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  1. Thursday's Minor League Round-up

    The Twins were off today, but they did make a roster move: Chris Parmelee will be recalled in time for the Chicago Cubs series and Cole De Vries will be headed back to Rochester.

    Also in Rochester: Anthony Slama was placed on the 7-day D.L. Both Samuel Deduno and Brian Dinkelman were activated. Steve Hirschfeld was transferred back to New Britain.

    In other news, Jason Marquis made his Padres debut and went six innings. He allowed nine hits, four runs (two earned) and ...
  2. Some Day 3 Draft Thoughts

    Some semi-random thoughts on a few of the players selected today:

    Will Hurt, SS, Lexington (KY) Catholic HS – Committed to Coastal Carolina. Hurt is fast – and why wouldn’t he be, coming from the same high school as Ben Revere. As this point, I don’t think he’ll sign for 16th round money, but that tune may change as the deadline approaches.

    Zach Larson, CF, Lakewood (FL) Ranch HS – Though he was drafted in the 20th round, Larson appears to be a high school guy that will ...
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  3. Twins Add Two More Arms

    The Twins added another right-handed pitcher from Rice in the 5th round - Tyler Duffey. Duffey currently shares the closer distinction with 2nd round pick J.T. Chargois. While Chargois was the higher-rated prospect, Duffey had the better numbers. Duffey, however, is not the power-pitcher that Chargois is, but will probably be given a chance to start given his ability to throw a low-90s fastball, a slider and a change-up. If the change-up doesn't come around, he'll be shifted back to the bullpen; ...
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  4. Twins Add Bullpen Arms (and a Bat)

    The second round opened with the Twins selecting LHRP Mason Melotakis out of Northwestern State. Unlike Bard before him, who will get a chance to be a starter, Melotakis will most likely start in the bullpen. He sold himself with an excellent performance in the Cape Cod League. Melotakis is a mid-90s power arm that will probably pitch some rookie-ball innings and then join the Beloit bullpen this summer.

    Nine picks later (and with Mitchell Brown still available!), the Twins took ...
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  5. Twins Add Two in Compensation Round

    As expected, the Twins drafted Georgia OF Byron Buxton second overall (though it came with a little uncertainty after Carlos Correa, not Mark Appel, went first).

    Shortly after 9:30 local time, the Twins were back on the clock. Conventional wisdom suggested the Twins were going to take local product Mitch Brown.

    Instead, the Twins pegged Puerto Rican P Jose Orlando Berrios. Berrios (who I wrote about a few weeks ago) is the third Puerto Rican to go in the top two rounds ...

    Updated 06-04-2012 at 10:45 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  6. Sunday's Minor League Round-up

    Last night, word came out that Carl Pavano was going to undergo an MRI and it appears likely that he will end up on the disabled list. All indications are that Jeff Manship will be starting in Pavano’s spot on Wednesday. No word on whether Manship will be rocking a mustache or not.

    On Sunday evening, ESPN’s Jim Bowden broke (?) the news that the Astros will indeed be selecting Stanford RHP Mark Appel - confirming what many already believed - with the #1 overall pick tomorrow night. ...
  7. My Mock Draft

    This is version 1.0 (and most likely the only one).

    My mock draft:
    1. Astros – P Mark Appel, Stanford. It comes down to him or Buxton.
    2. Twins – OF Byron Buxton, Georgia HS. Correa gaining.
    3. Mariners – SS Carlos Correa, Puerto Rico. The Mariners are unpredictable. I think it comes down to Correa or Buxton
    4. Orioles – P Kevin Gausman, LSU. Bundy and Gausman could form a lethal combination.
    5. Royals – P Kyle Zimmer, San Francisco. Will they pass ...
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  8. Twins Draft Preview V - A Dozen Names to Know

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    Looking through names that expect to called next week, there are a few that seem to fit various patterns that the Twins have followed over the last handful of years. None of these names have appeared in any other preview that I've written.

    Luke Anderson, RHP, North Dakota State - Anderson is originally from Prior Lake, MN, so there is a very good chance he's been on the Twins radar for awhile. A senior with ...

    Updated 06-03-2012 at 01:33 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  9. Twins Draft Preview IV - Highly Ranked Potential Re-drafts

    Baseball America recently released their Top 500 and the following players are guys that show up on the list that the Twins have previously drafted.

    James Ramsey OF 2011 #51 FLORIDA STATE SR

    Updated 05-28-2012 at 08:31 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

  10. Memorial Monday's Minor League Round-up

    Happy Memorial Day!

    Jason Marquis was not claimed on release waivers – and both Marquis and the Twins declined sending him to Rochester – thus making him a free agent. The Twins will continue to pay the remainder of the $3 million owed to Marquis. If another team signs him to the minimum, the Twins bill will go down that much (probably $480,000).

    His – and Erik Komatsu’s – removal from the 40-man leaves the roster at 38 men. Gardenhire also said he didn’t expect ...

    Updated 05-28-2012 at 05:50 PM by Seth Stohs

  11. Dueling Bloggers: Draft Debate (Part 1)

    As you probably know, the MLB Draft will be taking place in just a little over a week. There is a lot of draft-related material scattered all over this very website. Among them are a handful of Draft Previews that I've written. Recently, there was a lengthy thread started by "cmb0252" which is all about the draft.

    What follows is a tag team effort between myself and "cmb0252" (I'm not sure if he's ready to introduce himself to the world yet), which took place over the last couple of ...
  12. (FunDay) Monday's Minor League Round-up

    What a difference a day makes! A day after getting beaten at all levels; the system did an about-face and took all four games in convincing fashion.

    Some big-league news: Word came out late afternoon that the Twins are planning to designate Jason Marquis for assignment. Later in the evening it was reported that it wouldn’t happen immediately and that Marquis was with the team in Chicago.

    How you interpret that all is entirely up to you, but I will offer my two cents: ...
  13. Sunday No-Fun-Day for Twins Organization

    Yesterday was one of the better days the Twins organization has experienced in the last year. They followed that up with a day that ranks somewhere near the bottom.

    The Twins, attempting to sweep the Brewers in Milwaukee for the first time in over thirty years, fell flat on their face, mostly thanks to the right arm of Jason Marquis. While Mauer collecting four hits and Butera impressing in a relief appearance were both silver linings, many of us are left wondering: What is the next ...

    Updated 05-20-2012 at 09:00 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

  14. Saturday's Minor League Round-up

    The Twins extended their winning streak to four by beating the Brewers in extra innings today. (#ITSHAPPENING?) Ben Revere and Trevor Plouffe played big parts. Drew Butera finally found a bat that feels right in his hands.

    But that’s not what we’re here for, so let’s check out the system on this Saturday:

    Cole DeVries got something tonight he hadn’t gotten yet this year – run support. DeVries, who picked up his first win, went eight innings, ...
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