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Jason Turbow on Sano

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:29 PM
https://thebaseballc...trous-reaction/   Turbow wrote the great book - The Baseball Codes - that discussed the changes in baseball's...
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2017 MLB draft thread

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:29 PM
Baring some sort of scenario where the Twins manage to win the next 8, the Braves lose the next 8, and win the tie breaker, we'll be pick...
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Computerized Vs. Human Strike Zone

Other Baseball Today, 12:29 PM
When this was first brought up, I was against having a computerized strike zone. I was firmly holding onto my traditional baseball belief...
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Article: Buxton Not Alone In Early-Season Struggles

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:24 PM
In case you haven’t been following the Minnesota Twins to this point in the season, Byron Buxton has started the season really slowly. On...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (4/24): Affiliates Sal...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 12:20 PM
The Twins traveled south to Texas to start a three-game series with the Rangers.Congrats to Jermaine Palacios who was named Midwest Leagu...
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Cole in the Stocking

Attached Image: cole.jpg The Minnesotan, Golden Gopher alum and baseball fan inside me all want to see Cole DeVries succeed in a Twins uniform. The analyst inside me knows that he probably won't.

DeVries is a great story. He was signed by the Twins as an undrafted free agent back in 2006 after a solid career at the University of Minnesota, and has gradually worked his way up the organizational ladder. On Tuesday, the 27-year-old was called up to the majors to fill Jason Marquis' vacant roster spot. He'll make his big-league debut on Thursday in a start against the White Sox.
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The soft-tossing right-hander's minor-league track record is far from spectacular. In six seasons, he has gone 32-42 with a 4.01 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He has proven extremely hittable in the high minors, allowing 413 hits in 366 innings between Double-A and Triple-A. That's an average of 10.2 H/9 – not exactly a change of pace for a Twins team that currently leads the American League in hits allowed.

DeVries hangs in the mid-80s with his velocity and has largely survived by peppering the strike zone, especially this year as he's issued only seven walks in 46 2/3 innings for Rochester. MLB hitters are likely to tee off on his brand of soft serve, so I suspect his stay in the Twins' rotation will be short.

Nevertheless, it's cool to see him get a chance to pitch on the big stage and perhaps – like Scott Diamond and P.J. Walters before him – he can catch an unfamiliar league by surprise and conjure up some good results for a desperate staff.


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