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LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 14: Josh Minott #7 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to a play during the game against the Brooklyn Nets during the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League on July 14, 2022 at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Zach Beeker/NBAE via Getty Images)

Josh Minott, Wolves forward (⬆️ UP)

Every year so many college basketball players make themselves eligible for the NBA draft that there’s no way all can be selected. Some cause you to shake your head and wonder why they didn’t stay in school. Minott was one of those who made you go hmmmmmm. He certainly has the athleticism but played just one year at Memphis, where he averaged all of 14.6 minutes per game. Minnesota took a shot at him with the No. 45 overall pick in the second round, a two-way contract likely in the offing. Then came the Las Vegas Summer League. His shot isn’t quite there yet (38.3% although 5 of 12 from 3-point range) but he did just about everything else. Playing 26.8 minutes per game, Minott averaged 12.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.6 blocks. In the Wolves’ final game Saturday, he poured in 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting (2 of 3 from deep) to go with 10 boards, three assists and a block. He also reached double-digit rebounds in two other games, with 12 and 11, and had swatted a shot in each of his five contests. He showed a lot in Vegas – enough so that two-way deal is out the window. Welcome to the Wolves, Josh.

Sean Johnson, Twins vice president of amateur scouting (⬆️ UP)

OK, let’s face it, how many of you knew who Johnson was before the MLB draft (or even now)? While you never know how picks will turn out until years down the road, Minnesota seemingly did very well with its first two selections. Brooks Lee was considered to be a potential No. 1 overall pick – and the Twins got him at No. 8. Alabama left-hander Connor Prielipp was heavily mocked to go in the first round. Minnesota grabbed him at No. 48 overall in the second round. Again, we’ll need to wait and see, but it’s a good start.

Matt Wallner, Twins prospect (⬆️ UP)

After mashing 21 home runs in 78 games at Double-A, Wallner was promoted to Triple-A St. Paul on July 14. He played one game with the Saints then left for Los Angeles to play in the MLB Futures Game – where he, of course, homered. If Minnesota needs a power bat down the stretch, we know where the Twins can find one.

Luis Arraez and Byron Buxton, Twins players (⬇️ DOWN THEN ⬆️ UP)

Neither Arraez nor Buxton had a great week at the plate. Arraez, the majors’ leading hitter, was just 3-for-17 (.177) while Buxton hit a completely fine .278 (5-for-18) he had only one extra-base hit, no RBI and struck out 10 times. But then came Tuesday’s All-Star Game, a reminder of why these two players are who they are and why they were in L.A. for the big event. Buxton creamed a Tony Gonsolin pitch for a home run, giving the American League the lead and providing the final 3-2 margin. Arraez singled in his two at-bats, one of just eight hits for the AL.

Twins starting pitching (⬇️ DOWN)

In five games last week not one Minnesota starter made it through six innings. Dylan Bundy came the closest, going 5 2/3 allowing three runs. Three starters couldn’t even make it through five innings: In order, Sonny Gray (3 2/3, 9 H, 6 R), Devin Smeltzer (3 IP, 5 H, 2 R) and Chris Archer (4 2/3 IP, 5 H, 4 R). The break came at a good time. Get those arms, especially the relievers, a good rest.

Vikings fans (⬆️ UP)

Rookies report to training camp Sunday. Veterans on Tuesday. The NFL is back, baby. We missed you.

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