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Interesting interview with Terry Ryan

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:19 AM
This article contains some interesting statements by Terry Ryan, including the following:   Pohlad said last fall that Ryan’s job is...
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10,000th Homer

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:12 AM
With Hendriks going tonight, maybe, just maybe, a Twin will connect for Franchise Home Run #10,000.  Before it happens, let's get so...
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Schafer!

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 10:12 AM
Schafer has done well, no question. Has he rendered his 80 ABs for the Braves moot? He's arb eligible and almost 28. Maybe coming to the...
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Can managers be traded in MLB?

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I seem to remember it happening a few times but I can't remember if MLB changed the rules on that.  Anyone know?  The reason I...
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Article: Non-Roster Hopefuls

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As Labor Day approaches and fall soon sets in, it's hard to believe that the baseball season is already almost five months complete. Mond...
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The Century Club (100 RBI minor leaguers)

Last weekend, Dalton Hicks drove in two runs for the Ft. Myers Miracle and became the second minor leaguer this season to drive in 100 runs. The other? His teammate for the first three months of the season, Kernels outfielder Adam Walker. As of today, Walker leads minor league baseball with 106 RBI while Hicks is second at 103. The only other minor leaguer with 100 RBI this year is Astros slugging prospect George Springer, at 102.

While Walker has driven in each of his runs for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, Hicks has spent a quarter of his season with the Ft. Myers Miracle. He has 21 RBI with the Miracle after knocking in 82 runs with the Kernels.

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During the first half of the season, the two sluggers benefited from hitting in the middle of a lineup that including Byron Buxton and Jorge Polanco setting the table. Walker, the Twins 3rd round pick in 2012 out of Jacksonville Univeristy, has hit 29 doubles, seven triples and 26 home runs. Hicks, a lumbering first baseman drafted in the 17th round of the 2012 draft out of Central Florida, has hit a combined 37 doubles to go with 17 home runs.

We frequently talk about how RBI are so much dependent upon those hitting in front of the batter. I do believe that RBI can be overrated, but as we watch a Twins team struggling to hit with runners in scoring position, I think it's important to remember that someone needs to drive run in!

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The two become the 33rd and 34th Twins minor leaguers since 1980 to have a 100 RBI season. The list of names below tell us that RBI is certainly not a indicator of future big league success. (However, it is fun at times to go into the Way Back Machine and read about names we may not have thought about in years.)

[TABLE="class: grid, width: 500, align: center"]
[TR]
[TD]2013[/TD]
[TD]Adam Walker[/TD]
[TD]106+[/TD]
[TD]Cedar Rapids[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2013[/TD]
[TD]Dalton Hicks[/TD]
[TD]103+[/TD]
[TD]Cedar Rapids/Ft. Myers[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2012[/TD]
[TD]Miguel Sano[/TD]
[TD]100[/TD]
[TD]Beloit[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2005[/TD]
[TD]David Winfree[/TD]
[TD]101[/TD]
[TD]Beloit[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2004[/TD]
[TD]Kevin West[/TD]
[TD]109[/TD]
[TD]New Britain/Rochester[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2004[/TD]
[TD]Jason Kubel[/TD]
[TD]100[/TD]
[TD]New Britain/Rochester[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2002[/TD]
[TD]Michael Ryan[/TD]
[TD]101[/TD]
[TD]Edmonton[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2002[/TD]
[TD]Todd Sears[/TD]
[TD]100[/TD]
[TD]Edmonton[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]2000[/TD]
[TD]Brian Buchanan[/TD]
[TD]103[/TD]
[TD]Salt Lake[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1999[/TD]
[TD]David Ortiz[/TD]
[TD]110[/TD]
[TD]Salt Lake[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1999[/TD]
[TD]Michael Restovich[/TD]
[TD]107[/TD]
[TD]Quad Cities[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1999[/TD]
[TD]Steve Hacker[/TD]
[TD]100[/TD]
[TD]New Britain, Salt Lake[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1998[/TD]
[TD]Tommy Peterman[/TD]
[TD]110[/TD]
[TD]Ft. Myers[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1998[/TD]
[TD]Corey Koskie[/TD]
[TD]105[/TD]
[TD]Salt Lake[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1997[/TD]
[TD]David Ortiz[/TD]
[TD]124[/TD]
[TD]FM/NB/SL[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1996[/TD]
[TD]Todd Walker[/TD]
[TD]101[/TD]
[TD]Salt Lake[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1994[/TD]
[TD]Bernardo Brito[/TD]
[TD]122[/TD]
[TD]Salt Lake[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1992[/TD]
[TD]Marty Cordova[/TD]
[TD]131[/TD]
[TD]Visalia[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1992[/TD]
[TD]Steve Dunn[/TD]
[TD]113[/TD]
[TD]Visalia[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1991[/TD]
[TD]Paul Russo[/TD]
[TD]100[/TD]
[TD]Kenosha[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1990[/TD]
[TD]Ray Ortiz[/TD]
[TD]102[/TD]
[TD]Visalia/Orlando[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1989[/TD]
[TD]Paul Sorrento[/TD]
[TD]112[/TD]
[TD]Orlando[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1989[/TD]
[TD]Terry Jorgenson[/TD]
[TD]101[/TD]
[TD]Orlando[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1986[/TD]
[TD]Gene Larkin[/TD]
[TD]104[/TD]
[TD]Orlando[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1986[/TD]
[TD]Tim Schwarz[/TD]
[TD]101[/TD]
[TD]Visalia[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1985[/TD]
[TD]Mark Funderburk[/TD]
[TD]116[/TD]
[TD]Orlando[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1985[/TD]
[TD]Mark Davidson[/TD]
[TD]106[/TD]
[TD]Orlando[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1985[/TD]
[TD]Gene Larkin[/TD]
[TD]106[/TD]
[TD]Visalia[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1984[/TD]
[TD]Stan Holmes[/TD]
[TD]101[/TD]
[TD]Orlando[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1983[/TD]
[TD]Stan Holmes[/TD]
[TD]115[/TD]
[TD]Visalia[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1983[/TD]
[TD]Tim Teufel[/TD]
[TD]100[/TD]
[TD]Toledo[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1982[/TD]
[TD]Greg Wells[/TD]
[TD]107[/TD]
[TD]Toledo[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1981[/TD]
[TD]Kent Hrbek[/TD]
[TD]111[/TD]
[TD]Visalia[/TD]
[/TR]
[TR]
[TD]1981[/TD]
[TD]Tim Laudner[/TD]
[TD]104[/TD]
[TD]Orlando[/TD]
[/TR]
[/TABLE]

There are a few guys on that list that have a couple of World Series rings and tremendous careers. There are several players who never got a taste of the big leagues.

Miguel Sano is currently at 94 RBI, so there is a chance that he will hit the century mark for a second straight year. Kennys Vargas currently has 86 RBI and would need a torrid stretch to get there, but it's possible. I'm sure people reading this will also be excited to hear that Scott Ullger drove in 108 runs for Visalia.

Next season, Walker should join Hicks in the Ft. Myers lineup to start the season. However, I would anticipate that both will be up in New Britain by season's end, maybe even by the All Star break.


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