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  1. 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, ...
  2. Interview with Red Wings Centerfielder Aaron Hicks

    Entering his sixth professional season, Aaron Hicks has been one of the biggest prospects in the Minnesota Twins system for the past five years. After having a strong season with New Britain last year, Hicks was given the opportunity to compete and win the starting center-fielders job for the Twins. But after hitting just .192 in 281 at-bats in Minnesota, he was sent down to Rochester to continue to develop his swing and to ensure that he will be ready for the 2014 season in the majors. After batting ...
  3. Twins Minor League Report (8/15): Stewart Sets Career Highs

    There were a few minor league moves to take place on Thursday. Outfielder Darin Mastroianni was due to come off the disabled list but he was in the middle of a hitting slump so he was optioned to Rochester. There might be a chance that he gets back to the big leagues this year but he had options left and it would be better for him to get his legs under him.

    Outfielder Aaron Hicks has been dealing with a nagging injury. Rochester put him on the 7-day disabled list with a right heel ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (6/26): Sano's Big Day

    MLB made it official on Wednesday afternoon.

    Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton are the "future" and they will both be participants in this year's MLB Futures Game. This game features some of the best talent in the minor leagues from each organization. The teams are broken up into a World Team and a US Team so Sano and Buxton will be on opposite squads.

    Because of some rainouts on Tuesday, there were a ton of games in the Twins system on Wednesday. Let's see who else is part ...
  5. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    The Twins put together a solid series against the White Sox to earn a three-game sweep. The rival Sox are plummeting in the AL Central but it is still nice to beat a hated foe. Powerful offensive performances and some decent pitching helped to club in the series. Now it will be time to see what the team can do when they head out on the road for a couple of series.

    Some of the other Twins headlines from this week included: Justin Morneau finally ended the longest home run drought of ...
  6. Twins Top 10 Prospects: Post-Draft Edition

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    At the end of last week, the Twins added some strong talent to their organization through the MLB Draft. Minnesota's farm system was already considered one of the best in baseball and having another top 5 pick can only help to improve their top level talent.

    My last prospect ranking came back when I was helping to put together the "Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook." There have been a few changes to the list as players begin to move closer to the ...
  7. Monday Morning Madness: June 9, 2013

    The Scott Diamond Matrix?

    I made you a matrix:

    Plus Command Average Command
    Plus Stuff Jordan Zimmermann Sam Deduno
    Average Stuff Scott Diamond Rich Robertson

    I chose to use the word "average" to be kind to all stakeholders. By average, ...
  8. Friday Mailbag!!!!!

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    With the conclusion of my landmark 25 drafts in 25 days feature, I decided that I needed to stop relying so heavily on gimmicks. It's time to do some real analysis and actually offer something of value. No more insulting everyone with silly lists and bad photoshops. It's time to take things very seriously.

    So, here's a fake mailbag:

    What do you think of the Kohl Stewart pick?

    ~Prospect Guys, Twins
    ...
  9. What's the point of Clete Thomas?

    Earlier this week, the Twins made a roster move to bring in some center field help for Aaron Hicks. For most of the season, the club has been without a back-up center fielder because Darin Mastroianni has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury. Even last week, Chris Parmelee had to play a defensive inning in center field in the late portion of a game. The Twins need a back-up center fielder and Thomas was one of the few options.

    When Hicks was struggling at the beginning of the season, ...
  10. Black Holes--Part III

    I've blogged about the disappointing offense for the 2013 Twins and pointed out three guys who are offensive tail enders. Brian Dozier--limited ceiling middle infielder, Chris Parmelee--right fielder/first baseman who has teased the Twins with good stretches, but has failed once and is failing again to secure a spot from the start of the season and now Aaron Hicks.

    Aaron Hicks ranks fifteenth of fifteen center fielders in OPS. He started the season as the Twins' leadoff hitter and ...
  11. The Many Sides of Carlos Gomez

    It has been four seasons since Carlos Gomez last wore the uniform of the Minnesota Twins. At that point in his career, he was a hotshot 23-year old outfielder that was heading to his third club in four years. The defensive side of the ball was his calling card and his offensive game still looked to be in the infant stages.

    The Twins acquired Gomez as the top prospect in the famous deal that sent Johan Santana to the New York Mets. He would play 290 games in Minnesota while hitting ...
  12. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    It was a rough week for the Twins with nine straight losses. The club hasn't won a game since May 13th. Two fifths of the starting rotation was replaced including sending down Opening Day starter Vance Worley. Even on a night where Josh Willingham hits two home runs, the club still can't find a way to win.

    Minnesota does have two of the best team's in all of the minor leagues. This can make it fun to dream about the future. Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton could turn into monster MLB players. ...
  13. Twins MLB Draft Profile: Clint Frazier, OF

    Who IS This Guy?
    Frazier is a high school center fielder from Georgia. He is widely considered to have the best bat speed in the entire draft. This enables him to have very good raw power. His 5-foot-11 frame has a muscular build at 190 pounds. This makes it tough to project him adding more weight but he looks like an MLB player. He also plays with a ton of energy.

    On the defensive side of the ball, there are some questions about whether he can stick in center field. He is starting ...
  14. Weekly Links-N-Thinks

    It wasn't the best week for the Twins as the team lost the rubber game of their three game set with the Orioles on Sunday. This was followed by losing two out of three games to the dreaded White Sox.

    Even with the poor play, Joe Mauer continues to be one of the best hitters in the game (.519/.594/.704 in the last 7 days). Aaron Hicks showed off all of his skills in one game to help the team to their only win of the week. It wasn't all bad for Justin Morneau either as he hit over .460 ...
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