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Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:31 AM
His stuff looked good tonight for Cedar Rapids. Fastball was low to mid-90s.   Here's a story on him from C.R. Gazette:   http:...
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Article: Which Twins Deserve All-Star Consideration?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:18 AM
On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released its first update on position-by-position All-Star Game balloting. No Twins appeared in the Top...
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How Many Lookouts Have a MLB Future?

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:42 PM
How many Lookouts have a chance to play in the MLB?  Probability?       Example: Joe Mauer -  100%   D.J. B...
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First Place Minnesota Twins!

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:41 PM
It's been a long while since one could say that on any given May 27th.  Keep battling those tails off!  
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Article: How Is Mike Pelfrey Doing This?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:37 PM
I warned everyone in April that this might be a real possibility.At that time, just several starts into the 2015 season, the analysis was...
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Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Batts Debuts, Buxton Homers

On Wednesdays, Jeremy Nygaard is responsible for the Twins Minor League Report. However, he was at the Twins game with his kids and a bunch of school kids. They got to see the Twins sweep the Boston Red Sox and move into a tie for first place with the Royals in the AL Central. They also got to help Jeremy celebrate his birthday. We won’t disclose how old Jeremy is, but it is quite a bit older than JO Berrios who celebrated his 21st birthday on Wednesday.

The Ft. Myers Miracle won in extra innings on Wednesday night to improve to 23-22, the first time they’ve been over .500 since early April. That is interesting because now all four of the Minnesota Twins minor league affiliates – and the big league club – are playing over .500. There have not been many times in recent years when we could say that.


Twins Draft Preview: Kyle Funkhouser

You can never have too much pitching.

It's an old cliche that continues to be repeated, and for good reason: it's true. So even with Minnesota's system experiencing a renaissance of sorts in terms of quality arms, you can be certain that the Twins are closely evaluating several starting pitchers as they look ahead to this year's draft.

One name they're surely in on is Kyle Funkhouser.


Which Twins Deserve All-Star Consideration?

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball released its first update on position-by-position All-Star Game balloting. No Twins appeared in the Top 5 at any position, which isn't all that surprising considering that no position players on the team have been otherworldly -- a testament to the offense's well-rounded attack.

But with two months nearly in the books, let's take a look at which players have the best case for spots on the All-Star roster.


How Is Mike Pelfrey Doing This?

I warned everyone in April that this might be a real possibility.

At that time, just several starts into the 2015 season, the analysis was smothered with caution sauce. Statistically, there were indicators abounding that things were going to go south quickly, however there seemed to be something different about this Mike Pelfrey. This Mike Pelfrey was peppering the zone, possessed improved velocity, induced weak contact, had improved his swing-and-miss capabilities, and added a second pitch.


Twins Draft Preview: Andrew Benintendi

If you’re a casual follower of the draft, there is a pretty good chance that you’ve heard the big names, but the name Andrew Benintendi doesn’t ring a bell. Heck, some people that follow the draft pretty closely are only starting to learn about him.

But it’s time to take note. This guy is for real.


Twins Keep It Simple, Defeat Red Sox 2-1

Before tonight’s game, Twins manager Paul Molitor was asked how a lineup, that seemingly has no star players, can be this potent. “I certainly don’t want to overthink that,” he replied. And then he watched the Twins beat the Red Sox 2-1 behind another stellar performance by Mike Pelfrey.

OK Paul. I’m with you. Let’s not over think this. And even if I wanted to, I don’t think I could. I mean, where would I start?


Twins Minor League Report (5/26): Gonsalves Dominates Again

JO Berrios and Kohl Stewart each made 19 starts for Cedar Rapids. Chih-Wei Hu made just nine starts in the second half of the 2014 season for the Kernels. On Tuesday night, Stephen Gonsalves made his 16th Midwest League start since late last season. It’s hard to imagine, with the numbers that he has put up this year, that he will make too many more starts for the Kernels, if any.


Twins Can Create Believers On This Homestand

We haven't done anything [yet], but we've put ourselves in good position.
-- Twins general manager Terry Ryan, 5/25/15

The Minnesota Twins are within striking distance of the AL Central lead in May for the first time since 2010. At 26-18, they are eight games above .500, the first time they have been three or more games above .500 since the 2011 season. They are getting contributions from hitters up and down their lineup, the starting pitching is holding its own, and yet fans remain jaded after four years of losing baseball.


Projections Are Made To Be Adjusted

With the first quarter of the 2015 major league baseball season in the books, we are provided a great opportunity to take a look at how the season is shaping up. Considering the projections that were made coming into the year, it's a good time to see how things stand, and take note of some adjustments that may shake out as the season goes on.


Twins Draft Preview: Walker Buehler

Vanderbilt’s Walker Buehler doesn’t possess the prototypical pitcher's frame but he does have an above average four-pitch mix and an apprenticeship from what has become one of the NCAA’s biggest pitching factory. Would the Twins find themselves with a steal or is Buehler a massive reach?


TwinsDaily Draft Kickoff and First-Round Mock

We hope you have come back after having a refreshing Memorial Day. Because, to be honest, if you’re not properly hydrated these next couple of weeks, you’re not going to be able to handle all the draft material we have for you.

Today marks the start of this extensive coverage of the Major League Baseball Draft (which is held June 8-10). We know you love it - the three days of the draft are three of busiest days of the year at Twins Daily. Try to break us. Seriously.


Reasons For Optimism

On Monday, the Minnesota Twins topped the Boston Red Sox by a score of 7-2. The win, coupled with the Tigers loss, puts the Twins in second place in the AL Central, just two games behind the Kansas City Royals.

It’s still early, but we are 42 games in, over one-quarter of the season is complete. That means that three-quarters of the season remains. A lot can happen, good and bad. However, there are several reasons to believe that the team can continue to play well, and maybe even compete long into the season.