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  1. Trading for Prospects: What Arrival Time are We Looking For?

    
    In exchange for Denard Span,
    should the Twins be targeting
    MLB-ready talent, or guys set
    to contribute in 2014 and beyond?
    

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    There has been a lot of fun and interesting talk ...
  2. Tuesday's Rock Cats Report

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    New Britain had an unscheduled night off Monday, and maybe that was a good thing. At 18-12, the Rock Cats are just 1.5 games out of first place in their division, but are 5-5 over their last 10 games, and had lost 2 of 3 to the Portland Sea Dogs over the weekend before Monday evening's contest against the Binghamton Mets was rained out. So it's a good time to take notice of a few things.


    First, player movement. If you ...
  3. Time to Question Mauer's Health Yet?

    
    Since taking a foul tip to the knee
    last week, Joe Mauer hasn't been
    the same
    

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    Since Joe Mauer dinged his knee taking a foul tip on April 29, he has not been the same player. Yes, he ...
  4. The Mystery of Safeco Field

    The Twins have not realized much success
    in Seattle lately
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    There are some teams that, for no reason in particular, the Twins seem to struggle against on the road. No, I'm not talking about the Yankees ...
  5. Wednesday Minor League Daily

    The Twins conclude their 3 game series against the Angels tonight. Here's the link to the TwinsDaily game thread. Hopefully Liam Hendriks can right the ship for Minnesota, without Justin Morneau (who hopefully will be back for Friday's game against Seattle) and Danny Valencia (back stiffness). It would be good not to be swept by the Angels. It would also be good to keep Albert Pujols from doing any damage. It's not looking good so far (6-0 Angels in the 4th, and the Twins have no hits), but perhaps ...

    Updated 05-02-2012 at 10:52 PM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  6. Joe Mauer and the Infamous 4-3 Putout

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    One of the more common Joe Mauer complaints in Twins Territory is that he grounds out to second base, and does it a lot. This phenomenon was on display last night in Anaheim, when Mauer was retired on a 4-3 putout in each of his three at-bats. And if you go back to his last plate appearance on April 29, before his day off against lefty C.J. Wilson, Mauer grounded into a 4-6-3 double play. That marks 4 straight at-bats in which Mauer has ...
  7. How Good Should Our Minor League Teams Be?

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    I've been thinking about this question lately. Baseball farm teams are, by nature, really interesting. General managers don't set the rosters, or even acquire the players. And I bet if the Rock Cats GM gets a call from Terry Ryan suggesting that he play the back-up shortstop because "something may be in the works," the back-up shortstop will get a lot of playing time, regardless of what that does to New Britain's chances. In the ...
  8. Rock Cats Starting Pitcher Lucas French Promoted to AAA Rochester

    Lucas French, who logged MLB time with the
    Tigers and Mariners, is working his way
    back up the chain
    [Originally announced at Twins Fan From Afar]

    The minor league moves continue in the Twins organization. It was just announced that Rock Cats ...
  9. Monday's New Britain News

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]
    Newly promoted B.J. Hermsen will take the
    mound tonight in his AA debut
    

    The landscape for the New Britain Rock Cats is already starting to change only 23 games into the season. A couple ...
  10. Sunday Minor League Daily

    The Twins actually won a game today. It's tough to complain about too much from today's Twins performance. Jason Marquis earned the win, and picked up the 4th Twins quality start along the way. The Twins scored 4 runs in the first, 2 runs in the third and 1 in the seventh, on their way to a 7-4 victory. Josh Willingham (a home run short of the cycle, go figure) and Danny Valencia (3 hits including a triple) led the way on offense, and the only Twins starters without a hit were Trevor Plouffe and ...
  11. 3 Twins Complaints I'm Sick and Tired Of

    I get it: Joe Mauer is getting paid
    $184 million and doesn't hit
    many home runs
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    When a team is losing, like the Twins are so far this season and did all of last season, it's easy to complain. In ...

    Updated 04-26-2012 at 01:04 PM by Seth Stohs

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  12. Major Comeback in New Britain

    
    Chris Herrmann celebrates his
    first inning home run.
    Mauer's 2013 backup???
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]


    Unlike their parent club, the New Britain Rock Cats put up a fight after the odds were stacked ...
  13. Joe Mauer and Runners in Scoring Position

    Though he had 2 hits last night, Joe Mauer came up
    short when it counted the most.
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]


    Regardless of what some people in Twins Territory might think, the fact of the matter is that Joe Mauer ...

    Updated 04-24-2012 at 03:05 PM by Twins Fan From Afar

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  14. 3 Weeks of Rock Cats Baseball: A Review


    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    New Britain fans have been treated to a lot of wins
    early in the 2012 season
    The minor league baseball season is just about 3 weeks old. For the New Britain Rock Cats, it has been ...

    Updated 04-23-2012 at 08:42 AM by Twins Fan From Afar

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