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Hicks for Murphy trade: 14 months later

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:29 AM
Murphy: nowhere to be found Hicks: .318 Ba, 3 HR, 1.100 OPS Oops!
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Article: Impromptu Draft Update

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:29 AM
The draft is quickly approaching (but still seems like a lifetime away). Twins Daily's draft coverage is being mapped out.But as of today...
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Game Thread: Twins at Rangers, 4/26@7:05pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:19 AM
And…. Welcome back to the nightly game threads this is your host diehard... er... Vanimal reporting live from Corpus Christi Texas where...
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Miguel Sano Appreciation Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:18 AM
He hits the ball so freaking hard, man. Only 1 K in 8 PA! Near inches away from hitting a grand salami yesterday... Also, I don't think h...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/25): Berrios, Romer...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:14 AM
Big names were slated to pitch in the Twins system Tuesday night, with Jose Berrios, Fernando Romero, and Dereck Rodriguez all taking the...
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Latest News


Phil Hughes Changing Up To Stay Ahead

Phil Hughes has a reputation around the game as a guy who will constantly experiment, tweak and tinker with his game in efforts to improve and gain an edge.

We have certainly seen that early on this year, as he has introduced a prominent changeup to his repertoire while waiting for his fastball to (hopefully) regain life.

Although the righty's lagging stuff is a cause for concern, his cerebral approach and superior feel for pitching provide some reassurance, and they were on display once again in his victory over the Rangers on Monday.


Twins Minor League Report (4/25): Berrios, Romero, and... Turley? Oh My!

Big names were slated to pitch in the Twins system Tuesday night, with Jose Berrios, Fernando Romero, and Dereck Rodriguez all taking the hill for their respective teams. They were all fantastic, but it was another starter who stole the day with one of the best performances you’ve seen in the minors since Twins Daily came into existence (trust me on this). But he also took the loss despite his efforts, and the Chattanooga Lookouts offense owes both their starters some penance after being swept in a doubleheader.


Impromptu Draft Update

The draft is quickly approaching (but still seems like a lifetime away). Twins Daily's draft coverage is being mapped out.

But as of today, there are two major players as candidates for the first overall pick in June's draft and both of those players have made headlines.


Buxton Not Alone In Early-Season Struggles

In case you haven’t been following the Minnesota Twins to this point in the season, Byron Buxton has started the season really slowly. On Monday night in Texas, he went 0-2 with two walks and is now hitting just .105/.177/.140 (.318). There is really no way to sugarcoat those numbers. Nick wrote a bit about his struggles yesterday.

While few have struggled to the level that Buxton has to start this season, there are a lot of hitters who are just not hitting to this point. Heading into play on Monday, 27 qualifying players (have 3.1 at bats per game their team plays for) had a batting average below .200. The average batting average in MLB was .241.


Twins Minor League Report (4/24): Affiliates Salvage One On Otherwise Ugly Night

The Twins traveled south to Texas to start a three-game series with the Rangers.

Congrats to Jermaine Palacios who was named Midwest League Player of the Week. This came on the heels of hitting .516 with lots of extra-base hits and flashes of home run power.

The Twins made a transaction, purchasing the contract of P Nick Tepesch, optioning P Buddy Boshers and placing P Ryan O’Rourke on the 60-day disabled list.


Polanco Providing Poise

Shortstop is becoming a position of strength across baseball. Names like Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa and Corey Seager are becoming household names. These budding infielders are leading the next generation of baseball stars. It is truly seems like the sky could be the limit for each of them.

The sky has not been the limit for the Twins when it comes to the shortstop position. In fact, the position has become a revolving door in recent years. While other organizations are building their franchise around a star shortstop, Minnesota has struggled to fill the void.

Even in midst of a young season, Jorge Polanco is providing poise at one of baseball's hardest positions.


Kernels Hitting A Stride

Heading into their four-game series with Midwest League Western Division leaders Kane County on Thursday, the Cedar Rapids Kernels were one game under .500, trailed the Cougars by two games in the standings and were tied for second place in their division.

(This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com)


Game Thread: Twins@Rangers 4/24/17 7:05PM

Our Twins travel to Texas for a brand new series and this is good because the old series stunk. Yesterday was a horrible performance and I couldn’t help but think of a great performer because of it.

Back in February of 1984, Bruce Springsteen thought his new album “Born in the USA” was done and ready for final production. After all, the band started recording material back in January of 1982 and after 13 months of on and off sessions, they finished 86 possible songs for this new album and some of those songs were pretty good. It was easy to assume that the album was ready but Manager Jon Landau didn’t think so. Bruce’s last release “Nebraska” was a great album but it was dark and acoustic and it didn’t produce any hits. Mr. Landau wanted hits with this new album and he told Bruce that he didn’t hear a sure fire hit in any of the 86 recorded tracks and he told Bruce to go home and come back tomorrow with a sure fire hit and this pissed Bruce off.

Bruce is a prolific songwriter but you need inspiration and he was being forced to write a hit song on the spot without it. The only thing in his head was how he felt about the impossibility of the absurd task he was assigned and that was… “You can’t start a fire… you can’t start a fire without a spark” and the rest is history. Dancing in the Dark was the last song written and recorded for the album and it was the first release and it became his biggest hit when it spent 4 weeks at #2. Biggest hit performed by Bruce because Manfred Mann’s cover of Blinded by the Light was technically Bruce’s only #1 hit since he wrote it.

Why am I thinking about this? Because Bruce was convinced that you couldn’t write a song without inspiration and he was angry that he was forced to write a song without inspiration. Without realizing it… he had used that anger as the missing inspiration.

OK… You get it… So why am I thinking about this? Because the Twins lack emotion in my opinion and they have lacked emotion for a long time now. On Saturday, Sano was handed some inspiration, he got a little angry and the team couldn’t recognize that spark and followed that up with one of the worst performances of the year on Sunday.

This has inspired me to think out loud, “Is Baseball just too boring for you guys”. I hope Falvey and Levine noticed this and are prepared to cull the uninspired out eventually. This has been going on for too long. We need them to exhibit actual physical and emotional engagement to their jobs.

There is darkness on the edge of this town!!!


Here are some things to think about:


Spring Backward

One of the biggest reasons for positivity coming out of spring training was the fact that two players hugely critical to the Twins' success were on top of their games, seemingly poised to take big steps forward and help lead the team's turnaround.

But since coming north, both players have seen their play go south, and now they've become perhaps Minnesota's two greatest sources of concern during an 8-10 start.


Twins Minor League Report (4/23): Kranson Cranks, Beeker Deals

Minnesota had stuck with their Opening Day roster through the team's first 17 games. That changed on Sunday as first baseman Kennys Vargas and left-handed reliever Buddy Boshers were recalled from Rochester. To make room for them on the roster, the Twins placed right-hander Justin Haley on the disabled list and optioned left-hander Adalberto Mejia to Triple-A.

Rain was the main headline on Sunday. Both the Red Wings and the Lookouts were washed out including a double-header in Chattanooga. This left the Kernels and the Miracle to carry the load. Who would shine? Who would struggle?


Twins Minor League Report (4/22): Controversial Conclusion in Cedar Rapids

The Red Wings faced some of the top prospects in the game, Randy LeBlanc extended his scoreless-innings streak, the Kernals somehow managed to get beat on a "swinging strike" and, of course, there was another rain out.

Find out what else happened around the Twins' minor leagues on Saturday.


Twins Minor League Report (4/21): Wheeler Deals In Wings Win

It was a busy night in the Twins minor league system. One starting pitcher recorded a career-high in strikeouts. Six hitters recorded three hits on the day as well. There were two one-run games, one of which finished in 12 innings with a walkoff. Hey the Twins beat Justin Verlander on Friday night which is a good reminder that in this great game of baseball, anything can happen.