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Kepler Apologizes for wearing mask

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Yahoo: https://sports.yahoo...-230841299.html     Max Kepler apologized for posting a photo of himself wearing a Blue Live...
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Virtual Twins Baseball Megathread

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 06:45 PM
Moving forward this will house every game-thread in the comments below until real baseball hopefully comes back. I should have done this...
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Recent Proposal

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https://theathletic....=freedailyemail   The players have rejected the owners last proposal, the players have proposed a longer seas...
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Zulgad: Is MLB really making return about dollars and cents?

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https://www.skornort...lars-and-cents/   The owners have made their proposal to the players. The players association will now have t...
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2020 MINOR LEAGUE SEASON

Twins Minor League Talk 29 May 2020
Baseball America takes a look at what is happening in the minors, a season that would now have been a couple of weeks old.   https:/...
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Ask Seth

As I have done a couple of times this year, tonight during the Twins game (and until I sleep), I will answer your questions from the comments below. Jose Berrios is on the mound for the Twins in Kansas City tonight. Minor League Opening Day is just two days away! Plenty of topics, so feel free to ask away!
Ask me questions in comments below and I will answer them in the body of this article. Starting as soon as the Twins game starts, so feel free to start leaving questions now.

Ask questions about the Twins, the Red Wings, the Blue Wahoos, the Miracle, the Kernels, the Extended Spring Training, or whatever else you like.

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From Sconnie: "What would you do vs what do you think the FO will do with the third catcher on the big league roster? Is there something that can happen besides injury to keep Astudillo and Garner on the big league club in the next two weeks?"

I'd keep all three. And I think that the front office will keep all three. It's clear that at no point was Astudillo's roster spot in any jeopardy. Castro's the #1 catcher right now. Garver is the #2 catcher right now. Astudillo is the #3 catcher right now. But, like Chris Herrmann was a #3 catcher, he was also able to play all three outfield positions and could have played the corner infield spots too. I still expect Astudillo to get a few games at third base and he and Garver to be used as pinch hitters.


From ashbury: "I love his bat, but does Jorge Polanco have a major league shortstop's arm?"

This question comes right after Polanco tried to catch and throw too quickly and bounced a ball to first base (nice play by Cron, but still an error). His arm does seem to be the question (and has been in years' past). I think he's got the arm, and he's shown that he can make the throw from deep in the 5.5 hole. But it's an average-at-best shortstop arm. Plenty to play the position.


From The Mask of Zoilo: "Do you have a feel for any low A/rookie league players who could break out into top 25 prospect status? Any pitchers with velocity jumps or new pitches?"

Fair question and of course I haven't seen enough of any of these guys to be real confident... But I really like what I've seen from Prelander Berroa. He'll probably spend the season at Elizabethon but he could get to Cedar Rapids by midseason as well. Also, a guy not to forget is Miguel De Jesus. He was throwing really well in the GCL when he had Tommy John surgery. He looked good in my opinion this spring. It's just been a long time since he's pitched, but he's on I'm very intrigued by. Finally, 2018 pick Regi Grace was really impressive. Young kid, but he's got the big legs and back side that remind me a lot of Graterol. He throws pretty hard too.


As for a hitter or two that will start in EST... I was really impressed with Willie Joe Garry. Looks a lot like Nick Gordon. Has a good approach and a really nice swing. Incredibly fast. He is definitely one to watch, though he probably goes back to the GCL this year. I'm also probably higher on Yeltsin Encarnacion than I should be.


From mlhouse: "Is 2017 7th rounder Ryley Widell going to pitch this season?"

Widell was listed on a Disabled List in the minor league work groups when I was at spring training a few weeks ago. That said, I saw him throw a couple of bullpens and he looked alright. He missed last year with a couple of bouts of mono. He should surface in 2018, likely in Cedar Rapids.


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Props to Cody: What would you do vs what do you think the FO will do with the third catcher on the big league roster? Is there something that can happen besides injury to keep Astudillo and Garner on the big league club in the next two weeks?

I love his bat, but does Jorge Polanco have a major league shortstop's arm?

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Apr 02 2019 07:30 PM
Do you have a feel for any low A/rookie league players who could break out into top 25 prospect status? Any pitchers with velocity jumps or new pitches?

Is 2017 7th rounder Ryley Widell going to pitch this season?

 

Props to Cody: What would you do vs what do you think the FO will do with the third catcher on the big league roster? Is there something that can happen besides injury to keep Astudillo and Garner on the big league club in the next two weeks?

I'd guess it depends on how much they like Gonzalez at SS. Austudillo may be playing Adrianza off the team.

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