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On Friday, the Twins began their Instructional League season down in Ft. Myers. The purpose of the instructional league is just what it says, instruction. It is for many of the younger players in the Twins system, but not all. I wish I could tell you the criteria for who is invited, and why others may not be. Below, you will find the Twins roster in the FIL:
Catchers: Kelly Cross (19), Matt Koch (22), Andy Leer (23), Danny Rams (22), Jairo Rodriguez (23).
Infielders: Adam Bryant (22), Michael Gonzales (23), Niko Goodrum (19), Tyler Grimes (21), Travis Harrison (18), Levi Michael (20), AJ Pettersen (22), Jorge Polanco (18), Miguel Sano (18).
Outfielders: Oswaldo Arcia (20), Angel Morales (21), Jairo Perez (23), Lance Ray (22), Nate Roberts (22), Dereck Rodriguez (19), Eddie Rosario (19), JD Williams (20).
Pitchers: Madison Boer (21), Hudson Boyd (18), Josh Burris (19), Nathan Fawbush (21), Steven Gruver (22), Matt Hauser (23), BJ Hermsen (21), Tyler Herr (20), Trent Higginbotham (19), Edgar Ibarra (22), Tyler Jones (22), Brett Lee (20), Kuo Hua Lo (18), Austin Malinowski (18), Angel Mata (18), Josue Montanez (19), Cole Nelson (22), Luis Nunez (19), Hein Robb (19), Matt Summers (22), Dakota Watts (23), Jason Wheeler (21), Corey Williams (21), Alex Wimmers (22).
Coaching Staff: Joel Lepel (Field Coordinator), Eric Rasmussen (Pitching Coordinator), Bill Springman (Hitting Coordinator), Nelson Prada (Manager), Gary Lucas (Pitching Coach), Ramon Borrego (Coach), Jeff Smith (Coach), Milt Cuyler (Coach).
The team will play games against teams from the Red Sox, Orioles, Mets and Rays. The only position change is Andy Leer getting some time behind the plate. He played infield at the University of Mary (Bismarck, ND) and in his two minor league seasons.
This will be the first pro experiences for several players including Hudson Boyd, Josh Burris, Trent Higginbotham, Austin Malinowski, Jason Wheeler, Travis Harrison and Levi Michael. Kuo Hua Lo (Taiwan) spent this season pitching in the Australian Summer League.
How fun was it to watch the Elizabethton Twins box scores this year to see what Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario would do next. Rosario was the Appalachian League Player of the Year Baseball America named him as their choice for the Rookie Classification Player of the Year. Rosario ended the year hitting 21 home runs. Meanwhile Sano hit 20 home runs. It’s interesting because they physically are very different. Miguel Sano is listed at 6-2 and 225 pounds. Rosario is 6-0 and 180 pounds.
I think that Hudson Boyd is a big-time pitching prospect. The Twins used their second supplemental first round pick on the right-hander from Ft. Myers. He is also just a BIG prospect. He measures in at 6-2 and 270 pounds.
If you have any questions or comments on any of these players, please feel free to ask in the Comments section.