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I waited until April was over to be fair about Dozier

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I apologize because I know we've all seen this topic before but it's the turn of a new month and I still think these numbers should be sc...
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AJ Murray

Adopt A Prospect 2016 Today, 07:52 PM
Catcher Born April 4, 1993 Drafted 2015 14th Round from Georgia Tech 288/397/424 at Elizabethton last year. Threw out 32% of base runner...
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Bryant Hayman

Adopt A Prospect 2016 Today, 07:52 PM
Born Oct. 13, 1992 Undrafted Free Agent from Valdosta State Catcher beginning 2016 in Cedar Rapids 256/361/463 At GCL last year in 150 i...
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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:27 PM
I have a heard a few people call for the head of Tom Brunansky.    I have no idea if Brunansky is a good hitting coach or not b...
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Game Thread: Twins v Detroit, 5/1 @ 1:10pm CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:11 PM
It was not a good day at the park yesterday, expect for the fan give-away bomber hats. Let’s see if the team can take a game in the seri...
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Twins Minor League Report (5/1): Walker Powers Rochester

Mayday, Mayday!

Ok, maybe there isn't anything to panic about at this point. I mean it's still early in the minor league campaign but the calendar did turn to May on Sunday. Most of the Twins' affiliates are attempting to find themselves in this early part of the year. Sunday's games were a microcosm of the season so far; there was some good pitching and not much timely hitting.

Would that trend continue on Sunday or would there be a different story-line to follow?


Ballplayers As Commodities

It was a minor story this week. Minnesota Twins (and former Cedar Rapids Kernels) pitcher Tyler Duffey was one of a handful of major league ballplayers that have come to agreements with a firm by the name of Fantex to “sell” a share of their future earnings in return for an immediate sum of money.


Twins Minor League Report (4/30): Plouffe Rehabs, Jorge Delivers

The first month of the minor league season wrapped up on Saturday with plenty of positive signs from the Twins system.

Strong pitching has been the key throughout most of the organization but there have also been some hitters who have gotten off to hot starts. As the weather continues to warm-up, it will be interesting to see the direction that will be followed by the Twins' affiliates.

So what was the story on Saturday? Strong pitching? Hot hitting? Read on to find out.


Twins Minor League Report (4/29): Steele Shines

It’s hard to believe that April is almost complete and May is nearly upon us. The season is now a little over three weeks old. It was a full schedule in the Twins minor leagues on Friday, including a doubleheader for Rochester. The least talked about member of the Miracle rotation had a terrific outing, while a college reliever-turned starter had another strong game.
Continue reading for much more information on the day in the Twins farm system.


Game Thread: Twins v Tigers, 4/29 @ 7:10pm CT

The Twins locker room must be like Panama City Beach during spring break. Joe Mauer probably sits there, looks at it all and shakes his head. Then he puts on his suit and tie... grabs his briefcase... and heads for home after a long day at work. He's hoping that supper was kept warm... he wants to put on his slippers, read his newspaper and enjoy his pipe in his favorite chair.

Of course... June was waiting for him to come home... because Beaver has locked himself in the bathroom because Eddie Haskell told him he looked more like a capybara.

The issues of youth... Joe is in the middle of it all and he needs to be Ward Cleaver right now.

"They call us problem child... We spend our lives on Trial... We walk an endless mile..."
The Twins are the Youth Gone Wild.

Here are some things to think about:


Twins Minor League Report (4/28): Darnell Throws A Gem

It was a long day for those who follow the Twins minor leagues. The Miracle played a game at 10:30 eastern time. The Red Wings played at 1:00 eastern. Then there were two night games. There was an incredible pitching performance in Rochester, though the three other starters on the day struggled. Of course Daniel Palka kept hitting while a couple of other top prospects had multi-hit games with extra-base hits.


Replacing Kevin Jepsen

All losses are equal in the standings, this we all know, but there’s something extra galling about losing a game in the late innings, particularly with a blown save in the ninth inning. Everything else went right, then at the last second a supposed specialist comes in and fails to do the job he was on the roster to do. I have long been convinced this is why teams will overpay -- compared to the statistical value -- for reliable closers: They’re willing to give up some financial flexibility to decrease the likelihood of sending their fans home feeling like they were sucker- punched. (Speaking of closer-induced chest pains, long-time Twins fans may remember Ron Davis, the 1984 club’s ersatz closer who blew an MLB-record 14 saves for a team that finished 81-81, just three games out of a playoff spot.)

Among the many things that have not gone according to plan for the Twins so far this season, one that is particularly unpleasant is that they’ve recorded seven wins and blown seven saves. The team’s current closer, Kevin Jepsen, leads the team in wins, which can be indicative of a number of things but not a single one of them is good.

So here’s my bold prediction: Kevin Jepsen won’t be the Twins’ closer at the All-Star break.


Kernels Getting Great Pitching, Little Else

Twenty games into their 2016 season, the Cedar Rapids Kernels find themselves right in the thick of the chase for the Midwest League’s Western Division first-half title race with an 11-9 record. They sit just one-half game behind Division co-leaders Kane County and Clinton.

The Kernels are a combined 4-7 against the front-running Cougars and Lumberkings.

If you look strictly at the club’s offensive numbers, you’d be hard pressed to figure out how the Kernels have managed to keep aloft in the standings. They’re batting just .229 as a team, which is better than just four other MWL clubs.

What’s been the secret? It’s no secret, really. It’s been all about the pitching, so far.


Twins Prospect Takes Flight

If I were to ask you which Minnesota Twins minor leaguers could fly, who would you name? The first name that will pop into your head is likely to be Byron Buxton. A little more thought and you’ll think of names like Zach Granite, Nick Gordon, Tanner English, or maybe Manuel Guzman.

What if I were to tell you that 6-1, 215 pound Travis Harrison absolutely can fly?


Twins Minor League Report (4/27): Stewart Stifles, Wheeler Deals

This week's recent disabled list fiasco at the big league level means the upper minors are pretty sparse in the starting pitching department. With Jose Berrios, Alex Meyer, and Tyler Duffey all on the big league roster, three-fifths of the Rochester rotation is no longer with the club. This left a clear need to add another starter.

Minnesota wasted little time scouring independent league rosters for some help. Former Twins pitcher Andrew Albers was signed to a minor league deal and assigned to Rochester. He had been pitching for an independent team in the Atlantic League.

With the continued roster movement down on the farm, how would the teams fare as they adjust to new faces in new places?


Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 274: Buxton Down, Berrios Up

Aaron and John talk about Byron Buxton's demotion, Jose Berrios' debut, David Murphy's retirement, Joe Mauer's resurgence, Ervin Santana and Kyle Gibson going on the disabled list, Alex Meyer getting another chance, buying razors from Harrys.com, Kevin Jepsen's grip on the closer role, Miguel Sano's first 100 games, and eating rattlesnake at New Bohemia.


Trending: The Power's On

Tuesday night is Jose Berrios night and what might be the longest wait of our life is finally over. While you watch his debut - and keep your fingers crossed that the rain stays away - take a look at three players in the organization who had good showings over the last seven days.