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.

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Kohl Stewart in town to wrap up deal

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: June 18, 2013 - 1:05 PM

Twins first-round pick Kohl Stewart is in town today to undergo a physical, one of the final steps before the club will announce his signing.

Stewart, the fourth overall pick in the June 6 draft, arrived in the Twin Cities on Monday, based on his twitter post:

Since then, Stewart has tweeted a picture of Target Field and has received dining tips from fans.


I'm hearing that the Twins will sign Stewart for either right at or close to $4,544,400 - the assigned pick value the league has recommended for the fourth overall selection. From there, Stewart will begin his pro career with the Twins' rookie team in the Gulf Coast League.

The Twins have signed many of their picks from the draft and will officially announce all of them either later today or, most likely, tomorrow.




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