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  1. Trading Away: The Position Players

    This is the time when people often make some wild trade speculations. I try not to do that here, but to propose who could be traded and what is realistic to get in return. The Twins can do very well here if they are willing to be sellers.

    The Twins are going to have to make some key decisions about who to keep and what they can get for 2014 and beyond. In what follows, I lay out some moves that could be made for the short and long term as the Twins try to figure out 2014 and the future. ...
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  2. Twins Minor League Report (6/19): Sano's 1st AA Blast

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels are in the midst of their All-Star break so they were out of action on Wednesday night. This didn't stop the Twins from announcing that one of their top prospects, Max Kepler, would be joining that club. He had been at extended spring training as he worked to recover from an elbow injury. The power hitting outfielder will take over a corner outfield spot since Byron Buxton is manning center field in Cedar Rapids.

    Liam Hendriks was also reinstated from the disabled ...
  3. Q&A with Antoan Richardson



    After spending 8 seasons, playing for four different major league organizations, as well as two independent teams, Antoan Richardson may be racing his way back to the major leagues. In AA-New Britain, Richardson showcased his speed and ability to get on base hitting .336, with 14 steals and a .456 OBP in 33 games. Since being called up to the AAA- Rochester ...
  4. Gibson should NOT be called up...

    Albers has shown the constituency the Twins say they are looking for. Can the twins resist the pressure to bring Gibson up, or will they do the right thing and bring Albers up?
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  5. Twins Birthdays--June 19

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Doug Mientkiewicz (1974)
    Alex Preito (1976)
    Dustan Mohr (1976)

    First baseman Douglas Andrew Mientkiewicz played for the Twins in all or part of seven seasons. He was born in Toledo, went to high school in Miami, and attended Florida State. He then was drafted by Minnesota in the fifth round in 1995. He started slowly but had a big year in New Britain in 1998, batting .323 with 16 home runs. That resulted in a September call-up, and ...
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  6. Those Damn Yankees: Chuck Knoblauch

    Love 'em or hate 'em, the Yankees are headed to town in early July. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first of four Twins postseason defeats at the hands of the Bronx Bombers, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to look back at what has been a lopsided -- but always entertaining and memorable -- rivalry between the two franchises. Over the next couple weeks leading up to the Yankees series at Target Field, various writers here at Twins Daily will look back at some of the Yankee moments ...
  7. Twins Minor League Report (6/18): Koch, Vargas Lead Miracle

    On Tuesday morning, we woke up to the news that the bus driving from Ft. Myers to Elizabethton was involved in a fatal accident. Fortunately all of the Elizabethton players and personnel were alright. The driver of the other car passed away. We should be seeing rosters for the E-Twins and the GCL Twins shortly.

    On Tuesday night, eight Kernels played in the Midwest League All Star game. We should also hear about any player promotions on Wednesday. There were a couple of great performances ...
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  8. Bryon Buxton continues to impress

    Byron Buxton speeds down the first base lineStop me if you have heard this already but Bryon Buxton is doing stupid good stuff on the baseball field.

    Already Buxton has proven that he is far and above the competition level in the Midwest League. He is leading the league in on-base percentage (.431), slugging (.561), runs scored (65) and weighted on-base average (.422). More conventionally, he is second in batting average (.344) and triples (8), and third in walks (40). That does not even begin to ...
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  9. Three-Bagger: Slowey, Gibson & May

    * The Marlins announced this week that they've demoted Kevin Slowey to the bullpen to make room in their rotation for Nathan Eovaldi. Twins fans will recall how splendidly the last attempt to convert Slowey to a reliever turned out.

    On some level, unless you're one of the many local scribes who openly despises him, you've got to feel for Slowey. He has actually been pitching reasonably well this year; at least, as well as could be expected of him. He's had a few clunkers, especially ...
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  10. Wha Happened? #8 (@ Kansas City, Washington; V.s. Philadelphia and Detroit)

    Look out ladies!
    Game 57
    Twins 3 - Royals 0
    Right after we honored him as Mr. Peanut for the past two weeks, Ryan Doumit kept it going all Magic Mike Style, bringing sexy back as only he can.

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  11. Twins Birthdays--June 18

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Tommy Watkins (1980)

    Infielder Thomas Gray Watkins appeared in nine games for the Twins in 2007. Born and raised in Fort Myers, he was drafted by Minnesota in the 38th round in 1998 and spent his entire career in the Twins’ organization. You could say that he rose through the ranks rather slowly: he was in rookie ball for three years, in Class A for three more years, in AA for two-plus years, and in AAA for three-plus years. He was never a hitter, ...
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  12. 2013 Twins draft summary

    Originally posted at 2013 Twins draft summary | Twinstrivia.com



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    Each year after the June amateur draft is completed I try to put together a draft summary that shows at a quick glance how the Twins drafted. The Twins first pick (fourth over-all) this year is RHP Kohl Stewart from Houston, Texas St. Pius High School. Stewart is a consensus four-star prospect as a quarterback and has a football scholarship waiting for him at Texas A&M. ...
  13. Twins Fan's Shocking Confession: "I don't hate the Yankees."

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed! Direct your hate mail appropriately.

    Psst. You there. Yeah, you in the Twins hat and Joe Mauer shirsey. Put down that plush TC bear, I have a secret that I can't hold in any longer. This is very hard for me to say. I've been thinking about it for a long time and I've felt this way even longer. I can't hold it in; I need to confess to someone. I'm trusting you to keep my secret, but it won't be easy. Are you ready?

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  14. Hicks and Melotakis: Kernels Roommates on the Rise

    Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher Mason Melotakis and first baseman Dalton (DJ) Hicks are roommates this summer, sharing the same host family during their stay in Cedar Rapids. Both players played major roles with the Kernels as the team qualified for the Midwest League Playoffs by finishing second in the league’s Western Division during the first half of the season and both could be candidates for promotion at some point this summer.

    Melotakis leads the Kernels pitching staff in wins with ...
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