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Minor League Coach
Minnesota Twins Fantasy Baseball Camp - MEET THE LEGENDS - Yuratwin
Fort Myers native, Tommy Watkins was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the 38th round of the 1998 MLB amateur draft and quickly became a fan favorite of the Twins High A Ft Myers Miracle.
It was during his time with the MIracle where Tommy honed his skills as a utility player. During the 2002 season with the Miracle, he appeared at shortstop (41 times), third base (33 times), second base (19 times) and all three of the outfield positions. Tommy made his MLB debut at the Metrodome with the Twins on August 10, 2007. While playing at Rochester with the Twins triple A Red Wings, he received the call that he was going to the big leagues. Then Red Wings Manager, Stan Cliburn commented "The news that Watkins was being called up set up a celebration in our clubhouse, because of everyone's love, passion, and respect that they had for Tommy". Tommy continues to work as a coach with the Twins minor league system, last year with the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Twins double-A affiliate. We are thrilled to have Tommy as a member of our Fantasy Camp Staff!
"We've had guys here since January and they look like they are ready to go even though we haven't really started yet," Twins minor league coach Tommy Watkins said.
"Having a place where they can go to get their work in has been really helpful to the guys," The impact it has had on the development of young players has reverberated throughout the Twins' system. "I definitely see the advantages," Watkins said. "They have everything they could want in the palm of their hand and I think in the coming years it is going to be even better." Watkins serves as the hitting instructor for the Chattanooga Lookouts, the Twins' Double-A affiliate, and has seen a difference over the last two years in areas like player preparedness and nutritional habits when they get promoted from Fort Myers. Having a base of operations in Fort Myers year-round also aids in the organization's goals of community outreach. On Sunday, Watkins, who graduated from Riverdale High in Fort Myers and still lives in the area, was part of Hammond Stadium's spring training open house and youth clinic along with several of the organization's minor leaguers, many of whom reside in the player dorms. "It's been huge for the community," said Watkins.
That's one of the big things I've been working on with Tommy and Jake (Mauer)."
Watkins believes English can handle the spot at the top of the Kernels' batting order. He's got tools," Watkins said, of English, over the weekend. "I think there is a difference when you lead off," Watkins added, "but just talking to Tanner about slowing things down a little bit and not using his body as much. Posted inCR Kernels, Minor Leagues, Twins baseball | TaggedTanner English, Tommy Watkins
Gator Baseball Roster/Bios - GatorZone.com
Minnesota Twins (2007)
Kris Atteberry emcees the panel of Trevor May, Byron Buxton, Tommy Watkins, Thad Levine and Brian Dinkelman
They included a pair of Twins players, pitcher Trevor May and outfielder Byron Buxton, newly announced Kernels manager Tommy Watkins, new Twins General Manager Thad Levine and Brian Dinkelman, who served as the Kernels hitting coach in 2016 and, while no official announcement has been made as yet, is presumed to be serving in that capacity this summer, as well. Still, Watkins said, "I didn't know if I would get it or not." Trevor May and Tommy Watkins react to Byron Buxton explaining how he "noodled" a catfish Once the assignment was officially offered, Watkins was very happy to accept. Asked by Atteberry to tell the gathering what went into the front office's decision to offer the job to Watkins, Levine led off with tongue firmly planted in cheek. "One of the things that I heard when I first joined the Minnesota Twins was about the man to my right, Tommy, and I think the universal feeling was that he had a chance to be a really good hitting coach, but he had the chance to be special as a manager. Watkins said before the event that he's looking forward to his return to the Kernels. The final question from the audience asked Watkins and Buxton to relate the funniest thing that happened to them during their time with the Kernels. Posted inCR Kernels, Offseason, Photos, Twins baseball | TaggedBrian Dinkelman, Byron Buxton, Kris Atteberry, TC Bear, Thad Levine, Tommy Watkins, Trevor May