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    by 02-09-2012, 03:27 PM

    The Twins claimed speedy outfielder off of waivers from the Toronto Blue Jays (who made room on their 40 man roster for Francisco Cordero). The Twins previous were at 40 on their roster, so someone will need to be DFAd to make room for Mastroianni. There are certainly several options.

    The 26 year old went 0-2 with a sacrifice bunt in his one game with the Blue Jays in 2011. He was a 16th round pick of the Jays in 2007 out of the University of Southern Indiana, a Division II school. He had spent the 2005 season at Winthrop where he was a teammate of former Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey.

    Because he has options, Mastroianni likely will play in Rochester in 2012.

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    by 02-09-2012, 08:26 AM

    OK, so the show hasn稚 been exactly weekly of late. Frankly, the ratings haven稚 been where we would like them to be. However, tonight at 9:00 central time, I値l be hosting a 90-minute Twins podcast. We値l get caught up on the goings-on around the Twins as we are now about one week from pitchers and catchers reporting! We値l discuss the offseason and look forward to the 2012 season. You値l want to join because I知 in the process of lining up several guests to discuss the upcoming season. As I get confirmations, I値l be sure to share them. But put it on your calendar. 9:00 tonight. Listen Live. And, if you have any topics you would like us to cover, be sure to e-mail me at [email protected] or leave your questions and topics in the Comments Section!

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    by 02-08-2012, 10:05 AM

    Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2012 Now Available as an e-book for $6.99 by clicking here. You can, of course, still get the print version for $13.99 by clicking here.


    Today, we will conclude our Organizational Depth Chart by looking at the Relief Pitchers. Frankly, it is kind of a mess thanks to about 89 minor league veterans brought in, so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. As I said on Monday, many starters will get time as a reliever, and vice versa. This is especially true in the lower levels of the minor leagues where innings limits are still so important.

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    by 02-07-2012, 10:52 PM

    While many, like me, are holding out hope that the Twins can find a way to compete in a 2012 season where the odds are stacked pretty heavily against them, we must acknowledge that there's a good chance the big-league club won't catch the number of breaks it needs, and that by the mid-season point fans will be looking elsewhere for signs of hope.

    Those signs will hopefully come from some of the players listed below in my annual preseason ranking of the organization's top ten prospects. Last year's crop fared about as well as the major-league roster, with nearly every player experiencing injury or performance setbacks, so several members of that list have dropped down or off this year's board.

    With that being said, there's a lot of promise to be found below, and the Twins should be stocking their farm system with plenty more high-end talent in June when they select five times in the top 75 picks (including No. 2 overall). Here's a look at the Top 10 Prospects, as I
    by 02-07-2012, 08:22 AM

    This is the hardest time of the year to be a baseball fan. At least it is for me. I actually really enjoy the offseason. I love hearing rumors, and trying to think about what the Twins could do, and what they will do. Who will they sign? Will there be a trade? From the end of the World Series until about the middle of January, it is fun. Then there is the Twins Winter Caravan which is a great time, followed by the weekend of Twins Fest. In a little over a week, one of the great phrases will be uttered, "Pitchers and Catchers Report!" And, I'm of the belief that Opening Day should be a national holiday! And, then there is the 162 game season. Obviously it's much more fun when your team is winning, but that long journey from April to October is what it's all about.

    However, there are those pesky three weeks between Twins Fest and the beginning of spring training. Generally, there won't be any more transactions. The Super Bowl is done, and all we can do is wait. Once Spring Training starts, there will be plenty of storylines to follow!
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    by 02-06-2012, 11:24 PM

    Sometimes I wonder if the Twins actually have a true 途ivalry with any other MLB team. I think we池e all tired of getting our brains beat in by the Yankees every series, whether in the regular season or post-season, but everyone hates the Yankees and, after all, a true rivalry requires some level of mutual dislike, doesn稚 it? I知 not altogether sure that Yankee fans even realize the Twins play in the same league as their team.

    The closest thing to a rivalry the Twins have probably has to be with the White Sox (or BitchSox, as Batgirl taught us to refer to them). I admit that they池e the AL Central Division team I致e come to know and despise the most.
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    by 02-06-2012, 11:21 PM


    After former Twins third baseman Corey Koskie left before the 2005 season, the Twins had trouble finding a suitable replacement for years. They trotted out such names as Tony Batista, Mike Lamb, Joe Crede, Matt Tolbert and Nick Punto to name a few. Then came the 2010 season when Twins prospect Danny Valencia finally broke into the big leagues.

    Valencia impressed during his time with the Twins (85 games played). He hit .311/.351/.448 with 7 homeruns and 40 RBI in 322 plate appearances. The Twins and their fans were confident they had finally found Coskie's replacement for years to come.
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    by 02-06-2012, 11:07 PM

    Now that the spectacle of the NFL championship is over, thoughts of green grass, and leather gloves, and wood bats take over baseball fans' minds. Spring Training is right around the corner, and I bet you can't wait. I know I can't.

    And, by now, it kind of looks like the Twins are done adding players and the Spring Training crew is set. If you're planning on heading to beautiful Fort Myers to visit our boys or if you're planning on listening to some broadcasts, you'll want to know who it is you should root for. So I decided to compile a helpful list.
    by 02-06-2012, 01:53 PM

    The Twins have signed 28-year-old Chris Colabello to a minor league deal. Colabello, a corner infielder for Worcester of the Can-Am League, hit .348/.410/.600 with 20 home runs in 412 plate appearances. That performance earned Colabello Baseball America's title of Indy League MVP.
    by 02-06-2012, 09:47 AM

    Let痴 knock off one more preview post before the weekend, shall we? Maybe by next week, I値l have generated the energy and interest level to look in to the remaining Division rivals. Yesterday, we looked at the prohibitive favorites to repeat as AL Central champions, the Detroit Tigers. For today, we値l take a little peak at the Cleveland Indians.

    If you had said before the 2011 season that the Indians would finish 15 games out of first place in the AL Central Division, not many people
    by 02-06-2012, 09:46 AM

    Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook 2012 Now Available as an e-book for $6.99 by clicking here. You can, of course, still get the print version for $13.99 by clicking here.
    Over the past couple of weeks, we致e pointed out the organizational depth charts for the Twins hitters. We致e looked at catchers, 3B, 1B, Middle Infielders and Outfielders. Today, I値l take a look at the starting pitchers. Now, especially as I move to the lower levels, I won稚 pretend to know which players will move to the bullpen. Often, due to innings limits, some 壮tarters will begin the season in the bullpen. Others will begin the season as starters and get moved to the bullpen later due to innings. Frankly, most of the pitchers in the lowest levels have been starters their whole lives
    by 02-05-2012, 02:56 PM

    Let痴 knock off one more preview post before the weekend, shall we? Maybe by next week, I値l have generated the energy and interest level to look in to the remaining Division rivals. Yesterday, we looked at the prohibitive favorites to repeat as AL Central champions, the Detroit Tigers. For today, we値l take a little peak at the Cleveland Indians.

    If you had said before the 2011 season that the Indians would finish 15 games out of first place in the AL Central Division, not many people would have argued the point. But if you壇 have predicted that would be good enough for second place in the Division, you壇 have drawn more than a few chuckles.

    Yes, the AL Central, outside of the Tigers, really was that bad.
    by 02-03-2012, 11:23 AM

    The Twins have about 30 pitchers coming to spring training this year. Some Twins fans are upset that the Twins haven't signed the likes of Dan Wheeler or Brad Lidge when they signed for low-price deals. There are still some bullpen arms available (Coffey, Wuertz ,etc.), but the question is Would you rather sign one of those guys, or give opportunities to the guys they already have? Is it possible that the Twins scouting department has determined that Todd Coffey will not be able to get hitters out as well as Alex Burnett or Lester Oliveros, Jeff Manship or Jason Bulger? if that's the case, then there is no reason to bring additional pitchers in. What say you?
    by 02-02-2012, 09:14 PM

    We致e all been writing and talking and debating and complaining about virtually every aspect of the Twins off-season for months, so as the Spring Training gates prepare to swing open, there is very little more to be written concerning our guys prospects for 2012. I still suspect Terry Ryan may add another pitching arm from among what has to be a very nervous group of remaining free agents, but otherwise, the roster pretty much is what it is.

    That being the case, what else is there
    by 02-02-2012, 09:12 PM

    We致e all been writing and talking and debating and complaining about virtually every aspect of the Twins off-season for months, so as the Spring Training gates prepare to swing open, there is very little more to be written concerning our guys prospects for 2012. I still suspect Terry Ryan may add another pitching arm from among what has to be a very nervous group of remaining free agents, but otherwise, the roster pretty much is what it is.

    That being the case, what else is there to say, really? The fortunes of the 2012 will simply be determined by the health and productivity of Joe Mauer, Justin Morneau, Denard Span, Scott Baker, et al., right?

    Well, sort of but then again, not entirely.
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    by 02-02-2012, 08:26 AM

    Today痴 mystery category? Let痴 see if you can guess from the clues

    "What are the Twins television revenues?"
    "Why is everybody bitching about a $100 million payroll?"
    "Why couldn't the Twins sign Prince Fielder?"

    If you didn稚 get it, don稚 be too hard on yourself - it痴 a little convoluted. The category is 展hat questions avoid THE question?

    In Twins Territory, THE question has been: why did payroll go down $15 million following the second year of a publicly funded stadium?

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