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Stephen Gonsalves - 2015

Adopt A Prospect 2015 Today, 01:02 AM
  Name: Stephen William Gonsalves   Born: 07/08/1994          San Diego, CA  ...
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Article: Game Thread: Twins@Mariners 4/24 9:10PM

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:09 PM
It's a late one tonight as we open up a series with the Seattle Mariners. My Kuerig will be fully filled with water. I'm thinking it'll b...
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Was This A Balk?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:52 PM
During last night's game against the Royals, for some reason with two outs and the bases loaded, Torii Hunter decided to try a straight s...
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Article: What To Make Of Mike Pelfrey

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:17 PM
Don’t look now but the team’s ERA leader is none other than Mike Pelfrey. Is this performance legit or should we all brace for more impac...
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Souhan: Buxton Deserves A Look in CF

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 06:47 PM
I am as high on Byron Buxton as anyone, and even I can't get behind this Jim Souhan article.    Is he the best choice? Arguable...
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Game Thread: Twins@Mariners 4/24 9:10PM

It's a late one tonight as we open up a series with the Seattle Mariners. My Kuerig will be fully filled with water. I'm thinking it'll be a night to try many different flavors back to back to back to back to back to back.

After drinking all that coffee... I'll probably go to the bathroom obviously and then break out the LSD I've been saving since 1967. It's Ok... It came with the Jimi Hendrix "Are you Experienced" Album that I bought.

It's going to be Phil Hughes vs King Felix. Get ready for it... I know I will be.

Here are some things to think about:


What To Make Of Mike Pelfrey

Don’t look now but the team’s ERA leader is none other than Mike Pelfrey. Is this performance legit or should we all brace for more impact?

This post should come with a disclaimer in a big, bold font that screams out SMALL SAMPLE SIZE AHEAD but most people should realize that three outings is nothing to base any long-term projection on. That being said, in this small sampling Pelfrey has shown some indication that he may actually be a serviceable back-of-the-rotation starter.


Top 10 Longest-Tenured Minnesota Twins

On Wednesday night, the Twins traded veteran minor league catcher Dan Rohlfing to the New York Mets for cash considerations. Rohlfing had been the Twins’ 14th round draft pick in 2007 out of high school in St. Louis. He was one of the longest-tenured players in the Twins organization.

Below, you will find a list of the 10 players who have been in the Twins organization the longest, without interruption. In other words, Torii Hunter, who signed with the Twins in 1993, is not included on this list.


Twins Minor League Report (4/23): Gonsalves Gon' Save Us

The Twins were off on Thursday, so a lot of people spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the heck Torii Hunter was doing when he scampered towards home plate on Wednesday night, attempting a straight steal of home. If that doesn't do it for you, you can get your baseball fix from the newest Talk to Contact podcast featuring TwinsDaily's own Jeremy Nygaard talking about the MLB draft and the Twins' payroll.


How Tall Is Too Tall? How Old Is Too Old? (Part 2)

Last week, amid concerns that 25-year-old Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer is too old to still be in the minors, I researched all major league starting pitchers since 1980 who were within an inch of Meyer's towering 6' 9" frame. Turns out their average debut age was 25 years old.

I also found something I didn't expect.


Get To Know: Kernels IF/OF Trey Vavra

Trey Vavra got the day off on Monday. On Tuesday, he went 3-5 including a big three-run homer that jump-started a big offensive game for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. On Wednesday night in Wisconsin, Vavra went 4-4 in the Kernels win. As you’re reading this, he is hitting a robust .372 with seven extra base hits in his 11 games.

Trey Vavra is the son of Minnesota Twins bench coach Joe Vavra and the younger brother of Ft. Myers infielder Tanner Vavra. You’ll find out below that his family support is very important to his development.


Twins Minor League Report (4/22): Vavra Continues Roll

At what point does TwinsDaily get renamed TreyDaily? Back-to-back Hitter of the Day. Picture all over the place. Maybe after a good game tomorrow? We'll see.

The Twins made a transaction today, trading C Dan Rohlfing to the Mets for cash considerations. Dan was the last member of the 2007 draft class and an all around good guy. Rohlfing told TwinsDaily, "I think it's a really good opportunity and I plan on taking advantage of it."

Rohlfing also posted on his Facebook page, "Thanks to the Minnestoa Twins for everything they have done for me over the years.. I will definitely miss everyone involved with the organization! Excited to start a new journey after being traded to the New York Mets today!"

Rohlfing will report to Triple-A Las Vegas and had been on the disabled list with Rochester, suffering from a "sprained ankle".

Best of luck to Dan!

Let's take a look at today's action.


MLB Draft: Spring Board 1.0

This draft is a mess.

The plan was for this to be a draft board - one through ten, but with the spring playing out as it has, it would be plenty difficult to do that.

Instead there are 10 players listed in three different groups. Let's run through some of the facts and you can try to sort it out for yourself later.

Or we can just wait til the draft gets closer.

(But how much fun would that be?)


Twins Minor League Report (4/21): Kernels Remain Hot Despite Cold

Three teams struggled to do anything on offense on Tuesday, but the Cedar Rapids Kernels remained hot and picked up another big win… in the snow in Wisconsin. The Red Wings played two games, each started by a pitcher from the University of Kentucky. Both pitched very well. One big streak came to an end for a Lookouts pitcher. It was a full schedule and more in the Twins farm system. Read all about it below.


Twins To Let Santana Stick It Out At Short

There’s no hiding the fact that Danny Santana’s first few weeks as the Twins starting shortstop have been rough.

ESPN’s stats guru Mark Simon tweeted out earlier this week that at -6, Santana’s defensive runs saved total was the worst metric among all qualified defenders. The fact is any defensive metric at this sampling size is not going to be able to give an accurate portrayal of a player’s true performance. After all, by another defensive rating system, total zone, Santana is an above average defender at short (+1). But wait, revised zone rating says he’s one of the worst at converting balls into outs so far this year.


Defenseless: How Can The Twins Improve In The Field?

On Monday night in Kansas City, Kyle Gibson had made it through five innings with only one run allowed. He opened the sixth by facing Mike Moustakas, who sent a hard-hit but fairly routine line drive to left field. Oswaldo Arcia trotted after it, reached his glove out, and... dropped the ball. Figuratively and literally.

Moustakas reached, as did the next two batters, and by the end of the inning Gibson was long gone and the Royals were up 4-1.


No Juice Podcast #52: One-Year Anniversary

The Minnesota Twins showed in their first homestand of the year that they are capable of winning, finishing the week 4-2 against Kansas City and Cleveland. On this week's NO JUICE PODCAST, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman discuss the their observations from the Home Opener, the week in review and other topics.

Listen up.