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  1. Twins Consensus Top 71 Prospects List (off-season rankings)

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is way overdue. My goal was to get it a. within the few days of theseason (that passed) and then b. before the amateur MLB draft that will bring in a new influx of talent to the Twins. So I am sticking with it. And Seth Stohs already starting his mid-season rankings, really made me want to get this up before it is too obsolete. And before I post my post-draft rankings for 2012



    I have not done ...
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  2. The Rock Cats and Pitching

    
    In each of his 4 starts since joining the Rock Cats,
    B.J. Hermsen has gone over 6 innings.
    

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Yesterday, I reviewed some notable hitting prospects for the New Britain Rock Cats. The team ...
  3. Big Ten Tournament Time

    Final standings:
    1. Purdue 17-7 .708 41-12 .774
    2. Indiana 16-8 .667 30-26 .536
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  4. Teams Throwing Morneau a Wrinkle

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Size:  8.1 KBSince his return to the lineup this month, Justin Morneau has seemingly been driving the ball to the opposite field not only better but also more frequently.

    In Detroit, the big left-hander crushed a home run over the left-center field fence and then went the other way with pitches in Milwaukee over the weekend – one for a bloop single and the other for a sacrifice fly. In all, nine of his 17 balls in play prior to last night’s game went to the left of dead ...
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  5. Cole in the Stocking

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ID:	1021The Minnesotan, Golden Gopher alum and baseball fan inside me all want to see Cole DeVries succeed in a Twins uniform. The analyst inside me knows that he probably won't.

    DeVries is a great story. He was signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent back in 2006 after a solid career at the University of Minnesota, and has gradually worked his way up the organizational ladder. On Tuesday, the 27-year-old was called up to the majors to fill Jason Marquis' ...
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  6. P.J. Walters Diamonds

    No, I am not hear to sell you jewelry.

    What a shock! The Twin's Salvage crew this year is a couple of guys who no one would have expected to make any kind of impact. Scott Diamond and PJ Walters. I'll give Diamond a little credit as we traded an interesting prospect for him to retain his rights (Billy Bullock) because of the rule 5 draft. Walters is a little more drifty. Circa the movie "Men at Work", Diamond and Walters are our modern day Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen ...
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  7. Swagger

    by , 05-22-2012 at 11:06 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    I wish I would have looked at Floyd's stats vs the Twins before the game, but this is certainly worth seeing. "
    Caving in against Minnesota is something Floyd and the White Sox do. Floyd is now 0-8 with an 8.85 ERA over his last eight starts against the Twins, making him the first White Sox pitcher to lose eight in a row to one team
    since Tommy Thomas against the Yankees from 1926 to 1928
    . There's some dignity in losing eight straight to the 1927
    Yankees
    ... not so much with the 2012 Twins."
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  8. Tuesday's Trip through the Minors

    As I put this post together, the Twins are up big on the Chicago White Sox in the eighth inning. Gavin Floyd struggled for the White Sox and the Twins pounced on him for nine runs in the first four innings. Only Ben Revere and Brian Dozier have yet to get involved in the hit parade so it will be interesting to see if they can join the club in the final innings.

    PJ Walters is in the middle of his third start since being called up by the Twins. There were some bad starts to innings with ...
  9. Robin Ventura gets first crack at Twins

    by , 05-22-2012 at 06:32 PM ("And we'll see ya' ... tomorrow night.")
    http://www.southsidesox.com/2012/5/2...wins#storyjump

    I wanted to post this as it is hard to read this statement. "
    Now the Twins enter the mix, and how well the White Sox handle the American League's worst team could tell us whether the Sox can make anything more of their season."

    On the flip side of this, the Twins could keep the momentum going as they have won 4 out of the last 5 games. There is nobody better to play,
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  10. Profiles of the Top 22 Pitchers for the 2012 MLB Draft: Lance McCullers

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    With the Twins having a severe need for pitching in the organization as well as six picks among the top 100, it is certain that more than one ofthose picks (and probably the second overall pick) will be used to draft a pitcher. To this respect, I am presenting profiles of the top 22 pitching prospects for the 2012 MLB draft.

    I will be presenting these alphabetically, and at the end I will rank them. I will be doing about ...
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  11. The Rock Cats and Affiliation: Part II

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]
    I'm partial, of course, but am hoping
    to still see this logo in New Britain
    next season
    Last week, I wrote about an interesting promotion whereby Rock Cats fans could meet New York Mets prospects prior ...
  12. Matt Maloney, staff savior?

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    In a Marquis-out/DeVries-up thread, it was mentioned by more than one that Matt Maloney ought to be put into the Rochester rotation. I had been thinking along those lines for a while now, too.

    In fact, I wonder if the Twins considered doing this in April for the parent club, before sending Maloney down, by putting him into a long-relief outing or two. Unfortunately he pitched so poorly that they couldn't even "stretch him out" for a few ...

    Updated 05-22-2012 at 06:16 PM by ashburyjohn

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  13. Anthony Swarzak, Cheer Up!!!

    Living in Ohio, the only time I got to see the Twins play (in person or live) was when they played the Indians. This year everything changed when I purchased the MLB.tv package. Now I can watch every game. I get to watch and listen to all of Mauer's professional at bats... Pavano's stache in high definition.... the cheerful ramblings of Bert.... and of course our wonderful pitching staff.

    One thing that bothers me whenever I watch, is how sad Anthony Swarzak looks whenever he's pitching ...

    Updated 05-22-2012 at 02:43 PM by markroehl (verbage)

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  14. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Here is this week's installment:

    • Still continuing the presentation of the top 22 arms for the 2012 MLB draft. You can find them all here. For a couple years (2009 and 2010) I live-blogged the Twins' draft, providing profiles and information for each pick, and it looks like I might resume doing it this season again. More information on the MLB draft coverage at The Tenth Inning Stretch next week, as it is getting
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