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  1. The Rundown: Welcome to the Fuld

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    On Sunday, the Twins claimed 32-year-old OF Sam Fuld off waivers from the Oakland A’s, designating OF Darin Mastroianni for assignment (again) to clear a spot on the team’s 40-man roster. Fuld can play all three outfield positions, with his light offensive game built on above-average speed and making contact. Aside from an extended stint with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, Fuld is a career backup who at this point is nothing more than a fourth outfielder ...

    Updated 04-22-2014 at 05:34 AM by jdotmcmahon

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  2. The Rundown: Shortstop Shakeup

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    On Tuesday, Jason Parks and the Baseball Prospectus prospect staff wrote an article assessing the industryís views on baseballís four shortstop uber-prospects: Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, and Addison Russell. That quartet, along with Red Sox rookie Xander Bogarts, comprise the strongest crop of shortstop prospects since the trio of Alex Rodriquez, Derek Jeter, and Nomar Garciaparra debuted in the mid-90s. If youíre one of the five teams ...

    Updated 04-09-2014 at 01:32 AM by jdotmcmahon

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  3. Sending the Wrong Message

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    It has been 79 days since the last time I wrote about the Twins. There are several reasons for this hiatus, a new job and a move to OKC chief among them. But it also had a lot do with the team itself, and the fact that there is only so much you can say about a team that has racked up 291 losses over the past three seasons (!!!). In a world where seemingly every baseball fan has his own blog, there are only so many articles to write about Byron Buxton and ...

    Updated 11-27-2013 at 07:47 AM by jdotmcmahon

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  4. The Rundown: Belated Arizona Fall League Roster Analysis

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    Last week, the Twins announced the seven players that will represent the organization in the Arizona Fall League this year. Itís been a busy month for this guy (hence the first blog post in three weeks), but with the end of the minor league seasons upon us, I thought it would be as good a time as any to weigh in on those seven selections.

    Notably, this group of Twins prospects is as talented as any team could have sent. As noted by Baseball ...

    Updated 09-07-2013 at 03:55 AM by jdotmcmahon

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  5. Pumping the Brakes

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    On Saturday night, the Twins faced off against White Sox ace Chris Sale, widely regarded as one of the best pitchers in all of baseball in just his second season as a full-time starter. They countered with an ďaceĒ of their own in Canadian lefty Andrew Albers, a 27-year-old journeyman who was pitching in the independent Can-Am league as recently as 2010. I refer to Albers as an ace not because I believe that he is one (far from it), but because just two ...
  6. In Memoriam: Nick Blackburn

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    The Twins have announced that starting pitcher Nick Blackburn will have surgery on Friday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, likely ending both his season and his career in Minnesota. This will be Blackburnís third procedure in the past calendar year, and he has been limited to just six minor league starts this season as a result. With the Twins holding an $8M club option for 2014, this will surely mark the end of his time with the organization. ...

    Updated 08-16-2013 at 01:10 PM by jdotmcmahon

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  7. Between the Chalk: Inside Kyle Gibson's Struggles

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    Seven starts into his major league career, things have not gone as planned for Twins rookie Kyle Gibson.

    Gibson entered this season as one of the organizationís most hyped pitching prospects in recent memory. That probably says more about the sad state of Twins starting pitching in recent years than it does about Gibson himself, given his likely ceiling as a number three starter and the fact that he is less than two years removed from Tommy ...
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  8. Embracing the Suck

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    By virtually every measure, the Minnesota Twins are a very bad baseball team. Entering Friday nightís game against the Astros, the Twins offense ranked 21st in both runs scored and wRC+. The starting pitching has been horrific even by recent Twins standards, ranking last in ERA (5.18), last in xFIP (4.56), and last in strikeouts (302) by an embarrassing margin. Lastly, the defense has been mediocre (12th in DRS) to bad (27th in UZR), depending on your metric ...

    Updated 08-03-2013 at 04:58 PM by jdotmcmahon

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  9. The Rundown: Butera Heads West

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    The Twins just managed to avoid the shutout Wednesday afternoon, dealing catcher Drew Butera to the Dodgers for a PTBNL just before the 4:00 p.m. ET non-waiver trade deadline passed.

    Drafted by the Mets in 2005, Butera has spent the past six years in the Twins organization. He has been up and down with the club over the past four seasons, having played in only 186 major league games in that span (and just two this season). Buteraís value is ...

    Updated 08-01-2013 at 01:49 AM by jdotmcmahon

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  10. Farmville: Buxton Named FSL Offensive Player of the Week

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    All hail Lord Byron.

    It took him awhile to adjust to his new Fort Myers digs, but Byron Buxton is once again doing man things. On Monday, Buxton was named Florida State League Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending on July 28th, further cementing his status as the top prospect in baseball. To celebrate his latest achievement, he went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and a run scored Monday night, pacing the Miracle to a 5-0 win over Scott
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    Updated 07-30-2013 at 02:10 AM by jdotmcmahon

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  11. A Vote for Pedro: The Underappreciated Pedro Florimon

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    On opening day 2013, Pedro Florimon became the eighth* different player in the past nine years to open the season as the Twins starting shortstop. Since the departure of Christian Guzman in 2005, itís been a perennial struggle to find the next fixture at what is generally the most important defensive position in baseball outside of catcher. Fortunately, in yet another season in which little has gone right, the Twins appear to have filled their vacancy at ...
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  12. Farmville: Midseason Top Prospect Update

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    Last weekís Triple-A All-Star Game marked the last of the minor league circuitís midsummer classics. The passing of the first half also meant the release of several midseason top prospect lists, and with the Twins steamrolling towards another 90-loss season, at least fans can take solace in the various updated rankings and know that better days are ahead.
    Several highly respected prospect evaluators released their midseason rankings over the past month, ...
  13. Scotty Doesn't Know: What is wrong with Scott Diamond?

    From diamond in the rough to just plain rough.

    For Twins starter Scott Diamond, itís been a tale of two seasons. One of the lone bright spots on a 2012 Twins team that lost 96 games en route to a second straight last place finish in the AL Central, Diamond managed to go 12-9 with a 3.54 ERA over 173 IP, good enough for 2.3/2.4 WAR depending on your preference. Heading into the offseason, he was the only Twins starter assured of a spot in the 2013 rotation, and was generally expected ...
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