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  1. Twins Minor League Report (6/20): Darnell Delivers

    The Appalachian League started on Thursday night and Elizabethton started where they left off last year. On Friday, the Gulf Coast League will begin. The Cedar Rapids Kernels began the second half of their season. Kyle Gibson had another terrific start for Rochester, but it was not the best start in the organization on this day.

    Keep reading to see what happened in the Twins farm system on Thursday:

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders 2

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  2. 2013 Elizabethton Twins Preview

    Tonight, the Elizabethton Twins season gets underway. They will attempt to end this season the same way that they ended the 2012 season. OK, maybe not in quite as dramatic a fashion as requiring a walk-off, extra inning grand slam, but the goal will again be to win an Appalachian League title. Long-time manager Ray Smith, along with long-time hitting coach Jeff Reed and second-year pitching coach Henry Bonilla, have built a bit of a dynasty in Tennessee.

    The 2013 roster is quite interesting. ...
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  3. Twins Minor League Report (6/18): Koch, Vargas Lead Miracle

    On Tuesday morning, we woke up to the news that the bus driving from Ft. Myers to Elizabethton was involved in a fatal accident. Fortunately all of the Elizabethton players and personnel were alright. The driver of the other car passed away. We should be seeing rosters for the E-Twins and the GCL Twins shortly.

    On Tuesday night, eight Kernels played in the Midwest League All Star game. We should also hear about any player promotions on Wednesday. There were a couple of great performances ...
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  4. The Key for Mike Pelfrey

    Itís hard to ignore the numbers. They are pretty glaring. Overall this year, Minnesota Twins starter Mike Pelfrey is 3-6 with a 6.12 ERA in his first 13 starts. Heís allowing over 1.6 base runners per inning. It has been a tough go. In April, he posted a 7.66 ERA. In May, that number dropped to 5.90. Through two Quality Starts in June, he has posted a 4.05 ERA.

    The numbers are bad, but it seemed to me from watching that things werenít quite as bad as they seemed. For instance, in his ...
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  5. Twins on Twitter - mid-June Update

    It's been about six weeks since we last updated which people in the Minnesota Twins organization are on Twitter. Since that time, several players have started tweeting while other players are new to the organization. This list does include several of the Twins 2013 draft picks. If they choose not to sign, they will be removed from the list, of course.

    Twitter is a great way to interact with players and with your favorite Twins bloggers. Be sure to follow the following Twins Daily writers ...
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  6. Twins Minor League Report (6/16): Kernels Krumble

    Coming into Sunday, the final day of the first half of the Midwest League season, the Cedar Rapids Kernels had won just three of their last ten games. Meanwhile, the Beloit Snappers had won eight of ten. Both teams have clinches a playoff spot, but both teams had a chance to win the division crown. For the Kernels to win the title, they had to win AND the Snappers needed to lose. So, what happened? Well, youíll need to read below for that answer. Another question to ask yourself is; Did Byron Buxton ...
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  7. Twins Minor League Report (6/14-15): Friday and Saturday Scoreboard

    A lot has been going on in the Twins farm system the last couple of days, and after missing a day for the first time this year, I'll be updating you on the last two days in game summaries and highlights.

    Not sure if people will believe this, but I went from 11:00 a.m. on Friday until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday without being on my computer. I believe that is a personal record for me. I watched a couple of games at the state baseball tournament (check out this Howard Sinker blog on it, please) ...
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  8. Twins Minor League Report (6/13): Slama Freed

    The Cedar Rapids Kernels and Beloit Snappers are both going to the playoffs in the Midwest League. Which one will go as first-half champ will be soon determined.

    The big news in the Twins farm system on Thursday, however, involves a significant transaction. The Twins signed RHP Cody Eppley. Not a major signing in any way, though he did pitch in 59 games out of the Yankees bullpen a year ago.

    The bigger news, for Twins fans in recent years, is that Anthony Slama has finally ...
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  9. Twins Minor League Report (6/11): More Woes for Worley

    Rain was the winner of the day for two Twins affiliates. The much-anticipated AA debut of Miguel Sano and Eddie Rosario will have to wait another day. Things continued to get much tighter atop the Midwest Leagues Western Division standings as Beloit won for the eighth straight game. Were the Cedar Rapids Kernels able to keep up?

    We are starting to hear about the Twins signing some of their draft picks and likely several more will sign by the end of the week. The short-season teams are ...
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  10. Beyond Buxton

    For all who watched The Byron Buxton Show on Fox Sports North on Monday, there is no question who the top prospect on the Cedar Rapids roster is. Buxton was the clear-cut focus of the broadcast, and for good reason. Not only was he 3-4 with a single, bases-clearing double and triple, but he made one of the best catches you will see all year. He is also hitting a robust .350/.444/.578 (1.022) with 14 doubles, eight triples, seven home runs 60 runs scored, 47 RBI and 26 stolen bases. He has earned ...
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  11. PODCAST: Sunday Minor League Report and Draft Thoughts

    On Sunday night, Twins Daily's draft expert and myself put together a 35 minute podcast in which we dove into several topics. First, we discussed all that happened in the Twins minor league system on Sunday. You may have heard that a certain 3B prospect was promoted to New Britain, as were Eddie Rosario and Angel Morales, but Kyle Gibson and DJ Baxendale also were on the mound. Cedar Rapids moved one game closer to clinching a spot in the Midwest League playoffs which likely would signal yet another ...
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  12. Twins Minor League Report (6/8): Miracle Clinch

    Congratulations to the Ft. Myers Miracle. They have had a remarkable first half of this season and on Saturday, the clinched their first playoff spot since 2009 with their win over Bradenton. Tyler Duffey made his Miracle debut. Tom Stuifbergen made his AA debut in game one of the Rock Cats double header.

    With that, check out what happened in the Twins minor league system on Saturday:

    Rochester Red Wings 1, Toledo Mudhens 8

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    Pedro Hernandez was ...
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  13. MLB Draft - Day 3 Rapid Fire

    It's taken two days to get through ten rounds of the MLB Draft. On Saturday, a conference call of 30 teams, each making 30 picks, will complete the 2013 draft. It'll be rapid fire throughout the day. As soon as one team makes a selection, the next will get about 5 seconds to make their pick. It's actually quite something to listen to. As Twins picks are made, we will continue to update the Twins selections down below. Please comment throughout the day with your thoughts.
    The Twins have made ...
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  14. Mining Kohl (Stewart) for Comments

    Following the Twins selection of RHP Kohl Stewart, he called in and talked with the media for a while. It was interesting to hear him talk about the draft. For so long, we have heard that he had this strong commitment to Texas A&M where he had a full scholarship to play both football and baseball. Listening to his responses tell me there is no question that, not only will he sign, but he could sign quickly.

    How did Stewart find out that he was drafted? His parents had 75-100 friends ...
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