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Sano Potential

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:41 PM
There has been a marked improvement in Sano's performance this year. Not only is it better, it seems to be much more consistent than in...
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Trade or stand pat

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:41 PM
In order to not derail the "Young Guns" article thread any further:  Should the Twins be looking to package a few prospects for a pr...
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Article: Keith Law On The Twins And The 2017 Draft

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 03:40 PM
In the fourth and final installment of a conversation with Keith Law, we discussed what goes into the thinking when a team has the #1 ove...
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Tyler Jay - 2017

Adopt A Prospect 2017 Today, 03:36 PM
History The Twins drafted Tyler Jay with the 6th overall pick in the 2015 draft out of the University of Illinois. After signing, he was...
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Game Thread: Twins @ Orioles, 5/23 @ 6:05 CT

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 03:35 PM
  Good afternoon and welcome back to the Minnesota Twins baseball Game Thread!  After watching the game last night it got me th...
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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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