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  1. Breaking Down Minnesota's "Core Five"

    ESPN's Sweetspot blog posted an interesting entry earlier today looking at the top teams in relation to their "core five" players. They took the top five men from each roster and compiled their Baseball Reference WAR totals to come up with a top ten list. Obviously the better players you have, the more likely you are to be a very good team. Out of their top ten list, eight of the teams qualified for the postseason last year.


    There's no surprise that Minnesota didn't crack the ...
  2. Ranking the Twins Lead-Off Hitter Candidates

    Some of the buzz of the Twitter world yesterday was surrounding the Twins and who should be the lead-off hitter when the team heads north from spring training. Ron Gardenhire would like one of the center field candidates to run away with thelead-off job but he had a surprise name as a back-up plan. With the ways things are starting to take shape, the team might have to get crafty with men near the top of the order.

    Here is a look at some of the candidates for the lead-off spot. Some ...
  3. Joe Mauer and Increasing Strikeouts

    Members of the Minnesota Twins struck out 1,430 times last season. In the history of the Twins organization, no team had struck out more than 1,121 times (1997 team). That was the only year since the team moved to Minnesota that the club recorded more than 1,100 times.

    Over the last three seasons, Minnesota strikeout totals have increased every year. It has been a rough couple of seasons and there have been some inexperienced players trying to make their mark at the big league level. ...
  4. Twins Franchise Future Rankings: Prospects 1-5

    A lot of the buzz coming out of Target Field this weekend surrounded top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. The lines for autographs from these two players was very extensive and neither of them has an at-bat at higher than the Double-A level. This is a lot of hype surrounding two men who are a few months removed from being teenagers.

    If Minnesota is going to get out of the rut of the last three seasons, top prospects like Buxton and Sano will have to come up and perform at a ...
  5. Possible 2014 Twins Breakout Candidates

    Every offseason fans can sit back and reflect on the year that was for the Minnesota Twins. There are usually some high points and some low points for any team no matter what their place in the standings. Unfortunately for the Twins, there have been more low points than high points over the last three seasons.

    Last year's roster featured a few players in the midst of a breakout season. Brian Dozier set the franchise record for home runs by a second baseman and he backed that up with ...
  6. More Dingers for Dozier?

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ID:	6291Let’s just start by saying that in his second tour of duty of the major league ranks, Brian Dozier fared better.

    After a dismal 2012 season, he managed to improve his walk rate and power numbers to finish the year one of the team’s top contributions. Faint praise, however, considering the lineup’s surprising lack of offense overall.

    That said Dozier’s in-season development was impressive. After a diagnostic from hitting coach Tom Brunansky, the ...
  7. Wille’s Way: Starting At Catcher For Your Minnesota Twins….Matt Wieters?

    When the Minnesota Twins announced earlier this week that Joe Mauer would be making the permanent shift from catcher to first base, few blinked an eye. Twins’ fans deep down—no matter how much we tried to fight it—knew that one day this was going to happen. Mauer’s end-of-the-year injury certainly didn’t help his odds of remaining at catcher for the remainder of his career and at the end of the day, Mauer is simply too valuable for this team to be sitting on the disabled list; thus, the move to ...
  8. 2014 Minnesota Twins Offseason Blueprint

    There are plenty of ways to go about trying to fix the Twins team but some patience might be required as the club waits for some younger pieces to work their way through the minor leagues. The Twins Daily crew put out some solid information in the 2014 Offseason Handbook. One of the best parts to read about this document is the blueprint plans put together by the writers.

    There are plenty of options for the Twins but here is how I would go about trying to fix the team. Some of these ...
  9. Fishing for Holes in the Roster

    When a team has lost 90 games in three consecutive seasons, there can be plenty of finger pointing. For the Twins, there are questions to ask about how this current roster was created and what the team can do as they try and move forward.

    Where are the holes in this roster? What needs to be done this offseason? Are there internal options to help remedy the situation? All of these questions and more need to be answered before the team heads to Florida for spring training.
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  10. Two Separate Sophomore Seasons

    When the Twins left spring training, there were multiple Twins players in line to get playing time during their sophomore seasons. The second year can be a huge year for players trying to make their mark at the big league level. There can be positive signs during a rookie season but continuing those early impressions and making adjustments is key to solidifying a player's future.

    Two of these second year players were set-up for very different starts to the season. Scott Diamond had ...
  11. Pros and Cons: Picking the Twins Clubhouse Leader

    With Justin Morneau's exit from the club in the last week, the Twins are searching for someone to take over his leadership role in the clubhouse. This seems to be a reoccurring theme for the Twins in recent years as the club shifts away from veteran leadership to a more youthful roster.

    A couple of years ago Michael Cuddyer and Joe Nathan were considered among the team's strong voices and both players left in free agency. Morneau filled the void left by Cuddyer and it seemed like a ...
  12. Monday Morning Madness - August 26, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Since I am filled with useless snark, I stated back on August 12 that if the Twins could win 30-35 of their next 17 games, they could get back in the Central race. See, the joke is... Anyway, with three games remaining in that 17 game stretch, the Twins will win no more than seven games. Whatever. Perhaps the team isn't good enough to win two games every game. However, the Twins are still on a 72 win pace (actually 71.5 but I'm rounding ...
  13. The Best News for the 2013 Minnesota Twins

    The Twins started 2013 with many question marks. The entire starting rotation was questioned (rightly), and new starters were introduced at 2B, SS, 3B, and RF. Center field was to be manned by a rookie who hadn't played above AA and several new arms were being deployed in the bullpen.

    The established players were Willingham, Morneau, and Mauer, with DH and backup catcher being handled by veteran Ryan Doumit.

    While not much was expected, the goal was to see some ...
  14. Behind Brian Dozier's Turnaround

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ID:	5224At the end of May, Minnesota Twins second baseman Brian Dozier was batting a sad .214/.259/.299 and providing little reassurance that he would be able to consistently hit major league pitching. Since then, however, Dozier has been on fire offensively and has posted a robust .254/.340/.492 line with 10 home runs in his last 270 plate appearances.

    This turnaround has been amazing for Dozier, but it has not been entirely unexpected. In the spring, Dozier showcased ...
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