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Article: Eight Weeks In: Twins Trends And Tidbits

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Fun with Numbers: 2017 edition

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Eight Weeks In: Twins Trends And Tidbits

On Monday, the Minnesota Twins endured their worst loss of the year, melting down after Ervin Santana left with a six-run lead on the way to an embarrassing 16-8 loss against Houston.

Still, they are 26-21, in first place, and miles ahead of their pace from a year ago. Let's run through some of the latest noteworthy trends and attention-grabbing tidbits – both good and bad.


Twins Minor League Report (5/29): Memorial Day Update

Happy Memorial Day!

After Sunday’s marathon game against Tampa Bay, the Twins were forced to make some moves on Monday morning. To reinforce the pitching staff, the team recalled P Drew Rucinski and selected the contract of LP Jason Wheeler. Wheeler will take the 40-man spot recently vacated by Adam Wilk, who was designated for assignment, placed on waivers, cleared and will report to Rochester.

Rochester will also reportedly add Ryan Eades to their roster in advance of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Let’s check the only two affiliates in action on Monday.


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 313: State of the Central

Aaron and John talk about the Twins' view from atop the AL Central division, the increasingly shaky back of the rotation with Phil Hughes hurt and Kyle Gibson struggling again, debating whether Tyler Duffey deserves another shot to start, weird Ervin Santana trade rumors, Miguel Sano's cold stretch, Nick Burdi and J.T. Chargois falling off the bullpen radar, and more Hunter Greene vs. Brendan McKay draft speculation. You can listen by downloading us from iTunes, Stitcher or find it at GleemanAndTheGeek.com. Or just click this link.


Game Thread: Twins v Astros, 5/29 @ 1:10pm CT

Before I move on to other things… I want to start by saying that today is Memorial Day. I want to lead with this because Memorial Day should not be forgotten. That wasn’t meant to be a pun… it was respect and a salute from the bottom of my heart. God Bless those who have served… God Bless those we have loved and lost.

The Astros come to town and the Twins have to be tired. Six hours and 26 minutes of baseball is a long time to wear a jock strap without consequence. Six hours is a long time to do almost anything. It seems like it takes 6 hours for my wife to be ready as I stand by the door. I watched “The English Patient” once that seemed like 6 hours. Trips to the DMV seem like 6 hours. The last 30 minutes of the workday… seems to take 6 hours. Coming up with an idea for these game threads also takes about 6 hours.

Here are some things to think about:


Twins Minor League Report (5/28): Jorge, Today Is Your Day!

While the Twins were in the midst of the longest game in Target Field history, the Twins minor leagues were in the middle of a busy day. Only two teams have games on Memorial Day so Sunday became a critical day as multiple affiliates float around the .500 mark.

What teams could shine? What players would struggle? Who would help their team to win? Read on to find out.


Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Granite Gets Last Laugh, Hits Walk-Off Winner

Karma’s a … well, let’s just say don’t mess with karma. In a completely unlikely and bizarre twist of fate, Zach Granite delivered a walk-off victory off a player he had gotten into a bit of a dust-up with earlier in the evening.

Find out what else happened around the Twins' minor leagues on Saturday.


Twins Minor League Report (5/26): Gonsalves Returns to Dominance

Stephen Gonsalves made his return last week in a brief start, but Friday night we saw the big southpaw return to his 2016 form. His team won in a wild (literally) fashion, but another Twins affiliate picked up a victory in one of the more lopsided games you’ll ever see.

Find out what else happened around the Twins' minor leagues on Friday.


Where Would the Twins be Without Sano and Santana?

The Twins are in first place, but where would they be sans Miguel Sano and Ervin Santana? Sano has established himself as one of the primary candidates to finish as the runner up to Mike Trout for AL MVP (yep, pretty confident we can already call that one). While Santana's peripherals don't stack up against guys like Chris Sale, he'd still be a contender for AL Cy Young right now.


Game Thread: Twins v Rays, 5/26 @ 7:10pm CT

Our Twins return home carrying a four-game winning streak. It was a quick, three-win roadtrip to Baltimore and right back home to face the Rays for a weekend series. That is like the ideal trip to the store. You find a parking spot by the door, you walk in and right there is the grill you came for. You head to the counter to pay for it and you walk past a cooler that you also need, so you grab that. The lines are long but just as you arrive a brand new register light comes on, so you avoid the lines. As the cashier rings up the purchases, you notice that licorice you like in the impulse buy rack, so you grab a bag. After the cashier informs you that all these items were 50% off, you pay and off you go with the whole experience taking 5 minutes.

BTW… that has never happened in my life so I’m not really sure what happened in Baltimore.

Here are some things to think about:


Part 2: Seth's Midseason Top 40 Prospects (21-30)

Prospect rankings are meant to be fun, but they're also meant to recognize players that work hard throughout the season. I choose to update my personal Top 40 Twins prospect rankings before the draft, before an influx of 25 or so new prospects. Obviously the draft, particularly the #1 overall pick but also several others in the top rounds, will affect any organization’s rankings. When the season is complete I do a quick preliminary Top 50 rankings before diving deep into the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook. It is in that publication where you can find my “official” preseason rankings, and a lot more on all Twins minor leaguers.


Twins Minor League Report (5/25): Jay Returns, Thorpe Sharp in Second Start

The Twins were off, but there was plenty of notable news to share across the minor league sytem from Thursday evening. Tyler Jay made his 2017 debut, Lewis Thorpe looked good again in his second start of the year and Nick Gordon set a new career high in home runs.

Find out what else happened around the Twins' minor leagues on Thursday.


Miguel Sano Could Really Make This Work

Through their first 41 games, Miguel Sano has been nothing short of a monster for the Minnesota Twins. He's been every bit the offensive stalwart he was expected to be, and he's taken it to a whole new level. He's been the most impressive player on the club, and in terms of WAR, Fangraphs quantifies him as the best player in baseball not named Mike Trout. The question is, how much of it is a mirage?