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Article: The Twins Bullpen Is Set (And You’re Not Going T...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:17 PM
The Twins made their final bullpen roster moves today, reassigning Nick Tepesch and Alex Wimmers to minor league camp. While the official...
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Dorsey: Minor League in Name Only

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:16 PM
Nice article by David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News Press. If you aren't quite convinced you should make the trip to ST, this might do it...
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Article: 2017 Twins Player Predictions: Jason Castro

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:55 PM
The Minnesota Twins offseason is generally considered to have been very quiet. It would be difficult to dispute that too much. However, t...
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Depue: Q&A with Michael Lananna (Baseball America)

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 04:49 PM
http://www.1500espn....stem-prospects/   Michael Lananna is the one who did the Twins Top Prospect rankings this year for Baseball A...
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Game Thread: Minnesota Twins vs. Boston Red Soxs 3/29/2017

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 04:36 PM
1:05 PM ET Twins Ervin Santana ® Red Sox Rick Porcello ®   Projected lineups:   1. J.B. Shuck (L) RF 2. Danny Santana (...
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Marquis Out of Control

When the Twins signed Jason Marquis to a one-year, $3 million contract back in December, Terry Ryan offered this description: "He's a groundball machine and he throws the ball over the plate."

That characterization was only partially accurate.

[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]While the sinker-balling right-hander has induced grounders at an extreme rate, painting him as a consistent strike-thrower never passed the sniff test. As Aaron Gleeman astutely noted when the Twins signed him, Marquis' career walk rate is identical to that of Francisco Liriano, who is no one's idea of a control artist.

Sure enough, the 33-year-old's control problems have been on full display this spring.
After an erratic outing today in which he walked two and hit a batter in four-plus innings, Marquis leads the Twins with nine walks (against only five strikeouts) and three wild pitches in 12 2/3 frames, contributing to an ugly 8.53 ERA.

When he stumbled in his Twins debut, the hope was that Marquis would rebound rapidly and start to settle in as March progressed. Unfortunately, we haven't seen that. He's routinely falling behind hitters, resulting in multiple walks in every start and tons of hits allowed.

Through four turns, Marquis owns a 2.21 WHIP and still hasn't been able to record an out in the fifth inning. He's well behind where he needs to be at this point and the coaching staff has to be growing concerned. With three weeks left to go until Opening Day, he's going to need to work closely with Rick Anderson to get the command issues sorted out.

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