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  1. A History Lesson: Twins Pitching - Draft Edition

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ID:	902I was scanning through box scores this morning, pausing on the box score of the Twins' latest defeat and suddenly I had a particular curiosity. After writing yesterday about how an organizational change in philosophy is needed, I thought, "Besides the Twins current lot of mediocre pitchers, who else is out there that has come through the Minor League system with the club...what have been their results?" As I compiled the list, with the the help of some ...

    Updated 05-08-2012 at 11:20 PM by Nick Nelson

  2. Introducing the Dregs Division

    The Twins are currently in last place in the AL Central and appear to have little or no chance of competing for the division title this year (how about that for an understatement). In the Dregs Division, however, the Twins are only 2 games out of first place.

    Dregs Division (thru 28 games)

    Team W L GB
  3. If Jamie Moyer Were a Twin....

    So if Jamie Moyer played for the Twins this year, at this point he would:

    Have the lowest ERA of any starter
    Be 3rd on the team in K's
    Be 2nd in innings pitched
    Be 3rd in wins among starting pitchers (with 1)


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  4. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch

    Here is this week's installment:
    • With Jayson Werth out at least 3 months, the Twins have a perfect opportunity to see what they can get from the contending Nationals for Denard Span.
    • Alexi Casilla did turn the corner (Big time) with the glove. He has been by far the Twins' best fielder, using a couple of different measurements: Defensive Runs Saved above average with 8 (second best is Span with 5) and UZR with 5
  5. Tuesday's Rock Cats Report

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    New Britain had an unscheduled night off Monday, and maybe that was a good thing. At 18-12, the Rock Cats are just 1.5 games out of first place in their division, but are 5-5 over their last 10 games, and had lost 2 of 3 to the Portland Sea Dogs over the weekend before Monday evening's contest against the Binghamton Mets was rained out. So it's a good time to take notice of a few things.

    First, player movement. If you ...
  6. 2012 Day-by-Day - May 7

    May 7, 2012

    Hitter of the Day:
    Anderson Hidalgo - DH - FTM - HiA: 2-5 GS (1), 2B (3), 6 RBI, 1 R

    Pitcher of the Day:
    Matthew Summers - RHP - BEL - A: 8IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 SO

    Today's Recap:
  7. Opening Presents Too Early

    Brian Dozier turns 25 next Tuesday.

    Thatís not young for a prospect. This spring he barely made the cut of Baseball Americaís top 10 Twins prospects. Above him on that list were Chris Parmelee (who is hitting .203), Liam Hendriks (who is being demoted to AAA-Rochester) and Joe Benson (who was demoted yesterday to AA-New Britain yesterday). He has never hit even double-digits home runs in his minor league career. Prior to this year, he was never a fulltime shortstop in the minors. ...
  8. Get to Know: Brian Dozier

    Tonight, Brian Dozier made his Major League Baseball debut. He fielded a ground ball off the bat of Albert Pujols in the first inning and made all of the plays throughout he game. He was hitless in his first three at bats against Jered Weaver. In the bottom of the 8th inning, he singled right up the middle against reliever Dave Carpenter for his first big league hit. At first base, he as patted on the helmet and congratulated by Albert Pujols. Soon after he scored his first run.

    It ...
  9. Monday's Minor League Round-up

    It was a week ago that Jered Weaver no-hit the Twins. That feat will not be repeated tonight.

    This is the minor league report so you wonít see Brian Dozierís name below as heís making his big-league debut at Target Field tonight. Congrats Brian!

    As you may have heard, Rochester and New Britain swapped OF Joe Benson for SS Pedro Florimon. This should help alleviate the logjam in the Red Wings outfield and hopefully help Benson get out of his current funk.
  10. Big Ten Update


    Purdue 14-4, 35-9
    Indiana 11-7, 24-24
    Michigan State 10-8, 29-16
    Minnesota 10-8, 28-22
    Penn State 10-8, 24-23
    Ohio State 11-10, 27-20
    Nebraska 9-9, 29-18
    Illinois 7-11, 19-24
    Michigan 6-12, 19-28
    Northwestern 5-16, 16-29

    Draft watch:
    Kevin Plawecki, C, Purdue
    .367/.460./.566, 17/2/4, 20/7, 2/5
    Draft projection: 2-3 rounds

    Eric Charles, 2B, Purdue
    .374/.443/.443, 10/1/0, ...
  11. Hope is Not a Strategy

    So, how's my opening day wish list doing? About as well as yours, I expect.

    But, since I don't have yours, I'm going to review mine.

    So here are the 'original' wishes/hopes/dreams/fantasies - with comments after one month of harsh reality.

    1) Mauer plays well and stays healthy and is in serious contention for a batting title and even MVP consideration.
    Well, Joe's been healthy, at least. Even with the foul tip to the knee, he's amassed more plate appearances
  12. Twins Minor League Notebook

    I was asked to be a guest on KFANís Baseball Weekly with Gleeman & The Geek on Sunday. I was on the second segment of the show and shared a Good, a Bad and an ďOtherĒ story. It was a fun segment and I encourage you to listen to the podcast, if you havenít already.

    It was fun to do some research on each of those topics, and I thought that I would share some of that with you today. Obviously we could talk about Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario, and thatís good, but we want to make sure ...
  13. A Move the Twins Can Make Now

    My fandom for this team is wavering - I can admit it. In March I was optimistic that the Twins could put the 2011 disaster behind them and have a respectable season, hell maybe even a winning season. It is now clear that my 'rose-colored glasses' were on and those glasses now lay broken in pieces on the ground. Reality is a bitch sometimes. After watching historic offensive ineptitude over the last 5 games, watching the team get no-hit and swept by the Angels and handled easily by the lowly ...
  14. Darkest Before the Dawn

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    After reading (and wholeheartedly agreeing) with Nick Nelson's latest post "Dark Days in Minnesota", the title of this entry immediately weasled it's way into the forefront of my brain, wedging its way in-between my (hopefully irrational) fear that the Minnesota legislature is about to screw the pooch all the way to LA, and the YouTube video where Kate Upton does the Cat Daddy (whatever that is). After watching the last seven months or so of Twins ...
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