Even amidst the 10-plus inches of snow (cue meat sauce) the Twin Cites area received in the past week, the promise of girls in bikinis and a clean-slate for baseball teams are soon approaching. Soon we will be trading in our winter hats, gloves, jackets and ice scrapers for baseball gloves, sun glasses and tans. So, for my first blog, I figured it would be apropos to begin thinking optimistically about our favorite major league ball team.
10) Target Field will sell-out 15 games this
Updated 02-23-2014 at 12:42 AM by Brabes1987
There has been more and more talk lately about catcher framing, which is the ability for catchers to impact the runs scored in a game by garnering strikes from pitches outside the strike zone. My initial skepticism around it has largely been due to the huge impact it can have. For instance, last year the difference between the best catch framer (Matt LuCroy) and the worst (John Buck) is estimated at 50 runs. That's a five win difference. That's hard to believe.
Buxton #1 (Top 30 CF in Minors)
Josmil Pinto#11 (Top 25 C in Minors)
Meyer#19 - Stewart#21 - Berrrios#45 - May#59 - (Top 65 RHP in Minors)
Lewis Thorpe#11 (Top 30 LHP in Minors)
1. Houston- Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville
2. St. Louis- Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina
3. Jacksonville- Blake Bortles QB Central Florida
4. Cleveland- Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
5. Oakland- Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
6. Atlanta- Greg Robinson OT Auburn
7. Tampa Bay- Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
8. Minnesota- Khalil Mack LB Buffalo
9. Buffalo- Anthony Barr
Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2013 (10) | 2012 (19) | 2011 (13) | 2010 (6) | 2009 (22)
2013 Affiliate Records
MLB: [66-96] AL Central
AAA: [77-67] International League Ė Rochester
AA: [66-76] Eastern League ó New Britain
A+: [79-56] Florida State League Ė Fort Myers
A: [88-50] Midwest League Ė Cedar Rapids
Oswaldo Arcia (OF);
Max Kepler is listed 14th amongst minor league first basemen. He is ahead of some promising names. Is anyone else surprised by this? 1st Base? Is this a sign moving forward?
A year ago, Vance Worley came to camp and impressed coaches enough to earn an Opening Day assignment. The right-hander carried hefty expectations, having been acquired as one of the main pieces in a trade that sent Ben Revere to Philadelphia and left the Twins without a clear center fielder (an quandary that, as Seth discussed yesterday, still persists).
This year, Worley arrives in Ft. Myers under a much different set of circumstances. Following a disastrous first year in Minnesota,
With Twins fest in the books and the first spring training games coming up at the end of the month itís time to take a look at the upcoming roster and see what we got. Last season was disappointing to say the least. Can we look forward to something better this season?
Letís begin by looking at the starting pitching.
No matter how you look at it the starting pitching last year was in a word, awful, and that may be putting it politely. The rotation had the highest ERA of
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Once again the sounds of horsehide hitting leather mitts is resounding throughout the sunny fields of Arizona and Florida, and if we ever get to turn off our snowblowers we might just hear it up here in the towns teams call home during the summer.
As is our custom every year at this time, we're spending part of spring
Updated 02-20-2014 at 08:50 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven
With the college season getting underway (where weather allowed), I figured it was a good time to kick off the first of what will become a series of Draft Boards. These are not my draft boards. I've tried to gather as much information as possible from people involved in the actual decision-making process. Of course, at the end, I still have to try to slot them in an order.
At this point, there is so much that can happen. The Twins draft 5th overall. The most recent info I could gather
Originally posted at http://troystwinsdugout.wordpress.co...s-this-season/
The centerfield spot is up for grabs this spring and the Twins will give Aaron Hicks every opportunity to be the starting centerfielder come opening day. the future centerfielder is slated to be Byron Buxton with Hicks moving to left. The Twins however donít want to start Buxtonís service time in the majors if they donít have to. With that said, Buxton could be the key factor
The highlight of this week's episode is an interview with Josh Duggan (@oldmanduggan) of Royals Review to talk about what's been happening with our division rival's over in Kansas City. We review their off-season and make predictions about the future of the division in 2014 and beyond. You can download the new Talk to Contact (@TalkToContact) episode via iTunes or by clicking here.
At one point during
Updated 02-20-2014 at 05:42 PM by Paul Pleiss
First, an announcement: Wednesday marks the three-year anniversary of Twins Daily's launch! It's been a heck of a ride thus far and we want to heartily thank everybody who has visited, contributed and helped turn this site into one of the premier destinations for Minnesota Twins coverage and discussion on the Web.
Twins Daily's growth has created a lot of great opportunities over the past two years, and we're extremely excited about the way our spring training coverage will evolve
Join Seth and I tonight along with special guest Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press. We'll be live at 8:30 and promise to get you geared up for Spring Training... as if you weren't already.
You can view the YouTube page here, where you'll have access to the Q and A feature.
Leave your questions and comments below!