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    by 05-15-2014, 10:05 AM
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    Theyíre not top prospects. They werenít drafted in the early rounds, and they didnít get hefty bonuses. They have jobs in the offseason, and they still find time to continue to work on their baseball craft.

    David Hurlbut and Matt Tomshaw are two left-handed pitchers for the Ft. Myers Miracle. You likely havenít read much about them unless, of course, you get a copy of the annual Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. Or, if you read the daily minor league reports religiously, you know their names because they continue to pitch really well.

    So, letís take a day and give them their due.

    David Hurlbut was the Minnesota Twins 35th round pick in 2009 out of Diablo Valley College. He decided not to sign and instead chose to attend
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    by 05-15-2014, 01:59 AM
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    It was an interesting day in the Minnesota Twins system. At the top, the Twins got another horrific starting from Kevin Correia and Michael Tonkin struggled again. David Ortiz took it to his old team for the second straight night and the Red Sox topped the Twins 9-4.

    There were two walk-off wins in the Twins' minor leagues, so thatís always fun. Another team scored its winning run thanks to a big blast in the teamís first inning. Unfortunately, if youíre a Cedar Rapids fan, it was a tough night. For the second straight day, they were swept in a double header against Peoria.

    Letís look at the goings on in the Twins system:



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    As mentioned yesterday, Ryan Walker and Carlos Avila were added to the Cedar Rapids Kernels roster on Wednesday morning. They take the roster spots of Engelb Vielma and Jason Kanzler. Dalton Hicks came off the Ft. Myers Miracle DL,
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    by 05-14-2014, 09:02 PM
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    This is the fourth in a series of (somewhat) weekly installments leading up to the June 5th through 7th draft. The focus is intended to be very Twins-specific.

    Part 1: Locals
    Part 2: The Top
    Part 3: What's New?
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    While you may read the title and think Iím referring to a 10-game Pedro Florimon stretch, Iím actually going to spotlight a handful of players who could be in play when the Twins go on the clock with the 45th overall pick.

    Forecasting these possibilities is far from easy and the reasons are obvious. Itís hard to predict who the top five players who go off the board will be; itís impossible to predict who the 44 guys will be that arenít available for the Twins to choose from.
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    by 05-14-2014, 05:54 AM
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    Itís shaping up to be a killer couple of days for Cedar Rapids. After the first two games of their four-game set with Peoria got rained out, the Kernels are forced to play double-headers on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    In their two other double-headers this season, the Kernels have played to an all or nothing result. They have either swept or gotten swept by the opposition. This had left the club with a 2-2 record in double-header action this season.

    How would they fare tonight? Would they be the sweepers or the swept?


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    In the Cedar Rapids game, two Kernels were hurt and put on the Disabled List before game two. Listen to last night's Twins Hangouts to learn who the Kernels have promoted from Extended Spring Training. Also, Seth and Jeremy were joined early in the show
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    by 05-13-2014, 11:36 PM
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    * Florida's Jose Fernandez is the latest young star pitcher to be tabbed for Tommy John surgery, so elbow injuries have been the talk of baseball this week. Minnesota has plenty of experience in that department, most recently with first-round picks Kyle Gibson and Alex Wimmers.

    But currently, it's the wrist that has emerged as a major pain for young talents in the Twins organization.

    Oswaldo Arcia was bothered by a wrist injury last summer, and it has come back to hamper him again this year. After playing just four games for the Twins in April, he went on the disabled list.

    He rested for a bit, made it through an eight-game
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    by 05-13-2014, 11:03 PM
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    The Indiansí David Murphy should send the Minnesota Twinsí front office and coaching staff a bottle of champagne. After all, the struggling left-handed outfielder hast just six doubles this season but two of those came courtesy of the Twins when they have infielders positioned in the outfield.

    While the 2014 Twins infield numbers have flourished, the outfield has languished.

    The Twinsí outfield was a defensive liability last year. In 2013, they posted an unsightly -35.3 UZR as an outfield unit. Of course, if you solely relied on the broadcasts of the games, you would have likely heard that the Twins outfield had a .991 fielding percentage, 4th best in the game. In short, last yearís outfield was very good...if the ball was hit directly at them. But overall they converted a lowly 84.4% of all outfield flies into outs -- a rate that was 29 out of 30 MLB teams.

    With the knowledge that the team had issues in this department, the Twins front office did little to address that particular need in the offseason. Naturally, starting pitching took precedence. Yet little preparation was made to provide any safety net, or improvement. In fact, the only outfield addition this past year, Jason Kubel, provided questionable defense in corner outfield spots at his best.

    There was a method to this
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    by 05-13-2014, 10:55 AM
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    Join Seth and me tonight at 9:00 pm for the newest episode of our Google Hangout. We will be joined early in the show by a couple of big-time, young left-handed pitching prospects, Stephen Gonsalves and Lewis Thorpe. So, join us live and ask us lots of questions.

    Now available on our webpage and iTunes.

    On the agenda: all the moves that have been made (specifically the AAA infield becoming the MLB outfield), some other moves that may still need to be made, some recent popular topics and more.

    We've also cover any and
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    by 05-13-2014, 04:40 AM
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    Without a doubt, the New Britain Rock Cats' most valuable offensive player this season has been Kennys Vargas. Vargas, a 23 year-old switch-hitting first baseman (destined to be a designated hitter), has been on our radar for some time. However, he has always been considered a work-in-progress. Yes, the raw power was always there, but the limited defensive ability, large strikeout totals and inconsistent spells kept Vargas off of some Twins top prospect lists.

    After a brief adjustment
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    by 05-13-2014, 04:19 AM
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    When we heard the sad and unfortunate news on Monday afternoon that Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez has an elbow sprain, it made me feel awful. The assumption (true or not) is that sometime in the near future, he will have Tommy John surgery and miss the rest of this season and likely some of the 2015 season. If youíre a real, true baseball fan (and letís face it, if youíre reading this web site, you are), you want to see the best performing. Jose Fernandez, despite being just 21 years old, is one of the best.

    Fernandez is just the most recent example of what has become an epidemic over the last couple of years. ďEveryoneĒ is having Tommy John surgery. No team, including the Twins, is immune
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    by 05-12-2014, 10:14 PM
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    The Twins took a break from their schedule on Monday. They open a six-game home stand on Tuesday by welcoming the Boston Red Sox for three games.

    If you missed any of the recent transactions, you can view them here.

    Moving on to the farmÖ
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    by 05-12-2014, 09:54 PM
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    On last week's episode of Talk to Contact, Darren "Doogie" Wolfson spent some time with us discussing the possibility of a Brian Dozier contract extension. He mentioned that Dozier's agent has already approached the Twins about this possibility. By the end of the interview, he said he wouldn't be surprised if Dozier has a new contract in place by the end of spring training next year.

    From the perspective of the Twins front office, there might not be a reason to be in a rush with Dozier. He didn't make his big league debut until the age of 24. His first year of arbitration
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    by 05-12-2014, 09:01 PM
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    Sponsored by Ticket King

    After wrapping up a road trip within the division, the Twins are back at Target Field this week, opening their homestand with a midweek three-game set against the defending World Series champs.

    One of the most storied franchises in baseball, Boston is always a hot ticket, and should provide a good test for a Twins team that is trying to fend off regression after an impressive start.

    Early on, the Sox haven't looked quite as good as they did last year, when they led the American League with 97 wins on their way to a championship, but they're just a couple games behind first-place Baltimore and have plenty of good things going on.

    Some of
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    by 05-11-2014, 08:47 PM
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    Aaron and John unpack the MLB/iTunes fiasco, reflect on a jumbled Twins roster, examine Phil Hughes turnaround, play a lot of GATG intros, cast a skeptical eye towards Danny Santana and Chris Parmelee, ignore their mothers and debate the size of Aaron's ego. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com.


    The Twins took the series against the Tigers with a 4-3 win on Sunday, so on Monday you can take 50% off a large or extra-large pizza from PapaJohns.com
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    by 05-11-2014, 08:18 PM
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    Phil Hughes Big Switch pitching performance on Friday night successfully stared down a three-game losing streak and Justin Verlander. It was also his fourth straight quality start, suggesting that Hughes is in the midst of his own Big Switch. That switch is half of what we thought it would be, but half unforeseen, though maybe we should have expected it.

    When the Twins signed Phil Hughes this offseason to a 3-year, $24 million contract, reactions to the deal were split, with very little middle ground. The agreement was an easy target for
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    by 05-11-2014, 04:35 PM
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    It was a quiet Motherís Day in the minor leagues as both Ft. Myers and Cedar Rapids had days off. However, the Twins finished their series in Detroit, the Red Wings were in Toledo and New Britain was in Bowie, and there was still plenty to write about.

    The Twins fell behind early in Detroit on Sunday, but they didnít give up and walked away with a 4-3 win and a series win against the Tigers. They will get Monday off before hosting the Boston Red Sox in a three game series starting Tuesday.

    Here are the game updates from the Twins minor league system from Saturday.

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    The Ft. Myers Miracle placed Byron Buxton (wrist) and Levi Michael (foot) on the 7-Day Disabled List. As most know by now, Buxton re-injured his wrist on a slide into third base on Thursday. That same night, Michael fouled a ball off of his foot and hasnít
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    by 05-10-2014, 10:07 PM
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    The Twins fell behind early and lost to Max Scherzer, Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. On Sunday, it will be Sam Deduno against Robbie Ray.

    YahooSportsí Jeff Passan reported that Byron Buxton will have an MRI on his reinjured wrist. The reports indicate that it is not considered serious, but the Twins are being very cautious.

    It was also a full day of baseball in the Twins minor league system. If you missed it, check out A Motherís Perspective, by Diane Plouffe, Trevorís mom, as you celebrate your Motherís Day.

    Reynaldo Rodriguez


    RED WINGS REPORT
    Rochester 3, Toledo 6
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    Alex Meyer had a rough start, and the Red Wings bats struggled to score runs. The Red Wings had eight hits, nine walks and one hit batter. However, they

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