Player News - Twins

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Twins purchased the contract of RHP Zack Littell from Double-A Chattanooga.

Acquired from the Yankees in July in the Jaime Garcia trade, Littell posted a 2.12 ERA and 142/41 K/BB ratio across 157 innings between High- and Double-A in 2017. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 5:48 PM

Twins purchased the contract of LHP Lewis Thorpe from Double-A Chattanooga.

Thorpe, who turns 22 later this week, held a 2.93 ERA and 91/33 K/BB ratio across 83 frames between High- and Double-A in 2017 in his first year back from Tommy John surgery. He's now protected from the Rule 5 Draft.
Nov 20 - 5:46 PM

Twins purchased the contract of LHP Stephen Gonsalves from Triple-A Rochester.

Gonsalves, 23, held a 3.27 ERA and 118/31 K/BB ratio over 110 innings between Double- and Triple-A this past season. The left-hander is arguably the club's top pitching prospect.
Nov 20 - 5:42 PM

The BBWAA announced Tuesday that Twins manager Paul Molitor was named American League Manager of the Year.

Molitor received 18 out of the 30 first-place votes. Indians manager Terry Francona netted 11 first-place votes and finished in second place. Astros manager A.J. Hinch finished third in the balloting. Molitor's award is recognition for a historic turnaround, as the Twins became the first team in MLB history to make the postseason coming off a season of 100 or more losses. Molitor joins Frank Robinson as the only Hall of Fame players to also win Manager of the Year.
Nov 14 - 6:50 PM

Trevor May (elbow) made 75 throws from a distance of 105 feet on Monday.

May wrote via Twitter that he was "fired up" about his throwing session. The 28-year-old missed the entire season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March, but he has a pretty good shot at being ready for Opening Day. It's unclear whether the Twins plan to use him as a starter or reliever initially.
Nov 13 - 5:08 PM

Miguel Sano underwent successful surgery on his left leg Monday.

Sano battled a stress reaction in his left shin down the stretch this past season, as he played just three games over the final six weeks. The Twins didn't reveal a rehab timetable for the third baseman, only saying he's "currently resting before focusing on his rehab program." More should hopefully be known about Sano's status in the coming weeks.
Nov 13 - 2:39 PM

Byron Buxton was named the Platinum Glove Award winner in the American League.

The award goes to the best overall defender among the Gold Glove winners. Buxton takes home the honor in his first full major league season. The 23-year-old former top overall prospect's fantastic defense in center field will ensure he remains an everyday player while he develops as a hitter. He had a .253 batting average with 16 home runs, 51 RBI and 29 stolen bases (in 30 attempts) this year. His all-out style of defense has led to multiple injuries throughout his young career.
Nov 10 - 11:05 PM

Twins prospect Tyler Jay pitched one scoreless inning with two walks and two strikeouts for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League on Thursday.

Jay has struggled with command in his time in the AFL, but he's also shown the stuff that made him the sixth pick of the 2015 MLB Draft. The best news of all is that he's healthy after suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome for most of the 2017 season. If Jay can throw enough strikes, he could be a high-leverage reliever for the Twins in the 2018 campaign.
Nov 10 - 1:23 PM

Brian Dozier was named the Gold Glove Award winner at second base in the American League.

It's the first career Gold Glove for Dozier, who beat out fellow finalists Ian Kinsler and Dustin Pedroia despite most defensive metrics favoring the other two. The full list of Gold Glove winners in the AL: Eric Hosmer 1B, Brian Dozier 2B, Andrelton Simmons SS, Evan Longoria 3B, Alex Gordon LF, Byron Buxton CF, Mookie Betts RF, Martin Maldonado C, Marcus Stroman P.
Nov 7 - 9:22 PM

A source confirmed to Mark Feinsand of that Bartolo Colon plans to pitch in 2018.

Colon said "that's the goal" after his final start of the 2017 season. The 44-year-old right-hander posted an ugly 6.48 ERA, 1.59 WHIP, and 89/35 K/BB ratio in 143 total innings this summer between the Braves and Twins, but he'll probably get a shot somewhere if he's not worried about financial or roster guarantees.
Nov 7 - 8:19 PM

Paul Molitor, Terry Francona and A.J. Hinch are the three finalists for the BBWAA's 2017 American League Manager of the Year award.

Francona and Hinch both led their teams to 100 regular season wins and Hinch led his club to a World Series title (although the voting took place before that), but it's possible Molitor will get some love here since expectations for the Twins were so low. He led them to 85 wins and a Wild Card spot in 2017 after they won 59 games in 2016.
Nov 6 - 6:50 PM

Twins sent C Chris Gimenez outright to Triple-A Rochester.

He can declare free agency. Gimenez hit .220/.350/.382 with seven homers over 77 games with the Twins this season.
Nov 6 - 5:38 PM

Twins hired Derek Shelton as bench coach.

The move was first reported by Paul Lambert on Twitter. Shelton has been a hitting coach for the Rays and Indians in the past, but he spent this year as a quality control coach with the Blue Jays. The position with the Twins became available when Joe Vavra left to join former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire with the Tigers.
Nov 6 - 2:00 PM

Miguel Sano will undergo surgery on his left leg on November 13.

The procedure will be conducted at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Sano was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left shin on August 19 and might have made the situation worse when he returned from the disabled list for the Twins' final three regular-season games. He was held off the roster for the American League Wild Card Game against the Yankees. It's unclear whether the young slugger will be ready for the start of the 2018 campaign.
Nov 2 - 2:31 PM

Twins hired Garvin Alston as pitching coach.

Alston has been a pitching instructor since he retired from professional baseball in 2003, working in several different organizations. This will be his first pitching coach job at the MLB level. Alston is replacing Neil Allen, who was let go by the Twins shortly after the American League Wild Card Game.
Oct 26 - 2:37 PM

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