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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Wings, Looks,...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:20 AM
Saturday night we had a walk-off single, a walk-off double and a walk-off hit batsman. Wait, what? Brent Rooker also hit his first profes...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Albanese, Kend...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 09:17 AM
How many hits for Zack Granite on Friday? Lefties Stephen Gonsalves and Lewis Thorpe made starts. How did they do? Elizabethton finally s...
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Is Gibson back?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:12 AM
After seeing Saturday's game, I'm as convinced as ever that Kyle Gibson has the stuff to be a dominant ace in the major leagues. What's m...
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Zach Granite

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:09 AM
Would it make sense for Zach to be the call up when the twins go back to 12 pitchers? He would give the Twins a real base stealing threa...
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Article: Twins 4, Cleveland 2: Skeleton Crew Beats Kluber...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:46 AM
Miguel Sano, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario were unavailable to start and the Twins were facing arguably the best pitcher in the American L...
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Twins Minor League Report (6/24): Wings, Looks, E-Twins All Win on Walk Offs

Saturday night we had a walk-off single, a walk-off double and a walk-off hit batsman. Wait, what? Brent Rooker also hit his first professional home run in what was a big day for the bats in Elizabethton.

Find out what else happened around the Twins' minor leagues on Saturday.

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Twins 4, Cleveland 2: Skeleton Crew Beats Kluber, Allen

Miguel Sano, Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario were unavailable to start and the Twins were facing arguably the best pitcher in the American League. But thanks to a plus performance from the pitching staff, a key managerial decision, big hits in big situations and amazing defense, the Twins pulled out a hard-fought victory anyway.

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Twins Minor League Report (6/23): Albanese, Kendrick Lead E-Twins To Walkoff Win

How many hits for Zack Granite on Friday? Lefties Stephen Gonsalves and Lewis Thorpe made starts. How did they do? Elizabethton finally started their 2017 season with a doubleheader, which included a walkoff winner! And lots of players made their debuts with new teams. Please continue reading for much, much more from a busy night in the Twins system.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the Twins. There was the draft, and trying to get as many of them signed as quickly as possible. There was getting players to Ft. Myers. There was figuring out the short-season rosters. There was figuring out which players were getting promotions to or from full-season squads, and there were a few releases. And the big league club needed more arms too. So, things have been pretty hectic.

But Friday was the first day with five affiliates playing, and next Monday, the GCL Twins will make it six. Of course, the Dominican Summer League Twins have been playing for a couple of weeks already too.

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Twins 5, Cleveland 0: Mejia Battles Through, Hildenberger Debuts

Maybe the Twins should just play all the rest of their games on the road. Just a few days after completing a nightmare series against Cleveland at home, the Twins headed to their place and took Game 1 in convincing fashion.

Adalberto Mejia threw five scoreless, Jorge Polanco hit a big home run and Trevor Hildenberger made his major league debut.

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First Wins & Conundrums

A common conundrum for official scorers (and my last story) surrounds which pitcher gets a “Win.” This happened again twice last Saturday, June 17, as the Twins lost two games to Cleveland. The latter of these decisions led to a milestone win for a reliever, and kept him from climbing towards a record.

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Get To Know Trevor Hildenberger

The following article was featured in the 2017 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. Almost 170 players were profiled in this year's book, which also included articles and prospect rankings.

To meet your needs, the book is available in both paperback ($12.79 with a current 20% off sale) or ebook ($8.99).

Trevor Hildenberger has been the Twins Daily Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year for two consecutive seasons. He's been able to grow and develop a lot during that time and he's had a lot of help along the way. It was announced last night that he will be called up with the anticipation of him making his big league debut.

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2017 Elizabethton Twins Roster Preview

UPDATED (Friday afternoon): added C Andrew Cosgrove, C Colton Waltner, IF Andrew Bechtold, IF Carson Crites, IF Jordan Gore, IF JJ Robinson, OF TJ Dixon, RHP Nick Brown, RHP Christian Broussard, RHP Jared Finkel, RHP Bailey Ober, RHP Ricky Ramirez, and LHP Ryley Widell

UPDATED (Thursday afternoon): added OF Brent Rooker, OF Mark Contreras, LHP Bryan Sammons, and RHP Calvin Faucher.

On Thursday, the Elizabethton Twins will open up their 2017 season at home against the Danville Braves. Below you can find the 2017 Elizabethton Twins Opening Day roster... or at least the current Elizabethton Twins roster. More players will be added as early as tomorrow. This team has some older players, college guys drafted this year or last, but there are some very intriguing younger players who are certainly worth watching. I also think there are more players jumping straight from the Dominican Summer League to Elizabethton than in years past.

Elizabethton is a small, mountain town, an ideal place for some minor leaguers to make their professional debut. Many of these players, particularly those drafted earlier this month, have likely never been real far from home or had to pay their own bills. Some may not have ever used a wood bat or played under the lights. Some have been in Ft. Myers for the last three months at extended spring training, eagerly anticipating getting to Tennessee (if not Iowa) to start playing games where box scores show up online!

Manager Ray Smith has been on the coaching staff in Elizabethton for 31 seasons now. This is his 23rd season as manager. His hitting coach, another former big leaguer, Jeff Reed will be in that role for the 15th straight year. This year, Luis Ramirez is the team’s pitching coach. It is his third season in that role after spending 2014 in that same role in the GCL and 2013 in the Venezuelan Baseball Academy.

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Game Thread: Twins@Cleveland, 6/23@6:10pm CT

Ok… it's Cleveland again, but this time the Twins are on the road where they rule.

It’s hard to describe how I’m feeling at this point of this season. Most seasons are a roller coaster but this one hasn’t been roller coaster-ish at all… More like a drive across the plains. As far as wins and losses it’s been consistent 500ish play in all 3 months. No roller coaster at all… It’s been like driving across Kansas.

Nobody wants to drive across Kansas.

Here are some things to think about:

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Hildenberger (And Gee) Gets The Call

Twins Daily has learned and confirmed (from a person with direct knowledge) that right-hander relief pitcher Trevor Hildenberger will be called up to the Twins on Friday. When the 26-year-old gets into a game, it will be his major league debut.

In addition, the Twins will call up RHP Dillon Gee, who they just signed on Wednesday to a minor league contract. Nik Turley was optioned to Rochester following his Thursday night outing in which he recorded just two outs. Also Ehire Adrianza was placed on the 10-day disabled list.

UPDATE - The Twins announced the Alex Wimmers and Mason Melotakis were DFAd to make room for Gee and Hildenberger.

The Twins head to Cleveland for a three-game series starting Friday night.

The Twins will need to make two 40-man roster decisions to make room for Hildenberger and Gee.

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Twins Minor League Report (6/22): Del Rosario Shines Bright for Kernels

The Twins got in a hole early, and catcher Chris Gimenez pitched again, but with a nearly five-hour rain delay before the game started, not many fans stuck around Target Field to see the White Sox beat the Twins 9-0. After the game the Twins optioned Nik Turley back to Rochester and placed Ehire Adrianza on the DL.

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White Sox 9, Twins 0: Another Gimenez Game

Thursday was just a bad day for the Twins, no way around it. It started with a record-breaking rain delay, and when they finally got underway things went south in a hurry. To top it all off, the day ended with a hurried flight out to Cleveland.