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  1. Draft Preview: "Personal Cheeseballs" (Hitters)

    At some point, while researching for a previous draft, I came across a Baseball America podcast where they were discussing their “personal cheeseballs”. At first I was a little confused, but quickly came to realize that these “cheeseballs” were their favorites. In fact, to qualify to be a “personal cheeseball” you have to fit into only two categories: one – be a favorite; two – don’t be too good.

    For example, one of the BA guys (I think it was Callis, but I could be wrong) really ...

    Updated 05-04-2013 at 03:09 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  2. Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Month - April

    After going through the top performing Hitters and Starting Pitchers from April, its’ time to now check out which relief pitchers performed the best in April. The Twins announced their choices of Byron Buxton and DJ Baxendale as their Hitter and Pitcher of the month, respectively. As we saw with the starting pitcher list, using an beginning and ending point (such as a month) can alter how the numbers look. Alex Meyer may be been #1 or #2 on the list if not for one inning in which he gave up four ...
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  3. Kevin Slowey Never Wins

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    September 18, 2010. What does that day mean to you? Possibly nothing, perhaps more than that, but ultimately, it was just another day. It was just another day for Kevin Slowey as well. Slowey awoke fresh that morning, went to the ballpark and started a baseball game for the Minnesota Twins. Slowey pitched well, going 6.2 innings, giving up just two runs on five hits and a walk. He struck out eight and improved his record to 13-6. ...
  4. Twins Birthdays--May 4

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Ryan Jorgensen (1979)
    Matt Tolbert (1982)
    Kevin Slowey (1984)


    Catcher Ryan Wayne Jorgensen played a total of three innings for the Twins in 2008. He was born in Jacksonville, Florida, went to high school in Kingwood, Texas, and attended LSU. He was then drafted by the Cubs in the seventh round in 2000. He really never had a productive offensive season in the minors above Class A; his best was 2004, when he hit .259 with eight ...
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  5. Twins Minor League Reports (May 3): Vargas Vaults Miracle

    Friday was another good day for the two Minnesota Twins Class A affiliates while the Red Wings and Rock Cats fell short. In some pretty exciting Twins Daily news, our frequent contributor AJ Pettersen tweeted the following after tonight’s Miracle game, “I'm headed to Portland, Maine tomorrow to join the @RockCats!” Congratulation to AJ! Who knows… maybe we’ll get a great blog post telling us all about it!!
    Check back tomorrow morning for the April Twins minor league relief pitcher of the month ...
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  6. Twins Birthdays--May 3

    Also posted at wgom.org

    Ben Revere (1988)

    Outfielder Ben Daniel Revere played for the Twins from 2010-2012. He was born in Atlanta, went to high school in Lexington, Kentucky, and was drafted by Minnesota in the first round in 2007. He mostly rose one level at a time, playing in rookie ball in 2007, Class A in 2008, advanced A in 2009, AA in 2010, and AAA in 2011 before being called up to the big club because of injuries. He hit over .300 each minor league season, with ...
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  7. Friday Mailbag (5/3/2013)!!!!!

    Welcome to the third installment of my (fake) mailbag. In the past, I have used this space to answer the tough questions that no one seems to want to actually ask me. Today, I have a treat! Actual questions! Well, not all of them. See if you can spot the fakes.

    Which flavor ice cream is Anthony Swarzak?
    ~ @ERolfPleiss on Twitter

    Now, this is a question!

    Well, he's certainly vanilla. That isn't a race-based statement, I just think he is kind of ...
  8. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    The Twins continue their longest road trip of the year so far with games in Cleveland over the weekend. A four game series with the Boston Red Sox is looming at the beginning of next week but Minnesota needs to concentrate on beating opponents from the AL Central.

    To the surprise of many experts and fans, the Twins are still sitting around the .500 mark. The team recorded their 12th win on the first day of May. Last year, the Twins didn't record win number 12 until May 17 so it is ...
  9. Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Month - April

    Yesterday, we looked at the top hitters in the Twins system in May, and today, we’ll be taking a look at the top pitching performances of April. It will be separated into two blog postings, one for the relievers and this one for the starting pitchers.

    While the hitting leaders were primarily in the lower levels of the Twins farm system, there are a couple of starting pitchers that appear on today’s list that may not be too far from contributing to the Twins.

    With that, ...
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  10. Twins Minor League Report (5/2): Michael Walks Off

    If you missed Cody's minor league report from yesterday, you can read it here. Seth also made his choice for Twins minor league Hitter of the Month. Andrew wrote up about Alex Meyer's last start.

    There is a lot of draft info that cmb0252 put together into one thread.

    And after yesterday's minor shuffle in Rochester, the R&P page has been updated as well.

    On a separate note, after listening to the new Macklemore song "Can't Hold Us" a few times today, I'm ...

    Updated 05-02-2013 at 10:16 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  11. Twins/Tigers (Games 22-24)

    Twins at Detroit

    That Was Fast (Game 22)

    If the Twins have to lose, maybe it’s best they lose quickly so we can all watch a nice movie before we head to bed for the evening.

    When Kris Atteberry does the postgame report after a brutal Twins loss, it always sounds like the narration on a Civil War documentary. All they’re missing is a lonesome harmonica sound.

    I don’t like it when Mauer isn’t hitting. It’s like adjusting to a world where the ...
  12. Wha Happened? #5 (vs Rangers and @ Tigers)

    Here again, is a brief and not at all accurate reflection of how the Twins did over the past week

    Game 20

    Rangers 2 - Twins 1
    Despite the evening's overlong, numbingly-slow, seemingly interminable catalogue of the talents of others, the Twin Cities were delighted by their own brief shining moment of glory.

    But enough has been written about the Vikings' draft...The Twins also played and saw Josh Willingham hit a homerun in a losing effort to a ...

    Updated 05-02-2013 at 08:06 AM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  13. Twins Birthdays--May 2

    No major league players with connections to the Minnesota Twins were born on this day.
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  14. Twins Minor League Hitter of the Month - April

    It hardly seems like it has been a month. Maybe it was the cold weather, some postponements and several doubleheaders. But just because the weather was cold does not mean that there weren’t some very hot bats in the Twins farm system. The Twins had the top two teams in the minor leagues in the month of April. The Ft. Myers Miracle went 21-4. The Cedar Rapids Kernels were right behind at 18-5.

    Miguel Sano or Byron Buxton?

    Byron Buxton or Miguel Sano?

    They ...
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