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Article: TD Top Prospects: #5 Tyler Jay

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 04:11 AM
There's no doubting the potency of Tyler Jay's top two pitches. His hard fastball and filthy slider – trademarks during a tremendous tenu...
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Article: 5 Years Later: Reflecting On A Rewarding Journey

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:54 PM
It all began with a Wednesday night poli-sci class.I’m not going to lie, the story of how I've reached this point traces back to sheer la...
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Article: The Twins Are Always Interesting

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:19 PM
One of my favorite shows of all-time is Family Guy. At least, the first five seasons of Family Guy are some of my favorite. There are so...
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Berardino: Analytics will assist Twins in June draft

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:30 PM
Mike Berardino wrote a terrific article, with several quotes from Twins scouting director Sean Johnson, on how the Twins will use analyti...
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Article: Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 297: Prospect Parade

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:28 PM
Aaron and John talk about the Twins' top 10 prospects for 2017, rank the Twins' best 25-and-under players, return to the scene of the Win...
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TD Top Prospects: #5 Tyler Jay

There's no doubting the potency of Tyler Jay's top two pitches. His hard fastball and filthy slider – trademarks during a tremendous tenure at the University of Illinois – are high-quality offerings that will induce swings and misses in the big leagues.

Does he have the full arsenal, and the physical makeup, to pan out as a starter? No shortage of doubt there.


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 297: Prospect Parade

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' top 10 prospects for 2017, rank the Twins' best 25-and-under players, return to the scene of the Winter Meltdown at Brothers Minneapolis, reveal the secret word that can win listeners a pair of 20-game Twins season ticket packages from Minnesota Corn Growers, predict the upcoming fifth-starter decision, tell you how to get a free Harry's Razor, and revel in the glow of their pale legs. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.


5 Years Later: Reflecting On A Rewarding Journey

It all began with a Wednesday night poli-sci class.

I’m not going to lie, the story of how I've reached this point traces back to sheer laziness. I might never have ended up here if I wasn't a teenager who liked to sleep in.


TD Top Prospects: #6 Wander Javier

Just a couple of years ago, MLB changed its rules on signing international players. In an attempt to keep signing bonuses down, MLB gave slot numbers that teams could use to sign 16-year-olds. In 2015, the Twins allotment was just shy of $4 million. They chose to give $4 million to shortstop Wander Javier, going over their slot to secure his signature.

Javier made his professional debut in 2016 in the Dominican Summer League where he showed what he could be, albeit in just nine games due to injury. He has a ton of potential, and we will begin to see it stateside in 2017.

Age: 18 (DOB: 12/29/98)
2016 Stats: (DSL): .308/.400/.654 (1.054), three doubles, two home runs
ETA: 2022
2016 Ranking: 13

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Five Position Player Headlines

Man, does it feel good to finally have real baseball news coming out of Florida. At the beginning of the week, Glen Perkins threw off the mound for the first time on his way back from injury. Phil Hughes might turn his removed rib into jewelry. I also ran through multiple headlines fans could follow as pitchers and catchers reported to Fort Myers.

Many position players are already in camp but their official reporting date will be this weekend. Here are some headlines to keep an eye on in the weeks ahead.


Reliever Arbitration Salaries On The Rise?

Perhaps the biggest area of uncertainty when it comes to a baseball team's future financial obligations is arbitration salaries.

In some cases, teams will "buy out" a player's arbitration years by signing him to an extension in order to ensure cost certainty. The Twins saved themselves a good chunk of change by doing exactly that with Brian Dozier prior to the 2015 season, signing him to a four-year, $20M extension. Sometimes this strategy doesn't work out so well (see Singleton, Jon).


Get To Know: LHP Domenick Carlini

On Sunday, the Twins will hold their first full-squad workout. Within the next couple of weeks, minor league camp will begin and all will be right with the world. Today we present another Q&A with a Twins minor leaguer. Domenick Carlini is a 22-year-old left-hander who the Twins drafted in 2016 out of Southeastern Louisiana University. As a senior last year, he went 8-2 with a 2.03 ERA. He was second-team All-Conference. The Twins drafted the crafty lefty and sent him to Elizabethton.


Five Years of Twins Daily - BYTO Edition

So goodbye, BYTO.
Where the dogs of society howled.

Five years ago, four bloggers – whose writings were widely shared on the BattleYourTailOff.com forums – gathered their considerable baseball knowledge and passion to form Twins Daily, eschewing their individual sites in favor of a single site for All Things Twins.


TD Top Prospects: #7 Adalberto Mejia

Cloudy bad seasons are supposed to provide some trade deadline silver linings. Left-handed starting pitching prospect Adalberto Mejia is the shiniest bauble the Twins acquired at last year’s deadline, but that’s about the only time you’ll see the adjective shiny in a sentence about Mejia. His strength is that he’s very likely to contribute to a MLB organization, rather than dazzle with enticing upside.


2017 Minnesota Twins Roster Projections - The Relief Pitchers

Over the last two weeks, we’ve been making some roster projections for the teams from the Twins down to extended spring training. We predicted the starting pitchers earlier this week. Today we tackle the bullpen arms. Of course, there will be some crossover, especially in the lower levels.

As always, the Twins brought in several additional pitchers on minor league contracts. Some will compete for a big league job. Some have opt-outs. Some are competing for AAA jobs, and others are competing to keep their careers going. There are few relievers who are absolutely guaranteed to be in the bullpen on Opening Day (pending injury), so there are a lot of questions. The same is true throughout the system, so let’s take a look at some of the names you’ll be hearing over the next six weeks.


The Inside Story Of Twins Daily

I’m sure we all remember May 23rd, 2009 as the debut of Twins pitcher Anthony Swarzak. But there was something exciting brewing up in the stands, too.

Watching Swarzak (who threw seven scoreless innings) from the Home Run Porch was a collection of Twins bloggers, brought together by Parker. We met before the game at Huberts, but afterwards we split several pitchers at Dan Kelley’s and commiserated about the dead-end that blogging had become. We didn’t settle on the idea of writing together that night, but we walked away with the idea of seeing if we could, as a team, figure out a way to make blogging more worthwhile. We traded some ideas and at another Twins game in June decided to try to publish some content as a PDF file.


TD Top Prospects: #8 Kohl Stewart

In June of 2013, the Minnesota Twins made perhaps their most important draft pick of the past decade and beyond. With the No. 4 selection in hand after a dreadful 2012 season that reinforced the organization's desperate need for pitching talent, they gambled on a Texas high school hurler named Kohl Stewart.

Nearly four years later, the jury is still out.