MLB Team Report - Minnesota Twins - INSIDE PITCH

MINNEAPOLIS -- With the Minnesota Twins out of contention, many in the organization have begun the process of looking forward. With that in mind, the team announced its minor league players of the year Monday.

First baseman Kennys Vargas was named the 2014 Sherry Robertson Award winner as the Twins Minor League Player of the Year, and right-hander Jose Berrios was named the Jim Rantz Award winner as the team's Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

Both Vargas and Berrios have had big years and moved steadily through the organization. Both also played in the All-Star Future's Game at Target Field on All-Star weekend.

Vargas, a 6-5, 275-pounder, began the season in Double-A New Britain, where he hit .281 with 17 doubles, 17 homers and knocked in 63 runs with the Rock Cats. He was also named an Eastern League Midseason All-Star.

He was promoted to the big league club on Aug. 1 and hasn't looked out of place, hitting nine homers and nine doubles with 38 RBIs in 48 games.

"Vargas jumped up two levels to get here," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "People know what we've been thinking about him now that he's up here."

Berrios has an electric fastball and great breaking stuff. He started the year with the Twins High-A affiliate in Fort Myers and by the end of the season, had pitched a game in Triple-A.

Only 187 pounds, Berrios was a two-time Florida State League Pitcher of the Week and was named to both the mid-season and postseason All-Star teams.

With Fort Myers, Berrios was 9-3 with a 1.96 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings. After being promoted to Double-A, Berrios was 3-4 with a 3.54 ERA.

"He's not the biggest kid you'll see, but he's very athletic and one of the hardest workers we have," Ryan said.


MLB Team Report - Minnesota Twins - NOTES, QUOTES

RECORD: 66-90

STREAK: Lost 3

NEXT: Diamondbacks (LHP Andrew Chafin, 0-0, 1.64 ERA) at Twins (RHP Kyle Gibson, 12-11, 4.64 ERA)


--OF Aaron Hicks was back in the lineup Monday after missing two games with a stiff lower back. Hicks went 1-for-2 at the plate, walked twice and was also thrown out trying to steal second.

--LHP Tommy Milone, who has missed his last few starts with dead arm, is expected to be available out of the bullpen for the Twins through the end of the season. Since his trade to Minnesota from Oakland at the trade deadline, Milone has struggled, going 0-1 with a 7.40 ERA in five starts.