Twins Weekly for Feb. 2-8: Prospect Prognosticating
2018 Twins Super (Bowl) Predictions | Seth Stohs
MLB Shift Driving Market Realities | Ted Schwerzler
1961: Welcome to the Big Leagues | mikelink45
The Twins Almanac for February 4–10 | Matt Johnson
To the Victor Go the Spoils (and Special Sections) | Tom Froemming
The Best Twins Team That Ever Was(n't) | Matthew Lenz
Top 10 Twins World Series Performances Per WPA | Tom Froemming
Top 10 Minnesota Twins Commercials | Tom Froemming
Free Agent Starters By The Numbers Part II: WAR and Projections | Greg Logan
Adalberto Mejia: High Floor or More? | Jamie Cameron
The Secret to Ervin Santana’s Success | Andrew Thares
In The Zone: Twins Among Best At Avoiding Bad Pitches | Cody Christie
Seth's Twins On Deck Podcast (Episode 5) | Seth Stohs
Twins Daily 2018 Top 20 Prospect Countdown: 16-20 | Seth Stohs
Gleeman & The Geek, Ep 354: Super Bowl And PECOTA | John Bonnes
Can The Twins Better Their Bench? | Ted Schwerzler
No Such Thing as Too Much Pitching, Right? | Tom Froemming
Twins Daily 2018 Top 20 Prospect Countdown: 11-15 | Nick Nelson
Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #10 Akil Baddoo | Cody Christie
Darvish Down To The Studs | Ted Schwerzler
Twins Daily 2018 Top Prospects: #9 Brusdar Graterol | Tom Froemming
Calling All Bloggers
You may have noticed some less familiar names on the rundown for this week. Well, those are all writers who’ve been active in the blog section over the past month or so. Reminder: Anyone can start a blog at Twins Daily. If you're interested in being a regular writer for the site, the blog section is how you get your foot in the door. The only reason you're reading my words right now is because I started my own blog at Twins Daily.
With Ervin Santana's injury, the Twins' need for Yu Darvish is even more clear
By Dan Hayes of The Athletic
In his most recent ZiPS projection, Szymborski said the Twins currently are projected for 84 wins and have roughly a 48 percent chance to reach the postseason. But adding Darvish — who is likely to earn between $20-25 million over at least five seasons — would increase the team’s chances of making the playoffs to nearly 66 percent while also helping them survive the early part of the season with Santana sidelined.
The Twins Really, Really Need Starting Pitching
By Craig Edwards of FanGraphs
There’s good news and bad news for the Twins. The bad is obvious. If the season started today, the Twins would have one of the worse rotations in baseball. When Santana got back, they would improve from a bottom-three rotation to merely a bottom-third. That’s the bad news. The good news is that this problem is pretty fixable — and, in the event that the club can fix it, they will have greatly increased their chances for returning to the playoffs this season.
MLB free agency: Where the eight elite unsigned players will land
By Bob Nightengale of USA Today
Darvish has several teams who have offered five-year deals, and he would like to at least get the six-year, $130 million contract that Johnny Cueto received two years ago with the San Francisco Giants.
Three teams badly need him - the Chicago Cubs, Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers - but he continues to wait to see if the New York Yankees or Los Angeles Dodgers can move some contracts to make it work.
Jose Berrios should be full-fledged ace for Twins this year
By Evan Davis of FanRag Sports
Berrios has good building blocks on which to grow, and has demonstrated that he can mature with time. He couldn’t control his offerings in his first pass through the majors, and then he dropped his walk rate nearly five points to beat the league average. He began to trade four-seam fastballs for sinkers, and now he splits his usage between the two pitches. It was a smart choice. Berrios threw his four-seamer half the time in 2016 and was consistently shelled. Adding the sinker allowed him to change eye levels without constantly relying on the breaking ball, and the results followed. Berrios was able to increase his curveball usage, since he was no longer used it exclusively as an out pitch to play off the four-seamer. Berrios, in other words, adapted.
Elizabethton Twins City Council set to approve one-year extension
By John Thompson of the Johnson City Press
City Manager Jerome Kitchens said “both the city of Elizabethton and the Minnesota Twins will continue their efforts to work towards a long-term solution to keep Minor League Baseball in Elizabethton.”Video of the Week
The recent flare up of labor issues has brought back some painful memories from the disputes in 2002 that nearly resulted in a strike, but one fan shared a positive Twins-related experience from that time. Liz Melahn, who must be a Rockies fan based on her Twitter handle (@rockieslizard), shared a handwritten letter she received from Twins player rep at the time, Denny Hocking.
What was so special about the letter? Melahn, a 15-year-old at the time, wrote a letter to every team in baseball. The only response she got was from Hocking. Here’s the original Tweet:
So, in honor of Denny Hocking, this week’s video is of the final out of the 2002 ALDS. Hocking, playing second base, hauled in a foul pop-up to set off a memorable celebration. A.J. Pierzynski hit a massive home run in the top of the ninth of that game, but Eddie Guardado gave up a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning to make things interesting. The go-ahead run got on base with two outs, so tensions were high when Ray Durham stepped to the plate.
Item of the Week
Valentine’s Days is Wednesday, and if you’re looking for something that’ll put a smile on the face of your favorite Twins fan, the team has you covered. There are 10 different Valentine’s Day cards available to print up for free at the team’s site. My personal favorites are from Joe Mauer and Jorge Polanco:
That does it for Twins Weekly, have an excellent weekend everybody.
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