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Dozier Trade Discussion Thread

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:36 AM
Let's discuss the impending trade of Brian Dozier here:
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Article: Jorge Polanco At SS Could Be Disastrous

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:34 AM
If a Brian Dozier trade does not materialize in the remaining weeks of the this offseason – an outcome that is beginning to look increasi...
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Article: Other Offseason Shopping Needs

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:58 PM
With so much attention being devoted to the ongoing Brian Dozier saga, which figures to conclude within the next few days one way or anot...
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Article: The Twins Are Going to Win 80 Games in 2017

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I wrote for Cold Omaha today that I think the Twins will win 80 games this season. Discussion, as always, appreciated:    http:...
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Article: The All-Time Worst Twins: Matt Walbeck

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This part of the deep offseason can be full of a lot of downtime for baseball fans. Lucky enough for readers of this site, I have been of...
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In His Words: Nick Gordon's 2016 Season

His story has always included mention of his bloodlines. Nick Gordon is the son of long-time big league pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon. His older brother, Dee Gordon, has been an All-Star and won a batting title. However, as Nick Gordon works his way up the Minnesota Twins organization ladder, he is attempting to create his own story and his own path.

Baseball has always been a huge part of Nick Gordon’s story, at least as long as he can remember.

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English, Gordon On AFL And Each Other

Recently, Twins Daily caught up with Twins prospects Tanner English and Nick Gordon. Earlier this week, we had the story of Tanner English, In His Own Words. Tomorrow, we'll have a full story on Nick Gordon. Today, we discussed their shared experience in the Arizona Fall League. The two also are great friends and have huge respect for each other so we asked each to talk a little about the other.

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Twins Prospect Proud Of Baseball's Newest Hall Of Famer

At 5:00 on Wednesday, Jeff Idelson announced that three players had been voted to become the 2017 Hall of Fame class. Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines made it after falling just short a year ago. On his first ballot, Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez also was named a Hall of Famer, baseball’s highest honor. Certainly it was a huge day for all three new Hall of Famers. Certainly a big day for Puerto Rico. And without question, it was a big day for Dereck Rodriguez, Twins prospect and son of the first-ballot Hall of Famer.

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Get To Know: Lookouts Outfielder Edgar Corcino

Born in Puerto Rico, Edgar Corcino was drafted in 2009 by the Detroit Tigers. In 2012, he played at four different levels, including a handful of games at AAA. However, after the season he was released. He spent two seasons in independent leagues. Before the 2015 season, Corcino signed with the Twins. He began the season at extended spring training before spending the final four months of the season in Cedar Rapids. Last year, he began in Ft. Myers, but after a slow start, he came on strong and by midseason, he was promoted to Chattanooga.

Overall, he hit .273/.337/.420 (.757) with 20 doubles, 11 triples and eight homers in 124 games. He also stole seven bases, and he is a tremendous outfielder at all three positions.

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In His Words: Tanner English's 2016 Season

Twins minor league outfielder Tanner English has always been a star on the baseball field. Like many in professional baseball, he was a great high school player. Following his career at St. James High School in Murrell Island, South Carolina, he was drafted in the 13th round by the Tampa Bay Rays. After a lot of deep thought and long nights, English decided to stay in-state and attend the University of South Carolina. Following three seasons there, the Twins used their 11th-round pick to take the speedy center fielder.

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Catching Up With Catcher Dan Rohlfing

Dan Rohlfing was the Twins 14th round draft pick in 2007 out of high school in St. Louis. He played a lot of third base in high school, but the Twins had him mostly playing catcher. Because he is such a good athlete, he played some in the outfield as well. After three years of rookie-league ball, Rohlfing skipped the Midwest League and jumped right to Ft. Myers in 2010. He split the 2011 and 2012 seasons between Ft. Myers and New Britain and finished the 2012 season with some time in the Arizona Fall League. His 2013 was split between New Britain and Rochester, and he spent the 2014 season with the Red Wings.

Though he could have left earlier as a minor league free agent, he signed with the Mets before the 2015 season and spent the summer in Las Vegas (AAA). In 2016, he signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks and spent most of the season in AAA Reno.

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Catching Up With Infielder Trey Cabbage

Trey Cabbage was the Twins third round draft pick in June of 2015 out of high school in Tennessee. After a solid debut in the GCL after signing, he spent his first full season as a professional baseball player with the Twins in 2016. After extended spring training, he went back to his home state and played for the Elizabethton Twins.

A year ago at this time, we Got to Know Trey Cabbage, and now we catch up with him to read how he felt about his first full professional season and much more.

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Get To Know: Kernels Outfielder Casey Scoggins

We return today with another Q&A with a Twins 2016 draft pick. Casey Scoggins was the Twins 39th round pick from the University of Tampa. The senior signed quickly and reported to Elizabethton. A week later, he was promoted to Cedar Rapids where he primarily led off and played centerfield for the Kernels as they made their playoff run.


A little more on Scoggins from the scouting report of the outfielder (from the 2017 Twins Prospect Handbook):


8]Scouting Report: No stranger to south Florida, Scoggins grew up on the east side of the state in Port St. Lucie and went to Jensen Beach high school. He went to Santa Fe CC in Gainesville where he was the mid-Florida Conference Player of the Year as a freshman when he hit .400/.515/.438. He had a down year as a sophomore. He went to Tampa University for the final two seasons. He hit .352/.425/.421 (.846) and then .348/.431/.548 (.979) as a senior. All four years of college he walked more than he struck out. In addition, he was a two-time ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove winner and the national defender of the year. For a 39th round pick, Scoggins has some tools. He’s got above average speed. He is a terrific defensive outfielder. And he has good leadoff hitter qualities.


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Catching Up With LHP Lachlan Wells

Today we are pleased to present the below Q&A with Twins left-handed pitching prospect, Lachlan Wells. He began 2016 in extended spring training, ready to go to Elizabethton after pitching in the GCL in 2015. Instead, in late June, he was sent to Cedar Rapids and was very good for the Kernels the rest of the season. In 12 starts, he went 6-4 with a miniscule 1.77 ERA. In 71.1 innings, he walked 16 and struck out 63. Very impressive numbers on their own, but when you consider he will not turn 20 until late February, it is even moreso.

“Wells grew up in Newcastle, Australia, and played cricket through age 14. That’s when he began to focus more on baseball. At age 15, he was already working in the upper-80s and was seen by Howie Norsetter. In 2015, Wells went 5-2 with a 2.09 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP in the GCL. In 47.1 innings, he walked 11 and struck out 49. As the season ended, he traveled to Japan for the 18U World Cup. Wells now sits in the low-90s. He has a good curveball, and his changeup is probably his best pitch. He has a funky delivery with a lot of arm action. He can be deceptive to hitters as well. His twin brother Alexander signed with the Orioles organization late in 2015 and made his pro debut in 2016. ”


That was an excerpt from Wells’ profile in the 2017 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook which you will be able to order for yourself today! The Prospect Handbook will be available in paperback and as a pdf for immediate download. Get your copy ordered today!

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2017 Twins Prospect Handbook Available Wednesday (at 8 a.m.)

On Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. central, you will be able to order the 2017 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook ($15.99) in paperback or pdf form ($10.99 and available immediately upon purchase). Cody Christie, Jeremy Nygaard and I are really excited about the book being available, and not only because it has been a busy three month process to complete it. We’re really proud of the book and hope that you’ll enjoy it.

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Get To Know: Kernels Shortstop Brandon Lopez

The Twins used their 10th-round pick in June on Brandon Lopez, a shortstop from the University of Miami. He wasn't able to sign for a couple of weeks because he helped lead the Hurricanes to the College World Series in Omaha.

After signing, he was sent to Elizabethton where he spent about a month. In 27 games, he hit .337/.470/.413 (.883) with five doubles and a triple. He was promoted to Cedar Rapids. He played in 18 games and hit .286/.393/.329 (.721) with three doubles. It was a strong first impression in the organization, especially the defense he played and his ability to get on base.

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Get To Know: Twins RHP Tyler Beardsley

We continue to get to know more and more of the Minnesota Twins minor leaguers and recent draft picks today. Tyler Beardsley was the Twins 16th round pick this past June out of California State - Sacramento.

After signing, Beardsley was sent to Elizabethton. He pitched 34 innings in seven games (five starts) and went 2-0 with a 2.65 ERA. He walked six and struck out 33. He was promoted to Cedar Rapids where he made five more starts before being shut down for the year. He went 1-2 but had a 3.86 ERA. He will likely begin the 2017 season back with the Kernels but should have an opportunity to pitch in Ft. Myers if things go well.