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  1. Samuel Deduno showing progress in World Baseball Classic

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ID:	3475Don’t look now, but Samuel Deduno has not walked a batter yet this spring.

    I know, I know: It has been five meaningless spring innings. Give it time, right? And, sure, four of those innings were against Spain in the World Baseball Classic, a team whose lineup was littered with players lacking even minor league deals. Pump the brakes, Parker.

    The reality is that last year he handed out more free passes than the gals standing out front of Dream ...
  2. What does Liam Hendriks need to do to succeed?

    Liam Hendriks delivering a pitch in SeptemberLiam Hendriks could very well be one of the five starting pitchers the Minnesota Twins take north when camp breaks at the end of the month.

    He has the minor league numbers to show that he capable of retiring batters. He just needs to do the same against major league hitters. One area he needs to improve on in 2013 is achieving better result when he releases a slider from his fingertips.

    Coming off the season he had last year, no one would blame ...
  3. Vance Worley and the need for a third pitch

    Vance Worley is poised for his second unofficial start for the Minnesota Twins today.

    Compared to the other recent additions to the rotation, the 25-year-old right-hander’s first outing in the Grapefruit League was very positive. He worked two innings, allowed a pair of hits but didn’t allow any runs. Feedback from his new manager was good.

    “I like him. He looks like a gunslinger with that windup,” Ron Gardenhire told reporters following the team’s 5-4 victory over the ...
  4. Reliever Ryan Pressly leaves an early impression

    Ryan Pressly’s odds of making the bullpen when the Minnesota Twins break camp in April appear somewhere between slim and none.

    On a liberal guess, there are likely three spots open and two of those may already belong to Alex Burnett and Anthony Swarzak. The remaining vacancy? That’s competition between a Twins’ bullpen incumbent in Casey Fein, baseball’s relief innings leader last season in Josh Roenicke, and two former major leaguers trying to re-establish their careers in Rich Harden ...
  5. What To Watch This Spring: Brian Dozier's Swing

    Last year, as Brian Dozier’s offensive season sank deeper in the abyss, Andrew Bryz-Gornia at TwinkieTown pointed out how many different stances Dozier displayed.

    While the frequent changes in his batting stance acted as a visual barometer to his overall hitting struggles – the constant alteration a sign that he never was comfortable at the plate – his front side mechanics may have been one of the sources that led to his poor numbers.

    In 2012, Dozier’s swing contained a ...
  6. Will Mike Pelfrey be ready by opening day?

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ID:	3265Mike Pelfrey, or “the Big Pelf’ as he is called, towers at six feet, seven inches tall.

    Because of his substantial stature, it is likely that when Pelfrey starts saying that he will be ready to pitch by April this year, there is nary a person around to tell him otherwise. Even the Minnesota Twins figure that Pelfrey, who had Tommy John surgery in May 2011, will be ready by the opener, less than a year after the procedure.

    “If the season started ...
  7. TD Top Prospects: #4 Oswaldo Arcia

    Age: 21 (DOB: 05/09/1991)
    2012 Stats
    (A+/AA): .320/.388/.539, 17 HR, 98 RBI, 76 R, 4/9 SB
    ETA: 2013

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    It has been a while since the Minnesota Twins had major league ready offensive talent in their farm system knocking on the door of the big club. Outfielder Oswaldo Arcia appears to be wiping his feet at the welcome mat.

    Of course, there are just a few more steps - and players - ahead of him.

    One of ...
  8. TD Top Prospects: #7 Eddie Rosario

    Age: 21 (DOB: 09/28/1991)
    2012 Stats
    (RK/A):
    .299/.347/.499, 13 HR, 74 RBI, 62 R, 11/22 SB
    ETA: 2015
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    So far, Eddie Rosario’s minor league career has been largely overshadowed by Miguel Sano.

    It’s a common phenomenon with any pairing. One emerges as the fan favorite and the other continues doing valuable if underappreciated work. Maris had Mantle. Oates had Hall. Colmes had Hannity. The guy on the left of Milli Vanilli had the guy ...
  9. TD Top Prospects: #9 Trevor May

    Age: 23 (DOB: 09/23/1989)
    2012 Stats (AA): 10-13, 149.2 IP, 4.87 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 151/78 K/ BB
    ETA: 2014

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    On paper, Trevor May has all the makings of an elite pitcher. At six-foot-five and 215 pounds, the 22-year-old right-hander has the stature of a legit workhorse.

    “Just his build, he is built just like a pitcher,” remarked Dusty Wathan, May’s manager at Reading (AA) last year. “If you were going to build a starting pitcher ...
  10. The Progress of Miguel Sano

    There is no shortage in interest of Miguel Sano among Minnesota Twins fans.

    Last weekend, extended lines stretched around the Dome of people waiting to secure an autograph of a player who is still several years away from making his big league debut. This week, MLB.com announced their Top 100 prospects and labeled Sano the best third base prospect in baseball as well as the 12th overall in the game. He’s all the rage.

    Rarely do I field any question more from Twins fans ...
  11. Six Minnesota Twins Among MLB.com's Top 100 Prospect

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ID:	3165The Minnesota Twins front office should feel somewhat vindicated by all of the recent draft picks, international signings and savvy trades which have brought the organization closer to sustainable relevancy – at least by MLB.com’s standards. On Tuesday night, MLB.com revealed their Top 100 prospects and six Twins prospects graced the list.

    Joining front-running Miguel Sano (12th), Minnesota sent 2012 draftee Byron Buxton (19th), recently acquired Alex Meyer ...
  12. One for the Fat Boys

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Size:  30.2 KBEarlier this week, the Philadelphia Phillies signed former Twin Delmon Young to an interesting one-year deal. The Phillies set parameters within the deal that stated Young needed to maintain a certain weight in order to have incentives kick in.

    As baseball observers may have noticed, over the years, Young’s weight would ebb and flow.

    For instance, when the Twins acquired him from the Rays, he had slimmed down to a healthy 215 thanks to a hard ...
  13. Drew Butera and Defensive Prowess

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ID:	3078Yesterday, the Minnesota Twins and catcher Drew Butera avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract, an almost assured sign that Butera will be on the roster as the team’s third backstop.

    Why, you ask, might the Twins invest almost a million dollars in a player who is completely expendable as the epitome of a replacement level player?

    Consider this: Over the past three years Butera’s OPS (.497 OPS) has been the worst in the ...
  14. For Better Or Worse: Brian Dozier

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    2012 Recap
    There are two things you won’t find in Minnesota: A liquor store that will sell you booze on Sundays and consistency at the shortstop position.

    The Twins were hoping that the latter problem would be solved by Brian Dozier. Dozier, a shortstop drafted by the organization (another rarity), was given the opportunity a month into the season to claim the role as his own. ...
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