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Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:16 AM
I was reading an old article from Baseball Prospectus and..................   Baseball Prospectus Basics Just Another Out?by Ryan W...
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Herrmann Optioned, Fryer Selected

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:01 AM
Eric Fryer was working out with Team USA, preparing for the Pan-Am Games. However, he was added to the 40-man roster and summoned to the...
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Game Thread: Orioles @ Twins, 7/7/2015

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:02 PM
Gametime forecast:70°F • Clear • 0% PoP  Great Night for Baseball!Wish I was there!   For the Baltimore Orioles: RHP Kevin...
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Extend Sano

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:53 PM
15 years, $80m. Who says no?
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Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:13 PM
Guy gets more grief (a lot of it warranted) then any twins player the pat few years, let's take a moment and give him some props for a re...
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Twins Minor League Report (7/7): Cabbage, Blankenhorn Leading GCL

Six affiliates. Seven Twins Minor League games. The Minnesota Twins game reminds us of the beauty of these minor league reports where we recognize performance every day in the minor league system. Everyone knows about Miguel Sano. He’s been a top prospect since signing. You knew all about lefty Ryan O’Rourke who threw a one-two-three inning in his major league debut on Tuesday night.


No Relief

It comes as no real surprise that the bullpen has developed into a weakness for the Minnesota Twins. That much was easy enough to foresee in spring training. After some surprising early success gave way, we've reached a point where Paul Molitor has basically one reliever he can trust.

That one reliever happens to be quite possibly the best in the game at what he does, but Glen Perkins needs some help if the Twins want to hang on as contenders in the AL Central.

Before the season started, it appeared that the organization might have plenty of options for late-inning reinforcements around this point in the summer. But those options have dried up in shocking fashion over the first half, helping illustrate the volatility of relief prospects in general.


Are The Twins Buyers Or Sellers?

The hottest talk on Twins fans’ lips after the promotions of Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano has been whether or not this is a team that should buy or sell at the trade deadline that looms in a mere three and a half weeks. It’s a legitimate question with no easy answer, as the Twins have hung around in a heavily competitive division.


Twins Bullpen - Internal Candidates

The Minnesota Twins’ bullpen has been a mess for the last six weeks. For the first six weeks of the season, guys like Blaine Boyer and Aaron Thompson were incredible, helping the Twins to a great month of May. They could do no wrong. Did the clock strike midnight on them? Did they get over-used, and over-exposed? Quite possibly.

Following their walk-off win on Monday night, the Twins announced that Thompson had been optioned to AAA-Rochester and the contract of lefty Ryan O’Rourke had been selected. He was the first guy on my list of possible left-handed relievers called up to replace Thompson or Duensing. So yes, there could still be another left-hander added. And they could use right-handers.


Twins Minor League Report (7/6): Arcia Slams, Gonsalves Great

A week after nearly pitching a no-hitter, Dereck Rodriguez was honored by the Appalachian League with their Pitcher of the Week Award. In that start, Rodriguez tossed seven scoreless frames while striking out seven and walking one. It was the first pitcher of the week award for the son of former big league catcher Ivan Rodriguez.

The younger Rodriguez was back on the mound on Monday night in his first start since that remarkable outing. Keep reading to see how he fared, along with all the other teams in Minnesota's farm system.


The Rise Of Ryan O'Rourke

This article was originally posted in January. Ryan O'Rourke had just found out that he had been invited to big league spring training. Tonight, O'Rourke learned that he is heading to the big leagues, replacing lefty Aaron Thompson who was optioned.


When Merrimack College beat the University of Minnesota’s Men’s Hockey team in the Mariucci Classic a week ago, one member of the Twins organization was very happy. Ryan O’Rourke is a proud Merrimack alum. Recently, the left-handed reliever was invited to big league camp with the Twins. He is trying to meet a goal that many may have seen as unlikely just three years ago.


Perkins An All-Star, Dozier In Final Vote

According to several reports, Twins closer Glen Perkins has been selected to his third All-Star Game. Meanwhile, KSTP's Joe Schmidt was first to report that Brian Dozier has been snubbed by Royals' manager Ned Yost and the American League. The All-Star Game will be played in Cincinnati next Tuesday.


Gleeman & The Geek, Episode 202: Say Hello To Santana & Sano

Aaron and John talk about the Twins calling up Miguel Sano for his MLB debut, Ervin Santana joining the rotation after an 80-game suspension, demoting Trevor May to the bullpen instead of Mike Pelfrey or Tommy Milone, reviewing the St. Paul Saints' new ballpark, Alex Meyer's quick return to Triple-A, Jose Berrios and Jorge Polanco moving one step closer, and why singing on a podcast is generally a bad idea.

You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.


Twins Minor League Report (7/6): Kernels Pop Early For Series Win

The Minnesota Twins were unable to take the series on Sunday in Kansas City, falling 3-2 to the Royals in Ervin Santana’s season debut. He did more than they could have hoped for limiting the Royals to just two runs on three hits, while striking out eight. But Miguel Sano driving in another run and Aaron Hicks going yard weren’t enough to get him the victory.


Twins Daily & BFFs (Baseball, Food, Fireworks) Celebrate With The Saints

Twins Daily's "Saints and BFFs (Baseball, Food, & Fireworks)" July 3rd event was an enormously good time. Most of the 140+ guests showed up right about the time the ballpark opened at 5:30. We made our way through the brand new ballpark to a picnic area in left field for a buffet of hot dogs, brats, burgers, potato salad, dessert, etc hosted by the Saints and "Bill Murray" (who you can see posing with various MinnCentric writers below).


Game Thread: Twins v Orioles, 7/6 @ 7:10pm CT

Chris Parmelee and the Baltimore Orioles are the next victims on the Twins climb to the playoffs.

Yeah... that Chris Parmelee... That guy who used to be a struggling Twin and is now a somewhat turning it around Oriole.

Being a GM is hard... I'm sure there was a part of Terry Ryan who believed in Chris Parmelee but sometimes the player doesn't show it and roster space just can't be held any longer.

I always liked Parmelee... I thought he should have played more to see what he could do. Gardenhire must have felt differently because Parmelee was getting bench sores.

Here are some things to think about:


That's The Ticket: The Sano Show

Last year, the Baltimore Orioles charged to the American League Championship Series on the strength of power-hitting. They led the major league with 211 home runs during the regular season and bashed four more in a three-game sweep over Detroit in the ALDS.

The Orioles are once again hitting the ball out of the park frequently this year, but the Twins will counter with their own intimidating power bat: Miguel Sano makes his Target Field debut on Monday night.