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 22-26

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 7, 2014 - 3:16 PM

In the 22nd round, the Twins selected RHP Trevor Hildenberger from Ca.

Here's his bio.

In the 23rd round, the Twins selected Miles Nordgren. a RHP from Birmingham Southern College.

Here's an old profile of him. Went 8-2, 1.25 with four complete games.

In the 24th round, the Twins selected Alex Real, a catcher from the U of New Mexico.

This was written before the season. Hit .320/.391/.465 with two homers and 47 RBI.

In the 25th round, the Twins selected Taylor Hearn, a LHP from San Jacinto College.

He was selected in the 36th round last year by the Reds.

In the 26th round, the Twins selected Blake Schmidt, a SS from Maryland.

Schmidt played at Eden Prairie High and junior college in Iowa before heading to Maryland. Hit .313 with 16 stolen bases. Here's his bio.


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