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Game(s) Thread: 2016 MLB Postseason

Other Baseball Today, 08:59 PM
Well, I was feeling bad about hijacking Van's "Who Will Win the World Series" poll/thread. So, here we go. I've seen three of the four ga...
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JJ Fernandez - 2016

Adopt A Prospect 2016 Today, 08:33 PM
Outfield-Cedar Rapids Born March 30, 1994 Drafted 7th round 2012 out of International Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico. 215/268/241 Last y...
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AJ Murray - 2016

Adopt A Prospect 2016 Today, 08:33 PM
Catcher Born April 4, 1993 Drafted 2015 14th Round from Georgia Tech 288/397/424 at Elizabethton last year. Threw out 32% of base runner...
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Rumor: Twins looking at Red Sox Amiel Sawdaye

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:14 PM
Just stumbled on this article in MLB Rumors. http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/   Brief bio on Sawdaye:Red Sox vice president of in...
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Pat Light 2016

Adopt A Prospect 2016 Today, 08:33 PM
Patrick James Light Born March 29, 1991 (25 yrs) in Colts Neck NJ RHP- Reliever Drafted first round Compensation Round (#37 Overall) 2012...
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Following The Cubs' Blueprint

Only two short seasons the Cubs were in the midst of five straight seasons of 87 losses or more. This included a 101-loss season in 2012. Flash-forward to the present day and the Cubs have been rebuilt and are four wins away from their first World Series title in over 100 years.

Minnesota is in a similar spot to the Chicago teams from 2010-14. Can the Twins mount a similar turnaround in the years to come? How can Derek Falvey, the Twins new chief of baseball operations, follow the Chicago blueprint?


AFL Recap - Week 2: Quiet Week For The Hitters

Week Two of the AFL season saw the Surprise Saguaros go 3-3, with Twins prospects being quite a bit more quiet than in the first week.

The three hitters managed just four hits among them after collecting fourteen in week one, and their prized pitching prospect unexpectedly got the week off for unknown reasons.

That doesn’t mean there wasn’t plenty of action between them in their team's six games, so read on to find out what happened with each player on the week.


No Surprise: Top Prospects Excelling In AFL

The Minnesota Twins sent several players down south to play for the Surprise Saguaros in the Arizona Fall League. Among them are two fast-rising talents that are arguably the top prospects in the organization, and unquestionably two of the most critical.

Nick Gordon and Stephen Gonsalves have both looked good, building on strong 2016 campaigns in the minors.


Twins Winter League Update

Each week, we provide an update from the Twins minor leaguers who are playing in the Arizona Fall League.

While it may or more not be weekly, we will also occasionally provide an update on Twins players in the various Winter Leagues. There are Caribbean Leagues in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Mexico and Puerto Rico. We'll also keep you updated on the Australian Baseball League as well.

Here is a quick update on how some Twins players have fared in the early going.


40-Man Roster Decisions: The Hitters

The Minnesota Twins currently have 38 players on their 40-man roster (including the three players still on the 60-Day disabled list). Yesterday, we reviewed the 22 pitchers on the roster, and today, we will review the 16 hitters currently on the roster.

On Monday, the Minnesota Twins announced that five players had been outrighted to AAA Rochester. Two were hitters. According to Mike Berardino, Logan Schafer has elected free agency. He showed some impressive self-awareness in the story. “I am a free agent, though, and I’m sure I am way down the priority list for the Twins this busy offseason.”


Killebrew Award Winner: Logan Darnell (Rochester)

All week, we’ve been getting to know the Twins 2016 minor league recipients of the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service. The award was established in honor of the Twins Hall of Famer and all he did for people in the communities he lived and played. The Twins organization is full of very good people, and certainly it is difficult for the teams to select just one. Today we celebrate the Rochester Red Wings recipient of the award.

For the third straight season, Logan Darnell is the Red Wings recipient of the Harmon Killebrew Award.
It was a tough season for the southpaw on the field. He had been removed from the Twins 40-man roster last year at this time. He cleared waivers and stayed with the Twins. He had a strong showing in spring training and was one of the final players sent down to minor league camp. Unfortunately, he didn’t get back to the big leagues in 2016. He went 8-8 with a 3.53 ERA in 18 starts before his season came to an end in mid-July with a shoulder injury. Even after that, he remained busy in the Rochester community.

If you missed any of the previous winners, see below.

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle: Trey Vavra
Chattanooga Lookouts: David Hurlbut
Rochester Red Wings: Logan Darnell
Previous Winners: 2015, 2014, 2013,


Big Splash? More Like Big Slash

The Cleveland Indians are in the World Series, marking the third-straight season and fourth out of the last five years the American League Champion has come from the Central. So the Twins are doomed to toil in last place in this juggernaut division, right? Maybe not.

Yes, things are looking up in Believeland, but the rest of the division appears to be very much up in the air. And if you read some of the season review/offseason preview content, there are a lot of things to like if you're a Twins fan.


40-Man Roster Decisions: The Pitchers

On Monday the Minnesota Twins announced that five players had been outrighted to AAA Rochester. Tommy Milone has already said he has become a free agent. Andrew Albers and Pat Dean can also become free agents following the completion of the World Series as minor league free agents. The Twins could re-sign them, if they choose to do so.

There are a lot decisions the Twins front office needs to make. Many of those decisions will likely wait until after the World Series because that is when Derek Falvey officially takes over as the Twins Chief of Baseball Operations.

There are a lot of decisions to be made. Who will take over as the general manager, or could Falvey keep Rob Antony on the job on an interim basis for the time being, or maybe even for the 2017 season? What about other front office personnel? We’re told that the coaching staff is in limbo as we await the arrival of Falvey.

But for today, I want to focus on players and the 40-man roster. And after reading today’s article, we are going to want your thoughts and opinions on who should be added.


Killebrew Award Winner: David Hurlbut (Chattanooga)

In his career, Harmon Killebrew was an All-Star 11 times. Six times he finished in the Top 5 in American League MVP, and he was the MVP in 1969. He was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1984. As we’ve pointed out the last couple of days, Killebrew was an elite power hitter in Minnesota Twins and MLB history. As we’ve also pointed out, Killebrew might has been an even better person than baseball player.

When he passed away in 2011, the Twins announced that they would announce a winner of the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service from each of the Twins four full-season affiliates. This week, we’ve been profiling all four of the 2016 Harmon Killebrew Award recipients this week. Today, we’ll write about the Twins Killebrew recipient of the Chattanooga Lookouts, lefty David Hurlbut. If you missed one earlier this week, check out the winners here:

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle: Trey Vavra
Chattanooga Lookouts: David Hurlbut
Rochester Red Wings:
Previous Winners: 2015, 2014, 2013


How Did Cleveland Acquire Its Top Talent?

Derek Falvey is no doubt eager to begin his tenure as Chief Baseball Officer of the Minnesota Twins.

There's just one hold-up: the Cleveland Indians team he helped build is chugging toward an improbable World Series berth.

There are worse excuses for being late to the job.


Killebrew Award Winner: Trey Vavra (Ft. Myers)

Eight times in his career Harmon Killebrew hit 40 or more home runs. In 2016, Brian Dozier became the only other player in Minnesota Twins history to top the 40 home run mark. Killebrew led the American League in home runs six times. He also led the league in walks four times. Those of you reading a site dedicated to Minnesota Twins baseball know how great Harmon Killebrew was as a player. For many, it took his death in 2011 to realize the person he was.

Yesterday, we wrote about the Cedar Rapids recipient of the Harmon Killebrew Award. For more on the award, click here. Today we want to highlight the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service recipient for the Ft. Myers Miracle, Trey Vavra.

Vavra was the Twins 33rd-round pick in 2014 out of Florida Southern. He hit 20 doubles for Elizabethton that summer. In 2015, he moved up to Cedar Rapids. He was hitting .346/.406/.538 (.944) through 42 games with the Kernels before his season came to an unfortunate end due to an ankle injury and subsequent surgery. He spent last offseason playing in Melbourne, Australia. He was a member of the Melbourne Aces where he played with his older brother Tanner who was the Miracle recipient of the Killebrew Award in 2015 and the Cedar Rapids recipient in 2014. The siblings played for their father, Joe, a long-time Twins coach.

Learn much more about Trey Vavra in this Twins Daily Get To Know ‘Em article from last year.

Vavra played in 125 games in 2016 for the Miracle. Overall, he hit .230/.316/.326 (.642) with 17 doubles and eight home runs. He was a Florida State League All-Star and, at season’s end, was named the Miracle recipient of the Killebrew Award.

We’ll be profiling all four of the 2016 Harmon Killebrew Award recipients this week. If you missed one, Check out the winners here:

Cedar Rapids Kernels: Nelson Molina
Ft. Myers Miracle: Trey Vavra
Chattanooga Lookouts:
Rochester Red Wings:
Previous Winners: 2015, 2014, 2013,


Minnesota's Revolving Door Continues At Shortstop

Shortstop has been a revolving door for the Twins organization for more than the last decade. Since the Christian Guzman era ended in 2004, there has only been one time the Twins have used the same shortstop on Opening Day in back-to-back seasons. That player was Pedro Florimon and he wasn't really a long-term solution to the Twins' problems.

Is there finally an end in sight to the Twins long-term shortstop woes?