MINNEAPOLIS -- Noah Miller officially inked his deal with the Minnesota Twins on Thursday afternoon, July 22. He was scheduled to fly Friday morning to the Twins’ training complex in Fort Myers, Fla.
Miller, the No. 36 overall pick in the draft, was one of four draft picks the Twins officially signed on Thursday. Second-round pick Steven Hajjar also signed. The Twins had already signed 12 of their 21 picks and their top pick, Chase Petty, is expected to officially sign in the coming days.
Miller’s deal with the Twins is for $1.7 million, which is below the slot value of $2.05 million.
“It’s awesome,” Miller said. “It’s awesome to know that I’m finally a Twin.”
The Wisconsin native made the five-hour drive up with his family on Wednesday night. In addition to signing his deal, he got a tour of the stadium, met with members of the Twins’ front office — and third baseman Josh Donaldson — and underwent his physical before doing the media rounds.
Miller, whose older brother Owen is in the Indians organization, has been well prepared for what will come next as he transitions from high school to life in the minor leagues.
“He said from here on out, it’s going to be a grind,” Noah Miller said of his brother’s advice. “I’ve got to be ready for the long seasons. I’ve got to be ready for the hot weather down in Florida. But just play your game, get through it, hope you do well.”
Miller, an 18-year-old, switch-hitting shortstop, visited Minneapolis earlier this month for a pre-draft workout with the Twins. But now that he’s signed his contract, everything has started to sink in for him.
“This is the beginning. That’s all I’ve got to say,” he said. “This is the beginning of the grind. I’m ready for it. I want it to come.”
The Twins are still unsure whether Luis Arraez will require an injured list stint after he hurt his knee on Tuesday trying to make a play in the field. But an MRI on Thursday revealed no major damage, manager Rocco Baldelli said.
It did show that he has minor strain of the soleus muscle in the calf, Baldelli said.
“We’re still going to continue to treat it day to day as long as he continues to get better,” Baldelli said. “If he’s on his feet and moving around well in the next day or two, I think we can avoid an IL stint. If he can’t, that’s still a possibility, too, and then we’ll talk about the IL at that point.”
The Twins gained a new fan Thursday afternoon when Gamble Lynn Garver, the first child of Mitch and Sarah Garver, was born at 1:22 p.m. Both mother and son are healthy and well, the Twins said.
Garver was placed on the paternity list Thursday, which allows players a three-day maximum absence. Baldelli has not yet talked to the catcher about his return but in the meantime, the Twins have recalled Ben Rortvedt from Triple-A.
“There’s some baby discussion in this clubhouse right now,” said Baldelli, who is expecting his first child later this year. “Some of us are going to have a lot to learn.”
The Twins announced Wednesday that Alex Kirilloff would be having season-ending surgery. On Thursday, they announced that outfielder Kyle Garlick will undergo a surgery to deal with a sports hernia that has kept him out since June 9.
A timeline for Garlick’s return is not yet known, Baldelli said. Garlick had been playing with the Triple-A Saints on a rehab assignment before making the decision that surgery was the necessary option.
“He basically had to make the call as far as whether he could continue or not,” Baldelli said. “It was just bothering him too much.”