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Article: Twins Roster Projection 2017: Version 2.0

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:32 AM
In past years, I posted my first big league Roster Projections on the first day of Twins full-squad workouts. This is a couple of days la...
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Article: Twins Blunder Polanco's Development

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 07:13 AM
Shortstop has been a revolving door for the Twins for the greater part of the last two decades. Minnesota is set to enter the 2017 season...
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Article: TD Top Prospects: #5 Tyler Jay

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:40 AM
There's no doubting the potency of Tyler Jay's top two pitches. His hard fastball and filthy slider – trademarks during a tremendous tenu...
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Berardino: Gibson changes delivery to keep shoulder healthy

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:38 AM
http://www.twincitie...oulder-healthy/   Mike Berardino talked to RHP Kyle Gibson about his new warm-up technique and his altered de...
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Article: TD Top Prospects #4: Nick Gordon

Twins Minor League Talk Yesterday, 11:59 PM
It has been a long, long time since the Twins have had a “shortstop of the future” in their pipeline. But since drafting Nick Gordon fift...
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State of the Starting Corps

Attached Image: diamond.jpg Through free agent signings and trades, the Twins have added three names to their 2013 starting pitching mix, along with a couple prospects who can help down the line.

As we assess the progress of this rebuilding unit, can we say with assurance that the three MLB pitchers they've added – Vance Worley, Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey – are significantly better than the three that just exited as free agents – Francisco Liriano, Carl Pavano and Scott Baker? I don't know that we can, and that is troubling.

Here's a look at how the best-case starting five would shake out if everything stayed the same:
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1. Scott Diamond
2. Vance Worley
3. Kevin Correia
4. Mike Pelfrey
5. Kyle Gibson

It's got the makings of a below-average rotation, with a chance to be respectable but a greater chance to blow up, especially with flimsy defensive support. Keep in mind that the last two on the list won't necessarily be ready to pitch in the majors right off the bat.

Behind these five names, the depth chart is an assortment of major question marks, including Liam Hendriks, Nick Blackburn, Sam Deduno, Cole De Vries and Brian Duensing. It was quite clear last year that none of those players had what it took to start in the majors, so it'd be somewhat surprising if any (save for perhaps Hendriks) suddenly turned a corner and became an adequate piece.

Long story short, the Twins' immediate starting pitching outlook remains dreary. At this point, the addition of even one established quality starter would go a long way toward improving the unit's overall chances at staying afloat next season, but it's unclear Terry Ryan intends to do that.

As things stand, it's impossible for me to believe he could look at his current group and feel confident that they're likely to perform a whole lot better than last year's.


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