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Article: Spring Training Update: Waiting For The Big Story

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 08:14 AM
We’re still waiting on the Twins big story of the week even as a smaller story played out.The Twins introduced Erick Aybar to the press t...
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Article: Arms Race: Will the Twins Front Office Regret Lo...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:45 AM
In echoing the thoughts of others throughout the winter, it’s extremely difficult to be disappointed as a Twins fan this off-season. The...
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Article: Lance Lynn to the Twins?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:57 AM
After coming up short in their quest to sign Yu Darvish, the Twins were forced to turn their focus toward other pitchers on the free agen...
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Not a Gamethread: Romero K's 3

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:08 AM
Thought I'd check in on the  game.  https://www.mlb.com/...ore,game=533803   Meija threw two scoreless, and then Romero ca...
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Article: Twins To Sign Erick Aybar

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:58 AM
LaVelle E Neal from the Star Tribune is reporting that the Twins will sign shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor league contract. The veteran...
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Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #9 Brusdar Graterol

Ace. It’s the card the Twins have so desperately needed over the course of much of their history. There’s always a lot of debate over exactly who deserves that title, but most agree it’s probably fewer than 20 pitchers in all of baseball at any given time. Could Brusdar Graterol some day earn that title? Sure, but remember that some people also say there is also no such thing as a pitching prospect.

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Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #10 Akil Baddoo

In recent drafts, Georgia has provided some strong prospects for the Twins organization. Byron Buxton was the number two overall pick out of Georgia. Fans saw his ability to impact both sides of the ball in 2017. Now the Twins have another center fielder from Georgia who is making his way to Target Field.

Akil Baddoo was taken by the Twins with the 74th pick of the 2016 MLB Draft. As a 17-year old, he struggled during his professional debut, hitting .178/.299/.271 with a 36 to 18 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He was almost three years younger than the competition in the GCL so he’d start there again in 2017.

That’s where one of the organization’s best seasons would begin to unfold…

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Twins Daily 2018 Top 20 Prospect Countdown: 11-15

As we run through the rest of Twins Daily's second tier of highest-rated prospects before kicking off one-by-one Top 10 profiles on Thursday, you'll find some familiar faces with serious breakthrough potential in 2018.

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Twins Daily 2018 Top 20 Prospect Countdown: 16-20

In recent days, we have begun to see many Twins players and Twins minor leaguers getting to Ft. Myers. MLB camp is less than two weeks away, and minor league camp gets going in about a month. But the academy is starting to fill up.Today, we begin our list of the Twins Daily Top 20 Prospects with a look at prospects 16-20. Tomorrow, we’ll post prospects 11-15. At that point, we will post one prospect each day.

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Seth's Twins On Deck Podcast (Episode 5)

Tonight at 8:00 (central time), Episode 5 of Seth's Twins On Deck Podcast will go live. Tonight, he'll be joined by four Minnesota Twins prospects each of who is relatively new to the organization and another senior on the Minnesota Gophers roster.

Tune in at 8:00 tonight to listen live. If you can't listen live, it will be available at the same link shortly following the show's completion.

You can also search iTunes and subscribe to it. (search Minnesota Sports Weekly)

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Seth's Twins On Deck Podcast (Episode 4)

Tonight at 8:00 (central time), Episode 4 of Seth's Twins On Deck Podcast will go live. Tonight, he'll be joined by three Minnesota Twins prospects, including one with a strong opportunity to start the season with the big league club, and another senior on the Minnesota Gophers roster. Tonight, he'll also be joined by a gentleman who scouted a lot of Chattanooga Lookouts games in 2017.

Tune in at 8:00 tonight to listen live. If you can't listen live, it will be available at the same link shortly following the show's completion.

You can also search iTunes and subscribe to it. (search Minnesota Sports Weekly)

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Get To Know Twins RHP Prospect Bailey Ober

Bailey Ober was sidelined with a couple of injuries that cost him time during his second year of college in 2015 as well as his red-shirt junior year in 2017. So after the Twins made him their 12th round selection in June, he missed a little extra time before reporting to Ft. Myers. He had a better, or at least more exciting, reason for missing time. Before reporting to Elizabethton, Bailey Ober got married.

Soon after, he reported to Elizabethton where he went 2-2 with a 3.21 ERA and a 0.94 WHIP in 28 innings.He played a part in the E-Twins Appalachian League Championship.

Recently, Seth was able to catch up with the lanky right-hander. Continue reading to get to know more about him.

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Here's How The Experts Are Viewing Twins Prospects

Over the weekend, MLB.com unveiled its official list of Top 100 prospects for 2018. This follows rankings from Baseball America and ESPN, both published in the previous week.

It's prospect season. So let's aggregate the opinions of all three authoritative sources, in an effort to establish a consensus view on the Twins system and its relative standing as we head into the new season.

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Fernando Romero Is Healthy, Ready To Compete

Fernando Romero is healthy, and he’s ready to contribute to the Minnesota Twins as soon as they deem him ready.

I had the opportunity to catch up with the hard-throwing Twins minor league right-hander at Twins Fest this past weekend. We discussed his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, his hopes for 2018 and more.

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Twins On Deck With Seth Podcast (Episode 3)

So, first of all, I'm testing out a name for the podcast. I really feel that because my podcast will primarily be chatting with minor leaguers, the phrase On Deck makes a lot of sense. It is obviously a baseball term for the next batter up. Next up. That's a phrase we often hear players in the upper levels use when saying they need to be ready because if someone gets hurt or another transaction occurs, they could be the next player called up. It's a work-in-progress, but it's much better than Seth's Twins Talk, right?

Anyway, we've got five new guests on tonight's podcast. Tune in live at 8:00 central time, and we'll likely go just shy of 90 minutes again this week.

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Get To Know Twins Third Base Prospect Andrew Bechtold

I was 12 years old in 1987 when the Minnesota Twins won their first of two World Series championships in five years. I remember those players, and when I think of those teams, I smile.

When the Philadelphia Phillies won the 2008 World Series championship, a 12-year-old Andrew Bechtold was watching, and learning, and starting to envision following a career path that would involve baseball.

Recently, I was able to connect with the Twins 2017 fifth-round draft pick to discuss that Phillies team and his own path that has led him in several directions before joining the Twins organization. Continue reading to learn more about the Twins third base prospect.

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SethSpeaks Podcast (Episode 2) Features 1st-Rounders Lewis, Rooker, Kirilloff

In the second episode of Seth's return to podcasting, he was joined by four Minnesota Twins prospects and another senior from the Minnesota Gophers baseball program. Get to know more about Gophers senior 1B Toby Hanson, Twins RHP Aaron Slegers, and Twins minor league hitters Alex Kirilloff, Brent Rooker and Royce Lewis.

Starting at 8:00 central time tonight (Monday), you can listen to the show here. You can also go to iTunes and subscribe to "Minnesota Sports Weekly" where you will find Seth's show as well.