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Game Thread Twins vs Indians @ 12:10 & 7:10 CDT 8/17/...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:30 PM
I can't decide if we're doubling up today, or doubling down?Whichever... My thoughts are as disordered as Molitor's use of the bullpen at...
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Perkins Activated

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:28 PM
Per ESPN Perk has been activated. They list the corresponding move as Enns going.on the DL. Didn't think he was on the 25 man roster.
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Aaron Slegers to Make Major League Debut Tomorrow

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:14 PM
Looks like Slegers will be called up as the 26th man, and Berrios will be held out until the weekend.   http://www.1500espn....make-...
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Joe Mauer 2019 odds?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:30 PM
What are the odds that Joe Mauer will look to continue his career after his contract finally expires after 2018?   The reason I ask...
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Article: Feeling The Draft: Analyzing Minnesota's Ste...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:28 PM
When Derek Falvey and Thad Levine took over the Minnesota Twins front office, they inherited a tremendous gift: the first overall pick, a...
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Looking Back: Recent Twins Drafts

Yesterday, Nick wrote about the early returns that we’ve seen from the Minnesota Twins 2017 draft class. Brent Rooker is already performing in Ft. Myers. #1 overall pick Royce Lewis recently was promoted to Cedar Rapids, becoming the fourth member of the 2017 draft class to play for the Kernels already. At this stage, Sean Johnson’s first draft looks great.

Early returns are great, but for today, I reviewed the previous six Twins drafts (2011 to 2016) to see what they showed. My intent was to look at the drafts from a very high level. Of course, it’s hard to know what the success of any draft is for probably ten years. There are many variables. There are high school players, junior college players and four-year college guys. There are guys drafted after their junior seasons in college, and there are senior draft picks. But even those in a same category can’t be judged the same. A 22nd round five year college relief pitcher’s development may be judged differently than a first-round pick out of high school.

But at the end of the day, a draft class is going to be judged by its big league success. Often the most visible member of that draft class is the first-round pick, but there is more to the draft than that.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/16): Wiel With A Walkoff

While the Twins game on Wednesday night was postponed, things were quite busy in the minor league system with seven games. The Red Wings needed a couple of extra innings. The Miracle played a doubleheader, and one of them went an extra inning. Tyler Watson and Zack Littell each made a start. And there was a surprise starter in the GCL on Wednesday, making a rehab appearance.

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The Stew Review: Imaginary Innings

As an official scorer, I enjoy reconstructing an inning after an error or passed ball to see if any runs that score are earned or unearned. Next to my regular scoresheet, with the play-by-play as it happens, I start an alternative-fact account on a separate notepad.

Errors fall into two primary categories: missed-out errors, which also create or extend the life of a baserunner, and advancement errors, which do not affect the number of outs or the number of baserunners, only the placement of the baserunners.

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This Week In Baseball History - Ep 11: Mashi Murakami Mania

Hey all, John and Seth suggested that I bring my latest venture to your attention here at Twins Daily, especially because, eventually, it's bound to be Twins-related.

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CLE 8, MIN 1: Salazar Dominates, Cleveland Hits 5 HRs

The Twins got manhandled Tuesday night in an impressive display of power, both on the mound and at the plate, by Cleveland. Danny Salazar was electric on the mound and Carlos Santana hit two of the team’s five home runs. On the bright side, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano made a couple of the greatest defensive plays of their careers.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/15): Benninghoff's Long-Awaited Debut

There were a lot of good stories in the Twins minor leagues on Tuesday. It started with the announcement in the morning that Clark Beekerwith his 33.2 innings scoreless streak has been promoted. The E-Twins and GCL Twins started their games in the morning too. The guy who pitched the first inning of the GCL game is quite the story, and we were able to talk to him after the appearance. The Kernels and Red Wings found ways to win, and a top prospect recorded his first AAA win and just might be pitching in a big league uniform next time out.

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Feeling The Draft: Analyzing Minnesota's Stellar Early Returns

When Derek Falvey and Thad Levine took over the Minnesota Twins front office, they inherited a tremendous gift: the first overall pick, along with the largest signing pool ever, in the upcoming MLB Draft.

This gift was also a potential curse, because if they didn't get it right, the new top execs were going to be judged harshly on their choices in this first draft for many years to come.

We're still a long way from being able to make any truly meaningful assessments, but here in the early going, the team's decisions could hardly look better.

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Game Thread: Twins v Cleveland, 8/15 @ 7:10pm CT

It’s a 3-game series against the division-leading Cleveland Indians starting at Target Field tonight. I don’t have to tell you all what a sweep of the Indians would mean. Everybody in front offices around the league, all the players for every team, fans of the Indians, fans of the Twins and all fans across the fruited plain would clearly understand what a sweep by the Twins would mean...

It would mean that we won 3 games and the Indians lost 3 games.

Let the chase commence!

Here are some things to think about:

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Bullpen Ramblings

Since the Twins traded closer Brandon Kintzler to the Nationals on July 31st, the team’s bullpen has been under some fan scrutiny. However, aside from one game, the bullpen has come up big. Again, in all but one game, the bullpen has come through, and that was in the third of three straight games in which the team’s starter failed to go past five innings.

Hopefully the bullpen will be able to continue getting the job done. It will be important if they want to maintain playoff aspirations. Here’s a quick look at how we got here, and what they could do next.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/14): Kranson's Walk-Off Miracle

Monday was an off day for the Twins as they return home to begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday. Sports writers sometimes use the “most important week of the season” hyperbole when talking about a week such as the one upcoming, but in this instance - despite these games not counting for anything extra - it might actually be true. At least until next week’s road trip. And the following week’s three-game set before the August waiver trade deadline.

You see, it will be sometime during this timespan that the front office will have to decide the “pretender vs contender” debate.

But until we know exactly, we will enjoy the ride. And when that ride takes a day off - like it did on Monday - we’ll enjoy the next best thing: The Twins minor league system.

On Monday, Eddie Rosario was named American League Player of the Week. Rosario batted .444 with 12 hits, nine RBI, three double and four home runs. Brent Rooker (.364/.417/.818) was also named Florida State Hitter of the Week. He hit three three-run home runs. Not a bad week for those two outfielders.

Read about Monday’s action below.

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Playoffs Or Bust?: Molitor's Murky Future

The Twins are at a crossroads. When Derek Falvey and Thad Levine were brought into the fold last off-season, there was one stipulation: Paul Molitor would remain manager. One year later and the new regime finds themselves at an interesting point.

Should Molitor, a Hall of Fame player and St. Paul native, return for another season? Or does the new regime want to bring in another manager who fits their own mold?

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 328: Wild Week, Wild Card

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' surge back into contention, including an ugly speed bump Saturday in Detroit, plus the post-Brandon Kintzler bullpen, Eddie Rosario and Miguel Sano trending in opposite directions, Paul Molitor's decision-making, Brian Dozier in the leadoff spot, Royce Lewis' quick promotion, Byron Buxton's last half-season, RXBAR making us feel less out of shape, Bartolo Colon being in command again, and time traveling in the name of romance. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.