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  1. Handling Gibson

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ID:	3377As they try to rebuild their shattered starting pitching corps, the Twins are relying on Kyle Gibson to become a fixture in the rotation. Whereas the rest of the organization’s top pitching prospects are widely considered to be at least a year or two away, Gibson is ready now.

    After being sidetracked by Tommy John surgery, he’s returned throwing harder than ever and – much like in his first big-league camp in 2011 – he is impressing coaches and onlookers ...
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  2. A Dose of Reality For Pelfrey

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Size:  18.8 KBSpring is an exciting time for baseball. Players are happy to be back in camp doing what they love. Coaches are pumped to reacquaint with returning team members and welcome new ones. Fans are giddy at the sound of gloves popping under the sun.

    It’s easy for reporters on hand to get caught up in the flurry of good vibes. This year’s prime example is Mike Pelfrey, who wowed everyone present during his early workouts, less than 10 months removed from Tommy John ...
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  3. Finding Relief

    When the Twins rose to prominence after the turn of the millennium, dominating the AL Central for nearly a decade, they always relied on a steady bullpen that protected leads.

    During that time, Terry Ryan was extremely adept at plucking overlooked assets from other organizations, which allowed him to build effective relief units on the cheap.

    There are many examples. Matt Guerrier was a nondescript Pirates farmhand when the Twins grabbed him off waivers in 2003. Dennys ...
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  4. 2013 Spring Training Preview

    Every year around this time the talk is about how hope springs eternal; how the slate is wiped clean and every team is 0-0; how every club is tied for first place.

    For these 2013 Twins, optimism is noticeably subdued. For most people, a realistic form of “hope” involves approaching a .500 record and avoiding the cellar for a third straight year. The Twins have more question marks dotting their roster than perhaps any other team in the American League.

    The odds are against ...
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  5. Twins Daily Top 10 Prospects: Recap

    Over the past two weeks, we've gradually laid out our selections for the Twins organization's top ten prospects. Each day, we took an in-depth look at a different rising star within the system, outlining their strengths and weaknesses while spelling out what each must do to succeed in the majors. Here's how our list came together:

    10. Max Kepler, OF
    9. Trevor May, RHP
    8. J.O. Berrios, RHP
    7. Eddie Rosario, 2B
    6. Kyle Gibson, RHP
    5. Alex Meyer, RHP
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  6. TD Top Prospects: #1 Miguel Sano

    Age: 19 (DOB: 5/11/93)
    2012 Stats
    A: .258/.373/.521, 28 HR, 100 RBI, 75 R, 8/11 SB
    ETA: 2015

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    Since his days crushing baseballs in the Dominican Republic, where he attracted the attention of numerous pro scouts, everything about Miguel Sano has screamed "Superstar."

    The 2011 documentary Ballplayer: Pelotero followed a 16-year-old Sano, along with another teenage Dominican prospect, as they sought to impress the right people ...
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  7. TD Top Prospects: #3 Aaron Hicks

    Age: 23 (DOB: 10/2/89)
    2012 Stats
    AA: .286/.384/.460, 13 HR, 61 RBI, 100 R, 32/43 SB
    ETA: 2013

    Aaron Hicks is a top Minnesota Twins prospect

    When it comes to physical tools, Aaron Hicks is tough to top. A muscular 6'2" outfielder with tremendous speed and an arm so strong that many teams considered drafting him as a pitcher, he's the type of player scouts salivate over.

    Will the production match the athleticism? That's a question that has followed him throughout ...
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  8. Here We Go Again...

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Size:  61.6 KBThe hits have just kept on coming for the Twins over the past two seasons, leaving those who believe in karmic balance to wonder just when a spell of good fortune would come along for a change. Apparently we're still not there yet, as La Velle E. Neal III indicated on Friday that reigning No. 1 starter Scott Diamond is "really iffy" to be ready for Opening Day after undergoing offseason elbow surgery.

    Diamond is a prime regression candidate, but he's the ...
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  9. TD Top Prospects: #6 Kyle Gibson

    Age: 25 (DOB: 10/23/87)
    2012 Stats
    GULF: 14.2 IP, 2.45 ERA, 16/4 K/BB, 0.89 WHIP
    A: 7.0 IP, 2.57 ERA, 7/1 K/BB, 1.00 WHIP
    AAA: 6.2 IP, 9.45 ERA, 10/1 K/BB, 1.80 WHIP
    ETA: 2013

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    Turn the calendar back two years. It's spring training 2011 and the Twins are coming off a second straight division championship. Kyle Gibson is an attention magnet in camp. He's coming off a spectacular pro debut that saw him fly through three levels ...
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  10. The Bright Side

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    Bathed in sun, with green plastic seat-backs peeking through the melting snow, the ballpark started to look like… well, a ballpark. This coming weekend, temperatures in Minnesota will near the 40s while pitchers and catchers unpack their bags in ...
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  11. TD Top Prospects: #10 Max Kepler

    Age: 19 (DOB: 2/10/93)
    2012 Stats
    APPY: 59 G, .297/.387/.539, 10 HR, 49 RBI, 40 R, 7/7 SB
    ETA: 2017

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    By the time he's done playing, Max Kepler might be known as one of the greatest major-league hitters ever to come out of Europe.

    And he's the tenth-best prospect for the Twins? That seems crazy. But take a look at this all-time European All-Star team that Dave Schoenfield put together a couple years ago. There are some ...
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