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Game Thread: Twins@Mariners, 4/25, 8:10 p.m.

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:44 PM
Another decent start for Phil Hughes last night …. without any run support. It’s a pity that he is 0-4.He hasn’t pitched perfectly but he...
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I know how we can improve the defense. Let Mauer Catch a...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:38 PM
There has been a ton of talk about the defense being horrible this year and the stats are there to prove it.  We are all disappointe...
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Article: MLB Draft: Spring Board 1.0

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:17 PM
This draft is a mess.The plan was for this to be a draft board - one through ten, but with the spring playing out as it has, it would be...
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Article: Top 10 Longest-Tenured Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:58 PM
On Wednesday night, the Twins traded veteran minor league catcher Dan Rohlfing to the New York Mets for cash considerations. Rohlfing had...
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Article: Gardenhire's Possible Landing Spots

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:53 PM
This is the first time in Ron Gardenhire's life that he hasn't been actively involved in baseball since his youth. However, it doesn't me...
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Gardenhire's Possible Landing Spots

This is the first time in Ron Gardenhire's life that he hasn't been actively involved in baseball since his youth. However, it doesn't mean he wouldn't like to be back in the action. Fox Sports is reporting Gardenhire hired an agent for the first time in decades to "monitor possible managerial openings."


Twins Minor League Report (4/24): Weather, Overtime and Leaders

Rain and weather conditions caused postponements in Rochester and in Cedar Rapids. Both teams will try to play doubleheaders on Saturday. Two games washed out, but the Ft. Myers Miracle played almost enough to make up for it. Chattanooga got a home run from Miguel Sano to end their losing streak. Also, today is the first time I’ve provided a Twins organizational statistical leaderboard, so you can see which minor leaguers are leading the way so far.


Game Thread: Twins@Mariners 4/24 9:10PM

It's a late one tonight as we open up a series with the Seattle Mariners. My Kuerig will be fully filled with water. I'm thinking it'll be a night to try many different flavors back to back to back to back to back to back.

After drinking all that coffee... I'll probably go to the bathroom obviously and then break out the LSD I've been saving since 1967. It's Ok... It came with the Jimi Hendrix "Are you Experienced" Album that I bought.

It's going to be Phil Hughes vs King Felix. Get ready for it... I know I will be.

Here are some things to think about:


What To Make Of Mike Pelfrey

Don’t look now but the team’s ERA leader is none other than Mike Pelfrey. Is this performance legit or should we all brace for more impact?

This post should come with a disclaimer in a big, bold font that screams out SMALL SAMPLE SIZE AHEAD but most people should realize that three outings is nothing to base any long-term projection on. That being said, in this small sampling Pelfrey has shown some indication that he may actually be a serviceable back-of-the-rotation starter.


Top 10 Longest-Tenured Minnesota Twins

On Wednesday night, the Twins traded veteran minor league catcher Dan Rohlfing to the New York Mets for cash considerations. Rohlfing had been the Twins’ 14th round draft pick in 2007 out of high school in St. Louis. He was one of the longest-tenured players in the Twins organization.

Below, you will find a list of the 10 players who have been in the Twins organization the longest, without interruption. In other words, Torii Hunter, who signed with the Twins in 1993, is not included on this list.


Twins Minor League Report (4/23): Gonsalves Gon' Save Us

The Twins were off on Thursday, so a lot of people spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the heck Torii Hunter was doing when he scampered towards home plate on Wednesday night, attempting a straight steal of home. If that doesn't do it for you, you can get your baseball fix from the newest Talk to Contact podcast featuring TwinsDaily's own Jeremy Nygaard talking about the MLB draft and the Twins' payroll.


How Tall Is Too Tall? How Old Is Too Old? (Part 2)

Last week, amid concerns that 25-year-old Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer is too old to still be in the minors, I researched all major league starting pitchers since 1980 who were within an inch of Meyer's towering 6' 9" frame. Turns out their average debut age was 25 years old.

I also found something I didn't expect.


Get To Know: Kernels IF/OF Trey Vavra

Trey Vavra got the day off on Monday. On Tuesday, he went 3-5 including a big three-run homer that jump-started a big offensive game for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. On Wednesday night in Wisconsin, Vavra went 4-4 in the Kernels win. As you’re reading this, he is hitting a robust .372 with seven extra base hits in his 11 games.

Trey Vavra is the son of Minnesota Twins bench coach Joe Vavra and the younger brother of Ft. Myers infielder Tanner Vavra. You’ll find out below that his family support is very important to his development.


Twins Minor League Report (4/22): Vavra Continues Roll

At what point does TwinsDaily get renamed TreyDaily? Back-to-back Hitter of the Day. Picture all over the place. Maybe after a good game tomorrow? We'll see.

The Twins made a transaction today, trading C Dan Rohlfing to the Mets for cash considerations. Dan was the last member of the 2007 draft class and an all around good guy. Rohlfing told TwinsDaily, "I think it's a really good opportunity and I plan on taking advantage of it."

Rohlfing also posted on his Facebook page, "Thanks to the Minnestoa Twins for everything they have done for me over the years.. I will definitely miss everyone involved with the organization! Excited to start a new journey after being traded to the New York Mets today!"

Rohlfing will report to Triple-A Las Vegas and had been on the disabled list with Rochester, suffering from a "sprained ankle".

Best of luck to Dan!

Let's take a look at today's action.


MLB Draft: Spring Board 1.0

This draft is a mess.

The plan was for this to be a draft board - one through ten, but with the spring playing out as it has, it would be plenty difficult to do that.

Instead there are 10 players listed in three different groups. Let's run through some of the facts and you can try to sort it out for yourself later.

Or we can just wait til the draft gets closer.

(But how much fun would that be?)


Twins Minor League Report (4/21): Kernels Remain Hot Despite Cold

Three teams struggled to do anything on offense on Tuesday, but the Cedar Rapids Kernels remained hot and picked up another big win… in the snow in Wisconsin. The Red Wings played two games, each started by a pitcher from the University of Kentucky. Both pitched very well. One big streak came to an end for a Lookouts pitcher. It was a full schedule and more in the Twins farm system. Read all about it below.


Twins To Let Santana Stick It Out At Short

There’s no hiding the fact that Danny Santana’s first few weeks as the Twins starting shortstop have been rough.

ESPN’s stats guru Mark Simon tweeted out earlier this week that at -6, Santana’s defensive runs saved total was the worst metric among all qualified defenders. The fact is any defensive metric at this sampling size is not going to be able to give an accurate portrayal of a player’s true performance. After all, by another defensive rating system, total zone, Santana is an above average defender at short (+1). But wait, revised zone rating says he’s one of the worst at converting balls into outs so far this year.