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Don't look now, Twins have won 7 of last 12

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:21 PM
After starting the season 1-5, the Twins have now gone 7-5 in their last 12. Even though their run differential is -23 it is actually in...
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2015 Minor League Transactions

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:21 PM
I should have started this a week ago, and I'm sure I'll miss a few.    Earlier this week, the Twins called up Caleb Thielbar a...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report: 4/26: Dean Dominates,...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:17 PM
In the minors on Sunday, Twins affiliates saw a solid rehab appearance from starter Ricky Nolasco in Cedar Rapids, and eight dominant inn...
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Joe Mauer's new approach

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:17 PM
I'm too lazy to look up his first pitch swing percentage but my eyes tell me he's swinging more often in first pitch situations, includin...
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Article: Jake Mauer On Advanced Statistics, Shifts And Pl...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:04 PM
Earlier this week, I enjoyed the three-game, home-opening series in Cedar Rapids. It’s always enjoyable to watch the young players develo...
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Fanfare For The Journeyman

Definition-- jour·ney·man \-mən\:
a worker, performer, or athlete who is experienced and good but not excellent

In the nomenclature of the game we have many names for the journeyman.
On competitive teams we typically use the more endearing terms: role player, utility man, pinch hitter, defensive replacement. But on a losing team we tend to describe them in less complementary ways: placeholder, seat warmer, has been.


That's The Ticket: Spring Arrives

We've had a few false starts, but it looks like this is the week spring officially arrives in the Twin Cities. The forecast calls for sunny days all week, with highs reaching the 70s.

It's perfect baseball weather, and the Twins are returning home just in time, with a 10-game homestand opening against a pair of divisional opponents. Let's dig in and unpack this first three-game set against Detroit.


Twins Minor League Report: 4/26: Dean Dominates, Ricky Rehabs

In the minors on Sunday, Twins affiliates saw a solid rehab appearance from starter Ricky Nolasco in Cedar Rapids, and eight dominant innings from a left-hander in Rochester. Multiple games had dramatic finishes, but just one team would bring home a victory.

Read on to find out what happened and where!


Twins Minor League Reports (4/25): Six Games, One Win

Twins minor league affiliates played a season-high six games thanks to two postponements from Friday becoming doubleheaders on Saturday. Overall, it wasn’t a very good day for the Twins farm teams, achieving just one win on the day.

With Trevor May having left his start in Seattle, could it mean that Ricky Nolasco’s rehab start in Cedar Rapids on Sunday becomes more meaningful?

Continue reading and be sure to ask any questions you may have in the Comments.


Gardenhire's Possible Landing Spots

This is the first time in Ron Gardenhire's life that he hasn't been actively involved in baseball since his youth. However, it doesn't mean he wouldn't like to be back in the action. Fox Sports is reporting Gardenhire hired an agent for the first time in decades to "monitor possible managerial openings."


Twins Minor League Report (4/24): Weather, Overtime And Leaders

Rain and weather conditions caused postponements in Rochester and in Cedar Rapids. Both teams will try to play doubleheaders on Saturday. Two games washed out, but the Ft. Myers Miracle played almost enough to make up for it. Chattanooga got a home run from Miguel Sano to end their losing streak. Also, today is the first time I’ve provided a Twins organizational statistical leaderboard, so you can see which minor leaguers are leading the way so far.


Game Thread: Twins@Mariners 4/24 9:10PM

It's a late one tonight as we open up a series with the Seattle Mariners. My Kuerig will be fully filled with water. I'm thinking it'll be a night to try many different flavors back to back to back to back to back to back.

After drinking all that coffee... I'll probably go to the bathroom obviously and then break out the LSD I've been saving since 1967. It's Ok... It came with the Jimi Hendrix "Are you Experienced" Album that I bought.

It's going to be Phil Hughes vs King Felix. Get ready for it... I know I will be.

Here are some things to think about:


What To Make Of Mike Pelfrey

Don’t look now but the team’s ERA leader is none other than Mike Pelfrey. Is this performance legit or should we all brace for more impact?

This post should come with a disclaimer in a big, bold font that screams out SMALL SAMPLE SIZE AHEAD but most people should realize that three outings is nothing to base any long-term projection on. That being said, in this small sampling Pelfrey has shown some indication that he may actually be a serviceable back-of-the-rotation starter.


Top 10 Longest-Tenured Minnesota Twins

On Wednesday night, the Twins traded veteran minor league catcher Dan Rohlfing to the New York Mets for cash considerations. Rohlfing had been the Twins’ 14th round draft pick in 2007 out of high school in St. Louis. He was one of the longest-tenured players in the Twins organization.

Below, you will find a list of the 10 players who have been in the Twins organization the longest, without interruption. In other words, Torii Hunter, who signed with the Twins in 1993, is not included on this list.


Twins Minor League Report (4/23): Gonsalves Gon' Save Us

The Twins were off on Thursday, so a lot of people spent a lot of time trying to figure out what the heck Torii Hunter was doing when he scampered towards home plate on Wednesday night, attempting a straight steal of home. If that doesn't do it for you, you can get your baseball fix from the newest Talk to Contact podcast featuring TwinsDaily's own Jeremy Nygaard talking about the MLB draft and the Twins' payroll.


How Tall Is Too Tall? How Old Is Too Old? (Part 2)

Last week, amid concerns that 25-year-old Twins pitching prospect Alex Meyer is too old to still be in the minors, I researched all major league starting pitchers since 1980 who were within an inch of Meyer's towering 6' 9" frame. Turns out their average debut age was 25 years old.

I also found something I didn't expect.


Get To Know: Kernels IF/OF Trey Vavra

Trey Vavra got the day off on Monday. On Tuesday, he went 3-5 including a big three-run homer that jump-started a big offensive game for the Cedar Rapids Kernels. On Wednesday night in Wisconsin, Vavra went 4-4 in the Kernels win. As you’re reading this, he is hitting a robust .372 with seven extra base hits in his 11 games.

Trey Vavra is the son of Minnesota Twins bench coach Joe Vavra and the younger brother of Ft. Myers infielder Tanner Vavra. You’ll find out below that his family support is very important to his development.