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  1. Naming names: The three starting pitchers the Twins should sign in free agency

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    It is not a secret, that the biggest problem the Minnesota Twins had in the past few woeful season, as far as players are concerned, is the lack of a reliable rotation. While a lot of fans are looking at 2015 or 2016 as the potential contenting point for the Twins, when Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton "come to age", the dirty secret is that there are not (other than Alex Meyer and potentially Kyle Gibson above A ...
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  2. Performance, wRC+ and #PowerBananas: why Miguel Sano is the best MLB prospect

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    The art of evaluating performance inside a baseball diamond has undoubtedly changed the last few years with the infusion of science (math & statistic notations.) In the "good old days" if someone "hit 300", with more than 30 home runs and either more than 100 runs scored or 100 "ribies", he had a great season. That was the measuring stick that separated great from very good. And it still does, ...
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  3. From AJ to DJ to Eddie, but no Sano: Rock Cats at Fighting Phils Saturday night.

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Despite the current drama within the Twins' organization with their future star third baseman, which is getting to be about as bad as that of the Yankees with their former star third baseman, and unsure whether the unanimous number three prospect in baseball will play, I made the forty five minute trip to Reading (think of "ready" when pronouncing it, not "righting" and "rithmetic") to watch ...
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  4. One pitcher the Minnesota Twins should sell high

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    It is a weekend series with the Yankees away from the All Star break, and it is obvious that the 2013 version of the Minnesota Twins is not much better than the 2012, so understandable, they should be "sellers" in the fast approaching trading deadline. Several names of players, like Justin Morneau, Josh Willingham, even Trevor Plouffe and Glen Perkins have been mentioned as potential "trade bait". ...

    Updated 07-12-2013 at 02:05 PM by Thrylos

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  5. The next generation of Latin American prospects for the Minnesota Twins

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    The lore of baseball has it that the jumps from single A to high A and from high A to AA are the hardest jumps in a pro player's minor league career. In actuality, there is another jump that is much harder and only about one in five players make it: The jump from the Dominican Summer League to the Gulf Coast League. The players who make this jump are what an organization thinks is the cream of the crop of the next ...
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  6. The Twins and the Yankees have been at it longer than anyone can remember.

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    For a large fraction of the Minnesota Twins fans, the Yankees clearly represent three things: a franchise that has a bottomless pit for a budget and can buy players and championships, a team that after the wild card was established the Twins have to face in every post-season, and the team that the Twins (the good Twins' teams) lost to in every post-season. So the Yankees have been the proverbial thorn on the Twins' side ...
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  7. Baseball team gets renamed in honor of a Twins' player. Just not who you think.

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    It is really wonderful to see professional baseball players to be good corporate citizens and invest in their communities, appreciating what they did for them in their earlier steps on the way to becoming stars.

    From the Twins' world, local Minnesotans, Joe Mauer and Glen Perkins have donated a lot of their money and time to several local causes. But they never had a team named after them. A third Twins'
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  8. Twins 2013 mock MLB Draft: Rounds 6 to 12

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    I started the Twins mock 2013 draft a week ago, suggesting that they should select Sean Manaea with their first round and fourth overall pick. A couple days ago I presented the second to fifth round picks for the Twins in this mock draft, and now I am concluding with picks from the 6th to the 12 round.


    As I indicated in the first pick presentation, like every single other mock drafts out there, unless ...
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  9. Twins 2013 mock MLB Draft: Rounds 2 to 5

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    Last week, I discussed the reasons why the Minnesota Twins should select Sean Manaea with their first round and fourth overall pick. This week, I am presenting potential second to fifth round picks for the Twins. The Twins do not have compensatory picks this season. Brief profiles of the players also are included.


    Round 2, (43 overall): Hunter Dozier, SS, Stephen F. Austin State

    Would ...
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  10. Kyle Gibson and the Red Wings at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs today and it was so close

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    A couple days ago I realized that the Rochester Red Wings were playing the Lehigh Valley IronPigs at my back yard. Literally, their ballpark (Coca Cola Park) is less than half an hour away from my door, so I make a point to go and see the Red Wings every year when they play there. This was their second game here, and by choice I went today instead of yesterday, because Kyle Gibson was pitching. There were a lot of conflicting ...

    Updated 05-19-2013 at 06:33 PM by Thrylos

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  11. With the 4th pick of the 2013 MLB Draft the Twins select...

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    I feel that an introductory paragraph is in order here. This is the fourth season I have been covering the Minnesota Twins' drafts (started about 2 years into the existence of this blog). Since day one (you can see the humble 2009 beginnings here) I have been presenting potential target players' names and profiles and have been live-blogging each pick as they were happening providing mini-profiles. This will happen ...
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  12. 101 High School player names everyone should know before the 2013 MLB Draft

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    This is the third an last installment in this series. Yesterday, I presented the names of 114 College position players who will likely be drafted and a couple days before those of 129 College pitchers likely to join an MLB organization this early June. Today I am presenting the names of 101 High School players who are likely to get drafted (52 position players and 49 pitchers.)

    The one thing that we learned ...

    Updated 05-19-2013 at 10:55 AM by Thrylos

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  13. 114 College position player names everyone should know before the 2013 MLB Draft

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    couple days ago, in preparation for the 2013 MLB Draft, I listed 129 names of College Pitchers who will get drafter in that draft and several of them will be drafted by the Minnesota Twins. In this second segment, I am listing the names of 114 College position players who will be drafted. The Twins will likely draft several of them.

    Will they redraft LJ Mazzilli who decided to not sign and return to ...
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  14. 129 College pitcher names everyone should know before the 2013 MLB Draft

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    Every year about this time, I present profiles of College and High School players that the Minnesota Twins might draft. Last year, I identified pitching as a high need, so I presented the profiles of 23 pitchers, all potential Twins' draft picks. The Twins, properly, went ahead and picked a High School outfielder instead. I will be doing something different this year. Like past years, I will continue to present mini-profiles ...
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