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Article: Twins Ties To The WBC Qualifier In Sydney

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:51 AM
It’s just two weeks from the start of spring training in Florida and Arizona. However, if you like watching baseball, there is a WBC Qual...
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Article: Position Battle: The Bullpen

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:40 AM
The Twins entered the offseason targeting relief help as a top priority, to Terry Ryan's own acknowledgement. He rightfully viewed the bu...
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Article: Position Battle: Center Field

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:36 AM
From Denard Span to Aaron Hicks to Jordan Schafer, the Opening Day center field assignment has been a bit of a revolving door for the Twi...
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Article: What To Make Of All These Prospect Lists

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:51 AM
'Tis the season, the season for prospect lists. On Thursday, ESPN’s Keith Law released his Top 100 prospect list. Two weeks ago, MLB.com...
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Keith Law Ranks Twins Minor League System #3, Seven in To...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:56 AM
I think the days of Twins fans complaining about Keith Law "Hating" the Twins should be over (whether or not it ever should have started...
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Position Battle: The Bullpen

The Twins entered the offseason targeting relief help as a top priority, to Terry Ryan's own acknowledgement. He rightfully viewed the bullpen as a weakness needing to be addressed, especially in light of the way contenders across the league have been upgrading.

Well, here's what they have done:

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Position Battle: 4th & 5th Starters

The Twins have a firmly established trio of starters in place that they will build around. Barring injuries, you can bet that Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes and Kyle Gibson will all be in the rotation when Minnesota heads to Baltimore to open the season in April.

Behind them, things are unsettled.

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Out Of Options But Not Out Of The Plans

Heading into the offseason, the Minnesota Twins had six players who would be out of options heading into the 2016 season. Two were traded (Aaron Hicks, Chris Herrmann). One was DFAd (Josmil Pinto). There are three players who will report to spring training in two weeks needing to make the 25-man roster or potentially be lost on waivers. Will any of those three make the team, and what type of impact can they have in 2016?

Prior to Twins Fest, General Manager addressed the media. Among several other comments, he mentioned the three guys who will be out of options.

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Position Battle: Center Field

From Denard Span to Aaron Hicks to Jordan Schafer, the Opening Day center field assignment has been a bit of a revolving door for the Twins in recent years. There will be a new name added to that list in 2016, and several contenders are lined up to take a shot at it in Ft. Myers.

This figures to be the most compelling battle that will unfold in spring training.

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Projecting Minnesota's Optimal Defensive Lineup

Defense wins championships.

In the baseball world, this cliche might not be completely true. Otherwise, there would be teams full of Andrelton Simmons-type players. There are a lot of other factors that go into the overall equation. Teams need offense, they need pitching, and sometimes a little luck goes a long way.

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Twins Super (Bowl) Predictions

As we have in recent years, Twins Daily asked past, present and future Minnesota Twins to make their Super Bowl predictions. A lot of the players in the Twins system played football in high school, and are sports fans in general. Find out how some of your favorite players think Super Bowl 50 will go down. (Page will be updated as more players send in their predictions)

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Position Battle: Catcher

Now that TwinsFest and Winter Meltdown are in the rearview mirror and we've flipped the calendar to February, the countdown to spring training is under way.

We're a little more than two weeks from pitchers and catchers reporting and soon after that a few compelling battles for starting jobs will get underway.

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John Hicks Excited To Join The Twins

On November 11, the Minnesota Twins traded Aaron Hicks to the New York Yankees in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy. Exactly three weeks later, December 2, the Twins claimed catcher John Hicks from the Seattle Mariners. The Twins needed to strengthen their catching depth in the offseason, and I guess they also wanted to keep at least one Hicks on their 40-man roster.

Twins Daily was able to catch up with John Hicks at Twins Fest.

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Lottery Numbers: Projecting The 2016 Twins

While they differ in methodology, the major projection systems -- Marcel, OLIVER, PECOTA, Steamer, ZiPS et al. -- all abide by one central rule: Projections are not predictions. This mantra should be a source of comfort to Twins fans, since most experts are willing to predict that the team will be interesting and has at least some chance of making the playoffs they barely missed out on last year.

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How Does Carlos Quentin Fit In?

It gets lost in the big posting fee, the long-term contract, the monster numbers in Korea... But at this point in time, Byung-Ho Park should be viewed as a minor-leaguer. A prospect. A total unknown.

Perhaps Minnesota's latest free agent signing is, to some extent, a reflection of that reality.

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Twins Provide Brandon Kintzler With A Fresh Start

In mid-December, the Minnesota Twins announced a group of minor league signings and non-roster invitations to spring training. One of those names was relief pitcher Brandon Kintzler. Despite the fact that he has spent parts of the last six season in the big leagues pitching for the Twins Border Battle opponent in Milwaukee, Kintzler is not a household name.

In an unusual decision for the Twins with a non-roster invite from another organization, they invited him to participate in Twins Fest. Twins Daily had the opportunity to talk to Kintzler and learn a little more about him.

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MIDWEST SWING PODCAST: Twins Payroll

Brandon does a one-hour soliloquy on his thought regarding the Twins and their payroll, with a little help from some of his friends on Twitter and Facebook.