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  1. Position Analysis: Designated Hitter

    Likely Starter: Ryan Doumit
    2011 Stats: .303/.353/.477, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 17 R, 0/1 SB

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    Potential Backups: Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer

    No team has everything set in stone with two weeks left in spring training. For the Twins, with uncertainties surrounding several players, plenty is subject to change between now and Opening Day. For example, last week I profiled the three outfield spots, and over the weekend it was revealed that two of those ...
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  2. Two-Weeks-To-Opening-Day Roster Projections

    The past two weeks, I have attempted to project the Twins Opening Day roster. This week, weíll try it again. I still believe that there are 20 ďGivensĒ at this point, two weeks before Opening Day. I also believe that the five remaining positions are all pretty intriguing and could have several possibilities at this point, especially since there are some injury questions with Scott Baker and Justin Morneau.

    There are still 39 players in Twins big league camp which means 14 players need ...
  3. Should Butera follow Nishioka to Rochester?

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    The biggest story of the week so far in regards to the Twins was the club abandoning their Japanese experiment by demoting Tsuyoshi Nishioka to Rochester for the start of the 2012 season. Going into last season the Twins thought Nishioka could be their starting shortstop for the foreseeable future and the team invested $14 million to bring him to the United States. This experiment turned out to ...
  4. Position Analysis: Catcher

    At my former writing home, I made an annual tradition of running through each position on the Twins' roster in March, sorting out the backup options and projecting the starter's performance. That tradition will continue here at Twins Daily, and today I'll kick off the Position Analysis series with catcher, where Joe Mauer is looking for a big comeback year.

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    Likely Starter: Joe Mauer
    2011 Stats: .287/.360/.368, 3 HR, 30 RBI, 38 R, 0/0 SB

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  5. Fantasy Perspectives: Minnesota Twins

    One of my fantasy leagues started its draft this past week, so I thought it might be a good time to start writing a little about fantasy baseball. I will likely participate in three or four leagues this year, and each is a little bit different. One of my leagues is a keeper league with major and minor league rosters. It is a 5x5 roto league. Another league is a weekly head-to-head, points league. Another league is only on the weekend. Iím in one ten team league and two 14-team leagues. There are ...
  6. Sound Off: Three Catchers, or Not Three Catchers

    Originally posted at kbro's baseball blog

    I read LaVelle's piece about whether the Twins should carry three catchers on the roster. It's a good question -- should they keep three just so they have adequate fill ins in case one of them gets hurt, or should they free up that roster spot for, say, another utility guy or pitcher (how many pitchers they should have on the roster is another rant entirely)?


    So here's the design the Twins will use if they go with three: ...
  7. Organizational Depth Chart: The First Basemen

    After looking at the catchers throughout the Twins system yesterday, Iíll be looking at the first basemen today before continuing around the diamond throughout the coming weeks. Again, the purpose is two-fold. First, itís a look at the depth at or near the big leagues. Second, itís a glance at the depth at the position throughout the system. You can find out who might be coming up to the Twins if there is a need, and you can find out who the prospects to watch might be.

    As I did yesterday, ...
  8. Organizational Depth Chart: The Catchers

    For the most part, the Twins spring training rosters are pretty well set. I wouldnít be surprised if there is another reliever brought in, and there could be some more minor league signings. I thought it would be late enough in the offseason to start taking a look at the Twins organizational depth. So, over the next two weeks, Iíll go position by position and name the players throughout the farm system with a few thoughts. In doing so, Iíll be trying to figure out what the Twins minor league rosters ...
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