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Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/18): Wiel, Gordon S...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 02:31 AM
The Cedar Rapids Kernels had their game postponed for the fifth consecutive day as the wild springtime weather continues to batter the Mi...
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Article: MIN 2, CLE 1: Berrios Stars, LaMarre Plays Hero...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:03 AM
We know Jose Berrios can pass any physical test you put in front of him, but Wednesday night he passed an emotional test with flying colo...
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Game Thread: Cleveland v Twins, 4/18 @ 6:10 pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:22 PM
I have a confession to make. It’s a rather serious confession and one that is not easy to say… I grew up in Cleveland. Now before you dis...
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Buxton to 10-Game DL for Migraines

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:21 PM
Per Fox Sports:    "Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to migranes, the tea...
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2018 Draft stuff

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:02 PM
Just got around to noticing this but mlbpipeline has their draft top 50up. Twins pick 20, 60, 75 and 95 early.   According to minorl...
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MIN 2, CLE 1: Berrios Stars, LaMarre Plays Hero as Twins Survive 16-Inning Duel

We know Jose Berrios can pass any physical test you put in front of him, but Wednesday night he passed an emotional test with flying colors. Berrios was in control and fellow Puerto Rico native Eddie Rosario scored the game-winning run in the 16th inning on a walk-off hit by Ryan LaMarre.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/18): Wiel, Gordon Stay Hot as Lookouts Sweep Doubleheader

The Cedar Rapids Kernels had their game postponed for the fifth consecutive day as the wild springtime weather continues to batter the Midwest. The rest of the Minor League affiliates were in action, and there is plenty to be excited about from Wednesday’s games.

To find out how all your other favorite Minnesota Twins prospects fared on Tuesday night, read on!

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Twins Minor League Report (4/17): Wiel Walks it Off to Back Littell

As the Midwest waits for this mythical season called “Spring” to arrive, Cedar Rapids did not play for the fourth day in a row. But unlike yesterday, all four teams were scheduled to play and the other three got their games in. The big news came from Double A on this night, as a sleeper starting pitcher prospect tossed a gem, and a sleeper hitter walked it off in the ninth.

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CLE 6, MIN 1: Kluber, Lindor Outshine Twins in Puerto Rico

Jake Odorizzi’s night changed in a hurry, Corey Kluber was doing his thing and a Puerto Rican native had a special moment … but, sadly, it wasn’t one of our guys. The Twins dropped the opening game of the Puerto Rico Series, but tomorrow is La MaKina night!

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A Look Back To 2001: What If The Twins Drafted Mark Prior?

Yesterday, we took a look back at the 2001 draft. Specifically, we reviewed the decision that the Twins had with the first overall draft pick. Should they take Joe Mauer, or should they take Mark Prior? Well, 17 years later, it sure looks like the Twins made the right choice, though Prior was tremendous before injuries ended his career prematurely.

Today, I thought it might be fun to take a look at the situation and just ask what might have been if the Twins would have drafted, and been able to sign, Mark Prior.

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Myth Busting: How Has Joe Mauer Fared in the Clutch?

Throughout Joe Mauer’s tenure as a Minnesota Twin there have been a lot of narratives, true or not, about him: Not living up to his big contract, his lack of effort to become more of a power hitter, over playing his concussion issues, not being a strong leader in the clubhouse. Another one that I have been hearing is Twins fans’ conception that Joe is not a good hitter in the clutch.

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Twins vs. Indians Series Preview

The Twins will be escaping the frozen tundra of Minnesota to play a well-timed two-game home stand in Puerto Rico this week against the Cleveland Indians. This will be a great welcome home for Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario, along with Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and catcher Roberto Perez. The two games will be played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in the capital city of San Juan.

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Game Thread: Twins v Cleveland in Puerto Rico, 4/17 6:10pm CT

Los gemelos son el equipo local.

Because this is an historic two-game series played in Puerto Rico, that first sentence was in Spanish out of tribute. It is an important sentence. I don’t know even if I translated it correctly (check disclaimer below), but I will leave it up to anybody curious about the content to look it up for themselves. It is important information that could influence the game.

Francisco Lindor and Roberto Perez of the Indians are natives of the island along with Jose Berrios and Eddie Rosario of the Twins.

Jose Berrios is from Bayamon, which is near San Juan on the northern coast, while Eddie Rosario is from Guayama on the southern Coast. To get a sense of the geography from a Minnesota perspective, if San Juan was Minneapolis, Jose Berrios would be from Edina and Eddie Rosario would be from Rochester… about an hour to the south. Using that same geographic scale, my hometown of Grand Forks could only be represented by a Carnival Cruise ship sailing past.

Disclaimer: I do not speak Spanish… if you blindfolded me and dropped me in the middle of a Spanish speaking country, surrounded by people who speak only Spanish… I would be unable to find the bathroom. The last time I couldn’t find the bathroom was 30 years ago. I had a lot of rum and the friends of mine who hosted the party were horrified to find me the next morning passed out in the walk-in closet.

Breaking News: The National Weather Service out of San Juan has issued a blizzard warning effective from this afternoon until Thursday morning for the entire island of Puerto Rico. Snow will be heavy at times with total snow accumulations between 16 to 20 inches of snow. Brisk northwest winds gusting to 70mph will reduce visibility only to stuff directly in front of your face in open areas. Travel is not advised.

Here are some things to think about:

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Twins Minor League Report (4/16): Vargas Leads Red Wings To Win

There was only one Twins minor league affiliate whose game was postponed. Of course, only two of the four teams were even scheduled to play. The result? Well, tonight’s Twins Minor League Report has a few transactions and a Rochester Red Wings game story. But it was a good game in which Kennys Vargas and Tyler Duffey starred, and Fernando Romero started.

Keep reading to find out more on the night in the Twins minor league system.

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A Look Back to 2001: Mauer or Prior? (Part 1)

On Thursday night, Joe Mauer reached the 2,000 hit milestone. The milestone has brought some well-deserved attention back to the Mauer. One topic that came back to my mind was the 2001 draft. Should the Twins take Mauer, or should they take Mark Prior? Mark Teixeira was also in that draft, but it really came down to Mauer versus Prior.

We know what Joe Mauer's career has looked like. Mark Prior was tremendous the first two seasons of his career, 2002 and 2003, then injuries marred what could have been an incredible career. He didn’t pitch in another big league game after the 2006 season. He has spent the last few seasons as a pitching coordinator in the Padres system. Before this season, he was named the bullpen coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In 2010, I wrote an article about this topic and talked to Twins Director of Player Personnel Mike Radcliff. In 2001, he was the organization's scouting director. Since 2010, Mauer has continued to accumulate numbers. As you know, he was an All Star caliber player right up until that day in 2013 when he took a foul tip off of his face mask. In 2017, we saw some return to form for Mauer with a batting average over .300. He's off to a tremendous start in 2018.

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Cooperstown Case: Should Joe Mauer Make the Hall of Fame?

Whenever Joe Mauer decides to hang up his cleats, he will go down as one of the best players in Twins history. That part is undeniable, but his larger legacy is still in question. As recently as 2013, Mauer seemed destined for the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Concussions and a forced position switch have put his Hall of Fame resume into question.

Mauer is coming off his best season at first base and he’s been on a hot streak to start 2018. Will Mauer get the call? Let’s examine his Cooperstown Case…

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Kernels: "Lot of Guys Doing Some Really Good Things"

The Cedar Rapids Kernels hit the frozen ground running this season, jumping off to a 6-0 record before finally suffering their first loss of the year on Friday night against Clinton.

Don’t say the start surprised their manager, Toby Gardenhire, though. With a lineup as full of highly regarded prospects as this Kernels roster is, he’s not going to be too surprised with short term success.