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  1. The Cloudy Future of Aaron Hicks

    On May 24th the Twins were in San Francisco for the second game of a three game series. Aaron Hicks was the starting center fielder that day and this day would mark a turning point in his career. Whether it was a turning point for the better or for the worse, remains to be seen.

    Ryan Vogelsong, a right-handed pitcher, was the Giants starter that day. This meant the switch-hitting Hicks was batting left-handed. Hicks would struggle on this day going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. He would ...
  2. Twins Top 10 Prospects: Post-Draft Edition

    Minnesota added some top-notch talent to the organization at the end of last week. For the third year in a row, the Twins had a top five pick in the MLB Draft. Minnesota's farm system was already considered one of the best in the game and adding top tier talent can only help the organization.

    My last prospect rankings were released in conjuncture with the "2014 Minnesota Twins Prospect Handbook." There have been some changes since that time as minor league teams are almost halfway ...
  3. Are we giving Aaron Hicks a raw deal?

    Iíll start by saying that Iím not an Aaron Hicks lover. I canít disagree with Rob Antony and Ron Gardenhireís critique of his preparation, and Iíve always been an unabashed Denard Span guy (note: hugely excited that he ended up in DC, where I live now). But I do think we (the Twins-loving public) have been giving Hicks a raw deal by bashing the year heís having.

    First off, the easy part: letís look at his OBP. I noticed today that, of the 32 major league center fielders that have 100+ ...
  4. The Emergence of Kennys Vargas

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    Kennys Vargas, courtesy of Scott Blanchette

    Without a doubt, the New Britain Rock Cats' most valuable offensive player this season has been Kennys Vargas. Vargas, a 23 year-old switch-hitting first baseman (destined to be a designated hitter), has been on our radar for some time, but has always been considered a work-in-progress. Yes, the raw power was always there, but the limited defensive ability, large strikeout totals and inconsistent spells kept
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  5. Twins Minor League Report (5/8): Hurlbut Goes the Distance

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    The Twins dropped a day game to the Tribe on Thursday afternoon, losing the four-game series three games to one. The Twins fell behind early and while they managed to pull within one run after the top of the seventh, the Indians pulled away for a nine to four victory.

    Every team in the Twins system was on the road today, and the road was not a friendly place.

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    Updated 05-08-2014 at 10:07 PM by Eric R Pleiss

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  6. Twins Minor League Report (5/8): Hurlbut Goes the Distance

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    The Twins dropped a day game to the Tribe on Thursday afternoon, losing the four-game series three games to one. The Twins fell behind early and while they managed to pull within one run after the top of the seventh, the Indians pulled away for a nine to four victory.

    Every team in the Twins system was on the road today, and the road was not a friendly place.

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  7. Twins Minor League Report (5/6): Buxton Homers

    In Mondayís Twins game, Danny Santana made his rookie debut as a pinch runner in the late innings. He would collect his first MLB hit later in the game. Tonight he got to make his first big league start at shortstop and he batted ninth in the order. He went 0-for-3 but he showed off his strong arm while turning a tough double play.

    Byron Buxton has been trying to work out the kinks in his swing as he returned from an early season wrist injury. The first few games were rough as he ...
  8. Twins Minor League Report (5/5): Rock Cats Walk Off

    The Twins started their road trip at Progressive Field on Monday night and got a stand-out performance from Kyle Gibson, a big hit from Eddie Escobar and, because itís the minor league report, the first hit of Danny Santanaís big league career.
    Danny Santana picked up his first MLB hit on Monday. (Ben Garvin, Pioneer Press)
    Earlier Monday, the Red Wings announced that theyíve activated RP Deolis Guerra. The Miracle also made a bullpen swap, adding RP Brandon Peterson and DL-ing closer Brian Gilbert. In case you missed it yesterday, Dalton ...
  9. Byron Buxton - 2014

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    Name: Byron Buxton
    Position: CF
    Bats: Right
    Throws: Right
    Height: 6'2"
    Weight: 190
    DOB: December 18, 1993 (age 20)
    POB: Baxley, Georgia
    Everyone's prospect ranking: 1

    Stats:
    2013:
    Cedar Rapids: G 68, PA 321, AB 270, H 92, 2B 15, 3B 10, HR 8, SB 32, CS 11, BB 44, SO 56, .331/.431/.559/.990
    Fort Myers G 57, PA 252, AB 218, H 71, 2B 4, 3B ...
  10. Twins Franchise Future Rankings: Prospects 1-5

    A lot of the buzz coming out of Target Field this weekend surrounded top prospects Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. The lines for autographs from these two players was very extensive and neither of them has an at-bat at higher than the Double-A level. This is a lot of hype surrounding two men who are a few months removed from being teenagers.

    If Minnesota is going to get out of the rut of the last three seasons, top prospects like Buxton and Sano will have to come up and perform at a ...
  11. Prognosticating: 2014 Rock Cats Opening Day Lineup

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    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    It's one thing to predict an Opening Day lineup after things begin to shake out in Spring Training. It's another to do it a full month before pitchers and catchers arrive. So in the spirit of good fun, what follows is my January 26, 2014 prediction for the New Britain Rock Cats' Opening Day lineup. As you can see, the first several spots in my batting order pack a little punch. Between
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  12. Podcasting: Talking Tanaka, Twins & Rockcats


    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    I've only done a few podcasts in the couple years that I've had this blog, but it's a lot of fun to do. Last night, Travis Aune, keeper of Texas Twins Fan, was nice enough to invite me on his weekly podcast. We talked for almost an hour. You definitely have to listen to it, but topics ranged from the Yankees' signing
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  13. Twins Prospects Rank High On MLB's Positional Rankings

    Minnesota is widely considered to have one of the game's best farm systems. It helps to have two of the best prospects in all of baseball, Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano. The Twins have also done well to acquire some top notch pitching talent over the last couple of years in the form of Alex Meyer, Kohl Stewart, and Lewis Thorpe.

    MLB.com will be unveiling their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball on Thursday, which should include a number of players from the Twins organization. ...
  14. Rock Cats Hot Stove Luncheon

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ID:	6350Here's some good trivia: In 2013, 9 former Rock Cats players made major league debuts: Caleb Theilbar; Josmil Pinto; Oswaldo Arcia; Aaron Hicks; Chris Colabello; Michael Tonkin; Kyle Gibson; Andrew Albers; and Brock Peterson. With the exception of Peterson, who saw some time with the Angels, the other 8 players wore Twins uniforms. I've been attending Rock Cats games for about 6 years, but only have been following them seriously for 3 years. That being said, I watched ...
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