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  1. What is Aaron Hicks' true K-rate?

    Aaron Hicks has struck out 22 times in his first 17 big league games. His K-rate currently sits at 31.4%, tied for 10th worst in baseball with jay Bruce. a career 23.7% k-rate batter.

    According to Charlie Adams at Beyond the Boxscore (courtesy of Pizza Cutter at StatSpeak.net) k-rates stabilize after about 150 PAs. But instead of waiting 20 more games for Hicks to reach that benchmark, I'm going to instead look at contact rate and guesstimate what Hicks' true k-rate might be based off ...

    Updated 04-26-2013 at 03:34 PM by Willihammer

  2. Twins Birthdays--April 26

    Also posted at wgom.org.

    Tom Norton (1950)

    Steve Lombardozzi (1960)
    Joe Crede (1978)
    Alejandro Machado (1982)

    Right-handed reliever Thomas John Norton made 21 appearances for the Twins in 1972. Born in Elyria, Ohio, he attended St. Clair County Community College of Port Huron, Michigan. Norton signed with Minnesota as a free agent in 1969. He was somewhat up and down in his minor league career. After a decent but unspectacular season in AA Charlotte ...
  3. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    The Twins actually got to get all of their games in so far this week. Monday's game with the Marlins had to be moved to Tuesday as part of a doubleheader but this was a step in the right direction after multiple cancellations last week.

    Texas is in town for the weekend and it sounds like the weather is actually going to start feeling like spring. Highs will continue to rise and hopefully the Twins can continue to play baseball around the .500 mark.

    The weekend is almost ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (4/25): Four and Oh!

    On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins fell to the Texas Rangers by a score of 2-1. Vance Worley gave up two runs in five innings, but the bullpen threw four scoreless innings and kept the team in it. Unfortunately, the Twins’ bats were quiet. Their lone run came on Josh Willingham’s third home run of the year.

    All four Twins full-season affiliates won on Thursday. Two of the affiliates scored double-digit runs. The top two prospects added to their home run totals, while their top pitching ...
  5. Putting Aaron Hicks in Perspective

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    Aaron Hicks is a batting average eating goblin. This would be a common refrain among Twins fans if “batting average eating goblin” was common baseball lingo. We should probably work on making that happen.

    More importantly, we should put Hicks’s numbers into a little perspective. His astronomically, historically, atrociously low batting average, is astronomical, historic and atrocious, but let us free our minds a bit. The numbers I’m about to ...
  6. Twins Brithdays--April 25

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Greg Wells (1954)
    Larry Pashnick (1956)
    Jacque Jones (1975)

    The original Boomer Wells, first baseman Gregory De Wayne Wells had 54 at-bats with the Twins in 1982. Born in McIntosh, Alabama, he went to Albany State University (where he also played football and was drafted by the Jets in the sixteenth round) and signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent in 1976. He signed with the Pirates on March 26 and was released on April 7, making one ...
  7. Starting Pitching and the Folly of the Pohlad Fortune

    I was reading this article and in the comments section came across this blurb in the comments section concerning the Twins not being able to get FA starting pitching:

    Quote Originally Posted by nicksaviking View Post
    Considering free agency will never be an option for this, the only alternatives would be to get lucky with a college arm early in the draft or get good value in a trade.
    I don't understand where this assumption comes from. I know that the Twins haven't gone out and gotten this free agent pitcher in the last ...
  8. Is Kevin Correia's performance just smoke and mirrors?

    There can be plenty of surprises at the beginning of a season.

    The Twins find themselves around the .500 mark and most fans would likely be happy if the club was able to keep up this pace for the remainder of the season. It might not be likely but stranger things have happened in the world of baseball.

    One of the most intriguing players so far this year has been Kevin Correia. He has surprised most Twins fans with his performances on the mound. Of the members in the Twins ...
  9. Wednesday Minor League Report

    The Minnesota Twins had an off day. So did the Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Ft. Myers Miracle. New Britain and Rochester’s games were affected by weather, nothing new during this season. So, today’s Minor League report may not be long, but hey, there is still baseball to write about so we’re going to do just that.

    There have been several transactions throughout the organization in the past week. On Wednesday, it was Drew Leachman who was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Ft. Myers. He started ...
  10. There is a lot wrong with Mike Pelfrey right now

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ID:	3861Just a month removed from being celebrated for his amazingly quick recovery from Tommy John surgery less than 11 months ago, Mike Pelfrey’s numbers through his first four starts in a Twins uniform have been extremely disappointing.

    This raises the questions of whether or not Pelfrey is completely ready for reintroduction into the major leagues. After all, this follows step with the plight of Joe Nathan in 2010 who rushed through his rehab only to hit a wall ...
  11. The Twins minors' top 25 - 4/24/13

    [I]Originally published at [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/2013/04/the-twins-minors-top-25-42413.html"]The Tenth Inning Stretch[/URL][/I]

    For a few years now, I have been doing a feature, pretty much on a monthly basis, which was called "Who is hot in the Twins' minors" (you can see last seasons' versions [URL="http://tenthinningstretch.blogspot.com/search/label/who%20is%20hot%20in%20minors%202012"]here[/URL].) This included ...
  12. Wha Happened #4 (@ White Sox & v.s. Marlins)

    Here's your quick, easy, inaccurate guide to the last week in Twins Baseball
    Game 15

    Cold Weathered Out
    After going all the way to Chicago just to find out that another game would be postponed due to inclement weather, the Twins groaned loudly in protest. Manager Ron Gardenhire's offer to take everyone out for ice cream was a nice thought but...seriously...whose thinking about ice cream on the 79th day of February?

    Game 16
  13. Game 16/17 - To Talk About the Weather

    Double-headers are perfect. Ideally, the Twins would play twenty-four hours a day and I could always listen to them on the radio. There's probably some silly reason that wouldn't work, though.

    Heard about the Arcia home-run on a quick phone check, then listened to enough game to feel like the Twins had it ready to put in their pocket. Then I alternated snippets of radio updates and smart phone monitoring to realize the second game might stay close, but it was probably never going the ...
  14. Twins Birthdays--April 24

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Bill Singer (1944)
    Bill Krueger (1958)
    Todd Jones (1968)
    John Barnes (1976)

    Right-hander William Robert Singer was with the Twins for four months in 1976. He was born in Los Angeles, went to high school in Pomona, California, and signed with the Dodgers as a free agent in 1961. He advanced rapidly through the minors, reaching AAA in 1964 at age 20. He averaged over 200 innings per season in three years at AAA Spokane. His numbers ...
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