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  1. Six Minnesota Twins Among MLB.com's Top 100 Prospect

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ID:	3165The Minnesota Twins front office should feel somewhat vindicated by all of the recent draft picks, international signings and savvy trades which have brought the organization closer to sustainable relevancy – at least by MLB.com’s standards. On Tuesday night, MLB.com revealed their Top 100 prospects and six Twins prospects graced the list.

    Joining front-running Miguel Sano (12th), Minnesota sent 2012 draftee Byron Buxton (19th), recently acquired Alex Meyer ...
  2. One for the Fat Boys

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Size:  30.2 KBEarlier this week, the Philadelphia Phillies signed former Twin Delmon Young to an interesting one-year deal. The Phillies set parameters within the deal that stated Young needed to maintain a certain weight in order to have incentives kick in.

    As baseball observers may have noticed, over the years, Young’s weight would ebb and flow.

    For instance, when the Twins acquired him from the Rays, he had slimmed down to a healthy 215 thanks to a hard ...
  3. Drew Butera and Defensive Prowess

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ID:	3078Yesterday, the Minnesota Twins and catcher Drew Butera avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract, an almost assured sign that Butera will be on the roster as the team’s third backstop.

    Why, you ask, might the Twins invest almost a million dollars in a player who is completely expendable as the epitome of a replacement level player?

    Consider this: Over the past three years Butera’s OPS (.497 OPS) has been the worst in the ...
  4. For Better Or Worse: Brian Dozier

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    2012 Recap
    There are two things you won’t find in Minnesota: A liquor store that will sell you booze on Sundays and consistency at the shortstop position.

    The Twins were hoping that the latter problem would be solved by Brian Dozier. Dozier, a shortstop drafted by the organization (another rarity), was given the opportunity a month into the season to claim the role as his own. ...
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  5. Will Willingham continue to hammer?

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ID:	3040For a significant portion of the year, Josh Willingham fueled the Twins offense and gave the fans something to watch while the team sank deeper in the standings.

    He proved that Target Field was not resistant to home team home runs. In fact, his 21 home runs at home easily trumped long-standing fan-favorite Michael Cuddyer’s 17 hit in his two years at Target Field (2010-2011). Jim Thome managed to swat 21 home runs as well but needed 14 more plate appearances ...
  6. Gleeman and the Geek Episode 75: Sabermetric Twins and Drunk Voting

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Size:  13.8 KBIn yet another Geek-less installment of Gleeman and the Geek, joining Aaron Gleeman on this week’s GATG podcast is Twins Daily’s Parker Hageman -- who fills in for the globetrotting John Bonnes.

    Podcasting live from Panino Brothers in Eden Prairie, the pair discuss the Twins’ involvement in sabermetrics, projecting the Opening Day roster, why no one wants Kyle Lohse, Shaun Marcum and the best of the remaining free agent pitchers, saying something nice about ...
  7. Where are the Twins at with statistical analysis?

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ID:	2989When asked how he feels that the outsider perception of the Twins’ use of statistical analysis is behind the rest of the game, Jack Goin, the team’s Manager of Major League Administration and Baseball Research, simply replied “That’s fine.”

    Goin cites the St. Louis Cardinals as an example of how he wants his operations to be viewed. Whereas teams like Tampa, Cleveland, Boston and New York have been well-known and forthright about their endeavors into the ...
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