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.

Round Six: Twins take righthander John Curtiss

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 6, 2014 - 2:49 PM

Righthander John Curtiss is the latest Twins draft pick.

Curtiss was highly-touted coming out of high school and signed with Texas. But he's had a couple injury setbacks. Here's Baseball America:

While he’s just a redshirt sophomore, Curtiss already has his degree and scouts consider him signable. He has a max-effort delivery and had Tommy John surgery, which prompted him to miss the 2013 season, as well as surgery to relieve pain from thoracic outlet syndrome that year. He has returned this spring as Texas’ closer, and while he hasn’t been Huston Street or J. Brent Cox (who both closed for Longhorns national championship teams), he has been effective. Curtiss doesn’t have great command but throws hard, sitting at 93-95 mph at his best. His secondary stuff—a hard breaking ball, a slurvy slider and changeup—doesn’t excite scouts. His intelligence shows on the mound, as does his competitiveness. The 6-foot-4, 200-pounder has thrown the changeup more than the slider this season but generally pitches off his fastball.


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