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Time for Duffey at SP?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:17 PM
Tyler Duffey is one of my favorite Twins, I won't hide from that fact. His mind-bending array of curve balls has my tender heart all aflu...
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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 5/23 @ 6:05 CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:17 PM
  Good afternoon and welcome back to the Minnesota Twins baseball Game Thread!  After watching the game last night it got me th...
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Article: The 5 Most Shocking Twins Stats So Far

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:11 PM
We are now more than seven weeks into the MLB season and the Minnesota Twins are in first place at 24-18. Who would have guessed?Taking a...
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Ervin Santana, concerned?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:17 PM
After narrowly losing out on pitcher of the month in April, Ervin Santana has been a substantially different pitcher in May.  No one...
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Trade or stand pat

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:00 PM
In order to not derail the "Young Guns" article thread any further:  Should the Twins be looking to package a few prospects for a pr...
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The 5 Most Shocking Twins Stats So Far

We are now more than seven weeks into the MLB season and the Minnesota Twins are in first place at 24-18. Who would have guessed?

Taking a deeper dive, let's break down some of the craziest and most jarring individual stats from Twins players thus far as we near the end of May.

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Part 2: Q&A With Sam Carlson

Earlier this week, we posted Part 1 of a Q&A with Burnsville High School's Sam Carlson. The right-handed pitcher and outfielder is believed to be a mid-to-late first round pick on June 12.

The questions in Part 2 of the Q&A are different than part 1, so continue reading to learn more about the hard-throwing right-hander. His playoffs start on Thursday, so we can watch them through their playoff run.

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Twins Minor League Report (5/23): Wheeler And Wiel Lead The Way

Only three of the Twins four full-season affiliates were in action on Tuesday, as the Chattanooga Lookouts enjoyed a much needed day off. They also got some good news for their already stalwart bullpen, as a top prospect was activated from the disabled list. A much talked about name in the offseason made an appearance in AAA, but Rochester’s starter made the bigger story. A couple of hitters also continued impressive showings in the last week with home runs.

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Trust The Process And The Stats

Trust the process.

When ballplayers get off to slow starts, that can become a cliche, a catchphrase to talk themselves down a little bit from their early struggles.

Joe Mauer's stats at the end of the season's first month were not good, but a deeper dive showed that things were likely to get better.

They have.

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Kernels Ben Rortvedt Is Catching On

Ben Rortvedt was the Minnesota Twins’ second-round draft pick one year ago. He may be struggling at the plate with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, but he has become a trusted man behind the plate for Tommy Watkins and the Kernels pitching staff. Consider that just over a year ago, he was going to prom and graduating from high school.

Recently, we caught up with the talented catcher to talk about the beginning of his season, his pre-pro baseball experiences and much more.

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Twins Minor League Report (5/22): Palacios. Hero.

The Twins opened their brief road trip on Monday in Baltimore. Kyle Gibson, who was recalled from Rochester when Phil Hughes was placed on the disabled list, made the start.

Congratulations to Chris Paul of the Miracle, who was named Florida State League Player of the Week. Paul hit 12-25 last week with nine runs, nine RBI, five doubles and two home runs, including a three-run walk-off and a walk-off single in consecutive games.
Let’s check the affiliates.

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Will Hunter Greene Haunt The Twins?

MLB's 2017 draft is a little over two weeks away. Minnesota has known they have the first overall pick since last fall and the new regime will be doing their due diligence as draft day approaches. With Derek Falvey and Thad Levine overseeing their first draft, there is a lot of pressure for the club to make the right pick.

The Twins have narrowed their list to a handful of players but it seems more likely that the club will be picking from a trio that includes college players Brenden McKay and Kyle Wright and two-way high school player Hunter Greene. McKay and Wright might be the safer picks because of their collegiate experience. Greene could be a once in a generation player on the mound.

At this point, it seems more likely for the Twins to select one of the safer college options. This leaves Greene, a player Sports Illustrated called "the star baseball needs," still on the board. Will passing on Greene haunt the Twins in the years to come?

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Part 1: Q&A With Sam Carlson (Ready For The National Stage)

At Twins Daily, we write about the Minnesota Twins and their minor league system. But we also celebrate baseball in Minnesota. We have had articles with Minnesota Gophers players, and we have articles on the St. Paul Saints at times. We would love to see readers start their own blogs for their favorite Minnesota high school, college, wood bat summer league team or more.

We also cover the MLB draft thoroughly. The Minnesota Twins have the number one pick, but Burnsville high school senior RHP/OF Sam Carlson is also very possibly going to be be drafted in the first round.

We want to celebrate that as well. In fact, we want to enough that both Off the Baggy and Seth have had Q&As with the talented, hard-throwing right-hander. Fortunately, the interviews contained different questions, and so we are going to have two separate Q&As with Sam Carlson.

Today, we share Ted's Q&A with Sam Carlson. Later this week, Seth will post his Q&A with Carlson.

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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 5/22@6:05pm CT

After piling up doubleheaders the Twins travel to Baltimore and it seems like the weather might follow them. There is a 90% chance of rain tonight and a 70% chance tomorrow night so there might be another doubleheader this week to add to the pile.

Good weather if you are a Sea Lion but it's about all that is good for right now... sea lions. They have a serious PR problem after one of them pulled a 5 year old child into the water on Saturday. Back when I was younger… sea lions were always happy balancing a ball on their nose.

In case you haven’t seen the video, everybody is ok, but since the incident, authorities have put up additional signage stating “Don’t feed 5-year-olds to sea lions.” Some people need practical advice like that. Just like the warning on Preparation H, “Not for Oral Use;” you know that warning is on the packaging because someone did just that and then probably complained to the company after. “Dear Preparation H… I ate almost the whole tube and it did not cure me. I seriously question your product. I tried to call and complain but my mouth is so small that I can’t speak so I am writing you this letter. I would like my money back”.

Here are some things to think about:

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Aaron Whitefield: From Softball Diamonds To Diamond In The Rough

The last two seasons have been a whirlwind for Aaron Whitefield. Recently, I had the chance to spend some time with Whitefield to talk about several topics. We talked a bit about his softball career and how and when he turned to baseball. How did the Twins find him and sign him? We talked about his approach at the plate, where he likes to play on the field, and who has helped him get to this point. With his background and athleticism, Whitefield has become one of the most intriguing prospects in the Twins system.

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 311: Rain, Rain, Go Away

Aaron and John sip beer at 612 Brew and talk about Jose Berrios' dominant 11-strikeout start, rainouts and doubleheaders making life difficult for the Twins' pitching staff, Robbie Grossman's on-base skills and overall role, Kennys Vargas' pinch-hit homer, the Twins' young lineup and prospect breakthroughs, how to save $20 on Twins tickets with SeatGeek, what is now a three-way battle for the no. 1 pick, and why Miguel Sano's batting average on balls in play is both good and bad. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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Young Guns

Over the six-year period from 2011 through 2016, during which the Twins won at a miserable .419 clip and finished last in the division four times, here's how many times a starting pitcher under the age of 27 threw 100-plus innings with a better than average ERA: one.

Scott Diamond, in 2012, posted a fluky 3.54 ERA over 27 starts at age 25. He fizzled out after one more big-league season and is now pitching in Korea.