Florida Complex League Twins

The Florida Complex League Twins are the Rookie-level affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, competing in the Florida Complex League of Minor League Baseball. The team plays in Fort Myers, Florida, at the Lee County Sports Complex. Prior to 2021, the team was known as the Gulf Coast League Twins. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents from the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and other countries.[1]

Florida Complex League Twins
Minnesota Twins Insignia.svg
Minor league affiliations
ClassRookie
LeagueFlorida Complex League
DivisionSouthern Division
Previous leagues
Gulf Coast League (1966–1971; 1989–2020)
Florida Rookie League (1965)
Major league affiliations
TeamMinnesota Twins
Minor league titles
League titles (0)None
Division titles (2)
  • 2007
  • 2009
Team data
NameFCL Twins
Previous names
GCL Twins (1966–1971; 1989–2020)
FRL Twins (1965)
BallparkLee County Sports Complex
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Minnesota Twins
General managerTom Saffell
ManagerRobbie Robinson

HistoryEdit

 
Four players from the 2008 GCL Twins and a fan smile for a picture

In 1965, the team first played in the league's first embodiment, the Florida Rookie League, as the Florida Rookie League Twins. The league was renamed as the Gulf Coast League for the 1966 season. The team suspended operations after the 1971 season, but returned to the GCL in 1989. Prior to the 2021 season, the league was again renamed, becoming the Florida Complex League.

The Twins compete in the league's Southern Division. In 2009, the Twins won the South with a 34–21 record under manager Jake Mauer, the older brother of former Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer. They lost 1–0 in twelve innings to the wild card winning GCL Nationals in the one game playoff.[2] Following the season, Mauer was promoted to manager of the Florida State League Fort Myers Miracle, and Chris Heintz took the reins for the Twins. Like Mauer, Heintz was also a player in the Twins organization. He coached with the Beloit Snappers the final two months of the 2009 season. In addition to managing the Rookie-level club, Heintz also ran the Twins' extended spring training.[3]

On July 25, 2010, it was announced that Tom Brunansky, member of the 1987 Twin's championship team, accepted a job to be the hitting coach for the team.[4]

As of the 2021 season, there is no league limit to how many players can be on an active roster, but no team can have more than three players with four or more years of minor-league experience.[5]

RosterEdit

Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 15 Develson Aria
  • 26 Pierce Banks
  • 17 Cole Bellair
  • 51 Miguelangel Boadas
  • 88 Michael Boyle
  • 70 Matt Canterino #
  • 54 Tomas Cleto
  • 44 Rafael Feliz
  • 35 Tanner Gaff
  • 57 Carlos Gutierrez  
  • 68 Ryan Horstman #
  • 40 John Klein
  • 65 A.J. Labas #
  • 43 Yon Landaeta
  • 47 Cleiber Maldonado
  • 22 Brayan Medina
  • 50 Danny Moreno
  • 33 Jose Olivares
  • 55 Elpidio Perez
  • 37 Leyner Ponce
  • 61 Wilker Reyes
  • 53 Isaiah Rivera
  • 45 Brock Stewart
  • 24 Ricardo Velez

Catchers

  • 30 Wilfri Castro
  •  2 Deiner Contreras
  • 52 Alex Isola #
  • 11 Ricardo Olivar
  • 66 Dennis Ortega #
  • 32 Giovanny Rivero
  • 41 Alex Rodriguez
  • 38 Amilcar Vasquez

Infielders

  •  4 Rafael Cruz
  • 31 Danny De Andrade
  • 25 Brooks Lee
  • 12 Fredy Michel
  • 56 Jorel Ortega
  • 13 Alexander Pena
  •  8 Breilin Ramirez
  • 58 Tanner Schobel
  •  5 Yonardy Soto

Outfielders

  • 27 Andres Centeno
  • 23 Jefferson De La Cruz
  • 19 Gregory Duran
  • 99 Argenis Jimenez  
  • 16 Reynaldo Madrigal  
  •  1 Ismael Perez


Manager

  • 64 Seth Feldman

Coaches

  • 90 Andrew DiTullio (hitting)
  • -- Anders Dzurak (rehab pitching)
  • 91 Emilio Guerrero (hitting)
  • 92 Bobby Hearn (pitching)
  • 94 Erick Julio (pitching)
  • 93 Calvin Maduro (pitching)
  • 18 Yeison Perez (coach)
  • 89 Luis Reyes (hitting)


  7-day injured list
* On Minnesota Twins 40-man roster
~ Development list
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporarily inactive list
Roster updated August 8, 2022
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Florida Complex League
Minnesota Twins minor league players

Season-by-seasonEdit

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
FRL Twins[citation needed]
1965 32-28 3rd Fred Waters No playoffs
GCL Twins[citation needed]
1966 24–24 3rd Fred Waters No playoffs until 1983
1967 29–29 3rd Fred Waters
1968 32–27 4th Fred Waters
1969 21–32 6th Fred Waters
1970 34–29 4th Fred Waters
1971 22–30 5th Fred Waters
1989 27–36 10th (t) Joel Lepel
1990 32–30 8th (t) Joel Lepel
1991 27–33 12th (t) Dan Rohn
1992 30–28 7th Jim Lemon
1993 23–36 12th Jose Marzan
1994 22–38 13th Jose Marzan
1995 20–35 14th Mike Boulanger
1996 30–30 9th Mike Boulanger
1997 28–32 8th Steve Liddle
1998 34-26 3rd (t) Steve Liddle Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Rangers (1 game to 0)
1999 33–26 3rd Al Newman Lost League Finals
vs. GCL Mets (2 games to 0)
Won in 1st round
vs. GCL Rangers (1 game to 0)
2000 33–23 4th Al Newman
2001 32–26 6th Al Newman
2002 35–25 4th Rudy Hernandez
2003 28–31 7th Rudy Hernandez
2004 31–26 5th Riccardo Ingram
2005 28–26 4th (t) Nelson Prada
2006 26–27 7th Nelson Prada
2007 37–19 3rd Nelson Prada Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Yankees (1 game to 0)
2008 35–21 2nd Jake Mauer Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Nationals (1 game to 0)
2009 34–21 3rd Jake Mauer Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Nationals (1 game to 0)
2010 29–31 10th (t) Chris Heintz (2–5) / Ramon Borrego (27–26)
2011 31–29 6th Ramon Borrego
2012 33–27 6th Ramon Borrego
2013 28–32 8th (t) Ramon Borrego
2014 23–37 14th (t) Ramon Borrego
2015 27–32 9th (t) Ramon Borrego
2016 32–29 6th Ramon Borrego
2017 35–23 3rd Ramon Borrego Lost in 1st round
vs. GCL Nationals (1 game to 0)
2018 32–24 5th Dan Ramsay
2019 30–21 4th Robbie Robinson Playoffs cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Gulf Coast League Twins". Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  2. ^ "GCL Nationals 1, GCL Twins 0". Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  3. ^ "Twins announce Minor League staffs". Retrieved 2009-10-22.
  4. ^ "Tom Brunansky glad to be back with the Minnesota Twins". 25 July 2010.
  5. ^ The Official Professional Baseball Rules Book (PDF). New York City: Office of the Commissioner of Baseball. 2021. pp. 10–11, 100. Retrieved June 26, 2021 – via mlbpa.org.

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