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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:43 AM
Last week, when I wrote that the Twins have only one major need to address during the coming offseason, I expected the piece of generate...
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Twins survey questions posted on Twitter by Darren Wolfson

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:52 PM
Thought the survey topic that the Minnesota Twins sent Darren Wolfson and his responses on Twitter as a likely season ticket holder...
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Milone is terrible

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:37 PM
How in the world did this guy pitch so well with Oakland? I expected him to be more mediocre than good.... but never expected him to be t...
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Brett Lee - 2014

Adopt A Prospect 2014 Yesterday, 11:05 PM
For the second year in a row, Brett C. Lee is my adopt-a-prospect. He did so well last year, I decided to keep him. When last season st...
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Strikeouts, Walks and an Apparent Contradiction

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:30 PM
Strikeouts, particularly the assessment of pitchers ability to strike out batters has garnered much attention in the last couple years....
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Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of August 2014

Yesterday, we looked at the top hitters in the Minnesota Twins farm system in August. There were a lot of solid candidates. Today we look at the top starting pitchers in the final month of the minor league season.

There is definitely a theme with the top of this group, a theme that we have seen throughout the year. The Twins have found quite a few southpaws that have had terrific seasons in 2014.


The New Top Twins Pitching Prospect?

Alex Meyer, who entered this season as the bona fide top pitching prospect in the Minnesota Twins organization, saw his season come to an ominous end over the weekend, when he was removed in the second inning of his final start for the Rochester Red Wings due to shoulder stiffness.

The move was deemed "precautionary" but it is unsettling nonetheless, considering that the hard-throwing right-hander missed about a third of the 2013 season because of shoulder problems.

Now, Meyer's designation as the team's best pitching prospect has grown tenuous, not just because of his own question marks but because another young hurler in the organization has risen rapidly, overcoming the odds to emerge as one of the most exciting and unusual arms in the minor leagues.

J.O. Berrios won't be taking his first legal drink until next May, but his spectacular 2014 season certainly deserves a toast.


Twins Minor League Report (9/2): Kanzler Crushes, E-Twins Eliminated

Three of the Twins affiliates are in the midst of a run for their respective league titles. This is a growing trend in the Twins system over the last couple seasons as the organization stockpiles younger players. Hopefully these winning ways will start to translate to the major league level over the next couple seasons but for now the focus is on the task at hand.


That's the Ticket: September Sox

I think I speak for most of Twins Territory when I double-negatively say that I will never NOT want to beat the White Sox. It’s sure nice of them to come back for one last visit, even if it’s just a two-game series. It’s also nice of them to kind of suck.

September Sprints and Swoons
One can spin doctor this pattern either way, but after 12 years the pattern itself is pretty clear: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire’s teams rise to the occasion when they need to, but fall to pieces just as severely when a season is hopeless.


The No Juice Podcast, Episode #19: August And Everything After

By listening to this week’s episode of the No Juice Podcast, you will subject yourself to a variety of baseball topics including, but not limited to, the Minnesota Twins and September, the Houston Astros and EXTREME MONEYBALL, Jesus Montero and the Ice Cream Sandwich Incident, Bill Murray and ticket-taking and thoughts on Midway Stadium in general.


Cliff Notes Guide to the 2014 Minnesota Twins: "The Insistant Tune of a Broken Violin on a Summer Afternoon"

Chs. 4-5: July and August
The fledgling, flickering hope alive in the hearts of the Twins and their fans at the end of June was doused with the frigid realization of inadequacy. The pivotal moment established by the previous chapters' foreshadowing was for the "All-Star Game" to be held in the middle of July.

In hosting the party, the Twins had their moment to seize relevance and prominence, to rise up to a stature and status which has so frequently seemed out of their reach. When they threw the doors open to their guests they were confronted with the truth that they cannot hope to compete with the shining stars of the baseball firmament.


Twins Minor League Hitter of August 2014

As of Monday, minor league baseball is done for the 2014 regular season. Twins Daily will have a ton of minor league content throughout the offseason. Over the next few days, I’ll be posting the August award winners. Today, I’ll post the top hitters for the month before discussing the top starting pitchers and relievers in August. Next week, we’ll start discussing choices for the minor league players of the year.

In between, we’ll also continue reporting on the Twins affiliates in the playoffs. Rochester just missed, but ended with a very good season. The New Britain Rock Cats finished above .500. The Ft. Myers Miracle and Cedar Rapids Kernels will begin their playoff runs in the next couple of days. Elizabethton is already playing a must-win playoff game. Check out the minor league report to see what’s going on.

However, let’s get back to the topic at hand. Here are August’s top hitters in the Twins minor leagues, starting with some honorable mentions:


A Closer Look at the 2015 Twins

Last week, when I wrote that the Twins have only one major need to address during the coming offseason, I expected the piece of generate some animated conversation.

You guys did not disappoint.


Twins Minor League Report (9/1): Polanco Hot; E-Twins Fall

Happy Labor Day!

Still a lot of meaningful activity going on as the minor league regular season comes to a close. The Twins were led to a victory Monday afternoon largely due to the right arm of Phil Hughes. The organization also made a number of September call-ups who will join the Twins on Tuesday.


Twins Promote Eight for September

The Minnesota Twins announced that they will promote eight players from AAA Rochester for September. In recent days, we have seen the Twins make some moves to make room on the 40 man roster. Three players were added to the 40 man and called up.


Episode 160: Live From The State Fair

In a shortened show, Aaron and John broadcast live to an enthralled audience at the Minnesota State Fair. They discuss the odd roster move that cost the team Sam Deduno, the miserable year that top Twins prospects endured and then tackle the decisions the Twins will (or should) make in the upcoming offseason. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it atGleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.


Twins Geek Challenges Twins Daily's Writers

As part of my ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, I'm challenging all Twins Daily, all Vikings Journal writers and my podcast partner, Aaron Gleeman, to do their own ice bucket challenge. Just videotape it, tweet it and copy me in the tweet. For each one, Chrissie and I will donate $50 in memorial of Bev Benson, my friend Bob's mom, who was afflicted with this terrible disease. For more (and to see me get very cold) check out the video.