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Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:09 PM
Phil Miller, LEN3, Jim Souhan, and Patrick Reusse address their thoughts on the various decisions, luck, and wishful thinking that led Ji...
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Game Thread: Minnesota Twins @ Seattle Mariners 5-28 9:10...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:42 PM
ANND Welcome! To Minnesota Twins Whine Line: Game Thread Edition! I am your host for the next 2 days, Vanimal. How neat was that victory...
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Article: Sell, Sell, Sell: A Look At Twins Trade Chips

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:14 PM
One advantage to falling out of postseason contention within the first two months of the season is that it enables a team like the Minnes...
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Fewest RBIs, 30 or More Home Runs

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:51 PM
1. Byung Ho Park, 2016 Minnesota Twins, 31 HR, 56 RBI (on pace) 2. Rob Deer, 1992 Detroit Tigers, 32 HR, 64 RBI 3. Felix Mantilla, 1964 B...
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More fun draft stuff

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:20 PM
The last thread was getting a bit long and a bit off topic.   mlb.com has their latest mock up - http://m.mlb.com/new...ticle/1...
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Sell, Sell, Sell: A Look At Twins Trade Chips

One advantage to falling out of postseason contention within the first two months of the season is that it enables a team like the Minnesota Twins to clearly establish itself as a seller well ahead of the trade deadline.

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Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Live From Cedar Rapids

CEDAR RAPIDS - There was rain falling for most of the trek between the Twin Cities and Cedar Rapids on Friday morning and early afternoon, but it was a good night for baseball. The Kernels fell behind early but it was still a good game. Be sure to follow Twins Daily and SethTweets on twitter for many pictures to come. For much more on what happened on Friday in the Twins farm system, including quotes from Kernels manager Jake Mauer, please continue.

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Game Thread: Twins @ Mariners, 5/27 @ 9:10pm CT

I cursed the gloom that set upon us, pon us, pon us. Upon us all… a little rain must fall." – Robert Plant

It’s good time to think about rain… because of that retractable roof, there is no chance for a rainout at Safeco, in Seattle, when rain is a common occurrence in the Pacific Northwest.

Indoors or outdoors… our Twins have been one collectively wet team in 2016… the raindrops have been continually falling on their heads. 2016 for the Twins came in like a lion and we still haven’t seen a sign of the lamb. It sure looks like the lamb has been silenced.

Here are some things to think about:

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Are The Twins Really One Of The Worst Teams Ever

With almost two full months of the season in the books, the number of Twins fans who believe there’s a playoff run in the cards has dwindled to almost nil. Those left clinging to hope are doing so against all visual and statistical evidence. Some fans are actively rooting for the team to break the Cleveland Spiders’ record for losses in a season (154) to make sure the Braves don’t nick the first overall pick in the 2017 draft, to maximize the probability of a front office overhaul, or because it’s simply more interesting to be a historically bad team than just a typically bad one. But are they just as delusional as those still holding out hope for a postseason run?

Long-time Twins fans should know what a bad team looks like. The Twins are headed for 90 or more losses for the sixth season out of the last seven, and from 1993-2000 (less the strike-shortened 1994 season) they averaged 91 losses. But as bad as those teams were -- and they were certainly bad -- they’re actually fairly pedestrian. No one talks about the 1997 or 2014 Twins with disgust, only sadness. However, just three years after they broke out of their nearly decade-long World Series hangover, however, the Twins got an up-close look at a truly horrible team.

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Twins Minor League Report (5/26): Buxton Homers, Berrios Struggles

The Twins took the day off, but there was a full slate of minor league games on Thursday night. Byron Buxton hit a dinger and Felix Jorge had one of the best outings of his career.

Continue reading to find out more detail about Thursday in the Twins farm system:

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Gleeman & The Beek, Ep 253: Waiting On Youth

Aaron and John podcast midweek from Lynlake Brewery’s rooftop and discuss Neil Allen’s DWI and the non-ending battle with addiction, when we can expect Rochester’s youth to rejoin the Twins, an easy Father’s Day idea from Harrys.com, the Twins 2016 All-Star representative, and how Dick Bremer’s announcing is like Aaron’s favorite Chinese food.

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Twins Organizational Depth Chart - The Catchers

As we continue to prepare for the 2016 MLB Draft, today I present a review of the catchers in the Minnesota Twins organization. Yesterday, we reviewed the Outfielders. Next week, we’ll continue with the Infielders and the pitchers while I’ll also post my updated Top 30 Twins Prospect rankings.

Why look at the organization’s depth before the draft? As we mentioned yesterday, taking "best player available" is always the right strategy early in the draft, but in the later rounds, it might be important to add some depth at other positions as they look to fill some rosters.

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Yellow Jacket Battery Boosts Kernels

Most of the work that Sam Clay and AJ Murray did together during their shared time at Georgia Tech was confined to the bullpen, but this season the pair of former Yellow Jackets have played critical roles together for the Midwest League Western Division-leading Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Clay, a lefty who was the Minnesota Twins’ fourth-round draft pick in 2014, carries a 3-1 record and a 1.10 ERA into his Wednesday night start at Burlington. He has averaged more than a strikeout per inning in his seven starts.

Murray, selected by the Twins in the 14th round of last year’s draft, is carrying a .285/.394/.489 (.883 OPS) slash line as the Kernels’ primary catcher. He’s hit 11 doubles, one triple and five home runs while batting in the middle of the Cedar Rapids lineup and has thrown out 35% of runners attempting to steal a base.

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Twins Organizational Depth Chart - The Outfield

As Jeremy noted earlier, we are about to embark on a ton of draft coverage here at Twins Daily. We will be posting several draft prospect profiles of players who could be available when the Twins make the 15th overall pick. Jeremy will post a couple more mock drafts. I’ll post my updated Top 30 prospects, and also will consider the Twins organizational depth.

Why look at the organizational depth right now as the draft approaches? Nearly two months into a new season, trends may start taking place, storylines are developing, players are stepping up, or they’re not. As you know, in the early rounds of the MLB Draft, it is wise to generally take Best Player Available, but as you get to Day 2 and especially Day 3 of the draft, it may make more sense to load up on positions of need.

Today, we will begin this series by looking at the outfielders.

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Twins Minor League Report (5/25): Buxton Leads Wings To Win

It was a great night for the Rochester Red Wings’ offense and it was led by Byron Buxton as you’ll read below. Adam Walker did what he does best, crush mistake pitches. Jason Wheeler continued to pitch well. Two long streaks continued for Kernels players, and the Miracle got a clutch hit from a top prospect. It was an eventful night in the Twins minor league system.

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Draft Season is Upon Us

It’s almost Memorial Day weekend - that officially kicks summer off, right? Well, let’s make that the first pitch of the draft season.

At 4 pm Sunday, you can turn on the radio, tune it to 100.3 FM and listen to a draft-heavy Gleeman and the Geek show minus Gleeman plus Parker and myself. (If you miss it, that’s ok… you can download it later.)

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Three-Bagger: Rocky Rotation, Replacements & Raw Power

Is more change coming for the Twins rotation? Who might be lined up to step in next? And what should we make of a prospect's prodigious power display in Rochester?

All are covered in today's Three-Bagger.

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