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Perkins not until the 13th

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:27 PM
Molitor didn't use Perkins in innings 9-12 with the score tied, but did run him out for the save situation in the 13th.  All th...
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Torii's Defensive Metrics

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:23 PM
Read today in the Pioneer Press that Hunter "has jumped to 11th in Defensive Runs Above Average out of 25 qualifying right fielders. He r...
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Where is Vargas?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:19 PM
I've been watching the Rochester box scores to see how Vargas is doing, but he hasn't played since being sent down -- not even in yesterd...
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Article: Player Development Is Key To Establishing Fans...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:08 PM
This isn’t exactly the blueprint that we had in mind, going out and signing a guy to $55 million. The ideal is to have them keep coming t...
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Dallas Gallant-2015

Adopt A Prospect 2015 Yesterday, 10:30 PM
Dallas Gallant 18 | P Full Name: Justin Dallas Gallant Born: January 25, 1989 Age: 26 Birthplace: Huntsville, TX Bats: R Throws: R H...
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Twins Minor League Report (5/22): Lee Dominates

It may not have been a full-scheduled, busy day in the Twins farm system, but off the field, a lot was going on. The Red Wings were rained out, and Chattanooga’s game was suspended after a couple of top prospects gave them the lead. The Miracle and Kernels got some terrific pitching, and both teams got just enough pitching.


Player Development Is Key To Establishing Fans' Trust

This isn’t exactly the blueprint that we had in mind, going out and signing a guy to $55 million. The ideal is to have them keep coming through the system.
– Twins GM Terry Ryan after signing Ervin Santana, 12/15/14

Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan said some intriguing things this offseason, chief among them were:
1) That he wants to make the playoffs this year (“I’m trying to be realistic. Our expectations in that clubhouse should be to make the postseason.” — Nov. 11).


Draft Prep: Twins Middle Infield Depth

We have written about the catchers and corner infielders in the Minnesota Twins organization. Now, we will discuss the middle infielders where there is a surprising amount of depth.

The purpose of these articles is to get to know about the depth at these positions. Who are the players, and as you see their names, you start to realize how much depth (or lack of depth) there may be in the organization. The timing is because the MLB draft starts in less than three weeks. Obviously a team will and should draft best player available in the first 12 to 15 rounds at least, but at that point, they may be looking more at need and depth.


Twins' Best Kept Secret

As of May 20, the Minnesota Twins have played 39 games and have compiled a 22-17 record. After being picked by many to finish last in the AL Central, and even lose 90 games for a 5th straight year by some, Minnesota has done nothing but surpass expectations. Sitting third in the AL Central, the Twins offense has once again been one of the best in the big leagues (currently sixth in runs scored). While starting pitching has been better than in recent years, it is one man in the bullpen who may be one of the team's best weapons.


Twins Minor League Report (5/20): Wins For Everyone

Even though the Twins are on the road this week, Target Field is still busy with baseball. The Big Ten Championship is underway. There are four games on the agenda tomorrow, including the Illinois Fighting Illini going for their 28th consecutive win at 9 pm. You can also catch Red Wing’s Ryan Boldt playing for Nebraska at 1 pm in an elimination game.

Enough about college baseball, let’s talk about the Twins and their affiliates.


Kepler Shows Breakout Potential

Max Kepler has been featured up and down Twins prospect lists since the Twins signed him as a teenager out of Europe. The list of successful major league players born in Europe is small but there's always been a little something extra with Kepler.


Draft Prep: Twins Corner Infield Depth

The MLB Draft is less than three weeks away, and Twins Daily is the place to be for some great draft coverage in the coming weeks. Before considering the draft possibilities, it is nice to take a look around the organization and see what kind of depth the Twins have at each position.

Now, unlike the NBA or NFL drafts, players drafted this year will not immediately jump to the big leagues. Because of this, drafting Best Available Player is always the best thing to do. It is impossible to know with any certainty what the situation will be in two years much less five or six years down the line.

That said, as the draft gets to the 15th or 20th round, organizations can focus on certain needs in the organization and fill out rookie league rosters with guys with talent.

After reviewing the Catchers in the Twins organization yesterday, today we look at the corner infielders.


No Juice Podcast #56: Driving A Bus Off A Cliff

On this week's NO JUICE PODCAST, Dan Anderson and Parker Hageman discuss whether the Twins' fast start will eventually lead to a mid-season disappointment.
Listen up.


Twins Minor League Report (5/19): Hu Impresses In AAA Debut

With Rochester’s doubleheader, there were five games in the Minnesota Twins farm system on Tuesday. There was the much-anticipated spot start of Chih-Wei Hu with the Red Wings. Chattanooga posted double-digit runs again including big home runs from a couple of prospects. Cedar Rapids had a tough inning. The Twins beat Francisco Liriano which is a good thing.


Trevor Plouffe's Glovely Season At Third

In last Saturday’s afternoon contest the Twins maintained a 5-3 lead over the surging American League East Tampa Bay Rays heading into the top of the eighth inning.

The Twins summoned Blaine Boyer to keep the score as is. The first batter of the inning, Steven Souza, turned on Boyer’s 0-2 slow curve, sending a well-struck grounder bounding down the third base line. With Trevor Plouffe playing three steps off the chalk, there was certainly room for the ball to scoot by for a base hit or extra bases. Instinctively, Plouffe made a cross step, gobbled the smash up with a backhand, and then from the furthest reaches of the infield he fired a bullet to Mauer at first to retire the speedy Souza.


Young Arms Flourishing In Twins' System

The Minnesota Twins are finally experiencing a long-awaited turnaround as an organization, and while that is reflected to some extent on the big-league field, it is more evident as you examine a minor-league system that is suddenly stacked with quality young arms.

On Tuesday, Seth wrote about the dilemma that the Twins face, with Tommy Milone forcing his way back into the picture by decimating Triple-A hitters while no spots in the MLB rotation are necessarily open.

You know the times are a-changin' here in Minnesota when we're struggling to find room for a deserving starting pitcher rather than desperately cycling through ill-equipped replacements.

Such scenarios figure to become more and more common over the next few years, with a veritable army of outstanding pitchers rising through the ranks.


Draft Prep: Twins Catching Depth

As we are now less than three weeks away from the MLB Draft, Twins Daily will begin our draft coverage soon. In preparation for the draft, we will be taking a quick look at the organizational depth around the diamond.

While it is important for the Twins scouting team to select the Best Player Available, especially in the first ten to fifteen rounds of the draft, those picks should be about adding depth and talent regardless of position. Remember that the high school kids selected in the 2015 draft won’t be in the big leagues for at least five to seven years, if they get there. Even the college kids will take three or four years to make it. There is no way to know with any certainty what the Twins needs will be in 2020.