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Twins should hire Mike Maddux

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:15 PM
Nice article at TwinkieTown about going after Maddux, the recently fired Nats pitching coach. Myjah notes that Levine worked with him for...
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Article: The Brian Dozier Trade That Almost Was

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:07 PM
Sometimes, the best trades are the ones you don't make.That old sports adage certainly seems to apply with regards to the first big test...
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Article: Supplementing the Twins: Tyler Chatwood

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:02 PM
Continuing on with the Supplementing the Twins series, it’s time to take a look at another pitcher. Last week, the subject was Lance Lynn...
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Article: Diving Into The Offseason: A Sano Extension?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:33 PM
In the last week, we have considered potential contract extensions for Brian Dozier and Byron Buxton. Today, we will attempt to consider...
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Rosenthal: Gardy to be the new Tigers manager

Other Baseball Today, 02:33 PM
According to Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers have chosen Ron Gardenhire to be their next manager, pending the completion of a contract. ...
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Minor Leagues


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Twins 2017 Minor League Relief Pitcher Of The Year

This award will not be a three-peat, and I think everyone’s thrilled about the reasons behind that fact. Trevor Hildenberger had won each of the past two Twins Daily Minor League Pitcher of the Year awards, and was off to another incredible start, this time for Rochester. Just when it looked like he might be among the top choices for the award again, he got The Call.

With Hildy quickly establishing himself as a reliable member of the Twins bullpen, the door opened up for someone new to earn the title. There was no shortage of candidates. It was a special season across the entire Twins minor league system, and there’s no way you can win as many games as they did without a collection of stellar bullpen performers. After all the votes were tallied up, it was a Top-5 finisher in last year’s voting who took the crown.

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Twins Minor League Report (9/11): Decisive Game Three

The Twins were off Monday and most Minnesota sports fans turned their focus to U.S. Bank Stadium where the Vikings hosted the Saints. (Cue the high hopes.)

This afternoon, word began on Twitter that the Gabriel Moya, a lefty acquired for John Ryan Murphy, will be joining the Twins bullpen.

All other Twins-centric news came out of Cedar Rapids as the Kernels hosted Quad Cities in the final game of the Western Division playoffs.

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Twins 2017 Short Season Hitter Of The Year

Each short-season league can be a challenge for players to adjust to the pros. Some players are getting their first taste of professional baseball. Others are transitioning from the Dominican Summer League and playing in the United States for the first time.

With fewer games than full season leagues, players have less time to make their mark. A smaller sample size can skew a player's overall numbers. However, many of these players are trying to make the organization take notice of their performance.

Which players performed well for Elizabethton Twins and the GCL Twins? Let's dive in...

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Twins 2017 Short Season Pitcher Of The Year

At the end of June each year, the short-season minor leagues begin. The GCL Twins stay in Ft. Myers, and the Elizabethton Twins take the long bus ride to Tennessee. In 2017, both of these teams made the playoffs. The E-Twins just won their seventh Appalachian League title since the turn of the century. At Twins Daily the last couple of seasons, we have added two annual awards for the short-season Twins players. Tomorrow we’ll hand out the award for the top hitter in the short-season teams, but today, we’ll start with the pitchers.

Last year, the Twins Daily Short-Season Pitcher of the Year was Huascar Ynoa. He had spent that summer in the GCL, and he began 2017 with Elizabethton. However, at the July trade deadline, he was traded to Atlanta in exchange for lefty Jaime Garcia.

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Twins Minor League Report (9/10): Southern League Champs!

Both the Lookouts and the Kernels found themselves in a do-or-die situation on Sunday. The Lookouts were attempting to become the co-champions of the Southern League after failing to clinch in Game 4 on Saturday. The Kernels lost Game 1 of their three game semifinal series on Saturday which lead to an all-important Game 2 on Sunday.

With everything on the line, which players would shine? Could both teams find a way to win?

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Twins Minor League Report (9/9): Tough Losses Set Up Must-Win Sundays

It was a night with a couple of tough losses for a couple of Twins affiliates. The Cedar Rapids dropped Game 1 of their best-of-three series. They’ll need to win on Sunday to extend their season. The Chattanooga Lookouts will have to win on Sunday night or they will end their season with a loss as well. However, if the Lookouts win on Sunday, they will win a co-championship. Should be an interesting, fun day on Sunday!

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Twins Minor League Report (9/8): E-Twins Win Another Championship

They’re all big games in the playoffs, but Friday was a fun night to be a fan of the Twins minor league teams. Elizabethton had a chance to win another Appalachian League title. The Lookouts looked to regain home-field advantage on the road. The Cedar Rapids Kernels learned that their Midwest League Western Division championship series will start on Saturday in Davenport against Quad Cities.

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Twins Minor League Report (9/7): ): E-Town Dominates, Kernels Sweep, and Lookouts Lose Late

The Twins came from behind to win with three runs in the top of the ninth, holding on to the second wild card spot for another day. In the minor leagues, the E-Twins start the championship series, the Kernels look to move on to the championship, and the Lookouts try and build on their Wednesday night victory.

Find out everything that happened in the Twins minor league system on Thursday.
Transactions: Carlos Suniaga was promoted to Elizabethton from the GCL Twins.

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Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month - August 2017

Our final monthly award of 2017 comes to you today in the form of the August 2017 Minor League Hitter of the Month. While the pitcher awards this month may have been underwhelming, the hitters more than made up for it. Four hitters ended the month with an OPS over 1.000 which is tremendous. I think you'll enjoy reading today's installment.

However, if you missed either of the other awards, here are the quick links:

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Twins Minor League Report (9/6): E-Twins Advance, Miracle Ending

It was an exciting night in the Twins minor league system on Wednesday. Sure, the Red Wings just missed out on the playoffs thanks to a tiebreaker. The GCL Twins lost their one playoff game earlier in the week. However, Elizabethton played one game on Wednesday night. If they won, they advance. If they lose, their season is done. The Miracle had a tougher task, but if they won twice, they would be co-champs of the Florida State League. And the Cedar Rapids Kernels and Chattanooga Lookouts both started their first-round playoff series.

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Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month - August 2017

Yesterday, Nick Anderson was named our Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month. Today, we’ll find out which starters had solid performances in August. There have been some months where it’s been difficult to decide the winner. There have been months with strong performances but an easy choice at the top. This month, there were several solid performers, but the choice wasn’t easy. You’ll see that there are several relievers who made starts due to injury, prepping for playoffs, promotions, shutdowns or other reasons.

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Twins Minor League Report (9/5): Playoff Rain and a Comeback Attempt

There were just two playoff games in the system on Tuesday night, and both were affected in different ways by rain. In the Appalachian League Elizabethton’s series' deciding game three with Greeneville was postponed, pushing the rubber match back another day. Fort Myers and the Florida State League had the added worry of impending weather that led to an announcement affecting their playoffs.