Gulf Coast League Twins

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Gulf Coast League Twins
(1965-1971, 1989-present)
Fort Myers, Florida
MinnesotaTwins.PNG Minnesota Twins Insignia.svg
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Rookie
Minor league affiliations
League Gulf Coast League
Division Southern Division
Previous leagues
Florida Rookie League (1965)
Major league affiliations
Current Minnesota Twins
Minor league titles
League titles (0) None
Division titles (2)
  • 2007
  • 2009
Team data
Nickname GCL Twins
Previous names
SRL Twins (1965)
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 Level Minor League Baseball affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. The team plays in Fort Myers, Florida, at the Lee County Sports Complex.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]

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.

In 1965, the team first played in the league's direct predecessor, the Florida Rookie League, as the Florida Rookie League Twins. The team suspended operations after the 1971 season, but returned to the GCL in 1989.

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

  • -- Petru Balan
  • 79 Vadim Balan
  • 57 Jordan Balazovic
  • 77 Taylor Clemensia
  • 68 Tyler Fox
  • 33 Juan Gamez
  • 49 Moises Gomez
  • 84 Bo Hellquist
  • 48 Matt Jones
  • 40 Garrett Kelly
  • 38 Blair Lakso
  • 70 Jovani Moran
  • 51 Callan Pearce
  • 97 Matz Schutte
  • 81 Zach Strecker
  • 19 Huascar Ynoa

Catchers

  • 20 Jhon Alvarez
  • 61 Dominic Blanco
  • -- Kerby Camacho
  • 56 Justin Hazard

Infielders

  • 43 Joe Cronin
  • 16 Zach Featherstone
  • 21 Dane Hutcheon
  • 23 Kolton Kendrick
  • 30 Jose Miranda
  •  5 Emmanuel Morel
  •  2 Gorge Munoz

Outfielders

  •  1 Jean Carlos Arias
  • 25 Aki Baddoo
  • 90 Lean Marrero
  • 24 Roni Tapia

Designated hitters

  • 36 Isaiah Aluko
  • 50 Kidany Salva

Manager

  • 12 Ramón Borrego

Coaches

  • 35 Cibney Bello (pitching)
  • -- Jose Marzan (hitting)
  • 31 Virgil Vasquez (pitching)


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Minnesota Twins 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated April 9, 2017
Transactions
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Minnesota Twins minor league players

Season-by-season[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
FRL Twins[5]
1965 32-28 3rd Fred Waters No playoffs
GCL Twins[6]
1966 24-24 3rd Fred Waters No playoffs until 1983
1967 29-29 3rd Fred Waters
1968 32-27 4th Fred Waters
1969 21-32 6th Fred Waters
1970 34-29 4th Fred Waters
1971 22-30 5th Fred Waters
1989 27-36 10th (t) Joel Lepel
1990 32-30 8th (t) Joel Lepel
1991 27-33 12th (t) Dan Rohn
1992 30-28 7th Jim Lemon
1993 23-36 12th Jose Marzan
1994 22-38 13th Jose Marzan
1995 20-35 14th Mike Boulanger
1996 30-30 9th Mike Boulanger
1997 28-32 8th Steve Liddle
1998 34-26 3rd (t) Steve Liddle Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Rangers (1 game to 0)
1999 33-26 3rd Al Newman Lost League Finals
vs. GCL Mets (2 games to 0)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Rangers (1 game to 0)
2000 33-23 4th Al Newman
2001 32-26 6th Al Newman
2002 35-25 4th Rudy Hernandez
2003 28-31 7th Rudy Hernandez
2004 31-26 5th Riccardo Ingram
2005 28-26 4th (t) Nelson Prada
2006 26-27 7th Nelson Prada
2007 37-19 3rd Nelson Prada Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Yankees (1 game to 0)
2008 35-21 2nd Jake Mauer Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Nationals (1 game to 0)
2009 34-21 3rd Jake Mauer Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Nationals (1 game to 0)
2010 29-31 10th (t) Chris Heintz (2-5) / Ramon Borrego (27-26)
2011 31-29 6th Ramon Borrego
2012 33-27 6th Ramon Borrego
2013 28-32 8th (t) Ramon Borrego
2014 23-37 14th (t) Ramon Borrego
2015 27-32 9th (t) Ramon Borrego

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gulf Coast League Twins". Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  2. ^ "GCL Nationals 1, GCL Twins 0". Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Twins announce Minor League staffs". Retrieved 2009-10-22. 
  4. ^ http://www.twincities.com/ci_15601193?source=most_viewed
  5. ^ "FRL Twins". Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  6. ^ "GCL Twins". Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved May 10, 2016.