2017 Winter Training Camps
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Receive major league instruction at Twins Training Camps!
The winter edition of the Twins Training Camps provides players an opportunity to continue developing their skills as well as prepare for tryouts and the start of the new baseball season.
The instructional staff is very experienced and dedicated to helping youth develop their skills. A large and experienced staff ensures a low player-to-coach ratio, so players receive the attention they need to develop.
Twins Training Camps are open to youth ages 8 to 18, and located at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
Camps address general baseball skills including hitting, defense, throwing and pitching. Players will go through hitting drills designed to correct flaws and improve swings; defensive drills including infield and outfield work; and throwing drills designed to teach players the correct way to throw to gain velocity, accuracy and avoid arm injuries.
Camp dates and registration will be available October 2016.
Camp Director - Erik Lovdahl
Erik has more than 20 years of experience coaching and instructing at the youth, high school and collegiate levels. He is a former professional pitcher and currently serves as a Twins batting practice pitcher and Director of Twins Training Camps. In his role with the Twins, Erik has worked with Twins Pitching Coach Rick Anderson and teaches many of the same techniques the Twins pitchers work on. He is the owner of Lovdahl Pitching Academy as well as the Gopher State Baseball League Pitching Director. Erik has trained countless players at all levels throughout the Upper Midwest.
"Erik has been around [youth] baseball a long time. Patience, mechanics, repeating deliveries & conditioning are all important parts of teaching young baseball players how to play & respect the game of baseball. He has the knowledge, personality & experience to help players develop their skills and he is the ideal director for the Twins program."
- Terry Ryan, Twins General Manager
Brian Raabe is a former infielder for the Minnesota Twins and the Head Baseball Coach at Bethel University. Along with the Twins, Brian also spent time with the Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners and Seibu Lions of the Japanese Pacific League. Brian was a six-time Minor League All-Star and 1996 AAA batting champion. He is also an alumnus of the University of Minnesota where he was a four-time letter winner, with All Big-Ten and All America honors in 1990. Brian is also the Play Ball! Minnesota Ambassador for the Twins Community Fund.
Mark "Lunch" McKenzie is the head baseball coach at NCAA Division II Concordia University in St. Paul. He has coached and worked in baseball for more than 45 years, including tours with USA Baseball and the Olympic Development Program. He has been a part of three gold-medal winning teams with USA Baseball, including in 1998 when he was also awarded the USOC Developmental Coach of the Year honor. Lunch has had numerous of his former students and players move on to play professional baseball, including 10 in the Major Leagues.
Mark Wilson is the Minnesota Twins Midwest Area Scout covering MN, IA, NE, WI, ND, SD and Canada. He has been a member of the Twins organization since 1999 and is responsible for signing current Major League players Joe Mauer, Brian Duensing and Glen Perkins.
Keith Bateman is the head baseball coach at NCAA Division III Augsburg College in Minneapolis. While at Augsburg, he has led a revival of the baseball program, qualifying for the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference postseason playoffs twice; including in 2005 when he was named MIAC Coach of the Year. During his playing career, Keith was a three-time All-MIAC and one-time All-Midwest Region selection at Bethel University; he also holds the Bethel career record for hits and the single-season records for hits and batting average.
John Wilkens is an assistant baseball coach at NCAA Division III Northwestern College and has been involved with baseball for over 50 years. Since 1970, Wilkens has coached at the high school, American Legion and collegiate levels. He was a coach on the 1987 USA Olympic Festival, gold medal winning, North Team. Wilkens is the secretary-treasurer for the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches Association and serves as the clinic director for the annual MSHSBCA state coaching clinic.
In addition, other top instructors will be in attendance. Some instructors may not be available at every camp.