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Article: Josmil Pinto and Throwing Out Runners

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:51 AM
When camp opened, the Minnesota Twins’ manager Paul Molitor discussed the grim realities of the team’s inabilities to stop opponents from...
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Article: Where Will Miguel Sano Play?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:51 AM
After taking a year off to recover from elbow surgery, Miguel Sano is back in Twins camp and opening some eyes with his prodigious power....
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Mauer: Buy or Sell?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:51 AM
Of course, it's with Mauer that things ALWAYS get interesting. Let us reflect for a moment. For his career, his quad slash is: .319/.401/...
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Article: Minnesota Twins Roster Projection 2015 Version 2.0

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When the calendar turned to 2015, I posted my first Minnesota Twins Roster Projection for 2015. It’s been two months since then, so it’s...
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Minnesota Twins Roster Projection 2015 Version 2.0

When the calendar turned to 2015, I posted my first Minnesota Twins Roster Projection for 2015. It’s been two months since then, so it’s time today for Roster Projection version 2.0. Spring Training is less than two weeks old, but the Twins played their first exhibition game last night against the Gophers. Tonight, their Grapefruit League schedule begins with a game against the Red Sox. There are still a few jobs available and there will be plenty of competition. Twins Daily will again be in Ft. Myers starting Monday and through the rest of the spring training.

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Josmil Pinto and Throwing Out Runners

When camp opened, the Minnesota Twins’ manager Paul Molitor discussed the grim realities of the team’s inabilities to stop opponents from stealing bases. The game, he believes, has shifted to one that focuses on speed rather than power. Stopping the other team from turning a single into a double was going to be a point of emphasis heading into 2015.

Last year, when veteran catcher Kurt Suzuki was not behind the plate, opponents stole at will off the Twins’ battery. Central to those stolen bases was rookie backstop Josmil Pinto. While he was behind the plate runners went 20-for-20 in stolen base attempts, by far the highest number of bases swiped in MLB without recording an out.

But here’s the question: Was Pinto’s run defense that bad?

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Where Will Miguel Sano Play?

After taking a year off to recover from elbow surgery, Miguel Sano is back in Twins camp and opening some eyes with his prodigious power. Folks around the compound have marveled at his strength during batting practice sessions in which he has routinely driven baseballs well beyond the outfield walls.

If Sano's bat isn't major-league ready, it is very, very close. Finding a place in the lineup for him will not be difficult. Finding a place in the field for him... well, that's another story.

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No Juice Podcast #45: Spring Training Updates

On this week's No Juice Podcast Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman review the happenings from around the baseball world. Glen Perkins lobbying for jobs. The Minnesota catcher struggle is real. Weird spring training injuries. Overzealous updates from the media. It is all here.

Listen up.

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2015 Twins Daily Top Prospect Summary

Last month, Twins Daily posted its Top 20 Prospects. In previous years, we had just done the Top 10, but the Twins system is so strong that we felt that we should highlight twice as many prospects this year. In reviewing the prospect list, there are several very interesting topics that came up.

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How Many Home Runs Can The Twins Hit?

Although the Twins scored more runs than all but four American League teams in 2014, they ranked 11th in home runs.

That was par for the course. Over the past decade, the highest the Twins have ranked among AL teams in homers is ninth, and they've often been at the very bottom of the pack.

There is reason to believe, however, that this year's Twins lineup will produce more long balls than any we've seen in quite some time.

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Episode 183: The Best Shape Of His Life

Aaron and John sample beers at Lynlake Brewery and talk about everyone (except themselves) being in the best shape of his life, Paul Molitor's new clubhouse rules, Torii Hunter's oft-discussed leadership, Johan Santana's latest comeback with the Blue Jays, the power of rhetoric versus analysis, Jordan Schafer vs. Aaron Hicks, the Twins trying to find a leadoff hitter, managing expectations for Miguel Sano, and mailbag questions. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.

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Hunter And Garnett: The Marketing Angle

After a lengthy absence, Kevin Garnett made his triumphant return to Target Center on Wednesday night, helping lead the Timberwolves to a blowout victory in front of a packed house. After the game, coach Flip Saunders said that it was the most energetic and enthusiastic he could remember the arena being in a regular-season game -- a stark contrast to the typically bleak environment at Wolves games this year.

Watching it all play out, I suddenly find myself understanding the Twins' decision to sign Torii Hunter a little more.

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Push Candidate: Brian Navarreto

The first two entries in this series focused on players who are moving up in the system and the question was one of advancing to AA baseball, which is really (Jorge Polanco 2014 aside) the real first experience of closeness to the majors that a minor leaguer can see. For the final installment, I am turning to another level in the system--full season A-ball--and am profiling catcher Brian Navarreto as a "push candidate" for promotion to Cedar Rapids.

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Most Marketable Twin: 2015

As the beginning of the 2015 season quickly approaches, the Twins marketing team has been hard at work. How do you try to sell a team that has lost 90 games for four consecutive seasons?

Twins single game tickets went on sale last weekend and one thing that seems to get fans in the door is offering some unique giveaways. This year the club will offer such items as a Vintage Twins Bobblehead, a Brian Dozier Bobblehead, a Torii Hunter Adult Jersey, and a Fur Bomber Cap.

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All About That Base

If one were to highlight the utter banality of baseball’s month of February, a simple action in a spring training complex back field -- featuring grown men who mime a throw to the plate, speed-jog fifty feet from the middle of the diamond to step on first base and receive an underhand toss -- might suffice. The act is then repeated without end until the pitchers are dreaming of breaking towards first in their sleep.

That’s the goal anyway.

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Can Rule 5 Pick J.R. Graham Stick?

Minnesota Twins camp came to life over the weekend with the familiar sound of baseballs smacking mitts, as pitchers and catchers reported to camp and official bullpen sessions started getting underway.

One hurler who is drawing early attention is J.R. Graham, whom the Twins acquired from the Atlanta Braves in December's Rule 5 Draft.

Graham is worth tracking not only because of the upper-90s heat he's capable of bringing on the mound, but also because of the interesting decision the Twins face as they determine whether they can make room for him in a somewhat crowded bullpen and avoid sending him back to Atlanta.