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  1. Position Analysis: Left Field

    Likely Starter: Ben Revere
    2011 Stats: .267/.310/.309, 0 HR, 30 RBI, 56 R, 34/43 SB

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    Potential Backups: Trevor Plouffe, Darin Mastroianni, Brian Dinkelman

    Last year the Twins were the least effective team in all of baseball at converting batted balls into outs. With a pitching staff that allows a ton of contact, that's an enormously troubling statistic.

    Lining up Ben Revere as the regular left fielder should certainly ...
  2. Can The Twins Afford Scott Baker?

    The news that Scott Baker is injured….
    Geek Chorus: Hold it – NEWS? Is that really news? At this point, wouldn’t it be news if Baker got out of spring training completely healthy? Isn’t “Scott Baker is injured in spring training” the status quo? Nobody says it’s news when it’s 70 & sunny in San Diego. It’s only news here because it’s March and Minnesota.

    Touché. Anyway, with Baker taking those first critical steps to yet another underachieving and frustrating season, ...
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  3. Spring Training Week 1 - Dakota Watts

    Well, as Week One winds down and games have now started, Spring Training is in full swing. From the fans that gather around the complex, to the roster moves, it is clear that Opening Day is now right around the corner. These next three weeks are going to be critical for a couple reasons, first and foremost, to make a team. With competition this high and talent levels up and down the system higher than ever, just getting a uniform to wear is a privilege. Next is to use these weeks to get dialed in ...

    Updated 03-18-2012 at 06:52 PM by Seth Stohs

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  4. Updated Combined Twins Bench and Bullpen Battle Dashboard; 3/18/12

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the latest update of the Twins' Bench Battle and the Bullpen Battle Dashboards, to track player performance to date this spring. Performances include those in the last two games vs the Marlins yesterday and vs the Pirates earlier this afternoon. You can read the basic premise behind the Bench Battle Dashboard here and behind the Bullpen Battle Dashboard here. I will be updating them daily and post daily updates. Players ...
  5. Sample Size and Spring

    I love this site. Thanks guys! I enjoy reading the thoughts and projections for the opening roster. However, I cringe every time I see anyone use spring data in support of a player making a roster.

    All winter long, I listened to Gleeman and the Geek remind me that Parmelee's 86 plate appeaeances last fall were not predictive of the future. They are essentially correct. There have been some significant studies about sample size and at that size we might start learning something about ...
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  6. St. Patty's Day is Separation Day

    This was originally posted at Knuckleballs. This blog has been promoted to an article.

    St. Patrck’s Day means different things to different people. But if you’re a baseball player trying to make a Big League ballclub, you should have a pretty good idea of where you stand with your manager and General Manager by the time you lift your first green beer of the evening on March 17.


    At this point, there are just over two weeks left of Spring Training, so if you have ...

    Updated 03-18-2012 at 06:58 AM by Seth Stohs

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  7. Updated Combined Twins Bench and Bullpen Battle Dashboard; 3/16/12

    Originally posted at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the latest update of the Twins' Bench Battle and the Bullpen Battle Dashboards, to track player performance to date this spring. Performances include those in the split squat games vs the Orioles this afternoon and vs the Red Sox tonight. You can read the basic premise behind the Bench Battle Dashboard here and behind the Bullpen Battle Dashboard here. I will be updating them daily and post daily updates. Players who were ...
  8. A Spectral Jason Tyner.

    This morning, I sat down with my granola and Diet Mountain Dew, ready to begin my day. As my hindquarters hit the couch, and before my hand could reach the remote, I noticed a strange presence sitting in a chair in my living room. I was surprised, but somehow I recognized this intruder.

    "Jason Tyner?" I asked.

    Tyner nodded.

    "How did you get in my living room?"

    "You're imagining me here," he said. His mouth did not ...
  9. Friday Links-N-Thinks

    I made it home after some rest and relaxation in the Arizona sun. It was a great time in the Valley of the Sun but it does feel nice to get back into a normal routine. Plus the weather here in the Upper Midwest is about as hot as it was down there. It has been a strange winter for weather and it makes me want the start of the baseball season to come that much faster.

    Since I was gone for most of the week, it was fun to put together this week's version of Friday Links-N-Thinks. It allowed ...
  10. Three-Weeks-To-Opening-Day Roster Projections

    Last week, we looked at a projected Twins Opening Day roster. This week, we’re trying it again. I think that there are 20 “Givens” at this point, three weeks before Opening Day. Of course you can disagree, if you like. I also believe that the five remaining positions are all pretty intriguing and could have several possibilities at this point.

    There are still 57 players in Twins big league camp. If there are 20 ‘givens,’ it technically means that there are still 37 players in camp ...
  11. Kyle Waldrop, the grounded pitcher

    With a bullpen that is holier than the Pope, the Twins have been hosting an audition with many of their arms this spring hoping to fill some of the openings.

    Many of the early front-runners have likely exited the race early. Some, like Joel Zumaya, had the misfortunate of being bounced out due to injury. Others, like Terry Doyle and Jason Bulger, have just failed to perform. As a lot of the field continues to falter for one reason or another, Kyle Waldrop has emerged as a potential ...
  12. Updated Combined Twins Bench and Bullpen Battle Dashboard; 3/15/12

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the latest update of the Twins' Bench Battle and the Bullpen Battle Dashboards, to track player performance to date this spring. Performances include those in the game vs the Pirates earlier this afternoon. You can read the basic premise behind the Bench Battle Dashboard here and behind the Bullpen Battle Dashboard here. I will be updating them daily and post daily updates.

    Players who were assigned to the ...
  13. Christensen: Twins concerned over Baker's elbow

    In just 134 innings in 2011, we witnessed how good Scott Baker can be as a starter. Of course, we also witnessed what has become the inevitable season-ending injury for the second-straight year.

    After having a procedure to remove bone chips from his elbow in 2010, Baker experienced discomfort in the pitching side elbow once again in 2011 and was sidelined, making just four appearances post-August. The hope coming into camp was that Baker would be fully healed for what is a pivotal ...
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  14. Twins Make First Roster Cuts

    On Thursday morning, the Twins made their first cuts of spring.

    The following 40 man roster players were optioned and will report to minor league camp.
    • Scott Diamond - LHP - it's not a surprise at all that Diamond will not be making the big league opening day roster, but it is somewhat surprising that he is cut this early. However, he will be starting in the minor leagues and needs to be stretched out. Matt Maloney's emergence likely makes this an easy decision.
    • Deolis Guerra
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