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  1. Former Minnesota Twins’ Outfielder Matt Lawton Struggling in Life After Baseball

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    Once part of the young and emerging outfield known as the “soul patrol” along with Torii Hunter and Jacque Jones, Matt Lawton seemed to have a bright future and career ahead of him as an outfielder for the Minnesota Twins; but things never materialized like Lawton or the Twins could have predicted. Lawton spent the better part of seven seasons with the Twins ...
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  2. Seeing what we have after 150 PAs

    As we're all aware, step 4 of the 21 Point Plan to More Twins Wins! is upon us. Step 4 of course is the first of a subseries of steps which looks at how the Twins AAAA bubble guys figure to fit into the next wave of All Star talent currently playing in Cedar Rapids and Ft Myers. Dozier, Hicks, Parmelee, Plouffe, Florimon, Gibson, Deduno, DeVries, and Hendriks. In Step 4, we isolate the position players.

    Smarter minds than I have calculated that the 150 PA plateau marks the point where ...
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  3. Twins Birthdays--May 30

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    Mel Nelson (1936)
    Mike Sadek (1946)
    Mike Oquist (1968)
    John Courtright (1970)

    Left-hander Melvin Frederick Nelson pitched for the Twins in 1965 and 1967. He was born in San Diego. He played as an outfielder for independent teams from 1954-1955, then signed as a pitcher with St. Louis as a free agent in 1956. His minor league record was not bad but not terribly impressive, either. He both started and relieved every year in the ...
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  4. Seth's Pre-Draft Twins Top 52 Prospects

    Each year, I try to do a Minnesota Twins Top 52 Prospect list right before the draft. That way, we're looking at players who have (generally) now been in the organization for at least a year. It can also give you a sense of which positions have some strength. Through nearly two months of the season, there have been several very impressive performances throughout the organization. Many of the top prospects are in the lower levels, but when you put together this list, you see that there are a few ...
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  5. Is Glen Perkins Recent "Struggles" Cause for Concern?

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    Since Joe Nathan suffered a season-ending injury prior to the 2010 season, the Twins have seen a vast array of different pitchers to audition to fill the role of closer. Even Nathan himself came back for the 2011 season to nail down a few saves, but the Twins have seen players such as Jon Rauch, Matt Capps, Jared Burton and Glen Perkins try ...
  6. Alex Meyer: Missing High

    This post is a little delayed coming. Apologies. But the good news is that I've had time to process a little on Alex Meyer after having seen two of his not-so-good starts. And I've come to a conclusion: when Meyer misses it's because his pitches are high. Those misses are driving up the pitch count, gradually slowing down his fastball, causing him to tire and not go as deep into games as is necessary for the ace pitcher we expect him to become.


    I attended one of his recent starts, ...
  7. Not only is he Twins best Pitcher, hes one of the best in baseball

    I hope I can quit saying this soon, but once again Sam Deduno proves not only that he belongs but he can be dominant.

    He is the best starter on the Twins staff (ok I know thats not saying much)

    When i hear the self aggrandizing pundits proclaim, that we are desperate, to have to use the likes of Deduno and Walters...I almost puke and this shows
    their complete lack of knowledge.

    Walters maybe, but Deduno can be great if the Twins just let him.
  8. Twins Minor League Report (5/29): Rochester Comebacks

    The Twins finished off their road trip with two wins in Milwaukee over the last couple days. Now the border battle moved to Target Field for a couple of games.

    Trevor Plouffe was reinstated from the 7-day concussion disabled list but he was a late scratch with some left calf tightness. This meant Chris Colabello was sent back to Rochester. Maybe it was because the rookie wore the wrong jersey on Tuesday night. This leaves the Twins with three catchers on their roster including Chris ...
  9. Twins MLB Draft Profile: Kohl Stewart, RHP

    Who IS This Guy?

    Young Texan Kohl Stewart (6’ 3, 195) is widely considered the top prep pitcher in the nation. Kohl Stewart is also, according to ESPN, the 6th best high-school quarterback in the nation and is committed to Texas A&M. Stewart is equipped with a mid-90s fastball (an improvement over last summer) and a “nasty” slider. The mid-80s slider projects as – if it’s not already – a plus pitch. It’s a legitimate strikeout pitch. He’s ...
  10. Black Holes--Part III

    I've blogged about the disappointing offense for the 2013 Twins and pointed out three guys who are offensive tail enders. Brian Dozier--limited ceiling middle infielder, Chris Parmelee--right fielder/first baseman who has teased the Twins with good stretches, but has failed once and is failing again to secure a spot from the start of the season and now Aaron Hicks.

    Aaron Hicks ranks fifteenth of fifteen center fielders in OPS. He started the season as the Twins' leadoff hitter and ...
  11. Pre-draft prospect list

    Here is my updated prospect list as the Twins head into the draft. I do this in order to provide context for my post-draft list. The post-draft list will be in detail (pre-season ranking in parentheses).

    1. Byron Buxton (4)
    2. Miguel Sano (1)
    3. Oswaldo Arcia (3)
    4. Kyle Gibson (8)
    5. Alex Meyer (5)
    6. Eddie Rosario (6)
    7. Jose Berrios (7)
    8. Jorge Polanco (28)
    9. Trevor May (10)
    10. Max Kepler (9)
    11. Travis Harrison (12) ...
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  12. Black Holes--Part II

    I introduced my thoughts on the Twins' failings on offense and pointed out three players who are toward the bottom of the statistical pile--Brian Dozier, Chris Parmelee and Aaron Hicks. I profiled Dozier as a low-ceiling guy in a position of need and optimistically said that he is capable of a .675-.700 OPS, which would be good enough to keep his job going forward. Chris Parmelee is my next topic.

    Chris Parmelee was a #1 draft choice for the Twins in 2006. He progressed slowly ...
  13. The "Black Holes"--Part I

    As the season approaches the one-third mark, the Twins have slipped well below .500 and are now in a logjam of teams (a half game ahead of Toronto and Seattle, tied with KC, a half game behind the Angels) that has to look up to see respectability and only solidly ahead of one team (the woebegone Astros). Starting pitching is the main culprit, but the team hasn't produced offensively either. The Twins are 10th in runs per game, 14th (next to last) in OPS and homers and last in slugging. The offensive ...
  14. Twins Birthdays--May 29

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    Mike Stenhouse (1958)
    Matt Macri (1982)

    Outfielder/first baseman Michael Steven Stenhouse played for the Twins in 1985. He was born in Pueblo, Colorado, attended Harvard, and was drafted by Montreal in the first round of the January Secondary draft in 1980. His father, Dave Stenhouse, pitched for the Washington Senators in the 1960s. He hit very well in the minors, but never got much of a chance in the big leagues. In 1982, Stenhouse hit ...
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