a very good outfielder with a strong arm. However, it is his arm that has caused him to miss all of the 2011 season. He fought elbow pain in spring, and they shut him down and had him rehab. He had a setback two weeks ago, and there was thought that he would need Tommy John surgery. When he got to the surgery, it was determined that they would just clean his elbow with arthroscopic surgery. This is obviously great news. I talked to GCL Twins coach and former big leaguer Milt Cuyler this spring training. We were watching Morales stand in the batter's box against some bullpen pitching. He raved about Morales's balance and approach. No one in the organization questions his power. Hopefully he can rehab and play some winter league ball in preparation for spring training.</p><p>Ben Revere OF Twins fans have definitely already seen the best of Ben Revere. He can be a catalyst at the top of the lineup. He can hit a ton of singles and steal second at will. His range in centerfield is tremendous and he has shown the glove to play all three outfield spots. In 81 big league at bats, he his hit .272 and has just a .306 batting average with a .284 slugging percentage. In 132 at bats in AAA Rochester, he hit .303/.338/.364 with five extra base hits. We've also seen proof of the arm that we've heard so much about. We have seen the value and the excitement that the speed of Ben Revere brings to the table. We have also seen signs of why I may not have been crazy to have him as the Twins 8th prospect (many thought it was too low).</p>

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