La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Phil Miller covered three seasons of Twins baseball, but that was at a different ballpark for a different newspaper. Now Miller returns to the baseball beat after joining the Star Tribune as the Gopher football writer in 2010, and he won't miss the dingy dome for a minute. In addition to the Twins and Gophers, Miller covered the Utah Jazz and the NBA for six years at The Salt Lake Tribune.

Twins select White Sox pitcher in Rule 5 draft

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Vikings draft Updated: December 8, 2011 - 10:23 AM

The Twins have selected righthander Terry Doyle from the White Sox organization in the Rule 5 draft.

Doyle,26, was a combined 8-10 with a 3.07 ERA between Class A Winston-Salem and Class AA Birmingham.

Here's what's Jonathan Mayo wrote about Doyle before the draft:

Terry Doyle, RHP, White Sox: The right-hander split time across two levels and his 3.07 ERA was second lowest in the organization. He then pitched very well in the Arizona Fall League. He topped 200 total innings for the year, showing a workhorse future.

Doyle opened eyes this year in the Arizona Fall League, where he went 4-0 with a 1.98 ERA and 22 strikeouts and only five walks in 27 1/3 innings.

So it wasn't Cesar Cabral, as I was told last night. Doyle makes more sense, as he's been a starter while Cabral is a reliever. And, boy, do the Twins need starters. Doyle could land in a long relief role while someone like Anthony Swarzak goes into the rotation.

There's a chance that the Twins have swung a deal and have selected Doyle for someone else. Stay tuned.

In the minor league phase, the Twins selected righthander Marty Popham from Cleveland. Popham went 6-3,4.58 at three stops in the Indians chain last season. He spent most of his time at Class A Kinston, where he was 6-2, 4,19 with 95 strikeouts in 96.2 innings. Here'ssome old stuff on Popham.

The Shooter Hunt era is over. St. Louis selected Hunt in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft. A former sandwich pick by the Twins, Hunt battled severe control problems.




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