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  1. Twins 2014 Locks, Spring Training Battles and the first Battle Dashboards

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    As in the past few years I will use dashboards to keep track of the performance of the Twins' players during Spring Training in order to get a numerical and visual representation of who is doing what, of the players who are battling for a position on the 40-man roster. With few games in and the first cuts coming early next week, it might be a good time for the first one of these.

    To determine that, we need to figure ...
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  2. Random thoughts from the Twins' intrasquad game today

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    Today the Minnesota Twins unofficially had their first game of the Spring Training, which was an intrasquad contest. Here are some of my thoughts from what happened in this game:


    • Pitchers seem to be well ahead of hitters:
      • Phil Hughes pitched 2 scoreless innings throwing 21 out of 27 strikes, striking out 4 (including Buxton and Sano) and his FB was 91/92 mph
      • Kevin Correia also pitched 2 run-free
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  3. Who is the Newest Twins' pitcher Brooks Raley?

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    Multiple reports today, including a formal announcement by the Twins' twitter, indicate that the Twins selected LHP Brooks Raley off waivers from the Cubs' organization.

    Who is Brooks Raley?

    Brooks Raley was drafted by the Cubs in the 6th Round of the 2009 draft from Texas A&M, 8 picks after the Twins selected C Chris Herrmann from Miami, and there is a good possibility that the pair will form ...
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  4. 2014 Spring Training Guide to Fort Myers. Part I: The Logistics

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    Less than a month for Pitchers and Catchers to report to Fort Myers so it is about time for you to make your arrangements to go to Fort Myers and it is about time for the third annual Fort Myers Guides, which will be updates from last years' guides. Also, as a retrospect after I return, I will do a "bargain guide to Spring Training in Fort Myers" to really try to give hints on how to get there, stay there, eat ...
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  5. Twins' LHP Andrew Albers' departure and the curse of Jim Rantz

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    Today the Minnesota Twins have finalized their agreement with South Korea's Hanwha Eagles, selling LHP Andrew Albers' contract. It is a good move for Albers who will be compensated close to $1 million, while he would have had a hard time cracking the Twins' and potentially even the Red Wings' rotations, after the acquisitions of Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes and Mike Pelfrey at the major league level and Kris Johnson and Sean Gilmartin ...
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  6. What the Twins are getting with Ricky Nolasco: A comparison with a former Twins' SP

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    Last month, I examined in depth the re-signing of Mike Pelfrey to a two year contact by the Minnesota Twins, suggesting that he, indeed, can be a steal for the Twins for many reasons. Today, I am looking at the biggest free agent spending from the Minnesota Twins ever, the signing of Ricky Nolasco to a 4 year, $49 million contact with an option of a 5th year, just before Thanksgiving. In the near future, I will look at the signing ...
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  7. Clutch hitting and pitching and the 2013 Twins

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    "Clutch" is a word that has been used to describe the players who go above and beyond the norm and perform highly in difficult situations in close games: The guy who comes into the game with 2 outs and the bases loaded, down three in the bottom of the ninth and hits a grand slam off a closer who never blew a save. The pitcher who comes in with bases loaded and no outs, up one on the bottom of the ninth and ...
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  8. The chronicle of the shoulder injuries of Twins' RHP Samuel Deduno

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Last season, after his World Baseball Classic performance (which ended with a pulled groin that made him miss a chunk of Spring Training and 44 games with the Twins) and his consistent performance in June and July that had him enter August with a 7-4 record and a 3.18 ERA in 12 starts, made many people in the Twins Cities call Samuel Deduno an"Ace". This included several well-respected mainstream media. (For sample ...
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  9. By the numbers: a body count of the Twins' pitching depth for 2014 and myth busting

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    The major priority of the Minnesota Twins' General Manager, Terry Ryan, has been to re-build a rotation that has been at the bottom of the major leagues in pretty much every statistical category in 2014. There is a general agreement that the rotation was pretty much "a mess" in 2013 and needed fixing. There is also the general impression that the Twins' pen was one of the strengths of the team and it is better left ...
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  10. Profile of the newest Minnesota Twin: C Kurt Suzuki

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    It has been reported that the Minnesota Twins have Signed 30 year old C Kurt Suzuki to an 1 year $2.75 million contract plus incentives. He will provide catching depth, allowing the Twins to pace the use of Josmil Pinto and Chris Herrmann at the catcher position in a way that it is most appropriate for them. He would also act as insurance, in case one or both of the rookies need additional work at AAA. The Twins would ...

    Updated 12-20-2013 at 10:49 AM by Thrylos

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  11. Scouting report of newest Twins' member LHP Sean Gilmartin

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    The Minnesota Twins in an effort to reduce the logjam in the DH/OF position have traded Ryan Doumit to the Atlanta Braves for 23 year old minor league LHP prospect Sean Gilmartin. The 6'2", 200 lbs Gilmartin was the Braves' 1st round (28th overall) pick of the 2011 draft. Before he was drafted, he was named All American from Baseball America and before the 2012 season he was ranked as the Braves' 5th best prospect, ...
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  12. Five reasons that the Twins re-signing of Mike Pelfrey could be a steal

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Late last week it was communicated, but not officially announced that the Minnesota Twins have reached agreement with Mike Pelfrey for a 2 year contract. The contract is for a base amount of $5.5 million per season and with the potential of additional $3.5 million in incentives through the life of the contract. Additional details about the incentives will be announced when the signing will be official.

    There ...

    Updated 12-17-2013 at 09:55 AM by Thrylos

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  13. 2014 offseason Minnesota Twins top 40 prospects: summary; all 1-40

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    I have been counting down the Twins top 40 prospects with descriptions and scouting reports of the players, their potential, their likely destinations for 2014, and in some cases the reasons why they were ranked where they were. These detailed reports for prospects 36-40 are here, 31-35 here, 26-30 here , 21-25 here, 16-20 here, 11-15 here, 6-10 here, and you can find all segments in reverse order here.

    I ...
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  14. 2014 off-season Minnesota Twins top 40 prospect countdown: 1-5

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    This is the eighth segment of the 2014 off-season Twins top 40 prospects, and we entered the top 10. Prospects 36-40 are here, 31-35 here, 26-30 here , 21-25 here, 16-20 here, 11-15 here, 6-10 here, and you can find all segments in reverse order here.

    This is not the last post in these. For completeness sake, I will have a summary post with all 40 tomorrow.



    The number 1 to 5 off-season ...

    Updated 12-11-2013 at 03:43 PM by Thrylos

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