The Twins spring schedule kicks off tomorrow. I know many are looking forward to it, even without the belief that the Twins will be competing for an AL Central crown this fall. That doesn't make this spring any less interesting.
So with that in mind, I'm going on record and making predictions... some bold, some not.
*The Twins will finish in last place in the AL Central. They'll win
Updated 02-22-2013 at 07:50 PM by Jeremy Nygaard
Though we are nearly four months away from the draft – and there is still much baseball to be played – it’s an event that is very significant and may stay very much on some of our minds as we progress through the spring and into summer.
I don’t know how often I’ll make changes to this – but this is my first installment of “Jeremy’s Small Board.” “Small” because only 1-4 matter, though I would anticipate having something more like a “Top 10” as the season progresses.
As Spring Training approaches, we’ve hashed and re-hashed Prospect Lists. We’ve dissected the signing of Kevin Correia many times over. We’ve projected lineups of every affiliate.
There are few things more informative than talking with those that are behind the information. So today let’s do something else. Let’s talk scouting with West Coast Scouting Supervisor Sean Johnson.
First off, huge thanks to Sean! As baseball is starting to get rolling, he took
After months of writing, editing and revising, we sent the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook to the printer. It's available here.
I wanted to take this opportunity to give you a little preview of an interview I was able to do with Twins scout Jack Powell.
Powell is the Twins main scout in Georgia and Alabama, so their selection of Byron Buxton with the #2 overall pick in the 2012 draft came much at his recommendation.
There was debate here
Originally, I planned to post a preview for the Handbook; but that is going to wait until tomorrow.
Instead, I decided to go the direction of something that has been bothering me over the last couple of days. Ironically, it has nothing to do with shrinking payroll or lack of top-of-the-rotation starters.
It has to do with the quantity of pitchers the Twins are bringing to camp. Though the Twins are bringing a franchise-record 34 pitchers to Major League Spring Training,
Updated 01-14-2013 at 08:28 PM by Jeremy Nygaard
With the release just around the corner, I wanted to... well, you know... blog about it.
(Aaron Hicks autograph on a ball Hicks fouled off in Beloit.)
I remember trying to follow the Twins Minor League system in the early-to-mid-90s. And by "follow", I mean "look at the team stats in the Sunday paper". I would always wonder why guys with really good stats stayed at certain levels longer than other guys who weren't "as good".
As we turn the calendar page from 2012 to 2013, it’s also time to turn the page and look forward to the 2013 season.
The Roster & Payroll page has become a pretty popular destination for TwinsDaily.com visitors, so I’ve decided to make some changes to make it MORE informational (can you believe it?) but also more reader-friendly.
The 2012 page has been skinned down to the big-league payroll and is still viewable here (link not available yet...).
The meat and
News of the Twins Prospect Handbook will probably start popping up soon. So to help with that appetite, you will find a couple profiles that won't make the final cut... because the players got cut.
Wang-Wei Lin – OF – (6/28/88)
Acquired: Signed as F/A in Oct 2006 from Taiwan
2012 Team(s): Beloit Snappers
2012 Stats: .232/.343/.334, 14-2B, 5-3B, 4 HR, 30 RBI
Lin has spent the previous three seasons in Beloit and regardless of what happens, we know he
Though there may be moves yet to happen, you can view the updated Spring Training Roster here.
Some comparisons between last year's spring training roster and this year's:
Pitchers - Last year the Twins brought in 33 pitchers, this year the number is currently at 34.
Catchers - A year ago there were eight catchers officially invited and one added in the weeks leading up to spring training. This year the Twins have five on their 40-man and have invited four
These aren't necessarily moves that I'd make over the course of the next few weeks, but these are the moves I think we'll see.
I think the Friday non-tender deadline will roll around and the news we've all been waiting to hear "The Twins will non-tender Drew Butera" won't come.
I don't think it will be because Butera adds a lot of value, per se, to this team, but I do believe it allows the Twins to keep Mauer and Doumit in the lineup every day and it allows Chris Herrmann
Updated 11-28-2012 at 10:27 PM by Jeremy Nygaard
Even though we’ve suffered through a painfully uneventful first half of November, there is still a lot left to do before the end of the month.
The Twins will have to have their 40-man roster set in advance of the Rule V draft by Tuesday. At this point, there are really only two slam-dunk additions and they are OF Aaron Hicks and SP Kyle Gibson.
After those two the picture becomes much less clear. In the history of the Rule V draft, the vast majority of players taken are
Updated 11-17-2012 at 02:20 PM by Jeremy Nygaard
As the Twins enter their second straight offseason following 90-plus-loss seasons, I find it really hard to write a "blueprint". There are many directions the club could go to improve their team. Without any real idea which (if any) of those "directions" are feasible, I'm going to break it down into a series that previews upcoming roster moves.
So far this offseason - besides the news that a few coaches wouldn't be returning - the only news has been the re-signings of a handful of
The Twins lost to the Mariners this afternoon and Denard Span was placed on the disabled list. Placing Span on the DL was a curious move, since rosters expand in a couple of days, and there are rumblings that he may be shut down for the rest of the year.
If you've noticed that the "Rosters & Payroll" page hasn't been updated in a couple of days, I apologize. Hopefully by Monday it will be back up-to-date.
Let’s take a look around today’s action:
Scott Diamond had a rough first inning (33 pitches) before getting through a scoreless second. After Joe Mauer was plunked by Roy Oswalt, Diamond threw over Josh Hamilton’s head and was immediately ejected. Ron Gardenhire was also ejected.
This put the Twins in a bad place. Anthony Swarzak got through the fifth and also gave up a few runs. Jeff Gray struck out two in two scoreless innings.
Jared Burton came into a tie game in the 8th and promptly gave up the lead…