MILWAUKEE — Top prospects Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach and Jhoan Duran are among the players who will start their season at the Twins’ alternate training site in St. Paul on Saturday.
A total of 33 players have been assigned to the alternate site, though five — Luke Farrell, JT Riddle, Brent Rooker, Tomas Telis and Brandon Waddell — are currently with the Twins in Milwaukee on the taxi squad and will report to St. Paul after the road trip concludes. The group will be led by manager Toby Gardenhire and coaches Mike McCarthy, Cibney Bello, Matt Borgschulte and Tyler Smarslok.
The Twins will use CHS Field for their alternate training site for the next month until the Triple-A season begins. The Saints’ season has been delayed from its original start date of April 6 to May 4 — which is in line with the start date of the rest of the minor leagues.
New this year, fans can buy tickets to attend workouts. All tickets will be $5 and for seats along the right-field line. Tickets can be purchased in pods of two to six, and concession stands will be open during workouts.
The first workout at the alternate training site will be on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Most of the workouts will follow that same schedule and will have a simulated game scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.
With no minor-league season in 2020 because of the pandemic, Major League Baseball first utilized the alternate-site format last year, allowing teams a 60-player player pool with those not on the major-league team training at the alternate site.
New Twins show
The Twins and Audacy announced a new program on Friday that will air on both 830 WCCO and the Audacy app. Twins Today driven by Mauer Auto Group will be on the radio from 10 a.m. to noon on Sundays during the season and will feature six exclusive interviews a week.
The show will be hosted by Derek Wetmore, who has covered the Twins across multiple platforms since 2013. The show debuts on Sunday with an episode that features interviews with Justin Morneau, Saints vice president and director of broadcasting and media relations Sean Aronson and more.
“The Sunday morning, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. time slot on 83O WCCO has always been a window where listeners across the Upper Midwest dialed in to receive their sports fill,” Twins president and CEO Dave St. Peter said in a release. “As our back-to-back American League Central Division champions open the 2021 season, we are honored to program this legendary block with prime baseball content to kick off a full Sunday of Twins coverage on our flagship station.”