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Article: Twins Game Recap (7/19): Twins Have No Answer To...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:14 AM
The Twins took the lead early, couldn’t hold on to it and were shut out by Oakland pitchers for six straight innings, losing 5-3 at the e...
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Twins 2019 Defensive Metrics

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:01 AM
SABR's mid-season defensive stats are out, and some Twins are looking really good in them.   Byron Buxton leads all American Leaguer...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (7/19): Jaylin Davis H...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:50 AM
Jaylin Davis is as close to being automatic as you can get right now. He slugged his 13th home run in what was just his 31st game with Ro...
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Matt Magill DFAd

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:48 AM
The Minnesota Twins just announced that RH RP Matt Magill has been DFAd. Kohl Stewart recalled, likely in a new role.    
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Game Thread: Oakland A's @ Twins, 7:10 p.m.CDT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:01 AM
Welcome to another Game Thread. A few thoughts:   Big Momentum Shift Game   This is a big game today.The Super Rosario homer la...
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Twins Minor League Report (7/16): Davis Continues Tear, Garry’s Got Wheels, Plus Pitching Everywhere

There were plenty of exciting performances on the farm today in the Twins organization. Jaylin Davis has been a man on a mission since reaching Triple-A and his torrid pace didn’t end tonight. Willie Joe Garry Jr. was perfect at the dish for Elizabehton, and more than a couple of starters put up good efforts to lift their clubs. Read more about it below.


Two Under the Radar Starters the Twins Should Target: Sonny Gray and Robbie Ray

We have all heard the rumors about Stroman and Mad Bum, but maybe there are some quality starting pitchers that haven't really been talked about that could provide a meaningful upgrade to this Twins rotation. Let's take a look at Sonny Gray of the Reds and Arizona's Robbie Ray.


Twins Game Recap (7/17): Mets Blow Out Twins, Complete Another Target Field Sweep

Things started out great for the Twins, who had the lead until the sixth inning, after yet another quality start by Martín Pérez. But terrible pitching by the bullpen and a horror show by the defense allowed the Mets to erupt late and complete the sweep of the Twins with a 14-4 blowout.


Internal Relief Help Could Provide Second-Half Upgrade

Minnesota is likely looking to add pitching to their roster before the July 31st trade deadline. While multiple moves could be made in the coming weeks, the Twins could look to supplement their roster with internal players. There are multiple players the team has already used this year, or it might be in the form of other prospects working their way to Target Field.

Could the Twins look to internal help instead of trading for a reliever?


Twins Trade Rumor Roundup: Could Trevor Bauer Be Traded?

Would the Cleveland Indians, who currently hold the last Wild Card spot and are just five games behind the Twins, really trade away their ace pitcher Trevor Bauer at the trade deadline? Based on a conversation with Indians GM Zack Meisel … maybe? Meisel seems to be taking a pretty big picture view of Cleveland’s competitive window, with an eye at wedging it open regardless of cost.


Let's Make A Deal, Part I: 2020

This is a fun time of the season for all 30 teams. This year, we as fans get to speculate about how the Twins are going to acquire other teams’ best players without giving up the top-of-the-line prospects. Last year, we got to speculate how the Twins were going to acquire other teams’ best prospects by giving up players who were underachieving and had only months left before free agency.

Funny how things work.


Twins Organization Depth Chart: Starting Pitchers

Should the Twins focus their July trade deadline attention on the bullpen, or should they also consider adding a starting pitcher? Either way, potential trade partners have certainly been scouting the Twins minor league system. No doubt they have studied and viewed each of the Twins minor league starting pitchers. In the paragraphs that follow, we take a look at the Twins starting pitchers throughout the organization and think about which players these teams might target.

Minnesota Twins: Jose Berrios (25), Jake Odorizzi (29), Kyle Gibson (31), Martin Perez (28), Michael Pineda (30)

That is the Twins current starting rotation. To be honest, it has been pretty strong. Jose Berrios has taken another step forward and was an All-Star for the second straight season. Jake Odorizzi had a very strong first half, at one time winning ten straight games, on his way to his first All-Star Game. Kyle Gibson has had some ups and downs throughout the season. Martin Perez was shockingly good through the first six to eight weeks of the season. Then after a few rough starts, he has been solid again the last couple of outings. And, Michael Pineda has been really consistent. Almost every game, you can rely him him giving up two of three runs in about six innings.

That’s a pretty reliable starting five. The Twins have also had five or six spot-starts from Triple-A guys who have performed admirably as well.


Twins Minor League Report (7/16): Larnach Debuts in Double-A

It was a newsworthy day in the minor leagues on Sunday, though the biggest story may have been in the form of a promotion rather than from any of the games that were played. That's not to say there wasn't any noteworthy performances though, as a couple of pitchers had strong outings, a 2019 breakout prospect continued slugging, and the hitter of the day racked up four hits including a home run to lead his team to victory.

To find out everything that happend on Tuesday in the minor leagues, including that promotion for a top prospect, keep reading!


Twins Game Recap (7/16): Tough Luck Loss for the Twins

The Minnesota Twins were riding off their series victory over the Cleveland Indians to begin the second half over the weekend. Tonight, they welcomed the New York Mets for a two-game series to begin a nine-game home stand. Despite getting a quality start from Michael Pineda, the Twins came up just short in this hard-fought battle.


Twins Being Forced into Good Decisions

It’s the middle of July and the Minnesota Twins own a healthy six game lead atop the AL Central Division. Rocco Baldelli’s club is fresh off a series victory over the Cleveland Indians and the big-league team looks to be trending toward a clean bill of health. As the active roster gets back to optimal strength there’s no shuffling of deck chairs to be had for this squad.


Series Preview: Messing with the Mets

The Minnesota Twins return home for their first series of the second half at Target Field. This one is a quick two-gamer welcoming the National League New York squad. Mickey Callaway’s Mets were supposed to be piloting a significantly different season, but as they limp in to Minnesota their season hangs in the balance.


Twins Minor League Report (7/15): Javier Breaks Out with Big Day

We hear it from time to time, but it is a phrase that is important to remember. Player development is not linear. From the time a player signs until he reaches the big leagues - should that happen - is filled with ups and downs. The hope, of course, is that there are more ups than downs. But more important is the development. Not the stats, but the development. Several of the Twins top prospects have had rough first halves this season. A few former prospects had a rough year last year. A few of them have regained prospect status in 2019. At the end of the day, it is really hard to get to the big leagues, much less stay there.

Wander Javier has been struggling since joining the Kernels about six weeks ago. He also missed all of 2018 and the first couple of months this season with injury. Hopefully he is working on things. Royce Lewis hasn’t put up huge numbers in Ft. Myers, but as we know, he continues to work on things. Pitchers are working on new pitches, or tightening up their current pitches, or working in a different role.

Remember that the goal isn’t about being great, or even necessarily good, in Cedar Rapids or Ft. Myers. The goal is for them to be great or at least productive big leaguers. And again, that is a lofty goal.

On Monday, Wander Javier had the kind of game that hopefully can help relax him and propel him to a strong second half. Perhaps playing in the Futures Game and in that environment will catapult Royce Lewis to a strong second half, maybe pushing toward a promotion to Double-A. Zander Wiel and Jaylin Davis are two late-round draft picks out of college who have gradually worked their way up to the minor league’s highest level where they are finding a lot of success. Lewin Diaz's prospect status has certainly been regained with his 2019 performance.

The list is - or at least could - go on and on with examples, good and bad… and that’s what makes following the minor leagues and the prospects fun and intriguing.

With that little sermonette, I certainly hope that you will enjoy today’s Twins Minor League Report. Enjoy the ups and downs and remember it’s all about the process, and it’s all with a goal to get productive players to the big leagues.