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  1. Rock Cats Report 2014.1

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    (MN's own Nate Hanson celebrating a home run)

    As of this writing, the New Britain Rock Cats sit at 4-6. It's important before reading this piece -- or really any piece related to baseball -- that we all realize that we're only 10 games (or so) into the season. Everything anyone says should be couched with the "small sample size" caveat. Still, though, it is worthwhile to start to look at how Twins' prospects are beginning to perform against
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  2. Trevor May and First Pitch Strikes

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    Last season in New Britain, I watched 4 or 5 of Trevor May's starts. I'm still higher on him than most people are, because a few things became apparent to me after watching him -- all of which are fixable (to a degree, anyway): 1) the defense behind him was sometimes lousy (I'm looking specifically at the left side of the infield -- Danny Santana and Miguel Sano), leading to extra pitches made and extra batters faced to get the job done; 2) control issues
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  3. A New Britain Travel Guide

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    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Every now and then, I'm asked by someone over Twitter or email about traveling to see a Rock Cats series. Usually the questions are pretty basic -- what airport do I fly in to, do I have to buy tickets in advance -- but sometimes the questions are more detailed. I'm always happy to give information, and in fact I've even met up with a couple "displaced" Twins fans at New Britain ...
  4. Prognosticating: 2014 Rock Cats Opening Day Lineup

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    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    It's one thing to predict an Opening Day lineup after things begin to shake out in Spring Training. It's another to do it a full month before pitchers and catchers arrive. So in the spirit of good fun, what follows is my January 26, 2014 prediction for the New Britain Rock Cats' Opening Day lineup. As you can see, the first several spots in my batting order pack a little punch. Between
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  5. Podcasting: Talking Tanaka, Twins & Rockcats


    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    I've only done a few podcasts in the couple years that I've had this blog, but it's a lot of fun to do. Last night, Travis Aune, keeper of Texas Twins Fan, was nice enough to invite me on his weekly podcast. We talked for almost an hour. You definitely have to listen to it, but topics ranged from the Yankees' signing
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  6. Rock Cats Hot Stove Luncheon

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ID:	6350Here's some good trivia: In 2013, 9 former Rock Cats players made major league debuts: Caleb Theilbar; Josmil Pinto; Oswaldo Arcia; Aaron Hicks; Chris Colabello; Michael Tonkin; Kyle Gibson; Andrew Albers; and Brock Peterson. With the exception of Peterson, who saw some time with the Angels, the other 8 players wore Twins uniforms. I've been attending Rock Cats games for about 6 years, but only have been following them seriously for 3 years. That being said, I watched ...
  7. 2013 Rock Cats MVP: Josmil Pinto

    Rock Cats, Red Wings, and now Twins catcher,
    Josmil Pinto
    I'll be the first to admit that the bulk of my Rock Cats coverage this season has centered around Miguel Sano. And it's for a reason -- he's the best prospect that ...
  8. Miguel Sano Relegated to First Base Already? You Must be Joking.

    Last night I had a brief, and sort of strange, Twitter exchange with Tom Powers of the Pioneer Press. He tweeted "I'm still waiting for the Twins organization to hand Miguel Sano a first baseman's mitt." We exchanged a few respectful replies - this definitely wasn't a Twitter argument or war -- but it was still very confusing to me, and I still firmly believe I'm correct. (Here's the link to the first of the Tweets.)

    First, let's agree on one thing: Powers is correct that ...
  9. The New Britain Coaching Situation

    Rock Cats' Manager Jeff Smith.
    Courtesy of Richard Messina, Hartford Courant


    I've been spoiled. This summer, I've been able to watch Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario, from right over the home dugout, for $15 a ticket.
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  10. Trevor May: Still Hopeful

    It's been a consistently inconsistent season for Trevor May

    Tonight's game was a laugher. No real offense to speak of for New Britain until the game was well out of hand. In fact, it's not even worth discussing Sano or
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  11. The Miguel Sano Quandry

    If you can't tell, Miguel Sano is a kid
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    If I told you that there was a Twins prospect at AA New Britain batting .243, you probably wouldn't blink an eye. If I told you he
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  12. Thoughts on Miguel Sano, Discipline, and the Twins' (and Rock Cats') Reaction

    "Bocaton" is Miguel Sano's nickname.
    It means "Big Mouth."

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The biggest Twins story this past week hasn't been the team's resurgence toward
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  13. The Sano Show

    Windy skies tonight in New Britain

    This is a night where I'm glad I'm not a real journalist with a real deadline. Wow, what a game. Well, more specifically, what a game for Miguel Sano: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 5 RBIs. And the
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  14. Rock Cats: Mid-Season Candidates for Promotion

    Logan Darnell, New Britain's most consistent pitcher this season.
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    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    It's been a fast 40 percent of the New Britain season. The team has played all right -- about what I expected,
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