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Twins name Daniel Adler and Jeremy Zoll assistant general managers

The Twins promoted four of their baseball operations managers Friday, naming Daniel Adler and Jeremy Zoll assistant general managers in the process.



Alex Hassan was named director of player development and Jeremy Raadt will be director of baseball systems.

Adler was hired as director of baseball operations two years ago, and will have direct oversight of the team's research and development staff. He has an MBA from Harvard and worked for MLB's labor relations department and Jacksonville Jaguars as director of football research.

Zoll has been the team's director of minor league operations since 2017 and will continue in that role while also pitching in at the major league level. He worked for the Angels and Dodgers before coming to the Twins.

Hassan, who played in three games for the Red Sox in 2014, joined the Twins early last year as assistant director of player development. He played eight professional seasons as an outfielder before working in 2017 as Dodgers' player development consultant.

Raadt has been with the Twins since 2014 as manager of baseball systems and will now lead the team's technology department.

Adler and Zoll join Rob Antony as assistant general managers under Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and GM Thad Levine.

(Star Tribune photo by Jeff Wheeler)

Twins' Garver, Cruz win Silver Slugger awards

Mitch Garver won a Silver Slugger Award on Thursday as the American League's top-hitting catcher, and Twins teammate Nelson Cruz won as a designated hitter.

Garver had 32 home runs and 67 RBI (30 homers and 65 RBI as a catcher). His .995 OPS was sixth best in Twins history among players with at least 350 at bats.

Cruz hit 41 home runs with 108 RBI and a .311 batting average. He set a Twins record with a .639 slugging percentage.

They were the first Twins teammates to win Silver Sluggers since Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau in 2008.

As for the rest of the American League:

Houston had two winners in third baseman Alex Bregman and outfielder George Springer. Boston had two in shortstop Xander Bogaerts and outfielder Mookie Betts. Other AL winners were Yankees second baseman D.J. LeMahieu, Cleveland first baseman Carlos Santana and Angels outfielder Mike Trout.

The National League winners were:

Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto; Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman, second baseman Ozzie Albies and outfielder Ronald Acuna; Colorado shortstop Trevor Story; Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon; Milwaukee outfielder Christian Yelich; Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger; and Arizona pitcher Zack Greinke, who won the award despite spending the final two months of the season in the AL after getting traded to Houston.