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  1. Ranking the Twins Lead-Off Hitter Candidates

    Some of the buzz of the Twitter world yesterday was surrounding the Twins and who should be the lead-off hitter when the team heads north from spring training. Ron Gardenhire would like one of the center field candidates to run away with thelead-off job but he had a surprise name as a back-up plan. With the ways things are starting to take shape, the team might have to get crafty with men near the top of the order.

    Here is a look at some of the candidates for the lead-off spot. Some ...
  2. Possible 2014 Twins Breakout Candidates

    Every offseason fans can sit back and reflect on the year that was for the Minnesota Twins. There are usually some high points and some low points for any team no matter what their place in the standings. Unfortunately for the Twins, there have been more low points than high points over the last three seasons.

    Last year's roster featured a few players in the midst of a breakout season. Brian Dozier set the franchise record for home runs by a second baseman and he backed that up with ...
  3. Interview with MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo - Part One

    Recently I had the opportunity to interview MLB.com senior writer Jonathan Mayo about the Minnesota Twins farm system. Since joining MLB.com, he’s produced an annual top 100 prospect list, several shows on MLB radio, and Around the Minors, a radio show that is all about prospects. In part one of the three part series, I talk to him about the Twins farm system as a whole, where certain prospects are on his top 100 list, and whether this year will be different for Kyle Gibson & Aaron Hicks. ...
  4. What's the Pinto Back-Up Plan?

    Josmil Pinto is one of the top prospects in the Twins organization. Make sure to order the 2014 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook to learn more about the Twins minor league system. Click here to see more of what's in the book.

    After the Twins and Joe Mauer announced the All-Star Catcher wouldn't be playing catcher moving forward, Minnesota's name was rumored to be involved with many of the top catchers on the free agent market. AJ Pierzynski and Jarrod Saltalamacchia were two of the ...
  5. Span and Revere Could Move Again

    Last offseason, the Minnesota Twins traded two of their most important outfield pieces, Denard Span and Ben Revere. There were plenty of reasons for doing this but the main reason was the team needed to add some pitching prospects to their minor league system. The club also felt Aaron Hicks was close to being ready to take over the everyday center field job.

    It's nearly a year later and things might already be falling apart for both of these players in their new organizations. Reports ...
  6. 2014 Minnesota Twins Offseason Blueprint

    There are plenty of ways to go about trying to fix the Twins team but some patience might be required as the club waits for some younger pieces to work their way through the minor leagues. The Twins Daily crew put out some solid information in the 2014 Offseason Handbook. One of the best parts to read about this document is the blueprint plans put together by the writers.

    There are plenty of options for the Twins but here is how I would go about trying to fix the team. Some of these ...
  7. Fishing for Holes in the Roster

    When a team has lost 90 games in three consecutive seasons, there can be plenty of finger pointing. For the Twins, there are questions to ask about how this current roster was created and what the team can do as they try and move forward.

    Where are the holes in this roster? What needs to be done this offseason? Are there internal options to help remedy the situation? All of these questions and more need to be answered before the team heads to Florida for spring training.
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  8. Parmelee and Plouffe Disappoint

    As part of the Twins Daily preseason preview, I took an in-depth look at Chris Parmelee and Trevor Plouffe as they headed into the 2013 season. Going into the season, both former first round draft picks figured to get extended playing time. The hope for Twins fans was for each of these players to show some of the potential they had shown while playing at the Triple-A level.

    Plouffe showed some impressive power in 2012 with 24 home runs and 19 doubles. He had a career high .756 OPS ...
  9. 8 Reasons I am not worried about Aaron Hicks and Kyle Gibson

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    In case you missed it, a couple of prominent Twins rookies had difficult seasons. Well, difficult might be a massive understatement. Well, massive might be a huge overstatement. I'll calibrate my adjectives later, but we all know that Aaron Hicks and Kyle Gibson performed below expectations. Expectations may have been too high to begin with, but both players struggled to a surprising extent.

    Hicks and Gibson are hardly ...
  10. The Mysterious Lost Season of Aaron Hicks

    Aaron Hicks had to be flying high at the conclusion of spring training this season. He had won the starting center fielder job for the Twins and he would be making his big league debut in front of the Target Field faithful. His 2012 minor league campaign was fantastic as he showed much of the promise the Twins had seen in him when they took him as a first round pick.

    The future seemed nothing but bright and there were comparisons being made to some of the best outfielders in the game. ...
  11. A Very Early Look at the 2014 Rochester Red Wings

    It's been just four days since the Red Wings lost game five of their playoff series against the Pawtucket Red Sox, 3-0. Immediately after the game the Minnesota Twins selected contracts of seven Rochester players, which started me thinking about what the Red Wings could look like in 2014.

    While there will be free agent signings, trades will take place, it will be interesting to see exactly what the Rochester Red Wings are going to look like next season, and see if they’ll be able to ...
  12. September Mailbag

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Everywhere I go these days, it seems that people have questions for me. What's that stain on your shirt? Did you do that to your hair on purpose? Can you please move back a couple steps? I figured, with so many questions to answer, the only reasonable response is to breakout the old mailbag and answer some of the more burning questions that ESPN, Fox Sports One and Telemundo refuse to answer. Here's some mailbag:

    On a recent
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    Updated 09-06-2013 at 09:08 AM by Brad Swanson

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  13. Twins Minor League Report (9/4): Rochester Romps

    Night two of playoff action saw plenty of stories to follow in the Twins farm system. Rochester was kicking off their postseason run with a game in front of their hometown fans and Cedar Rapids had to go on the road. Fort Myers was at home but their season was on the line and a loss would mean the end of their title chances.

    Rochester Red Wings 7, Pawtucket Red Sox 1 (Game 1)
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    Rochester was out to prove that their last day qualification for the Wild Card spot ...
  14. Twins Minor League Report (8/31): Red Wings Keep Fighting

    I know the picture doesn't fit, but for what might be the last time, let's give #33 another cover photo. This from a happier time.

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    Let's hope there is more champagne in Morneau's near future... and also that none of the corks hit him in the head.

    If you want to weigh in on the trade and it's reactions. Go here.

    Tonight was a very significant night for the Rochester Red Wings. It's also a big night for Josmil Pinto, ...
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