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Article: Twins To Deploy More Platoons In 2017?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:18 PM
The ever-shrinking bench of an American League team may seem limiting, but there are still a number of things a team can try to accomplis...
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Fangraphs (and other national publications) on the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:18 PM
I'm just going to post here whenever they do an article on the Twins.   Today, they have one on Trevor May (noting some changes in s...
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Dozier Trade Discussion Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:49 AM
Let's discuss the impending trade of Brian Dozier here:
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Keith Law System Ranks

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:43 AM
Twins are ranked #11.   http://www.espn.com/...er/post?id=6115   Summary is that the Twins have some depth of talent in the min...
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Article: Don't Sleep On Phil Hughes

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:49 AM
Can the Twins compete this year?The general response to this question is going to be no, given that Minnesota finished as baseball's wors...
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Jorge Polanco At SS Could Be Disastrous

If a Brian Dozier trade does not materialize in the remaining weeks of the this offseason – an outcome that is beginning to look increasingly likely – there will be reason for concern on multiple fronts.

Yes, the Twins will be leaving at least one premier prospect on the table by holding onto Dozier, and they may never have a chance to recoup that same value in the future. But another factor in play is the short-term outlook for Jorge Polanco, who now sits in a state of flux.

One would hope that this new regime has learned a few lessons from the previous one when it comes to placing important young players in these kinds of precarious situations.

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Join Twins Daily At The Diamond Awards

One last reminder: you can still join Seth, Jeremy, The Voice of Reason, other Twins Daily folks and me at the Diamond Awards this Thursday night. Just sign up and in their "comments field" tell them that you want sit at the Twins Daily tables.

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 293: The Hitters

Aaron and John talk through their projections for the hitters on the Twins 25-man roster and learn from Tin Whiskers owner Jeff Moriarty about how craft beer relates to NASA. 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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In His Words: Nick Gordon's 2016 Season

His story has always included mention of his bloodlines. Nick Gordon is the son of long-time big league pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon. His older brother, Dee Gordon, has been an All-Star and won a batting title. However, as Nick Gordon works his way up the Minnesota Twins organization ladder, he is attempting to create his own story and his own path.

Baseball has always been a huge part of Nick Gordon’s story, at least as long as he can remember.

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The All-Time Worst Twins: Matt Walbeck

This part of the deep offseason can be full of a lot of downtime for baseball fans. Lucky enough for readers of this site, I have been offering up profiles of some of the worst players in the history of the Twins franchise.

So far, the series has covered Butch Huskey, Rondell White, and Scott Klingenbeck. Huskey offered some entertaining moments in his brief Twins tenure. White had an All-Star career but his time in Minnesota was lacking. Klingenbeck showed some positive signs in the minor leagues before bottoming out at the big league level.

In all three of the previous posts in this series, I have asked for readers to chime in with their picks for the worst Twins of all-time. This week's featured player got plenty of votes over the last couple weeks and it made it tough to ignore his terrible time with the Twins.

Introducing, the latest installment in the "Worst Twins of All-Time Series"... Matt Walbeck

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Twins To Deploy More Platoons In 2017?

The ever-shrinking bench of an American League team may seem limiting, but there are still a number of things a team can try to accomplish when building a bench. The only real requirement is to have a backup catcher and enough flexibility from the other guys to provide insurance elsewhere. Beyond that, a bench can be used to stash guys: one-dimensional players, Rule 5 picks, players who are out of options, veterans or good clubhouse guys.

Another option is to round out a bench with a platoon player or two. With platooning continuing to gain traction among managers, one thing that is going out of style is carrying players who are strictly bench guys. But even that can be done with success.

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English, Gordon On AFL And Each Other

Recently, Twins Daily caught up with Twins prospects Tanner English and Nick Gordon. Earlier this week, we had the story of Tanner English, In His Own Words. Tomorrow, we'll have a full story on Nick Gordon. Today, we discussed their shared experience in the Arizona Fall League. The two also are great friends and have huge respect for each other so we asked each to talk a little about the other.

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Twins Prospect Proud Of Baseball's Newest Hall Of Famer

At 5:00 on Wednesday, Jeff Idelson announced that three players had been voted to become the 2017 Hall of Fame class. Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines made it after falling just short a year ago. On his first ballot, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez also was named a Hall of Famer, baseball’s highest honor. Certainly it was a huge day for all three new Hall of Famers. Certainly a big day for Puerto Rico. And without question, it was a big day for Dereck Rodriguez, Twins prospect and son of the first-ballot Hall of Famer.

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Don't Sleep On Phil Hughes

Can the Twins compete this year?

The general response to this question is going to be no, given that Minnesota finished as baseball's worst team in 2016.

However, one thing that would vastly improve their odds would be a return to form – of any sort – from Phil Hughes, who could join Ervin Santana to form a quality veteran tandem atop the rotation if his surgery proves to be smashing success.

That, of course, is an enormous "if."

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Get To Know: Lookouts Outfielder Edgar Corcino

Born in Puerto Rico, Edgar Corcino was drafted in 2009 by the Detroit Tigers. In 2012, he played at four different levels, including a handful of games at AAA. However, after the season he was released. He spent two seasons in independent leagues. Before the 2015 season, Corcino signed with the Twins. He began the season at extended spring training before spending the final four months of the season in Cedar Rapids. Last year, he began in Ft. Myers, but after a slow start, he came on strong and by midseason, he was promoted to Chattanooga.

Overall, he hit .273/.337/.420 (.757) with 20 doubles, 11 triples and eight homers in 124 games. He also stole seven bases, and he is a tremendous outfielder at all three positions.

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In His Words: Tanner English's 2016 Season

Twins minor league outfielder Tanner English has always been a star on the baseball field. Like many in professional baseball, he was a great high school player. Following his career at St. James High School in Murrell Island, South Carolina, he was drafted in the 13th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. After a lot of deep thought and long nights, English decided to stay in-state and attend the University of South Carolina. Following three seasons there, the Twins used their 11th-round pick to take the speedy center fielder.

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Forecasting Mauer's Remaining Years

When the Twins signed Joe Mauer to the largest contract in team history, fans were excited to see what the future could hold. He was coming off an MVP season where he rewrote the record books when it comes to offense from the catching position. Minnesota was annually in the playoff hunt and optimism was running high.

Flash forward six seasons and that optimism has run out. Mauer is no longer behind the plate and Minnesota is in the midst of one of the franchise's worst stretches. So what can fans expect from Mauer with two years left on his monster deal?