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  1. Twins Minor League Report (8/28): Summers Shines

    There was a ton of exciting action in the Twins farm system on Wednesday. Matt Summers took his Florida State League leading ERA to the mound for the Miracle. The Kernels were set to face off against former Twins pitcher Scott Baker as he works his way back from injury. New Britain found themselves in a back and forth contest that went well into the Eastern League night.

    Let's check out what happened down on the pond.

    Rochester Red Wings 5, Buffalo Bisons 2
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  2. Five Overlooked Twins Minor League Hitters in 2013

    As I'm sitting here on an airplane, I thought it would be cool to write up a blog from like 34,000 feet. Yes, I paid for the wireless, but I don't care. After 90 minute delay in Hartford, we landed in Philadelphia about 15 minutes before the "On Time" flight was to take off for Minneapolis. We immediately boarded, but thanks to storms and delays, we were on the runway for two hours and 15 minutes, the time the flight is supposed to take. Oh well. Makes me realize that on-time departures are vastly ...
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  3. Willingham claimed by unknown team

    According to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune Josh Willingham has been claimed by an unknown team through waivers. The Twins now have until Friday to either trade him and his $7 million salary or pull him back and keep him for the rest of the year.


    Knowing that Willingham is now back healthy and starting to pick up the pace offensively it would be a smart move for many contending teams to take a bid at the 34 year old left fielder. With waivers it would start with the American ...

    Updated 08-29-2013 at 08:14 AM by Anorthagen

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  4. The State of the Twins Farm System

    The Twins are heading toward their third straight 90 loss season and frustration is at an all-time high for fans in Twins Territory. Starting pitching is poor, bad free agent moves as well as trades, and just a lack of fundemental play that made the Twins a power in the AL Central in the 2000s. But with that frustration comes hope for the fan base that better days are just around the corner at Target Field
    Of course it starts with the Twins stacked farm system lead by #1 overall prospect ...
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  5. Time For Hicks to Make a Switch?

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ID:	5348Since returning to the minor leagues after his demotion in early August, Aaron Hicks has batted .417. Well, from the right side anyway.

    Unfortunately, he's only had 12 at-bats from that side because in Triple-A, like in the majors, the vast majority of pitchers are right-handers. And righties force the switch-hitting center fielder to the opposite batter's box, where he has posted a miserable .287 OPS in Rochester. Yuck.

    Overall, between the ...
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  6. Kernels Profile: Pitcher Hudson Boyd

    One of the unique things about Class A minor league baseball is that the season is divided in to two halves. The format allows teams, such as the Kernels, that have strong first halves of the season to qualify for postseason play at the mid-point of the season. It also gives teams that struggle early a chance to start over with a clean slate for the second half.

    The format benefits teams that experience significant roster turnover that’s common among Class A affiliated teams. ...
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  7. Twins Minor League Report (8/27): Colabello Named IL MVP

    Chris Colabello's time in the major leagues this year hasn't been spectacular but he has been outstanding in his time in the minors. On Wednesday, Colabello was named the Most Valuable Player and the Rookie of the Year for the International League. This comes a year after finishing runner-up for MVP in the Eastern League.

    Colabello has been a hitting machine for the Red Wings. He currently leads the league with a .352 batting average, a .427 on-base percentage, and a .639 slugging ...
  8. Adopt a Prospect Vol 2.5: Never Give Up, Never Surrender

    This is the final installment of our inconsistent series attempting to motivate Luis Perdomo who was today, released by the Rochester Redwings and Minnesota Twins
    Wings moves: RHP Luis Perdomo released; RHP Cole De Vries promoted from Double-A New Britain.
    — Rochester Red Wings (@RocRedWings) August 27, 2013
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  9. Mauer showing progress but not ready for play

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ID:	5345The effects of taking several foul tips off his face mask are still lingering for Joe Mauer, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said before Tuesday’s game against the Royals.

    “He came in today and says he’s feeling pretty decent,” Gardenhire said but later added that Mauer will not be ready to return the lineup any time soon.

    “He’s not ready anyway right now. We just have to wait and see; I don’t have a timetable. They got to tell me when ...
  10. Twins Minor League Report (8/26): May's Day

    The Twins were off today. In other baseball news, it was announced that Matt Harvey of the Mets has a partially torn UCL. He's getting the dreaded "rest and recovery" treatment many Twins fans are too familiar with. It's an unfortunate development for one of the best young arms in the game today.

    Eddie Rosario was named Eastern League Player of the Week after his stellar week last week.

    There was also a nice write-up about a few Twins prospects on Baseball America as well ...
  11. Looking For Clues In September

    This season was supposed to answer some questions about the makeup of the next winning Minnesota Twins team. It has largely failed to do so. But there is still some time and some September callups which might provide some clues as to the proper moves to make this offseason.

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ID:	5339The Starting Rotation (recall Scott Diamond)
    I just deleted an introductory paragraph with a lot of stats because it showed you something you already know: the Twins starting ...
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  12. Mauer's value

    This past series,and the next, Mauer will be watching his teammate,from home, as they get ready to face the Kansas City Royals. A month ago us fans were hoping by now we would be ahead in the standings looking down on the Royals and maybe even the Indians. And after having 23 games in the month of August against central division opponents this isn't the case. The Twins only ended up winning 9 out of those 20 games (3 left to be played against Kansas City).


    After going onto ...

    Updated 08-26-2013 at 10:56 PM by Anorthagen

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  13. Soccer Book Review! and Some Talk about Baseball's Age Problem

    http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/704562827


    This is a great book that examines the life of soccer dad in suburban DC Area and the history of soccer in the United States. Since I am young professional who is nowhere near that part in my life I found the stories about youth sports quite boring. However, If you are in that part of your life of soccer practice, soccer games, carpooling, politics of sports, the money invested in the game then I would highly recommend that you read
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  14. Twins Birthdays--August 26

    Also posted at wgom.org


    Brendan Harris (1980)
    Eric Fryer (1985)
    Darin Mastroianni (1987)


    Infielder Brendan Michael Harris was with the Twins from 2008-2010. Born and raised in Queensbury, New York, he was drafted out of the College of William and Mary by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 2001 draft. He hit well throughout the minors, usually averaging over .300 with double-digit home runs, and played mostly second base and third base. He made ...
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