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  1. My Opening Day Lineup

    Opening Day is a few weeks away, and Twins fans still don't have an exact idea of what the lineup will look like when the Twins take the field.

    Many people have been discussing their Opening Day roster projections. I wanted to put this on the record so that I could say "I told you so".

    Starting Lineup

    CF. Aaron Hicks
    2B. Brian Dozier
    C. Joe Mauer
    LF. Josh Willingham
    1B. Justin Morneau ...
  2. Twins Send Gibson, 4 Others to Minor League Camp

    The Minnesota Twins just announced that they have optioned Kyle Gibson and Caleb Thielbar and also reassigned Anthony Slama, James Beresford and Kyle Knudson to minor league camp.

    Gibson has really struggled in big league games this spring after a flashy start. Of course, this is no surprise in his return from Tommy John surgery although many thought that he would have a chance at making the Twins starting rotation. More important than where he starts the season, Gibson's arm is feeling ...
  3. Chris Colabello continues his fairy tale

    One of the best stories in the Twins organization in 2013 was the tale of a 28-year old man that got his first taste of baseball with an affiliated club. Chris Colabello had molded himself into one of the best hitters in the Canadian-American Association before the Twins signed him to deal. He spent all of last season being the elder statesman of the Eastern League while showing off his skills at the plate.

    The story of Colabello could get even better this year if he was able to make ...
  4. Spring Training Organizational Depth Chart: The Relief Pitchers

    After looking at the Outfielders, Infielders, Catchers and Starting Pitchers, our final Spring Training Organizational Depth Chart will take a look at the relief pitchers in the Twins farm system. The bullpen was one of the better areas for the Twins in 2012, and could be again in 2013 although there are questions. The Twins have added some power arms in recent drafts, several are starting to move up the system.

    As we have done in the previous depth charts, weíll try to project where ...
  5. My 25-man roster

    Here it goes:

    Hicks, CF
    Mauer, C
    Willingham, LF
    Morneau, 1B
    Doumit, DH
    Plouffe, 3B
    Parmelee, RF
    Dozier, 2B
    Florimon, SS

    Bench: Carroll, Escobar, Boggs, Ramirez/Colabello

    Note: I don't care about Dozier and Florimon at the bottom (Carroll will fill in), I like a Hicks-Mauer-Willingham first inning a great deal.


    (Diamond DL) ...
  6. The 2013 Twins Lineup Challenge

    Over at my blog VeryWellThen.Com I am hosting a contest -- a challenge -- for you to pick the predominant Twins lineup of 2013. By "predominant", I mean "what BaseballReference.Com will show at season end for the Twins."

    Baseball Reference fills in the predominant lineup of the team -- generally, whoever plays the most at any position gets that slot on the BR page. The pitchers are classified as the starters based on some formula of games ...

    Updated 03-13-2013 at 11:15 PM by VeryWellThen

  7. Draft Board v.2.0 (3/13)

    As we sit around three months from draft day there have been many risers and fallers around the draft world. Some larger than others. Obviously, there is still a lot of time for things to happen, but this is how I would stack the Twins Draft Board if it were up to me.

    The first installment of my draft board featured a top 4 as well as some other names to watch. The following list has stayed the same at the very top, but has seen many changes around it. It's also expanded to a top ...
  8. Halfway Roster Projections: Has Yours Changed?

    Most baseball fanís favorite part of spring training is projecting your teams opening day roster. With new free agent acquisitions and minor leaguers with dreams of making it to the show, both players and fans are excited to get things going. Halfway through spring training do we really know more now than we did 3 weeks ago about projecting the opening day roster?

    With more rounds of cuts on the way and the possibility of signing another player, or two, there are a variety of ...
  9. What's the Alex Meyer timeline?

    In his first spring training with the Minnesota Twins, Alex Meyer did his best to impress those that were paying attention. The 23-year old right-hander was brought to the organization through the Denard Span trade with the Washington Nationals. Many consider him the top-pitching prospect in the organization and he did nothing to sway those opinions since joining the club.

    When the Twins made their first round of cuts on Sunday, he was one of the names heading to minor league camp. ...
  10. Prospect list in depth, Part Eight: 1-5

    This concludes my 1-60 prospect list in depth. I hope it is helpful for everyone to get a grasp of the depth of the system and to help in formulating one's own top 20 or 30 prospects lists.

    Note: yes, neither Randy Rosario nor Anthony Slama appear in this top 60, and for entirely different reasons. Rosario needs to have a good 2013, and Slama appears to be done in the system, or it doesn't even matter to include him anywhere.

    Also, note: I am going to analyze the prospect ...
  11. What is Your Favorite Twins' Stereotype?

    Stereotypes are often based on some level of truth. But often becomes exaggerated to make arguments stronger or to put a negative light on the subject. In the Twins case, there are many stereotypes that have stemmed from some kind of truth but winds up becoming exaggerated to the point that some people just look silly.

    Hitting the other way: It seemed to start when David Ortiz criticized the Twins for trying to get him to hit to the opposite field. I think one of his quotes from ...
  12. Samuel Deduno showing progress in World Baseball Classic

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ID:	3475Donít 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 ...
  13. Position Analysis: Catcher

    Likely Starter: Joe Mauer
    2012 Stats: .319/.444/.587, 10 HR, 85 RBI, 81 R

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    Potential Backups: Ryan Doumit, Drew Butera, Chris Herrmann

    Joe Mauer wasn't officially honored as the American League's Comeback Player of the Year last season, losing out to Fernando Rodney, but he had an awfully good case. His 2011 campaign was as tumultuous as that of any player in baseball, seeing him descend from idol to villain in the eyes of a fan base ...
  14. Spring Organizational Depth Chart: The Starting Pitchers

    Last week, we began to look at the Minnesota Twins organizational depth by looking at all of the outfielders and then all of the infielders in the in the system. Yesterday, we reviewed all of the catchers. Today, we will be taking a look at the starting pitchers throughout the Twins system. Consider there are five starters on the big league team plus four full-season affiliates and several remaining in Extended Spring Training. There are lots of pitchers to get through.

    As pitchers ...
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