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  1. What did I see from Eduardo Nunez last weekend

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    As I indicated earlier, in addition to seeing Alex Meyer, one of my goals last weekend when I attended the Red Wings' last 3 games at the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, was to have a good look at the newest Twins' player Eduardo Nunez. Nunez, once the heir apparent to Derek Jeter and a Yankees top prospect, was traded by those Yankees to the Twins for Miguel Sulbaran (quick scouting report from this Spring Training here.) Even though ...

    Updated Yesterday at 06:15 PM by Thrylos

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  2. Red Wings at IronPigs 3 game Redux: Part I: Alex Meyer.

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    I had the opportunity to watch the Rochester Red Wings' last 3 games (the double header last night and this afternoon's game) in my back yard against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs over the weekend. My list of must dos were to see whether Alex Meyer was as good as he was this Spring, in real game situations and to see what Eduardo Nunez was all about. Happily to say, that I have done that and more and I am ready to share. ...
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  3. I have mixed feelings about Jason Bartlett making the Twins...

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    ...and has nothing to do with nostalgia.

    The Twins have been busy trying to finalize their 25 man roster, this week, the last of Spring Training, and unless you are lucky enough to vacation to a remote island away from mobile phones and the Internets, you would know by now that there was a waiver wire frenzy that had two Twins without options (Chris Parmelee and Scott Diamond) passing through waivers unclaimed ...
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  4. Spring Training Redux: How will the Twins do in 2014? Here is my prediction.

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    Every year I wait to watch the Twins in Spring Training before I form an opinion about how they will do this coming season. And I like to watch them in person to do this, just trying to see little signs here and little clues there. A bit before I did that, my arm was twisted to give a number of wins and position of finishing for the Twins this season, and I predicted that the Twins will go 81-81 to finish third in AL Central. ...
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  5. Twins Spring Training Report from Fort Myers: 3/16/2014: Dueling Aces and MILB games

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    Today it was Minnesota Day at Hammond Stadium, which apparently means that a whole bunch of people get early at the ballpark to tailgate at the parking lot and is a pain to find parking spots. I arrived just in time for the two intrasquad games (AAA vs AA) and (A+ vs A) at Fields number 2 and 3. Aaron Hicks was hitting for the AA team and Pedro Florimon was playing for the AAA team, so that is where I exclusively spent ...
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  6. Twins Spring Training Report from Fort Myers: 3/15/14: Top prospects galore

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    The (big) boys were out of town today and this left only the two A-level squads in action at the Lee County Sports Complex fields playing the A and Advanced A level Orioles' squads. One of the things that need to be noted, is that these squads do not see each other in regular season competition. The Twins' Advanced A team, the Fort Myers Miracle, is in the Florida State League, whereas the Orioles' Advance A team, the Frederick ...
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  7. Twins Spring Training Report From Fort Myers: 3/14/2014 and the newest dashboards

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    Second day of live coverage of the Twins Spring training from Fort Myers. Today there was mainly major league action and some minor league drills before the Miracle and Kernels games, with the Red Wings and Rock Cats squads traveling.

    As a reminder, you can find all Spring Training coverage here.

    On the single A Beloit side of things, there was a lot of fielding practice going on, including a lot of ...
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  8. Twins Spring Training Report From Fort Myers: 3/13/2014

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    I am on site at Fort Myers and this will be the first in a series of reports regarding the Twins' major and minor leaguers from the Lee County sports complex grounds. As a reminder, you can find all Spring Training coverage here.

    Miguel Sulbaran came to the Twins from the Dodgers in the Drew Butera trade last season and started four games for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Twins single A affiliate. Sulbaran did ...
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  9. The Elusive Twins' 5th Starter Battle: It does not exist and it is not a bad thing...

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    One of the most contested spots for the Twins, on paper, this Spring Training was going to be that of the 5th starter. The newly signed (or re-signed) Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey, in addition to holdover veteran Kevin Correia, had four spots, while the three out of option guys (Samuel Deduno, Scott Diamond and Vance Worley, in alphabetical order) were to battle for that fifth spot, maybe with the addition of first ...
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  10. The Elusive Twins' 5th Starter Battle: It does not exist and it is not a bad thing...

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    One of the most contested spots for the Twins, on paper, this Spring Training was going to be that of the 5th starter. The newly signed (or re-signed) Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey, in addition to holdover veteran Kevin Correia, had four spots, while the three out of option guys (Samuel Deduno, Scott Diamond and Vance Worley, in alphabetical order) were to battle for that fifth spot, maybe with the addition of first ...
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  11. Updated Twins Spring Training Battle Dashboards Reflecting the First Cuts

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    Here are the latest Twins Spring Training battle dashboards updated for yesterday's game and the Spring Training cuts. The players who were cut are not longer listed. You can find all of the 2014 Spring Training dashboards here) :

    A reminder of the scoring system:



    For the pitchers, I quantify using a measurement created by Bill James more than a decade ago called "Game Score".
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  12. The Twins make their first cuts of Spring Training and there are just a few surprises

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    Yesterday I speculated about the first cuts of the Spring Training for the Minnesota Twins. This morning the Twins announced these cuts and there were only a couple names I have not mentioned yesterday. After these 16 cuts, the Twins now have 48 players in the major league camp. Here is the full list of the cuts:

    40-man roster:

    Optioned to AAA Rochester Red Wings:

    LHP Logan Darnell
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  13. Speculation on the Twins' first Spring Training cuts and updated battle dashboards

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    Like most teams the Minnesota Twins will be announcing the first cuts of the major league Spring Training camp very soon. Who will those players be?

    One group of players who gets cut first are players on the 40-man roster who do not have much likelihood to make the team and were added on the roster for protection's sake. I think that Logan Darnell, Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco and Kennys Vargas will be the four casualties ...
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  14. Diamond's Back Foot and Twins Spring Training Dashboards

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    The Twins lost to the Baltimore Orioles' travel squad yesterday in a pretty bad way (11-5.) Here are the Spring Training Battle Dashboards updated after yesterday's game:

    For position players:



    For pitchers

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