If youíre like me, one of the fun things to do during spring training is to read through all of the box scores. Theyíre long, and full of names as starters are just getting a couple of at bats and managers are wanting to see their role players and non-roster invitees. Itís a good reminder of the offseason transactions and who signed where. Thatís important for the big free agents, but itís also fun to see where the lesser-known names and the minor league free agents signed.
Ever since Minnesota Twins manager mentioned to the media a couple of days ago that he would like to add a potent bat to his bench, conversations among Twins fans have revolved around just one player; Jim Thome. And why not? Twins fansí memories of the hulking, Paul Bunyan-esque slugger look glowing to 2010.
Thome came to the Twins and, in 108 games, he hit .283/.412/.627 (1.039). It was his best OPS since 2002. He gave fans many very lasting memories. I was at the game against the
Seemingly everybody is on Twitter these days. I remember sitting with John Bonnes during the middle of the 2009 Twins season, and he told me that I should be on Twitter. I hesitated, but then I figured, Why Not? Since then, I've gradually followed more and more people. Frankly, it is my news source at this point.
If you're not already on Twitter, consider it. If you want, you can follow Twins Daily and each of us individually (John Bonnes,Nick Nelson, Parker Hageman, Seth Stohs & Brock Beauchamp).
One of the bigger storylines of the offseason was the future of Ron Gardenhire as manager of the Minnesota Twins. Most years throughout his tenure, he signed a two-year extension before he got to the final year of his contract. However, after last season, Gardenhire did not receive an extension, so he is in the last year of his deal.
On its own, that means very little. I mean, Terry Ryan could still choose to extend him any time during the season or following the season. Unfortunately,
Tonight (Tuesday) at 7:00 central time, Seth Stohs will be taking your Minnesota Twins-related questions. He will answer questions for as much as two hours tonight. The Twins are in spring training camp. We can finally move past the offseason and start talking about actual baseball news.
This is a good opportunity for you to ask your individual questions regarding Seth's projections from today, ask about minor leaguers and much, much more. It's a good opportunity for the Twins Daily
Since completing the Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook a month ago, I have managed to find a little extra time in my life. So, what did I do? I am so cool that I started making my Minnesota Twins Roster Projections (which can be found here and here). Today, another piece to that fun, preseason puzzle is presented for you today. It is my attempt to predict how the Twins hitters will fare in 2013.
I'm sure you've reviewed several such projections, such as Bill James and PECOTA and others.
On Tuesday, Minnesota Twins pitchers and catchers had to report to Ft. Myers for spring training. Although many infielders and outfielders have already been working out at the Lee County Complex, they officially have to report on Friday and the team will have the first official full squad workout on Saturday. On Tuesday, I posted my first roster projections for the pitchers and catchers, and today, Iíll post my roster projections for the infielders and outfielders
Each Friday through
Via Twitter, the Star-Tribune's LaVelle Neal announced the signing of left-handed reliever Rafael Perez to a minor league contract today. He had been non-tendered by the Cleveland Indians in November after pitching in just eight games for the team in 2012. He fought a side injury early in the season and later was out for the season due to a shoulder injury.
However, in his seven seasons (all in Cleveland), he was a very good reliever, most of the time. In all, he worked 329 innings
Age: 19 (DOB: 12/18/93)
Rookie: .248/.344/.429, 5 HR, 20 RBI, 33 R, 11/14 SB
Yesterday, when writing about Minnesota Twins #3 prospect Aaron Hicks, Nick wrote ďWhen it comes to physical tools, Aaron Hicks is tough to top.Ē If there is anyone in the Twins organization that could, it will be fellow outfielder Byron Buxton.
At 6-2 and 180 pounds, Buxton is a tremendous five-tool athlete. Although he was a prospect on a national stage
Happy Pitchers and Catchers Report Day!
It has been 131 days since the Twins lost a 2-1 decision to the Toronto Blue Jays. Itís been a long offseason, and frankly, rehashing the same offseason transactions and rumors needs to stop. But today down in Ft. Myers, the Twins pitchers and catchers will report and soon after will start officially preparing for the 2013 season. Theyíll throw in the bullpen. Theyíll do a ton of PFPs (Pitcherís Fielding Practice). They will also likely do a
Age: 23 (DOB: 1/3/90)
A and High-A: 129.0 IP, 2.86 ERA, 139/45 K/BB, 1.10 WHIP
Generally speaking, the best trades are the ones that both sides can be happy about. Of course, for fans, the best trades are the ones where your team ripped off the other team. In late November, the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals finally reached an agreement on a deal that would send Denard Span to the nationís capital in exchange for minor league pitcher
The Twins have had some good success over the years in the Rule 5 draft. Shane Mack became part of the 1991 Minnesota Twins World Series championship team as is one of the more underrated players in Twins history. Garry Wayne had a couple of solid seasons with the Twins as a left-handed reliever. Doug Corbett had a couple of good years and was later dealt to the Angels for Tom Brunansky. Obviously the Twins selection of Jared Camp was terrific because they were immediately able to trade him to the
Age: 18 (DOB: 05/27/94)
2012 Stats (Rookie): 3-0, 30.2 IP, 1.17 ERA, 0.62 WHIP, 49/4 K/ BB
The 2012 draft was very important for the Minnesota Twins. Instead of drafting college players, the Twins used their first two picks on high school players. They took OF Byron Buxton with the #2 overall pick. With their first supplemental first-round selection, compensation for having lost Michael Cuddyer to the Rockies in free agency, the Twins took right-handed pitcher,