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.

Draft update: Rounds 14-17

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 7, 2014 - 1:26 PM

In rhe 14th round, the Twins selected Tyler Mautner, 3B from the University of Buffalo.

He hit .337/.444/.508 for the Bulls this season. Here's his bio.

In the 15th round, the Twins selected Roberto Gonzalez, a right fielder (?) from University (FL) High,

Here's some scouting video of him.

In the 16th round, the Twins selected 1B Tyler Kuresa from Cal-Santa Barbara.

Kuresa was .287/.351/.495 and led the Gauchos with nine home runs. Here's his bio

In the 17th round, the Twins selected Mat Batts, a LHP from UNC-Wilmington.

Cool name. Here's his bio.


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