The upper-levels of the Twins minor league system is stocked with relief pitchers performing at a high level. Here is a quick rundown:
Michael Tonkin (AAA, 24)- Tonkin has been arguably the best reliever in the Twins system since the start of 2012. This year in AAA, Tonkin has a 3.08 ERAónothing specialóbut his K and BB numbers are excellent: 26 Kís to just 4 BBís in 26.1 innings. Heís been even better in this department since the start of June: 18 Kís to 1 BB in 18.1 IP. Tonkin
Hoping the twins wont try to trade him and we go for it this year...
Without him, we dont contend, with him..possible..
Spot starter Kris Johnson made took the mound for Minnesota on Friday, but wasnít able to give the Twins much of a chance in Colorado as he surrendered two, one, and two runs in the first three innings of the game, setting them back 5-1 before he was removed after just 57 pitches to start the fifth. Drew Stubbs and Troy Tulowitzki blasted home runs as part of the early barrage, and the Twins offense wasnít able to recover against Rockiesí starter Jorge De La Rosa or their bullpen.
Updated Yesterday at 02:53 AM by Steve Lein
With the All-Star Game just around the corner, it's a perfect time to look at some of the best batters throughout Twins history and see how their paths crossed over time. While having a great collection of hitters is one part of a playoff caliber team, the following chart shows that it is a necessary, but not sufficient criteria.
Looking at WAR over time (in this case, from Baseball-Reference.com) is a good way to get a general sense of the
Updated Yesterday at 09:12 AM by hvs
I have actually enjoyed watching the World Cup. The games can be very entertaining; some of the goals scored will stay in my memory forever. It's been great to root on my country, and to watch other nations root on theirs. The tension while watching the U.S. games with other fans was delicious.
Still, the World Cup gave excellent examples of three things I do not like about the sport, three things that have never, and never will, plague baseball:
Flopping. Yes I know
The Twins picked up a win on Thursday night thanks to another big game from Kendrys Morales against his former team. Morales had an important two-run double to help stretch the Twins' lead. The Twins have now won three straight games and head out to Colorado for some interleague play against the Rockies and Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer and LaTroy Hawkins.
Let's take a look at the Minor Leagues.
Red Wings Report
Kyle Gibson was lights out last night as he held the Mariners scoreless over six innings of work. He scattered 7 hits, but only walked one batter while striking out three to turn in his 8th dominate performance on the year, improving his overall record to 8 wins, 7 losses.
The problem is, there doesnít seem to be any middle ground when it comes to Gibsonís starts. Either heís lights out, like he was last night in Seattle (6.0IP, 7H, 0ER, 1BB, 3K) or heís knocked out, like his
On Tuesday night it was announced that Minnesota Twinsí second baseman, Brian Dozier, would be participating in the Home Run Derby.
Without question, it will be an honor for him to smack dingers at his home stadium, with his home crowd, and even his own brother pitching to him, no less. The event, where the game's most prolific home run hitters get to sit on the grass, some with their families, and admire the powerful swings while listening to ESPNís Chris
Things are pretty bleak for Twins fans these days. The club is caught amidst yet another mid-summer free fall, the coaches and medical staff are once again coming under fire for their handling of injuries, and we're left to ponder who can be called up from Triple-A to plug yet another rotation hole while the offense scuffles.
The negative storylines are too easy to grasp onto at this point, so in an effort to change the tone a bit, I thought I'd focus on a few positive developments
The merry-go-round that is a minor league team's roster continued to spin over the weekend in Cedar Rapids as the Kernels saw two pitchers promoted to high-A Fort Myers, one infielder put on the 7-Day Disabled list and two new pitchers arrive from Elizabethton.
The new pitchers, right handed starting pitcher Chih-Wei Hu and righty bullpen arm Jake Reed, were in uniform for Tuesday night's series opener with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, won by the Kernels, 15-5.
[FONT=Times, 'Times New Roman', serif]If you follow me on Twitter[FONT=Times, 'Times New Roman', serif], you probably know that something clicked -- something changed -- last night. The most thorough and comprehensive Twins beat writer, [/FONT]Mike Berardino, tweeted[FONT=Times, 'Times New Roman', serif] a series of quotes from Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire on player injuries. And it set me off. In fact, it might be fair to say that I freaked out. I tweeted a bunch of things, but decided to wait
We've all been woefully disappointed by Ricky Nolasco so far. We've all been pleasantly pleased by Phil Hughes so far. We've had the unfortunate pleasure of watching Mike Pelfrey. We've been satisfied with Kevin Correia after some initial hatred.
Bringing in four free agents to fill the rotation over two years is a departure from the norm for our Twins. Signing two of them to multi-year deals that were both worth more than the previous team-high free agent contract (Willingham, $21M)
Updated 07-08-2014 at 09:28 PM by jay
Another Tuesday signals another episode of Twins Hangouts.
Seth and I will be live tonight at 9pm. There's been a ton of things that have happened over these last seven days. We'll certainly talk about a number of them, such as the All-Star Game, the Futures Game, Ricky Nolasco and updates on all of the minor league affiliates.
Miss an episode? Well, they're all available on our webpage and iTunes. You can also view the event page.
The Twins pulled out a late night win against the Mariners. Phil Hughes pitched 7.1 shutout innings and Sam Fuld hit a go-ahead home run, his first as a Twin. Brian Dozier hit an RBI sac fly to increase the lead to 2-0 late in the game and the bullpen shut down the Mariners bats.
Ricky Nolasco was put on the 15-day Disabled List with a sore pitching elbow. The Twins have recalled Chris Herrmann to take his spot on the 25-man roster, giving Gardy a third catcher