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What would it take: Matt Kemp

More Baseball Today, 06:12 AM
To start out, I am not advocating for the Twins to trade for Matt Kemp, this thread is meant for conversation/debate/whatever.   It...
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Josh Reddick?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 01:06 AM
According to MLB Trade Rumors, the A's are listening to offers for several of their left-handed hitters, including Reddick http://www.mlb...
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Article: No Experience Necessary?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:16 AM
When Doug Mientkiewicz emerged as an early contender for the Twins' managerial job, his lack of experience served both as a point against...
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Article: Twins Win Posting for Korean LHP Hyeon-Jong Yang

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:59 PM
UPDATE (Sun, 10:00 PM) - Beradino tweeted that the Yang's KBO team, the Kia Tigers, have not officially accepted the bid yet. Meanwhile,...
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Dexter Fowler?

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:32 PM
MLBTR is reporting that the Astros are shopping CF Dexter Fowler for bullpen help (Link). I don't know much about him aside from glancing...
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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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