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Article: Twins Position Battles: Backup Catcher

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:03 AM
While much of the Twins 25-man roster might be pretty well set, there are a few position battles of note. As spring training rolls along,...
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Neal: Twins find hidden gem in Romero

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 11:02 AM
http://www.startribu...mero/414924934/   LaVelle E. Neal wrote about the signing of Fernando Romero. He didn't sign on July 2nd, and...
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Park

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:01 AM
He's played in 3 of the 4 games so far and has blasted 2 Park Bangs and a slew of hits. Sure seems like the Twins are giving him every op...
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Bovada places Twins over-under at 74 1/2 wins...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:58 AM
Below you will find a tweet showing the Bovada projections for each team. It shows an over-under for the Twins at 74 1/2. For me, that's...
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Minnesota Wild Thread

Minnesota Wild Talk Today, 10:48 AM
Best in the West!  We need a thread to talk about these guys!   I'm really, really impressed with this team.  12 good forw...
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Twins Position Battles: Backup Catcher

While much of the Twins 25-man roster might be pretty well set, there are a few position battles of note. As spring training rolls along, some of them will become more clear. It’s also possible that others could create additional position battles. We’ll certainly be covering those through the spring.

One of those position battles that we’ll likely hear a lot about is the backup catcher position. Jason Castro will be the starter, and he will likely start between 110 and 125 games. So who will start the other 35 to 55 games?

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Cody's Top Prospects: 11-20

Twins Daily has running through the top prospects in the Twins organization. Those profiles are a combination of multiple rankings from the different writers at the site. My own top 50 list was recently included in the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook.
There will always be differences when deciphering which prospects are the best. Should a person give a higher rank to the player with the most potential? Should it be the player with the most tools? Maybe it should be the one who has a lower ceiling but a higher floor?

Over the next week, I will release my top 20 prospects. Here is a look at prospects 11-20 with multiple players who could impact the big league roster during the 2017 season.

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Get To Know: Twins Outfield Prospect Hank Morrison

Hank Morrison was the Minnesota Twins 22nd round pick last June. He spent four seasons playing for Division II Mercyhurst. In his senior season, he hit .415 with 10 homers and 53 RBIs. Following signing, Morrison was sent to Elizabethton where his season was split in half. Unfortunately, it was split because of a wayward pitch that hit him in the face. He will head to spring training looking for an opportunity to start the season in Cedar Rapids.

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TD 2017 Minnesota Twins Top Prospects Recap

Over the last two weeks, Twins Daily unveiled its choices for the Top 20 prospects in the Twins system. Today, we'll review that list and shake out some key takeaways gleaned from a look at the current state of the farm.

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Get To Know: Gophers RHP Brian Glowicki (And Gophers Notes)

The Gophers played a home series in Minnesota for the first time since the days of the Metrodome. They helped open up US Bank Stadium with a three-game series against Seattle University. Read at the bottom for more on the three games and upcoming Gophers games.

Before getting to more details on the series and other Gophers notes, let’s get to know a little more about Gophers senior closer Brian Glowicki. The right-hander grew up in Illinois and went to the same high school as Twins relief prospect Nick Burdi. He played with Burdi’s brother and top White Sox relief prospect Zach Burdi. But Glowicki is going to make a name for himself in the Minnesota bullpen this season.

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Draft Preview: Five to Focus On

Despite the snow that hit parts of the midwest and the return to winter for many of the rest of the reading area, baseball is back alive and well.

As the Twins kicked off their exhibition season, many colleges and high schools around the nation also started (or continued) their seasons. That means draft season has officially kicked off.

How did the top draft prospects do?

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 298: Medicinal Mailbag

Aaron and John recover at Fair State Coop and discuss Jorge Polanco's midyear move to shortstop, PECOTA's optimistic view on the Twins defense, the keyword that can get you a pair of 20-game Twins season tickets at kernelnation.com, recovery timelines for Phil Hughes and Glen Perkins, Twins Daily's fifth anniversary, Byung-Ho Park's (mis)perceived weaknesses, how a co-op works, Aaron's new podcast, listener mailbag questions and why they both need to recover from Friday night. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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Minnesota Baseball Goes Back Inside

The Twins played their first spring training game Friday, but baseball-starved Minnesotans didn't have to make the 1,700-mile trek to Fort Myers to catch a live game.


The Gophers played their first baseball game in U.S. Bank Stadium history, beating Seattle University 13-4. In terms of how the venue transformed to accommodate baseball, it was clear a lot of inspiration was taken from the building that formerly stood at the corner of 4th Street & Chicago Ave.

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TD Top Prospects: #1 Fernando Romero

Ever since Byron Buxton broke out in his first full season in the minors, he's been an easy choice as the top piece in Minnesota's system. From 2014 through 2016, Buxton was named either the No. 1 or No. 2 prospect in the game on basically every preseason prospect list, making his placement atop Twins-specific rankings a mere formality.

Last year, Buxton graduated out of qualifying status, opening up this distinction for the first time in what feels like ages. In this new world, Twins Daily's choice for the top Twins prospect goes against the grain.

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TD Top Prospects: #2 Stephen Gonsalves

Expectations and excitement can get sky-high when a 22-year-old pitcher wins his organization’s minor league pitcher of the year award and dominates two levels in which he is one of the younger players. Among the Twins fan base (and certainly in the Twins Daily forums) that is the case for Stephen Gonsalves, but the national outlook for him is more tempered. Why is that?

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Get To Know: Gophers Sr RHP Cody Campbell (And Gophers Notes)

At Twins Daily, we take a lot of pride in providing you with quality Twins content. We like to focus on the big leagues and the minor leagues. We focus on the draft as well. We have had articles on the St. Paul Saints the last couple of years too. This year, we are going to be writing a little bit on the Minnesota Gophers as well.

The plan is to start out with some interviews of the Gophers seniors. Each article will then contain some notes on the Gophers, information from the previous week’s series and looking forward. We hope you will enjoy this feature and support Minnesota baseball in all forms. In fact, if you would like to take a college baseball team and write about it, feel free to start your own blog here.

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TD Top Prospects #3: Alex Kirilloff

If you ever have an hour to spare and you’re not feeling great, do a search for “Alex Kirilloff Batting Practice” on YouTube, Google or your search engine of choice. I’d guess you’ll find yourself smiling. In preparing for this article, I only meant to watch one video. An hour later, I figured I should start writing.

In 2015, the Twins had their first season with a record over .500 since 2010. Because of it, they drafted outside of the top six picks for the first time in five years. With the 15th overall pick, the Twins went in a familiar direction, an athletic outfielder out of high school.

Alex Kirilloff was drafted out of Plum High School in Pennsylvania. He actually was part of the Pennsylvania Cyber School, a public charter with online courses. On the day the Twins drafted him, he led his team to the state championship game.