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Game Thread: Twins @ White Sox, 5/22 @ 7:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:49 AM
Game-time forecast: 55 deg F, partly cloudy (sunset 8:10pm), 0% chance of precipitation, winds from the ENE at 9pmh.   Lineups:...
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Alex Meyer Moved to Bullpen

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:38 AM
The Red Wings announced this afternoon that Alex Meyer was being removed from the starting rotation.   Yesterday, Tyler Duffey was p...
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Bold Move

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:00 AM
We are playing good baseball right now...hopefully we can remain in playoff contention until the very end. But if we fall out before that...
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Neutralizing a player's worth by playing them out of...

Other Baseball Today, 05:00 AM
I've been watching a few Padres and Astros games lately, enjoying the improved play of those teams. Wil Myers has been raking this season...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (5/21): Lee Dominates

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 04:31 AM
It may not have been a full-scheduled, busy day in the Twins farm system, but off the field, a lot was going on. The Red Wings were raine...
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Twins Minor League Reports (5/22): Friday Night Bright Lights and Leaders

Six games in one night. That’s what happened in the Twins farm system on Friday night thanks to two rain-affected games on Thursday. The Red Wings, Lookouts and Kernels each played a game and got great offensive production in it. Some of the biggest prospects had big games again. And be sure to check out the minor league organization leader board here on Saturday morning!


Draft Prep: Twins Outfield Depth

We have viewed the Minnesota Twins depth at catcher, corner infield and middle infield in the last few days. Today, we continue this series by reviewing the outfielders in the organization. There are certainly some great names on the big league roster and through the system, especially in Chattanooga. What does it mean for the Twins 2015 draft, if anything?


Clutch Joe Mauer Is Suddenly An RBI Machine

In the dead of the Pittsburgh night, late in the game (the top of the 13th inning to be exact), Joe Mauer did something that he had abandoned since August 17, 2014. With Antonio Bastardo on the mound, Mauer deposited a pitch over the right-center field wall at PNC Bank stadium. The Twins went on to win the game by a tally of 4-3. The home run was the shot that lifted Minnesota over the Pirates, but for Joe, it really doesn't matter.


Cereal and Statistics

I tend to spend my mornings with four things: a bowl of cereal, a cup of tea, my MLB At Bat app and a folded over copy of The Economist magazine.

As I gorge on both carbs and information, I'm happy to know that the Twins have room to grow and that seemingly every night someone outdoes themselves (even if someone else does worse).


Kernels Passing Their Mid-Terms

The Cedar Rapids Kernels passed the midpoint of the first half of their 2015 season over the past weekend, making it an appropriate time to get manager Jake Mauer’s assessment of how their season is progressing.


Twins Minor League Report (5/21): Lee Dominates

It may not have been a full-scheduled, busy day in the Twins farm system, but off the field, a lot was going on. The Red Wings were rained out, and Chattanooga’s game was suspended after a couple of top prospects gave them the lead. The Miracle and Kernels got some terrific pitching, and both teams got just enough pitching.


Player Development Is Key To Establishing Fans' Trust

This isn’t exactly the blueprint that we had in mind, going out and signing a guy to $55 million. The ideal is to have them keep coming through the system.
– Twins GM Terry Ryan after signing Ervin Santana, 12/15/14

Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said some intriguing things this offseason, chief among them were:
1) That he wants to make the playoffs this year (“I’m trying to be realistic. Our expectations in that clubhouse should be to make the postseason.” — Nov. 11).


Draft Prep: Twins Middle Infield Depth

We have written about the catchers and corner infielders in the Minnesota Twins organization. Now, we will discuss the middle infielders where there is a surprising amount of depth.

The purpose of these articles is to get to know about the depth at these positions. Who are the players, and as you see their names, you start to realize how much depth (or lack of depth) there may be in the organization. The timing is because the MLB draft starts in less than three weeks. Obviously a team will and should draft best player available in the first 12 to 15 rounds at least, but at that point, they may be looking more at need and depth.


Twins' Best Kept Secret

As of May 20, the Minnesota Twins have played 39 games and have compiled a 22-17 record. After being picked by many to finish last in the AL Central, and even lose 90 games for a 5th straight year by some, Minnesota has done nothing but surpass expectations. Sitting third in the AL Central, the Twins offense has once again been one of the best in the big leagues (currently sixth in runs scored). While starting pitching has been better than in recent years, it is one man in the bullpen who may be one of the team's best weapons.


Twins Minor League Report (5/20): Wins For Everyone

Even though the Twins are on the road this week, Target Field is still busy with baseball. The Big Ten Championship is underway. There are four games on the agenda tomorrow, including the Illinois Fighting Illini going for their 28th consecutive win at 9 pm. You can also catch Red Wing’s Ryan Boldt playing for Nebraska at 1 pm in an elimination game.

Enough about college baseball, let’s talk about the Twins and their affiliates.


Kepler Shows Breakout Potential

Max Kepler has been featured up and down Twins prospect lists since the Twins signed him as a teenager out of Europe. The list of successful major league players born in Europe is small but there's always been a little something extra with Kepler.


Draft Prep: Twins Corner Infield Depth

The MLB Draft is less than three weeks away, and Twins Daily is the place to be for some great draft coverage in the coming weeks. Before considering the draft possibilities, it is nice to take a look around the organization and see what kind of depth the Twins have at each position.

Now, unlike the NBA or NFL drafts, players drafted this year will not immediately jump to the big leagues. Because of this, drafting Best Available Player is always the best thing to do. It is impossible to know with any certainty what the situation will be in two years much less five or six years down the line.

That said, as the draft gets to the 15th or 20th round, organizations can focus on certain needs in the organization and fill out rookie league rosters with guys with talent.

After reviewing the Catchers in the Twins organization yesterday, today we look at the corner infielders.