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Duffey deserves to be demoted

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:55 AM
How come guys like Duffey are not expected to perform I order to keep their spots. He has been beyond awful in his last 100+ innings. He...
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Article: For The Love Of Joe

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:41 AM
There is no doubt in any Twins fan’s mind that Rod Carew is one of, if not the greatest players in team history. He is beloved by Twins f...
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Article: Arms Race: The Search For Young Starters

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:57 PM
On Tuesday night, the Tigers and Twins kicked off a series at Target Field. On the hill for Detroit was Matt Boyd, a 25-year-old lefty wh...
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Article: Byungho Park To Have Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:18 PM
Paul Molitor told assembled reporters at Target Field before Wednesday night's game that 1B/DH Byungho Park will have season-ending wrist...
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Mitch Garver - 2016

Adopt A Prospect 2016 Yesterday, 09:45 PM
Mitch Garver DOB: 1-15-91, in Albuquerque, NM Height: 6'1" Weight: 220 Position: C Bats: Right Throws: Right Shane's 2016 Prospect Rank:...
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Arms Race: The Search For Young Starters

On Tuesday night, the Tigers and Twins kicked off a series at Target Field. On the hill for Detroit was Matt Boyd, a 25-year-old lefty who owns a 2.38 ERA since the beginning of July. Along with Rookie of the Year frontrunner Michael Fulmer, Boyd is a key component in a resurgent rotation that ranks sixth in the AL in ERA after finishing last in 2015.

Neither was in the organization 13 months ago.

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Byungho Park To Have Season-Ending Wrist Surgery

Paul Molitor told assembled reporters at Target Field before Wednesday night's game that 1B/DH Byungho Park will have season-ending wrist surgery on Thursday morning.

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For The Love Of Joe

There is no doubt in any Twins fan’s mind that Rod Carew is one of, if not the greatest players in team history. He is beloved by Twins fans who may or may not even remember his playing career which ended (and not prettyily) with the Twins after the 1978 season, nearly 40 years ago.

Now consider this. In his 12 seasons in a Twins uniform, his on-base percentage was .393. His slugging percentage was .448. His OPS was .841.

Now consider, Joe Mauer career numbers in a Twins uniform include a .393 on-base percentage, a .447 slugging percentage and an OPS of .840.

Now, not even I will tell you that Joe Mauer’s Twins career has been as great as Carew’s. Carew was an All-Star all 12 of those seasons. Mauer has participated in six. Mauer has won three batting titles. No catcher had a batting championship in about 55 years when Mauer did it the first time, and no American League catcher had ever done it. Carew won so many American League batting titles that Major League Baseball announced at this year’s All-Star Game that all AL batting champions going forward will win the Rod Carew Award.

No, I won’t tell you that Joe Mauer is the greatest player in Twins history. There’s no reason to make such claims. What I think the numbers below will illustrate for you is that he is, without a doubt, one of the top five hitters in Minnesota Twins history. (In fact, I wouldn’t rank him lower than fourth if I were asked to.)

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Fixing Jose Berrios

On Friday night in Kansas City Bert Blyleven described to viewers what he and the Twins’ coaching staff were working on with Jose Berrios in order to straighten him out.

“Right...there!” Blyleven exclaimed as Berrios delivered a fastball for strike three to the Royals’ Jarrod Dyson in the bottom of the first. It was a beautiful pitch that was beautifully executed by the rookie. “EXPLODE towards home plate,” he emphasized. As the replay of the strikeout rolled, Blyleven further elaborated by saying “once you get to that balance point, utilize the rubber and explode towards home plate” and that Berrios needed to “push off” the rubber more.

And just like that, Jose Berrios was fixed forever, right?

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Three-Bagger: Kennys, New Guys & What The Hector

Over the weekend, Kennys Vargas was sent to the minors, the Twins called up two newly acquired pitching prospects, and Hector Santiago got rocked.

Read on for analysis of each development.

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Examining Pre-Arbitration Players

We’ve examined the potential 40-man additions and we’ve looked at the arbitration-eligible players.

Today, we’re going to take a look at the 26 players who have not yet reached arbitration. To be removed from the roster, these players are typically sent through outright waivers.

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14

Escobar Back To His Old Ways, Back To The Bench

Heading into this season, it appeared Eduardo Escobar had cemented himself as the Twins' starting shortstop. He'd put together two-straight above average offensive seasons and ended his 2015 season with a big exclamation point. With a poor showing thus far in 2016, however, Escobar's place on the team is now very much in question.

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Twins Bite-Sized History: Part 6: Bottoming Out & Starting Anew

The Twins appeared to be ascending in 1977. The "Lumber Company" made a charge towards the division title and over a million fans watched Rodney Carew fall just eight hits shy of hitting .400. But the team was about to go sharply downhill - before the next season even began.

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Examining Arbitration-Eligible Players

Earlier this summer, we examined the players that the organization would need to add or risk losing in December’s Rule 5 draft.

Before we can do that, though, the Twins will need to make room for the potential additions. Over the next two days, we’ll look at some possible ways to free up some spots.

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Pitching Pipeline: What's Next?

It's not exactly a secret that the Twins need better pitching. They have allowed the most runs in the American League by a huge margin, hanging an above-average offense out to try.

Now that Jose Berrios has joined the rotation (hopefully for good), what else is on the way?

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Kepler Versus Buxton Has Become No Contest

In the prospect ranking department there are always players that fall slip through the cracks. For instance, take a look at Brian Dozier. As Nick wrote about on Monday, Dozier hit a combined total of 16 home runs over 1,600 plate appearances in the minors.

Needless to say, Dozier was never featured on any national top 100 prospect lists before evolving into possibly the best power hitting second baseman in the game. Sometimes prospects slip through the cracks before putting it all together and other times great prospects fail.

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The Andrew Albers Circus

Since the original release was sent out late Wednesday night, the transaction story of Andrew Albers has been downright confusing.

CAUTION: Do not read if you want to avoid a headache.

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