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Article: Coming Soon: Starting Pitching (But How Soon?)

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:59 PM
Anyone who is reading this site is a big Minnesota Twins fan. Anyone who is a big Twins fan realizes that this team needs pitching. A lot...
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Article: Kintzler Has Been Twins Bullpen's Unlikely Hero

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:55 PM
His palms are sweaty. Knees weak, arms are heavy. There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti. He's nervous, but on the surface...
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Article: Searching For Relief

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:52 PM
"The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen."--- Bob Lemon, Hall of Fame PitcherThe Twins bullpen would...
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Article: Red Sox 4, Twins 1: Sale Outduels Berrios

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:51 PM
Jose Berrios pitched much better than the box score suggests, as he went blow-for-blow with Chris Sale before the Twins bullpen allowed a...
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Article: 2017 Draft Signings, Notes and Rumors

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:32 PM
[LATEST UPDATE: 6/24]Now that the smoke has cleared and the draft is over, we can turn our sights to signing some of these 41 draft picks...
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Coming Soon: Starting Pitching (But How Soon?)

Anyone who is reading this site is a big Minnesota Twins fan. Anyone who is a big Twins fan realizes that this team needs pitching. A lot of pitching. The bullpen has certainly had its fair share of implosions this season. At the same time, it seems those bullpen implosions have had some direct relation to a short start.

The Twins have called up a couple of solid relief pitcher prospects in the last ten days (Alan Busenitz and Trevor Hildenberger). But they need starting pitching. Right now, it’s Jose Berrios, Ervin Santana and question mark after question mark.

Hector Santiago will return to the rotation on Tuesday after spending the last three weeks on the DL. Kyle Gibson has been better in his last three or four starts, but he remains inconsistent. Adalberto Mejia has shown us glimpses of what will potentially be a reliable mid-rotation starter. At just 23, he’s got a chance. Adam Wilk. Nik Turley. Dillon Gee. The revolving door continues.

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Interview With Twins #1 Draft Choice Royce Lewis

When the Major League Baseball draft commenced in early June, the only certainty was that the Minnesota Twins would make the first selection. As the dust settled and prep phenom Royce Lewis was the pick, Minnesota immediately had a new name atop their prospect rankings.

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Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Lewis Homers, Granite Keeps Hitting

The Twins opened a series in Boston on Monday night and the affiliates played eight games, six of which will be profiled here. (The two DSL games from Monday are linked here and here.)

The Twins optioned Dillon Gee after Monday night’s game to make room on the roster to activate Hector Santiago.

Let’s check in on the large slate of Monday’s games.

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Searching For Relief

"The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen."--- Bob Lemon, Hall of Fame Pitcher

The Twins bullpen would hardly be called strong this season. In fact, Minnesota's relief core has been somewhat of a revolving door with a well-worn path between Rochester and Target Field. As Nick wrote about on Monday, Brandon Kintzler might be the bullpen's unlikely hero but the team is going to need some second-half help to stay in contention.

Are there internal options that could be added to the mix? Could any injured players be making a comeback? Who is out there on the trade market? Let's take a look at how the bullpen could be bolstered.

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Red Sox 4, Twins 1: Sale Outduels Berrios

Jose Berrios pitched much better than the box score suggests, as he went blow-for-blow with Chris Sale before the Twins bullpen allowed a couple of inherited runners to score. A few questionable managerial decisions did not aid the Twins in their comeback attempt.

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2017 GCL Twins Roster Preview

Today we share our sixth Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate roster preview, for the Gulf Coast League Twins. It is an interesting group of players including the top pick in the 2017 MLB draft, and some of the other top young talent in the system.

Last Friday night the Elizabethton played their Opening Night game, a day after it was scheduled, so it became a doubleheader. We previewed their roster here. Then on Monday afternoon (well, morning in Minnesota time), the Gulf Coast League Twins played their first game of the season. You might have heard, a certain #1 overall draft pick started his career with a bang! Today, we will preview the GCL Twins roster.

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Game Thread: Twins@Red Sox, 6/26@6:10pm CT

One of the great thinkers of our time… Eddie Vedder once said: “The best revenge is to live on and prove yourself”.

Take that Cleveland! Jeremy spoke in class this weekend and he said “We’re Still Alive”. I wish we had someone on the team named Jeremy because this section would have tied together better that way.

Now it’s four games in Boston at Fenway Park. The Twins are Smokin’ and Feelin’ Satisfied. It’s More Than a Feeling to have this kind of Peace of Mind… So… Don’t Look Back.

Here are some things to think about:

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 318: Cleveland, Rocked

Aaron and John about the Twins sweeping the Indians and re-taking first place, the tough upcoming schedule giving little time to celebrate, spending over slot to sign the draft class, getting to know Alan Busenitz and Trevor Hildenberger, the legalities of the Indians' mascot with Bye, Goff, and Rhode, the status of Hector Santiago and Phil Hughes, and LaTroy Hawkins being a breath of fresh air on the Twins' television broadcast. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.

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Twins Minor League Report (6/25): Romero Rocks, E-Twins Roll

This time of year can get very busy in the Twins farm system. The rookie league teams are starting to get up and running while the full-season affiliates have shifted into second-half mode. New playoff spots are on the line and players have a lot to prove in the months ahead.

After a plethora of roster moves over the last week, there are plenty of new faces in new places who are trying to make their marks. Whose Sunday performance got them closer to a call-up?

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Kintzler Has Been Twins Bullpen's Unlikely Hero

His palms are sweaty. Knees weak, arms are heavy. There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti. He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready.

The lyrics of Brandon Kintzler's entrance song, 'Lose Yourself' by Eminem, describe an overwhelmed emcee struggling to control his nerves as he takes the stage. Much like Em's character in 8 Mile, Kintzler has much to prove, and despite lacking the prototypical traits of a shutdown closer, he's definitely making the most out of his one shot.

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Twins 4, Cleveland 0: What a Difference a Week Makes

Last Sunday, it seemed obvious the Twins just couldn’t hang with Cleveland. After a four-game sweep in which the Twins relinquished the division lead, it appeared the team was destined that to be looking up at Cleveland for the rest of the season.

Well, that feeling lasted all of a week. Minnesota’s pitching shined, especially the bullpen, as the Twins swept Cleveland to take back the top spot in the AL Central.