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Give Me Realistic August Trade Targets

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:50 AM
Generally that means players that are either overpaid or fairly mediocre. I'll submit that both left-handed hitting catchers I identified...
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Article: Twins Acquire Kevin Jepsen From Rays

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The Twins have finally made their first splash, with just a couple hours remaining until the 3:00 PM non-waiver trade deadline. Ken Rosen...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (8/1): Gibbons' Bi...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 01:26 AM
What a win for the Twins in comeback, walk-off fashion. The story in the minor leagues was the complete game shutout of Sam Gibbons. Very...
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Game Thread: Twins vs Mariners, 8/1/15, 6:10 PM CDT

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:44 PM
"A day late and a dollar short..." game thread intro. I owe y'all an apology. I got caught up tryin' to be funny in yesterday's intro, an...
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Best Hitting Coach in System

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 10:55 PM
As I watch our prospects work thru the system and either make it to the MLB level or fall short, I ask who has been their biggest influen...
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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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