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Berardino: Buxton in Good Defensive Company

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Byron Buxton was named the Twins Defensive Player of the Year for 2016 (Jim Kaat Award) by the Twin Cities chapter of the BBWAA recently....
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Twins Outright Five from 40-man roster

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According to the Twins official website, five players were outrighted from the Twins 40-man roster.    Andrew Albers James Bere...
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Rockies were interested in Kyle Gibson before, how about...

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Article: Give Them A Chance

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In February of 2012, we merged four prominent Twins blogs into one. It was the start of Twins Daily. We are quite proud of the community...
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Berardino: Kepler Gives Self C- Grade for Rookie Season

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 10:17 PM
Mike Berardino wrote a good article on Max Kepler who was named the team's rookie of the year yesterday by the BBWAA.   ...
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MLB Draft Day 1

Good morning, Twins fans!! Today is the day we have been thinking about since the end of the 2013 season when the Minnesota Twins finished with the fifth-worst record in baseball. That means the Twins have the fifth pick in each round of the MLB Draft. On Thursday evening, we will know who the Twins selected with the #5 overall pick, but we'll also find out who they took with their second round pick (#46) later in the evening.

One of the "positives" of playing so poorly is a high draft choice the next season. Twins fans, we're used to that as the Twins have had a high draft choice the past two years too. Of course, two years ago, it meant they were able to draft outfielder Byron Buxton from a rural Georgia high school with the second overall pick in 2012. Last year, the Twins went the prep route again and selected athletic, hard-throwing righty Kohl Stewart with the fourth overall pick. (SD Buhr talked to Stewart about his thoughts on his first full season in professional baseball last week)

Attached Image: mlb-draft.jpg Who will the Twins select this evening with the fifth overall pick this year?

Well, unfortunately, we are going to have to remain patient until early this evening. The Major League Draft starts at 6:00 central time with the first overall pick. The Houston Astros have earned that selection each of the last three seasons and they've taken shortstop Carlos Correa and "sure-thing" right-hander Mark Appel.

After the Astros pick, the Miami Marlins well draft. After that, the Windy City will get some air time as the White Sox have the third pick and the Cubs have the fourth pick.

There are a lot of scenarios that could play out with those top four picks. As much as we think that the Twins might go in one direction (most mock drafts have the Twins taking Florida high schooler Nick Gordon), we won't know until about 6:30 central time tonight.

Over the last few weeks, at Twins Daily, we have done profiles of the several players that the Twins could take:

Of course, depending upon how things go, the Twins could surprise and go in a different direction. Hartford left-hander Sean Newcomb, a 6-5 230 pounder with a mid-90s fastball, a slider and changeup in the low-to-mid 80s and a curveball in the mid-to-high 70s, has certainly picked up some steam as the draft approaches.

Twins Daily is fortunate to have Jeremy Nygaard as a key part of this community. His efforts with the Rosters & Payrolls page is remarkable. However, his knowledge and passion for the draft are unrivaled in this market. He has kept us updated for a couple of months on developments in the MLB Draft. In the last few weeks, he has provided us with mock drafts.

He even posted his predictions (or at least some options) for what the Twins will do with their first ten picksover the next couple days.

The MLB Draft is such an important time for MLB teams. They are able to make 40 (or more) picks to add talent to the organization. In any given year, if two or three of the picks become useful big leaguers, the draft was a huge success.

When a team has such high picks, it is more important to be right. That's the position that the Twins find themselves in for the third straight season.

We encourage you to keep close to Twins Daily for more updates. However, be sure to stop by at 6:00 when we will have a special MLB Draft Twins Hangouts show. Jeremy Nygaard and Seth Stohs will be joined by John Bonnes to talk about the draft and the picks leading up to the Twins pick (which should occur just after 6:30). We'll be on until around 7 with our reaction to whoever it is the Twins select.

Then at 9:00, John, Jeremy and I will take their discussion to the air waves. Tune in to KFAN (fm 100.3 in the Twin Cities, or here online) for a Minnesota Twins draft show. We will discuss the Twins first round pick, but we'll also tell you more about the Twins 2nd round pick. That pick should be made around 9:35, so Jeremy can tell us more about that player as well.

It's going to be a full, fun, busy day here at Twins Daily. Use this thread to discuss rumors throughout the day. Even more fun, post below your thoughts on who will be taken with each of the top 5 or 10 picks.

And then on Friday, we will have a new article for the Twins Day 2 picks, which will cover rounds 3-10. On Saturday, we will post and discuss selections from rounds 11-40 in a Day 3 article. Jeremy Nygaard will provide some thoughts on each pick.

A quick reminder:

Thanks to the Twins win over the Brewers Wednesday, it means that on Thursday you can get 50% off a Large of Extra Large pizza when you use the “TWINSWIN” promotion code at PapaJohns.com.

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