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  1. Twins Add Bullpen Arms (and a Bat)

    The second round opened with the Twins selecting LHRP Mason Melotakis out of Northwestern State. Unlike Bard before him, who will get a chance to be a starter, Melotakis will most likely start in the bullpen. He sold himself with an excellent performance in the Cape Cod League. Melotakis is a mid-90s power arm that will probably pitch some rookie-ball innings and then join the Beloit bullpen this summer.

    Nine picks later (and with Mitchell Brown still available!), the Twins took ...
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  2. 2012 Minnesota Twins Draft Picks

    The purpose of this posting is to display in one place all of the Twins draft choices.

    #1 (2) - Byron Buxton - OF - HS - Georgia
    #1S (32) - Jose Orlando Berrios - RHP - HS - Puerto Rico
    #1S (42) - Luke Bard - RHP - COL - Georgia Tech
    #2 (63) -
    #2 (72) -
    #3 (97) -
    #4 (130) -

    (This page will continue to be updated throughout the draft with each Twins selection.)

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  3. Monday Night in the Minors (including Kyle Gibson Update)

    As important as Monday was to the Twins organization because of the draft, there was another reason it was important. Kyle Gibson threw off of a mound for the first time since having Tommy John surgery. In a text message, he said that it "went really good!" He added that his "arm felt great!" For Gibson, it was another milestone passed on the way to getting back into some games later this summer!

    Ben Revere and Jamey Carroll each had three hits. Josh Willingham hit his 11th homer. Justin ...
  4. Random Tuesday Twins Thoughts and Tidbits

    Originally published at The Tenth Inning Stretch
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    Here is this week's installment; and it is going to be slight, because of the Draft today and tomorrow:
    • The Twins selected Byron Buxton (OF, HS), Jose Berrios (RHP, HS) and Luke Bard (RHB, College) in the 1st and supplemental rounds of the 2012 Rule 4 Draft. Today will be the second day of live-blogging the Twins Draft. You can find all coverage, including mini-profiles of the draftees here
    • The Twins are now 13-7
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  5. Twins go with Buxton over Appel

    Original post from North Dakota Twins Fan
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    When the Houston Astros made a surprise selection of Carlos Correa with the first pick of the 2012 MLB Draft, the Twins were left with a decision of picking between high school outfielder Byron Buxton and college pitcher Mark Appel. Before the draft started on Monday night, it seemed that Appel was going to be a sure ...
  6. Revisiting Jose Mijares

    
    Jose Mijares doesn't look much thinner in 2012,
    but he has been much more effective.
    
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    I was somewhat surprised last winter when the Twins declined to offer portly lefty reliever Jose Mijares a ...
  7. On Draft Day Two, Twins Will Likely Shift Focus to More Pitching

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ID:	1135Pitching, it has been said, is a war of attrition.

    The acronym, TINSTAPP, was invented and has been thrown around a lot in reference to this phenomenon. It means, “There Is No Such Thing as a Pitching Prospect”. Think your club has just landed the next big arm in the draft? Nope, there goes his elbow. Or shoulder. Look no further than the Twins organization and pitcher’s draft in recent years.

    Alex Wimmers (2010, 21st overall), Kyle Gibson ...
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  8. 2012 Day-by-Day - June 4

    With all the draft stuff going on, I missed yesterday's getting ready for it. Just doing a recap today, but couple pieces of note.

    - Madison Boer wins his first game for Ft. Myers on Sunday going 5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO. Lowered his ERA to 9.39 so you can see how bad of a start he'd been on. With the draft today, important to look back to 2011 and Boer was a 2nd round pick with pretty high ceiling. Hopefully this is a start of a better run, better than his first 6 starts!
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  9. Drew Butera: Pitcher

    While looking for something else, I ran across on Yahoo's team roster page that Drew Butera is listed among the pitchers.

    So that I won't think I was just imagining things after they correct it, here is a compressed screen shot: Click image for larger version. 

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  10. Grading In A Void

    Of the drafts the have had the last decade or so, I think it’s safe to say that the two first round picks for which the Twins took the most hear were 2001 and 2007. It might be worth noting just how ridiculous both of those look right now. In 2001, the Twins took Joe Mauer as the #1 pick and were lambasted for being too damn cheap and possibly blinded by a local kid. In 2007, the fiscal-based criticism was similar when they drafted Ben Revere and it was compounded by a perception that the Twins ...
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  11. Twins Add Two in Compensation Round

    As expected, the Twins drafted Georgia OF Byron Buxton second overall (though it came with a little uncertainty after Carlos Correa, not Mark Appel, went first).

    Shortly after 9:30 local time, the Twins were back on the clock. Conventional wisdom suggested the Twins were going to take local product Mitch Brown.

    Instead, the Twins pegged Puerto Rican P Jose Orlando Berrios. Berrios (who I wrote about a few weeks ago) is the third Puerto Rican to go in the top two rounds ...

    Updated 06-04-2012 at 10:45 PM by Jeremy Nygaard

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  12. Catching up with 2011 Draftees

    Last year we posted our most popular blog post ever...more popular than the blog about Delmon being gone, more popular than the blog about our love, more popular even than that time we published a new JD Salinger short story under our own names.



    It was a draft-analysis in 5 words or less--sometimes it was logical, far more often it was totally inane (what else can you do for "Nick Burdi"--other than say it reminds you of "watch the birdie!").
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    Updated 06-10-2012 at 10:17 PM by PeanutsFromHeaven

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  13. Give me an average starter

    How many Twins starting pitchers do you have confidence in? For me, the list begins and ends with Scott Diamond. How sad is that?

    Check this out: Through Sunday's games, the average AL starter gives his team just under 6 IP/GS with a 4.33 ERA. The Twins have gotten just 5 1/3 IP/GS with a 6.18 ERA. With league average starting pitching, the Twins would have allowed 41 fewer ER in 34.1 more IP. That reduced workload on the bullpen (3.58 ERA) saves another 14 ER, for a total of 55 fewer ...
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  14. DRAFT DAY: Twins Myth #3448: Outfield Depth

    Tonight at 6:00 central time, the MLB Draft will commence. We have heard now that the Astros will select Stanford right-hander and Houston native Mark Appel. That means that the Minnesota Twins will have their pick of every other eligible player.

    I have freely said that I will not be at all disappointed if the Twins take a college pitcher like Kyle Zimmer or Kevin Gausman, the college catcher Mike Zunino or high school bats like OF Byron Buxton or IF Carlos Correa. In fact, although ...
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