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  1. Twins Minor League Report (5/22): Fort Myers' Back-to-Back Jacks

    The Twins were off on Thursday and begin a three game series with the San Francisco Giants on Friday night. The Twins have been playing well against good baseball teams over the past couple of weeks, but winning a series on the road against a surprisingly tough Giants team will be a real test for the Twins.

    It was a tough night in the Minor Leagues for the Twins affiliates, with the
    Twins organization picking up only one win in the system.

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  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. Cody's 2014 Minnesota Twins Top Prospects: 11-20

    One of the benefits of being a bad team for multiple seasons is the fact the Twins have been able to replenish some of their farm system with high draft picks the last two years. Add these players into a group that already included some top-notch talent, and the future of the Twins organization continues to look bright.

    Throughout the offseason there will be plenty of prospect lists released by a variety of media outlets. There are always differences between how people view the particular ...
  4. September Call Ups from Rochester

    The Twins put three minor league teams in the playoffs and have seen them all falter. Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers both were defeated 2-0 and Rochester trails 2-1 in a best of five series. The Red Wings will need to win two straight at Pawtucket to advance in the International League playoffs.

    When the Red Wings are eliminated, the Twins will call up a few of their players. Depending on injuries, that number could be as low as three or as high as five or six. My guess is that ...
  5. 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, ...
  6. Twins Minor League Report (8/7): Robb Tosses Shutout

    While the Twins finish up their series with the Royals, there could be some reinforcements on the way. Josh Willingham and Darin Mastroianni are both on rehab at the Triple-A level and this could mean both men are back with the big league club in the near future. A healthy Willingham could be a sight for sore eyes to Twins fans.

    Miguel Sano returned to the line-up of the Rock Cats last night after missing four games with a tight hamstring. He wasted little time making his mark as ...
  7. Who is Michael Tonkin?

    The Twins announced on Tuesday that Michael Tonkin would be called up to make his MLB debut. The 23-year old right-handed relief pitcher has been in the Twins organization since 2008. He was drafted in the 30th round that year out of high school and he spent the last six seasons working his way through the minor leagues.

    Tonkin was used as a starter in the lower level of the minors and he got mixed results. In 2009, he started nine games for the GCL Twins and posted a 3.62 ERA with ...
  8. Rochester Recap: Continuing to Turn Things Around

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    Rapidly approaching the midpoint of the season, the Rochester Red Wings sit just two games short of the .500 mark at 34-36 after sweeping the four game series against the Gwinnett Braves this weekend.

    Currently in fourth place in the Northern division, seven games back, it seems like it was just a month ago that we were wondering what kind of season this was going to be in Rochester, so what has changed?

    Despite ...
  9. Thoughts and Players to Watch

    The Twins have played the fewest games in the AL (along with the White Sox) and after 66 games, they are about what I thought they would be at this point: They are in fourth in their division and are within sight of everyone but Detroit. Big picture: Fine with me, I want to see this team sell at the trade deadline, but I don't want them to be dreadful.

    What is not fine with me is that the players I want the Twins to sell just aren't performing that well. Doumit (.288/.405/.692), ...
  10. Talk to Contact: Episode 37

    Episode 37 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.

    On Episode 37, Cody and Eric are joined by Baseball Prospectus Jason Parks to talk about the Twins Minor League system. Jason Parks has plenty to say about Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano, as well as some of the pitching prospects.

    Before Jason Parks ...
  11. Minor League Players to Watch: Pitchers and Catchers

    Pitchers and catchers will hold their first workout on Wednesday morning and that can be exciting for multiple reasons. There is hope at the beginning of any baseball year that your club will be able to put it all together and come through a long season with a World Series Championship at the other end.

    Yesterday I wrote about some of the major story lines that fans can follow during the course of spring training with the pitchers and catchers. There is at least one spot open in the ...
  12. Ranking the Twins AFL Performances

    Over the weekend, seven members of the Twins farm system were part of a championship in the Arizona Fall League. Their team, the Peoria Javelinas, took the title in a championship contest that saw no runs scored in the final six innings. By the end of the game, the Javelinas were able to celebrate on the field and prospects for the Twins were right in the middle of all of the excitement.

    The only member of the Twins to start in the game was Nate Roberts, the 2012 AFL batting champion. ...
  13. Arizona Fall League - Peoria at Mesa 10-25-12

    Posted at Twinkietown is my write up with pictures and videos from Thursday's AFL game between Peoria and Mesa.
  14. 2012 Twins Minor League Relief Pitcher of the Year

    At the end of last week, I took a look back at some of the projections I made in regards to the minor league system for the Twins. When it comes to making predictions, there are going to be some hits and some misses. I had a few of those along the way but it's time to look back at the season that was in the minor leagues for the Twins.

    There were some good performances at all of the different levels that deserve to be recognized for their achievements on the field. The Elizabethton ...
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