Gulf Coast League Twins

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Gulf Coast League Twins
Founded in 1991
Fort Myers, Florida
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Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Rookie "A"
Minor league affiliations
League Gulf Coast League
Division Southern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Minnesota Twins
Minor league titles
Division titles 2007, 2009
Team data
Nickname GCL Twins
Ballpark Lee County Sports Complex
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Minnesota Twins
Manager Ramón Borrego
General manager Tom Saffell

The Gulf Coast League Twins are the Rookie "A" Level Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The team plays in Fort Myers, Florida, at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Four players from the 2008 GCL Twins & a fan smile for a picture

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.[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

Roster[edit]

Gulf Coast League Twins roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 11 Jose Abreu
  • 49 Cameron Booser
  • -- J. T, Chargois
  • 47 Damian Defrank
  • 32 Brandon Easton
  • 19 Sam Gibbons
  • 45 Miguel Gonzalez
  • 46 Josh Guyer
  • 13 Zach Hayden
  • 55 Chih-Wei Hu
  • 78 Derrick Penilla
  • 89 Fernando Romero
  • 50 Tyler Stirewalt
  • 80 Lewis Thorpe
  • 27 Seth Wagner
  • 22 Jared Wilsn
  • 37 Leonel Zazueta
  • 57 Reyson Zoquiel

Catchers

  • 79 Jorge Fernandez
  • 31 Brian Navarreto
  • 36 Joel Polanco
  • 75 Alex Swim

Infielders

  • 41 Jonatan Hinojosa
  •  1 Will Hurt
  • 25 Amaurys Minier
  •  2 Nelson Molina
  • -- Ryan Walker

Outfielders

  • 15 Adonis Pacheco
  •  8 Ivory Thomas
  • 39 Ryan Tufts

Manager

  • 12 Ramón Borrego

Coaches

  • 17 Rudy Hernandez (hitting)
  •  5 Riccardo Ingram (coach)
  • 23 Luis Ramirez (pitching)
  • 18 Ehren Wassermann (pitching)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Minnesota Twins 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 9, 2014
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Minnesota Twins minor league players

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