Gulf Coast League Twins
|Gulf Coast League Twins
Founded in 1991
Fort Myers, Florida
|Minor league affiliations|
|League||Gulf Coast League|
|Major league affiliations|
|Minor league titles|
|Division titles||2007, 2009|
|Ballpark||Lee County Sports Complex|
|General manager||Tom Saffell|
Gulf Coast League team rosters are thirty players, and cannot have more than twelve players over twenty years old, and no more than four players over 21. No player can have more than two years of prior service, excluding Rookie leagues outside the United States and Canada. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and other countries.
The GCL Twins compete in the GCL's Southern Division. In 2009, the GCL Twins won the South with a 34-21 record under manager Jake Mauer, who is the older brother of the Minnesota Twins AL MVP catcher Joe Mauer. They lost 1-0 in twelve innings to the wild card winning GCL Nationals in the one game playoff. Following the season, Mauer was promoted to manager of the Florida State League Fort Myers Miracle, and Chris Heintz took the reins for the GCL Twins. Like Mauer, Heintz was also a player in the Twins organization. He coached with the Beloit Snappers the final two months of the 2009 season. In addition to managing the GCL club, Heintz will also run the Twins' extended Spring Training.
On July 25, 2010, it was announced that Tom Brunansky, member of the 1987 Twin's championship team, accepted a job to be the hitting coach for the GCL Twins and had started working early this July.
Gulf Coast League Twins roster
- "Gulf Coast League Twins". Retrieved 2009-10-22.
- "GCL Nationals 1, GCL Twins 0". Retrieved 2009-10-22.
- "Twins announce Minor League staffs". Retrieved 2009-10-22.
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