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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:11 AM
In order to not derail the "Young Guns" article thread any further:  Should the Twins be looking to package a few prospects for a pr...
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Article: Young Guns

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:10 AM
Over the six-year period from 2011 through 2016, during which the Twins won at a miserable .419 clip and finished last in the division fo...
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Article: Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 5/22@6:05pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:48 AM
After piling up doubleheaders the Twins travel to Baltimore and it seems like the weather might follow them. There is a 90% chance of rai...
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Article: Will Hunter Greene Haunt The Twins?

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:40 AM
MLB's 2017 draft is a little over two weeks away. Minnesota has known they have the first overall pick since last fall and the new regime...
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Time for Duffey at SP?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:22 AM
Tyler Duffey is one of my favorite Twins, I won't hide from that fact. His mind-bending array of curve balls has my tender heart all aflu...
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Kernels Ben Rortvedt Is Catching On

Ben Rortvedt was the Minnesota Twins’ second-round draft pick one year ago. He may be struggling at the plate with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, but he has become a trusted man behind the plate for Tommy Watkins and the Kernels pitching staff. Consider that just over a year ago, he was going to prom and graduating from high school.

Recently, we caught up with the talented catcher to talk about the beginning of his season, his pre-pro baseball experiences and much more.


Will Hunter Greene Haunt The Twins?

MLB's 2017 draft is a little over two weeks away. Minnesota has known they have the first overall pick since last fall and the new regime will be doing their due diligence as draft day approaches. With Derek Falvey and Thad Levine overseeing their first draft, there is a lot of pressure for the club to make the right pick.

The Twins have narrowed their list to a handful of players but it seems more likely that the club will be picking from a trio that includes college players Brenden McKay and Kyle Wright and two-way high school player Hunter Greene. McKay and Wright might be the safer picks because of their collegiate experience. Greene could be a once in a generation player on the mound.

At this point, it seems more likely for the Twins to select one of the safer college options. This leaves Greene, a player Sports Illustrated called "the star baseball needs," still on the board. Will passing on Greene haunt the Twins in the years to come?


Twins Minor League Report (5/22): Palacios. Hero.

The Twins opened their brief road trip on Monday in Baltimore. Kyle Gibson, who was recalled from Rochester when Phil Hughes was placed on the disabled list, made the start.

Congratulations to Chris Paul of the Miracle, who was named Florida State League Player of the Week. Paul hit 12-25 last week with nine runs, nine RBI, five doubles and two home runs, including a three-run walk-off and a walk-off single in consecutive games.
Let’s check the affiliates.


Part 1: Q&A With Sam Carlson (Ready For The National Stage)

At Twins Daily, we write about the Minnesota Twins and their minor league system. But we also celebrate baseball in Minnesota. We have had articles with Minnesota Gophers players, and we have articles on the St. Paul Saints at times. We would love to see readers start their own blogs for their favorite Minnesota high school, college, wood bat summer league team or more.

We also cover the MLB draft thoroughly. The Minnesota Twins have the number one pick, but Burnsville high school senior RHP/OF Sam Carlson is also very possibly going to be be drafted in the first round.

We want to celebrate that as well. In fact, we want to enough that both Off the Baggy and Seth have had Q&As with the talented, hard-throwing right-hander. Fortunately, the interviews contained different questions, and so we are going to have two separate Q&As with Sam Carlson.

Today, we share Ted's Q&A with Sam Carlson. Later this week, Seth will post his Q&A with Carlson.


Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 5/22@6:05pm CT

After piling up doubleheaders the Twins travel to Baltimore and it seems like the weather might follow them. There is a 90% chance of rain tonight and a 70% chance tomorrow night so there might be another doubleheader this week to add to the pile.

Good weather if you are a Sea Lion but it's about all that is good for right now... sea lions. They have a serious PR problem after one of them pulled a 5 year old child into the water on Saturday. Back when I was younger… sea lions were always happy balancing a ball on their nose.

In case you haven’t seen the video, everybody is ok, but since the incident, authorities have put up additional signage stating “Don’t feed 5-year-olds to sea lions.” Some people need practical advice like that. Just like the warning on Preparation H, “Not for Oral Use;” you know that warning is on the packaging because someone did just that and then probably complained to the company after. “Dear Preparation H… I ate almost the whole tube and it did not cure me. I seriously question your product. I tried to call and complain but my mouth is so small that I can’t speak so I am writing you this letter. I would like my money back”.

Here are some things to think about:


Aaron Whitefield: From Softball Diamonds To Diamond In The Rough

The last two seasons have been a whirlwind for Aaron Whitefield. Recently, I had the chance to spend some time with Whitefield to talk about several topics. We talked a bit about his softball career and how and when he turned to baseball. How did the Twins find him and sign him? We talked about his approach at the plate, where he likes to play on the field, and who has helped him get to this point. With his background and athleticism, Whitefield has become one of the most intriguing prospects in the Twins system.


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 311: Rain, Rain, Go Away

Aaron and John sip beer at 612 Brew and talk about Jose Berrios' dominant 11-strikeout start, rainouts and doubleheaders making life difficult for the Twins' pitching staff, Robbie Grossman's on-base skills and overall role, Kennys Vargas' pinch-hit homer, the Twins' young lineup and prospect breakthroughs, how to save $20 on Twins tickets with SeatGeek, what is now a three-way battle for the no. 1 pick, and why Miguel Sano's batting average on balls in play is both good and bad. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.


Young Guns

Over the six-year period from 2011 through 2016, during which the Twins won at a miserable .419 clip and finished last in the division four times, here's how many times a starting pitcher under the age of 27 threw 100-plus innings with a better than average ERA: one.

Scott Diamond, in 2012, posted a fluky 3.54 ERA over 27 starts at age 25. He fizzled out after one more big-league season and is now pitching in Korea.


Twins Minor League Report (5/21): Blankenhorn Blasts, Gordon Keeps Rolling

Losing games isn't any fun for anyone. Three of the four Twins affiliates held leads on Sunday but none of them were able to pull out the win. Even in the midst of all the losing there were some strong performances. Multiple big name prospects had good days at the plate and some relief arms were thrust into the spotlight.

While losing isn't fun for anyone, a lot of the minor leagues is about developing players. Who performed well in the middle of all the losing? You'll have to read on to find out.


Twins Minor League Leaderboard (through Saturday, May 20)

In the last two day, lefties Lewis Thorpe and Stephen Gonsalves have returned to the mound. Several hitters have started heating up. In one week, you’ll notice there have been some changes in the Twins Minor League Leaderboard. Find out who is leading the Twins minor leagues in a variety of statistics, and then feel free to discuss.


Twins Minor League Report (5/20): Gonsalves Returns, Del Rosario Dominates

On Friday night, Lewis Thorpe made his first start since August of 2014. On Saturday night, there was another talented left-handed pitcher who made his first start of the season. Stephen Gonsalves went to big league camp, but a few weeks in, he was shut down with a shoulder issue. He’s been in Ft. Myers working his way back since then and on Saturday night he made that start.

Extra innings were needed to decide games for the Rochester Red Wings and Ft. Myers Miracle. One Twins minor league hitter got to play hero for the second time in a week. Another Twins prospect went home and had his best game of the year so far.


Lewis Thorpe's Return To The Mound

Two years, eight months and 19 days. A total of 992 days.

On August 31, 2014, Lewis Thorpe threw four shutout innings for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. It was his last start of the season. Unfortunately, it was his last start until tonight (May 19, 2017) because he left that game with pain in his elbow.

It’s been a long and winding road back for the talented left-hander from Melbourne, Australia, but on Friday in Ft. Myers, Thorpe made his return. It’s something he - and the Twins and their fans - has been awaiting for a long time.

You can’t blame him if he was a little excited and anxious before the game. When he was warming up in the bullpen, he was definitely feeling it.