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    On Sunday, the Minnesota Twins announced their Florida Instructional League roster. The Florida Instructional League is designed for younger players in the organization to get some extra time and instruction in the Twins' system. There are several 2013 draft picks on this roster, but there are also a lot of players who will be there because they missed time during the season with injury. Some are just there to get some work in before heading to the Arizona Fall League. There are games, but it is really about getting into the finer points of the game, and for those 2013 draftees, a little preview of what will happen next spring when they report for spring training.

    Here is a look at the Twins roster in Florida:



    The Pitchers: Jose (JO) Berrios, Brandon Bixler, Madison Boer, Hudson Boyd, Ryan Eades, Brian Gilbert, Stephen Gonsalves, Chih-Wei Hu, CK Irby, Felix Jorge, Yorman Landa, Austin Malinowski, Mason Melotakis, Alex Meyer, Ethan Mildren, Brandon Peterson, Fernando Romero, Randy Rosario, Aaron Slegers, Kohl Stewart, Tyler Stirewalt, Miguel Sulburan, Lewis Thorpe, Alex Wimmers

    Thoughts: There are some very exciting prospects on this list. The 2013 top pitching draft picks will be there. There is reason for optimism with Kohl Stewart, Stephen Gonsalves, and even Ryan Eades despite unimpressive numbers at Elizabethton. Miguel Sulburan may be invited, in part, to get to know more people in the organization. Randy Rosario ended the Elizabethton season in the DL with some shoulder discomfort, but he is fine and will join fellow E-Twins starters Yorman Landa and Felix Jorge. Alex Meyer will get more work in even before the AFL after missing so much time during the season.

    The Catchers: Jorge Fernandez, Mitch Garver, Brian Navarreto, Michael Quesada, Alex Swim, Stuart Turner.

    Thoughts: Jorge Fernandez and Brian Navarreto were both impressive in the GCL. Turner and Garver were top college catchers who got off to a good start in Elizabethton. Quesada completed his 50-game suspension before spending the final months with the Kernels.

    The Infielders: Niko Goodrum, Travis Harrison, Dalton Hicks, Aderlin Mejia, Levi Michael, Amaurys Minier, Javier Pimentel, Jorge Polanco, Kennys Vargas, Engelb Vielma, Ryan Walker.

    Thoughts: This is a little older group of prospects, but they are guys with something to work on. I would say that, particularly with infielders, any extra mechanical work will be beneficial. They will work on the hitting side of the game, but I would venture that defense will be a primary focus for this group. That said, there is some serious upside in this group.

    The Outfielders: Zach Granite, Zach Larson, Jeremias Pineda, Dereck Rodriguez, Adam Walker, JD Williams.

    Thoughts: Walker and Williams had very solid seasons, but both have some work to do defensively, and even offensively. Rodriguez has so much talent, but he keeps getting hurt, so this is an opportunity for him to get more work in. Larson was a late-round pick last year who put together a very nice 2013.


    There is the list of players. Although box scores and any information are difficult to get out of Ft. Myers during the instructional league, it is a good opportunity for these young players.
    This article was originally published in blog: Twins Announce Florida Instructional League Roster started by Seth Stohs
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. clutterheart's Avatar
      clutterheart -
      I wish they tracked stats for guys like this. It would be a fun group to follow in the offseason
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by clutterheart View Post
      I wish they tracked stats for guys like this. It would be a fun group to follow in the offseason
      That's actually against the spirit of the instructs. Instructional league is a place where the go to learn something regardless on how that might bomb during the learning process. Stats would be counter productive...
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Right, as much as I would like to see a lot more information coming out of there, it's purpose is instruction. And, it is meant to be in a low-stress environment. Keeping and posting stats would kind of go against that.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Don't they kinda play games amongst themselves half-the-time? By the way, who is on staff this Fall.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      Don't they kinda play games amongst themselves half-the-time? By the way, who is on staff this Fall.
      And a few other teams, like tampa, boston.
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      By the way, who is on staff this Fall.

      That's the important question here, which will tell a lot about the 2014 Twins
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      Don't they kinda play games amongst themselves half-the-time? By the way, who is on staff this Fall.
      Joel Lepel - Field Coordinator
      Bill Springman - Hitting Coordinator
      Eric Rasmussen - Pitching Coordinator
      Doug Mientkiewicz - Manager
      Ramon Borrego - Coach
      Chad Allen - Coach
      Tim Doherty - Coach
      Jeff Reed - Coach
      Se-Wan Hong (from the Kia Tigers)
      Erik Beiser - Strength/Conditioning Coordinator
      Jon Cioffi - Strength/Conditioning Coach
      Paul Molitor - Instructor
      Chris Johnson - Trainer
      Larry Bennese - Trainer
      Chad Jackson - Rehab Coordinator, Trainer
      Brian Maloney - Florida Ops
    1. pioneers3's Avatar
      pioneers3 -
      I will be in Fort Myers and may be able to catch some action. I will make sure I get any info I can to you guys.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by pioneers3 View Post
      I will be in Fort Myers and may be able to catch some action. I will make sure I get any info I can to you guys.
      What you should do (if you have time and would like) is set up a forum in the minor league section titled Reports from Instructional League (or something like that), and whenever you get over to the fields, just write up a little something each time of your observations. That would be wonderful!
    1. iceslick's Avatar
      iceslick -
      Is that the former Twin outfielder Chad Allen?
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Quote Originally Posted by iceslick View Post
      Is that the former Twin outfielder Chad Allen?
      Yes, Chad was hitting coach at New Britain this season.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Quote Originally Posted by Seth Stohs View Post
      What you should do (if you have time and would like) is set up a forum in the minor league section titled Reports from Instructional League (or something like that), and whenever you get over to the fields, just write up a little something each time of your observations. That would be wonderful!
      It is just what it says, Instructional League, like the beginning of the season before the short-season leagues happen. The guys play ball. They work on fundamentals. They try and experiment with different things. It is like baseball school. You play games amongst yourself, and other similar teams. No big need to win or lose, just develop. Like what Little League should be.........
    1. DAM DC Twins Fans's Avatar
      DAM DC Twins Fans -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      It is just what it says, Instructional League, like the beginning of the season before the short-season leagues happen. The guys play ball. They work on fundamentals. They try and experiment with different things. It is like baseball school. You play games amongst yourself, and other similar teams. No big need to win or lose, just develop. Like what Little League should be.........
      So it is preseason (or post season depending on your point of view) extended spring training???

      So why is AB Walker there after being MVP at Cedar Rapids?? Shouldn't he get some rest??
    1. James's Avatar
      James -
      Quote Originally Posted by DAM DC Twins Fans View Post
      So it is preseason (or post season depending on your point of view) extended spring training???

      So why is AB Walker there after being MVP at Cedar Rapids?? Shouldn't he get some rest??
      I'm pretty sure he's going to be there to stand in the batters box and watch breaking balls so starts to recognize which ones to swing at and which ones to lay off. He was only walking 5.6% of his plate appearances this year. Also, a SO/BB ratio of 115/31 in Low A ball is not a great sign.

      He had a great season. I'm not going to deny him that, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have anything to work on.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by DAM DC Twins Fans View Post
      So it is preseason (or post season depending on your point of view) extended spring training???

      So why is AB Walker there after being MVP at Cedar Rapids?? Shouldn't he get some rest??
      Sano and Rosario were there a year ago. There are things in Walker's swing that need to improve for him to do well as he advances. There are things with his defense as he played a lot of 1B in college. It's definitely not a knock on the players. In fact, it's an "invitation" thing.
    1. SD Buhr's Avatar
      SD Buhr -
      I found Pineda's inclusion to be interesting. He got off to a pretty pedestrian start in CR last spring, but made a lot of improvement in terms of making contact and finding ways to get on base by year's end. He' Got speed when he does get on base. Maybe a little bit like JD Williams' situation a year ago. I'd like to see him make a Williams-like improvement next year.
    1. TwinsAce's Avatar
      TwinsAce -
      I'm surprised Tyler Grimes didn't get asked to be part of the instructional time to help him transition even more to catcher. Would his exclusion be simply because of other having other catchers with more need/upside?
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by SD Buhr View Post
      I found Pineda's inclusion to be interesting. He got off to a pretty pedestrian start in CR last spring, but made a lot of improvement in terms of making contact and finding ways to get on base by year's end. He' Got speed when he does get on base. Maybe a little bit like JD Williams' situation a year ago. I'd like to see him make a Williams-like improvement next year.
      Williams absolutely needed another 1/2 season in the Midwest League. He was very talented, but very raw, and he really cleaned up his game in 2013... Pineda is a lot smaller than JD. JD is actually really strong and fast. But, if Pineda can get on base, he can do some things...
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by TwinsAce View Post
      I'm surprised Tyler Grimes didn't get asked to be part of the instructional time to help him transition even more to catcher. Would his exclusion be simply because of other having other catchers with more need/upside?
      Could be, and he was there last year. There are other younger players who they need to get acclimated as well.
    1. Bob Sacamento's Avatar
      Bob Sacamento -
      I live here in Ft. Myers and frequent the Instructs, if there is any video or details that people want to know just give me a heads up and I will gladly do it. I did this last year with some good results too. Last year's roster looked alot better with bigger names but there are still plenty of great prospects down here.
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