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Ryan Pressly Appreciation Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:57 PM
The bullpen as a whole has been a huge disappointment but how 'bout Ryan Pressly?   The ERA won't stay at 0.00 all year, but there's...
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Article: Rodney Living His Own Experience

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:38 PM
For the past number of years, Fernando Rodney has come on to close baseball games for any number of big league teams. He’s been asked to...
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Game Thread: Twins @ Yankees, 4/26/18 @ 12:05 PM CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:38 PM
Welcome to my first dabble into game threads! I would have volunteered to write more game threads this year, but we’ve been busy growing...
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Molitor and the Bullpen

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:20 PM
Frustrated, but laughing all at the same time, about another Yankee Stadium debacle.However, this topic has been gnawing at me since last...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/26): Ober Debuts at...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:14 PM
Aaron Slegers lasted just one day with the big league club, getting sent back to Rochester when the Twins claimed Yankees RHP David Hale...
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Searching for Answers on Trevor Hildenberger

There has understandably been much hand-wringing over the Twins bullpen here in April. The unit has not performed, with fresh additions like Zach Duke and Fernando Rodney proving problematic in the early going. Another newcomer, Tyler Kinley, has already been shipped out.

But in my mind, the most alarming development in Minnesota's relief corps is the striking and inexplicable regression of a player who seemed to be its safest bet.

If Trevor Hildenberger can't find it again, and soon, the Twins are in real trouble.

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Rodney Living His Own Experience

For the past number of years, Fernando Rodney has come on to close baseball games for any number of big league teams. He’s been asked to pitch one inning, get three outs, and preserve the lead for his respective ball club. Over the years, he’s added the shooting arrow celebrating and a new number to his age tally. What he’s patented during his 16 major league seasons though, is the Fernando Rodney Experience. On Thursday it caused a lot of Twins fans to lose their collective minds.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/26): Ober Debuts at Cedar Rapids and the Miracle Win a Squeaker

Aaron Slegers lasted just one day with the big league club, getting sent back to Rochester when the Twins claimed Yankees RHP David Hale off of waivers during Thursday afternoon’s game.

The Miracle were the only affiliate to win today behind strong performances from Jared Foster, Joe Cronin and Andrew Vasquez. Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Thursday.

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NYY 4, MIN 3: Rodney Spoils Great Gibby Start, Twins Swept

The Twins carried a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning thanks to an excellent start by Kyle Gibson, but Gary Sanchez blasted a Fernando Rodney pitch for a three-run homer to walk it off at Yankee Stadium. The victory gave New York a four-game sweep over the Twins, who have now lost their last seven games.

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What's Going On With Logan Morrison?

Let’s talk about Logan Morrison for a hot minute.

After last night’s 1-for-4 performance against the Yankees, the one they call LoMo is now hitting .113/.214/.177 on 70 plate appearances on the year. Yes, in the grand scheme of things 70 plate appearances is nothing. After all, a player’s fortune and season can change quickly if said player catches fire for a week. In 2016 Morrison started his career with the Rays by going 6-for-60 with a .290 OPS. He would post an .821 OPS the remainder of the season to bring his final stat line to a respectable .238/.319/.414 mark. Consider this, Morrison’s .392 OPS in 2018 is now the lowest mark among all qualified hitters just as his .290 OPS was to start the 2016 season. There is plenty of season left to return to normalcy but that said, Morrison’s tenure in a Twins uniform has the feel of a Black Mirror episode.

Yes, it’s still only April but It has got the makings of a historically bad season. So what is up with LoMo?

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Twins Catchers Quietly Struggling

The Twins have lost six in a row. The pitching has been generally not very good for the last week. The starters haven’t been able to provide innings, and the bullpen has not been very effective, outside of Addison Reed and Ryan Pressly. The offense has been frustrating to say the least, again with some exceptions. As much attention as Logan Morrison and Robbie Grossman are getting for their awful starts to their seasons, Jason Castro is quietly off to a very slow start as well.

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NYY 7, MIN 4: Lance Lynn Is a Dumpster Fire Right Now

The Twins got up 2-0 in the top of the first inning thanks to a Miguel Sano homer, but Lance Lynn had a rotten start, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks over just 3 2/3 innings. The Twins have now lost six straight games and seven of their last eight.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/25): Long Ball Highlights Early Action

Today, three of the four Minnesota Twins affiliates took to the field for early games. With just the Cedar Rapids Kernels playing in the evening, there was plenty to digest over the lunch hour. For both the Miracle and the Lookouts, the story was the longball.

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Rortvedt's MWL Encore Is Off To Strong Start

What a difference a year makes.

A year ago, Ben Rortvedt was getting his first taste of full-season minor league baseball after having been drafted out of high school in the second round of the 2016 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Things did not go well for the young catcher from Verona, Wisconsin. Through April, he was hitting only .096 with an OPS of just .229.

This spring, it was obviously important for the young catcher to get off on the right foot in 2018 and put that 2017 start well behind him.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/24): Gonsalves Improves to 3-0

There wasn’t much hitting throughout the system on this day as the affiliates combined for just seventeen hits in their four games, but there were plenty of solid pitching performances that kept all of them close. Those pitchers were led by a top prospect who improved to 3-0 on the year with a season high in Ks, and an unheralded reliever who deserves to start getting some serious attention as he continues to put up impressive numbers.

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It’s Time to End the Tyler Kinley Experiment

There were some eyebrows raised last December when the Twins left Nick Burdi and Luke Bard exposed to the Rule 5 Draft so they could select Marlins prospect Tyler Kinley. At the time, Kinley was a relatively no-name relief prospect who had only accumulated 9 2/3 career innings at Triple-A.

What was interesting about Kinley to the Twins was his out of this world stuff. He has a fastball that can reach triple digits, and a slider that sits in the upper 80s with an above average amount of spin (averaging 2479 RPM this year).

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NYY 8, MIN 3: Resistance is Futile

Jose Berrios on the mound, but it still didn’t matter. The Twins continue to have some kind of a Bronx bugaboo and it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. The Yankees forced Berrios out of the game after just four innings and ended up swatting four homers in another depressing Twins loss in New York.