GCL Twins outfielder Jeremias Pineda was named to the 2012 GCL All-Star team and earned League MVP. Pineda hit .365 (70-for-192) with nine doubles, four triples, one home run, 25 RBI and 23 stolen bases in 52 games between the GCL Red Sox and GCL Twins. Pineda was acquired from Boston for Danny Valencia on August 5. Pineda actually played all four infield positions for the GCL Twins this season. Pineda was joined on the GCL All-Star team by GCL Twins infielder Anderlin Mejia, who batted .324 with one home run and 20 RBI for the GCL Twins this season. Mejia was also the toughest player to strike out in the GCL, fanning just once every 14.77 plate appearances. The 20 year-old Mejia is in his third Twins minor league season. The GCL Twins finished the season out of the playoffs at 33-27.
Former Minnesota Twins catcher (2001-2003) Tom Prince guided the Pirates to their first GCL championship since they joined the league in 1968. After qualifying for the playoffs as the Wild-Card team, the Pirates shut out the Cardinals, 1-0, to advance to the Finals. Prince’s club then won two straight from the Red Sox to win the league title. Prince, who has piloted the Pirates since 2007, was also named the GCL Manager of the Year in 2008, after leading his club to a league-best 37-18 record and the South Division title. Prince has been managing in the minor leagues since 2005.