Pitted against some of Minor League Baseball’s best up-and-coming hitters at Saturday night’s Arizona Fall League Hitting Challenge, Minnesota Twins prospect Chris Paul walked away with bragging rights — and a little spending money.
The Twins informed three-time All-Star and former closer Glen Perkins they will not be picking up his $6.5 million option, and instead will pay a $700,000 buyout to make him a free agent, which could bring an end to his time in Minnesota.
The Twins named catcher Mitch Garver and right-hander Aaron Slegers as the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively, the club announced Wednesday.
Twins prospect Tyler Jay is off to a strong start in the Arizona Fall League, and he’s showing he’s healthy after unfounded rumors that he suffered from thoracic outlet syndrome in July and was headed for season-ending surgery.
The Twins continue to make additions to their front office and scouting staff, and they hired long-time Baseball America editor John Manuel to their pro scouting department. Manuel’s last day at the publication will be Oct. 31, and he’ll join the Twins on Nov. 1.
A quartet of Twins prospects stood out during their Arizona Fall League debuts on Tuesday with the Surprise Saguaros, who lost their season-opener to Salt River, 4-3.
By the time the Twins wrapped up their surprising 2017 campaign that saw them reach the postseason for the first time since 2010 with their run to the American League Wild Card Game, chief baseball officer Derek Falvey and general manager Thad Levine had already made up their minds.
The Twins made a slew of organizational changes on Tuesday, including the dismissal of pitching coach Neil Allen and the hiring of Jeremy Zoll as the director of Minor League operations, replacing Brad Steil, who will transition into his new role as director of professional scouting.
By virtue of having such a young team, the Twins don’t have any major impending free agents, and they have a solid core already in place that can be supplemented this offseason, especially on the pitching side.
The Twins were perhaps baseball’s biggest surprise in 2017, going from 103 losses to their first postseason berth since 2010, becoming the second team to have the No. 1 overall Draft pick and make the postseason the same year.
After leading the Twins to a surprise run to the 2017 AL Wild Card Game one season after losing 103 games, Paul Molitor signed a three-year contract to remain Minnesota’s manager through the 2020 season, the club announced Monday.