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  1. Alex Meyer's Time Has Almost Arrived

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    On Wednesday of this past week, Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer dismantled the Rays’ Triple-A affiliate Durham Bulls, striking out eight over six innings of work while not allowing either a walk or a run.

    With Phil Hughes apparently sidelined for some time after absorbing an Adam Dunn projectile missile in combination with the inconsistent performance from the starting five that no consists of non-prospect arms, it is hard not to ask “When is it ...
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  2. Dinner with a Moderator

    While this isn't "My Dinner with Andre" or "Tuesdays with Morrie", I did have dinner with someone on a Tuesday. During Monday's game thread our very own "scene setter" and moderator Riverbrian noted that he was in Rochester. I work in that fair city and live just over 20 miles away. I contacted Brian when he asked about bakeries, and we agreed to meet for beers and dinner while watching the middle game of the Twins-Indians series.

    I really didn't know ...
  3. Talk to Contact, Ep 93: TC Bear and his T-shirt Gun

    This week on the podcast Paul learns about ground rule triples, and strangely enough, if does not include TC Bear going on a rampage with his T-shirt gun (but we'd pay good money to see that happen). The Twins offense has struggled to score runs recently (what's new?) and Joe Mauer is still working his way back from injury. The scholarship program is over in Minnesota (again) as Matt Guerrier was DFA'd to make room for roster worthy Ryan Pressly.

    You can download the new Talk to Contact
  4. Phil Hughes... Hurt

    Phil Hughes had a short night on the mound sadly due to an injury. In the top of the fourth inning Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam Dunn hit a hard ground ball up the middle. Phil Hughes was trying to get out of the way but the ball hit his right shin/ankle. Hughes couldn't finish the play because of the pain and Dunn was safe at first. After walking around the mound for a couple minutes the training staff advised Hughes to come out of the game. Phil Hughes pitched three innings and gave ...
  5. Wow..thats the best we can do? Why Bother?

    Trading an established hitter for a position the Twins have in abundance?

  6. Lewis Thorpe Improving

    Over the past year, Lewis Thorpe has exploded on the scene. An unknown commodity heading into the GCL last season, he was so dominant as a 17 year old that he has appeared on various preseason Twins’ top 10 prospect lists. He has made even more news this year, skipping the Appalachian league and going straight to A ball from extended spring training. However, the Midwest league has not been kind to Thorpe, who has posted a 5.40 ERA with a 31:15 k:bb ratio in 35 innings over 8 GS. Despite these struggles, ...
  7. Smart Baseball: Selling High On Suzuki

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    On Tuesday, the Padres traded third basemen Chase Headley and $1 million cash to the Yankees for shortstop Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitcher Rafeal De Paula. It was hardly an inspired return for the once highly sought after Headley, with Solarte having regressed back to replacement level after a hot start this season and High-A prospect De Paula projecting as nothing more than a middle reliever down the road. Just two years ago, Headley batted .286 ...
  8. The Twins are Stuck in Their Comfort Zone

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ID:	8309After giving up four runs in a brutal relief outing on Tuesday night, Matt Guerrier was designated for assignment on Wednesday, following in the footsteps of fellow failed reclamation projects Jason Bartlett and Jason Kubel.

    The Twins raised some eyebrows during the offseason when they brought back the three former fixtures on minor-league deals. It was hard to find fault with those moves at the time, as they were non-guaranteed contracts that inherently ...
  9. Twins Minor League Report (7/23): Shut out of Majors, Meyer Impresses

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ID:	8310What an interesting day in Twins Territory!

    It was announced this afternoon that the Twins were awarded the 4th pick in Comp Round B of the 2015 MLB Draft. (This is fantastic news... especially for me!) Adding a pick like this will give the Twins around $800,000 extra in their draft pool.

    Shortly after that, the Twins completed a Anthony Swarzak-led victory. And after that, Matt Guerrier was designated for assignment.

    Of course, ...
  10. Summary For Troy's Twins Chat For July 23, 2014

    Here's what Dad and I discussed on Troy's Twins Chat. Dad and I talked about today's game. We discussed iwhether or not the Twins are buyers or seller. Also, I previewed the series with the not so Mighty Whities of Chicago.

    To listen to the show, click on the following link. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the-troy-larson-show/2014/07/24/troys-twins-chat
  11. The No Juice Podcast, Episode #14: Trade Deadline

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ID:	8302On this week’s episode of the No Juice Podcast, Major League Baseball’s trade deadline swiftly approaching, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman discuss where the Minnesota Twins stand after the All-Star Break. Josh Willingham, Kevin Correia and Kurt Suzuki? Sell ‘em or sell ‘em all?

    Other topics include Twins prospect Nick Gordon’s introduction to professional baseball, previewing the Twins Daily Touch ‘Em All Pub Crawl, trolling Darren Rovell on Twitter, anger ...
  12. Twins Have Utmost Confidence In Nick Gordon

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ID:	8300As a self-proclaimed baseball analyst, I can say that there is nothing more difficult to gauge than a minor league prospect. There is little information available at the fingertips compared to major league players. But beyond that, there is perhaps nothing more difficult to gauge than a prospect at rookie ball where the data, video and observations are as rare as fine dining in their clubhouse.

    That said, a recent review of MLBFarm.com’s statistical warehouse ...
  13. GCL Players to Watch

    This is the second installment breaking down each minor league affiliate for players to watch as the season winds to a close. The GCL has six players worthy of mention:

    1. Amaurys Minier, SH, LF/1B, DOB: 1/30/96

    2014 statistics: 90 plate appearances, .304/.378/.456, 6 double, 0 triples, 2 homer, 9 walk, 29 strikeouts, 0 steals, 2 times caught stealing.

    Minier has shown big improvements in his second stint in the GCL. His power is still developing and there ...
  14. Trade Candidate: Kevin Correia

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ID:	8298Many were frustrated when the Twins signed Kevin Correia to a multi-year contract in December of 2012.

    It wasn't the price -- $10 million over two years is a fair rate for a No. 5 starter. It was the fact that, after a 99-loss season in which the rotation was terrible, their biggest offseason signing was a No. 5 starter.

    To his credit, unlike so many free agents, Correia came as advertised, and maybe a little better. He's been completely ...
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