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Game Thread: Twins v Red Sox, 6/28@6:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:56 PM
Today is a very important day, as it is my sister’s birthday. I won’t bore you with how old she is, and she doesn’t read this site, but I...
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Rotation Order

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:47 PM
When we have a chance to hit the reset button at the All Star break, what pitching order do you think we should have? Let's assume curren...
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Article: Interview With Twins 2017 Draft Pick Landon Leach

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:42 PM
With their second round pick in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft, the Minnesota Twins selected a right handed pitcher out of high sch...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/27): Miracle Walk-O...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:21 PM
There were five games played in the minors on Tuesday and although they went 2-3 on the day there was plenty of action. One affiliate del...
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Article: Coming Soon: Starting Pitching (But How Soon?)

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:08 PM
Anyone who is reading this site is a big Minnesota Twins fan. Anyone who is a big Twins fan realizes that this team needs pitching. A lot...
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Three-Bagger: TOS Troubles, Bad Belisle & Hello Hildy

The troubling trend of TOS surgery survivors, a veteran reliever headed toward an unceremonious exit, and a new side-arming righty bringing back memories good and bad.

We'll cover three trending storylines in the latest Three-Bagger below the fold.

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Interview With Twins 2017 Draft Pick Landon Leach

With their second round pick in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft, the Minnesota Twins selected a right handed pitcher out of high school in Canada. Landon Leach may not yet be a household name on the mound, and it's a position he's still growing into, but the Twins see him as a rotation fixture for the future.

Having just transitioned from behind the plate to the mound in the past two years, Leach remains raw on the bump. Shoving a 95+ mph fastball however, there's plenty of reason to be excited about the Twins prep star from Toronto. Now having signed his contract, he's just days away from beginning his pro career down in Fort Myers with the Gulf Coast League Twins.

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Twins 2, Red Sox 9: Rain, Defense Put Damper On Soggy Night

When it rains, it pours. That seems to be a theme for the Twins this season. The Twins have been good in one-run games, but when one gets out of hand, the Twins typically haven't found a way to stop the bleeding. Well, until Chris Gimenez comes in. At least on Tuesday night in Boston, that didn't need to happen.

The Twins fell to 39-36 and remain a half game behind Cleveland in the AL Central.

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Twins Minor League Report (6/27): Miracle Walk-Off, Lewis Drives In Four

There were five games played in the minors on Tuesday and although they went 2-3 on the day there was plenty of action. One affiliate delivered a walk-off win, The Rock kept collecting multiple hits at AAA (It’s only me calling him that, it’s okay to be confused), and their top draft pick delivered an encore performance perhaps even more impressive than homering in his first professional at-bat.

To find out who did what in the minors on Tuesday night, keep reading!

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Interview With Twins 2017 Draft Pick Blayne Enlow

A day after posting a Q&A with Twins top 2017 draft pick, Royce Lewis, we get the opportunity to learn a little more about right-handed pitcher Blayne Enlow who the Twins signed as their third-round pick.

As the Minnesota Twins closed out the first day of their 2017 major league baseball draft, some heads were left scratching. There was talk of below-slot deals and pool money being saved. It came full circle at pick 76, however, when the organization was able to grab (and ultimately sign) high school hurler Blayne Enlow.

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How Fast Is Byron Buxton?

Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media arm released a new set of data to the public on Tuesday: the Sprint Speed metric.

Sprint Speed was introduced in April but was limited, showing the speed of outfielders and defense only at that time. After some modifications and additions, the group has added baserunning and has created a leaderboard for consumption at BaseballSavant.com. As Minnesota Twins fans have seen with their eyes, like when he beats out bunts back to the pitcher, and through various other StatCast metrics like Max Speed, Distance Covered and Viscosity*, Byron Buxton is fast. Thanks to the data captured by MLB, we now know just how fast he is and where he stands among the game’s speediest speedsters.

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Coming Soon: Starting Pitching (But How Soon?)

Anyone who is reading this site is a big Minnesota Twins fan. Anyone who is a big Twins fan realizes that this team needs pitching. A lot of pitching. The bullpen has certainly had its fair share of implosions this season. At the same time, it seems those bullpen implosions have had some direct relation to a short start.

The Twins have called up a couple of solid relief pitcher prospects in the last ten days (Alan Busenitz and Trevor Hildenberger). But they need starting pitching. Right now, it’s Jose Berrios, Ervin Santana and question mark after question mark.

Hector Santiago will return to the rotation on Tuesday after spending the last three weeks on the DL. Kyle Gibson has been better in his last three or four starts, but he remains inconsistent. Adalberto Mejia has shown us glimpses of what will potentially be a reliable mid-rotation starter. At just 23, he’s got a chance. Adam Wilk. Nik Turley. Dillon Gee. The revolving door continues.

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Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Lewis Homers, Granite Keeps Hitting

The Twins opened a series in Boston on Monday night and the affiliates played eight games, six of which will be profiled here. (The two DSL games from Monday are linked here and here.)

The Twins optioned Dillon Gee after Monday night’s game to make room on the roster for Hector Santiago.

Let’s check in on the large slate of Monday’s games.

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Searching For Relief

'The two most important things in life are good friends and a strong bullpen.'--- Bob Lemon, Hall of Fame Pitcher

The Twins bullpen would hardly be called strong this season. In fact, Minnesota's relief core has been somewhat of a revolving door with a well-worn path between Rochester and Target Field. As Nick wrote about on Monday, Brandon Kintzler might be the bullpen's unlikely hero but the team is going to need some second-half help to stay in contention.

Are there internal options that could be added to the mix? Could any injured players be making a comeback? Who is out there on the trade market? Let's take a look at how the bullpen could be bolstered.

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Red Sox 4, Twins 1: Sale Outduels Berrios

Jose Berrios pitched much better than the box score suggests, as he went blow-for-blow with Chris Sale before the Twins bullpen allowed a couple of inherited runners to score. A few questionable managerial decisions did not aid the Twins in their comeback attempt.

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2017 GCL Twins Roster Preview

Today we share our sixth Minnesota Twins minor league affiliate roster preview, for the Gulf Coast League Twins. It is an interesting group of players including the top pick in the 2017 MLB draft, and some of the other top young talent in the system.

Last Friday night the Elizabethton played their Opening Night game, a day after it was scheduled, so it became a doubleheader. We previewed their roster here. Then on Monday afternoon (well, morning in Minnesota time), the Gulf Coast League Twins played their first game of the season. You might have heard, a certain #1 overall draft pick started his career with a bang! Today, we will preview the GCL Twins roster.

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Interview With Twins #1 Draft Choice Royce Lewis

When the Major League Baseball draft commenced in early June, the only certainty was that the Minnesota Twins would make the first selection. As the dust settled and prep phenom Royce Lewis was the pick, Minnesota immediately had a new name atop their prospect rankings.