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 get pitcher to complete Slowey trade

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: December 8, 2011 - 6:23 PM

Daniel Turpen is the player to be named in the Kevin Slowey trade to Colorado.

Turpen, 25, was 2-4 with a 4.83 ERA and 11 saves at Class AA Tusla last season. In 59.2 innings, he walked 35 and struck out 33. He will be assigned to Class AAA Rochester. A side-arming reliever who relies on ground ball outs. This will be his fourth organization.

One scouting report claims Turpen throws 93-94 miles an hour an with above average change up and slider. That does not show up in the stats. 

Last December, Turpen was taken by the Yankees from the Red Sox organization in the Rule 5 draft. But he was returned to the Red Sox during spring training and later traded to the Colorado organization.

Turpen will be assigned to Class AAA Rochester.




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