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Article: Will Hunter Greene Haunt The Twins?

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:45 PM
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...
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2017 MLB draft thread

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:45 PM
Baring some sort of scenario where the Twins manage to win the next 8, the Braves lose the next 8, and win the tie breaker, we'll be pick...
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Article: Key Twins Quarter-Mark Questions

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:28 PM
It's hard to believe but baseball has already passed the quarter-mark of the season. What might be even harder for Twins fans to believe...
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Ervin Santana, concerned?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:26 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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Alex Meyer

Other Baseball Yesterday, 09:54 PM
Meyer logged another poor start for the Angels last night. He had a poor one in AAA prior, but the Angels apparently needed an arm to fil...
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Twins Minor League Report (5/24): Garver Powers Wings

Ft. Myers had their game postponed. The three Minnesota Twins affiliates did all play each received a Quality Start from their starting pitcher. That’s always good, at least enough to keep a team in a game until late. John Curtiss kept a streak going. And, Tommy Watkins experienced a first as a manager. To find out what it was, well, you’ll just have to keep reading.


Key Twins Quarter-Mark Questions

It's hard to believe but baseball has already passed the quarter-mark of the season. What might be even harder for Twins fans to believe is that Minnesota finds themselves in contention. This is a welcome surprise after a tough to watch 2016 season.

There will be some questions facing the Twins in the weeks ahead as there will be plenty of tough decisions left to be made. The future of the franchise could tilt with the first overall pick. However, that player likely won't be making his Target Field debut in 2017.

So what other questions will the new front office have to answer?


Twins Daily Draft Preview

The Twins will officially be on the clock with the first overall pick on the evening of June 12th. They should be making their selection shortly after 6pm. This will be the first time the franchise selects first overall since taking catcher Joe Mauer in 2001.

Along with the first overall pick - and two other first day picks (35th and 37th overall) - the Twins also have the largest combined draft pool, $14,156,800. Round 3-10 will be on Tuesday. The final 30(!) rounds are on Wednesday.

It stands to be an exciting few days for Twins fans and draft enthusiasts. There will plenty of draft coverage right here in the weeks leading up, so check back often.


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 team's playoffs start on Thursday, so we can watch them through their playoff run.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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: