Today's baseball news was focused primarily on 12 players who received 50-game PED suspensions and one other who received a 211-game suspension and has decided to appeal. I haven't turned on ESPN, but I'm sure you could get a more in-depth run-down on these 13 players within 30 seconds on turning it on.
Fortunately, no Twins were involved. Former Twin Danny Valencia was investigated and cleared. It turns out he had higher-than-normal amount of "swag", but nothing illegal from Biogenesis.
Happy Trade Deadline Eve! All is still quiet on the Twins front, though activity around baseball has started to heat up. Division rivals Detroit and Chicago have already been active (with Boston’s help). Detroit added SS Jose Iglesias to replace Jhonny Peralta (who will be suspended soon) while Chicago traded Jake Peavy to the Red Sox. The White Sox get in return OF prospect Avisail Garcia (from Detroit - who might rank as their new #1 prospect) as well as other minor-league prospects.
At the time of the 2012 draft, a lot was made of the fact the Twins took a number of hard-throwing college relievers. Shortly after that, we found out the plan was to convert these pitchers into starters.
As we approach the stretch-run, some of these “new” starting pitchers are heading into unchartered waters when it comes to innings. My curiosity got the best of me and I did a little research.
First, I looked at the 2011 draft class
When Mike Pelfey was activated from the disabled list earlier this month, P.J. Walters was the odd-man out of the Twins rotation. He was outrighted to Rochester on July 8th and made his first start on July 12th.
Once Walters was designated for assignment, it was assumed he’d be joining a rotation that consisted of Wance Worley, Liam Hendriks, Pedro Hernandez, and Cole De Vries, all of whom have major league experience. That doesn’t include Andrew Albers and Logan Darnell, both southpaws
More close games in the system today. With the deadline looming and all affiliates at the max, it will be interesting to see how each team is shuffled in the coming weeks as all of the affiliated clubs are in the playoff hunt.
The Twins, too, may be looking for help both sooner and later. Some of the guys on the doorstep fared well today, while others didn’t.
ROCHESTER RED WINGS 5, SYRACUSE CHIEFS 3
The Red Wings got back to their winning
Updated 07-21-2013 at 10:14 PM by Jeremy Nygaard
There were post-game fireworks at Target Field on a beautiful night for baseball. Let's take a look at what happened around the club's affiliates.
ROCHESTER RED WINGS 1, SYRACUSE CHIEFS 7
The first of a few action-free games from the Twins perspective.
Offensively, Oswaldo Arcia returned to AAA and homered. He also walked once and struck out once. Jeff Clement and Drew Butera both doubled.
Liam Hendriks pitched 5.1 innings.
I hope you enjoyed watching the HR Derby. And by that I really mean, “I hope you enjoyed imaging what next year’s Home Run Derby is going to be like”. The best part about it being at Target Field next year is that you, well, don't have to hear anyone saying "back...back...back...back".
The Twins are obviously off for the All-Star Break.
ROCHESTER RED WINGS – off for AAA All-Star Break
NEW BRITAIN ROCK CATS 2, HARRISBURG SENATORS 3 (10 INNINGS)
Trade Deadline Overview: San Francisco Giants
Buyers or Sellers
The Giants have won two of the last three World Series, but now find themselves with one of the worst records in the National League and nearly ten games out in the Wild Card Race. Sellers, right? Not so fast.
Playing in the National League West, the Giants are only a handful of games out in the division race. Though they do trail the Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Rockies, the silver-lining is that the
Yesterday we took a look at four Twins who will have minimal value on the trade market. Today we’re going to look at the three who probably have the most value (if they’re made available… and no, Joe Mauer isn’t available).
We’re going to skip Ryan Doumit and most of the bullpen. Personally, I feel like there are tradable assets there, so I maybe I’ll revisit that in the future.
I think people are holding
Earlier today I asked Twitter followers (or others) to tell me who they think the Twins will or should trade. I figured I could come up with some hypotheticals and the readers at TwinsDaily could weigh in on the different proposals. I’m not suggesting these are all trades I would make from the Twins perspective, but are something I would consider at least relatively fair (and that make sense) from both clubs’ views.
I immediately got a lot of suggestions: Justin Morneau, Kevin Correia,
Like every other team in the MLB, the Twins have spent countless hours preparing for "J2" or the International Free Agency period that begins July 2nd. With a spending pool that was the fourth-largest in MLB, the Twins were aggressive early inking two players from the Dominican the first day they were eligible to sign.
TwinsDaily learned that another player they were interested in, Dutch 3B Ruar Verkerk, signed shortly thereafter. We had a chance to exchange some questions with the
Monday morning got out to a quick - and good - start when Baseball America released their mid-season Top 50.
Byron Buxton was ranked the #1 prospect in all of baseball.
No. 1 talent in last year’s draft is even better than expected with power, speed, defense and an extremely advanced hitting approach
Miguel Sano, despite being in a little bit of a funk, checked in only two spots later at #3.
Best power in the minors, one of the best arms. Hitting ability has
Back to write-up for tonight:
ROCHESTER RED WINGS 3, PAWTUCKET RED SOX 2 (10 innings)
Another night with very little offense, but, more importantly, another win for the Red Wings. Tonight's win was their 5th consecutive and, impressively, gets them over .500 on the season.
I remember there being lots of panic and disappointment when they started the season 2-11. People questioning why Rochester re-upped with the Twins. People saying
Updated 07-07-2013 at 12:24 AM by Jeremy Nygaard
As it is every July 2nd, teams begin to announce deals with "International Free Agents". This year is no different and the Twins made an early splash, signing Dominican 1B/OF Lewin Diaz as well as four others, according to Doogie Wolfson.
Diaz actually played in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field last August, going 1-for-3 against many players who are older and were drafted in last month's draft. As the DH,