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Twins Prospect Named Minor League POY Finalist

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:31 PM
USA TODAY has named Adam Brett Walker II amongst the Five Finalist for Minor League National Player of the Year Honors.  Walker lead...
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Seattle fires Jack Zduriencik

Other Baseball Today, 06:03 PM
Another GM bites the dust. Quite the fall from the heady "#6 org" days. The asst GM he brought with him didnt even last this long...Blen...
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Article: Vargas Patiently Waiting For Another Shot

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:52 PM
Following an impressive rookie showing in 2014, the Twins hoped that Kennys Vargas would develop into a fixture at designated hitter for...
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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:48 PM
Is it just me or has he looked terrible at the plate? Also, I don't know why but the eating of sunflower seeds while bating drives me nut...
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Article: Game Thread: Twins vs. Astros 8-30 1:10 PM CST

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:18 PM
Annd Welcome back! To Minnesota Twins Whine Line: GAME THREAD edition. Yesterday's game happened. It wasn't very fun, so I hope you all w...
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Twins Minor League Report (8/29): Darnell Dazzles; Santana Slugs

The GCL Twins season ended in unfortunate circumstances. The game was cancelled by more rain. Cedar Rapids was able to complete their two games. The Miracle took all the free passes that they could. And two left-handers in the upper levels were remarkable on Saturday night. Two Red Wings made strong cases for getting back into a Twins uniform in September.


Five Arguments Against The Wave's Defense

To wave, or not to wave. That is not a question. The wave is an abomination in sports, a selfish and childish, unexplainable tradition that needs to stop. While it’s easy to point out the stupidity of the wave, there are still those who defend it. I took five defenses of the wave and aimed to rip them to shreds.


Twins Minor League Report (8/28): Friday Night Light Shows

Rains were again a factor on Friday night. The games in Ft. Myers and Cedar Rapids were delayed by rain. In fact, Cedar Rapids was actually postponed and will play a doubleheader on Saturday. The game in Chattanooga experienced a mid-game rain delay as well.

Could Rochester pitchers toss their third straight shutout? Which minor leaguer got on base all five times he came to the plate? Which Australian has multi-hit games in in four of his last eight games. Which 2015 draft pick has 25 walks and just nine strikeouts in August?


That's The Ticket: Astros Have Out-Of-This-World Talent

The last time the Astros won more than 70 games, Ke$ha’s “Tik Tok” was the number one song that year according to Billboard’s annual charts.

If you didn’t remember that or remember who Ke$ha is, you are excused because no one remembers 2010 or the last time Houston won more than 70 games. That was also the last year the Twins won more than 70 games. If you didn’t recall that, I guess that’s the kind of memory you have when you brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack.

Nobody expected 2015 to be much different for the two teams, either. At ESPN, all of the analysts buried the Twins in the Central while most believed that the Astros would be outclassed by the higher-spending Mariners or Angels. Now the two teams, both of whom are in playoff contention, will meet this weekend to prove which can outperform expectations better.


Twins Minor League Report (8/27): Defense Fails in Minors

Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano ran out of magic on Thursday night as the pair lost for the first time while playing in the lineup together, snapping the Twins' longest winning streak since 2011. With September call-ups less than a week away, let's take a look at some of the action down in the minor leagues.


Game Thread: Twins v Astros, 8/28 7:10pm CT

It was a late flight from Florida to Minnesota as the Twins get ready for the battle of nobody thought we'd be here. Both the Astros and Twins were overlooked as possible playoff teams in 2015. 2020 was supposed to be the year of playoff contention for both clubs. The Future is here and it's on display at catwalk-less Target Field this weekend.

Here are some things to think about:


2015 All-Former Twins Team

The Twins are a team known for producing their players from the minor league system. Although one of Minnesota’s biggest downfalls is the team’s inability to sign and re-sign big-time players. Many players from the likes of David Ortiz to Kyle Lohse have gone on to have success with other teams.


Vargas Patiently Waiting For Another Shot

Following an impressive rookie showing in 2014, the Twins hoped that Kennys Vargas would develop into a fixture at designated hitter for them this season. Unfortunately, he failed in two separate chances and has now been in the minors since early July.

As Mike Radcliff stated in Parker Hageman's excellent article on Max Kepler, sometimes "it takes patience" with prospects, and patience is exactly what could get Vargas back to the big leagues in September.


A Couple Outs Short: Twins Lose 5-4

For Thursday night’s 5-4 loss, it’s tempting to focus on the run the Twins lost when Miguel Sano’s blast hit the Tropicana Field catwalk and ended up a double. It’s tempting because who doesn’t want to talk about that explosion? Lord, did you see it? Did you hear it? I thought Twins announcer Dick Bremer might have an aneurysm. I thought I might have an aneurysm.

But I think we’re focusing on the wrong metric. The Twins didn’t lose this game because they couldn’t get enough runs. They lost it because they couldn’t get enough outs. And finding those outs in the team's arms has become increasingly tricky.


Get To Know: Red Wings LHP Pat Dean

Lefty Pat Dean was the Twins third-round pick in the 2010 MLB draft out of Boston College. While JO Berrios gets all the press clippings and Tyler Duffey got the promotions, Dean has probably been the most consistent (in a good way) starter for the Rochester Red Wings this season. He has gone from a “suspect” to potentially on the verge of his first call up to the Minnesota Twins.

Twins Daily recently chatted with Dean about his 2015 success and much more.
When the opening day rosters were set, Pat Dean found himself in the bullpen for the first time in his career. However, Ervin Santana was suspended, Trevor May was promoted and Dean was back in the rotation. He responded well early, and has continued to pitch well throughout the season.


Berrios Dominates Again... Call Him Up!

Not long after JO Berrios put together, arguably, his best start of season, he sat in the Red Wings bus just starting the 90-mile drive from Syracuse to Rochester. Instead of sitting back and relaxing, he took the time to take (and welcome) a phone call from a Twins Daily writer.

As Jeremy opined in today’s Minor League Report, “He’s arguably the best pitcher in the entire organization right now.”

But will he get called up for September? The answer to that question likely has changed in the mind of Paul Molitor, Terry Ryan and others in the Twins front office over the last two or three weeks. I know it has changed for me now.


Twins Schedule Works Against Them (But Not Much)

Five American League wild card contenders were separated by 2.5 games as of Tuesday afternoon. If you’re following the race between them, you’re undoubtedly heartened to see one of the Twins opponents facing the Blue Jays or Royals and equally miffed when they face Oakland or Seattle. The teams these contenders play are going to have some say about whom goes to the playoffs.

But looking at the remaining schedules, it’s hard to say exactly which team has a clear advantage. The schedules are division-heavy, but all the teams face both the best and worst teams in their division. Let’s see if we can sort through them and determine if the Twins' remaining schedule works for or against their wild card hopes.