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Article: Looking Back: Twins Take Four Prep Hitters Atop...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:44 AM
In 2015, first-year manager Paul Molitor led the Minnesota Twins to an 83-79 win, the team’s first .500 season since 2010. Because of tha...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/14): Buxton’s Back,...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:37 AM
As Nick wrote about tonight, it’s hard to know what to do with Byron Buxton for the rest of the 2018 season. The Twins aren’t going to th...
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Article: MIN 5, PIT 2: Odorizzi, Polanco Spark Comeback

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:21 AM
Jake Odorizzi looked like he was going to completely derail in the second inning. He gave up a pair of runs on two hits and a couple of w...
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Article: What To Do With Byron Buxton?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:16 AM
On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins activated Byron Buxton from his fourth separate stint on the disabled list this season. It's been a night...
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Game Thread (8/14): Twins vs. Pittsburgh, 7:10 PM CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:43 AM
Twins | 54-63 overall, 33-24 at home, 5-5 last 10 Jake Odorizzi, RHP | 4.50 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, 2.45 K:BB in 120.0 IPPirates | 61-58 overall,...
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Looking Back: Twins Take Four Prep Hitters Atop 2016 Draft

In 2015, first-year manager Paul Molitor led the Minnesota Twins to an 83-79 win, the team’s first .500 season since 2010. Because of that, they did not make their first draft pick in 2016 until Pick #15. However, they had four of the first 74 picks in that 2016 MLB draft. It is very early in their development, just over two years since they were drafted, but to this point it should be deemed a very strong draft for the Twins, full of potential big leaguers.

Recently, I caught up with former Twins scouting director Deron Johnson to discuss his final draft picks. Find out a little more about what the Twins’ scouts saw in their draft picks. Today, we’ll look at those first four picks (Alex Kirilloff, Ben Rortvedt, Jose Miranda and Akil Baddoo) and, coming soon, we’ll dig a little deeper into the other players selected that year that have developed well so far.

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What To Do With Byron Buxton?

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins activated Byron Buxton from his fourth separate stint on the disabled list this season. It's been a nightmarish year for the outfielder, but now Minnesota must look ahead.

How should the Twins handle their embattled franchise centerpiece, presently in Triple-A, as the season winds down? It's a thorny issue with no easy answers.

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MIN 5, PIT 2: Odorizzi, Polanco Spark Comeback

Jake Odorizzi looked like he was going to completely derail in the second inning. He gave up a pair of runs on two hits and a couple of walks. Meanwhile, Pirates starter Jameson Taillon was perfect through the first three frames. That script flipped real quick.

Odorizzi averted the train wreck. The Twins got to Taillon.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/14): Buxton’s Back, Lewis Stays Hot

As Nick wrote about tonight, it’s hard to know what to do with Byron Buxton for the rest of the 2018 season. The Twins aren’t going to the playoffs and the young star has struggled to stay healthy after showing signs of breaking through in 2017.

He came back off the disabled list for Rochester on Tuesday. Was he able to leave his mark with the Red Wings?

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Twins Prospect Pulse: Trade Deadline Brings New Faces

Welcome to another edition of the Twins Prospect Pulse. Over the past month the system got a big boost from additions made around the trade deadline and we’ve seen some of the 2018 draftees already promoted up to full-season leagues. Here’s a rundown of how each affiliate is performing, a quick look at how the Twins Daily top 20 prospects are performing and a look at how some of those new names are doing.

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Trevor Hildenberger And Tipping Pitches

Following the trade of Fernando Rodney, the role of closer has been undecided but Trevor Hildenberger seemed as good of a replacement as any for a team that was clearly focused on the future.

There was adequate enough reason to give Hildenberger a chance to convert saves. For starters he had performed well in the first-half of the season, striking out about a batter per inning and allowing just five home runs over 43 appearances. He also had the longest name of any member of the Twins’ bullpen. That had to account for something.

Even before Hildenberger was asked to save games his performance had started to get shaky. Hitters who had once flailed at fading changeups and frisbee sliders were beginning to square them up. The regularity of which his secondary offerings were pasted around the field even incited the Twins to walk out the dreaded t-word: Tipping.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/13): Colina, Jax Provide Quality Starts

A week after Royce Lewis faced Casey Mize in a Battle of #1 Overall Picks, he (and his Miracle teammates) faced Brendan McKay who was taken three picks after the Twins took Lewis. Lewis and Kirilloff each had one hit off of the talented left-hander. Griffin Jax put together another quality start. Edwar Colina put together one of the best starts of his career (and he was part of a no-hitter earlier in the season). The E-Twins began their night with back-to-back home runs.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/12): Relief Efforts Cover for Lack of Offense

There wasn’t much offense in the system on Sunday afternoon, as the five affiliates in action combined for just 12 runs on 27 hits. Those equate to averages of 2.4 runs per game and 5.4 hits. But it wasn’t all bad, as the bullpens of four of them had strong efforts and even led their teams to a couple of wins.

To find out how all your favorite prospects did on Sunday, as well as just how strong those bullpens pitched, keep reading and be sure to add to the discussion in the comments!

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Gleeman & The Geek: Ep 384: The Experience Shoots Its Last Arrow

Aaron and John talk about the Twins trading Fernando Rodney, Logan Morrison's season mercifully coming to an end, Kohl Stewart's surprising call-up and MLB debut, Tyler Austin getting his big chance, Ervin Santana's bad pitching and headline-grabbing quotes, and the upcoming event at Target Field with general manager Thad Levine. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher, iHeartRadio or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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Week in Review: Stumbling and Grumbling

The Twins lost two series, and their beloved closer. It wasn't a great week, and the messaging from the clubhouse wasn't great either.

Your full recap lies ahead.

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Join Twins Daily At Baseball Prospectus' Event At Target Field

Baseball Prospectus and the Minnesota Twins are coming together for an event on August 25th at Target Field. It includes a Twins game, a private meet and greet with Baseball Prospectus and Twins Daily personalities, and a Q&A session with Twins General Manager Thad Levine. They've already sold over 100 tickets, so don't miss out and grab your tickets now.

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DET 4, MIN 2: Stewart Debuts, Bats Slump in Loss

Kohl Stewart’s MLB debut got off to a great start, but he eventually ran into some trouble in the fifth inning. The bigger issue, however, was how punchless the Twins’ offense was. It’s pretty hard to win if you can only score two runs. The Twins could only muster four hits on the afternoon.