Twins Weekly for Feb. 16-22: Picture Day!
Image courtesy of Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsLet’s take a quick look back at all the articles from the front page in the order they were published. This edition of Twins Weekly covers Friday, Feb. 16 to Thursday, Feb. 22.
Twins Sign RHP Anibal Sanchez... No, Really | Seth Stohs
Twins Acquire Jake Odorizzi From Rays For Jermaine Palacios | Seth Stohs
The Twins Almanac for February 18–24 | Matt Johnson
Gleeman & The Geek: Ep 356: Jake Odorizzi & Anibal Sanchez | John Bonnes
Twins Daily Top Prospects: #3 Nick Gordon | Cody Christie
Is This Front Office Truly Enlightened About Pitching? | Nick Nelson
Seth's Twins On Deck Podcast (Episode 7) | Seth Stohs
Getting Rid Of The Bad Odor Might Be Izzi | Cody Christie
Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #2 Fernando Romero | Tom Froemming
Sano Going To Let It Eat | Ted Schwerzler
Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #1 Royce Lewis | Nick Nelson
Who Are These Guys? (Twins Non-Roster Invites) | Seth Stohs
Gameday: Twins Versus Gophers (Exhibition) | Seth Stohs
Backstop Battery Becoming an Asset | Ted Schwerzler
TD 2018 Minnesota Twins Top Prospects Recap | Nick Nelson
From the Twins Daily Blogs
Below are some additional items of note from the blog area. I've pulled excerpts from each piece in an attempt to hook you in.
A Potential Upgrade for Kennys Vargas
By Andrew Thares
The Twins do still have 4 years of team control of Vargas, but now might be the time for the Twins to look to move on from him. A few teams that I could see drawing interest in Vargas would be the Colorado Rockies, St. Louis Cardinals and Kansas City Royals. Now where would the Twins go to get this potential upgrade for Kennys Vargas. For that, we can look at our neighbors to the East, in the Milwaukee Brewers’ right-handed hitting first basemen Jesus Aguilar.
Will the Real Kyle Gibson Please Stand Up?
By Jamie Cameron
Gibson’s fastball command and usage had a significant impact on hitters. Opposing hitters O-Swing % (the amount opposing hitters swing at a pitch outside the strike zone) increased from 18% to over 25%. Additionally, Gibson was able to generate more swings inside the zone with his fastball increasing that number 18% to 61%, a career high. In other words, if your stuff isn’t outstanding, you better to be able to keep hitters off balance by moving it around in the zone, or command the strike zone, as Alston would call it. It will be fascinating to see if Alston can further leverage this improvement Gibson made in the second half of 2017 for a successful 2018.
Breaking down Jake Odorizzi
Who is Jake Odorizzi? Depending on who you ask and under what context, you'll get a different answer to this question. Around Twins social media, I've seen such differing opinions - from "Should he be the Opening Day starter? He may be our best pitcher" to "He's, at best, a number 4 starter". I would contend that he is likely the middle ground between these two, very different statements.
The Yu Paradox
By Matthew Lenz
So yes, I am frustrated. I'm disappointed. I'm sad. I'm [enter whatever adjective you want] that the Twins weren't able to sign yet another superstar to bring them to the next level. But I love the Twins and will continue to cheer them on. I will continue to follow them once this crop of talent is gone. I'm not only here when things are good, but I'm also here when things are bad. I may not be happy with every decision made, but that doesn't make me (or you) a bad fan.
Current batters and their historical positions going into 2018
2018 Baseball Stats – current pitchers all time rankings
Both these pieces by mikelink45 take a look at which players are approaching noteworthy career milestones as we enter the 2018 season.
I'd like to share a few of my favorite pictures from media day. We'll leadoff with new Twin Anibal Sanchez, who looks like he's not quite sure what he's supposed to do with his hands.
Next up is fellow offseason addition Fernando Rodney. Yes, he always wears his hat like this. Let your eyes adjust, let it sink in. He does this in tribute to his late father. Hopefully all of Twins Territory can get up to speed and not dog on him for wearing his hat funny.
Speaking of accessories, here's Ervin Santana. He seems to be in good spirits, but at the very bottom of the photo you can get a glimpse at the cast on his hand.
Here's Tyler Duffey doing his best impression of Wilson from Home Improvement.
Next up is another new Twin, Michael Pineda. He's not going to be able to pitch for quite some time, so making him participate in picture day seems a little cruel. And the look on is face is all like "c'mon man, do I really have to do this?"
But you know what? Trevor May has got that exact same look. Must be those Tommy John surgery blues.
(All images credited to Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
Video of the Week
Baseball! There was a Twins baseball game last night, and it ended in dramatic fashion. Bottom of the ninth. One out. Tie game. Bases loaded ...
OK, so maybe it wasn’t all that dramatic, but it was pretty great to be watching baseball again. The Twins will be on Fox Sports North Sunday at noon CT.
Item of the Week
Speaking of spring training, check out this sneak peak at the Twins spring program. So simple, subtle and clean.
More From Me
I've been playing around some with live streaming of late. Here's a link to a stream I did immediately after the Odorizzi trade was announced. I was also fortunate enough to be a guest on the latest edition of Minnesota Sports Weekly with Travis Aune and Chad Smith. Here's a link to the episode. Cory Provus, the radio voice of the Twins, was on at around the 36-minute mark. I closed out the show, making my entrance about an hour and a half into the program.
Alright, that does it for this edition of Twins Weekly. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend everyone.
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