Pino to Rochester. Kepler in America

Posted on July 18th, 2009 – 10:02 AM
By La Velle

Heard this morning that righthander Johan Pino has been promoted to Class AAA Rochester. Pino, who has spent most of the season in the bullpen but was in the rotation recently, was 5-1, 3.19 at Class AA New Britain. As you can see here, he’s been on a pretty good run lately.

Max Kepler, the German outfielder the Twins signed earlier this month, was in Fort Myers, Fla. last week to meet the staff and look for a place to go to school. Kepler is only 16, and his parents (his mother is from Texas) are looking for the best situation for him. Kepler returned to Germany while his mother remained in the area,

South Fort Myers High, which opened a few years ago, is right across the street from the Twins complex (that’s where Wilson Ramos’ blast landed a couple years ago) but the Keplers are combing through the whole school system. He’ll probably return in the fall and debut during instructional league play.

The Twins, by the way, were expected to meet with first-round pick Kyle Gibson this week to try to get a contract hammered out. Sounds like Gibson wants to be paid closer to where he was ranked vs where he was selected. The Twins might have to go over slot to get this one done but I suspect they will. 

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