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  1. Looking at Byron Buxton's Swing

    Byron Buxton, says ESPN.com’s Keith Law, is a prospect with more tools than the Home Depot.

    OK, now that the requisite pun is out of the way, let’s delve into the nitty-gritty. After MLB.com anointed Buxton the number one prospect in all the land, Law’s Top 100 list concurred. As a 19-year-old, the center fielder smacked pitching around in the Midwest and Florida State Leagues to the tune of .334/.424/.520 with 12 home runs and 109 runs scored.

    An on-base menace, Buxton ...
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  2. Turning The Power Back On

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ID:	6422Who knows why Josh Willingham left first base with the intention of stealing second base on April 27th, 2013.

    Coaches claim the thievery was not planned. It’s possible that with the left-handed Michael Kirkman on the mound, Willingham was fooled by his delivery or was caught leaning when the Ranger threw over to first. Either way, with his team up 4-0 -- thanks in part to his two-run home run two innings prior -- Willingham broke for two, took the base but ...
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  3. Brewers sign Garza to deal similar to Twins' Nolasco

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ID:	6381Sources indicate that the Milwaukee Brewers have now signed pitcher Matt Garza to the tune of four years, $52 million.

    This is notable for several reasons. The first being that this is a substantial savings from what he was originally projected as being worth going into the free agent season. At Twins Daily, we estimated that Garza would reach five years and $75 million in the Offseason Handbook. Instead, teams shied away from him. The second interesting ...
  4. The Twins Considering a Shift in Strategy

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ID:	6331After three straight 90-loss seasons, the Minnesota Twins need a reinvention. While other teams have harnessed analytics to advance their in-game strategies, the Twins remained in analog in a digital world.

    No longer.

    Not long ago, the notion of “infield shifting” in the Twins dugout may have been a reference to adjusting one’s protective cup. Now, according to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger, the Twins and new bench coach Paul Molitor to join the ...
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  5. The Advantageous Oswaldo Arcia

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ID:	6303Oswaldo Arcia’s rookie season was filled with the expected peaks and valleys that most normal human rookies encounter during their first year of facing the world’s best competition.

    Offensively, he displayed flashes of unbridled power by depositing home runs to all fields but alternated those moments with stretches of being lost. Over three games in early July, Arcia woofed 11 times in 18 at-bats. In that small sampling, he swung the bat 26 times but managed ...
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  6. More Dingers for Dozier?

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ID:	6291Let’s just start by saying that in his second tour of duty of the major league ranks, Brian Dozier fared better.

    After a dismal 2012 season, he managed to improve his walk rate and power numbers to finish the year one of the team’s top contributions. Faint praise, however, considering the lineup’s surprising lack of offense overall.

    That said Dozier’s in-season development was impressive. After a diagnostic from hitting coach Tom Brunansky, the ...
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