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  1. Twins Daily Draft Day Primer

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ID:	4322Here it is: everything you need to look like you’ve been eating and breathing MLB Draft coverage for the last month, all in one quick story.

    The Bad News
    The Twins are drafting fourth in what is widely considered to be a draft with three great players. If those three go to the first three teams, the Twins will likely go one of two ways:

    Option 1 (seems most likely)
    They’ll draft a Texas high school pitcher with big upside named ...
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  2. Twins MLB Draft Profile: Jonathan Gray, RHP

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ID:	4281Who IS This Guy?
    Jonathan Gray is a right-handed college starting pitcher who has rocketed up the draft charts becoming one of the two most coveted picks in the draft. Coming into the college season he was a decent but not remarkable prospect, but that was before posting 127 strikeouts (in 110 IP), a 9-2 record and a 1.55 ERA (pre NCAA tournament). It was also before he unveiled improvements on a couple of standout pitches.

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  3. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 96: Don't Call It A Comeback and Darft Talk

    In the #1 Minnesota Twins podcast, Aaron and John talk about the Twins resurgence and other reasons for optimism, the latest development in the Twins #4 overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, John's musical instrument of choice, whether Pedro Florimon is for real, answer questions from readers, wonder what moves the Twins might make, discuss Mike Pelfrey's future, the 2015 lineup and Aaron's feature in the Star-Tribune. Here are:


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  4. Twins 8, Brewers 6 and Stealing Bases

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ID:	4250The Minnesota Twins won last night, swiping (and sweeping) the season series from the Milwaukee Brewers. The victory raised their record to 23-28 which translates to a 73 win pace over the course of a 162-game season.

    But I want to talk about some different swiping that happened, or more accurately, did not happen. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Aaron Hicks was caught trying to steal second base. What struck me as strange at the time was that there were ...
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  5. Twins MLB Draft Profile: Reese McGuire, C

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    Reese McGuire is a left-handed hitting high school catcher that is already ready for the majors defensively, but will need several years to develop similar offensive skills. He has been projected to go anywhere from the top five in the draft to 20th overall. The Twins have been linked to him by Jim Callis of Baseball America and are definitely interested in him.

    Besides McGuire’s skill set, he is intriguing for another reason: ...
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  6. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 95: MLB Draft & Free Fallin...

    On the best Minnesota Twins podcast, Aaron and John talk about the Twins' free fall, options for the No. 4 pick in the draft with Twins Daily's Jeremy Nygaard, a ton of roster changes including losing Joe Benson, sending down Oswaldo Arcia, not calling up Kyle Gibson, what happened to Justin Morneau's power, Chris Parmelee in center field, leveraging Glen Perkins, a WHOLE lot more about the draft and meeting listeners at the Apple Store. Here are:


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  7. Geeking Out: Pitch To Contact and Team Batting

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ID:	4085Numbers can be so clean. Until they aren’t.

    Yesterday we studied strikeouts/game and runs/game for teams and found a “correlation coefficient,” which is a number between -1 and 1. 1 means there is a perfect correlation, like the temperature in Fahrenheit and the temperature in Celsius. -1 means there is a perfectly negative correlation, like the amount I spend and my checking account balance. And 0 means there is no correlation, like the amount I spend and ...
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  8. Geeking Out: Pitch To Contact And Team Pitching

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ID:	4070Pitch To Contact - at this point, I think we can go with capital letters, don't you? That phrase and philosophy have drawn a fair amount of criticism, a chunk of which is just snark, but some of which at least tries to ground itself in statistical analysis. In a thread started yesterday on Twins Daily, there was a lot of debate on Pitch To Contact, what it means and what we really know about its effects.

    When Bill James unveiled several new tools for analyzing ...
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  9. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 93: 5000 Caolorie Mothers

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ID:	4049The Geek is in New York, so Aaron and special guest co-host Parker Hageman talk about whether the Twins are a legitimately decent team or a mirage, Joe Mauer's hot streak and high strikeout rate, funneling food into your face to become a star, Kyle Gibson's timetable, Mother's Day hijinks, Vance Worley's struggles, Glen Perkins being a nerd again, the pros and cons of cursing, and updating the bar-buying plans. Here are:


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  10. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 91: Radio Return and It's April

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ID:	3915Aaron and John's Minnesota Twin podcast moves to KFAN 100.3 FM, but that's not the only change. The Twins relatively positive start also fuels their most optimistic episode, where they talk about Kevin Correia's fantastic start, the bullpen's impact and depth and the struggles some of the younger players in the lineup are facing. Here are:




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  11. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 90: Star-Studded Brewing

    Aaron and John return to 612 Brew and are joined by a couple guests: Parker Hageman of Twins Daily and 612 Brew's head brewer Adam Schill. Together, they dissect a ridiculously short week for the Twins, Big Papi's speech, wonder from whom will Oswaldo Arcia take playing time, explain why you should subscribe to Minnesota Business magazine, catch up with some top Twins prospects with hot starts, explain what happened after the last podcast, review the Darin Mastroianni injury saga, and review Dick ...
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  12. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 88: Hicks, Arcia, Rain and Scouting Our Bar

    Aaron and John's Minnesota Twins podcast visits a bar for sale. Then they talk about Aaron Hicks historic struggles, their move to KFAN, what went right for the Twins this week, conficting explanations for how the Twins ended up with a low-K pitching staff, Oswaldo Arcia's role this week, what makes Aaron curl into the fetal position, misperceptions about the infield, batting practice misfires, charging the mound and #42. Here are:


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  13. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 88: Opening Week Intervention

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ID:	3687Aaron and John talk about the Minnesota Twins' winning opening week, bouncing back from last week's podcast, what to make of Aaron Hicks' slow start, Glen Perkins' excellence and managing the bullpen, appreciating Roger Ebert, the upcoming "Tix For Tots" event, close games and late-inning heroics, Tyler Robertson's goodbye, and "The Running Man" coming true. Here are:


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  14. Gleeman and the Geek, Ep 87: Opening Day

    John and Aaron talk about loving Opening Day at the ballpark and on the couch, the Minnesota Twins' lowest expectations ever, moving Joe Mauer up and Brian Dozier down in the batting order, what to do with Justin Morneau, appreciating the greatness of Johan Santana, bullpen and bench usage issues, finding what you need on Ticket King, exactly how bad the rotation can get, and why baseball is so damn comforting. Here are:


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