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.

Check video out of the Twins' top three draft picks

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Vikings draft Updated: June 5, 2012 - 10:12 AM

Here's video of first-round pick Byron Buxton.

Here's an over-the-top production of Jose Berrios' workout.

Here's something about Luke Bard.

Day 2 of the draft is less than an hour away. Here's's preview.  Here's Baseball America's list of the best players available on Day 2.

Local fans are waiting to see where Rochester Century pitcher Mitch Brown winds up. The Twins have the third pick in the second round. Will they go for him? How many pitchers will the Twins take today?

Also, righthander Kyle Gibson climbs on a mound today and throws from 60 feet for the first time in his comeback from Tommy John surgery. The plan is for him to pitch in extended spring training games in a month or so to get the feel for pitching  back. By early August, he'll be throwing in minor league games and finish the year out there.




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