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.

More Twins minor-league signings: Towles, Pearce and Thompson

Posted by: Phil Miller under Farm System, Twins offense, Twins pitching Updated: December 15, 2011 - 3:08 PM

Add three more names to the growing list of players the Twins have signed to minor-league deals with spring training invites:

J.R. Towles -- He caught 54 games for the Astros last season and batted .184 AVG/.256 OBP/.293 SLG with three homers and 11 RBI. Twins catching depth chart now includes Joe Mauer, Ryan Doumit, Drew Butera, Rene Rivera and Towles.

Steve Pearce -- The 1B/3B/OF played 50 games for the Pirates last season, batting .202/.260/.255 with one HR and 10 RBI.

Aaron Thompson -- The LHP went 0-0 with a 7.04 ERA in four appearances for the Pirates last season, including one start. He also went 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in five games, including four starts for Class AAA Indianapolis.

The Twins have now invited 24 non-roster players to spring training.


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