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  1. Twins Minor League Report (6/28): Colabello, Sano Power Display

    Itís almost like they know. Coming into Friday, Miguel Sano had 20 total home runs this season. Chris Colabello had 18. In his first two at bats on Friday, Colabello homered to catch up to Sano. But it wasnít long before Sano hit his 21st. Then, a little more than an hour later, Sano hit his 22nd homer of the year. Itís almost like last year when Trevor Plouffe and Josh Willingham seemed to homer so frequently on the same day. The two are easily the top home run hitters in the organization. The ...
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  2. Twins Minor League Report (6/27): Stuart Turner wins Johnny Bench Award

    It was a big day for Minnesota Twinsí second-round draft pick Ryan Eades. He agreed to terms with the Twins and will report to Elizabethton. The E-Twins have played the past two days without two of their catchers. Third-round pick Stuart Turner and ninth-round pick Mitch Garver flew to Wichita because they were two of the three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award for the nationís top collegiate catcher. In a ceremony on Thursday night, Turner was named the winner of the award.

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  3. Nate Wolters: NBA Draft Prospect and HUGE Twins Fan

    Tonight in New York, the NBA will hold its annual player draft. In Minnesota, the talk is of Flip Saunders and which direction he will choose to lead the Wolves in his first draft. For St. Cloud native Nate Wolters, it will be one of the most important nights of his life. The 6-5 point guard, who played his prep hoops at St. Cloud Tech and college ball for the Jackrabbits of South Dakota State, is expected to be drafted sometime between the late first round and the middle of the second round. ...
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  4. Sano and Buxton will represent Twins at Futures Game

    This afternoon, MLB announced the rosters of the Futures Game, which will be played on June 14th, two days before the All Star Game in New York. The Twins will have one player on the World team and one player on the USA team. It likely would come as no surprise that Miguel Sano (Dominican Republic) will be playing on the World team and Byron Buxton (Georgia, USA) will play for the US team.

    Last year, Oswaldo Arcia was the lone Twins representative. He hit a double in the game against ...
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  5. Lefty Logan Darnell is making his pitch

    One of the pitchers in the Minnesota Twins farm system that has begun to garner more attention is Logan Darnell. The 24-year-old left-hander was 6-6 with a 2.61 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP in 15 starts at New Britain this year. Last Thursday, he threw a complete game, four-hit shutout against the Erie SeaWolves. I have been occasionally getting questions about Darnell from readers, but following that start, there were a lot more questions. What does he throw? When will he get promoted? What is different ...
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  6. Twins Minor League Report (6/25): A Night of Debuts

    It was a night of debuts in the Twins system on Tuesday. Aaron Hicks finally made his first appearance in a AAA game as he started rehab from his hamstring injury. Logan Darnell also made his AAA debut. Matt Summers replaced Darnell in the Rock Cats rotation and stared for the team on Tuesday. And likely, the debut you were looking most forward to came in Palm Beach as Byron Buxton played in his first game for the Miracle. How did their debuts go, and how was 2013 draft pick Tanner Mendonca in his ...
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  7. Geeking Out: OPS Minus Batting Average

    It's pretty rare when you read me writing about any advanced statistics. I don't mind reading them and trying to understand what they mean and what they are telling me about a player. But I very rarely use more than a Triple Slash line (BA/OBP/SLG) with the OPS in parentheses. I like OPS, but like all stats, it needs to be used in context, and it's OK to ask questions about it.

    For instance, OPS is a combination of On-Base Percentage (OBP) and Slugging Percentage (SLG). On-Base Percentage ...
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  8. Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Gibson, Buxton Promoted

    When last nightís minor league report was completed around midnight last night, there was nothing seemingly on the horizon. Eight hours later, we learned that Pedro Hernandez had made a six hour drive from Louisville, Kentucky, to Cleveland to make a spot start because Mike Pelfrey who was put on the Disabled List with back spasms. He got the Win despite walking six in five innings and was immediately demoted following the game. Soon after, we learned the Kyle Gibson would be promoted and will start ...
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  9. Gibson Gets the Call

    The news came from Twins PR Director Dustin Morse following Sunday's win in Cleveland. Kyle Gibson will be promoted to the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday and will make his Major League debut on Saturday at Target Field.

    Gibson has been a big conversation piece for Twins fans throughout the season. There has been his recovery from Tommy John surgery. There is talk of an innings limit. There has been speaking of Consistency. All of the rumor and speculation can end now with Gibson getting ...
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  10. Twins Minor League Report Reports (6/22): Saturday in the Park

    Saturday was a very busy night in the Twins farm system. It started with another Minier Show in the afternoon. There were a ton of great performances and very exciting games throughout the Twins system. Vance Worley continued to pitch as we would all hope. Taylor Rogers continued his tremendous run with the Miracle. The Rock Cats used a few big innings, but could they pull off a win? A couple of former Gophers had a big day. So much to get to!

    Check out what happened in the Twins farm ...
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  11. Twins Minor League Report (6/21): And Then There Were Six

    Friday marked the start of our daily minor league reports needing to cover six teams. The GCL Twins began their season with a matinee against the Red Sox in Ft. Myers. It wasnít a great night for the affiliates, but there were still plenty of good performances worthy of noting. Kennys Vargas has been terrific all year, and it hasnít slowed down at all since Miguel Sano moved up to New Britain. Sano added to his home run total. Chris Colabello continues to rake.

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  12. Twins Gulf Coast League Preview and Roster

    This afternoon, the Twins Gulf Coast League team will be playing its first game of the season. As is typical, this is a group with players from all around the world. It is a group of players from the Dominican, Venezuela, Germany, Taiwan, and Australia getting an opportunity. There are several players on this roster who have spent time in the Dominican Summer League. There are young players drafted the last year or two. There are some college picks who are more raw and there just isnít room on the ...
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  13. Twins Minor League Report (6/20): Darnell Delivers

    The Appalachian League started on Thursday night and Elizabethton started where they left off last year. On Friday, the Gulf Coast League will begin. The Cedar Rapids Kernels began the second half of their season. Kyle Gibson had another terrific start for Rochester, but it was not the best start in the organization on this day.

    Keep reading to see what happened in the Twins farm system on Thursday:

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders 2

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  14. 2013 Elizabethton Twins Preview

    Tonight, the Elizabethton Twins season gets underway. They will attempt to end this season the same way that they ended the 2012 season. OK, maybe not in quite as dramatic a fashion as requiring a walk-off, extra inning grand slam, but the goal will again be to win an Appalachian League title. Long-time manager Ray Smith, along with long-time hitting coach Jeff Reed and second-year pitching coach Henry Bonilla, have built a bit of a dynasty in Tennessee.

    The 2013 roster is quite interesting. ...
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