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Article: Gushing Over the Glovework of Polanco and Sano

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:05 AM
I’ll admit it. I was terrified of what Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco playing next to each other was going to look like on a daily basis....
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Niko Goodrum - Adopt-A-Prospect 2017

Adopt A Prospect 2017 Yesterday, 11:55 PM
Cartier Niko Goodrum was born and raised in Fayetteville, Georgia (population 16,000) and selected by the Twins as a toolsy but raw short...
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2017 MLB draft thread

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:42 PM
Baring some sort of scenario where the Twins manage to win the next 8, the Braves lose the next 8, and win the tie breaker, we'll be pick...
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2017 Twins OVER/UNDER

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:38 PM
Debate continually rages on about many topics so I have tried to pick some of the more interesting and controversial ones for everyone to...
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Five Star Defensive Plays

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:53 PM
As many are likely aware, MLB rolled out a new feature this year via Statcast, "Catch Probability." http://m.mlb.com/new...ility-for-2017...
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Exit Velocity And The 2017 Twins

More and more, we’re seeing on TV and hearing on the radio announcers referencing exit velocity and launch angle. The technology has been around for awhile, but it is definitely becoming more mainstream.

In the book Moneyball, stat man Voros McCracken discussed the concept that once the ball is put in play, anything can happen. That’s the idea behind Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) and others like Fielding Independent Pitching.

You can find statistics showing that batters hit for lower averages as a pitcher’s velocity increases. It’s harder to put the ball in play against higher velocity.

Likewise, it would make some sense that the harder a ball is hit, the more likely a hitter can be productive. At the right launch angle, the ball with a huge exit velocity can travel a long way.


Gushing Over the Glovework of Polanco and Sano

I’ll admit it. I was terrified of what Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco playing next to each other was going to look like on a daily basis. To be fair, both players had performed pretty terribly at their respective positions coming into 2017.

My most optimistic ray of hope was that at the very least maybe they could both just make all the routine plays. They’ve done that and much, much more over this first month of the season, and their efforts in the field are among the most positive developments so far in 2017.


Twins Minor League Report (4/26): Wells Does Well... Again

The Twins were working in Arlington, Texas, on Wednesday night. Chattanooga had a morning start while Rochester began in the early afternoon. Ft. Myers had a game to forget, and the Kernels stayed over .500 with an all-around strong game. The pitching wasn’t as good in the system as it was a day earlier, but there was one very strong start, and another starter gave up his first earned run of the season and gave a quality start. Ehire Adrianza is looking to earn a big league roster spot with his strong rehab performance.


Extend Miggy

Now that we’ve got to see Miguel Sano play third base for the better part of a month, it’s probably fair to say that he’s going to man the hot corner for the foreseeable future (or at least until Mauer moves on). The pop-ups that plagued him last year haven’t been an issue (yet) and the barehanded plays that he seems to make on a consistent basis are starting to prove the doubters wrong.

And he’s taking walks and hitting bombs again.


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 307: Tuesday Taproom Tour (Northgate)

Aaron and John are joined by 100 listeners at Northgate Brewing to watch the Twins thump the Rangers, answer Twins questions and generally mess around. Whether you attended the event or just listened to the podcast, we would love your feedback on this episode. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.


Twins Minor League Report (4/25): Berrios, Romero, and... Turley? Oh My!

Big names were slated to pitch in the Twins system Tuesday night, with Jose Berrios, Fernando Romero, and Dereck Rodriguez all taking the hill for their respective teams. They were all fantastic, but it was another starter who stole the day with one of the best performances you’ve seen in the minors since Twins Daily came into existence (trust me on this). But he also took the loss despite his efforts, and the Chattanooga Lookouts offense owes both their starters some penance after being swept in a doubleheader.


Phil Hughes Changing Up To Stay Ahead

Phil Hughes has a reputation around the game as a guy who will constantly experiment, tweak and tinker with his game in efforts to improve and gain an edge.

We have certainly seen that early on this year, as he has introduced a prominent changeup to his repertoire while waiting for his fastball to (hopefully) regain life.

Although the righty's lagging stuff is a cause for concern, his cerebral approach and superior feel for pitching provide some reassurance, and they were on display once again in his victory over the Rangers on Monday.


Impromptu Draft Update

The draft is quickly approaching (but still seems like a lifetime away). Twins Daily's draft coverage is being mapped out.

But as of today, there are two major players as candidates for the first overall pick in June's draft and both of those players have made headlines.


Buxton Not Alone In Early-Season Struggles

In case you haven’t been following the Minnesota Twins to this point in the season, Byron Buxton has started the season really slowly. On Monday night in Texas, he went 0-2 with two walks and is now hitting just .105/.177/.140 (.318). There is really no way to sugarcoat those numbers. Nick wrote a bit about his struggles yesterday.

While few have struggled to the level that Buxton has to start this season, there are a lot of hitters who are just not hitting to this point. Heading into play on Monday, 27 qualifying players (have 3.1 at bats per game their team plays for) had a batting average below .200. The average batting average in MLB was .241.


Twins Minor League Report (4/24): Affiliates Salvage One On Otherwise Ugly Night

The Twins traveled south to Texas to start a three-game series with the Rangers.

Congrats to Jermaine Palacios who was named Midwest League Player of the Week. This came on the heels of hitting .516 with lots of extra-base hits and flashes of home run power.

The Twins made a transaction, purchasing the contract of P Nick Tepesch, optioning P Buddy Boshers and placing P Ryan O’Rourke on the 60-day disabled list.


Polanco Providing Poise

Shortstop is becoming a position of strength across baseball. Names like Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa and Corey Seager are becoming household names. These budding infielders are leading the next generation of baseball stars. It is truly seems like the sky could be the limit for each of them.

The sky has not been the limit for the Twins when it comes to the shortstop position. In fact, the position has become a revolving door in recent years. While other organizations are building their franchise around a star shortstop, Minnesota has struggled to fill the void.

Even in midst of a young season, Jorge Polanco is providing poise at one of baseball's hardest positions.


Kernels Hitting A Stride

Heading into their four-game series with Midwest League Western Division leaders Kane County on Thursday, the Cedar Rapids Kernels were one game under .500, trailed the Cougars by two games in the standings and were tied for second place in their division.

(This article was originally posted at Knuckleballsblog.com)