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Game Thread: Twins @ Yankees, 4/26/18 @ 12:05 PM CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:40 AM
Welcome to my first dabble into game threads! I would have volunteered to write more game threads this year, but we’ve been busy growing...
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Article: What's Going On With Logan Morrison?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 11:28 AM
Let’s talk about Logan Morrison for a hot minute.After last night’s 1-for-4 performance against the Yankees, the one they call LoMo is no...
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National Writers on Twins Prospects

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 10:44 AM
Thought it might make sense to start a thread on random notes we come across.
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Article: NYY 7, MIN 4: Lance Lynn Is a Dumpster Fire Righ...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:43 AM
The Twins got up 2-0 in the top of the first inning thanks to a Miguel Sano homer, but Lance Lynn had a rotten start, giving up six runs...
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Article: Twins Catchers Quietly Struggling

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:30 AM
The Twins have lost six in a row. The pitching has been generally not very good for the last week. The starters haven’t been able to prov...
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What's Going On With Logan Morrison?

Let’s talk about Logan Morrison for a hot minute.

After last night’s 1-for-4 performance against the Yankees, the one they call LoMo is now hitting .113/.214/.177 on 70 plate appearances on the year. Yes, in the grand scheme of things 70 plate appearances is nothing. After all, a player’s fortune and season can change quickly if said player catches fire for a week. In 2016 Morrison started his career with the Rays by going 6-for-60 with a .290 OPS. He would post an .821 OPS the remainder of the season to bring his final stat line to a respectable .238/.319/.414 mark. Consider this, Morrison’s .392 OPS in 2018 is now the lowest mark among all qualified hitters just as his .290 OPS was to start the 2016 season. There is plenty of season left to return to normalcy but, that said, Morrison’s tenure in a Twins uniform has the feel of a Black Mirror episode.

Yes, it’s still only April but It has got the makings of a historically bad season. So what is up with LoMo?

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Twins Catchers Quietly Struggling

The Twins have lost six in a row. The pitching has been generally not very good for the last week. The starters haven’t been able to provide innings, and the bullpen has not been very effective, outside of Addison Reed and Ryan Pressly. The offense has been frustrating to say the least, again with some exceptions. As much attention as Logan Morrison and Robbie Grossman are getting for their awful starts to their seasons, Jason Castro is quietly off to a very slow start as well.

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NYY 7, MIN 4: Lance Lynn Is a Dumpster Fire Right Now

The Twins got up 2-0 in the top of the first inning thanks to a Miguel Sano homer, but Lance Lynn had a rotten start, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks over just 3 2/3 innings. The Twins have now lost six straight games and seven of their last eight.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/25): Long Ball Highlights Early Action

Today, three of the four Minnesota Twins affiliates took to the field for early games. With just the Cedar Rapids Kernels playing in the evening, there was plenty to digest over the lunch hour. For both the Miracle and the Lookouts, the story was the longball.

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Rortvedt's MWL Encore Is Off To Strong Start

What a difference a year makes.

A year ago, Ben Rortvedt was getting his first taste of full-season minor league baseball after having been drafted out of high school in the second round of the 2016 amateur draft by the Minnesota Twins.

Things did not go well for the young catcher from Verona, Wisconsin. Through April, he was hitting only .096 with an OPS of just .229.

This spring, it was obviously important for the young catcher to get off on the right foot in 2018 and put that 2017 start well behind him.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/24): Gonsalves Improves to 3-0

There wasn’t much hitting throughout the system on this day as the affiliates combined for just seventeen hits in their four games, but there were plenty of solid pitching performances that kept all of them close. Those pitchers were led by a top prospect who improved to 3-0 on the year with a season high in Ks, and an unheralded reliever who deserves to start getting some serious attention as he continues to put up impressive numbers.

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It’s Time to End the Tyler Kinley Experiment

There were some eyebrows raised last December when the Twins left Nick Burdi and Luke Bard exposed to the Rule 5 Draft so they could select Marlins prospect Tyler Kinley. At the time, Kinley was a relatively no-name relief prospect who had only accumulated 9 2/3 career innings at Triple-A.

What was interesting about Kinley to the Twins was his out of this world stuff. He has a fastball that can reach triple digits, and a slider that sits in the upper 80s with an above average amount of spin (averaging 2479 RPM this year).

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NYY 8, MIN 3: Resistance is Futile

Jose Berrios on the mound, but it still didn’t matter. The Twins continue to have some kind of a Bronx bugaboo and it doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. The Yankees forced Berrios out of the game after just four innings and ended up swatting four homers in another depressing Twins loss in New York.

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Is it Time for a Roster Reshuffle?

Minnesota has hit a little bit of a slump. After being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees made quick work of the Twins on Monday night. Outside of Jose Berrios, Minnesota’s starters have struggled and the bullpen has been taxed. It might be time to think about reshuffling the roster. New faces might infuse some life into the club at this early juncture in the season.

What candidates are poised for promotion? Who hasn’t performed up to expectations so far this year?

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2018 Minnesota Twins Extended Spring Training Roster

The full-season minor league affiliates are full go. Weather caused many postponements. Rochester’s opening three-game series was snowed out. The Kernels played again on Friday after not playing for a week due to weather and the Beloit field. The Lookouts and the Miracle have been playing most days. However, there is another group of Twins minor leaguers that remain in Ft. Myers at Extended Spring Training. On Tuesday, the Twins' extended spring training team will take on a team from Baseball Canada.

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NYY 14, MIN 1: What Did We Expect?

The Twins played the Yankees. Should I even go on? Yes?

Alright, Ryan LaMarre pitched for the Twins. Stop there? OK then.

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Twins Minor League Report (4/23): Hunters Star In Cedar Rapids On Busy Night

Uffdah! After missing a lot of baseball due to postponements, Monday night was the first really busy night in the Twins farm system. Rochester played two games against Ronald Acuna, Jose Bautista and the Gwinnett Stripers. Chattanooga played two games in Jackson making up for their rain out on Sunday. The Miracle played. And Torii Hunter played two roles in Cedar Rapids on Monday night. Keep on reading for a bunch of transactions and stories and highlights and more.