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Daring off-season plan

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:19 PM
The Twins should try and acquire Chris Archer from TB. The offer would be Rosario or Kepler, Nick Gordon and some minor league pitcher fr...
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Article: Twins Daily Awards 2017: Most Valuable Player

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:02 PM
We know that Major League Baseball keeps its definition of “valuable” as in “Most Valuable Player” intentionally vague. While many believ...
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Article: Glen Perkins: Tribute To A Twins Daily Hall Of F...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:59 PM
On the final Sunday of the 2017 regular season, Minnesota Twins fans had the privilege of watching 44-year-old Bartolo Colon put, perhaps...
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IMO, this is why you acquire SP from outside

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 02:58 PM
I keep reading that a team shouldn't sign FA pitchers, because they don't always work out. Or, that a team shouldn't trade "real" prospec...
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Billy Hamilton available

Other Baseball Today, 02:58 PM
https://www.mlbtrade...comment-1108146   Hamilton is 27 already. His bat has never worked out so he's basically a defensive only pla...
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Baseball America releases 2013 Best Tools list

Attached Image: Joe Mauer.jpg Baseball America has released their MLB Best Tools 2013 report, providing the top three players at certain skill sets (i.e. Best Hitter, Best Power, Best Strike-Zone Judgment, etc) as determined by a poll of major league managers. Not surprising, the Minnesota Twins have little of representation this year.

Only Joe Mauer and Jamey Carroll showed up on the list.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK] Mauer was lauded as the second-best player in Strike-Zone Judgment and the third-best Hitter, third-best Defensive Catcher. Carroll, meanwhile, was selected as the second-best Hit-and-Run Artist in the American League.

A smattering of ex-Twins also showed up on the list, including Jesse Crain (as the second-best reliever in the AL), J.J. Hardy (who was voted the best Defensive Shortstop in the AL), and Carlos Gomez (who was deemed the best Defensive Center fielder in the National League).

In Baseball America’s minor league skill rankings, the Twins have numerous players lauded as having the best skills in their respective leagues:

Low-A (Midwest League): Best Batting Prospect (Byron Buxton), Best Power Prospect (Adam Brett Walker), Best Defensive 2B (Jorge Polanco), Best Defensive OF (Buxton), Most Exciting Player (Buxton) and Best Manager Prospect (Jake Mauer).

High-A (Florida State League): Best Batting Prospect (Miguel Sano), Best Power Prospect (Sano), Fastest Baserunner (Buxton), Best Defensive OF (Buxton), Most Exciting Player (Sano).

Double-A (Eastern League): Best Power Prospect (Sano), Best Strike-Zone Judgment (Pinto), Best Defensive SS (Danny Santana) and Best Infield Arm (Sano).

Triple-A (International League): None.

The two things that stick out about this list is while there is a decent amount of minor league Twins players included, they are (1) low in the system and (2) all position players. This will be a factor as the organization struggles to produce high-quality starting pitchers.


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