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  1. Twins Minor League Report (7/1): Kernels Still Poppin'

    The story on the farm today was... RAIN. Rainouts, specifically.


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    Mike Pelfrey packed his family up in the Cities yesterday and made the trek down to Cedar Rapids for a rehab start today. In six frames, he allowed two runs (one home run) and struck out six. He reportedly ...
  2. Twins Minor League Report (6/29): Goncalves, Pitchers en Fuego

    Merry Gibsmas! Kyle Gibson made his Major League debut this afternoon in front of a nearly-packed house. If you're waiting to get home to watch Gibson's start on DVR, I won't ruin it for you.

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    Offensively, the Red Wings just didn't get it done. Doug Bernier and Jeff Clement both doubled and, throw in a Bernier single, that's all the hits they accounted for today.

    Aaron Hicks struck out twice in an 0-for-4 ...
  3. Twins Minor League Report (6/24): E-Town Off to Hot Start

    The Twins are off today. They're in Miami, trick. But there was plenty going on in the minor leagues with both games and transactions. The transactions are all noted below, but essentially the promotion of Kyle Gibson had a trickle-down effect from AA-AAA (Logan Darnell) to hi-A to AA (Matt Summers) and Byron Buxton filling the Miracle roster spot.

    Esmerling Vasquez was released from the Red Wings' disabled list. (Noteworthy mostly because it got me my first mention on MLB Trade Rumors.) ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (6/17): It's a Miracle

    It was a relatively slow day in the world of Twins Baseball with only two of the five ball clubs active. Though that didn't prevent us from hearing some pretty newsworthy things.

    Twins first round draft pick Kohl Stewart is en route to the Twin Cities. In fact, at 9:28 pm, he tweeted a photo of Target Field from the Twins dugout. He's obviously not signed, sealed and delivered. But he's well on the way. I'm holding out hope that the deal gets done by tomorrow afternoon and he throws ...
  5. Twins Minor League Report (6/10): Buxton Shines

    (This post will be updated after the completion of tonight's games.)

    Since last night’s podcast/minor league review there have been a few more moves.

    The Twins placed Aaron Hicks on the DL with a strained hamstring and recalled Oswaldo Arcia.

    The Red Wings, who had a full roster following the addition of James Beresford and re-addition of Chris Colabello, placed Danny Lehmann on the 7-day DL with right elbow neuritis. You can Google it like I did and you’ll ...
  6. Twins Minor League Report (6/3): Vote for Pedro

    The only Twins news of the days was the purchasing of OF Clete Thomas’s contract. To make room on the 40-man roster, LRP Tyler Robertson was designated for assignment.

    LRP Blake Martin was promoted from New Britain to take fill Robertson’s lefty role in Rochester’s bullpen.

    INF Joel Licon was summoned from Extended Spring Training to Cedar Rapids to help while SS Niko Goodrum recovers from yesterday’s concussion.

    All the moves made today are reflected here. ...
  7. Draft Preview: What to Expect...

    As the draft quickly approaches, we’ve spent a lot of time discussing the choices the Twins have with the fourth overall pick in the draft. Today, we’re going to look at what you can expect to happen in the first ten rounds.

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    Over the last three drafts, the Twins have selected 35 players in the Top 10 rounds. Here’s how those picks break down:

    College right-handed pitchers: 10 (1, 1s, 2, 2, 4, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10)
    College left-handed ...
  8. Twins MLB Draft Profile: Kohl Stewart, RHP

    Who IS This Guy?

    Young Texan Kohl Stewart (6’ 3, 195) is widely considered the top prep pitcher in the nation. Kohl Stewart is also, according to ESPN, the 6th best high-school quarterback in the nation and is committed to Texas A&M. Stewart is equipped with a mid-90s fastball (an improvement over last summer) and a “nasty” slider. The mid-80s slider projects as – if it’s not already – a plus pitch. It’s a legitimate strikeout pitch. He’s ...
  9. Twins Minor League Report (5/27): Vantastic

    As Seth broke yesterday, the Twins added C Chris Herrmann to their roster after OF Wilkin Ramirez was lost to an alleged concussion. (Which proved to be a real concussion when he blew chunks on the team flight to Milwaukee.)

    Rochester didn't make a corresponding move when they announced the move this morning, leading me to believe one wouldn't be made before Trevor Plouffe, who is recovering from his own concussion, is activated on Wednesday and Herrmann was sent back down.

    Updated 05-27-2013 at 09:28 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

  10. Draft Board v.4.0 (5/22)

    IT’S LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY! Are you excited?

    Version 4.0 of my “small board” posted as I am about to go on KFAN with John and Aaron to talk about… you guessed it… the MLB Draft.

    A quick reminder: The Twins first pick (fourth overall) has a draft slot value of just around $4.5 million.

    Though it should be pointed out – as I do each month – that the Twins very rarely deviate from the norm: In the last 20 years, the Twins have had 24 1st round draft picks ...
  11. Twins Minor League Report (5/24): Ain't No Sunshine

    If seeing this makes you not watch tonight's Twins game, you can thank me later.

    Ain't no sunshine when the Twins are on
    It's not warm when they play
    Ain't no sunshine when the Twins are on
    And they've been gone for way too long
    I'm not sure they know how to play.

    One a less depressing note...

    Transaction round-up for today:

    Rochester fills the spot vacated by Deduno by activating #FreeAnthonySlama. If Anthony Slama was
  12. Twins MLB Draft Profile: Ryne Stanek, RHP

    Who IS This Guy?

    Ryne Stanek (6’ 4, 190) is a right-handed pitcher for the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Mariners selected him in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft, but Stanek elected to head to SEC to face the best hitters in college baseball. After enrolling in Arkansas, there was some hope that he would be eligible for the 2012 draft, but he narrowly missed the cutoff. (Players must turn 21 within 45 days of the draft.) Stanek entered this season, his junior season, in a three-horse ...
  13. Twins Minor League Report (5/20): Pitching - FAIL.

    A couple of feel-good notes from earlier today:

    Minnesota native and former St. Paul Saint, LRP Caleb Thielbar was recalled and will take the roster spot of LP Pedro Hernandez. He was impressive in his big-league debut as well. (The TwinsDaily Roster & Payroll page has been updated to reflect this move as well as all the others that have occurred.)

    Chris Colabello was named IL Player of the Week for last week when he batted .586 with 3 home runs and 10 RBI. Rob Antony ...
  14. Draft Preview: "Personal Cheeseballs" (College Pitchers)

    Last week, I took a look at three prep hitters that I hope the Twins seriously consider drafting in next month’s draft. I decided to expand the series and today will take a look at three college arms.

    To be considered a “personal cheeseball”, I set out two rules: be a favorite of mine and don’t be too good.

    Without further adieu, here are my three college pitchers:

    Stephen Tarpley, LHP, Scottsdale CC

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