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Twins playing Moneyball?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:05 AM
Recent moves suggest the Twins are prioritizing power in their hitters, sometimes at the expense of defense (especially at the corners)....
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Berandino: Byung-ho Park Reportedly Headed to the Twin Ci...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:32 PM
According to Mike Berandino, a South Korean news agency reports that Byung-ho Park departs on Sunday for the Twins Cities.He is scheduled...
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What is happening with Park?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:32 PM
What is the status on the negotiation with Park, anyone know?  It seems like a long time since we have heard anything about him, sta...
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Kenta Maeda versus Kris Johnson

Other Baseball Yesterday, 08:34 PM
With the news that Kenta Maeda has asked to be posted, and with Fangraphs speculating teams could spend anywhere between 65 million and 1...
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From MinnCentric

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.
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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