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  1. Monday Morning Madness: September 23, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Twins/A's Recap

    The word "bludgeoned" gets thrown around so often...

    The Gardy 1000

    Is this going to happen? Going into this week, the Twins needed to go 4-10 to finish the season "strong" and give Ron Gardenhire 1000 career wins. As bad as the Twins have been, that seemed reasonable. Star wipe to today and the Twins need to go 3-4 in their last seven to pull it off. Yikes. ...
  2. Monday Morning Madness - August 12, 2013

    Originally posted at Kevin Slowey was Framed!

    Over the course of consecutive weekends, the Twins have proved that they can defeat teams of the quality of the Houston Astros and the Chicago White Sox. I'm not sure what that means, but I guess it could signify that the Twins have vacated their position within the dregs of the league; a position they had held for the prior two seasons. Whatever the wins mean in the cosmos, they are enjoyable for us fans no matter what. Why is there ...
  3. The Miguel Sano Quandry

    If you can't tell, Miguel Sano is a kid
    [Originally published at Twins Fan From Afar]

    If I told you that there was a Twins prospect at AA New Britain batting .243, you probably wouldn't blink an eye. If I told you he
    ...
  4. Twins Minor League Report (7/26): Albers Does It Again

    The story of Miguel Sano's benching after a slow home run trot has certainly taken on a life of it's own. There have been multiple websites and media outlets that have picked up the tale. He wouldn't play again on Friday and it will be interesting to see when he gets back on the field. He can be a difference maker to the Rock Cats offense and the team wants to try and get back to the .500 mark. Sano can help to make that happen.

    Sano might be getting a lot of the attention for the ...
  5. Twins Minor League Report (7/24): Vargas Saves the Day

    Since the Twins were playing on the West Coast, their afternoon game with the Angels went into the early evening in the Central time zone. Minnesota won the first two games of the series before things got a little dicey on Wednesday. Jared Weaver looked excellent on the mound but a bad infield fly call might have cost the Twins a chance to sweep the Angels.

    With Joe Mauer on paternity leave for three days, Drew Butera was called up from Rochester. He has spent the entire season at ...
  6. Twins Minor League Report (7/23): Sano, Buxton homer

    The second half of the minor league season is well under way. Some of the Twins affiliates are trying to find their way into the playoff race. A few of the farm teams are trying to fight through some injuries and keep players on the field. It will be an interesting couple of months leading up to the playoffs.

    Earlier on Tuesday, a roster move had to be made to fit Nick Blackburn into the rotation for Rochester. His promotion from Double-A meant another pitcher had to go the opposite ...
  7. Twins Minor League Report (7/21): Arcia, Sano, Walker Provide Power

    More close games in the system today. With the deadline looming and all affiliates at the max, it will be interesting to see how each team is shuffled in the coming weeks as all of the affiliated clubs are in the playoff hunt.

    The Twins, too, may be looking for help both sooner and later. Some of the guys on the doorstep fared well today, while others didnít.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 5, SYRACUSE CHIEFS 3
    Box Score

    The Red Wings got back to their winning ...
  8. Twins Minor League Report (7/20): Summers Night

    There were post-game fireworks at Target Field on a beautiful night for baseball. Let's take a look at what happened around the club's affiliates.

    ROCHESTER RED WINGS 1, SYRACUSE CHIEFS 7

    Box Score

    The first of a few action-free games from the Twins perspective.

    Offensively, Oswaldo Arcia returned to AAA and homered. He also walked once and struck out once. Jeff Clement and Drew Butera both doubled.

    Liam Hendriks pitched 5.1 innings. ...
  9. What does the Twins roster shake-up mean?

    The Twins needed to make some kind of change during the All-Star break because the team scuffled in the week's leading up to the Mid-Summer Classic. There was going to be some players sent packing to Rochester and some fresh faces on the Twins roster. It had to happen and there were going to be some surprising names that would come up in the discussion for demotion.

    There is pressure on multiple people in the Twins organization to find a way to be respectable in 2013. Ron Gardenhire ...
  10. Monday Morning Madness: July 15, 2013

    If you gave me a list of outcomes from this weekend's series with the Yankees, I would have ordered their likelihood as such:

    1. Yankees Sweep
    2. Yankees spontaneously combust; Yankee dust sweeps Twins
    3. Yankees win 2 of 3; Twins win game 2 because all Yankees oversleep
    4. Yankees win 2 of 3 fair and square
    5. Twins win 2 of 3 because all Yankees lock their keys in their cars
    6. Twins win 2 of 3 fair and square
    7. The universe ends abruptly
    8. Twins Sweep

    Of course, watching the Yankees ...
  11. Talk to Contact Episode 43: Kyle Gibson's Debut

    Episode 43 of the Twins baseball podcast, Talk To Contact (@TalkToContact), is now available for download via iTunes or by clicking here.


    Kyle Gibson, Spring Training 2013. Photo Credit: Betsy Bissen


    Eric and Cody talk recent Twins happenings, including a struggling bullpen, an awful PJ Walters, and whatever it is that is going on with some Twins Minor Leaguers in the ...
  12. 2013 Minnesota Twins Trade Candidates

    The end of June is quickly approaching and this means it is a little over a month away from the July 31st trade deadline. Things have started to look a little better for the Twins but the club is still in the bottom half of the AL Central. This should mean the club will be sellers at this year's trade deadline.

    As I have stated previously, the Twins focus should be on contending again by 2015. Joe Mauer will be the veteran bat in the middle of the line-up surrounded by other young ...
  13. 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 ...
  14. Twins Minor League Report (6/5): Explosive Kernels

    We are only a couple days away from getting a new influx of talent into the Twins minor league system. The MLB First Year Player Draft will start on Friday night and the Twins have the fourth overall selection. It will be the second year in a row that the Twins are picking in the top five picks.

    Last year's first round selection, Byron Buxton, has been a great addition to the organization. By the end of this year, he could be the top ranked prospect in all of baseball. Last week, Seth Stohs moved him ahead of Miguel Sano as the Twins number one prospect. ...
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