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Article: Game Thread: Twins v Orioles, 7/28, make-up game...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:14 PM
This was the original thread used on May 9. We've decided to do a 're-run' for this makeup game. Today's posts (including today's lineups...
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Where do you see Tyler Duffey fitting on the staff going...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:55 PM
After taking us all by surprise last season by keeping the Twins in contention, Tyler Duffey has certainly floundered this season. He's c...
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Article: Evaluating Deron Johnson's Drafts

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:11 PM
As the Minnesota Twins are evaluating their front office, I would like to take the opportunity to evaluate the performance of certain par...
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It's Time To Take It! -Trade Deadline

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:35 PM
And by "It" I of course mean control of the trade deadline, it's been pretty quiet overall, but the deadline is looming. Antony 100% with...
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Fangraphs (and other national publications) on the Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:28 PM
I'm just going to post here whenever they do an article on the Twins.   Today, they have one on Trevor May (noting some changes in s...
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Evaluating Deron Johnson's Drafts

As the Minnesota Twins are evaluating their front office, I would like to take the opportunity to evaluate the performance of certain parts of their front office for which there might be appropriate objective evaluation criteria. Deron Johnson, the Twins scouting director since 2008, has been primarily responsible for the Rule 4 amateur draft. There is a feeling that the Twins do not draft and develop players well. But drafting and developing are two different things. It's hard to evaluate drafting departments without comparing them to the rest of the league.

How has Johnson done against the league?

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Twins Minor League Report (7/27): Garver Powers Lookouts

Did Jose Berrios make his final start for the Red Wings on Wednesday night? Could his next start be early next week in a Twins uniform? We shall find out. If so, he ends his Rochester stint with a 10-5 record and a 2.44 ERA after a loss in this game. Will JT Chargois get there first? How about Trevor Hildenberger? And, Mitch Garver is making a strong case for a September (or sooner) call up.

In #OldFriend news, Doug Bernier hit for the cycle on Wednesday night for the Round Rock Express.

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Cedar Rapids Reactions

Each year, I try to make a pilgrimage to see the Twins affiliate in the Midwest League. I made a trip this past weekend to Cedar Rapids and took in three Kernels games.
If you haven’t made the trip to Iowa, it’s not a bad one. I live exactly an hour east of Target Field and the trip to Cedar Rapids took four and a half hours. Luckily - and unbelievably - we ran into road construction only one time.

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Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 267: Twins Top Ten

In a special midweek podcast, Aaron and John visit Kyatchi on 38th and Nicollet and rank the Twins ten most valuable players, discuss Harry's Razor's new blades, watch their significant others geek out over Pokemon Go, and discover that Aaron is turned on by sushi. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click the Play button below.

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Twins Trade Deadline Tidbits

The August 1st non-waiver trade deadline is only five days away. Here's a rundown of the relevant rumors and rumblings regarding the Minnesota Twins and interim general manager Rob Antony.

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Twins Minor League Report (7/26): Rosario Helps Fort Myers Roll

Andrew Albers wasn't in the Twins organization the previous two years but he is now back and making a mark on the International League. Entering tonight's contest in Pawtucket, Albers sported a 9-3 record (97.1 innings) with a spiffy 3.14 ERA and a 63 to 23 strikeout to walk ratio.

At 30-years old, Albers isn't exactly considered a prospect anymore but he has helped the Red Wings to get off to a fantastic start this season. Rochester entered the night 16 games over .500 (60-44) and they were only 2.5 games out of the wild card race.

Players like Albers deserve recognition for their contributions to the Twins organization. That's one of the main reasons we write these daily minor league write-ups. Players throughout the organization deserve to be recognized for their dedication to baseball even though they won't all be superstars.

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Twins Daily Rallying Around #MoreThanWords

Vikings bloggers from several sites are helping the community, and we would like to invite Twins Daily and Wild Xtra members to join the fun. For the next few weeks, we’ll be helping raise money for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer’s foundation whose mission is to better the lives of children through the “learning is cool” program, college scholarships and free youth football camps. You can contribute through this link.

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Get To Know: Catcher Jairo Rodriguez

If I were to ask you which five players have been in the Twins organization the longest continuously, it might take you a couple of minutes. However, you would likely, quickly name the top three; Joe Mauer (2001 - 1st round), Trevor Plouffe (2004 - 1st round) and Glen Perkins (2004 - 1st round). And you’d be right. If I were to ask you who the next two on the list are, would you know?

The Twins signed Australian James Beresford in August of 2005. He’s spent the last four seasons in AAA Rochester, having earned an opportunity for a big league call up yet having not received one to this point.

Today, I’ll help you get to know the fifth-longest tenured player in the Minnesota Twins organization. It’s catcher Jairo Rodriguez who signed on May 9, 2007, out of Venezuela. That makes 2016 his tenth season in the organization.

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Twins Minor League Report (7/25): Lachlan Wows

While the Twins are enjoying their last scheduled off day until the middle of August, the system was keeping busy.

The Red Wings placed Logan Darnell on the disabled list with a shoulder strain and activated outfielder Reynaldo Rodriguez, who was getting re-acclimated to baseball in Fort Myers. Fort Myers activated reliever Brian Gilbert and placed Yorman Landa on the disabled list, leaving them one short of a full roster.

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Kernels And Jake Mauer Focus On "Task At Hand"

With less than 40 games left in their 2017 campaign, the Cedar Rapids Kernels need a strong finish to clinch a Midwest League playoff spot, something they’ve accomplished every season since affiliating with the Minnesota Twins in 2013.

The Peoria Chiefs and Clinton Lumberkings finished one and two in the Division’s first half standings, automatically qualifying them for the postseason. Their Division rivals with the two best records in the second half will join the Chiefs and Lumberkings in the playoffs.

If the season ended today (Monday), Clinton would have the best second half record in the West, while Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities (currently second and third in the Division) would fill out the Western half of the postseason bracket. However, Burlington and Wisconsin sit one game or less behind Quad Cities, so the race is likely to be tight over the final weeks of the season.

Jake Mauer has been at the helm of the Kernels from the beginning of the club’s affiliation with the Twins. His 292-226 record with the Kernels makes him Cedar Rapids’ winningest manager in the modern era (1949-present) and places him third all-time. He’ll catch up to Ollie Marquardt in the second spot with his next win, but Mauer’s going to have to stick around a very, very long time to top Belden Hill’s 831 wins.

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Brandon Kintzler: Proven Closer?

Proven closer...

In a baseball world full of analytics and new statistical analysis, what does the term "proven closer" even mean?

Old-school baseball minds would tell you that a "proven closer" is the player a manager always turns to in the ninth inning of a close game. He has experience collecting saves and pitching in high leverage situations. It doesn't matter the match-ups for the final frame because the "proven closer" will be out there on the mound. However, not every team has a proven closer and every closer needs to start gaining experience somewhere to earn their "proven closer" badge of honor.

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Parting Gifts: Ryan's 5 Best Final Moves

In the wake of his dismissal as general manager, there has been much discussion of Terry Ryan's missteps. Rightfully so.

But despite the poor results this year, Ryan did make a few notably good moves, and many were the apparent result of savvy scouting. Amidst the focus on his shortcomings, we'll take a look at a few instances where Ryan's instincts paid off (and may continue to pay off long after he's gone).

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