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 take pitcher (big surprise) in the Rule 5 draft

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III under Vikings draft Updated: December 6, 2012 - 9:24 AM

The Twins have selected righthander Ryan Pressly with the fourth overall pick in the Rule 5 draft.

Pressly, from the Red Sox organization, went 7-5 with a 5.38 ERA between Class A and Class AA last season. He's supposed to have a big arm, with a mid-90's fastball and power curve. He started and relieved last season.

Here's Pressly's bio.

Here's more stuff on him.

He must remain on the Twins' 25-man roster all season. The Rule 5 draft fee is $50,000. If the Twins don't keep him, he has to be offered back to the Red Sox for half the drafting fee.

In the Triple-A phase of the draft, the Twins selected third baseman Mark Sobolewski from the Blue Jays organization. Check him out here.

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