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  1. Q&A with Chris Colabello

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    Photo courtesy of Tim Doohan and the Rochester Red Wings


    After spending eight seasons playing baseball in the Independent leagues, Chris Colabello finally was given the opportunity to play for a major league affiliate. Last year in New Britain, Colabello turned some heads hitting .284 with 19 home runs and 98 RBIís. So far in Rochester it has been more of the same, hitting .395 with 4 home runs and 6 RBIís and was named the IL player of the ...
  2. 2013 Rock Cats Annual Welcome Home Dinner: Who is Jason Christian???

    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    This was my second year attending the Rock Cats' Annual Welcome Home Dinner. The players attend this function shortly after arriving in Connecticut. In fact, some don't even have housing or vehicles arranged yet! It's truly a crazy time of year for these guys.
    Last year, I had the good fortune of sitting with Twins' top prospect Alex Wimmers at this charity event that raises funds for the Connecticut Children's Medical Center. Wimmers was ...
  3. Chris Colabello continues his fairy tale

    One of the best stories in the Twins organization in 2013 was the tale of a 28-year old man that got his first taste of baseball with an affiliated club. Chris Colabello had molded himself into one of the best hitters in the Canadian-American Association before the Twins signed him to deal. He spent all of last season being the elder statesman of the Eastern League while showing off his skills at the plate.

    The story of Colabello could get even better this year if he was able to make ...
  4. What's the Alex Meyer timeline?

    In his first spring training with the Minnesota Twins, Alex Meyer did his best to impress those that were paying attention. The 23-year old right-hander was brought to the organization through the Denard Span trade with the Washington Nationals. Many consider him the top-pitching prospect in the organization and he did nothing to sway those opinions since joining the club.

    When the Twins made their first round of cuts on Sunday, he was one of the names heading to minor league camp. ...
  5. The Evolution of Aaron Hicks

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    With the spring being put together by Aaron Hicks, it is looking more and more like he will be playing a part with the big league version of the 2013 Twins. It has been a long road for Hicks since he was taken in the first round of the 2008 draft. There have been ups and downs but the future continues to look bright for this young man.

    Hicks put together his best professional season last year at the Double-A level. It took quite the evolution to get ...
  6. The Role of Rich Harden

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    The Twins have multiple pitchers in camp recovering from different surgeries in the last year. Scott Diamond and Vance Worley had bone chips removed from their throwing elbow. Mike Pelfrey and Kyle Gibson are recovering from Tommy John surgery. Another interesting name in camp is Rich Harden and he is trying to overcome some shoulder problems that have haunted him in the past.

    Harden is attempting to make his way back to the big leagues after missing ...
  7. Is it too late for Joe Benson?

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    At the end of the 2011 season, Joe Benson had to be flying high. He just completed one of the best seasons of his professional career and he was rewarded by getting a call-up to make his major league debut. There was talk of him fighting for a more permanent role with the club in the future. It looked like the sky was the limit for young Mr. Benson.

    For how great the 2011 season ended, it was hard to imagine how far Benson fell during 2012 campaign. ...
  8. A look back at Kyle Lohse

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    In last night's do-or-die Game 7 of the NLCS, former Twins pitcher Kyle Lohse was given the ball to take the mound for the defending World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals. After one of the best seasons of his career, Lohse will most be remembered for what happened in the last pitching performance of the year. It's been six years since Lohse last pitched in the uniform of the Minnesota Twins and he has played in three different cities since that point. The 34-year ...
  9. Pedro Florimon lining up to be Opening Day starter

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    "I love having him at shortstop."- Ron Gardenhire, 9/16/12, The Ron Gardenhire Show

    It didn't take very long for Brian Dozier to fall out of the good graces with the Minnesota Twins. The team gave him plenty of opportunities to showcase his talents as the shortstop of the future for the organization but he was unimpressive during his rookie campaign. This has left the door open for another player to step-in and get most of the reps at shortstop during ...
  10. 2012 Twins Minor League Hitter of the Year

    The minor league season have come and gone for the Twins farm system and that means it's time to hand out postseason awards. For the last couple of days, I have focused on the pitchers in the system. On Tuesday, I named Michael Tonkin as the best relief pitcher of 2012 in the Twins system. After yesterday's results were tallied, BJ Hermsen came out on top as the best starting hurler for the past season. Both of these choices were tough to make but the hitters in the system provided a much more difficult ...
  11. 2012 Twins Minor League Starting Pitcher of the Year

    It wasn't the best year for starting pitching in the Twins organization. Top pitching prospects like Alex Wimmers and Adrian Salcedo suffered through short seasons because of injuries. Kyle Gibson, the team's first round pick from 2010, spent most of the year recovering from Tommy John surgery and he will head to the Arizona Fall League to rack up some innings before the beginning of next season. The organization had to find other pitchers to fill roles with their clubs and this allowed for some ...
  12. 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 ...
  13. Cole De Vries making most of late-season audition

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    The Twins are getting a long look at plenty of different players as the 2012 season is coming to a close. There are a ton of questions about the future of the Twins organization and it is tough to know if all of them can be answered before the end of the year. Can Chris Parmelee earn a starting job at some position? Who will compose the outfield next year? Will any veterans be traded to try and add some pitching to the Twins system? Which players should compose ...
  14. Revisiting my preseason projections for the minors

    At the beginning of the year, Seth Stohs from the Twins Daily crew asks some of the bloggers from across Twins Territory to put together their picks for a variety of categories across the minor leagues. It's a fun exercise to do at the beginning of the year and it's interesting to track the progress of players during the minor league seasons. There were some breakout candidates at almost every level in 2012 but there were some setbacks along the way as well.

    Here are my picks from the beginning of the year ...
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