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Report 1: Seth Stohs - This report is with Seth Stohs, writer for Twins Daily and author of the Twins Prospect Handbook. He specializes in knowledge of the Twins minor league system. In this report, Seth and I talk the Twins signing Byron Buxton and the risks and rewards associated with the signing. We also talk the signing of Tim Beckham and why he could be an important piece added for depth with potential upside.

Report 2: Ryan Jeffers - Jeffers came up to the majors from the minors in August of 2020. He was a 2nd round pick who now looks to be the C who will be the #1 for games played. Jeffers is a favorite of many pitchers on the team. We talk to Ryan about trades of Garver and Sanchez, how he has impressed pitchers at this level, and his power on offense as he now looks to improve his batting average.

Report 3: Joe Ryan - Ryan came to the Twins as a key piece in the Nelson Cruz trade. He got called up from the minors and pitched well going 2-1 with a 4.05 ERA. We talk to Joe about that debut and getting comfortable at the MLB level, what pitches he is working on this spring, and his silver medal pitching for team USA in the Olympics.

Report 4: Bailey Ober - Ober was originally drafted by the Dodgers, but did not sign. Then was drafted by the Twins in the 12th round of the 2017 MLB draft. He was impressive last year going 3-3 with an ERA just over 4. We talk to Bailey about his transition to the majors, keys to his early success, pitching to C Ryan Jeffers, and his 2022 goals.

Report 5: Gary Cederstrom - This report is with Minot, North Dakota native and retired MLB umpire Gary Cederstrom. He tells us about his experiences behind the plate while Randy Johnson was on the mound and how hard it was to follow his pitches due to his awkward delivery style and high velocity. We also talk about a couple of hitters that could hit a ball anywhere, whether in the strike zone, or well outside of it. Including former Twins all-time great, Kirby Puckett.

Report 6: Aaron Sabato - This report is with Minnesota Twin first round pick from the 2020 draft, Aaron Sabato. He is a first baseman out of UNC and is known for his power. Sabato was ACC freshman of the year. We talk to Aaron about playing through a pandemic, staying positive, continued power hitting, and his dream to the bigs.

Report 7: Byron Buxton - This report is with Twins CF, Byron Buxton. Buxton signed a 7-year 100 million dollar contract in the offseason to remain a Twin through 2028. We talk to Byron about the contract, loyalty going both ways, and advice he got from Twins former CF, Torii Hunter.

Report 8: Seth Stohs - This report is with Seth Stohs, writer for Twins Daily and author of the Twins Prospect Handbook. Seth specializes in knowledge of the Twins minor league system. In this report, Seth gives us an update on the minor leaguers the Twins received last year in their big deadline deals with Tampa Bay for Nelson Cruz and Toronto for Jose Berrios. They include Austin Martin and Joe Ryan.

Report 9: Tayler Rogers - This report is with Tayler Rogers, Twins reliever. Rogers has had different roles with the team coming up as a starter, then being converted to long relief, then short relief, to ultimately being a closer. We talk to Tayler about the lockout ending, he is actually the team's player rep, getting back to normal on the field and in the clubhouse, and his pitching role as manager Rocco Baldelli has had many moving parts to his bullpen.

Report 10: Gary Cederstrom - This report is with Minot, North Dakota native and retired MLB umpire Gary Cederstrom. In this encore edition with Gary, we discuss his games and run-ins with the Minnesota Twins over the years. He lets us in on a funny story concerning Ron Gardenhire and Torii Hunter.

Report 11: Seth Stohs - This report is with Seth Stohs, writer for Twins Daily and author of the Twins Prospect Handbook. Seth specializes in knowledge of the Twins minor league system. In this edition, we discuss Seth's choices for the Twins minor league pitcher and hitter of the year. The hitter, Miranda, was added to the 40-man roster, given his robust 2021 season and has a chance to head north with the Twins.

Report 12: Byron Buxton - This is an encore report with Twins CF, Byron Buxton. Buxton signed a 7-year 100 million dollar contract in the offseason to remain a Twin through 2028. In this report, we talk to Byron about playing and staying healthy in center field, his approach to who might be playing in right and left field, and an overall outlook for the season.

Report 13: Miguel Sano - This report is with Miguel Sano. Sano is slated to be sharing time at first base and DH for the Twins this year. We talk to Miguel about his offseason, what he looks to improve on, how he's been improving, and how he lost about 25 pounds this winter. We also talk to Sano about what this spring training feels like without his friend Nelson Cruz on the team as a mentor.

Report 14: Cory Provus - This report is with Twins radio play by play announcer, Cory Provus. Cory is the sidekick to Twins color commentator Dan Gladden. The Twins hired Provus to replace John Gordon who retired after the 2011 season. We talk to Cory about having access to players again, his thoughts on the Twins ballclub coming off of a rough season, and his thoughts on his job.

Report 15: Gary Cederstrom - In this encore edition with Gary, we talk about Gary's only no-hitter called from behind home plate. The pitcher was former Twin, Johan Santana. We talk to Gary about his memory of that game. He points out there was a close call off the bat of Carlos Beltran that nearly broke up this gem, Gary also talks about how nasty Santana's change-up was to call.


Report 1 - This report is with Phill Miller, Minnesota Twins beat writer for the Star Tribune. We talk to Phil about Josh Donaldson one year later, and how the third baseman has looked this spring; as well as how he hopes to avoid injuries this season. We also talk to Phil about new shortstop Andrelton Simmons and what he will bring to the table defensively for the team.

Report 2 - This report is with Patrick Reusse, sports columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. We talk to Patrick about who has and who has not caught his eye so far this spring in Fort Myers. He talks Kenta Maeda, Mitch Garver, Josh Donaldson, the Twins LF situation, and thoughts on Max Kepler.

Report 3 - This report is with Seth Stohs, writer for Twins Daily and author of the Twins Prospect Handbook. Seth specializes in knowledge of the Twins minor league system. In this report, we talk to Seth about Royce Lewis's recent knee operation and how big of a setback that might be for the young shortstop; missing the 2021 season. We also discuss Alex Kirilloff (sent down moments ago) and his future as a centerpiece in the Twins' outfield.

Report 4 - This report is with Minnesota Twins fan Eric Ealy of Crystal Minnesota. Eric and his mom have been coming down to Fort Myers for the past five years or so for games. We talk to Eric about what makes Fort Myers so special for he and his mom, his thoughts on the governor of Minnesota recently announcing that they will allow ten thousand fans into Target Field to start the season, and who is his favorite all-time Twin and why.

Report 5 - This report is with Minnesota Twins fans and seasonal workers in Fort Myers, Hattie and Jeff Kellerman from Sartell, Minnesota. We talk to the couple about getting their jobs back after being laid off last year, what they like about this job and spring baseball as well as who their favorite players are and why.

Report 6 - This report is with Saint Paul Pioneer Press Twins beat writer Betsy Helfand. We talk to Betsy about how things have changed the past year plus for members of the media, how she is dealing with limited access to players, and a fun new daily tweet she is doing on spring training takeaways from Fort Myers.

Report 7 - This report is with Patrick Reusse, columnist from the Star Tribune. In this encore edition we discuss 30 years of spring training in Fort Myers (as Patrick has been to all of them). He discusses the first year back in 1991 at Fort Myers and also stand-out characters over the years.

Report 8 - This report is with Jim Bartels, Twins fanfrom New Ulm, Minnesota. We talk to Jim about having baseball back this spring and his presence in Fort Myers for each Twins spring training since 1991. We also talk to Jim about his favorite Twin.

Report 9 - This report is with Phill Miller, Minnesota Twins beat writer for the Star Tribune. We talk to Phil about the Twins new starters at the back of the rotation, and how they might fit in over the course of the season. We also discuss today's regular season opening day starter, Kenta Maeda.

Report 10 - This report is with Seth Stohs, writer for Twins Daily and author of the Twins Prospect Handbook. Seth specializes in knowledge of the Twins minor league system. In this report, we discuss with Seth the fact that he was unable to do his prospect handbook this year, as there was no minor league season last year. We also discuss if his minor league pitcher of the year and minor league hitter of the year(Randy Dobnak and Trevor Larnach) would be the same choices now.


Report 1 - This is in introductory report to kick off our series! I do a bit of a commentary to set the stage for the two weeks and 10 reports. Don't worry, I did not get political! Just stayed matter of fact.

Report 2 - This reports is with Phil Miller. He's a sports reporter and Twins beat writer for the Star Tribune. We discuss the current state of baseball and the sports reporter. We also talk about how the Twins looked the first month of spring training before it came to a halt.

Report 3 - This report is with Twins' fans Lorraine and Scott Fuhs from Andover, MN. We discuss the recent baseball news and we also ask about their favorite all-time Twins.

Report 4 - This report is with a couple, who are Twins fans, from Idaho. Kathy and Martin used to live in Hope, ND. They became Twins fans in 2013 and have been coming down to spring training annually since 2015. We talk to them about how they became Twins fans, what makes their trip to Fort Myers each year so special, and finally Kathy talks about her favorite Twins players.

Report 5 - This report is with Mike Sheridan. Mike is a seasonal worker at Century Link Park in guest services. We talk to Mike about the bummer of the current situation, what it means for him and his work there, the big crowds and excitement until this point, and a look ahead.

Report 6 - This report is a third installment with our great Twins fans across the region. This one is with Peter McMann, who is now retired and lives in Brooklyn Park, MN, and is also a very proud NDSU alum. We talk to Peter about the current state of baseball, and he compares it to other years at this time. We also discuss taking baseball for granted and he fills us in on his favorite all-time Twin.

Report 7 - This report is with Phil Miller of the Star Tribune once again where we talk hitters. We discuss the addition of Josh Donaldson and also talk about how this break in baseball could be a silver lining for a player like Byron Buxton who was nursing an injury.

Report 8 - This report is with Phil Miller of the Star Tribune, once again. We discuss the pitching staff, more specifically, Phil talks about new rotation starter Kenta Maeda and Homer Bailey. He also tells us its a big year for Jake Odorizzi.

Report 9 - As major league baseball remains on hold for the next few months, professional players hope to see their first pitch sometime this season. For the college and high school player, the season has come to an end. We interview Minot State University Head Baseball Coach, Scott Eul. Minot State is in the Northern Sun Conference (NSIC), which includes teams across North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Northern Iowa and even Nebraska. Scott tells us how difficult it was for him and his players to shut the season down, his message to the players, and also discusses the rise of this conference in baseball.

Report 10 - This report is a follow up with Minot State University head baseball coach, Scott Eul. We discuss the growing opportunities for college baseball players to get experience and reps during ever growing summer leagues across the region and nation. Scott discusses his approach with his players regarding these leagues, and how it's a great way, especially this year, to perhaps make up for some lost time. We also discuss the major league baseball season that we all hope will eventually come sometime this spring or summer, and how coaches/managers decisions may change now given a shortened season.


Report 1: Kyle Gibson - Gibson has led off our series for a number of years now. He's as classy of guy as it gets as he does a lot for kids and local communities. He had the best season of his pro career last year with the Twins. We talk to Kyle about those career best numbers, pitching a full season with no real setbacks, and his defense behind him this year.

Report 2: Jake Cave - Cave came over in a trade with the Yankees a year ago during spring training. He served as a fourth, or many times, starting outfielder last season. He got a call up from the minors not long into the regular season. We talk to Jake about his first year as a Twin, what he learned in his 90+ game stint at the MLB level last year, and playing with this talented defensive outfield for the team.

Report 3: Byron Buxton - Buxton is coming off a tough year where he batted only .156 fighting through some injuries and finishing the year in AAA. We talk to Buxton about bulking up roughly 20 pounds since last year and how that might help, taking extra swings in the off season and what he learned from that process, and playing the OF with the likes of Rosario and Kepler.

Report 4: Jonathon Schoop - Schoop takes the place of last year's opening day starter Brian Dozier, who was traded to the Dodgers last year. Schoop is coming off a year where he saw his batting average drop, but still hit 21 HRs. He it 32 HRs a couple years ago. We talk to Jonathon about his transition to the Twins, his power capabilities and getting back to form, and playing with SS Jorge Polanco.

Report 5: Taylor Rogers - He has been a mainstay in the bullpen the past few seasons. We talk to Taylor about his big improvement each of the past few seasons, spring training goals, and his conversion from a starter in 2016.

Report 6: Fernando Romero - Romero was one of their top starting prospects, but has been moved to the bullpen this spring. We talk to Romero about his experience last year, the move to the bullpen, learning this new area. and how quick he could be ready when called upon.

Report 7: Mitch Garver - Mitch came up last season and adapted very well with the bat and continues to work and improve on the defensive side. We talk to Mitch about his clutch hitting last season as he gained respect around the league, his working on catching and the team emphasizing the lower part of the strike zone, and finally, being a part of the Twins' Caravan this winter and the opportunity to meet fans across the region.

Report 8: Nelson Cruz - Cruz signed a one year deal to be the teams DH. Although he slid a little at the end of last season, he has hit more home runs than anyone else the past five years in MLB. We talk to Nelson about his late start into the big leagues, as he did not become a regular until his late 20s, why he chose Minnesota, and his impressions of rookie manager Rocco Baldelli. (Who is actually younger than Cruz by a couple of years.)

Report 9: Blake Parker - Parker was signed this off season as a free agent. He has some experience as a closer along with other roles in the bullpen. We talk to Blake about how he's feeling this spring as he has gotten off to a good start, his preferred role in the bullpen, and harking back to the days when he was a position player and loved to hit, how he still loves to get in the batting cage.

Report 10: CJ Cron - CJ came up through the Angels organization as a first round pick and matured into a major leaguer in that organization. He played last season in Tampa, where he hit a career high 30 HRs. The Twins signed him during the offseason. We talk to CJ about being new to the Twins organization, his hitting for power and approach at the plate, and how he feels defensively over at first base as he looked very good to me around the first base bag.

Report 11: Trevor May - Trevor bounced back from Tommy John surgery with 25 innings pitched last year. This is his first full year of training and season back after surgery. We ask him to reflect on his comeback both physically and mentally, and also support he has gotten from family and others as he continues to mount his comeback.

Report 12: Marwin Gonzalez - Gonzalez was signed as a free agent last month and plays all the in field positions and left field very well. He will see quite a bit of action at third base until Miguel Sino comes back from his foot injury. We ask Gonzalez about his homeland of Venezuela and what it means for him to play for the same team that the infamous Johan Santana played for. We also asked him why he chose the Twins over other teams. And finally, how comfortable he is over at third base and his favorite spot to play.

Report 13: Max Kepler - Kepler recently signed a long term deal to remain with the Twins. He's coming off an ok year offensively, but defensively seemed to vastly improve. We talk to Kepler about the contract signing and how it feels after a few weeks of settling in, about batting lead off this spring, and how he has improved defensively by not taking bad at-bats with him in the outfield.

Report 14: Jose Berrios - Jose was named opening day starter a few weeks ago by manager Rocco Baldelli. Jose is coming off a fine season where he won 11 games and posted a 3.84 ERA. He has been a top prospect in the Twins system since being drafted out of Puerto Rico. We talk to Jose about getting the honor to be opening day pitcher, his all star appearance last season, what he worked on in spring training. and if he would like to be a Twin long term.

Report 15: Trevor Larnach - Larnach was the Twins first round pick last year, 20th overall, out of Oregon State. He enters the season ranked the 5th best prospect in the Twins system by Baseball America. We talk to Larnach about his successful albeit short minor league season last year, how he made the adjustment so well out of college, and finally how soon he hopes to be called up to the majors.

Report 16: Do-Hyoung Park - Do is in his first year covering the Twins for MLB. He grew up in the Twin Cities and went to college at Stanford. It's neat for a young report like this to get assigned your actual home team and the one you would most love to cover. We talk to Do about his first spring training and getting the opportunity to cover the Twins. We also discuss his favorite interviews so far this spring.

Report 17: Audra Martin - She is a studio host and sideline reporter for FOX Sports North, covering the Twins and Wild among other things. She is a native of Chicago and a graduate of University of Central Florida. We talk to Audra about her opportunity to cover the Twins in Fort Myers, her current job of covering the Twins and Wild, and finally about a recent play-by-play accomplishment by her colleague Marney Gellner, and what this means for women in broadcasting.

Report 18: Phil Roof - Roof caught for the Twins in the early to mid 70s and was an instructor in the minor leagues years ago. He helped with the likes of Mauer, Morneau, Hunter and others. We talk to Phil about what he's up to nowadays with the Twins, the highlight of his coaching career, the best pitcher he ever caught, and the best hitter he ever faced.

Report 19: Seth Stohs - Seth has been keeping a close tab to say the least on the Twins minor league system for years. For my money, he is as knowledgeable as anyone I've interviewed on their system. We talk to Seth about three minor league awards he and his co-authors vote on each year, including Twins pitcher of the year, Twins relief pitcher of the year, and Twins hitter of the year. We also ask him what other minor leaguer caught his eye in spring training in particular.


Report 1: Kyle Gibson - Gibson is a former 1st round draft pick out of the U. of Missouri. He has been up and down some with the Twins over the years, but had a wonderful stretch his last 11 starts last year to finish strong. We talk to Gibson about his turn around last year, his solid spring so far, and how much of this game he considers mental.

Report 2: Phil Hughes - Hughes has battled injuries the past few seasons, but looks healthy again this spring and is in a battle for a spot in the rotation. We talk to Hughes about his fastball already having more velocity than last year, how frustrating it has been battling back from injuries, and what it would mean to him to have a healthy and productive 2018.

Report 3: Stephen Gonsalves - Gonsalves is a starter who came back from an injury last year to post very impressive stats in AA before taking a promotion to AAA. He is considered by many to be the team's second best pitching prospect, right behind Fernando Romero. We talk to Gonsalves about getting back last year, his success during 2017, and about the positive impression he is making here in Fort Myers this spring.

Report 4: Nick Gordon - He is destined for the minors out of Fort Myers, but could get a call up as early as this year. Likely a September call-up at least. He is a former 1st round pick (#5 overall) and is the brother t DEE and son to Tom 'the Flash' Gordon. We talk to Nick about his rapid progression in the minors, playing SS vs. 2B, and working with HOF inductee Rod Carew this spring on bunting.

Report 5: Dan Gladden - Of course, Dan was the LF for the Twins when they won it all in both 1987 and 1991. We talk to Dan about those World Series titles and if it seems like yesterday or not, his transition to the radio booth the past 17 years, and finally, his impression of the Twins current outfield.

Report 6: Alan Busenitz - He came over in the trade that sent Ricky Nolasco to the Angels. He seemed to be the least known commodity of the four pitchers involved in the trade, but perhaps has the most value now. He kept his ERA under 2.00 last year after being called up. We talk to Busenitz about his successful 2017, his approach to a crowded bullpen situation, and working out with his Dad throwing in the offseason.

Report 7: Miguel Sano - Sano is coming off a solid season where he hit 28 HRs and also raised his batting average. He is coming off a leg injury to his shin which sidelined him toward the end of last season and required surgery in the off-season. We talk to Sano about his improved numbers last year, bouncing back from the injury, how he is feeling this spring in the batters box and around #3B.

Report 8: Zach Granite - Granite came up last year after hitting .340 in AAA. He hit about 100 points less in the majors but was not regularly in the lineup. We talk to Granite about his 2017, the difference for him facing pitchers at the MLB level vs the minors, and his comfort level playing all three OF positions.

Report 9: Byron Buxton - Buxton is one of the best athletes, and one of the fastest in MLB. He's been back and forth from the minors to the majors a couple times, but looks to be here to stay as he finished very strong in 2017. We talk to Buxton about his growth in 2017, his maturation at the plate, how he feels this spring, and getting better jumps on balls to the outfield.

Report 10: Jake Odorizzi - Jake was just acquired from the Rays in a trade. He has solid numbers so far in his career and looks to help improve the Twins ERA this season. He is also having a good spring. We talk to Jake about the trade and acclimating to a new team, his success against left handers, and his love for hockey as he looks forward to that season in Minnesota.

Report 11: Logan Morrison - Morrison came over as a free agent this winter signing a two year deal with the Twins. He is coming off a 38 home run season for the Rays last year and figures to play DH mostly while backing up Mauer at first base. We talk to Morrison about his big season last year, about playing for the Twins and what it would mean to make the playoffs.

Report 12: Joe Mauer - Mauer has better than a .300 lifetime batting average and is coming off his first season in quite some time hitting that bench mark. We talk to Joe about getting over that .300 mark again last year, what it was like getting back into the playoffs and playoff run, and how healthy he is heading into the 2018 season.

Report 13: Rod Carew - Carew has spent the last several springs in Ft. Myers helping the young Twins' hitters both in the batting cage, on their swing, and also passing along tips on bunting. Rod suffered a heart attack not too long ago and is continuing to be in better health. We talk to Rod about how he is feeling, his involvement with the American Heart Association, his impressions of the team this year, and a message for fans in Twins' territory.

Report 14: Brian Dozier - Dozier is coming off another big season where he hit 34 home runs. Of course, he hit 42 the year before. We talk to Brian about what opening day means to him, how important it is to get off to a good start, and how fulfilling it was to finish on a run last year that got the team into the playoffs after many had written it off.

Report 15: Seth Stohs - Seth is a long time blogger and co-author of the Twins Prospect Handbook. He was down in Florida again to write articles and is one of the most knowledgeable people on the Twins farm system you will find. We talk to Seth about his hitters and pitchers of the year in the Twins minors for 2017, his impression of the minor league talent in the Twins farm system, and also we discuss the pitching depth might be as good as it has ever been at the AA and AAA level.

Report 16: Nick Anderson - Anderson went 3 years playing collegiately at St. Cloud State before transferring for his final year of college eligibility to Mayville State. He is also a high school graduate at Brainerd. He had a strong finish last year at AA as a closer and looks to get a crack at the majors soon, as he is already a 27 year old rookie. We talk to Nick about his path so far as the Twins plucked him from a independent league team, his success last year at AA, and his hopes of being a major leaguer.


Report 1: Kyle Gibson - Gibson had a strong outing Friday against the Red Sox as he went 5 IP with 4 H 1 BB and 7K's. He is coming off a six win season and obviously hopes he and the staff get off to a better start in 2017. We talk to Kyle about today's performance, work he is doing on his mechanics and his early impressions of new catcher Jason Castro.

Report 2: Ryan O'Roarke - He is coming off an up and down season, literally as he was up and down between AAA and the Twins on an occasion or two. He had solid numbers last year with an ERA under 2.00 with Rochester and under 4.00 with the Twins. We talk to Ryan about his effective inning against the Red Sox recently, about perhaps getting caught in the shuffle at times in the majors, about becoming and working toward being more than a "lefty specialist," and finally about the competition and battle for spots in the bullpen this year coming out of spring training.

Report 3: Zach Granite - Granite stole 56 bases in AA Chattanooga last season and the 24 year old OF will begin the year in the minors. We talk to Granite about his experience at his first MLB camp/spring training with the Twins, he discusses his first full season last year a AA, his next step in the SB category, his approach to this season, and finally, his favorite OF position.

Report 4: Daniel Palka - He came over to the Twins more than a year ago in the Chris Hermann trade. He went on to hit 34 HRs last season between AA & AAA. He is likely to start the season in Rochester but could be up before the season is over. We talk to Palka about his transition into the Twins organization, his power stroke as he continues to hit more homers per season in the minors, what he is working on specifically in Fort Myers, and finally, his goals for 2017.

Report 5: Brandon Kintzler - He went from a spring training invite to AAA and eventually the closer for the team by the end of the season, recording 17 saves. We talk to Kintzler about the remarkable 2016 season for him, how badly he'd like to remain the closer, and a look ahead to 2017 with some additions to the team.

Report 6: Brian Dozier - Dozier is coming off a huge season where he hit 42 HRs and won several awards in the process. He was reportedly on the trading block this winter but remains a Twin. We talk to Dozier about the huge season, including the big second half of year, where he generates such power given his fairly small frame, and his impressions of his double play partner in young SS Jorge Polanco.

Report 7: Taylor Rogers - After being called up last year, Rogers went on to have an ERA under 4.00 in 57 games, including a 17 inning scoreless streak. He looks to be one of the lefties out of the bullpen this year for the Twins. We talk to Rogers about his solid first year at the majors level, his development of a change-up, and goals into 2017.

Report 8: Joe Mauer - Mauer has been in the majors now with the Twins for 13 seasons. He is 4th in hits for the team in its history trailing only Puckett, Carew and Oliva. We talk to Joe about that ranking, how long he might like to play, and how much time he spends on hitting off the field.

Report 9: Ryan Pressly - Pressly appeared in a whopping 72 games last year and became an arm the team would count on throughout the season. We talk to Pressly about all of those appearances, the key to staying healthy and sharp in the middle of a grind like that, and his outlook for the 2017 season.

Report 10: Matt Belisle - The veteran pitched out of the bullpen for Washington last year and compiled an impressive 1.76 ERA in 40 games. We talk to the humble Belisle about that impressive stat last year, his durability over the past 10+ years, what Twins fans will see from him and his arsenal of pitches, and finally, what he hopes to add to the club.

Report 11: Jason Castro - Castro was signed in the off season to a three year deal from the Astros to be the Twins starting catcher and work with the pitching staff. He is heralded as a catcher who really knows how to "frame a pitch" and could be a real asset as the Twins work to improve their pitching staff. We talk to Castro about what attracted him to Minnesota, his defensive prowess, keys to framing that pitch, and finally, his approach at the plate as a batter.

Report 12: Byron Buxton - Buxton was the #1 minor league prospect for MLB network a couple years ago for all of baseball. He has adjusted quickly, defensively to the majors, but is still trying to be consistent at the plate. Although, September's call-up turned out to be a good run for him. We talk to Buxton about winning the Jim Kaat Award for the Twins defensive player of the year 2016, his biggest adjustment to center field defensively, and why the late call-up was more productive at the major league level for him than earlier stints.

Report 13: Joe Mauer - Joe has been on division winning teams over the years and on clubs that have lost 100 plus games like last year. He has seen some highs and lows with the Twins over his career. We talk to Joe about how important spring games are as they may relate to the start of a regular season, how important the first month is, and how the infield is looking defensively as they have veterans on the right side and youngsters on the left.

Report 14: Eddie Guardado - Guardado, of course, was huge in the Twins bullpen back in his playing days. He is now in his third year as a coach in this position. He is the all time Twins leader in IP for a reliever and was also inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame in 2013. We talk to Eddie about enjoying his time as a coach, how the bullpen is shaping up, and finally his thoughts on closer Brandon Kintzler.

Report 15: Seth Stohs - Seth is now co-authors the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook, which just released it's 2017 edition a month or so ago. He is the most researched and knowledgeable source I have come across on the Twins minor league system. We talk to Seth about three standout prospects from the prospect book, his picks for minor league hitter of the year, pitcher of the year, and reliever of the year. We also ask him who has unexpectedly caught his eye while he was in Florida.

Report 16: Brian Dozier - We talk what opening day is like for him, how important this game and early start to the season will be, and finally how happy he is to be still in a Twins uniform after much trade talk this winter about him.

Report 17: Seth Stohs - Seth tells us what opening day is like for him and how important he feels an early start is for the team.

Report 18: Stephen Gonsalves - Gonsalves was the minor league pitcher of the year last season for the organization. He was a 4th round pick in 2013 out of San Diego. The 6'5" lefty has had impressive minor league stats over the past 4 years, including last season when he was 13-5 overall. We talk to Gonzalves about his first major league spring training, what he worked on in the preseason to get ready for the regular season, his goals for 2017 and finally a question regarding a hobby of his.

Report 19: Jonathan Mayo - He is an analyst covering prospects and the draft. We came across Jonathan while in Florida and got a quick interview. We talk to him about his favorite part of baseball coverage, who might be under the radar in the Twins system, and finally, who he thinks the Twins may take first overall in the draft this summer.

Report 20: Kris Atteberry - As you probably know, Kris handles pre-game and postgame duties for Twins broadcasts and is also a fill in for the play-by-play crew on an as need basis. We talk to Kris about coverage of preseason verses regular season, his favorite part of the job, and finally his favorite personality over the years.


Report 1: Kyle Gibson - Gibson is coming off a solid year where he won 11 games and lowered his ERA to 3.84. We talk to Gibson about how he is feeling this spring with a good start and one where he gave up a couple of runs. We also discuss his focus and his mindset as a veteran in FL this year as a pitcher who is expected to help bolster the staff.

Report 2: Adam Brett Walker - Walker has as much power as anyone in the organization and has led his minor league in HRs in each of the last 4 years hitting 31 last season. We talk to Adam about his power, reducing his strikeout rate, his defense and how soon he wants to be in Minnesota.

Report 3: Nick Burdi - Birdi was a 2nd round selection for the team in 2014 out of the University of Louisville. His fastball has been clocked at more than 100 mph. He is a long shot to make the team out of spring training but could get the call at any time if his season goes well. We talk to Nick about his slow start last year, what keyed his turnaround, how he is feeling this spring and his goals for 2016.

Report 4: Joe Benson - Benson is a former 2nd round pick from 2006 and has been away from the team with several other organizations the past few years. He is hoping to make a comeback as he was once regarded as a top 5 prospect within the organization. We talk to Joe about being back in a Twins uniform, his time away from the team and what it would mean to him to be playing at Target Field at some point in 2016.

Report 5: Rick Aguilera - Aguilera, of course, was the Twins closer when they won it all back in 1991. He is in Fort Myers this year to help with the pitchers. We ask Rick how and what he is doing these days, his message for pitchers here and his impression of the current bullpen for the Twins.

Report 6: Max Kepler - He won the Sherry Robertson Award for being Twins minor league player of the year last year. He was signed as a 16 year old out of Berlin, Germany in 2009. He obviously has tremendous upside, and watching him in the batting cage this week, looks like a cross of Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. We talk to Max about his break out season last year, how soon he'd like to jump to the majors and his transition to the U.S.

Report 7: Carlos Quentin - This is his 6th organization and many of us remember him crushing the Twins as a White Sox OF. He is attempting a comeback with Minnesota and I think he has looked very good in games and the batting cage where he is really driving the ball well. We talk to Carlos about how it feels to be in a Twins uniform, about making a comeback at 33 years of age and finally about where he feels comfortable on defense, OF vs. 1B.

Report 8: Byron Buxton - Buxton has been one of, if not the, top prospect in baseball the past few seasons. He has battled some injuries but is definitely the team's CF of the future. We talk to Buxton about facing major league pitching, if there is added pressure with the trade of Aaron Hicks and the season ahead for the team.

Report 9: Tyler Duffey - After spending most of the season in the minors last year, Duffy came up and was an impressive 5-1 with a 3.10 ERA in 10 starts for the Twins. He was arguably their strongest starter at the end of the year and is looking to secure the 4th or 5th spot in the starting rotation. We talk to Duffy about his turnaround last year, making adjustments at the major league level and what he's picking up from pitching coach Neil Allen and the veteran pitchers on the staff.

Report 10: Trevor May - May was acquired in the deal that sent Ben Revere to the Phillies. May came on strong last year as an 8th inning specialist for the team out of the bullpen after being a starter for the Twins and their triple A team in Rochester. We talk to May about his preference of starting verses relieving and his life off the field which includes involvement in the music industry. He discusses producing his own music.

Report 11: John Ryan Murphy - The team acquired Murphy in a trade to the Yankees for Aaron Hicks. Murphy comes in hopes of giving some offensive punch to the lineup when he spells Kurt Suzuki. We talk to Murphy about his first spring with the Twins, learning a new pitching staff from other catchers on the club and how he balances the defensive end of his job verses allocating time for hitting.

Report 12: Joe Mauer - Joe is coming off a career low of .265 batting average. It was reported a few months ago that he says he suffered from concussion symptoms effecting his vision at the plate last season. We talk to Joe about his recovery, how it might effect him on the defensive side of the ball and catche up on his family in the off season.

Report 13: Brian Dozier - Dozier is coming off another strong season defensively and offensively. Part of the equation for Dozier's output over the past couple of seasons has been his games played. He only missed 11 games in those 2 years total. We talk to Brian about those impressive numbers, including games played, and also his double play partner up the middle in shortstop Eduardo Escobar.

Report 14: Trevor Plouffe - Plouffe is coming off a solid season offensively and defensively, where he was actually third in the league in fielding percentage. We talk to Trevor about the improvement of his defense, how he's grown as a third baseman, his transition to that position and his family life as that continues to evolve.

Report 15: Kurt Suzuki - Suzuki's offense fell off a little bit last year, but he remains strong behind the plate and was a plus as he worked with the pitching staff throughout the year. We talk to him about his durability behind the plate, the new catcher acquired in the Aaron Hick's trade, John Ryan Murphy and finally what prospective pitchers have caught his eye throughout spring training.

Report 16: Joe Mauer - We talk opening day with Joe as the Twins open the regular season today with Baltimore on the road. We talk to Joe about this opening day tying him for the record number of those starts with Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew, and Kent Hrbek. He also gives a look back at last year and his hopes for this year.

Report 17: Seth Stohs - Seth is also co-author of the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. He writes for throughout the year. We talk to Seth about the environment down in Ft. Myers given the major league players and blend of minor league players and fields. We also talk about prospects who have caught his eye the past month or so.


Report 1: Joe Mauer - Mauer appears healthy this spring and is hitting the ball well in Florida. In this interview, we talk to Joe about Torii Hunter being back and the group of youngsters the Twins have in their talented farm system; specifically Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. He also comments on what youngsters like Santana and Vargas brought to the table last year and into this season.

Report 2: Byron Buxton - Buxton is the #1 prospect in baseball again according to and will start the year in the minors but is the teams future in center. He was sent down Sunday, as was expected, but will be with team's minor league complex short term until being sent out later to AA or AAA. We talk to Byron about his injury plagued 2014 season, getting a feel for things with the big club this spring, and how soon he'd like to be back up to the majors.

Report 3: Kyle Gibson - He is coming off a 13 win season in his first full campaign with the major league club. We talk to Kyle about his development, what he is working on this spring, and the addition of Ervin Santana to the rotation.

Report 4: JR Graham - He is a hard thrower and I think has a legit shot to make the team. He is having a good spring so far and has yet to give up an earned run. We talk to JR about his health this spring, his assortment of pitches (including a 98 mph fastball), and his dream to make to the bigs. Graham also threw another scoreless inning Wednesday against Boston.

Report 5: Miguel Sano - He is perhaps the top power hitting prospect in baseball. We talk to him about coming back from injury, his spring, and how soon he may get to the majors.

Report 6: Jordan Schafer - He was claimed on waivers last season from Atlanta and went on to hit .285 for the Twins. He was also a real stolen base threat. We talk to Jordan about his success with the Twins last year, the art of stealing a base, and where he likes to play in the outfield.

Report 7: Torii Hunter - Hunter is back with the team after stints with the Angels and Tigers. We talk to Torii about being back with the Twins, his transition to RF and if he feels he could still pay in CF where he won 9 gold gloves.

Report 8: Ervin Santana - Santana is the richest free agent acquisition in the team's history. The club hopes he will bolster a rotation that was in need of an upgrade from a year ago. We talk to Santana about his spring so far, what he is working on in his pitching, and why he chose Minnesota last off season.

Report 9: Trevor Plouffe - Trevor is coming off a solid year offensively where he lead the team in RBI's. He also had a solid year defensively until breaking his arm late in the season. We talk to him about coming back this year, the key to his offensive output last year, and how the infield is shaping up defensively.

Report 10: Brian Dozier - He is coming off a season where he stole more than 20 bases and hit more than 20 runs. We talk to him about that offensive input in particular, before the all star break last season. He also discusses staying healthy, playing a full season and how the Twins shape up defensively, as he won the Jim Kaat Award last year as the team's top defensive player.

Report 11: Kennys Vargas - He was brought up last year during the season and went on to be a major presence in the Twins lineup. We talk to Kennys about adjustment he is working on this spring, how he adjusted to coming up from double A last year, and his evaluation of the young group of talented minor leaguers who are about to get their chance in the majors.

Report 12: Kurt Suzuki - Suzuki is in his second year with the Twins and is coming off his first all-star appearance. We talk to Kurt about his biggest offensive year in the majors last season, the Twins pitching staff this year and his impressions of newcomer Ervin Santana.

Report 13: Joe Mauer - Mauer is coming off a subpar season, as he hit .277 and looks to get back near his .320 lifetime average. We talk to him about the craziest theories he's heard as to why his average dipped last year, what he needs to do to get back to that all-star level and his impressions so far, of first year manager Paul Molitor.

Report 14: Phil Hughes - Hughes came over to the Twins as a free agent signing from the Yankees. (How's that for a reversal of fortune!) Hughes went on to win 16 games, have about a 3.5 ERA and led the league's starters in fewest walks. We talk to Phil about this possible best ever season for him, how he liked pitching in Target field for about half his starts last year, and how the rotation is shaping up with the inclusion of Ervin Santana.

Report 15: Tom Kelly - Kelly, is of course the two-time world champion manager for the Twins back in '87 and '91. He has been back down in Fort Myers again helping infielders and minor leaguers work on their game. All of this despite suffering a stroke last year. We talk to Tom about the stroke and how he is feeling this spring, his impression of the talented minor leaguers he has been working with, and finally the transition he sees for Paul Molitor as the new Twins manager this season.

Report 16: Torii Hunter - He was an easy choice here for the regular season opener as the Twins open today against Hunter's team from last year, Detroit.  His responses are classic, and is possibly my favorite report of the series this year. We talk to Torii about his 15th opener and being back with his former team while facing his former team from last year. We also talk about his favorite opener and he tells about the year he says the team saved baseball in Minnesota.

Report 17: Kent Hrbek - We caught up with him while in Fort Myers and talked to him about still being a part of the Twins family, his impression of this young group of talent the Twins have verses the talented group Hrbek came in with, and what he does with his time now.


Report 1: Kyle Gibson - The former number one pick out of Missouri is coming off an up and down year but has looked good this spring. We talk to him about his recent outing Friday against the Yankees, how he's feeling physically (as he underwent Tommy John surgery a few years ago) and competing for a 5th spot with others who have no minor league options left, while he does.

Report 2: Chris Colabello - He is vying for a DH/bench role with the club and has been one of their hottest hitters so far this spring. We talk to Colabello about how well he is seeing the ball right now & adjustments he's made, the transition from AAA to the majors, and would it would mean to him to head north with the main club.

Report 3: Jason Kubel - Kubel is trying to make it back after two years away from the club and battling leg injuries last year. We talk to him about being a Twin again, how he is feeling this spring, and playing the outfield vs. DH.

Report 4: Caleb Thielbar - He had a super rookie season where he had an ERA of 1.76 and held hitters to .154 avg. breaking Joe Nathan's team record in that category. He is from Northfield, MN and went to South Dakota State and resides in Brookings. We talk to Thielbar about that rookie year, a recent inning in FL (I was at  where he looked sharp) and finally about he being a local along with Glen Perkins in the bullpen.

Report 5: Joe Mauer - Mauer is coming off a solid year and is of course moving from catcher to 1st base. We talk to Joe about all the publicity the move has gotten, the most difficult move with that position defensively, the more AB's he anticipates getting and the pressure with that from fans and media who might expect more offensive numbers as a result.

Report 6: Josh Willingham - Willingham, in his third season, had a monster season his first year, but battled injuries last year in a subpar campaign. We talk to Josh about how he's feeling this spring, what it was like last year mentally and physically, how he plans to get his offense back, and finally, hunting in the off-season.

Report 7: Trevor Plouffe - He is coming off a 15 HR season after hitting 24 the year before. We talk to Plouffe about taking young 3B Miguel Sano under his wing, how to get the power back like in 2012, and how his defense at third has improved.

Report 8: Kurt Suzuki - Suzuki signed a one year deal with the team in the off season and is a veteran catcher who is confident handling a pitching staff. We talk to him about the Twins pitching staff, his approach at the plate this spring and impressions of closer, Glen Perkins.

Report 9: Brian Dozier - Dozier is coming off a nice year with the Twins, as he broke the record for home runs by a Twins' second baseman with 18 in 2013.  We talk to Brian about his turnaround last year, as he got hot midway into his season, his feeling coming in this year as a vet, and his work with Pedro Florimon up the middle with their double play combination.

Report 10: Rick Anderson - It's no secret the Twins are coming off a couple of seasons with horrible pitching, particularly from the five starters and the rotation, but the bullpen has actually been pretty good.  We talk to Anderson about what two starters they got through free agency can do for the rotation overall.  Anderson talks about what Nolasco and Hughes can bring to the top of the rotation. He also talks about closer Glen Perkins and what it's like having him signed to a long term deal now.

Reort 11: Ricky Nolasco - Nolasco signed a 4 year deal in the off season which is the richest free agent signing in the history of the team.  We talk to Ricky about how special of a day opening day is across the nation for all teams, about his approach being opening day starter, and finally why he decided to sign with the Twins verses other options.

Report 12: Tom Kelly - We talk to Tom about Joe Mauer's transition from catcher to first base and how he has helped him out with that defensive move. We also talk to him about the excellent crop of minor league talent the Twins have coming up, as he has had a chance to check them out over the past month or so.

Report 13: Joe Mauer - We talk to Joe about the Twins minor league stars and what it is like coming through the system on the fast track along with the recognition of being a phenom. We also talk about his family, as his twin daughters turn one this summer, and how he is adapting to fatherhood.

Report 14: Dick Bremer - He was recently inducted in to the Minnesota Broadcasters Hall of Fame and is 30 years behind the microphone for the Twins. We talk to Dick about his recent honor, his longevity for the team in the broadcast booth, and having the privilege of announcing the team he grew up watching.

Report 15: Byron Buxton - Buxton is now in his second year and is quickly ascending his way to the majors. He is ranked the number one prospect in all of baseball by most if not all publications, including Baseball America and  He is beginning the year on the disabled list with a sore wrist, but is expected back soon.  We talk to Byron about where he is at right now from a major league baseball standpoint, how quickly he hopes to be in the bigs, his first taste of major league baseball this spring, and finally his favorite element to the game.

Report 16: Miguel Sano - Sano of course is one of the top power hitters in the minor leagues and recently underwent Tommy John surgery to repair his elbow. He will be out at least eight months.  His English is a little rough, as he is a young player from the Dominican Republic, but yet we get a sense of his personality and bright outlook and seems to be a really good kid who could be making a statement in the major leagues soon after he gets back. We talk to Sano about his rehab, how soon he wants to be back, and when he anticipates playing in the majors.


Report 1: Mike Pelfrey - This report is with new free agent pitcher from the Mets, Mike Pelfrey. He is coming off Tommy John surgery but appears to be way ahead of schedule. Pelfrey had a start against Boston on Friday where he pitched very well, striking out five in three innings. We discuss that start, his recovery from surgery and about taking the game for granted.

Report 2: Jarod Burton - This report is with Twins relief pitcher Jarod Burton. He is coming off a super season where his ERA was under 2.2. We talk to him about his great season, the importance of staying healthy and a look ahead to this year's bullpen.

Report 3: Aaron Hicks - This report is with Twins CF rookie Aaron Hicks. Hicks could be the opening day CF with Span and Revere being traded in the off season. He is having a great spring so far hitting around .400 and smacking three homers the other day against the Phillies. We talk to him about his hot spring, what clicked for him last year, and how important is is to be the CF on opening day.

Report 4: Cole DeVries - This report is with Twins starting pitcher Cole DeVries. He is coming off a fine rookie season where his ERA was 4.11 and had a 5-5 record. I think he has the inside track on the 5th starters position right now ahead of Kyle Gibson and others as he has yet to give up a run this spring in 7 innings but a lot could change in the next couple of weeks. We talk to him about his great spring so far, his rookie season numbers, and how badly he wants to be the 5th starter for the team when they head north.

Report 5: Josh Willingham - Here is a report with Twins LF Josh Willingham. He his coming off a 35 HR season with 110 RBIs. We talk to him about that first year as a Twin, playing LF at Target Field, and how the team might shape up in 2013.

Report 6: Brian Dozier - This report is with Twins ss/2b Brian Dozier. He was the Twins starting SS after being called up from AAA last year for more than 80 games before being demoted again. Dozier is being tried at 2B this spring as I believe the team is looking to get a younger bat in the lineup with some pop. He has made several sparkling plays in the field, taking hits away. He could very well get the nod ahead of Jamey Carroll. We talk to Brian about the transition from short to second, his approach at the plate, and his love for music.

Report 7: Rick Anderson - This report is with Twins' pitching coach, Rick Anderson. We discuss how the Twins have a new five man rotation compared to a year ago at this time and he analyzes the possibilities. We also talk how the bullpen will shape up this year, given they have Glen Perkins back to close and Jarod Burton to help on the back end.

Report 8: Darin Mastroianni - This report is with Twins' outfielder, Darin Mastroianni. He is competing for the starting job in centerfield, with trades of Ben Revere and Denard Span during the offseason. In spring training, he is competing with Aaron Hicks and Joe Benson. Darin figures to stick with the team as a reserve if he doesn't get the starting nod. We talk to him about his versatility and where he likes to play as he has also played second base in his career. We also discuss base stealing.

Report 9: Brian Duensing - This report is with Twins' pitcher, Brian Duensing. He looks to end up in the bullpen as the Twins start the season. We talk to him about being a spot starter last year, with 11 starts during the season, and the challenges of going back and forth between the rotation and the bullpen. Also, how he is doing this spring, coming off of a couple of impressive outings.

Report 10: Vance Worley - This report is with new Twins' starting pitcher, Vance Worley. He was acquired in the Ben Revere trade and is coming off arm surgery from the end of last year. He expects to be healthy for the regular season. We talk to Vance about his progression this spring, pitching with an all-star pitching staff last year in Philadelphia and transitioning to a very young staff with the Twins. We also ask him to gauge his health by opening day.

Report 11: Tom Kelly - This report is with former Twins' manager, Tom Kelly. Kelly continues to be an instructor for the Twins down in Fort Myers this spring with young pitchers and infielders. We talk to him about the Twins' lack of consistency with fundamentals last year, along with his induction into the Twins' Hall of Fame last September.

Report 12: Justin Morneau - This report is with Twins' first baseman, Justin Morneau. We talk to Justin about his solid spring at the plate, both in Fort Myers and at the WBC. We also discuss his concussion issues over the last several years and get an up-to-date status report on that situation.

Report 13: Trevor Plouffe - This report is with Twins' third baseman, Trevor Plouffe. Trevor is battling some leg injuries this spring, but is seemingly healthy now. We talk to Trevor about his homerun power last season, what he's working on defensively this spring at third, and his love for music and being a musician in his spare time.

Report 14: Chris Parmelee - This report is with Twins' RF/1B, Chris Parmelee. With the trades of Span and Revere in the offseason, Parmelee will begin the season in right field for the Twins. He has battled a few injuries this spring but looks to be healthy now. We talk to Chris about getting more consistent at bats at the major league level and what that will do for his game. We also talk about playing right field defensively, as most of his career has been at first base, and the challenges that right field presents at Target Field.

Report 15: Ryan Doumit - This report is with Twins' catcher/outfielder, Ryan Doumit. Doumit is coming off of one of his better years as he maintained good health overall last season. We talk to Ryan about the importance of staying healthy, his impressive numbers last year in his first season as a Twin, and his impressions of the pitching staff and batting lineup.

Report 16: Justin Morneau - This final report is an encore with Twins' first baseman, Justin Morneau. We talk to Justin about this being a first, as Target Field gets an opening day draw. Also, about how opening day is one of the most special days of the year. Lastly, we touch on Target Field itself and how dimensions and elements often times play in the pitcher's favor.