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Article: Winter Meetings: Reliever Roulette

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:42 AM
The free agent relief market is finally beginning to take shape at the Winter Meetings. The Minnesota Twins, for now, are biding their ti...
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I hate the Yankees...

Other Baseball Today, 09:36 AM
that's all I wanted to say.I consider it good for baseball if they don't win the World Series next year.   Feel free to vent below....
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Article: Twins Sign RHP Michael Pineda

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:35 AM
The Twins announced this morning that they have signed right-handed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year, $10 million deal. The former Ma...
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Article: Winter Meetings - Search For A Starter

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 09:22 AM
The Winter Meetings are an interesting event, particularly for fans. There are a multitude of rumors, and we need to sift through them to...
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Twins 2013: An Impressive Start

Attached Image: Morneau_Carroll_celebrate.jpg I am not sure many really expected all of this.

The Twins are now 8-7 and have won four games in a row. This is while without their best 2012 starting pitcher for the first nine games, with Vance Worley being bad until his fourth start, with a horribly struggling rookie in Aaron Hicks, with Justin Morneau at even sub-2012 levels of production, with Ryan Doumit struggling, with . . . . well you get the idea.

The fact that the Twins are over .500 is surprising when you consider that only Joe Mauer, Eduardo Escobar, Pedro Florimon, and Kevin Correia are actually performing beyond expectations right now. [PRBREAK][/PRBREAK]
So there's that--the Twins have gotten off to an above average start, literally, and that means a good start when looking at a, predicted by some, .410 win percentage (66 wins) for the year.

To make things better, there is enormous good news in the minors. While Kyle Gibson has been fairly bad and has pitched too many innings per start if he is on an overall innings limit, Alex Meyer and Trevor May have looked good. When Gibson gets it going and when Meyer and May progress further, the Twins will have legitimate options at starting pitcher. Drafting a lefty starter (Sean Manaea?) with their #4 pick might add immensely to the 2015 season.

Meyer has struck out 19 in 16 innings and he is giving up more hits then he is accustomed to, but he is moving right along toward a September call-up. May is going to struggle at times, but he is also going to make B.J. Hermsen out to be a non-prospect. (No offense, but Hermsen does not currently have a strike out pitch).

Offensively, it seems that Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and Eddie Rosario are too big for where they are. There is zero reason for the Twins not to promote Buxton to Fort Myers immediately (and Angel Morales could then graduate to New Britain and get a true make it or break it season at AA). Sano and Rosario should remain until about June to be promoted to AA and then we can see the experiment really begin (Sano at third, Rosario at second).

Buxton has produced a .415/.523/.642 line in 15 games. Buxton has two of each type of extra base hits while Sano has a slash of .375/.438/.734 and Rosario brings in a .352/.385/.507 slash. Rosario has no errors so far, a good sign for the biggest positional question in the system. Sano can move to first, Buxton can be the CF, pushing Hicks to RF. And Rosario as a second baseman makes the team strong at a position that has been a debacle since Chuck Knoblauch.

D.J. Baxendale is a great honorable mention right now. In the future, Michael Tonkin, A.J. Achter, and Jose Berrios will rate honors. Baxendale, in particular, is notable for his success as a starter this year.

This is all a sign of a very bright future. The 2013 team is competing for first place in the division AND the prospects are looking quite good.

This year is already different than 2012. And that is worth a lot.

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