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Ex-Twins in 2020

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:50 AM
The season hasn't started yet, but I was motivated to start this thread a bit early after getting a message from Van, suggesting that I s...
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Do you really like the DH?

Other Baseball Today, 05:10 AM
We've resisted in the NL for 47 years now and with a 26th player added it may be delayed even longer. When offense is slacking they talk...
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Forget adding SP, let's talk about keeping what we have

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:25 AM
Let's stop talking about adding more SP for a moment and recognize what we have and keeping it. There have been various discussions about...
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Twinsfest questions

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:25 AM
I am thinking about attending Twinsfest and had a couple of questions I hope could be answered: 1. Do you have to pay for autographs? 2....
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Donaldson contract discussion - 4/100? 4/110?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:36 PM
https://www.mlbtrade...-donaldson.html Hopefully this offer gets accepted as it would be a good way to wrap up the off-season. Big impro...
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Minor Leagues


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2019 Killebrew Award Winner - Hector Lujan (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)

In 2011, the Minnesota Twins announced that legend Harmon Killebrew’s health was deteriorating and he was entering hospice care. Fans around the country, and especially in the Upper Midwest, chimed in to tell tales of Killebrew. I recall finding it interesting that very few of those stories had anything to do with anything that occurred on a baseball field. Most of these stories involved something he had told a kid, shaking hands with fans, his impeccably legible autograph, or some charitable event that he came to and inspired masses. People talked about how great he was as a person.

His baseball prowess was hardly mentioned. His 573 home runs. His 1,584 RBI. His MVP. His six AL home run championships. His 11 All Star appearances. Those are all part of his story, but the stories people told were of Harmon Killebrew, the great human being.

Following Killebrew’s death, the Minnesota Twins established the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service, and each year, the Twins have named one winner for each of their four full-season affiliates. Each affiliate’s GM nominated a recipient who exemplifies Killebrew through their work in the community.

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Arizona Fall League Preview: Royce Lewis Headlines Twins Prospects

As of your reading of this article, the Arizona Fall League season has gotten underway for the 2019 season. If you’re thinking that seems a bit early, you are not mistaken as the schedule has been changed to closer align with the end of the minor league seasons and major league playoff schedules in October. They’ve also added a wrinkle where the AFL teams will face off against Mexican League teams from September 24th through October 5th.

For anyone who doesn’t know, the Arizona Fall League is a short-season circuit where every team in major league baseball sends some of their prospects in October. It is often used as a proving ground for players looking to take the final steps to their MLB dreams. Many of the top prospects in baseball play here every season looking to make a final impression for a call-up next year, but there are also many experienced minor leaguers at the upper levels that are evaluated for protection on the 40-man roster, and those trying to make up some development time after an injury. These minor league games in October can determine a lot going into the next MLB season for these players and MLB rosters, and that’s why I love following the league so closely.

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2019 Killebrew Award Winner - Brian Rapp (Cedar Rapids Kernels)

Right-handed relief pitcher Brian Rapp recently completed his first full season in professional baseball, and his name will forever be linked to the great Harmon Killebrew. You will need to continue reading to find out how.

Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew is generally considered the greatest Twins player in their 59-season history in Minnesota. He was an imposing figure on the field, capable of altering a game with one swing of his mighty bat. Off the field, Killebrew was said to be one of the most genuinely compassionate man, respectful and helpful.

Following the Hall of Famer’s death in 2011, the Twins announced the initiation of the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service. One player from each of the four Twins full-season affiliates would be presented with the award in recognition of their work in their community.

Over the coming days, we’ll share with you the four 2019 recipients of the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service.

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Twins 2019 Minor League Hitter of the Year

Throughout this week, Twins Daily has handed out our 2019 minor league awards. Today we continue the series by looking at the top hitters in the Twins organization this season. There were a lot of strong performances, and unlike last year, the vote was not unanimous. In fact, it was closer than you probably think and has a chance to create a lot of discussion.

Previous 2019 Awards
Short-Season Minor League Hitter of the Year: Matt Wallner
Short-Season Minor League Hitter of the Year: Cody Laweryson
Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year: Anthony Vizcaya
Today: Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year: Randy Dobnak
Minor League Hitter of the Year: See below…

Previous Twins Daily Minor League Hitters of the Year:
2012 - Oswaldo Arcia
2013 - Miguel Sano
2014 - Mitch Garver
2015 - Max Kepler
2016 - Daniel Palka
2017 - Mitch Garver
2018 - Alex Kirilloff

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Twins 2019 Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year

No award may be more fun to hand out than the starting pitcher of the year award. Up and down the minor league system there are arms full of life and promise who have just one goal in mind; make hitters miserable. That they did this year, as every affiliate ranked highly in their respective leagues for pitching strikeouts and high impact starters made their presence known on each squad. Here we will appreciate and celebrate those individual starters who had the best seasons in 2019.

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Twins 2019 Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year

With the minor league seasons (unfortunately) coming to a close for all of the Minnesota Twins’ affiliates, Twins Daily kicked off the final week of minor league coverage with th players of the year series on Sunday. Today we continue by getting to the full season affiliates and the 2019 Relief Pitcher of the Year Award.

Previous 2019 Awards:

Short-Season Minor League Hitter of the Year: Matt Wallner
Short-Season Minor League Pitcher of the Year: Cody Laweryson

Previous Twins Daily Minor League Relief Pitchers of the Year:

2015 & 2016: Trevor Hildenberger
2017: John Curtiss
2018: Andrew Vasquez

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Twins 2019 Short-Season Pitcher of the Year

At the end of June each year, not long after the completion of the draft, the short-season minor leagues begin. The GCL Twins stay in Ft. Myers, and the Elizabethton Twins take the long bus ride to Tennessee. The last few seasons, Twins Daily has added two annual awards for the short-season Twins players. Yesterday, we handed out the award for the top hitter in the short-season teams. Today, we’ll start with the pitchers.

Previous Winners:
2016: Huascar Ynoa
2017: Jovani Moran
2018: Andrew Cabezas

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Twins Minor League Report (9/9): Kernels Season Ends

The Cedar Rapids Kernel take the title of Twins affiliate to last the longest in 2019. They faced another must-win game on Monday. With a win, the Kernels would advance to the Midwest League finals. Lose, and the players would be sent home on Tuesday.

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Bailey Ober on His 2019 Successes

Since the Twins drafted him in the 12th round of the 2017 draft out of the College of Charleston, Bailey Ober has been consistently one of the best pitchers in minor league baseball… when he takes the mound. 2019 has been a remarkable season for the 6-9 right-hander when he has taken the mound for the Ft. Myers Miracle or for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Twins Daily recently chatted with Ober about his incredible 2019 season.

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Twins 2019 Short Season Hitter of the Year

Following the completion of the Major League Baseball Amateur Draft, organizations kick off their short season leagues. For the Minnesota Twins, their Gulf Coast team stays at the southern headquarters in Fort Myers, while the Appalachian League Elizabethton Twins head out to Tennessee. Both teams had plenty of intriguing names on them this season, and kicking off the awards swing, it’s the Twins Daily 2019 Short Season Hitter of the Year.

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Twins Minor League Report (9/7) You Win One, You Lose One

Only two games in the minor league system as both the Kernels and Blue Wahoos fight through their playoffs. Each day now looks to possibly be the end of the season and winning is the only thing that will stop that. How their games went and more in this edition of the minor league report.

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Twins Minor League Report (9/6): Balazovic, Chalmers Boost Blue Wahoos While Winder, Snyder Advance Kernels

They’re alive! Both Pensacola and Cedar Rapids were facing elimination tonight, but both Twins affiliates managed to survive. A couple of new faces shined in their Double-A debuts for the Blue Wahoos to force a game 4 in the Southern League semifinals. Meanwhile, a few familiar faces pushed the Kernels ahead to clinch a series victory in the Midwest League Quarterfinals.