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  1. How many catchers?

    The Twins signed Kurt Suzuki to a one year deal, pending a physical. They have three other catchers on their roster: Josmil Pinto, Chris Herrmann and Eric Fryer.

    My question is, how many catchers will the team want to take north? Barring injuries, Pinto and Suzuki are the two top favorites to make the team. But will the Twins carry a third catcher? Reading other posts on this site, many seem to think Herrmann is the third catcher;

    I'm not so sure. I think Fryer would ...
  2. Profile of the newest Minnesota Twin: C Kurt Suzuki

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    It has been reported that the Minnesota Twins have Signed 30 year old C Kurt Suzuki to an 1 year $2.75 million contract plus incentives. He will provide catching depth, allowing the Twins to pace the use of Josmil Pinto and Chris Herrmann at the catcher position in a way that it is most appropriate for them. He would also act as insurance, in case one or both of the rookies need additional work at AAA. The Twins would ...

    Updated 12-20-2013 at 10:49 AM by Thrylos

  3. Can Terry Ryan Truly Change His Stripes?

    There’s a lot of chatter on this here interweb thingy lately concerning what Twins General Manager Terry Ryan’s next moves will be and should be. He came out of the gate fast this offseason, immediately setting out to shore up – if not completely rebuild – the Twins’ starting pitching rotation by signing free agents Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey.

    But there’s still more than a little doubt as to whether this is truly a new Terry Ryan, willing to spend Pohlad money ...

    Updated 12-20-2013 at 10:20 AM by Jim Crikket

  4. Twins To Sign Kurt Suzuki

    The Twins and free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki are in agreement on a one-year deal, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The deal is pending a physical, which is scheduled to take place later today.
  5. Pelfrey & Baker: A Study in Arm Resilience

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ID:	6200Last offseason, the Twins faced a decision with a player who had been part of their organization for nearly a decade. Scott Baker, coming off Tommy John surgery, was a free agent, and the Twins, direly in need of pitching help, were among the teams discussing a contract with him.

    Ultimately, they backed off and let him sign with the Cubs. According to reports, the biggest stumbling block was Baker's unwillingness to include an option for a second year. ...
  6. Twins Continue to Chase new Faces

    Rumours about potential new recruits continue to circulate even after the Minnesota Twins added Mike Pelfrey to the 2014 payroll.

    The Twins have now signed three free agent starters to join Kevin Correia in the rotation, but general manager Terry Ryan is believed to still be looking at adding more new faces.

    According to the bet365 MLB betting page, the Twins reportedly remain interested in signing Bronson Arroyo even after bringing in Pelfrey.

  7. Moves to Come?

    As everyone who stays caught up on Twins news knows by now, Ryan Doumit was traded to the Braves yesterday for Sean Gilmartin. When I heard about this news, it got me thinking. At the moment, the Twins have a high number pitchers on their 40-man roster. After they added Gilmartin, their 2013 AAA pitching group got even more crowded, and I have a feeling that more moves might be coming to fix that.

    The Twins' pitching rotation at the Major League level currently includes Phil Hughes, ...
  8. What's the Pinto Back-Up Plan?

    Josmil Pinto is one of the top prospects in the Twins organization. Make sure to order the 2014 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook to learn more about the Twins minor league system. Click here to see more of what's in the book.

    After the Twins and Joe Mauer announced the All-Star Catcher wouldn't be playing catcher moving forward, Minnesota's name was rumored to be involved with many of the top catchers on the free agent market. AJ Pierzynski and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were two of the ...
  9. Diversity in the Minor Leagues

    There are roughly 145 minor league players in the Twins organization. As I look at the Twins current players - I found these approximate numbers:
    96 Players - White 66%
    Players - Hispanic / Latino 28%
    06 Players - African American 4%
    03 Players - Asian 2%

    Does anyone know how these numbers correlate with the rest of the (MLB) league? This has the Twins with at least 34% of their MiLB players being minorities. What happened to all the African American ...
  10. Scouting report of newest Twins' member LHP Sean Gilmartin

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    The Minnesota Twins in an effort to reduce the logjam in the DH/OF position have traded Ryan Doumit to the Atlanta Braves for 23 year old minor league LHP prospect Sean Gilmartin. The 6'2", 200 lbs Gilmartin was the Braves' 1st round (28th overall) pick of the 2011 draft. Before he was drafted, he was named All American from Baseball America and before the 2012 season he was ranked as the Braves' 5th best prospect, ...
  11. Handbook Preview: Scout Interview

    One of my favorite things to do in regards to this website - whether in conjunction with the Prospect Handbook or not - is have an ongoing dialogue with scouts in the organization. My favorite article I've ever posted still remains the interview I did with West Coast Scouting Supervisor Sean Johnson.

    In the 2013 edition of the handbook, I had an interview with Jack Powell, who is the scout responsible for signing Byron Buxton. The full interview was available in the book, with a brief
  12. What Do Brauns Early Numbers Indicate?

    What Do Braun's Early Numbers Indicate?

    Rookie Year (Rookie of the Year)
    BB% - 5.9
    K% - 22.8
    BABIP - .361
    OBP% - .370

    2nd Year (All Star)
    BB% - 6.3
    k% - 19.5
    BABIP - .305
    OBP% - .335

    His above statistical numbers improved greatly in the next 5 years of his MLB career.
    Braun's Minor League Numbers (A - AA - AAA)
    151 Games
    31 HRs
    102 Runs
    97 RBI
    .297 BA ...
  13. Rumor Mill Round-Up: 12/17

    After adding Mike Pelfrey over the weekend, the Twins have now signed three free agent starters to join Kevin Correia in the rotation, adding around $25 million to the 2014 payroll in the process. At this point, one would figure that Terry Ryan is done investing in the rotation and ready to turn his attention to the offense.

    And yet, the pitching rumors continue to persist. Here's a quick glance at all the latest offseason rumblings involving the local club:

    * I ...
  14. Winter Meetings and Expectations

    I typically take a little business trip to the Tampa/St. Petersburg FL area in December and did so last week.

    After years of hearing about how interesting baseball’s Winter Meetings are, this year I found myself within reasonable driving distance of those Meetings when they officially opened up. That being the case, I decided I would check the situation out for myself.

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