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My wish list for the last 55 games of the season

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:27 AM
As of this morning, Saturday, August 5, the Twins are 52-55, in third place in their division, 7 games back of Cleveland, and tied for fo...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Niko Goodrum H...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:25 AM
Niko Goodrum had a monster game for the IL Wild Card-leading Red Wings, driving in six runs. Also, the Kernels managed to win 1-0 behind...
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Article: MIN 5, ARI 0: Berri-0s

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:13 AM
Jose Berrios was due for another phenomenal performance. He pitched seven shutout innings as the Twins beat the Diamondbacks 5-0 on the n...
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Top 100 Prospects

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:14 AM
After the trade deadline I had some time and ranked my top 100 Twins prospects. For references I used fangraphs, BA, MLB Pipeline, Twins...
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Article: Twins Building Off The Mound

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:14 AM
One hundred and nineteen games into the 2017 Major League Baseball season, the Minnesota Twins find themselves hovering one game above th...
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MIN 5, ARI 0: Berri-0s

Jose Berrios was due for another phenomenal performance. He pitched seven shutout innings as the Twins beat the Diamondbacks 5-0 on the night No. 5, Michael Cuddyer, was inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame. Miguel Sano left this game with soreness in his left shin.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/19): Niko Goodrum Homers, Drives in 6 Runs

Niko Goodrum had a monster game for the IL Wild Card-leading Red Wings, driving in six runs. Also, the Kernels managed to win 1-0 behind a Travis Blankenhorn homer, Clark Beeker won his FSL debut, Brent Rooker hit yet another homer, Lachlan Wells returned to the mound and much, much more.

Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Saturday.

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MIN 10, ARI 3: Buxton Inside-the-Parker Highlights 6 HR Game for Twins

Byron Buxton hit an inside-the-park home run and the Twins clubbed five more homers over the fence in a late-inning barrage of offense against the Diamondbacks Friday night. Buxton ended the game a single short of hitting for the cycle.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/18): Grand Slams, Stewart’s AAA Debut, and Rooker Highlight Friday’s Action (but there’s so much more!)

Twins affiliates were undefeated on Friday night, putting another exclamation point on an incredible display of power throughout the organization. The Twins hit six home runs in the majors, there were two grand slams and a few other big spot blasts in the minors. The biggest may have come from a Miracle hitter who completed a comeback victory. Oh, and Kohl Stewart made his debut in the International League.

I tried my best, but so many awesome things happened on Friday that I couldn’t possibly highlight them all with a catchy title, so you’re just going to have to continue reading to find out about it all!

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Game Thread: Twins v Diamondbacks, 8/18 @ 7:10pm CT

And… we move onto the Diamondbacks, starting a 3-game series at Target Field tonight. This is some tough pitching back to back. The Indians are 3rd overall in team ERA at 3.63, The D-Backs are currently 2nd at 3.61… it’s called out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Things can sure change from year to year in this crazy game. Last year… Twins pitching was pretty bad yet only 29th overall in Team ERA with a 5.08 because the D-Backs came in dead last with a 5.09. That Arizona team looks like a distant memory now.

Also consider this… of the 10 teams with the worst records in 2016… 5 of them (Twins, D-Backs, Rays, Brewers and Angels) are either holding a playoff spot or within 3 games of a playoff spot at this moment.

Baseball teams are like eggs… they can suddenly produce a chicken on you. And… and… down the road… those chickens will lay an egg.

Or baseball teams are like chicken depending on your own personal philosophy.

Here are some things to think about:

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Twins Building Off The Mound

One hundred and nineteen games into the 2017 Major League Baseball season, the Minnesota Twins find themselves hovering one game above the .500 mark. Looking back to where they were a year ago at this time, they’ve taken a massive leap forward. Considering how 2017 has gone, Paul Molitor’s club can certainly pat themselves on the back. Pitching has once again been an adventure, but this club has weathered the storm.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/17): Relievers Starting, Royce Rolling, And An Incredible Comeback For The Lookouts

The Twins dropped a truly frustrating game in the first half of a doubleheader, and then rode a great debut from Aaron Slegers over 6.1 innings, to win the nightcap. And Glen Perkins pitched for the first time in 10,000 days, or close to that.

Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Thursday, including three different relievers starting games!

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Recap: Slegers Shines in Debut, Twins Split Doubleheader

Aaron Slegers was excellent in his major league debut Thursday, helping the Twins take the second game of their doubleheader and put an ugly loss in the first contest behind them. Glen Perkins also made his 2017 debut, but the Twins unfortunately lost Robbie Grossman to a fractured thumb.

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St. Paul Saints, Season on the Brink

My oh my, what an up and down season this has become for our Saints. After closing within inches of a playoff spot with their last four-game winning streak, a recent five-game losing streak has put them on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention.

As of August 17th, with 18 games remaining in the regular season, the Saints sit eight games back of first place Winnipeg in the North, and five games back of Kansas City in the wild card race. Let’s take a look at how they got here, the full playoff picture, and their upcoming home stand.

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Looking Back: Recent Twins Drafts

Yesterday, Nick wrote about the early returns that we’ve seen from the Minnesota Twins 2017 draft class. Brent Rooker is already performing in Ft. Myers. #1 overall pick Royce Lewis recently was promoted to Cedar Rapids, becoming the fourth member of the 2017 draft class to play for the Kernels already. At this stage, Sean Johnson’s first draft looks great.

Early returns are great, but for today, I reviewed the previous six Twins drafts (2011 to 2016) to see what they showed. My intent was to look at the drafts from a very high level. Of course, it’s hard to know what the success of any draft is for probably ten years. There are many variables. There are high school players, junior college players and four-year college guys. There are guys drafted after their junior seasons in college, and there are senior draft picks. But even those in a same category can’t be judged the same. A 22nd round five year college relief pitcher’s development may be judged differently than a first-round pick out of high school.

But at the end of the day, a draft class is going to be judged by its big league success. Often the most visible member of that draft class is the first-round pick, but there is more to the draft than that.

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Twins Minor League Report (8/16): Wiel With A Walkoff

While the Twins game on Wednesday night was postponed, things were quite busy in the minor league system with seven games. The Red Wings needed a couple of extra innings. The Miracle played a doubleheader, and one of them went an extra inning. Tyler Watson and Zack Littell each made a start. And there was a surprise starter in the GCL on Wednesday, making a rehab appearance.

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The Stew Review: Imaginary Innings

As an official scorer, I enjoy reconstructing an inning after an error or passed ball to see if any runs that score are earned or unearned. Next to my regular scoresheet, with the play-by-play as it happens, I start an alternative-fact account on a separate notepad.

Errors fall into two primary categories: missed-out errors, which also create or extend the life of a baserunner, and advancement errors, which do not affect the number of outs or the number of baserunners, only the placement of the baserunners.