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  1. Twins Minor League Report (4/30): Amazing April in A Ball

    One month of minor league action is in the books, and for the most part, it has played out even better than could have been anticipated. The Minnesota Twins organizationís top prospects are performing very well. Just as important, several of the second-tier prospects have been able to establish themselves early in the season. The Ft. Myers Miracle has the most wins of any team in the minor leagues. The Cedar Rapids Kernels have a roster filled with players who were on the Beloit playoff team a year ...
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  2. Twins 3, Tigers 4: The Value of Each Play

    On Monday night, the Minnesota Twins began a three-game series in Detroit against the Tigers. It was Mike Pelfrey facing Max Scherzer. You likely watched the game or saw the box score already when you read this, so you know that the Twins fell by the final score of 4-3.

    It was interesting to watch the game while at the same time calculating the Twins Win Expectancy after each and every play throughout the game. Win Expectancy is a number that changes with every game situation. Someone ...
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  3. Twins Minor League Report (4/28): Duffey Does it Again

    t was bound to happen. The four Twins full-season minor league affiliates had all won each of the past three days. Thatís a 12-0 record. On Sunday, that streak broke as two of the affiliates won. That said, all four games were decided by two runs or less. There is some very good baseball being played in the Twins farm system.

    Speaking of very good baseball, the Minnesota Twins are back over .500 again after a 5-0 win over the Texas Rangers. Kevin Correia continued his impressive April ...
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  4. Twins Minor League Report (4/26): Walker Powers Kernels

    On Friday night, the Minnesota Twins fell 4-3 to the Texas Rangers. A three-run home run off the bat of Oswaldo Arcia with two outs in the bottom of the ninth was all of the scoring for the Twins. Scott Diamond was immensely hittable, and the defense failed to make a couple of plays.

    However, for the second straight night, all four Twins full-season minor league affiliates were winners. One power-hitting prospect homered for the third time in four games. An equally powerful young man ...
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  5. Twins Minor League Report (4/25): Four and Oh!

    On Thursday, the Minnesota Twins fell to the Texas Rangers by a score of 2-1. Vance Worley gave up two runs in five innings, but the bullpen threw four scoreless innings and kept the team in it. Unfortunately, the Twinsí bats were quiet. Their lone run came on Josh Willinghamís third home run of the year.

    All four Twins full-season affiliates won on Thursday. Two of the affiliates scored double-digit runs. The top two prospects added to their home run totals, while their top pitching ...
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  6. Wednesday Minor League Report

    The Minnesota Twins had an off day. So did the Cedar Rapids Kernels and the Ft. Myers Miracle. New Britain and Rochesterís games were affected by weather, nothing new during this season. So, todayís Minor League report may not be long, but hey, there is still baseball to write about so weíre going to do just that.

    There have been several transactions throughout the organization in the past week. On Wednesday, it was Drew Leachman who was promoted from Cedar Rapids to Ft. Myers. He started ...
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  7. Prospectus: Early Dividends

    We are already about 15 games into the minor league season. Itís not a lot of games, but it is just over 10% of the seasonís schedule, even if there have been a lot of weather-related postponements and double headers. Itís too early to call any of the numbers more than a Small Sample Size, but itís always fun to take an early look at Twins prospects.

    Below, you will find my preseason Top 30 Minnesota Twins prospects along with their statistics through Sunday, along with some of my thoughts ...
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  8. Sunday Minor League Report; Fireworks in Palm Beach

    It may have only been two games, but as a Twins fan, there is not much better than sweeping the Chicago White Sox. On Sunday, the Twins scored four runs in the seventh thanks to an RBI single by Aaron Hicks, followed by a bases-clearing double by Josh Willingham. Scott Diamond got his first win of the season and Glen Perkins got the save.

    Down on the farm, there were several terrific performances. PJ Walters. Nate Hanson. Miguel Munoz. Lance Ray. Drew Leachman celebrated his birthday ...
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  9. Saturday in the Minor League Parks

    The Twins got a nice 2-1, 10-inning win in Chicago against the White Sox. Eduardo Escobar, who came to the Twins last July from the South Siders, beat out an infield single to shortstop. Ryan Doumit, who was on second after an inning -opening double, advanced to third base and then continued home when Jeff Keppinger was unable to cleanly catch the one-hop throw from Ramirez. Glen Perkins came on to record the save.

    There were a couple of one-run games in the Twins farm system. A big ...

    Updated 04-20-2013 at 10:54 PM by Kevin

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  10. Twins Minor League Report: Highlights Galore!

    Things were pretty tough in the Twins farm system on Wednesday night. However, on Thursday, there were plenty of highlights for each of the four Twins affiliates. There were several great pitching performances. There were a lot of really strong hitting performances. Lots of multi-hit games and some big home runs. One team ended one long streak, and another hopes to have started another long streak. A couple of bullpen arms continued their early-season dominance. One pitcher threw six one-hit innings. ...
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  11. Why isn't Jamey Carroll playing?

    In 2012, infielder Jamey Carroll played in 138 games (second-most of his career) and racked up a career-high 537 plate appearances. He was the Opening Day shortstop, but that was the position that he played the third-most. He played 66 games at second base, 44 games at third base and 37 games at shortstop. Through 13 games in 2013, Jamey Carroll has made just two starts and has a total of nine plate appearances. Why has his role been so diminished to start this season? I think there are a few potentially ...
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  12. Twins Minor League Report: Miracle Win Again, Kernels Win Twice, Rock Cats Walk Off

    The Twins got a second win against the Angels on Tuesday night. Joe Mauer got four hits for the second straight game. Brian Dozier was forced into the leadoff spot at the last minute and got on base three times. He was leading off because Aaron Hicks was moved down in the order, and then Darin Mastroianniís ankle flared up on him again.

    Following the game, Mastroianni was put on the Disabled List and Oswaldo Arcia was again recalled from Rochester to take his place. In other roster ...
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  13. Baseball: The Greatest Game

    Baseball is the greatest of games for many reasons. Itís great because itís a marathon and not a sprint. Itís great because it is the worldís greatest athletes. Itís great because of its willingness to respect and appreciate its great history including on Monday when all players wore #42 on their jerseys in appreciation for all that Jackie Robinson did in integrating the game 65 years ago. Baseball is great for so many reasons.

    And, of course, Iím preaching to the choir. You choose ...

    Updated 04-16-2013 at 11:52 AM by Kevin

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  14. Twins on Twitter UPDATE

    Since I initially posted a Twins on Twitter blog a couple of months ago, I have updated their Follower counts a couple of times. It is interesting to see which players have increased their Twitter followers the most, by count or by percentage. (Please consider following some of the below links to player and personnel accounts)

    Also, a few more players have put themselves out there on social media, so they have been added to the list.

    Finally, I started a list to show each ...
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