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  1. 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 ...
  2. 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 ...
  3. 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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  4. Twins Minor League Report (5/13): The Return of the 'Stache.

    Every affiliate was involved in a transaction today.

    The Red Wings placed P Liam Hendriks on the DL with right elbow inflammation. OF Antoan Richardson will take his place.

    The RockCats, losing Richardson to Rochester, get Deibinson Romero, who finally arrived in the States and is ready to play baseball.

    The Miracle activated OF Nate “That Pitch Hit Me” Roberts and sent INF Joel Licon back across the street.

    The Kernels add C Michael Quesada, ...
  5. Twins Minor League Report (5/6): That Dirty Baxendale

    We'll lead tonight's report off with some injury news. Kernels RP Tyler Jones was placed on the D.L. with a strained flexor tendon. (If you're curious to know exactly what that means, I looked it up and, knowing I'm not a doctor, am more confused than I was before.) To take Jones's place in the bullpen is Alexander Muren, who played for the GCL Twins last summer after being drafted out of CS-Northridge.

    Also heading to the disabled list is Miracle INF/OF Adam Bryant. Bryant, activated ...
  6. Draft Preview: "Personal Cheeseballs" (Hitters)

    At some point, while researching for a previous draft, I came across a Baseball America podcast where they were discussing their “personal cheeseballs”. At first I was a little confused, but quickly came to realize that these “cheeseballs” were their favorites. In fact, to qualify to be a “personal cheeseball” you have to fit into only two categories: one – be a favorite; two – don’t be too good.

    For example, one of the BA guys (I think it was Callis, but I could be wrong) really ...

    Updated 05-04-2013 at 03:09 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

  7. Twins Minor League Report (5/2): Michael Walks Off

    If you missed Cody's minor league report from yesterday, you can read it here. Seth also made his choice for Twins minor league Hitter of the Month. Andrew wrote up about Alex Meyer's last start.

    There is a lot of draft info that cmb0252 put together into one thread.

    And after yesterday's minor shuffle in Rochester, the R&P page has been updated as well.

    On a separate note, after listening to the new Macklemore song "Can't Hold Us" a few times today, I'm ...

    Updated 05-02-2013 at 10:16 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

  8. Twins Minor League Report (4/29): The Bats are ALIVE!

    The Twins blew a three-run lead thanks to one swing of Prince Fielder's bat and lost another one-run game. (The third time that's happened in the past five days.)

    Congratulations to Adam Walker, who was named MWL Player of the Week. The Milwaukee native went 8-for-21 (.381) with five home runs and 16 RBI. His OPS for the week was 1.238.

    It was quite an adventurous day on the farm today. You should continue reading, but not before I warn you: The Twins are a few years ...
  9. Twins Minor League Report (4/27): Broomsticks

    Lots of drama today. Fortunately, the drama all ended in celebration. (Even for the Minnesota Wild.)

    The Twins got back to .500 this afternoon after beating the Rangers 7-2. Pedro Hernandez provided a very strong shutout effort (5 IP, 5 H, BB, 3 K). The bullpen continued to shine, preserving the shutout while the offense added a handful of insurance runs. Glen Perkins pitched a very low-leverage ninth. He walked the first two batters before getting the next two guys out. He then ...

    Updated 04-27-2013 at 10:01 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  10. Twins Minor League Report: Berrios Debuts

    It's April 22, yet we're experiencing another snowstorm. The Twins were postponed and will play a split-doubleheader tomorrow (hopefully; I wouldn't bet on it). And despite having a day-off Wednesday, there won't be a game because the Marlins have 20 straight days with games starting Thursday, so they can't play Wednesday.

    Only three affiliates were in action today, let's see how they did:

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  11. Draft Board v.3.0 (4/20)

    The draft is now only six weeks away. Some things are starting to come into focus; other things are as cloudy as ever.

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

    The strategy that the Twins select the Best Player Available early in the draft remains true. The Twins will follow that strategy yet again this year.

    Though it should be pointed out – as I do each month – that the Twins very rarely ...

    Updated 04-20-2013 at 10:13 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

  12. Twins Minor League Report: Miracle Keep Crushing

    First off, huge props to everybody involved in the investigation in Boston. An unfortunate event followed by an around-the-clock story, ending with very few fatalities. Those in Boston and the surrounding areas will finally be able to sleep peacefully tonight.

    Back to baseball..

    The Twins are postponed again, making today their third consecutive off-day. Now I can understand postponing a baseball game for snow or sleet, but tonight’s forecast is “chilling and windy”. ...
  13. International Signing Preview

    Over the course of the last week or so, a lot of news regarding the International Signing Period has come out.

    Up until July of 2012, International Free Agency has been a free-for-all. In the 2010-11 period, the Mariners spent $6.47 million. Four teams spent $5 million or more. Five teams spent less than a million dollars. The Twins, middle-of-the-pack spenders, spent $2.54 million.

    The following spending period (July 2011 - June 2012) was the final opportunity for ...
  14. Twins Minor League Report: Miracle Stay Perfect

    The baseball games tonight give us a chance to clear our minds from the devastating news out of Boston. For those of you living in the nightmare, I think I can speak for everybody at TwinsDaily - creators, writers and readers - that our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

    For as exciting (or depressing) as baseball can be, it's still just a game. But in tonight's game, Twins fans were excited to see Oswaldo Arcia make his major league debut. He didn't disappoint, ripping ...
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