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2015 Draft Prospects: Brady Aiken, LHP, IMG Academy

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:51 PM
Brady Aiken, last year's #1 overall pick, will be enrolling at IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL according to the school.   Aiken is...
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2015 draft thread

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:51 PM
I'm going to restart this thread, the other one got a little long and a little off topic.Brady Aiken, last year's #1 pick, might be avail...
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Can you help us out with game threads?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:35 PM
Twins fans: we need your help!We love our game threads. Where else on the Internet can you find, in one spot, lengthy discussions of the...
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Red Sox sign Moncada

Other Baseball Today, 05:24 PM
http://www.mlbtrader...an-moncada.html   31.5m signing bonus.  Because Boston had gone over its international spending allotmen...
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Johan signs with Jays

Other Baseball Today, 05:14 PM
Jon Heyman ‏@JonHeymanCBS· 1m1 minute ago  Johan santana has agreed to sign with blue jays. Santana is still only 34. Wouldn't bet a...
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All About That Base

If one were to highlight the utter banality of baseball’s month of February, a simple action in a spring training complex back field -- featuring grown men who mime a throw to the plate, speed-jog fifty feet from the middle of the diamond to step on first base and receive an underhand toss -- might suffice. The act is then repeated without end until the pitchers are dreaming of breaking towards first in their sleep.

That’s the goal anyway.


Can Rule 5 Pick J.R. Graham Stick?

Minnesota Twins camp came to life over the weekend with the familiar sound of baseballs smacking mitts, as pitchers and catchers reported to camp and official bullpen sessions started getting underway.

One hurler who is drawing early attention is J.R. Graham, whom the Twins acquired from the Atlanta Braves in December's Rule 5 Draft.

Graham is worth tracking not only because of the upper-90s heat he's capable of bringing on the mound, but also because of the interesting decision the Twins face as they determine whether they can make room for him in a somewhat crowded bullpen and avoid sending him back to Atlanta.


Catching Up With The Klaw: Part 2

In Part 1 on Catch Up With The Klaw yesterday, we discussed his unlikely path onto the Minnesota Twins 1985 Opening Day roster. Today, we’ll talk about Tom Klawitter’s brief MLB career as well as what has kept him busy since his playing days came to an end.


No Juice Podcast #44: Life in the Minors with AJ Pettersen

What is life like on the bus and trying to make it on a minor league paycheck?

On this week's No Juice Podcast Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman talk with former Twins' farmhand AJ Pettersen on his experience in the bus leagues. Pettersen peels back the curtain on minor league life. He teaches us all how to survive on $5 a day.

Listen up.


Gleeman & the Geek, Episode 182: Topless Prospects and Talkless Haircuts

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' top 10 prospects, Ron Gardenhire's plans for 2015, the big Miguel Sano comeback, eating and drinking at New Bohemia, Nick Punto's retirement, billion-dollar TV deals, how to get a proper anti-social haircut, Jose Berrios going topless, moving day, and mailbag questions. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.


Catching Up With The Klaw: Part 1

Thirty years ago, a pitcher arrived at Tinker Field in Orlando for Minnesota Twins spring training as a non-roster invitee. He was left-handed. He had a last name conducive to a classic nickname. He took advantage of his opportunities, and he made the 1985 Twins Opening Day roster. Tom Klawitter lived a dream held by anyone who has ever picked up a bat and a ball.


Who's Up First?

Studies in recent years have shown that lineup construction has less of a practical impact on overall scoring than many had previously believed. Still, it's hard to downplay the significance of the choice for that first spot in the batting order.

Though he only leads off once per game, the No.1 hitter sets the tone for the offense, bats in front of the team's best run producers, and stands to receive more plate appearances than any other player.

Who will step into the batter's box to start the season in Detroit on April 6th? As I see it, there are three primary candidates. Paul Molitor's choice among this trio might provide us with some deeper insights on his priorities and philosophies.


Twins Bite-Sized History: A Quick Rise, A Quick Fall

Most pieces for a contender were in place in 1964, but the Twins made a key addition to the coaching staff prior to the 1965 season. Manager Sam Mele and pitching coach John Sain were joined on the coaching staff by Billy Martin, who is credited with helping shortstop Zoilo Versalles win the American League MVP.

But the pennant the team won was certainly a group effort; so many players were injured that the success required contributions from all available hands. The best remembered hit was provided by Killebrew, who hit a two-out, two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Yankees the day before the All-Star break. The Twins would not relinquish first place for the rest of the year. For 26 years that hit would be the considered the most dramatic home run in the organization’s history.


Push Candidate: Travis Harrison

The second of three articles featuring players who I believe should be "pushed" to the next level in the system will focus on Travis Harrison. Harrison had some high expectations placed on him after being drafted and has moved through the system in the same way that Adam Walker has. There are still a number of question marks about Harrison's potential, both in the field and at the plate.


Real Stories: Cole DeVries

With the Minnesota Twins' pitchers and catchers reporting to camp today, we have a video special presentation: Real Stories. The first subject is former Twins pitcher Cole DeVries. DeVries shares the highs and lows of his major league career.

Watch below.


Terry Ryan at the Helm -- Part 2

Given the disparity among the resources and opportunities available to the various front offices, is there a way to objectively evaluate some of the more important facets of their performance beyond wins and losses? In fact, there are some aspects of the general manager’s role that can be quantified. Using the Retrosheet transactions database I evaluated all the moves made by the Twins after Ryan's hiring in September 1994 through the end of the 2007 season. Obviously, using this type of analysis to assess Ryan assigns the ultimate responsibility for all transactions--rightly or wrongly--to the general manager


My First and Only Game at the Met

It was 1977, Jimmy Carter had just become President. New York City celebrated the opening of the World Trade Center and suffered through a 25-hour blackout in the middle of a hot summer. Two guys named Steve (Jobs and Wozniak) gave us the Apple II computer.