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Wolfson: Kris Johnson sold to Hiroshima

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:03 AM
Darren Wolfson over at 1500espn reports that the Minnesota Twins have sold the contract of LHP Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp of the...
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Just a little FA SP options homework

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:47 PM
So I did a little homework for my own information on FA SP options that may be of interest to the Twins. While doing so, FWIW, I thought...
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World Series starts Tuesday...

More Baseball Yesterday, 09:33 PM
...so who do you like? I picked KC as my adopted team going into the postseason, so I'll ride that horse and say the Cinderella story has...
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Article: Let's Just Roll With What We Have

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:03 AM
It may mean a bunch of losses in 2015, but the Twins need to use their next season to evaluate what they have. Next off-season, they can...
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Article: Left Field In Need Of Upgrade

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 08:43 PM
If there is one position that will be different for the Minnesota Twins in 2015, it appears that it will be left field. And if the team w...
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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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