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Article: Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month - May 2015

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 07:03 AM
Yesterday, we got to know our May 2015 Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month. Today, we’re going to give you the top six Twins m...
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Dream Trade Target: Aroldis Champman

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 06:55 AM
What would it take to get Aroldis? I would be fine including anyone not named Buxton/Sano at this point. If the Twins are still "in it"...
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Article: Twins Minor League Report (6/2): Walker And The...

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 06:36 AM
The Minnesota Twins lost a 1-0 decision to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. The primary winner in the Twins minor leagues on Tuesday...
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Dominican Summer League

Twins Minor League Talk Today, 05:59 AM
We have a 5th minor league team to follow on a daily basis, but I'm pretty sure most of us would say we know the least about the players...
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So at what point does Molly/TR realize that Escobar and h...

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 05:25 AM
Arguably has already cost the Twins multiple games. Should be 12 games above .500 at this point, not 10 games and losing 1-0 games. Escob...
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Top '13 Stories: #12 - Drew Butera traded

Attached Image: drew-butera-twins.jpg It’s possible that Minnesota Twins fans, and Twins Daily fans in particular, got a little too worked up about Drew Butera’s Twins career. I’ll grant you that. Nevertheless, it was big news when the Twins lone “trade deadline” move was trading Butera to the Dodgers. The immediate announcement was for a “player to be named later” who ended up being Miguel Subran, an A-ball pitching prospect.[PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
Certainly Butera hadn’t impacted the Twins much in 2013 – he had only three at-bats. (By the way, he had a similar impact with the Dodgers, totaling only seven at-bats with them.) And his usage in his three-and-a-half years with the major league club was relatively sparse. He totaled just 541 AB in his tenure.

But it sure seemed more significant than that for anyone who lived through the 2011 season. That was the year Joe Mauer, with his career .323 batting average, was laid up for long spans with bi-lateral leg weakness. Butera ended up with the lion’s share of Mauer’s at-bats, posting a .167 batting average, even as the organization raved about his defense.

It’s possible Butera's fans overrated that aspect of his game, while it’s also possible that Butera's critics underrated it, preferring to concentrate on his .181 career batting average. But both camps were encouraged by the return the Twins got from the Dodgers in the trade. The 19-year-old Sulbaran finished the year with a 2.96 ERA in Low A and 101K in 120 IP. He’s not a top prospect, but he’s the type to keep an eye on, as we wait to see if he can continue to develop as he matures.

However, the excitement about this trade was mostly driven by the perception that the Twins were turning the page on an unhealthy infatuation with a player with limited upside. In a year with a quiet trade deadline, the organization seemed to recognize the right way to go and took a small step in that direction. Regardless of the return, that ended up being a big story in Twins Territory.


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