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 draft update: Rounds 18-21. Big day for Farfan.

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 7, 2014 - 2:05 PM

In the 18th round, the Twins selected T.J. White, a 3B from UNLV.

He produced a .318/.395/.424 slash line for the Rebels with 2 homers and 38 RBI.

Here's a short interview.

In the 19th round, the Twins selected catcher Jarrard Poteete, from Connors St.

Interesting. He was a freshman All-America at Texas Tech but transferred to Connors St.

Here's a story about the move. He's signed with Kentucky.

In the 20th round, the Twins selected McCarthy Tatum, a 3B from Clovis, (Calif) High.

Hit .327. Also pitched but Twins like his bat

In the 21st round, the Twins have selected Onas Farfan, a LHP from Ridgewater (Mn) Col. Farfan is the first player from the Twins Cities RBI program to be selected in the MLB draft.

Here's a story about Farfan who pitched yesterday!


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