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  1. Pedro Florimon lining up to be Opening Day starter

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    "I love having him at shortstop."- Ron Gardenhire, 9/16/12, The Ron Gardenhire Show

    It didn't take very long for Brian Dozier to fall out of the good graces with the Minnesota Twins. The team gave him plenty of opportunities to showcase his talents as the shortstop of the future for the organization but he was unimpressive during his rookie campaign. This has left the door open for another player to step-in and get most of the reps at shortstop during ...
  2. 2012 Twins Minor League Hitter of the Year

    The minor league season have come and gone for the Twins farm system and that means it's time to hand out postseason awards. For the last couple of days, I have focused on the pitchers in the system. On Tuesday, I named Michael Tonkin as the best relief pitcher of 2012 in the Twins system. After yesterday's results were tallied, BJ Hermsen came out on top as the best starting hurler for the past season. Both of these choices were tough to make but the hitters in the system provided a much more difficult ...
  3. 2012 Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year

    It wasn't the best year for starting pitching in the Twins organization. Top pitching prospects like Alex Wimmers and Adrian Salcedo suffered through short seasons because of injuries. Kyle Gibson, the team's first round pick from 2010, spent most of the year recovering from Tommy John surgery and he will head to the Arizona Fall League to rack up some innings before the beginning of next season. The organization had to find other pitchers to fill roles with their clubs and this allowed for some ...
  4. 2012 Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year

    At the end of last week, I took a look back at some of the projections I made in regards to the minor league system for the Twins. When it comes to making predictions, there are going to be some hits and some misses. I had a few of those along the way but it's time to look back at the season that was in the minor leagues for the Twins.

    There were some good performances at all of the different levels that deserve to be recognized for their achievements on the field. The Elizabethton ...
  5. Cole De Vries making most of late-season audition

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    The Twins are getting a long look at plenty of different players as the 2012 season is coming to a close. There are a ton of questions about the future of the Twins organization and it is tough to know if all of them can be answered before the end of the year. Can Chris Parmelee earn a starting job at some position? Who will compose the outfield next year? Will any veterans be traded to try and add some pitching to the Twins system? Which players should compose ...
  6. Revisiting my preseason projections for the minors

    At the beginning of the year, Seth Stohs from the Twins Daily crew asks some of the bloggers from across Twins Territory to put together their picks for a variety of categories across the minor leagues. It's a fun exercise to do at the beginning of the year and it's interesting to track the progress of players during the minor league seasons. There were some breakout candidates at almost every level in 2012 but there were some setbacks along the way as well.

    Here are my picks from the beginning of the year ...
  7. The Curious Case of Anthony Slama

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    The last two seasons have been rough for the Twins as the team has posted back-to-back horrible win-loss records. But some positive things came out of this madness. For instance, in this past June's amateur draft, the Twins selected Byron Buxton, arguably the best player in the draft.

    Originally posted at http://www.NoDakTwinsFan.com

    Also, all of the losing and injuries to pitchers have allowed the team to get an in-depth look ...
  8. What could have been for Rene Tosoni

    At this point last season, Rene Tosoni was on the Twins MLB roster and he was playing on an almost daily basis for the club. Granted that team was on it's way to one of the worst finishes in franchise history but he was still an everyday player for a big league squad. He was 25-years old at the time and he was living his dream after reaching the big leagues in his fifth season as a professional. ...
  9. Twins Minor League Awards - July

    As I was beginning my trek to Beloit last week, I realized that it was already into August. I have no idea where the entire month of July went, but it was already time to present awards for the minor league hitter, starting pitcher and relief pitcher of the month. To keep things brief, this is a little late, so Iím going to consolidate the reports. Along with the three ďwinners,Ē Iíll give a top five as well as post some honorable mentions, if appropriate.

    I apologize for the delay, ...
  10. The Rock Cats' June Swoon

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    
    Rocky the Rock Cat: Proud to be
    an American
    
    The New Britain Rock Cats find themselves in the middle of a tough stretch of baseball. They lost last night, 8-1, to the Altoona Curve, and ...
  11. AA and AAA: Where's the Offense?

    
    The look of a displaced man who will
    never again see Target Field
    

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    For purposes of this post, I need to start of with 2 limitations: First, I'm thinking about players in the upper levels ...
  12. Rock Cats Starting to Rebound

    
    B.J. Hermsen, perhaps
    the MVP for the
    Rock Cats this
    past month
    

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    After winning 2 of 3 on the road at Erie over the weekend, the Rock Cats earned a much needed day off, though ...
  13. Rock Cats Lose 4th Straight

    
    Thanks, Google Image search!
    
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Every Wednesday evening, I write a recap of all the Twins minor league action, which you can find at TwinsDaily. Take a look if you haven't already. Here's what I wrote about last ...
  14. Coming Soon at Twins Fan From Afar

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]



    Since March, I have been providing Rock Cats content on this blog, whether it's game reports from contests I have attended, player stats, the latest on the potential change in affiliation, or recounts of events I have attended, like the pre-season welcome home dinner. I'm no expert on baseball -- or the Twins minor league system ...
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